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March 21st

Milkshake introduces culture

Seriously, it was really, really good.
Though March 13 was my day off, I could not help but go cover the beginning of the “Discover India” exhibition at Louisiana Tech University. The sights, the smells — and, of course, the food — enchanted me to a faraway place of
bright color, soothing music and a rich, varied culture.

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Drug court showing dividends

The alternative court option was instituted in order to give drug addicts a second chance to get clean. The district attorney’s office chooses participants in the court — generally felony offenders who are not dealers and have no history of violence.
Consisting of three phases, the court is intended to help addicts get off their drugs while also rehabilitating them and allowing them to stay a part of society.

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Thompson claims Grambling’s Miss Cover Girl crown

After a Broadway-esque pageant featuring daywear, swimwear and talent, Miss Cover Girl 2005-06 Portia Taylor took one last walk and crowned sophomore Shanica Thompson Miss Cover Girl 2006-07.
“This feels wonderful,” Thompson, from West Monroe, said. “I never expected to hold this title — it is very overwhelming.”
Thompson’s platform is Music for Thought and emphasizes the use of music in education; for her talent, she played the flute.
Eight women competed for the Cover Girl title. First runner-up was Natalia Stroman and talent winner Chandri Morton claimed second runner-up.

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March 20th

Has the country gone mad?

Statistics show that office production throughout the country plummets during this time of year — for one reason only.
The NCAA Tournament.
Sixty-five teams.
Sixty-four games.
Most of them can be seen in part on CBS — from about noon until midnight,
nearly every day, for the next 2-3 weeks.
The production in north Louisiana was altered even more drastically due to Cinderella — also known as 14th-seeded Northwestern State University in Natchitoches — and her unfathomable run into the second round of the tournament.

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Many questions exists about New Orleans’ future viability

There’s really nothing else even close to compare it with, typically one of the requirements for coming up with a usable prognostication.
More head-scratching was in order last week when the RAND Corp., a national think-tank, checked in about what the future holds for the city. RAND said that three years after Katrina, in September 2008, the city will have a population of some 272,000.

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Techsters out, but still super year

With a travel schedule that Gulliver would have envied, the Techsters had plenty of positive things to reflect on in the aftermath of an 80-71 first round loss to Florida State University at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
How about a 26-5 record, regular season and postseason tournament championships for the Western Athletic Conference, final top 20 rankings in the two nationally recognized polls (Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN), a 15-game winning streak and 21 consecutive home victories at the Thomas Assembly Center?

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Education must continue improvement

The parish scored out at 94.3, up from 90.4 a year ago. That score placed Lincoln Parish as the 24th-highest rated district, out of 68 in the state.
While the improvement shows progress is being made, our parish’s education system must continue to make positive strides. The 94.3 rating put the parish near the top of schools labeled “two stars”; however, 14 districts rated out at three stars.
While Lincoln Parish’s educational system is considerably ahead of Union, Claiborne and Bienville parishes, it is also lagging behind neighbors Ouachita Parish and Jackson Parish.

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Season’s over

The Western Athletic Conference regular season and postseason tournament champions were eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the first round for the second straight year here Saturday, falling to Florida State University 80-71.
Tech (26-5) had its 15-game winning streak (fifth longest in the country) halted and lost for the first time in three lifetime meetings with the Seminoles (20-9), who reached the 20-victory barrier for the second straight year.
Florida State entered with a No. 6 seed as compared to No. 11 for the Techsters, who have had that position for the last two years.

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March 18th

Economy booming inside parish

Obviously the folks who filed those reports haven’t been to Lincoln Parish lately.
Consider these local economic indicators:
• The new eight-screen cinema is expected to open June 1;
• Lowe’s opening is set for May 5;
• Construction will soon begin on an Applebees and a Starbucks;
• Ground has been broken on two new hotels for the area, with possible plans for a third;
• Construction has started on the I-20 Service Road project; and
• There is hardly an area of the parish that is not experiencing growth in the housing market.

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Stupidity runs all the way to the bone

After reading White’s e-mail, then pondering a similar experience on my part, it would be my recommendation to replace the word “ugly” in the above statement with “stupid.”
It seems that a gentleman was in a pawn shop and saw a purse-sized Taser. Figuring it would make a wonderful gift of protection for his wife of 22 years, he made the purchase.
The Taser was powered by two AAA batteries that allegedly would send 100,000 volts through a would-be assailant, affording the victim a chance to escape before the attacker could regain his senses.

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