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Tech fire details

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Brazzel discusses fraternity house blaze
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Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel this morning provided details regarding the fire that burned down Louisiana Tech University’s Pi Kappa Alpha house on Saturday.
Brazzel said at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, RFD received a 911 call for a structure fire located at the corner of Mississippi Avenue and Western Street, an approximately 8,000 square-foot, two-story multi-residential building.

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Click It or Ticket to begin today

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Louisiana and federal traffic safety officials have announced that 127 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement and awareness campaign.
The seat belt enforcement effort begins today and goes through June 3 and will be the largest of its kind ever conducted in Louisiana.

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Avoiding the summer break slide

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Local education leaders give tips to keep students learning
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The last school bells will ring on Tuesday, and Lincoln Parish parents will be tasked with making sure their children don’t forget everything they’ve learned in the last nine months.
Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said children’s minds need to be stimulated throughout the summer to make sure they don’t fall behind.
“One study by the U.S. Department of Education said that children regress, losing 25 percent of their reading skills during the summer months,” Bell said. “We find similar regression in math during the summer.”

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Farmerville Street home burns down

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Shortly after firefighters put out the blaze that left a fraternity house a total loss on Saturday, they turned their attention to a fire on South Farmerville Street where another home burned to the ground.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said that at approximately 11:25 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were on their way back from fighting the fire at the frat house when they received another call about a fire at 709 S. Farmerville St.

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’Dogs win, ready next for tourney

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FRESNO, Calif. — A two-out, three-run double by Jacob Derouen was all the Bulldogs needed as four relief pitchers combined for 7.0 scoreless innings to lead Louisiana Tech (24-26, 7-11 WAC) to a 5-2 victory over Fresno State (25-25, 8-10 WAC) on Sunday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field.
Derouen’s three-run double were the first runs batted in for the redshirt freshman this season and the bullpen allowed just two hits in Tech’s first road conference win of the season.

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Laird likes RHS progress

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Bearcats end spring drills on positive note
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A couple of things should bode well for Ruston High School’s football team before it begins its 2012 season.
Number one: there was a positive note and optimism stemming from Saturday’s spring-ending scrimmage at James Field.
Number two: before you can say “Taj Mahal,” which is how Billy Laird described it, the new and long overdue Bearcats’ fieldhouse will be ready for occupancy.
In both cases, players and coaches should have the summer days flying by optimistically before that Aug. 31 regular season opener beckons at home against I-20 rival Monroe Neville High.

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Protect your skin this month

Whether lathering up and enjoying the rays of the sun or taking your chances in the tanning beds, summer is approaching and the quest for the perfect skin is about to begin.
Each year, thousands of people attempt to “bronze” their skin to look better, and each year many people suffer the consequences of facing the sun or artificial lights without the proper protection.

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Help animals in need of a home

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Many years ago I owned a dog, Sassy, and I loved her more than life itself. She even looked like me. Unfortunately, Sassy passed many years ago, and I have yet to own another pet.
At first, it was because I realized there was no replacing her. No other animal could compare.

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Support GSU's mission

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If you live or work in Lincoln Parish, you know the rich history and traditions of Grambling State University. Unless you’ve lived in southern Louisiana or elsewhere outside of this area, you may not know what a gem you have in your backyard.
As a kid growing up in the Lower Ninth and Seventh wards in New Orleans, I heard a lot about Dillard University, where my father and mother went to college and taught, as well as Xavier University. But it was Southern University and Grambling that captured our imaginations and made many of us strive to do well in school.

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Tech grads prepare for their future

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As 836 graduates walked across the stage Saturday to receive their diplomas for Louisiana Tech University, all of them were challenged to remember their alma mater as they fulfill their life goals.
William Bundrick, 1980 Tech Alumnus of the Year and team physician, served as keynote speaker for Tech’s 300th commencement ceremony. He complimented the progress Tech has made since his own graduation in 1960 and told graduates to answer the call if their university needed assistance.

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