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U.S. Coast Guard Operations Specialist Third Class Arik J. Rangel, who goes by his male drag performer stage name Arik Cavalli, wearing his Mr. Starlite Royalty sash and crown. Photos by Staten Island Advance/Shira Stoll

From Coast Guard to Catwalk

Arik Rangel is an operations specialist third class in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island in New York City. But when under a spotlight and elaborately

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Cast members point upward, asking permission to perform the play by saluting each of the four directions before the performance begins. Photo courtesy of the Wimberley Players

'Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet'

As families in San Marcos make merry this season, the Wimberley Players are planning a special free treat that sets the tinsel and mistletoe aside but delivers a full hour of heart-warming entertai

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About 43 million adult Americans — roughly one-sixth of the U.S. population older than age 18 — currently carry a federal student loan but there are ways for companies to support their employees who are currently managing student loans, and when they do, experts say they’ll have a happier, healthier and more grateful workforce. Photos courtesy of (c) fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

How companies can help employees with student loan debt

After paying monthly student loan minimums, many Americans have just enough to cover basic living expenses, which means that when unexpected expenses arise, they often end up defaulting on their st


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