Leading Off (6/16/09)

1. The judge has issued a gag order in the Dallas City Hall public corruption case scheduled to go to trial next week. Which is fine with me: I’m never comfortable with speculation about criminal proceedings. Let the case against former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, developer Brian Potashnik, and others play out first. Then we speculate, and we speculate hard.

2. The good news: recently there have been fewer battles between developers wanting to tear down historic buildings and preservationists wanting to save them. The bad news: that’s because developers are holding onto their effing hats.

3. A White Rock Lake lighting plan has been approved to bring to the Park Board. It calls for more lighting in parking lots and piers, and increased lighting along the parts of the trail that run near roads. Nearby residents didn’t want full lighting along the trial, because they feared more people would use the park at night. Me, I wouldn’t feel any safer with keeping part of the trail in the dark, as it just encourages Trey and his “infrared naked night jogging” workout plan.

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