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August 13th

All not on the same footing

First there are economic differences.
Some kids will not be able to afford all of the supplies required of our “free” education system today. With supplies and clothing, that total can easily top $200 — for each child. A family with three or four children would almost have to take out a second mortgage on their home — or go into debt — just to get their kids in class for opening day. Granted, school uniforms have helped cut the clothing costs, but haven’t eliminated them.
Once you get your children “in” school, the next chore is to keep them there.

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Architecture displays unveiled

“It’s a different experience, but it’s a great idea, being able to change the way we’ve thought in the past,” Culvert said.
Culvert included kiosks, research facilities, group meeting areas and space for students to meet and interact in his design.
“I wanted to make it a collaborative space where you can combine actual practice with the teachings of it,” he said.

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August 9th

Broadway: it’s all about team

“There’s no ‘I’. I don’t want to hear about individual stuff or somebody complaining about what happened to him.
“It’s all about team and encouraging your teammates and making the better. Do something that helps somebody on your team. We do that and we can be successful.”
The team-oriented speech by the national black collegiate and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year recipient was delivered during the early portion of Grambling’s first preseason training camp session.
Also stressed by Broadway: “No excuses.”

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Spend a night out and grow

As Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone put it, the effort either strengthens or begins a bond between law enforcement and communities that will help in sharing information vital to the fight against crime.
It’s also plain common sense — if you get to know your neighbors, who so many of us tend to just be cordial with and then ignore, you build communities.

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Planet, hospitality in orbit

Moore, a graduating senior at Tech, proudly displayed the painting “Misty Hospitality,” at Art Melt. When Daniel looks at this creation named after a fictional story he wrote, he envisions the mass of colors to be what a character in his story embodying the spirit of a deceased man sees. A couple of his friends, however, have a different perspective.
“Some say they see bunny rabbits in the painting,” the 29-year-old artist commented.
Well, art remains subjective.

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Tech stands up new cyber center

Scholars who have more than 800 national publications, as well as numerous grants and projects, are heading up the center.
Funding for the center — a whopping $8 million — came half-and-half from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the two universities.
Faculty include Tech’s Vir Phoha, Kody Varahramyan, Rastko Selmic and Christian Duncan, while LSU has pitched in Peter Chen, S.S. Iyengar, Gabrielle Allen and Tevfik Kosar.
Guice said eight additions are also forthcoming — two new faculty at Tech and LSU, as well as four post-doctoral researchers.

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August 8th

Bonds is new home run king

“This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period,” Bonds said.
And more than 43,000 adoring Giants fans, including his godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, surely agreed.
Bonds raised both arms over his head like a prize fighter in victory, fists clenched — and then he took off. It was over at long last.
Bonds did it with a shot to the deepest part of the ballpark with one out in the fifth inning against Washington’s Mike Bacsik.

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Suspension, expulsion can’t be end

Last school year, the board entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with New Living Word Ministries to provide a place for students to land, learn and rearrange their attitudes. That step was a good one, as LPSB Superintendent Danny Bell has said, but more can be done.
The next step is to try and curtail the big problem with pulling kids out of school: falling behind.
Bell and the LPSB are pursuing some “Options” as a way to maybe do what these kids really need.

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Gunplay hasn't been my way

And that’s enough to be a turnoff for me. I have too many people who care about me and that I care about to let danger into my life without reason. Just the possibility of an accident makes me nervous.

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Choudrant OKs water rate hike

During its discussion, the council based the explanation for an increase around the 3/4-inch meter because the majority of Choudrant customers have that meter in place.
“The current (water) rate is $10 base; $10 base means that you pay $10 a month for having water service at your house. Included in that is up to 4,000 gallons of water,” Sanderson said. “For any of your usage over that 4,000 gallons of water, it’s an additional $1.40 per thousand gallons of water used.”

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