Book review: ‘Black-Eyed Susans,’ by Julia Heaberlin

Wed, Aug 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Eighteen years ago, Tessa Cartwright became known as the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

The Texas teen woke up in a field of black-eyed Susans “with a strangled college student and a stack of human bones” but no memory of how she got there or who put her there.

Fast-forward to the present, and Tessa is an artist, living in Fort Worth with her teenage daughter, and the man she once helped identify as the killer is about to be executed on Death Row.

But a string of new evidence, a determined defense attorney, Tessa’s own doubts about her memory and the disturbing appearance of freshly planted black-...


Science leads to identifying woman murdered 25 years ago in Jackson County

Tue, Jul 28, 2015 - 5:00am

...her remains last year to try identifying her with new technology. The University of North Texas HealthScience Center was...


Texans deserve direct access to physical therapist care

Thu, Apr 2, 2015 - 10:12am

If you had a toothache, would you visit your family doctor first or go directly to your dentist for treatment?

What if the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring you to pay for a referral from your physician before you could see your dentist? Would it lead to better care?

Such an arbitrary and unnecessary requirement may seem far-fetched, but it’s the law for Texas physical therapists — an outdated law that does nothing more than delay treatment and drive up costs for our patients.

It’s time that changed.


Texas is one of only four states that require patients to receive a physician’s referral...


Jay Leno Will Perform At UNT's "An Evening With A Legend"

Wed, Jul 9, 2014 - 1:10pm

Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show" for 22 years, will be the featured performer at "An Evening with a Legend," sponsored by the UNT Health Science Center Foundation to benefit the University's research, education and health care mission.

Presented by Chase and J.P. Morgan, Leno will appear at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall. The Chairs for this year's event are Pati and Bill Meadows.The benefit performance celebrates the time-honored partnership between UNT Health Science Center and the Fort Worth community.

Leno, recently announced as the recipient of The Kennedy Center's 2014 Mark...

In the heart of Texas, support of same-sex marriage grows

Thu, Jun 5, 2014 - 1:09pm

GUN BARREL CITY, Texas — This place got its name because the main road was straight as a gun barrel. Today, it's at the center of a fight over gay marriage.

  That's because weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage.   Their battle, joined by two women whose Massachusetts marriage the Lone Star State refuses to recognize, is as unlikely as it is uphill. They've already won the first round in federal court in San Antonio, where District Judge Orlando Garcia...