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Diane Xavier

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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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Students offer help, hope to families in crisis

Help and hope for victims of domestic violence should be as close as your fingertips, according to the HopeLine, a national hotline that offers resources to help family members in crisis.

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Uniting women leaders for world peace

Since terrorists attacked the United States of America on Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has been torn by war, blood, gun violence, death and an economic recession.

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Magic Moment

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities present inaugural Roger Staubach Award

Do you believe in Magic? Cookie and Earvin “Magic” Johnson still believe.

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Community Conversation: Improving education in Dallas

The topic of improving education has been a heated debate in Dallas for the past decade. Not only has this issue been a local and state debate, but it has also drawn national attention as well.

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Empowered to Change the World

Project helps St. Anthony School students tackle hunger, homelessness

In an area overwhelmed by hunger and homelessness, a project known as Design for Change empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

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South Dallas groups receive helping hand

In 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings rolled out his GrowSouth 2 initiative to help grow the city of Dallas, especially Southern Dallas, considered by many to be the most neglected part of one of the most popular cities in the world.

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Home Rule: Is it really what they say it is?

Dallas still divided over home rule charter

The drama continues for the Dallas Independent School District as the school board, citizens, students, parents, teachers and community all wait to find out if the district will become the first in the state of Texas to operate under the home rule charter district. The effort to turn DISD into the first-ever home rule charter district, started by Support Our Public Schools, requires 5 percent of voters or 25,000 signatures from the citizens of Dallas in order to move forward.

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Bridging the generation gap

“As of 2014, we have large incarcerations of Black men, along with the health disparities that exist in our communities.

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What all women need to know

The face of medicine has dramatically changed through the advances of science and technology.

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The Climb to Victory: Oak Cliff native heads men’s NCAA national championship team

Once again, an Oak Cliff native made history, winning one of the most prestigious trophies in college sports in North Texas on April 7 at AT&T stadium in Arlington.

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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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