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June 6th, 2014

Local filmmaker risks Skid Row for art

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A simple smile and a “Good morning” were enough to lift the spirits of Ruston native Trent Dion Soto in a situation that most people wouldn’t even consider trying.
For 30 days, Soto experienced life as a homeless person — with only $5 in his pocket just in case —w in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, which he said is one of the roughest places to be homeless.
Soto, an artist and filmmaker, is in the final stages of creating “Where Will You Sleep?” his documentary film on his Skid Row experience.

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France gives Grambling vet highest honor

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Lamore Carter remembers the summer of 1943 as if it were yesterday. It was June. He had just graduated as valedictorian of Central High School in Galveston, Texas.
He already knew what was coming next. Carter had received his U.S. Army draft notice a month before. Within the year — on June 6, 1944 — allied forces launched Operation Overlord, landing on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the French coast in the Normandy regions, including one beach code-named Utah.

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Downsville man arrested for child molestation

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OUACHITA PARISH — On June 5, investigators with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations charged 52-year-old Michael Golden of Downsville with two counts of child molestation. The arrest was the result of an investigation of a website that traffics in child pornography.

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LA Tech announces new coach

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Louisiana Tech University introduced Greg Goff as its new baseball coach during a Friday morning press conference at the Charles Wyly Athletic Complex.
Goff just wrapped up his seventh season as head coach at Campbell where he led the Camels to their first NCAA postseason victory ever.
He was among several candidates Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland interviewed for the job, including Tulane interim coach Jake Gautreu, Southern Miss assistant Chad Caillet and Texas Wesleyan coach and former Tech pitcher Mike Jeffcoat.

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Keeping area youth healthy

Although for some of us it may be hard to conceive, there are kids right here in Lincoln Parish who aren’t getting the nutrition they need to keep their bodies heathy during the summertime.
Many children, the majority from underprivileged or broken homes, only have one nutrient-rich meal a day during the school year — the meal they are served in the school cafeteria.

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Ten reasons for doing right

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I’ve been thinking about these school shootings lately ­— wondering why it seems like all of a sudden troubled kids think shooting up their schools and killing their schoolmates is the solution to their problems.

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Help keep the local arts afloat

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It’s the time of year when we at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council hold our Keep the Arts Afloat campaign. We’ve been doing this now for more than 15 years, and many of you know “it’s time” when you see Board President Peter Jones walk in for a visit holding a stack of tickets. These tickets keep our organization afloat, and give you the chance to win $5,000.

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New York training yields paid internships at GSU

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Three Grambling State University students are heading to paid summer internships after a week of Dow Jones News Fund business journalism training in New York.

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June 5th

Boys, Girls Club sponsors Summer Food Program

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The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana has begun its annual Summer Food Service Program.
“This is a federally funded program that provides meals for kids ages 18 and under during the summer months,” BGCNCLA Director Eldonta Osborne said. “We recognize that many kids don’t get enough nutritional meals once school is out. The goal of the program is to make sure they do so they can continue to stay healthy.”

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Aiming for a cure

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Family to hold skeet shoot to benefit 2-year-old Casen’s cancer battle
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Casen Ray Broussard, of Hayes in Calcasieu Parish, is currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Two-year-old Casen was recently diagnosed with Stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, which is a rare form of cancer that affects about 650 children every year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.

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