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December 19th

Dooley eager to get ’Dogs rolling

“I knew, in my heart, that this was the right place for my family and I. It all goes back to the people you want to work with and that’s what I have found here, just great people whom I look forward to being with and working with to undertake this challenge.”
Dooley got a vintage Tech and Ruston welcome, too, at the open-to-the-public press conference that numbered approximately 250 in attendance and included representation from returning players on the Bulldogs’ squad, current staff members and a large turnout of university administrators, athletic personnel and students.

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Think about AIDS for more than one day

In Louisiana alone, the statistics are astounding. According to www.avert.org, more than 7,600 people are living with HIV and more than 7,400 are living with AIDS. In the United States, more than 404,000 people have AIDS. Those numbers are staggering, but in other countries, the numbers are even higher.
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 24.5 million adults and children were living with HIV at the end of 2005, according to www.avert.org.
This is a bigger problem than most people want to admit.

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Dooley’s the man for Bulldogs

Dooley is due in Ruston by noon after having flown in from Miami, by way of Orchard Park, N.Y., where the Dolphins played the Bills early Sunday afternoon.

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Debate team’s skills intriguing

I spoke to Trey Gibson, Louisiana Tech’s director of the Debate Team, about his team being national champions of debate. That’s pretty impressive to me. While I had months to prepare for my speech and gave the same one a total of four times in public, these students have very little time to prepare — and they must defend their arguments.

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December 18th

Dooley: Bulldogs’ new ‘builder’

Spin the video back to the 1990s, when LSU suffered through seven losing seasons.
But by the time Dooley and Saban had left Baton Rouge, the Tigers had a BCS national title, a 48-16 record, two Southeastern Conference crowns and four bowl appearances to show for it.
And when he arrived in Dolphins’ country, Miami had relinquished its previous AFC East success to the New England Patriots, thus presenting yet another challenge for the personable 38-year-old native of Athens, Ga.
Now, Derek Dooley is about to embark on yet another big challenge in his coaching career.

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Jury works to clean up parish roads

It also marks the first of several “megasites” that will be located throughout the parish. The Jury’s plan calls for consolidating the two, three and four trash bin sites located throughout the parish into larger “megasites”. It is the Jury’s contention that by consolidating trash collection sites, it will be easier to keep parish roadways clean and monitor what is being thrown into trash bins.

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Interstate 20 exit ramp reopens

With that phase of the five-phase construction plan along the I-20 corridor complete, Love said it would soon be time to begin work on Phases II and III.
The Department of Transportation received two bids for work on the South Service Road between Vienna Street and Louisiana 33 — Phase II — and both came in under the engineer’s estimation of $6.4 million.
“D&J Construction Co. placed a bid of $5.5 million, while James Construction Co. placed a bid of $5 million,” Love said. “Since DOTD let the bid they will decide who the contractor will be.”

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Surprise reminds of gratitude

We also found a card among the gifts. It stated:
“We came here to party and it looked like Santa stocked your cabinets and fridge with treats! Anyway, we ate all we could, and here is what’s left over! We love you so much!“
Dustin and I still wonder why these girls went to such great lengths to make our holiday a special one. I think it’s OK that we may never get our answer.

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December 16th

RHS teams sweep past Parkway

Thanks to savvy play, key buckets and critical rebounds by Louisiana-Monroe signee Sannisha Williams down the stretch, the Lady Bearcats came away with a tough 58-53 victory.
In a boys’ nightcapper, the Bearcats overcame early double digit deficits to eventually cost to a 70-45 decision.
Williams, a senior forward and first unit All-District 1-5A selection in 2005-2006, scored six of the Lady Bearcats’ final eight points, including a four-point play with just over 40 seconds remaining that all but assured head coach Ricky Durrett and his team with the verdict.

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Party politics sends wrong message

When the Governor, who faces reelection next year, refused to yield, there were threats that as soon as the Legislature was called into session, there would be a nomination to adjourn. That, too, passed, leaving Louisiana residents — and the rest of the U.S. — to believe that something beneficial might actually be accomplished during the 10-day session.

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