Obamacare reportedly saved patients $9 billion in premiums

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Health care law will return to families an average refund of $80 each this year Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced this week that consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act. Created through the law, the 80/20 rule, [...]

Last chance to register for Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair

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Free one-stop shop event to provide school supplies for 15,000 qualifying Dallas schoolchildren, plus immunizations, vision and dental screenings, haircuts, information, kidsactivities, entertainment and more  A one-stop shop designed to equip families with the back-to-school basics, the 18th-annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair, presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club, will take place Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. – [...]

Spraying tonight in North Central Dallas after positive West Nile Virus test

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A mosquito pool was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus near the 15400 block of Meandering Way in the 75248 zip code. Weather permitting, the area delineated below is scheduled for mosquito control spraying between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24.   The area to be sprayed is generally bounded [...]

Dogs Eat Better than 1 Million Children

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The South African charity Feed a Child chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little Black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent White woman. In the ad, the boy has his head on the woman’s lap, at her feet, on his knees, and licking off her fingers. [...]

Is the Girl Scouts and Barbie partnership a good idea?

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The Girl Scouts teamed up with Barbie’s maker, Mattel, last year. Scouts can earn a Barbie “Be anything, Do everything” participation patch, the first ever with a corporate sponsor, and a Girl Scout-inspired Barbie doll is rolling out in stores. Although corporate sponsorship is everywhere, from athletic stadiums to youth baseball jerseys, critics believe the partnership is a [...]

10 Wealthiest American Families

Forbes has compiled a list of the wealthiest families in the United States - 185 dynasties in all with a collective fortune of $1.2 trillion. The Waltons come first by a considerable distance. Worth an incredible $152 billion, they are also considered the wealthiest family in the world. The surviving family members inherited their wealth from Bud [...]

Depression in teens thrives through silence

Valerie Klinker (center), a NAM videographer, presents a short film as part of a panel on youth depression.On the left is Sonya Mann, and on the right are Amber Cavarlez and Robert Cervantez. (photo credit: Zoe Kaiser)

By Anna Challet (New America Media) When Amber Cavarlez was in high school and her mother died of colon cancer, she and her Filipino Catholic family went to church and lit candles every day. But, she says, “After she passed, nothing was said about it. No one talked about it.” In her home, she says, [...]

12 common email ettiquette mistakes to avoid

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Most professionals spend their days sending email after email, making it easy to overlook mistakes or forget common courtesies. However, even these small details can make a big difference. “A poorly written email can discredit your professional image,” says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and founder of the Protocol School of Texas. “That’s just as important as [...]

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