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Blinded by the light

Blinded by the light

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | May 6, 2024
After the total solar eclipse on April 8, medical facilities across the United States have reported a surge in patients presenting symptoms of solar retinopathy, a condition caused by direct exposure of the eyes to the intense light from the sun without proper protection. Despite repeated warnings and educational campaigns, many people disregarded safety precautions, which led to an alarming increase in eye-related complaints. According to data from Google Trends, queries related to eye discomfort and...
Swimming in sewage

Swimming in sewage

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | April 17, 2024
State and local authorities are rushing to address concerns following a significant sewage spill from Plano, which impacted water quality in White Rock Lake. The incident began on March 14. Approximately 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage flowed into a creek feeding into the lake. According to a statement by Plano city officials, the spill originated from a pump and motor failure at a water district facility in Plano and resulted in sewage overflow from multiple manholes along West Plano Parkway...
There are rows and rows of tulips at Tulipalooza that people can walk through and pick flowers from.

Tulips from the Netherlands, hand grown in Texas

Aislyn Smith, Editor-in-Chief | April 7, 2024
Waxahachie hosted Tulipalooza, the fifth annual Dutch tulip festival March 8-17, and donated some of the proceedings from the event to various local charities in an effort to raise awareness of mental disabilities. The festival featured hundreds of thousands of tulips for DFW and surrounding cities to visit, getting a taste of the Netherlands in Texas. The event featured fun for the family, food trucks, and of course, the colorful rows of tulips. The tulips are imported all the way from Holland in the...
Students at Richland during the annular eclipse in Oct. 2023.

There goes the sun – an eclipse story

Angel Marcial, Staff Writer | April 2, 2024
Darkness will cover the Dallas sky for about 4.5 minutes as the city aligns with the path of totality of the April 8 total solar eclipse. “If you should look down to the horizon and look all the way around you, all 360 degrees you will see sunlight like, as if it were sunrise,” said Heather Appleby, professor of astronomy and physics at Dallas College, Richland Campus. Dallas College will be hosting viewing events on all seven campuses for the rare astronomical event. At the Richland campus, parking lot...
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson in 2022.

City Manager Broadnax resigns, deputy takes over

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | March 27, 2024
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced his resignation citing unresolved tensions with Mayor Eric Johnson and certain members of the city council. His departure is a significant transition in Dallas’ local governance, leaving the city without its top executive. In his statement, Broadnax expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve Dallas and highlighted his accomplishments during his tenure: “I am proud of what I have accomplished and am grateful for the support I received during my...
Having to file taxes depends on how much money you make.

Start tax season out on the right foot

Angel Marcial, Staff Writer | March 12, 2024
Tax season is underway and there are several factors to consider when filing, especially for those with no prior experience. Certified public accountant Emily Smith said key preparations students should consider as they approach this tax season are to gather W-2s and any other tax documents and look them over for accuracy. There are many options for filing. A paid professional or online service can ease the workload for online service can ease the workload for students. However, Smith said...
US Attorney discusses fentanyl, violent crime crisis

US Attorney discusses fentanyl, violent crime crisis

Jorge Sanchez, Staff Writer | March 8, 2024
“Just a little salt grain is enough to kill you,” said Constable Deanna Hammond, who joined U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton for a presentation titled “Deadly Threats to Young Americans: The Fentanyl Crisis and Violent Crime.” Dallas College El Centro campus hosted the event on Feb. 20, with a panel discussion by Simonton (U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas) and Hammond (Dallas County Precinct 2 Constable). Both took questions submitted from the crowd at the end and brought...
NEWS PHOTO BRIEFS

NEWS PHOTO BRIEFS

Chronicle Staff | February 28, 2024
News photos of interest to the Richland Campus community. Photo 1: Oran Good Park located at 13300 Dennis Lane in Farmers Branch has just received an interesting new upgrade titled Joya. A glow-in-the-dark playground for kids featuring slides, swings and a large 27-foot sphere with six levels. The playground is monitored by a 24-hour live camera feed, most likely for security reasons. Oran Good Park is located in the center of a cluster of different, unique parks that are ideal for activities ranging...
Decorations celebrate the year of the dragon at the Lunar New Year festival in Grand Prairie.

Fiery Lunar New Year festival

Ashley Santiago, Staff Writer | February 22, 2024
Grand Prairie’s Asia Times Square shopping center hosted its 17th annual Lunar New Year festivities from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11.  The shopping center is a place where the Asian community can go and shop for groceries, clothing and any other imported goods. The three weekend-long festivities ended on Feb. 11, the beginning of the Lunar New Year. Chinese Lunar New Year (also known as Spring Festival) is mainly celebrated in China, hence the name, but is still celebrated in other countries across Asia and is...
From the City of Irvings Love on the Run event advertising.

Love on the Run marathon

Angel Marcial, Staff Writer | February 15, 2024
To all couples, rivals, friends and friends of friends, if you are in search of something to get your Valentine’s heart racing this February, search the City of Irving for its annual Love on the Run half-marathon event on Feb. 17. Everyone is welcome on the course whether you are a runner, walker, dog or a baby in a stroller. Lazaro Alvarez, co-founder of the Irving marathon running series said, “It’s an effort to make different events that are fun for the community year-round.” With a unique course...
Democrats host RAD debate at Richland

Democrats host RAD debate at Richland

Aislyn Smith, Editor-in-Chief | February 7, 2024
Richardson Area Democrats, or RAD, was hosted on the Richland campus Jan. 27 for a series of congressional debates featuring four candidates: two for the Texas Senate and two for the Texas House of Representatives. The candidates included incumbent Sen. Nathan Johnson and Rep. Victoria Neave Criado, running for Senate District 16, and Francine Ly and Sam Eppler for Congressional District 24, respectively. The debates took place in the Fannin Performance Hall, and all four candidates had...
Grid holds, Texas thawing after icy winter chill

Grid holds, Texas thawing after icy winter chill

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | January 25, 2024
Facing a frosty morning, Texas shivered with wind chills below zero during the week of Jan. 14-20. Even as businesses reopened after the holidays, major school districts stayed closed due to icy conditions. “It is very, very cold,” Mayor Kirk Watson of Austin said on Jan. 15 in an interview with The New York Times. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked for energy conservation on the...
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