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February 4th

Research park design in works

With land chosen, but not yet revealed to the public because of concerns of throwing kinks in the works of land acquisition, the university has moved closer to realizing the project, which began with university leaders bulldogging in the Louisiana Legislature for funding.
Half came in the 2007 Legislative session, in the form of $12 million in appropriations.
The other half came from a line of credit from the state bond commission last fall.

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Giants: A super-sized upset

“An unbelievable game and an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said.
“The greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without a question,” said owner John Mara.
It was a scintillating closing chapter to a crazy week that seemed to have everything: the perfect team; the upstart underdogs; the cover boy quarterback in Tom Brady; the kid brother in Manning.
America loves an underdog, and the Giants, with their stirring victory, etched themselves as one of the best this game — or any sport — has ever seen.

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Wear red this month for heart health

The national Go Red for Women campaign encourages women to wear red and make a donation to the American Heart Association to support research and education about women and heart disease. Wearing eye-catching red is more than a fashion statement, it’s meant to raise awareness about the heart disease epidemic that afflicts women — and men — around the country.
The campaign has three basic health messages:
• Know your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, which include obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking and high blood pressure.

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Tech calls for more recycling

As part of the project that year, a 30-minute presentation was made to over 1,000 area sixth-graders about recycling. The students were shown a short video and then turned old newspapers into paper in a hands-on project.
A recycling curriculum guide was developed, printed and distributed to all sixth grade teachers in the five-parish target area.
This education was great in theory, but where is the action?

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Dean going to Canton

“One of the members of the voting committee this afternoon recalled the numerous times that Walsh would be telling one of his young defensive linemen, ‘If you work hard enough and dedicate yourself, you can be another Fred Dean,’ “veteran sportswriter Peter Finney of The New Orleans Times-Picayune said late Saturday afternoon from Phoenix, Ariz. “He said that, every chance he got, Walsh would make a reference to Dean and how he was one of the most dominant pass rushers the game has ever seen.

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February 3rd

Pro Hall picks Ruston’s Dean

“Gosh, I was so nervous when I heard his voice, and all and he told me where he was from, that I have forgotten the man’s name,” Dean said. “But I guess I’ll be talking to them again.”
Yes, he sure will.
Dean was being informed that he had just been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2008.
“After he told me, I had to grab my heart, it was racing so fast,” he said. “Look, I’m no physician, but I knew my heart wasn’t supposed to be moving that fast. It was pounding, I tell you.”
That’s only appropriate.

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Ruston set for boom

The battle that the United States is entering is one that it is already losing, he said. The top five heavyweights in cyberspace, cyber defense and cyber warfare are, in order, China, India, Korea, Japan and the United States.
“Cyberspace is a newly recognized domain with huge possibilities to affect terrorist activity that can render a country helpless,” he said.

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February 1st

Bearcats face tough task again

“One down, five to go and we’ll take it,” said the Bearcats’ head coach after eight free throws in the final minute and 10 seconds of play helped his team escape against a feisty, determined group of Lions. “It wasn’t pretty, but we were able to get the win and that’s what matters.
“We didn’t have a good game, but at least we were able to get the win and start out district play in the right way.”
There’s no rest for the Bearcats (26-5, 1-0), however.

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Contributions of blacks celebrated

Many recognize the name Martin Luther King Jr., but fewer know agricultural chemist George Washington Carver, who discovered 300 uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes, and also pioneered crop rotation, an advancement that revolutionized agriculture in the South.
Other names of note include prominent poet and author Paul Lawrence Dunbar, W.E.B. DuBois, a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Underground Railroad organizer Harriet Tubman.

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Not all Muslims are radical

International Jihadists, such as Osama Bin Laden and his followers, are but a small sample. Jihad, often translated as “holy war,” is a component of Islam. Its interpretation has differed over time depending on the historical circumstances of the community practicing it. Both politicians and religious scholars have repeatedly used and abused it to eliminate opponents as well as to face national enemies.

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