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2-D, 3-D art on display at Denton gallery
by North Texas Daily
Jan 01, 2010
“Various 2-D and 3-D works of art are on display at the Meadows Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, as the spring annual Visual Arts exhibition begins for the 42nd consecutive year. The exhibit, which is sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas, encourages visual artists across the nation to express their skills and bring diversity to the arts as well as bring awareness and gratitude of art in the Denton community, according to the society's Web site.”
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Farm creates green energy for UNT, Denton
by North Texas Daily
Jun 05, 2009
“An hour away from Denton, the 7-ton arms of 30-story giants are taking Denton and UNT's Mean Green to "clean green."
About 30 Denton officials and UNT faculty members donned hard hats and safety goggles for the first public tour of 75 wind turbines at the Wolf Ridge Wind Farm Thursday in Muenster, Texas, located more than 40 miles north of Denton.”

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Deceased graduate student remembered as 'active, friendly'
by North Texas Daily
Jun 11, 2009
“Graduate student Aaron David Wuensch, 25, died on Tuesday June 9th at Denton Presbyterian Hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest while working out at the Pohl Recreation Center. Staff at the recreation center, who are first aid and CPR certified, responded to Wuensch immediately.”
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Graduation ceremonies open new chapters
by North Texas Daily
Aug 12, 2009
“At least 35 members of Alexius Buckner's family will come from as far as New York and Alabama to attend her 9 a.m. graduation Saturday in the Coliseum. Buckner is graduating with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice and will participate in one of five ceremonies held on campus during the weekend.”
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Police: 3 dead in California hospital shooting
by North Texas Daily
Apr 16, 2009
“LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A hospital worker shot and killed two employees and then killed himself at a medical center Thursday, sending panicked people fleeing, police and witnesses said.
The gunman was identified as Mario Ramirez, 50, of Alhambra, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.”

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DEA: Mexican cartels pushed south
by North Texas Daily
Apr 15, 2009
“WASHINGTON (AP) - Mexican drug cartels are creeping south into Central America, U.S. drug enforcement officials said Wednesday, as the Obama administration put new pressure on drug kingpins ahead of the president's trip to Mexico City.
Drug Enforcement Administration officials said there are growing signs that stepped-up law enforcement efforts on the U.”

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Crying Calif mom arraigned on murder, rape charges
by North Texas Daily
Apr 14, 2009
“STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - A woman kidnapped, raped and murdered an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in a pond just a few miles from home, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
Melissa Huckaby, 28, was charged with murdering her daughter's playmate, Sandra Cantu, in a gruesome crime that has shocked and terrified residents of Tracy, a Northern California city of about 78,000, 60 miles east of San Francisco.”

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Son: Federal authorities have released Demjanjuk
by North Texas Daily
Apr 14, 2009
“CLEVELAND (AP) - John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk) was released from federal custody Tuesday evening, just hours after six immigration officers removed the accused Nazi death camp guard from his suburban home in a wheelchair, authorities said.
Federal officials had taken Demjanjuk to a federal building in downtown Cleveland, but the 89-year-old retired autoworker's impending return to Germany was halted when three-judge panel of the 6th U.”

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NT offers career advice
by North Texas Daily
Apr 14, 2009
“NT is partnering with the National Business Service Alliance to provide people with the job skills they need to gain careers during the economic recession.
The alliance is a national organization that creates workforce development programs, which target high demand careers and develop programs centered on those careers.”

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Denton Police officer arrested for punching ex-boyfriend
by North Texas Daily
Apr 09, 2009
“A Denton Police officer was arrested March 28 after punching his ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of a restaurant.
Officer Todd Kidwell of the Denton Police Department was arrested at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at his home, after getting into a fight with his ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of the Prairie House restaurant on the 1000 block of Highway 380 in Denton.”

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NT club sweeps mock CSI-style competition
by North Texas Daily
Apr 06, 2009
“The NT Criminalistics Club jumped up and cheered, "Go green!" after it won first and second place at the Annual Arlington CSI Competition on Saturday.
Members of the club gathered at the Arlington Police Academy to compete in mock crime scene investigations.”

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Faculty conducts sexual violence survey
by North Texas Daily
Apr 06, 2009
“An NT faculty member is conducting a survey of NT students to find out if sexual violence has increased at the university, following studies showing the rise of rape and sexual assault on college campuses in recent years.
In late February, NT students received an e-mail in their Eaglemail inboxes titled "Sexual Violence on Campus.”

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Mentoring program focuses on students' goals, not problems
by North Texas Daily
Apr 06, 2009
“Where are you now? Where do you want to go? What steps will get you there? What will keep you going?
For students in the NT's Constructional Student Mentoring program, these questions open a doorway to better grades and better skills for managing their goals and their lives.”

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US, Mexico work together to fight drug cartels
by North Texas Daily
Apr 02, 2009
“CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) - The U.S. and Mexico are creating a cross-border group to develop strategies for stopping the illegal flow of guns and drugs between the two countries, officials said Thursday.
Emerging from a conference with U.S. officials, Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora said more meetings are needed to develop plans to bring warring drug cartels under control along the border.”

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Kellerman pens 'twisty' murder mystery
by North Texas Daily
Apr 02, 2009
“In Jonathan Kellerman's "True Detectives," what you see is not what you get.
Set in present-day Los Angeles, the novel revolves around private investigator Aaron Fox and his police officer half-brother Moses Reed.
The two men, estranged by deep-seeded familial conflict, find themselves forced to collaborate on the seemingly dead-end case of Caitlin Frostig, a straight-A student who has been missing for more than a year at the book's beginning.”

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U.S., Mexico in anti-cartel vow
by North Texas Daily
Apr 02, 2009
“CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) - U.S. and Mexican officials say they will soon name a group to develop strategies for stopping the cross-border flow of weapons and drugs.
Emerging from a conference Thursday with U.S. officials, Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora said more meetings are needed to develop plans to bring warring drug cartels under control along the border.”

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Criminal justice interns work with military, domestic police units
by North Texas Daily
Mar 31, 2009
“"To serve and protect" is more than just a motto for two NT criminal justice interns who have pursued that pledge both locally and internationally.
Christiane Robertson's internship with the U.S. military police took her back to her hometown of Stuttgart, Germany, where her father has worked as a military police investigator for more than 20 years.”

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Library group offers 'Small Talk,' big lessons
by North Texas Daily
Mar 30, 2009
“Non-native English speakers wanting to improve their speech skills can head to the north branch of the Denton Public Library for chitchat at Small Talk, a support program designed to help people learn American language and customs.
Public service librarian Carmen Grant began the program in October 2008, modeling it after a similar program at a Plano public library.”

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Murder trial for former NT student Sandoval starts today
by North Texas Daily
Mar 30, 2009
“Testimony is expected to start later today for the trial of Sean Kresse, the man accused of strangling former NT business senior Lorena Sandoval in September 2007, in the 16th Denton County Judicial District Court.
Sandoval, 21, lived with her ex-boyfriend, Kresse, in an apartment on Coronado Drive.”

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The Slate: New releases this week
by North Texas Daily
Mar 26, 2009
“DVDs
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Seven Pounds"
"Marley & Me"
"Tell No One"
"Timecrimes"
"Leonard Cohen: Live in London"
"Jim Gaffigan: King Baby"
ALBUMS
"It's Blitz!" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Quiet Nights," by Diana Krall
"Defying Gravity," by Keith Urba”

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South by Southwest 2009 takes over Austin
by North Texas Daily
Mar 26, 2009
“AUSTIN -Standing on stage with a wall of towering amplified subwoofers to my back, something wonderful happened. Bun B, who with his close friend and partner Pimp C pioneered southern hip-hop under the UGK moniker, took his hat off.
The familiar bass line and soothing Isley Brothers vocals from the classic, emotionally stirring "One Day" pounded out from the speakers, and Bun was off, showing a crowd, hanging on his every word, respect for his deceased partner in crime that he felt came with the Texan terrain.”

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Students reach out to dance
by North Texas Daily
Mar 24, 2009
“Many college students use free time to do homework, rest or just forget about school, but for some students of the Texas Academy of Math and Science program, it is also a time to reach out to the community in order to share knowledge - and maybe even some dance skills.”
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At least 23 killed in Iraq suicide blast
by North Texas Daily
Mar 23, 2009
“BAGHDAD (AP) - A suicide bomber struck a tent filled Monday with Kurdish funeral mourners, unleashing a huge fireball that killed at least 23 people in a northern town where Kurds and Arabs are competing for power.
Also Monday, Turkey's visiting president pressed the Iraqi government to crack down on Kurdish rebels who stage cross-border raids into Turkish territory from sanctuaries in northern Iraq.”

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Criminal justice students nab real-world experience
by North Texas Daily
Mar 23, 2009
“For three criminal justice students, interning with the justice system affects the lives of countless children as well as their own careers.
Working with minors
Criminal justice senior Clifton Wright has worked with abused and neglected children for more than three years.”

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American tennis goes global
by North Texas Daily
Mar 12, 2009
“Two thirds of NT's tennis team came from abroad, following a trend around the country. The level of experience and skill these girls bring, paired with the ease and relatively inexpensive nature of recruiting them, indicates the trend will continue to grow.”
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German police suspect chat room posts were faked
by North Texas Daily
Mar 12, 2009
“WINNENDEN, Germany (AP) - The psychological profile of a teenager who went on a shooting spree at his former school and killed 15 people began to take shape Thursday, as investigators described a withdrawn young man from an intact family who broke off psychiatric treatment for depression.”
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Officials: Ala. shooter depressed over failures
by North Texas Daily
Mar 12, 2009
“GENEVA, Ala. (AP) - In the days before he killed 10 people and himself in the worst massacre in Alabama history, Michael McLendon told a confidant he was unfulfilled and depressed by his failure to become a police officer or a Marine.
The 28-year-old weapons enthusiast and self-proclaimed survivalist joined the Marine Corps in 1999 but was discharged a month later for fraudulent enlistment.”

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Trainer admits to injecting
by North Texas Daily
Mar 12, 2009
“NEW YORK (AP) - Brian McNamee says he injected Roger Clemens with drugs at the Yankee Stadium hot tub and that among the needles he gave government investigators was one he used to inject the pitcher in 2001, according to the Web site sportsimproper.com.
A federal grand jury in Washington, D.”

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Club helps others solve 'crimes'
by North Texas Daily
Mar 12, 2009
“Residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area looking to dust up fingerprints and look for clues to solve a crime can do so with the help of an NT club.
The NT Forensic Science Club is participating in CSI Family Day at noon on March 15 in Dallas' Sixth Floor Museum.”

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Ala. gunman left list of those who wronged him
by North Texas Daily
Mar 11, 2009
“SAMSON, Ala. (AP) - The gunman who killed 10 people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him, authorities said Wednesday.
The lists found in Michael McLendon's home included a metals plant that had forced him to resign years ago and where he ended up killing himself Tuesday to end the rampage, District Attorney Gary McAliley said.”

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China mishandles Tibetan citizens
by North Texas Daily
Mar 11, 2009
“On March 10, 1959, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded the Dalai Lama's palace in Lhasa, Tibet to prevent the Chinese government from removing their spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama eventually escaped, but the ensuing conflict for Tibetan independence led to 87,000 Tibetan deaths and a Chinese government that increasingly imposed their will over the conquered people.”
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Imperialist aggression by U.S.
by North Texas Daily
Mar 10, 2009
“Let me get straight to the point since I am writing on issues of life and death: the two wars that Americans are currently paying for are acts of outright imperialist aggression, and have nothing to do with human rights. As disgusting and hypocritical as it is for our leaders to use rhetoric of "democracy and human rights" to justify dropping thousands of tons of bombs on civilian populations daily, it is nothing new.”
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Stem cell decision exposes religious divides
by North Texas Daily
Mar 09, 2009
“The embryonic stem cell research debate is steeped with religious arguments, with some faith traditions convinced the research amounts to killing innocent life, others citing the moral imperative to alleviate suffering, and plenty of religious believers caught somewhere in between.”
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Bomb kills 13 at livestock market south of Baghdad
by North Texas Daily
Mar 05, 2009
“BAGHDAD (AP) - A car bomb tore through a crowded livestock market south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in a mainly Shiite area that the U.S. military has described as one of the safest in Iraq.
The blast, which wounded 57 others, struck the market at the height of trading, scattering animal carcasses and human remains across the dirt.”

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Residents' tips keep police sharp
by North Texas Daily
Mar 05, 2009
“By Augusta Liddic
Contributing Writer
They've helped stop homicides. They've foiled burglaries, too. They are anonymous residents who call in to Crime Stoppers.
The nonprofit organization has been running in Denton County since 1989 and awards up to $1,000 to people who provide useful tips that help lead to an arrest, said Denton County Sheriff's Sgt.”

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TWU students on bail after hazing claims
by North Texas Daily
Mar 04, 2009
“Six suspects accused of hazing pledges at their unsanctioned Texas Woman's University sorority have been released on bail following their arrest Monday morning.
Officers investigating reports of hazing in the Krimson Kourts pledge group arrested five of the six suspects on campus.”

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Shock Talk: Man stuffs cat in marijuana bong
by North Texas Daily
Mar 02, 2009
“OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man who tried to cool out his hyper cat by stuffing her into a boxlike homemade bong faces cruelty charges - and catcalls from animal lovers.
Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday alleged they saw 20-year-old Acea Schomaker smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to a duct-taped, plastic glass box in which the cat had been stuffed.”

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Suicide Response and Training
by North Texas Daily
Mar 02, 2009
“More than 10 percent of college students consider suicide, six percent make plans to commit suicide and more than one percent actually attempt it, according to national statistics from the American Psychological Association.
Those numbers are why NT students, faculty and staff are invited to a training session this afternoon to learn to recognize the signs of a student who may need help and how to urge them to get it.”

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Reyes guilty of capital murder
by North Texas Daily
Mar 02, 2009
“Ernesto Pina Reyes, 21, was sentenced to life imprisonement without parole on Friday for the murder and rape of former NT student Melanie Goodwin.
Peggy Goodwin, Melanie's mothers, shed tears as she addressed Reyes and the rest of the courtroom.
"In this world, we will never know how many other lives she would have touched or changed for the good," she said.”

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Mexico prez hopes to quell drug violence by 2012
by North Texas Daily
Feb 26, 2009
“MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Felipe Calderon hopes to quell Mexico's rampant drug violence by the end of his term in 2012, and disputes U.S. fears that Mexico is losing control of its territory.
In interviews with The Associated Press on Thursday, Calderon and his top prosecutor said the violence that killed 6,290 people last year - and more than 1,000 in the first eight weeks of 2009 - is a sign that the cartels are under pressure from military and police operations nationwide, as well as turf wars among themselves.”

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Beverage Survey Course
by North Texas Daily
Feb 23, 2009
“In NT's beverage survey course, students learn about wine, beer and liquer from their professor and from quest speakers like Mary Ann Willi, who works for an alcohol distributor. In the slideshow below, Willis teaches the class about the difference between champagne and sparkling wine.”
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Islam and Christianity have similarities
by North Texas Daily
Feb 24, 2009
“Islam began its spread into Africa before the death of the prophet Mohammed in 632 A.D. (peace and Allah prayers be upon him). During the early age of Islam, the messenger of God (Allah) tried to invite people to Islam in Mecca, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia.”
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Gamers resort to homicide
by North Texas Daily
Feb 24, 2009
“There's a new threat facing America. The growing scourge has taken countless lives while simultaneously turning many individuals into killers themselves. The emerging menace presents a clear and present danger to all civilized societies. I'm speaking, of course, about team-killing.”
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Lecturers speak out on slavery
by North Texas Daily
Feb 24, 2009
“By Jordan Fotouhi
Senior Staff Writer
Theresa Flores, at only 15 years old, was drugged, raped and forced into a criminal sex trafficking ring for two years.
Flores and Given Kachepa, also a victim of human trafficking, spoke to a crowd of students and other community members Tuesday night about the truth of human trafficking in an effort to raise awareness of one of the largest criminal industries in the world.”

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Indoor pot growing evades police
by North Texas Daily
Feb 19, 2009
“Last week's $1 million drug bust in Dallas at the W Hotel is the latest in a series that began in December, when the undercover work of city police officer Mark Spears lead to the arrest of 11 people on various counts of possession, bribery and organized crime.”
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Faculty studies afterlife communication
by North Texas Daily
Feb 19, 2009
“When Jan Holden last saw her father he was dead, but to her it was utterly real.
Holden, professor and coordinator of NT's counseling program, had a near-death communication with her father and now studies the phenomenon.
"In my after-death communication experience, I saw my father in my mind's eye, spontaneously," Holden said.”

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Texas Elite Mixed Martial Arts
by North Texas Daily
Feb 18, 2009
“Mass communications and rhetoric freshman Connor Patrick hones his fighting skills several days a week at Texas Elite Mixed Martial Arts. Patrick describes mixed martial arts as "pretty much everything except fish-hooking people and eye-gouging." Many of the school's fighters, including Patrick, often receive cuts, bruises and swollen shins during training.”
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Gov. Perry issues legislative state school overhaul
by North Texas Daily
Feb 18, 2009
“Gov. Rick Perry declared a legislative emergency on Feb. 3 for the protection of mentally disabled residents at the 13 Texas state schools, primarily to overhaul security and establish a governor-appointed ombudsman to investigate injuries and deaths.
As the largest state school in Texas, the Denton State School came under investigation by the U.”

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Drug gangs drive off cops, terrorize Mexican town
by North Texas Daily
Feb 17, 2009
“VILLA AHUMADA, Mexico (AP) - For people caught inside Mexico's drug corridors, life is about keeping your head down and watching your back, especially when the sun dips behind the cactus-studded horizon.
No town knows this better than Villa Ahumada, where the entire police force quit after 70 cartel hit men roared through last spring, killing the police chief, two officers and three townspeople.”

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Teacher urges valentines to improve relationships
by North Texas Daily
Feb 12, 2009
“It might be a smile, a greeting or a joke shared between people that can make a small difference in a day. With Valentine's Day upon us, Jennifer Acker, professor of a romantic relationships course at NT, challenges students to improve their communication skills, not only in their romantic relationships, but also relationships shared between friends, family and colleagues year round.”
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20 dead in Afghan assaults; Pakistan group blamed
by North Texas Daily
Feb 11, 2009
“KABUL (AP) - Taliban militants killed 20 people in a coordinated attack on three government buildings in Kabul Wednesday, launching the assault after sending text messages to the leader of their terror cell in Pakistan, the head of Afghan intelligence said.”
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SHOCK TALK: Teacher sells body as second job
by North Texas Daily
Feb 11, 2009
“BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher had a side job as a prostitute, and even skipped class after using a school computer to arrange an afternoon tryst at a motel, authorities said Wednesday.
Amber Carter, 35, left school early on Tuesday, taking half a sick day, and was arrested in a motel parking lot in Bellefontaine, where authorities had set up a sting operation.”

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Tornado kills at least 3 in southern Oklahoma
by North Texas Daily
Feb 10, 2009
“OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A large, violent tornado ripped through a southern Oklahoma town late Tuesday evening, killing three people and injuring up to 50, authorities said. Severe weather also caused damage and power outages in metro Oklahoma City and western Texas.”
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Pot activists rip Kelloggs for dropping Phelps
by North Texas Daily
Feb 10, 2009
“NEW YORK (AP) - Snap, crackle ... pot?
Bursting with indignation, legions of legalize-marijuana advocates are urging a boycott of Kellogg Co., including all of its popular munchies, for deciding to cut ties with Olympic hero Michael Phelps after he was photographed with a pot pipe.”

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Judge might throw some evidence in Bonds case
by North Texas Daily
Feb 05, 2009
“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors trying to prove Barry Bonds lied when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs suffered a setback Thursday, with a federal judge saying she might toss some of the strongest evidence against the home-run king.
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Charges dropped in Gitmo terror trial
by North Texas Daily
Feb 05, 2009
“WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon's senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama's order to freeze military tribunals there.
The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.”

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FBI announces review of evidence in Tylenol deaths
by North Texas Daily
Feb 04, 2009
“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Federal agents on Wednesday searched the home of a man linked to the fatal 1982 Tylenol poisonings in Illinois and the FBI in Chicago said authorities are reviewing evidence in the deaths, which caused a nationwide scare and led to dramatic changes in the way food and medical products are packaged.”
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Shock Talk: Hacked road sign warns of zombies
by North Texas Daily
Feb 04, 2009
“COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Hackers are messing with electronic road signs in some states, warning of zombies and raptors down the road. Traffic safety officials aren't amused. The latest breach came during Tuesday morning's rush hour near Collinsville, Ill.”
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Bonds evidence to be unsealed Wednesday
by North Texas Daily
Feb 03, 2009
“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge plans to unseal hundreds of pages of court documents at the heart of the government's case against home run king Barry Bonds, who's accused of lying to a grand jury about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Among the documents to be released Wednesday are a transcript of a recorded conversation between Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson and Bonds' former business partner Steve Hoskins, as well as positive drug test results that prosecutors say belong to Bonds.”

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Turkish PM admonishes Israel president over Gaza
by North Texas Daily
Jan 29, 2009
“DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Turkey's prime minister stalked off the stage at the World Economic Forum red-faced Thursday after reproaching Israel's president over the Gaza offensive by saying "You kill people."
The packed audience, which included President Barack Obama's close adviser Valerie Jarrett, appeared stunned as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres raised their voices and traded accusations.”

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Army suicides at record high, passing civilians
by North Texas Daily
Jan 29, 2009
“WASHINGTON (AP) - Stressed by war and long overseas tours, U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year at the highest rate on record, the toll rising for a fourth straight year and even surpassing the suicide rate among comparable civilians.
Army leaders said they were doing everything they could think of to curb the deaths and appealed for more mental health professionals to join and help out.”

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Novel reveals 'mystic' crime-scene cleanups
by North Texas Daily
Jan 29, 2009
“Trauma scene cleanup is a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it. Some writers, in turn, have got to write about it, which is precisely what Charlie Huston has done in "The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death." The provocative title of Charlie Huston's second stand-alone crime novel piqued my curiosity.”
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Drink up! Craft beers make a comeback
by North Texas Daily
Jan 28, 2009
“Beer is much more than most Americans realize.
After 8,000 years, beer has enjoyed more popularity, variety and complexity than almost any other beverage. It remains the third most consumed drink, after water and tea, and the oldest alcoholic beverage.
In its early history, beer was a source of spiritual reverence.”

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Castro says he probably won't be around in 4 years
by North Texas Daily
Jan 22, 2009
“HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro said Thursday he doubts he'll make it to the end of Barack Obama's four-year term and instructed Cuban officials to start making their decisions without taking him into account.
In an online column titled "Reflections of Comrade Fidel," the 82-year-old Cuban leader suggested his days are numbered, saying Cuban officials "shouldn't feel bound by my occasional Reflections, my state of health or my death.”

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Editorial: Jack Bauer would censor this column
by North Texas Daily
Jan 22, 2009
“The people at Fox News are out of touch with America. They're also out of touch with reality.
The conservative-leaning news network talked about their parent company's hit TV show character Jack Bauer on several programs on Jan. 12.
They weren't talking about Jack Bauer killing people, defusing dirty bombs, never getting any sleep or how he travels 60 miles during commercial breaks.”

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Students back Israel at Dallas demonstration
by North Texas Daily
Jan 22, 2009
“Before Israel and Hamas declared a cease-fire on Sunday, ending the 22-day long conflict in which 1,259 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed, student groups at NT attended rallies in Dallas to speak out on the conflict. While NT's Hillel Jewish group went to a pro-Israel rally, the Muslim Students for Justice attended the Martin Luther King Jr.”
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First war tally: 1,284 Gazans dead, 4,336 wounded
by North Texas Daily
Jan 21, 2009
“KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) - Squatting in the rubble, his briefcase perched atop his knees, the human rights researcher interviewed residents of a house shelled by Israel as he compiled a list of Gazans killed and wounded during Israel's offensive against Hamas.”
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Va. Tech student fatally stabbed; suspect caught
by North Texas Daily
Jan 21, 2009
“BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A female student was stabbed to death Wednesday night on Virginia Tech's campus, the first killing at the school since a deadly mass shooting there in 2007.
The killing triggered a crisis notification system that was revamped after the shooting rampage, beaming an electronic warning around 7:45 p.”

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Boy Scouts look to attract more Hispanics
by North Texas Daily
Jan 21, 2009
“ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Den leader James Frey captured the attention of six young boys as they went over the thick handbook that teaches the ways of the Cub Scouts.
The evening's lesson: home safety. Blocked stairways can become a fire trap; hot water can scald you; some house detergents are poisonous.”

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Department offers students legal expertise
by North Texas Daily
Jan 20, 2009
“NT students in need of legal advice and representation can take advantage of the Student Legal Services department.
Legal representation from the department is included in student fees, but students must pay for filing and court fees.
According to its Web site, the goal of Student Legal Services is to counsel, advise and represent NT students and deal with civil cases such as discrimination, eviction, debt and credit issues.”

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Black military vets find hope in new presidency
by North Texas Daily
Jan 20, 2009
“WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) - They had long held grand dreams. To prove they could fly as well as any pilot ever born. To raise families they could be proud of. To push back against racial discrimination that had hobbled their parents and threatened to limit their children.”
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Health Science Center student killed
by North Texas Daily
Jan 20, 2009
“As the fall semester came to a close and students began focusing on the holidays, Pablo Colonvega, 36, killed his wife and NT studentMakasha, 34, before turning the gun on himself.
Makasha Colonvega's sister found the couple in their Fort Worth home at about 8:15 a.”

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World Court says US defied order in death row case
by North Texas Daily
Jan 19, 2009
“THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The International Court of Justice ruled Monday that the United States defied its order last year when authorities in Texas executed a Mexican convicted of rape and murder.
The U.N.'s highest court said the U.S. remains obliged to review the cases of about 50 other Mexicans on death row because they were denied access to their consulate after they were arrested.”

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Shock Talk
by North Texas Daily
Jan 19, 2009
“**Elderly woman hits man, continues to hair salon
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An elderly woman in Palm Beach County drove her car into a man on a scooter and continued on to her hair appointment, police said.
Louise Davidson, 77, was arrested Thursday for leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries, Boynton Beach police said.”

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FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
by North Texas Daily
Nov 25, 2008
“Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe.
The Food and Drug Administration said last month it was unable to identify any melamine exposure level as safe for infants, but a top official said it would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it.”

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Thanksgiving in space: stiff turkey, bland yams
by North Texas Daily
Nov 25, 2008
“HOUSTON (AP) - The smoked turkey resembles sliced deli meat but stiffer, the candied yams are bland inside, the green beans taste like they've been microwaved to death and the corn bread stuffing has a broth-heavy, institutional flavor.
Grandma's home cooking, it's not.”

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Tame deer at Houston sanctuary beheaded
by North Texas Daily
Nov 25, 2008
“HOUSTON (AP) - A tame deer known as Mr. Buck has been beheaded at a wildlife sanctuary in Houston.
The remains of the child-friendly deer were discovered Tuesday at Bear Creek Pioneers Park. A bloodhound was used to try to track the killer.
Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack says anyone who attacks an animal in captivity "is just the lowest of the low.”

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Coldplay rocks American Airlines Center
by North Texas Daily
Nov 20, 2008
“DALLAS - The world-famous British band Coldplay rocked the American Airlines Center to a sold-out audience Wednesday.
The band is on a world tour promoting its latest chart-topping album, "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends."
Coldplay began the concert with the opening track on its recent album, "Life in Technicolor.”

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Mean Green wide receiver arrested on felony charges
by North Texas Daily
Nov 20, 2008
“Police arrested NT freshman wide receiver Forrest Rucker on Tuesday morning after he turned himself in for an outstanding warrant.
The warrant was for two charges of debit or credit card abuse. Police detained Rucker at 6:53 a.m. and released him at 9:19 a.”

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Coffee shop talent acts serve up weekly shows
by North Texas Daily
Nov 13, 2008
“Art Six coffee shop entertains clients on Wednesday nights with open mic night.
Everyone is encouraged to perform, regardless of skill level, which makes for an interesting spectacle to say the least.
Expectations were par when it came to the entertainment of open mic night Wednesday.”

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Knight to offer options as game commentator
by North Texas Daily
Nov 12, 2008
“(AP) - Bob Knight isn't the type to admit to stage fright.
And he insists he's spent the last four decades practicing the skills he'll need for his new job.
The Hall of Fame coach, who joined ESPN as a guest studio analyst during last season's NCAA tournament, is expanding his role to include game commentary.”

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Football team drug test results not isolated
by North Texas Daily
Nov 12, 2008
“NT drug testing records show that five student athletes from various teams tested positive in addition to the 15 football players whose positive results made recent headlines.
Information acquired through Texas Open Records Act shows that the NT compliance and training departments tested nine student athletes involved in six other sports this semester.”

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Police: Woman slain as she tried to leave KKK rite
by North Texas Daily
Nov 11, 2008
“COVINGTON, La. (AP) _ An Oklahoma woman invited to a rural Louisiana campsite for a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual was shot and killed after she asked to be taken back to town, the sheriff of a New Orleans suburb said Tuesday.
Eight people were arrested after authorities found the woman's body hidden under some brush, on the side of a road several miles from the remote campsite where the initiation was planned.”

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Marijuana laws need radical reform
by North Texas Daily
Nov 11, 2008
“Students looking for progressive changes to our country's marijuana laws will find very little hope from President-elect Barack Obama.
Obama said in 2004 that he favored decriminalization of marijuana, but when pressed on the issue in January, his campaign said he does not support the removal of criminal penalties for marijuana offenses.”

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NCAA testing results in no sanctions
by North Texas Daily
Nov 11, 2008
“The results of NCAA drug testing of 20 members of the NT football team on Sept. 30 did not lead to any sanctions of NT athletes, according to information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The information also shows that the NCAA tested 18 NT football players during the spring 2008 semester.”

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Miami jury convicts ex-FBI agent in 1982 killing
by North Texas Daily
Nov 06, 2008
“MIAMI (AP) - Former FBI agent John Connolly was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for leaking information to Boston mobsters that led to the 1982 shooting death of a gambling executive who also had ties to gangsters.
Jurors deliberated about 13 hours over three days before delivering the verdict following a two-month trial.”

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String of bombings shakes Baghdad, kills 10
by North Texas Daily
Nov 03, 2008
“BAGHDAD (AP) - A series of bombings struck Baghdad and a neighboring province Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 40, including a deputy oil minister who was injured when a bomb went off in front of his house as he was leaving for work.
Most of the six blasts occurred in Baghdad, reinforcing U.”

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Tips for halloween safety
by North Texas Daily
Oct 28, 2008
“Denton officials take precautions before halloween for students. NTTV's Nick Moreau has more.”
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Volleyball team starts 3-game losing streak
by North Texas Daily
Oct 28, 2008
“The NT volleyball team lost 3-0 to University of Denver Tuesday night to continue its three-game losing streak, little more than a week after defeating No. 15 Western Kentucky University.
Vs. USA (Friday)
Despite sophomore outside hitter Roxana Casvean's match-high 14 kills, the Mean Green lost 1-3 to the University of South Alabama on Friday.”

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15 NT athletes fail drug test
by North Texas Daily
Oct 28, 2008
“Fifteen players on the active roster of the NT football team - 17 percent - tested positive for drug use in a random screening given by the university from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15.
According to a news release, tests were administered at the request of football head coach Todd Dodge.”

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US official: Raid on Syria killed leader of cell
by North Texas Daily
Oct 27, 2008
“SUKKARIYEH, Syria (AP) - A cross-border raid by U.S. special forces killed the al-Qaida-linked head of a Syrian network that smuggled fighters, weapons and cash into Iraq, an American counterterrorism official said Monday.
Blood stained the earth in this border village as anguished Syrians buried relatives they said were killed in the U.”

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Colorado couple gets marijuana with order of tacos
by North Texas Daily
Oct 27, 2008
“LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado couple found an unusual topping on their order of tacos: a small bag of marijuana.
They discovered the drugs with their order from a Del Taco restaurant and called police, Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis said.
26-year-old Dennis Klermund, who police say waited on the husband when he picked up food Oct.”

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For stable Middle East, diplomacy before raids
by North Texas Daily
Oct 27, 2008
“Sunday's helicopter attack in Syria shows a U.S. military willing to ignore the borders of an important player in the Middle East and endanger an already tenable Iraq War.
The raid is believed to have killed a major smuggler of insurgents into Iraq, said a U.”

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Iraqi labor minister escapes suicide car bombing
by North Texas Daily
Oct 23, 2008
“BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's labor minister escaped assassination Thursday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden SUV into his convoy, killing at least nine people in one of the safest areas of the capital.
The blast came on a day when the U.S. relinquished control of a province that includes much of the area south of Baghdad once known as the "triangle of death.”

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Police: Fake cop busted after stopping real one
by North Texas Daily
Oct 22, 2008
“HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut man playing police officer picked the wrong person to pull over.
Israel Gomez was arrested Tuesday after pulling over an off-duty Hartford police lieutenant.
Police say 20-year-old Gomez turned on flashing lights and used a siren and loudspeaker to coax police Lt.”

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Beauty queen dethroned
by North Texas Daily
Oct 22, 2008
“BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Miss Teen Louisiana lost her crown 11 days early after being arrested on charges of leaving a restaurant without paying and carrying marijuana.
RPM Productions Inc., the sponsor, took back the title on Tuesday after learning that Lindsey Evans, 18, of Blanchard, had been arrested, president Paula M.”

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2nd arrest stemming from Las Vegas boy's abduction
by North Texas Daily
Oct 20, 2008
“LAS VEGAS (AP) - Another arrest has been made in the investigation into the abduction of a 6-year-old Nevada boy found safe over the weekend, federal authorities said Monday.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday that 42-year-old Terri Leavy was taken into custody by Fontana, Calif.”

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NT volleyball team beats WKU
by North Texas Daily
Oct 20, 2008
“The NT volleyball team swept No. 15 Western Kentucky University 3-0 on Sunday - the first-ever victory against WKU, which is the highest ranked team NT has ever defeated - to snap a six-game losing streak.
Sophomore outside hitter Roxana Casvean's match-high 16 kills sparked the Mean Green offense that hit .”

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NT falls to defending conference champs
by North Texas Daily
Oct 16, 2008
“Although NT matched the defending Sun Belt Conference champions kill for kill the first set, it couldn't maintain momentum and lost 3-0 to Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders last night.
"In my opinion, it was a very experienced team against a very inexperienced team," head coach Cassie Headrick said.”

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Sheriff: Calif. family cremated mom, kept benefits
by North Texas Daily
Oct 15, 2008
“CORNING, Calif. (AP) - The family of a dead elderly woman cremated her remains on a makeshift barbecue and continued collecting her retirement checks amounting to more than $25,000, authorities in northern California said.
Ramona Allmond's daughter and grandson were arrested Sunday on suspicion of embezzlement, elder abuse and disposing of a body without a permit.”

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