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November 3rd, 2010

The mind's aversion to dissonance

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I have been making mixtapes and giving them to cute boys and friend crushes for about 10 years now. As an introvert and music fanatic, music has always been my choice method of communicating. Music not only articulates that which is sometimes difficult to express but in more powerful ways than any phrase I could scribble out in a note. I find it hard to write about it because there’s nothing I can say that will do it justice.
Philosophers have been concerned with music for millennia; Plato wrote 2,500 years ago “music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” What is it about sound touching our eardrums that has the power to move one to tears or to laughter or to love? In hopes of finding a link between emotional connection to music and how we think about politics, I have started a little survey-based research project (for class).

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Downtown development

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Intersection at Vienna, Georgia streets to receive work
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A planned road project is expected to enhance safety while increasing green space and parking spots in downtown Ruston.
The city has spent $130,000 to purchase an estimated 1/3 of an acre of property from Randy Ewing at the corner of Vienna Street and Georgia Avenue. City Administrator Lewis Love said the state Department of Transportation and Development is kicking in an estimated $250,000 in funding to add a turning lane to Vienna and widen a section of Georgia Avenue to make the curb encompass a larger radius.

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Cougars gear up for TV

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Junior wide receiver Dylan Spearman (7) will be one of the key offensive players for Cedar Creek High in tonight’s 7:10 p.m. District 2-1A battle against Monroe Ouachita Christian at Cougar Stadium. Spearman is tied for second place on the Creek squad for most pass receptions with 14. The game will be televised statewide by the Cox Sports Television network.

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Practice makes perfect

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HazMat training

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Nutritional nourishment

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Health on the menu at local schools
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Lincoln Parish students have been getting a lesson in nutrition when they visit the cafeteria for lunch and breakfast each day.
Doris Marzett, Lincoln Parish School Board child nutrition supervisor, began work in April. She said after reviewing policies implemented in 2004-05 concerning overall student wellness, she realized that the menus needed to be reworked.
“I started working immediately,” Marzett said.

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LPSB approves 13th check, land purchase

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Lincoln Parish School Board employees can rest easy knowing that their annual 13th check will remain at the same level as the 2009 check.
Employees will receive their supplements on Nov. 19. Certified personnel will receive $2,450 and support personnel will receive $1, 225.
School board members voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting to retain the same level of payment as last year’s check based on the suggestion of George Murphy, business manager for the board.

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November 2nd

Kiwanis Club donates to drug court

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For the last three years, the Ruston Kiwanis Club has donated funds to support the drug court, which is composed of the Third Judicial District Court, the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Offices, all of which cover both Lincoln Parish and Union Parish, the Indigent Defendant Board, the Department of Probation and Parole and the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court Office.
The drug court has been in existence for about five years. The court provides an opportunity for rehabilitation to those convicted of a non-violent, drug associated felony crime, through monitoring, counseling and accountability.

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The MCH, Suddenlink connection

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Roland Miers, system manager with Suddenlink, donates a printer to Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services for use at the OWL Center in Dubach. Miers is pictured with OWL Center Director Cindy Croft.

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Selection of new fire chief is critical

The city of Ruston has had an interim fire chief for nearly six months.
Now the time is approaching for Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth to recommend a suitable candidate to fill these fire boots on a permanent basis. This will be no easy task. There are five firefighters from within the Ruston Fire Department who have applied for the position and passed the required civil service exam. There is also a contender from Lake Charles Fire Department.
And there is another challenge — recommending an applicant who will meet City Council approval.

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Abraham takes school board seat

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Lincoln Parish School Board District 12 voters chose retired educator Debbie Abrahm at the polls Tuesday to serve as their new representative.
The Louisiana Tech University alumna graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education before spending 36 years in the field.

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