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March 15th, 2019

Feds: Charity funneled millions in college bribery scam

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The mastermind of a wide-ranging college admissions scandal set up a charity that wove a deep web of deception and fraud to mask bribes and payoffs, funneling millions of dollars through the tax-exempt organization under the nose of U.S. officials, according to prosecutors and tax documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
William “Rick” Singer registered Key Worldwide Foundation as a charity in 2013, gaining accredited 501(c)3 status with the federal government. Its tax filings reported revenue that doubled each year, from $451,600 in its first year to $3.7 million in 2016.

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Court rules gun maker can be sued over shooting

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Gun control advocates touted the ruling as providing a possible roadmap for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent a long-criticized federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in most cases when their products are used in crimes. Gun rights supporters bashed the decision as judicial activism and overreach.

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OxyContin maker considering bankruptcy

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The company that has made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin said Wednesday that it is considering legal options including bankruptcy, a move that could overturn hundreds of lawsuits claiming it had a major role in causing the U.S. opioid drug crisis.

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Kappa Delta preps for Shamrock 5K race Sat.

The Kappa Delta sorority will host its annual Shamrock 5k and 1 mile run Saturday at Lincoln Parish Park.
Participation fee for the 5k is $30 and $25 for the 1-mile fun run. Comfort Color T-shirts will be for sale for $25.
Sign-in will begin at 7:45 a.m. The 5k race will start at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run/walk will begin at 8:45 a.m.
The race will happen rain or shine. Leashed pets are welcome to attend.
Funds raised go to supporting Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and Prevent Child Abuse America.

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Piney Hills Master Gardeners host jamboree April 27

The Piney Hills LA Master Gardeners will host their Green Thumb Jamboree on April 27 at the Webster Parish Extension Office in Minden, La from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Master Gardeners will staff the Welcome Center in the teaching garden gazebo.
Gardeners will be on hand to answer event-related questions and gardening questions.
A variety of vendors, demonstrations, and children’s activities are planned for visitors.
The PHLMG annual plant sale will take place at the Jamboree.
The Jamboree is being held in place of the annual garden tour, Trails & Trellises 2019.

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Community Theatre presents ‘Witness For The Prosecution’

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Who’s ready for a riveting mystery… on the stage?
Ruston Community Theatre is pleased to produce Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution,” directed by Satish Bharadvaj, and sponsored by Diane Douglas and Saul Zalesch.
 Set in The Chambers of Sir Wilfrid Robarts, Q.C. and The Central Criminal Court, London in the 1940’s, the story revolves around Leonard Vole who is accused of murdering a rich widow.

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Post-Millennial Perspectives

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Ruston is a good place to call home
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During my junior and senior years of high school, keeping track of the colleges and universities that contacted me became a fun game for me. I saved each letter and email, adding up each scholarship offer and giving myself a celebratory pat on the back each time I received something from a different institution.
I know what you are thinking: this game seems a bit arrogant, and perhaps it was. Maybe I did think a bit too highly of myself, but each envelope was a tangible reward for my hours of studying and working to maintain my grade point average.

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THIS TIME OUT

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Remembering a rainbow that brought tears
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Three years ago right about now, I was crying.
Except it wasn’t sadness that brought tears to my eyes.
It was a promise kept by a good and faithful Father who reminded me yet again that he hadn’t forgotten and wasn’t about to forsake us.
This week marks an anniversary most in these parts would rather forget. Three years ago, another of those 100-year rainfall events we seem to have every eight years dumped copious amounts of water into Lake D’Arbonne, causing millions of dollars of damage to hundreds of homes across Union Parish.

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Good citizens add to nation’s strength

It seems all too often that Louisiana ranks near the bottom of lists about good things, or high on lists about bad things.
But one of the latest rankings released concerning Louisiana residents is downright un-American.
That’s the way the Daily Leader feels about a recent survey conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. That survey ranked Louisiana last in state residents being able to answer questions that appear on United States citizenship tests.
It’s nothing to be proud of.

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Rainout

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June tournaments fall prey to weather; complex still on track for World Series

The excessive rain that’s fallen on Ruston over the last 13 months has claimed its first two victims: the June baseball and softball tournaments that were scheduled to be opening events at the city’s new sports complex.
Both events have been cancelled in light of rain issues that caused work at the $35 million-plus venue to fall behind.
City officials had initially hoped the complex would be finished by the end of 2018. That date is now the end of May, Mayor Ronny Walker said Tuesday.

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