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ILLUSTRATION BY ANDREW TELLEZ ROAD TO RECOVERY Strapped to a cold chair, he felt like the buckles were fastening tighter and tighter, restraining his whole body from moving an inch. He knew the direction the wheels were pointed and where he was headed - he'd been there before. But it seemed that with every visit, the time of his solitary confine- ment grew longer and longer. Alumnus James Michell remembers the four and a half months spent at North Texas State Hospital in Wichita Falls vividly, from the less-than-savory sack lunches to the feel of the sharpened plastic knife against his neck by one of his abrasive fellow patients. "It was one of the worst times in my life," Alichell said. In 2008, he admitted himself into Trinity Springs State Hospital where he spent a month and a half before transferring to North Texas State Hospital. Living with 60 other men and women, he acted out in fear of his life, which often sent him into solitary confinement for hours. His time at the mental...
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NTDAILY.COM AUGUST 2013 flooded back into Michell's life and his marriage didn't last. In 2007, he powered through a tedious, sev- en-and-a-half hour brain surgery, the entirety of which he was completely awake, to ease the tension of his dystonia. While Michell said this surgery was worth the risk and has benefited him in the long run, the strain from the separation and missing his son caused him to get very sick, prompting his stint at two mental hospitals. During the time of Michell's silent suffering, his mother Louise Michell remembered attributing his change in demeanor to just the stress of Col- lege, until he sought the help of a counselor who played an integral role in discerning between the real problems. "The knowledge he gained, enabled him to be courageous as he stepped forward, not only for himself but for others," she said. Louise said she and her husband both went to some of their son's counseling sessions because they felt it was important to also understand his pro...
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tions, first met Michell at a training seminar that was in relation to Tarrant County's DARS and similar programs. They later built a profes- sional relationship when he was in one of her classes , and then they kept in contact as she helped edit his book. She remembered him as a highly driven student, committed to making life better for others with psychiatric disabilities. "I think his disability has made him more empathetic about others who face similar barriers," Holloway said. She also added that he was determined to reduce the stigma associ- ated with mental illness, which serves as the inspiration for his books. MOVING FORWARD The curriculum in "Recovery is Motion" has picked up interest from various areas, especially after he attended a mental health conference in Philadelphia last September, which Michell said is first in the nation for mental health funding. The book emphasizes communication and focuses on both the techni- cal language that the therapists would know, as we...
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Associate Professor of biology Douglas Root. Photo by James Coreas Whether it's in chess or biology, Professor Doug- las Root always takes his students to school. BY OBED MANUEL A ^^1 tional chess master. Root has been teaching courses in biology and biochemistry at UNT since 1996. His scientific research focuses on muscle contract proteins and mutations in these proteins that can lead to t disease or sudden cardiac arrest. ssociate professor of biology Dougias Root looks down at the chessboard in front of k him with his left hand resting near his hip. Opposite him sits a jittery student. The sun beats down on both of them on a warm January day but only the student breaks a sweat. After just five seconds of contemplation, Root moves his white knight into a lethal position. Check- mate. The student smirks, shakes his head and concedes his seat to the next player. Root neither smiles nor commends the player on a game well played. He simply sidesteps to the next table of this simultane...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION "We don't usually play against each other, but we'll look at chess together," Root said. Root is the faculty advisor for the UNT Chess Club. The club hosted the January exhibition in an effort to raise awareness of the club's activi- ties. Mark Fincher, chess club president and math and mechanical engineering junior, said having Root as the club's advisor is a unique situation because not many chess clubs at other colleges have an advisor as skilled as Root. "He makes chess less mystical," Fincher said. "He can kind of come in and deconstruct and ex- plain a move to us." Along the same lines, music theory graduate student Bryan Stevens said he appreciates how available Root makes himself to the chess club. "He thinks so quickly at such a high level," Ste- vens said. Root said his main focus is his work at the university and that he does not have any plans to re-enter the competitive realm of chess. The last time he competed was in 2008 when the U.S. Ches...
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NTDAILY.COM AUGUST 2013 / Leonard Logan Jr. (right) cutting Jack Johnson's (left) hair at his barber shop in the early '70 s. Photo courtesy of Leonard Logan Jr. A CUT ABOVE THE REST Lifelong Dentonite is enjoying his bittersweet free time. BY WILLIAM A. DARNELL Leonard Logan Jr. is finally relaxing. He can fish now, at Lake Ray Roberts or Lake Lew- isville, for crappie, with jigs and minnows like he always has. Except now, for the first time in years, Logan can focus all of his attention on enjoying his life, his family and the open water. Logan's two-year nightmare with the City of Denton is over, and although he still sits poker straight, the constant worried grimace on his face has been replaced by an easy grin. In mid-July, after a long dispute involving a failed building inspection and water meter, Lo- gan closed his barbershop Logan's, which his fa- ther opened more than 50 years ago. The shop, located inside a building also housing a Masonic Lodge, now sits unoccupied on the...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION cold weather, he said he loved everything about the job that helped him make ends meet while he worked at the barbershop until his retire- ment in 2010. "The chief always called me, and he said 'you go, and when you get the campus locked you can leave,'" Logan said with a hearty, easy laugh. Cutting hair, he said, was more about making his customers happy and being able to pay his bills, never about turning a profit. Logan continues to clean Lone Star Car Wash, something he's done for the last 25 years, even after his shop has shuttered. Lone Star's owner, retired Army Lt. Col. Fred Hill, said he has known Logan for all of his life. Whenever he was not away for his service, Lo- gan was his barber. Hill said he was extremely disappointed that Logan had to close the shop after all those years. "It was a tradition for a number of guys," Hill said. "It was not only a place to get a haircut, but it was a meeting place for fellowship." ALCOHOLISM AND RECOVERY ...
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NTDAILY.COM AUGUST 2013 really kind, and that is what made her want him in her life. "He's a wonderful person, and I'm really thankful to have him in my life," Freddie said. "He's a good-hearted person and good Christian." Logan's son from his first marriage, Leonard Logan III or "Trey," gradu- ated from UNT in the late '80s and was a police officer on campus for several years. "When I said 'Leonard,' he knew I meant 'get over here and sit down.' He'd roll them eyes but he wouldn't give any backtalk," Logan said. Trey's oldest son, kinesiology sophomore Yusef Islam Logan, is the third generation of Logans at UNT. LIFE AFTER LOGAN'S Although his shop now has a permanent closed sign, Logan won't be quitting his life long trade cold turkey. He still plans to don the apron for his two grandsons, 9-year-old Zade and 16-yeai^old Ibrahim. Logan said he has five or so clients who cannot travel, because of sickness or disability, and he plans to make house calls to accommodate them as well. ...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION Valentine Carmona (right) and fellow church-goer read from their Bibles during a church service. Photo by James Coreas i m ,, mm A quiet, humble man runs a popular Mexican restaurant, raises two daughters, provides for the homeless — all while fighting his own demons. BY NADIA HILL Underneath a finished and painted wood gazebo at the corner of Carroll and Collins streets, un- employed or homeless Dentonites mill around waiting for short-handed business owners to offer them work for a day. It's only 7 a.m. but the heat soaks through their long-sleeved work shirts and sun rays fade the army of Wrangler jeans. By 9 a.m., those still there wipe sweat from their brows, getting nervous they won't find work for the day. Some walk north on Carroll, take a right at Eagle, a left at Locust and a block north to La Mexicana, the tiny, authentic Mexican restau- rant owned by Valentine Carmona at 619 S. Lo- cust St. Standing 5-foot tall, Carmona employs those needing ...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION all of them, and some stop by the restaurant for a quick meal or just to chat. Steven, who refrained from providing his last name for privacy reasons, has lived on the streets of Denton for more than five years with just a backpack and a penchant for designer shoes on sale. He knows the ins-and-outs of services avail- able to him, which businesses are friendly and where he is allowed to eat and sleep. La Mexi- cana has been a haven for him the past couple of years. He strolls into the restaurant with a sly grin on his face, hugs a beaming Carmona and the two chat about mutual friends, all of which have come through Carmona's care. "Valentine helped me get back on my feet," he said. "He gave me a chance." As Carmona works to repair his immediate family, and reaches out to the community, he has another support network in his restaurant. He opened the restaurant 15 years ago and some of his employees have been there for up to 14 of those. Most are also fami...
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Wmu W - ^ '. Pi Our Daily Bread soup kitchen feeds an average of 250 people a day five days a week. It is one of few opportunities for Denton's homeless to receive a hot meal. Photo by Drew Gaines BREAKING BREAD This kitchen for the needy goes way beyond soup. BY BRETT MEDEIROS When the doors open at 10 a.m., and until closing at 1:30 p.m., two dif- ferent stories play out at Our Daily Bread. There are the stories of each individual person that takes a seat in the ODB mess hall, and those on the other side who make it passible for the organization to continue its decade-long service to anyone who walks through the doors looking for a meal. "When I first came here, for the first three weeks I wasn't sure that I could do the job," Executive Director Millie Bell said. "Because I ended up looking out there and seeing just how much they need. Your heart goes out to every single one of them." 'Years ago, shelters that fed the needy were called soup kitchens, and served plates of non- desc...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION homeless man and was like that for 12 years. I kept coming in here and got tired of coming in here eating their food, drinking their coffee and just leaving," Sonney said. "They saved me, my God, and they didn't ask nothing from me. I just couldn't keep coming in here without returning the favor and giving something back." Sonney is not the only volunteer who was also a client, and as the assistant to the head chef, he is in charge of preparing the meal when she is not around. Senior Program Coordinator Rick Holliman is in charge of what happens outside of the kitchen. He takes care of providing services and referring ODB's clientele to other places where they can get the help that they might not be able to pro- vide. Some of the other things that ODB does other than feeding the hungry is give out week- end snack packs, hygienic items, shower passes and free bus passes for transportation to medical appointments and job interviews. "This is not what I was...
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NTDAILY.COM AUGUST 2013 COMING HOME Denton's Veterans of Foreign Wars post keeps former soldiers connected in pride. BY DREW GAINES Denton's Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2205 at 909 Sunset Road is a "members only" kind of place. It stands alone on the north side of town, bordered by strip malls and fast food joints. Open the heavy wood door and the smell of cig- arettes comes on quick. A dark, smoke-stained hallway leads to a long wooden bar, a billiards room and a banquet hall made for Sunday pot- lucks. At one of the tables four men in their 60s sit in leather backed chairs, smoking and talk- ing. They look up and eye whoever walks in - this time it's Wayne, their commander. Wayne Travathan is a short man with a round stomach and deep blue eyes. He wears the tradi- tional Air Force khaki and blue, and dons a ball cap that sits high on his head. Pinned to it are a small American flag and the seal for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Fie greets the men at the table then sits down...
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ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION there is a generation gap at the post. After all, a war just ended as another winds down but the majority of young vets stay away from this smoky old building. The upper echelons like El- lis and Travathan aim to change that. They expect that veterans from today's wars have a better time of it coming home. They see the VFW as an outlet to serve these vets. Trava- than himself made more than 400 trips to I)FW airport to witness soldiers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He shook their hands and thanked as many as he could as they stepped off the plane. "I want to see the outreached hands from old vets like us," he said. Last Thanksgiving, the VFW gathered 25 fro- zen turkeys and all the fixings for a holiday meal. The "old vets" put the goods in baskets and delivered them to the doorsteps of Iraq and Af- ghanistan veterans who suffer from PTSD. The response was overwhelming. "They have a different perspective for what we stand for," Travathan said. S...
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NTDAILY.COM AUGUST 2013 ON THE RECORD PEOPLE EDITION BY THE NUMBERS $5.9 SENIOR CATCH AT CATFISH KING, WHERE LEONARD LOGAN AND HIS WIFE EAT EVERY FRIDAY iff iff ir Iff ft T tf Iff t it if if 8% 576 POPULATION PERCENT AND NUMBER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN DENTON COUNTY 2 WEEKS MOST AMOUNT OF TIME IT TOOK KEYLA GARRIDO TO MAKE A GARMENT TOTAL MEN WOMEN EMPLOYED AS ENGINEERS 9 cF 13,693 30,706 10 YEARS HOW LONG JAMES MICHELL WAS ENROLLED AT UNT 4 MILLION NUMBER OF VIEWERS ATTHE END OF "MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC'S" FIRST COMPLETE SEASON 37 GRAPHICS BY AND ANIEL MURPHY