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March 14th, 2019

Wanted: Volunteers for Dixie World Series

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The city of Ruston needs volunteers to help with the 2019 Dixie World Series this summer.
Volunteer opportunities include host families, registration, opening ceremonies, concierge shifts, field help and church service volunteers, Haley Perot, the event’s volunteer coordinator said.
Two 30-minute interest meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. April 16 for anyone interested in helping to learn more about the opportunities the events will offer, Perot said.

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Know how to properly help victims of domestic abuse

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As a staff member of Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, I am often approached by a domestic abuse victim’s concerned friend or family member seeking advice on how to help.
Here is what you need to know if you want to assist someone facing domestic violence.
Domestic abuse is about power and control and can include the following types of abuse:

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Local Links chapter celebrates Mardi Gras

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The Monroe-Grambling chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrated Mardi Gras while planning community service activities. These professional women, through friendship and service, work effortlessly volunteering their time at the activities throughout the year. According to Chapter President Janice Winder, “members donned masks, paraded with second line umbrellas and listened to traditional Mardi Gras music at the meeting that was held on Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” All of the items were gifts provided by Chapter member and meeting hostess, Katrina Jackson.

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SGA holds benefit concert Saturday

The Louisiana Tech University Student Government Association is hosting an all local benefit concert to raise money for Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center in Railroad from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center works with children who have suffered abuse.

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Crime shows influence parents’ paranoia

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DEAR ABBY: I dwell in a small, Southern and, I thought, safe hometown. I’m currently unemployed and therefore unable to afford a place of my own. I live with my parents. I have job-searched for months now for something within walking distance. I pay for food with food stamps. But I can’t yet pay for transportation, insurance, necessities, etc.

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Stahly scores big in class, on court

Louisiana Tech University’s Taylor Stahly hasn’t only put up winning numbers on the basketball court.
She’s scored big in the classroom, too.
The senior Lady Techster this week became the 16th student-athlete in university history to be named a Google Cloud Academic All-American presented by CoSIDA.

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Walking the tightrope of truth

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A few months into my first newspaper job after college, I discovered almost by accident that one of the governing bodies I covered had lied to the paper about something a few weeks before.
When I brought this information to my boss, with the help of hindsight, we knew the lie hadn’t really hurt anyone, and the situation in question had turned out fine.
But I, as the idealistic young gun in the office, still wanted to put that governing body on blast for intentionally disguising the truth.

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Today, more women are writing

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Women are amazing. The world wouldn’t exist without them.
Most of the writers I’ve grown up admiring and reading are women.
Lately, women have written most of the books I seem to suggest to eager readers, though I like to think I give the guys a fair shot.
I’m not saying there aren’t good male authors out there, too. There should be with how many more of them there were to choose from in the past, but in the last decade ladies are closing that gap.

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U.S., Canada ground Boeing 737 Max 8s, 9s

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian airliner that killed 157 people, a reversal for the U.S. after federal aviation regulators had maintained it had no data to show the jets are unsafe.

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Health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations.
The new guidelines, first proposed in November, are the latest government effort to reverse what health officials call an epidemic of underage vaping.

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