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At last, real fall weather conditions arrived over the past weekend —temperatures dipping into the upper 50s on a Saturday morning provided for the start of a pleasant weekend.

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Academy Award-winner Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain,” “Chicago”) drops a house on the acting competition this year, portraying one of our most beloved film icons. “A blip” is what Bridget Jones would have called Zellweger’s soft return in the third installment of the Jones character, but “J…

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I recently received an email from a resident that went as follows: I have a humongous spider in my backyard in Galveston. It has constructed a huge web, which is anchored between a palm tree and a wood fence. Do you know what kind of spider it is? It is big and scary looking.

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“Hustlers” has many montages in it. The most important is Jennifer Lopez’ entrance, which is wild, glittery, nasty and impressive. Her physicality, along with nearly everything else, is on full display.

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The history of kitchen garden designs goes back to medieval times. They were the cloister or courtyard gardens of monasteries or castles. During colonial times, European settlers brought the kitchen garden concept to the United States.

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Over the last few weeks of August, daytime temperatures in the upper 90s have been common. It’s more than ironic when daytime temperatures in the lower 90s begin to sound pleasant.

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One of my favorite shrubs is known as blue plumbago, which produces a profusion of phlox-like blue flowers almost all year round when winters are mild. Blue plumbago thrives in our hot and humid Texas summers.

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The Dog Days of August have arrived. The last few days of July provided a pleasant and rare weather event: The arrival of a noteworthy cool front last week. Then many areas of the county received heavy rains over the weekend to help relieve the dry summer spell.