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ODESSA — The memory of endless rows of vendors bringing fresh vegetables, fish and coconut milk to outdoor markets in Thailand is easy to recall for Nu Ann Lewis. She said it was a bit of a culture shock coming to Odessa after growing up surrounded by locally sourced food.

Cooking Well with Diabetes: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Gregg County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 405 E. Marshall Ave., in Longview, will host a series of four interactive classes with research-based, diabetic-friendly recipes. Cost: $25 per person. For information/registration, c…

Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center, 303 H G Mosley Parkway, Longview, seeks volunteers who love animals, to walk dogs, cuddle cats and other general tasks, Tuesdays through Saturday. For information regarding training/requirements and application, visit longviewpaws.org .

Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center, 303 H G Mosley Parkway, Longview, needs disinfecting wipes, hand soap, microfiber towels, dog treats, new collar/leashes and canned wet food for dogs/cats of all ages. Visit longviewpaws.org for a complete list of items.

20th Annual Texas Bank and Trust Sporting Clays Challenge: 3 p.m. July 12, 7 a.m. July 13; entry deadline June 27. All proceeds benefit Buckner Children and Family Services. For sponsorship registration/information, visit buckner.org/longviewclayshoot ; email jcrowson@buckner.org or call Jan…

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Puffing a cigarette outside a coffee shop, Jules Woodson, the sexual abuse victim who helped set off a reckoning over abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, paused to take a measure of the progress toward addressing the problem during the group’s annual meeting this week.

QUESTION: Reading your recent column regarding the Longview ISD school board has prompted me to ask you a question I have had on my mind for some months. In light of this group’s bad decisions, inconsiderate treatment of teachers, students and parents, and a host of other abuses, can you tel…

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled against the Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running legal battle over the sale of three properties in predominantly Palestinian parts of Jerusalem’s Old City to a Jewish settler group.

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See’s diplomatic corps.

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WACO — University Baptist Church has formally withdrawn from the Baptist General Convention of Texas after the Waco church’s leadership voted to allow same-sex marriage.

Now in its 10th season, the Historic Longview Farmers Market is showcasing local musicians most Saturday mornings. The market is open 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Thanksgiving at West Cotton and South High streets in downtown Longview.

Events around East Texas will mark Juneteenth, the celebration of June 19, 1865, the day when Texas learned that slavery had been abolished.

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Longview’s Sixth Annual East Texas Pride Festival, “It Takes a Village,” will be held June 15, moving from downtown Longview to the Ag Pavilion at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, at 100 Grand Boulevard in Longview.

It’s that time! The children are out of school and probably have already said, “I’m bored,” two dozen times. Now is the time for mom and dad — or grandmother — to exit the kitchen and all the duties that go with it. Then, let the older children plan, shop, prepare, cook, serve and clean up a meal.

The East Texas Baptist University School of Natural and Social Sciences traveled to China as a part of the Global Study and Serve Program from May 13-30.