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The story behind Juneteenth and how it became a holiday

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www.mercurynews.com – – 2023-06-07 13:51:06

SUMMARY: Juneteenth marks the day when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free. President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday. The event has been celebrated since 1866 in honor of the announcement of General Order No. 3 in , Texas, which informed the people of Texas that all slaves were free. Juneteenth is now widely celebrated with parades, street festivals, and musical performances, but efforts to commercialize it or co-opt it for political purposes have drawn criticism.

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Arson suspected in deadly Galveston, Texas house fire

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www.khou.com – – 2024-02-29 19:27:23

SUMMARY: One person died and three others were injured in a house fire in , Texas. The fire was intentionally set and is being investigated as arson and homicide. Firefighters rescued all four people from the burning home, with one person found unconscious and later dying at the hospital. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. The victims, including Renita Hawthorne, lived in the home together. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the fire to contact Galveston Crime Stoppers. The investigation is ongoing.

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Woman dies after crews rescue 4 people from house fire on 39th Street in Galveston; 1 firefighter injured

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abc13.com – – 2024-02-29 08:42:42

SUMMARY: Four people were rescued from a burning home in , but one person died and a firefighter was injured. The mother, boyfriend, and one teenage daughter are in the ICU, while another daughter has been released. The fire started in the early morning, causing heavy damage to the home. Firefighters found three people trapped in the back corner of the house and later located a fourth. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal's office. The extent of the firefighter's injuries is unknown. Follow Courtney Carpenter on social media for updates.

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Trip Guide: Galveston – Texas Monthly

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www.texasmonthly.com – – 2024-02-27 01:53:22

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