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November 15th, 2018

Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

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MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies in the ashes of Paradise and surrounding communities.
At least 56 people were killed, with 130 others missing a week after the flames swept through.
The nearly 220-square-mile blaze was 40 percent contained, the state fire agency said.

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Civic Engagement Institute encourages teen leadership

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Whether correctly or incorrectly, teenagers may sometimes get a bad rap for focusing only on the present moment.This week, Lincoln Parish high school students were given the opportunity to increase their awareness, civic mindedness, and leadership at the 2nd Annual Lincoln Parish Civic Engagement Institute.

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THURSDAYS WITH DART

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DART recognizes local Men Standing Strong
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“A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others.”
When I read this quote on a website for gentlemen, I couldn’t help but note that it perfectly describes the premise behind DART’s Men Standing Strong campaign.
We formed the idea of a group of men who were willing to take a public stand against domestic violence in 2013.
As we chose our founding leaders, I noted that some of them stood up for others as a vocation.
Sheriff Mike Stone, for example, has committed his life to helping victims of crime.

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November Garden of the Month

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The Greek Orthodox Church built by Steve and Noula Rodakis is the November Garden of the Month selected by the Ruston Garden Club. The church is located at 2508 Kavanaugh Road and features plantings of red knockout roses, forsythia, oleanders, crepe myrtles, bayleaves and olive trees. The well designed landscape also includes holly and boxwood shrubs.

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Gov. Edwards visits California to discuss criminal justice

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has traveled to California to participate in a summit with celebrity Kim Kardashian West, rapper Meek Mill and other well-known figures, touting efforts to reshape criminal justice laws.
Louisiana’s governor participated in a public policy panel with several other governors during the event, which is co-hosted by Variety and Rolling Stone magazines.
The summit featured people in entertainment, advocacy and policymaking fields pushing changes to criminal sentencing laws to focus more heavily on rehabilitation.

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DEAR ABBY

Friendship between moms ends over anxiety about race for charity

DEAR ABBY: The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch. Our family likes to participate in charity races. My boy, 13, is a talented athlete who, according to my friend, is an “overachiever.”
My friend signed her family up for the same race as our family, then called me afterward to tell me she was having anxiety issues about us being there and asked me to forgo the race. (We had already paid for four registrations.)

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FEATURED EVENT

Downtown Christmas Open House
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Today beginning at 6 p.m.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping from some of your favorite downtown merchants during Downtown Christmas Open House tonight. Participating stores will offer special promotions and refreshments.

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Anthony breaks Techsters scoring record

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Senior guard pours in 50 points in win over Houston
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Kierra Anthony never scored more than 40 points in high school during her prep career at New Iberia.
She has now.
The Louisiana Tech senior guard broke a 28-year-old program single game record Wednesday night, scorching the nets for 50 points and leading the Lady Techsters to a 100-88 overtime win over Houston.
“It was unbelievable,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We felt that if we could just get her looks, she was going to get drives to the basket. I thought she finished incredibly well. She had so much poise throughout the game.

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IN OUR OPINION

Smokeout: Start the journey

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes a plan, and it takes time.
Today is the Great American Smokeout, and while it isn’t necessarily a day for smokers to quit smoking, it is a day for smokers to start their journey towards a smoke-free life.
In observance of this year’s GASO, the Smoking Cessation Trust is encouraging Louisianans to start their journey to quitting cigarettes forever by utilizing the free products and services the SCT provides.

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The grain of salt

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Stan Lee was a superhero, 'Nuff said
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I’ve always had an extremely active imagination. I would lie in bed at night as a kid and build fictional worlds, battles, and stories in my head until I fell asleep.
One of the best ways my parents chose to feed this imagination was through the world of comic books. They once bought me and my brother two collections each of X-Men and Spider-Man comics.

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