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Easter is a moveable feast that falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25 depending on the vernal equinox. The Roman Catholic Church mandates the 40 days before Easter as a period of fasting and penance called Lent. To get in as much fun as possible before Ash Wednesday ushers in the Lenten deprivations, the tradition of Mardi Gras arose – the term literally means “Fat Tuesday.”

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International Paper Company announced this week that it has completed its acquisition of corrugated packaging manufacturer Temple-Inland Inc., which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of International Paper (IP). The deal pays Temple-Inland common stockholders $32 in cash per share. With the assumption of $700 million in Temple-Inland net debt, the total transaction value is about $4.5 billion.

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The dramatic and never-ending search for Port Arthur’s city manager has taken a variety of turns, including the revelation that assistant city manager Becky Underhill – affectionately known as “Candidate L” – did indeed apply for the Port Arthur city manager position and that after much public wrangling, the search is back to square one.

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There is a big difference between a “tow” and a “recovery.”

Mario Martinez, owner of Top Gun Wrecker in Beaumont will be the first to tell you that, and he’s mystified as to why after his company was chosen to recover a vehicle that belonged to the city of Port Arthur last month his company is now off the county and DPS wrecker rotation.

“I don’t understand it,” said Martinez. “I didn’t break any laws.”

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Beaumont Police were called about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, to the 2500 block of Campbell in reference to reported shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a white male deceased and a white female mortally wounded inside a vehicle that was in the driveway of 2530 Campbell. Emergency service responders were summoned to treat the injured woman, but she died before paramedics could arrive at the scene.  Both victims appeared to have suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, officials from the Beaumont Police Department report. 

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Beaumont Firefighters responded during the early morning hours to a reported house fire in the 1800 block of Brooklyn to find the house already blazing out of control, officials reported Feb. 15. After approximately 30 minutes, firefighters were able to contain the flames, but the severity of the inferno prevented an initial search of the residence. 

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L’Auberge Casino Resort today announced the resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana created yet another instant multi-millionaire over the weekend. A guest from Humble, Texas won more than $2.5-million playing a Wheel of Fortune® quarter slot machine.    

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Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Widgeon St. in Orange concerning an aggravated robbery shortly after midnight Feb. 11 to find the homeowner, a 53-year-old Hispanic businessman, badly beaten.

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The February meeting of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees has been rescheduled because most school administrators, including Carrol Thomas and several BISD board members will be attending the Texas Association of Black School Educators (TABSE) meeting in San Antonio.

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John Payton was born into a Texas home during a time when the country was still operating under the “separate but equal” fallacy.

“We were too poor to have a bunch of kids,” Payton recalls of the small family he had growing up in Livingston – two sisters, now deceased, and one brother. “We couldn’t feed any more mouths than that.”

But being on the lowest possible end of the tax bracket was inspiration for young Payton, he said, since he knew this life held more for him than bread and water alone.

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