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Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study May 16.

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S.T.A.C.: Rehabilitating lives

On the surface, the Successful Treatment of Addiction through Collaboration graduation ceremony, held May 12, was a yearly ceremonial statement that 27 felons arrested between 2008 to 2012 had completed their drug rehabilitation and, in some cases, were also being freed from probation.

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Mentoring Black males toward a successful future

“Today, I pledge allegiance to the best possible me. No matter how good I am, I know I can do better,” yelled the young boys of the Project M.A.L.E. initiative as they recited their creed during their rite of passage. “Today, I plan to build on the works of yesterday, which would lead me into the rewards of tomorrow. I plan to believe in me. Proud to be M.O.D. – Man Of Distinction!”

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Think About the Link: Hep C and cancer

At the age of 9, Emelda Thein left Burma with her family and ended up in a Thai refugee camp for 15 years before moving to the U.S. She shared her experience during the Think About the Link Campaign summit and screening event held May 20, where she described the substantial difference between the primitive conditions of such an environment versus the elements that make up health care in America.

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Taking a Stand: DeVos heckled at Bethune-Cookman University graduation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos vowed support for the students at the at Bethune-Cookman University graduation ceremony May 10, but was nearly drowned out by booing and shouts of “Liar!” Many graduating students turned their back to her in protest.

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Six top performing Dallas ISD seniors receive $20,000 scholarships

Six Dallas ISD students will be awarded and join the 38 previous recipients of the 2017 Deloitte/NTPGA Fairway to Success Scholarships, according to Deloitte LLP,

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Lupus and autoimmune diseases

Many chronic diseases are the result of the body’s immune system mistakenly perceiving that the body is under attack from foreign bodies. A counterattack is then launched – an inflammatory response meant to vanquish the intruder. In reality, the immune system has misinterpreted the threat and is actually attacking the body’s own cells and tissue.

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Saving amazing young Grace, her Medicaid

“At a 20-week ultrasound, we learned that our baby would be born with spina bifida and face a lifetime of enormous health challenges.” At the time, Chris Glaros was a public servant in the Ohio Treasurer’s office. In his recent Facebook post, he continued,

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The lie about voter fraud is the real fraud

After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of, as Trump admitted, the “Russian thing,” he struck a new blow to American democracy: He created a commission on “election integrity,” stemming from his fantastical claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election.

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Trump and environmental protection

In just the first 100 days of his presidency, President Donald Trump has shown ample disregard for environmental justice and protection.

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The agenda behind pots calling kettles black

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is working to bring back the “War on Drugs,” pushing for the harshest sentences for low-level drug offenses. This from a man who some have suggested lied at his confirmation hearing and who may have violated his promise to recuse himself from “all things Russia” when he participated in the firing of ex-FBI Chief Jim Comey this week.

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Know better, do better – or no better for us

The National Urban League’s 2017 State of Black America report was released May 2; it is titled, Protect our Progress and again contains the “Inequality Index.” Since 1963, the NUL has used the mantra “To be Equal” as part of its overall goal. I have questioned that goal for a long time because, while it may be laudable in an economic sense, it is totally unrealistic.

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CFPB lawsuit seeks consumer restitution from high-cost online installment lenders

Four online lenders offering high-cost, small-dollar installment loans face a federal lawsuit alleging that the lenders collected on debts that consumers did not legally owe. Filed in late April by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the lawsuit charges online lenders Golden Valley Lending, Silver Cloud Financial, Mountain Summit Financial and Majestic Lake Financial as having engaged in unfair, deceptive or abusive acts. The lawsuit also alleges the businesses did not make proper disclosures to consumers.

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Recipe Oak Cliff creates healthy, creative options

Many local Black communities struggle with the negative impact of living in a food desert and various health issues due to lack of healthy options.

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Evie offers alternatives to grow fresh food at home

Food deserts exist across the city, especially in the Southern Sector. Half of South Dallas is labeled a food desert, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture 2011 report.

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Sessions sparks fear with push for harsh sentences

The nation’s federal prosecutors should bring the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed in a move that critics assailed as a return to failed drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities and filled prisons with nonviolent offenders.

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Tiny houses provide big solutions

Saving money, improving the environment and the emotional wounds of combat; these were just some of the motivators among the individuals who decided that joining the growing tiny house movement was the right choice for them.

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Commissioner John Wiley Price:What the hell is really going on?

It’s been a long road for Commissioner John Wiley Price as he waited – along with his many supporters and critics – to hear “not guilty” on seven charges against him. “It’s both bitter and sweet,” Price expressed.

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Around the State

Commissioner Ryan Sitton and the Railroad Commission are now using 360-degree technology to offer a virtual reality tour of Texas energy. It follows Sitton and San Antonio District Director Travis Baer on an Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig; including the rig floor, underneath the rig to the blowout protector and even next to a herd of cattle grazing nearby

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EARTHACK: Innovative tech-driven solutions by young minds could improve the world

EARTHACK is an event designed to inspire young minds to use technology to help solve real world issues with innovative solutions that can be used locally and on a global scale.

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