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Mayoral event honors community volunteers as ‘History Makers’

An astronaut, an Olympian and a legendary debate coach were among 10 inaugural recipients of the Mayor’s History Maker Awards, an honor Mayor Sylvester Turner said he planned to make an annual event to recognize public service-minded individuals. Turner said he hoped the event would serve as an inspiration to other Houstonians whose quiet, and often challenging, mentorship and advocacy efforts …

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Mayor Sylvester Turner honors 10 civic leaders with first History Makers Awards

Mayor Sylvester Turner will recognize 10 civic leaders Friday at his new History Makers Awards, an event meant to honor Houstonians who contribute to the community by volunteering, mentoring and advocacy. The event, formed in recognition of February’s designation as Black History Month, will be held at the Houstonian Hotel, and will honor the following Houstonians: Barbara Curtis of R.A.R.E. …

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Fort Worth Home To Texas’ First Black Millionaire

William “Bill” McDonald is thought to be the first black millionaire in the state of Texas and he found his fortune in Fort Worth. McDonald, known to many at the time as “Gooseneck”, owned a bank in a bustling part of Downtown Fort Worth. “The fact that he was owning a bank at the time that he was owning a …

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Dallas City Council to Hear Plan for Security Upgrades at Police Stations

Finding more ways to protect our police officers will be the main focus Monday in the city of Dallas. In 2017, the city approved $3 million to upgrade security at the Dallas Police Department headquarters and seven substations. Funding was used to beef up ballistic protection, fortify and replace doors and windows, and secure access. Today, the city council police …

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Lancaster Teen Killed After Using 5 Miles App

An 18-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday in Lancaster after using the 5 Miles app to buy a phone, police said. Gerard Iron Cage was found with multiple gunshot wounds about 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Rockbrook Street. Cage was hospitalized and pronounced dead. Police say Cage was using the app to buy a phone and …

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Free public transport for older adults tied to less depression

Eliminating cost as a barrier to getting around town may improve the mental health of older adults by reducing loneliness and lack of social engagement, suggests a UK study that followed over 18,000 people for more than a decade. Researchers found that increased eligibility for a free bus pass led to an 8 percent increase in the use of public …

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Even without nicotine, e-cigarettes can still damage lungs

E-cigarette liquids sweetened with flavorings like vanilla and cinnamon may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a US study suggests. Researchers examined what happened to monocytes, a type of white blood cell, upon exposure to flavoring chemicals used in popular e-cigarette liquids. None of the liquids contained nicotine, but the flavoring chemicals still appeared to increase biomarkers …

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Emirates Airline signs Airbus A380 superjumbo deal in Dubai

DUBAI (AFP) – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday hailed the signing in Dubai of a $16 billion purchase by Emirates Airlines of the Airbus A380 superjumbo commercial airliner. “This is obviously excellent news for the French aerospace industry and for the European industry as a whole, as it allows Airbus to consider continuing production of the A380,” the …

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Pyeongchang Games organisers probe possible cyberattack during opening ceremony

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) – Pyeongchang Olympics organisers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday. The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of …

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Alibaba broadens offline reach with $865 million Easyhome stake

BEIJING (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding will pay about 5.45 billion yuan ($866 million) for a 15 percent stake in China’s Easyhome, a home improvement chain, as the internet giant expands its investments in offline and retail businesses. The investment underscores the company’s retail strategy, aimed at leveraging offline and online activities, Alibaba said in a statement. Easyhome, which started …

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