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Texas tenor David Portillo talks about performing for the Dallas Opera in a Hispanic Heritage event at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Mon, Sep 16, 2013 - 10:08am

The Dallas Opera continues to offer unusual programs that partner with other arts organizations. September's Music & Masterpieces is a collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art and also honors Hispanic Heritage Month.

The opera portion on Sunday, Sept. 15 is a recital by tenor David Portillo with pianist Jason Smith in Horchow Auditorium at 2 p.m. Portillo is an outstanding young artist who is making a name for himself in the light lyric tenor roles. The tours of the DMA's collection at 3 p.m. will feature works of art ranging from ancient times in Mexico and South America to modern...

Personal profile: L. Caroline Booth

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 - 12:53pm

Name: L. Caroline Booth

Occupation: director of communications and marketing, University of North Texas Libraries

Birth date and place: Jan. 24; San Antonio

Family: husband, Mike Upshaw, 35; sons, Andrew, 5, and Luke, 4

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: teaching students and faculty about the great resources and services UNT Libraries offers.

My business philosophy is: think strategically, communicate effectively and build mutually beneficial relationships.

If I could,...

Study: Distance to Get an Abortion Shorter Than Distance to Get to Work

Thu, Aug 8, 2013 - 11:06am

The Guttmacher Institute (GI) just released a study entitled, “How Far Did US Women Travel for Abortions in 2008?” by Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman.  This study indicates that 71 percent of patients traveled fewer than 25 miles and 85 percent traveled fewer than 50 miles to obtain an abortion.

Considering that abortion is an elective, not emergency procedure which, according to another study by Jones, will likely not be sought more than once or twice over a woman’s lifetime, these...

Jacquielynn Floyd: Daughters of immigrants are American treasures

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 - 3:22pm

KELLER — A decade ago, I wrote a column about an extraordinary little girl.

Layo Obamehinti, the 10-year-old daughter of Nigerian immigrants, was the winner of a Dallas Morning News-sponsored essay contest. Her entry was published on our editorial page July 4, 2003.

In writing about her love for the U.S., Layo showed a grasp of American ideals and history that went beyond easy platitudes.

“Freedom is a priceless gift that America gives to all its citizens,” she wrote. “America is truly a democratic lighthouse — made of the people, by the people and for the people.”

I used Layo’s essay, and her...

LULAC embraces new strategies in pushing immigration reform

Mon, Jun 3, 2013 - 10:43am

The nation's oldest Hispanic advocacy organization is urging members to focus on new forms of activism as lawmakers in Washington continue to weigh proposals for overhauling the nation's immigration system.

Relying on younger advocates to lead the charge and a more high-tech style of campaigning, the League of United Latin American Citizens aims to capitalize on lessons learned during past failed attempts at comprehensive...