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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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Space is too big to ignore

We may never know — the speed of light, our ultimate limiter, the fastest we can hope to travel (if we ever figure out how) is slow when you think of the distances between stars.
Even so, Dad’s scope gets more use today than it ever has, regardless of the growing and utterly pessimistic call for people to keep their eyes Earth-bound. NASA, the linchpin of our desires for a future that includes more than the planet we’re currently destroying, has been a popular target for cynics these days.

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Debate gets messy

Reasons given run the gamut from cost — curbside would be too expensive, some say; it would be impossible to enforce billing, according to others — to the difficulty of getting a trash can to the end of long private driveways, which trash trucks could not go down.
Police jury member Bobby Bennett is a strong supporter of keeping Dumpsters.
“It’s the most cheap, most economical way of gathering garbage,” he said.
A door-to-door system would create hardships on the elderly, and trash cans could blow over into the road, he said, becoming hazardous.
“It’s not very handy,” he added.

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