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A closer look at gene pollution

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Dear EarthTalk: What is “genetic pollution” as it pertains to the bioengineering of animals, fish and plants, and what happens if they cross breed with their wild cousins?
— R. Ahearn, Rome, N.Y.
Genetically modified organisms are those that have been altered by scientists to include genes from other organisms (known as transgenes) that may impart specific benefits. For instance, crop seeds that have added genes which resist the effects of herbicides can allow farmers to spray their fields liberally with herbicides to kill undesired weeds without the fear of killing their marketable crop along with them.

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Hico families get lesson in health

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Families at Hico Elementary will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program sponsored by the Lincoln Health Foundation and the LSU AgCenter.
On Sept. 29 a Family Nutrition Night will be held at Hico Elementary. Families will have the opportunity through hands-on activities to learn more about steps they can take to Eat Well, Be Active, and Feel Great!

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Recalling the bloody battle

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A writer once penned: “If we cannot learn from history, from what or whom can we learn?”
As I wrote this past weekend, having more than just a slight interest in the Civil War, knowing that we are remembering the 150-year mark of the conflict that ripped our nation apart, I recalled the bloodiest single-day battle in the history of the nation. It was fought on Sept. 17, 1862 — the Battle of Antietam. (The battle was known as Sharpsburg in the South. In the South the name of the nearest town was that ascribed to the battle. For example, the battle of Bull Run as it is generally known was known in the South as the Battle of Manassas.)

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GSU hoping for big home crowd Saturday

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GRAMBLING — Doug Williams and his Grambling State University football team hope to see a lot of familiar faces on Saturday.
And it’s not just because the Tigers (1-2) can use an uplift because of having suffered losses during the past two weekends.
This time, the G-Men get to play on their own turf.

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Tech ready to move on

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Every loss hurts a coaching staff and their players, but Louisiana Tech University’s 35-34 loss to Houston last weekend might have reached new boundaries.
“It’s pretty near the top,” answered Bulldogs’ Head Coach Sonny Dykes when asked at his weekly media luncheon Monday where this setback ranks on his career frustration meter. “You ask yourself how in the word did they wind up winning a game like that?”

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Grambling documentary to air on CBS

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Nearly 45 years ago, Grambling State University had the “Big Apple” and college football buzzing.
The year was 1968 ad the site was historic Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The game?
It was Grambling against Morgan State, the first two historically black collegiate gridiron programs ever to play in New York City.
A one-hour documentary on the significance and impact resulting from the game will be featured at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 on the CBS Sports Network.

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Nitz: Legendary voice of Tech athletics

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(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of eight profiles on members of the 2011 Louisiana Tech University athletics’ Hall of Fame class, which will be honored on Oct. 11. Today’s profile: Dave Nitz).
By Keith Prince
Special to the Leader
It is easy to understand why veteran broadcaster Dave Nitz is being inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
For thousands of Bulldog fans during much of the past 40 years, Nitz has become their No. 1 link to Tech sports.

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Slocum, Hays lead Tech runners

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Louisiana Tech University’s cross country team for men swept a triple-dual scored meet Saturday morning, as Tech hosted the annual “Mook 4” meet at Lincoln Parish Park.
Josh Slocum led the way for the men with a four-mile time of 21:26, while Mary Kate Hays paced the women with a 4,400m time of 18:50.
The Bulldogs posted wins over Northwestern State (15-40), Grambling State (20-35), LeTourneau College (15-40) and Louisiana College (15-40).
The Lady Techsters topped Louisiana College (19-36) and LeTourneau College (20-35), but fell to Centenary (31-24).

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