Texas Politian refers to Black children as “coonass”

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A Texas Republican Dennis Bonnen recently used the racial slur “coonass” when referring to children displaced after Hurricane Katrina. Bonnen is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. His position calls for him to stand in when the Speaker of the House is absent.    Dictionary.com defines “coonass” as a “vulgar slang term” that [...]

Aretha Franklin Not Allowed to Sit Inside Johnny Rockets

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It’s now official: customer service has died. According to the Associated Press, the Queen of Soul Ms. Aretha Franklin had to check a server at Johnny Rockets. According to the article, Aretha went to the burger joint near Niagara Falls after a concert and ordered a hamburger to go. Then she changed her mind, got [...]

We Need to Fight for Equality

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By William Spriggs Last week, I had the great honor to receive the Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award from the Labor Committee of the NAACP’s Board of Directors. Both the new president, Cornell Brooks, and Lorraine Miller, who served as interim president before him, were present. I felt humbled by the honor. [...]

Southwest Dallas to be sprayed tonight to control mosquito population

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Weather permitting, the areas delineated below are scheduled for mosquito control spraying between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday July 30 and Thursday July 31 due to mosquito abundance or high trap counts.    Control Areas: The areas to be sprayed are within an area generally bounded by: 1200 block of Elmwood Boulevard: Nolte Drive on the north, Montclair Avenue on [...]

TSTA claims charter operators seek end run around charter law

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The Texas State Teachers Association last week criticized charter school operators for trying to weaken proposed state rules designed to make them more accountable for how they spend tax dollars. In a hearing at the Texas Education Agency last Friday, a long line of charter operators and supporters complained that the rules, drafted to comply [...]

Dallas Bar hosting transportation forum on August 7

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The public is invited to a forum titled Connecting Dallas Beyond the Automobile:  A Roadmap of Transportation Options in Dallas on Thursday, August 7 at noon hosted by the Dallas Bar Association. The one-hour discussion will cover economic, environmental, energy and transportation issues and options facing our city. Distinguished panelists are: Dr. Ashley Haire, Bicycle [...]

Dogfight playing at the Addison Watertower Theatre

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Dogfight is based on Nancy Savoca’s 1991 film Dogfight was an imperfect but heartrending romance by achingly tender performances from Lili Taylor and River Phoenix. The musical is takes place 1963 in San Francisco Bay area during 1963.  The first act introduces the audience to Boland (Kyle Igneczi), Birdlace (Zak Reynolds) and Bernstein (Matt Ransdell, [...]

Reps. Veasey and Sessions attending Irving Chamber Congressional Roundtable

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Three members of the Texas Congressional Delegation have confirmed their participation in the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural 2014 Congressional Roundtable. The roundtable will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel – Las Colinas, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving. Texas Association of [...]

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