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Thanksgiving is Served

A complete holiday table

Nothing pleases the senses like a home filled with family, friends and the welcoming aroma of a holiday meal. Whether you’re cooking up a full-menu feast from your own kitchen or you need a delicious idea or two to share at a potluck-style gathering – these dishes please the palate. With timeless flavors of turkey and butternut squash, or treats that charmingly display a symbol of the season, guests will surely be encouraged to dig in.

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Lynch nomination: A test of Obama’s relationship with new Congress

In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate’s willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general.

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John Doar, a different kind of civil rights champion

Though many Whites were active in civil rights, few were as influential as John Doar, the legendary lawyer and civil rights champion, who died recently at the age of 92.

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Voices of Grief and Struggle

Families share stories of men killed by police

“For me it’s a bit of a re-traumatization,” Sara Mokuria explained from the pulpit of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church on Nov. 7.

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Dallas ISD favors TEA investigation

The continued concern over the removal of Dallas ISD Trustee Bernadette Nutall from Dade Middle School by police at the request of Superintendent Mike Miles on Oct. 13 moved school board trustees to take action on the issue during a meeting of the school board trustees Nov. 6.

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Scout receives top honor for community contribution

Xandria Barkwell, a freshman at the University of North Texas, has been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old

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Health: Library offers health care marketplace help

The Dallas Public Library has partnered with health technology firm Cognosante to offer enrollment assistance of the health care marketplace at 10 branch library locations from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2015

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Toy company donate toys to underserved children

The holiday season is a time of family gatherings, football and endless servings of food. It’s also a time where people prepare themselves to score deals of discounted items from Black Friday sales and become pre-occupied with other customs. However, one small Texas toy company is getting into the holiday spirit and donating to children who have been sick, abused, homeless or neglected children who are facing adverse challenges in their young lives.

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Court rules Michigan not obligated to provide quality education

In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 that the state of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.

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One person can make a difference

This past week, I had the pleasure of talking with a young man who is a first-year teacher in the Dallas Independent School District. He teaches the fourth grade in a very low-income area of the city. The school doesn’t have a PTA and there is not a community liaison.

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Little progress in ‘Sweet home Alabama’

It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, Georgia.

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Why Democrats lost the midterms

Now that the dust has settled after our nation’s 2014 elections across the country, here is my two cents worth on what has happened during the last couple of years, and what it means now.

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Democrats did not invest wisely in Black candidates

A total of $172 million. That was the record amount the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised in 2013 and 2014. But that money was poorly spent, which helped account for such a decisive midterm defeat.

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Loretta Lynch deserves swift confirmation as attorney general

African American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as attorney general of the United States.

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Passing the baton: Looking to the past for a better future

In wake of the tragic plane crash that killed Pastor Myles Munroe, his wife, Ruth, and seven other passengers of the Bahamas Faith Ministries en route to a Global Leadership Forum, I came across one of his last interviews on Charismanews.com that resonated deeply with me. He said, “Politically speaking I think we are in a leadership dilemma. We are at the point in history where transition is taking place and no one is deciding that, life is deciding that, most of the older leaders who are part of our historical journey are fading into the sunset, the realities are effective leaders always prepare their replacements … they mentor, they create succession.”

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Remembering Jaylen: Lessons of love, life

Four years ago, expecting mom Jessica Liesmann was looking forward to the moment when she could hold her newborn in her arms. But at six-and-a-half months along, she received information that her unborn baby might have a birth defect.

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Group focuses on developing Black CEOs

In an effort to increase the relevancy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level.

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Prairie View to break ground for multi-million dollar stadium

A $60 million Football Stadium & Athletic Field House project scope and budget was recently approved by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents for Prairie View A&M University.

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Loss of smell could predict death for elderly

Older adults who’ve lost their sense of smell – namely, the ability to pick up on strong odors like smelly socks or bacon sizzling in a pan – could be at an increased risk of death within five years, according to a study involving more than 3,000 people ages 57 to 85.

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Things to know: Attorney general nominee

Loretta Lynch is President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to hold the post. Here’s a look at Lynch’s career, from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Goodfellas.

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