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Craft distillery JEM Brewing Co. takes advantage of extra space in Pilot Point

PILOT POINT — In a town with just as many horses as people, Evan Batt steps into his element. His boots click on the uncovered floor as he walks through the rustic doors of the distillery, breezing past bottles of liquor that sprang from his own imagination.

Denton bar moguls opening Deep Ellum beer garden

The only way to describe Deep Ellum’s current state is booming. The artsy neighborhood known for its vibrant music and nightlife scenes is a magnet for new bars and restaurants and it seems everyone wants a piece of the action.

Kim Phillips: Denton’s vision not yet reached

I first arrived at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the beginning of 2003. My initial focus as the new kid on the block was meeting the movers and shakers. I began at the top and scheduled a one-on-one meeting with then-Mayor Euline Brock.

Scott Burns: The high costs of low returns and yields

Retirement isn’t what it used to be. No one knew it at the time, but the 1980s were the Golden Age of Retirement. Pensions were generous back then. Whether you invested in stocks or bonds, the proverbial wind was at your back. Both provided handsome annual returns.

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Tech officials uneasy about terrorism legislation

WASHINGTON — Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

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BlueCross BlueShield to drop individual PPO plans in 2016

About 367,000 Texans will lose their individual health insurance policies next year when BlueCross BlueShield of Texas stops offering its Blue Choice PPO (preferred provider organization) plans.

Change could be brewing downtown

Craft breweries may soon be able to set up shop in downtown Denton, as the City Council is scheduled to discuss changing city code to distinguish craft alcohol production during a work session today.

DATCU pitches in $100K for park

As the construction date approaches for the new Eureka 2 playground at South Lakes Park, local businesses continue to throw money into the pot. DATCU, a local credit union, will present a $100,000 check to the Denton Parks Foundation at tonight’s City Council meeting.

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Denton firm stuck above the clouds

Marshall Culpepper has seen space, but not just from NASA images of Pluto or even the cinematography of Hollywood. He’s actually seen space a few times in the past year through the lens of nanosatellites...

Burns: Gaps in Social Security benefits continue to grow

How can you get your money’s worth out of all that you pay into Social Security?

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Phillips: Hashtag hysteria hits CVB lunches

Among a group of friends recently, someone cracked a joke that no one else thought funny.

Kim Phillips: UNT grows from its modest beginning

The past two weeks, my column has been dedicated to America’s birthday. It’s time now to turn our eyes to another birthday, one vitally important to Denton and 218,000 degree-holding alumni. The University of North Texas will be 125 years old on Sept. 16.

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Coup de Taco will now have a permanent spot at Harvest House, a large bar and music venue at 331 E. Hickory St.

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Scene on the Square

The downtown Square is getting busier. Foot traffic has increased. Business owners have gobbled up property and are looking to create more shopping and entertainment options for Denton’s bustling center of town. But don’t worry, it’s not only bars.

Scott Burns: The disappearing trillion-dollar security blanket

According to last year’s Social Security trustees report, the program’s trust fund would end 2014 with a stunning balance of $2.784 trillion.

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Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao resigns; Huffman regains title

NEW YORK — Reddit said Friday that interim CEO Ellen Pao resigned from the company, and co-founder Steve Huffman is back as its CEO.

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Fizzy business

FLOWER MOUND — At 43 years old, Rob Peters still skateboards on weekends when he’s not leading Denton rock band Wirewings.

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Kim Phillips: Happy birthday: America at 239

Saturday was America’s big birthday bash. We turned 239 years old. While it sounds old when we say it, America is still a youth among the world’s nations.

Scott Burns: Paul’s tax plan could be a new deal

Most news media dismissed Rand Paul’s tax plan, like his candidacy for president, as a non-starter. Reports failed to grasp a gigantic part of the plan. They also wrongly concluded that the flat tax was a big break for high-income people, but not so good for middle-income people.

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Greek villagers bank on gardens

KARITAINA, Greece — Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch.

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Stocked market

You wake with a hankering for pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning. Shuffling bleary-eyed into the kitchen, you get out the salt, baking powder, sugar and flour. You can almost taste the fluffy, syrupy goodness when you open the refrigerator, only to find you’re out of eggs.

Kim Phillips: Wishing America a happy birthday

Birthdays are a big deal in our family. We celebrate. Each person has different things they enjoy on their special day, but certain traditions are part of every one. Like cake. There is always a birthday cake.

Trim gym trend turning fitness fans into business owners

NEW YORK — Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs.

Scott Burns: A look at the 2015 Life of Riley Index

The cost of being independently upper-middle class declined a bit in the past year. But just a bit. So don’t expect any shouts of joy here — just an ongoing assessment of how much money you would need to be better off than most.

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Business women get a big push

Texas Woman’s University will now get a Center for Women in Business after Gov. Greg Abbott over the weekend approved a line item in the budget to finance the project, allocating $2.2 million over two years to fund the center’s creation.

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Destination Denton

Black Box wine, Hi-C and Silk dark chocolate almond milk all have modest starts in Denton — their packaging is made here at Tetra Pak.

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New chipped credit cards putting squeeze on small businesses

NEW YORK — New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

Scott Burns: Many men provide fatherly roles in life

Let me tell you about my fathers.Many men wish that they had a “real father.” I was one of them. I have few memories of my biological father. All are of being a little boy, sitting on bar stools. They...

Apple, Google add features to help people pay with phones

SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.

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Tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks, vans proposed by EPA

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming.

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Healthy habits

Let’s face it. We’re not a healthy population. Although getting fit is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, only a handful of people are able to follow through until next January.But that’s not...

Kim Phillips: Lodge a vital worker for Denton CVB

A lot happens in a decade. We walk through our lives facing challenges and celebrating victories one day at a time.

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Whole Foods chain named for ‘365’ brand

NEW YORK — Whole Foods says it will name its new chain of smaller stores with lower prices after its “365 Everyday Value” house brand.

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Many Americans will get new credit cards by fall

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

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Nifty Fifty

In 1965, there was one place to be as a teenager in Denton on a Saturday night. Boys would hop in Ford Mustangs and Pontiac GTOs to drive up and down University Drive, checking out the girls preening their beehives or fixing their winged eyeliner.

Kim Phillips: Welcome center will connect with city

Last week’s column announcing the Denton City Council’s blessing of the Discover Denton Welcome Center garnered tons of positive feedback. Your comments were fantastic and positive, expressing excitement at least equal to ours.

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9-to-5 jobs becoming a less popular way to work

NEW YORK — If you want an income, or you’re an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement.

Scott Burns: Technology ushers in new world of health research

The future is here. I’m wearing it on my wrist. It’s a minimalist rubbery black band with a narrow black window. It tells me things when I press its button, and it records 24/7.

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Closing up shop

The carpeted floors of the shop are bare. The cabinets have been removed from the walls. A single table sits in the center of the room and a few chairs are scattered about.

Kim Phillips: CVB filling information gap with new center

A long-awaited vision is about to become reality. The Discover Denton Welcome Center got the thumbs-up at City Council this past Tuesday.

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Rain bogs down projects

The large pad site at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace between Starbucks Coffee and Chick-fil-A is fenced off — the whole area coated in mud with large puddles pooled throughout.

Scott Burns: Prospects of increased inflation, interest rates poor

Inflation could be a sweet double-whammy for the folks I call Solvent Seniors. Social Security benefits increase with inflation. For 2015, the increase was 1.7 percent. And if inflation is more than a...

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The right time

Most people get a beer on their birthday. Dennis Wood is getting beer and a business.