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Leading Off (9/16/13)

Girl Safe Following Sunday Night Carjacking. Isn’t the cardinal rule of carjacking to check the backseat? It should be. Around 8 p.m. at a gas station near 2nd and Dixon, some guy (20s, Latin) held a woman at gunpoint before taking her car and her 14-year-old daughter asleep inside. The girl and car were found separately a couple hours later. No word on the suspect.

Happy Birthday, El Fenix. Get Your Sopapilla. Free Mexican pastry! The Tex-Mex giant is ringing in 95 years today. Mayor Mike Rawlings will be on hand to celebrate the Martinez family and present a proclamation. I assume it’s El Fenix Day, but you’ll have to ring Rawlings for those details. What we do know: those complimentary fried treats will be offered at all 22 locations. Enjoy.

Former “Person of Interest” in South Dallas Rape Investigation Free, Doing Interviews. After nine days in jail on a DWI probation, Alan Mason finally went home. Grandma was at the ready, cooking up a favorite meal and tuning the TV to football. Not a bad welcome home party, though I doubt this is the last we’ll hear of this whole fiasco. Mason will certainly continue trying to save his name (and his Google search results). His grandmother even took to the cause, asking for an apology from Police Chief David Brown, who has defended the public naming of Mason. That apology remains at large.

The Texas Giant Re-opens, People Flock. Goodness. Fall off the horse, get back on it, right? More power to you, folks. Have fun. Be safe. I’ll watch from afar.