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September 8th

5 reasons Tech is dear to my heart

This week, I quizzed the Tech student I know best (my husband) all about the new school year. What was campus like? How busy was the bookstore? What are your professors like? Where did you sit in the classroom? You get the idea. Not being a school nerd himself, he was bewildered by my intense need to know what his first days back were like.
“It was fine,” was the only answer he could manage, with a shrug.

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City strives to grow, keep its charm

City planners have hopes the move will ease the flow of industrial traffic on city surface streets. Industry is currently zoned on the eastern edge of the city, and heavy equipment and 18-wheeler traffic is a common sight through downtown and around the east side of the city.
Eventually, traffic of that nature will be able to exit the interstate on the extreme east side of the city and avoid tie-ups inside the areas where shoppers, students and school buses frequently drive. In a way, it will help create a kind of traffic loop reminiscent of the Industrial Loop in Shreveport.

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Locals dish out help to victims of Gustav

Abernathy is no stranger to the work that needs to be done. For example, he and others from Rolling Hills were at the Iowa floods earlier this year and have responded to disaster zones related to weather in Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and other states recently.
“Every disaster has its own personality,” Abernathy said. “This wasn’t just an isolated disaster. You’ve got a lot of little rural communities scattered all over central Louisiana that have experienced a lot of damage, and we don’t need to forget them.”

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September 5th

Grambling newcomers on spot

And two other running backs are sophomores: Cornelius Walker and Frank Warren.
“We’ve got a lot of talented young players on our team,” said second-year head coach Rod Broadway, “and we’re going to be counting on them to help us a lot this year.”
That holds particularly true at quarterback, where Broadway and his staff are suddenly faced with getting through this season with an inexperienced leader.
Dillon didn’t take his first college snap until last weekend’s 49-13 loss against Nevada in Reno, where he completed 13 passes in 25 attempts for 225 yards and a touchdown.

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Power crews got us up and running

A lot of that has to do with plain luck. Gustav’s course spared Lincoln Parish a lot of the worst of the jostling — the bands carrying the greatest force of wind and rain seem to have swept right along the eastern edge of the state as the storm moved through.

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Gov. Palin's pioneering streak

Being a powerful woman poses special difficulties: Americans may pretend to enjoy (or aspire to) racial blindness, but not gender blindness. Women leaders must forge personal strategies for combining “feminine” with “powerful” even while living in a society like ours that pays lip service to the idea that gender doesn’t matter anymore.
Newsflash: Of course it does. Sex is one of the more consistently powerful forces in the human psyche, and both men and women notice whether someone is female or male.

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Fugitive captured

Campbell was also believed to be a crack cocaine and methamphetamines dealer and a “master manipulator,” according to America’s Most Wanted Web site.
The fugitive, whose Ruston residence was on McBride Street, had apparently been living in the city approximately eight months before he was detained by the LPSO with the assistance of the Ruston Police and SWAT team. He used the aliases Wesley and William Moore.

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RHS, Neville to battle Friday

Then came a live statewide telecast by the Cox Sports Television network which prompted a move to a Thursday night meeting.
Weather conditions, however, have now forced a switch back to tomorrow night at Tiger stadium beginning at 7 p.m.
“We both felt that the weather will be totally out of here by Friday and that it’s going to be better all around for everybody,” said RHS head coach Billy Laird Wednesday. “With school having been out the past three days and starting back up tomorrow (Thursday), it also won’t be so rush, rush for everybody.”

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Awareness thwarts

This can be done anonymously through hotlines like CrimeStoppers, which will even pay for good information that leads to an arrest.
We’re all responsible for keeping our community safe. People like Campbell, who was wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child and assaulting police officers, shouldn’t be allowed to roam the streets, where they could potentially cause more harm.
As this incident proves, local law enforcement officers will respond quickly and professionally to tips from the public. They are charged with keeping our parish safe, and they take their duties seriously.

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Parish embraces evacuees

This is her second time to evacuate to Ruston — the first being in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina — and she returned to the northern city because of positive memories from the first stay.
“I liked the way they treated me, and I liked the environment,” she said.
Another Lake Charles resident, Rontonda Thibodeaux, said her large family evacuated to Ouachita Parish in 2005, but chose to find a spot in a Ruston shelter this time because she heard it was nice and had fewer evacuees.

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