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December 15th

Tigers trounce Jackson State

But Grambling turned the tables this season to take its fifth win in the 10 SWAC championships that have been played since 1999.
A good portion of that solid crowd donned black and gold to cheer on their Tigers.
“We’ve been following them 30-40 years now,” Grambling resident Nelda Baisy said from her front row seat next to husband Walter, who played for the G-Men under legendary coach Eddie G. Robinson. “We’ve been here in Birmingham for every championship game Grambling has played in.

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Grambling is SWAC king

GSU quarterback Greg Dillon was named the game’s offensive MVP while defensive lineman Christian Anthony took defensive honors.
Last year, GSU outscored Jackson State 19-0 in the third quarter only to see the opposing Tigers storm back with 14 points of their own in the final stanza to upend the G-Men 42-31 for the SWAC championship.
This time Grambling took the lead and never looked back.

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Be cautious during the holidays

• Trust your instincts. Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them.
• Make sure doors and windows in your vehicle are closed and locked.
• Check to see no one is underneath or inside your car as you approach.
• Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards that you need, and avoid exposing cash in public.
• Keep your bag closed and carry it in front of you and close to your body. Do not leave spare keys in your purse.
• Make sure ATMs are not in secluded locations and are well-lit at night, or do not use them.

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Dear Santa, these toys are the best

There is one bright spot that shines each year in the newsroom around this time: Kids’ letters to Santa.
No, that hysterical laughing emanating from our newsroom this week wasn’t the sound of the five of us simultaneously losing our marbles. It was the Santa letters.
We asked Lincoln Parish schools to send us their students’ letters to Santa so we can print them in an upcoming special section. I don’t want to give away too much of the good stuff before the section’s publication, but I just have to share my favorite letter, from Ethan at A.E. Phillips:
Hi Santa!

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GSU fans fired up

Grambling enters the contest riding a red-hot nine-game win streak, but best of all, the G-Men won Bayou Classic XXXV with a 29-14 win over Southern.
That puts the G-Men, and their fans, in a much better position than last year when Southern won the Bayou Classic 22-13 before Jackson State took the SWAC title with a 42-31 win over the Black and Gold Tigers.

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December 12th

Grambling seeks title, win No. 11

“We haven’t forgotten that loss,” said senior defensive back Jeffery Jack. “We had a lead in that game, lost it and they went on to beat us. It’s hurt for a year now. Our goal after we left Birmingham last year was to make it back to the championship game and win it.”
Little did Jack or any of the other participants in Saturday’s game know that it would be a return engagement with Jackson State (7-4), winners of the Eastern Division race and a 14-5 victim of Grambling (10-2) State in a regular season game on Sept. 20.

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Negative on the car czar

So President Bush, apparently delighted with the success treasury secretary Hank Paulson has had as our banking czar at jump-starting the economy, would replicate that model for another industry and concentrate immense power in one politician’s hands in the vain hope that something good will come of it.

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Board’s view of security

Bearing that in mind, a sound design for the facility was of the utmost importance. Space was at a premium during the design phase — there is only so much room under the roof of one former grocery store.
Sound security measures are of extreme significance to all of those involved in the process of seeing this building built, as well. Controlling the influx and egress of people at the center, as well as securing the spaces that will possibly hold Smithsonian-level artwork and displays cannot be overemphasized.

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Duo gears up for title game

“It was a tough loss for us because Brandon had the experience and all, but none of us on the team ever doubted we could do it. It was a matter of everybody stepping up and doing their job.”
That’s exactly what Dillon and Tillman have done to compensate for the loss of Landers, who had thrown for over 2,000 yards and helped guide the G-Men to eight wins and a berth in the league’s title game.

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December 11th

Dowdell puts big lift in Tech

Just all in a night’s work for the former Alabama high school Player of the Year who, incredibly, was actually performing at half-strength.
“Honestly, I didn’t really have a lot of energy out there at times,” Dowdell admitted afterwards. “I felt a little rusty, but I made myself push through it.”
You would have never known it.
The second-team All-Louisiana selection in 2007 missed only four times in her 16 field goal attempts.

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