Leading Off (12/18/12)

Omni Hotel Earnings Ahead of Projections. According to figures from City Hall, in its first year of operations, the Omni will clear more than $19 million in EBITDA, about $3 million more than planned. That’s good news. But I don’t un

derstand how you report that good news without giving us some important context. Because if bookings are down at, say, the Anatole, then this good news (paywall) isn’t as good. Is the Omni stealing business from other hotels? Is it leading to more bookings across the board, causing a rising tide that is lifting all boats? Come on, DMN. It ain’t that hard.

Guns, Schools, Rick Perry. If you were starting to pull out of your Newtown funk, then just know that a “kill list” was found at an Arlington school. It named 10 teachers. And in a speech to the Northeast Tarrant County Tea Party, Rick Perry said that school districts should decide whether teachers can carry guns. There now. Familiar, comfortable, holidays-infused depression set back in?

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Accused of Stealing From Red Kettle. Oh, you just watched The Polar Express and those previous two stories about guns and Rick Perry can’t defeat your Christmas spirit? Then read this.

P.S.: I’m Sorry. To make it up to you, here’s a cute video of puppies under a Christmas tree.

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