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  • Living with Fibromyalgia

    Living with Fibromyalgia

    Hair stylist Natalie Hale was good at her job. She was fast and highly skilled. But one day, she realized she was slowing down. Instead of doing five men’s cuts in an hour, she was struggling to do two.

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  • Film major uses trickery to spread fun, earn his way

    Film major uses trickery to spread fun, earn his way

    You may know him as Alex. Others know him as Shane, or “Sideshow Shane.” Whoever he is, he can be found every day at Kampus Korner performing magic tricks for strangers and friends alike.

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  • LU opera to present ‘La Traviata,’ May 3-4

    LU opera to present ‘La Traviata,’ May 3-4

    Lamar Opera Theatre will present one of opera’s greatest romances, “La Traviata,” May 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall. All performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Dance team to host showcase, May 3-4

    Eight counts, pointed toes, vibrant lights on a stage and passion for the art all combine to allow audiences and performers to connect with the dance. The dance team will hold their annual showcase, May 3 and 4 at the Jefferson Theatre.

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  • Acquisitions add color to STEM building

    Acquisitions add color  to STEM building

    In 2010, the Texas State University System initiated the one percent rule, a state mandate that requires universities that construct any buildings over a million dollars to set aside one percent of the cost for the purchase of art — a mandate that Lamar University has taken full advantage of with the opening of the new Science and Technology building.

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  • Lamarite reflects on Notre Dame fire

    Lamarite reflects on Notre Dame fire

    On April 15, Notre Dame, the 14th century Roman Catholic cathedral in the center of Paris, caught fire while undergoing repairs. People all across the world watched as the medieval spire fell and Parisian firefighters tried to put out the fire.

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  • Second annual Gladys City Live event set for April 13

    Second annual Gladys City Live event set for April 13

    Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum will host the second annual Gladys City Live, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will experience what life was like during the boomtown era of the early 1900s.

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  • Mueller report finds no collusion, redacted report expected soon

    Mueller report finds no collusion, redacted report expected soon

    The Mueller investigation, launched in 2017, looked into possible Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, and whether or not President Donald Trump or his team colluded with Russia, and if the President obstructed justice during the course of this investigation.

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  • Professor seeks justice, inclusion for deaf students

    Professor seeks justice,  inclusion for deaf students

    Silence is an attribute the hearing world places on the deaf world. However, students are often challenged with a different form of silence that may not be recognized.

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  • Lutcher Theater to present ‘Finding Neverland,’ April 12

    Lutcher Theater to present ‘Finding Neverland,’ April 12

    Soar through the sky with playwright J.M. Barrie towards the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning to discover one of Disney’s most beloved characters — Peter Pan.

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  • ‘Dance Unleashed’ to be held April 12-14

    ‘Dance  Unleashed’ to be held April 12-14

    Singing, projections and emotion will supplement “Dance Unleashed,” the LU department of theatre and dance spring dance concert, April 12-14.

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  • Health services help students with stress

    Health services help students with stress

    Have you ever felt stressed about finals or midterms? Or are you just stressed out by college in general?Well, you are not alone and there are many ways to fight that stress here on campus.

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  • Reporter achieves dream through truth

    Reporter achieves dream through truth

    All it took was one assignment in a high school journalism class and encouraging words from her adviser for Monique Batson to realize that she was meant to be a journalist. Almost 20 years later, she said she made the right decision.

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  • BCP to present ‘Harvey’ April 5 to 20

    BCP to present ‘Harvey’ April 5 to 20

    Mild-mannered Elwood P. Dowd has a friend, Harvey. The problem is no one else can see the six-feet tall rabbit but Elwood.

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  • Negative news prompts less readership

    Negative news prompts less readership

    According to a 2016 study done by the Pew Research Center, younger generations viewed news media in a more negative light than the five previous years.

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  • South Texas State Fair returns

    South Texas State Fair returns

    The South Texas State Fair is an annual event fundraiser for the Young Men’s Business League held March 21-31 at the Ford Park Entertainment Center.

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  • Review: Mistaken identity results in laughs in LU’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’

    Review: Mistaken identity results in laughs in LU’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’

    The Lamar University department of theatre and dance opened William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” March 21. The show runs through March 24. The story is of mistaken identity between two sets of twins, in which they tangle themselves into each other’s lives, causing farcical confusion.

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  • Discussion of deadly disease circulate among U.S.

    Discussion of deadly disease circulate among U.S.

    Measles, a disease that as recently as 2000 was declared completely eliminated in America, is back.

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  • Shooting hits home for LU alumnae

    Shooting hits home for LU alumnae

    Three people were killed and three were injured in a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday. The shooting occurred on a tram near the 24 Octoberplein stop.

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  • MFAH exhibit shows van Gogh more than ‘Starry Night’

    MFAH exhibit shows van Gogh more than ‘Starry Night’

    When most people try to conjure up Vincent van Gogh, they think of famous paintings, such as “Starry Night” and “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear.”

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  • Former radio host recounts ‘Wylde’ life

    Former radio host recounts ‘Wylde’ life

    It was 1995 and Debbie Bridgeman, then known as Debbie Wylde, was on her way to Chicago from Kentucky to cover a Duran Duran concert for WDDJ 97 FM. She remembers the posters she had of the band on her wall in the 1980s and said the moment seemed surreal.

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  • Martin brings unique flair to counseling

    Martin brings unique flair to counseling

    Most people probably wouldn’t imagine a group counseling curriculum based on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album and black women’s empowerment, but this is what Lamar professor Jessica L. Martin and her colleague Olivia Williams in Atlanta, is focusing her research on.

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  • Intramurals gears up for spring

    Intramurals gears up for spring

    While Lamar’s intramural basketball and flag football leagues are in full swing, there are many other upcoming leagues available to join, including indoor soccer, cricket, softball, dodgeball and volleyball.

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  • Anchor overcomes, achieved dream

    Anchor overcomes, achieved dream

    Since she was a little girl, Jackie Simien wanted to be on TV. She watched the news as if it were a sitcom and was inspired by her local news anchor to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

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  • BCP to open play ‘Comedy of Errors,’ March 21

    BCP to open play ‘Comedy of Errors,’ March 21

    Lamar University Theatre and Dance will present William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” March 21-24, in the University Theatre.

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  • Abuse leads to abiding trauma

    Abuse leads to abiding trauma

    C. Brennan left her abusive household at 20. She started her own family and a very unhealthy relationship filled with infidelity by her husband and “gaslighting” — a tactic used to manipulate someone into questioning their own sanity, she said.

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  • Orange mayor to focus on community, teamwork

    Orange mayor to focus on community, teamwork

    When Larry Spears Jr. was elected mayor of Orange in May, he became the youngest person to be elected to that office in the city’s history.

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  • A ‘Jazz’y Night

    A ‘Jazz’y Night

    The Lamar University Cardinal Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Rick Condit, will present its annual spring concert, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall. The concert, titled “Video Gamer Jazz,” will feature New York based composer, arranger and performer, Kyle Athayde.

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  • BCP to present ‘Disaster’ Feb. 22-March 9

    BCP to present ‘Disaster’ Feb. 22-March 9

    Beaumont Community Players will present the musical, “Disaster,” Feb. 22 to March 9 in the Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

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  • ‘Monster only at home’: Domestic violence victims forced to suffer in silence

    ‘Monster only at home’: Domestic violence victims forced to suffer in silence

    Thirty-one years after leaving her childhood home, C. Brennan still feels the physical and psychological trauma left behind by her father, an alcoholic who tormented her, her mother and her siblings.

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  • Black History Month: Port Arthur mayor accepts challenges, successes in life

    Black History Month: Port Arthur mayor accepts challenges, successes in life

    When Derrick Freeman was elected mayor of Port Arthur, his home town, it was the culmination of years of hard work inspired by his father’s dying words.

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  • Unexpected...

    Unexpected...

    Love is fickle. It’s strange and it moves in ways no one thinks is possible, and today is one of those days that makes or breaks love — Valentine’s Day.

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  • Learning to recycle

    Learning to recycle

    Lamar has more than 3,000 recycling bins on campus. Every classroom, office and dorm room has access to recycling. However, Lamar is currently recycling only eight percent of its waste, Alicen Flosi, director of sustainability, said.

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  • Beaumont native becomes LU public affairs director

    Beaumont native becomes LU public affairs director

    What started as an interest in journalism in the third grade turned into a career for Shelly Vitanza, LU’s new director of public affairs, that led her to meeting many fascinating people and, ultimately, returning back to her home town of Beaumont.

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  • Gray Library conducting services survey

    Gray Library conducting services survey

    Lamar University’s Gray Library will be assessing an online LibQual survey. The survey, which began Monday, will last about five weeks. The five-minute survey gives the students a chance to voice their opinions on the services the library has to offer ...

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  • Review: LU’s ‘Birds’ explores world of avian eeriness

    Review: LU’s ‘Birds’ explores world of avian eeriness

    The Lamar University department of theatre and dance’s latest offering is Conor McPherson’s 2009 stage adaptation of “The Birds,” inspired by the short story from Daphne Du Maurier.

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  • Finding fun in found objects

    Finding fun in found objects

    The Art Museum of Southeast Texas will host its winter Free Family Arts Day, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is centered around AMSET’s current exhibition, “The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations,” which focuses on art made from random objects such as paper or buttons.

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  • Pathway to success

    Pathway to success

    Lamar University will host its first Pathway Program Open House, 10 a.m.to noon, Tuesday, in 106-A Montagne Center. The Pathway Program is designed to aide students with an English language barrier.

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  • Alumnus heads to AMSET

    Alumnus heads to AMSET

    Cacioppo debuts exhibit ‘Happy Accidents.' Starting today and ending April 14, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas will show the artwork of Lamar University graduate Mike Cacioppo in an exhibition titled “Happy Accidents.”

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  • Steltzner to lecture about Mars rover

    Steltzner to lecture about Mars rover

    Adam Steltzner, NASA rocket scientist and chief engineer of Mars 2020, will present a lecture as part of Lamar University’s Academic Lecture Series, Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the Live Oak Ballroom of the Setzer Student Center. The event is hosted by the College of Engineering.

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  • Blinded by 'Birds'

    Blinded by 'Birds'

    LU Theatre and Dance will present “The Birds,” Feb. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.

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  • Dishman exhibit showcases artwork by Bell, Vallejo

    Dishman exhibit showcases artwork by Bell, Vallejo

    The Dishman Art Museum is hosting “Dream Weavers,” an exhibition of work by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, through March 1. The duo, who are internationally renowned for their illustrations will present a gallery talk, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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  • BCP’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ conceals lovers’ secrets

    BCP’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ conceals lovers’ secrets

    Saturday afternoon, I watched the Beaumont Community Players’ outstanding and delightfully funny performance of Pulitzer Prize winning author Lynn Nottage’s award-winning play, “Intimate Apparel.”

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  • Christmas beginnings

    Christmas beginnings

    The Christmas season in America begins before October ends. Public spaces decorate with red and green and play Christmas music, retailers push sales for gifts, restaurants and cafés roll out limited edition holiday flavors and families travel to see each other.

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  • Holiday Gift Guide

    Holiday Gift Guide

    When it comes to finding a gift for everyone on your list this holiday season, we’ve got you covered while staying on a budget.

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  • ‘It’s never too late’

    ‘It’s never too late’

    Going to college can be difficult, but going to college with kids can be absolute chaos. Imagine balancing not only a full load of classes, but parenthood amid all the stress. However, Lamar students with children are finding a way to do what they need to do to get a degree.

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  • Fantastic fantasy gameplay

    Fantastic fantasy gameplay

    “In this universe, your choices don’t matter.” This statement is made in “Deltarune” right after you make your character and have it subsequently tossed into the garbage. It is the in-universe successor to the popular 2015 game “Undertale.”

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  • Holiday Fun Guide

    Holiday Fun Guide

    Holiday Fun Guide.

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  • #REELSQUAD wins 72-hour film contest

    Have you ever watched a horror movie that has kept you on your toes from the opening scene until the ending credits? Now, imagine those emotions, surprises and shocks being rolled into five minutes and one scene.

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  • LVO brings veterans together

    The Lamar Veterans Organization is dedicated to helping veteran students have a place where they can learn how to transition from military life to civilian life.

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  • Energy for the Future

    We’ve all heard the term, “Go green,” especially when it comes to the environment and renewable energy sources. But what exactly does this mean to the average person? Why should we care?

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  • A ‘Groovy’ Time

    Lamar University Dance Marathon hosted its first fall event, Minithon, Nov. 1, in the Setzer Student Ballroom, in preparation for its main event in Spring 2019, on April 5, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

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  • Internships important for job experience

    When applying for a job, applications will ask for a résumé and require a certain amount of experience in a particular field. However, after graduating from college, students do not always have the amount of experience that companies are looking for.

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  • Armistice

    In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — Nov. 11, World War I came to an end after four years. “The war to end all wars” had seen 37 million killed and 21 million wounded in bloody battles with trench warfare, mustard gas attacks and newly-invented tanks.

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  • ‘I’m not a hero’

    Nov. 11 is Veterans Day — a day that honors all American veterans. There are approximately 16.1 million veterans in the U.S. who served in at least one war.

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  • Actors ‘bare’ souls in BCP’s heartwarming ‘Calendar Girls’

    Calendar Girls” will put you on a rollercoaster ride filled with emotions that will make you laugh one moment and cry the next, and it leaves you with a smile and a lighter heart by the time you walk out of the theater.

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  • Remembering Nancy Evans

    For many of us, what we knew about Nancy Evans, was that she was first lady of Lamar University. Then we knew she was sick. But Nancy Evans, who died after a long battle with cancer in early June, would not have wanted to be remembered for being sick.

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  • Life and Death

    Every year in early November, Mexican citizens celebrate Día de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead,” a celebration that honors the death of loved ones and remembers those who have died. The holiday has gained popularity with the movie “Coco” and in popular culture.

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  • Walk raises Down syndrome awareness

    The Arc of Greater Beaumont hosted theseventh annual Buddy Walk, established in 1955 by the National Down Syndrome Society, for Down syndrome awareness, at the Event Centre, Oct. 27. The one-mile walk was open to partcipants including people with Down syndrome, families, friends and any supporters.

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  • Downtown celebrates festive activities with families

    The Art Museum of Southeast Texas’ grounds were filled with children dressed up as their favorite characters as they enjoyed Day of the Dead and Halloween-inspired activities.

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  • Zombie 5K gives runners a fright

    Participants and workers enjoy the first annual Zombie 5K Run at Gulf Terrace Park in Beaumont, Saturday.The event was sponsored by organizers of Boomtown Film Festival and the Sea Rim Striders with proceeds benefiting the Boomtown Film Festival.

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  • Frankenstein

    Two hundred years ago, a creature that challenged morality and the laws of humanity was born. It was cemented in lore and became a figurehead of horror. During the Halloween season, one is hard-pressed not to find him lurking around the corner. He is Frankenstein’s monster.

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  • Humane Society to host Halloween adoptions

    The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is offering 50 percent off adoption fees for those who show up in costume or donate dog/cat food to the Community Share Food program on Halloween Day only, Oct. 31. For more information, email www.hsset.org or call 833-0504.

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  • Midterm Elections Guide

    Nov. 6 is Election Day for the 2018 midterm elections. Early voting opened Monday and will run through Nov. 2.

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  • ‘Doggone’ good time

    The streets of downtown “Bow-mont” echoed with playful barks as residents and their canine companions showed off their costumes during Dogtoberfest, Saturday.

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  • Around the Globe

    With a dream to be a history professor in Korea, Kyungsik Irene Shim, the new director of international engagement and study abroad, combined her strong work ethic and love for travel to pursue educational innovation.

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  • Fright night delights

    Halloween may be a couple of weeks away, but every day of October leading up to it is full of festivities, including horror movie marathons on major networks like ABC, FX and Syfy.

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  • Musical Cars

    Everyone is familiar with the game musical chairs — but what about musical cars? That is how I describe my daily parking experience on campus. When leaving for class in the morning, I make sure I give myself at least 20 additional minutes to find a parking spot that does not require me to park in a faculty lot and risk getting fined, or at the Montagne Center across MLK.

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  • Droning On

    On Oct. 3, the new Lamar University student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted Guiseppe Barranco, Beaumont Enterprise photo editor, to demonstrate the process. Barranco has been using the drones for around six months after getting licensed.

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  • Clouds of Color

    A crowd of nearly 6,000 people gathered in downtown Beaumont, Saturday, for the annual Gift of Life Color Run. The event raises money for cancer screenings and research.

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  • Panels shine light on social justice

    In recent years, the term “social justice warrior” has become a common phrase, becoming a derogatory term towards those who raise concerns about the plight of others in American society.

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  • ‘Curious Incident’ brilliantly delivers

    Mark Haddon’s novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” follows a boy named Christopher Boone, who is on the autism spectrum, and his investigation to solve the sudden death of his next-door neighbor’s dog.

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  • To Be Replaced