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February 6th, 2015

Blazers burn Bulldogs, 80-60

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Louisiana Tech was only down two points with 13 minutes left in the game, but Alabama-Birmingham exploded for a 19-4 run to help down the Bulldogs, 80-60, on Thursday night in Bartow Arena.
After a stepback 3-pointer by Alex Hamilton and an offensive rebound and putback by Joniah White got Tech (17-6, 8-2 Conference USA) to within one possession, 54-52, the ‘Dogs went ice cold on offense missing 16 of their next 18 shots.
The Bulldogs ended up shooting just 9-of-36 for 25 percent in the second stanza and scored only six points in the final 13 minutes of action.

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Blazers burn Bulldogs, 80-60

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Louisiana Tech was only down two points with 13 minutes left in the game, but Alabama-Birmingham exploded for a 19-4 run to help down the Bulldogs, 80-60, on Thursday night in Bartow Arena.
After a stepback 3-pointer by Alex Hamilton and an offensive rebound and putback by Joniah White got Tech (17-6, 8-2 Conference USA) to within one possession, 54-52, the ‘Dogs went ice cold on offense missing 16 of their next 18 shots.
The Bulldogs ended up shooting just 9-of-36 for 25 percent in the second stanza and scored only six points in the final 13 minutes of action.

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UAB smothers Techsters, 63-54

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Brandi Wingate had a career-high 19 points, but it was not enough as Louisiana Tech (11-10, 6-4 C-USA) fell to UAB (12-9, 6-4 C-USA), 63-54, on Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.
UAB entered the game as the No. 1 ranked scoring defense in Conference USA and showed why, holding the Lady Techsters to a season-low in points in Ruston and only 30 percent (17-56) shooting from the field. Tech averaged more than 82 points per game in its first eight home contests, but the Blazers stymied the Lady Techsters offensively.

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Bearcats to kick off soccer playoffs today

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Ruston High School kicks off postseason play at home as the Bearcats host Caddo Magnet in Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division I soccer playoff action at 5:30 p.m. today at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Admission for the match will be $7.
Ruston enters the playoffs as the No. 9 seed while Caddo Magnet is seeded at No. 24.

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Tech softball defeated in season opener against ULM

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Starting pitcher Bianca Duran gave up five runs on eight hits and Louisiana Tech (0-1) never held a lead as the Lady Techsters fell in the season opener, 9-5, to Louisiana-Monroe (1-0) Thursday afternoon in the first game of the Lady Techster Invitational in Ruston.
The Warhawks scored on a wild pitch off Duran (0-1) in the first inning and never relinquished the lead as both teams opened the 2015 season.

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Tech honors students visit monastery

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Ten students from Louisiana Tech University recently traveled to northwest Arkansas to visit a 136 year-old Benedictine monastery as part of their “Medieval and Renaissance Civilization” course taught by Celia Lewis, the Charlyne Smith Wyche Endowed Professor of English, and Kevin Cuccia, assistant professor in Tech’s Prescott Memorial Library.

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Help the St. Jude causes

Each year, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital helps more than 67,000 patient visits from children across the country.
The organization has led pioneering research and has helped increase survival rates on various childhood cancers and diseases.

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American heros come in all forms

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Heroes are defined not by what they do for you personally, but instead what they do for the greater good of all.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with someone with more wisdom and years behind them than I could possibly hope to gain and live through in my time.
By his standards, heroes can be defined as anyone from American military personnel to the checkout person at Wal-Mart.
My husband Slade and I recently watched “American Sniper.” I’m sure most readers are familiar with the movie, but if you’re not let me fill you in.

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Writer speaks to Gov. Jindal

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Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Education is a vital aspect of every society. From the onset of middle school, family, teachers and school counselors were positioning us students to move from high school and transition to a higher education institution. These academic institutions are a necessity to our state. The students that these institutions attract are important to the local and state economy. It would be detrimental to our state if these students left to pursue their degrees elsewhere.

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February 5th

Railroad Park work continues

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Ruston residents should be able to use Railroad Park again within the next few weeks.
City crews are working on the final portions of a $150,000-plus makeover of the historic downtown park. The last of the electrical work, including the installation of new decorative street lamps, should be done this week, leaving only installation of the park’s new fountain left to be done, John Freeman, construction projects supervisor, said Monday.
Once brick pavers have been laid around the fountain’s base, the perimeter security fencing will likely come down, Freeman said.

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