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Hope beyond the sorrow: Obama addresses injustice, grief, healing and unity

“At 8:58 p.m. five days ago, the soul of our city was pierced when police officers were ambushed in a cowardly attack,” Mayor Mike Rawlings explicated inside the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center during a July 12 interfaith memorial service for five law enforcement officers killed by a gunman, July 7. The assault by U.S. Army reservist Micah Johnson also wounded nine other officers and individuals as the nonviolent protest in response to recent police shootings of Black men in other states was coming to a conclusion.

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Dissent grows over GrowSouth

“It’s like we have a weird uncle living in the attic and no one wants to talk about the weird uncle living in the attic,” said Marvin Earle about the methodology used in implementing aspects of the mayor’s GrowSouth plan and the lack of critical examination into how business development goals of the initiative are being accomplished.

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Black lawmakers recall police stops, racial profiling

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, candidly described being stopped by police, even Capitol Hill officers, because of the color of his skin. It’s an experience all too familiar to many of his African American colleagues in Congress.

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Two Black men killed by police within 24 hours

“Stay with me,” she pleaded to Philando Castile who had just been shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop.

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Black doctor worked to save officers, still distrust police

When officers who had been shot by a sniper in Downtown Dallas started showing up at Parkland Memorial Hospital, trauma surgeon Dr. Brian H. Williams went to work, pushing aside the inner conflict he faces every day as a Black man who is careful when encountering police.

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Together We Stand: Faith leaders unite in South Dallas for citywide healing, understanding

Together We Stand was originally intended as a convening of area faith leaders to address the recent shooting deaths of Black citizens by White law enforcement officers.

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Dallas police had taken steps to mend rift with minorities

After a peaceful protest in Downtown Dallas that would have otherwise taken place with little notice – a protest sparked by the police-involved shootings of two Black men within a 24-hour period – a 25-year-old African American Army veteran opened fire on Dallas police in an act of vengeance against White officers, attacking a department whose chief has been lauded across the country for taking bold steps to root out bad cops and repair relations with minorities.

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Seed sowing for a beloved nation

It was a gloriously beautiful morning in Atlanta on Sept. 11, 2001.

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False dichotomy between supporting police or legitimate protest

If Micah Xavier Johnson’s goal was to support people in Dallas who were protesting the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, he failed miserably.

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Enemies of the people are outnumbered

In the hours before the 25-year-old Army veteran Micah Johnson launched his, in the words of President Barack Obama, “vicious, calculated and despicable” attack on White officers of the Dallas police force, something simultaneously remarkable and ordinary occurred.

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A man was lynched yesterday and the day before

There was a 21st century lynching yesterday and the day before that, too

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When a nation has no conscience, lacks empathy

What happens when a nation has no conscience? Even as the country is grappling with the fact that two Black men were killed by White police officers within 48 hours of each other, so many people in positions of power have said little, if anything.

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Experience v. the wild card – the choice we face is so clear

Experience v. the wild card – the choice we face is so clear

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Health: Healing after trauma in Louisiana, Minnesota

Due to technology and social media, in the last week alone we have seen the life literally ooze out of the bodies of two African American men. We have seen two African American women dazed and in shock.

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Understanding the yawn: Facts, myths and mysteries

Yawning is a natural part of everyday life, yet this simple phenomenon has some rather curious and mysterious features.

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Women more likely to face poverty during retirement

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.

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Women more likely to face poverty during retirement

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.

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Outdoor dining: From orchard to table, apples bring flavor for the perfect picnic

There’s nothing like the perfect picnic or barbecue to slow down and reconnect with friends and family

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American Legion Post 292

The aroma of southern cooking and melodies of the band Texas Grove floated on the chilled air inside American Legion Alvin Wheeler Post 292 – a sense-awakening welcome for visitors of their Appreciation Day and Installation of Officer’s Program held June 26.

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Chocolate Secrets: Local chocolatier shares sweet taste of success

What’s the secret to great chocolate? Pam Eudaric-Amiri would know. The owner of Chocolate Secrets & Wine Gardens Inc. on Oak Lawn Avenue treats her customers to gourmet, hand-made chocolates daily with flavors from all around the world.

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