Commentary

With a starting MSRP of $22,140, Kia’s popular midsize sedan enters 2016 with an all-new look. The 2016 Optima is stylishly designed with exterior dimensions that are marginally longer, taller and wider. The wheelbase has been extended to 110.4 inches (increased 0.4 inches) and the vehicle has been widened to 73.2 inches (increased 1.2 inches). Both changes enable a comfortable cabin with more shoulder room and rear seat legroom.

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Fans of “Sons of Anarchy” will remember Deputy Chief David Hale, played by Texas actor Taylor Sheridan. Since the poor law man was killed off in season 3, Sheridan has concentrated his efforts on writing. First “Sicario,” the drug cartel thriller, which wowed critics earlier this year, and now this, which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this year and came away with rave reviews.

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“Suicide Squad”

After seeing the German athletes’ team uniforms last Friday night at the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics, I had serious doubts there could be anything as dismal and sad. That was until “Suicide Squad” premiered. Surely the powers behind this epic misfire must have known what a hard sell it would be. Why else would they schedule it against the first weekend of the Olympic Games? But they get the last laugh because, despite the critical hits, this earned over $100 million in its first weekend.

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Q. I’m a landlord and paranormal investigator. I have had a lot of people ask me this question: If someone is murdered or dies in a house or apartment, does the landlord have to tell potential tenants about paranormal activity? I know when something like this happens, the spirit can stay there and make noises, like doors shutting, footsteps and names being called. Does the landlord have to disclose this information? Also, if the landlord knows that one of the houses has paranormal activity going on, is it legal for him to charge more?

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Fifty years to the day after a deadly sniper attack at The University of Texas (UT) shattered the midday calm of summer in 1966, an archived edition of the Texas Medical Association’s Texas Medicine magazine details the emergency medical response to the rampage.

“The afternoon and evening were a nightmare undreamed of that morning,” the article reads. “But when the worst was over, hospital and other medical officials expressed satisfaction with the way the tragedy had been handled from the medical standpoint.” 

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Woodrow F. Call  (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall)

It has been said and written that once you leave home, you can really never go back. Larry McMurtry, renowned Texas writer, proved that not only can you go home again, but also that you can take much of the world with you. Readers and followers of his books and screenplays feel as comfortable talking about “Lonesome Dove,” a fictitious Texas town, as some folks do Fort Worth or Dallas. The characters are real and have taken up residence in the hearts and minds of the faithful. Everyone has a favorite.

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June 16, 2016, SETMA received a note from our friends in China. They have previously made two visits to SETMA and as this note indicates they want to visit a third time. The note stated:

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Q. At one time, Texas law allowed a person who had his identity stolen to have his credit reports locked. Is this still true?

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If you have spent considerable time in Texas, chances are you have seen “Lonesome Dove,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry of Archer City, Texas. If you are a true Texan, you’ve probably seen it more than once, and you just may have seen the other three adaptions in the series. Keeping the chronological order straight is a task to be conquered with careful reading and note taking.

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Hi, my name is Arnie, and I am grateful for all the nice people at Beaumont Animal Services: the animal control officer who found me, the judge who didn’t let my old owners take me back, the kennel staff who give me food every day and keep my kennel clean. I am grateful for my bed. Would you believe my old bed was a pile of wood pallets? I am grateful that I will never have to feel the weight of a chain hanging from my neck again. I am grateful for all of the nice visitors who stop by my kennel, and the volunteers who give me lots of treats!

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