* Update *
I was able to flash stock unbranded android 4.2.2 and then I was able to update ota to 4.3!
Phone runs great now and I no longer have the screen going black issue when I have the auto screen brightness on!
Phone is super smooth!
Thanks for the tips and help guys!
Can't wait to see the 4.4 when it comes out next yr!
Happy new year to all of you!