Turbulent week ends on a calmer note

Well, that was exciting.


Fast-food joints target snacks

NEW YORK — Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack.

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Kim Phillips: Dentoning goes green for UNT football

Two weeks ago, Livability.com named Denton No. 5 on the list of the top 10 college towns in the United States, and my column opened like this: “Word: Dentoning. Definition: Exploring the shops, restaurants, music venues and cultural attractions in Denton, TX. This is Livability.com’s summarized definition of Dentoning, a word now common in Denton culture coined by Dentonite Scott Campbell.”

Scott Burns: Devaluing currency leads to prisoner’s dilemma

Economist Lacy Hunt thinks long-term Treasury bonds are a buy.

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Shallow depths belie waterparks’ hazards

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — With their appealing slides and wave pools, splashing around at waterparks is an increasingly popular way to spend a summer day. But the shallow waters belie hazards that experts say visitors who are focused on the fun may be underestimating.


Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

LOS ANGELES — The fabled Goodyear blimp is retiring.

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Armadillo Ale Works signs lease to take over space on Bell

It’s been several months since North Texas beer drinkers have heard from Armadillo Ale Works.

Kim Phillips: Welcome center manager selected

The Discover Denton Welcome Center is coming soon and is big on the minds of Denton residents these days. Whenever we are out and about, Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau staff are accustomed now to fielding questions about it: When? Where? What? Who?

Scott Burns: Granddaughter, car represent life’s changes

COLLEGE STATION — The Prius my wife and I bought in 2003 is going to college. Its residency on the Texas A&M campus begins today.


Domains like .vegas, .pr, .nyc are trending

NEW YORK — Did the website address you just went to really end with “.vegas” instead of “.com”?

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Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

WASHINGTON — The damage spans the globe.


1st U.S. tar sands mine set to open in Utah

BOOK CLIFFS, Utah — On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: Digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum.

Market seeks financial boost from city

The Denton Community Market is looking for a little financial help from the city of Denton. Market officials plan to speak before the City Council tonight and make their case for a request of $300,000 to help them relocate and rejuvenate the market.

Curbs on methane expected

Environmentalists and the oil and gas industry, longtime adversaries, expect new rules for reducing methane emissions to be proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the coming weeks. The question is whether the new rules could ultimately bring relief to polluted North Texas skies.


Keeping Denton beard

The Austin Street Truck Stop has a new kid on the block.

Kim Phillips: City recognized as the No. 5 college town in country

“Word: dentoning. Definition: Exploring the shops, restaurants, music venues and cultural attractions in Denton, TX.”

Kyle Taylor: Bootstrap Denton prepares for 2nd year

Our community has always been an innovative and creative one — there’s no doubt about that. We’ve seen this in our art scene, our music scene, and now, unsurprisingly, in our tech scene.

Scott Burns: Rand Paul’s tax plan good, but not perfect

Taxes are wonderful. They give us something to complain about every day. They also aren’t well understood. That’s bad for us, great for politicians and full employment for accountants.


Penney’s latest results promising

PLANO — J.C. Penney’s turnaround is gaining traction.

Producer prices up only 0.2 percent

WASHINGTON — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.

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Barley & Board opens Wednesday

After months of construction, downtown Denton’s first brewpub Barley & Board is set to open to the public Wednesday at 11 a.m.


Holiday boon for big stores

School supplies, new clothes and backpacks flew off the shelves at Target and other stores this weekend, as shoppers took advantage of the tax-free holiday weekend.


Local couple manufactures soaps and cleaners from nontoxic ingredients

In a neighborhood tucked away behind Texas Woman’s University, Jason and Alex Schreiber work out in their carport. Both wear gas masks and gloves as they break up chunks of white powder on the trays in front of them.

Kim Phillips: Wedding business booms in Denton

Two weeks ago, on July 26, CBS Sunday Morning featured a segment called “How a Wedding Photographer Captures Special Moments,” about a New Jersey-based wedding photographer named Inku. World-renowned for capturing love in pictures, his work is pretty amazing.

Tax free weekend sees local gains

Golden Triangle Mall saw a 28 percent increase in traffic the week of tax free weekend, mall manager Matt Ludemann reports.

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Oil, natural gas, coal prices continue to decline

NEW YORK — These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices.


‘Wow factor’

SANGER — Shyril Small teeters down the stairs past a photo of John Wayne to greet the flood of guests entering the home. Her silver hoop earrings and feathered blond hair match her Texas twang as she cheerily welcomes real estate agents to view the newest addition to the already booming North Texas housing market.


Privacy pondered with new technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.


Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

SEATTLE — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

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Scott Burns: Benefits must expand for no-pension generation

The Social Security Trustees released their new report last Wednesday. Hours later, Huffington Post writer Nancy Altman made a declaration. The “2015 Trustees Report Confirms That Expanding Social Security Is Fully Affordable.” Ms. Altman is co-founder of Social Security Works! The organization has the laudable goal of expanding Social Security rather than shrinking it.

Jim Landers: Exuberance in health care might be irrational

Is the next recession going to be rooted in health care?

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Kim Phillips: Welcome center the fulfillment of a vision

Years ago, I attended a seminar where the speaker talked about vision. He didn’t talk about the things we wish for, dreams we hope might come true some day. Vision is bigger.

Tough week for social media stocks — no one is spared

NEW YORK — It hasn’t been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell.

Pot industry’s bank bid rejected by federal regulators

DENVER — A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system.


Craft distillery JEM Brewing Co. takes advantage of extra space in Pilot Point

PILOT POINT — In a town with just as many horses as people, Evan Batt steps into his element. His boots click on the uncovered floor as he walks through the rustic doors of the distillery, breezing past bottles of liquor that sprang from his own imagination.

Denton bar moguls opening Deep Ellum beer garden

The only way to describe Deep Ellum’s current state is booming. The artsy neighborhood known for its vibrant music and nightlife scenes is a magnet for new bars and restaurants and it seems everyone wants a piece of the action.

Kim Phillips: Denton’s vision not yet reached

I first arrived at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the beginning of 2003. My initial focus as the new kid on the block was meeting the movers and shakers. I began at the top and scheduled a one-on-one meeting with then-Mayor Euline Brock.

Scott Burns: The high costs of low returns and yields

Retirement isn’t what it used to be. No one knew it at the time, but the 1980s were the Golden Age of Retirement. Pensions were generous back then. Whether you invested in stocks or bonds, the proverbial wind was at your back. Both provided handsome annual returns.

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Tech officials uneasy about terrorism legislation

WASHINGTON — Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

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BlueCross BlueShield to drop individual PPO plans in 2016

About 367,000 Texans will lose their individual health insurance policies next year when BlueCross BlueShield of Texas stops offering its Blue Choice PPO (preferred provider organization) plans.

Change could be brewing downtown

Craft breweries may soon be able to set up shop in downtown Denton, as the City Council is scheduled to discuss changing city code to distinguish craft alcohol production during a work session today.

DATCU pitches in $100K for park

As the construction date approaches for the new Eureka 2 playground at South Lakes Park, local businesses continue to throw money into the pot. DATCU, a local credit union, will present a $100,000 check to the Denton Parks Foundation at tonight’s City Council meeting.

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Denton firm stuck above the clouds

Marshall Culpepper has seen space, but not just from NASA images of Pluto or even the cinematography of Hollywood. He’s actually seen space a few times in the past year through the lens of nanosatellites...

Burns: Gaps in Social Security benefits continue to grow

How can you get your money’s worth out of all that you pay into Social Security?

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Phillips: Hashtag hysteria hits CVB lunches

Among a group of friends recently, someone cracked a joke that no one else thought funny.