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In 2019, after 89 years, Miami Shores elected the first Black woman to sit on its Village Council. In fact, Crystal Wagar automatically became mayor because she was the top vote-getter. Two years, later, two more Black women — one who now is the new mayor — have joined her on the five-member council, along with a gay white man. This is a welcome evolution. "I think we had something to do with ...

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Here is an important fact of American culture: If you are going to quit your job simply because you’re tired of it, you do not ask Oprah Winfrey to do your exit interview. If you are super-famous, as Ellen DeGeneres is, you might ask Savannah Guthrie, as Ellen DeGeneres did, but Oprah remains the goddess of difficult life transitions. If you need to take on the royal family, offer a mass ...

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Thursday afternoon, during the 2 o’clock hour, the coronavirus pandemic ended for about a third of America. Henceforth, says Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the CDC, the 117,647,439 people who have been fully vaccinated have been freed from wearing masks outdoors or indoors (which would seem to include everywhere) and from the six-foot social distancing. Let’s all have a round of applause, like the ...

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When social epidemiologist Sharon D. Jones-Eversley speaks about false information circulated through media, she remembers a parable that her mother taught her. In the story, a man lies about another man in their tribe. "And the man [who lied], as he got older, he felt really bad about this lie," Jones-Everlsey explained in a recent Zoom call. Now an older, dying man in the tale, he went to ...

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LOS ANGELES — Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will have his name attached to a new NBA award honoring players committed to community action, social change and justice. Each team will nominate one player from its roster for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, the winner being chosen by a committee of NBA legends, league executives and leaders in the social justice movement. ...

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A simple DNA test may uncover a very surprising family history. After sending in her little test tube of saliva, Amelia, an orphan left at the door of a Texas hospital 25 years ago, gets the call she’s been waiting for all her life: a voice on the phone that says, “I’m your mother.” "Garkain: Book One of the Uluru Legacy" by Anna J. Walner (Silver Dawn Publishing) is a young adult fantasy ...

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DALLAS — Albert Pujols is only the latest example of a washed-up baseball god who wouldn’t or couldn’t walk away on his own terms, and the big guy’s bad feet were only part of the problem. The uproar from Pujols’ fans and colleagues was loud and predictable for one of the game’s greatest hitters ever, even if he hasn’t been all that great since he left St. Louis a decade ago. The problem is ...

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MIAMI — José, a 60-year-old undocumented landscaper from Guatemala, had planned his whole day off around getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (He asked that his full name not be used because of his immigration status.) Initially, he was hesitant. Bad information about Publix pharmacies charging (it doesn't) and worries about being asked for a Florida ID (which he doesn't have) were just some of the ...