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December 8th

Beat the bug by getting flu shot

Wintertime.
Leaves are fluttering though the air, as is the spirit of Christmas.
But unfortunately, the flu bug is, too.
According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control data, Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season and the Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging people to not delay in getting a flu shot.
The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at health care providers and community pharmacies.

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Views from the Boathouse

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Remember: United we stand, divided we fall
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Only weeks after an important national election, a Republican president known for reaching across the aisle died. Leaders from both parties paid tribute to his civility and bipartisanship, saying the country could use more of that.
That was December 2006 and the president was Gerald R. Ford.
It happened again last week, when the recently deceased president was George H.W. Bush.
Both times a warring political system as a whole called a cease-fire to honor a president of another era for being everything it no longer is.
History repeated itself.

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Care enough to brighten lives of others

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Last week I stepped on Ebenezer Scrooge’s toes. We then discussed a very real phenomenon — concerning very special people — for whom holidays aren’t especially wonderful. 
    
As many of us enjoy birthday celebrations, then refer to “Christmas” as “the” time of Christ’s birth, some might be surprised/reminded of some interesting historical facts.

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O.K.’s Corral

Jaylon Ferguson: Shades of all-time Tech great DL Dean
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Since he exited Louisiana Tech University in the mid-1970s, I’ve waited patiently to see if the Bulldogs’ defensive interior could have a terrorizing pass rusher like Pro Football of Famer Fred Dean.
Few who have worn the Bulldogs’ colors have not been able to fulfill the high standards set by the former Ruston High School star.
Until now.
Jaylon Ferguson just might be a clone of “Mean Fred Dean.”
The 6-5 and 270-pound senior defensive end has compiled honors and records that put him among Tech’s all-time best players at that position.

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Dunkin’ Dogs outlast SFA in OT

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Last season, Louisiana Tech suffered a rare loss at home at the hands of Stephen F. Austin in a late-game thriller.
On Friday night in the William R. Johnson Coliseum, the Bulldogs were the ones delivering the rare home loss for SFA as they pulled out a 96-93 overtime victory over the Lumberjacks.

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Foul trouble costly for G-Men

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Grambling State falls 70-45 at Central Florida
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team battled foul trouble and went more than five minutes without a bucket in the second half Saturday as Central Florida proved to be too much in a 70-45 win over the Tigers at CFE Arena.
The Tigers trailed 24-23 late in the first half, but the Knights closed out the period on a 6-0 run and took a 30-23 lead into the break. Central Florida took advantage of the foul trouble midway of the second half and put together a 19-8 run and Grambling State could not recover down the stretch.

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LSU to host ‘Fight For Literacy’ game today

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BATON ROUGE — LSU men’s basketball team and head coach Will Wade are set to host a Fight for Literacy Game sponsored by International Paper at 1 p.m. today in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center when the Tigers host the University of Incarnate Word.
Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring America’s children can read.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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Tech ENRICH hosts Temple Grandin

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The kickoff event for Louisiana Tech’s ENRICH Center in Howard Auditorium Thursday night was highlighted by the New York Times Bestselling author well-known speaker, Temple Grandin.
Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is a notable author on autism spectrum disorder. Her life was depicted in the HBO film “Temple Grandin” which shows how she came to use her abilities to design equipment associated with the humane treatment of cattle.
“Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well,” said Grandin, quoting Stephen Hawking.

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RHS Choir Presents “Coffee, Cakes & carols”

Grace United Methodist CHURCH TUESDAY, 7 p.m.
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Enjoy an evening with the Ruston High School Choir for a night of holiday music and sweet treats as they present their annual “Coffee, Cakes, & Carols.” The choir will perform at Grace United Methodist Church starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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SUNDAY MOVIE REVIEW

Creed II

“Creed II” continues the story of Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed, opponent-turned-friend of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) from the “Rocky” movies. In 2015’s “Creed,” Rocky coached Donnie to a loss on points after fighting to the time limit with the world heavyweight champion, which mirrored the finish of the first “Rocky” movie, where Rocky lost on points after going the distance with Apollo.

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