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8:57am

Wed December 19, 2012
Local

Chimp Haven prepares for influx of retired government chimps

Credit Chimp Haven

A sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees in Keithville, La., is about to nearly double its population when it receives 113 chimps from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Iberia Research Center that no longer has a contract with the National Institutes of Health to conduct animal research. Chimp Haven president Linda Brent said her organization launched a $5 million fundraising campaign for the expansion. She said Chimp Haven’s staff is poised for growth.

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9:42am

Tue December 18, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Remembering Operation Linebacker II

Commentator Gary Joiner marks the 40th anniversary of a milestone in military aviation. Operation Linebacker II was an 11-day assault on the North Vietnamese capital and surrounding area in Dec. 1972 that forced the enemy back to the negotiating table.

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9:26am

Tue December 18, 2012
Business

Christmas tree stand operator stays with trees 24/7

Leah Anthony of Mooringsport, La., rarely ever leaves her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport from Thanksgiving Day to Jan. 2.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The American Christmas Tree Association says sales of both real and artificial trees have been robust this year. The preliminary report reflects Leah Anthony’s sales at her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport. Anthony has sold 85 trees since she opened on Thanksgiving Day, up a bit from last year. She says she’ll change her stand over to fireworks sales this week. During the past nine years, Anthony worked her way into operating her own stand.

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9:32am

Mon December 17, 2012
Arts

Yarn bombers target Natchitoches telephone pole

Intro to fiber students, from left, Daniel Tanielu, Ethan McManus, Anne Baham, Lauren Clemons and Casey Harris, worked on the yarn bomb.
Credit Northwestern State University

Art students at Northwestern State University have installed another yarn bomb in Natchitoches. NSU assistant professor of art Leslie Gruesbeck said the students made a proposal to the mayor to get permission to cover a telephone pole with a brightly-colored crocheted wrap, like a sweater. This is the sixth yarn bomb her students have completed. She said several fiber classes crocheted different pieces for the latest installation in Tricentennial Park.

"It's kind of a holiday-themed, patchwork sweater for a telephone pole in the middle of downtown Natchitoches," Gruesbeck said.

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9:13am

Fri December 14, 2012
Arts

El Dorado to be part of annual Rose Parade

Work begins on David Fox's floragraph that will be mounted on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Credit donatelifefloat.org

El Dorado, Arkansas will be represented in the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The late David Fox who died at age 48 of a heart attack was an organ and tissue donor. A large memorial floragraph of him will ride on the Donate Life float, alongside 71 other portraits honoring deceased organ, eye and tissue donors. His widow, Liz Fox of El Dorado, will go to California to put the finishing touches on the floragraph, which uses crushed herbs and flower petals to follow the contours of David’s portrait.

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