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Movie review: 'Despicable Me 3,' a villain, a secret twin and Minions sing

Earlier this week we got the opportunity to go to a movie screening of "Despicable Me 3," which comes out June 30. If you remember in "Despicable Me" 1 and 2, Gru (voiced by actor Steve Carell) is the best villain until he meets his rival, Vector. Gru ends up adopting three orphan girls who play a large role in his life throughout "DM 2" when, in his attempt to be a better father, he joins the Anti-Villain League and finds his soul mate, Lucy Wilde. The plot set up in the first two movies leads up to "Despicable Me 3."

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A balancing act in Venice

When restaurateur Paul Hibler (Superba Food + Bread, Pitfire Pizza) and Realtor Tiffany Rochelle purchased a dilapidated 1948 bungalow in Venice in 2012, they weren't actually in the market for a house.

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18 things you can (legally) do when you turn 18

Hi, I'm Meara, an intern at The Dallas Morning News. Something else you should probably know about me is that I just turned 18. So of course the first thing I'm going to do is what anyone else would do as a newly turned 18-year-old – sue someone, jump out of a moving aircraft or maybe even run for governor.

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On Gardening: 20 years later Scaevola still rocks in the summer landscape

Twenty years ago something odd happened in the plant world, and as I look back now, I realize it flew under the radar. In 1997 a new plant called New Wonder Scaevola won the Georgia Gold Medal, Mississippi Medallion, and Louisiana Select awards. That trifecta was indeed quite rare. This little plant from Australia captured the imagination of the green industry with its fan-shaped flowers and rugged persevering performance.

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Lending update is good news for homebuyers

As home prices keep rising, so do the down payments, keeping many San Diegans from taking that step toward homeownership. The good news is that there are many programs to help with a down payment and loan options that don't require the traditional 20 percent down for a home.

Russ Winton: Wine List

Anderson Valley: Pinot perfect

Our first visit to Anderson Valley was in the late 1970s. I had to pull the car over. The Navigator was car sick. The squealing tires should have been my clue. I drove the speed limit through Boonville, Philo and Navarro and then realized we were in one of the most beautiful wine regions in California. We stopped, did some tasting and discovered bone dry Alsace style wines. Our hosts were friendly and helpful with tons of information and most notably, no glitzy pinkie-waving crowds or snootiness. We loved it and still do.

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Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

Springtime brings sunshine and warm breezes – but also misery for millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Lily Pien, M.D., explains how being prepared can put you on the road to relief. Credit: Cleveland Clinic
Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County 1:26

Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

Best Buy manager responds to negative, trolling comments on viral WiiU gift video 1:17

Best Buy manager responds to negative, trolling comments on viral WiiU gift video

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Kid surprised with WiiU as an early Christmas gift from Best Buy employees

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School stories, a new Sun-Star column from Sara Sandrik