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Local artist is international sensation

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Distinguished local artist Hooshang Khorasani’s work is sought after by art collectors worldwide, and lately the demand for his work has been growing.

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Winter ice usually isn't nice

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Snow is a beautiful thing. I love the way it looks.
That’s as long as it’s in a picture, because I’m not crazy about the way it feels.
You have to remember I grew up in New Orleans. I remember riding my first “real” bike on Christmas morning wearing a pair of shorts and a tank top. Lincoln Parish is the frozen tundra for me — I’m just not made to live in cold, cold weather.
So as we face the threat of snow and/or ice (this is being written Thursday afternoon), I have to admit to not being thrilled. I’ve experienced my share of ice storms over the years. I’d rather not do so again.

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Facebook may have finally hit its peak

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Despite a strong lead in technological communication, the Facebook fad could be heading for a close.
Yes, there is a Golden Globe winning, Oscar-nominated movie, 600 million users and a $50-80 billion corporation involved, but where else can the corporation go from here?
What was once a company that prided itself on the communication between friends and host sometimes-unflattering pictures of each other has turned into a social deviant, being the cause of many personal security issues and now being used as a way to have employees fired.
That’s not all. Facebook allows “exes” to stalk old lovers, gives enemies a portal to cyberbullying and has aided in a number of malicious crimes.
How often have you untagged yourself from pictures or posts out of fear of people you may or may not know knowing your whereabouts and activities?
It is fears like this that have caused Facebook to become more of a menacing upkeep rather than a fun way to waste time.
Of course, there are small security features that Facebook offers that will allow only certain people on certain lists that you create to see what you do, but with the ever-changing Terms of Service, you can never be certain what that list will be able to see after an update, not to mention the upkeep required to know who is on what list and who should be able to see what.
Facebook has become a complex array of services that loses its luminosity and excitement when it becomes too complex, and that is exactly what is happening.
Complexity forced MySpace, Friendster and other less-known social networking sites into near extinction, and unfortunately, Facebook is following the path of its predecessors by taking the fun out of social networking and turning it into a part-time job.
Facebook should look at Twitter and emulate at least the function.
Though 140 characters is a little steep for a post, the simplicity of Twitter is what makes it such an addictive networking site.
Even more trouble for social networking and the Internet as a whole is the literal near-end of space available on the Web.
New York magazine reported that the Internet is running out of addresses for all devices wanting to connect to it. Internet protocol addresses (IPs) are the unique numerical label assigned to every device participating in a computer network.
The system being used now, IPv4, lets 4.3 billion different devices connect to the web. However, with only 117 million device spots left, a new system is needed, which is why the IPv6 is currently in the works.
Among other companies such as Yahoo and Google, Facebook is planning to switch over to the IPv6 in June.
However, I would caution Facebook to hold their cards before folding into the new generation of IP control. The fad is dying fast, and Facebook may not have a leg to stand on when the IPv6 is released worldwide.

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Charles Woodruff (C. W.) Colvin

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Charles Woodruff (C. W.) Colvin was born in Unionville, Louisiana on January 12, 1922. He passed from this earthly life and entered into Heaven on February 1, 2011 at the age of 89 years. A celebration of the life of Mr. Colvin will be held in the Trinity United Methodist Church Burkhalter Chapel in Ruston, Louisiana, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Visitation with the family will be held before the service beginning at 10:00 AM at the Chapel. Mr. Colvin was the second of six children born to Thomas Ralph Colvin and Bertha Elaine Goodgoin Colvin.

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Too big to fail

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In his book “Too Big To Fail,” Andrew Sorkin provides the reader a blow-by-blow account of the words, actions and intrigue surrounding the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

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Carl Clinton Williams, Jr.

Carl Clinton Williams, Jr. died on Monday, January 17, 2011 at his home in Midlothian, Virginia, after a brief illness. Born in Corsicana, Texas on June 2nd, 1923, he grew up in Ruston, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University and obtained three Master's Degrees. He served in the 882nd Bomber Squadron, US Army Air Corps during World War II including an overseas tour in Saipan where he earned three bronze stars. After the war he returned to Ruston and pioneered the first farm raising chickens in Lincoln Parish.

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Phillip May, Jr.

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Funeral Services for Mr. Phillip May, Jr. 87, of Grambling, LA will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Grambling,  LA with Rev. Titus Walker officiating. Interment will follow in the Grambling Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grambling, LA under the direction of Kings Funeral Home of Ruston, LA. Mr. May  was born on February 28, 1923 in Hilly, LA and passed away on January 29, 2011 at his home in Grambling, LA. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp during  World War II.   Mr.

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Heart health important for everyone

With Valentine’s Day looming, February is the month when people begin to think of matters of the heart. But physicians like area cardiologist Michael Langiulli say people, especially women, should focus on keeping their hearts healthy. Langiulli will speak at the Healthy Woman Wellness Challenge 2011 on the topic “Keeping Your Heart in Mind.”

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Glenda Rose Hendricks Smith

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On September 7, 1947, Glenda Rose Hendricks Smith was born to the late John Wesley and Gladys Mable Hendricks. She leaves to cherish her life her two loving daughters, Pamela & Victoria and one devoted and committed son Edwin Dewayne. She leaves behind four sisters, Mary, Renell, Tanya, and Pearl (Steve); six brothers Tyrone (Carolyn), Kenneth, Preston, Herman (Teresa), M. Lavelle and Ralph (Sandy); six grandchildren (Michael, Gregory, Casious, Nakedra, Rodneca, Makita), and two great grandchildren (Courtney, Gregory Jr.), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.

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GSU closed due to inclement weather

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Due to inclement weather was closed 5 pm on thursday and will reopen Monday, bebruary 7.

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