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America’s largest circus is set to host three exciting shows at Ford Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3. The all-new Garden Bros. Circus will have performances in three rings with breathtaking special effects featuring motorcycle daredevils in the sky, elephants, Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, six riders in the Globe of Death, Chinese acrobats, death defying trapeze, world famous human pyramid, tumblers, contortionists, the funniest clowns, aerial artists, jugglers seen on America’s Got Talent and much more.

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Parker McCollum

Austin country singer Parker McCollum returns to Beaumont to perform at the Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street on Saturday, Feb. 3, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Just 25, McCollum is touring in support of his sophomore release Probably Wrong, which contains the radio single “I Can’t Breathe.” Grammy winner Lloyd Gaines produced the record. It was at 16 when McCollum began playing gigs around the Houston area before he made the permanent move to Austin.

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Travis Linville

There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to The Tonight Show and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. Linville will bring his talent to Southeast Texas to play the Neches Brewing Company on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s Sun or Moon and 2014’s Out on the Wire, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H.

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Joette Reger of Garden Gate

Palm trees always give that relaxed, resort-like atmosphere when they are used in a landscape. Just think of those fabulous area backyards with pools and hot tubs surrounded by moody, swaying palms. Whether you have the pool or not, you can just turn on the oscillating sprinkler, pour yourself a lemonade and do a little research on the palms that could make your yard a tropical paradise.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

Thinking of relatives, family members far and near, old and new neighbors, co-workers, and even long ago classmates and teachers, perhaps some of the water between these relationships has been muddied over the years, and it just might be one or the other parties ought to seek and ask for forgiveness. It is a difficult thing to do. It is hard to simply say, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs.

My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I am, but he practically raised me. He is the one who got me dressed and ready for school every morning, fed me, helped me with my homework, and tucked me in at night.

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New death registry rollout may improve vital statistics

The state of Texas is giving new life to a system that records how people die, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird

Wait, What?

Ikea has taken advertising in a whole new direction with its recent print ad for a crib. The ad, which appears in the Swedish magazine Amelia, invites women who think they might be pregnant to urinate on the paper to reveal a discounted price. “Peeing on this ad may change your life,” the ad reads at the top of the page. “If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad.” Adweek reported that the agency behind the gimmick adapted pregnancy test technology to work on a magazine page.

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Richard Alderman

Q. If I cancel a retail purchase, in this case furniture, within the 72-hour cancellation period, does the store have the right to keep my deposit? The contract does state that the customer shall forfeit the deposit to the store.

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James Holly M.D

February has been being celebrated as Black History Month since 1926. 

Bitterness, hatred, prejudice, anger and bigotry affect the physical health as much as they poison the soul of men and women. The improvement of the mental, spiritual and emotional health of a nation will improve the health of the members of that society.

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