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July 21st

Mantle, Mays were HR Derby personified

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You get a variety of sports nuggets in this Sunday morning column, some outside the realm of athletics:
The Mick, “The Say Hey Kid.”
Just typing those two names gets my love of baseball blossoming even more.
I know, I know. Those well-known names of yesteryear lack the showmanship of this week’s Home Run Derby Champ.
The Mick or Willie Mays covered with red, white and blue etchings and dancing at home plate.
I don’t think so.
But the times change and back then it was a much simpler time.

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Ellis Baseball Clinic set for Saturday

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It’s become as much a part of July in Ruston as searing heat and humidity.
And it’s always a home run come rain or shine.
The ninth annual Wilbert Ellis Baseball Clinic will be held Saturday at Fraser Field in Ruston. The free clinic for youth ages 4-16 will hold registration at Fraser Field from 8-9 a.m.
Saturday before the camp itself begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a noon lunch. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt along and an NCAA water bottle. Free baseball gloves have been passed to campers in recent years.
To pre-register, call Ronnie Lyons at 251-1938.

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GSU goes from ‘Helmets to Heels’

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Fundraising workshop designed to teach women about football
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A 1992 best-selling book written by American author and relationship contest John Gray was titled “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”
But Grambling State University head coach Broderick Fobbs and his wife Kimbia would rather hear people saying they’re from the planet “Gridiron” where everyone loves and understands the game of football.

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Living military veterans sought

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The Ruston Daily Leader will be publishing a Valor special edition magazine in honor of our active duty or living veteran residing in Lincoln Parish.
Valor will be showcasing pictures of Lincoln Parish’s armed forces members and some of their active duty photos submitted by members of the community.

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Justice for all ... except animals don't count?

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Anyone who really knows me realizes pretty fast I have a passion for pooches. Actually, I’m an animal lover in general, but I’m especially a dog guy.
It’s my love for all animals that has me concerned about news that has come out of Louisiana in recent weeks.
Only a few days ago three men were booked into the Morehouse Parish jail on charges related to the shooting of a dog in a Snapchat video that later went viral on Facebook.

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Duck boat tragedy was avoidable

The danger signs have been flashing red for nearly two decades.
And with 17 more lives lost on Thursday, the Daily Leader urges U.S. legislators and other officials to do something to make amphibious tour boats — better known as duck boats — safer, or ban them all together.
A sudden severe thunderstorm that popped up over a lake in Branson, Missouri, Thursday evening capsized a duck boat being battered by 5-foot waves, resulting in the deaths of 17 people. That number included five children and nine members of the same family.

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Trump speaks on alleged recordings

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with Trump.
The recording was part of a large collection of documents and electronic records seized by earlier this year by federal authorities from Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump fixer.

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Edwards questions Trump tariffs

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling President Donald Trump that Louisiana will be harmed with his use of tariffs in trade disputes with other countries.
The Democratic governor wrote to the White House, asking the president to reconsider his approach.
In the letter, Edwards says the tariffs Trump has imposed on certain imports, along with retaliatory tariffs enacted by countries in response, will damage Louisiana's ports, liquefied natural gas facilities and farms.

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State Supreme Court holds little-discussed surplus

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — As Louisiana's Supreme Court justices made their pitch to lawmakers for a state judicial budget not only free of cuts, but boosted higher, they didn't mention they were sitting on a multimillion-dollar surplus.
The justices described damaging implications if they faced reductions in this year's budget. Once lawmakers worked out a tax deal to stave off deep cuts across state government, the state's judicial budget also escaped cuts — and the justices actually got a slight, $2 million increase in state financing to bring their budget up to $173 million.

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Considering the bare facts about bears

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Last week’s column about Ruston’s bear created quite a stir around the area. All that was needed to add more fuel to the fire was news of yet another bear on the loose in the area.
This is exactly what happened as my call Sunday from Bill Sanderson, Director of Ruston Animal Control, revealed a bear spotted crossing a road north of Simsboro, then showing up on Judge Danny Tatum’s security camera in his carport in Melrose subdivision and later spotted crossing Highway 33 north of Lincoln Parish Park later in the day.

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