James Aubey, Linda Walker, Tanjila Tabassum, Nirmal Chandra Gope, Ruth Aubey

Beaumont’s Pride festival started in 2014 and had between 2,500 and 4,000 attendees annually, according to former volunteer chair Jacqueline Hays, but the nonprofit folded last year under the weight of financial difficulties, as previously reported by The Examiner on March 9.

But now a new event, Equality Fest has grown out of the movement, which included a march and street fair this past weekend.

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What I hoped would be a yummy art house feature to relieve a long, hot summer fell far short of my expectations. Allow me to save you a needless trip to a Houston cinema to see “My Cousin Rachel” when you can just wait for cable pay-per-view. I’ll wager it will be available by August.

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eggplant

Our cup runneth over this time of year! Recent trips to our farmers market and local stands has my kitchen counters laden with huge quantities of fruits and vegetables. I can’t help myself! I’m finding myself looking up those recipes from last summer about canning and freezing and drying. Not everyone likes eggplant as much as I do, but it could be thought of as an art installation. Just look at those purple and white beauties.

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June 14 at about 4 p.m., deputies with the JCSO Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near Smith Road. The vehicle was being driven by 38-year-old Benina Villarreal of Rio Grande City, Texas. She had her 18-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old son as passengers.

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The 2017 LX 570 makes quite an entrance wherever it goes, thanks to the bold Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim. With a starting MSRP of $89,880, the LX 570 boasts a long list of amenities fitting for a Lexus flagship model.

Under the hood

A 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 383 horsepower and 403 foot-pounds of torque powers the 2017 LX 570. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and offers fuel economy averages of 13 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg combined.

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