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The 2023 results are in, and U.S. News and World Report has deemed five Dallas-Fort Worth universities among the best grad schools in the state, with some departments landing among the top 100 in the country.

U.S. News publishes its national "Best Graduate Schools" rankings every year, which looks at several programs including business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, and many others. For the 2023-2024 report, the publication decided to withhold its rankings for law and medical schools, which will be published later this year. It also changed the methodology for ranking education and business schools by focusing on outcome rather than a program’s reputation and selectivity.

The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Managementranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 27 overall in the nation, with its project management program ranking eighth best nationally. The Jonsson School of Engineering earned the No. 73 spot among engineering schools, and sixth best program in Texas. Additionally, the university's audiology and speech-language pathology programs landed the No. 2 and No. 10 spots in the nation.

Southern Methodist University followed right behind UT Dallas for the No. 4 top graduate business school in Texas, and No. 33 overall. The university also has the third best graduate education school in the state, and 49th best nationally.

Denton's University of North Texas earned the No. 6 spot in the state for its graduate education program, which ranked 99th overall. It faired similarly in the business category at No. 95 nationally, and ninth best in Texas. Most notably, UNT has the No. 20 best library and information studies programs, with its health librarianship program ranking the sixth best in the nation. The public affairs department also earned some nods for its No. 8 and No. 10 overall ranks in local government management, and homeland security and emergency management programs.

At No. 50 nationally and No. 6 in the state for its graduate business school is Fort Worth's Texas Christian University. The graduate education school ranked No. 8 in Texas, and No. 125 overall. It also has the No. 43 best doctorate nursing program in the nation.

The University of Texas at Arlington earned the No. 4 spot in Texas for its graduate engineering program, and No. 69 nationally. It is the No. 54 best master's nursing program and No. 51 best social work program in the nation, according to the report.

“When prospective students are considering their options for graduate school, the Best Graduate Schools rankings are designed to help them identify schools that excel in the program they want to study,” said LaMont Jones, senior editor of Education at U.S. News. “With many options available, U.S. News provides a wealth of data in an easy format to help each student make the best decision.”

Some category rankings have not been released for the 2023-24 school year, but the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ranked No. 2 in Texas in the “Best Medical Schools: Research” and “Primary Care” categories for 2022. Additionally, the School of Law at Texas A&M University in Fort Worth and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University previously ranked No. 2 and No. 4 respectively in Texas for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Fort Worth's ranking as a 'house rich' city leads this week's 5 hottest headlines

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Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.

1. Fort Worth is the 4th most 'house rich' city in America, report finds. With high interest rates and home prices making daily headlines, houses in Texas' current real estate market may seem out of reach for many potential homebuyers. But that isn't the case in Fort Worth. A new study has revealed Fort Worth is the No. 4 most "house rich" major city in the nation.

2. All the electrifying new displays to see at Lightscape 2023 in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is all lit up, merry and bright, for the second year of Lightscape, the holiday sensation that debuted to sell-out crowds in 2022. Last year's visitors who might wonder if Year Two will feature all the same experiences and photo ops are in for many surprises: The 2023 edition was reimagined from entry to exit, with 15 all-new installations joining just three of last year's fan favorites.

3. Vibrant Thai-Laotian restaurant joins rich lineup at Grapevine food hall. Harvest Hall, the European-style food hall in historic Grapevine, has an exciting new concept: Called Thai Esane, it's a Thai and Laotian restaurant from Nashville. Thai Esane features dishes from the northeastern region of Thailand, combining classic Thai and Laotian cuisine made with traditional methods.

4. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 6 best spots for brunch cocktails. Today’s brunch beverages are fancier than ever, spiked with vodka or high-end tequila, served with big garnishes of fresh fruit and herbs, and topped with crisp bubbly for the perfect toast. Here are six places for lip-smacking brunch libations, all of which are great for entertaining guests in town this holiday season.

5. Buzzy Mansfield center signs up 5 new restaurants including Portillo's. Thriving Mansfield center The Shops at Broad has ramped up its game with the addition of five national restaurants to its tenant list - including cult-favorite Chicago-style hot dog chain Portillo's. This will be the chain's first location in Mansfield, and the sixth in the DFW area.

Pastries at bakery in Southlake look as good as they taste

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A new bakery in Southlake is sweetening the local pastry game. Called D'Caramel Patisserie, it's doing beautiful croissants and French desserts, as pretty to look at as they are to eat.

Located in a former medical office at 2211 E Southlake Blvd., the shop is from Anna Narinian, a former HR pro said to have studied with notable European chefs who is bringing a combination of classic touches with innovative twists.

She started out selling her goods at Kellers Farmers Market before opening the storefront in late October.

The goal is to offer a wide selection of Viennoiserie products, including croissants, Danishes, kouign amanns, and brioches in the mornings, and French desserts throughout the day. Their menu includes eclairs, macarons, croissants, and three-dimensional tarts.

There are almond croissants, apple-yuzu croissants, hazelnut croissants, pain au chocolate, pear tarts made with croissant dough and topped with an entire pear half glazed with syrup, and "cinnamon rolls" made with croissant dough and dusted with sugar.

Prices are not cheap, with croissants ranging from $4.50 to $6.50 and pastries averaging $8.75.

A few things make this shop stand out from the rest.

One distinction: Their process for making croissants incorporates a long fermentation of the dough. This is a recent development in the croissant world that originated in France (and is also being embraced locally by pastry chef Amy LaRue at Carte Blanche Bakery in Dallas).

Longer fermentation can add a welcome complexity to the flavor of a baked good, and is a requirement in sourdough bread, contributing to its resilient texture and tangy flavor. But it requires monitoring, as fermentation affects the flour and can make the baked product chewier, not a favorable result in croissants.

A second distinction, one not found anywhere else in DFW, is their showpiece pastry collection, in which the pastries are molded to look like food objects such as raspberries or tacos, the pastry equivalent of the trompe l’œil technique in fine art.

This is a technique pioneered by Cédric Grolet, dubbed "the best pâtissier in the world," and with whom Narinian has reportedly studied, along with a trio of other internationally-famous chefs including Stephane Glacier, Daniel Alvarez, and Francois Brunet.

Her trompe l’œil selection includes one pastry that looks like a giant raspberry; another that resembles a giant chocolate-dusted coffee bean; and a cute one that looks like a cookie taco.

Inside, the desserts feature a cloud-like mousse, a crunchy layer, and creamy fillings in flavors such as chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, caramel, tropical, and berry.

Lastly, D'Caramel uses good ingredients: butter and fruit purees from France, Belgian chocolate, and Madagascar vanilla.

The bakery features an open kitchen, with seating areas still to come. There is no phone, and they don't respond to messages on social media, but they do offer ordering online. For now, it's open four days a week: from Wednesday-Saturday 8 am-6 pm.