Leading Off (5/4/09)

1. Rich Behm, a 33-year-old scouting assistant for the Cowboys, is permanently paralyzed from the waist down after severing his spinal cord in the Saturday afternoon collapse of the team’s practice facility. Two other staffers are in the hospital. As bad as that is, based on the video from inside, it’s kind of miraculous it wasn’t even worse.

2. The DMN is looking into the manufacturers of the practice facility, Summit Structures and Cover-All Building Systems. All that’s turned up so far is that commenter Chris so believed in this joke — “Why did the facility collapse you ask? I think the answer is painfully obvious…..God is NOT happy with this draft!” — that he issued it three times in a row.

3. Smoking ban update: business is up, down, and more or less the same, depending on where you go. And I haven’t smoked in a little more than three weeks.

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