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County sees uptick in flu cases
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Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - 11:18pm

By Daniel Burgess

A spike in the number of reported influenza cases in Denton County indicates the 2016-17 flu season has begun in earnest, and health officials expect that number to increase.

Denton County Public Health reported “high influenza activity” for the fifth week of 2017, which ended Feb. 4.

“The last four weeks, it’s been increasing sharply,” said Juan Rodriguez, chief epidemiologist at Denton County Public Health. “The numbers have definitely gone up a lot in the last few weeks.

“Every season is difficult to predict. We’re still in the middle of it, and we don’t know how high it will...

Panelists discuss state of 1st Amendment
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Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - 11:14pm

By Matt Payne

University of North Texas political science professor Kimi King seemed to regard the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a double-edged sword.

She warned of isolating one’s views and the polarization of one’s perspective, calling it the most unnerving thing to witness in the classroom. King posed that an individual’s views cannot be reaffirmed without the benefit of civic discourse, be it in agreement or disagreement.

“My concern about free speech is how it gets bandied on campus,” she said. “We drag it out when it’s effective for us as a tool, but if we don’t like it or disagree with it...

Lecture on resurgence of anti-semitism slated
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Tue, Feb 14, 2017 - 10:38pm

Amidst a rise of anti-semitism on both sides of the political spectrum, Jewish studies researcher and former professor Kenneth Waltzer will discuss the topic at UNT later this month.

Waltzer is the former director of Michigan State’s Jewish studies program and is now the executive director of the Academic Engagement Network.

His free lecture at UNT will focus on “Understanding Anti-semitism of the Left and the Right.”

The lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Room 170 of the Business Leadership Building and is open to the public.

Adele sweeps Grammy Awards with 5 wins
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Mon, Feb 13, 2017 - 5:25am

By Mesfin Fekadu

LOS ANGELES — Even though Adele flubbed during her live performance at the Grammys, she walked away the belle of the ball: She took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

She beat Beyonce in the top three categories with her comeback album 25, and repeated her accomplishments from 2012, when the British star also won album, song and record of the year at the Grammys.

She used her speech to honor Beyonce and her groundbreaking Lemonade album, which was also nominated.

“The way you make my friends feel, the way you...

UNT Alumni Take Home Seven Grammys
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Mon, Feb 13, 2017

DENTON (WBAP & KLIF News) — The University of North Texas is celebrating success at Sunday night’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Alumni from the school hauled in seven Grammys last night, ranging from as mainstream as country singer Maren Morris, who won a Grammy for best country solo performance, to awards in classical and jazz music.

“It’s humbling and wonderful and inspiring,” said John Richmond, dean of the UNT College of Music. “It’s wonderful when we have alumni that inspire us, and we’re certainly fortunate for that to be the case here at the University of North Texas.”

Aside from being inspired,...

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