Commentary

Several Los Angeles police officers, prompted by news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Houston, banded together and ended up in Southeast Texas.

“This really started with me watching the news and then seeing what was happening out here in Houston,” Capt. Jonathan Tom explained. “We saw that poor sergeant who died in the line of duty,” referring to Houston PD’s Sgt. Steve Perez found drowned Aug. 29.

Tom is the commanding officer of LAPD’s south traffic division with 130 officers working under him.

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Q. I live in an apartment. I pay my rent on time and I am a good tenant. Recently, a small fire from the next-door unit burned part of my apartment and damaged my property. The apartment owner says he is not responsible for the damage to my property. What can I do? I do not have renter’s insurance.

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With a starting MSRP of $23,995, Jeep Wrangler is available in several different models, including Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon.

Outside, each model includes iconic Jeep signature features such as the seven-slot front grille and trapezoid wheel flares. For 2017, 10 different exterior colors are available — including hues such as Chief (new), Gobi (new), Xtreme Purple (now available across the entire lineup), Black, Bright White, Rhino and more.

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Chance was found in traffic, scared and dodging cars. He is very loving but needs some help establishing trust. He is not used to people loving and doting on him. He needs someone who has patience and understanding. He is growing more confident every day and would do best with an owner who will continue to help him learn. He’s building more trust and is starting to walk on a leash. He needs someone who is experienced and has no children. No. 31078

Fill out an adoption application at www.beaumonttexas.gov or pick up one at 1884 Pine St. Call (409) 838-3304.

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Q. I have heard that price gouging is illegal. Exactly how is price gouging defined and what are my remedies if I have been overcharged?

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The 2017 Infiniti QX80 is capable of transporting up to eight people and their belongings in spacious elegance. It is offered in three models: QX80, QX80 AWD and QX80 AWD Limited – the most premium SUV ever offered by Infiniti—along with five special option packages.

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Lamar math instructor Gary Brice said he started out writing a book to pay “homage to a special place and special people,” but ended up writing a timely memoir about racial tensions.

“The Birds, Their Carols Raise” was previously published as an e-book called “Nacogdoches, 1960.”

“You wouldn’t find hardly a hair difference between the two,” he said.

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If you lost a pet during the recent hurricane and flood, visit Beaumont Animal Care at 1884 Pine St. Call (409) 838-3304 for more information.

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Marshall

Meet Marshall, a beautiful male American Staffordshire terrier. He weighs 74 pounds and came in July 24 as a stray. However, he is extremely friendly and loves people. Marshall has shared playtime with other shelter dogs and gets along just fine. He showed no interest when a cat “fluffed” by him. Marshall is very much the gentleman when walking on a leash. A home visit is required on all American Staffordshire terrier adoption requests prior to approval. The adoption fee of $120 covers the neuter, DHLP, bordatella, rabies, flea treatment and worming.

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If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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