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They’ve traveled thousands of miles for the opportunity to study with Lamar University faculty, learn with LU students and experience as much local Texas flavor as they can. And now that they’re here at Lamar University, their journey has just begun. For the next two weeks, 16 dance students from Taiwan’s Tainan University of Technology will be on campus to take classes, perform in three dance concerts, present a Taiwanese dance exhibition and perhaps even take in an Astros game.

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Owners Chuck and Debra Lafayette with son Aaron. Chuck and Aaron cook in the kit
The Reuben is loaded with corned beef topped with sauerkraut and served on grill

When Chuck Lafayette, a former offshore boat captain from Jacksonville, Florida, opened his sandwich shop nearly 30 years ago, he knew it wouldn’t be easy for his restaurant to survive in downtown Beaumont. He needed a plan and a vision to keep his business thriving in an area where customers would not be plentiful after their work shifts ended at 5 o’clock.

The restaurant opens early enough (6 a.m.) to attract breakfast customers on their way to work, but closes early as well (2 p.m.).

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Patillo’s owner Robert Patillo (right) visits with customer Glenn Parsley, who h
Link plate with beans, rice and potato salad. Don’t forget the pickles and onion

When thinking about the best barbecue in Beaumont, Patillo’s definitely comes to mind. It’s also the fourth oldest barbecue joint in Texas, so it’s always garnering statewide attention.

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More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their prescribed medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report.

More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a two-fold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so.

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With spring underway and the blistering summer heat just around the corner, Southeast Texans will appreciate the newest tenant of the Westfield Shopping Center in Beaumont — Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt. The shop at 3939 Dowlen opened March 12.

Owner Scott Hawk knows just how unbearable the summer heat can get, being from the piney woods of Buna, himself.

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