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Artist leaves mark on North Texas with murals across DFW

Artist leaves mark on North Texas with murals across DFW

If you’ve admired a mural or painting in the area, there’s a decent chance you were enjoying the work of Dallas-Fort Worth artist Kyle Wadsworth.

Wadsworth, 49, who was born in Dallas and grew up in Midlothian, has painted all over the Metroplex, from Granbury to Grand Prairie, Fort Worth to Dallas and all points in between. He’s painted the stars of the classic film “Apocalypse Now,” including screen greats Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall, along with NBA star Dwyane Wade, even Spider-Man and musical legend Isaac Hayes.

In Fort Worth, his work can be seen at places such as Wild Acre Brewing Company and Martin House Brewing Company.

“My mother and grandmother were very creative in both painting and theater,” said Wadsworth, who has created murals for 17 years. “When I was trying to solve the riddle of making a living through my art, a Bambi mural in my room, painted by my mother, inspired me to start this career path.”

That path has taken him all over Texas and bordering states. He’s even done some creations in Colorado. Along the way he’s met and honored many famous people with his work.

“I painted several of my favorite murals for Aqib Talib’s (former NFL player) family, a “Scarface” mural in the media room and a War video game mural for their son’s room, as well as several others,” he said.

“The mural for Dr. Delphinium flower shop in Dallas off I-35 is one of my favorites. I also created murals for a pediatric hospital, and the theme for each room was a different board game, Monopoly, Battleship, Hungry Hippo, etc.”

Now he can add to his favorites a gift to Midlothian. His family moved onto 4 acres there in the 1970s and that’s where he attended elementary school.


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Iowa State football vs. Texas Tech: Pregame analysis, prediction

Iowa State football vs. Texas Tech: Pregame analysis, prediction

Ben Visser, correspondent

AMES — A closer look at Saturday’s Big 12 football game between No. 24 Iowa State (2-1, 2-0) and Texas Tech (1-2, 0-2) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. (ABC).

Iowa State offense

In Iowa State’s two conference games, the rushing attack has gotten stronger as the game has gone on.

Against TCU, Breece Hall and Kene Nwangwu combined for 129 rushing yards in the second half and, against Oklahoma, Hall rushed for 100 yards in the second half.

“I think the last two games you’ve got to give a little bit of credit to the coaching staff making the right adjustments to put the guys in the right situations to be successful,” ISU Coach Matt Campbell said. “Then I think you’ve got to give a lot of credit to our kids. I think they’ve done a great job preparing to play four quarters. I think their mentality and their ability to play four quarters has certainly given (us) an opportunity to find success within the scheme.

“I think that’s more of a collective whole and we’ll see if that continues as the season progresses.”

Iowa State defense

The Cyclones’ front seven continues to play impressive football. Oklahoma averaged just 3.5 yards per rush. TCU was at 2.3 and Louisiana averaged 3.4.

The front seven demolished TCU’s offensive line to the tune of six sacks and it followed that up with another impressive performance against Oklahoma. Iowa State recorded two sacks against the Sooners while going against one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12 and facing a mobile quarterback in Spencer Rattler.

The area of concern for the ISU defense is in the secondary.


In three games, the

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Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

  • Tesla may be planning to build batteries at its forthcoming Texas factory.
  • In documents filed to the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, the company mentions a proposal for cell production.
  • Last month, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla found new innovations to bring down the cost of producing batteries while integrating them inside of its cars more efficiently. 
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Tesla may be planning to build battery cells alongside Cybertrucks and other vehicles at its newest factory, set to open in 2021.

Documents filed with the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, first reported by the Austin Business Journal, cite battery cell manufacturing among activities to occur at the 2,100-acre site near Austin.

“The facility is proposing to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle,” one of the permit applications first spotted by Bloomberg says.

In recent months, Tesla has touted significant advancements in its battery technology and expressed interest in building batteries alongside cars, instead of at separate factories. The company will continue to buy cells from its partners as well, including Panasonic and LG Chem.

Chief executive Elon Musk said last month that the company was “starting to ramp up manufacturing” at a pilot line in Fremont, California, its main US car factory. The new processes and chemistry should help cut costs while increasing total power output, Tesla has said.

There are also likely cost savings in the move to more closely integrate battery cells inside the vehicles’ architecture, instead of in a separately installed unit. Musk compared this change to the fuel tanks on an airplane, which are part of the wing instead of distinct units.

Some of these new methods will also be used in Germany, where Tesla’s making progress on its first European car

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