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December 14th

Media literacy matters more than we realize

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The world we live in is highly connected by advanced technology. Information can be spread from one part of the world to another in a matter of seconds, and news comes to us constantly, whether we are searching for it or not. Unfortunately, the world we live in is littered with fake news, alternative facts, hoaxes and conspiracy theories, and because of the massive flood of information we are bombarded with daily, it can be difficult to determine what is true and what is false.

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Month marks the beginning of new end

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**Television announcer voice** Previously, on “This Time Out:”
I had been clean and sober for seven months when my Mom died. The day after her funeral, I was alone. Then for the next seven months, I wasn’t clean and sober any longer.
Mom’s funeral held Dec. 23. The date after her funeral was, of course, Christmas Eve.

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Festive week to brighten spirit of season

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This week will be filled with more cultural opportunities for you to celebrate this special season with your friends and family.
First of all, a reminder that tonight at the Dixie Center for the Arts at 7:30 is the Russ-Town Band Christmas Concert (free admission with a toy, canned good, or cash donation for local charities), as well as Dancing Under the Stars at Esma’s Alley from 6-10 (free admission). No need to buy a ticket or reserve a seat for either—just arrive ready to enjoy.

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Delivery drivers should give people time to respond

DEAR ABBY: This is for delivery drivers or anyone making a delivery to your house that requires a signature or a real person to receive the item (i.e., an Uber driver with food). I’m 61 and have very bad knees. I can’t just jump up and run to the door. Today a driver knocked on my door and then, as I was trying to get out of my chair and walk to the door, he started punching the doorbell repeatedly.

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December 13th

Consider giving tree as Christmas gift

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With Arbor Day scheduled for the third week in January, giving a tree at Christmas is the perfect gift for those on your list who enjoy their outdoor spaces. In addition, the best time to plant trees in Louisiana is from now until February.
Before you shop, plan. Take a picture of the area in the landscape that could be enhanced by a tree planting. Note sidewalks, driveways, outlines of buildings and the compass directions. Look for overhead or buried utility locations. Call “Louisiana One Call” if you need assistance.

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Tech teaching strong starts

Getting off to a strong start is crucial to any endeavor.
So it was good news in late November when Louisiana Tech University’s Early Childhood Education Center was named one of only five child care centers in the state to be rated with five stars, the highest rating given in the state this year by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Tech’s ECEC is a preschool learning laboratory for 3- and 4-year-old children and provides learning opportunities for Louisiana Tech students in the Family and Child Studies academic program.

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Avoid entitlement and comparisons in your life

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In terms of meals, my mother spoiled my family when I was growing up. A week consisting of four or five home-cooked dinners was the norm, and I almost always liked what was put in front of me.
However, because of my childish selfishness and the high standards to which I had become accustomed, there were occasional times when I was dissatisfied with the food I had been given and refused to eat it.
“Your mother worked hard to make this meal, and it’s all you’re going to get,” my father would say. “You don’t have to get more, but always eat what’s put in front of you.”

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Sorority makes donation

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Alpha Theta Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Grambling State University donated purses, feminine hygiene and personal grooming items to Christian Community Action as a way to impact the local community as a part of their service projects. Pictured are members of the group and Stephanie Matthews of CCA.

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Violence ‘small potatoes’; Really, Doug Williams?

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Each Sunday afternoon, my house is filled with the sights and sounds of the National Football League.
My loyalties are to the New Orleans Saints, but I am also sure to catch the Dallas Cowboys in action. I can find something interesting about almost any NFL game.
If the Saints or Cowboys aren’t playing, I root for Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Leonard Fournette, Kyle Williams, Andrew Whitworth and many more favorites.
I can thank my uncle Don Elkins for my love of football. Against all others in the room, Uncle Don and I would root for the Pittsburg Steelers and Terry Bradshaw.

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Lady Techsters defeat SLU, 72-53

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Kierra Anthony scored 25 points and Amber Dixon added 15 points off the bench to lead Louisiana Tech to a 72-53 win over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Anthony recorded her second straight 25-point performance and her sixth 20-plus point effort of the year, hitting 10-of-16 field goals in 25 minutes of action. Dixon was sharp off the Tech bench, scoring 15 points in 20 minutes while hitting three-of-three field goals and seven-of-eight free throws.

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