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Techsters lose to FSU

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Bulldogs nudge out 78-76 win for WAC tourney title
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LAS VEGAS — Fresno State has what it calls special teams, a football-inspired group that comes into games during specific situations.
Freshman reserve guard Bree Farley is a part of the team that comes in for late-half and late-game situations, in part because of her ability to score at the basket.
Though Farley occasionally misses the shot in practice, she came through at the biggest moment of the season, sending the Bulldogs into the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.

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GSU’s men showed class act at event

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A Sunday morning’s worth of sports observations while enjoying a cup of java:
• When Grambling State University’s legendary 1961 men’s basketball team was recently honored for its national title, there were several special moments.
From when Willis Reed and his teammates held up the banner signifying the Tigers as No. 1 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the hugs and anecdotes exchanged among the players, family members, friends and well-wishers.

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Grambling men: SWAC runner-up

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Tigers lose tourney finals to Alabama State 64-48

GARLAND, Texas — Grambling State University went flat offensively in the second half and with it when the Tigers’ hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
After leading 28-26 at halftime, the No. 6-seeded Tigers scored only four points in the first eight minutes of the final half and went on to suffer a 65-48 loss to Alabama State University in the championship game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
With the victory, the Hornets earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tourney, their second since the 2008-09 season.

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Tech’s Hayes No. 8 in NCAA long jump

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Chelsea Hayes jumped 20-7 and scored a point for Louisiana Tech University, as she finished eighth as competition began at the NCAA indoor track and field championships Friday in College Station, Texas.
With the eighth place finish, Hayes is expected to earn All-America honors, which will be announced Monday by the US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.
She will be the first Al-American from Tech since 2007.

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Deadly decisions

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Teens see consequences of drunk driving
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Broken glass, pieces of metal and empty beer cans littered the ground. A girl lay motionless next to a mangled SUV, while another teen in a purple dress lay atop a crushed sedan. The scene was painted red with the blood of the victims of the horrible crash.
Ruston High School students watched on Friday morning as several of their fellow students were rescued from the chaotic aftermath of this pretend major alcohol-related car crash.
Though the crash was staged and no one was actually injured, the performance by emergency personnel, make-up artists and actors had many students in tears by the end of the event.

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Karnoven to be keynote speaker at Tech banquet

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Janet Karnoven will be returning to the Louisiana Tech University campus in early April.
The reason?
The former Lady Techsters’ player will be the guest speaker for the program’s annual postseason awards’ banquet, set for April 8 at the university’s Student Center.
Karnoven, an All-American high school player at New York Mills in Minnesota, was a member of the Techsters’ teams from 1983-85 after transferring from Old Dominion University.

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Tech events laud women

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As March is Women’s History Month, the Louisiana Tech department of history has joined with the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and the Association of Women Students to coordinate a month’s worth of events.
Dr. Laurie S. Stoff, an assistant professor of history, said the purpose of Women’s History Month is to “highlight the accomplishments of women throughout history.”

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Residents to get inside look at redistricting

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Lincoln Parish residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the local redistricting process during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The 2010 Census shows Lincoln Parish’s population has grown from 42,509 residents in 2000 to 46,735 residents.
Within the parish, there are 12 districts, each of which has both a school board and police jury representative. All 12 districts must be similar in size. The ideal population for a school board/jury district is 3,895 residents, which is 46,735 divided by 12. The 2010 Census shows eight of the parish’s districts are malapportioned, meaning they have a population that is more than five percent greater than 46,735.

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Travolta, Tarantino, local schools

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I recently had the opportunity to see Mickey Gilley when he visited our area. The country music artist delivered a powerhouse performance that recapped the highlights of his iconic career. In doing so, he reminded us that he will be forever associated with a defining cultural touchstone: the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”
As he performed landmark songs from the movie’s soundtrack, I found myself reminiscing about the film. The next morning I pulled an old VHS tape of it from my stash and began watching it as I pedaled away on my stationary bike.
That in turn caused my focus to turn to the film’s legendary star.

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Man says ban phone text messaging

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During the early years of this country, it took months for a letter to be delivered from the east to the West Coast.
In 1860, the Pony Express was established by a relay of horses and riders. It took 10 to 12 days to make a 2,000-mile trip.
Approximately a year later, Western Union established a transcontinental telegraph line. The line followed railroad tracks and was considered the ultimate in nation-wide communications.

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