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Leading Off (11/19/13)

City Workers Remove White “X”s From Road in Dealey Plaza. The official word from city spokesman Frank Librio: “We are laying asphalt to level out the streets and remove any trip hazards. With thousands visiting the area this week, we think that is prudent.” Not buying it. But if the city hopes to keep the street clean of the white “X”s that mark where JFK was shot, they’d best have 24-hour security from now till Friday, because someone will try to repaint them.

People Are Coming to Dallas. CBS Channel 11 brings us this shocking headline: “Tourists Flock to Dealey Plaza As Dallas Remembers JFK.” Oddly, USA Today ran a story yesterday for which they asked Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for tips on what to do on a trip to town. The lead: “When you’re going to the ‘Big D’ — Dallas — it’s all about living large with flash and cash, and a flair for country.” Oh, man. I’m not going to be able to watch TV or look at the internet on Friday at all, am I?

Millions of Little Black Bugs Visit Dallas. Yesterday the 21st-floor windows of the downtown world headquarters of D were covered with bugs. I didn’t give it much thought. NBC Channel 5 has better news sense than I and found out what is happening. The answer: hackberry nipple-gall maker bugs. Here’s hoping that today your nipples and mine are not as galled.