Demolition Starts Friday on Denton Bridge

Fri, Apr 29, 2016 - 8:00am

Crews are working to tear down the North Texas Boulevard Bridge across Interstate 35 in Denton.

“It will actually, when we are completed, have two lanes in each direction, two turn lanes and two Texas U-Turns,” said C.J. Schexnayder, the public information representative for the 35 Express Project.  “It will be a substantially larger bridge.”

The bridge near the University of North Texas campus will be demolished starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday.  Work is expected to be completed by 6:00 a.m. Monday.  “This bridge is kind of unusual compared to the bridges we have along the entire 30-mile project.  ...

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Ashok Mago receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Sun, Apr 24, 2016 - 8:00am

Houston, Apr 24 (PTI) Padma Shri awardee Indian-American Ashok Mago has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honour that the University bestows on its alumni. It is presented to individuals who are distinguished in their chosen professions or lifes work who demonstrate pride in the University.

Mago is chairman and CEO of Mago & Associates Inc, a Dallas-based business and investment consulting firm. He is the founding chairman of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber, now known as the US-India Chamber...

Genre-bending Prophets & Outlaws chart their own course

Thu, Apr 21, 2016 - 8:00am

How does a group that began with country covers and originals evolve into playing R&B and soul and win over fans on a scene dominated by country rockers such as the Randy Rogers Band?

First, it doesn’t hurt to be Texans, who’ve long been known to chart their own musical courses.

Second, the five musicians all move in the same direction, and things just click — even when they’re singing country-style lyrics to a far-from-country groove.

Third, front man Matt Boggs’ bluesy vocals seal the deal, along with four-part background vocals delivered by a band that oozes energy in live shows.

The result is...

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Author’s work offers lessons on Latino history in North Texas

Tue, Apr 19, 2016 - 8:00am

When Richard J. Gonzales asked his grandmother why she ran away from a comfortable home in Mexico City at 17 and came to the United States, her reply was quick and brief.

Por la libertad, mi hijo” — “For liberty, my son.”

Countless Mexican-Americans and other Latinos share the same history, the same experience, the same hopes and dreams.

But many second- and third- and fourth-generation American Latinos today don’t know their own family’s history — of an intrepid ancestor leaving a homeland, encountering grief and struggle, and succeeding despite incredible obstacles every step of the...

The Rumpus interview with Miroslav Penkov

Fri, Apr 15, 2016 - 8:00am

Miroslav Penkov’s debut novel Stork Mountain is a multi-layered, multi-faceted story about family secrets, young love, superstition, politics and religion set in a remote mountain region dripping with history. A young Bulgarian-American man returns to his native country in search of his grandfather, who has exiled himself to a small village near the Turkish border, where for hundreds of years a mysterious band of people have performed a ritual by dancing across burning embers and a horde of storks passes through on its yearly migration.

Miroslav Penkov was born in Bulgaria in 1982 and moved to the United...