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January 27th

Malone family gives plenty back to Tech

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The “Mailman” has his stamp all across the campus of his college alma mater.
There is the Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center and the Karl Malone Weight Room in the Charles Wyly Athletic Center/Joe Aillet Fieldhouse.
Ånd then there’s some little-known handprints left by the former Louisiana Tech University and NBA star, such as a recent ceremony at the TAC revealed.

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Brice picks Tech

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Kentrell Brice will stay at home after all to continue his football career.
The honorable mention Class 5A All-State defensive back for Ruston High this past season announced a verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech University on Thursday.
Earlier this week, it appeared that Ole Miss would be gaining his services after The Oxford Eagle had reported a commitment by Brice to the Southeastern Conference program.

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NELTC training advantageous

With the way the economy has been over the past few years, many old enough to be out on their own seek to have some type of job lined up so they can make enough money to pay for the everyday aspects of life.
Whether it be working the night shift at a fast food restaurant after balancing a day full of classes, or working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at an office, people are out in the world doing what they can to pay the bills.
Many people in these situations often get stuck in a rut, finding it harder and harder every day to deal with the activities that constitute as their vocations.

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Tax issues need addressing

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In the State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama continued his quest to keep his job in line, and while many — including myself — found the speech a lot better than expected there were plenty of things to look at from his words to see just exactly what will unfold in 2012.
From war to overseas issues to jobs, Obama took on every major subject he could during his 65-minute speech to Congress Tuesday, and the uncomfortable looks of House Speaker John Boehner showed just how bad at acting like a good sport most Repbublicans are. Between shots of John McCain awkwardly smiling after Obama mentioned something about illegal immigrants, to shots of Boehner looking as if he may pass out after the President uttered anything, it was hard to see anyone thinking non-partisanly.

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The high cost of being a tiger mom

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American women are both incredibly dogmatic and anxious about our mothering.
When Amy Chua described her intense efforts to push her two daughters into high achievement in school, in music and, hence, in life, she caused an uproar among many Americans who consider her methods bordering on child abuse. (What? No playdates!?)
Two new studies do point out that there are costs to tiger mothering.
A study by professor Desiree Qin and colleagues was published this month in the Journal of Adolescence and is titled, “Parent-Child Relations and Psychological Adjustment Among High-Achieving Chinese- and European-American Adolescents.”

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Diabetes could be wake-up call

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Norway suffered from a nationwide butter shortage last month. Meanwhile in America, as Stephen Colbert put it, we have so many types of butter “that we have produced a product called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, because if you pick up any random object in the United States, there’s a good chance it’s butter.”
Paula Deen has been the butt of butter jokes since her rise to fame on the Food Network in 2002. It doesn’t help that she has a recipe for fried butter balls that includes two sticks of butter and two ounces of cream cheese. This recipe is just one of dozens known for their high grease, sugar or fat content.

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January 26th

Breaking ground for a new home

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Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday for the newest home to be built by the North Central Louisiana Habitat for Humanity chapter and Louisiana Tech University’s habiTECH program. The house will be located at 153 Pecan St. just off Water Tank Road. The groundbreaking is open to the public.
This is the 20th house the local Habitat chapter has built, and the seventh in partnership with Tech’s School of Architecture design-build studio class.

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Bell discusses school district

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Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said the Lincoln Parish School district has come a long way in the past year, but still has quite a bit to achieve before it reaches the goals set forth for the coming years.
School officials, political figures and community members from throughout the parish gathered for a light lunch Tuesday in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center before digging into the state of the Lincoln Parish educational status. The event is the second annual State of the District, sprung from an idea suggested by the Ruston 21 Education Committee to keep residents abreast of the issues facing the school system. Bell gave a picture of the accomplishments of 2011, as well as the challenges for 2012.

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Lightning strike causes house fire

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A fire reportedly broke out at 3:16 p.m. Wednesday after lightning struck a home on Lake Shore Drive in Ruston.
Ruston Fire Department responded to the call to find flames coming from the roof of a multi-story home. RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said firefighters attacked the blaze to find it difficult to put out due to the ruptured natural gas line, which supplied the heating unit.

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State superintendent visits Lincoln Parish

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Newly appointed State Superintendent of Schools John White stopped at Squire Creek Country Club to have breakfast and discuss educational topics with Lincoln Parish educational administrators, school board members and business leaders. After breakfast, he headed to Ruston High School to conduct a site visit. See the entire story in the Friday edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.

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