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January 9th

Moats makes most of NFL debut

“When Jeremiah Trotter hit me,” he grinned.
Good answer.
Trotter is among the top defensive players in the league, a veritable one-man wrecking crew from his linebacking position with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Moats is only glad that he has to deal with the eight-year veteran from Stephen F. Austin only during week days, when the Eagles’ offense is going up against the team’s defensive unit.

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Tech makes right move with Dillard

Dillard, like everyone in life, deserves due process of law. He deserves the chance to tell his side of the story and get a fair trial.
However, rape is nothing to play around with — especially when it happens on a college campus.
The allegation says that Dillard was in the campus apartment of a female student, who verbally told the Tech running back that she didn’t want and was not going to have sex with him.
In response Dillard allegedly grabbed the girl’s arms and pinned her on the bed before taking off her clothes and raping her.

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Fire department improves nutrition to alleviate fatigue

Ruston Fire Chief James Tornabene said firefighters expend enormous amounts of energy during a prolonged fire or a series of smaller fires and then eat “something” to replace those calories in case of another fire.
“Historically, that has been sodas, candy bars and greasy cheeseburgers,” Tornabene said. “Those foods are exactly what they don’t need. The worst foods for stress are simple sugars, fat and caffeine.”

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Stress of job can pile on responders

Stress causes firefighters to suffer an inordinate number of heart attacks and is, in fact, their number one leading cause of death – more than the fire itself, collapsing buildings or other job-related accidents, Ruston Fire Chief James Tornabene said.
First responders sent to New Orleans to aid in hurricane relief efforts were exposed to events likely to cause critical incident stress, prompting Tornabene and police officials to focus on the issue.

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January 8th

Techsters take out Idaho at TAC

That’s what the Lady Techsters (10-3, 2-0) achieved on Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, where a 75-68 win was recorded against the University of Idaho.
Earlier in the week, the co-regular season league champions of a year ago stopped Boise State 75-61 in a WAC opener held at the TAC.
Now, it’s fellow in-state rival Idaho being sent away with a loss by a Techsters’ squad that has now stretched its winning streak to five and is hopeful of attracting votes in this week’s Associated Press national poll.
It was a tough grind, too.

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Texas, USC best game ever played

There’s no way another football game could ever match the performance put on by the young men from the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. If I never see another college football game — excluding Louisiana Tech, of course — at least I can say I watched the best game ever played.

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Dry conditions create serious fire hazard

Due to an extended period of dry weather, the woods, brush and grass of our parish is like a tinder box. One spark, with the way the wind tends to whip during north central Louisiana winters, is all it takes to create a raging inferno that eats everything in its path.
Thursday, area firefighters battles seven such blazes. The roaring flames threatened homes, destroyed trees and placed the lives of the brave men and women called on to fight the fires in danger.

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Tech running back charged with rape

Mark Gilden Dillard, 19, a native of Baton Rouge who is currently residing at Hutchinson Dorm, Room 111 on the Tech campus, was arrested Friday morning on a complaint from a female student.
The complaint alleged that she was raped Wednesday, according to the arrest report on file at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
The unidentified female reported the alleged rape to campus police on Thursday. She allegedly told police that Dillard was at her apartment watching television when she told him that she “was not having sex with him — that she did not want to,” according to the report.

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January 6th

Techsters rope Broncos

And this one was even more important than those three-in-a-row W’s that were posted on the won-loss chart during December, among them being an 84-71 upset over then top 25 ranked Mississippi.
Thursday evening’s verdict was a 75-61 advantage going to the Techsters over Boise State and one that started off Western Athletic Conference in the right way.
Tech now has its longest winning streak of the season at four.
Best of all, though, it began the club’s WAC campaign in the right way.

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Firefighters battle blaze in Grambling

More than 20 firefighters, along with 12 trucks from two departments, worked feverishly to contain the fire as wind fanned the flames which at times threatened three homes and two churches.
The fire ultimately destroyed an estimated 10 acres of undergrowth, Lincoln Parish Fire Chief Dennis Ford said.
The Cactus Jacks fire was one of seven that parish firefighters responded to Thursday, Ford said.
Parish and Ruston fire departments have fought about 33 grass fires in a two-week span.

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