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Lamar University is proudly announcing a special guest appearance from Gateway Brass, the brass ensemble of the United States Air Force’s Band of the West, which will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Music Building on the campus of Lamar University. The ensemble plays a wide variety of brass music, from blues and jazz, to pop tunes and military music.

The concert is being organized by Brian Shook, assistant professor of music and trumpet/brass specialist at Lamar.

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After shooting his mother four times in the head, Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., before shooting himself. One of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, the tragedy Dec. 14, 2012, horrified a nation. But it did more than that.

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Not everyone gets to experience a timeless moment of American history in person.

But Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Scott Gearhart of Beaumont does on a regular basis.

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Argentine ant

Two new species of ants are invading Texas. Entomologist Dr. Bastiaan “Bart” Drees of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension visited Orange County Commissioners Court at their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 14.

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