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June 23rd

Struggling with the urge to vacation

Before I can even realize, I’m picturing seagulls winging overhead, feeling hot sand burning my feet and tasting saltwater.
I guess my mind has been on vacation as my body works through the regular daily routine at work and at home.
The beach, to me, is the ultimate vacation.

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Museum overdue for state sports’ stars

Well, one of those events was held under sunny skies off of Main Street in this beautiful and gracious city back in January.
The enthusiasm and optimism surrounding the groundbreaking ceremonies was tantamount to those thousands of LSU fans who were basking in the glory of their second BCS national title in five years earlier in the same month.
Really, the timing couldn’t have been better for both events to have transpired within only a few short days of each other.

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June 20th

Hall honor: An emotional moment

So did a lot of other people gathered at the Ducournau Restaurant.
When he began mentioning the impact that Pete Jenkins, his former specialty coach at LSU, and others made on his life on and off of the field, the Franklin native had to stop and wipe away a tear. Or maybe several of them.

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A fitting honor for Mr. Malone

It’s the highest possible honor that a sports devotee can bring upon himself in Louisiana, and few deserve the accolades like Karl Malone.
He joins the ranks of men like Terry Bradshaw, Tom Hinton, Eddie Robinson, Doug Williams, James Harris, Charlie Joiner, Frank Lewis, Maxie Lambright, Kim Mulkey, Leon Barmore, Bert Jones, Jimmy “Chick” Childress and L.J. “Hoss” Garrett.

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Combating the cyber threat

The fight should be wherever Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants are hiding — and they are not holed up in downtown Baghdad.
For five years, we have been ensnared in a sectarian civil war in Iraq that has cost thousands of American lives and more than a half-trillion dollars.
An old saying goes that a fish rots from the head, and by losing our focus on defeating al-Qaida’s global network, it appears we have spent all our time focusing on the tail.

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Art, science intermingled

While Gould’s academic focus rested in both art and science, it was art that he turned to in the end.
“As much as I liked the aspects of science because they are intriguing, the end product I wasn’t feeling as much,” he said.
“Something was missing in the personal satisfaction, and I really got that with art.”
Derived from his perceptions of nature, Gould said his art is influenced by principles of quantum physics, which he said he still actively studies.

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June 19th

Malone: A rim-shattering slam

That “scene” recalled by Russo dealt with a play against Fresno State in which Malone made a leaping catch of a pass and, rather than pull up for a shot, went into a head-turning “slam dunk” mode.
“Karl got the ball way over his head and in one motion, absolutely just one-handed it right through the basket,” Russo said. “I mean he slammed it and it almost tore the goal down.
“He had a lot of great moments and plays in his career at Tech, but that’s one I always remember because of the sheer force that he used and one that became synonymous with the great career that he had.”

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Legislature's raise backstep for Louisiana

Louisiana, lagging behind in many categories like education and health care when compared to other states in the nation, will have the highest legislative pay in the southern region and the 14th highest nationwide.
We can’t help but think about residents of the 11th and 12th Districts of the House of Representatives. Their state representatives may well receive more money in this raise than the poorest of those residents make in year.
We find ourselves thinking about Senate District 35, as well, an area with great needs that could benefit from state aid.

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Lewis' legacy will live on

According to friends and former colleagues, Lewis spent his life going above and beyond to help young people reach their potential. Whether it was in his job as intern coordinator at GSU or through working with a nonprofit group dedicated to helping youth, it appeared Lewis was motivated to guide others to clean out the obstacles in their lives that were pulling them down.

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Pop’s Blueberry Patch brings pickers out in force

“Some people just enjoy coming and picking,” he said. “When you go out there and pick (the berries), you’re going to pick the ones you want. It’s just like picking a Christmas tree.”
Also, Alexander said he believes customers return year after year to extract their own fruit for the fair price and health benefits.

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