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UNT students buy renewable energy credits to power Denton campuses

Sun, Mar 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

The University of North Texas took a major step toward powering the campus with renewable energy thanks to a student group that is buying “renewable energy credits” from Denton Municipal Electric.

University officials announced last week that the We Mean Green Fund bought a year’s worth of renewable energy credits from DME's GreenSense Energy program. Neither UNT officials nor DME would disclose the purchase price.

DME spokesman Brian Daskam called the students' purchase "a significant increase in the adoption of the GreenSense program."

When a wind or solar farm...

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Light and connections: UNT art building addition links past to future

Sun, Mar 26, 2017 - 4:30am

By Lucinda Breeding

When it came to designing an addition to the art building at the University of North Texas, architect David Zatopek said he and university officials have had long talks about natural light. They've mulled over spaces meant to make students comfortable enough to linger in their halls. 

"But I've been joking that every conversation we've had, we've decided that we need more and more [electrical] outlets," said Zatopek, the vice president of Corgan, the firm that designed the addition.  "Students are really connected. We can't ignore that."

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Wanted: Tips for a good night's sleep

Fri, Mar 24, 2017

By Leslie Barker

DALLAS — Tony Reed believes in the power of sleep. He cherishes his nightly eight hours; hardly ever has trouble achieving them.

"It's rare, very rare, when I have problems falling asleep," says Reed, 61, a Dallas business manager, professional speaker and marathon runner.

But when that does happen, he's ready.

"What I do is to focus on the most peaceful time I ever had in my life," he says. "For me, that was being on a camping trip for a week, just sleeping in tents and just really enjoying everything. We were only 15 or 16, had our whole lives ahead of us, and we would just go...

A Denton Artist Finds Depth Using a ‘Poor Man’s Screen Printing’

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 - 9:30am

By Natalie Gempel

Denton-based artist Steven Hamilton creates graffiti-inspired paintings that require up to 15 layers and 100 hours of work to achieve their hyper-textural quality and rich colors. After studying photography at the University of North Texas, Hamilton taught himself to paint using the internet and a little patience. You can see his work at PRISM, a group show at The Gallery at Continental Lofts in Deep Ellum, opening on April 29.

How did you get into making art?

I went to school for photography up here at UNT. I just...

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Stranded North Texas Woman Rescued After 5 Days Near Grand Canyon

Thu, Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14am

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (CBSDFW.COM/CBS NEWS/AP) – Authorities say a 24-year-old North Texas woman spent five days stranded in scorching heat in a remote area of northern Arizona before she was rescued Friday.

The state Department of Public Safety says Amber VanHecke was driving near the south rim of the Grand Canyon when her car ran out of gas.

She couldn’t get a cell phone signal but after being stranded five days she decided to take off on what would be a seven-mile trek to a place where she could call 911.

DPS says the call was dropped before police could...

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