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Dallas ISD 2014-2015 valedictorians

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School Tatian Lamarr Almendarex Texas A&M Commerce/Psychology

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Miles for Smiles helps those in need of dental care

Students from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry have teamed up with community to host Miles for Smiles – a collaborative event to raise money for individuals who cannot afford much-needed dental care.

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Around the State

The city of Dallas and Texas Department of Transportation held a steel signing on June 11 of the Margaret McDermott Bridge, named after the wife of Eugene McDermott, philanthropist and one of the founders of Texas Instruments. The ceremony marked substantial progress on the bridge construction and the eastbound arch, according to city representatives.

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Mass incarceration no factor in crime drop

The crime rate has been steadily decreasing for 25 years, but mass incarceration has had very little, if any, impact on the decline, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

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Our new City Council members

Four new people have been elected to serve on the Dallas City Council for Districts 3, 4, 7 and 8. These four districts are the designated African American districts on the council.

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Perspectives: Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News blowhards will never admit that in covering the racially-charged swimming pool incident in McKinney, Texas, they blew it. But that’s exactly what they did. And rather than acknowledge that they went overboard in defending the misconduct of the police officer involved – conduct that the chief of police later described as “out of control” – some of the network’s personalities are attacking those who pointed out that they messed up.

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Old school teaching: ‘Sit down and shut up’

Another legislative session has come and gone, and education was once again a hot topic.

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Hillary Clinton evokes ‘collective anesthesia’

In March of 2007, I wrote a column under the headline: “Obama drama.” It began,

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Competing with the best: Cam Newton joins $100 million club

Last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton became the latest $100 million man in the NFL, joining a list of 10 other guys that includes Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, J.J. Watt, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. The first year of Cam’s five-year deal will land him $31 million, including a $22.5 million signing bonus. WOW!

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Summer jobs for our youth pay future dividends

“Your first job brings you more than just a steady paycheck – the experience teaches young people life and work skills that serve them long after the job is done. But as our nation continues to recover [from] the deepest recession since the Great Depression, American youth are struggling to get the work experience they need for jobs of the future.” – White House, “We Can’t Wait Initiative,” January 2012

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Simple steps toward saving money

Putting money in a savings account seems simple enough, yet it’s a struggle for many.

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Debt collection report captures horror stories

A new report by the Center for Responsible Lending has revealed what many consumers have known for years. Debt collectors often cross the line with abusive behaviors.

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Hospitals profit from exorbitant markups

Hundreds of American hospitals are turning a profit by charging patients exorbitant rates for necessary procedures. And for 50 hospitals in particular, the mark-ups are as high as 12 times the amount it costs them to deliver those services.

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Closing achievement gaps requires more than education reform

Education reform alone isn’t enough to close achievement gaps between Blacks and Whites, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

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Exotic hair boutique opens in Design District

From straight to curly, from short bobs to unbeweavably long, Exotic Hair by Shenia offers an exclusive line of 100 percent virgin hair from different exotic locations around the world. For the past three years, boutique owner Shenia Browne offered her products exclusively online.

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Myth of the absent Black dad refuted

Contrary to the myth, though Black men are more likely to live apart from their children than Whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than Whites and Hispanics, says a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

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Single fathers fighting for their rights

Stevy Greene claimed he had custody of his 11-year-old son, Omari, for about three years after the child’s mother abandoned the boy and moved to California. Greene also claimed that during the time he had custody of his son he had no criminal record, remained employed and kept his son enrolled in private school. In addition, he serves as a mentor at his church for fatherless children.

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Journalist discovers fourth rail of politics: The LGBT debate

It was a typical Friday night when journalist, author and political analyst Sophia A. Nelson did what she typically does: She posted a photo on her Twitter account. It wasn’t a typical photo and it did not draw a typical response.

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Father’s Day gifts he will cherish

Through the years, he’s always been there to help you along. Show your appreciation for dad with special gifts he would love to receive. Check out these gift ideas to make this Father’s Day one he won’t forget.

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Taraji P. Henson on Empire, its success

Taraji P. Henson is on a mission: To take her brand global following the success of Fox’s hit show Empire – and her breakout character Cookie Lyon.

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