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Walmart settles with Tracy Morgan after lawsuit regarding New Jersey Turnpike accident

Walmart and Benedict P. Morelli, attorney for Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua, and Jeffrey Millea, today announced a settlement agreement, ending a lawsuit against Walmart arising out of a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured on June 7, 2014.

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Black leaders push for nationwide police reform

In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation.

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Monday Night Politics: Runoff Elections

On May 9, Dallas residents voted for a mayor and City Council members. Incumbent Mike Rawlings won the majority vote for mayor. Carolyn Arnold won the majority vote to become the councilmember for District 4.

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Obama leads discussion on poverty

President Obama recently participated in a long overdue panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. As regular readers of this column know, I have been complaining for years about the fixation this administration has had on helping the middle class while giving only passing mentions to race and poverty.

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A message for the graduating class of 2015

Mother to Son Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor bare. But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on, And reachin’ landin’s, And turnin’ corners, And sometimes goin’ in the dark Where there ain’t been no light. So, boy, don’t you turn back. – Langston Hughes, 1922

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The case for student loan debt forgiveness

By the time you read this article, millions of college students will have graduated and be looking for jobs, many will be going on to grad school and millions will suddenly be faced with paying off college loans or contemplating obtaining a loan for graduate studies. Neither option is attractive.

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Rules are rules: Tom Brady deserves to be punished

I woke up this May 12 to another bomb of sports news dropped on the NFL: Four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. The New England Patriots will lose a first-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. In addition, the Patriots organization will be fined $100,000.

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Credit invisible Blacks and Latinos are economically vulnerable

When it comes to consumer finance, traditional lenders usually review credit scores before reaching a decision. In general, the higher a consumer’s credit score is, the lower the cost of credit they will pay. Conversely, the lower one’s credit score, the higher the cost of credit and interest will likely be. Whether applying for a credit card, auto loan or a mortgage, bad credit histories make future credit and borrowing more expensive.

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Celebrating the Memories: Sizzling celebration

On Memorial Day, family and friends will gather to remember loved ones who died while serving their country. When it’s time to feed the crowd, the grill offers the most mouth-watering recipes.

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Grilling for a good cause

Cookbook raises money for wounded heroes

It’s time to throw on that apron and head outside. Memorial Day is the biggest grilling holiday of the year, and you’ll want to show off your barbecue expertise for hungry friends and family.

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New HBCU champions

A little help may be on the way for Historically Black Colleges and Universities struggling against falling financial support and an increasingly skeptical public.

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Task Force to improve Black education gives inaugural report

The African American Student Success Task Force, a task force of skilled educators and community leaders, presented an inaugural report on efforts to close the achievement gap for African American students in the Dallas Independent School District on May 14.

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Congressional leaders ‘Put on Purple’

On Friday, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson joined fellow Congressional Lupus Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to recognize Put on Purple day – a day for lupus awareness and education.

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King of Blues: Musical legacy of B.B. King

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, maintained a legendary career spanning nearly 70 years.

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Are You Smarter Than a KIPPster?

“Are You Smarter Than a KIPPster?” gave local and regional celebrities a second chance to test their knowledge against middle school students from KIPP DFW’s college preparatory school.

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Lancaster ISD strives to improve education system, public image

The headlines read: Lancaster ISD: ex-CFO sentenced and Lancaster ISD plagued by low performance, along with Salary cuts or layoffs, according to a graphic provided by the Lancaster Independent School District during an LISD Lunch & Learn Media Day held May 11. The featured newspaper headlines literally spelled out past turmoil associated with the school system.

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Around the State

The Lupus Foundation of America – Lone Star Chapter will host its annual Rally for Lupus/Annual Educational Conference on May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Texas Health Resources University, 8194 Fogelson Lane. The rally is a daylong educational program designed to provide education, collaboration and motivation to lupus patients, their families and caregivers. Topics will include: dental health, alternative medicine, natural energy boosters, the different stages of lupus, skin disorders, a session for caregivers and a motivational session.

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Blacks more comfortable discussing mental health

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related to drug and alcohol use.

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Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead into STEM careers

Hundreds of middle school and high school students learned about careers in science, math, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics at Mountain View Community College on April 25 during the fifth annual “Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead” conference.

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Hope, help during a chronic illness

At 80 years old, Fort Worth resident Everett Winters still leads an active lifestyle of playing golf, enjoying tennis and spending time with his wife, Norma. Family and friends say it is hard to look at Winters today and recognize that he is a cancer survivor. Just four years ago, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of plasma cancer cells that also affect the bone marrow.

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