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Beyond survival: Life after being raped

“On May 15, 1995, two men ran up behind me as I approached my apartment building, and one of them pointed a gun at my head. In the hour that followed, I was blindfolded, gagged, tied facedown to my bed, ...

Around the State

Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees, along with Superintendent Mike Miles, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Jose “Joe” May Elementary School, the final campus to be built under the 2008 Bond Program. The ceremony will ...

Dallas Selma march

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march, the founders of Faith Friday, Dr. Juanita Wallace and Akwete Tyehimba, will host “March for the Right to Vote.” Faith Friday is an organization dedicated to alleviating ...

The loud silence of survivors

An online survey of sexual assault survivors conduced as part of this series vividly captures the fear and reluctance Black women rape survivors exhibit about sharing their ordeal with others:

Police killings underscore need for reform

Blacks and Latinos are incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates in part because police target them for minor crimes, according to Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, a report by the Sentencing Project, a national, nonprofit ...

Two Steps, One Sticker kicks off in Texas

Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has teamed up with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to announce the launch of the state’s single sticker vehicle registration and inspection ...

EPA proposes to move DFW into severe ozone category

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reclassify the Dallas/Fort Worth area as being in severe nonattainment of the original eight-hour ozone standard of 84 parts per billion. The proposal will be published for public comment in the Federal Register ...

HUD chief seeks broadband access for poor

Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families.

Groups unite as Selma march conflict is resolved

A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had ...

Some faith leaders victimize the survivors

Simone Oliver had always been called, as they say in the religious community. She was active in the Baptist church throughout her youth, playing piano for the youth choir and even ghostwriting sermons for several pastors as a teen. She ...

Dallas lawmakers push for change

With the 84th Texas legislative session in full swing, lawmakers in Texas are working around the clock to pass bills that would help their constituents. One lawmaker, Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, is trying to make a difference in education and ...

A Place of Serenity in South Dallas

Chronic homelessness and poverty is an epidemic in many of our communities throughout South Dallas County. Last year, 3,314 individuals were reported as homeless or living in shelters, during a homeless count by Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Women and children ...

Service that made the difference

“Passion” and “compassion” were the words Gail Terrell employed when she described the positive characteristics she draws upon to serve the community in her position as a member of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board. Terrell, who is also the ...

The other victims of rape

The first time Tiffany Perry learned about her conception, she was too innocent to fully understand the gentle explanation her mother was offering, too young to process such a heavy and complicated behavior.

Record-level of criminal exonerations

Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions.