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March 2nd, 2013

Phil Robertson, ‘Duck Dynasty’ unfairly ripped

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Knowing Phil Robertson as long as I have, I can assure you he’s not going to lose any sleep over the latest “controversy” involving a late night talk show and his thriving business of making duck calls.
In fact, in a humorous sort of way, Phil might not even realize what all of the hullabaloo is about because — well — he’s not exactly the Bill Gates out of the outdoors.
High-tech he isn’t.

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’Dogs clinch tie for title

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With 2:30 left to play in a home finale at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night, Jaron Johnson soared for a slam dunk that might’ve been heard in Dallas.
It started quietly with a smooth pass from Alex Hamilton.
By the time Johnson got the basketball and performed surgery on the South end goal, another exclamation mark had been added to Louisiana Tech University’s gold mine of achievements in this 2012-13 season.

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RHS adds two more wins in tourney

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Cannon Brasuell had two hits in each game and Ruston High stopped St. Charles 7-6 and Walker 10-6 during weekend action in the annual Trey Altic Classic tournament.
The Bearcats took a 6-1 record into a Saturday night game against Belle Chassee thawrapped up action in the three-day tournament for RHS and numerous other schools throughout the area.

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GSU women are winner

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s women got a combined 52 points from their guard tandem of Joanna Miller and Cierra Ceazer to take a 68-64 Southwestern Athletic Conference win over Alabama State University at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center Saturday.
Miller had 29 points and Ceazer 23 points for the Lady Tigers (8-22, 6-12), who captured their first two-game league home stand sweep of the season.

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Smoke detectors help save lives

Of the 69 people who died in house fires in Louisiana last year, only four perished in structures that had working smoke detectors.
While the loss of those four lives is tragic, what may be equally devastating are the fire deaths that occur in homes with no smoke detectors — deaths that in many cases, perhaps even in most cases, are preventable. The Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office estimates that 95 percent of fire deaths statewide occur in residences without operable smoke alarms.

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Reader discusses views on combat

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What is meant by the term: serving in combat? Military service in Vietnam during that twelve-year war was considered being in combat.
However, approximately thirty present of the troops in country actually fought in combat with the chance of being killed every day. The remaining seventy percent were service troops. They were involved in transporting supplies, repairing equipment, or assigned to medical duties. Most of those troops never heard a shot fired in anger.

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School diversity sound of success

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There’s a room in our house where I’ve rehabbed after each surgery and kept my legs under me in between. You’ll find basic exercise equipment and accessories plus a therapy table. But you’ll also find what is probably the most important piece of my therapy equation — music. And because music inspires and motivates me more than anything else, the exercise room also doubles as a music room. Upon first glance one would probably think it was inhabited by someone with multiple personality disorder. But maybe it’s more accurate to say I suffer from “diversity disorder.”

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History quietly made

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A quite historical event occurred in Louisiana on February 1. The event did not receive a great deal of publicity in North Louisiana. This was the swearing-in of the newest Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Bernette Joshua Johnson. Thereafter a formal ceremony was held in New Orleans on this past Thursday. It was lovely and dignified, just as the new “Chief” is as a person.

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Make sure to avoid high credit card fees

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Question: I was late making my payment to my credit card company last month and I think I was charged a fee for being just one week late. Can they do that?
Answer: They can, they did and they may do it again.
It’s bad enough that you have to pay high interest rates on credit card debt; but if you make the wrong moves, additional high credit card fees can really add to your financial pain.
It sounds like you have been charged a good, old-fashioned “late fee” by your credit card company. The fee was probably somewhere between $15 and $39.

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Take advantage of higher IRA contribution limits

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For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.”
Effective earlier this year, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA when you make your 2013 contribution. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an additional $1,000 above the new contribution limit.

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