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Conversation about race in the city of Dallas

I want to commend Mayor Mike Rawlings, City Councilman Dwaine Caraway and County Commissioner Elba Garcia for initiating Conversations about Race, a dialogue and discussion about race. It was an honor for me to participate as one of five invited panelists.

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DALLAS DART officials introduced the mobile ticketing app GoPass at a ceremony at Union Station on Monday. The mobile app will allow customers to buy, store and activate passes on their smartphones. The passes are good for DART, the TRE and DCTA making them among the first in the country to offer mobile ticketing. GoPass also offers trip-planning tools, making it unique among other mobile ticketing apps. For more information, visit www.dart.org.

Dallas County receives Justice Department grant

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced on Sept. 5 that the U.S. Department of Justice will award a federal grant of $300,000 to Dallas County for the fiscal year 2013 Court Training and Improvements Program.

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Memorial fund for Birmingham bombing nearing financial goal

Planners of a memorial to honor the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham say they are nearing their goal of raising $250,000. Four Spirits Inc. on Sunday announced that collections and commitments for the design, construction and installation of the project have surpassed $200,000. Four Spirits Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to collect money and establish the memorial.

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DALLAS Last week, Dallas ISD reached its highest rate of enrollment for the first day of class, with 143,412 students enrolling in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools served 40,000 breakfasts and 109,000 lunches.

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Expo features fitness, faithfulness

Former track-and-field world-champion athlete Marion Jones will be the guest speaker at the Second Annual Fit and Faithful Living Expo on Sept. 21. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center/Theater at Southern Methodist University, 3140 Dyer St. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes so they can participate.

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National Voting Rights Project launches

On Aug. 14, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, dean of the Civil Rights Movement, addressed citizens, civil rights and religious groups, civic leaders and legislators from across the nation to launch a 50-state project to promote, restore, and preserve fair and accessible voting rights.

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Lancaster ISD holds red carpet welcome

On Monday, Lancaster ISD students and parents returned to campuses in style as they were greeted by men in suits upon arrival and walkwd a red carpet to enter the buildings as part of the Back to School Red Carpet Welcome.

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The South Dallas Cultural Center will host an event commemorating the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. The special tribute will include a screening of the National Geographic film Deadly Floods, and a special appearance by Imani Williams, a Katrina survivor featured in the film.

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On Saturday, the city of Dallas will launch a free BOPA collection service. The collection service is a mobile collection site of used batteries, motor oil and oil filters, latex paint, and antifreeze. The site will be located at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

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March on Washington Mosaic Stamp

This month, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To celebrate and honor this landmark moment in our nation’s history, the U.S. Postal Service will release a limited edition 1963 March on Washington Mosaic Stamp. For the first time, the U.S. Postal Service will digitally unveil the new stamp artwork – with the participation of American citizens. Supporters can add themselves to the stamp by visiting https://www.facebook.com/USPSStamps/app_139757042900645.

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Dallas ISD African American and Hispanic students have recently showed gains in the college-ready Level II Recommended results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

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The Sale Tax Holiday will be held from Friday through Sunday. The annual tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend began in 1999 to help lessen the cost of shopping for most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. For a list of tax -exempt items, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us.

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A Zumbathon, benefiting the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas at Parkland Health and Hospital System, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fireside Recreation Center, 8601 Fireside Drive, Aug. 10. Proceeds will be used to purchase child safety seats that the IPC provides to families.

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Dallas Home Connection will host an event July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to help potential buyers understand what is needed to purchase a home. The center is located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

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In 2009, the United Nations designated July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual global call to action for peace and effective change within each community.

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Parkland’s North Oak Cliff Youth and Family Center

The Parkland North Oak Cliff Youth and Family Center closed its doors on its location at 501 S. Edgefield Ave.

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The Supreme Court has invalidated Section 4 of the VRA

Texas House of Representatives

Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, is alarmed and disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision released June 25 invalidating Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

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Renaissance Oaks receives $100 million transformation

Special to The Dallas Examiner

On May 30, Mayor Mike Rawlings and County Judge Clay Jenkins joined the Dallas Housing Authority as it unveiled Renaissance Oaks, the seventh and final development in the Roseland Community. Renaissance Oaks includes 85 units for elderly and disabled residents.

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DALLAS Last week, the city introduced its new website to better connect with citizens, business owners and stakeholders. The new website, http://dallascitynewsroom.com, is the first phase in the city’s plan to integrate its various communication platforms while updating the look and functionality of its online presence.

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Study says housing discrimination still prevalent in U.S.

The Final Call

Hispanics, Asians and African Americans who are looking to purchase a home still face discrimination in subtle forms, according to a new national study. According to the study commissioned by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, minority customers were shown fewer available homes than Whites with similar qualifications.

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New budget: Dallas ISD employees to receive pay raise

Dallas ISD trustees approved a new budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year during its June 27 scheduled meeting. The district held a public hearing to receive input before a final vote was taken among the board members.

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Special to The Dallas Examiner

Mayor Pro-Tem Tennell Atkins joined Oak Cliff residents last week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new pavilion at College Park, located at 3300 Highland Woods Dr.

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Paleontologists from Dallas uncover juvenile specimen

Paleontologists from the Perot Museum of Science and Nature in Dallas have uncovered a juvenile specimen in the same ground 20 months after announcing the discovery of a new Alaskan species called the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum.

Cedar Hill ISD faces another sex abuse scandal

A group called the Voices of Concerned Parents is outraged that – just shortly after hearing about one case in which a teacher has had sexual encounters with Cedar Hill middle students – a student has come forward to say that he has smoked marijuana and had sex with a CHISD science teacher.

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Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at 5200 Buckner Blvd.



Senate passes Farm Bill – an important step for rural America

Center for Rural Affairs

On Monday, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the 2013 Farm Bill by a vote of 66 to 27. The House of Representatives is now likely to take up the Farm Bill as early as next week.

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Fast food proximity harmful to minorities

Winston-Salem Chronicle

When their schools are near fast-food restaurants, Black and Hispanic adolescents are more likely to be overweight and receive less benefit from exercise than Asian or White students, according to a study published in the current issue of Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

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Deputy Mayor Tennell Atkins will join Dallas Park and Recreation Board members and community residents June 8 to cut the ribbon for the new Great Trinity Forest Gateway, located at 2161 Dowdy Ferry Road at Interstate Highway 20.

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Can the U.S. meet its 2014 goal for students?

We’re fast approaching 2014, the year federal law calls for all students to be 100 percent proficient in reading and math. Are we there yet?

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SWAC Football and Basketball championship coming to Texas

The Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to relocate the 2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship and 2014 Basketball Tournament to Houston, Texas for the next three seasons.

Gay boy scouts, scout leaders make final plea to Boy Scouts of America

On the eve of an historic vote by the Boy Scouts of America to end their decades-long policy banning openly gay scouts from serving in the organization, a gay boy scout and numerous gay scout leaders gathered in Dallas to share their personal stories of why the anti-gay ban should be lifted, making one final plea to more than 1,400 Scouting officials who will vote on Thursday on whether to allow gay scouts.

Run for Your Lives: Zombies invade DFW

Run for Your Lives, a 20-city, zombie-infested 5K obstacle run, will invade the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on June 1. Created by Reed Street Productions, the experience will take participants through a series of 10 to 12 man-made and natural obstacles. The obstacles will include a blood pit, a zombie-infested maze and a smokehouse. Each course is designed to test individuals’ strand, speed and teamwork.

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Recognizing the signs of problem drinking

American Counseling Association

There has been increased attention in recent years to the problems associated with excesses in alcohol consumption. From college binge drinking to the often-tragic results of drunk-driving incidents, the media, courts and general public have begun to recognize the serious implications that drinking to excess can have.

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Dallas ISD Career and Technical Education Department, in partnership with Capital One Bank, The National Academy Foundation, and the Dallas Academy Foundation held a Pre-Internship Conference last week at Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Road.

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On May 4, House Bill 1009, the Protection of Texas Children Act, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives. The legislation, authored by Rep. Jason Villalba, District 114, creates a new subset of law enforcement officer called school marshals. Those officers will serve as the last line of defense should an armed attacker threaten the lives of children in public schools. The School Marshal program will be optional – providing for a rigorous standard of training and certification to expand law enforcement into schools – should a school district choose to participate.

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Free to Breathe champions lung cancer survival

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Lung cancer claims more lives in Texas than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In addition, lung cancer’s five-year survival rate is only 16 percent, much lower than that of many other cancers. However, organizations like Free to Breathe has funded groundbreaking research necessary for making the dramatic breakthroughs in early detection and treatment that can save lives.

Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates

For four consecutive Monday nights in April The Dallas Examiner presented Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates in the auditorium of the African American Museum with the support of several community organizations. Events like these aren’t successful on their own. It takes work, commitment and teamwork. Our sponsors include:

A look across the nation

A Duke University library will get a collection of materials documenting extremist and hate groups compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The collection from the law center’s Intelligence Project is going to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke.

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, Mayor Mike Rawlings and SMU Head Football Coach June Jones, will host “Imagine 2020: Today’s Dream. Tomorrow’s Reality” for fifth to 11th grade students and their families from the L.G. Pinkston, James Madison and Lincoln High School feeder patterns. The program is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium at Southern Methodist University, located at 5800 Ownby Dr.

Reintroducing a manufacturing law

On April 4, ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, announced the introduction of H.R. 1421, the Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act of 2013, to accelerate research, development and innovation in advanced manufacturing and improve the competitiveness of American manufacturers. The legislation is very similar to H.R. 6081, the AIM Act of 2012, introduced by Johnson in the 112th Congress. H.R. 6081 was not taken up by the Republican majority.

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CEDAR HILL Last week, the Cedar Hill Independent School District received a GOLD Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for the fourth straight year. The award is the comptroller’s top honor for designating the effectiveness of how well school districts share financial information with the public. The GOLD award measures a high standard for financial transparency for districts that give a clear picture of spending by opening their books online. CHISD scored 17 out of 20 to earn the award.

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UT Southwestern health tips for April

Diagnosing autism April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders cover a wide span of conditions and symptoms, from mild social impairment to severe mental retardation, making a quick definitive diagnosis difficult. Not until 1980 was autism separated by medical experts from childhood schizophrenia or retardation and became an official clinical diagnosis

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Tips for controlling high blood pressure

Family Features

High blood pressure is sometimes called the ‘silent killer’ because it usually has no symptoms, except in extreme cases. It’s critical that the millions of people who have high blood pressure learn how to control it, before it’s too late.

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Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon

Special to The Dallas Examiner The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center will host their sixth annual Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon on April 6 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel to kick off Child Abuse Awareness Month. The luncheon supports programs and the mission of DCAC, and raises awareness about child abuse within the Dallas community.

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Mayor Mike Rawlings announced last week at City Hall the launch of the sixth annual Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. The program will provide high school students who attend Dallas ISD public schools the opportunity to visualize their dreams and gain experience in a corporate setting. Since 2008, 513 students have participated in the internship in various fields such as technology, health care, law, business and media/public relations.

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Move it or lose it: Five moves to put seniors back into the game

Special to The Dallas Examiner For Americans 65 and older, falling down the stairs can be the worst thing to happen to them. According to the National Council on Aging, statistics show 1 in 3 seniors experiences a significant fall each year. A senior is admitted into an emergency room after losing balance and hitting the ground, and is the leading cause of death for seniors.