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YMCA offers diabetes screening, education

On Aug. 21, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced a grant award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to partner with the YMCA to identify, screen and educate individuals at risk for diabetes.

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Young brains reorganize when learning math skills

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer.

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Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Students caught misbehaving in the nation’s second largest school district will be sent to the principal’s office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools.

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Symbolism without substance: Jena to Ferguson

Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, Louisiana, in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice.

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Differences in Black and White

Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, Blacks and Whites largely view events through a different set of lenses.

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From ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘hands up, vote’

Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality.

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Monday nights, focusing on the candidates

The first Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forum for the general election, which is Nov. 4, was held on Monday.

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Who is speaking out for those whom the media has forgotten?

In the past few weeks, the mainstream media has been consumed with the tragic events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri. An unarmed 18-year-old American named Michael Brown was shot at least six times by a Ferguson police officer.

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Self Destruction: Do we perpetuate Black stereotypes?

Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, New York), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles), and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri). Each of these victims were all unarmed young, Black and male.

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Public transportation surveys passengers for better understanding

Passengers who use public transportation in Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth and Tarrant County will have an opportunity to participate in two types of surveys this month to help planners better understand the demand for bus and rail service throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth-area.

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Around the State

The North Texas Tollway Authority honored Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson last week with the Drive to Excellence Award for the creation of a robust and thriving transportation network serving one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

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Who won the war on poverty?

In the 60s we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won,” President Ronald Reagan once quipped. Did it?

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Air quality regulations improved in Black communities

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency may require oil refineries to regularly measure the air quality at their perimeters. These fence line measurements will give surrounding communities – largely low-income communities of color – data on the level of pollution they are exposed to each day.

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Healthy Huddle: Football legends huddle to give back to their community

Even decades after his retirement as defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys, the accomplishments and personality of legendary Ed “Too Tall” Jones still gets football fans excited.

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Steps of Faith

“Welcome, welcome, welcome,” producer/actress Sharice Henry Chasi called out to the near-capacity audience inside the cavernous Texas Theater during the premiere of the faith-based, locally produced film Steps of Faith on Aug. 16.

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Former MLK aide donates papers to Alabama State

Working as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s secretary, Maude Ballou would put in long hours despite the threats to her safety.

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CDC study shatters myth about Black fathers

Terrence Morgan has heard the stories over and over. Black men are absent from their children’s lives. An African American woman stands more likely to be a single mom than any other race.

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Project zooms in on future leaders, social trailblazers

Project Zoom! is a non-profit organization that has taken on the challenge on equipping and inspiring the next generation of social innovators with the tools to change the world. Its projects build confidence and leadership qualities in students from underserved communities through technology and interactive workshops, as well as exposure to various cultures and historic landmarks across the globe.

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Tempers flare during DA’s first discussion on police shootings

It was evident on Monday night that people in Dallas are hurting. They are in pain. They were frustrated.

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Cops kill at least two Blacks each week

Occasionally, police officers behave in such a dastardly manner that it captures international attention.

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