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October 2nd, 2013

Ruston Housing Authority sued

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DOJ files lawsuit based on pattern of discrimination

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Housing Authority for the City of Ruston, alleging it has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against black tenants.
“Access to housing free from racial discrimination is everyone’s right, including those who seek public housing assistance,” said Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The department will continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.”

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Charter application received

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LPSB must make decision by Dec. 31

oln Parish could be home to a charter school in 2014, if the charter application submitted late last week to the Lincoln Parish School Board is approved.
Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell informed board members of the application during their regular meeting Tuesday night.
At this point, Bell said the application is not complete, so very little information is known about the applicant and what they hope to do.
“The application was very vague,” Bell said. “From what I can tell, there will be a lot of questions.”

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Shutdown continues

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Lincoln Parish is feeling the effects of the government shutdown. Local offices at two of the three federal agencies in Ruston are closed, and the third is operating with limited services.
Employees at the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Geological Survey have been furloughed. The Social Security Administration field office is open, but only at partial capacity.
“We are one furlough. We’re not at the office. We’re not on the job,” Ben McGee, USGS supervisory hydrologist, said.

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LPDC meeting discusses juveniles

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is struggling to find a place to house juvenile offenders.
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Lincoln Parish Detention Center called to order a meeting at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The commissioners opened the floor to Deputy Kirk Taylor who discussed the lack of space for juveniles that are at risk to themselves and the community.

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Event raises money for LOPA

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A line-up of unique vehicles can be spotted at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center during the Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show set to be held Saturday and Sunday.
The Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show is in its third year and is held in honor of the late Tommy Curry, a Farmerville resident born with polycystic kidney disease.
Andy Curry, Tommy’s father, said when Tommy was a small child he needed a transplant and there were not any family members who were a match.
In Tommy’s lifetime he would have two transplants and numerous other surgeries.

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Help prevent bullying

October is a month that brings awareness to a variety of topics — including bullying. National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign that was founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention.
According to pacer.org, it is used to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Historically bullying was viewed “a childhood rite of passage.”
It was also believed that bullying “made kids tougher,” when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety and depression.

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Lab schools: A breed apart

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Nobody’s ever quite known what do with the Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University lab schools. They’re not totally public schools, and they’re not totally private schools, either.
A. E. Phillips and Alma J. Brown Elementary, Grambling Middle School and Grambling High School are a bit of a breed apart. Laboratory schools — both here and elsewhere — were designed for teacher education students to have a place to practice teaching.
Lab schools had smaller classes and were generally looked to as the think tanks for cutting edge classroom strategies. To some extent, that’s still true.

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Casting call for feature film

Sarah Dowling Casting is conducting a nationwide search for spirited, interesting, smart and creative boys (ages 6-10) to be considered for leading roles in the upcoming Hollywood family film, “Midnight Special.” For story reasons, they are only looking for Caucasian boys at this time.
“Midnight Special” is written and directed by award-winning director, Jeff Nichols (“Mud”, “Take Shelter”).
There will be an open casting call 10 a.m.-5 p.m Oct. 4 in Shreveport located at Homewood Suites, 5485 Financial Plaza.
Parking is complimentary in the hotel lot.

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Club News

Begonia Society formed

A new Louisiana Begonia Society has been formed. Initially, there are members in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Ruston. Two of the new members are Karen Armstrong and Freda Holley.
Initially, the new Society will have a bimonthly E-Newsletter, an annual meeting in various member cities and eventually, it is hoped, a web site. Its goals are to share knowledge about the best begonias for Louisiana and how to grow them successfully and to facilitate communication among its members.

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Winless Grambling not backing down

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Interim coach Ragsdale feels team can still make push for SWAC title

The sweet sounds of success have not be heard from the 0-5 Grambling State football so far this season.
It’s been more like the same old song and dance as the Tigers, who have gone 1-16 over the past two seasons, have continued to struggle to score points or make enough defensive stops while making way too many mental mistakes, like the 32 penalties they’ve committed over the past three games for a total of 409 yards.

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