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Don’t trust my opinion about Techland’s Dead Island, released just weeks ago on Sept. 9. Instead take the advice of a 9-year-old gaming guru who proclaims this video game just ain’t for kids.

Actually, Master M we’ll call him for reference purposes and not to disclose the identity of a minor, said, “Grownups should be the only ones playing Dead Island unless they let their kids see gore and dismemberment.”

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As a lifelong Texas resident, I feel the need to write concerning the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. As I am sure you are aware, this project is awaiting a Presidential Permit for the pipeline to cross the U.S./Canada border.

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I have gotten so many reports — mostly good — this week that I might not be able to cover them all. There are a couple of hunting seasons now open and another coming along soon. Fishing has been good in some places and excellent in others. There has also been some news concerning the drought’s effect on wildlife.

It is the time of year to finalize your hunting places and dates and to sight in rifles. Hey, folks, it is the early fall in Southeast Texas and things are beginning to happen, so it’s time to get ready.

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Once again, it is time for the “People’s Law School,” the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country! This is your chance to learn more about your legal rights, and have fun at the same time. Best of all, it is absolutely free.

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 For a few years now, there has been a dramatic increase in online “deal” Web sites where subscribers can get bargains on a variety of products and services. These “deal a day” Web sites typically offer (for a fee) localized coupons or gift certificates good for dining, beauty services, auto repair, cosmetics, cosmetic dentistry and a variety of other goods and services. The defacto standard is “half price,” but I have seen discounts offered in excess of 90 percent.

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On the second morning of this month’s teal season, Beaumont’s Warren Claybar pretty much summed it up as four of us sat in a blind near Winnie with very few birds to shoot at.

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It normally takes some fairly strong cold fronts to put the flounder on the move. That has not been the case this year. At least it hasn’t been the case for those anglers that are going after them primarily.

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I get a lot of requests from individuals on how to accomplish a myriad of tasks using popular software. I also get requests from individuals asking for help creating Web pages, or writing computer programs in a variety of computer languages. Now there is an unusual free resource that can give everyone detailed instructions on how to complete his selected tasks. While there are many free online help and tutorial services, what makes this one unusual is that it is mostly based on still images (screen captures), with only a small amount of text explaining each image.

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Bulbous, smelly, yet oh so good is one description of the Allium genus, or onions. These popular rhizomes can be either perennial or biennial. The onion is native to the northern hemisphere, Ethiopia, South Africa and Mexico.

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