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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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Compass BBVA names Happel CEO for Fort Worth

BBVA Compass has appointed Brian Happel, most recently the Fort Worth city president, its chief executive officer of Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth minority business receives nationwide grant

Cuevas Distribution Inc., a minority- and woman-owned business in Fort Worth, is one of 20 small businesses nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of the Mission Main Street program.

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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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Robin Williams' widow says actor had early stages of Parkinson's

 

By Emily Yahr
(c) 2014, The Washington Post.

Days after Robin Williams' death, people are looking for answers about why the beloved entertainer would take his own life. On Thursday, his wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement that said Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he died.

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not ready to share publicly," Schneider said.

Already this week, rumors have been flying about Williams's alleged troubles, from money issues to reports that he started drinking again. Williams, 63, had battled alcohol addiction for years, and he briefly spent time in a rehabilitation facility this summer.

Williams's representative, Mara Buxbaum, also said the actor had no financial problems, telling TheWrap, "We should be blessed to have Robin's financial status."

On Tuesday, investigators confirmed that a preliminary investigation revealed Williams died of suicide from hanging due to asphyxia. An official cause of death and toxicology report will be released in the next several weeks.

Schneider's full statement:

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child – Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

 

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