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University of Texas at Arlington researchers Purnendu Dasgupta, left, and Aditya Das are shown here in one of the school’s chemistry labs. Dasgupta has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. (Brad Loper/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Fueling growth with research

Through commercialization of university innovations, federal funding can solve problems, boost economy

Customers flock to thrift stores for costume-ready Halloween wear and themed decor. Genoveva Galvez tries on a hat at a Goodwill store in Albuquerque recently. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

Retail frenzy for fright fest

Is the cost of your Halloween a horror story? Here are some tricks to control the bottom line

Many Buffalo houses like these are abandoned and slated for demolition. Activists promote programs that focus on renovation. (Alana Semuels/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

What can you get for a buck in Buffalo?

Urban Homestead program promotes renovation, not demolition, of city’s abandoned homes by selling them — with conditions — for $1

John Ramil, TECO president and CEO, says, “customers will see the benefits immediately” from his Florida-based company’s purchase of New Mexico Gas Co. At right is Gas Co. President Annette Gardiner, who is retaining her position under the new ownership. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

TECO plans to remake gas system

Florida-based TECO Energy Inc. has taken over the utility that serves 23 NM counties, and that could translate into greater rate and system stability

Professional genealogist David McDonald of DeForest, Wis., combs libraries, haunts courhouses, scours parish registries and tramps through cemeteries in the search for information about families’ past. “People want, as much as ever, to know who they are,” McDonald says. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

Digging deeply into family roots

Genealogists – those who accurately can trace a line of family descent through generations – are sometimes misunderstood. It’s easy to confuse them with services that sell generic information about last names and even coats of arms with dubious scholarship.

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