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February 27th

None of them above reproach

Unless you were living under a rock, or atop an Alpaca trying to reach the summit of Machu Picchu, you had to have witnessed the extraordinary achievements of the Irish wunderkind Michael Phelps, whose Herculean haul of eight gold medals at the Olympic games placed him higher than Zeus on Olympus in the collective consciousness of the American cultural psyche. And after the celebrations ended, Phelps made the sophomoric mistake of believing his Superman powers would shield him from the kyrptonite ahead, specifically the American paparazzi.

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Athletics need a hand in tight times

Money is coming in, and it is going out, too. Revenue is up on contributions and more support from Tech, and spending on salaries and equipment have boosted considerably. Some of that is one-time, some of it will be a more predictable set of stable expenditures.

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Bulldogs shoot past NMSU

Gibson, a junior guard and season-long scoring leader for the team, joined the exclusive “1,000-Point Club” by scoring 17 points and did it in quick fashion. Only eight minutes had elapsed in the game before the Los Angeles product swished in two 3-point field goals and added a 15-foot jumper to set the foundation for becoming player No. 33 in Tech history to score at least 1,000 points in a career.

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High school students sought to explore health care careers

Twenty local students who participated in AHEC last summer got a firsthand look at everything from work in physical therapy and pharmacy to practices in the cardiology and dietary departments.
“Students get a feel for each occupation,” North Louisiana AHEC youth program coordinator Ashley Frazier said. “The goal of AHEC of a Summer is to help high school students gain a greater understanding of health careers that will assist them in making informed decisions concerning their professional goals.”

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Techsters moving closer to No. 1

With four consecutive wins and six out of the last seven, the Techsters are on the heels of Fresno State in the nine-team race.
Only one-half game separates the two teams as the regular season winds down and teams ready for the annual postseason tournament set for Reno’s Lawton Center March 10-14.
Going into this weekend’s contests, Fresno State is 9-3 against WAC foes and Tech is 9-4.
Everything appears to be setting up for a Monday showdown at Fresno State, where the Techsters have lost for the last two times by an average margin of 19 points.

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Fleet flocks to new home

Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens said it’s important to keep older model spare buses on hand in case the regular route buses break down, as one reportedly did earlier this week while en route carrying students. Having several spare buses available means another bus can be sent right away.
“Because of the number of buses, we’ve not totally missed a route in about 12 years,” Owens said. “I can remember when we didn’t have adequate spares and sometimes missed a route. Kids would have to wait until we ran one route and then put that bus on the route missed.”

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State needs cyber center

The Air Force announced plans in 2006 to create a Cyber Command to bring full-scale military operations to the realm of computer networks and the Internet.
Since 2007, Barksdale has been the provisional home of the Cyber Command, and our representatives in Washington, D.C., are working to ensure that the Bossier City Air Force base will become its permanent location.

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Bus fleet finds home at new $900K facility

Payton said on private property, obstacles such as mailboxes, septic tanks, trees and sheds increase the driver’s chance of colliding with an object. Additionally, he said the bus barn at the new facility has three bays where mechanics do minor maintenance work — such as checking for oil leaks and brake inspection — whereas only one bus at a time could be serviced at the old barn at the central office.
With 72 regular route buses, about 10 older model spares and several more buses reserved for school trips, Payton said a great need exists for routine maintenance.

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February 25th

Bearcats dominate soccer team

Runner-up West Monroe provided the offensive Most Valuable Player in junior Juan Torres.
The Bearcats (21-5-2) ruled the district with a perfect 6-0 mark, a two-game advantage over the Rebels (13-7-1, 4-2).
Ruston earned a berth in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs and defeated New Iberia 3-1 in the first round before being eliminated by Captain Shreve 7-1.
“Our team this year showed exactly why the future of Ruston High soccer is so bright,” Walsh said. “With a remarkable season, they have laid the foundation for the future of this program.

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When do we see that stimulus?

From the beginning, our governor has said he is wary of some of the stimulus because of the strings that are attached to it — no money is free. The state has therefore backed away from one pool of capital for extending unemployment benefits for those currently pushed out of work by the depth of our current money problems because of required fundamental changes to the state’s unemployment structure.

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