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Leading Off (11/8/12)

Dallas ISD Teachers’ Morale is Low. This is partly due to an unpaid, 45-minute extension to the workday, which they say is being filled “with busy work to comply with the new mandate” including “memorizing the district’s core beliefs, reading self-help books, and doing unnecessary paperwork.” Also lowering morale: no pay raises for two years, some of Superintendent Mike Miles’ new  rules, and the last two seasons of The Office, which one teacher says “feels phoned-in, at best.”

Dallas Mavericks Improve to 4-1. They beat the Toronto Raptors, 109-104. I’d say I don’t want to get too excited, but I absolutely do want to get too excited. I live my life between the twin poles of too excited and irrationally angry. The latter mostly involves elevator etiquette and four-way stops. Anyway. What were we talking about? Oh, right: the Mavericks.

There Is No Age Cutoff For Dallas County Bus Drivers. That’s what I learned from this story about the 85-year-old driver who had a heart attack and crashed his bus into an apartment. My dad’s aunt drove until she was in her mid-90s, only stopping because she got into a car wreck (not her fault). She is 104 now. What? No, she never drove a bus. I guess it would have made more sense to bring that up if she had.