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October 26th, 2013

Remembering a ‘good ole boy’ named ‘Bum’

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In the summer of 1985 you could practically set your clock by O.A. “Bum” Phillips.
Just as sure as the Kansas City Southern would zip through Ruston on its regular 12 noon schedule, the folksy Phillips would conduct each press conference for media covering the New Orleans Saints’ preseason workouts at Louisiana Tech at 3:30 p.m. on the top floor of Carruthers Hall.
And be assured, the press conferences always started at 3:30 p.m.
Phillips, who passed away recently at the age of 90, made sure of that with his media brethren.

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G-Men dropped in overtime

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Grambling State narrowly misses first win of season
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It was almost the perfect ending to a drama that has played out for nearly two weeks now.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Not yet, anyway.
Looking for their first win over the season, the Grambling State Tigers saw their dreams dashed again Saturday as Texas Southern rallied from a 10-point deficit behind backup quarterback Jamal Small, who plunged into the end zone from two yards out to give TSU a 23-17 win in overtime.
Grambling took first possession in overtime but failed to score after freshman kicker Johnathan Wallace missed on a 29-yard field goal attempt.

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Tech takes victory at FIU, 23-7

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MIAMI — Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon tallied 183 all-purpose yards and Kyle Fischer hit five field goals as Louisiana Tech beat Florida International University 23-7 at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium Saturday night in Miami.
Dixon’s 183 yards was only 14 yards shy of the total offensive yards put up by FIU (1-6, 1-2 Conference USA) as the Bulldogs (3-5, 2-2) held FIU to only 197 yards overall.

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Tech volleyball set for annual Dig Pink match

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Following Friday night’s contest at Tulsa, Louisiana Tech returns home to Ruston to battle league foe FIU in the team’s annual Dig Pink match at 1 p.m today in Scotty Robertson Memorial Gymnasium.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Lady Techsters will be wearing pink shoe strings and accents, while free pink Tech Volleyball T-shirts will be given away to all fans in attendance while supplies last.
Additionally, free raffle tickets will be given away at the match as fans will be automatically entered to win a pink volleyball signed by the 2013 Lady Techsters and staff.

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School needs room to grow

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I.A. Lewis to receive five classrooms
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Each day, faculty and staff at I.A. Lewis have to stack and restack chairs so that one room can be utilized both for band practice and as a classroom.

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LPSO makes armed robbery arrest

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At approximately 1:32 p.m. Friday, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested asuspect of an armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Charles Ladarren Owens at 137 Marie St. in Grambling was wanted for the two charges in Ouachita Parish that were reportedly commited on Oct. 7. LPSO also arrested Shetoquice Walker as an accessory to the crimes after the fact.

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Minor injured in crash

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At 7 p.m. Friday, troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle crash where serious injuries were suspected on Works Road west of Louisiana Highway 818.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1995 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Works Road when it drove off the right side of the road and then traveled back onto the road before rotating clockwise and overturning several times.

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Pogue to talk with Jesse Jackson

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Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue will appear on the radio this morning to join the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a “frank, honest and open conversation” about what’s happened at the university recently as well as the impact of failing to properly fund institutions of higher learning, especially historically black colleges and universities.

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Howl’oween event set for Downtown Ruston

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Pint-sized ghosts, goblins and other creatures will be on the prowl in downtown Ruston for the annual Downtown Howl’oween event on Thursday.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with trick-or-treating at participating businesses and games and other activities in Railroad Park. A pet costume contest starts at 5:30 p.m. in the park. All events are free of charge.
The pet costumes includes four categories: scariest, funniest, most unusual and best dressed. Local veterinarians will be the judges.

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Bearcats lose to Ouachita

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Costly turnovers too much for Ruston to overcome in 21-10 loss
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It was something the Ruston Bearcats had unfortunately seen before that was the primary difference Friday night in a District 2-5A showdown at Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe.
A lack of consistent offense and too many mistakes made at crucial times was too much for Ruston to overcome as Ouachita took a 21-10 victory to remain unbeaten in district play at 3-0 while climbing to 5-2 overall.
Ruston is now 5-3 and 1-2 in District 2-5A.
Ouachita jumped out early, nabbing a 7-0 lead three plays into its first possession of the game as the Lions took advantage of good field position.

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