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ABC’s ‘American Crime’ series pushes hot buttons of race, culture

After several decades of falling short in developing comedies and dramas that reflect society’s changing demographics, major broadcasters are finally showcasing series with lead characters of color and ethnic themes. “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Mindy Project” are among the shows praised for bringing more cultural variety to the TV landscape. Even more significantly, most have drawn solid ratings.

Youths to learn about seeds

“The Miracle of Seeds” will be the topic for Youth FIRST program this Saturday at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The 10 a.m. program for youngsters ages 4 to 12 is free to attend, but reservations are requested and may be made online at friendsofhagerman.com/Youth, or by calling the refuge at 903 786 2826. The reservation deadline is at 4 p.m. this Thursday.

Hospice offers Legacy program training

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is offering a two-part training workshop for persons interested in working with patients in the Legacy program. This program teaches people how to interview and listen to the patient’s life review so their life legacy can be documented and produced in a book format.

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Video series begins at library; and other news in brief

The Sherman Public Library’s “Brown Bag Video Series” continues this month with “Ireland - The Emerald Isle.” The presentations are offered free to the public each week in the library’s Hope Waller Community Room. Attendees to the noon showing are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Sherman Public Library.

Bargain Box holds sale

Bundle up against the cold with special savings this weekend at the Bargain Box. The non-profit resale shop, located at 418 West Main in Denison, is operated by the Denison Service League. Proceeds are used by the league to fund their charitable projects throughout the year.