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December 17th

Local leads in Afghanistan

My new team is primarily Alaskan National Guard soldiers; myself and my second in command are regular Army. We have met the Afghan battalion commander, Aman Dullah, and his staff, and toured the area that his three infantry companies cover. Aman Dullah is originally from the Northern Alliance; he is a strong leader and wears a white turban in battle.

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Tech gears for I-Bowl

So those most recent bowl results could very well get mentioned by Tech boss Dooley and NIU commander Kill when they are preparing their teams for a Dec. 28 meeting in the Independence Bowl.
Winning on that date at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium will be foremost on the minds of the coaching staff and players, even though such postseason extravaganzas carry a “fun time” image.

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December 16th

Tech gears for I-Bowl

So those most recent bowl results could very well get mentioned by Tech boss Dooley and NIU commander Kill when they are preparing their teams for a Dec. 28 meeting in the Independence Bowl.
Winning on that date at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium will be foremost on the minds of the coaching staff and players, even though such postseason extravaganzas carry a “fun time” image.

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Harris vows he’ll be playing

Considering what he’s had to persevere through during the stretch run of the Bulldogs’ march into postseason play, that’s a “guarantee” that would push Broadway Joe for notoriety.
A broken right wrist has made the second half of this season frustrating for the 6-3 and 232-pounder who was the Bulldogs’ second leader tackler in 2007 with 102.
But it hasn’t kept him from being determined to be wearing his number “37” jersey against the Huskies later this month.

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Band participates in history

GSU’s marching band will join representatives from across the country and the Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.
Organizations that wished to participate in the parade submitted applications to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups’ applications.
After all was said and done, 1,382 organizations applied to participate, setting a new record for interest in marching in the parade.

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School uses new tactic to help students

Some of the area’s poorest students attend the school, but teachers and administrators there aren’t using that as an excuse to accept below-average performance. Instead, they’re taking different approaches to reach the students and help them succeed.
Thanks to the numeracy grant, RES has added several new staff members, including a numeracy coach, who provides professional development for teachers and helps them use researched-based instruction in their math classes.
In addition, Principal Sonja Walker has purchased software designed to identify specific student weaknesses in math.

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Band gives blowout concert for charity

The night will celebrate the season with a roster of popular Christmas songs performed by more than 50 local professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians conducted by its co-founder and manager Lawrence Gibbs. The RussTown Band performs Americana music annually at the Dixie during the Louisiana Peach Festival. Due to the previous disrepair of the Dixie, this is the first time in 10 years they have performed a Christmas concert. 

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December 15th

Tech hoopsters face road tests

The Lady Techsters pushed their record past the .500 percentage level with an 82-59 win over Sam Houston State at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.
Junior forward Shanavia Dowdell had 20 points and sophomore forward Adrienne Johnson 18 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Techsters to their third consecutive win.
Also scoring in double figures for the winners were junior guard Whitney Jones with 15 points and sophomore guard Sidney Stewart with 10 points. Stewart also had her best career performance in rebounds with seven.

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Vegan diet sparks questions

First, I would like to make my motives clear, because I didn’t in my last column. I did not become a vegan to drop a few pounds. I did it because it is the healthiest way I know of to live. Those who practice animal-free diets incorporate primarily organic fruits and vegetables, use non-toxic/organic bath, beauty and household products and exercise regularly, which makes a significantly positive impact on the rate at which they age and to what extent they are healthy.
I’d also like to tidy up the image I’ve painted of what kinds of foods vegans regularly eat.

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Federal effort will encourage local business

In light of Louisiana Tech University’s developing Enterprise Campus and burgeoning business incubators, this news is especially encouraging.
Business development experts are confident the new federal incentives will lead to increased investment, which is crucial to the success of technology start-ups.
Many have identified technology and digital media as crucial to Louisiana’s economic future because of the possibility of high-wage, high-growth jobs the fields can bring to bear in impoverished areas.

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