"Interpreting Marvel's Universe" by: Jessica Shepard

   To pick up where I left off last week on my explosion of nerdiness – I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron last Saturday, May 2.
   I loved every minute of it!
   From the opening montage for the Marvel Studios credit card to the very end where I was disappointed in Joss Whedon.
   There was a moment for something great and he waved as it passed by.
   The only spoiler I’m about to give is this – there is no after-credits clip.
   So, once those white letters start scrolling upwards, feel free to leave your seat.

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"Social media stock slow making profit" by: John Sample

   I have spoken of late about my concerns over trendy stocks falling out of favor. 
   Last week Twitter, LinkedIn and Yelp were taken out to the wood shed and punished. 
   The apparent rush to any social media stock has lost its luster. 
   It is always the case that sooner than later these companies have to make money. 
   Monetizing a site that has drawn the attention of the millennials is not always easy. 
   Google bought You Tube years ago and it is still trying to make that vastly popular site pay for itself. 
   Users tend to find advertising a less than enjoyable experience. It is only in the last year that Facebook was able to convert its wildly popular site into a profit-making machine.
   I believe what is happening is that investors are focusing carefully on earnings reports and projections. 

"Resepct for mothers should extend beyond 1 special day" by: Rosario Resendez

    “And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:43
   Mother’s Day is right around the corner. 
   Sunday we will be taking our mothers out to eat, we will be showering her with flowers and gifts and trying to make her feel as special as we can.
   Sunday will also be a day that some will visit the cemetery with a heavy heart to lay flowers at their mother’s final resting place.
   On Mother’s Day, I also like to think of the mother of our savior Jesus Christ. 
   What a wonderful example of a gentle mother was Mary.
   I like to think how gentle she was to our Lord who, after all, was her Lord as well. 
   Jesus also was loving and obedient to His mother.
   John 2:3-5: “When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’  

"In times of trouble, stay on Lord's path" by: Betsey Monico

   I carefully composed my entire column on a notepad yesterday sitting in the sun at a ballpark in Temple.
   It was pretty good. It was finished.
   Everything was ready to type until I had a run-in with a big truck on I-35. 
   What happened totally made me changed my mental gears and change my plans for what I was writing this week.
   It went down like this. 
   I was driving. We were singing along and doing a bit of dancing as usual. 
   All of a sudden there was an aroma in the air that was not our half-eaten Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.
   It was stronger and way more funky than the two little softball players I had in the backseat. 
   It was a hefty odor and smelled like the Buffalo Sale Barn did when I was a little girl and frequented there.
   About that time something started to hit my windshield. 

Letter to the editor: Don't leave a position blank

Dear editor,
   Every vote counts as was made apparent to me during the last Bay City election.
   I was privileged to take part in a recount of one of the positions on the ballot and found approximately 300 ballots were left unmarked for that position. 
   On most all positions were marked with the exception of this particular position.
   If those 300 ballots had been marked I am sure a winner would have been announced on election night. 
Saving the city the cost of the runoff.
   In a state or national election it is understandable to mark the ballot for certain positions if you don’t know the candidate what they stand for. 
   But in our city were we have two radio stations, two newspapers and where a lot of people talk, there is no reason why somebody should not know about the candidates.

"Superhero drama always fun to follow" by Jessica Shepard

   Tuesday was National Superhero Day.
   Unfortunately, I didn’t get to celebrate it quite like I wanted to because we were on production deadline.
   But, I plan on rectifying that this weekend.
   The Avengers: Age Of Ultron already hit theaters mostly worldwide last week.
   The U.S. is lagging behind a bit and we will have to wait until Friday, May 1.
   Still, that’s not as bad a China; which gets to start showing the film May 12.
   Already the film has raked in over $200 million dollars and counting in 44 different markets.
   AMC Theaters in Sugarland has screenings on Thursday, April 30 starting at 7 p.m. and I am trying my hardest to be first in line for that event.
   I’m also trying not to have a fangirl moment, but, it’s difficult for me.

"New stock titans replace the old" by: John Sample

   Well folks, my plans, like the stock market, got a quick revision this week, so I am back at the keyboard of my trusty laptop. 
   That unfortunately means that I will drone on longer than last week. Rest assured you will learn little more.
   I am going down a path that I often don’t follow. 
   I am taking this course as we are at a point in the market with the indexes across the board at record levels. 

"It's important to think about the world we leave to future generations" by: Rosario Resendez

   I like country music. In my opinion country music has some of the best lyrics in music.
   Not all songs do, there is that occasional song that is made just for fun or that other song that makes you shake your head when you hear it, yet overall I like the music.
   Now I really like the older music,the country music I would hear when I was young. 
   I'm a little biased, when I think about country music,that's the music era I think of. 
   Music from George Straight, Clint Black, Alabama, Alan Jackson and so on.
   It's the same for a lot of music that I listen to.
   I prefer the older music than the newer one.
   I prefer "old tejano" to the new stuff they have right now. 
   Maybe I'm just getting old.
   Now that I have satellite radio, I can listen to the older country music and I heard a song I hadn't heard for a long time from Alabama. 

"It's time to do away with the 'line' in car, in life" by Betsy Monico

   I spend a great deal of time in the car with my kiddos. 
   Like most moms, I consider one of my job titles taxi driver. I have always loved to load up my crew though and go somewhere. 
   When my oldest two were little, I would drive them around my neighborhood in Dallas to get them to sleep so I could rest. 
   I remember being so sleepy that I barely could make it around the block and back home much less unload them. 
   I took a few naps right there in my driveway with the car still running.  
   I gave up on riding the next two around because it became an impossible task to get them all four of them asleep at the same time. 
   All of the car seats were sold in garage sales a few years ago, so our road trips are much easier.
   Everyone loads up their own junk, and I just grab my purse and a bottle of water. 

"Print, web battle over legals" by: Mike Reddell

   One issue newspapers have fought over the years is keeping legal notices on our pages.
   Yes, they are revenue for us, but our argument goes well beyond money.
   Every legislative session, there are bills – this go-around there are several – which would allow local governments entities to place legals online.
   Where online? It could be anywhere, some lawmakers propose putting local notices on the state comptroller’s website or others on the newspaper’s website.
   Most newspapers will put legals on their websites, but most have the same objection as I do.

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