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Guest Column: Juneteenth’s path to a national holiday

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riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com – – 2023-06-18 06:01:04

SUMMARY: Opal Lee, a retired school teacher and mother of four from Fort Worth, Texas, walked from her home to Washington D.C to request Juneteenth be made a national holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865 which declared all slaves forever free. The U.S. Senate passed a bill to make it a federal holiday in June 2021 which was signed into law by President Joseph Biden. Known as “Ms. Opal Walks” the act of walking to raise awareness continues annually to highlight the importance of this holiday for all Americans.

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Warning Issued for Waterspout Near Galveston, Texas

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www.govtech.com – – 2024-06-12 16:23:45

SUMMARY: For the second time this week, massive waterspouts have been spotted near , triggering warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Houston and Galveston. A marine warning was issued as a large waterspout with winds below 39 mph was observed. Dan Reilly from the NWS cited favorable conditions like warm water and low wind shear for the increase in waterspouts. These events usually cover larger areas compared to land tornado warnings. Waterspouts were also seen on Monday, with some witnesses claiming it was the largest they had ever seen. Waterspouts typically cause minimal damage and dissipate quickly.

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20-year-old woman drowned near Galveston jetty; fourth apparent drowning in past month – Houston Public Media

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www.houstonpublicmedia.org – – 2024-06-10 14:45:34

SUMMARY: Officials are investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman found in knee-deep water at , following her disappearance near a jetty known for rough waters. This incident follows another drowning of a 27-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man over Memorial Day weekend. Beach patrol Captain Tony Pryor cautions against swimming near jetties and at night due to dangerous rip currents. To ensure safety, swimmers should stay near lifeguards and avoid unmonitored areas. Safety campaigns and increased preventative measures have been emphasized to mitigate risks, with nearly 560,000 actions taken in 2023 alone.

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20-year-old woman drowns at Galveston Beach, fourth victim since Memorial Day

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www.click2houston.com – – 2024-06-10 05:58:18

SUMMARY: Since Memorial Day, four individuals have drowned at beaches, with the latest incident involving a 20-year-old woman near the 47th Street jetty on Sunday. Despite rescue efforts by the Patrol and other agencies, the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. Lt. Austin Kirwin of the Beach Patrol emphasized beach safety, discouraging nighttime swimming and urging swimmers to be aware of their surroundings and adhere to posted signs and flags. Kirwin also recommended always swimming with a buddy to enhance safety. Beachgoers are advised to pay close attention to safety warnings to prevent further tragedies.

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