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September 27th, 2014

No. 5 Auburn outlasts Tech

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AUBURN, Alabama — Louisiana Tech head coach talked all week long about preventing big plays and costly miscues that could cost his Bulldogs as they took on No. 5 Auburn.
But that’s exactly what happened Saturday as two turnovers resulted in touchdowns and the Tigers (4-0) used the big-play principle from there en route to a 45-17 win before a crowd of 87,451 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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W. Ouachita shuts down Cedar Creek, 28-6

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CADEVILLE — Cedar Creek’s offense never got on track Friday night as the Class 1A Cougars fell 24-6 at Class 4A West Ouachita.
The final stat sheet said it all — the Chiefs totaled 262 yards of offense, 203 on the ground, while the Cougars managed only 79 yards.
Cedar Creek’s Jacob Brown completed 4-of-12 passes on the night for 53 yards, but a fierce West Ouachita pass rushed trapped the Cougars’ quarterback five times behind the line of scrimmage.

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Grambling Lab falls

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GRAMBLING — Grambling Laboratory fell to 0-4 to open the season as the Kittens fell 34-20 to Delhi Charter Friday at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
The win pushed the Gators to 4-0.
Grambling Lab returns to the road next week as the Kittens take on Tensas (1-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph.

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Raising awareness

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Residents in Lincoln Parish are working to ensure that football players trained at local universities make headlines for the right reasons as they continue their athletic careers.
Recently, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has received a great deal of media attention because of a video that shows his alleged assault on the woman who would eventually become his wife.
Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland said he believes it’s “imperative” to help his student athletes — both men and women — understand domestic violence.

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Elmore, Walker to debate in Oct.

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Ruston residents have the opportunity to hear how each of the two mayoral candidates propose to lead the city during a debate set for 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Howard Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker will respond to questions from the business community, as well as the public, during the event hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tech’s Student Government Association.
“We wanted to do this to help our community have a voice and also to help the community to be more informed,” chamber President Judy Copeland said.

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Tickets available for 4 PAWS raffle

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This fall, animal lovers have the opportunity to help provide shelter for animals in need while also getting 52 chances at a new gun with very little expense on their part.
Beginning Nov. 7, 4 PAWS Rescue Inc. will be raffling off a gun each Friday night for 52 weeks. Tickets are $100, and winners will be selected by the LA Lottery Pick 3 numbers on Friday nights.

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Insurance issues for LPSB

The Lincoln Parish School Board was put in a tough spot recently due to the Affordable Care Act.
It had to cut hours back for all of their wage-paid employees. But the LPSB is just one of thousands of companies across the U.S. with 50-plus employees that is feeling the sting of health care coverage changes.
School Superintendent Danny Bell said he is hopeful the insurance changes will not be a significant financial burden to anyone.

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Awareness raises safety measures

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Breast cancer, domestic violence and colon cancer. These topics may at first glance seem unrelated, yet they all deal with safety and health. There is a crying need for more safety. A first step is awareness.
Breast Cancer
On Wednesday, we begin Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When this observation first started in the mid-1980s there was not much awareness. Rather than go through a detailed history, clearly Breast Cancer Awareness Month now has a much higher degree of observation. There are many programs, associations and foundations to which contributions can be made.

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Government should be held responsible

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"Government has a responsibility to the entire nation." President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that in 1944. I think it is time to revisit that notion.
I have spent the last week watching "The Roosevelts," on PBS, and I am drawn to the stark contrasts of these people of character with that of most of today's politicians. Theodore Roosevelt was a Republican with a deep-seated belief in altruism, national pride and the possibilities of progress. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a Democrat who believed the same. Eleanor Roosevelt was a true liberal who helped shape the Civil Rights movement.

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Help children develop healthy body images

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For the past five years I’ve visited with readers once a week. I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to find something about which to write. Not to mention, five years is a long time.
In the time I’ve worked at the Daily Leader, so far, I’ve gotten married, I’ve earned an MBA, I’ve watched my husband enter the workforce and a whole host of other life events.
Because of that, I realize that my perspective has likely changed on many things.

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