Leading Off (11/19/09)

1. WFAA told the story of TxDOT using untested equipment to protect HOV lanes. Several accidents (and some deaths) have occurred while this untested equipment was being used. In October, however, some of this equipment was replaced. This new equipment was tested. It can withstand up to 200 hits. I’m not a great driver, so anything TxDOT can do to make the roads safer is fine by me.

2. Last week, I told you Texans were optimistic, saving more, and spending less. I also maybe brought up the whole war on Christmas thing. But let’s not argue about that. Instead, let’s talk about this survey, which tells us Texans are ready for the holidays. Based on a report by Deloitte, Texans will be spending more money on this year’s holidays than people in other parts of the country. Most of that money will be spent on entertainment. So start throwing some parties.

3. Another publication folded yesterday as J.C. Penney announced this year would be its last “big book” as people would rather order online than from a catalog. But don’t worry, journalism students. An old Dallas Morning News with JFK’s signature went for $39,000 at an auction recently. So, see, newspapers are worth something. And my education was not a waste.

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