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We’re still waiting for someone to put together a viable plan to renovate the Fine Arts Theater on the Square. Caroline Booth, City Hall’s new director of economic development, should take this “building rehab challenge” and make it a top priority. There should not be a big, gaping hole on the Square.

There is one thing we’re no longer waiting for. Three months after opening, the job is posted: the director of Stoke Denton. The city-sponsored co-working space is sort-of run by the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, has some programming from local nonprofit TechMill, and Julie Glover with the city of Denton has been overseeing day-to-day operations. With the job posting, we hope to see more events and people inside — and the space acting as more than a bring-your-own computer lab.

The University of North Texas is hosting a workshop Nov. 16 on the Texas Public Information Act, explaining citizen rights and responsibilities in securing public documents. We hope a special invitation was extended to certain campus officials who continue to refuse to release the university policy on the use of deadly force. The Denton Record-Chronicle has repeatedly asked for the document following the fatal shooting of UNT student Ryan McMillan last December. We are still waiting.

This week, the Denton City Council appointed four alternates to its three-member ethics committee, designating the mayor as the first alternate. In other words, every council member is eligible for the draft now.

Local witches, wizards and Muggles can prepare for the release of the newest Harry Potter franchise film with a party from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at North Branch Library. Although Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 18, the free library event will feature crafts, snacks and a scavenger hunt to find Newt Scamander’s missing creatures.

The event is open to all ages, but let’s be honest: It’ll be the adults who nerd out over this one.

Speaking of magical sorting hats, Rock Lottery 15 is set for Nov. 12 at Dan’s Silverleaf. The Denton tradition puts the names of 25 local musicians into the special hippie-mystical cowboy hat, to be sorted into five insta-bands that have to perform live onstage that night.

Early admission for the 10 a.m. band selection ceremony is $20 and includes breakfast. Evening admission is $15 for the 9:30 show, where fans jockey to see a day’s valiant efforts of musical mash-ups. Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Denton County — those folks who volunteer to represent the best interests of children who are abused or neglected.

Confirmed participants for Rock Lottery 15: 88 Killa, Alex Atchley (Bad Times), Al Callejas (Seres), Brack Cantrell (Bad Beats), Cory Coleman (Hares on the Mountain), Corey Duran (Collick), Cari Elizondo (Sunbuzzed), Benjamin Gallegos (Goldenjoy), Ashley Givens (Thin Skin), Stefanie Lazcano (Pearl Earl), Leoncarlo, Jake Mann (Orcanaut), Kim Nall, Eric Nichelson (Midlake), Garrett Phelps (PurlSnapShirts), Gregg Prickett (They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy), Ed Priesner (Sanguine Eagle), Rat Rios, Kelly Upshaw (The Hope Trust), Sam Villavert (Sealion), Steven Visneau (Pool Lights), Teddy Georgia Waggy (Siamese), Jade Wells (Chokey), John Wier (A Taste of Herb), Brooks Willhoite (Mountain of Smoke).

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The political feud between Denton County Judge Mary Horn and County Commissioner Hugh Coleman is intensifying. Horn worked overtime to support Brett Larsen, Coleman’s opponent in last spring’s GOP primary. Coleman easily defeated Larsen, who was in the pocket of real estate developers.

Watch for Horn’s decision about whether to run for re-election to another four-year term as county judge in 2018. Coleman could be positioning himself to succeed Horn.

Record-Chronicle sports writer Brett Vito and state District Court Judge Doug Robison literally had a run-in on Monday. The judge accidentally bumped his front bumper into the back of Vito’s car when they were stopped at Hobson Lane and Country Club Road.

No damage to either vehicle. They didn’t even exchange insurance info. They shook hands, quickly parted ways and probably thought to themselves, “That’s a helluva way to meet someone.”

Denton musician Josh Halverson thought for a moment that he had been eliminated from the competition on Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice. Coach Miley Cyrus named Aaron Gibson the winner in a “Knockout” duel with Halverson, but Alicia Keys — Halverson’s original coach — used her one save for the round and will take Halverson to the live episodes, which begin Monday.

Halverson sang “Whiskey and You,” a song written by Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Stapleton, recorded by many and popularized in North Texas by Jason Eady.

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at