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Sept. 15 is PARK(ing) Day, an annual, open-source, global event where artists, designers and activists transform parking spaces into temporary public parks to generate public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas.

Men used as slaves, abused seek compensation

Peonage researcher and detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in ...

Tubman on the Twenty?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman’s future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.

Black, White, rich, poor: Harvey didn’t discriminate

Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction.

Locked up for life: Part 4 of a national investigation

A U.S. Supreme Court decision triggering new sentences for inmates serving mandatory life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles has had a far greater effect: The ruling is prompting lawyers to apply its fundamental logic – that it’s cruel ...

Federal judge tosses voter ID law again

A federal judge who has compared Texas’ voter ID requirements to a “poll tax” on minorities once again blocked the law Wednesday, rejecting a weakened version backed by the Trump administration and dealing Texas Republicans another court defeat over voting ...

Surviving Harvey - Dallas Centers take in hurricane evacuees

The city of Dallas opened a “mega shelter” in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to house up to 5,000 individuals, as well as three shelters at Tommie Allen Recreation Center at 7071 Bonnie View Road, Walnut Hill Recreation Center ...

Surviving Harvey - Houston convention center gives refuge to Harvey’s survivors

Patricia Cain entered the George R. Brown Convention Center barefoot and carrying two oxygen tanks. The first was empty. The second was given to her by the Houston Fire Department after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued her from her flooded ...

Surviving Harvey - On Hurricane Katrina’s 12th anniversary, Hurricane Harvey’s heavy rains flood Louisiana

Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters in southwestern Louisiana and prompted New Orleans to shut down its schools and other key ...

Johnson pushes to remove Confederate plaque at Capitol

Just 40 steps from Rep. Eric Johnson’s new office in the Capitol in Austin is a 1959 mounted Children of the Confederacy Creed plaque.

Locked up for life: Part 3 of a national investigation

It’s just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover.

Locked up for life: Part 2 of a national investigation

The impact of last year’s Supreme Court ruling goes far beyond the 2,000-plus offenders who faced mandatory no-parole sentences as teens.

Voices of invisible Tent City residents

After an Aug. 2 formal media statement on homelessness outside an illegal tent city was interrupted by unexpected violence, numerous television news crews entered the Interstate 45 settlement with police officers in order to record images of the location and ...

Fair Park group says city has failed South Dallas

“This area has been nicknamed ‘Zombieland’ because that’s what’s here due to mental illness, drug abuse, all other kinds of illnesses and idiosyncrasies. It’s what we deal with on a daily basis,” said Ibrahim Abdullah of the Masjid Al-Islam Beacon ...

White nationalist rally leaves three dead, dozens injured

A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a White supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college ...