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You may have seen the recent TV commercials for a new device from Amazon called Fire Stick, which is so new that it is just starting to be shipped. Another device that recently came on the market with great fanfare is the Roku Streaming Stick. Several other comparable devices are in development, or recently came on the market, creating a crowded, competitive field.

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Plumbago, for one, needs some freeze cover.

Some years, we get to slide by with few days below freezing, but just one night left out in the cold and unprotected like the Snow Queen can prove fatal to some of your most beautiful plants. There are some tips and tricks to protecting your beauties from the harshest of days.

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Toyota’s third generation 2014 Sienna

Toyota’s third generation 2014 Sienna is sleek. Available in seven- and eight-passenger configurations, Sienna comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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For 2014, Toyota’s comfortable Avalon is available as a V6 gas model in XLE,

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Q. I was hired by a small company to perform consulting services. They paid me for several months and then stopped. They kept saying I would be paid “soon,” and I believed them. Now it looks like they are not going to pay me. Have I waited too long to sue in Justice Court? How long do I have to sue for money I am owed for consulting services?

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Bananas at the Mildred Building Apartments on Calder

This healthy tree loaded with bananas at the Mildred Building Apartments on Calder near downtown Beaumont shows just how well this fruit grows right here in Southeast Texas. The Mildred Building banana tree has lived happily there for a decades. It is so exotic and tropical yet so possible right here in your own backyard.

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Anyone who attended last week’s screening of “Dirt! The Movie,” the public service documentary project sponsored by the Magnolia Garden Club and the City of Beaumont, will realize that Christopher Nolan’s movie gives an accurate depiction of mankind’s future fate — and it’s not good.

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For the past few decades, an annual Thanksgiving Day event in my house was to get up early, and bring in the log-sized newspaper weighted down with countless Black Friday sale books. Admittedly, sometimes we would go out late Wednesday night to get the early edition of the paper at a local convenience store. The six of us would scour the ads, mixing wishful thinking with a shopping strategy intended to maximize the bargains we could purchase at the local stores.

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Taking the role of the brand’s entry model, the CT 200h delivers Lexus comfort, refinement and workmanship. It is also a very practical car, with a remarkable EPA-estimated 42-mpg combined fuel economy rating.

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If you have a smartphone or tablet, there is about a 75 percent chance that it is running some form of the Android operating system. As of last year, the latest figures available, the installed user base of Android powered devices, both existing and newly sold, is more than Windows, Mac OS X, and Apple iOS devices combined. More than 81 percent of all smartphones sold in 2013 were running the Android operating system. For those who may be unaware, Android is an open source Google product, based on the established Linux kernel.

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