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We all like getting something for free. In the past, I have written about the thousands of free e-books from Amazon, Google, and other sources. A quick review of Amazon indicates that almost all currently published commercial books, including many college textbooks, are now available in digital format in addition to the bound paper versions. For all of the courses in my program at my college, the students have the option of using free online textbooks. Microsoft has now joined the free e-book club.

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The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Beaumont will host its initial Hope for Tomorrow Luncheon and Style Show on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Beaumont Garden Center at Tyrrell Park. Community members are urged to come out and support this important work with the boys and girls of our area who will be the leaders of the future.

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I’ve written about some really good mid-day summertime speckled trout fishing, but everyone does not enjoy being out in the hot weather. More and more anglers have decided to do their thing during the nighttime. By doing this, their fishing success could be unparalleled without being exposed to the hot August sun. We should all keep in mind that the sun is a probable cause of many skin problems. By heading out during the dark times, those problems will be limited.So what equipment is necessary in order to switch from the typical daytime angling to doing it at night?

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Even though it’s been hot enough to fry eggs on the boat ramp concrete, crappie fishing is about as good as it gets on Sam Rayburn.

“This lake is in magnificent shape, about as good as I’ve seen it in 10 years,” said guide Bill Fondren. “This week I had the Lamar University football coaches out on the lake, and we caught enough crappie to sink the boat.”

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Q. I paid a company called TaxMasters to help me settle my problems with the IRS. I understand it has filed bankruptcy. What do I do now?

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