Obamacare reportedly saved patients $9 billion in premiums


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, [...]

Cirque du Soleil’s show celebrates the legacy of Michael Jackson

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By Ruth Ferguson Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil is on stage this weekend and promises to be a treat for fans of the legendary pop star and Cirque du Soleil fans. The show is a celebration of Jackson’s music and in fact is more like a concert experience instead of [...]

TSTC tech career job fair scheduled for Aug. 9 in Dallas


Councilmember Dwaine R. Caraway and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) will host a free career fair featuring hands-on activities, advanced technology exhibits and financial aid and admissions representatives. The event, “Bridging Technology and Education,” will be held in Exhibit Hall A of the Dallas Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9.  [...]

SMU STEM Program for Minority Students receives $2.6 million Dept. of Defense grant

STEMPREP students living the college life in an SMU dining hall (Photographer: Anthony Merriett)

DALLAS (SMU) – Joy Brown-Bryant would like to be U.S. surgeon general one day. But first, the 14-year-old from Oakland, California, wants to help reconstruct the faces of military burn victims as a plastic surgeon. Brown-Bryant is well on her way to achieving her goal; she is spending the summer at Southern Methodist University taking [...]

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


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

Julianne Malveaux

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 [...]

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