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In gardening, you often hear terms thrown around like perennial, annual, biennial, hardy annual and tender perennial. Most seasoned gardeners have a pretty good understanding of all of the differences, but it might be fun to review and give new gardeners some helpful info at the same time.

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Like many Beaumont residents, we at The Examiner hailed the appointment of Dr. Timothy Chargois — and the unanimous BISD board vote that approved it – as a hopeful sign that perhaps a new day was on the horizon for the troubled district.

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I’ve been struck lately by how quickly each presidential campaign attacks the other for the slightest misstatement. A most recent attack on President Obama grew out of his remark that none of us got to be successful on our own.

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My husband, Ted, and I attended the funeral of his sister in law, Aquila Freeman, in Houston on the same day as all newscasts were telling of the horrible murders in Aurora, Colo. Ted’s oldest daughter lives in Aurora and is a movie buff, so of course we called to see if she might have attended the Batman movie the night before. She did not, but she did tell us of chilling scenes taking place just a short distance from her home.

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Looking for a perennial you can buy, plant and virtually forget? It might be that one of the sedums is just what you are looking for. Sedum is the name for a large genus of plants many call “stonecrops.” There are about 400 species to choose from. Some of the sedums like hot weather while some prefer cold. Some are yellowish in color while some are green or other colors. Some creep along the ground and quickly fill an area.

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