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Around the State

On Nov. 12, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson issued the following statement in light of changes in health insurance plans that will affect local constituents and provider-institutions.

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Revising the undemocratic ‘map of shame’

“What we know about all of these voter suppression laws is that they have certain populations in their crosshairs, populations who they are trying to prohibit participation in the franchise because they fear that they will vote in a way that’s not favorable to the legislators who are enacting the legislation.

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Racism on college campuses

As I followed recent events at the University of Missouri that culminated in the resignation of its president for mishandling incidents of blatant racism on the Columbia, Missouri, campus

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Winning elections behind the cotton curtain

We won the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at Selma, combining the power of a principled mass movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a compassionate president who did the right thing despite the heavy political price.

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Mizzou’s football team wins on and off the field

Recollections of my 1995 article on the business of college athletics danced in my head when I heard the news about the University of Missouri football team’s refusal to play until the president of that university, Tim Wolfe, resigned or was dismissed.

Go to work, work smart and laugh your way to the bank

One of the best-known comedians in America is George Wallace

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The Color Line: Demonizing Black college student protest

If you read or listen to much of the media, you have to be wondering what would cause Black college students and their allies among other students and faculty at two prominent universities to stage nonviolent, institution-shaking protests – one of which resulted in the sudden resignation of two of the institution’s top officials.

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Give your family the gift of good health

As colder months approach, many families enjoy spending time together on the couch watching football

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Minneapolis mayor seeks federal investigation into shooting

The mayor of Minneapolis on Monday asked for a federal civil rights investigation into the weekend shooting of a Black man by a police officer during an apparent struggle.

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College receives grant to ensure success of African American males in STEM

Cedar Valley College, one of seven independently accredited colleges that make up the Dallas County Community College District, has been awarded a grant from the Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions program.

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Students asked to help plan school menu

Dallas Independent School District students are being asked to help plan the 2016-2017 school meal menu by participating in a survey.

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CIA turns to HBCUs for agency diversity

After commissioning a report highly critical of the Central Intelligence Agency’s efforts to diversify its staff and senior leadership, CIA Director John O. Brennan is reaching out to Black colleges to develop a more representative workforce.

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Spike Lee accepts honorary Oscar

Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it’s easier for a Black person to become president of the United States than head of a Hollywood studio or network.

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Missouri protest similar to 1969’s … but this time with more action

The criticism was blunt: Blacks at the University of Missouri are harassed and threatened, the university has too few African American faculty members, the administration doesn’t seem to care, and all of that needs to change.

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Paris - Moments of Terror

Flickering candles in Paris, the city of lights

Paris, the city of lights, is currently illuminated by flickering candles, along with flowers and other items – memorials at the various sites where three hours of carnage by allegedly Jihad

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Dallas Wings: WNBA team moves to the Metroplex

Women’s professional basketball is returning to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex after 30 years.

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Black millennials: Half say they know a victim of police violence

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.

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Diversifying drama on DFW stages

Theater is perhaps Dallas’ most undervalued cultural expression. It is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Yet, in a city with districts lined with a number of galleries, museums and dance companies, theaters struggle to maintain their relevance. The owners of Uppermost Entertainment feel that it’s more difficult for local female film directors, producers and screenwriters.

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Blacks, poor want EPA to address environmental racism

They roost everywhere in his hometown – on neighbors’ houses, in the trees, in front yards – lured by the putrid smell of 65 acres of rotting garbage. It’s getting unbearable, he said.

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Defeat of LGBT-rights measure may have wide impact

The landslide defeat of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston has stunned LGBT-rights activists across the nation. They’re now bracing for their opponents in other states to seize on the successful tactic of stoking fears over transgender people’s access to public restrooms.


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