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July 25th

Crash seriously hurts child

Both cars carried passengers: Brantley carried 4-year-old Byron Streets, and Gay carried 15-year-old Leeanna Gay.
The impact threw Streets, who according to police reports was standing in the front passenger seat, over the deployed air bag and through the front windshield. He landed on the curb, said Lt. Curtis Hawkins, Ruston Police Department public information officer.
Brantley was charged with negligent injury, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to use a child restraint seat. Her court date is set Aug. 8. No other serious injuries were reported.

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Tech, GSU: can’t miss tests

First off, there’s Hawaii coming into Ruston on Sept. 8.
Just over a month later, on Oct. 20, Boise State shows up at Joe Aillet Stadiium.
The Rainbow Warriors and Broncos have been the consensus either-or choices during the preseason to rule the league — BSU is the defending champion, and both of those teams will provide two of the “Games to Watch” for Tech fans during the 2007 season.
The other? A Tech trip to Baton Rouge to take on projected BCS title contender LSU on Nov. 10.

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Go Grants may pay off

College students often end up having to take a break in their studies because of finances.
The 2007 Fact Book on Higher Education released in June by the Southern Regional Education Board, a 16-member state coalition that includes Louisiana, presents alarming data on the condition of education in our state.
The nonprofit organization found that Louisiana’s graduation rate from public colleges — about 36 percent graduate in six years — is the lowest in the region.
It pales next to the 54 percent national average.

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The Regents in the hot seat

Let’s recap.
Because of a glitch in security at the Regents’ office in Baton Rouge, private data, including Social Security numbers, was available on the Internet via searching for over a year, almost two.
A law school student and “privacy advocate” stumbled on to the data using a Google search. Yep, a Google search. That instills quite a bit of confidence, right?
The student alerted WDSU-TV in New Orleans, and investigative reporter Richard Angelico alerted the Regents.
The board has since taken down the data, but that may be too little,

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Voters question presidential hopefuls

To Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York: Are you feminine enough? “I couldn’t run as anything other than a woman,” she said.
Her answer drew a challenge from former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who said he was the best advocate for women among the contenders. “I have the strongest, boldest ideas,” he said.
Posing a question that few, if any, of the candidates had fielded before, one voter asked whether young women should register with the Selective Service, as do young men in case the draft is reinstated. Clinton, Obama and Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut said yes.

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July 24th

‘Go Grants’ bridge aid gap

Expanding higher education is a real need in the state after the hurricanes, Savoie said.
“This plan gets at the heart of Louisiana’s dilemma: It not only will help rebuild college enrollment, but it will also help ensure that many of those who have long been deprived of a chance for college now have the opportunity to earn a postsecondary credential, Savoie said.”

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RHS, 1-5A have full league slate

In fact, save for a sprinkling of other non-league opponents, the 1-5A slates for the Bearcats and others is almost district play across the board.
The lone non-league foe on the ’07 schedule for RHS is Monroe-based Neville, a perennial Quad-A power who will supply a season opening assignment at James Stadium on Aug. 31.
Then it’s eight straight weekends of district competition for the ‘Cats, who start that stretch at home the following Friday night (Sept. 7) against Natchitoches Cenral.

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University presidents build future

Judson has taken a school with decreasing enrollment numbers and substandard housing and returned it to the prominence it once enjoyed among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Increased admission standards and new apartment-style housing have students from across the nation once again clamoring to attend GSU. One need only drive through campus to catch a glimpse of improvements Judson has been instrumental in implementing.

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It doesn’t take a beauty queen

Saturday was one more time in which people reassured me that pageants are not all about beauty. They are scholarship and service organizations.
Young women chosen to represent their regions in pageants must give up normal life for some time. But, let us face facts. They do still wear the amazing clothes and have glamorous lives.
While passion for a platform or a cause may be their reason behind serving, the rest of the package has to be some small part of the decision.

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Local officials oppose financial disclosure

Some local elected officials are unsure of the ramifications or benefits the bill could have, while others express strong opposition to measures that would mandate disclosure of sources and ranges of income.
Lincoln Parish Police Juror Charles Owens said he is opposed to detailed financial disclosure at both the state and local levels.

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