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Sunday Mornings With Rania: Staying Safe during the Start of Summer

I was simply organizing my kids’ backpacks when a bright blue sheet of paper fell right onto my lap. The title hit me like a ton of bricks; it simply read: TK graduation! RSVP Now! My stomach instantly sank. This notice meant my youngest child was graduating transitional kindergarten. Time was moving quickly and, let’s face it, we were all getting older. This thought made me want to cry.

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Sunday Mornings With Rania: A Note to Mothers on Mothers Day

“There are three things I want to be when I grow up, Mommy.”

“What’s that?” I asked my first grader.

“Well, I can’t decide. I’ll either be a teacher, an astronaut or a police woman.” She paused. “I’m not sure which I’ll be. How will I know?”

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: Avoiding Scams after the Storm

The images were horrific. Families losing everything. Houses and cars destroyed. Lives being forever changed. And I couldn’t help but think that with the rise of human tragedy often comes the rise of criminal opportunity.

What makes scams related to home repair particularly attractive to criminals is the reality that in Texas, residential contractors do not have to get a license. This fact leaves the door open for many to claim this title.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: A Look at University of Texas Student Haruka Weiser and Campus Safety

“Although Haruka loved to perform on stage she never sought the spotlight in her daily life. Perhaps the last thing she would want is to be the poster child for any cause,” the family wrote. “And yet, as we struggle to understand why she was killed, if her death can somehow make it safer for a young woman to walk home, if it will prevent another assault or murder, then at least we could find some meaning behind an otherwise senseless and tragic death.” (Source: Daily Texan)

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Terrorism at Home: The Impact of Child Abuse

Child abuse, whether it is physical, emotional or sexual in nature, is as much an act of terrorism as if a bomb exploded. The traumatic stress that abuse leaves in its wake is comparable to that of the most devastating terrorist explosion. The only difference is that an act of terrorism occurs and is over until the next evil plan to destroy. But for an abused child the nightmare of terror and abuse may occur daily and last for years.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: Distracted Driving

Everyone knows I have three kids. I probably talk about them and share stories of their lives more than I should.

People with children understand. The love we have for our children drives us, shapes our vision, our decisions and our plans. The love for our children keeps us up at night; the loss of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.

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Crime Stoppers in Action – February

February was Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Prevention and Awareness Month and your Crime Stoppers of Houston joined the nationwide efforts by sharing information material (download our TDV Prevention flyer here), insightful blog entries (read here) and an eye-opening video (watch here). Through e-news and social media we diligently educated the community at large on what teen dating violence is, what it may look like and what we can do to prevent it from happening and encouraged everyone to take a stand for respectful and healthy relationships. We also partnered with Sheriff Ron Hickman for a captive discussion at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Town Hall Meeting at the beginning of the month that revealed staggering numbers: 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Approximately 8,325, or 21% of registered sex offenders that live in TX, live in Harris County.

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Sunday Mornings with Rania: What is your response to terror?

I am usually never at a loss for words. But the incidents of this week in Brussels have left me somewhat speechless. I’m tired of writing hashtags that declare love for those who have been victims of terror. I’m tired of seeing the photos, hearing the stories, and wondering if (no, when) the next attack will be.

So this weekend, on this very special Easter day for those of you who celebrate it, I want to think about positive alternatives to fear and terror and I want to share my personal, anti-terrorism, pledge.

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