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November 7th, 2014

American resolve stands its ground

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More than 13 years have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, when the forever-iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell to the pavement in Manhattan after two hijacked planes crashed into each one.
I can still see the impact each plane made into each tower.
One by one, the explosions remain as violently vivid in my mind today as they were 13 years ago.
My fingers are struggling more and more with each passing keystroke as if they have no confidence, yet I have conviction in these sentences as the pen has conviction with the paper.

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Champion for mental health not giving up

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In recent weeks there was a man, Michael Pozzi, walking coast to coast to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide.
Mental illness is a peculiar thing. According to the National Association for Mental Illness, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness in a year.
Pozzi’s entire platform for foot- cruising America was just simply to raise awareness. He wasn’t purposefully meeting with organizations or residents along the route he was taking.

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November 6th

Tech hoops fans go crazy for teams

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Annual ‘Madness’ event draws hundreds fired up about start of upcoming seasons
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Things got a little crazy in the Thomas Assembly Center Tuesday night as Louisiana Tech University’s basketball programs held their annual “Madness” event in preparation for the upcoming hoops seasons.
The event featured performances by the Tech cheerleaders, the Regal Blues and the Hoop troop as well as a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest and short intrasquad scrimmages from both teams.
The Lady Techsters will play a 6 p.m. exhibition game on Saturday against LSU-Alexandria before opening the season on the road at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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GSU to put win streak on line tonight at MVSU

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The Grambling State Tigers face the tough take of trying to extend a six-game win streak on a short week as the G-Men play a 6:30 p.m. game tonight at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
That contest will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis starting at 9:30 p.m. on EPSNU.
The Tigers know the Delta Devils will have a little payback in mind after being the only team Grambling defeated last season in the midst of a flood of internal problems.
MVSU also features a new head coach in former Jackson State head man Rick Comegy.

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Breed named SWAC Co-Defensive Player of Week

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Grambling State University’s middle linebacker Aaron Breed Jr. has been named a Southwestern Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his impressive performance in week nine against Texas Southern University in Houston.
During last week’s game, Breed, a senior from Kirbyville, Texas, totaled 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks in a 35-7 win over Texas Southern. So far this season, Breed has a total of 89 tackles, one fumble recovery, six sacks and 16 tackles for a loss.

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Tech soccer team advances to C-USA semis

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Louisiana Tech soccer team did a massive dog pile after celebrating its win in the regular season finale to qualify for the Conference USA Tournament.
On Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals at Transamerica Field, they got to dog pile once more as they upset the No. 3 seed UTEP, 3-2 on penalty kicks, to advance to the semifinals.

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Diamond ’Dogs to start Fall World Series

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The Louisiana Tech baseball team is gearing up to compete in the team’s annual Fall World Series, which will be a best-of-three series with first pitch in Game 1 slated for 6 p.m.today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Each game will be a nine-inning affair with all three games being played regardless of the outcome.
Admission to all three Fall World Series games is free and open to all fans wanting a sneak peak of the 2015 Diamond ’Dogs. for the final time this fall.

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Holiday Arts Tour 2014

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Tour a celebration of local arts
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Evolving over the past 16 years, the Holiday Arts Tour has become a celebration of the arts in North Louisiana.
Jessica Slaughter, director for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, said this will be the largest year for the event.
“The Holiday Arts Tour is a celebration of the arts,” she said. “This is our largest year, and its very exciting. It began as an artists’ studio tour, but has evolved over the years to become a downtown-focused art-shopping weekend.”
Slaughter said the tour not only benefits the downtown merchants but also the artists themselves.

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City mourns Bill Rogers

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Ruston lost a legend earlier this week with the passing of a longtime business owner.
Bill Rogers was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Smackover, Arkansas, and passed away in his Ruston home on Sunday.
A friend of Rogers for more than 30 years, Sadie Kincannon remembered back on fond times.
“The only thing I can say is that he and I went back and forth at each other for 32 years, but once I retired at the age of 80 we became the best of friends,” she said. “We always told one another we loved each other and in the last few years had more fun than we’d had in years. We had become very close.”

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GSU receives $100K donation

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Bernadene Coleman, a native of Plain Dealing, donated $100,000 to support Grambling State University in helping others achieve a higher education.
“All of us should be willing to share and not be selfish about what we do, we need to pass it on,” Coleman said.

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