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Leading Off (7/23/13)

DISD Trustees Hire Outside Help To Investigate Mike Miles. Did the district’s superintendent bully the former communications chief? Did he improperly attempt to influence the awarding of a contract? Did he hinder a previous investigation into the whole deal? It falls to former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to find out (paywall). Like a fine Swiss watch. That’s how it runs.

Wheel Shoots off Southwest Jet. Only minor injuries were reported after a Southwest plane lost its front landing gear on a landing at LaGuardia. Former Dallas City Council candidate Bobby Abtahi was on the scene and tweeted pictures of the crippled jet, which led to an interview with Wolf Blitzer and, more impressive, a retweet by Chamillionaire.

Federal Court Rules Farmers Branch Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional. From the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans: “The ordinance not only criminalizes occupancy of a rented apartment or single-family residence, but puts local officials in the impermissible position of arresting and detaining persons based on their immigration status without federal direction and supervision.” Now Farmers Branch has to decide whether it wants to keep fighting. From Bill Brewer (paywall), whose firm represented landlords and renters in the fight against the ordinance: “We wonder how much further Farmers Branch wants to take this conversation and if it isn’t time to begin the process of healing.” I’ll translate that for you: “Boom, beeyotches! You want some more of this?”

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