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March 22nd, 2014

‘Spring Cleaning’ can brighten your investments

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The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that can be used on your home can also apply to your investments and your overall financial strategy.
Here are a few ideas to consider:

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Don’t just fear — focus

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Question: I have always tried to teach my children not to be afraid, to not back down. I recently talked my youngest (who is in his 20s) into not taking all his money out of his retirement plan just because he thought everything was going to you know where. What’s the best way to tell someone to not be afraid of the financial markets?
Answer: I would never intentionally teach my children to not be afraid.
On the other hand, I do want them to be courageous. There’s a difference.

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Pistol Pete: A human highlight film

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Forty-five years ago, a shaggy-haired and floppy-socked youngster turned the college basketball world upside down with his off-the-planet shooting skills.
I am talking about none other than Pistol Pete.
No last name required.
But for official documentation and for those unfamiliar with his dismantling of the NCAA record manual, it’s Maravich.
Pete Maravich, whose name and legendary impact on the game has been revived during the madness of this March with the scoring exploits of Creighton All-American Doug McDermott.

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Tech continues celebrating

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ATHENS, Georgia — There was a good, old-fashioned dog show at Stegeman Coliseum Saturday morning.
And the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs won “Best of Show” as head coach Mike White’s team put on exactly that — a show.
Tech raced out to a 26-point first half lead and withstood a furious Georgia rally attempt as the Louisiana-based Bulldogs defeated UGA 79-71 in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament.

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Tech dominates Jim Mize Invitational

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Louisiana Tech dominated the Tech-hosted Jim Mize Invitational Saturday with an impressive performance on the track notching big wins over LSU, Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State.
Tech won 15 of the 36 events with the women winning half (9 of 18) of the events in the meet while the men won five of 18.

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Bulldogs walk off with Game 1 win, splits DH

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After playing 21 innings over the course of two games, Louisiana Tech managed to win one in thrilling fashion and fall in the latter to Old Dominion, who completed the series victory Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Tech (8-14, 3-6 Conference USA) trailed Old Dominion (14-10, 4-5 C-USA), 6-4, after seven innings of play, but two runs in the eighth tied the game to set up a three-run walk-off home run by senior catcher Tyler Qualls in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Bulldogs a 9-6 victory.

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Qualls added to Johnny Bench Award Watch List

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Louisiana Tech senior catcher Tyler Qualls has been added to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced Thursday.
The Johnny Bench Award is an accolade given annually to the top catcher in collegiate baseball and Qualls is one of 74 nominees in the country. He is also one of seven Conference USA catchers on the 2014 watch list.

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White River offers more than good fishing

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When my invitation arrives every year about this time, I start counting the days.
Then the appointed morning finally arrives and I pack my little CRV, point it north toward Lakeview, Ark., and drive eight hours until my Tom Tom tells me I’m on River Road, the last major waypoint where I see the sign telling me I’ve reached my destination. There on the right is the sprawling complex I have come to love —Gaston’s White River Resort.

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Aulds, Terzia win record breaking FOM tourney

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Nearly 100 anglers gathered on March 15 for the second tournament of the Fishers of Men — North Central Louisiana division season.
With overcast skies and temperatures in the mid 50s, the field of anglers launched from Ludwig Brothers Marine on the shores of Lake D’Arbonne in hopes of securing a share of the $7,450 in prizes to be awarded.

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March 21st

GSU receives $1.8M in research grants

Two grants totaling $1.8 million from the U.S. Air Force have been awarded to two Grambling State University professors.
Yenumula B. Reddy, a computer science professor, and Naidu Seetala, a physics professor, are the recipients of the awards to conduct research on cognitive radio cloud network, high performance GP-GPU computing, robotics and structural material applications.
The grants are an integral part of the Air Force research program to develop and implement war-fighting technologies in air, space and cyberspace.

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