UNT professor and cancer survivor will take on the runway at annual cancer benefit

Justin Watts is a researcher. He always has been.

As a doctoral student in Pennsylvania, the Aubrey native spent hours each day researching the effects addiction and trauma can have on people. But he didn’t have much time to research the effect cancer would have on his own body.

“I had been feeling strange, so I went in to see a doctor about a week and a half after I defended my dissertation,” he said. “I was sent immediately to go get a sonogram, and I was in surgery within five hours.”

Now 33, Watts was diagnosed with testicular cancer a year and a half ago. After three rounds of chemotherapy and one nearly...

UNT student’s music, accounting skills add up to new business

A master’s student in music at the University of North Texas has created a business that helps keep freelance musicians in tune with their finances and tax preparation.

Kyle McKay created The Musician’s Bookkeeper after playing a gig with a band in New England, and other members of the band had no idea they were able to deduct performance-related expenses such as mileage on their income taxes.

“I mentioned that I needed to keep track of the miles I was driving so I could deduct them on my taxes,” McKay said in a UNT release. “The other band members’ minds...

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How a UNT alum grew a single taco stand into something much more

There was one thing on the menu. Just after Y2K, Mahbub Zaman’s taco stand was a solo makeshift umbrella and a portable grill at the beehive intersection of Ross and Greenville avenues. The car wash next door buzzed with traffic, so Zaman took a chance on a tiny food stand.

Steak, bathing in marinade for 24 hours, sizzled and covered with cilantro and chopped onion, slid onto hot corn tortillas. It was the only taco available. The condiment was salsa verde. Your steak tacos got bagged up in a styrofoam container for $1.19 each.

Eighteen years later, a heated patio with seating has replaced the umbrella. Signs...

Locals honor, reaffirm MLK's dream of equality for all

Denton paid tribute to the Rev.  Martin Luther King on Monday. Locals gathered at Fred Moore Park, the University of North Texas Union and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center to honor the man they recalled as a pastor, a scholar and a community servant. 

The Rev. Henry Thomas, pastor of Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church in Frisco, gave a grateful account of King's religious work on a national holiday commemorating King's birthday.

"Dr. King lived and died so that black men and white men could walk together," Thomas said, after asking the white and Hispanic attendees to rise in the audience at the...

Figure skaters, hockey players and Nigerian bobsledders: Dallas' short, fun Winter Olympic history

Dallas has a long, proud history of Summer Olympics success. Skyline High School's Michael Johnson is one of the best sprinters of all time. Tamika Catchings starred at Duncanville High School before winning four Olympic gold medals on the basketball court. Nastia Liukin and Madison Kocian both trained at North Texas gyms before winning multiple gymnastics medals for the United States. Even Bob Hayes, the first great Cowboys wide receiver, won two gold medals as a sprinter at the 1964 Olympics before putting on the silver and white.

The Winter Olympics are another story. Because several of the prerequisites for winter...

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