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I’m as much of a competitor as anyone I know. I love to play the game and win if at all possible, but I don’t always come out the victor. There are times when I play against someone that is simply more intelligent than I am or happens to get the better hand or draw. That’s what makes playing games, cards, contests, or quizzes so much fun for most people. If one is going to win every time, then really what’s the use of playing?

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One flower that is not usually overlooked is the brightly colored sunflower. This cheerful giant is a beauty, partially edible and talented, as well. Did you know that the sunflower gracefully turns its head to follow the sun each day?

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Apparently too many consumers are saying, “Wii Who” because Nintendo is launching a new console, Wii U. And you guessed it; the latest and greatest will likely be out just in time for holiday giving. However, some are saying the product won’t be available until first quarter 2012. Either way, parents, prepare for no doubt the marketing campaign to our young’uns that will launch about the time you finish reading this column.

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Some of the biggest entertainment this summer in Southeast Texas comes from the smallest of characters – Southeast Texas kids.

Community theaters, like The Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Port Arthur Little Theatre and Orange Community Players, offer constructive summertime fun for children, culminating in stage performances for all audiences, and the curtain is about to go up.

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In this color-coded comic book of a movie, green is good and yellow is bad — very bad — but it hardly adds up to box office gold. It’s not that this is a bad film. There is just nothing new here, and these days to launch a new super hero franchise, something extra is required.

 

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Every day throughout the community, the question put to me is always the same: Are they ever going to indict this group at BISD?

Many believe nothing is happening beyond the Calvin Walker indictment and are asking why there isn’t a full-scale federal investigation of Beaumont Independent School District.

People want to know who can they write, call or go see. They are asking if we should form a contingent of concerned community members to go to Houston, Austin or even Washington, D.C.

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Erin Fluke, a 2008 graduate of West Brook High School and a double major in business honors and finance at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2011 internship in Washington, D.C. Erin will spend the summer as an integral part of the Department of Commerce's Office of Strategic Partneships.

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Q. I need to sue someone in small claims court. I know there is a “statute of limitations” for how long you have to file suit. What is the time period for small claims court?

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Strong competition is good for the consumer. In the heavily fought browser wars, Firefox 4 has been closing the gap with current industry leader Internet Explorer, partially since the new and improved IE 9 is incompatible with Windows XP while Firefox 4 will run on almost all platforms. Also in the race for browser supremacy is Google, which recently released version 12 of its popular Chrome browser. Chrome has developed a large and loyal following, and many have sworn off (and swear at) Internet Explorer, and to a lesser extent, Firefox.

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The popular Kid Fest will return to the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clear Channel Radio and Valero Port Arthur Refinery have once again teamed up to bring hundreds of kids the opportunity to enjoy activities such as fishing, dancing, face painting, arts and crafts and high-flying acrobatic dunking basketball action.

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