Short history doesn’t diminish UNT-UTSA rivalry

Mon, Oct 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Brett Vito

North Texas doesn’t have a long history with Texas-San Antonio, its neighbor to the south that is also a member of Conference USA.

The teams have played only twice.

The Mean Green’s players and coaches left little doubt about how they feel about their series with UTSA, despite that short history, on Monday. They see UTSA as a key rival, one the Mean Green desperately wants to beat this Saturday.

The Roadrunners have won both of the previous meetings between the teams, including a bitter 21-13 setback in 2013.

The Mean Green were 7-3 at that point and in line to win the C-USA West...

Appealing tickets on UNT campus possible

Tue, Oct 27, 2015 - 11:16pm

by Eline de Brujin

A piece of white paper on the windshield is thin and frail, but such an item can morph into a costly burden. No one enjoys getting a ticket, but at the University of North Texas, parking citations can be appealed.

An appeal of a parking ticket is an option for drivers who feel they were following campus parking rules but were still cited. Appeals aren’t always successful, but they do not cost anything and can lead to change.

UNT Parking and Transportation Services allows people to appeal tickets online at www.unt.edu/transit.

Students, faculty and staff can click “appeal citations”...

Five things UNT fans should know about Marshal

Tue, Oct 20, 2015 - 9:19pm

by Brett Vito

UNT will face Marshall on Saturday, when the Mean Green will try to snap a six-game slide to open the season in its second game under interim coach Mike Canales. Here are five things UNT fans should know about the Thundering Herd.

1. The loss of Rakeem Cato hasn’t hampered the Herd

The big question for Marshall heading into the season was how it would do without record-setting quarterback Rakeem Cato. Losing a top quarterback is never easy. Just look at UNT’s fortunes since Derek Thompson graduated. Marshall is still averaging 31.9 points a game, and that is after changing quarterbacks in the...

Can a bankruptcy court cut coal pollution in Texas? Green groups say yes

Wed, Oct 21, 2015 - 10:00am

by Mike Lee and Edward Klump

DALLAS -- Environmentalists started a long-shot campaign yesterday to steer a Texas power company's massive bankruptcy away from coal-fired generation.

The Dallas County Commissioners voted 5-0 on a resolution, backed by the Texas chapter of Public Citizen and the Dallas County Medical Society, calling on the bankruptcy judge handling Energy Future Holdings Corp.'s (EFH) case to clean up three outdated coal plants as part of the company's reorganization.

Neither the county commissioners nor the environmentalists has standing in the bankruptcy case, which is being...

Dallas County commissioners jumping into debate over coal-fired power plants

Mon, Oct 19, 2015 - 9:27am

by Jeffrey Weiss

Cleaning up pollution from coal-burning power plants a hundred miles from the Dallas area could save dozens of lives and million of dollars every year. Or not.

The debate is over a new study, commissioned by the environmental group Downwinders at Risk, that  says that ozone — a dangerous component of smog — can be reduced significantly in the Dallas area.

Texas officials and the owners of the power plants dismiss the study’s results as overblown or agenda-driven, although researchers say their study is based on state data and uses an EPA-designed computer model.

The power plant...