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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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T&P Warehouse: Historic building remains in limbo as area redevelops

For years, the historic T&P Warehouse on West Lancaster Avenue downtown, built in 1931 to house freight for the Texas Pacific Railway, has sat vacant and deteriorating.

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Sony files suit against Fort Worth sports bar

Sony Pictures is taking exception to Rick’s Cabaret International’s sports-themed restaurant in Fort Worth known as Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon & Restaurant, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The studio behind the 2006 Will Ferrell film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby filed a trademark lawsuit in Texas federal court, according to the entertainment trade magazine. In the suit, Sony demands an injunction, profits from the restaurants and other punitive and exemplary damages.


Sony says that the restaurant and its name threatens the continued success of the film franchise, which continues to bring in revenue through repeats on cable. The lawsuit, filed in Houston, where Rick’s Cabaret is based, says Sony generates about $3.45 million annually from broadcast television licensing of the film.
According to the lawsuit: “The Establishment [Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon] features television screens, live music and other events. At the Establishment, waitresses are known as ‘Smokin’ Hotties’ (a direct reference to the wife of the Picture’s fictional Ricky Bobby character, who repeatedly refers to his spouse as his ‘Smokin’ Hot Wife’).”
Rick’s Cabaret, which has several locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, had no comment on the suit.
 

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