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Zora’s Harlem: Rediscovered works highlight richness of folklorist’s legacy

In 1925, then 34-year-old Zora Neale Hurston made the journey to New York City to attend Barnard College at Columbia University (her peers knew her to be 24). Arriving on the cusp of the Great Migration and at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston quickly found herself at the center of the movement, living and working alongside young black writers like Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman.

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Denton couple reviving historic Victorian home to operate as bed-and-breakfast

When Whitney Mai first saw the historic house at 815 N. Locust St. listed online nine years ago, she and her now-husband, Cuong, were fresh out of college and not in a position to purchase a commercial space. But when Mai noticed it for sale again two years ago, they decided to pull the trigger on the Victorian home — and transform it into an eclectic bed-and-breakfast and destination wedding venue known as The Brownlow House.

State of the pandemic: A data expert on one year of COVID-19 in North Texas and where we are now

The first case of COVID-19 arrived in Denton County one year ago, on March 15. Since then, the county has reported 69,698 cases, 59,124 recoveries and 431 deaths as of March 13. As North Texas reflects on the anniversary of this historic pandemic, Denton Record-Chronicle staff spoke with a local biostatistician to find out what we’ve learned from the data over the past 12 months and what the second year might look like.
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Six local beers to ring in the holiday season in Collin County

The holiday season is upon us, and with it a time-honored tradition: drinking copious amounts of alcohol to make your family gatherings more bearable. Though COVID-19 means you have an excuse to stay home instead of listening to your uncle question your life choices at the Christmas dinner table, no holiday is truly complete without a good drink. With that in mind, here are six local brews to help you ring in the holiday season.

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Interactive troupe tackles disability, privilege in first performance

“How’s everyone feeling?” graduate student Talia Gritzmacher asked the handful of people in the audience at the Redbud Theatre Saturday evening. “It’s pretty heavy stuff. If you need to breathe and shake it out, I encourage you to do that.” The performance was the first for TakeBack Interactive, a four-person interactive theater troupe led by Gritzmacher, who created the group as part of her master’s thesis. The hourlong performance, “Student with ‘Benefits,’” addressed invisible disabilities a

Blotter: Four freshmen cited for drinking in South Hall dorm room

Four freshmen admitted to campus police they were drinking alcohol in a dorm room in South Hall Sunday evening, according to a police report. A resident assistant called campus police about a group of students drinking in a dorm room around 10:17 p.m. Alcohol was in plain view when officers arrived and all four of the female residents—three who were 18 and one who was 19-years-old— admitted to drinking, according to the report. The report does not say how the resident assistant knew the group

Feyton receives top Denton Chamber honor

Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Carine Feyten was honored with the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s highest distinction, the Otis L. Fowler Award, Sept. 24. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the progress of Denton, was announced during the Chamber’s 111th annual awards event. “Dr. Feyten’s timely leadership and subsequent actions have raised the visibility and impact of Texas Woman’s University within the Denton community, regionally and nationally,” Erica Pangburn, the

68 COVID-19 reporting forms submitted in first two weeks of term not a good indicator of virus spread, admins say

Nearly 70 Texas Woman’s University community members reported suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 within the first two weeks of campus reopening, but administrators say the reports are not a good indicator of how the virus is spreading on campus. Documents obtained by The Lasso show 68 TWU community members submitted COVID-19 reporting forms between the first day of classes Aug. 24 and the following Friday, Sep. 4. Students and employees are required to report suspe

Blotter: Man arrested for liquid THC found in vehicle, charged with felony possession

A Denton man was arrested on Texas Woman’s University’s campus and charged with felony possession after police three found three vials of liquid THC in his car early Monday morning, according to a police report. Campus police pulled over the 20-year-old man, who is not affiliated with the university, in the 500 block of E. University Dr. around 5:25 a.m. Monday after officers saw him driving down Bell Avenue with his headlights off, according to the report. Officers smelled marijuana and conduc

Blotter: TWU employee admits to stealing money from wallet left in marketing building

A Texas Woman’s University employee told campus police she took money from the wallet of a 20-year-old man after he left it in the Marketing and Communications building Friday, according to a police report. The man, who Department of Public Safety Lt. David Law confirmed is not a TWU student, faculty or staff member, said he noticed money missing from the wallet after he went back to retrieve it from the marketing building. An investigator determined the 52-year-old employee was the only person
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