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February 28th

FBI to relook 1965 shooting

“We weren’t allowed in there, but I forced my way in. I can still see him lying there with bullet holes in his chest.”
After so many years of trying to move on, Wilder’s family may have to revisit the events of that fateful July night in 1965, along with dozens of other families across the nation as the FBI revisits cold cases from the Civil Rights era that may have been racially motivated.

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Techsters end home slate tonight

“Our players have worked very hard to get there,” said head coach Chris Long. “It’s good to be in first place, but there’s still one regular season game remaining and we want to finish out with a win.”
Tech will also be saying so long to four seniors in this evening’s game: guard Shan Moore and forwards Amber Metoyer, Tamika Kursh and Ty Moore.
“Our seniors have contributed a lot to the program here and they’ve been a big reason for the success that the program has had over the past four years,” Long said.

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Protect your home from fires

To help combat these numbers, the Ruston Fire Department is reaching out to homeowners, offering an engine company to come out and do a walk-through to point out potential hazards. Chief James Tornabene said some of the more common dangers include space heaters located too close to combustible materials, gas cans anywhere near water heaters and candles that are not in any kind of glass jars.
“One thing you find, especially with college students, is too many things being plugged into one outlet,” he said. “A lot of these older houses aren’t wired for all that.”

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Rolling into a realization

That is, when I had time to worry about anyone but myself. The years have not been kind to my sense of balance, and all I could remember is being black and blue from the last time I had donned skates; not sure when that was, but I think New Kids on the Block might have been all the rage.
So, it wasn’t much wonder that it took a while for me to leave the safety of the carpet and actually venture out on the hard court, where other skaters, including my friends, were zooming around keeping time to the music like they were extras in “ATL.”

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BESE asks for MFP changes

Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said the proposals have arisen out of complaints about the current system during the last year.
“These proposed changes were all predicated by discussions that have been ongoing among the legislature, school board officials and the public,” Downs, a member of the House Education Committee, said.
Several of the education department’s recommendations, which the education committee will likely receive prior to end of April when the regular legislative session begins, would benefit the Lincoln Parish School District.

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February 27th

Parish teams seek playoff wins

Ruston High will have its Round No. 2 test set for Wednesday night rather than tonight, what with Ellender’s girls among the entries in the annual “Sweet 16” state tournament in Hammond.
The Bearcats will host the Patriots starting at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s a sizeup of each of the second round appointments for parish teams:
TONIGHT

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RPAR seeks local shoe donations

Soles4Souls, founded by Wayne Elsey as a response to the tsunami which hit Indonesia in 2004, is a little more than a year old and was able to provide a quarter of a million pair of shoes for tsunami victims and triple that amount for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The organization provides shoes for not just disaster relief efforts but for everyday needs of people all over the world.
“The simplicity of what we do is the reason we’re successful,” Elsey said. “We get shoes; we give shoes … We call it changing the world one pair at a time.”

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Signs of a postmodern society

• A breakdown in the traditional social institutions of marriage, family, church and school;
• A lack of common sense;
• A general confusion about what is right and what is wrong;
• A decline in personal responsibility and a tendency to blame others for our actions;
• An information glut and inability to separate the truth from lies;
• Apathy or indifference to issues outside of ourselves;
• Inability to recognize inconsistencies in our behavior; and
• Increased efforts to accumulate material possessions as a measure of our success.

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Fire deaths prompt concern

“Basically what we will do is send a fire engine out with a company, and they will go around the outside and the inside of the home and point out anything that could be dangerous,” he said. “It usually takes around 10 to 15 minutes.”
Tornabene said some of the hazards firefighters will be looking for include space heaters located too close to combustible materials, gas cans anywhere near water heaters and candles that are not in any kind of glass jars.

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February 26th

Bulldogs edged by ULM, 10-9

The game-winning run went ULM’s way in almost the same manner as Tech’s Friday night decision, where a balk gave the Bulldogs the necessary one-run differential.
This time, the Warhawks got the edge when pinch-run ner Brent Smith slid wide of a swipe tag by catcher Alex Richard after shortstop Dennis Winn had to make a quick throw to the plate,

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