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April 2nd, 2008

Amazing what trash can do

I first heard of the innovations of one particular Ouachita Parish native tinkering away in the labs at Louisiana Tech last spring, when I broke the news that Tech’s first nanosystems engineering graduate also bore the mantle of the world’s first such degree-holder.
That hefty honor and responsibility has not dulled the ingenuity of Josh Brown, and today he looks to a group of teammates who are taking a technology he pioneered — turning landfill gases into liquid fuel — to a nationwide invitational competition at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in rocky Tennessee.

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Locals join cancer fight

“It’s a personal goal and a way to connect with others who have been affected by
(breast cancer),” she said.
So far, Dianne Springer has raised 20 percent of the $2,200 she is required to generate in order to participate. Brandy Springer’s entrance fee will be raised after her mother’s donations are obtained.
Dianne Springer has sent a mass e-mail asking for donations and has gotten local businesses to sell $5 raffle tickets for a quilt that she made with more than 100 various 1940s reproduction fabrics.

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April 1st

Tech team tests technology

“Once you capture landfill gas, there’s three things you can do with it,” Brown said. “You can flare it into the atmosphere — which is basically burning it — you can run an electric turbine with it and produce electricity or you can capture it and make it into liquid fuels.”
The first two options are not ideal, Brown said. Flaring methane gas wastes a valuable resource, but does less harm to the environment than releasing methane, he said. Turbines are not cost-effective because of the huge capital investment involved in generating electricity.

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Bulldogs gearing for ‘T Day’

After the game, a Letterman’s barbecue luncheon is slated in the same area for all former Tech lettermen.
BRANDING THE BULLDOGS: The ‘Dogs are looking for a “brand name” for the 2008 season.
“It’s about developing a brand as a player and as a team,” Dooley said after Monday’s workouts. “The more individual brands you develop, the more our team brand can come with it.”
The “brand” being sought by the coaching staff deals with such qualities as toughness and giving a good effort.

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Work force training must be priority

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of the state’s surplus have been invested in infrastructure and economic development around the state.
Now, Jindal is pushing another initiative we heard him talk about on the campaign trail: Work force training.
In his opening address to the legislature, Jindal outlined a five-prong approach to tackling what he calls the “training gap.”

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Herbs spice up garden

Well-drained soil is important for herb growth.
“Oftentimes you’ll see herbs grown in a rock garden setting, and the gardens are built on a slope so that it drains well,” Gallagher said. “If it faces the south, it’ll get better sun.”
For the best soil characteristics, Gallagher suggests mixing sand with organic compost, which can consist of leftover vegetables, fruit, grass clippings and leaves. Add pine bark, pea gravel and sand to the soil for better drainage.
For fertilizing, Yakaboski and Gallagher suggest using Miracle Grow or a slow release or granulated mix.

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Take time to learn to swim

When I was a kid, we had one of those three-foot-deep swimming pools that is only really cool to kids until a certain age. Since I never learned how to swim properly, it was deep enough for me to almost drown on a regular basis (read: almost every time I got in). To this day, I hate swimming and still do not know how to do it properly.
However, hope is not lost because there are plenty of options in Ruston and Lincoln Parish for people like me, who are scared of bathing suit season for more than just the traditional reasons.

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March 31st

Legislators back at Capitol

The annual money tug-of-war this time involves new lawmakers pushing to scale back state government, New Orleans lawmakers pushing for more hurricane recovery aid and an array of lawmakers trying to get their favored local projects into the budget.
The regular session began at noon today. It must end by June 23. Though lawmakers’ terms in office only began in January, they’ve been at the Capitol off and on since February. Jindal called a special session to strengthen the state’s ethics laws and then followed that with a second session to cut business taxes and spend a $1 billion surplus.

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Tech: ‘Mental toughness’ big key

“Ross is such a good leader and he’s so vocal. He gets the players’ attention.”
It’s the very type of demeanor and leadership that Dooley and his staff are seeking in these Bulldogs, who will have to rebuild parts of their offense, among them being the most watched, second-guessed and evaluated position on the field.
“Even though we’re competing agajnst each other, I consider Ross a close friend and teacher,” Ensminger said. “I think all quarterbacks should be close and that we need to work together for the good of the entire team.

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Fight to save Sparta aquifer must continue

This is an issue the Ruston Daily Leader continues to emphasize because it affects every single resident.
That’s why we all must do our part to conserve water every time we turn on the tap.
We need our lawmakers on every level of government to understand the situation here in north Louisiana. They need to know it’s a problem we take seriously and expect their help with.
The good news is that there are projects in the works aimed at educating people about the Sparta and relieving the pressure we’ve put on it through the years.

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