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Leading Off (12/3/12)

Crowne Plaza Hotel Burns: The 22-story Crowne Plaza Hotel, in the running for ugliest building in downtown Dallas, was evacuated Saturday after a fire broke out in a stairwell. One guest was transported to a hospital with burns and several were treated for smoke inhalation. The cause is still under investigation.

Fort Worth Police Chief of Staff Arrested for DWI: Paul Henderson is familiar with the problem of cops drinking and getting into trouble off the job. The Fort Worth Police chief of staff had to deal with a string of incidents involving Fort Worth Police officers back in 2010. On Saturday, Henderson himself was arrested on suspicion of DWI.

Golfing In South Dallas, Or With Presidents: The Dallas Morning News editorial board likes the plan to build a golf course in South Dallas. Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk likes golf too, particularly when his foursome includes Presidents Obama and Clinton.

Sports Bits: Romo Breaks Cowboys TD Record, Cotton Bowl Lineup a Good One: Last night the supposedly “average at best” Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes to break Troy Aikman’s record for most touchdown passes by a Cowboys quarterback. Also over the weekend, thanks to Northern Illinois, the Cotton Bowl will feature the intriguing face-off between Oklahoma and Texas A&M.