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Livas helps fuel Tech win

Livas touched the football four times on punts and gained 94 yards, including a career-long 81-yarder for a touchdown and returned four kickoffs for 88 yards and a long gainer of 31 yards to help Tech knock off the preseason Western Athletic Conference favorites at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Oh yes, “Saturday Night Livas” also had four pass receptions for 50 yards and four rushes for 23 yards and a 5.8 average.
That’s 273 all-purpose yards that will keep him No. 1 in that department when the league’s weekly statistical report is unveiled later today.

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Arts Tour full of opportunity

Fifty standout exhibitors are on the itinerary at 25 must-see destinations.
Though people aren’t obligated to visit all of the stops, those who do will be entered in a drawing to win one of three original works of art. The tour guide passbook, which can be found at the Dixie Center for the Arts, must be initialed and turned in to NCLAC by Nov. 28 to be included in the pot.

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Educate yourself for election

Still, the effort is worth the expense, so to speak.
Look online at the Secretary of State’s Web site or in Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader for a sample ballot that will show you the decisions you will be faced with Tuesday in the voting booth. Read the constitutional amendments and decide whether you want those rules written in stone or want them addressed by statute.
Look at the local fire tax election intended to better fund the parish’s fire protection system. A quarter-cent, in these times, must be considered carefully.

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Alexander expects tight races

“It makes sense that Republican members of Congress are going to be in a little deeper water,” Alexander said. “That hurts; it hurts the party we’re members of. I hate to see some of my colleagues having to defend what some view as poor performance by the executive branch.”
He said some of the negativity is a product of a souring economy, mounting job losses and the $700 billion financial bailout’s relative unpopularity with the public.

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Tech stops FSU, 38-35

It was at home, of course, where Tech (4-4, 2-2) remains perfect this season with a four-of-four work chart and five straight victories at Joe Aillet Stadium extending from last year.
Fresno State, meanwhile, stumbled for the first time in five road appearances.
If only the Bulldogs from Ruston could play all of their games at “The Joe.” Maybe coach Derek Dooley should have cornered WAC commissioner Karl Benson before he did the ceremonial coin toss and petitioned him for having the team’s four remaining games held at home.

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Memories will be made on Tuesday

Maybe this year’s experience will stick with me for a little longer. If the talking heads on TV are right, it is “the most important election of my life,” right?
All sarcasm aside, I do believe this is an important election for our country and for the world. It has weighed heavy on my mind since way back when the primaries were under way. But, my reaction when thinking about the election isn’t one of hope or anticipation; it’s depression.

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Sparta still needs our attention

Our state has taken baby steps toward addressing the issue with a West Monroe-based project to remove a massive industrial user from the list of drains on the aquifer, but more is needed. Quickly.
Hydrologist Ben Magee made it very clear to Ruston’s attending crowd at a recent presentation on the status of the Sparta — with no real, concerted efforts that keep the issue of conservation constantly at the front of the public’s mind, the aquifer continues to suffer.

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STEM Seed immerses students in science

STEM Seed teacher Stacy Campbell said during a recent study of density, the sixth-graders were asked to weigh themselves and then convert their weight into kilograms to determine their mass. Each student then took a turn slowly easing into a black cow trough with a tube drilled into the side — courtesy of Campbell’s father — to see how many liters of water flowed into another container connected to the trough. The liters of water pushed out of the trough equaled each student’s volume.

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