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February 22nd, 2019

Ruston’s ‘Piano Man’

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Louisiana Tech University business major Taylor Cook, a junior, plays the new community piano located under the pavilion in Railroad park. The piano was provided by the Ruston Cultural District.

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Mardi Gras ball raises funds for Dixie

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We are so excited about Saturday evening’s Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball, sponsored by Century Next Bank, where NCLAC will hold our annual silent auction. This auction is one of our main fundraisers for the year. The ball itself is a fundraiser for the Dixie Center’s sustaining building fund.
On behalf of NCLAC, I must take a moment today to thank our generous donors who have provided the wonderful items on which our patrons can bid tomorrow night.

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Parish students deserve for us to be bold

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For the Boniols, the USA Channel is pretty much our “go to” when considering television watching. When we turn on the TV, our first stop is typically USA as we look for reruns of some of our favorite shows — “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “CSI,” and “Chicago PD.”
One thing we’ve noticed is a new tagline USA is using — “WE THE BOLD.”
Whether due to new original programming, expanded coverage of its flagship shows, or the network’s foray into reality TV, I like the idea of being part of something bold.

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We are losing the value of connection, community

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They say if you’ve maintained a friendship for longer than seven years, it’s for life. Luckily for me, my longest friendship has lasted 12 years and is still going strong, which may not seem like a long time, but it is, in my opinion, an impressive feat for any young twenty-something, especially in an age that seems to be losing the meaning of the word “friend.”

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Remember: Get out and vote

Voting is the basic process that enables citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.
It also enables people with the right to question the government about issues and clarifications. Voting is the way to express the opinion of a citizen in a democratic nation. Voting is crucial to activating the democratic process.

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Williamson’s freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit.
The freak injury during one of the college basketball season’s marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA lottery pick should risk his professional future by continuing to play for the top-ranked-for-now Blue Devils.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke’s loss to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday night that Williamson sprained his right knee and didn’t know how long he will be out.

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Threat allegations keeping Coast Guard officer jailed

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard officer suspected of drawing up a hit list of top Democrats and network TV journalists spent hours on his work computer researching the words and deeds of infamous bombers and mass shooters while also stockpiling weapons, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, was ordered held without bail on drug and gun charges while prosecutors gather evidence to support more serious charges involving what they portrayed as a domestic terror plot by a man who espoused white-supremacist views.

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Prosecutor: Actor gave detailed instructions for fake attack

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CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including giving them specific slurs to yell, telling them to shout “MAGA country” and pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Police said Smollett planned the hoax because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.
Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where “Empire” is shot, police said.

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Tech to host symposium on communicating complex information

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Louisiana Tech will host the eighth annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information on Monday and Tuesday.
An annual event focusing on how individuals share scientific and technical information with different audiences, the 2019 Symposium will be held at Tech’s Academic Success Center in Bossier City.
The event is open to the public and is free for all to attend.

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Bond commission OKs Ruston request

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Louisiana’s Bond Commission has approved the city of Ruston’s request to issue up to $20 million in sales tax revenue bonds to fund Phase II projects at the municipal sports complex.
Thursday’s request sailed through the commission with no questions asked, Mayor Ronny Walker said Thursday.
“This just once again validates the financial condition of our city,” Walker said. “Anytime you have anything like this that goes through without any questions, that’s a real plus for our city.”

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