Brain storms

Brain storms

Sergeant Mike Rials felt as though he had lost purpose in life. He had burned several bridges with his friends and family and spent most of his time indoors. On his third deployment to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps, Rials was caught in a blast when a vehicle hit an...

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Gallery captures spirit of virgin

Gallery captures spirit of virgin

An outsider’s glimpse into a sacred holiday is showcased through photographer Lilly Albritton’s gallery, “¡Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!” Albritton, a UTD alumna who got her Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies, spent the last decade traveling across the American Southwest capturing the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  Her traveling...

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Can’t stop, won’t stop

Can’t stop, won’t stop

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the occupation of Alex Piquero was misstated. The Mercury regrets this error. One Saturday afternoon, after conquering her sixth mile on the treadmill, criminology professor Nicole Piquero considered going home. But she was at the gym watching a college football game, and...

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Success isn’t defined by expectations

Success isn’t defined by expectations

When I first heard about Jennifer Pan, a Vietnamese-Canadian girl who hired hit men to kill her parents, my initial reaction was utter disbelief. But then I thought about it. Was the concept of an Asian girl feeling so suffocated by her parents that she took a step as drastic...

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Senior shines in college summer league

Senior shines in college summer league

From All-Star to record holder, senior infielder Jimmy Norris is at the top of his game. Norris is in the midst of his second stint with the Brazos Valley Bombers as he competes against other student-athletes in the Texas Collegiate League. The Texas Collegiate League is a university-level summer baseball...

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University starts building SSB add-on

University starts building SSB add-on

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated how large the SSB expansion will be. The Mercury regrets this error. University officials and facilities management celebrated the beginning of construction on the second Student Services Building on July 29. The new building is expected to be completed by the fall...

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Protestors shut down downtown Dallas in support of Sandra Bland

Protestors shut down downtown Dallas in support of Sandra Bland

Chants and calls to action echoed amidst the skyscrapers of downtown Dallas as hundreds of marchers demonstrated on July 27 to protest the death of Sandra Bland. Her arrest and subsequent death in Prairie View, Texas, under the supervision of local police has become a topic of national debate. Bland was found...

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Dogs of Dallas: Happy, Chester and Pretty

Dogs of Dallas: Happy, Chester and Pretty

Name: Happy Breed: Poodle Mix Age: 12 years old Name: Chester Breed: Golden Labradoodle Age: 4 years Name: Pretty Breed: Golden Doodle Age: 10 years Say hello to Happy, Chester, and Pretty, a high-energy trio I ran into at Wagging Tail Dog Park in North Dallas. All three of these...

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Dogs of Dallas: Spencer

Dogs of Dallas: Spencer

Welcome to Dogs of Dallas! This is a blog dedicated to the cutest canines I can find roaming the parks and neighborhoods of the Metroplex. Each post includes photos of the pup, testimony from the owner, and a bit of my personal experience with the dog. The goal of this...

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Fun in the sun with Shakespeare

Fun in the sun with Shakespeare

Summers and picnics go hand-in-hand, and if you are culturally inclined then you can enjoy the outdoor evenings with Shakespeare in the Park at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre.The 2015 season runs through July 25 all days except Mondays. This year Shakespeare Dallas is putting on two productions as part of...

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