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All the way live … Having fun and raising funds is de rigueur when chairing any fundraiser, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) achieved that goal and then some with the unveiling of ARTopia last weekend.

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A gripping drama that addresses the “what if” of an unidentified flu pandemic with no known vaccine, “Contagion” boasts an impressive cast in a variety of roles that give perspective to every facet of such an event. Written by Scott Z.

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Conquer the world, free and online. In August, Microsoft Studios and Gas Powered Games launched a new free-to-play format of the historical Age of Empires (originally released in 1997) utilizing Games for Windows Live.

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Lace up to save lives. The Julie Rogers’ “Gift of Life” will host an inaugural 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 1, in downtown Beaumont to increase awareness of two cancers that affect hundreds of Southeast Texans each year and to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For 17 years the “Gift of Life” has been the leading proponent of breast cancer awareness in Southeast Texas, providing free diagnostic tests and access to treatment for those medically underserved in the area.

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Clear Channel Radio has been putting smiles on the faces of thousands of kids throughout Southeast Texas with their annual Kid Fest celebration and this year is no different. Clear Channel has teamed up with Conn’s to welcome the return of the 14th annual Kid Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Beaumont Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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At Pine Tree Lodge, order the Whole Cat; it comes with a side of culture.

The Miller family has been serving delicious foods, including award winning fried catfish, at their waterfront location since 1984. Rebuilt after Hurricane Ike, Pine Tree Lodge offers Gulf Coast comfort foods in an atmosphere combining Southeast Texas hospitality and Cajun bayou customs.

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An average thriller elevated by casting choices, this is actually a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie “Ha-Hov, meaning “the debt.” Putting the pieces together differently might have made for a more interesting movie, but director John Madden tells a solid story with the same basic elements, although the younger counterparts have the better story than their older selves.

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Perusing the pavement for palate pleasing portions? Searching the solar system for savory swallows? Why not wander west to Which Wich?, the new casual sandwich shop on the corner of Dowlen at Folsom where all of your decisions are in the bag?

In fact there are so many decisions to be made about which superior sandwich to select at Which Wich? that hostesses are on hand to guide you through the process.

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Having interviewed dozens of families, visiting with many for lengthy periods of time, and observing carefully parental learning, loving and leading of children with autism, aggression, physical limitations, environmental challenges and anti-social behavior, I’ve come to believe I know very little. I am totally amazed at how much effort it takes on the part of these parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and others who love these children greatly to help these often gifted children see normal development for their individual lives.

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Just as the automakers announce their new offerings every fall, so do the major security software publishers. In recent days, I have seen announcements and promotions for the 2012 offerings from Kaspersky, AVG, Panda, and TrendMicro. 2012 editions from McAfee and Norton may be available by the time that you read this. With each new model year, just like the automakers, the computer security software companies typically offer more features and improved performance.

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