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February 6th

Is your teen a victim of dating violence?

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Violence in dating relationships should concern anyone living in Louisiana. As I’ve written many times before, our state always leads the nation in family violence. Right now, we’re third in single victim/single perpetrator homicides, the class of murder which includes boyfriends killing girlfriends and husbands killing wives.
At DART — the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team — we are concerned not only with keeping victims safe; we want to prevent relationship violence all together. The earlier a person ends a violent relationship, the easier it is to escape it completely.

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People with mental illnesses often help to enrich our lives

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If you are living with a mental illness (a consumer), do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers have or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods and ability to relate to others.

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Pet of the Week

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Dolly is a young femalelabrador retriever mix. She and her littermates were left abandoned and are in search of homes. These youngsters are still being bottle-fed so it will be a few weeks before they will be ready to leave. They will grow up to be large dogs, so a home with room for a large dog will be needed for these pups. For more information about Dolly and her littermates, visit www.4pawsresuceinc.com or call 251-DOGS. Their adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay/neuter certificate and rabies shot.

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GSU tradition starts strong

Grambling State University recently had their inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Award Luncheon to kick off African-American History Month, and it’s looking like another solid tradition will be added to the GSU books.
The university held the award luncheon as a way to honor individuals who strive to be like King through their work and service, but it was also a way to honor a man who gave everything for human rights.

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Learn to be more heart smart

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Each year we dedicate certain months to various causes, and this month is not only Black History Month but also American Heart Month.
This month isn’t just about remembering those we have lost to heart complications, but also helping to raise awareness to others.
As part of American Heart Month, there is “Wear Read for Women,” which is designed to help fight the No. 1 killer of women — heart disease.

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Rewarding kids can often backfire

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The media recently reported “new” research findings to the effect that rewards often backfire and self-esteem is not the wonderful, uplifting personal attribute once thought. As a result, schools are rethinking their teaching and classroom management philosophies.
Wrong again! Research showing that rewards often backfire and revealing the dark side of self-esteem has been available for quite some time. Furthermore, the Internet permits anyone who is interested to access this information. This supposedly “new” stuff simply illustrates the  disconnect between research and practice in American education. More directly put, educational methodology is more driven by fad than fact. In effect, the classroom is in many ways a laboratory within which experiments are conducted using children as guinea pigs.

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Jindal picks allies for jobs

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Gov. Bobby Jindal has repeated the same mantra for four years: “Who you know is not more important than what you know.”
But who you know certainly seems to help in the job application vetting process for Jindal’s administration.
A recent flurry of hires and appointments in the last few months since Jindal was re-elected include former parish presidents and former lawmakers, many of whom were either term-limited or lost bids for re-election, all of whom were Jindal allies.

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Tech, GSU: Solid recruits

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Never, in the long history of recruiting, has there ever been a head coach who proclaimed a lousy signing class.
If there has been, then somebody needs to dial up the NCAA and complain about that coach bucking a trend that has come to be expected as much as the rating stars placed besides each signee’s name.
In a jovial statement made in front of an estimated 400 Louisiana Tech University fans at a National Signing Day luncheon at the Ruston Civic Center last week, Bulldogs’ Head Coach Sonny Dykes quipped that, “just once, I’d like to hear a coach say we got our tails kicked on signing day’.”

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Bicknell will be wearing championship ring

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Jack Bicknell will be getting fitted for a championship ring in the near future.
And also celebrating his birthday in super style on Tuesday, when he turns 49.
The former Louisiana Tech University head coach was one of the members of the New York Giants’ coaching staff basking in the aftermath of a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday night.

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Jones, Landry exchange vows

Michelle Lee Jones, of Ruston, and Jacob Daniel Landry, of Belle Rose, were united in marriage at six o’clock in the evening on Saturday at the Douglas United Methodist Church in Choudrant.

The ceremony was performed by the uncle of the bride, the Rev. Ronald Cathey.
Michelle is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Aubrey Jones, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Aubrey Jones and the late Mr. Jones, of Choudrant, and Mrs. Malcolm Cathey and the late Mr.Cathey, of Simsboro.

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