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Diane Xavier

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Family of Champions: Johnson family makes victory a family affair

For Goree Johnson, Dallas ISD assistant athletic director, the basketball court is his family’s sanctuary. Goree, representing District 9-5A, a legendary coach who piloted Kimball High School’s boy’s basketball team to two state championships in 1996 and 1997, witnessed another family miracle.

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Flashback: NCAA’s first Black president

From Bob Kurland to Bill Russell, then on to Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Tyler Hansbrough and Andrew Wiggins, the torch continues to be passed in the quest for achieving one of college sports most sacred trophies, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

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Home rule: Dallas ISD in tug-of-war battle

A proposal for Dallas Independent School District to become the first home rule charter district in Texas was sparked by frustration at the district’s low academic performance. However, many are divided as to whether or not home rule is a good fit for Dallas ISD students.

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Giddings, standing tall in a male-dominated world

In celebration of the accomplishments of African American women during Women’s History Month in March, the African American Museum in Dallas is hosting a lecture series of distinguished Black women who have made a significant contribution to society through their work.

Giddings, standing tall in a male-dominated world

In celebration of the accomplishments of African American women during Women’s History Month in March, the African American Museum in Dallas is hosting a lecture series of distinguished Black women who have made a significant contribution to society through their work.

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Black youth now targets of life-threatening epidemic

Striking fear in the hearts of men, even after decades of research and advances, the facts surrounding HIV/AIDS are often engulfed in myths and misconceptions. In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recognized the deadly epidemic disease known as HIV/AIDS, which shook the nation. Since its discovery, the virus has resulted in the deaths of over 30 million people.

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Monday Night Politics concludes: Education Board candidates, Medicare expansion

“So far, I understand that the numbers for early voting are low,” said Mollie Belt, publisher of The Dallas Examiner, as Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates came to a close on Feb. 24.

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Monday Night Politics: Presiding over family law, issues

While early voting started on Feb. 17, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates has continued to push to bring the community and the candidates together, in order to help each voter become as informed as possible at the polls. The Feb. 17 forum featured candidates from County Criminal Court 10, County Criminal Court 11, County Probate Court 2 and County Probate Court 3.

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Monday Night Politics: Campaigning to manage the scales of justice

On Feb. 10, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates featured candidates running for Judicial Courts 301, 304 and 330, as well as Criminal Courts 4 and 5.

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Monday Night Politics: The battle of the gavel

On Feb. 3, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates featured the battle of the gavel as several candidates were competing for the offices of judges in Dallas County. Offices for the Judicial District Court for Judge 265, Judge 282, Judge 283, Judge 291, Judge 292 and Judge 363 were featured as audience members at the African American Museum in Fair Park and heard from candidates seeking these positions.

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Dallas leaders discuss economics, education

Focused on helping the city move forward and becoming one of the more vibrant, stronger, smarter and highly developed cities in the nation, community leaders joined forces for a forum called “Come Together: Dallas Leaders on Economic Development, Education and Opportunity.”

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Monday Night Politics: Candidates talk budgets, business and technology

The race to get elected in key political positions in the Dallas region for the upcoming primary elections continued as another round of candidates championed for their cause at the Jan. 20 discussion of Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Cedar Hill celebrates Longhorns championship

When the 2013 Texas High School Football season got underway, few people thought that the Cedar Hill Longhorns football team had any chance of success.

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More than Girl Scout Cookie sales

“Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character in order to make the world a better place,” said Colleen Walker, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “We are the largest leadership development organization for girls in the world.”

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Monday Night Politics: Local, state reps. face off

Several candidates engaged in disputatious dialogues with their opponents about why they should win office during the second round of Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates on Jan. 13 at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Monday Night Politics: Incumbents take center stage at political forum

The right to vote is considered one of the greatest privileges to have in this country. For the African American community, being able to vote has been a long, hard-fought battle that took many decades to win as part of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Health and Human Services continues to push Affordable Care Act enrollment

This January marked a historic month for health care in the United States. Millions of uninsured people are now getting health insurance for the first time.

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New gas drilling restrictions

The Dallas City Council recently voted 9-6, in favor of a gas drilling ordinance that would restrict drilling to at least 1,500 feet from homes, schools and businesses.

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It’s elementary: KIPP offers first step in education

Community leaders in Dallas gathered on Oct. 23 to celebrate the opening of KIPP Destiny Elementary, a new public charter school in South Dallas. The school will be located at 3663 Camp Wisdom Road.

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Dwayne Harris hosts Kidd’s Kids Ultimate Fan Experience

If you keep hearing the name Dwayne Harris more often this NFL football season, it’s because the wide receiver and return specialist for the Dallas Cowboys is having his best season yet in his three-year NFL career.

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Placement of Dallas Can Academy ignites heated discussion

It was a heated meeting between residents of South Dallas and community leaders on Oct. 21 at the South Central Dallas Police Department patrol substation on Camp Wisdom Road. Several citizens voiced their concerns about having a Dallas Can Academy come to their neighborhood.

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Heart 2 Heart

A discussion about the health of African American women

Every minute, a woman will die in this country due to heart disease and according to Dallas cardiologist Dr. G. Mark Jenkins of the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, African American women have a higher risk of getting heart disease with 47 percent of them having the illness in this country.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridges Safehouse offers safehaven for women

For the past 15 years, Bridges Safehouse in Cedar Hill has been a safe haven for women and children facing homelessness with nowhere to turn.

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Dallas, sixth safest large city

Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the Dallas City Council at its briefing meeting held Oct. 2 that the city has come a long way in reducing crime.

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Panthers defeat the Tigers, again

For the third straight year, the Prairie View A&M Panthers defeated the Grambling State Tigers in the annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic held in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park on Saturday.

Council discusses raises, health insurance

The Dallas City Council voted 9-6 to award civilian employees a 3 percent merit raise at its briefing meeting held on Sept. 18.

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Miles: I’m committed to DISD, I’m staying

Despite all the controversy surrounding Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles, the leader of DISD says he is here to stay.

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Dallas Cowboys open season with a win

They say that a strong defense is what gets you a championship. For the Dallas Cowboys, their goal of making the playoffs and winning a Super Bowl trophy looked more realistic as the team’s defense led the way by forcing five turnovers to get the victory against the New York Giants, 36-31 in the season opener held Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

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Big Boys to Young Men

Parents of teen boys gain insight, inspiration during conference

The teenage years can be one of the most dramatic times a person faces in their lifetime. As young boys make the transition from childhood to manhood, issues such as hormonal changes, self-esteem, self-image, peer pressure, dating and sex can present a challenge to the average teen.

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Dallas City Council discuss budget issues

Budget issues for the city of Dallas, the Trinity River Corridor Project, plastic bag litter in the area, and financing janitorial services and event set-up services were the topics discussed at the Dallas City Council briefing meeting held Aug. 21 at Dallas City Hall.

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Hunted Like Fair Game

Artist displays plight of Black young men

Like many African American mothers, Shanequa Gay was concerned about the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. But what concerned her more was the effect the case would have on the African American community, especially young Black males.

City previews 2013-2014 budget

The city of Dallas previewed their proposed annual budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 during the Dallas City Council meeting held at Dallas City Hall last week.

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

The city of Dallas will never forget Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

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Voting Rights Act and Texas

Local politicians in North Texas are happy with the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue legal action against the state of Texas, requiring the state to receive preclearance before making any changes to its voting laws.

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Dallas Cowboys sign first round draft picks

When you think of the Dallas Cowboys, the main words that come to mind are: Super Bowl. Every year, the fans, players and coaches dream of that opportunity to become Super Bowl Champions again. This year is no different.

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Project Transformation

Dwayne Harris visits program to help transform children’s lives

Before heading out to training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to get ready for football season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris made a stop in Pleasant Grove as part of its Project Transformation program.

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A demand for Civil Rights and Justice for All

Rally for Justice speakers insist: Stand up, vote and take charge

“You don’t have the right to remain ignorant today. Rise up, because I tell you no other help is coming and this nation cannot save us. We must save ourselves,” Commissioner John Wiley Price urged the crowd of 3,500 other people that rallied in front of Dallas City Hall on Saturday at a Justice For Trayvon Rally hosted by Friendship West Baptist Church.

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Innocence clinic held at UNT

In the past 24 years, more than 2,000 people in the United States have been falsely convicted of a crime, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

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Steve Harvey's National Mentoring Camp: Preparing young men for success, life

They came from cities all across the United States to a ranch just outside of Dallas for a life-changing experience. All of them shared similar stories: having a missing father in their lives and growing up with a single female as head of the household. Many of them thought they could never become successful or get anywhere in life due to their circumstances.

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Nikyla Green’s big score

It was “nothing but net” for Spring Creek Elementary student Nikyla Green of Richardson, as she sank in 23 out of 25 free throw baskets in a national free throw shooting competition where she emerged as one of six national champions.

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Experts unite for healthier babies, moms

The importance of preventive health care in the community was the topic of the United for Healthy Moms and Babies, a panel discussion that brought together former first lady Laura Bush and an expert panel of health professionals with United Way and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

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DISD Cleans House

Dallas ISD Board of Trustees passes vote to dismiss two principals, 444 teachers

With summer just around the corner and schools getting ready for the break, the drama has started rising again for employees in the Dallas Independent School District. Many will be looking for new jobs instead of enjoying their summer vacations.

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Mental health: The Schizophrenia puzzle

When it comes to health, people usually think about taking care of the physical, emotional and spiritual. However, taking care of one’s mental health is just as important, especially for those people suffering from mental health issues such as schizophrenia.

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Dallas trailblazer’s awards luncheon

The South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc. celebrated its 50th V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on April 27 at the Hilton Anatole hotel. The luncheon is named after the late V. Alyce Foster who believed that recognition should be given publicly to those who had achieved in their endeavors. She was a charter member and sixth president of the South Dallas Club.

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Mission to eliminate Dead Man’s Curve

Residents of South Dallas gathered at an Eggs and Issues Town Hall meeting at St. Philip’s School and Community Center on May 4 to hear and discuss the issues associated with the S.M. Wright Project.

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Rally held downtown in support of Assata Shakur

Members of the New Black Panther Party of Dallas held a rally last week to support Assata Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, a fugitive who is on the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted terrorist list.

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Parkland: new building equals better care

For more than 50 years, Parkland Memorial Hospital has been serving the residents of Dallas County. It has helped people from all walks of life that are in need of prenatal care, adult health services or senior care.

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TBAAL salutes its King

Ties and Tux Gala pays tribute to TBAAL founder

On July 17, 1977, Curtis King founded The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. on his dining room table with a personal investment of $250. For the past 31 years, TBAAL has been the launching pad for artists such as Grammy-winner Erykah Badu and Emmy-winner Regina Taylor. King said the goal of the organizations is to create and enhance awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African American arts and letters. Also, he said the group wants to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the arts and letters of African Americans in the fine, literary and performing arts

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Monday Night Politics focuses on education

The last round of Monday Night Politics-Meet the Candidates was held on April 22 at the African American Museum. This forum focused on Dallas Independent School District 5 and Dallas County School Board District 3.

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CASE studies the education of Black students

For the Dallas Independent School District, it may seem like it is facing the same questions and challenges year in and year out. At the top of the list for the Coalition for an Accountable System of Education: Why are African American students behind in education, test scores and are low-performing?

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