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Although this movie will hardly be anointed the comedy of the summer, it does benefit from the royalty cast as its leads. The pairing of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts brings a respite from super heroes and clanking robots, and it’s a welcome offering even though it has some weak spots, mainly its premise.

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On a recent trip to Georgia to visit my relatives and to take care of some pressing business, I learned a valuable lesson from my longtime sister in law, Teresa Fowler Stancil. We have been in the same family for more than 40 years and have shared much humor, some illness, hundreds of Scrabble games, lots of other good times, a few sad ones, child rearing secrets, and years of life experiences. She is quite the teacher and I have found myself gleaning tidbits from her vast table of knowledge.

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The bass fishing club that I belong to is not looking too good. A few days ago I went out to check on the water level and had to blink a couple of times to believe my eyes. The boat shed was almost high and dry, and there was nothing under the hull but dried mud. On one of the nearby trees, there were several buzzards surveying the scene and feeding on dead carp. An alligator was laid up in the reeds with only its toothy snout showing. Fishing on that particular lake has been sucked dry by the continuing drought.

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As we open the month of July, keep in mind that the booklets for lottery hunts are about due. I contacted the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin and was told the Special Drawing and Regular Permit Hunting Opportunities booklets would be in Austin either the last week of June or the first week of July. If you entered the drawings last year, a book will be sent to you. Otherwise they should be available at the local TPWD on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont.

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‘Bad Teacher’

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

Director: Jake Kasdan

Rated: R

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Despite the ban on the sale and use of fireworks in Jefferson and the surrounding counties, the show must and will go on!

The city of Beaumont’s traditional Fourth of July celebration with music, concert, food, drinks and the grand finale — fireworks — will be as big, bright and booming as it has been for the last 25 years.

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Submitted by Don Dodd - An Examiner Editorial

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In last week’s column about Google’s Chrome 12, I mentioned how one prominent computer columnist was publicly chastised for writing about the “recent” release of Firefox 5 while it was still officially in beta (pre-release version). Well, In the brief period between my writing last week’s column and its publication, Firefox did officially release version 5.

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No one puts on a show like Mother Nature. Yesterday afternoon on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Ted and I were treated to a more than three-hour performance by the best she had to offer. We were fishing and happily catching lots of different “things” from the Gulf. I’ve always said the best part of fishing the Gulf is not knowing what might be on the end of that line when you feel a strong tug, work the catch, and finally see it break water. It could be a beautiful silver fish, some with bright colors glowing in the sun.

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I know we’re only into the first official week of summer amid triple-digit temperatures, but believe it or not now is a good time to plug into this year’s deer and duck hunting adventures. A little forward planning often goes a long way when opening day finally dawns.

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