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Safe Shopping – Avoiding holiday-season crime

I love this time of year. But consider. You are busier than normal. You will spend more than normal, which means you have credit cards and probably more cash in your wallet.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: From Black Friday to Cyber Monday: What Criminals Hope You Are Too Busy to Consider

According to the collaborative study published by OC&C Strategy Consultants, online retail markets like Paypal and Google will double by 2018. Where millions flock to spend, and spend in excess and quickly, criminals will gather. These criminals will look to steal identity and take credit card information. Here are some tips on staying safe while shopping online:

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Bystanders can help limit the hurtful effects of cyberbullying

Thousands of young people are targets of bullying and cyberbullying every day, putting many at risk for outcomes such as depression or school absenteeism. Working with kids to create ways to address these issues is an important responsibility for adults. For example, adults can help those who are targets of bullying explore ways to respond assertively, and they can help those who carry out hurtful behaviors get support for addressing what’s underneath their actions. Adults can also assist young people in identifying strategies to use as bystanders who witness these behaviors.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: Let’s be Thankful

Everyone seems to be running this week. Running to tie up loose ends at work. Running to kids’ performances. Running to order a turkey or decorations. Running to get ready to head out of town. Either way, we are running. And while it can be exhausting and stressful, it’s all of our blessings in life that cause all of that running around, and I’m thankful for all of it.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: ‘Drunkorexia’

I was in the middle on putting on makeup and focused on the day ahead. But before I knew it, the muffled words playing from The Today Show were starting to stand out…

Despite the known risks of these behaviors, studies have shown that 30 percent of women between 18 and 23 suffer from drunkorexia.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: Why Teens Run Away

Over the course of just one week, three Houston teens either ran away or went missing. Three. Is it a huge number? No. It is an incredibly alarming number? Yes.

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Verizon stands against domestic violence

Domestic violence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men within their lifetime. Understanding this strain to our communities, Verizon has been dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic abuse through the HopeLine from Verizon program since 2001.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: This Week in Houston: Active Shooter, Threats targeting our Schools

What to discuss this weekend . . . how I long for the post when we discuss the weather! In the last few days, the Crime Stoppers of Houston office has been inundated with activity surrounding the active shooter in our very own West University area Mon., Sept. 26 as well as the incredibly scary mass threats targeting Houston-area high schools Fri., Sept. 30. So let’s break it down as both require our attention today.

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