Summer of the road trip

NEW YORK — Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip.

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Kim Phillips: Denton stepping into new markets

Anyone at Twilight Tunes on the courthouse lawn a couple of weeks ago likely noticed us.

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.


Self-driving big rigs could be next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO — Picture an 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel.

New OT rules force small businesses to make hard choices

NEW YORK — The government’s new rules requiring overtime pay for millions of workers have small business owners facing some hard choices.

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Phil Mickelson to repay $1 million in SEC case

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson has agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million dollars that the Securities And Exchange Commission says he earned in an illegal insider trading scheme.


Travelers’ troubles

WASHINGTON — Facing a growing backlash over extremely long waits at airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked fliers “to be patient” as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

Kim Phillips: Add another to the Denton bucket list

There is an ancient saying that originated in the Bible’s Old Testament: “Nothing under the sun is truly new” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).


As online shopping intensifies, outlook dims for mall stores

WASHINGTON — Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall —from Macy’s to The Gap and J.C. Penney — face an increasingly uncertain future.

Scott Burns: Taking a visit with the rational gold investor

AUSTIN — You’ve probably watched one — at least for a few minutes.

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Hawaii sues Takata, Honda over unsafe, defective air bags

HONOLULU — The state of Hawaii is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata over defective air bags they say threaten peoples’ lives.

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Vermont tries to put brakes on drug prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont is poised to become the first state requiring drug companies to explain their price increases, and Bob and Deborah Messing think that’s a good idea.

Earl’s 377 Pizza sets opening date

Earl’s 377 Pizza, the third restaurant from John “Sparky” Pearson and chef Chad Kelly, will open Monday, May 23.


Around again

LODENICE, Czech Republic — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world’s biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia.

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Kim Phillips: Mural rich with Denton symbols

Atop scaffolding, local artist Dan Black is separated from onlookers by a fancy red velvet rope looped between brass stanchions, a classy nod to the importance of his work.

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Tidy up tech, and tighten security

NEW YORK — Spring cleaning isn’t just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It’s a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you’re protected against hackers.

Scott Burns: Time to check the teeth on your 401(k)

Is that gift horse 401(k) plan you have a good deal? Have you examined its teeth? Maybe it’s time.

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Kim Phillips: Lonely luggage? Not in Denton

This suitcase is not alone.


Streamlining success

For years, Emily Roden has had a knack for teaching.

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Savvy fliers use airline changes to save money

NEW YORK — Airline schedule changes are often frustrating. Suddenly a mid-morning flight shifts to one leaving before sunrise or a leisurely layover turns into a mad dash to the next gate.

Scott Burns: The return of the home as a personal ATM

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Hey, real estate is back! It’s not just San Francisco and its new homes “starting in the $1,000,000s,” as the now-famous billboard cries out.

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N.C. LGBT law worries small businesses

Small businesses in North Carolina are already losing valuable business because of the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.


Makeup industry pushing products in pills and liquids, but safety unclear

MIAMI — The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it’s unclear whether the products they’re trying to hawk are safe and effective.


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.