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February 3rd

’Dogs bit by Wolf Pack, fall 65-53

“Don’t forget, the conference championship still goes through Nevada” is how the eighth-year leader at Louisiana Tech University critiqued the race earlier this week.
The Wolf Pack proved him right Thursday night, however disconcerting it might have been to Richard and the ‘Dogs.
With back-to-back league titles on their resume and still carrying a “team to whip” swagger, Nevada deflated one of the biggest and most vocal crowds (4,683) ever to show up for a Bulldogs’ game at the TAC by leaving with a 65-53 victory.

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Mentors lend helping hand

In order to level the playing field for these kids, Louisiana Tech University’s Student Government Association and Lincoln Parish school official have joined forces to provide a mentoring program for 50 eighth-grade students.
The program’s is designed for students who are least likely to attend college — whether for financial or other reasons — but are most likely to succeed in college.

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Top ‘Dogs host Nevada tonight

With the Bulldogs (14-7, 7-1) atop the standings by nearly two games over their closest competitor (Utah State at 5-2), and the Wolf Pack (15-5, 5-3) showing up as the preseason title favorite, the TAC might have its best attendance count for a men’s game this season.
“It’s great to be back home and playing in front of our own fans,” said senior guard Corey Dean. “We just have to keep playing well and keep our intensity level high. Every game is big in the WAC and Nevada is a great team. We will have to be at our best.”
Tech has won three straight games and seven of its last eight.

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February 2nd

Uniforms nothing to cheer about

In my time as the education reporter for The Ruston Daily Leader, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many local schools and talk to current students and teachers.
One tidbit of information I’ve picked up is that school uniforms are now required and shorts are no longer allowed in most area junior high and high schools. Although skirts may be worn in some cases, they are usually required to be knee-length or longer.

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Mardi Gras Ball plans underway

Chosen to be the king of the Ruston Civic Symphony Society at its 7th annual Mardi Gras Ball is well-known Symphony Society supporter Jack Humphries.
Humphries has spent years as the chair for the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Humphries was chosen for a number of reasons among which are his constant support of the Symphony over the years and the arts community over the years.

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Skills, size highlight GSU’s Hoopla 2006

The new Tigers were unveiled during Hoopla 2006 on the GSU campus.
“I’m real pleased with the group of guys we’ve signed,” Spears said.
“Especially with our skill position guys and our linemen. Some of them will have a chance to contribute immediately.”
Spears said his coaching staff has recruited players not only nationally, but also internationally.

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Patterson’s Griffin heads early Tech signees

Louisiana Tech University’s coaching staff can only hope so, the Bulldogs officially signing one of the nation’s top high school running backs this morning.
The signature that the 5-11, 200-pounder from Patterson High applied to an NCAA letter-of-intent helped kick off a busy National Signing Day for the Western Athletic Conference program.
As of 11:30 a.m., Tech had received official word on 23 recruits signing national letters.

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Blanco calls for another special session

Blanco wants lawmakers to take a bus tour of the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans area after they convene the session, seeing neighborhoods where homes remain ruined, moldy and crumbling. She plans to give her opening session speech to the Legislature in New Orleans.
Blanco issued the formal agenda Tuesday for the session that must end by Feb. 17. Lawmakers can only debate matters that fall under the governor’s special session agenda, which includes 41 topics.

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February 1st

Tried in court of public opinion

Allegations and rumors began circulating a few weeks ago claiming financial misconduct in the Black and Gold Foundation and personal vendettas being carried out by the school’s administration against those who dared speak out.
Calls for a vote of no confidence were made, meetings were held, and at every step, the media was informed and our coverage lent credibility to the rumors.
In my opinion, the approach of the Grambling University National Alumni Association and its president, James Bradford, was wrong and here’s why.

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High schools move forward

First, all four public high schools will switch to the seven-period schedule. Although this means the school day will be lengthened by 25 minutes, students would only be in each class for 55 minutes.
This is a large change from the Block System or Modified Block Schedule Systems in place, where some classes last up to 90 minutes. With this new schedule, seniors will be required to stay on campus five out of the seven periods.
The implementation of two programs — dual enrollment and long-distance learning — are also slated to take place.

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