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Pictured is the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite

Honda Pilot first entered the midsize sport utility vehicle scene in 2003, and for 2017, Pilot continues to offer an attractive, fuel-efficient vehicle with thoughtful interior design. With a starting MSRP of $30,745, the 2017 Honda Pilot is available in five trims — LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite — and eight exterior colors, including hues such as Obsidian Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and White Diamond Pearl.

Inside, Honda Pilot offers seating for up to eight. (The Honda Pilot Elite model has second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger configuration.)

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Mistletoe

I’ve always wondered about that lore of kissing under the mistletoe, and after countless movies on the Hallmark channel, I thought it might be fun to investigate just where this all started. How could a parasite become something so mystical?

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A red snapper is released by Sea Grant researchers during a study trip

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

“I look forward to the insights this project will provide as we work to study and manage this valuable resource,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Communities around the Gulf of Mexico depend on the availability of healthy red snapper stocks to support their livelihoods.”

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Buddy Oaks photo of three men holding flounder fish

Flounder are some of the wackiest fish we’ll ever catch, but more often than not, they can save the day. That was the case last week during our first good blast of cold air. A few days ago, I was talking to guide Buddy Oaks across the border at the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club. That’s about 30 minutes east of Sabine Lake. He got to talking about their great catches of flounder and sent me a photo. Three guys at the club fished jigs at the mouths of bayous to catch a box full of flounder to four pounds.

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