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Three liquor stores working to open up in Denton

Three liquor stores could open in Denton this year, pending approval from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Scott Burns: Introducing the disgruntled retiree index

Allow me to introduce a new economic indicator. It doesn’t come from a government agency, nor is it the creation of a right- or left-leaning think tank. In a land of indices and measures, there is so little attention to this problem that I had to create the measure myself.

Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.

Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near

LAS VEGAS — Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided.

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McDonald’s earnings fall; changes are in the works

McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it, and it’s going to do something about it.

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Taxes, regulations targets for new chairman

NEW YORK — Cutting regulations and taxes are on Rep. Steve Chabot’s must-do list for small businesses. The Ohio Republican, who became chairman of the House Small Business Committee when Congress took office earlier this month, plans to continue the committee’s focus on how the government burdens small companies.

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Making changes

WASHINGTON — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

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Midlake drummer, chef to open new restaurant

Chef Patrick Stark, the former top toque at Sundown at Granada, says he’s bringing Dallas to Denton. He and McKenzie Smith, of the band Midlake, plus five other partners, plan to open a restaurant called 940’s this summer just off the Square.

Kim Phillips: Blazing a new trail

It is 1867. The farmer is heading west, morning sun on his back and the fledgling little town of Denton a day behind him now. The wagon creaks and moans over the well-worn, rutted trail. Eager to make Decatur before sunset, he snaps the reins urging the mules to pick up their pace.

Tax professionals gear up for filing season

Tax filing season is here. And Denton-area accountants and tax assistance volunteers are prepared to handle more complicated taxes and the Affordable Care Act provisions that could lead to a tax credit...

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A shop apart

Denton’s newest comic and game shop, Freaks and Geeks, houses a retro assortment of all things geeky, with transactions and hang-outs happening under one roof.

Kim Phillips: Dream lives on in Denton

The most popular documentary screened at last year’s Thin Line festival was David Barrow’s When We Were All Broncos.

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Scott Burns: Unbundling opens avenues to savings

“Unbundling” is an interesting word. The first unbundling I ever heard about was the famous Carterfone decision. It forced the unbundling of phones from the original nationwide ATT phone service. After that decision, you could buy your phones from anyone who cared to produce them.

US stocks decline as energy stocks slump; Homebuilders drop

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks declined in early afternoon trading Tuesday as energy stocks slumped again. Homebuilders dropped after builder KB Home said that demand for homes was weak. The market had climbed...

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Crafting a concept

A new craft cocktail bar is now open on the west side of Hickory Street near the University of North Texas, and it won’t be offering $1 well drinks.

Kim Phillips: Discover upside of downtime

A New Year’s resolution caught my attention as I scrolled my Facebook feed a few days ago. It was a photo of a middle-aged fellow sitting on the hood of his car staring thoughtfully into the sunset across a wild, open field. “2015 Resolution: explore the upside of downtime,” posted The Travel Effect.

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Scott Burns: Simple math favors retired Joneses

Think of this as a tale of two households. They live side by side. Their houses are equal in value. They have the same income, but from different sources. They drive nearly identical cars. We could write quirky folk songs about this.

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Smoking rules could tighten

The Denton City Council opened the door to tightening the city’s smoking ban Tuesday, saying it would consider extending the ban to bars and adding its first-ever restrictions for electronic cigarettes, including banning their sale to minors.

Psychopaths mean business

DALLAS — If you’ve ever thought that your boss is a psychopath, Craig Neumann can assure you that you’re probably wrong. Probably. But not always.

Kim Phillips: Branding important to Denton

Denton. Original. Independent. Mull it over for a minute. Look at the image; think about the words. What does it mean? What is it saying?

Scott Burns: The cost of politicians is soaring

We should be glad the cost of politicians isn’t included in the consumer price index. If it were, inflation would soar. The passage of the omnibus spending bill guaranteed hyperinflation for the cost of political influence. It also guaranteed the end of Abraham Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

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Year in review: Room to boom

Business has continued to boom in Denton this year as investors and construction companies have regained confidence in the economy.

Kim Phillips: Live life to the fullest

Like many people the week before Christmas, I was dashing around trying to get last-minute holiday preparations wrapped up. The radio was on as I drove between errands. I was checking to-do’s off the list in my head when I heard the voice.

Scott Burns: Predictions are in for the upcoming year

Yes, folks, it’s Captain Egregious, ready to step confidently into the future because I already know it. Here are my Fearless Forecasts for 2015. They are free, but worth 10 times as much.

Service Industry bar coming to the Square

Lounge and restaurant seating will accompany a 40-foot-long bar at Service Industry, a new bar coming to downtown Denton.

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In the works

While no official announcement has been made, WinCo Foods is working to open a low-cost, 24-hour grocery store in Rayzor Ranch Town Center.

Kim Phillips: Christmas traditions evolve

“T’was the night before Christmas.” Colorful lights dance among the branches of the noble fir in the living room. Presents of all shapes and sizes wrapped in happy paper are piled under the tree. Stockings dangle from the mantle. A plate of cookies and a cup of milk wait on the coffee table for a jolly, bearded fellow dressed in a fur-trimmed red suit carrying a giant bag of toys to slide down the chimney. This is the American Christmas.

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Scott Burns: A lesson in giving from Charlie Mahoney

Charlie Mahoney was not a handsome man. At 60, he was short, bald, stooped and grizzled. The stoop came from back injuries as a jockey. A U-shaped scar on his scalp was further evidence of that career. His appearance wasn’t improved by another career as a flyweight boxer. His ears wiggled from smashed cartilage. The crushed bridge of his nose made his nostrils unnaturally wide.

Kim Phillips: Jostling can help improve scenery

Now that we have decked the halls of our home for the holidays, I enjoy looking at the decorations, especially the snow globes. Our daughter collected them for many years, so we have quite a few. Each globe holds a peaceful scene.

Scott Burns: Calculator useful for figuring odds

“I’ll have a great retirement — provided I die by Friday.” For those who have little or no savings, that grim witticism pretty much sums it up.

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Peterbilt plans expansion

Peterbilt Motors Co., which manufactures big trucks, confirmed Monday that it will be expanding operations in Denton County, but few details were available about how much space will be added or how many new jobs might be created.

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Eatery and pub set for Square

Right after Cafe Herrera on the downtown Square closed in September, the building owner knew the first call to make.

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New bar and venue coming to downtown

You could say Denton bar Harvest House, which opens in 2015, started 10 years ago.

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Kim Phillips: Denton gets all dolled up

A little white dog dashes to the window barking excitedly in response to my knock at the front door, beside which a welcome blessing is written neatly on an old-fashioned chalkboard. I see a woman’s hands scoop up the pup as the doorknob turns. She laughs, eyes dancing above a casual, long-sleeved tee and well-loved jeans. Comfortable, just like her.

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Scott Burns: Thrift Savings Plan worth sticking with

Q: My question deals with transfers from the government’s Thrift Savings Plan (or TSP) into other investments.

Kim Phillips: Wassail and spirit, secrets to happy shopping

In the Phillips household, Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season. The Saturday after the turkey settles, we pack up the pilgrim and pumpkin decorations and head to the attic.

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Caffeinated cravings

The space where McBride Music and Pawn used to hold overflow storage now has just one wooden chair nestled in a back corner of 114 W. Oak St.

Scott Burns: Home-based investment that works for many

The first home I bought cost far more than I could afford. Worse, it needed renovation from top to bottom. Despite that, owning it was a comfortable experience. The monthly expense of living there was stable for the 20 years it was home.

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Open, open, open

The biggest weekend for shopping is just around the corner. Businesses across Denton are preparing with specials and extended hours to kick off the holiday shopping season, many beginning on Thanksgiving evening.

Kim Phillips: Be still and count your blessings

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. According to History.com, this is how it all began: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”

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Scott Burns: Factor in contentment when planning for retirement

Retirement marketing focuses on two things that are poles apart: excitement and pain. Either you are having an exciting time playing golf, taking a cruise and drinking champagne — or someone is feeding you in the memory care unit. I know because the advertisements tell me so.

Denton jobless rate less than 4 percent

The city of Denton’s unemployment rate was less than 4 percent for the second month in a row. According to data released from the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment in October was 3.8 percent in Denton, 4.3 percent in Denton County and 5.1 percent for the state.

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Room to grow

As the Denton startup tech scene continues to grow, TechMill is growing with it.

Kim Phillips: Let’s agree to agree to disagree

“I would rather be where I am celebrated, not just tolerated.” Someone made this statement during a meeting I attended recently.