Commentary

Texans love their football. In fact, some here consider it a religion of sorts. The book “Friday Night Lights” was based on the passion for football in Odessa, Texas. My late husband Ted has a cousin, and her family who live there and I have verified that the only way residents can buy season passes is for someone holding one or more to die and not will the right to purchase their tickets to their children or grandchildren. Business owners, schools, churches and civic organizations pull down the shades and turn out the lights any time there is a football game.

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There were some astonishing absences from the Oscar nominations last week, but one of the biggest has to be overlooking the star and director of “Selma.” David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay deserve to be among the nominees.

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In recent months, I have written several columns about Internet and smart device privacy issues. Apparently, a large number of popular apps for both Android and Apple iOS devices utilize access to personal information of various types for other than the legitimate functioning of those apps.

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The plastics from personal care products go down drains and are discharged into

The micro-beads and micro-scrubbers found in skincare products may be ending up in the belly of small marine organisms. An Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Jeremy L. Conkle’s new water quality lab focuses on understanding this emerging issue.

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2015 Chevy Colorado

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is an all-new midsize pickup with the style and versatility of a truck and the refinement and efficiency of a crossover. With a starting MSRP of $20,120, Colorado is tailored to the needs of customers in North America — it features distinctive design cues, and a quiet, comfortable interior.

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I have believed for years that when we stop learning, we stop living, in the truest sense of the word. I honestly try to learn something new, if not every day, at least several times a week. Some of the new things I have learned, I really did not have a desire to add them to my store of knowledge, but apparently God thought I should know them.

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The movie The Ultimate Gift, begins with a video that declares that Red Stevens has died, and his older offspring having received their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope for the family. By video, Red said, “Although to date your life seems to be a sorry excuse for anything I would call promising, there does seem to be a spark of something in you that I hope we can fan into a flame.

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Now that the spring semester is starting, it is quite obvious that almost all of my college students have and are using smart phones and other digital communications devices for much more than the traditional calling function. With the near universal use of smart phones and related devices in our daily lives, it is inevitable that crooks and other dishonest people will find a way to illicitly capitalize on the popularity of these devices. 

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Since announcing in a column here several weeks ago that my wife and I each have a new, high-end Android smart phone, several people have asked me what apps we put on our respective phones.

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“The Theory of Everything” and “Wild”

“The Theory of Everything”; Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones; Directed by: James Marsh; Rated: PG-13

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