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Help protect community from violence

It’s a fact of life we can’t afford to ignore.
Local law enforcement officers are more familiar with what goes on behind closed doors than many of us. They’ve seen the damage — emotional and physical — that is inflicted upon women, men and children in these situations.
As discouraging as it must be to see the effects of domestic violence day in and day out,
many times at the same residences, these officers continue to do their duty and work to protect the victims.

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GSU filled with diversity

It’s good for everyone when all countries get together, meet and have a little fun, all for the sake of world unity and making the world a better place.
Fans of the Olympics get it, and so does Grambling State University.
The world is a quickly shrinking one. Days of isolation and xenophobia are pretty much extinct as increased methods of travel and communication through modernization has made working with a country around the world about as hard as it is working with a corporation around the block.

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Parish football getting in gear

Tech officials are expecting a large crowd for their nearly 31,000-seat stadium, which has never had a sellout since opening the turnstiles in the late 1960s.
This game might come close, as ticket sales have been brisk in the past several weeks and the Bulldogs from Starkville are due to have 5,000-plus fans arriving to support their team.
It will mark game No. 10 in a cross-state series that began in Starkville in 1904 and was last played in 1996 when Tech took a 38-23 victory.

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Bringing in dollars and sense

Students from Illinois, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, California, Indiana and Maryland were part of the tour.
After attending a President’s Breakfast with Judson, who spoke to the group, they moved on to Grambling Hall to attend an informational program called “A Little About GSU” in the Grambling Hall auditorium.

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Domestic abuse prevalent

Faircloth agreed domestic abuse is “no respecter of persons.”
“I’ve known abusers who were Ph.D.’s and those who didn’t have a GED,” she said. “I’ve had millionaires’ daughters and Welfare moms sit in my support group.”
Faircloth said between 600-700 women and children and around 12 men each year in a five-parish area receive services from DART, which offers shelter, support groups, individual counseling and legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence.
Recent arrests connected to dating and domestic violence include:

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Protecting our elderly calls for vigilance

Unfortunately, many times they are victims of people and circumstances that can have devastating effects.
It’s our responsibility to value and protect the elderly in our area, and sometimes that may mean getting out of our comfort zones.
Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person, according to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. It is generally categorized into physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, psychological abuse, financial abuse and neglect.

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Detoxing clears body, mind

Instead, I’ll fill my plate with fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Omitting processed foods gives the body time to let go of a build-up of gluten, sugar and, in some people’s cases, caffeine overload. Yes, caffeine— my hurdle to overcome— is prohibited.
Carolyne Yakaboski, doctor of naturopathic medicine and bio nutrition, is a proponent of detox diets and regularly gives workshops on the topic at her Natural Wellness Center in West Monroe.
“We live such toxic lives because of the environmental toxins we eat, drink and breathe,” she said.

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Croom’s club: Tough test for Tech

The Staters gained their success by running with and taking care of the football, stopping the run, creating turnovers and being extra alert with their special teams’ play.
When they come into the Aillet facility to kick off the ’08 season, expect little different.
“I’ve said quite often that we don’t need style points,” said Croom, who took over a program on probation in 2003 and persevered through the adversity and second-guessing that comes with three consecutive three-win productions.

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Dixie turns 80

“It’s just been a great day and bringing Mojo and The Bayou Gypsies in and celebrating the Dixie’s 80th anniversary with a little Louisiana culture and Cajun flair seemed to be the thing to do,” said Marlen Waters, director of the Dixie Center of the Arts.
“We really wanted to do something that would bring out kids, parents, grandparents — the whole family. Because that’s something we believe in and really try to do here at the Dixie. Because he’s so good at working with children while also being a great zydeco performer, Mojo seemed liked he’d be a perfect fit, and he was.”

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Cedar Creek learns under the best

Named the Romanian Head Coach again in 1980, tension grew between Karolyi and Romanian officials when the famed coach came under fire due to score protests he lodged.
It was then that he sought political asylum in the U.S. and eventually landed in Houston as owner of a gym.
“Bela is an unbelievable figure in the world of gymnastics,” Cecil said. “But he is also a loving and caring man. And he personally supervised our girls, something none of us could believe.”
So what’s the big deal, you might ask?
Just take a look at his resume since arriving in the United States.

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