North Texan

Conditions ripe for fall colors

Thu, Nov 13, 2014 - 11:12am

Fall color in North Texas is capricious and ephemeral.

Often it’s too warm and too dry. Sometimes a strong storm sweeps all the leaves away. Or, a blue norther brings a hard freeze, leaving everything a lifeless brown.

But this year could be different, according to Don Smith, a retired University of North Texas botanist. The cold came early and is hanging around. There’s still plenty of sunshine during the day to make the magic happen deep within the leaves.

Photosynthesis slows in the fall, which makes yellow pigments in leaves more visible, Smith said.

When nights get cold, the nourishment meant for...

U.S. is now Ebola-free, and the panic is gone as well

Wed, Nov 12, 2014 - 11:09am

A few short weeks ago, Ebola was public enemy No. 1.

About 1,000 people were being monitored by health officials. Several schools in Texas and Ohio shut down because of a single patient who boarded a plane. A cruise ship was refused permission to dock in Cozumel, off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. President Obama...

Is gluten banned from your Thanksgiving table? These recipes might help

Wed, Nov 5, 2014 - 12:10pm

Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge for celiacs and gluten-sensitive folks because wheat flour lurks in so many key components.

Gluten is the protein in flour that gives dough its desirable elasticity. But in people diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten damages the lining of the small intestine. Some people also experience symptoms broadly defined as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Some people who don’t fall into either category say they just feel better when they curb the gluten.

“Thanksgiving is especially difficult,” says Danielle Walker, best-selling author of Against All Grain (...

Denton, slacker capital of the American southwest, grows up

Tue, Nov 4, 2014 - 11:54am

At first glance, the Denton town square is near-saccharine 1950s Americana – complete with baroque courthouse and ice-cream parlour. A closer look reveals a strange mix of the hip and the stodgy in and around the square.

Among the brightly-lit burger joints and craft-beer bars, there’s a secondhand bookshop with an extensive collection of vinyl, a junk store with suits of armour in the window, and a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Look beyond the fashionably attired students and you’ll notice a parade of more ragged dressers, many bearing guitar cases. The adjective “dive” doesn’t quite cover the dungeon atmosphere of ...

How About a Career in Home Furnishings Merchandising

Tue, Nov 4, 2014 - 11:37am

UNT’s Home Furnishings and Merchandising program was featured on Good Morning Texas earlier this week. Students get hands on experience working in the field and learn about trends in products within the industry.

To watch the clip click here.