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Politics in 2012 begin to take off

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I have never really considered myself a fan of politics. I mean sure, I have followed political races and the news, and being a journalist, I know a little bit about most everything going on in the world of politics at the current moment. But for the most part, when it comes to actually getting involved and caring about what politicians have to say, I have never been much of a listener.
Whether it is a super liberal candidate telling me to let loose and let the government take care of it or a super conservative candidate telling me to fix my problems myself, I have never really gotten the spirit and tone of the whole “political” process.

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Britannica ends print publications

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Britannica has ended. 2010’s 32-volume set of encyclopedias will be the last to line bookshelves across the world.
These books are usually printed once every two years, but Britannica has decided to go paperless for this 2012 year and onward.
According to CNN’s website, the books account for only 1 percent of their total sales.

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Mills to help develop science standards

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David Mills, professor of biological sciences and faculty in the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science at Louisiana Tech University, has been appointed as a ‘Primary Reviewer’ for the Next Generation U.S. Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce.
Mills will work with state and national leaders in a collaborative, state-led process as new K–12 science standards are developed to be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades, and will provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The first public draft will be released in April for public review.

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Julie Kane: Louisiana Poet Laureate

The moon is a surprised white face over the darkening river
Even before a pair of blue-gray wings swoops down
Between the O of its mouth and the O of a surfacing fish,
And the phone rings, and it’s you in Baton Rouge
Grilling a silver catfish and staring at the moon.

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AmeriCorps NCCC team to volunteer in Downsville

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A team of 12 members of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will arrive in Downsville on March 28 to work for a month on projects in Bryan Park as part of Phase II of a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant funded by the Louisiana Office of State Parks.
The group of trained individuals from across the United States will remove invasive species and build trails, as well as construct an entrance kiosk, an observation bridge and two wetland boardwalks throughout the 35 acre park located on Highway 151.

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Lincoln Parish DU Chapter gains national recognition

The President’s Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. This past fall, the Lincoln Parish Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters.

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Morgan: A good start

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Jason Morgan is off to a super start to the outdoor track and field season.
He may no longer be at Louisiana Tech University, but he is certainly keeping the name of that consistently successful program in the headlines.
The native Jamaican made it two victories in two appearances on his early outdoor slate by winning the discus at the recent Louisiana Classic in Lafayette with a throw of 209-8.

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Roaf: Sneak preview visit of pro Hall

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Willie Roaf recentliy got a feel for just how a special day in early August will be like in the famous football city of Canton, Ohio.
The former Louisiana Tech University, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line star was the fifth member of the 2012 induction class to get a special tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf, the third ex-Tech player ever to be selected for the game’s ultimate honor, was given a personal tour by Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry as a “primer” for this summer’s week-long ceremonies.

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Tech softballers at home

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Louisiana Tech opens Western Athletic Conference play this weekend when the Lady Techsters host Utah State in a three-game series at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The series begins today with a single game at 6 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission to all Lady Techster softball games is free of charge.
Tech (13-16, 0-0 WAC) and Utah State (8-17, 0-0 WAC) will both begin the long road to qualifying for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament which will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico in May as only the top six teams in the final league standings will advance to the postseason event.

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Nicholson named for awards

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Former Ruston High School star Jordan Nicholson has not one, but two different Pitcher of the Week awards after excelling on the mound in recent days for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The senior righthander was chosen for the award for both the entire state and Sun Belt Conference.
He tossed a complete game shutout for the Ragin’ Cajuns in a recent SBC opener, outdueling Louisiana-Monroe’s Randy Zeigler in a 5-0 victory.

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