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Woman’s death ruled homicide

Arson Division Chief Marc Reech said the department is reluctant to give out details about Washington’s death or what caused pathologists to rule it a homicide.
He did say Washington was dead before the blaze was lit, but wouldn’t describe the cause of death.
He said having people submit information that corroborates what investigators already know will help rule out fakes.
“I want to make sure we get good information on this,” Reech said. “This case has been out there a while, and the family is very serious about the reward because they want to find out who did it.”

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Grass-fed beef food for thought

“There appears to be trends in the country of people who are interested in this type of product,” Mark Murphey, associate professor of animal sciences at La. Tech said.
And who can blame them with movies like Fast Food Nation (2006) depicting despicable animal handling practices and workplace injustices? Watch that film and you may never eat meat again.

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Light a fire, suffer the consequences

What rain we have been getting in the past few weeks has been sparse, intermittent and inadequate to reverse the persistent dryness. Farmers, gardeners and those who work outdoors will tell you that the summer has been oppressively hot, as well.
Those kinds of conditions set the stage for fires that could easily run rampant if they are not contained.
The plethora of grass fires along Interstate 20, La. 33, parish roads and even in people’s yards have had the fire district running for weeks, and Chief Dennis Ford will tell you that the parish department is getting tired.

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’Dogs begin Camptown Races

“I’m a little old fashioned,” Dooley said. “I believe in camp being camp and believe it’s good for the players to be in a not so great dorm and away from distractions.”
While admittedly not thrilled, the upperclassman players said they understand what their head coach has in mind.
“We’re going to try to make the best of it,” senior running back Patrick Jackson said. “If it helps bring unity to the team, then we’ll do it. I tried to plead my case to Coach Dooley, but he didn’t even think about it and said it’s going to be the dorm.”

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Altered Dumpsters impress DEQ chief

During recent meetings with area mayors and police jurors, David Hammons’ retrofit design for the mass-produced Dumpster won Leggett’s favor. Hammons welded triangular wings onto the sides of a Dumpster to hold the lid off its lip by about three feet, making it easier for people who have trouble lifting the heavy plastic lids to throw away garbage. It also creates a sloped lid that helps keep water out of the Dumpsters.

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Dean drafted to elite team

The hard work and relentless dedication that has helped define the landscape of this area symbolizes the very qualities that helped bring the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University star to this special moment.
Standing tall on a stage at Fawcett Stadium along with five other legendary figures from the National Football League, Dean was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame here Saturday evening.
Joining him: Darrell Green, Art Monk, Gary Zimmerman, Emmitt Thomas and Andre Tippett.

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Characters pack in for Saints camp

Here are the perks of going to Saints football camp: It’s free! Although you pay $5 for parking and fork out a small fortune for bottled water and Saints brand souvenirs, admission to the practice is free. You also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the players, if they decide to hang around after practice and sign autographs. We were banking that they would.
Lucky for us, we timed our trip perfectly with the Saints’ recent acquisition of one of Nick’s favorite players — tight end Jeremy Shockey. He was on a mission to get Shockey’s autograph.

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Football star doesn’t forget to give back

Dean has participated in several sports camps as a volunteer instructor, leading young players by example.
Simply his presence here, out on the field and interacting with youth, displays his care for the community and concern for local students.
Throughout the pre-Pro Football Hall of Fame induction activities and celebrations, Dean has remained humble.
He’s talked about his mother, Rosie Lee Dean, who he credits as his inspiration and his strength. He’s realized the recognition that naturally follows his honor for both his alma mater and his hometown.

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Dean’s honor shines spotlight on Tech, city

“I’ll be thinking about my mom (Rosie Lee), who passed away four years ago and was my best friend and supporter, and I’ll start reflecting back on how much she meant to me in my life and athletic career,” he said. “My father, Rural Dean, is nearly 90 now and he’s still with us and has been such a big part of my life, and then there will be my wife (Pam) and children and family members and friends.

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