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12:30 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Fort Worth Restaurant Offers Free Lunch To Support Local Police Department

Al and Mike Micallef own the Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth and Alpine. Both locations will serve free meals to local police officers through December 31st.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

When the owners of a popular Fort Worth restaurant heard about the killing of two New York police officers last Saturday, they were in disbelief.

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Texas News
4:40 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

These Vivid Photos Show Texas During The Great Depression And Wartime

This farmer grew corn in Kaufman County in 1936.
Arthur Rothstein Library of Congress

During the Great Depression, photographers fanned out across the country to capture the United States. Some of them visited Texas, snapping thousands of pictures.

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KERA Newsroom
9:44 am
Fri December 26, 2014

From The Newsroom: Free Lunch For Local Police; Architecture And Infrastructure

Reata, known for fresh veggies pictured here and for nailing Southwestern cuisine, is showing support to local police officers.
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Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: In the wake of police slayings in New York, there’s a gift of solidarity waiting for local police officers this week at the upscale Fort Worth restaurant Reata. And Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster tells Jerome Weeks why 2014 required him to look with a hard eye at the city's transportation situation.

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Education
5:30 am
Fri December 26, 2014

This UT-Dallas Grad Has His Ph.D. -- And He's Only 22

Austin Howard got his Ph.D. in physics from UT-Dallas last Saturday. He's the youngest doctoral graduate in the school's history.
UT-Dallas

Wichita Falls native Austin Howard recently became the University of Texas at Dallas’ youngest doctoral graduate ever. All of 22 years old, he earned his Ph.D. in physics last Saturday. 

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Music
7:23 am
Thu December 25, 2014

The Christmas Standard: Nostalgia And Solace In Holiday Songs

Joni Mitchell's "River" is about heartbreak and loss - it just happens to be set during the Christmas season.
Joel Bernstein 'Songs From A Prarie Girl'

Not since Wham!’s 1984 single “Last Christmas” has a holiday song been accepted widely into the canon. The good ones made later usually follow the lead of the classics in at least one way: they pine for another time or place. Music historian Ted Gioia, author of The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire and the forthcoming Love Songs: A Hidden History, explains why the past - or our idea of it - is a comfort each season.

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StoryCorps In Dallas
5:00 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Teenage Mischief: How Best Friends Turned An Abandoned House Into Their Hideout

Joseph Knight and Lisa Foy have been best friends since high school.
StoryCorps

The StoryCorps MobileBooth wrapped up a month-long run in Dallas last weekend, and we’ve been sharing some of the stories from North Texans.

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The High Five
8:08 am
Wed December 24, 2014

GPS Ankle Bracelets Used To Track Some Immigrants Caught at Texas-Mexico Border

U.S. Border Patrol officers monitored the Texas-Mexico border over the summer.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Alamo Drafthouse will show “The Interview” after all; “American Sniper” opens Christmas Day; Glenn Mitchell’s “Christmas Blockbuster” is back tonight on KERA; and more.

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KERA Newsroom
6:37 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

From The Newsroom: The Physical Toll Of Poverty; A School For Newcomers

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Courtney Collins sits down with Michelle Kinder, executive director of The Momentous Institute, to talk about how financial insecurity can impact young minds. Also, we’ll look at a Fort Worth school where most students are newcomers to the country.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse In Richardson Will Show 'The Interview' On Christmas

Sony had canceled the release of "The Interview" after theaters were threatened. Now some are going to show the movie Christmas Day. The movie features James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen.
Sony Pictures

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson and the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff are among several movie theaters across the U.S. that will screen “The Interview” on Christmas. 

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One Crisis Away
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

This Is Your Brain On Poverty: How Financial Insecurity Affects Young Brains

Michelle Kinder is the executive director of The Momentous Institute.
Credit The Momentous Institute

Financial insecurity and poverty can take a toll, but it can also affect the brains of kids growing up in poverty. 

The Momentous Institute is trying to reverse that. Michelle Kinder is the executive director of the organization, which runs a school and two therapy programs in Dallas. 

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