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October 25th, 2013

Tech looking to cut down on mistakes at FIU

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Two teams looking to turn around their seasons clash in Miami at 5 p.m. Saturday as Louisiana Tech takes on Florida International in Conference USA play.
Tech enters the contest at 2-5 overall and 1-2 in C-USA while FIU is 1-5 and 1-1.
The main thing Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz is looking for his team to eliminate at least some of the mistakes that have been so costly so far this season.

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Area prep teams set for Week 8

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Grambling Lab is the only area team playing a “home” game this weekend as Ruston and Cedar Creek both face district showdowns on the road.
The twist? The 1-6 Kittens will play what will be designated as their “home” game on the road as they face 1-6 Arcadia in Arcadia in tonight’s 7 p.m. District 2-1A showdown.
Ruston heads east down I-20 for a District 2-5A contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Ouachita Parish High School.
The Bearcats are coming off a district loss to West Monroe and stand at 5-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.
OPHS enters the game at 5-2 and 2-0.

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Big weekend slated for Tech soccer

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The pursuit of qualifying for the Conference USA tournament continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech wraps up its final road trip of the season, taking on Colorado College at 4 p.m. today and UTSA at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tech’s (9-7-1, 4-3 Conference USA) squad of 18 freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and one senior has turned in an incredible turnaround, winning four of its last five matches by a combined score of 10-3 with all four of those victories being shutouts.

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RHS to host meet

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Ruston High School will host a Cross Country meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Farm/Equine Center. Pictured is Bearcat Brandon Smith competing in the 2013 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., where he finished ninth overall earlier this month, leading RHS to a fourth-place finish. Smith also finished in first place overall at the recent Lois Davis Invitational at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark.

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Hoogland’s dream of LPP comes true

Fredric Hoogland had a dream when he ran for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury back in 1972. People needed a place to play, to be outdoors, to picnic, to fish, he believed. People needed a park.
For the next 10 years, Hoogland sought money, property and public support for the vision that would eventually become Lincoln Parish Park.
The path to the park wasn’t always easy. At first, there was push-back from the Police Jury. But the parish governing body eventually realized the wisdom of Hoogland’s vision.

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GSU should be treasured

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During my senior year of college, I decided to take yet another history class really to just fill space in my schedule. Little did I know that class would bring a whole new appreciation for a university that was just down the road — Grambling State University.
The class you might wonder was Introduction to Public History, which looking back actually fit well with my degrees.

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A place where healing begins

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The lights are bright. The room is cold and sterile.  Imagine you’re just 4 years old, scared and you’re sitting in a police station or in a medical examination room.  The strangers around you look like giants and they all want you to describe (again and again and in great detail) the terrible abuse you’ve suffered.      

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October 24th

Litigation possible for game forfeiture

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The football team may be back out on the field for Grambling State University, but repercussions from the recent protest and boycott that resulted in forfeiting a game to Jackson State University are far from over.
Officials from Jackson State University issued a statement Tuesday saying that they plan to pursue litigation against Grambling State and others.

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Performance on tap at the Dixie

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The Dixie Center for the Arts will play host to modern-day Renaissance man Bobby Bridger at 7 p.m. tonight.
Bridger’s artwork has been on display in the lobby of the Dixie.
John Emory, president of the Dixie board of directors, said Bridger blends American history and theater to bring historical characters to life through song, and to demonstrate unique perspectives of the great Euro-American westward migration, American mythology, the plains Indians and the development of American culture during this time.

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Museum gets ‘new’ gun

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This month, the Louisiana Military Museum put an 1895 Colt Browning Machine Gun, used in the Spanish-American War, on display.
Ernest Stevens, director for the Louisiana Military Museum, said the “Potato Digger,” as it is informally known, is very rare.
“This piece has been on my ‘want list’ for 20 years,” Stevens said.
“It is a very rare piece of militaria, and we are proud to have it exhibited at our museum.”
Stevens said this frontline gun was in use for almost 50 years.

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