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April 25th

’Dogs seek turnaround in WAC

“We’re on a one-game win streak now,” quipped Simoneaux afterwards. “Our players were excited about it. It had been a long time since we had won one.”
If it had seemed like a month since they had won, well, it was almost that long ago.
Specifically, it was on March 29 when Tech got locked into a 14-inning duel against the Spartans and it took a ninth inning home run by outfielder Jericho Jones to keep the ‘Dogs afloat. A wild pitch in the bottom half of that inning by SJSU enabled the Ruston squad to sneak away with a victory.

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Senate vote keeps ethics laws strong

They are vital changes that strike at one of the roots of political corruption and power brokering.
The new law takes effect Saturday, but the ethics board says it doesn’t have the ability yet to deal with the reporting requirement. An effort to push the effective start date for the new law more than a year out could be seen as an effort to hamstring the changes in the law for the time being, and the Senate’s vote reaffirms the position that the Legislature is not playing games.

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Sheriff: LPDC change has benefits

“We would have more available beds, and that’s a big need that we’ve always had issues with,” Stone said. “For years now, we’ve gotten people out we hoped weren’t a danger to the public to put more people in. It was a game of Russian roulette to make room there.”
He said he is confident that the space would be enough, at least in the near term.

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RHS, Creek return to Sulphur

Four hours later, on another diamond at the Frasch Park complex, the Lady Cougars (29-7-2) will be tangling with Logansport (25-6-) in a 4 p.m. Class 1-A quarterfinal game.
Winners from those contests move on to the semi-final round Saturday morning.
Ruston High, which edged Bossier City Airline High 4-3 for the 2007 state title, earned its return journey to south Louisiana with a 3-0 blanking of Dutchtown during a regional game held at the Lady Bearcats’ complex last weekend.

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Disaster can strike any time

Hurricanes, floods, fires, bus wrecks — you name it, the emergency responders who protect our parish need to be familiar with the ins and outs of getting trained and qualified personnel to the scenes of disasters quickly and efficiently so that lives can be saved.

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Assault center offers support

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness month. In our community, those who do find themselves a victim of such unwanted contact are fortunate to have the SAC, which assists both survivors and their families.

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Bearcats bring Broadway here

“I had just gone to New York last summer with my family and we saw Phantom (of the Opera) and Wicked,” she said. “I wanted to do a Broadway show and expose these kids to things they’ve never seen before.”
While the entire choral class is required to perform in the musical, the students auditioned for their respective roles.
“Pretty much everyone (in the musical) is in choir except for three to four volunteers who just wanted to be part of it,” Givens said.

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April 23rd

LEAP tests moved for ’09

In Lincoln Parish, Accountability Coordinator Betty Wall said the change could mean a later spring break and graduation dates. Wall said she believes the later testing dates are advantageous to students and teachers.
“We have so many Grade Level Expectations we must teach in each grade, and by testing them in March it doesn’t really give you long enough to teach everything,” Wall said. “The later the testing, the more time you can spend making sure the students know the material and the skills.”
Ruston High Principal Mike Milstead said he is very much for the change.

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Bulldogs finally back home

Pardon the ‘Dogs, too, if they happen to be maybe a little bleary-eye after having spent a dozen days in California taking on two opponents in the Western Athletic Conference; Tech dropped both four-game series at Fresno State and San Jose State State.
The last time the Bulldogs won a game? It was March 29 at Love Field in a 12-11, 14-inning WAC duel with San Jose State.
That’s also the last time Tech struck for double digit in runs, the club’s offensive woes being just one part of the struggles they’ve endured recently while being mired in the WAC basement.

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Tech takes back the night with a vigil

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so the event fits right in with national focus on a problem that is not going away, despite some people’s best efforts to ignore it.
Take Back the Night is no local creation — thousands of marches and vigils have been organized since the idea’s inception, and no one is sure when it truly began.
It made it stateside in 1978 in San Francisco and has since spread to communities across America.

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