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Since it’s springtime and there are so many super outdoor happenings available, I’ll offer a potpourri of choices. Any one or more of them would be a good choice.

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My last two columns have been written with an eye toward a subject that has garnered much attention in the past few weeks. From media newscasts, radio broadcasts, special speakers and pastors and teachers, we have been hearing about the historic events unfolding more quickly with each day and night we live. One lady said to me on Sunday at my church that watching the national news at night was like listening to her old pastor preach many years ago.

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Despite just three albums under their belts, Theory of a Deadman are no longer rookies of the music industry. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, the three-some, which includes Tyler Connolly (vocals/guitar), David Brenner (guitar) and Dean Beck (bass) have just put the finishing touches on their upcoming untitled fourth album on Roadrunner Records.

The band saw success with their first two records, Theory of a Deadman and Gasoline, but it was their third album in 2008 that got the Theory train rolling — Scars & Souvenirs.

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One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Christus Health Foundation Southeast Texas Annual Benefit Gala—in addition to raising much needed funds for the renovations of the local Christus hospitals, the black tie event is very simply one heck of a party.  Past entertainers who have appeared at the local event include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Ray Charles, Lionel Richie and las

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Larry Judice has been doing Cajun cuisine a long time.  Nearly 33 years ago, the Texan-born butcher planted his Louisiana roots in Groves when he purchased his father’s Cajun grocery store.  Today, Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant, the “Cajun honky tonk” of Southeast Texas, is known as the site where it all began.

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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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