Leading Off (09/18/09)

1. It’s that time of year again. The Plano Balloon Festival launches/lifts off/takes to the skies/flies to the heavens/reaches new heights/heads off into the wild blue yonder/fills community newspaper stories with canned Chamber of Commerce quotes beginning today through Sunday. And the executive director of the festival wants you to get excited about how many toilets they’ve got this year: “From children’s activities to [number of] port-a-potties, everything we’ve done for the festival has gotten larger.”

2. Dallas teachers are finding work a less miserable place to be. Absolutely there are signs of progress. But I want to know what I’m betting every reader of that story wants to know: Which Dallas ISD elementary school scored a 1 (on the scale of 1 to 99)? How can they not disclose that even to school board members? Don’t they need to dispatch a team of emergency psychiatrists to that campus? Or maybe just bring in Dr. Phil? (Raise your hand if you already see how I’m setting up the third item.)

3. OPRAH! IS COMING! TO THE STATE FAIR! Maybe she can even bring Dr. Oz along. Together they could heal our hearts. Which will be under attack, figuratively and literally.

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