Commentary

I often see people walking along a street, in a parking lot, or other location, who are busily using their smart phones, often oblivious to their surroundings. In law enforcement and the military, it is emphasized that individuals need to have “situational awareness” and be fully cognizant about what is going on around them, especially potential threats, at all times. Pedestrians who have their noses deeply buried in their phones are typically unaware of what is going on around them, making them easy targets for those miscreants who may wish to do them harm.

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Airman Zaquira McKenzie from Port Arthur and 2013 graduate of Memorial High School is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in its class and the successor to the Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers that have been in operation for the last half century. Gerald R.

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The good news is that dove and teal seasons will be open before you know it. The bad news is that our hunting and fishing licenses will expire on Aug. 31. That means a new license for 2014-15 is needed prior to going hunting or fishing.

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Now that many of us are in back-to-school mode, it might be noteworthy to introduce a new, free product from Google for students and teachers, Google Classroom. Officially launched on Aug. 12, more than 100,000 educators from more than 45 countries had previously signed up for a functional preview starting last May. While Google is well understood to generate revenue through various forms of advertising, all of the components of Google Classroom (including Gmail) will not contain any advertising, but will still remain free for student and teacher use.

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I learned a new word today — “gaslighting.” I admit I am fascinated by words and having used them for years to make my living, I am constantly amazed at new discoveries even at my age. My good friend, Rusty Cluck, is a wordsmith, though he won’t likely admit it to many. He comes up with some real winners from time to time, and I find myself looking for them in his writings. I wonder if Rusty has come across this word, which was new for me today.

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By Lauren Dodd

By Brandi Haskett

The Vautrots believe in big smiles and bigger proportions. They have been serving up this family tradition for more than 21 years. The resilient restaurant, Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine, is a testament to the family’s spirit – having survived four disasters: a flood, two hurricanes, and most recently, a devastating fire.

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‘The Giver’Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brendan ThwaitesDirected by: Phillip NoyceRated: PG-13

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Another lucky angler has caught one of the tagged reds released by the CCA/STAR tournament. At first he didn’t even know the fish was tagged and worth a truck, boat, motor and trailer. But when he took a closer look at the red that had been casually tossed up on the bank, Mike Capell soon realized the value of catch.

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The redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra half-ton full-size pickup truck adds bold elements of design, refinement, quality and craftsmanship, making it the most stylish Tundra yet.

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A love affair for foodies, this could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffles could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffle “Chocolat” (2000), another ode to deliciousness from the Swedish director also set in a small Fren

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