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The fight between The Examiner Newspaper and the city of Beaumont over records from the night Kendrick Perkins was arrested has little to do with Perkins and everything to do with city attorney Tyrone Cooper’s actions to keep the documents secret.

For months, Cooper has fought the newspaper and others to keep videos showing Perkins’ arrest from ever being viewed. Why? Most likely because Perkins let loose with a slew of curse words and incendiary remarks before and after he was taken into custody, according to police at the scene.

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“Government ought to be all outside and no inside. … Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places,and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.”

– Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

Last week was what is known as Sunshine Week in Texas – a time when governmental agencies are supposed espouse the importance of open dialogue and access to public documents and foster a more open relationship with the public.

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For the second time in as many weeks, The Examiner has uncovered an audit submitted to the Texas Education Agency that was changed after the board approved it.

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The idea of bunting, tulle, satin and organza being used in an educational setting at Central High School is not outside the spectrum of reality, but claims that these items and more were used to help boys become men is a little far-fetched.

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Shocking! A representative of the law firm that has helped the Beaumont Independent School District secretly settle lawsuits for less than $50,000 so they wouldn’t have to be made public is now recommending the board not involve members of the community in its search for a new school superintendent.

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