Leading Off (8/28/09)

1. The first confirmed swine flu death in Dallas County was reported yesterday. A 52-year-old woman passed away from the virus a week ago. “Should people be afraid? Yes, they should be afraid, because it is a lot of unknowns in this. [It is?] But not the extent that we’re paralyzed and not able to move through our daily activities,” said Zack Thompson, director of Dallas County health department. Um, hold on to your effin mask?

2. Next time you’re flying to Lubbock, be sure to look down. A man there wanted to spread his disdain for Obama’s healthcare plan to pilots coming in from Dallas. So he did what any man would do: He plowed. A lot.

3. Apparently, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the jurors in the City Hall corruption trial as the prosecution should wrap up by the middle of next week. Then it’s the defense’s turn. Then there’s that whole deliberation thing. The judge said she wants the case finished in October. Wait, where’s that light again?

4. (Special Nightengale bonus Item!) There’s nothing like spending an afternoon with your mom, then being handcuffed by “immigration officers” and being told you’re going to Waco. Then passing Waco and realizing something’s wrong. Then watching your mom escape from the car and you getting dropped off on the side of the road. In related news, I will be avoiding Valley View Mall for quite some time. UPDATE: The kidnapping happened at a bazaar on Harry Hines. So the mall’s safe.

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