Leading Off (11/12/09)

1. Wanted: New Dallas Police Chief. Chief David Kunkle is announcing today that he is retiring in April. Word got out last night as city manager Mary Suhm sent out a memo. I bet there are a few parts of the job Kunkle’s not going to miss.

2. The war on Christmas continues. Chisholm Trail Intermediate School in Keller replaced the word “Christmas” with “winter” in the old classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” After the mother of the soloist raised a fuss, the school decided to leave the words the same. In related news, you can listen to Christmas music here, buy Christmas presents here, and reserve your horse-drawn carriage to view Christmas lights here.

3. According to a recent Citi survey, Texans are optimistic, but realistic.

Citi’s survey, done by Hart Research Associates between Sept. 12 and 15, showed Texans are more optimistic than the nation as a whole. Seventy-two percent of Texans expect their own finances will improve in the next year, compared with 65 percent nationwide.

We’re also saving more, spending less. Take that, recession.

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