Leading Off (08/24/09)

1. A gentleman in Keller gave new meaning to the term “barking mad” yesterday morning. He and a neighbor got into an altercation over a garrulous dog that led him to shoot the neighbor. Even worse: after exiting his neighbor’s tummy, the bullet entered the leg of his own wife. Darn dog!

2. Texas schools are cracking down on “sexting.” Mesquite ISD has even added a new provision to their student handbook prohibiting “sending, sharing, or viewing pictures, texts, or e-mails of a sexual nature…” Remember back in the olden days when we dealt with self-esteem issues through eating disorders and three-way calling? Darn Internet!

3. Due to some “aggressive” towing practices and problems like, oh, say, lost cars, Dallas County is trying to centralize its towing process by hiring a company or two to do all of its towing. Currently, each county commissioner hires the company of his/her choice, and there are no written contracts or uniform procedures for towing and storing cars. In case you ever wondered why retrieving your car costs about $1 million (cash), don’t fret that it’s all going to feed the ferocious junkyard dog that’s always there–no matter which lot you visit. It turns out the county can get up to $100 per car from the towing companies. Darn that I don’t own a tow truck! (Weak. I know. But it’s early, and jokes come in threes.)

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