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Around the State

To control mosquito populations and combat West Nile virus and the Chikungunya virus, the City of Dallas Code Compliance Services Department is providing free mosquito dunks to city of Dallas residents.

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Company offer gifts for mothers in crisis

Being a mother can be one of the rewarding, yet one of the hardest and most challenging jobs. Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate the hard work mothers all around the world put in to take care of their families.

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The War on Poverty

When I graduated in May 1965 from The University of Denver with a B.A. degree, I wanted to find a job, not go to graduate school. Unfortunately, there were not many jobs available for recent college graduates with majors in sociology and psychology and no work experience. But I wanted to contribute to making our community better.

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Baltimore is not Ferguson

Baltimore is not Ferguson. That was evident by opposite official reactions to the death of an unarmed African American male killed at the hands of local police in the respective cities. At the time of Michael Brown’s death last year in Ferguson, Missouri, the city with a two-thirds Black majority was governed by a White mayor and a White city manager, had only one Black on the six-member City Council, and had a White police chief who directed a department that was 94 percent White. Equally telling, less than 12 percent of voters turned out to cast a ballot in 2014.

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From crack baby to A-student

The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Her mother was addicted to drugs, like Britiny’s grandfather and many others in their poverty-stricken Cleveland neighborhood. Britiny’s mother used drugs throughout her pregnancy and went to prison for a year just after her birth. As a poor, Black crack baby with an addicted, incarcerated mother and an absent father, she started life in danger.

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Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

“It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected until it explodes ... The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are law-abiding in a world where the law itself has seemed an enemy.”

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Employment nightmare in Baltimore ‘hood

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

Thug’ is in the eye of the beholder, discouragement in the heart of men

A small section of Baltimore, no more than four to six blocks on the city’s west side, experienced looting and property destruction after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the young man whose spine was mysteriously crushed after being taken into police custody. Gray would later die from his injuries and “Charm City” has been in a meltdown ever since.

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Anytime Smoothies: A food prescription for all day long

Whether you vowed to lose the weight – for the very last time, get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses – this year you’ll need energy to achieve all of your heart’s desires – and promises – and I’ve got a deliciously, smooth remedy to help. You may have tried these “meal in a cup” beverages lauded for their “instant” weight-loss power.

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Voices that Matter: Inspirational food for thought

With the school year coming to a close, Paul Quinn College concluded their speaker series, Voices that Matter, on April 14 with guests Hattie Hill, president and CEO of Women’s Foodservice Forum, and Cheryl “Action” Jackson, president of Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano.

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A Community Cooks at WE Over Me Farm

Top chefs of Dallas/Fort Worth showcased their culinary skills as they incorporated fresh vegetables from Paul Quinn College’s We over Me Farm, during the college’s fifth annual “A Community Cooks” Celebration, held April 23.

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Dallas ISD students flex ‘brain’ muscles at Pentathlon

Local middle school students participated in the Region XII seventh- and eighth-grade Pentathlon, April 25.

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Citizens propose alternate designs for Southern Gateway Project

The concept for the Southern Gateway Project is to widen and improve I-35E from IH20 to Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 67 from FM1382 to I-35E in order to decrease traffic congestion. Yet as the established plan gets more exposure and public feedback, a local group has designed a competing plan of its own.

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Fruit-filled ways to celebrate

Whether you anticipate fun-filled pool parties, laid-back picnics at the park or casual dinner parties at home, summer entertaining gets a little sweeter when you serve up the right desserts.

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Dallas millennials rally to Rock the Block

Dallas Millennial Day: Rock The Block!, a program sponsored by the organization Weapons of Mass Empowerment to promote young voter engagement, began on Sunday with less than 50 people milling around the African American Museum parking lot inside Fair Park. By the end of the affair, a crowd – estimated to have numbered 300 at its peak by co-organizer Dominique Alexander of the Next Generation Action Network – had marched to an early voting center located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

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Garden-inspired gifts for mom

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a mom who has it all, or just the right way to express your love and appreciation, this Mother’s Day you can give a gift that keeps on growing with items inspired by the garden.

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Baltimore officers charged with murder

With a single press conference, Maryland Attorney General Marilyn J. Mosby may have stopped a city from burning.

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Nigerian army rescues 300 women, girls

Nigerian troops rescued nearly 300 girls and women during an offensive Tuesday against Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Sambisa Forest, the military said, but they did not include any of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

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Quality of Life Matter: Groups join Dallas to Baltimore rally

It was a peaceful night of protests in Downtown Dallas on Friday at 5 p.m. as hundreds of marchers joined together to show their support and solidarity against police brutality that has affected many cities throughout the United States.

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Support goes both ways

Why should a candidate reach out to the African American community when voting records indicate that – out of over 40,000 eligible voters in each district – District 3 has 43,608, District 4 has 44,993, District 7 has 40,529 and District 8 has 40,925 – less than 3,000 residents voted in each of these Districts in the 2011 Dallas City Council election?

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