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Popcorn has the crunchy, salty appeal of chips or pretzels, but you can have 3 cups of the air-popped snack for slightly fewer calories than you’ll find in one sourdough pretzel.

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Building buy: A long vacant building on a highly visible parcel in Galveston has a new owner and soon will have new tenants and a fresh look. Members of the island’s Sullivan family have acquired the 73,801-square-foot Del Papa Distributing Co. complex, 6702 Broadway, with plans to consolida…

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The executive director of a recently formed maritime business group hopes his organization can influence decision-makers on a variety of issues, especially a controversial plan for dealing with toxic waste pits near the Houston Ship Channel.

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More than 212,000 adults and half a million children were accidentally poisoned by prescription and over-the-counter medication during 2015. Having a medicine cabinet packed with unsecured pills on every shelf is a big risk: It makes it too easy for you to grab the wrong meds or for anyone i…

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Task Force is pleased to announce Stephen Freeman, founder and CEO of Playsmint LLC, as the keynote speaker at the Workforce Development Breakfast set for 7:30 a.m. July 25 in the ballroom at the San Luis Hotel, 5222 Seawall Bl…

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DEAR BRUCE: I worked for a large company for 19 years in sales. I was the top producer for the past 10 years. Within a week’s time, they removed me from my largest account, asked me to cover an area they have struggled in, removed the salesman from that account and gave him my territory. Whe…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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With 32 miles of coastline, there are quite a few options for those looking to soak their feet into the sand and play on Galveston’s shores. But, the reality is, all beaches are not created equal. Some are just flat out more fun!

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Sixth Street’s latest tenant is expected to open this month and commercial neighbors along the street hope it will draw even more crowds to the business district.

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Tyrannosaurus snub? It’s a rare day when island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta doesn’t get his way in business. So, it’s not surprising that business reporters last week were abuzz about Ignite Restaurant Group‘s rejection of a $55 million bid by Landry’s Inc., of which Fertitta is preside…

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Managing sand may not seem glamorous, but for Galveston, a science-based plan to maintain healthy beaches reaps many benefits. And, for the Galveston park board, developing such a plan has earned it a prestigious regional award.

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The hottest developments in consumer electronics these days are as close as your ears. Headphone engineers are using some of the coolest cutting-edge technology to create portable earphones that are totally free of wires (finally!).

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DEAR BRUCE: About three years ago, we invested $52,000 in energy stocks. We were getting around $300 monthly in dividends. Gradually, the stocks went down in value and eventually the money for our monthly payment started coming from the stocks themselves.

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Joint’s jumping: Texas City has some new bragging rights — it’s home to the largest trampoline park in the United States. Last week, Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam opened the 55,000-square-foot Altitude Trampoline Park franchise at the Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. L…

  • By CONNOR BEHRENS Correspondent
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A new movie theater will open at the site Star Cinema Grill occupied for 10 years at 1020 W. NASA Parkway before announcing in 2015 it would move to Baybrook Mall. Star Cinema Grill owns the new business, also.

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For back pain, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend starting with treatments such as acupuncture, massage and yoga, and turning to drugs or surgery only when those more active therapies don’t work.

  • By GINA SPAGNOLA
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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce workforce and education committees have been collaborating for a solution to address the needs of employers and employees in our region. We have heard from employers who can’t find the right workers, workers who can’t find the right jobs, and those …

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DEAR BRUCE: What would the new tax reform mean for me? I am a single father and make $35,000 a year. Does this mean it would change how much money I get back when I file my taxes? And if so, would I get more back or less? — Ben

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Last month, the Galveston City Council appointed three new trustees to the Galveston Park Board and reappointed another. In light of these appointments, it seems as if now is a good time to review the role of the park board’s nine-member board and the many responsibilities it has.

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Not all back injuries are created equal. Here are some of the most prevalent conditions and symptoms from Consumer Reports.

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DEAR BRUCE: In a recent column, you referred to “well-established, large firms that have continuously been paying dividends for a good many years and showing 2 percent to 4 percent growth a year on average.” My question is, would you consider Vanguard a good example of that? — E.R.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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For many of us, this Fourth of July holiday is a long weekend — take that Monday off, and you have four days of vacation. Lucky for us islanders, we get all the fun without all the traveling!

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Retail rising: Inquiring readers want to know about that retail center rising across the street from the University of Texas Medical Branch, 427 Market St., on the island. As previously buzzed, J.T. Bolger, the developer, is constructing two buildings, each 6,500 square feet. Bolger is build…

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Homestays — rooms, apartments or homes rented directly from the owner, typically for vacation accommodations — are certainly nothing new. But a handful of websites, including Airbnb (the largest, with more than 3 million global listings), HomeAway, VRBO and FlipKey, have made them easier tha…

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Resort report: Longtime Biz Buzz readers may recall an intriguing rumor circulating in June 2006 that Hyatt Regency Hotels Corp. was planning a massive $300 million resort on the island’s West End. If there were real plans for such a resort, they likely got scuttled by Hurricane Ike in 2008,…

  • By DAVID KOENIG and PAUL WISEMAN Associated Press
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The impact of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will differ for companies depending on what they produce and whether they have sales overseas.

  • By BRUCE WILLIAMS
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DEAR BRUCE: My husband cosigned on some student loans for his son, and now his son is refusing to have any part of them. At the time, my husband felt he was doing the right thing in providing his son with the opportunity to get a degree. His son abruptly quit school and never graduated. He s…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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If you haven’t been to one of Galveston’s beach parks lately, maybe you should consider it. Within the last few years, the park board has worked diligently to make many improvements and add amenities to the parks it manages.

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Brown grass? The first thing you need to do is find out if it’s really dead.

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Tilted tattle: Astute readers — mostly male mind you — have faithfully been reporting sightings of young women in tiny tartan uniforms around League City. It’s a good guess that these women are training for Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, which plans a June 19 grand opening at Pinnacle Park, a…

  • By BRUCE WILLIAMS
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DEAR BRUCE: I recently retired at age 62. I have no major debts. Between my wife and me, our pensions and Social Security cover our mandatory costs, including medical insurance and taxes.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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This season, Galveston is the setting for HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother” starring celebrity real estate and home design experts Drew and Jonathan Scott. It’s a great coup for Galveston, but it didn’t happen on its own.

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American dream: June is a major milestone month for John White. This month, White marks the 10-year anniversary of his business, John’s Shutters and Repair and the completion of a new, 4,800-square-foot office and manufacturing plant at 10511 state Highway 6 in Hitchcock. Meanwhile, White re…

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DEAR BRUCE: I owe $120,000 on my mortgage. The interest rate is 3.25 percent. I have the cash to pay it off in full, but I’m trying to decide if it’s a better option to invest that money, average around 8 percent and pocket the profit. Which is the best decision and why? — Todd

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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On Thursday, communities all across the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day and Galveston is no exception. To commemorate this special day, the Galveston Park Board and local conservation group Artist Boat will host a free festival at the Stewart Beach pavilion.

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The paint aisle can be a lonely and mystifying place. Store shelves are stacked high with cans that look almost identical, bearing names full of promise: Premium, Premium Plus, Premium Plus Ultra and so on. Prices per gallon hopscotch from $20 to $60 to $100, and it’s difficult to know wheth…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Here we are — in the midst of Memorial Day weekend. This time of year marks the start of tourism season and the time when Galvestonians flock to the one-way streets. It also coincides with the time when the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau reveals its annual Galveston Tourism …

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First quarter auto sales in the Houston region fell 14 percent to the lowest level since December 2009, according to the Houston Automobile Association, which points to an economy that’s sending “mixed signals.”

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Sometimes, heart disease erupts as a full-blown emergency with sudden, crushing chest pain. That’s when immediate intervention to restore blood flow to the heart can be lifesaving.

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DEAR BRUCE: My parents left me and my two siblings money from their estate. We received the bulk of the estate almost two years ago. Now, the executrix, a niece, is withholding $20,000. In three years, there have been no claims against the estate. I called the attorneys involved, and they ar…