Leading Off (07/27/09)

1. Another week, another story about the depressing state of Dallas’ budget. If you had any hopes of getting that pothole fixed, you can pretty much forget it. City Hall has all but given up on street repair. Unfortunately, this is a budget item that has been slashed before–back in the 1980s. It didn’t turn out so well. By the mid 1990s, nearly 40 percent of the streets were in horrible condition, resulting in a very expensive rehab that continues today. Coming up next week: We have no money for anything. Don’t leave your house.

2. Police are looking for a suspect they have nicknamed “The Drive-thru Bandit.” Not to make light here, but this is one lazy robber. He doesn’t take the time to come up with a proper disguise, and he won’t get out of his car. And he hasn’t made a dime. After he brandishes his gun, restaurant workers simply close the drive-thru window and walk away.

3. Jeremy Piven was in town yesterday for the release of his new movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Yesterday was also his birthday. One assumes he didn’t celebrate at one of our fine local sushi restaurants after the mercury thing and all.

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