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.

Briefly in business

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


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.

Briefly in business

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.

Briefly in business

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.

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Regulators begin review of Shell’s Arctic drilling plan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern shore.


Computer users face hard choice — pay ransom or lose files

NEW YORK — It’s a chilling moment: A message appears on a computer screen, saying the files are encrypted and the only way to access them is by paying a ransom.

UNT closer to buying building

The University of North Texas is one step closer to buying the 91,000-square-foot building that currently houses Sack & Save. The Board of Regents authorized the university to complete the purchase for $6.25 million, and university officials expect the deal to go through in the next 90 days.


City eyes smoking ban compromise

The Denton City Council is expected to revisit a compromise that would expand the city’s smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and similar devices, yet grandfather in a handful of bars that still allow smoking under an exception granted in 2012.

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Pair to talk about entrepreneurship, sustainability

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc., will be paid $48,300 to speak Thursday at the University of North Texas. The two founded the company in Burlington, Vermont,...

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RadioShack resurrected

FORT WORTH — A smaller RadioShack got a fresh start this week.

Kim Phillips: Increase in parking a cause for celebration

I was ahead of schedule on a beautiful morning in downtown Austin. I knew just what to do with the extra bit of time on my hands: stop for breakfast on a patio and soak up the fresh air before working indoors the rest of the day.

Scott Burns: Home ownership deductions not a middle-class tax benefit

Some gilded cages are about to rattle. The financial quake will be felt all over California. Ditto Honolulu, New York and Boston. Indeed, in every place where homes are priced high, higher and highest, angst will prevail.


Expo shows innovations in Japan industry

SENDAI, Japan — Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there’s a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe.

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Hiring slowdown: U.S. employers added 126K jobs in March

WASHINGTON — A weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added just 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a 12-month streak of gains above 200,000.

Scott Burns: For most, owning a car beats leasing

My husband always said leasing made sense only if you could write off the lease as a business expense. Is that still true?


Brand flubs and fizzles

NEW YORK — It was a tempest in a coffee cup.


Internet infrastructure gaps remain

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation’s Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Kim Phillips: Denton’s creative spirit captivates

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein said this. I first encountered this particular Einstein quote a few weeks ago when our team was making final preparations for Denton’s debut at the enormous South by Southwest Interactive Exposition (SXSWi) in Austin. It was Eric Pulido who said it, and the moment he did, it rang true in my heart about Denton.

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Cloudy view from Vista Ridge

LEWISVILLE — Some Vista Ridge Mall tenants remain optimistic about the future despite the mall’s recent difficulties.


Liquor store opens in city

Denton’s first liquor store is officially here. The Liquor Outpost opened Saturday and is the first place to sell bottles of hard liquor in the city limits.

Food stamp recipients could start working soon

WASHINGTON — New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

Scott Burns: Transforming home equity into a better retirement

Imagine you are in your 60s, looking over your shoulder for signs that your job will soon disappear. Imagine you don’t have a pension. Imagine you don’t have much money in your 401(k) plan. Indeed, you may have next to nothing. What you have is your home, one you have lived in for a long time — long enough to have paid off the mortgage.

Briefly in Denton

Two new restaurants are moving downtown, N.Y. Pizza and Pasta and Dix Coney Island.


Health insurance law paperwork costs small businesses thousands

NEW YORK — Complying with the health insurance law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn’t have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.

Kim Phillips: SXSW features Denton flavor

We are standing at the crossroads of the world. There is Sweden over there. Singapore and Germany are just a little farther down. There is NASA. Austin, Tyler and Texas are behind us. Oh, and I see China off to the right.

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Innovative thinker

ADDISON — Eric McGehearty has never read a book in his life, and he couldn’t if he tried.

Energy agency sees more oil declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices have further to drop with few signs of slowing production in the U.S., according to a global energy agency.

Scott Burns: You, too, can live near water

SARASOTA, Fla. — I am aboard the Sea Gypsy again, interviewing manufactured home residents some days, being deckhand and cook on my friend’s trawler on others. But I admire the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway every day.

Briefly in business

Fruit bouquet chain Edible Arrangements will join the Adagio building this summer.


Start pedaling

Spring is right around the corner and Denton cyclists emerging from hibernation now have another resource for their biking needs.