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Syracuse, NY, United States

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Past articles by Stacy:

Texas U.S. Attorney John Bash resigns

Gregg Sofer — who was a counselor to the U.S. Attorney General and formerly worked in the Western District of Texas office — was named as his successor. → Read More

Texas woman says she was fired by Whataburger for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask

Similar cases are popping up elsewhere in the state. Over the summer, two Texas teachers faced disciplinary action from their schools, one for wearing a mask and the other for displaying a Black Lives Matter sign, among others, in her virtual classroom. → Read More

Fiesta San Antonio canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus

The annual festival draws in more than 3.5 million people to the city. → Read More

Austin City Limits music festival canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus

"The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff and the entire Austin community remains our highest priority," festival organizers said Wednesday in a statement canceling the popular festival. → Read More

Marching in solidarity: This year’s Texas Pride events highlight Black queer and trans people

LGBTQ Texans are getting back to Pride’s protest roots while standing alongside Black and brown people in their community, who are still fighting for equality on two fronts. → Read More

Did your child get free or reduced-price school lunches? You may be eligible for $285 in food aid.

Families that didn't automatically get the federal aid have from June 1-30 to apply. → Read More

Complaint filed over Texas AG Ken Paxton's tactics to limit mail-in voting

In a series of tweets and a public statement, Paxton said eligibility for absentee voting has not been expanded. But a state judge's order says otherwise. → Read More

Rent is due. But thousands of Texans have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Evictions across the state are halted until at least April 20, thanks to a Texas Supreme Court moratorium. But both renters and landlords are worried about what comes next. → Read More

Texas gun stores are essential businesses, may stay open during the pandemic, attorney general says

City and county officials cannot prohibit the sale of guns during an emergency declaration, according to the Texas Attorney General. → Read More

Grocery store workers are risking their health during the pandemic to keep stores open. They want better pay and protections.

Union members are advocating for government benefits like priority childcare and better access to testing. Workers also want hazard pay and expanded sick leave policies. → Read More

Texas A&M-Commerce shooting leaves two dead, one injured

Texas A&M-Commerce confirmed three gunshot victims at a residence hall on campus. There are two confirmed deaths, and one student was taken to the hospital for treatment. → Read More

Meet the Texas-based church security business training worshippers to fight back in mass shootings

Texas has seen two mass shootings in churches in three years, which has some churchgoers exploring training programs to take down an attacker. → Read More

U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia of Houston one of seven named to prosecution team in Senate impeachment trial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that she leaned on Garcia for her judicial background. → Read More

How to report a possible community, school safety threat in 10 minutes

Community members can report a potential threat to iWatchTexas via an app, online or over the phone. The resource launched last year, shortly after the shooting at Santa Fe High School. → Read More

Tropical Storm Imelda brings flooding, disaster declaration to southeast Texas

"I urge all those in the path of this storm to take the necessary precautions and heed all warnings from local officials," Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday. → Read More

Texas told cities they couldn’t fund abortion providers. So Austin is funding abortion access instead.

On Tuesday night, the Austin City Council approved $150,000 for organizations that help women afford incidental costs like transportation, lodging and childcare when they seek an abortion. → Read More

Texas has the most people without health insurance in the nation — again

For the second year in a row, the number of Texans without health insurance increased, and fewer people enrolled in Medicaid. → Read More

This Conference Aims to Give Writers the Tools They Need to Navigate the Publishing Industry

Dominicanish. It’s how many people of Dominican heritage – those who have wondered if they’re Dominican enough – feel. The word is the central focus of an upcoming writers conference aimed at demystifying the publishing process for this community. Behind this new event is a group of powerhouse women, who hope to build community for[.....] → Read More

Amanda Alcántara Wanted to Tell an Untraditional Dominican Story, So She Decided to Self-Publish

Last month, Amanda Alcántara was behind on rent. She had just paid the people who helped bring her debut book, Chula, to life and she was short on money. The decision wasn’t very hard; rent could wait, her book could not. Chula is an imaginative bilingual collection of intimate poems, short stories, memories, and vignettes[.....] → Read More

This Workshop Seeks to Critically Address Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community

Anti-blackness is global, and it’s certainly alive and well in the Latinx community. From brushing off jokes that are racist to using questionable nicknames for people who are Black to interrogating Black Latinxs about their identity, we have a lot of work to do to move past these bigoted behaviors. Undertaking this task in New[.....] → Read More