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August 5th

GSU tries to make fresh start

Dixon began by talking about increased enrollment, progress in the math and science technology curriculum and academic master plan, touting the fact that Grambling State has a $1 million endowed chair for its mathematics program, making it the only Historically Black College or University to have such a chair.

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Universities respond to student needs

At GSU, a recent investment toward that end brought a new, high-tech security system on campus.
Within the past year, 220 network surveillance cameras have been installed, and plans are to add more than 100 new cameras as ongoing campus construction continues.
It is a step in the right direction for the university.
Above all else, students should feel safe on campus. They should have no fear when walking across campus, spending time in their residence hall or staying through a long weekend.

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New cameras zoom in on GSU campus safety

“We’re done with Phase I of the project and have all of those cameras in operation,” GSU associate vice president for information technology Winfred Jones said. “That covers our existing housing, the Assembly Center, the High School and our Property/Receiving Department.
“In the future we’ll add cameras to the administration buildings, academic buildings and the Phase II housing as it’s built. That work will start in September and we should have it all done within a year. The (planned) Eddie Robinson Museum will be part of this surveillance system too.”

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August 4th

Woman’s death ruled homicide

Arson Division Chief Marc Reech said the department is reluctant to give out details about Washington’s death or what caused pathologists to rule it a homicide.
He did say Washington was dead before the blaze was lit, but wouldn’t describe the cause of death.
He said having people submit information that corroborates what investigators already know will help rule out fakes.
“I want to make sure we get good information on this,” Reech said. “This case has been out there a while, and the family is very serious about the reward because they want to find out who did it.”

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Grass-fed beef food for thought

“There appears to be trends in the country of people who are interested in this type of product,” Mark Murphey, associate professor of animal sciences at La. Tech said.
And who can blame them with movies like Fast Food Nation (2006) depicting despicable animal handling practices and workplace injustices? Watch that film and you may never eat meat again.

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Light a fire, suffer the consequences

What rain we have been getting in the past few weeks has been sparse, intermittent and inadequate to reverse the persistent dryness. Farmers, gardeners and those who work outdoors will tell you that the summer has been oppressively hot, as well.
Those kinds of conditions set the stage for fires that could easily run rampant if they are not contained.
The plethora of grass fires along Interstate 20, La. 33, parish roads and even in people’s yards have had the fire district running for weeks, and Chief Dennis Ford will tell you that the parish department is getting tired.

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’Dogs begin Camptown Races

“I’m a little old fashioned,” Dooley said. “I believe in camp being camp and believe it’s good for the players to be in a not so great dorm and away from distractions.”
While admittedly not thrilled, the upperclassman players said they understand what their head coach has in mind.
“We’re going to try to make the best of it,” senior running back Patrick Jackson said. “If it helps bring unity to the team, then we’ll do it. I tried to plead my case to Coach Dooley, but he didn’t even think about it and said it’s going to be the dorm.”

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Altered Dumpsters impress DEQ chief

During recent meetings with area mayors and police jurors, David Hammons’ retrofit design for the mass-produced Dumpster won Leggett’s favor. Hammons welded triangular wings onto the sides of a Dumpster to hold the lid off its lip by about three feet, making it easier for people who have trouble lifting the heavy plastic lids to throw away garbage. It also creates a sloped lid that helps keep water out of the Dumpsters.

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Dean drafted to elite team

The hard work and relentless dedication that has helped define the landscape of this area symbolizes the very qualities that helped bring the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University star to this special moment.
Standing tall on a stage at Fawcett Stadium along with five other legendary figures from the National Football League, Dean was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame here Saturday evening.
Joining him: Darrell Green, Art Monk, Gary Zimmerman, Emmitt Thomas and Andre Tippett.

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Characters pack in for Saints camp

Here are the perks of going to Saints football camp: It’s free! Although you pay $5 for parking and fork out a small fortune for bottled water and Saints brand souvenirs, admission to the practice is free. You also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the players, if they decide to hang around after practice and sign autographs. We were banking that they would.
Lucky for us, we timed our trip perfectly with the Saints’ recent acquisition of one of Nick’s favorite players — tight end Jeremy Shockey. He was on a mission to get Shockey’s autograph.

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