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Leading Off (10/20/2014)

Ebola Update. Texas Health’s CEO took out a full page ad in the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to apologize for the hospital’s initial response to Thomas Eric Duncan. Meanwhile, the 21-day monitoring period for the first group of people exposed, including Duncan’s fiancée, Louise Troh, ends today. Finally, the lady on the cruise ship who is a lab supervisor at Texas Health was cleared, and allowed to disembark in Galveston. D Healthcare Daily’s Matt Goodman has all the latest here.

Sports-Related Update. Listen, I know you’ve missed these. I hate to wear a good joke thin. But I really don’t like the Giants, so believe me when I say that I actually cared about this outcome: a 31-21 win, making this six-game streak the Cowboys’ longest in 7 years. In other important news, Joseph Randle, now notorious for his attempt to score a five-fingered discount on underwear and Gucci Guilty, will endorse underwear for a website called MeUndies.com in a deal that will, reportedly, more than help him repay whatever fine he got slapped with for shoplifting, in addition to the however many multiple thousands of dollars he’s going to make playing football this year. And, like magic, I have gone from being vaguely invested to utterly annoyed with the way things work in this world.

Early Voting Starts Today. I hope you guys are all already registered. If not, you’re out of luck for this election. The voter ID law is in effect even while it’s being challenged in court, so keep that in mind, too, and while you’re at it, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent is worth your time. Early voting will continue through Oct. 31, with the election on Nov. 4.

Change of Venue Request Denied in Kaufman County Murder Trial. Eric Williams, who faces the death penalty for killing Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, and his defense attorneys requested a change of venue for the trial, arguing that he wouldn’t get a fair one in Rockwall. His request was denied. Jury selection continues, and the trial date is set for Dec. 1.

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Leading Off (10/6/2014)

Police Find Homeless Man Who Rode in Ambulance After Ebola Patient. Michael Lively, the homeless man who was described as low-risk and not exhibiting symptoms, nonetheless inspired a manhunt that began Saturday. He walked out of Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been transported in the ambulance that had also transported Thomas Eric Duncan. Lively was found Sunday and taken to Parkland. Meanwhile, Duncan’s condition has reportedly worsened.

Woman Attacked By Bees Dies. Nancy Whitehead had rushed into the swarm to save her husband after he disturbed a hive near Possum Kingdom Lake. She was stung more than 200 times.

Rep. Ralph Hall Injured in Car Crash. Hall, 91, is the oldest serving member of Congress, though he lost the election in May that would have kept him in office for another term. He was injured in a car accident on Saturday and airlifted to Medical Center of Plano. He had surgery on his hip, but is said to be in good spirits.

Oncor Customers Still Without Power. On Sunday, 10,000 customers still didn’t have power after Thursday’s storm. Yikes. Service is mostly expected to be restored this morning.

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Leading Off (9/29/14)

There Are So Many Tires In The Trinity River. Tons, in fact. And until recently, the job of removing them was left to volunteer groups. Now, a Dallas-based company called Good Earth Inc. has a city contract that will pay out $850 per ton, with a cap at $2.8 million over three years. They have pulled 114 tons of rubber thus far.

City Pension Funds For Same-Sex Spouses Stalled. The City Council has taken steps to protect LGBT municipal employees by adopting resolutions that call for equal treatment and to amend personnel rules with language prohibiting discrimination. However, city pension benefits for these employees and their spouses are still in flux, because Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages.

World’s Biggest Passenger Jet Lands at DFW Airport. The double-decker A380, which is almost 8 stories tall and can carry 500 passengers, begins scheduled service this week. It’s so massive that the airport had to make about $4.5 million in renovations to accommodate it. Should you feel like flying in something I find fairly terrifying, you can go to Sydney, Australia on Qantas, or Dubai on Emirates.

TxDOT v. NCTCOG. In a charming battle of bureaucratic acronyms, the North Central Texas Council of Governments is using high traffic estimates to justify a toll road that would stretch from Garland to Greenville, through Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Hunt counties. The Texas Department of Transportation’s forecasts are much lower. There’s other stuff going on, too, like the fact that NCTCOG’s estimates for population growth in Rockwall and Hunt counties is significantly higher than state estimates. Anyway, just read this.

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Leading Off (9/22/2014)

Wrecking Ball Demolishes 129-Year-Old Building Downtown. 1611 Main Street, one of downtown’s oldest buildings, was razed almost completely Sunday afternoon to make way for the new incarnation of Forty Five Ten, the luxury boutique currently located on McKinney. It’s part of developer Tim Headington’s continued expansion along Main Street.

Man’s Body Found Next To Wrecked Pick-Up. The man was shot multiple times, and his body was found in a field in Fort Worth. Homicide police are investigating.

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott Debate Exposes Policy Differences. Not so surprising. According to the Dallas Morning News, Davis came out swinging, but Abbott was unruffled as topics ranged from Medicaid to early childhood education to President Barack Obama. And abortion, of course.

Former SMU Student Sues. The unnamed plaintiff is suing the university over its alleged mishandling of a 2012 sexual assault complaint. The plaintiff says that after he reported the assault, the environment on campus became so hostile that he was forced to withdraw.

Okay, Fine, Cowboys Win Again. Because you practically begged me, I will tell you that the Cowboys came back from 21-0 to beat the Rams, 34-31.

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Leading Off (9/15/2014)

Dallas Cowboys Are Winners. I enjoy the fact that because these games are on Sundays, I have become your de facto announcer of sports information that you are probably already aware of, unless you live under a rock. Anyway, they overcame the misery of last week’s season opening loss to beat the Tennessee Titans, 26-10. All is right in the world, except for these next few news items.

Man Falls From AT&T Stadium Stands. This happened at the UCLA vs. UT game on Saturday. The man is in critical condition after falling 12-15 feet from the 100 section to the floor level suites.

Body Pulled From West Dallas Pond. Jerry Sanchez, 42, was reported missing on Friday. He has been identified as the man divers found in a pond off Canada Drive on Saturday. Cause of death is still undetermined.

Full Report On Fired Dallas ISD Investigator Released. Jeremy Liebbe was the head of the district’s Professional Standards Office. A couple months ago, he was placed on leave, allegedly without being told a reason, but he had done some digging into his boss’ background (she had a criminal conviction that she hadn’t reported on her job application) and there were questions regarding the installation of surveillance cameras. He was fired on September 5, and the district released statement saying that they had found ““multiple instances of poor behavior and decision-making, and violations of law and the Texas Education Code.” Now, Liebbe’s lawyer provided the Dallas Morning News with a copy of the 17-page report compiled by an outside attorney, along with a rebuttal to the findings.

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Leading Off (9/8/2014)

Cowboys Not Off to a Winning Start. America’s Team lost to the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium, which was apparently packed with 49er diehards for the season opener. New Cowboy Michael Sam was also there, cheering on the sidelines.

Search Continues For Missing Fort Worth Woman. Christina Morris, 23, was last seen a week ago, at the Shops at Legacy in Plano, around 4 am. Her family and friends have organized search parties, expanding as far as Lake Lewisville on Sunday.

Earthquake Hits Arlington. The 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck early Sunday morning near the University of Texas at Arlington. There were no reported injuries.

Rick Perry Courts Experts. Governor Perry has been consulting with everyone from the CEO of Starbucks to policy experts from President George W. Bush’s administrations and Mitt Romney’s campaign, the Dallas Morning News reports after obtaining his schedule through an open records request. This is probably not in preparation for anything.

Land Deals Key in John Wiley Price Indictment. There are seven properties that do not seem to be on the up-and-up, according to federal authorities. The alleged real estate scheme allowed Price to amass more than $300,000 in income and assets, using “straw buyers” to obtain the properties, which are really not all that fancy. One is a defunct hot tub factory in East Texas.

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Leading Off (9/1/2014)

Rick Perry Tweets and Deletes. Sunday evening, Governor Perry’s official account tweeted out an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (you know, the one who he tried to push out of office after her arrest for drunk driving, a move that has resulted in his indictment) with a ruddy nose and this caption: “I don’t always drink drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit….” Perry posted that the tweet was “unauthorized” and quickly deleted it, but this is the internet. Listen, it could happen to anyone—you’re workshopping a good joke, and your finger slips. Oops.

Five-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in Northeast Dallas. Last seen around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, she was reported missing, then found deceased in an vacant apartment at a complex that was not her family’s own, around 2:30 p.m. Police have not released any other details.

Florida State University Does Not Quite Steamroll OSU. The two teams met at AT&T Stadium Saturday night for the Cowboys Classic. FSU, ranked no. 1, did win, but Oklahoma State University made them work for it. The final score was 37-31.

Volunteers in the Cedars Identify Problem Spots For City. The program, dubbed a “code crawl,” involved members of the Cedars Neighborhood Association armed with cellphones, taking photos of standing water, fallen stop signs, trash, and other code violations. The photos were sent along through Dallas’ 311 app. As it happens, the Cedars Neighborhood Association has also found success with its citizen crime patrols.

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Leading Off (8/18/14)

Governor Perry Indicted. A Travis County grand jury indicted Rick Perry on two felony charges, abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, late Friday. He vetoed $7.5 million in funds to the Public Integrity Unit after its leader, a prominent county Democrat, refused to resign after her arrest for drunk driving. Perry has a summons to appear, and may do so as early as today.

Two Killed in South Dallas. One other person was injured, in a shooting spree that happened very early this morning along Ledbetter Road. Police are searching for suspects.

Dallas Theater Center Does a Very Nice Thing. An Alaskan teenager sent the DTC a letter, thanking them for their modernized interpretation of Les Miserables. She hadn’t actually seen the show, of course, but she’d read about it and looked at pictures and watched a few short clips. She asked if there was a chance they’d videotape the whole thing, and the theater (along with the Fairmont Hotel) responded by bringing her to Dallas for closing night, which was Sunday. It was super sweet.

DART to DFW Starts Today. That’s the good news. The bad news: no express trains.

 

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Leading Off (8/11/14)

Fatal Shooting in Oak Cliff Involves Off-Duty Officer. A man, believed to be unarmed, was shot by an off-duty Dallas police officer at West Twelfth Street and South Rosemont Avenue on Sunday evening. The officer, wearing a uniform and driving a marked vehicle, responded to a 911 call about the man, who had been harassing women on the street, as part of the DPD’s Extended Neighborhood Patrol program. According to police, the officer shot the man after he refused to comply with orders and moved toward the officer in a “dangerous” manner.

Rangers Win. A bearded player named Nick Martinez appears to have had a good game on Sunday. It would also appear that this win ended a seven-game losing streak to the Houston Astros. By now, you can tell that I am a baseball expert and I can stop typing.

Supermoon Mutes Meteor Showers. Unless the people you follow on Instagram really let you down, you know that the full moon was 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger last night. In addition to making Remus Lupin 14 percent more testy than usual, that brightness upstaged the Perseid meteor shower.

It Rained Yesterday. And it might very well rain today.

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Leading Off (6/30/14)

Price May Meet With Prosecutors Wednesday. His lawyer, Billy Ravkind, has encouraged Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who has been under criminal investigation for at least three years, to accept an invitation to sit down with the U.S. Attorney’s office. This could mean an indictment of some kind is finally imminent. Ravkind says they’ll take any charges to court.

Vandals Target Oak Lawn. The vandals tagged the ‘Legacy of Love’ monument, dedicated to the neighborhood’s diversity, with the numbers ‘666’, and painted ‘666’ in the driveway of Cathedral of Hope, noted for its LGBTQ membership. The vandals also found their way to the Dallas Observer building. “No suspects or motives have been identified.” Anyone want to hazard a guess?

Two Family Members Have Same Surname, Maybe Look Similar, Dallas Police Find. This is probably a more-or-less honest mistake, since apparently Yaqub Talib’s pals told police he played for the Denver Broncos. But I’m still confused about pretty much everything that led up to DPD spokesman Max Geron thinking it was a good idea to send out several #BreakingNews tweets that they had arrested Aqib Talib, Broncos cornerback, inside Synn Nightclub Saturday night. It was in fact Talib’s drunk and disorderly brother, Yaqub. This misidentification took nearly three hours to correct.

Elvis Lives (And Gets Adopted). An all’s-well-that-ends-well story for your morning. A German Shepherd named Elvis was found, horribly, wandering the HOV lane near Interstate 35E and Highway 67 last week. Crazily enough, he was rescued unharmed. He got a new home on Sunday.

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Leading Off (5/19/14)

Body Found Near Creek May Be Missing Former Assistant Police Chief. Gregory Holliday, 63, hadn’t been seen for six days when a body was discovered Saturday matching his description. Investigators indicated that Holliday, reportedly suffering from depression, had left his North Dallas home on foot at 2 p.m. last Monday and was hit by a car around 4:15 p.m. after wandering into the road at Frankford and Midway. He left the scene before police officers arrived. Dallas Police issued a “critical missing” alert for the former police executive that evening.

AT&T Acquires DirecTV. For the low, low price of $67.1 billion dollars. After failing to wed T-Mobile (that bid was $39 billion), AT&T refused to be a bridesmaid to the massive Comcast-Time Warner merger for long. The deal is pending federal approval, of course, but Mark Cuban thinks “it would be good for all involved.” So, mazel.

Girl Drowns in Balch Springs Pond. This is very sad. A 10-year-old girl drowned in a park pond Sunday night. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a child drowning around 6:25 p.m. The child was found at the bottom of the pond and airlifted to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where she was pronounced dead.

Track-Suited Adventures Continue at CRMA 2014. I’m filling in for Cristina this morning. The majority of the D Magazine editorial staff, plus sales, art, marketing, and audience development folks, have made it to D.C., against, apparently, all odds. If you follow any of these guys on various forms of social media—you should, because there’s nothing like seeing at least three versions of the same picture in a row and getting to psychoanalyze the wildly different choices of filter—you will notice that yes, those red-orange track suits have made a reappearance. And in Tim’s case, I’m not really sure he’s taken it off at all. So far, Michael J. Mooney has beat everyone at pinball and won a $20 bet against Tim. The actual awards are tomorrow.

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