Boivin: Andre Ellington, Rob Evans offer perspective on Confederate flag

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 - 2:01pm

In the sports world, we are guilty of romantic revisionism.

Our memories make runners faster, home runs farther, collisions bigger.

Supporters of the Confederate flag are guilty of romantic revisionism, too, when they suggest it's a symbol of Southern pride and tradition and not, as many of us believe, White supremacy.

It needs to go away. Now.

"First of all, not all history is good," basketball coach Rob Evans said.

"I don't support any symbol that divides people," Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said.

It is personal to many with connections to the South, who have experienced...

Opinion: On Meta-bias at USA Today

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 - 1:47pm

Last Thursday, USA Today posted a story on media bias that was itself an example of media bias.

The story covered a flash flood of social media comments about the coverage of the Charleston killer. The issue: the tendency for media descriptions of a white killer to be sympathetic or apologist (“Quiet loner with a mental illness”), while suspects of color (and often victims of color) are described as “thugs” with shady...

Our Races, Ourselves

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 - 1:26pm

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UNT official sues state agency over benefits

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 - 1:18pm

Deborah Leliaert, a vice president at the University of North Texas, and her wife, Paula Woolworth, have sued the Employee Retirement System of Texas.

The federal lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Austin, claims the retirement system’s denial of benefits for Leliaert’s spouse is unconstitutional and that their marriage should be recognized for purposes of insuring Woolworth through Leliaert’s state-supported health and medical policy.

“Frankly, it’s distressing that the state I’ve worked for for 24 years treats me like a second-class citizen,” Leliaert said. “I want to be treated equally as other...

The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost)

Tue, Jun 16, 2015 - 1:23pm

When a Texas town voted to ban fracking inside city limits, it was a shock to the oil-friendly state. But the response from the Texas legislature and energy firm has residents questioning what power they have left.

The hydraulic fracturing has started again in Denton, and so too have the protests. 

Months ago, the town became the first in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in their area.

Fracking is a method of shale gas extraction that uses large amounts of water pumped at high pressure into channels drilled into rock to release gas.

It has been a...