Little Elm ISD top 20 percent students to receive automatic admission into UNT

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

by Lorelai Day

High school can be stressful, but the University of North Texas is working to alleviate some of the stress for parents and students alike by offering instant admission into UNT to select students in the district. 

On Friday, LEISD Superintendent Lowell Strike will sign an agreement to officiate that offer by entering the district into UNT’s Eagle Advantage program, which guarantees admission to all juniors and seniors in the top 20 percent of their class who apply to UNT.  Juniors can only apply toward the end of the school year. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students...

Licensing underway for second Denton brewery

Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 11:02am

by Jenna Duncan

Denton County Brewing Company will likely be the second fully operational brewery in Denton since it filed paperwork to open with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Seth Morgan, a graduate of the University of North Texas and a longtime Denton resident, has been working to open a brewery for about two years. A home brewer for the past 11 years and a beer fanatic since his time in England in the 1990s, he hopes to open Denton CBC by the end of the year.

“The past 22 years I’ve been in the financial services industry, but I’ve been passionate about beer for a really long time,” Morgan said...

Orchestra lets young composers hear their own work, played large

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Euan Kerr

Seven young composers are enjoying a rare opportunity this week in Minneapolis: hearing their work performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. It's part of the orchestra's Composer Institute, which looks to nurture another generation of new musicians.

Composer Institute Director Kevin Puts has a simple aim for the weeklong session: "I am hoping, in the end, to launch careers for these composers."

And how will he do that? Through five days of seminars, discussion and rehearsal, topped off with a concert.

New orchestral composers face a big challenge: how to get their work actually performed.


City cops in Disneyland’s backyard have had “stingray on steroids” for years

Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 7:05am

New documents released (PDF) on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of California show that for the last several years, police in the city of Anaheim, California—home of Disneyland—have been using an invasive cell phone surveillance device, known as a "dirtbox." The ACLU obtained the 464 pages of documents after it ...

Hire now, pay later

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Fullerton needs more police officers. That seems to be the consensus following a staffing study by a professor from the University of North Texas and a presentation from Police Chief Dan Hughes at last week's City Council meeting.

There was no apparent concensus, however, on how the city would pay for them.

The bustling nightlife in Fullerton's downtown, along with the homeless population, have stressed the Police Department. But the council found the recommendations contained in the staffing report by Professor Eric Fritsch, which called for adding about 23 more sworn officers by 2020, “blue-sky” thinking.