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08/16/2010
The Saints preseason opener proved that a Two Dat won’t be easy for the Who Dats. But then again, defending a Super Bowl championship is never easy. The Saints knew that they had one glaring hole in the middle of their defensive interior, and the...
08/16/2010
The film “Eat Pray Love” premiered Friday, raking in $8 million. The movie title alone is enough to indicate to men that it’s geared toward women. Yet despite the “chick flick” theme, the film is peppered with shining nuggets of insight that anyone...
08/15/2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In 2003, shortly after he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Leon Barmore said, “Well, I guess you’ll be back here a few years from now.” The former leader of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady...
08/12/2010
They probably don’t think about the chance of destroying their bodies, careers and families. The first snort, puff or injection could be just an experiment. In recent months, Lincoln Parish has seen more arrests for “harder” drugs, such as heroine...
08/11/2010
On Monday we remember the life of our dearly departed king. Our king grew tired and weary, and he could no longer toil on. At some point on Aug. 16, 1977, our king keeled over while he sat on his grand throne. His girlfriend found him a few hours...
08/10/2010
They say he’s man’s best friend. This weekend I saw first-hand how jealous that friend can get. For the second straight year, one of my best friends, Meaux Jeaux, and I attended Ruston Parks and Recreation’s second annual K-9 Pool Party at the...
08/05/2010
Kate Dykes recently organized a football lesson-luncheon to not only promote her husband’s career and passion, but to encourage better communication between the sexes. The wife of Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes launched “Pigskins and...
08/05/2010
I often find myself inwardly laughing at my parents’ puzzled faces when my little brother or I attempt to explain the intricacies of Facebook or a simple Wii game. They, along with, I’m sure, millions of parents around the globe, fail to grasp the...
08/05/2010
The economic toll from the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to mount. On July 28, Baker Hughes, an international oilfield services company based in Houston, announced that it was moving 300 of its employees and 25 percent of...
08/05/2010
The man looked scruffy, and he had a flowing white beard. If he wore sunglasses, I’d assume he was a member of ZZ Top. This unkempt person, however, was neither famous, nor was he Santa Claus, according to people in the know — he had no house, no...
08/03/2010
Flipping through television channels as I wound down Monday night, I ran across a “Breaking Local News” bulletin on a Shreveport news station. That caught my attention, so I stopped to see what it was all about it. Seconds later, I was gasping “No...
08/02/2010
Anyone who lives in or visits Louisiana can see that it is a cradle of unique history and culture, but there are many state residents who are unaware of where those traditions originated. With the sluggish economy and people sticking close to home...
07/31/2010
Yes, it’s that time of the year — one of my favorites — where months of anticipation finally wind down and we get down to business. It’s camp-watch time as the New Orleans Saints have opened preseason training in the blistering New Orleans heat. It’...
07/29/2010
News has spread through Lincoln and Union parishes that an underground gas storage tank could be in the making. The Vaughn Sand Reservoir, which is located 9,000 feet underground, has been depleted for a few decades. Officials with Sawgrass Storage...
07/28/2010
I was talking on the phone with my then-girlfriend. The topic of our conversation — beauty pageants. As always, I couldn’t keep my opinions to myself (I may or may not have used the adjective “tacky” to express myself, although this was five years...
07/27/2010
One thing I’ve noticed this summer, and over the course of many summers that I’ve lived here — children in Lincoln Parish have plenty of opportunities to prosper even when school isn’t in session. Both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University...
07/26/2010
There’s something admirable about long-distance runners. Beyond their impressive physiques they possess a quality that many don’t — extreme self-control. Being able to run for 30 uninterrupted minutes doesn’t happen overnight. It takes an almost...