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April 30th

Roberts overcomes obstacles

With the blood flow through his aorta being restricted, he had to have a stent placed in his aorta to maintain the opening and then underwent surgery two years later to repair the coarc.
If that wasn’t enough of an obstacle to overcome at such an early age, Roberts also injured his left foot when he was nearly 10 years old. A few weeks later, more problems developed with both his left foot and leg and, following treatment, was fitted for a walking cast for approximately a year.

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Protect your family from house fires

A working smoke detector could have protected the family involved in Monday’s fire. The house had a detector, but it wasn’t working correctly.
In light of what happened, the Ruston Fire Department is working on a community outreach program to get smoke detectors into the hands of those who don’t have one.
The fire department has also offered to help any resident who has a question about detectors. Just call 255-4762 to reach a firefighter who can help.

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Still want guns on campus?

The administration continues to contend that it was fireworks, nothing more, and the idea of a hoax has even been put forward.
Regardless of truth or fiction, the reaction produced by fights and just the idea of a weapon being pulled out near Grambling State University residence halls was impressive. The parish had just trained on emergency preparedness tactics the day before, and it showed by the time I got my car to campus.

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Tech complex to be rededicated

Ceremonies will be May 22, prior to the third game of the day, which is tentatively scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m.
Patterson’s name will be permanently added to the facility, where he coached for 23 years. The change was formally approved by the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors last month.

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April 29th

Yellow Jackets’ leader picks Tech

“I am not coming down there to be anybody’s answer,” Bennett answered when asked about moving into a quick starting role for the Bulldogs, who are seeking a successor to two-year regular Zac Champion at QB. “My first priority is to become part of the team, get to know the guys, make friends and work hard to earn my place.
“If it works out to where I start or contribute a lot, fine, but the main challenge for me is to become integrated with the program and adjust to my new teammates and friends.”

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Correct news is critical in an emergency

Information distributed by the university is sending mixed messages. Press releases on the GSU Web site report conflicting information.
One document says, “Three gun shots were fired into the air.” A more updated document on the site states, “Students reported to campus police hearing what sounded like gun shots. However, no evidence of gun shots fired has been presented.”
In the time of a potential emergency, it is critical that the university provides a clear and consistent message to the concerned students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni who will check for information online.

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Future lies wide open ahead

Having overthrown the psychology degree for one in journalism, I know that I love writing and I have enjoyed every second of time working on newspapers. Unfortunately, love for something isn’t always enough to help you figure out where you’re going to spend your time after school lets out.
This all-too-familiar, uneasy uncertainty reminds me of the first big graduation only a few short years ago. It felt like they pushed you from your safety net of school, friends and activities and urged you to make decisions about your future you were in no way qualified to really understand.

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Telling stories through images

Bloxham, who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, said he is interested in how the mind works. When it came time to choose his master’s studies, he said it was either creative writing or photography. Since he was a child, Bloxham has been writing plays, and he said his conceptual ideas are like filmstrips in his mind.
“I’m interested in fiction,” he said. “How can you tell a story — how can you entertain people through fiction?”

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GSU: No shooting confirmed

“Some students did toss firecrackers, we know that for sure,” Wilson said today. “We just cannot confirm anything else at this juncture.”
A news conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today on GSU campus.
Wilson said things went “extremely smoothly” this morning as students returned to classes.
“A lot of folks came to class this morning who didn’t come Friday, because they wanted to see what would happen,” Wilson said.
GSU student Witt Riley was on his way to class this morning, and he said an incident such as what happened Friday takes direction away from campus.

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Canada team: ‘Showcase’ champ

But in so far as pre-tournament predictions went, though, it wasn’t supposed to be the Grassroots Canada No. 2 squad bringing the title back home.
They were the younger of the two Grassroots’ teams who were split up for the three-day tournament, the No. 1 club being older, more experienced and deeper in talent.
The No. 2’s apparently didn’t pay much attention, though, as they survived an overtime period and took an 81-72 victory in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-sanctioned event.

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