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The story behind Juneteenth and how it became a federal holiday – WDTN.com

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www.wdtn.com – – 2023-06-07 12:57:38

SUMMARY: Americans celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free. For generations, Black Americans have recognized the end of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history with joy, in the form of parades, street festivals, musical performances or cookouts. The U.S. government was slow to embrace the occasion — it was only in 2021 that President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

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Motorcyclist dies on I-45 after crashing into pick-up truck during Galveston police chase

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abc13.com – – 2024-05-27 13:34:01

SUMMARY: A motorcyclist died during an overnight chase with police on the Gulf Freeway. The chase began after he allegedly fled the scene of a prior crash where his 51-year-old passenger was ejected and critically injured. Officers responded to the initial crash around 12:40 a.m. Monday on Seawall Blvd. Despite efforts to stop him, the motorcyclist continued to flee, eventually crashing while trying to maneuver between vehicles on I-45 in La Marque. The motorcyclist, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene. The northbound lanes of the freeway were closed for six hours, and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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Two drown in rough waters during Memorial Day weekend in Galveston

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news4sanantonio.com – – 2024-05-27 09:08:07

SUMMARY: During Memorial Day weekend in , two individuals tragically drowned in rough waters. The incidents occurred over two days, with the most recent on Sunday morning. A 19-year-old woman from Honduras struggled in the turbulent waters and, although bystanders rescued her, she was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Additionally, a 26-year-old man from Louisiana drowned on Saturday after being caught in a rip current while swimming with a group. Red flag warnings were in place because of strong winds creating dangerous currents.

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Galveston Island drowning: Beach Patrol warns of rip currents for Memorial Day swimmers

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abc13.com – – 2024-05-27 07:29:14

SUMMARY: Beachgoers in , Texas, are cautioned about rip currents this Memorial Day. The Beach Patrol issued a Yellow Flag Warning, indicating moderate surf and currents, with conditions potentially worsening. Tragically, two drownings occurred over the weekend: a 19-year-old woman, Yamileth Ramirez, and a 26-year-old man, Joshua Acevedo. Authorities advise good swimmers to wade only waist-deep, while children and non-swimmers should avoid the water entirely. Swim near lifeguards and away from piers. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore or float and signal for help. Always prioritize safety and seek assistance from lifeguards or call 911 in emergencies.

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