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Lamar University students, faculty and staff will celebrate a world of diversity in the LU International Cultural Festival: A Global Experience from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2014, in the Montagne Center.

Hosted by the Office of International Student Services and International Student Council in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Lamar’s Small Business and Development Center, the event focuses on celebrating the diversity and cultures of International Students at Lamar.

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Giant panda Xiao Liwu (Photo by Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo)

Giant panda Xiao Liwu explores his snow covered habitat during Panda Snow Day on Nov. 14, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo. The snow was part of an important enrichment surprise for the pandas. Enrichment is significant, as it keeps the animals stimulated and active, allowing them to show their natural behaviors.

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Joseph Lewis (inset) and New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

When Joseph Lewis showed up at the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where he had been a trustee for nearly a decade to find the locks changed and police waiting to escort him from the premises, he knew he was in for a battle. 

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James Richard Newton

Police have arrested a suspect in the Nov. 10 attempted robbery of Third Coast Bank on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. Beaumont resident James Richard Newton, 46, was taken into custody Nov. 12 at the Best Western Casino in Vinton, Louisiana after deputies located his vehicle in the parking lot of the casino.

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OPD arrested Heather N. Davis and Aaron D. Williams

Police in Orange arrested two suspects and confiscated a variety of controlled substances along with two handguns during a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Crepe Myrtle Drive in Orange on Nov. 11, OPD reports.

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Stacey Lewis (inset) and associates

Stacey Lewis has been a fixture in Beaumont’s North End community for more than a decade, heading up the neighborhood’s recreational facility and pool, volunteering at public events and participating and hosting philanthropic endeavors year-round with various organizations. Thousands of young lives have been touched by Lewis’ influence, but there’s always more to be done.

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High Five mugsots

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets.

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Chris Sanders, Jeff Westgate and Melisa Guillot bag samples for processing.

Sometimes the big picture can only be seen in the details. Such is the case when trying to determine the true picture of what populated the Earth millions of years ago. While the larger creatures capture the public’s imagination, knowing what was underfoot helps give a fuller picture of a particular place and time.

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Erin Burns, clinical audiology supervisor, speech and hearing department, earned honors Nov. 3 as the third recipient of the Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award. She is a resident of Beaumont and a seven-year veteran of the Lamar University staff.

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BPSF Past President Shirlene Cook and BPSF Secretary Stephanie Spiller
From left, Nathan Cross, BPSF treasurer; Dawn Pollard, BPSF 2015 Spring Award Wi

Nearly 500 diners enjoyed a “Fiesta Breakfast” from Casa Olé in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct.

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