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A champion, through the pain: Local student advocates stem cell, bone marrow donations

She felt powerless at times. Every morning, Genesis Jones wakes up knowing her days will be filled with pain. Jones, 20, has been fighting painful episodes since she could remember. A nursing student at Richland College, Jones has been battling excruciating and constant bodily pain since she was 3 years old. She has also had two silent strokes, frequent blood transfusions, hospital visits and dealt with major depression as a preteen.

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Dallas City Council: Rainbow crosswalks, formerly incarcerated workforce and Catholic Charities

Colorful crosswalks are coming to Dallas. The Dallas City Council voted unanimously to add 10 rainbow crosswalks in the Oak Lawn area during its June 26 City Council agenda meeting.

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Beating the Odds: Two-time breast cancer survivor offers inspiring message

Nikia Hammonds-Blakely has been fighting like a champion her whole life. At 41 years old, she is a two-time, 25-year breast cancer survivor.

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Dallas City Council briefing on new budgets

Dallas’ new mayor, Eric Johnson, and the Dallas City Council heard a briefing on the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 and Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget overview presented by Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Reich and the Office of Budget during the council meeting on June 18. It was the first briefing for the new council year.

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Dallas City Council: Homestead property tax exemptions, bulk trash limitations

The Dallas City Council voted 12-1 in favor of authorizing an increase in the homestead property tax exemption for persons who are disabled or 65 or older from $90,000 to $100,000 for the 2019 tax year, fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

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Next generation of female golfers

Diamonds are usually bright and shiny, and are said to be “a girl’s best friend.” Likewise, there is also a group of “Diamonds” that shine bright on the greens. Among them is Sharron Christian.

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Dallas City Council assists Emmitt Smith with redevelopment efforts in Southern Dallas

Group also approves sale of Robert E. Lee statue, eliminates library fines

NFL Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith is using his talents off the field to help GrowSouth.

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Real Men Vote: Basketball charity event encourages men, young adults to vote

Voting is considered a privilege and a responsibility in the United States. However, not everyone takes advantage of it, especially the current generation. Only 31% of youth, ages 18-29, voted in the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

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A Community that Gardens together … Grows together

Classes on the ecosytem allow students to connect with nature

Nature offers man its most valuable resources – soil, water and air. Combined with proper care, they can transform into a bountiful field with enough fruit and vegetables to sustain a community. Maintaining such a field can provide an opportunity for the community to bond, as well as a chance for individuals to connect with Mother Nature.

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How to be a Gentleman

Black men team up to help boys transition into manhood

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for the many young Black men living without positive male role models.

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