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February 10th, 2014

The real meaning of Valentine’s Day

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As the most romantic day of the year approaches, everyone’s mind turns to love. Symbols of it are everywhere right now: roses, chocolates, jewelry, cards.
But here at DART, and on our two college campuses, we are redefining love. At our dating violence awareness events at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities this week, students will be asked to define love.
They will complete the sentence, “Love is …” on sheets of paper or white boards.

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Tips to help prevent suicide in those you love

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part column on suicide. The first column was in the Feb. 3 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.
There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. This article provide suggestions for recognizing and helping a suicidal person.
The following are suicide prevention tips:
Anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs needs immediate help from a doctor or psychologist — the sooner the better.
Talk to the person about suicide.

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Tech softball wraps up tournament

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Following a pair of emotional games late Saturday night, Louisiana Tech was unable to rebound Sunday as Houston Baptist blanked the Lady Techsters 8-0 in five innings at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Kendall Stiefel recorded a perfect game for the Huskies, retiring all 15 batters she faced, while Houston Baptist capitalized on home runs from Shay Orsak, Kirsten Schwirtlich, and Kay Schroeder in the victory.

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Tennis Techsters net win over UCA

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CONWAY, Ark. — The Louisiana Tech tennis team turned in a solid performance on Sunday evening, posting a 6-1 victory over Central Arkansas.
“I am pleased with today’s performance,” said head coach Chad Camper. “A few things could have been better, but that’s what is good about early season matches. We can learn from it and improve even more.”
Doubles has been a big emphasis lately in practice and it showed as Tech (2-1, 1-0 C-USA) swept all three matches to open up the contest with the doubles point.

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Tech golf to open spring season today in Texas

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Louisiana Tech’s golf team was slated to open the spring season today in San Antonio, Texas as the Bulldogs face five top-75 opponents at the University of Texas-San Antonio’s Oak Hills Invitational.
That tournament, hosted at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, will open a challenging spring season filled with six regular season tournaments with the goal of moving up high enough in the rankings to enter the discussion for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals.

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GSU teams at home tonight against Alcorn State

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams will be at home tonight for a doubleheader against Alcorn State. The women’s game will start at 5:30 p.m. while men’s action will follow around 7:30 p.m. Jasmine Godbolt (34, top) and the Lady Tigers stand at 8-13 overall and 3-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while Terry Rose (bottom photo) and the Tigers stand at 1-18 overall and 0-10 in the SWAC.

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Local officers decrease crime

In 2013, law enforcement officers in Ruston and Lincoln Parish responded accordingly to make necessary arrests for the safety and protection of our home.
For the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, it was reported that deputies made a total of 2,134 arrests. Of those arrests, deputies were successful in making 97 theft arrests and 75 burglary arrests.
These numbers indicate the job well done when it comes to finding who has committed a crime against one of its own people.

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Lincoln in for a wintery event

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Be careful what you wish for.
Lincoln Parish may get a big taste of that old adage over the next 48 hours.
While Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have waltzed more than seemingly ever before in central and south Louisiana in recent weeks, they’ve only tiptoed through Lincoln Parish.
That could soon change.
The National Weather Service Office in Shreveport as issued a winter weather advisory for all of our area through 6 a.m. Wednesday, and that will likely be extended into at least Wednesday afternoon if predictions hold true.

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February 8th

O.K.'s Corral: Terry’s dad Bill Bradshaw: A special man

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Rest in peace, “Mr. Bill,” and thanks for being so special to your family and many friends.
Bill Bradshaw, 86, passed away recently following a lengthy illness.
I got to know him more than 40 years ago when I began writing about one of his three sons.
As Terry Paxton Bradshaw began his rise to national acclaim from Shreveport’s Woodlawn High, then Louisiana Tech University and on to the Pittsburgh Steelers, I would many times call his home in Shreveport to track him down.
Bill or his lovely wife Novis would serve as a “GPS,” if you will, for locating Terry.

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Bulldogs speed past N. Texas

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Junior point guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith notched his third career double-double Saturday as Louisiana Tech raced to its 20th win of the season Saturday night with a 90-75 win over North Texas before a Thomas Assembly Center crowd of 5,123.
Smith netted 17 points to go along with 10 assists. A few of those assists were dishes to Kenyon McNeail, who recorded a game-high 18 points, including a match of Smith’s four 3-pointers, all coming in the second half to help the ’Dogs pull away.

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