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Enjoy this one for what it is, a well-made heist flick. “Widows” is the first film from Oscar-nominated director Steve McQueen since taking best picture for “12 Years a Slave” (2013). It is also the first McQueen film without muse Michael Fassbender. From the unforgettable opening moments (t…

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Calling “Boy Erased” an emotional or powerful film doesn’t do it justice. Actor, writer, director and producer Joel Edgerton (“The Gift,” “Loving”) delivers the type of film that can permanently change lives. “Boy Erased” takes a devastating look at conversion therapy as a “cure” for homosex…

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Q: We moved into a new home this month and one of our new neighbors has several tropical-looking plants in their front yard that have been putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flowers appear in clusters and range in color from yellow to red. What is the name of this plant? Is it to…

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Meet Ikea, an affectionate and playful cat that was abandoned in an apartment and found herself in our care. With such an awesome personality, we couldn’t believe she would be considered “disposable.” Her piercing golden eyes against her white coat are absolutely stunning, and she’s “saddled…

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Sweet Nala (A013192) is a Domestic Short Hair with a brown tabby coat. She is a proper tabby girl with a Mackerel pattern and “M” on her forehead. Nala is a little over a year old and on the small side. She is friendly, outgoing and loves attention. Check out her big intense eyes and the ple…

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Martha is a female hound mix who is super sweet and friendly. She’d do great with an active family or individual. Martha would love to go for a walk or play ball with you! Look she’s ready to go! If you’re interested in adopting Martha, come on by Friendswood Animal Control at 3000 W. Parkwo…

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Q: I recently bought an older home and need help in identifying a large shrub that is producing abundant and large clusters of pea-shaped flowers that are bright red. There are small thorns on the stems. Can you identify this shrub?

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I commonly hear from gardeners who complain that grass won’t grow under a tree no matter what they do. When I mention that the shade created by the tree is the likely problem, the typical, and understandable, response is that grass always grew there before.

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June signals the start of the summer season. As I am preparing this column, rain clouds are moving into the area. While we are not in a severe drought situation, most gardeners have started to provide supplemental irrigation to plants and are hopeful for rainfall.

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Have you been looking for an easy-to-grow tropical tree that is sure to make your landscape a tropical paradise? Consider adding a plumeria tree (also known as frangipani tree) to the warmer areas of your yard. Plumeria is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and delightful plants grown in …

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April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green.

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Although mulch is not particularly glamorous, it can be your best friend. It can be used in a variety of locations to help with weed control and to help save water.

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Again this year, pet lovers have a choice: Take your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand St., in Galveston.