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July 3rd, 2015

Love, marriage created equal

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June 26, 2015 will go down in history as a day of true equality for love. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the official 5-4 ruling.
According to the official SCOTUS decision, it was held that “the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.”

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July 2nd

Ruston man arrested

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Carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges made
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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office arrested a Ruston man on carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges Wednesday.
Maj. Chad Alexander, LPSO public information officer, said a complaint on Ethan Austin Hatfield, 21, of 1001 Whitehead Road, Choudrant, was received on Monday.
Hatfield was brought in for questioning regarding the complaint, Alexander said.
Following questioning, Hatfield was arrested by LPSO deputies and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on five counts of carnal knowledge of juvenile.
His bond is set at $10,000.

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AT&T donates $50k to GSU

Scholarships to be awarded to 23 students
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AT&T donated $50,000 worth of scholarships to the Grambling University Foundation to fund areas in science, technology, engineering and math Wednesday. The scholarships will be awarded to 23 students for one year.
President Willie Larkin’s first day at GSU was Wednesday, said this is a big day for GSU.
“To get an investment of $50,000 from AT&T is remarkable,” Larkin said. “They are the first corporation to contribute under my reign. It sets the stage. It gives us leverage to continue to improve Grambling.”

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Nungesser visits Louisiana Peach Festival

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Lt. Governor candidate voices ideas to help state
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A former Plaquemines Parish president running for lieutenant governor said he is one of the “hardest working men” in the country who is trying to “make the state a better place.”
William “Billy” Nungesser said he has plenty of ideas to bring enhance the already booming tourism industry in the state.
“We have plenty of opportunities in the state to work on our tourism industry,” he said. “We’re called ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ for a reason and I want to start fishing tournaments and bring in more sportsmen to this area.”

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LSU AgCenter teaches kids how to cook

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The LSU AgCenter and Trinity United Methodist Church sponsored a three-day Kids in the Kitchen workshop. The first day speaker, Eric Brazzel, public education officer with Ruston Fire Department, talked to the youth about kitchen fire dangers, how to prevent fires in the kitchen, and how to handle fires. He talked to the youth about how to handle cuts, how to stop the bleeding and how to handle different types of injuries. Brazzel demonstrated how to put out a burning fire with a fire extinguisher. Each youth practiced how to use a fire extinguisher by putting out a burning fire.

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Diabetic group begins at Tech

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
It accounts for only about five to 10 percent of all causes of diabetes, which is about 200,000 to 3 million United States cases per year, according to WebMD.
With so few cases each year, it can be hard for some patients to find someone who can relate to them about their experiences or learn something new about their condition.
Several Louisiana Tech University students banded together to create a chapter of the College Diabetes Network — the first, in the state of Louisiana.

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Vaping is geared toward youth

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I want to comment on the prodigious advertising of electronic smoking devices, as well as the devices themselves. First, let me be clear about myself. I am a smoker. I have been smoking for 41 years. I have no respiratory illness, nor any cancers of any kind. Also, I have no intention of quitting.
That said, I am against these electronic devices. I feel as if vaping, as it is called, is just another way to sell tobacco products, but under the radar. I believe in truth in advertising and the countless commercials showing these products aren’t telling it all.

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The power of the peach symbol

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It is official.
I experienced my first Louisiana Peach Festival, and it did not disappoint.
Between hanging out with a band, witnessing a Guinness World Record and getting to hang out with family and friends, it truly is too hard to pick which part of my festival experience stood out the most.
In my mind, every experience I had during the festival went above and beyond the bar I set for the Peach Festival.
And then of course there were the stars of the hour: Ruston peaches.
Truthfully, peaches do not do it for me, as I alluded to in a previous column.

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GSU camp helps land commitment

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Grambling State University picked up a football commitment Tuesday as John Ehret senior defensive end Kerry Starks (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) announced his intentions to become a Tiger.
He was also recruited by Delta State, Nichols State and McNeese State.
Starks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he picked the Tigers because of how the coaches treated him and how he felt a part of the team already when he went to a Grambling football camp held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Tuesday.
Starks had 16 tackles and three sacks in seven games played last season at Ehret.

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Millsap gets money

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ATLANTA (AP) — Former Grambling Lab High School and Louisiaana Tech standout Paul Millsap became an All-Star in his first two years with Atlanta and helped lead the Hawks to their first Eastern Conference finals.
He’s back for at least two more years on a new contract which doubles his annual pay.
The Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign Millsap, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the deal can’t be finalized until July 9.

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