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Will Texas Massacre Force Military to Improve its Criminal Reporting System?

The Air Force’s apparent failure to send the criminal records of the airman behind Sunday’s mass killings to civilian authorities allowed him to obtain guns. Such reporting failings are widespread and longstanding. By A.C. Thompson and T. Christian Miller Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had an urgent question Monday about Devin Patrick Kelley, the former U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of killing 26 people wors ...

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Is The Whole World Crazy Or Is It Just Me?

Dr. James L. Snyder Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell phones. After a while I begin to think my life was at risk here. I decided to drop into a little coffee shop and cool my heels a little bit. I ordered some coffee, took a table in the corner and ...

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Prayer for Courage to Do Justice

By Alan Paton O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others; Open my ears that I may hear their cries; Open my heart so that they need not be without succor; Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, and use me to bring them to those places. And so open ...

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Have you seen my glasses? And other trick questions

Dr. James L. Snyder The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be trick questions. To know the difference between a legitimate question and a trick question takes years of practicing being a husband. If the husband learns anything in his marriage, it ...

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Cleaning up the asylum mess left by Obama

By Natalia Castro Days before President Obama left office, he removed asylum protections from Cubans who reach US soil in a desperate attempt to flee their oppressive country. This was a strange contrast from the rest of the administration’s efforts, which seemed to support granting asylum to any individual who enters the US by illegal means. Now, the Trump Administration is left with the job of cleaning up ...

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Hey, dope fiend, put that NFL crack pipe down

By Jeffrey Boney Hey, dope fiend? Yeah, I’m talking to you. Don’t look around. We need to have a serious talk about your addiction to the National Football League (NFL). The truth is that, consuming the NFL on all of its various platforms, is like a drug for many of us (it’s just the plain truth)…and it’s extremely hard to get the “New Jack City” ‘pookies’ of the world to put down that NFL pipe, because it’ ...

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A bright light of Black press goes out: Bernal Smith dies at 45

By Stacy M. Brown Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the country and a member publication of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, noted on its website that Smith was with his family when he was found Sund ...

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Ask Alma: Taking care of my elderly parents is taking a toll

By Alma Gill Dear Alma: I am a 64 year-old divorced woman who lives with my father. Some years ago, when my marriage fell apart, and Mom was diagnosed with dementia, I moved back home to help my dad with her. I was also working part-time, so I couldn't afford my own apartment. Two years ago, Dad and I could no longer care for Mom at home, so we put her in a care facility, and I retired. During this time, I ...

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Why I Am Suspicious of All Yard Sales

Dr. James L. Snyder One of the passions that I really do not have is going to yard sales. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is another story. It is my sincere belief that yard sales were created with her in mind. There is not a yard sale within a 150-mile radius she does not know about. If she does not know about a yard sale, it probably is not a legitimate yard sale. Long ago I have come to the point ...

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Parents Deserve “Real” School Choice What Should Black Parents Do When the Feeder School System Fails?

 By Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas (Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign) I was recently approached by a father of a student from Ann Arundel County, Maryland that was disappointed that his son was unable to attend his neighborhood magnet school; his son met all the requirements to become classified as a magnet student. Upon inquiry, administrators informed the father that the feeder school system ...

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