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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.

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Kim Phillips: Remember, honor those who served

Tall heels click rapidly on the driveway. She tosses long, black hair over her shoulder to search for her keys in the purse slinging at her side. In the car, she dons big sunglasses, checks her lipstick in the mirror, puts the car in reverse and heads for her office at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Scott Burns: There are more reasons to be optimistic about retirement

Are we heading toward a retirement crisis, or not?

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Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Kim Phillips: Downtown Denton is like art

My mother believes in the power of art, that it broadens our minds and enhances our overall life experience.

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Missing millennials

Young people aspiring to buy their first home are already facing disappointment this year.

Scott Burns: Exploring age groups in the ‘Wealth Scoreboard’

It’s that time again. Time to see just exactly where you stand on the heap and, just maybe, take aim at joining the big dogs. If that’s your thing, it’s time to up your game. The big dogs are pulling ahead faster than the rest of us.

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Phone monitoring apps flourish in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Lee Chang-june can be miles from his 12-year-old son but still know when he plays a smartphone game. With the press of an app he can see his son’s phone activity, disable apps or totally shut down the smartphone.

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Rulings require feds to consider carbon impact of coal mines

DENVER — Beset by power plant closures, growing regulatory scrutiny and proposed changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle — a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

Biz Beat Blog: Denton-based Sally Beauty Supply confirms breach of customer accounts

Denton-based Sally Beauty has confirmed an illegal intrusion into its payment card systems, but the scope of the breach isn’t yet clear.

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From truck to taco trove

Since the summer of 2013, the Flatlanders Taco Co. food truck has been a staple of the Denton food truck scene, frequently parked across the street from Oak Street Drafthouse & Cocktail Parlor.

Scott Burns: Vacationing in Mexico still an attractive choice

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Time for a break. Mention Mexico to some people, and they roll their eyes. Then they start talking about drug cartels and the latest drug-deal-gone-bad movie featuring dismemberment and blowtorches.

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U.S states move to quash local limits on drilling

MANSFIELD — Lawmakers in Texas and energy-producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

Kim Phillips: Moms, love and a great community

“Mama, who do you love the best?”

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Sally Beauty probes credit card activity

An investigation has started to look into unusual activity on various credit cards used at Sally Beauty locations across the country.

Businesses talk over summer job program

Peterbilt Motors Co. and Labinal Power Systems hosted an informational luncheon Monday afternoon for businesses interested in the Mayor’s Summer Youth Job Program.

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Evolving art

In Denton, tattoos have become an integral part of the culture, much like craft beer, live music and facial hair.

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Jail video chats a growing industry

The Internet communication revolution is being mirrored, in funhouse form, inside American correctional facilities. Companies that have historically focused on prison phone services that connect prisoners to loved ones and lawyers are now branching into video chats.

Scott Burns: ‘Tax Torpedo’ takes a sizable chunk

What government gives with one hand, it takes back with the other.

Kim Phillips: What travel means to you and me

Travel is ... fun. Making memories. Educational. Adventurous. Relaxing. Enlightening. Refreshing.

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Apple Watch irks some users with wrist tattoos

NEW YORK — It’s an annoying problem for the unlucky few: The Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.

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Brad Andrus is the new executive vice president on Axis Realty Group, a commercial real estate firm in Denton, leaving his post as senior vice president at First State Bank.