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El Guapo’s makes way for el papá

After 12 years in business, downtown Denton staple El Guapo’s is now closed. Monday was owner Michael Zampino’s last day, coordinated with his son’s birthday. Zampino’s gift to his son, the oldest of four siblings, was closing the restaurant.

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.

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Sweet memories rise

For many Denton residents, Davis Purity Bakery was an institution. Originally located on Hickory Street and eventually Locust Street, the family-owned bakery had been a popular place to get wedding cakes, doughnuts, cupcakes and other delectable pastries since it opened in 1953.

Kim Phillips: DJs spin with style at center

The Discover Denton Welcome Center opened June 21 to a ready Denton audience. Some 2,710 people visited the store in our first nine days. Now that our grand-opening month is nearing its close, the numbers have settled into an average 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per week.

Scott Burns: Social Security, Medicare in trouble today

The Social Security and Medicare trustees reports, released last month, came and went faster than a bad sitcom. One day they were news. The next day no one remembered, a casualty of the Brexit vote.

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Grant program remains frozen

Palm Tree Boutique was one of the last to get funds through the downtown reinvestment grant program after the Denton City Council directed staff to put the program on hold last fall. Now, there’s $209,000 in the fund balance, and while there seems to be consensus that the funds should help small businesses, the questions now are how and where.

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Cradle of care

CORINTH — The pews are long gone, the stained-glass windows have been replaced and a bulletin board covers up the baptistery. The bell-less steeple remains, but the inside of the red building is a bit chaotic with cardboard boxes strewn about and memories tucked away.

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Longtime Denton favorite Davis Purity Bakery’s last day scheduled for Saturday

Years ago, early risers and truck drivers occasionally knocked on Davis Purity Bakery’s front door at about 4 a.m., waiting to buy the family-owned bakery’s doughnuts, cakes, pies and other goods.

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Competitive market

People looking to buy a single-family home in Denton County should be ready to make aggressive offers, according to real estate agents in the area. The North Texas housing market has boomed as new jobs come to town and out-of-state buyers compete with locals for a sparse selection of single-family homes.

Kim Phillips: Work to weather storm together

Our family gathered last weekend from points around the country to celebrate my niece and her sweetheart as they tied the marriage knot.

Scott Burns: Reverse mortgages can have dark side

In the last few months I’ve written some positive columns about reverse mortgages. I promised to follow up with their downsides. That’s how I found myself at Senior Source in Dallas, listening to staffers in the Elder Financial Safety Center.

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Armadillo Ale Works is spending almost $1.7 million to transform three buildings into one mega brewery and taproom, according to documents submitted to the city.

Mary Kay to build $100 million plant complex in Lewisville

Mary Kay Inc. will build a $100 million manufacturing and research and development complex near Lewisville’s Vista Ridge shopping mall.

Pokemon Go’s digital popularity is also warping real life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pokemon Go craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones. It marks a turning point for augmented reality, or technology that superimposes a digital facade on the real world.

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Pediatrics office going up at Rayzor Ranch

Cook Children’s Health Care System is building a pediatrics office on Scripture Street near Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton to accommodate its growing client base in the area.

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Fragile position

Artists who work with glass — including one Denton artist — are under pressure after the country’s largest glass manufacturing plant announced its closure.

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Square gets new cafe

Behind the long, granite bar at Upper Park Cafe, dozens of hooks are fixed to a wooden awning poking out of the back wall at 222 W. Hickory St.

Kim Phillips: Denton attracts all kinds of folks

The Discover Denton Welcome Center kicked off its grand opening month on the Fourth of July. After months of preparation, we opened “softly” on June 21, without a lot of fanfare. Nevertheless, word spread fast.

Scott Burns: Torpedo tax targets middle-class America

The reader was upset. He didn’t know it yet, but the “tax torpedo” had just hit his retirement. That’s the name I gave the taxation of Social Security benefits back in 2003. His note asked if there was some mistake in his income tax calculations.

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Readers asked to vote on contest submissions

Mellow Mushroom announced that it was opening a contest to select the third mural for the downtown Denton pizzeria in May.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services named Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton a mother-friendly worksite.

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Smaller franchises get big looks

NEW YORK — They’re not household names like McDonald’s or The UPS Store, but small franchises beyond the usual restaurant groups and retailers are attracting buyers who want something new or different and see greater challenges and opportunities with lesser-known businesses.

Kim Phillips: Welcome Center to celebrate on Fourth

Happy Fourth of July weekend! This is one of my favorite holidays. I’m not sure how it became a favorite as a kid — perhaps gathering with family at the lake, eating watermelon and homemade ice cream and shooting off fireworks. Wonderful memories, those are.

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Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords.

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Brexit could ease AT&T Center’s debt

You never really know if or when you might be blessed with a silver lining.Three officials from the financially burdened AT&T Performing Arts Center met recently with the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News about their daunting $151 million in capital debt, which a pair of lenders, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, are now willing to forgive — at least in part.

Scott Burns: How much retirement income do you need?

Will you suffer if your retirement income is only 60 percent of your earnings before retirement?A recent article on the Bankrate.com website suggests just that. I beg to differ — as I have for decades.

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After more than a year in business, New York Pizza & Pasta closed earlier in the week. According to a letter on the door dated Monday, June 27, the property management company Centennial Real Estate said the business had not paid rent and the locks had been changed.

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FDA eyes hand sanitizer makers’ claims

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.

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Startups look to redesign the breast pump

NEW YORK — Ask many mothers and they’ll tell you, pumping sucks in more than one sense of the word.“It feels like you are a cow. You are hooked up to a machine — it’s the opposite of breastfeeding,” says Nina Emlen, who works full-time in college admissions and pumps milk twice a day for her son, Asher.

Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 kids killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

Volkswagen settles emissions-cheating cases for $14.7B

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen will spend $14.7 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.

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Skin tones take dancewear stage

Whitney Bracey’s Denton apartment feels like a small studio space instead of a living area and kitchen. Sure, the television and sink are there, but some aspects stand out: her sewing station to the right of the front door, a large dress form and fabric.

Kim Phillips: Welcome center becomes reality

Last Tuesday morning, manager Jake Laughlin ran a nervous hand through his hair as he looked the place over one last time. A crew of excited Dentoning experts and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staffers, donning #dentoning T-shirts, scurried around him, a blur of color making sure every little detail was exactly right.

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Denton boutique tasked with recreating vintage Park Service uniforms

Janie Shoto and her daughter Christina usually are sewing and hemming dresses in their vintage boutique shop, Circa 77, just off the Square on Oak Street. But on Friday afternoon, they were packed into Shoto’s home office with three sewing machines, two experienced seamstresses and boxes overflowing with dark green fabric.

Scott Burns: Cost of living well keeps climbing in U.S.

The cost of living higher on the hog has risen again. Nothing wild, mind you. It’s just what happens when yields on stocks and bonds decline. The lower they go, the more investment cash you need.

Briefly in business: Texas Health to develop mental health hospital

The Atrium Medical Center in Corinth will be a Texas Health Behavioral Health Hospital come June 2017. Texas Health Resources purchased the 62,500-square-foot facility and 5 acres of land along Corinth Parkway, and plans to begin development in the coming months.

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WinCo to open its first Denton location July 28

WinCo Foods will open its first retail location in Denton on Thursday, July 28 at Rayzor Ranch Town Center.

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Following mass shooting in Orlando, travel agents not seeing widespread cancellations to city

Experts say it’s too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there.

Jeremy Fykes: Guaranty Bank & Trust strives to be unique

At the beginning of May, Guaranty Bank & Trust, a bank with a history that spans over 100 years, opened a temporary facility located in Woodhill Square at 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 100.

Kim Phillips: Dickenson the right person for UNT’s athletic director

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the University of North Texas Mean Green will kick off the 2016 football season against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs at Apogee Stadium.

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying professional networking service site LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion.

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Green rush sprouts up

GUNTER (AP) — About 60 miles north of Dallas, amid green fields in the sleepy town of Gunter — population 1,486 — Texas Cannabis CEO Patrick Moran has optioned to buy a former cotton gin, where he plans to grow the cannabis sativa plant, known more commonly as marijuana.

Kim Phillips: Dog show expertise a plus for CVB staff

“Silver Grand Champion.” “Best Veteran in Show.” These were accolades popping up on Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff’s Facebook feeds as we followed sales director Dana Lodge during her recent vacation in Seattle. Strange vacation lingo? Not in Dana’s world.

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Apple’s next big challenge: Making Siri smarter

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s Siri made a big splash when the wisecracking digital assistant debuted on the iPhone five years ago. But as other tech giants jockey to build intelligent “chat bots” and voice-controlled home systems capable of more challenging artificial-intelligence feats, Siri at times no longer seems cutting edge.

Scott Burns: Social Security raise hangs on inflation rise

Remember this number: 233.278. It’s the average consumer price index for the third quarter of 2015. It’s an important number because it will help determine whether 60 million Social Security beneficiaries get a benefit increase in 2017.

Briefly in business: CoServ provides service to 300,000 meters

CoServ, an electric distribution cooperative with a gas distribution affiliate, now provides electric and natural gas service to 300,000 meters, according to a news release from the company.

Feds weigh fate of for-profit college watchdog

BOSTON — Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools.

Scott Burns: Trade decline more than simply a passing trend

Henry Ford had two great ideas. One was the creation of the first factory assembly line with a conveyor belt. It cut the time to produce a Model T from about a day and a half to an hour and a half. It created a massive productivity change.

Jack Bausman, former AP bureau chief in Moscow, dies at 92

Stamford, Conn.Bausman, former AP bureau chief, dies at 92Jack Bausman, a Cold War-era correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for The Associated Press, has died, his daughter said Friday. He was...