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7-year-old Audrey Humble shows off a Christmas decoration made at the event.
9-year-old Eben Jeanjaquet plays one of many games monitored by volunteers.

While most philanthropic endeavors this time of year concentrate on toy donations and feeding the hungry, Christmas Family Fun Day allowed Buckner to restock its reserve of much-needed items Saturday, Dec. 19.

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For most, the Christmas holiday is a whimsical time, symbolizing hope, joy and the magical innocence of childhood revived by the season. But for those who have suffered loss due to crime, Christmas can be bittersweet — beautiful in what it represents, but disheartening without a loved one taken under violent circumstances.

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In its fifth year, the Christmas Lights Program, sponsored by the Houston-based Mostyn Moreno Educational Foundation, provided 60 life skills students from Port Neches-Groves with a $50 gift card for each student to buy their own Christmas gifts, a luncheon and the chance to meet S

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A beached whale discovered on Galveston Island early Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, has died from what investigators believe to have been natural causes and, as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, marine biologists are performing a necropsy to verify the cause of the mammal's death.

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USS Texas

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 22 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

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