Leading Off (6/23/09)

1. Not a good day for former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill and other defendants in the Dallas City Hall corruption trial that opened yesterday. That’s because it appears developers Brian and Cheryl Potashnik, who weren’t in court and couldn’t be found, had cut a plea deal with prosecutors. The case’s gag order means there could be no official confirmation of this, but the government’s wink and a smile told enough. Secret sources within the Hill camp were thought to have responded to this news by saying, “Murmur.”

2. Arlington officials are mad at American Idol, because the show is promoting Dallas, not A-Town, as it holds auditions at Cowboys Stadium. And that’s just wrong. Have you been to Arlington lately? It’s pretty awesome. It has, um, well, the stadium, and a ballpark, and a Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, and … have I missed any advertisers?

3. In an interview with a German magazine, Dirk Nowitzki says he is moving on after his public break-up with Cristal Taylor, but that “it will not be easy to win my heart.” According to my Google translation of the interview itself, he also said, “I have poor discernment of the day placed”; “nevertheless, I want to later times a few small Dirks rum rennen have”; and, of course, “I will not dirty laundry.”

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