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Obama calls for offshore drilling in Southeast

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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Alliance's Hillwood Commons lands first tenant

A large title insurance, property valuation and settlement services company is the first tenant at Hillwood Commons I, an office complex at Alliance Town Center.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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American Airlines' first 787 Dreamliner arrives at D/FW

American is preparing the plane to begin service sometime in the second quarter.

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Fort Worth Cats sign ex-Ranger Julio Franco as player-coach

Former Texas Rangers star Julio Franco is making a baseball comeback – he’ll suit up for the Fort Worth Cats when the local minor league team opens its first homestand of the season on May 20.

Franco, 55, will be a player-coach, Cats General Manager Craig Brasfield said in a news release posted on the team’s website.

Because of the addition of the 1991 American League batting champion to the roster, the team said, the United League has extended the Cats’ homestand through Wednesday, May 28. Franco becomes one of a “rare fraternity” of ballplayers to play professional baseball in five decades, according to the release.

Franco’s Major League career spanned 26 years and eight different teams, including his 1989-1993 stint with the Rangers. He collected more than 4,200 base hits and was Most Valuable Player in the 1990 All-Star Game.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to play and coach in Fort Worth and reconnect with my friends, former teammates and Texas Rangers staff members,” Franco said. “I love Fort Worth and I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans.”

“I’m excited to have Julio as both a hitting coach and player,” said Mike Marshall, current Cats’ manager and a playing contemporary of Franco. “Our players and fans are very lucky to get this opportunity and I’m sure Julio will make an immediate impact on the players and the community.”

The Cats open their 2014 season at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth on Tuesday, May 20, when they host the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings at 7:05 p.m. The initial homestand includes nine games through May 28.

The Cats are scheduled to play 54 home games this season. Tickets can be purchased online at FWCats.com or by calling (817) 332-CATS.
 

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