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Ruston ranks high for U.S. best sports cities

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Random thoughts along the sports beat while wondering how many fans are really losing sleep over the NBA lockout:
• The best sports city in the U.S. these days is Dallas where, if you include neighboring Fort Worth and Arlington, can claim a Rose Bowl champion (TCU), American League title winner (Texas Rangers) and NBA champ (Dallas Mavericks) in the past 12 months.
When Sporting News magazine recently published its annual list of best sports cities in the nation, the Metroplex finished No. 1 for the first time ever.
And Louisiana?

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’Dogs in preseason game

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Attention: basketball fans who love an aggressive, up-tempo style of play.
You might want to consider buying season tickets to the men’s games at Louisiana Tech University because that’s exactly the manner in which they’re going to go about their business under first-year Head Coach Michael White.
“I don’t know about the number of wins we might have or whatever, but I can guarantee you one thing,” White said during an early week media luncheon. “Our guys are going to play hard and the fans are going to like and enjoy the approach our team takes.

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Grambling stuns JSU, 26-23

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JACKSON, Miss. -- Grambling State pulled off a late comeback and last-second defensive stand as the G-Men took a 26-23 win over Jackson State at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Sophomore running back Dawrence Roberts scampered to paydirt from 10 yards out against a stacked Jackson State defensive line with 1:24 remaining to put Grambling up by three points, but the game was far from over with high-powered quarterback Casey Theriault behind center for JSU, which was ranked No. 1 in the national boxtorow.com poll for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Lovell-led Grambling is SWAC champion

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University has won the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in men’s cross country.
The Tigers finished with 47 points, finishing the 8-k event with a time of 2:15:56.80.
Individually, Darwin Price finished second with a time of. 26:06.22 and earned first team all-conference honors. Christopher Ruffin and Deonte Pope both finished in the top ten and took home second team all-conference honors.

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Pets in the park

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While many families are fighting to support themselves in today’s struggling economy, human’s four-legged friends are also finding it harder to go about their lives.
With the number of pet adoptions down across the nation, stray cats, dogs and other critters are having to fend for themselves, and one Ruston group has been hard at work for six years trying to help get these animals off the streets and into the arms of loving owners.

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Principals speak out

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Principals of local schools, with both high and low School Performance Scores, want the community to know they’re working to ensure students are getting the attention they need to succeed.
School and District Performance Scores were released last month revealing that Lincoln Parish schools as a whole received a “C” letter grade. Individual school letter grades ranged from nearly an “A” letter grade to just points above a failing grade of “F.”

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Downtown parking woes

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Neil Keen walked out of his newest downtown business, Black Box, on a recent Monday to find a parking ticket on his windshield.
Receiving parking tickets is something that Keen has grown accustomed to over the past few weeks ever since he opened Black Box coffee shop.
Keen and other business owners downtown are being ticketed daily by the Ruston Police Department for parking in front of their own businesses, since there is a two-hour parking limit in downtown Ruston.

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Cedar Creek

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Fall music programs
The first graders have been learning about the human body in science. Dressed as little doctors, the students entertained the audience with songs in both English and Spanish about the remarkable things their bodies can do. They also provided musical selections about Columbus Day and the beautiful world God created for us. Students also recited poetry about the fall season. The program was topped off by a rousing version of “Hello, Goodbye.” 

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SACS recognition

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Regional Director for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Mike Strain, right, was present at the Oct. 10 Lincoln Parish School Board meeting to present Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell with a plaque in recognition of the school systems achievement and effort in working and achieving SACS accreditation earlier this year.

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Remember to thank a veteran

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On Friday our country will commemorate Veterans’ Day, formerly known as Armistice Day and also referred to as Remembrance Day.
Well, as I got to thinking about the significance and the sanctity of this day, I remembered a particular Tuesday afternoon. It was around 2:30 p.m. and the big screen TV in the common area was broadcasting a soap opera. The few in the audience, well, most of them were asleep and many were in wheelchairs. Some of them were alert but didn’t seem to know what day it was, what time it was or where they were.

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