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Report highly critical of UNT athletics

The University of North Texas athletic department is plagued by poor communication, inadequate customer service, dilapidated facilities and lack of funding, according to a report from consultants released Wednesday.

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Denton ISD’s eighth middle school named for Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez

Denton ISD’s eighth middle school finally has a name. After a lenghty open meeting, board members deliberated into the early morning hours Wednesday during closed session and voted unanimously to dub the building the Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez Middle School. The name honors a local couple who share a passion for education and have contributed to Denton schools since the 1970s.

Local Frontier woes linger

Earlier this month, Paul Chandler received a bill from Frontier Communications for $593.

Wreck has southbound I-35W closed just south of FM1171

Southbound Interstate 35W is closed just south of exit 74 after an 18-wheeler drove over a guard rail shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, according Denton County Sheriff’s Office communications officer Felicity Frankland.

Mental illness evaluation ordered for suspect

DALLAS — A Tarrant County judge has ordered a mental illness evaluation for the suspect in the slaying of a 24-year-old Texas Woman’s University student.

Blotter: Stabbing puts man in hospital

A 25-year-old man was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center on Tuesday morning with injuries that were not life threatening after a suspect stabbed him in the left arm at the intersection of Wayne and Snyder streets, according to Denton police spokesman Orlando Hinojosa.

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Denton City Council preps for charter amendments

Denton City Council members prepared a long to-do list Tuesday for a yet-to-be-named committee that would likely propose amendments for the city charter next year. The changes could greatly affect how the city is run, and for many years to come.

FBI gathers more than 100 items from home

The FBI collected more than 100 items from the Haslet home of Charles Dean Bryant, the 30-year-old accused of murdering Texas Woman’s University student Jacqueline Vandagriff, according to the return on a search warrant issued for the suspect’s home.

Denton ISD focused on opposing voucher systems in state’s legislative session in 2017

There are already rumblings about what will happen in the state’s 85th legislative session next year, especially from Denton ISD board members and administrators who believe education funding should be...

Exhibit showcasing higher education’s impact opens

“Voices From the Past, Voices for the Future,” an exhibit highlighting higher education’s impact on Denton County, officially opened Tuesday at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. About 40 artifacts and images from the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and North Central Texas College chronicle the history and achievements of the three institutions.

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Bringin' the heat

Denton resident and longtime Texas Rangers fan Clare Bartee throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Bartee, 86, who worked at Moore Business Forms in Denton for 35 years before retiring, has been a member of the Texas Rangers Women’s Club since 1992. As a member of the club, Bartee and the other women hand out free items at the gates of the ballpark for one point per game. Women who had accrued 40 points by the end of August were eligible for a drawing to throw out the pitch, and Bartee won.

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Marchant returns to court

After a nine-week absence from Denton County Commissioners Court meetings, Precinct 2 Commissioner Ron Marchant returned Tuesday.

Blotter: Man’s arrest includes drugs, weapons, assault charges

A police chase ended Sunday afternoon with the arrest of a 26-year-old Denton man near the 1400 block of Mosscreek Drive, where police discovered a total of 4.3 pounds of marijuana, more than $3,200 in cash and several handguns and rifles, some of which were reportedly stolen.

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Wednesday, September 28 Calendar

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Law school would get Dallas building in deal

DALLAS — Dallas’ first public law school, in the heart of downtown, remains at risk of not being accredited by the American Bar Association. But that isn’t stopping UNT Dallas College of Law from proceeding with long-standing plans to buy the old Municipal Building from the city.

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Britney Tabor: North Texas Xpress a welcome sight

FORT WORTH — The launch of the North Texas Xpress commuter bus connecting Denton and Fort Worth came as a welcome arrival Monday morning.It’s something I could only wish was available last fall and in...

Suit filed by ex-employee with Denton police heading to trial

A trial date is scheduled for Nov. 14 in a civil lawsuit a former senior duty officer for the Denton Police Department filed against the city in February 2014. The plaintiff, Wanda Esker, alleges in the lawsuit that police public information Officer Ryan Grelle made “sexually inappropriate comments and touches” while they were co-workers. Grelle continues to work at the department and could not be reached for comment. Duty officers are typically civilians who operate in a more administrative role.

City reorganizes in several areas

Denton’s interim city manager, Howard Martin, has eliminated the job created for Aimee Bissett after she stepped down as head of both planning and economic development earlier this month.

Blotter: local man taken to hospital after being shot

Paramedics took a 33-year-old Denton man to the hospital early Sunday with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm.

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Sisterly sharing

Tuesday, September 27 Calendar

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Vandagriff murder suspect formerly in Army

DALLAS — The suspect in the murder of Jacqueline Vandagriff, the 24-year-old Texas Woman’s University student who was found burned and dismembered near Grapevine Lake, enlisted in the Army in 2006 but left less than a year later.

Three die in single-car crash Sunday night

Three people died Sunday night in a SUV rollover crash near East FM2449 and C Wolfe Road just outside of Ponder.

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Indelible life: Renowned Denton watercolor painter turning 100

Surrounded by loved ones, admirers, friends and likely several fans, Dorothy Bertine blows out her three birthday candles, taking her time to extinguish each individually with a gentle kiss of air: On Wednesday, she will be 100 years old.

Home decor showcase this weekend

Old-fashioned signs, refurbished furniture and the scent of kettle corn popping will mark Denton’s first Vintage Market Days, a three-day vendor showcase this coming weekend.

Blotter: Ex-friend threatened man, used knife to cut face

Denton police were dispatched about 10 a.m. Saturday to the 2100 block of Spencer Road for a reported assault against a 21-year-old man.

Dave Lieber: StarKist’s ad campaign is beyond fishy

Today I attempt to destroy the character and chances of a certain presidential candidate. This candidate is a TV star. He’s abrupt and a social climber. He was sued for scamming Americans in one of the biggest class-action lawsuits ever. His name? Charlie the Tuna. You know, the cartoon tuna of TV commercial fame. Sorry, Charlie.

Monday, September 26 Calendar

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Family’s fight for services not rare

At first glance, Lillian Williams looks like every other 9-year-old playing at Eureka 2 playground. With her long ponytail flopping behind her, she jabbers on about her favorite TV show, Animaniacs, and her new friend at school. It’s clear, even though she’ll be happy to tell you, that Lillie’s favorite color is pink: She’s decked out in the shade from head to toe.

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‘Gametopia’ serves as a break from flood of live music

Festivalgoers fatigued from the midday heat beating down on them yesterday walked into the Campus Theatre for a beatdown in Super Smash Bros. instead. Precisely what Hannah Wilcox and her boyfriend Daniel Robertson, who was visiting from New Mexico, spent their Saturday doing rather than snaking through scores of people.

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Oaktopia for all tastes

Blotter: Condo left burglarized by unknown suspects

Three 21-year-old residents of a condo in the Mesquite Ridge complex in the 800 block of West Collins Street lost multiple electronic devices and a bike, which was taken from their back porch, on Friday morning.

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A glimpse into the past

Dave Lieber: Summer Santa nonprofit powered by Texas elves

Twenty years ago, Brad Bradley, then Southlake’s municipal judge, invited me to breakfast. I had no outstanding traffic tickets, which is his thing. So I wondered what it was about.

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Going green

Sunday, September 25 Calendar

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Whose sidewalk is this?

Susan Vaughan spent a Sunday afternoon on the Denton Square with a friend, enjoying the sunny weather last January and taking in a matinee performance of The Lion in Winter at the Campus Theatre.

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Giving Day brings $1.2M in aid

Denton County nonprofits raised more than $1.2 million in donations Thursday during North Texas Giving Day, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Communities Foundations of Texas.

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Puptopia

Reporter/photographer Caitlyn Jones staked out downtown Denton on Friday to spot dogs and their humans enjoying Oaktopia and other areas surrounding the festival. Here’s what she found.

Blotter: Man arrested at restaurant on trespassing charge

A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday night and charged with criminal trespassing at Hooligans restaurant and bar in the 100 block of North Locust Street.

A.H. Belo shares up after Gannett speculation

DALLAS — Shares in Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation hit a 52-week high early Friday on speculation that Gannett Corp., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, might be interested in buying the parent company of The Dallas Morning News.

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Saturday, September 24 Calendar

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Lake Dallas ISD begins on-campus fire academy

As a group of students clad in gym shorts and navy blue T-shirts pile out the door at Lake Dallas High School, instructor John Bryant shouts one command. “Don’t be last!”

Cruz endorses Trump

WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz says he's voting for Donald Trump for president — a shocking about-face after he rocked the Republican convention by dramatically refusing to do so.