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Basketball: UNT’s Taylor opts not to pursue redshirt

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 12:57pm

T.J. Taylor’s once-promising college basketball career has come to an end.

The former Denison standout, who spent time at four colleges, including the last three seasons at North Texas, has decided to abandon an appeal to the NCAA for an additional season of eligibility based on his injury history.

UNT coach Tony Benford confirmed late Thursday night Taylor has elected to pursue a pro career and would not try to return for another season with the Mean Green.

The 6-3 guard battled injuries throughout his career that began at Oklahoma and included stops at Paris Junior College and Marquette before he landed at...

Tags: Athletics

Is fracking moratorium the solution for quakes in Texas, Oklahoma?

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 12:55pm

The release of studies this week linking fracking to recent earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma came as no surprise to those who have been rocked by the temblors in recent years.

The question for people such as Angela Spotts, 53, of Stillwater, Okla., is what’s being done about the problem. The reports, including one by the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday, tied seismic activity to wastewater disposal following the oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

“I’m trying to understand what’s being done to protect us. There’s no excuse for a moratorium not being put in place...

Washburn's Dancing Blues bring home second national title, prepare for future

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 12:54pm

The stars representing talent, motivation and camaraderie aligned themselves for the second time in three years, allowing the Washburn University Dancing Blues to repeat as 2015 Universal Dance Association’s Division II collegiate national champions, a title the team also captured in 2013.

“I‘m so happy they get along so well,” said Angie Price, the Dancing Blues’ coach for the past 26 years. “As much as we’re together, that certainly helps them be successful and work as a team.”

Although the school year is coming to an end next month, tryouts for the 2015-16 dance team were held over the weekend on the Washburn...

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Coal provides energy for East Texas, but new EPA rules could make it more costly

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 7:30am

When bald eagles at Martin Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There’s a delicate balance to be struck, the power company says, between using resources and preserving them.

Now, as Luminant’s Liberty coal mine enters into full production as other mining operations wind down, and as Texas faces another summer of high energy demands to power a growing economy, it’s all about that balance again.

 

The EPA is preparing a new set of rules that could affect coal-fired electrical generation, including facilities such as the Martin Lake...

GW Students for Recovery hosts panel on campus mental health programs

Mon, Apr 27, 2015 - 7:28am

Student members and directors of mental illness recovery programs at universities from across the country met at GW on Thursday to discuss what peers, families and administrators can do to help students dealing with mental health issues.

GW Students for Recovery hosted the panel discussion, which members had been planning since October. Each speaker had experienced the shortcomings of college counseling programs, and they emphasized major elements of successful on-campus support programs for students recovering from mental illness or substance abuse.

Students and experts said these are the best practices for...