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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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