Commentary

With the summer movie season halfway over, it’s time to look ahead. The temperature won’t move much through September and October, but the tone of movies will as the season moves away from the blockbusters and raunchy comedies to more dramas and serious fare with Oscar contenders competing for audience attention. A quick look reveals one trend toward horror films — not the usual stuff, but more psychological horror stories, with some major players.

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United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County distributed nearly $2 million among 19 local partner agencies at an allocation award ceremony Tuesday, July 18, at the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

The money, raised during United Way’s annual campaign, comes from donors, individuals who live and work in the community, as well as corporate donors, said John Rollins, public relations/community impact director for the United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County.

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Aug. 16, 1892, the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company was incorporated. Eight days later, on Aug. 24, 1892, it was chartered by the state of Texas. Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum will honor this occasion with cake and a gusher Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. The gusher will blow at noon. Cake will be served while supplies last.

The blacksmith will be working in the Southern Carriage Works from 10 a.m. to noon. In lieu of admissions, donations will be accepted. Last admission is at 4:20 p.m. and the store will close at 4:30 p.m.

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Parker is a beautiful male German shepherd mix weighing in at 52 pounds. Parker is a young dog at about 1-2 years old. He has a beautiful coat with chestnut, rust and amber hues, and just look at those eyes! Parker is friendly, very active and loves people. He is young enough to respond to structured training and can be easily taught proper doggie manners! Parker will need a large fenced yard to play and expel his energy. Parker can be seen at Beaumont Animal Care, 1884 Pine St., Beaumont. ID No. 30476.

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Combining elegant style and impressive fuel economy, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h is a remarkable hybrid luxury sedan.

As one of five Lexus hybrid models offered for 2017, the ES 300h makes luxury eco-conscious with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined.

Exterior design

With a starting MSRP of $41,820, the ES 300h conveys its hybrid identity through subtle design cues, including a trunk lip spoiler and blue hybrid badges. “Subtle,” though, is hardly the word for the overall design.

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Electric-powered, oversized plush reclining seats, wall-to-ceiling screens, state-of-the art surround sound systems and beer and wine selections at the concession stand are luxuries that Southeast Texans might have never imagined their local theater would offer.

But those luxuries, which many traveled to Houston or Austin to enjoy, are now available right here in Beaumont.

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Talk about a hard sell: A comedy about a young woman in a medically induced coma near death is risky business. But what is it comedians always say? Comedy is nothing but mining your personal tragedies for laughs, and that’s what comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon have done in their touching, hilarious story.

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Q. I am 60 years old and my English is not very good. I usually get very nervous speaking to a group or to people I don’t know. I want to file a claim in justice court, but I am afraid I will not be able to communicate well with the judge. I know I can have a lawyer, but that will be expensive. I have a grown son who has said he will assist me, but I don’t know if that will be allowed. Can my son help me in court?

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Meet Penny, a young adult female golden patched tabby weighing about 5 pounds. This cat is absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful coat of gold, copper and brown hues! Like most cats, Penny is a gal who knows what she wants, and when it’s “Penny-time,” she wants her ears scratched ... now! Penny is showcased in the lobby at Beaumont Animal Care and is ready to go to a new owner that appreciates her beauty! The adoption fee for Penny is $90, which includes her spay, feline vaccination, rabies vaccination, worming and flea treatment. Ask for ID No. 30482.

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