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The Minor Regional Novelist
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Fri, Jul 1, 2016

By Skip Hollandsworth

When Larry McMurtry is not in Archer City, the one-stoplight town in North Texas where he was raised, he can often be found in Tucson, Arizona, in a single-story, flat-roofed home in the immaculate neighborhood of Oracle Foothills Estates. He was there one morning this spring, standing at the glass-plated front door, dressed in a white collared shirt, black athletic pants, and blue New Balance athletic shoes. A red sweater he’d pulled over his shirt sported a couple of holes. His hair, once tousled and black, was now tousled and completely white. His handshake was soft. “Well, here you are,” he said...

Triggered: In 2011, professor made diamond from gunpowder; mass shootings keep gem’s gleam relevant
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Sat, Jun 18, 2016 - 10:37pm

By Lucinda Breeding

Artist Shane Mecklenburger turned gunpowder into a diamond back in 2011.

The artist was on the faculty at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design. He was a new media professor before moving to teach as an assistant professor on the art faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

For the installation titled “Tendered Currency,” Mecklenburger emptied the gunpowder out of a few .223 caliber bullets — the kind of bullets used in the magazine of an AR-15, a military-style semiautomatic rifle used in a number of American mass shootings. He bought the bullets...

In good hands: Jazz guitarist Horace Bray does justice to emotion and technique
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Sun, Jun 19, 2016

By Aarik Danielsen

Horace Bray took his first serious stab at the guitar so he could support a growing drum habit.

As a youth, he had played along to songs by alt-rock giants such as Nirvana and Foo Fighters, but drumming was his first love. When his mother offered to pay him $100 to learn Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on six strings, Bray took the bait.

“I really wanted a new ride cymbal, so I did it,” he said. “Pretty much immediately I just got really into the guitar and didn’t really put it down.”

Once jazz fans hear the 24-year-old’s debut album, “Dreamstate,” they will be lining up...

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Brief: Oritz misses cut at 12 over
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Fri, Jun 17, 2016 - 11:06pm

North Texas product Carlos Ortiz finished 12 over par Friday and failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open.

Ortiz shot 76 in both rounds of the first major of his professional career.

The 2013 UNT graduate qualified for the event by shooting a 10-under 132 and winning the Columbus-area sectional qualifier June 6.

“I didn’t play great at the beginning of the year and lost my confidence, and I’m getting it back,” Ortiz told thePittsburgh Tribune-Review after the qualfier. “I feel great with my game. It’s just I need to get around better on the golf course, make it easier for me.”

Ortiz was...

Golf: Mean Green major
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Wed, Jun 15, 2016 - 11:54pm

By Brett Vito

Brad Stracke shot one of his star players of the past a text message earlier this month and waited patiently to see what would transpire when Carlos Ortiz participated in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Ohio.

The longtime North Texas golf coach received some good news a short time later.

Ortiz is headed to the first major of his career.

The 2013 UNT graduate will tee off at 12:14 p.m. in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

Ortiz qualified for the tournament field of 156 when he came out of a season-long slump, shot a 10-under-par 132 and won the Columbus-area...

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