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President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday he was considering a pardon for Galveston native Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion who was convicted more than 100 years ago by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

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People who care about public education and its role in developing the well-rounded, and, dare we even hope, open-minded citizens necessary for the maintenance of democracy should step up support for Texas City ISD and the bond issue its leaders have called for May.

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There’s a growing popular opinion, based on the hard personal experience of Hurricane Harvey, that this region needs broader, more coordinated and better integrated flood-control efforts.

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The Daily News does not gather and resell your personal data to third-party vendors for profit. This point is worth making as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg returns from last week’s hat-in-hand apology tour before Congress.

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Editor’s Note: This editorial was originally published in The Galveston Daily News on April 19, 1947. It’s reprinted here to mark the 71st anniversary of what remains today the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history.

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Last week, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath signaled he might consider not applying this year’s scores on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, to the agency’s assessment of Harvey-affected school districts.

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County leaders, including the elected judicial judges, should meet soon with lawyers representing The American Civil Liberties Union and hammer out a settlement before a lawsuit the civil rights group filed early this week turns into another long, unnecessary bout of litigation costing the t…

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The state’s denial of a $12 million flood mitigation grant that would have allowed Friendswood to offer buyouts to owners of 44 houses that have repeatedly flooded raises a question about governmental priorities for spending the billions of public dollars flowing into Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

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A month has passed since the Republican and Democratic primary elections, yet public right of ways all over the county still are cluttered with signs promoting campaigns that are dead and gone, which is a shame, but also a public service of sorts if you look at it the right way.

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It seems the romance between League City and residential developers may be cooling, at least among such economic leaders as the chamber of commerce, and that might be a good thing.

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Are Galveston’s land-use rules for development overreaching and overly complicated for entrepreneurs, as a Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce subcommittee recently argued in a letter to the city?

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It may be true that League City can’t afford to build a new animal shelter as originally planned after cost estimates came in almost $3 million more than expected — $10.3 million instead of $7.5 million.

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That a new report released earlier this month was critical of rebuilding efforts in Galveston in the near decade since Hurricane Ike struck the Upper Texas Coast should surprise few people.

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Saturday marks 140 years since the birth of Jack Johnson, one of Galveston’s most famous sons, and an island native for whom a small measure of justice has been denied for too long.

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We have no doubt that officials with the Galveston County Health District and Coastal Health & Wellness would like to avoid a panic over news that about 9,500 patients were potentially exposed to three serious viruses because of lapses in sterilization practices at a Texas City dental clinic.

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Thousands of people across the nation rallied and marched Saturday in support of stricter gun control. In Galveston, about 200 adults and students held a rally at Fort Crockett Park on the seawall.

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On the surface, the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court against Judge Jack Ewing may be about a defense attorney’s struggle to make a living and perhaps to achieve a measure of personal justice.

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No matter how the May election to determine who’ll serve as mayor of La Marque ultimately shakes out, the two candidates will have achieved something noteworthy and commendable, if the campaign retains its current tone.

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In case you didn’t notice, spring break on the island is back — and potentially in a big way.

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It’s good the city of Galveston plans to spend about $2.3 million to improve traffic flow on Harborside Drive and to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross the heavily traveled road.

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Since January, a special panel has been meeting to assess the way Texas funds its public schools. It was created after last year’s legislative session when lawmakers failed to make changes to the funding method. Instead, they agreed to create a 13-member commission to undertake a longer-term study.

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Among the most persistent and puzzling questions in recent years has been why the Galveston County Commissioners Court has failed to enact rules regulating low-end casinos operating video slot machines thanks to a huge loophole in state law.

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Maybe it’s just perception, but traffic seems notably worse on Galveston Island during this first part of spring break than it has been during spring breaks past.

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While the political parties’ primaries and the national general election every two years in November carry a lot of weight, those ballots don’t carry the weight of what is about to happen in less than two months.

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Galveston County public school leaders planning to upgrade their bus fleets are being thrust into a national debate about whether those vehicles should be outfitted with seat belts.

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It’s not possible any more for elected officials to pretend they actually believe the great fiction upon which video slot machine parlors are allowed to operate openly all over Texas, a state in which gambling is supposed to be illegal.

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Today is your last chance to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries, to have your voice heard about who should represent each party in the November elections.

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Debate about how to respond to mass shootings has been stalled so long we've come to resemble a novelty device driven by magnets — the force of opposing poles spinning the thing around an axis, but taking it nowhere.

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Beginning Sunday, home-delivery subscribers and single-copy buyers of The Daily News each week will receive a brand-new entertainment guide in their newspapers.

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Hitchcock’s troubling financial position leaves the city facing difficult decisions and deep staffing cuts, among other sacrifices. Questionable management is partly to blame and, theoretically, fixable.