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When Cardinal football was reintroduced in 2010, there was an excitement on campus that hadn’t been felt in a long time. It was a welcome return following two decades without a sport that Southeast Texans eat, sleep and breathe. Now that Big Red pride is back in full force, Lamar University reintroduces another tradition dating back more than half a century — the Homecoming Parade.

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Whether you head down Flint Road off of South Major or take Highway 365, be sure to follow the quiet Labelle Road to great food and wonderful atmosphere. Pine Tree Lodge is a fun, family-friendly place to enjoy from-scratch entrees while relaxing on the water. The restaurant has been many different establishments, from a lodging office to a biker bar.

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No living actor plays the curmudgeon better than Bill Murray. He’s become the Walter Matthau of his time. All through this, I could see Murray channeling that “Bad News Bears” grumpiness of Matthau as he plays Vincent Van Nuys in this first feature from writer/director Theodore Melfi, who should get down on his knees and thank Murray for saying “yes” to the role.

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About a year ago, I wrote about my then new favorite real-time smart phone road routing program Waze. At the time, Google had recently purchased Waze from its Israeli developer for over a billion dollars, a princely sum that the developer generously shared with his handful of employees.

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We are lucky to be in Texas this time of year. Some of our summer blooming plants like hibiscus and bougainvillea are still giving us a show, and we can add in gorgeous fall blooming annuals and perennials. Just for fun, how about we focus on some purple beauties and create an area that will not only draw you to the garden but butterflies, bees and birds as well? It seems that we all love purple.

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