School Board Strips Super of Investigation Oversight. As they’d proposed previously, Dallas ISD trustees on Thursday took the Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates fraud or wrongdoing in the district, out from under the control of superintendent Mike Miles. OPR will merge with the district’s other investigative unit, the Office of Internal Audit, and report directly to the board. Miles had previously described OPR as abusive and intimidating, and it was his interference with OPR that led to he himself being investigated. Miles was out of town and didn’t attend yesterday’s board meeting.
Massive CityLine Project Headed to Richardson. A 186-acre, $1.5 billion transit-oriented development on which construction began in January has been now been dubbed “CityLine” due to its location along the border of Richardson and Plano. The first phase, it’s been announced, will include a hotel, 520 apartments, 3.5-acre park, and a wellness center, along with thousands of square feet for restaurants, retail, and entertainment space.
Family Dog Mysteriously Drowned. A couple questions about this story of an Arlington family whose dachshund was drowned in their hot tub by a couple of strangers: 1) The family has footage from cameras on their property that shows two creeps entering their backyard at night and torturing their pet. This and the recent case of the cop caught on video shooting a mentally ill man has me realizing we truly have become a surveillance society, and that we’re doing it to ourselves; and 2) A representative with PETA, in noting that this case is unusual, says “We hear a lot about neighbors who are mad because a dog is barking and they toss anti-freeze laced meatballs over the fence or they shoot the dog.” Are anti-freeze laced meatballs more or less common than home security cameras?