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Leading Off (2/5/13)

Man Shoots, Kills Neighbors Over Dog Crap. You might have heard about the double murder yesterday off Abrams Road, not far from White Rock Lake. Turns out, a 75-year-old man gunned down his neighbors because they repeatedly dumped dog crap on his patio. I’m not sure what to say about that, except that a) if you’re repeatedly dumping dog crap on your neighbor’s patio, you’re asking for trouble, and b) if someone repeatedly dumps dog crap on your patio, killing them isn’t an appropriate response.

Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional. Dallas ISD was one of 600 hundred school districts that sued the state over school finance. Yesterday, State District Judge John Dietz, after hearing three months of testimony, ruled that “the Texas school finance system does not deliver enough funds to schools to do their job and distributes that money in an unfair and unconstitutional manner.” Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles issued a statement saying, “Thank God we can talk about something else for a while.”

Chris Kyle’s Last Interview. He talked via phone on January 28 to Texan News Service, five days before he was murdered at a Rough Creek Lodge gun range by a man with PTSD that he was trying to help. Said Kyle: “I would love for people to be able to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the veterans. You know, somebody who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of.” Reading that makes me want to hurt Ron Paul.