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  1. Coyote Drive-In in Lewisville to open Friday night View Full Article
  2. The aura of winning is tangible when talking with North Texas head soccer coach John Hedlund. And after the team’s emotional win over Old Dominion University Sunday afternoon, he was not content with just narrowly getting by. “I’m happy with the win,” Hedlund said. “But we have to play better.” The Mean Green are 12-4-1 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA play, good enough for 21 points. Totaling 25 points will win the conference. That’s a win and at least a draw over the next two games, but Hedlund expects nothing less than perfection as the team ramps up its efforts for a second consecutive C-USA title. North Texas has made the C-USA championship game since joining the conference in 2013, and this year’s roster is poised to contend again. “We know the pressure that [we have to go through] to get to the final,” senior midfielder Anna Flobeck said. “We also know how to handle that pressure and we’re able to lead the underclassmen [through] it as well.” While this team has the intangibles to advance to the NCAA tournament, North Texas is not without flaws. The two injuries to sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Bradley and senior defender Alexsis Cable have hurt the team’s depth. Fortunately for the Mean Green, the two girls filling in have done a nearly impeccable job of keeping the starting defense strong. As seen against the University of Texas at San Antonio when the team lost 3-0, the offense can become stagnant and solely reliant on athleticism, which gets them into trouble. The UTSA game also highlighted the importance of rest, and showed the affect fatigue can have on a game. North Texas’ possession can also be spotty at times. It’s easy to play long balls to any of the speedy and elusive forwards, but occasionally they do not control the ball in the midfield as much as they need to, which makes it harder for plays to develop. And even though the Mean Green’s weaknesses are few and far between, Hedlund conceded the team needs to be more consistent on offense moving forward. “We’re playing pretty solid defense right now,” Hedlund said. “But obviously we’d like to score more goals. We’re just trying to get our offense where it needs to be.” North Texas is able to win games in multiple ways, which is one reason they have been so successful. Perhaps their biggest asset is athleticism, something Hedlund and the rest of the coaching staff have raved about on several occasions. He loves the speed of his team on both sides as forwards are able to get past several defenders to apply pressure on goal. This style of play reeks havoc on defenses and creates plenty of chances for the offense. The other intangible North Texas has at its disposal is leadership and experience. Seniors Marchelle Davis, Anna Flobeck and Rachel Holden can all help calm younger players in tense situations, which will be crucial in upcoming win-or-go-home games. The preparation for those matches has already started on the training ground. “The energy [in practice] is up,” Davis said. “We know we’re in a good spot and everyone understands we still have [two] games left before we go to the conference tournament, and if we want a ring, we have to win those games.” The problems offensively are not alarming, though. The Mean Green have more two-plus goal games (8) than scoreless games (5). Their offense is in the top-31 percent in the country in shots and assists per game. They rank in the top-22 percent in shots on goal per game and top-18 percent in goals per game. Statistically, the offense has been above-average. Defensively, the team allows .87 goals per game and boasts a save percentage of .831, which is in the top-14 percent in the country. Hedlund and the team attribute their success defensively to the numerous players that can come in at any time and make an impact. The depth not only keeps players fresh, but provides a spark when Hedlund needs to mix things up. Seventeen players have played in 13 or more games, not including the two injured players. “You have to have depth to win the tournament,” Hedlund said. “If you get to the final, you’re playing three games in a span of five days. You can’t just roll one or two off your bench and expect to be at a high level come semi-final or final.” The C-USA tournament begins on Nov. 2 and includes eight teams. Should North Texas be a top-two seed, they are likely to face the University of Texas at El Paso, Marshall University or Old Dominion University — all teams they have beaten this year. Over the last 16 seasons, Hedlund has led his teams to 12 conference tournament finals and four NCAA tournament berths. Suffice it to say, he knows what it takes to get the job done. But in order to reach their goals, the Mean Green will have to win one championship at a time. “We put ourselves in a great spot,” Flobeck said. “We just want to get that ring and finish in first.” View Full Article
  3. Hell to heaven: Former hard-partying roughneck finds redemption in the Lord View Full Article
  4. Hell to heaven View Full Article
  5. Group sues city over clothing donation bins View Full Article
  6. Suspect in crime spree on the run View Full Article
  7. Cory Smout | Contributor A recent Twitter poll conducted by the NT Daily following the news of last month’s drug deal gone bad and the killing of a TWU student shows that some students do not feel safe around Denton. This and news of Thursday’s two campus robberies have UNT and Denton Police on high alert. In response to students who do not feel safe on campus, UNT offers a bounty of programs and resources to educate students and faculty on campus safety. For example, campus police monitor 70 emergency phones available to anyone on campus. UNT also provides students access to the Eagle Alert system and a “late night shuttle system” to help ensure campus safety. To help raise awareness, the Daily scoured the campus and spoke with law enforcement to generate a list of helpful tips for students to stay safe on campus. Walking on campus When students head out at night, UNT police spokesperson Kevin Crawford recommends avoiding isolated areas. Dress sensibly and avoid flashy clothing and purses, police suggest. Learn the campus geography and routes, and learn where the emergency phones are located on campus. He also recommends being aware of your surroundings and walk in groups if possible, or what police call, “the buddy system.” And he reminds students to never text and walk. Residence Halls When leaving the dorms, Crawford recommends locking your dorm room or apartment at all times. And he said to be careful who you let into your room. Remember never to leave your valuables unsecured in your dorm room or your door or window unlocked or propped open. Crawford reminds students to never leave any personal property unattended. Parking Lots When out and about, always lock your vehicle, roll up your windows and secure valuables out of sight, Crawford said. When out at night park your vehicle in a well-lit area. Make sure you scan the area when exiting and entering your vehicle. Never park your vehicle in one area for a long time and park it where it can be easy to find. Always have your keys in hand ready to open the door when approaching your vehicle. And again, don’t text and walk. Personal safety Campus police remind students to trust their instincts, and show confidence. Always stay alert to your surroundings and have your phone handy. Make sure it is completely charged before going out and “use your cell phone as a lifeline,” Crawford said. Crawford suggests students should “create a safety plan at home,” to ensure personal safety. For more information on preparedness, tips to stay aware, and campus or personal safety programs visit the UNT Police Department’s webpage at View Full Article
  8. Early voting View Full Article
  9. Tuesday, October 24 Calendar View Full Article
  10. Blotter: Man’s body awaits autopsy after being hit by train View Full Article
  11. When I looked at North Texas’ schedule before the season started, I remember thinking the game at Army could be a win. Maybe. What happened Saturday, however, was so against the script the producers probably left it on the cutting room floor for being too ridiculous. The now 4-3 North Texas Mean Green marched right into West Point, New York, and took what was rightfully theirs. The Mean Green looked like the better team all afternoon, drubbing the Black Knights, the second best defense in the nation, in a 35-18 win. Before Saturday, some people said this group needed a signature win. This was the game people will look back on. This was the real arrival of the turnaround. The Marshall win was nice, but North Texas did not control the game as it did against the Black Knights. Army is a historically decent football program. The Black Knights sported a 4-2 record and a defense who harassed quarterbacks entering its contest with the Mean Green. But North Texas made Army look like chumps. The Black Knights coughed the ball up seven times. Its iconic triple option offense was rendered useless by a defense that has done a complete 180 from a downright abysmal 2015. Mike Ekeler and the Mean Green defense were on a mission. It was very obvious how well taught and disciplined the defense was this game. Ekeler and his crew made the most of their bye week. View Full Article
  12. With Netflix Studios at the forefront of the video on demand market, it was unsurprising when the company scored a long-term lease with Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles. Slated for completion later this year, Netflix will control about 200,000 square feet for office and production space. According to Hudson Pacific Properties, the real estate company behind Netflix’s lease, the deal is the largest square-feet office pact to ever happen in Hollywood. While Netflix is using the deal to produce more original programming – television shows, mini-series and feature-length movies – they’re also facing a lawsuit from 20th Century Fox. As said in an official statement, the studio believes “Netflix is defiantly flouting the law by soliciting and inducing employees to break their contracts.” Basically, Netflix has (allegedly) offered workers money to cover their remaining obligations if they switch to them immediately. Although the morality of that tactic is debatable, it’s clear how Netflix plans to increase their original content at all literal costs, much to the probable dismay of its movie distributing competitors. This calls into question if Netflix will stand toe-to-toe with other filmatic businesses in the future. I think they can, which means that studio heads need new strategies to continue selling theater tickets in lieu of simply watching movies at home. It isn’t the first time this kind of competition has happened. In 1950, about 10.5 million homes in the United States had a TV set and in the following year, NBC became the nation’s inaugural nationwide network. By the middle of the decade, nightly news was king, rock-and-roll reached its commercial peak and mainstream jazz helped forge the beatnik culture. Because of this tremendous zeitgeist, movie studios combatted cheap, black-and-white TV shows with event films that boasted color, widescreen cinematography and the occasional 3D. This is the era that gave us legendary epics like “Ben-Hur,” “Spartacus” and “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” the former being the first of only three movies to ever win 11 Oscars. The unprecedented feat made epics a staple throughout the ‘60s. Over 60 years later, television boasts color, widescreen cinematography and in Netflix’s case, the occasional 4K resolution. Nightly news adapted itself into 24-hour journalism cycles on the small screen and online, while Spotify and Apple Music make new music easily accessible. Since so many of the tentpoles that flopped at the box office this summer had generally low critical reception, it’s clear studios are threatened by a generation paying more attention to quality in their media. Increasing the challenge is how well Netflix originals are doing. Once “House of Cards” premiered in 2013, it began a tradition of acclaimed shows and movies acting as incentives for monthly subscriptions. It all culminated this summer after “Stranger Things” gained an instant fan following, contributing to a recent surge of 3.6 million subscribers. Not to mention how much other originals – including “Orange Is The New Black” and “Marvel’s Daredevil” – have contributed to the brand’s newfound confidence. It’s not every day that film fans start a hashtag (#OscarsSoWhite) just so a movie on demand like “Beasts of No Nation” can receive Academy recognition. We’re living in a zeitgeist of our own right now, one where more and more streaming companies are cashing their chips into the media market. If AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner doesn’t indicate this, then I’m not sure what else can. Netflix has come a long way since the days of delivering DVDs, but now Hollywood needs to deliver more unique movies in return. Featured Illustration: Samuel Wiggins View Full Article
  13. If you read the North Texas Daily regularly, you may have noticed an uptick in our body copy’s profanity this semester. Through social media, professors, journalists, readers and students have discussed whether it’s appropriate for our newspaper – or any – to run swear words in print or online stories. After reading these comments and emails, I want to let all of you know that I understand your concerns. I would like to explain my thoughts and reasoning behind our policy. Our policy dictates that only in a quote from a source can profanity be included in the story; writers are not allowed to use these words in their own prose. Any reference, however, to a sexual act – even if it’s in a quote from a source – will be edited out. In the case of a lewd, sexual reference, editors have to paraphrase or even omit the words. Additionally, slurs are not allowed in our copy. If someone says, “I’m tired of this bullshit,” that’s okay to use, because the word “bullshit” is how that person has decided to express their grief. If a person says they want to have sex with another person, and they say, “I want to [explicit] them,” the word will be omitted as you see here. Then, the editors will likely remove the quote altogether and have the writer in their own prose express the person’s goal. If a source calls another person a slur, like “c–t,” “d–k” or “f–kboy,” editors will omit that, because there is no place for offensive slurs like that. I certainly understand that profane language makes some readers uncomfortable. It’s different when you read it than when you say it. I’m not denying that. But the reality of our world is that people use swear words in their everyday speech. Because journalists are supposed to limit their judgement about people, I encourage Daily editors to allow writers to include their sources’ complete speech when at all possible. Again, no references to sexual contact, body parts or slurs about others. There is no need for name calling. This may not be the “proper” style for prestigious newspapers, but people do, in fact, cuss. In a recent story, “Authorities: Too much public urination on Fry,” a local bartender said, “When you do that, I call the cops. Like fuck that shit! You’re not peeing on my car.” We ran that quote because those words “fuck” and “shit” were not referring to sex and were not slurring anyone. In my mind, you can hear this man saying that. It’s his speech, so we allowed it to run. My point is that we don’t just put words in our stories without thinking about them. This is our policy, but rules can be changed. Now I want to hear from you, the reader, on how you feel about reading these words. Thank you for reading. View Full Article
  14. Ethics complaint filed against Roden View Full Article
  15. Denton County reporting early voting issues View Full Article