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April 20th

What things could you live without?

At the moment, I own both of these items; yet, their functions in my lives couldn’t be more opposite.
Can I imagine life without a garlic press? Absolutely. In fact, I bet if you paid me $100 I couldn’t put my hands on the garlic press without tearing up every kitchen cabinet and drawer in a wild search. A garlic press just isn’t worth the trouble, especially when you can buy pre-minced garlic at the grocery store. For the $100, though, I’d find the darn thing.

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Gibbs’ music to rouse Ruston

Gibbs gets down to it by putting on two weekend shows as he conducts the Louisiana Tech Jazz Ensemble today before “Swinging Into Spring” with a performance from the Lawrence Gibbs Orchestra Saturday.
Gibbs, a University of Louisiana-Monroe graduate, not only serves as a professor of music and director of his own namesake band. He is also the principal clarinetist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, performs with the South Arkansas Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and director of The Russ-Town Band, a select community band based in Ruston.

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April 17th

Bulldogs host Fresno State

Now, Fresno State is back in Ruston, this time to try and start making a move up in the WAC standings.
The two Bulldogs’ squads will begin a four-game series tonight with a single game starting at 6 p.m., resume play Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader and wrap things up Sunday with a 1 p.m. single contest.
“The Fresno State series is a do or die series for us,” Tech coach Wade Simoneaux said. “We need to produce and win some games this weekend to have a chance to go to postseason play.”

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Things you need to confess

Perhaps you are acquainted with the “Sunday Christian,” an interesting religious hybrid that flocks not only to chapter and verse, but prides himself on possessing vast knowledge of the Bible’s dimensional complexities and is willing to go to the ends of the Earth to prove it. As impressive as such knowledge is, Sunday Christians are paradoxically neutralized when their armament is stripped off on Monday, revealing an individual who not only prays, but also preys in the form of worshipping the altar of gossip (bearing false witness, as seen on Judge Judy).

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Coordinator could help on trash issue

The increase in attendance and participation over KLPB’s first efforts at organizing cleanups in 2008 was obvious. With a committee-driven approach to community involvement and a focus on one central event and gathering point, this year’s cleanup made a significant impact in terms of getting the community further involved.

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State trooper charged with sex crimes

“When this information was brought to me a week ago, I told them to check the information and if an arrest was needed, we needed to make it as soon as possible,” said State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.
Williams e-mailed inappropriate photos of himself to the investigator and solicited similar photos from the investigator who posed as a juvenile.
Williams graduated from the State Police Academy in February. State Police released the information at a news conference at Troop F in Monroe on Friday.
“We do expect additional charges as we move forward with this investigation,” Edmonson said.

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Residents rally against government spending

Milam is not happy with the way the federal government is handling the financial crisis, saying the government is not doing due diligence.
“Our public servants aren’t serving us the way they need to be,” Milam said. “They need to read the legislation before they pass it. They need to do a better job or leave.”
The crowd listened to event organizers speak out on government bailouts and stimulus bills approved under the last two presidential administrations.
“We’ve got to stop it and we’ve got to stop it today, and it starts right here,” said event organizer and speaker David Morton.

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April 16th

GSU outlines funding cut plans

Dixon said personnel cuts could be as high as 30 non-tenured faculty.
“All of that is still fluid; it’s not final,” Dixon said. “I wouldn’t want to say that there’s actually going to be 30 cuts. It could be 15, it could be 10.”
Personnel cuts can’t make up all $4.9 million necessary to trim, he said, and the university will find large savings in travel reductions, limited use of adjunct and part-time faculty, cutting supplies and equipment purchases and issuing employee furloughs — unpaid days off.

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Dowdell is Techsters’ MVP

An estimated 350 were in attendance to pay tribute to a Techsters squad that bounced back from a slow start to finish with a share of the regular season championship in the WAC and earn its first national postseason berth since 2005.
Dowdell played a major role in such success, the Calera, Ala., product averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.
She also blocked 1.81 shots per contest and finished as the WAC leader for scoring and field goal percentage (.539).

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Step forward to save babies

Bankston was born 12 weeks early and weighed two and a half pounds. After overcoming developmental delays and some initial health issues, Bankston is an example of a premature baby who has turned out strong and healthy.
“Statistically speaking, he could have cerebral palsy or blindness,” said Bankston’s grandmother, Nancy Darland, during a March of Dimes event a couple of years ago. “He’s really only averaged about one respiratory illness a winter, and he’s received speech therapy and other early intervention. You look at him now, and he looks like a healthy child. We feel lucky.”

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