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Goals, Saves and Circuits Propel UT Robot Soccer Club

Five toddler-sized robots shuffle toward the net, pursuing a red sphere slightly larger than a baseball, intent on pushing it across the goal line. A few stumble, some veer away. But one persistent player taps the ball just far enough – goal! 

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TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture | lub_txbz,
TEXAS TOURISM - Ozymandias: A King, a Poem and a Concrete Statue in a Cow Pasture

Eleven miles south of Amarillo, just off of Interstate 27, lie the ruins of an ancient monument. Two huge, disembodied legs are all that is left of the statue. At least, that’s what you’re supposed to be fooled into thinking.

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Pudge Rodriguez joins Fox Sports Southwest

Texas Business reports: Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, one of Major League Baseball's all-time greatest catchers and a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, has joined FOX Sports Southwest as an analyst on RANGERS LIVE pre and postgame coverage. The announcement was made by FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President and General Manager Jon Heidtke. 

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In Guadalupe River, Tubers and Consumers Face Low Flows
CANYON LAKE — Averaging 70 degrees year round, the Guadalupe River lures Texans to its banks every summer to float. Outfitted with the most tubing companies of any river in the state, vendors are up front about what to expect. 
 
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Downtown San Antonio River System Under Study For Possible New Projects
Texas Business reports:  The Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting of the San Antonio creek system, including the downtown riverwalk, for possible new projects as well as ecostystem remedies.  Full Story »
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Omni Hotels & Resorts to Acquire and Operate Five Resorts

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase and operate five well known resort properties from entities affiliated with KSL Capital Partners LLC. 

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University of Texas at Austin Partners with Video Game Executives to Create Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin partnered with video game industry leaders Warren Spector and Paul Sams to create the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, the first video game program in the United States led and taught by gaming industry executives. 

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TCU Approves $45 Million Renovation Design to Coliseum | coliseum,
TCU Approves $45 Million Renovation Design to Coliseum

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH--The TCU Board of Trustees approved the design plans of a $45 million renovation to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the project receiving a lead commitment of $10 million from Ed and Rae Schollmaier. 

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Not Your Everyday Job: Man Sells $5 Rides on His Camel | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Not Your Everyday Job: Man Sells $5 Rides on His Camel

AUSTIN — On a late Saturday morning at a lot near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, a twice-weekly flea market is in full swing. A Tejano band begins its first set. The beer is flowing. More than 1,000 people — mostly Spanish-speaking families — roam among vendors peddling fresh eggs, live chickens, unlicensed Spiderman dolls, neon leggings, potted plants, bridesmaid dresses and all things Virgen de Guadalupe. 

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By Mary Ellen Knewtson for Reporting Texas

For UT Student, Making Quidditch Gear Is Big Business | quidditch,abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
For UT Student, Making Quidditch Gear Is Big Business

The broomsticks Kevin Peterson makes aren’t magical, but that hasn’t stopped them from flying off the shelves.

Peterson, a University of Texas senior, is poised to become the sole manufacturer of official gear for quidditch — a real-life sport inspired by the Harry Potter novels — if the sport’s governing body adopts his designs.

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By Megan Strickland for Reporting Texas

Best Little Bass Lake in Texas Planned for Wichita Falls

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—What’s more fun than catching a big bass? For many people, it’s catching a lot of bass. 

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$17.5 Million Repair to Battleship Texas Hull to Begin in April

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department contracted with Taylor Marine Construction Inc. to make the first significant structural repairs to the Battleship TEXAS in more than 20 years.  

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UT Receives $2 Million to Jumpstart Nation’s First 3-D Production Program

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin won  a $2.17 million grant from the Moody Foundation to create "UT3D," the first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum in the country. 

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Schlitterbahn Begins Construction in Corpus Christi

Texas Business reports:  CORPUS CHRISTI—Corpus Christi residents turned out in force to celebrate the groundbreaking of Schlitterbahn's newest Waterpark and Resort. 

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Best Bass Lake in Texas?  Night work by fisheries biologists sheds light on honeyholes   | bass fishing,
Best Bass Lake in Texas? Night work by fisheries biologists sheds light on honeyholes

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—In reservoirs scattered throughout Texas, under the black skies of cool, fall nights, loud generators drone and bright lights beam from strange-looking boats built to transmit electrical current into the water to catch fish. Crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department  (TPWD) Inland Fisheries district offices use these electrofishing boats to collect information on fish populations, including Texas’ most popular fish—largemouth bass. 


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A Southern Rock Band in a Hard Place   | aust_txbz, Battle of the Bands, Shortwave Radio, Diesel and Dixie,
A Southern Rock Band in a Hard Place

Among the hundreds of local bands in Austin, some you might remember, and others you wouldn’t recognize if you passed dozens of their fliers plastered all over downtown venues. But Diesel and Dixie has a few distinctions that help the band stand out even in this crowded music scene. 

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Kathleen Silvia Leon For Reporting Texas

A Second Life for Aging Public Art   | Aquarena Springs, Buck Winn, deteriorating art, Fort Worth Zoo, iguana, Lone Star Cafe, morning glory sculptures, public art, San Marcos, Texas State, Texas State University,dal_ftw_txbz, sanant_txbz, aust_txbz,
A Second Life for Aging Public Art
The sculptures, created by Texas artist Buck Winn, were originally commissioned by the Aquarena Springs theme park, a roadside attraction that ran from the 1950s through 1994, when the park was purchased and closed by nearby Texas State University.   Full Story »
Jillian Bliss For Reporting Texas

Touring Austin’s Haunts   | ghost,Chris English, Haunted ATX,
Touring Austin’s Haunts

While the city’s slogan is “Keep Austin Weird,” Chris English, founder of Haunted ATX, is keeping Austin scary. English provides the one and only mobile haunted tour in Austin, a year-round venture that is particularly popular around Halloween. 

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Kathleen Leon For Reporting Texas

Larry Hagman Exits the Scene
Larry Hagman, the man who was best-known as the iconic scoundrel, J.R. Ewing, died on Friday in Dallas from complications of cancer at the age of 81. His wife of 60 years,Maj Axelsson, was by his side, as were his Dallas castmates,Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, from the original show and its new TNT revival. Full Story »
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Robert Redford To Join 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival   | cinema, Robert Redford,
Robert Redford To Join 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Robert Redford , actor, film director, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, will join the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF). 

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KingsIsle Entertainment Launches Pirate101   | dal_ftw_txbz, aust_txbz, Yo Ho, Ahoy, KingsIsle,
KingsIsle Entertainment Launches Pirate101

Texas Business reports:  PLANO—Yo Ho, Ahoy and Avast! KingsIsle Entertainment today launched its second game Pirate101, the follow-up title to Wizard101. 

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Baylor, Fox Sports Reach Deal

Texas Business reports:  WACO— Baylor University and FOX Sports announced a new multi-year agreement to televise the school's athletics events and related programming on FOX Sports Networks' platforms, which could include FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus or FOX College Sports. 

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Billy Bob Thornton Project Jayne Mansfield's Car to Open 2012 Lone Star Film Festival    | dal_ftw_txbz, Jayne Mansfield's Car, Billy Bob Thornton, Bibbly Bob, Sundance Square,
Billy Bob Thornton Project Jayne Mansfield's Car to Open 2012 Lone Star Film Festival

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—The Lone Star Film Society announced Jayne Mansfield’s Car, written, directed and starring Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton, as the opening night film for the 2012 Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 7 -11 in Sundance Square, Fort Worth. 

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Texas Independent Film Network and Baylor Film and Digital Media Present Fall Film Series

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Murder mysteries, music-filled sagas, aeronautical documentaries and football die-hards will make their debut as Texas Independent Film Network and Baylor University's Film and Digital Media team up for the Fall 2012 Film Series.

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Big 12 Announces New Media Rights Agreements With ESPN & FOX Sports Media Group

Texas Business reports: The Big 12 Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group that extends and expands its partnerships with both media enterprises. 

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Drafthouse Films Buys Graceland Rights | aust_txbz, Graceland, Filipina, Drafthouse,
Drafthouse Films Buys Graceland Rights

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, acquired the North American rights to the crime thriller Graceland. 

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‘Ghost Lights’ in 12 Bone-Chilling Locations   | ghosts, haunted, haunted Texas,
‘Ghost Lights’ in 12 Bone-Chilling Locations
Texas has 12 mysterious “ghost lights” sights throughout the state, each with its own unique tie to local lore.  Full Story »
By Mary Baswell For Reporting Texas

Fantastic Fest To Premiere Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"   | Fantastic Film Fest, Frankenweenie, Tim Burton,
Fantastic Fest To Premiere Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Fantastic Fest announced Walt Disney Pictures' Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

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One Band’s Long Road to Being the Next Big Thing   | Austin Heat, Hole in the Wall, music, Brian Scartocci,
One Band’s Long Road to Being the Next Big Thing

The band named Austin Heat had just finished its set at the Hole in the Wall, a longtime music hangout in Austin just off the UT campus. Sitting on the back patio, singer Brian Scartocci mulled over his half-eaten Philly cheesesteak.

“To be completely honest, this sandwich was not worth $9,” he said. 

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By Emily Grobe and Forrest Burnson For Reporting Texas

The New ‘Dallas’: Sex, Scandal and U.S. Energy Policy!
There's plenty of cheesy drama in the revamped soap. There's also fracking and frank discussion about energy. Full Story »
Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica

Texas Spends $1.1 Million To Almost Double Mother Neff, Oldest State Park
WACO—The state’s first official Texas State Park will grow to almost 400 acres thanks to action taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.  Full Story »
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Witte Museum Opens Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center

Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—The Witte Museum plans to open the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26, 2012.

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KingsIsle Entertainment Launches The New World Of Avalon In Wizard101

Texas Business reports: PLANO—Avalon, the newest world in the expanding Wizard101 universe is now live across KingsIsle's U.S. servers. 

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2012 Hurricane Outlook Good News for New Galveston Amusement Park

 The Weather Research Center’s 2012 hurricane season outlook predicts a quiet storm season for the Texas Gulf Coast — potentially good news for Galveston’s newest tourist attraction.

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By Mary Baswell For Reporting Texas

Robert Griffin III Gets A Trading Card | football card,Panini America, Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III,
Robert Griffin III Gets A Trading Card

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, reached a trading card agreement with Washington Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III for the 2012 season. 

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Nevada’s Pinnacle Entertainment to Acquire Majority Interest in Texas’ Retama Park Racetrack

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. will buy, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, a 75.5% equity stake in Retama Partners  Ltd., the owner of the racing license for Retama Park Racetrack.

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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels To Open World's Longest Waterpark Ride   | aust_txbz, sanant_txbz, New Braunfels, Tubenbach, waterpark,
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels To Open World's Longest Waterpark Ride

Texas Business reports:  NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas— Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark, plans to open its largest development in almost 15 years with the addition of a new park area called Tubenbach. 

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Legendary Anglers to be Inducted into Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Texas Business reports: ATHENS—Professional angler Tommy Martin of Hemphill and lure manufacturer and angler Lonnie Stanley of Huntington will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame June 2, 2012, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

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Alamo Drafthouse Goes to New York   | aust_txbz, Alamo Drafthouse, Manhattan,
Alamo Drafthouse Goes to New York

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for its first location in New York.

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Purple and White student film festival set

Texas Business reports: STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Short films produced, edited, and acted in by students will be showcased April 19 at the 7th Annual Purple and White Film Festival. 

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 “Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Visual Effects Producer Thomas Smith Donates Collection to Harry Ransom Center   | aust_txbz, Campus, archives, E.T., film, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, ILM, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas Film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, special effects, Star Trek: The Search for Spock, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Thomas Smith, Tom Smith
“Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Visual Effects Producer Thomas Smith Donates Collection to Harry Ransom Center

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— Thomas Smith, visual effect producer for such films as "Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back" and "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial," has donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Latino Directors Redefine the Texas Film Industry   | Pablo Veliz, Macario, Tragedia, Latino, film, cinema,
Latino Directors Redefine the Texas Film Industry

Filmmaker Pablo Veliz has screened his work at the Sundance Film Festival and gotten “the call” from Hollywood. But his heart and, more important, the stories he wants to tell remain in South Texas. At age 22, with nothing but a digital camera and his imagination, Veliz wrote, produced, edited and directed his first feature film, “La Tragedia de Macario,” about a Mexican peasant named Macario and his struggle to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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By Melissa Macaya For Reporting Texas

"Reefer Madness"  at UNT | Denton, UNT, Reefer Madness,
"Reefer Madness" at UNT

Texas Business reports:  DENTON—Reefer Madness, a satire of the 1936 cult classic film, will be presented by the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre March 29 through April 1.

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The Hunger Games Reflects Society's Anxiety about 'Dog-Eat-Dog Capitalism,' Baylor University Culture Critic Says

Texas Business reports: The movie The Hunger Games, a story about adolescents in a post-apocalyptic survival contest, opens in theaters March 23 and offers "a perfect tale of apprehension for our time" of financial upheaval and a bleak job market, says a Baylor University culture critic and author.

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Rice unveils new mystery for teen-focused CSI game   | hou_txbz, Rice University, CSI, Yvonne Klisch, CTTL,
Rice unveils new mystery for teen-focused CSI game

Texas Business reports:  CSI fans and would-be forensic investigators the world over can try their hand at solving an arson murder mystery online, thanks to a new federally funded expansion of Rice University’s hit educational game “CSI: Web Adventures.”

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Baylor Theatre Will Present Quartet of Short Plays
Texas Business reports:  Baylor University Theatre will present a medley of short plays, "Quartet with Grand Piano," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 8, with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 3 and 4, in Theatre 11 of the Hooper Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.  Full Story »
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Willie Nelson Signs Historic New Deal With Legacy Recordings

Texas Business reports: NEW YORK—Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, entered into a historic new record deal with Texas musician Willie Nelson. 

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Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Signature Wine Line "The Bottle Of Wits"   | aust_txbz, The Princess Bride, Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse, wine, Vizzini,
Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Signature Wine Line "The Bottle Of Wits"

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—There’s marketing, and then there’s marketing. Alamo Drafthouse launched a signature wine inspired by The Princess Bride in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film. 

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London actors to present Shakespeare's Twelfth Night' at Rice Theatre Feb. 16-18

Texas Business reports: Actors from the London Stage, an international touring theater troupe based in London and the University of Notre Dame, will present Shakespeare's comedy of love, "Twelfth Night," Feb. 16-18 at Rice University's Hamman Hall. 

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Texas’ international documentary film festival starts today in Denton | Denton, Thin Line Film Fest, documentary,
Texas’ international documentary film festival starts today in Denton

Texas Business reports:  The Thin Line Film Fest, Texas’ only international documentary film festival, starts its 5th annual festival lineup today.

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Alamo Drafthouse Plans To Expand In Washington DC

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas plans to expand locations in the Washington D.C. metro and surrounding areas with new franchise partner Cojeaux Cinemas.


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Books And Books

What used to be clean, white tile floors are now a smooth and deep shade of brown.  The change in color has  occurred gradually over the past 33 years as customers weeve between the high shelves of Golden’s Book Exchange.  Located at the end of a strip mall, Golden’s Book Exchange is one of two used bookstores in Waco, Texas. Started in 1978 by Donna Carroll, Golden’s has managed to survive the intrusion of large retail bookstores and other competitors over the years in a mid-sized market like Waco.


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