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February 27th

Tech track duo earns top awards

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Trey Hadnot is only beginning to have a “gold rush.”
That’s what happens when you’re in your second season of collegiate track and field competition and you’re toppling the opposition seemingly every other minute.
The former Ruston High School star continued his amazing, quick-to-stardom career at Louisiana Tech University this weekend by being chosen as the indoor Male Track Athlete of the Year for the Western Athletic Conference at the league’s annual indoor meet held in Boise, Idaho.

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Tech women capture title

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech University won a pair of Sunday games in two different fashions to capture the title for the 2012 Gold Pub and Grill Classic hosted by Southern Mississippi.
The Lady Techsters (6-7) defeated Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel during the early morning hours and then came back a few hours later to defeat the host Southern Miss Golden Eagles 13-6 in a slugfest. Tech ended the two-day event with a 3-1 record, earning it the tournament championship crown.

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Bulldogs edged by Cowboys

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Trevor Petersen pitched 6.2 innings, as the Louisiana Tech University baseball team fell to McNeese State, 4-3 Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Bulldogs’ five-game win streak ended, as Tech dropped to 5-3 on the season, while the Cowboys are 2-4 on the year.
McNeese State struck first as the Cowboys scored one run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead over Tech.

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Celebrate La.’s 200th birthday

Louisiana was admitted as the 18th state of the Union nearly 200 years ago this April.
Since then, Louisiana has not only grown economically, but culturally as well. Reflecting on its origins as a colony under both French and Spanish rule, Louisiana’s path to becoming a state was not easy.
According to louisianabicentennial2012.com, federal law required citizens of a newly admitted territory to apply to Congress for statehood.

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The many views of tattoos

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As time goes on, tattoos are slowing becoming more accepted, right? You can see evidence of this in the number of people who have tattoos and still hold respectable job positions.
It’s rumored that 34 of the 45 presidents have or had a tattoo at some point.
However, a little known fact is that Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, had an anchor tattoo on his right arm.

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Facebook ban raises questions

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Sex offenders are an easy set of criminals to condemn. Their offenses are reprehensible. Politicians can get a lot of mileage out of seeming tough on crime when they load up their sentencing requirements.
But when does the list of penalties become too outrageous? Do lawmakers and the governor believe sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated? Can someone have served his time and move on, or because it is a sex offense, is that impossible?
A recent legal argument over sex offenders is raising those questions.

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Child problems same all over

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Un partie: Stop the presses! Two weeks ago, I reviewed and commented upon Pamela Druckerman’s book “Bringing Up Bebe” in which she makes the claim that French parents, on the whole, raise children who are much more well-behaved, and at earlier ages, than their American counterparts.
Now arises the question: Did Druckerman do what so many social “scientists” do these days? Did she begin with a premise and ignore evidence to the contrary so as to “prove” her point?

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Tech professor participates in zoo symposium

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If Jeffrey Yule, assistant professor of biological and environmental sciences at Louisiana Tech University, and his colleagues are correct, zoos in the future could feature cloned extinct species, robotic animal exhibits and parks where the visitors are confined and the animals are free to roam the grounds.
Yule was among a group of experts from the U.S. and Europe representing various biological science disciplines who were invited this month to participate in the “Symposium on the Future of Zoos” held at Canisius College and the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y. The goal of the symposium was to discuss and envision what zoos might look like in 50 or 100 years, as a result of an ever-growing human population and dwindling wildlife habitats.

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Ryals, Bryant to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Ryals, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amber Faith Ryals, of Ruston, to Clay Dean Bryant, of St. Francisville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Arnold, Ms. Imogene Ryals and the late Mr. Adrian Ryals.

Amber is a 2006 alumna of Quitman High School and a 2010 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she received a degree in nursing.

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Gibson, Land marry in Bahamas

Beneath a white floral garnished gazebo, barefoot in the sand, Jamie Nicole Gibson and James Matthew “Matt” Pipes Land, both of Choudrant, were married at noon on Dec. 17 in a private ceremony officiated by the Rev. Dr. Jackson Miller at Breezes Resort on Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas.

Jamie is the daughter of Wayne Stroope, of Oxford, Mich., and Rhonda Gibson Hayes, of Bossier City. She is the granddaughter of the late Bobby Gibson, Lorene Traylor Gibson, of Ruston, and Carl and Barbara Stroope, of Tyler, Texas. Her stepparents are Cecil “Buster” Hayes and Sue Stroope.

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