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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Buffett defends practices, showers advice

OMAHA, Neb. — Berkshire Hathaway shareholders always celebrate Warren Buffett at the annual meeting, but amid the praise Saturday, investors also questioned a couple of the conglomerate’s recent business moves.

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After five years inside Golden Triangle Mall, the Boardwalk Cafe has moved and reopened at 209 W. Hickory St.

Downtown complaints on agenda

Virginia McNeill and her late husband, Charlie, first considered moving their appliance store from the Square to another part of town in 1985. Back then, parking was bad, key businesses were closing and proprietors wondered whether their business would be healthier in another location, she said. McNeill said her husband had a vision for the store’s growth and began acquiring land for the move. If the deal had not fallen through at the very end, they would have relocated, she said.

First quarter brings net income for A. H. Belo

DALLAS — A.H. Belo Corporation, parent of the Dallas Morning News, reported net income of $363,000 in first quarter 2015, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million in the same three months of 2014.


Brew U.

POMONA, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.

Kim Phillips: Getting involved has rich rewards

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of new recruits to the North Texas Alumni Association about how best to take advantage of their membership.


‘Wake-up call’ for industry

WASHINGTON — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

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Themes emerge from energy meeting

HOUSTON — In the year since the energy industry last gathered for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming.

Scott Burns: Benefit taxation hits single retirees, too

The tax burden on Social Security benefits isn’t just for couples filing joint returns. It’s an equal opportunity burden — it falls on singles, too. Whatever your marital status, you are subject to the tax if you have income from sources other than Social Security.


Voice of Shiner

SHINER (AP) — Ruth Terpinski walks into the Spoetzl Brewery office donning oval-shaped glasses, bright-colored threads, a statement necklace and teased hair — all of which matches her regal saunter.


Through the roof

LOS ANGELES — Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

Kim Phillips: Embracing joy in the face of a tragedy

The arrival of spring was last week’s column topic. I talked about new leaves and flowers, of patios and music. I talked about eagerly anticipating our upcoming festivals. I encouraged readers to get outside, take it all in, live out loud.

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Businesses pursue celebrity clients

NEW YORK — It’s a dream for many small business owners: A-list celebrity clients.

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Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Parents wanting to help child buy a home should be careful

Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home.

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Safety measures issued for oil trains

WASHINGTON — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.


Etsy’s stock surges in debut

NEW YORK — The place where you can buy handmade dresses and crocheted dog costumes has a new hot seller: its own stock.

Scott Burns: How seniors can spend, leave more

Imagine you are at a delicate point in your life. You and your spouse are 66, poised to retire and take Social Security. Your combined benefits will be $32,000 a year. You also will have another $32,000 of income from other sources.

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Mike Weaver: Resources can help those in need of an RIA

In a previous column, we talked about stockbrokers as being salespeople who charge commissions and provide investments that are “suitable.”


Late-night luxury

Soon enough, Denton residents will be able to dine on the Square at all hours of the day.


Kroger opens Marketplace in Lewisville

Kroger will open its eighth Marketplace store in North Texas with a grand-opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday. The store, 4620 State Highway 121 in Lewisville, will anchor Castle Hills Marketplace, a 400,000-square-foot shopping center being built by Cencor Realty Services.

Kim Phillips: Springtime is time to go outside

Something we do really well in Denton is outside. Perhaps a better way of saying it is that we do outside well.

Scott Burns: It’s time to repeal the senior citizen surtax

Tax reform is in the air — again. This means we will be subject to the wretched posturing of politicians saying they want to help the middle class. They will do this by giving us some of our income back and calling it tax relief.

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Denton’s Movie Tavern theater announced Wednesday plans for space expansion and interior upgrades.

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GE pares financial unit, returns to its roots

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.