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December 6th

Judge: Police Jury discriminated

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Third District Judge Charles Traylor II has ruled that a black man known for battling racial discrimination was unfairly denied a position as the Lincoln Parish director of Homeland Security based on his race and history of litigation.

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RCT puts on holiday play

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On Thursday, the Dixie Center for the Arts hosted the “slap-stick” comedy, “Christmas Belles.” This play is the sequel to the former Ruston Community Theatre play, “Dearly Beloved.”
“Christmas Belles” will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Saturday with a special matinee showing at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Man charged with rape

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A man is in jail today on charges of forcible rape and second-degree battery stemming from an incident that happened in April.
Capt. Tim Parker, spokesman for the Ruston Police Department, said that Antonio Dewayne Brantley, 32, of 1305 Wyoming St., was arrested Thursday at the Jackson Parish Detention Center, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

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McAllister assigned to commitees

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Swartz) announced the congressional committee positions he has been assigned by the House of Representatives. McAllister is joining the agriculture committee and natural resources committee. 
“Louisiana has vast interests in both agriculture and natural resources, so I am very excited to serve as Louisiana’s voice on these committees,”McAllister said.

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Former La. Hayride performer dies

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Brightly-colored suits, a 10-gallon hat and a guitar are what people think about when they think of the late Rev. Homer Bailes. From the Grand Ole Opry to the pulpit, Bailes influenced and changed people’s lives.
Bailes, who passed away earlier this week at 91, was originally from West Virginia, but he and his brothers, known as the Bailes Brothers, became well known in Nashville, Tenn., with hit songs “Dust on the Bible” and “Remember me.”

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Holiday events to continue in Christmas spirit

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I’m sharing holiday happenings in today’s Art Talk, with a flurry of activities going on here at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
First up is Ruston Community Theatre’s play, Christmas Belles. The show opened last night, but there are still three performances to come. Tonight and Saturday the play begins at 7 p.m., and on Sunday there is a matinee at 2 p.m.

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Cougars primed for semifinals

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Cedar Creek plays at Vermilion Catholic tonight with championship berth at stake
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Cedar Creek is hoping Mother Nature might be on the Cougars’ side tonight as they play a Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division IV semifinals playoff game at 7 p.m. tonight at Vermilion Catholic in Abbeville.
At stake is a berth in next week’s Division IV championship game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The winner between Cedar Creek and Vermilion Catholic will meet the winner of tonight’s game between St. Frederick and Southern Lab in that championship contest.

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Lady Techsters to renew hardwood rivalry with ULL

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During a 14-year stretch during the late 1980s and the entire decade of the ’90s, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette were conference foes as members of the American South (1987-91) and Sun Belt (1991-2001) as the Lady Techsters and Ragin’ Cajuns played on a yearly basis.
However, the two universities went their separate ways in 2001 when Louisiana Tech made the all-sports move to the Western Athletic Conference and following one non-conference meeting the following season, the women’s basketball series ended.

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’Dogs to host Southern

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Louisiana Tech, 6-2 on the season, returns to action Saturday night as Chris Anderson (5) and the Bulldogs play host to Southern Univerity (2-6) in the Thomas Assembly Center in the second game of a doubleheader. Gametime is set between 7-7:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the completion of the first game between the Lady Techsters and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Never forget Pearl Harbor

The United States waited two years before entering World War II, and the cause for them doing so happened just before 8 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941.
According to history.com, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.
The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships and almost 200 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.

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