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Leading Off (9/3/14)

Prime Prep Hearing Date Set: Deion Sanders and crew now have until Nov. 12 to figure out how to save their flailing charter school. “We will be prepared for the hearing,” said Superintendent Ron Price, literally saying the most basic thing possible when called by a reporter.

Southlake Teen Urges Classmates to Forgo Mums: Someone had to explain the concept of homecoming mums to me a few years ago, and the conversation ended when my jaw unhooked, fell to the floor, then scrounged around looking for loose change to put in some far-away savings account for a mythical child that someday may have to pay for a mum. Destiny Rose had similar thoughts about the ostentatious tradition, and donated the money she would’ve spent on a mum to a charity buying holiday dinners for South Dallas residents. She’s urging classmates to do the same, as am I.

Former Cowboy Josh Brent Suspended 10 Games Following Jail Time: I’m sure no one has any thoughts on this one, so moving on…

Woman Charged After Leaving Grandchild in Hot Car: The Crowley woman was arrested for felony child endangerment after leaving the child in the car for more than an hour. This is awful, yes. But please read Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer-winning story about this phenomenon before commenting.