Commentary

With its simplistic and distinct Italian design, the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L embodies the brand’s “Simply More” philosophy by reformulating its his- torical small-car ingenuity through modern Cinquecento (500) style.

Fiat brand history

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Inside Llewyn Davis scene photo

Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations are out, and the Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 16, so now is the time to catch all the nominated films still in theaters or coming soon.

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Q. I bought my daughter a truck with the verbal agreement that she would pay me back. The truck cost $9,000. That has not happened. In Texas, what is the rule for verbal agreements? What steps can I take to get my money? She has a good job.

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“… I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

 

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Door with lock and key

Q. I recently moved into a new apartment, and I am worried the former tenant still has a key. I asked the landlord to change or re-key the locks and he refused. He told me I could do it myself as long as I gave him a key. This doesn’t seem fair. Why should I have to pay for this?

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Ira Wilsker

Virtually all new laptop (notebook) computers, tablets and smart phones now include some type of webcam (web connected video camera). Some of the newer desktop monitors incorporate an integral webcam, and millions of computer users have an external webcam connected to their computers, typically mounted on the top of the monitor and pointed at the user. External webcams, often only requiring a USB connection, can frequently be purchased for under $20.

There are many legitimate uses for Webcams, as well as some illicit or criminal uses that webcam owners need to be aware of.

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Carl Parker

On a recent visit to watch my granddaughter graduate from high school, I had occasion to spend a few days in Michigan. In some ways, I discovered Michigan resembles Texas as far as state governance is concerned. Both houses of the legislature are Republican, as is each state’s governor.

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Last week’s explosive Examiner cover story that Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois knew about a systematic program of cheating continues to reverberate among outraged citizens who thought they had heard the worst of the BISD scandals. But Jennifer Johnson’s report documented cheating on such a massive scale that it has made a mockery of BISD claims of academic progress.

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As a student of government, educated by experience, I have long held the belief that public education is among the most important functions of state government. Unfortunately, more and more it appears my belief in education being the future of Texas is not shared by the leadership of state government today.

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