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November 30th, 2012

Voucher decision could take longer

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — As testimony ended Thursday in a legal challenge against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program, the mother of a New Orleans student defended the program and said it is offering her son a better education than his siblings got in public school.
After two-days of questioning witnesses, lawyers will present final arguments to Judge Tim Kelley today.

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Tech theater to fight for food  

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Ushering in the holiday spirit, Louisiana Tech University’s “The Fights Before Christmas” exhibits a mélange of everything we know and love about the season — sprinkled with the dazzling movement and combat performance for which the department of theater is renowned.
As a new member of the Louisiana Tech theater family, it has been a particularly moving experience for me to see seven students, myself included, begin with one simple prompt — “The Fights Before Christmas”— and emerge on the other side in short time with a complete, dynamic, entertaining work of theatre.

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HIV/AIDS prevalent in La.

Since its first diagnosis in 1981, HIV/AIDS has reached epidemic numbers. Due to the threat of this global killer, the first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 to show support for those living with HIV and AIDS and to commemorate those who have died. We currently observe this day every year on Dec. 1.
As most know, HIV weakens the human immune system to the point of “deficient,” which can result in AIDS. Individuals contract AIDS either through sexual contact, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, injection drug use, occupational exposure, blood transfusion and organ transplant.

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A snake in downtown Ruston

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To my knowledge there is no scientific name for a snake with two heads. The old joke called a two-headed snake a “bad son-of-a-gun.”
In Ruston, a snake with two heads is called “parallel parking.” This snake is extremely poisonous and its venom is called a ticket.
From the time we enter grade school, we are taught, as a society, the importance of proper “line” etiquette. Our education includes how to keep the line moving, keep the line straight and how not to break up in line.

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A Dubach man called Cotton

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Somebody once said that there were so many Colvins living in my hometown of Dubach that if you met a stranger on the sidewalk and greeted him by saying, “Hello, Mr. Colvin,” you had an 87 percent chance of being right. And if he frowned at you, you could correct your mistake by saying, “Excuse me, Mr. Fuller.”
One such Fuller in Dubach is Mr. James Egan “Cotton” Fuller. He was given that nickname as a young child because his white hair looked just like cotton. Ironically, now well into his 90’s, his wavy white hair color still lives up to that moniker.

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Techsters host Ole Miss

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‘Pack the House’ battle set for Karl Malone Court Saturday
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No big deal with the NCAA no longer sponsoring the always popular “Pack the House” promotional event among its member schools.
Louisiana Tech University is staging its own version =on Saturday night.
And if a winner would be declared by the national collegiate governing organization, you can wager the free sunglasses that will be given away at the 7 p.m. women’s contest against Ole Miss that Tech will have a good chance of capturing the unofficial title.
Again, no less.
The university has won every “Pack the House” championship since its inception five years ago.

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Making waves at state

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Sophomore Preston Sparks helped lead Cedar Creek High School to a third place finish in Division IV of the recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association state swimming championships held in Sulphur. Sparks was chosen as an honorable mention All-State performer after placing in the Top Eight of two different events. He was No. 5 in the 50-meter freestyle and also had the same finish in the 100-m freestyle. The Cougars helped Lincoln Parish programs capture numerous awards at the meet, including a state title for Division II by Ruston High School.

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Dykes reported as No. 1 choice for Wolfpack

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From Ruston to Raleigh?
Will that be the move for Sonny Dykes by the time this weekend ends?
Everything is indicating that it will happen and likely within the next 48 hours.
Multiple sources close to the North Carolina State University program have told the Ruston Daily Leader that the Louisiana Tech University head coach for the past three years is scheduled to be the Wolfpack’s top choice as their new leader.
An official announcement could be made as early as today or no later than Saturday.

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Prep hoops

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The weekend schedule for Lincoln Parish high school basketball teams:
GIRLS
• New Living Word, home, vs. Shreveport Calvary Baptist, tonight; Simsboro, home, vs. Claiborne Christian, tonight.
BOYS
• New Living Word, home, vs. Shreveport Calvary Baptist, tonight; Simsboro, home, vs. Claiborne Christian, tonight.
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Prep schedules, rosters needed
Coaches or scorekeepers of all parish prep basketball teams are urged to provide 2012-13 schedules and rosters to the newspaper’s sports department for use during the season.

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Tech will learn of bowl site Sunday

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For Louisiana Tech University’s football program and its fans, the wait will end Sunday night.
That’s when the Bulldogs and their supporters will learn about postseason competition.
The ESPN network will feature its annual “College Football Bowl Selection Special” from 8:30-10 p.m., CDT, at which time the entire schedule of postseason games will be announced by host Rece Davis and analysts Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Kirk Herbstreit.

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