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As a rule, movies based on video games are always terrible. There isn’t a single one that could be considered a critical darling. “Wreck-it Ralph” doesn’t count; it technically made up its derivative main characters. “The Angry Birds Movie” tries to buck this trend by being based on game with a non-traditional format (a phone app as opposed to an arcade or console game) and by featuring some impressive animation and decent voice work. It succeeds — in a way. Red (Jason Sudeikis) is the only angry bird on the otherwise blissful Bird Island. But he’s only angry because everyone is a jerk to...

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07/28/2014
The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will host the third speaker in their 2014 Master Gardener Horticulture Series from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19, at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, located at...
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07/25/2014
The LSU AgCenter and Trinity United Methodist Church recently sponsored a three-day “Kids in the Kitchen” workshop. Cathy Judd, area nutrition agent with the LSU AgCenter, said students who...
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07/25/2014
Left: Benjamin McGee,  Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, recently spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the importance of high quality, long-term data and its value in making short-term...
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07/25/2014
Hosts Margaret an Ed Aston and Kay and Tom Church decided to take the Caney Lake good Sammers to a quiet, peaceful, placid lake, shady campground for the June 25-28 campout.   Where did they go? To...
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07/25/2014
Above: Brothers Allen and Jim Tuten were recognized as multiple Paul Harris Fellows by the Rotary of Ruston Club on July 16. They, in turn, recognized their wives and mother.  In the photo left to...
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07/25/2014
Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are...
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07/25/2014
On July 9, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) held its grand prize donor drawing for $5,000, which concluded the annual Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser. A total of 250 donations were...
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07/25/2014
In the NCLAC office we spend a lot of time championing the ideals of an artistic community for the sake of, well, art and community. But we do believe we offer more, in that we are a cultural economy...
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07/24/2014
Air Force Airman 1st Class Raymond D. Walker graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that...
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07/24/2014
In 1960 Grambling State University legendary band director Conrad Hutchinson formed a band camp for high school and junior high school students. Fifty-four years later the tradition continues. Under...