Beyond Survival: Life After Rape

Lori Robinson and her husband,

Ollie Johnson (Photo courtesy of Lori Robinson)

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “On May 15, 1995, two men ran up behind me as I approached my apartment building, and one of them pointed a gun at my head. In the hour that followed, I was blindfolded, gagged, tied facedown to my bed, and raped by both.” Eight years […]

Dallas Arboretum offering plenty to do on Easter weekend


To celebrate the Easter holiday, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has planned a weekend full of exciting activities including music, festive treats, children’s activities and a garden full of floral backdrops perfect for those Easter photos. Bill Graue, Dallas Arboretum’s chairman of the board, said, “We invite you to celebrate the Easter holiday with […]

Bipartisan Support for Broader Hiring Practices for Ex-Offenders

Wade Henderson deplores “overcriminalization” of Blacks.

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the economy recovers and violent crime hits 30-year lows, lawmakers continue to trade in their tough on crime rhetoric for smarter measures, joining ex-offenders and workers rights advocates to advance fair hiring practices for the 70 million adults in the U.S. that have arrests […]

Plano Mayor to Kick Off “Everyone Matters Day”

photo credit: Everyone Matters Community/facebook

On April 2 people around the world will celebrate their individuality and acknowledge everyone’s right to dignity and respect, and to be allowed the freedom to be who they are – without shame, judgment, attack or censure. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere will kick off “Everyone Matters Day” at Rice Elementary School at 10:00 AM on […]

GISD sets bad weather makeup dates

Garland Independent School District serves the suburban cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse.

Every year, Garland ISD designates two bad weather days on its school calendar. If the district closes during the winter season, those days are used to make up missed school and work. April 27 and June 5 have been designated as makeup dates for GISD’s closure in February. The district also plans to submit a […]

Confronting Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Awareness Month Is April

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson April is recognized as National Autism Awareness Month. It is a time set aside to promote the acceptance of Autism and to acknowledge the patients, families, and caregivers impacted by the condition known as Autism spectrum disorder. While researchers have made strides based in scientific discovery of developmental disorders, additional […]

Dallas ISD students showcase America’s jazz heritage

Members of the Bryan Adams High School’s Jazz Ensemble perform during the Dallas Music Educators Association Jazz Festival hosted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center campus. (Dallas ISD)

The sultry and sexy sounds of the alto saxophone is what made dozens of ears perk up, while finger snaps (an artful expression of applause) filled the room during a recent performance by the Bryan Adams High School’s Jazz Ensemble on March 28. For nearly two decades, aspiring jazz artists gather for the Dallas Music […]

Dallas man’s sentence commuted by President Obama

After over 20 years for a first time offense, Donel Marcus Clark's sentence was commuted by President Obama (Image:

On March 31, President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to 22 individuals. The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 22 individuals: Terry Andre Barnes – East Moline, Illinois Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; supervised release violation (distribution of cocaine base) (Southern District of Iowa) Sentence:  246 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release […]

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