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Oscar nominations were announced last week, and like most years, there were surprises, snubs and foregone winners in some categories. Or maybe not. The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last weekend and there were some game-changing surprises. Because the SAG awards start with actors nominating and then voting for other actors, it can be a better predictor of what is to come at the Oscar ceremony a few weeks from now.

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The biggest football game of the year is just days away as the city of Houston hosts Super Bowl LI, but there are plenty of events to attend in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday when the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium.

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2017 Encore

Introduced in 2013, the Encore quickly carved out a niche of its own and rose to the top of the fast-growing small SUV market, topping it in 2014 and 2015. Encore was Buick’s best-selling vehicle in North America in 2015, accounting for nearly a third of overall sales. Its sales were up 34 percent for the first two months of 2016, extending a year-over-year sales increase streak to 26 months.

For 2017, a new front-end appearance and a new premium interior highlight the visual refinements.

Exterior design

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The Orange Community Players presents The Red Velvet Cake War from Feb. 2-4 and from Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, in this riotously funny southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.

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The 2016-17 duck hunting season is officially closed and overall it was better t

The duck season closed this past Sunday at sundown, and based on reports here in Southeast Texas, it was a pretty run for most hunters. Some of the best shoots were at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Port Arthur. Coastal hunts in the marsh were fair, and guide Colby Denbow reports that his hunts between Beaumont and Winnie were pretty good overall.

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