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October 16th, 2013

Common sense can go a long way

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If it weren’t so serious it would be funny: The federal government is suing the Ruston Housing Authority for allowing people to live where they want to live.
“Between 2007 and at least 2011, the staff at RHA has followed a practice of deferring to the preferences of white applicants for the Louise and Maryland Plaza homes, and of black applicants for the Eastwood, Greenwood or Truman homes,” the U.S. Justice Department contends in a suit filed on the eve of federal government shutdown.

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Impairment suspected in Tuesday’s Ouachita fatal crash

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At 4:24 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 20 about four miles west of West Monroe.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by 47-year-old Bobby Childers, of West Monroe, was traveling west on Interstate 20 when it drove off the left side of the road and into the median. The Dodge then traveled back across both westbound lanes, off the right side of Interstate 20 where it rotated counterclockwise and began overturning.

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Banks nominated

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Louisiana Tech has nominated Wide Receiver/Return Specialist D.J. Banks for the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy reports Patrick Walsh, Director of Media Communications.
The senior from West Monroe High School majoring in Business, was 2012 First Team All-WAC and First Team Preseason Conference USA after transferring to Tech from Tulane in 2011. He’s very active in giving back to the community in the way of speaking and mentoring local youth.

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Hunt finds a hole for the Bearcats

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Ruston High freshman running back Carlos Hunt breaks free to gain yardage Monday in a freshman team game against Minden. The Bearcats fell to Minden 33-7 in that contest.

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Harris honored

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Glynn Harris, longtime outdoor writer for the Leader, walked away with two awards last week at the annual convention of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in Lake Charles.
Harris was awarded first and third places in the audio broadcast category for two programs he aired recently on his weekly radio program, O’Neal Outdoors, sponsored by O’Neal Farm and Garden in Ruston.
In August, Harris also won two awards at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association in Lafayette. He won first place in photography and second place in newspaper columns.

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Events set for Tech Homecoming weekend

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Homecoming 2013 is right around the corner at Louisiana Tech as there are plenty of events planned surrounding this weekend where alums and fans return to campus to celebrate their university’s rich tradition.
Homecoming 2013 will be highlighted by the Bulldogs hosting Conference USA foe North Texas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
In addition to the match-up on the field, the pregame festivities include tailgating as well as the singing of the national anthem by former Tech football player and current country music star Trace Adkins.

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Louisiana Tech Homecoming weekend schedule

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Friday
8 a.m. Barnes and Nobles Bookstore Opens (until 7:30 p.m.)
Noon Alumni Awards Luncheon (Tech Student Center) — Barbara Swart 318-255-7950
6 p.m. Pep Rally/Presentation of Homecoming Court (Quadrangle)
7 p.m. Soccer vs. UTEP (Lady Techster Soccer Complex) —Free admission
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. Middle Tennessee (Memorial Gym) — Free admission
7 p.m. Softball vs. Bossier Parish CC (Lady Techster Softball Complex) — Free Admission
Saturday
8 a.m. Barnes and Nobles Bookstore Opens
8 a.m. Lambright Center Open House (until 10 p.m.)

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October 15th

Tech scientists celebrate Nobel Prize

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Higgs, Englert recognized for their work in physics
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Faculty from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science are celebrating the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field.
A team of physicists from Tech, along with scientists from around the country, played a significant role in advancing the theory, which gives elementary particles mass, and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson.

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Early morning fire causes fatality

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At 12:22 a.m. this morning the Ruston Fire Department responded to a 911 call on Edgewood Street that resulted in a fatality and a total loss of the structure.
“During the investigation, we thought there was a victim inside, and in fact, there was,” Eric Brazzel, public education officer, said. “It was a total loss.”
There were two pumpers, two ladders and one rescue unit that arrived on the scene. The scene was cleared at 5:56 a.m.

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5th District candidates voice opinions in forum

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Contenders for the 5th District Congressional seat had plenty of opinions to offer voters during Monday night’s candidate forum sponsored by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party.
Two of the contenders said the race itself is suspect, one called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment, several wanted to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, others supported the new law and still others pushed for a return to family values on Capitol Hill. All pledged to advocate for solutions for the beleaguered Sparta Aquifer.

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