Kudos to officers who do their job the right way

Published Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Brian Knox

Officers we see on the news these days often find themselves there because of questionable decisions they've made regarding use of excessive force that often have deadly consequences. What we don't often see are stories of officers who have de-escalated rather than escalated a situation.

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Georgia on my mind, but not my map

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

The address for our hotel seemed so charmingly "Georgia" on our first trip to Atlanta recently. But as we would come to find out during our stay, that charm turned more into frustration.

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August is the worst, especially this year

Published Saturday, July 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

We've got to be entering the worst time of the year. For starters, it's hot. Really hot.

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Feeling black and blue matters

Published Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Brian Knox

The words of a 4-year-old stung my mind and my heart last Wednesday night as I lay awake deep into Thursday morning. "It's OK. I'm right here with you."

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Face of America reflected in its newest citizens

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Brian Knox

I felt something unique Thursday as I stood in the ever-growing waiting room, gazing at the collection of faces around me. Very few looked like mine.

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Fiery rhetoric about toilets distracts from actual child safety issues

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Brian Knox

Places exist all over our state where young girls are put at risk. They are in real danger of sexual assault or worse. These young women are taken advantage of in their most vulnerable moments. If you have been paying attention to the loud outcry of our elected leadership in Austin, you might think these places are public school bathrooms.

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Dearly beloved, we have a pill problem

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Brian Knox

The sudden death of pop/rock icon Prince a couple of weeks ago has once again put one of our country's greatest addictions back in the spotlight: prescription drugs.

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It’s spring, weather you like it or not

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Spring storm season in Texas is always a great reminder of the awesome power of nature. Of course, depending on where you are located and the type of weather you experience, you might replace the word "awesome" in the previous sentence with other adjectives such as "destructive," "terrifying" or even "deadly."

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Scary news on Zika released this week

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's never a good sign when you hear somebody with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say something is "scarier than we initially thought."

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You only thought D.C. was a zoo now …

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
By Brian Knox

A visit to a former home of a U.S. president last week, and a subsequent visit with a friend about said president resulted in my googling of dog ears this week. And that led to the discovery of a rather unique presidential "museum."

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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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Documentary asks hard questions of criminal justice system

Published Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Brian Knox

Despite being a "crime and courts" reporter, I rarely watch "crime drama" television. Maybe its because I deal enough with the real thing, I don't want to spend my precious free time watching more of the same.

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Looking back at 2015: Dog’s sacrifice led to unique experience

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Brian Knox

Having covered news in Wise County for 15 1/2 years now, many stories I work on come with a sense of familiarity. While each story is different, I often speak to people I know or cover situations that happen on a fairly regular basis. I often have a good idea of what to expect going in to certain situations.

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Finding heartache and hope in a refugee camp

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Brian Knox

A backfiring car caused a young woman to begin shaking and crying uncontrollably. The only thing those around her could do to calm her was to wrap their arms around her. For hours, they held her tight. Finally, she fell asleep.

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Don’t let scammers ruin your holidays

Published Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Brian Knox

Judging from the number of phone calls the newsroom has received in recent weeks, more than just the holiday season has arrived in Wise County. 'Tis the season for scams, apparently.

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Are we experiencing technical difficulties?

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

There's been plenty written about how technology and social media have increased connections between the people we know and the world at large.

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It’s not the end of the world

Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
By Brian Knox

Recently I got a quad-fold brochure with this title, in bold, in all caps: "A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT OCTOBER 7, 2015 WILL BE THE END OF THE WORLD." Since it is Oct. 17, and you are still reading this column, we know that was incorrect information.

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Drive friendly, not distracted

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015
By Brian Knox

As reporters, we unfortunately have to go to many accident scenes. What's frustrating is most of those accidents could be avoided.

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Fall brings so many favorite things, including hope

Published Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

Next Wednesday may not seem to be an important date, but for me, it's one of my favorite days of the year. It's the autumnal equinox, also known as the first day of fall.

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Texas towns known for variety of traits

Published Saturday, September 5, 2015
By Brian Knox

If you pull off Interstate 35 East at Mile Marker 8, you'll be greeted by a sign welcoming you to the town where I grew up. "Itasca, the Big Little Town." What that means, exactly, I don't really know. I'm guessing someone on the local chamber of commerce came up with it.

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