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If not for recent events, which demonstrate that we still have far to go to repair racial relations in this country, Spike Lee’s new movie would be more like a history lesson — and it is, only it seems we’ve haven’t learned much of anything in the last 40 years.

Set during the turbulent ‘70s, the movie begins with a fictitious race baiter (Alec Baldwin) starring in a black and white movie touting white supremacy, but the story moves quickly to Colorado Springs where the police department is trying to integrate its ranks.

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The excitement is building for Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts’ 39th season with 14 incredible events, including nine national tours of Broadway shows, one “Pub Concert,” one Christmas musical drama, one onstage radio play and two Grammy-winning recording artists. The lineup offers a world-class experience to every audience member, along with unforgettable memories.

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Living in the professional newspaper world for many years gives me access to many good pieces of information. I get press releases every day, and sometimes every hour, from the big boys like UPI, AP and others, as well as many from smaller agencies and reporting firms. I have long been a member of several respected news associations including the National and International Associations of Investigative Journalists.

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A slogan entitled “Passion,” which hangs in my office, states: “Many things will catch your eye. Only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those!” As men and women hurl themselves headlong into life, they are mostly driven by necessity, that which immediately appears to be essential, rather than by passion, which is the birth of one’s purpose for and in life. In fact, Americans have become so unaccustomed to the caring manifested by passion that they often associate passion with irrationality, bigotry, fanaticism or extremism.

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If then, hope is the foundation of passion and purpose, what is hope? The first element is the affirmation that the future is positive and good. For some, this is a difficult aspect of hope. Due to the loss of loved ones to death or estrangement, the future doesn’t look bright. For others, the irremediable consequences of choices or bad experiences make the future gloomy. Yet when we find someone else who needs us and when we recognize how precious life is, hope returns. If there are those who do not value us, there are those who do, or who will, or who can.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am married to a man with two children from a previous marriage. They are adults. My husband is 15 years my senior, and he married early the first time, so long story short, his children are only four and six years younger than I am. The problem is with his daughter.

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For 2018, Lexus RC brings a bold design and a choice of three powertrains. With a starting MSRP of $40,640, the Lexus RC features an attractive profile along with Lexus’ signature spindle grille. Other exterior details include 18-inch five-spoke wheels, metallic black grille finish and more. Additionally, the Lexus RC is available in several exterior colors.

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Purple Coneflower

Just look at this beauty!  I stumbled upon this bevy of blooming flowers on a recent walk through a landscaped area in the Woodlands.  The guy watering the area said that these flowers just keep on producing all summer long and don’t really require much care at all.  That sounds like my kind of plant.

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Dear Annie:

My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.

Melanie believes that her father, long divorced from her mother, was asked by his former unattached girlfriend with whom he remained friendly, to “help” her have a child before it becomes biologically too late.

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Melton Murphy stands at attention in uniform

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” It is this notion that embodied the second annual Veteran Fest held at the Downtown Event Centre on Sunday, Aug. 5. Veterans of Southeast Texas and beyond were celebrated at the veteran focused festival hosted by Young Americans Overseas (YAO) and sponsored by Humana and Marvic International LLC Construction. The event was free and also offered street tacos, drinks and live music with a petting zoo and face painting available for children at no charge.

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