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December 21st

Campaign combats drunk driving

An ignition interlock device is an alcohol breath screening device that prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration over a pre-set limit.

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December 20th

Rattay: new ‘bounce’ for Bucs?

Rattay has been selected by head coach Jon Gruden as the team’s starting quarterback against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.
A super performance by the all-time passing leader (12,746 yards from 1997-99) at Tech against the Chicago Bears last weekend has earned the native Arizonian an advance to the No. 1 team.
“It’s just common sense right now,” Gruden said of the move. “It’s based on performance and who gives us the best chance to win.”

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Community shows the giving spirit

The campus and community of Grambling State University also responded to the call put out by KGRM, collecting and passing out toys to 85 families — their largest contribution ever. In fact, so many bicycles were received that project coordinators went back through their records to find children who hadn’t received a bike in previous years.
“The difference we made in this toy drive was families not having to choose between buying food and buying toys,” project coordinator William Rutledge said.

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The joke is on the parents

For those of you not familiar with the store, Spencer’s is widely known as a gag gift store, but mixed in the whoopee cushions are sexually suggestive products that would be enough to make some adults blush.
It’s certainly not a place that I would allow my kids to roam around in with no supervision, allowing the chance they would run into something they’re not mature enough to understand or rationalize.

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Tech’s Dooley in, GSU’s Spears out

“What are the chances of that happening?” observed one Tech fan leaving the Hall of Fame Room after the 38-year-old Dooley was introduced as the 31st head coach in the program’s history and then learning of Spears’ departure. “That’s wild.”
It also marks the exit of two head coaches for parish universities in the past month, Tech’s Jack Bicknell having his responsibilities terminated after an eight-year stay.
Spears spent three years as the Tigers’ head coach, the first in an interim basis for a 2004 campaign in which the club went 6-5-0.

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December 19th

Dooley eager to get ’Dogs rolling

“I knew, in my heart, that this was the right place for my family and I. It all goes back to the people you want to work with and that’s what I have found here, just great people whom I look forward to being with and working with to undertake this challenge.”
Dooley got a vintage Tech and Ruston welcome, too, at the open-to-the-public press conference that numbered approximately 250 in attendance and included representation from returning players on the Bulldogs’ squad, current staff members and a large turnout of university administrators, athletic personnel and students.

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Think about AIDS for more than one day

In Louisiana alone, the statistics are astounding. According to www.avert.org, more than 7,600 people are living with HIV and more than 7,400 are living with AIDS. In the United States, more than 404,000 people have AIDS. Those numbers are staggering, but in other countries, the numbers are even higher.
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 24.5 million adults and children were living with HIV at the end of 2005, according to www.avert.org.
This is a bigger problem than most people want to admit.

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Debate team’s skills intriguing

I spoke to Trey Gibson, Louisiana Tech’s director of the Debate Team, about his team being national champions of debate. That’s pretty impressive to me. While I had months to prepare for my speech and gave the same one a total of four times in public, these students have very little time to prepare — and they must defend their arguments.

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Dooley’s the man for Bulldogs

Dooley is due in Ruston by noon after having flown in from Miami, by way of Orchard Park, N.Y., where the Dolphins played the Bills early Sunday afternoon.

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December 18th

Dooley: Bulldogs’ new ‘builder’

Spin the video back to the 1990s, when LSU suffered through seven losing seasons.
But by the time Dooley and Saban had left Baton Rouge, the Tigers had a BCS national title, a 48-16 record, two Southeastern Conference crowns and four bowl appearances to show for it.
And when he arrived in Dolphins’ country, Miami had relinquished its previous AFC East success to the New England Patriots, thus presenting yet another challenge for the personable 38-year-old native of Athens, Ga.
Now, Derek Dooley is about to embark on yet another big challenge in his coaching career.

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