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September 18th, 2018

North Carolina residents consider fleeing as rivers rise

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times.
"Get out now," a voice boomed from a bullhorn. "This is an emergency."
Waheeda Reese and her 14-year-old daughter, Anissa, were inside watching news reports about drowned towns all over the state and rain that hadn't yet stopped.

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GOP hopes testimony showdown can save Kavanaugh’s nomination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman's claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge's endangered Supreme Court nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between him and his accuser.

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Russia blames Israel for plane shot down

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said today. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.
The Russian military said the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was hit 35 kilometers (22 miles) offshore late Monday as it was returning to its home base nearby.

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DEAR ABBY

Wife on the verge of divorce calls for one-year reprieve
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DEAR ABBY: My husband has less and less interest in me. It started with the last presidential election. Since then, I have cut way back on politics because he doesn’t want to hear any of it. Being an activist on several fronts, including politics and other areas, this is a big, emotional part of who I am. I get so upset by his silences that I stop talking to him completely.
I’m spent from feeling so lonely, so unworthy of love, helpless, hopeless and powerless. I can’t take this much longer. He says he wants to be with me, and he has just started private therapy. I, too, am in therapy.

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MASON’S MEDCAMPS MISSION

Andrews still stuck in Philippines
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Louisiana Tech University student Mason Andrews remains grounded in the Philippines as he tries to become the youngest pilot to solo around the world.
Following is an Facebook post made Monday night by Jeb Andrews, Mason Andrews’ father, about the mission: “Due to a Japanese holiday, Mason’s clearance for Japan didn’t come through and he won’t be departing tonight. He MAY get clearance for Wednesday morning which is Tuesday night our time IF the weather cooperates!

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Ruston resident turns 106

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Ruston resident Agnes “Chi Chi” Grafton turned 106 years old today.
A graduate of Louisiana Tech, Grafton earned a business degree in 1932. During her tenure at the University, Grafton was heavily involved on campus. She was named Campus Sweetheart and became a member of Lambda Theta, a local sorority that successfully petitioned Kappa Delta Sorority for membership. The petition was accepted by Kappa Delta, making it the first national sorority at Tech, and Graftonwas among the first group of initiates. Today she is the oldest living member of the chapter that is now 87 years old.

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Committing ‘caller ID abuse’

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Have you committed “Caller ID Abuse?” You have placed a call, you listen to their phone ring, the other person picks up the phone and before you can say a word, that person addresses you by name, explains that they’re about to leave the house and says they will return the call later. Guilty.
It’s very disconcerting, and we all need to realize how rude it really is. Proper Caller ID etiquette means that you use the device to prepare for a call by identifying its source.

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Schools launching pad on students' path to success

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As superintendent of Lincoln Parish Schools, I make an effort to always be conscious of what we have to do to remain on the cutting edge in doing what is best for our Lincoln Parish students, thus making sure that they are winners as a result. Recent articles related to the psychology of being a winner have attracted my attention. There are varying viewpoints among psychologists, but all agree that four characteristics are possessed and practiced by successful/winning individuals or organizations.

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Repeat viewing: Indolence or inspiration?

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Last week I did something I rarely do. I went to see a movie twice in very close succession — on the big screen.
The only times I remember doing this previously was with “The Sting” in 1974 when I was in college and with “Sixth Sense” in 1999 after I was married.

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Gridiron gears up this weekend

It’s hard to imagine things getting any more exciting for Lincoln Parish football fans than the weekend we have coming up.
And that has the Daily Leader feeling a case of gridiron fever.
It all begins on Friday night as Ruston High School renews an interstate rivalry with Texas’ Longview High School.
The Bearcats and Lobos had a strong rivalry in the 1990s into the 2000s, with Longview holding a 6-4 series advantage.
Longview has won two straight with Ruston’s last win coming by the score of 13-7 on Sept. 29, 2000.
The Lobos stand at 3-0 on the season while Ruston is 2-1.

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