The News

There is a sad end to report on a story that first appeared in The Examiner in 2009. Marcus Leday, who graduated from West Brook High School in Beaumont in 2005, has taken his own life. He had enlisted in the Army after graduation, becoming part of the storied First Division – the Big Red One. Marcus was a mechanic, servicing combat tanks and trucks in the deserts of Iraq.

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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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