The News

After almost two years, the family of murdered Beaumont police officer Bryan Hebert has found justice after John Wesley Nero pleaded no contest Thursday, March 14, to the 2011 capital murder that took Hebert’s life.

By taking the plea deal, Nero has avoided the death penalty and will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Jorge Bergoglio Francis

Smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel around 7:06 p.m., Vatican City time Wednesday signaling that a new Pope had been chosen, according to Vatican Radio.

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LU

The Lamar University Foundation has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship. The Scott and Patricia Groben Scholarship in Chemistry has been established to assist students seeking a degree in chemistry. 

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Dr. Ruby K. Payne

Lamar University’s College of Education will host Ruby Payne, expert in educational leadership as ExxonMobil Scholar in Residence, March 21 and 22. Payne will conduct workshops March 21 with the fall 2012 ExxonMobil student researchers in the College of Education, with staff from Smith Middle School in attendance at one of the sessions. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Education and Human Development Building on the Lamar campus.  

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Police and fire fighters in Beaumont extinguished a late-night South Park blaze Tuesday night, March 12, but not before the duplex sustained heavy damage. 

According to a BPD press release, firefighters arrived at the home on 610 Palm Street about 10:30 p.m. to find the front of one side of the duplex completely engulfed. The occupants of the home, who were still inside when the fire started, were able to escape without injuries, but both families were relocated with the help of the Red Cross. 

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