Leading Off (12/10/09)

1. Congratulations, us! Dallas is now considered one of the top 10 terrorist targets. Apparently, that’s a good thing. It means more money for security. Some of the reasons that got Dallas pushed to the top of the list? Population growth, sports venues, economic impact, and good ole George W. moving here. Boston and Philadelphia were two other cities that moved to the top of the list. A grant allows for $832.5 million to be allocated to 64 cities. Of that money, 63 percent goes to the top 10 targets. Of the top 10, Boston is the only city that will get less than Dallas. So, we’re on the list, we’re just at the bottom of the top of the list. Still. Congrats.

2. I’m a sucker for a good motivational story. This upcoming Sunday’s White Rock Marathon gives me an outlet for plenty of these stories. Check here, here, or this story from our print product here for some motivation to lace up those sneakers and go for a run. Or maybe it’s just enough to inspire you to do a little more reading while eating peanut butter cups and vowing to run next year (whoever decided to put chocolate and peanut butter together is just plain brilliant).

3. New numbers released about sales tax indicate the economy is not faring as well as some had hoped. But you know what? It’s okay. You know how I know? Because it’s worse elsewhere.

“Revenue declined nearly a third in Midland, 22 percent in Round Rock, and 17 percent in Houston. Beaumont was among Texas’ hardest-hit cities, with collections dropping 36 percent. Statewide, revenues were down nearly 15 percent.”

Revenues only declined 5.3 percent in Dallas. So, congrats, I guess.

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