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’Dogs aim to improve defense

They weren’t much better in pass defense (No. 116, 257.85 ypg) or rushing defense (No. 118, 225.4 ypg).
So understand that, when returning members of that unit are interviewed during these hot days of August training camp, they speak in almost theuraputic-like terms, as if they were “cleansing” themselves of the woes suffered from the ’06 season.
Above all, they talk with much optimism about things getting turned around, how a “4-3” alignment designated by new coordinator Tommy Spangler and his aides can be the bencmark of better days to come in Tech Nation.

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Parish responds to need in N.O.

Not only did Lincoln Parish’s populace donate water, they also donated clothes, computers and food — all items needed by those working to get a historic part of our state back on its feet.

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Love, not blood, makes families

In this time of steps, halves and in-laws this may come as no surprise. My mother had three children from a previous marriage before she and my father married and added my younger sister and me to the group. We all thought that we just belonged together.
The real heart of Mr. Brooks’ song is explained in the next few lines:

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School bells ring again Friday

He suggests parents whose work schedules require children to prepare for school by themselves check to see if their children are getting to school on time. Additionally, children may benefit when parents demonstrate a good attitude about education.
“It’s helpful when parents show how happy they are that their children are learning and achieving,” Bell commented. “There is nothing more important than staying in touch, expecting a lot of your children and communicating with the teachers.”

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’Dogs: optimistic mood

“They’re not accurate,” summed up defensive lineman Josh Muse about Tech’s practically across-the-board seventh place standing in the various preseason WAC polls. “Yea, they’re not accurate, those preseason polls. That’s all they are, just preseason stuff.
“Right now, everybody is starting out with the same chance and we can have as good a chance as anybody else. It’s our goal, anyway.”
A goal that might seem far-fetched, given the far-too-nice demeanor of the defensive unit on last year’s three-win squad.
But that was last year.

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School is just around the corner

Tips for walking to school:
• Walk with a friend and pay attention to all crossing guards;
• Cross the street only at crosswalks and never run into the street from between parked cars; and
• Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact with them.
Tips for school bus riders:
• Don’t play in the street while waiting for the bus;
• After getting off of the bus, move out of traffic; and
• Wait for the bus driver to signal you to cross the street. Walk away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
Tips for parents and drivers:

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All not on the same footing

First there are economic differences.
Some kids will not be able to afford all of the supplies required of our “free” education system today. With supplies and clothing, that total can easily top $200 — for each child. A family with three or four children would almost have to take out a second mortgage on their home — or go into debt — just to get their kids in class for opening day. Granted, school uniforms have helped cut the clothing costs, but haven’t eliminated them.
Once you get your children “in” school, the next chore is to keep them there.

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Architecture displays unveiled

“It’s a different experience, but it’s a great idea, being able to change the way we’ve thought in the past,” Culvert said.
Culvert included kiosks, research facilities, group meeting areas and space for students to meet and interact in his design.
“I wanted to make it a collaborative space where you can combine actual practice with the teachings of it,” he said.

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