Leading Off (4/23/13)

Bush Center Opening Will Possibly Maybe Lead to Attacks Someplace. This WFAA Channel 8 story¬†from Teresa Woodard about the security measures being taken for the Bush Center opening on Thursday is an embarrassment. You know how far apart I placed the subject and the verb in that previous sentence? That’s how far from accepted journalistic standards Woodard traveled to tell us about security dangers during the big day. E.g.: “[S]ecurity expert ‘Avi’ — who asks that his last name not be used — says the campus will likely be as safe as it possibly could be. It’s the rest of Dallas he worries about. ‘Police will be here. Federal agents will be here. But I want to know who will be watching the DART station? Who will be watching Baylor Hospital? That’s the target,’ he said.” Wait. Why the quotes around “Avi”? Is that not even his real first name? But by all means, quote some half-identified dude as he suggests potential targets for terrorists. Maybe I’m being too harsh. Woodard does, after all, offer this nugget about Avi’s bona fides: “He personally was an officer of the Israeli Intelligence Services and a former government special agent.” Hang on. You’re saying he was personally an officer? Not just an officer by proxy? That makes me feel better — until I google “Israeli Intelligence Services” and realize there is no such upper-case thing as “Israeli Intelligence Services.” Follow-up question for Woodard: what exactly is a “former government special agent”? Follow-up to that follow-up: does the website for Avi that you pointed us to not make you wonder whether a guy who still operates with GeoCities technology is a credible first-name-only source? Teresa Woodard, I talked to a guy named “Blake.” He personally says you’re not good at your job.

Middle-School Teacher Arrested for Having Sex With Student. It allegedly happened at DISD’s Marsh. He was 26, and she was 14.

70 People Get Organs From Fallen Plano Firefighter. Inspiration to get that box checked on your driver’s license.