Area woman forgets keys; local police save day

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By Racey Burden

I'm a really forgetful person. It's one of my most enduring, and unfortunate, character traits. I have an excellent memory when it comes to random trivia facts, but I will forget to return a movie to Redbox until I've kept it so long it belongs to me.

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A spam email is worth a million dollars

Published Saturday, March 19, 2016
By David Talley

A few days ago when I received an email from John Kerry, I rolled my eyes. It wasn't from his secretary, or even addressed from the office of the Secretary of State. It was legitimately from John Kerry - but not really.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Previously, the Messenger solicited readers' vacation photos during the summer months. But the interaction has become a year-round event, and we're wondering what you're doing on spring break.

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Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas' controversial voter identification law.

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Girlfriend’s survival guide: dating a sports fan

Published Saturday, March 12, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Last football season I noticed a disturbing pattern developing with the Fella. He would come in the door and announce, "I'm upset." I'd feel my anxiety rise and dread enter my heart. Oh, no! What terrible thing has happened?

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Generating a self-analysis, click by click

Published Saturday, March 12, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

I have a confession. Sometimes I take Facebook quizzes.

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Dog owners should keep a tighter leash on canines

Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
By David Talley

My back is sore, and my hand is cut. My clothes are torn, and parts of my bicycle are broken. And I'm really, really mad.

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Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
By Ed Sterling

March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State's Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state's 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party presidential primary.

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Skip the party at local level

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Richard Greene

About 15 years ago, I was regularly visiting school campuses in northeast Denton County, and on those visits I'd usually bump into deputies from the Precinct 5 constable office. The then-Democratic office holder, Mike Ballard, was dedicated to helping schools with truancy on top of the usual duties of the office.

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Where’s Tom Turkey the Terrible now?

Published Saturday, March 5, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've known sisters Glenda Clower Goodwin and Donna Clower Endres for many years. Glenda sent me a Facebook message, suggesting that I ask Donna about her experience with a wild turkey.

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‘I like that old time rock and roll …’

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Racey Burden

There isn't an English word to describe nostalgia for something you've never experienced. In Portuguese, this phenomenon is called "saudade." I've been experiencing a weird amount of "saudade" here recently. I blame Bob Seger.

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Court dismisses indictment against former governor

Published Wednesday, March 2, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges.

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Hugely classy ideas for terrific elections

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Donald Trump has inspired me. Actually, I disagree with much of what he says, and even more so how he says it. More specifically, it's his slogan: Make America Great Again, that has sparked something in my overly politically assaulted brain.

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Roommates wanted: Chicken seeks companionship in wake of loss

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

SEEKING ROOMMATE - Live rent-free in beautiful, rural Wise County. No closets but spacious living area. Open-air concept. Protected from the elements. Shared bathroom. No kitchen. Within walking distance of swimming pool. Please, no smokers.

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Hopelessly devoted to Choo

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The Fella is an avid Rangers fan. When we started dating, I had a passable knowledge of baseball, but no past enthusiasm for the sport.

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University president sets campus carry policies

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016
By Ed Sterling

University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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Heart open to puppy love

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've written a sad dog column before, so it's only fitting I offset it with a happy one. The newest member of the Burden family is Baby. The name is misleading because Baby is a 140-pound Rottweiler.

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Embrace chaos

Published Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Danielle Scroggins

I try to keep an orderly home. I really do.

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More than a song

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By David Talley

For as long as I can remember, I've spent most of my time remembering. Daydreaming about past summers, vacations or even whole years has been an issue I've battled as long as I've had responsibilities to avoid.

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Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.

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