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Campaigns: Follow the yellow brick road

The Nov. 7 Campaign for the City Bond election tends to remind me of scenes from the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

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NFL must ‘provide a better platform’ on racism and criminal justice reform

“We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex.” – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell

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We can and must win for children

As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,”

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Jury convicts ex-police officer in fourth trial

A White former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s Black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn’t decide whether to find him guilty of murder.

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Trailblazing executive on quest to mentor teen girls

Teresa White, the first woman and African American president of Georgia-based insurance giant Aflac U.S., has the knack to inspire. So says Seychelle Hercules, a formerly bashful girl who went on to win Georgia’s Miss Columbus pageant after hearing the trailblazing Black executive speak.

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DanceAfrica: Continuing the legacy of Charles ‘Baba Chuck’ Davis

Every year, the DanceAfrica festival starts off each performance with a tribute and libation ceremony from the Council of Elders for those who have passed away, but this year was quite different. DanceAfrica founder Charles “Baba” Davis passed away in May and for the first time in 40 years, the festival is without him.

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Black, Latino consumers targeted most by scammers

Buyers beware: Scammers are on the hunt. In 2016, U.S. consumers lost $744 million dollars through fraud, according to recent data compiled by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s Consumer Fraud Survey also reported that 25.6 million people in this country are fraud victims, which is 10.8 percent of U.S. adults.

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Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall

Chadwick Boseman knows a little about portraying icons: his acting resume includes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and comic book’s first Black superhero, the Black Panther.

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A young Thurgood Marshall in Connecticut – before Brown v. Board of Education

Thurgood Marshall, a titan of 20th-century law and a civil rights pioneer, has until now largely eluded Hollywood’s notice

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Allegations of collusion: Kaepernick files grievance against NFL

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL on Sunday, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem.

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Trump ‘disrupts’ access to affordable health care

A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers.

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Around the State

Dallas Love Field will host a Centennial Program to celebrate its 100 years of service Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Love Landing, 8008 Herb Kelleher Way. During the ceremony, a time capsule will be revealed.

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‘You are my slave,’ White student tells Black student

School encourages parents to ‘be creative’ in dressing for Civil War Day

A new battle line has formed in the national debate over Civil War flags and symbols – this time at a Georgia school not far from a mountaintop where Confederate soldiers fired their cannons at Union troops more than a century ago.

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Healing the gaping wound

A National Public Radio story this week described a visit to Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, a public elementary school in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Presente!” about 40 children shout on cue

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Randall Woodfin: A son of Birmingham becomes its mayor

“Local assemblies of citizens constitute the strength of free nations. Town meetings are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they bring it within the people’s reach, they teach men how to use and how to enjoy it. A nation may establish a system of free government, but without the spirit of municipal institutions it cannot have the spirit of liberty.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, author, Democracy in America, 1835

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Providing prevention of a fatal disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and this gives us the time to remember all those who have gone through the intrusive experience of breast cancer.

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The president who does not care about the people

Last week, the president of this nation signed an executive order that will in effect gut the Affordable Care Act and throw millions of people into physical jeopardy as they lose their health care.

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Remembering my mentor, Dick Gregory, on his birthday

The celebration of the life of Dick Gregory on Sept. 16 in Landover, Maryland, was over seven hours of eclectic diversity, from a serenade by Native Americans to a musical tribute with Ayanna Gregg’s daughter and Stevie Wonder, and speakers from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’ Donnell to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, to the fiery Rep. Maxine Waters.

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Helpless Americans in limbo waiting for a ‘great again’ America

It has taken less than a year for the 45th president of the United States … United States? … to undo everything that the 44th president accomplished in eight years. I do not know about the rest of America, but I feel helpless! Somehow, living in America which is supposed to be “great again,” has me feeling like I may be in a foreign country or having a bad dream. Of course, both of these scenarios may be true.

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PAP flap, innovative breast reconstruction method

When Carla Forbes was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the retired elementary school principal didn’t think twice about opting for a bilateral mastectomy. “I lost my mom to the disease,” she said. “I just didn’t want to leave anything to chance.”

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