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Lawmakers hit the gridiron for charity


  State lawmakers will square off in a game of flag football on April 21, to raise money for Operation Homefront Louisiana, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Billed as "The Truce for Troops Bowl," the game will pit GOP and Democratic lawmakers on opposing teams in LSU's Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is at 4 p.m., with gates opening at 2 p.m.

  The game is the first of what sponsors hope will be an annual event. It will be hosted by the House Special Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs.

  State Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, chairman of the committee and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, is the Republican team captain, while Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, past chairman of the committee (and head of the House Democratic Caucus) and a West Point graduate, will captain the Democrats.

  Tickets are $50 general admission, $10 students, and children 12 and under are free. The ticket price includes admission, a tour of the LSU football facility tour, activities for kids, and a reception after the game at 5:30 p.m. — Clancy DuBos

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