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When the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson opened in August 2003, 20 animals — 12 cats and eight dogs — took up residence on its first day. Officials expected the “state-of-the-art facility” created jointly by the SPCA and cities of Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute to be able to accommodate the animal control needs in the region. The animal count Thursday afternoon, however, stood at more than 400 animals.

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Research has implied people remember annoying TV ads better than others, and that’s a reason why ad executives have dumbed down ads.

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Old-timers called these places “service stations” where they drove up and some guy would fill up the gas tank, wipe off the windshield and inquire if the driver needed oil, water, the ashtray emptied or the latest news. Then the attendant would take the money (25 cents a gallon).

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In “The Matrix,” the main character, Neo, learns how to fight in the style of Kung Fu in a matter of seconds after it’s downloaded to his brain. Too often, it seems parents consider that scene to be more fact than fiction.

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In the sordid and brutal world of human trafficking, two recent stories deserve a closer look and a deeper understanding. Both stories involve justice — one for a person just emerging from a long run behind bars and the other for a person who always seems just outside of the grasp of the law.

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Acclaim and a shame is a collection of quick hits of praise and commentary on local, state and national issues written by members of The Facts Editorial Board. This week's topics include a luncheon honoring first responders, the annual Back 2 School Bash and Walmart's decision to pull video game advertising.

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We tend to take escaping the oppressive, dangerous heat prevalent in Southeast Texas summers for granted. About two-thirds of homes have central air conditioning systems nationwide, and of those that don’t, another 23 percent have at least window units to help cool things down.

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It’s t hat time of year again where store shelves that are normally filled with holiday supplies and outdoor products are replaced with stacks of notebooks and other school supplies.

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Would you want to swim on a stretch of beach inundated with raw sewage? Surfside Beach better hope some people do, or at least are oblivious to the village’s wastewater issues and don’t know any better.

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I am writing to you regarding your publication in the Opinions section of The Facts newspaper on Thursday, July 25, regarding the Texas Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Grant application the village of Jones Creek is submitting.

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The first year of President Barack Obama’s presidency, the government released a report about domestic terror threats in our country. It determined right-wing extremism the No. 1 domestic threat to our peace and security.

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Trafficking awareness Advocates and officials will discuss the continuing issue of sex trafficking in Brazoria County and how to prevent it. When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 Highway 332 E. Cost: Free

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With a number of Texas Republicans deciding not to seek reelection to Congress, the state suddenly has a bunch of openings in its delegation. At least three of those vacancies increase the odds Texas will send more Democrats to Congress after the 2020 elections.

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Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2019. There are 136 days left in the year.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2019. There are 138 days left in the year.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2019. There are 140 days left in the year.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2019. There are 139 days left in the year.

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2019. There are 142 days left in the year.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year.

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House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and conservative political operative Michael Quinn Sullivan are locked in an ugly battle with huge political implications. It’s high drama, complete with a secret recording, a Sullivan-issued ultimatum and what amounts to “bring it” from Bonnen.

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It’s difficult not to feel some disappointment that the reach of Brazoria County Head Start is being diminished. The program, led for more than 40 years by the late Evelyn Wright Moore, had a phenomenal reach among county families.

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Need a job? Good pay, short hours, a gym at your disposal, free parking at Reagan and Dulles airports. Yes, be a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Southern Brazoria County residents like to poke fun at the petrochemical plants that fill our horizon, with talk of magic fencing that could contain pollution being among the most popular.

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