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September 25th

RHS goes for fourth victory

The Bearcats got their “payback” win against Shreve on the James turf last weekend with a thorough 41-3 pounding.
Now, can they deliver again Friday night?
If so, it would help continue a super start to the District 1-5A season for the newly No. 10 ranked Bearcats, who will tangle with the Raiders in a 7 p.m. meeting at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.

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Disorder doesn't stop success

During a manic episode, an individual with the disorder might display either an elated, happy mood or an irritable, angry, unpleasant mood, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The person will likely experience increased physical and mental activity, along with racing thoughts, decreased sleep and a flight of ideas. In severe cases, an individual will show poor judgment — such as impulsively quitting a job — begin to believe they have superhuman skills or see and hear things that are not there.

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GSU dorm fire safety is appreciated

A year later, the halls began opening, but a little behind schedule. This fall, another set of the halls opened on campus, this time ahead of schedule.
The problem was, said Grambling Fire Chief Carl McCarter, the new halls’ accessibility to the town’s fire trucks had been a problem since the beginning, even more so with the set that opened this fall. The access areas to get to a fire in certain parts of the complexes were not reinforced.

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One dies in fiery crash

The wreck happened in Ruston city limits near Rabb’s Steakhouse when the FedEx truck out of North Carolina struck a Tara Trucking 18-wheeler out of Jonesboro in the right-hand eastbound lane.
“The Tara Trucking truck was moving very slowly, and the FedEx truck struck the rear of the Tara Trucking truck,” Hawkins said.
The reason the Tara Trucking 18-wheeler was moving so slowly was unclear at press time.
When the FedEx truck hit the other 18-wheeler, it burst into flames, Hawkins said.
“It looked like a bomb went off,” he said.

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September 24th

Grave news for a new chief

It will be hard to not think about the past eight years and look ahead to the coming election with a feeling that something needs to happen.
It is with a distinct certainty that thought occurs — even those who pooh-pooh the hardened news of gloom and doom my profession is dogged for thrusting into the public discourse will not deny things don’t feel right. Maybe it represents the ever-evolving attitude of Americans or an ever-decreasing attention span, a desire for more than we can get out of life as we know it or a chance to see something different happen in our lifetimes.

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Uncle Sam, lend us a hand with the bill

It would not be surprising to see those costs begin to rise, considering how much recovery there is left to do.
Among the largest expenses were $50 million for debris removal and another $50 million to bring in law enforcement and National Guard units from other states to help with emergency response. Immediate road and bridge repairs have cost $36 million, and transportation for those who couldn’t evacuate themselves cost $21 million, according to the estimates.

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Tech’s Porter in breakout form?

With his best showing of the young season in a 41-26 win over Southeastern Louisiana University, Porter just might have returned to the form that made him one of the top ground- gainers in the WAC last year.
The 5-9 and 190-pounder totaled a game-leading 97 yards on 19 carries, averaged 5.1 yards per assignment and had a 23-yard touchdown run that just might be the most impressive of his Bulldogs’ career.

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STEM stretches to sixth-graders

The 23 students in the course have created pendulums out of strings, washers, paper clips and pencils, and later this year they will determine the altitude and landing location of cardboard rockets they launch and be submerged in a barrel of water to determine their bodies’ volume.
“This is about problem solving,” Project ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox said. “We’re getting away from that cookbook mentality, because life is not laid out like that. They’re building confidence with solving small problems and will work their way up.”

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September 23rd

Bearcats crack state’s Top 10

Off to a 3-0 start after Friday night’s 41-3 romp past Captain Shreve, Ruston High was announced Tuesday as the No. 10 ranked team for the highest classification in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
The Bearcats received 43 points and are one of two representatives out of the 1-5A league to be included in the Top 10. West Monroe (3-0), which was No. 1 in the final 2007 poll, is at No. 2 with 127 points, nine in back of top rated Acadiana (2-0).
Cedar Creek High remained at No. 11 in Class 1A following last weekend’s 35-14 road win against North Caddo.

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Much more than just football

And it should mean much, and to many. Because Eddie Robinson wasn’t only about football. He was one of the proudest Americans I’ve ever met, a man who believed in his God and his country as much as he believed in his family and his team.
That couldn’t have always been easy in those turbulent days of the pre-civil rights era.
State Sen. Bob Kostelka of Monroe probably said it best: “Eddie Robinson transcended race, religion and social status. He was a great coach, but he made people he touched better people because they knew him.”

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