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Suicide now kills more Americans than car crashes: Study

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Prevention efforts lowered traffic fatalities, more attention needed for suicide, experts say

 

(HealthDay News) — More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes, making suicide the leading cause of injury deaths, according to a new study.

In addition, over the last 10 years, while the number of deaths from car crashes has declined, deaths from poisoning and falls increased significantly, the researchers report.

“Suicides are terribly undercounted; I think the problem is much worse than official data would lead us to believe,” said study author Ian Rockett, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University.

There may be 20 percent or more unrecognized suicides, he said.

Many of the poisoning deaths may actually be intended, he added. A lot of these deaths are due from overdoses of prescription drugs, Rockett noted.

“We have a situation that has gotten out of hand,” he said. “I would like to see the same attention paid to other injuries as has been paid to traffic injuries.”

The report was published online Sept. 20 in the American Journal of Public Health.

For the study, Rockett’s team used data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics to determine the cause of injury deaths from 2000 to 2009.

The leading causes of unintentional deaths were car accidents, poisoning and falls, and for intentional deaths they were suicide and homicide.

Deaths from intentional and unintentional injury were 10 percent higher in 2009 than in 2000, the researchers noted.

And although deaths from car crashes declined 25 percent, deaths from poisoning rose 128 percent, deaths from falls increased 71 percent and deaths from suicides rose 15 percent, according to the study.

Suicide is now the first cause of injury deaths, followed by car crashes, poisoning, falls and murder, Rockett said.

Fewer women die from these causes than men, the researchers noted. In addition, blacks and Hispanics have fewer car crashes and suicides, but higher murder rates than whites, they found.

Lanny Berman, executive director of the American Association of Suicidology, said, “Both global and national increases in the number and rate of suicides through 2009, and as even more recent data indicates, through 2010, should concern all of us.”

Prevention of suicides and unintentional injuries would extend the life of those whose deaths would not have otherwise occurred by some three decades, he said.

“We know a great deal about how to prevent suicides, but have yet to overcome centuries of stigmatic attitudes — and the consequent lack of political will — to build the collaborative effort to turn these many lives from despair and hopelessness to ones of meaning and brighter futures,” Berman added.

Another expert, Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, said that “the time has come for clinicians, public health officials, state and county health departments, legislatures and corporations to come together and direct our efforts toward understanding the etiology and prevention of injury, in particular by poisoning via prescription medications, falls in the elderly, and most importantly, suicide — which is the only intentional injury in this group.”

Recently, the U.S. government along with private groups like Facebook, launched a program focusing on suicide prevention.

In 2009, more than 37,000 Americans took their own lives, and more than 500,000 were at risk of suicide, according to Pamela Hyde, administrator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The new program will have $56 million of federal money to help fund suicide prevention programs under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. The act was signed into law in memory of the son of Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former U.S. Senator, who took his own life nine years ago.

“Our goal is, in the next five years, we will save 20,000 human lives,” Smith said at a Sept. 10 news conference. “This issue touches nearly every family. It is something we can do something about. It’s the work of angels.”

SOURCES: Ian Rockett, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, epidemiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown; Simon Rego, Psy.D., director, psychology training, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; Lanny Berman, Ph.D., executive director, American Association of Suicidology, Washington, D.C.; Sept. 20, 2012, American Journal of Public Health, online.

Madigan announces $1.4 million grant for free legal help for Illinois renters

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Attorney General Distributes Funds from National Foreclosure Settlement

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that nearly $1.4 million in funding from the national foreclosure settlement has been awarded to Chicago’s Lawyers Committee for Better Housing.

Madigan said the grant will help provide much-needed legal representation and advocacy services for Illinois renters living in buildings on the verge of foreclosure. According to a report from the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, about 1 out of every 10 rental units in Chicago has been impacted by foreclosure. Last year alone, 4,477 apartment buildings were foreclosed on, including 13,814 rental units, which is about 5,000 more units than single-family and condominiums that were foreclosed on during the same time period.

“When an apartment building enters foreclosure, its tenants are often thrown into a kind of legal limbo, where their rights are either ignored or overtly violated,” Madigan said. “Having a legal advocate on their side will help ensure that tenants know their rights and have their rights enforced.”

The Attorney General made the announcement in advance of her keynote speech at the 2012 Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony in Chicago. The funding stems from her role in securing a $25 billion national settlement in February with the nation’s five largest bank mortgage servicers – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC. The settlement addressed allegations of widespread “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents and other fraudulent practices bank servicers engaged in while servicing loans of struggling homeowners.

As part of the national settlement, Madigan’s office recovered money from the banks to remediate the historic levels of foreclosure in Illinois. Today’s announcement is among the first distributions of that funding, which as a whole will benefit legal assistance programs, housing counseling services and community revitalization efforts to counteract the negative effects of foreclosures on communities throughout Illinois. Madigan announced in April she would commit to distribute $20 million of the funds recovered in the settlement to legal aid services. The Attorney General’s office is continuing to analyze grant proposals toward that goal.

For more than 30 years, the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has worked with tenants to advocate for their rights and improve their living conditions. LCBH does both advocacy work and direct representation of tenant clients. Lawyers work with tenants to educate them on their rights under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance, condominium conversion laws, state laws, fair housing, foreclosure and other laws as applicable.

The three-year, $1,391,000 grant to the organization will be used to help fund its Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project to help preserve affordable housing and ease the burden many renters suffer due to foreclosure. The grant will allow LCBH to hire staff members and lawyers and support existing employees to increase the number of clients it serves.

“Since 2008, LCBH has been ringing the alarm bells to bring attention to the issue of renters living in foreclosed homes and buildings. In Chicago, more renters than homeowners lose their homes each year to foreclosure,” said Cheryl Lawrence, LCBH executive director. “By bringing this settlement home to Illinois and allocating significant resources to assist those least able to weather the storm, Attorney General Madigan is demonstrating both her leadership and her concern for all Illinoisans affected by the foreclosure crisis. In partnership with the Attorney General, LCBH will now be able to increase its impact on renters in foreclosure which is a critical component to resolving the housing crisis in Illinois.”

In addition to the cash payments directed to the state, Illinois borrowers will receive an estimated $1 billion in direct relief as a result of the national settlement to assist those who have lost their homes, are underwater or at imminent risk of defaulting on their mortgages. The settlement will also completely overhaul mortgage servicing standards to prevent future abuses by lenders.

Consumers seeking more information on the national settlement can contact Madigan’s Homeowner’s Helpline at (866) 544-7151, or visit her website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/bankforeclosuresettlement.html. Borrowers also can visit www.NationalForeclosureSettlement.com.

Illinois breaking for Republicans

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 Democrat Super PAC pulls plug on Enyart and Gill while NRCC increases support to Walsh

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady today released the following statement regarding yesterday’s news that a Democrat Super PAC canceled hefty television buys in two downstate congressional races while the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) purchased its own hefty cable TV buy in one suburban race:

“Democrats are finally realizing that voters are rejecting their message of higher taxes, increased spending and fewer jobs,” Brady said.  “Bill Enyart and David Gill preach a radical, liberal tax-and-spend agenda that will kill jobs in the Metro East and in Central and Southern Illinois.  Tammy Duckworth thinks people in the 8th District are better off today than they were four years ago.  Mike Madigan did his best to give Democrats a hyper-partisan map but no matter where lines are drawn on a map, the people of Illinois will vote for lower taxes, reduced spending and pro-growth policies that create jobs.”

Yesterday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

 

The House Majority PAC, the Democratic aligned super PAC, has canceled a hefty television buy in two Metro East congressional races.

 

The PAC had previously announced a $439,864 ad buy for Democrat candidates Bill Enyart (IL-12) and David Gill (IL-13). But that won’t materialize…

 

…the lost television time will have an impact.

 

And late yesterday, Roll Call reported:

 

The [NRCC] reserved about $457,800 on cable stations in Illinois’ 8th district for spots to run Oct. 5 through Election Day, multiple sources confirmed to Roll Call…

 

…there are signs the race has become more competitive.

 

Last week, a super PAC dropped $810,000 on advertisements to boost Walsh. National Republicans have been circulating internal GOP polls showing the race in a statistical dead heat.

 

Roll Call rates this race as Likely Democratic, but that could change soon.

National Congress of Black Women bestows five with ‘Truth Awards’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Six Black professionals were honored by the National Congress of Black Women during its Annual Brunch following the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference on Sunday, Sept. 23. Dr. E. Faye Williams, national chair of the organization, presented the honorees with the 2012 Truth Awards and the Good Brother Award before an audience of nearly 800.

 

Named for abolitionist and rights activist Sojourner Truth, the “Truth Awards” are given each year to women who display remarkable leadership in their fields. A “Good Brother Award” is also given to a man for outstanding leadership.

 

Pictured, left to right, are: Good Brother award recipient Author Dr. John Hope Bryant, founder of Operation Hope, America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization; NCBW Chair Dr. Williams; and Truth Award recipients: Veteran Black Press journalist Hazel Trice Edney, president/CEO of Trice Edney Communications and News Wire, the first Black woman owner of a national news wire and president of the Capital Press Club; Award-winning Secret Service veteran Paula A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office of the Secret Service; nationally-renowned psychiatrist and race-theorist Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, author of the Cress Theory on Color Confrontation and Racism; Retired Air Force Pilot Monica Smith, accepting the posthumous award for Mildred Hemmons Carter who was Alabama’s first Black female pilot and the first civilian hired for the Tuskegee air project; and integrative family physician Sakilibi Mines, MD, a prolific health educator and medical director at the Institute of Multidimensional Medicine and Medical Spa.

 

 

Lt. Governor Simon: Opportunities for girls begin within community

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Simon urges community leaders to strengthen supports for young girls

 

PEORIA, IL – Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon called on individuals and organizations to strengthen opportunities for women and young girls through community activism and networking.

“We can all see a tremendous change from the world of our mothers to the world of our daughters,” Simon said. “It’s our responsibility to build toward a future where the capacity for young women and girls is limitless.”

Since its inception in 1912, the Girls Scouts have worked to instill within young girls the courage and passion to achieve their dreams. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts have designated 2012 the “Year of the Girl,” a campaign to empower girls to reach their full potential.

Because there are only three sitting female U.S. Supreme Court justices, just 20 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and federal fair pay legislation did not pass until 2009, Simon said more work needs to be done to increase the number of opportunities for women to lead and succeed.

“Today more than ever, women are the driving force in communities, businesses, global industry and government. They are presidents, CEOs, governors and partners – and most of them are also wives, mothers and community advocates,” said Pam Kovacevich, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois CEO. “Through this event, we are asking the community to take an active role in helping young girls reach their fullest potentials.”

The Girl Scouts’ mission — to build girls of courage, confidence, and character  is being fulfilled by more than 20,000 girls throughout central Illinois and an additional 5,000 adults serving as volunteers. An estimated 59 million American women have been involved with Girl Scouts at some point in their childhood.

The Girl Scouts were founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 and have grown from 18 members in Savannah, Georgia to more than 3.4 million members across the globe.

Gov. Quinn, Lt. Gov. Simon and State Board of Education Celebrate Farm to School Month in Illinois

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Farm to School programs benefit the entire community

 

SPRINGFIELD —Governor Pat Quinn,  Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and the Illinois State Board of Education are working to spread the word about National Farm to School Month in October. Schools are encouraged to participate in Farm to School programs, which aim to help students choose healthier foods, including more fruits and vegetables.

“Farm to School programs stress healthy eating and teach children the origin of our food,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Parents, teachers and even students have the opportunity to make a difference in their community for National Farm to School Month.”

To get started on a new Farm to School program or to share projects, schools and farmers can visit the Illinois Farm to School Website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/farmtoschool/, administered by the University of Illinois Extension Office. Schools and farmers across the state are working together to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias and improve student nutrition; provide agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and support local and regional farmers. A list of ideas and resources for the classroom is at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/farmtoschool/school_classroom.cfm.

Earlier this year, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a proclamation, designating October as Farm to School Month in Illinois and calling for public support of Farm to School initiatives throughout the Land of Lincoln.

Some of the projects and events that help realize these goals include connecting school food buyers with Illinois farmers; inviting farmers to host field trips and/or classroom visits for school children; and encouraging parents, teachers, school administrators and community members to learn how to participate in programs.

“Farm to School programs educate our students about the health benefits of local food and importance to our economy,” said Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. “With these programs, more of our food dollars will remain in local communities and we create valuable connections between schools, students, and local farmers that will enhance students’ understanding of agriculture in Illinois.”

At the National Farm to School website, http://www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/, schools can take the Farm to School Counts pledge and share their Farm to School activities during the month of October for a chance to win prizes. Educators and others also can sign up for news and updates.

Farm to School newsletters from the University of Illinois Extension is available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/farmtoschool/newsletter.cfm. To sign up to receive the latest electronic issues, send an email to Julia Govis at jgovis@illinois.edu and write “Newsletter” in the subject line. The newsletters include information about upcoming webinars and many resources for educators.

Additional resources on child nutrition to help celebrate National Farm to School Month include The Let’s Move Campaign’s Chef Move to Schools Program, www.letsmove.gov/chefs-move-schools, and the School Nutrition Association, www.asfsa.org.

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Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III to be honored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation

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Activist Being Recognized for Positive Impact in Faith and Academic Communities


Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, will be honored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. during the organization’s 27th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend Conference in Atlanta. Dr. Haynes is a member of the 2012 Class of Inductees and is being recognized for his “exceptional achievements” in the field of Faith/Theology and support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Under Dr. Haynes’s leadership, Friendship-West is one of the largest contributors within the faith community to the United Negro College Fund. He was nominated for the Hall of Fame by Paul Quinn College where he serves on the Board of Directors and has taught as an adjunct professor.

“I take seriously Jesus’ charge to create disciples within the faith community who change lives and revolutionize societies,” said Dr. Haynes. “I am humbled that representatives of Paul Quinn College, an institution founded with the purpose of addressing educational inequalities for freed slaves, recommended me for this great honor.”

Dr. Haynes will celebrate his 30-year anniversary as pastor of Friendship-West in April 2013. The ministry had 500 members at the start of his tenure and has grown to more than 12,000 as a result of his charismatic and innovative leadership style. One goal of Dr. Haynes’s ministry is to empower individuals to make positive contributions toward addressing the civil, human and social justice challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries. The impact of this work has spread abroad with a focus on helping to remedy the poverty, healthcare and educational concerns faced by the citizens of Harare, Zimbabwe. Friendship-West has committed to assisting in the construction of a daycare, school and worship center in the city whose citizens are in the midst of their own evolution toward gender, economic and political parity.

“I have watched Dr. Haynes live scripture for more than 25 years as a trustee and part of the executive team at Friendship-West Baptist Church,” said Veta Holt who serves as chief operating officer. “Dr. Haynes has a passion for empowering the community. He has dedicated his life to using his gifts in not only creating opportunities for our community but equipping individuals to take advantage of those opportunities through education. He has dedicated his life to using his gifts and influence to develop and help others.”

Dr. Haynes is oftentimes compared to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because of their similar oratory styles and use of theology to drive social change. Dr. Haynes believes that Jesus’s ministry dealt with issues of race, politics, class and gender and that the faith-based and social justice communities must have the same focal points. To that end, Dr. Haynes boldly addresses such matters as inequitable funding of education; an eroding middle class and expanding lower class; a criminal justice system that breeds recidivism rather than reform; and voter empowerment.

“Theology takes a special interest in those on the lowest end of the social spectrum,” said Dr. Haynes. “Our responsibility is not to segregate or isolate the concept of justice or members of disenfranchised communities, but to realize that reforms must be interconnected and holistic.”

Some of Dr. Haynes’s human rights work is performed through leadership positions with social justice advocates including the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference; National Action Network; and Conference of National Black Churches and memberships with the National Urban League, NAACP and Rainbow Push Coalition. He also provides an inspirational message daily, “Praise Break with Pastor Haynes,” on the top-rated radio program, “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

Dr. Haynes is a native of San Francisco and comes from a family of preachers who leveraged theology to advance social change. He graduated from Bishop College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and English. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Photo Caption: Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III

Salsation Theatre Company, Comedy with a Latin Flavor, presents the WORD UP! POETRY SLAM

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CHICAGO, IL – Salsation Theatre Company announced a one night only engagement of WORD UP! POETRY SLAM at the Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave.,  on October 6th at 7:30pm. Salsation is producing their ongoing poetry slam with six Chicago area poets presenting personal pieces around the theme entitled “So What?!  Keep Going!” With two rounds, six poets, and one winner, this event won’t be your typical slam. Tickets are $10 and available at www.gorillatango.com or 773-598-4549.

The audience itself plays a large role in the atmosphere of the show as three audience members will be chosen as judges. Only the best poets move onto the next round.  As a special twist, the audience will be asked to provide inspiration for the final two poets; those poets then improvise their final poems for the judges to be crowned the winner. The winner of this slam will be automatically invited to the next Word Up! showcase and win a cash prize.

“I wanted to write and say thanks for a great show. [We] really enjoyed the show. I thought your emcee was awesome and that the poets showed a great range of styles and content. I really enjoyed hearing all of their pieces. We’ll keep you in mind for future poetry events,” wrote William Dlugokeinski, Director of the Gates Center at Lake Forest College where Word Up! was recently performed.

Word Up! is produced and directed by Ensemble Member Ramon Charriez and Creative Associate Timothy “Kimo” Brien. Both of these artists are accomplished slam poets in the vibrant Chicago slam poetry scene.

Salsation was created in 1998 and became a non-for-profit theatre company in 2002.  Cast members range from Brazilian, European, Mexican, and Puerto Rican backgrounds. The primary purposes of Salsation Theatre Company, NFP is the presentation and creation of comedic and other theatrical works which consider the role of Latinos in American society and related topics; and to inspire and educate Latinos and non-Latinos in the use of theatrical and other performing arts as a medium for self-expression.

Tickets for WORD UP! POETRY SLAM at the Gorilla Tango Theatre are available now, online at www.gorillatango.com or by calling (773) 598-4549. All seats are $10. Gorilla Tango is located at 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, 60647.

For more information about Gorilla Tango, contact Kelly at kelly@gorillatango.com.

Gorilla Tango Theatre (GTT) provides year-round theatrical venues where audiences of all ages can consistently go to see a wide variety of talented artists. GTT exists to provide artists with an opportunity to produce their work in professional environment. GTT was created by Dan Abbate and boasts two venues: an 80-seat performance space in Bucktown and a 150-seat performance space in Skokie. GTT Bucktown is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GTT is steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses. Street parking is readily available.  Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre is located in the heart of Downtown Skokie; street and lot parking available. With shows for all ages, all GTT performances are on a rating system, similar to the one used in movie theatres. GTT offers a variety of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for show details, rating information, tickets, and more.

www.gorillatango.com  773.598.4549

1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

7924 Lincoln Ave. Skokie, IL 60077

Latex, the largest college afterparty in the South, is back for Year Three

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Over 10,000 people are expected to be in attendance for this third annual event that is the only official after-party to the State Fair Classic football game. The game every year is played at the Cotton Bowl and features Prairie View A&M and Grambling State University


Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — The State Fair of Texas is finally here and that means that the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic football game is back. It also means that the official State Fair Classic after-party, The LaTex Classic, is back. For the third consecutive year, the only official Grambling vs Prairie View afterparty, LaTex (which is an abbreviation for Louisiana and Texas party), will be held at the Dallas Convention Center. Also for the third year in a row LaTex officials are expecting approximately 10,000 people in attendance for what has grown to be the largest indoor after-party in the south.

LaTex features some of the top DJ’s and hosts from Texas and Louisiana including DJ Alo from Houston, DJ Frosty from Dallas, B Solo from Louisiana and DJ Phat from Louisiana. In addition to this star studded DJ lineup, the event will be co-hosted by talent from both Dallas urban radio stations. The radio talent include Hollywood Bay Bay and Ki Ki J from K104 as well as M Squared and J Kruz from 97.9 the beat.

As if that wasn’t enough, this event is also the birthday party for Dallas rap sensation B-Hamp, AKA Mr. Rickey Bobby. As he has done for the last three years, B-Hamp will be bringing in his celebrity friends for appearances and performances to create an event matched by no other in the south. Over the years B-Hamp’s celebrity friends have included artist like VIC who was known for hits like Get Silly and Wobble. This year B-Hamp promises that his celebrity friends list will top all the years in the past. His list of special invited and confirmed guest include DJ Smallz, Yung Nation, Dorrough, the legendary DJ Spinderella and a special surprise guest that could not be named.

Tickets for LaTex are available at all Ticketmaster locations or at Jimmy Jazz inside the Parks Mall in Arlington, Cap at the bomb inside Big T Plaza and T-Town Music & More inside Bruton Bazaar in Dallas.

Other ticket outlets include the following:

M&M Music
1114 West Bow St
Tyler, TX
903-592-6010

Floyd’s Music
1313 Dallas St
Waco, TX

254-752-4323

O City Source
1420 N.E. 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK

405-424-6289

Lil J’s Music & More
3009 W. 70th St
Shreveport, LA

318-686-5455

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