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WASHINGTON — I settled my ample figure into a dark leather booth in the Caucus Room steakhouse and confronted a pressing question: W.W.H.E?

What Would Haley Eat?

Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor and prospective Republican presidential candidate, was a founder and owner of this sanctum sanctorum of the Washington powerful. Waiters told me he favored the chopped salad — off menu, natch — and another informant indicated he preferred light liquors.

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There has long been a tradition of wintertime crappie fishing at the Chicken Coop on Toledo Bend reservoir. That area is north of Milam off Highway 87. There are, however, some really productive crappie fishing areas on not only Toledo Bend but also Sam Rayburn and Lake Livingston. Our local bayous were once very productive crappie fishing waters, but I have no reports since Hurricane Ike’s saltwater surge.

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Seedling or seeds? Which is the best choice for your garden? It’s certainly easier to plant a vegetable garden by buying little plants and placing them gently into rich soil with your own green thumbs. Some seeds require planting in a protected place and transplanting and thinning. Some seeds are more trouble than others. The seeds that are super small or those that take months to mature from seed call for a gardener with a lot of patience. Choosing to use some seed in your garden will most likely add quite a bit more variety to what you have in your plot.

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As temperatures climb so do expectations for the summer movie season. With only so many weekend opening slots available, studios keep pushing into May to get their movies out in front of the glut of pictures moving into theaters in June and July.

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Memphis born Jerry Lawler has had storied career. In a career that spans 41 years, Lawler has held 164 championships, 32 of which were world heavyweight titles.Despite never winning a WWE world title, Lawler has won more championships than any other WWE superstar. His feud with the late Andy Kaufman took his stardom to a national level and just four years ago, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Despite all the accomplishments, Lawler, now 61, has never competed at Wrestlemania, which is tagged as the biggest sports entertainment event of the year.

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Barbecue, barbeque, Bar-B-Que, BBQ — take your pick. Every corner of the country has its own way of doing things, so it’s no surprise that a couple of Southeast Texans would put their own spin on the American dish with a flare unique to the area.

When Boomtown BBQ Company opened on Wednesday, March 5, hungry patrons flocked to the new restaurant at 5555 Calder Ave. ready to devour some serious Texas barbecue, and were introduced to some serious Southeast Texas barbecue.

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So grand … If you’re holding a fundraiser in the future, the surefire recipe for success would be to honor Judy and James Black and have Michele and Mitch Smith serve as the co-chairs of the event. This past Saturday evening, Lamar University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted the 2011 Le Grand Bal: “Rhapsody in LU” at the Montagne Center. The evening began with cocktails, conversation and perusing of LU student/faculty art available for purchase.

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Servers at Doug Nelson’s Café have had customers asking the same question every spring for the last five years:

“Doug doin’ crawfish this year?”

Well, it seems the busy Southern gentleman has caught a little bit of that spring fever running rampant here in Southeast Texas because, yes, folks. Doug’s doin’ crawfish this year.

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Servers at Doug Nelson’s Café have had customers asking the same question every spring for the last five years:

“Doug doin' crawfish this year?”

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For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been a proposal brought forth that would effect Texas whitetail deer regulations. Scott Vaca of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin verified the proposal in response to an e-mail that I sent to him. It has been proposed that it to be legal for licensed whitetail deer breeders to slaughter and sell whitetail deer meat. The average hunter or rancher will be excluded from this proposal. Only the elite will be able to sell for meat the animals that were once the property of the Texas taxpayers and hunting license holders.

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