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11:27am

Tue February 19, 2013
Arts

Bossier Parish high school play confronts bullying, teen suicide

Benton High School students (from left) Ellie Schott, Emalie Boggs, Aislinn Kimbrough and Morgann Hutchinson are part of Bossier's Talented Arts Program that will stage the Lucile McIntyre play, "The Way It Is."
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Bossier’s Talented Arts Program will present a one-act play this week about the stresses that teenagers face in high school. The play “The Way It Is” explores issues like bullying and teenage suicide.

Benton High School junior Morgann Hutchinson plays a character who copes with helicopter parents. They’re overbearing and push her to the brink.

“This one hits home for me, and it’s probably one of my favorite high school productions," Hutchison said. "I really don’t ever get to act with real passion and emotion behind it where I can actually connect with my character.”

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8:39am

Fri February 15, 2013
Local

Ex-astronaut coming to Longview says NASA lacks vision today

Former astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave plans to tell his Longview audience to follow all the forks in the road in their life journeys.
Credit Chris Halford

He’s known as one of the most versatile astronauts and he’s coming to Longview to give a talk. Dr. Story Musgrave has pursued many different career paths. He’s a physician and landscape architect. A biophysicist and business consultant. He participated in six Space Shuttle missions, and left NASA in 1997. Today, he yearns for the passion of the space-race heyday of the 1960s, when he was tapped to be an astronaut.

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7:34am

Fri February 15, 2013
Commentary

Gary Borders: On finding his soulmate through a newspaper column

Commentator Gary Borders shares a heartfelt, personal story about one of his newspaper columns that had a life changing effect.

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9:26am

Thu February 14, 2013
Arts

Keachi, La. artist preserves legacy of "Porch Crew"

Keachi artist Travis Whitfield stands on the porch of the shuttered Wyatt Bros. Mercantile where a group of African American men used to sit in rockers and tell stories of a bygone era. Whitfield documented the lives of the "Porch Crew" beginning in the 1970s.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Keachi, Louisiana, artist cares deeply about the legacy of a group of African American men who in the 1970s and '80s parked themselves on the porch of a shuttered country store and told stories about a bygone era. Travis Whitfield was so intrigued by the men that they became his studies. He painted their portraits, took hundreds of photos, and recorded their conversations beginning in 1973. Many of these images and artifacts are on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Whitfield’s “Further On Down The Road” exhibition.

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7:35am

Thu February 14, 2013
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for February 14, 2013

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain shares his appreciation for the diligent efforts of President Clinton in the Northern Irish peace process.

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