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A four-month battle over public records that should have been released involving the arrest of NBA star Kendrick Perkins is still being fought in Judge Layne Walker’s court, but the truth is the fight is more about the cover-up at the highest levels of city government than it is about Perkins’ behavior and statements on the videos from that night.

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A rock concert this big means it can only be held in one place — Ford Pavilion. The Mass Chaos Tour with co-headliners Godsmack and Staind sharing headlining status will roll into Beaumont on Tuesday, April 24 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. with a showtime of 6:30 p.m. Also performing will be Halestorm and Man Made Machine.

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It has often been said the rich man dances while the poor man pays the fiddler. With the the Supreme Court’s recent Citizen United opinion, money is more influential and important in politics than ever before in the history of America. A perfect example of how multi-millionaires and billionaires are influencing America can easily be found in an organization primarily sponsored by the Koch brothers called the “American Legislative Exchange Council,” aka A.L.E.C.

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After writing about Texas, the Lone Star State, for two weeks now, I have received some delightful pieces of information about the state I call home. Ted and I also took a few days off and toured the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. All of the locals we spoke to in Burnet, Marble Falls, around lakes LBJ, Inks and Buchanan, in Llano, Leander, Mason County, and at Enchanted Rock assured us that the bluebonnets were the prettiest they had been in over a decade.

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I’ve been a Shinedown fan since the early days, IE: Leave a Whisper, so I never miss a chance to see and listen to Brent Smith’s vocals. I last saw the band in 2010 when they headlined the inaugural Carnival of Madness Tour (Aug. 21, 2010) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hear in Houston.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney has been asked to investigate State Board of Education member David Bradley after two fundraisers for his reelection campaign featured a prominent political leader who also publishes instructional materials used in Texas public schools.

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Put on your sunglasses, pack that checkbook, find a notepad and head on over to Tyrrell Park on Saturday, April 14, for a great day for gardeners. The fun starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until noon. The Thyme for Herbs Society is planning its popular event, Herb Fest, in conjunction with the Beaumont Botanical Gardens at Tyrrell Park. Admission to the Warren Loose Conservatory is also free during this time.

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After writing my original article about the state I call home and dearly love, I received a good many comments from those who love her in like manner. Some shared clippings, other writings, lists of things, and their own words about the great state of Texas. I enjoyed reading every one of them and share a kindred spirit with so many who wrote. I’ve also had the opportunity of meeting some real “Texas characters,” and believe me, when I say we have our share of those, too.

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With the 2012 Major League Baseball season starting in earnest this week, it seemed only natural to use a baseball term when describing the downtown revitalization of Port Arthur.

It’s been in a slump of legendary proportions.

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The United Postal Service was created by the Continental Congress in 1775 under the leadership and espousal of Benjamin Franklin. It has existed ever since, furnishing a variety of convenient services to the people of America for well over 200 years.

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