Cherishing chocolate

CORPUS CHRISTI — Missiles whizzing overhead, the ever-present danger of explosions on the trek to school and constant checkpoints are realities the Ghraowi family faced the last few years in Damascus, the capital city of Syria.


Vistas open at small businesses using drones

NEW YORK — That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot — it may be a tool that’s become indispensable for a small business.

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Kim Phillips: Welcome Center open for Arts & Jazz Fest

Beginning tomorrow, Quakertown Park will be abuzz. Stages and vendor tents will start going up.

Scott Burns: It’s time to chuck our tax ‘system’

The highest income tax rate is 39.6 percent. A single person pays that on taxable income over $450,050. A couple pays it on income over $466,950. Earn another $1,000 and the U.S. Treasury claims $396 of it.

Study: No suicide risk for anti-smoking pills

TRENTON, N.J. — Seven years after U.S. regulators slapped their strictest warning on two popular smoking-cessation medicines citing risks of suicidal behavior, a large international study found no such risk.

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Virtual vibes

BEIJING — China’s live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers to online dramas and stodgy state-controlled TV.

Denton farm again to feature Earthwise name

After operating for almost two years as Johnson’s Backyard Garden, the large farm in Denton headed by Ryan Crocker is now Earthwise Produce again.

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Kim Phillips: Chairy Orchard a symbol of Denton

Around this time of year, the cherry trees are blossoming all over Washington, D.C. People plan visits to the nation’s capital to coincide with the beauty of the blooms. Here’s a little known fact about Denton: It’s spelled different, but we have a chairy orchard abloom here year-round

Women-only car serviecs fill a niche, but legality concerns remain

BOSTON — Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory?

Scott Burns: Reverse mortgage solutions for cash-short retirement

Some people are “house rich” and “house poor” at the same time. They’re house rich because they own a house. They may own it outright or have a tiny mortgage balance. Either way, they’ve got a bunch of equity. But they can also be house poor.

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Later, lines

The big blue box is using more of its store muscle to enhance its e-commerce business.

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Kim Phillips: Online station validates synergy

For the past several weeks, I’ve written about projects that came to fruition because of cooperation.

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Scott Burns: We are entering the age of reverse mortgages

The emails questioning my sanity arrived soon after publication of last week’s column. It reported on the use of reverse mortgages to buy new homes with 50 percent down — but never having to make a mortgage payment for the balance of the cost.


4 Fed leaders questioned about their jobs

WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen was put on the spot about whether she made a mistake in raising interest rates in December. Ben Bernanke was quizzed about what it felt like to be called a traitor by the governor of Texas..


Make-it home

Four years ago, Serendipity on the Square opened in a space about as big as a bedroom.

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Will middle age suit Apple?

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple turned 40 on Friday, and it’s a very different company from the audacious startup Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak launched in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976.

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Kim Phillips: Trees help keep Denton growing

Original, independent Denton. I can think of no more perfect brand for Denton. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate its genuineness, but lately, I’ve been awed watching our brand’s true meaning in action.

Scott Burns: Reverse mortgages can boost liquidity

LAKE WALES, Florida — The advertisement in Where to Retire magazine caught my eye. It made an interesting offer.

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Demand surprises Tesla

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Demand for Tesla Motors’ new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company’s CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.

Fast-casual restaurant VERTS coming to Denton

Verts Kebap, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, will open on Loop 288 later this month, according to company officials.

Sprouts to open June 29

The 28,000 square-foot grocery store Sprouts Farmers Market on Teasley Lane now has a scheduled opening: Wednesday, June 29 at 7 a.m.

Blog: Peterbilt expanding again

Peterbilt is adding a 102,000 square-foot building to their Denton campus for production and testing.


Room to grow

Brijpal Singh and his brother, who only goes by the name of Singh, opened Rasoi, The Indian Kitchen in a renovated gas station on Avenue C 12 years ago. Since then, they’ve earned lifelong customers who consider the place a second home.

Kim Phillips: Convention center a new era for Denton

Last Monday was a bright, sunny day. A couple hundred people hurried from their cars toward a giant tent, jackets pulled tight against a nippy wind blowing across the construction site.

More homes become available on market this year

New home sales listings in the area were up 20 percent in February from a year ago, according to data from local real estate agents. And the total inventory of single-family homes listed for sale with area real estate agents is 4 percent higher than a year ago.


Boutique coffee shops jolt chains to help step up sophistication

WASHINGTON — The coffee obsession has reached a new peak: You can now know the altitude at which the beans used for your morning cup of java were grown.

Scott Burns: Taking benefits while working is often a bad idea

What are your thoughts on this, the good or the bad?

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Japan’s Abe mulls delaying second tax hike

TOKYO — The scene: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the economy minister and top central banker receiving a lecture from Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz. The message: No matter how bad the debt, Japan’s economy is too weak to withstand another tax hike.

D-FW area sees No. 2 population boom

Dallas-Fort Worth had last year’s second-largest population boom in the state — and the nation, the Census Bureau says.


Apple releases small new iPhone

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple unveiled a small new iPhone, a new iPad tablet for business use and knocked $50 off its Apple Watch at a product event Monday. The announcements, which were largely expected, aim to keep up the company’s commercial momentum in the face of unexpected challenges.

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Target to rebrand its pharmacies as CVS

DALLAS — The results of Target’s biggest decisions last year are about to show up in Dallas-Fort Worth: Soon there will be a CVS pharmacy inside your Target store.

Tanger Factory Outlet to be built next to TMS

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers plans to build a 350,000-square-foot shopping center in Fort Worth next to Texas Motor Speedway.The Tanger center is part of the 279-acre mixed-use project called Champions...


Feeling the sun in Sealy

SEALY (AP) — Joey Romano, a Houstonian who has worked in real estate development and in the renewable energy field, is combining the two in his newest project: a 12-acre solar farm 50 miles west of Houston.


Big Easy Airbnb's boom, sparking debate over city's soul

NEW ORLEANS — For years, tourists in New Orleans mostly stayed in the French Quarter. They did their drinking there, gawked at raunchy shows on Bourbon Street and gorged themselves at exquisite restaurants.

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Kim Phillips: City unites in Austin to display uniqueness

Today is the final in this three-part series about Denton at the massive South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

Scott Burns: Don’t be afraid to live long and spend freely

An undeveloped idea stands between you and a more generous retirement.

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Starwood takes improved bid after calling off buyout deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Starwood called off a $12.2 billion buyout agreement with Marriott in favor of an offer from a group of investors led by the Chinese insurance company Anbang.


Paris gets sausages, steaks 24/7 from vending machine

PARIS — With their beloved baguette already available 24 hours a day, it seems only logical that Parisians can now get the Bayonne ham and Basque pate that goes so well with the bread from the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital.


Decision time for California governor’s water project

CLARKSBURG, Calif. — Atop a dirt levee his great-grandfather built in the 1800s to hold back California’s mightiest river, Northern California farmer Russell van Loben Sels looks out over the site of a new water project, one that would be the state’s most ambitious in a half-century.

Cinemark backs out of Town Center

Cinemark will no longer have a movie theater at Rayzor Ranch Town Center, despite announcing plans for a Cinemark Movie Bistro at the development in 2014.

Frontier, Verizon merging effective April 1

Verizon FiOs has a huge stakehold in Denton, and starting April 1, all Verizon customers will be transferred to Frontier Communications.

Kim Phillips: Makers at SXSW tell the story of Denton

The annual South by Southwest festival in Austin is an enormous wheel composed of several cogs and many spokes.

Scott Burns: Health care has become an elaborate magic trick

The most common element of magic tricks is misdirection.

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New barbecue restaurant open