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November 17th, 2008

’Dogs outlast Aggies

“That’s huge and a great honor, but we’ve still got two games remaining and we want to win both of them,” said junior running back Daniel Porter. “It means a lot for the program to know it is eligible for a bowl game, but it’s more important right now to take each game as they get here and go from there.”
The Bulldogs’ next mission: win for a second straight time on the road Nov. 22 when they play New Mexico State in Las Cruces, site of an embarrassing 50-23 loss in the final game of the 2006 season.

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An afternoon walk is good for the soul

About three months ago, I started taking Casey the dog on a walk every day after work. I realize this may not sound like anything worth mentioning, much less dedicating precious newspaper ink to, but I assure you it is.

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Schools need our attention

The administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents affiliated with the school should all take a moment to pat themselves on the back. They have achieved a rare accomplishment in the competitive and ever-evolving world of public education.
The five-star label, which only 10 schools in all of Louisiana can claim, also comes with some responsibility. Not only are the educators at A.E. Phillips challenged to maintain the high level of performance they’ve proven they can achieve. They are also in a position to reach out to other Lincoln Parish schools that are struggling.

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Tales of an Arts Tour vendor

As it happened, I was virtually two places at once because my husband, Trey, was also a tour vendor, selling his screen-printed T-shirts just a holler away at The Fashion. We phoned one another periodically for foot traffic reports and to trade stories. From where we were located, the Friday night tour started off slowly, and I held my breath momentarily for fear that there wouldn’t be a crowd. But my anxiety was unfounded as when the first rabble of raring-to-go shoppers arrived, a steady flow of visitors followed for the remainder of the night. Saturday brought a constant stream as well.

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Get informed to help protect children

The first step is to recognize that the undesirable aspects of the Web can be easily accessed by kids. Despite the many arrests made and the publicized online sting operations targeting online predators, there are still people out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting kids.
Prevention is the best cure for this problem. If we safeguard our computers and monitor kids’ usage, hopefully we can keep dangerous Internet users from contacting them.

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November 16th

Scientists say Sparta is still shrinking

"The bottom line is there's no reason for water levels overall to rise; there has been no decline in usage," Magee said. "With some exceptions."
The area's amount of fresh water is still declining, and areas in the eastern edges of the aquifer's coverage are beginning to see their wells pumping salty brine that is encroaching into the underground sand reservoir, Magee said.

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Banquet celebrates family literacy

Mistress of Ceremonies Dee Scallan, an educator and children’s book author from Monroe, described how literacy has the power to change lives.
“When children can read, they can do anything in the world,” Scallan said. “Even Start gives parents the opportunity to be productive, tax-paying citizens.”
Even Start aims to improve the educational opportunities of low-income families and is free to participants. Early childhood education is provided for children ages birth to 8 years old, and parents enrolled in the adult education program have the opportunity to earn a GED.

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November 14th

Art Tour opens

Kavanaugh describes her designs as colorful, whimsical, retro and as being influenced by the 1950s and Austin, Texas, style. Some of her depictions include sock monkeys and cowboy boots.
In the past, Kavanaugh was primarily a watercolorist.
“I’ve grown up around (art),” she said. “It’s something I’ve always done.”
Fifteen years ago, she said, American Masters Associated printed her work as limited edition prints and distributed them nationwide. She has also made a business of faux-finishing walls.

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’Dogs have bowl berth in sight

It’s also something that isn’t lost on second-year boss Derek Dooley and his team as they go for a fifth home win in as many tries in the 1:30 p.m. meeting.
“One of our goals at the start of the season was to become eligible for a bowl and we can do it by winning Saturday,” Dooley said. “But we can’t do it by just talking about it. We were in this same position last year and got blown out by Nevada (49-10) in the last game of the season.
“Hopefully, we’ve learned how to manage the situation better this time.”

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Commandments vs. aphorisms

A short answer: They are the seven divine principles of something called the Summum church. The church believes the Seven Aphorisms were communicated via telepathy from divine beings to the church’s founder, Corky Ra, sometime around 1975.
Speaking of the Ten Commandments and the Seven Aphorisms, Su Menu, the president of the Summum church, told The New York Times, “If you look at them side-by-side, they really are saying similar things.”

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