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February 3rd

Techsters ready to ‘Pack the House’

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Fans of Louisiana Tech University’s basketball program could be on a big ride Saturday.
And not just in showing their support for the Lady Techsters.
Accentuating the annual “Pack the House Challenge” for the Techsters will be a fair theme featuring ferris wheels, roller coasters, a mirror maze and numerous other attractions prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff against Fresno State University.
In the challenge, Tech is competing in an attendance promotion event against all schools in the WAC.

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Man allegedly robbed the blind

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On Wednesday, a student with the Louisiana Center for the Blind reported he was the victim of a robbery while walking on Monroe Street near the downtown area. 
Officers with the Ruston Police Department responded and subsequent to a brief investigation, Cortez Russell, 23, 120 Calvin Street, was arrested at his residence and charged with purse snatching and simple robbery. 
“When officers responded to the call of the robbery it appeared Russell had physically taken the victim’s wallet and phone,” RPD Public Information Officer Lt. Tim Parker said. “The investigators followed up on several different leads.”

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St. Jude ‘Run for Hope’ offered by Zeta Rho chapter of ESA

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A St. Jude 5-K “Run for Hope” is set for March 10 at Choudrant’s Squire Creek Country Club by the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, a women’s service organization.
A One-Mile Fun Run will also be offered at the event.
Registration and packet pick-up is scheduled for 7-8 a.m.; the One-Mile Fun Run, 8 a.m.; and the 5-K Run, 8:30 a.m.

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Coffeehouse displays artist’s photography

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and Crescent City Coffeehouse will feature artist Bess Bieluczyk’s work during the months of February and March. An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday for the show titled, “Assembling Intimacy.”
Bieluczyk’s digital photography focuses on “dealing with the pleasures and anxieties of domestic life.”

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Roaf: ‘Nervous’ about Hall

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William Roaf will be the first to admit it: he’s just a little nervous over the Saturday announcement of who makes the 2012 induction class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Yes, I am nervous,” Roaf told the Ruston Daily Leader earlier this week. “Anyone who says they aren’t would not be telling the truth.”
The nervousness is, for sure, warranted.

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Bendolph paces Techsters

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Jasmine Bendolph: the modern day version of Teresa Weatherspoon?
Well, the senior point guard did a convincing imitation of her head coach, ex-Louisiana Tech University star and Hall of Famer Teresa Weatherspoon, in a 77-63 Western Athletic Conference victory over Nevada at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night.
Bendolph registered the third double double of her career with a 12-point and career-high 15 assists to lead a key league win for the Lady Techsters (11-10, 4-2).

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Lady Cougars in 49-25 win

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Cedar Creek High’s No. 11 Class 1A ranked girls improved to a 17-7 overall record and 5-1 mark in District 2-1A with a 49-25 victory over Monroe St. Frederick’s on Thursday night.
The victory was led by the 20 points, two rebounds, two steals and four assists of Ruby Richie.
Allison Ewing had a game-leading 15 rebounds along with 10 points, four steals and an assist for the Lady Cougars.

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Tech football program mourns loss of Duplessis

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Only a day after joy spread through Louisiana Tech University’s highly-regarded football signing class, there was heartbreak on Thursday.
In the early hours of the morning, sophomore running back Tyrone Duplessis passed away at the age of 21 at his off-campus apartment.
The cause of his death has not been determined.

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Bulldogs play at NMSU

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Home games or road trips, Trevor Gaskins has this theory about how he and his Louisiana Tech University teammates should approach them.
“Although each game is different, you still have to go into each one playing hard and helping each other out,” said the senior guard and second leading scorer (10.5) for the Bulldogs. “It’s about giving a great effort on every play and communicating with each other.”
And it’s those things that the scrappy never-let-up Bulldogs (11-11, 3-4) will be doing on Saturday (8 p.m., CDT) against New Mexico State University (16-7, 5-2) in a Western Athletic Conference game in Las Cruces.

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Play it safe during the Super Bowl

Undoubtedly, many local residents will gather in homes or businesses this Sunday to watch the New York Giants battle the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
While the annual football game presents a great opportunity for camaraderie and fun, many of these celebrations involve the use of alcohol. Unfortunately, as people watching the game relax, they often let down their guards and perhaps drink more than they intended, only to find they have not made arrangements to make it home safely. However, a little preparation on the part of Super Bowl party hosts and attendees can go a long way toward preventing drinking and driving and the potential tragedies that can accompany that.

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