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Grade school trends include the sockless look for boys, hair feathers for girls, use of the phrase “epic fail” and fighting zombies on the playground and in video games. Zombies seem to be the choicest of enemies.

Therefore, without a doubt, a video game titled “Plants vs. Zombies” attracts 4-footers. Surprisingly this gruesomely goofy game, where players actually manage warring plants, has more strategy than the name portrays. It even has some pretty nice music.

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A long-term plan to bring world-class entertainment to the Lutcher Theater culminates this September when the curtain goes up on a new season that includes two tribute performances, five musicals, a comedic musical, a story ballet, a serious drama, a concert, a high-tech, music comedy and four children’s performances.

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Platinum recording artist Puddle of Mudd released their first record in 2001, Come Clean, which went on to sale more than more 3 million copies. The group would give us rock hits like “Control,” “Blurry,” “She Hates Me,” “Famous” and “Psycho,” just to name a few.

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 The latest report that I’ve received concerning the drought in the Texas Hill Country has been spotty, at best. The ranches that are in similar areas have different reports, at times. What seems to be the difference is that the ranches may be only a few miles apart and one has gotten a little rain while the other hasn’t. There is also the element of natural creeks or rivers and the presence of water tanks that are not dried up. No matter whether a ranch contains all of the water positives or none of them, it is super dry in the Hill Country.

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It’s been a long hot summer and it’s not nearly over yet, but hunting is on the horizon and Sept. 1 is the opener on doves, with teal up shortly after that. And before you know, it we’ll be getting up at 4 a.m. to make a duck hunt. With that in mind, it’s time to think about how the statewide Texas drought is going to impact duck hunts.

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In Matthew, Chapter 5, we read, beginning with Verse 14, “Ye (meaning Christian people) are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven.” That is through Verse 16 in Matthew 5.

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Last week I wrote about the imperative to frequently and constantly back up our hard drives. I referenced the three most important words in computing: Backup, Backup and Backup! I warned about Murphy’s first law of computing: “A properly backed up hard drive will never fail, but the first time that you do not have a current backup, it will always fail at the most inopportune time.”

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The Examiner is the winner of six awards in the 2011 National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including a first-place award for Best Local News Coverage among all of the organization’s non-daily member newspapers.

According to the NNA, winners reflect the high quality of publications represented by the association.

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Formed in 2009 in Houston, Killing Clover gives us a sound reminiscent of Bad Religion, The Misfits and a little of The Ramones. Forming in 2009 in Houston, the band  plays gigs at Warehouse Live  and will soon be competing in the Battle of the Bands at Fitzgerald’s on Sept. 4.

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Among the most payable slots in Louisiana are some winning tastes. Coushatta Casino Resort has six restaurants for hungry gamers.

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