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July 20th, 2013

How can younger investors cope with tough times?

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As Americans, we’re used to thinking that we will inevitably do better than our parents’ generation. But, for now at least, this type of progress may be facing some roadblocks — and this inability to gain ground, financially, can have real implications for today’s younger people and their approach to investing.
Before we get to the investment component, though, let’s quickly review the nature of the problem. In a nutshell, younger Americans — those in their twenties and thirties — have accrued significantly less wealth than their parents did at the same age, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute. Here’s why:

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McClelland: Tech’s time is now

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Set to officially take over as Louisiana Tech’s Athletics Director on Aug. 1, Tommy McClelland realizes he joins a program primed to reach higher athletic heights than ever before.
And that’s why he knew the time was right to make the move from McNeese State to become the youngest AD in NCAA Division I athletics.
“It is a new era,” the 31-year-old McClelland said of the Tech athletics program that on July 1 officially become a new member of Conference USA. “It is a new opportunity, and there is a lot of excitement. There has never been a better part than now to be a part of this university and this fan base.”

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2013 Louisiana Tech 7-on-7 Passing Tournament Gallery

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McClelland: All the right words early on

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I’ll admit it. I have enough gray in my hair and beard that when I heard 31-year-old Tommy McClelland was being named Louisiana Tech’s new athletics director, all I could think was “wow.”
Now it wasn’t that McClelland was off my radar. I had heard his named bandied about as a potential candidate and knew that he had enjoyed some success as McNeese State’s athletics director.

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GSU tabbed for fourth-place finish in SWAC West

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Coming off a one-win season, Grambling State has been tabbed to finish fourth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division this season.
The results of balloting by league coaches and sports information directors and media member.
GSU entered last season as the preseason pick to repeat as champions but wound up going 1-10 and losing all nine SWAC games.

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Alabama overwhelming favorite to take SEC

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference champion.
In the preseason poll released Thursday, the Crimson Tide received 182 first-place votes out of a possible 243. Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division and was the second leading vote-getter with 38. South Carolina received 18.

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Tech, N.C. State tickets go on sale Monday

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Single game tickets to Louisiana Tech’s season opener at North Carolina State will go on sale Monday in the Tech Ticket Office.
Tech head coach Skip Holtz and the Bulldogs open their 2013 campaign Aug. 31 in Raleigh, North Carolina with an 11:30 a.m. CT kickoff against the ACC’s Wolf Pack. Tickets for the game are $40 each and Louisiana Tech fans purchasing through the Tech Ticket office will be buying in the visitors designated seating area (Section 1) at Carter-Finley Stadium

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Should channel catfish be mascots?

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(I wrote a version of this story six years ago but in view of the growing popularity of channel catfish around our area, here’s an updated version of the article.)
I’ve done a bit of snooping around the Louisiana High School Athletic Association records and quite frankly, I’m a tad disappointed. Louisiana athletic teams have picked a wide array of mascots to represent their teams, but there is one that is sorely missing.

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Blaze takes state

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The Louisiana Blaze 00 Softball team will be representing Louisiana at the 2013 ASA National Championship Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., the first week of August. The team recently won the ASA State Championship Tournament in Baton Rouge. Three players from the La. Blaze team are local girls Addi Pullen, Katelin Cooper and Kaylee Webb.

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4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released

Results from the 44th annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 9-13, have been released.
Coordinated by the LSU AgCenter, the event was held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.
Premier Exhibitor awards sponsored by the Gerry Lane Foundation are given to participants who display a true knowledge of the horse program. Each exhibitor is tested on skills and knowledge of horses through an exam, interview and resume.

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