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November 9th, 2015

Time for home winterization

The weather’s getting colder and with cooler weather comes higher energy bills to ensure homes stay warm.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30 percent of your energy use.
There are many ways to “winterize” your home without having outrageous utilities bills.
The first, and most obvious step is to make a “draft snake,” which anyone can do. A tightly rolled towel placed at the foot of a door leading outside can help keep the warm air from slipping out.

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Mudslinging obscures politics

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In this day and age of political extremism, it’s next to impossible to see and understand a candidate’s true platform and why we should vote for them — the mud being slung against their opponents obscures the view.
Case in point — the Louisiana governor’s runoff election between Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter.
Vitter and his political allies have been airing ads that make Edwards look soft on crime and that show Edwards on a split-screen with President Barack Obama and calling him a far-left liberal.

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We should be taking care of our own

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Ellie Moslander’s editorial regarding the wearing of pink for cancer awareness made me think — always the sign of a good piece of writing.
I don’t mind buying and wearing a pink shirt to wear on the designated game day, but as Ms. Moslander said, everyone has to be aware by now, and my shirt money is not going to any charity.
I’m a cancer survivor myself and couldn’t be any more aware. Then Heather Hawley reminded me that we can all do better.

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DART plans for upcoming holidays

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November has arrived. After a busy October, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has shifted gears. The day after Domestic Violence Awareness Month ended, we began preparations for the holidays ahead.
This month, we will be helping our families prepare for Thanksgiving. DART is very fortunate to have a friend who faithfully prepares a Thanksgiving meal for the families who are currently in the shelter. Janie Hughes was served by DART in 2005 and again in 2006.

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IEEE hosts 24-hour competition

The Louisiana Tech University student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, participated in its first ever IEEEXtreme 24-Hour Programming competition this fall.
Twenty computer science, cyber engineering and electrical engineering students sacrificed sleep for the competition, which pitted seven Tech teams against more than 2,400 teams from around the world, in the 24-hour competition sponsored by IEEE.

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Club News: Guest teacher shares math skills with EMMS Youth Group

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There was a mathematical genius teaching Algebra and trigonometry skills to the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers Youth Group on Oct. 31.
Gertrude Roebuck taught the youth how to solve equations using positive and negative numbers.
She first taught the basic rules for the equation, then demonstrated how to solve the math problem.
Roebuck engaged all the students with problem solving. There were many work sheets used, and the students would read the equation, then solve the problem verbally.
There was plenty of student participation. The youth appeared to be learning a lot math skills.

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November 7th

Dixon powers Tech past North Texas

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Louisiana Tech University celebrated Homecoming in winning fashion Saturday with senior running back Kenneth Dixon serving as the dashing debonair hero before going into “beast-mode.”
Dixon set a Conference USA single game record with six rushing touchdowns to lead Louisiana Tech to a 56-13 win over North Texas in a rainy game at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The senior running back tied his own single game Louisiana Tech record set his freshman season against Idaho and his six rushing touchdowns were the most scored by a player in Football Bowl Subdivision action this year.

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Bearcats nab home playoff berth in OT

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Football games are all about changes — and adjusting to those changes between halves, between series and sometimes, in mid-play.
Ruston High School’s top offensive weapon made the game’s biggest defensive play Friday night as the Bearcats defeated Natchitoches Central 33-27 in overtime at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Field.
Thurman’s late heroics began on the final play of regulation, as NCHS defensive back Colin Lorenz picked off a Cade Gibson pass and appeared to be racing long distance down the right sideline for a game-winning 70-yard score.
Enter Thurman.

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Cedar Creek shuts out D'Arbonne Woods in soggy regular-season finale

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Nothing excites a little league or youth flag football player than sloshing through a game in the mud.
The same is true for high schoolers.
So the Cedar Creek Cougars were singing and dancing in the rain Friday night as they splished and splashed their way to a 30-0 win over D’Arbonne Woods Charter School at Cougars Stadium.
Friday afternoon’s strong rains showed in the statistics, as did the Cougars’ defensive dominance. Cedar Creek totaled 222 offensive yards while holding D’Arbonne Woods to 71.

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GSU takes down Texas Southern

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SHREVEPORT — Grambling State University’s march toward the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Championship Game continued Saturday as the Tigers took down Texas Southern 41-15 in a rainy Red River Classic at Independence Stadium.
Senior quarterback Johnathan Williams threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns with a pair of touchdown passes to Verlan Hunter, including a 51-yard strike in the second quarter following a nine-yard scoring strike. Hunter finished with 79 yards receiving.

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