UNT set on buying Sack & Save site

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 - 2:26pm

The University of North Texas will work in the coming weeks to buy the Sack & Save grocery store at 1500 N. Interstate 35E to make way for a community services complex, officials said Thursday.

The Board of Regents voted to acquire the property after an executive session on Thursday. If a deal is not reached with the building owner, the university was given authority by the board to use eminent domain to acquire the building. The space would then be repurposed to house university departments and offices displaced by ongoing highway construction, as well as construction projects on campus such as the new student union...

UNT’s Budowle describes investigation of bacterial, viral attacks

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 11:02am

“I assume you’re all here because you’re budding bioterrorists.”

Despite beginning his presentation with a bit of levity, Bruce Budowle, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas, discussed the grave and emerging threat of bioterrorism Monday morning.

Budowle worked for the FBI for more than 25 years and was one of the primary architects behind the Combined DNA Index System, a national database of genetic criminal evidence.

“We use science to be somewhat more objective when analyzing evidence,” Budowle said. “Forensics is a more reliable witness than...

The Friendly Skies

Wed, Sep 17, 2014 - 12:04pm

There’s an inspired goofiness and an inviting tactility to many of the paintings, prints, and mixed-media works in Changing Weather, Judy Youngblood’s current show at William Campbell Contemporary Art. As the title implies, the art is focused almost exclusively on meteorological phenomena –– specifically, rain and hail –– rendered from both a satellite’s and a microscope’s eye. Fat, shiny raindrops fly from spongy, corrugated clouds onto glassy puddles or rock-strewn planetary surfaces, sometimes making epic, up-close splashes and...

Model for Climate Change and Mosquito Population Growth Designed by UNT Student

Wed, Sep 17, 2014 - 11:58am

Mosquitos are one of the most common vectors of disease. They can transmit bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause malaria,dengue hemorrhagic fever, and West Nile fever, to name a few. It is...

Texas voters face a much longer ballot in November

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 - 10:44am

Fair warning, Tarrant County voters: The Nov. 4 election is about far more than choosing the next governor.

It’s about a multipurpose arena in Fort Worth; schools in Aledo, Birdville and Keller; streets and more in Arlington; and elected officials in cities from Benbrook to Keller.

It’s also about transportation funding for the entire state.

“This is a very long ballot,” said Frank Phillips, Tarrant County’s new elections administrator. “There are a lot of things on here that you may not normally see in November.

“Everybody’s going to be expecting to vote for the governor,” he said. “And there’s a lot...