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April 23rd

White: high ‘steaks’ win

In a spring-ending game for Louisiana Tech University that had a finish worthy of ESPN’s SportsCenter, the White team sneaked past the Blue 28-27 on a clear, sunny Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.
A 23-yard touchdown pass from red-shirt quarterback Ross Jenkins to junior wide receiver Josh Wheeler with only 28 seconds remaining to be played tied the score at 27-27 and then placekicker Danny Horwedel booted through the conversion point for the winning differential.
Those scores capped off an amazing comeback by the White, who trailed 24-7 going into the final quarter.

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Students have no use for firearms at school

Ditto for Jim Doe and his 9 mm handgun. There are no handgun ranges on the Louisiana Tech University or Grambling State University campuses so there is no reason to keep a handgun in your dorm room or your vehicle.
I’m sure there will be well-meaning souls who see this as a Second Amendment issue. It’s not — no more so than prohibiting guns in banks, hospitals or on elementary and high school campuses is considered a violation of a person’s right to bear arms. There is no valid reason for a student to possess a firearm on a college campus — period.

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Stop the cycle of shootings

Into this mix strode Charles Whitman. The 25-year-old climbed to the observation deck of the University of Texas Tower and began shooting indiscriminately with a rifle. When the 96-minute shooting spree was finished, 16 people lay dead and another 31 wounded. While the first shot from the tower was fired just before noon, the killing actually began earlier in the day when Whitman stabbed his wife to death in their Austin home, then went to his mother’s house and killed her.

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Changes splash in for Tech center

In return, five major construction projects will take place in the next two and a half years:
• Three new swimming pools — one for sunning and playing around, a 25 meter warming pool and an Olympic size (50 meter) pool with competition level diving equipment — will be built.
• Tech’s tennis courts will be replaced with new ones.
• The health center will be moved and now have a place for students to find out any information, advice and basic medical care.

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April 20th

It’s ‘T-Day’ for Bulldogs

The 1 p.m. game which will feature a wide variety of pre-game and post-game activities for fans of all ages will officially mark the conclusion of the first-ever spring workouts directed by head coach Derek Dooley.
The players are definitely ready for this spring-ending test, if not for nothing else the chance to take some good-natured jabs at their teammates who might be on the losing end.

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Families of autistic youth not alone

A support group for families or friends has just started and is picking up steam. Its first meeting was held Thursday, and support continues to grow for this worthy cause.
Not only do parents get to exchange stories about their autistic children and learn from others’ experiences, but the siblings also get to interact and realize they are not alone. Plus, plans are being made to have a day out for the autistic children, the siblings and the parents.
Cole added she hopes parents who even suspect their child might have autism will come to the group meeting.

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Train travel still an option

I had the opportunity to experience this old transportation favorite when I went on a Amtrak trip to Wisconsin over Thanksgiving break. The trip was an over-nighter from Longview, Texas, to Chicago, which allowed me the full train experience.
After my numerous plane flights in the past year, I would have to say it cannot compare to the luxurious comfort of train travel. The train seats are spacious with two foot rests per seat, the aisles are not cramped and the view is not restricted by a two feet by one foot oval window.

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Gallot to reintroduce gun bill

While there is a general ban on firearms and other dangerous weapons on school property, Gallot said it does not apply to a student who possesses a firearm in a dorm room or while going to or from a vehicle.
“After this was brought to my attention, I filed House Bill 143 of the 2003 regular session,” he said.
Gallot said opponents of his bill — which would outlaw all personal weapons on campus — successfully argued that the bill was an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“I was unable to secure enough votes to get the bill out of committee,” Gallot said.

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April 19th

Lady Bearcats on a mission

“We beat Airline 1-0 and I struck the girl out four times who had hit a grand slam off me in the prior game. One time for each point she got for that hit [in the last game],” senior pitcher Elyse Smith said. “We have finally came together as a team. We are playing as one instead of playing as individuals.”
To get where they are now, the Lady Bearcats had to get past Airline High School, Caddo Magnet High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Huntington High School, Natchitoches Central High School, Southwood High School and West Monroe High School in district play.

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Choudrant bond election is nearing

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.
The second proposition is a 10-year-millage increase of 3 mills — totaling about $60,000 — for maintenance and operation, or upkeep, at both schools.
If these proposals pass, it could increase Choudrant homeowners’ property taxes anywhere from $25 to $725 per year depending on the assessed value of their property. Businesses could be paying between $750 and $7,500 per year depending on their value.

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