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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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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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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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From the desk of Joseph DeLeon

Photo and story by Kenneth Perkins

Joseph DeLeon, president, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest

Unscientifically speaking, people who stand in meetings almost always get straight to the point. For Joseph DeLeon, meetings conducted by his desk are often cut in half. An hour-long meeting lasts 30 minutes. Thirty-minute meetings run about 15 minutes. That’s because DeLeon’s is a standing workstation; there tends to be a more formal feel to standing, he says. Less chitchat than, say, sitting and “relaxing.” Efficient is how he describes his standing deskwork life, and not just in meetings. He gets right down to business also. Here are some other things we found at his standing workstation.

Hand exercise squeeze ball: Helps ease tension. Can get in some reps while working.

Easy Button: Uses Staples’ iconic symbol for letting colleagues know they can always find solutions for seemingly frustrating situations. “It’s a fun motivator, actually.”

Notes by pen, not email: “I would much rather send personal notes.”

Wireless headset: Plantronics wireless headset with on-the-ear capabilities that can be used more than 300 feet from the desk, uh, workstation.

Computer monitors: This height-adjustable platform hooks onto a traditional desk and has stands for a keyboard and papers and attachments for at least two monitors.


 

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