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This has to be a record: There are four Oscar-nominated movies playing in local theaters right now. Right here in town. “La La Land” has been here long enough for Oscar fans to see it. Recently, “Manchester by the Sea” arrived, and “Fences” is doing a second tour after earning some solid nominations. But the surprise among these is “Moonlight.”

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Q. Is an oral lease valid? I want to move early but my landlord says we have a valid lease for a year.

A. An oral lease for a year or less is just as enforceable as a written lease. Of course, the person who is trying to enforce the lease must prove the oral agreement exists. Maybe you can get the landlord to agree to terminate the lease early by forfeiting the security deposit or paying a month’s rent. If the landlord does not agree to terminate the lease, you may owe damages for moving out early.

 

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Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris with one of many trout caught on 5-inch Shad Assa

We didn’t leave the dock until about 10:30 last Thursday morning, but it really didn’t matter. The weather was drop-dead perfect for fishing on Sabine Lake.

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Artwork by David Dishman

Mad Maude & The Hatters will perform at the Neches Brewing Company on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 8:30 p.m. The band will also be selling The Sweetheart Sessions on 10-inch vinyl for $10 at the show. The music was recorded in 2015 at Sweetheart Studios in Austin.

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Yaris

With a starting MSRP of $15,250, the Toyota Yaris offers both three-door and five-door models and features a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined when equipped with its four-speed automatic transmission. With the five-speed manual transmission, Yaris averages 30 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined.

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