Boulevards of broken dreams

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 - 8:00am

by Renée Loth

They may not be as ubiquitous as Elm or Main, but more than 900 streets in America are named for Martin Luther King Jr. They range over 42 states from Idaho to Tennessee, with 75 in Georgia alone. Sadly, many of these avenues, marred by vacancy, crime, and disinvestment, are an affront to King’s dream of social justice and equality. According to research at the University of North Texas,neighborhoods containing MLK streets tend to...

Tags: mlk, Research, UNT

Two times to clear the air

Fri, Jan 15, 2016 - 11:19pm

by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Two public meetings could prove pivotal to plans aimed at fixing Denton’s dismal air quality.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is hosting a public hearing Thursday evening in Arlington on its latest plan to clean North Texas air. Federal law requires the agency to get public input on the plan before adopting it. TCEQ is expected to adopt the plan in June.

A week from today, Denton Municipal Electric is hosting a question-and-answer session for the public on its plan to walk away from coal-fired power. The city-owned utility proposes to build two natural gas-powered plants...

At your service

Sun, Jan 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

When Danny Puckett attended college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in science from Oklahoma’s East Central University.

“I’ve been one of those crazy people who enjoy researching papers and writing them,” he said, and he eventually found his niche in library work.

Puckett, who is adult services librarian at the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library, went on to earn a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas.

“I’ve had so many interests — economics, theology, history, genealogy — and here I’m able to use our resources to learn more about those areas,” and...

Cornelius, Davidson mayors hit the road to see toll projects

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

by John Deem

In Fort Worth, Texas, business is booming along the North Tarrant Express, where a recently completed $2.5 billion project added toll lanes to a 13.5-mile stretch of highway.

In fact, a real estate development expert at the University of North Texas recently suggested the corridor has the potential to become another Silicon Valley.

That’s why leaders of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce were “astounded to learn that businesses in our community would object to (toll) lanes” on Interstate 77, particularly the section through the Lake Norman area, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis and Davidson Mayor...

PhD alumna joins Texas Tech Health Sciences' OB-GYN department

Tue, Nov 17, 2015 - 4:24pm

By Ruth Campbell

The placenta — the organ that connects a mother and her baby — has long been known to be important, but some aspects of it are a mystery. Doctors and researchers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin are working to unlock that mystery with a placental perfusion system.

It is similar to research being done through the National Institutes of Health Placental Initiative, said Dr. Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich, associate regional dean for research and associate professor (research) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at TTUHSC.

Mothers who deliver at...