Loss of best friend hits DaMarcus Smith hard

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 - 11:21pm

by Brett Vito

Text messages and phone calls arrived one after another on DaMarcus Smith’s phone in the early morning hours before North Texas’ game against Marshall last Saturday.

Smith, UNT’s quarterback, had talked to Demond Ramsey, a friend that was more like a brother, just hours before as he sat in a hotel, anxiously awaiting his second start for the Mean Green.

Ramsey was supposed to be at the game in Huntington, West Virginia. He had a ticket and a place in the Smith family cheering section.

Instead, a red rose adorned Ramsey’s empty seat while Smith played that day. Just hours earlier, the 23-...

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...