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Q. I defaulted on a retail jewelry contract in Florida in 2003 for a total of $1,721. I am suddenly receiving phone calls from a debt collector threatening to have me served court papers to sue me. He says the debt now is just under $6,000 with interest. He told me unless I make arrangements immediately, I will also owe lawyer’s fees and court costs when they sue me. He said if I pay $500 right away, he would make it all go away. This sounds like a scam to me. Can they sue me 12 years later?

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revolverand bullets

The recent Legislature expanded the times and places Texans can be armed. In the near future, all persons with a concealed gun permit will be authorized to openly display their weapons almost anywhere in the state of Texas. The process for receiving gun permits in Texas pretty well educates the would-be license holder on the circumstances that allow for use of one’s weapon. 

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Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition

I like bargains, and I like to save money while shopping. While the granddaddy of all bargain days, Black Friday, and its younger cousin, Cyber Monday, will be here in the next few weeks, some people might like to take advantage of bargains at other times. For those who might be willing to forgo a little personal vanity, some of the familiar retailers have websites devoted to often deeply discounted items that have been returned, had shipping damage, or had been refurbished to like-new condition, sometimes with the same warranty that the same new, unopened item may have had.

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2015 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander features a pleasant balance of style, comfort and utility. Built on a 109.8-inch wheelbase and measuring 191.1 inches long – a 3-inch increase over the previous generation – the 2015 Highlander offers up to 158.7 cubic feet of total cabin volume. That includes 13.8 cubic feet with the third seating row in use — a 34-percent increase over the previous model.

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The most beautiful garden ever, located in Seville’s Alcazar

The best gardens are the gardens that complement their surroundings. A ranch house might look just “wrong” with a formal hedge garden, but some homes need that formal look. You may have a home that has an area that is just perfect for this formality. Picture yourself sitting at a glass-topped table having a morning cup of coffee, listening to a little outdoor fountain surrounded by a room-like hedge.

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