Leading Off (1/28/13)

Texas Law Prevents Same-Sex Couples From Listing Both Parents’ Names on Children’s Birth Certificates: In 1997, Dallas representative Will Hartnett sponsored a bill in the Texas legislature that added gender specific language to the Texas Health and Safety Code. As a result, Texas birth certificates only have space for one male and one female name. […]

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Leading Off (1/21/13)

Not So Sweet Sixteen: A 16-year-old’s birthday party in Grapevine didn’t quite go as planned Saturday night. Towards the end of the evening, the girl’s father got in an argument with her mother, shot the woman in the doorway to their house, and then killed himself on the front lawn. Gun Buyback Event Turns Into […]

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Leading Off (1/7/13)

Southlake Carroll Students Dead After Night of Drugs, Alcohol: Two Southlake Carroll students may have survived Friday night had Cullen Marino, a 22-year-old who found them unconscious after drinking and taking drugs, sought immediate assistance. Instead he moved the boy’s bodies from the living room of his house to the bedroom, where they were found […]

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Leading Off (11/12/12)

New Children’s Medical Center Dallas Report: Health Care Picture Bleak for Suburban Children: Eight percent of children in the United States don’t have health insurance. In Texas, that number increases to 14 percent uninsured. But according to a report released today by Children’s Medical Center Dallas (sub. req.), in five suburban North Texas counties, including Collin, […]

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Leading Off (9/17/12)

Boy Scouts Hid Hundreds of Accusations of Child Molestation: The Los Angeles Times found that the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America kept a confidential “perversion file” with information on accused sex offenders whom the organization often forced to quietly resign while keeping their crimes “under wraps.” Of the 500 instances in which the Scouts learned […]

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Leading Off (6/25/12)

Off-Duty Dallas Police Officer Shoots Man In Taco Bell: On Sunday morning, an off-duty Dallas police officer saw an 18-year-old at a Taco Bell with marijuana “in plain view.” When the officer approached the young man, the man reportedly reached for a weapon. That’s when the off-duty cop shot the suspect. Plano Woman Disappears, Found […]

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Leading Off (6/18/12)

State Medicaid Changes Killing Mom And Pop Pharmacies: According to this story in the New York Times, the changes Texas made to Medicaid this past March created a few winners, including the state, which will save millions, and CVS, which seems to be strategically poaching business from independent pharmacies. The losers are people like Ronald […]

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Leading Off (4/23/12)

Dashboard Cameras Catch Police Officers Breaking Law, So Officers Want To Quit Reviews: Dallas police squad cars’ dashboard cameras have two roles 1) to protect citizens against excessive force, and 2) to protect officers against wrongful accusations. But the cameras also catch officers speeding, breaking traffic laws, not turning on their lights, and other infringements […]

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Leading Off (1/30/11)

DISD Teacher Calls for “Sick Out” Last week the Dallas ISD school board voted to close 11 campuses and extend teachers’ work day by 45 minutes without additional compensation. Now an anonymous teacher is trying to organize a “sick out” protest for February 29. Mom Will Give Son Kidney: When Jace Glenn was four weeks […]

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Rhett Miller on Fatherhood

An alert FrontBurnervian points us to this essay by Old 97′s frontman Rhett Miller about what it’s like to be a rockstar and a father. Stop what you’re doing and take four minutes to read it. Good stuff. Sample: Every freaking day they wake up demanding to be fed again. And then, more likely than […]

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