Beaumont Community Players will host six productions of Rent: The Musical on the McFaddin-Ward Auditorium stage inside the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts (4155 Laurel Ave.) on May 13-14 and May 19-21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night with a matinee May 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 (cabaret seats), $25 (adults) or $23 (65 years and older, students 21 and younger).

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Lamar assistant professor of deaf studies Dr. Millicent Musyoka (right)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. The focus of the grant is to prepare teachers for deaf and hard of hearing students in kindergarten through 12th grade who have additional disabilities. During the five-year project, students will receive full funding to complete their masters’ in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at LU.

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Entering its second model year with limited changes, the 2016 Kia Sedona continues to offer an attractive design, amenities and value in the minivan segment. For 2016, Sedona offers seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations and is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.

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Firecracker is a flame point Siamese mix. He will be a year old in November and has been in foster care since January. He is very socialized and plays with other cats and dogs, large and small. Being a kitten, he is very playful. Firecracker has “feline carbohydrate syndrome,” meaning he has to have foods that have no grain. Firecracker is ready for a loving home and family that is willing to commit and go extra mile and give him the proper diet.

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Founding Father and American revolutionary President John Adams envisioned a society wherein free people would be ruled by “a government of laws and not of men.” His remarks and philosophies were emblazoned in the 1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the world’s oldest functioning written constitution that soon thereafter served as a model for the 1789 United States Constitution.

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