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Hot sauce in some form dates back millennia. Likely just a mixture of Mesoamerica’s wild chiles and water, it has evolved greatly and migrated around the globe over time. One of the biggest milestones occurred with the domestication of the chile, which took place approximately 2,000 years ag…

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I never seem to have just a couple of in-season peaches in my kitchen. I have either a pile of them, begging to be eaten immediately, or I have none. That’s probably because I can’t resist overbuying the ripe fruit in peak season. Early in the season, I get them by the dozen, treating myself…

With national pollinator week approaching later this month, it is important to recognize the variety of pollinators that exist in addition to honeybees. For those who want to take steps to support a locally found, native pollinating insect, consider the mason bee.

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One in an occasional series of guides on growing popular plants. Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear, coleus, lantana, coneflower and savory calamint.

Blood donors needed: The Carter BloodCare Donor Center, 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 112, in Longview, has been remodeled to better serve donors’ social distancing needs. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to …

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When you check in at the Club Wyndham Ocean Ridge, you will experience one of the more creative ways hotels are making their guests feel more comfortable this summer. An employee waves you into a parking spot marked “curbside check-in.”

Longview Arboretum and Nature Center seeks volunteers to help at the front desk, in the gift shop, garden, children’s classrooms and events. For information, call (903) 212-2181.

Newgate Mission, 207 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, needs day bus passes, travel size deodorant, shampoo, washing powder, aprons and dish towels for kitchen. For information, call Brenda, (903) 757-6146.

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NEW YORK — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a blockbuster play by Aaron Sorkin that has already grossed $125 million on Broadway, will take the stage again this fall. Coming back, too, are two of its original stars: Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger, reprising her Tony-winning tu…

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NEW YORK — He hadn’t been in a musical since his high school years, but when Jimmy Smits saw the opportunity to play Kevin Rosario in the film adaptation of “In the Heights,” he was happy to check that off his artistic bucket list.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory.

Last month, at 50 years and 11 months, Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer in history to win a major tournament when he won the PGA by two strokes. He is now considered an “old man,” at least in the field of sports. But I remember when Phil was young, when his wife gave birth to their fi…

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Juneteenth activities are scheduled this weekend in Longview and around East Texas, marking the date — June 19, 1865 — when news reached Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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JEFFERSON — Dads can grab their children this weekend and hop aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway for a ride on the gas-powered locomotive on a trek along the Big Cypress Bayou.

Well, I’ve done it again. Each week, I am going to get ahead by starting this column several days before my deadline. This happens when I know we are going to have a particularly busy weekend or a holiday weekend is coming up, so I am forced to get myself to the computer early.

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Toast is not a new invention. It has been a popular method for prolonging the life of bread as far back as Roman times. It was first placed directly on fires and scorched — “toast” comes from “tostum” in Latin, which means “to burn or scorch” — before toasting forks were forged to hold slice…

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NEW YORK — Roberto Novo has styled the hair of a constellation of stars, from singer Britney Spears to supermodel Naomi Campbell. But during the pandemic, he’s turned his talents to the heads of lesser known, older New Yorkers — and he’s done it for free.

Longview Arboretum and Nature Center seeks volunteers to help at the front desk, in the gift shop, garden, children’s classrooms and events. For information, call (903) 212-2181.

Newgate Mission, 207 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, needs day bus passes, travel size deodorant, shampoo, washing powder, aprons and dish towels for kitchen. For information, call Brenda, (903) 757-6146.

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There’s a difference between rewards and bribes, but it’s subtle. Bribes are offered in desperation to get a child to cooperate in a difficult, often unplanned situation — as a kind of prepayment for compliance. Rewards are considered in advance, given upon completion of a task, and structur…

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Monday will be Flag Day, an event marking the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress approved a design for the first United States flag. Thirteen stars, white on blue. Thirteen stripes, alternating red and white. Sound familiar?