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’Dogs want more upset wins

It was Tech’s first win over an SEC school since that thrilling 29-28 road victory against Alabama. In its last meeting with Mississippi State, Tech was a 38-23 winner in Starkville during the 1996 season.

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Area shelters are doing great work

Louisiana Tech, which not only took on and absorbed evacuating students from fellow state school Nicholls State University but has turned over its old gymnasium to federal emergency health officials for special needs care, is a particular bright spot.
That federal shelter is a well-oiled machine. Doctors are tending to patients who cannot be left without medical care while medical infrastructure in south Louisiana is brought back up to working order. Hopefully for all involved, that will not take too terribly long.

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Gustav’s ugly inconvenience

Some are praising the state and local governments that were behind the largest planned and coordinated evacuation in our history. Some are saying they were hoodwinked so Louisiana renews a stream of federal dollars for recovery initiated for Katrina and Rita.

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Winds, rain rip through Ruston

“We’ve lost the whole city twice,” Caraway said this morning. “We’ve had somebody out all night long trying to get this taken care of.
“They’re everywhere right now, and we’ll be working all day trying to get all this main stuff back online.”
In addition to large outages associated with trees falling on carrier lines, Caraway said the city has gotten upwards of 75-100 isolated calls for individual service from residents.

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Caution is warranted after storm

In situations like this, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We learned that much during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Be sure that south Louisiana leaders want to allow residents back home as quickly as it is safe to do so. They’ve been working around the clock since last week to ensure people and property are safe.
We must let them finish the job they’ve started. Volunteers and first-responders across the state and the region are working to keep evacuees as comfortable as possible. It’s an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved, but it is a temporary inconvenience.

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Evacuating a good choice

While my family roots are firmly based in this area, I was born and raised on the west bank of New Orleans, and as we were finishing up Sunday morning’s Ruston Daily Leader late Saturday night, I received a couple of phone calls that left me pretty much sleepless for the next couple of days.

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’Dogs bond for hurricane effort

The storm was foremost on the mind of head coach Derek Dooley and several players during a Labor Day press conference held at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center.
“Our main concern today, and what everybody is focused on, is the hurricane,” said the second-year head coach. “Our prayers go out to those people who are being affected by it. I’ve been through two of them while coaching with Miami (Dolphins). I don’t think one understands really what damage hurricanes can do or get an idea of what they’re like just by watching the weather on television.

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State braces for Gustav

Guerin said the university’s housing division was working on accommodation plans.
“We’ll provide shelter and accommodations for as long as they need,” Guerin said. “We’re estimating between 200-250 Nicholls students, but we’re so much in a state of flux right now.”
Tech has also been lined up as a special-needs patient shelter, he said.
“Memorial Gym has essentially been federalized,” Guerin said. “Equipment and medical supplies are being dropped off, and we expect patients and staff some time on Sunday.”

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