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Scooter Hobbs column: Signature example of NCAA justice – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Scooter Hobbs – 2023-08-25 12:12:00

SUMMARY: The NCAA has suspended LSU star defensive tackle Maason Smith from the team's season opener against Florida State, citing “improper benefits.” The alleged violation? Signing autographs for pay in the summer of 2021. This suspension comes amidst a wave of controversy surrounding the NCAA's enforcement practices, as the organization clings to its outdated and arbitrary rules. The timing of the suspension is particularly questionable, as it occurred right before the NCAA's rules regarding compensation for college athletes began to change. The NCAA's inconsistent and puzzling actions highlight the need for reform in college sports.

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LC Symphony presents ‘the best songs of the MTV generation’ – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Emily Burleigh – 2024-06-20 04:03:47

SUMMARY: The Lake Charles Symphony's annual Summer Pops concert will celebrate 1980s music with a “Totally Awesome 80s” theme on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. The high-energy event features vocalists from Jeans ‘n Classics and aims to attract multigenerational audiences. Executive Director Beth Dawdy and Conductor William Rose highlight the diverse orchestration and nostalgic value of live performances. Guests are encouraged to wear 80s attire and engage as if it were a rock concert. Tickets are available online, with various pricing options, including general admission and reserved tables, at www.lcsymphony.com.

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Poll: Nearly half of Americans struggling because of higher prices – American Press

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www.americanpress.com Staff – 2024-06-19 22:21:17

SUMMARY: A recent Monmouth University poll indicates that nearly half of Americans are struggling with the financial strain caused by inflation, marking the highest recorded level since President Biden's term began. Currently, 46% of respondents report difficulty making ends meet, a notable increase from the 20-29% range during President Trump's tenure. Inflation has driven prices up by approximately 20% since Biden took office, though the rate of inflation has recently slowed. Despite economic improvements, financial concerns remain influential for voters. The poll, conducted from June 1 to June 6, sampled 1,106 adults, highlighting continued economic discontent among the American public.

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BREAKING: CPSO searching for man who escaped custody – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-06-19 21:46:54

SUMMARY: The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for Malik D. Williams, 23, who escaped custody on June 19, 2024. Williams fled on foot during an investigation on Gulf Highway after slipping out of handcuffs. He was being detained for domestic abuse charges and was last seen wearing gray Nike shorts, black and white Nike shoes, and no shirt. Despite setting up a perimeter, deputies have not located him. A warrant for $375,000 has been issued for his arrest on charges of domestic abuse battery and simple escape. Public assistance is requested for information on his whereabouts.

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