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We must do more to close achievement gap

Thousands of pages have been written about the achievement gap – the fact that White kids score higher than either Black or Latino kids who sometimes sit right next to them in classrooms.

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You are the key to advancement, empowerment

With as much meaningless and non-redeeming information being discussed on radio and television among Black folks, I often wonder if we even want to hear solutions to our problems, much less do anything to help solve them.

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One year after Ferguson: A change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal injustice

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The two elephants in the room: GOP’s raging intra-party war

he Aug. 6 Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party is continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

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The smart practices of SmartPractice

No investors. No venture capitalists. No “Fund Me” campaigns. It was “bootstrapping” with all the money taken from their savings account and money borrowed from the best man at their wedding. They started with little, but have built a massive entrepreneurial enterprise.

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Staying hydrated: Why water is your workout buddy

If you think drinking water during a workout is just about keeping your mouth from drying out as you pant your way through each set, think again. In addition to keeping you comfortable, staying hydrated is a necessary aspect of any healthy workout.

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Black male enrollment declines in medical schools

The number of Black males applying to medical school is lower than it was three decades ago, raising concerns about the United States’ future ability to have health care providers be as diverse as the patients they serve, according to a new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Around the State

With the increasing ability to make purchases online, the Grand Prairie Police Department now offers three designated parking spaces in front of the Public Safety Building to complete child pick up/drop off exchanges or business transactions.

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Senate bill cuts housing vouchers for poor families

For many Americans living in poverty, housing vouchers mean the difference between having a home of your own or living in a homeless shelter. As many as 85,000 low-income families could lose access to those vouchers under policies crafted in a new funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Hanging on to hope to keep Black men, boys alive

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban “death sentences” – capital punishment and life imprisonment without parole for offenses committed by juveniles.

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Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall.

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I am Sandra Bland: ‘Sick and tired of being sick and tired’

Had I ever met Sandra Bland, I am sure I would have liked her. She is described as an advocate for justice who had embraced her purpose to fight racism.

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The African American community also failed Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland is dead.

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An island of isolation: The Sphinx proposal

Fiji Island’s official tourism website seduces travelers to visit by advertising that “families and children have a special place here.” Perhaps that is the case with the island near the Australian coast, but not in Dallas on Corinth Street where the Sphinx at Fiji Lofts has been proposed as another affordable housing venture.

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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

On June 4, I was proud to join Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Penn., as he introduced bipartisan mental health reform legislation, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Murphy and I have worked together during the past two years to make meaningful changes to our mental health system to better serve individuals with severe mental illness.

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Cost-conscious ways to ship packages

From shipping merchandise from business to business to sending a birthday gift to a beloved niece or returning a defective item to a manufacturer, everyone wants their package to arrive on time and in good condition.

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Update on West Nile virus in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services laboratory has confirmed several mosquito traps in Dallas County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The traps were collected from the 75115 ZIP code in DeSoto and the 75134 ZIP code in Lancaster. Ground spraying was scheduled for the area from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.

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The national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS

More than three decades after the United States began seeing the first cases of HIV, it has made enormous progress against a formidable illness, but there’s still work ahead.

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Breakfast tips to boost back-to-school success

A daily breakfast leads to not only better overall nutrition, but better school performance as well.

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Black students experiencing post-recession gains

Eight years after the Great Recession, Black children are prospering in some regards and still struggling in others – this, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a respected report on child wellbeing issued each year.

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