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Dallas Examiner | 7/22/2013, 12:56 a.m.
In 2009, the United Nations designated July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual global call to action for ...

DALLAS

In 2009, the United Nations designated July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual global call to action for peace and effective change within each community. This year, Rep. Helen Giddings is leading the effort for the national day of observance – which is also Mandela’s birthday – in Texas. Giddings is the Honorary Consul from South Africa to Texas. Themed “It’s in Your Hands,” the celebration will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hall of State at Fair Park, located at 3939 Grand Ave. For more information, contact Rochelle Brown at 214-476-3579 or Brandalyn Rodgers at 972-224-6795.

DALLAS

The Dallas City Marshal’s Office and Dallas Police Department began their annual Warrant Roundup last week in an effort to arrest persons with unpaid traffic or non-traffic citations with warrants pending before Dallas Municipal Court.

Offenders who are delinquent in satisfying their city of Dallas warrants are subject to denial of their vehicle registration with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles or denial of their driver’s license renewal.

Persons with outstanding citations with the city of Dallas may avoid vehicle registration holds or arrest by paying in person at 2014 Main St. between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

Full citation payments will also be accepted at the Marshal’s Office located at 1600 Chestnut and is open 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Online payments can be made at http://www.dallascityhall.com. For more information, call 214-670-3999.

DALLAS

Last week, Dallas Councilmember Dwaine Caraway, District 4, and 97.9 The Beat radio personalities kicked off the sixth annual Hip Hop for HIV awareness campaign with a testing event at Dallas City Hall.

Confidential testing began on July 10 and will continue through Aug. 25 at designated sites throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Persons tested will receive on-site counseling and a free ticket to attend a Hip Hop for HIV concert Aug. 25 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Individuals must be at least 13 years old to be tested. For more information, call 214-671-9347.

DALLAS

Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Stand with Texas Women bus tour made a stop at Dallas City Hall last week urging lawmakers to protect women’s health. Sen. Royce West and Sen. Kirk Watson were in attendance.

The State Legislature passed an anti-abortion bill during the Special Session on Friday that will effectively close all but five of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. Policies put in place by Gov. Rick Perry and the State Legislature have forced more than 55 health clinics to shut its doors. For more information, visit http://www.ppfa.org.

LANCASTER

The Lancaster ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation this past spring to alter the start and end times for secondary and elementary schools.

The new school hours for students are the following:

Secondary: 7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. (Campus opens at 7 a.m. for student arrival)

Elementary: 8:15 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Campus opens at 7 a.m. for student arrival)

The committee’s rationales for making this change were that high school students can take college courses or internships as early as 3 p.m. and staff will have more opportunities for professional development and training.

For more information, visit http://www.lancasterisd.org.