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November 30th

’Dogs: frustration continues

Try as they might to hang a “W” in their final home game of the season and get a much-deserved uplift in an otherwise dismal three months of competition, Tech was edged out by Fresno State 34-27.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying, head coach Jack Bicknell noting afterwards that “I couldn’t have asked for more out of our players.
“They came out with a great attitude and effort and they didn’t stop fighting until the very end.”
A game that had its share of flips and flops wasn’t decided until the very end, either.

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Shoppers swarm area on Black Friday

They were so popular, Milton added, that by 10 a.m., few options were left.
“The custom order desktops were all we had left, and we don’t have many of them,” he said. “This is our biggest one-day sale event.”
Sam Goody manager Jeff Liner said items were also hopping off of his shelves Friday morning.
“The iPod and PlayStation 3 accessories are our major sales,” Liner said. “We had a sale on our MP3 players; they are regularly $99.99 and sold for $39.99. We’re already sold out of them. They went quick.”

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Christmas parade to wind through town

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Louisiana Tech University’s Joe Aillet Stadium on the east side of the parking lot. It will wind down Alabama Avenue, head down Trenton Street, make a turn at California Avenue, go down Vienna Street, and then turn back on Alabama Avenue.
“Friday is the deadline, but people who still want to put floats in the parade can sign up afterwards,” Jackson said. “They just have to pay an extra $5 to get in.”
The fee is $25 per entry, and applications are available at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce or by logging onto www.rustonjaycees.com.

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JA jingles bells for area runners

“I’ve talked to some runners, and they say they prefer to run in the winter months,” Junior
Auxiliary President Heather Pullen said.
She added the race will begin and end at Railroad Park in Ruston.
“We will go in front of The Ruston Daily Leader and toward Louisiana Tech University and back,” she said. “Orange juice and water will be available, along with light refreshments from Super 1 Foods in Ruston.”
Jingle Bell Run participants are advised to wear tennis shoes, athletic pants and a sweatshirt with a T-shirt underneath in case they get hot after walking for a while.

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A brief moment in the spotlight

But before I could pretend I was in the safety of my home singing into my hairbrush, the words “You say you haven’t been rocked in a long, long time ...” went whirring across the screen. Here we go.
Flashbacks of my uhh, uhh, uhhhing the majority of my nine minute-long final speech during my senior year at Louisiana Tech came rushing back. I think this is a resulting of having spent the majority of my life being afraid of being the center of attention in a public capacity.

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Darting deer a daily danger

After I traveled a short distance and could detect no law enforcement presence, my right foot slid on the accelerator, and my right hand eased back into the fry carton.
Suddenly, I saw a hazard directly in front of car. I slammed on the brakes and looked in amazement at what my lights illuminated: three deer standing smack in the middle of a well-traveled, well-lit city street looking at me as if I were in the wrong.
It scared me so badly I lost my grip on the french fries.

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Get involved with youth Internet use

The Internet can be a valuable tool for entertainment, music and research. A vast array of information can put a world of information at a child’s fingertips. However, too much information could harm them.
There are things online that children do not need to see, and there are certain things they do not need to say. They may intend for only their friends and family to see the details they post about themselves online, but there are sexual predators among us who could use that information for ulterior motives.

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’Dogs try and recover from latest loss

With new “life,” Fresno State got possession and promptly drove to an eventual game-winning 33-yard TD carry by hard-to-stop Dwayne Wright, who would gather up 295 yards and average nearly a dozen per mission before the scoreboard clock ticked to 00:00.
One minute, Tech was on the verge of its fourth win of the season.
The next, they’re walking off of that FieldTurf with their ninth loss, fifth against Western Athletic Conference opponents.
Dang, what else can go wrong in this Season of Mishaps for the Bulldogs?

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Techsters rocked by Lady Vols

In front of nearly 6,500 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center on Tuesday night, the Techsters tumbled to the nation’s No. 4 ranked team 71-50.
“They have everything to make a run for it,” sized up Long. “You have a player like Parker, well, you find yourself concentrating so much on her and then, if she goes out, you’ve still got five All-Americans on the floor.”

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Moving on toward Christmas

A few nights ago Kyle and I drove through downtown Ruston, where the Christmas lights twinkle so prettily and listened to Christmas music on the way to eat. It was just so nice to look at the seasonal decorations while driving slowly to our destination. That’s what I think the holiday season should be like: slow.

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