Leading Off (11/28/12)

Police Officer Placed on Leave After Video Discovered. Dallas police lieutenant Regina Smith goes by Lucille Baller when promoting her record. You can see some of her work, which includes gems such as “Mess with me or I will shoot a [expletive], cuz Lucille Baller, she been to hell and back,” on her site. The site is dedicated to her late husband, a Dallas police officer, who was killed on duty.

911 Operator Resigns. I’m sure you remember the story of Deanna Cook, the woman who called 911 to report that her former husband was attacking her. When police got to Cook’s home, they knocked on the door, no one answered, and they left. Two days later, Cook was found dead in her home. Tonyita Hopkins, the operator who took the call from Cook, has now resigned. An internal investigation found that she didn’t enter the correct info on the call sheet. Her family released a statement saying they would like to tell her side of the story someday.

 Yesterday Was a Big Day for DISD. Between August 12 and November 1, three people worked seven hours a day, five days a week preparing the application for Race to the Top, a federal grant program that could award the district up to $30 million. Tuesday, the district learned it’s a finalist. And then U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited. Overall, a pretty big day for the district.