Leading Off (1/15/10)

1. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Rick Perry, and armed “average citizen” Debra Medina met to debate for the GOP nomination last night in Denton, broadcast by KERA. The Dallas Morning News says Hutchison didn’t get the win she needed, that Perry was condescending in his remarks, and that Medina was a pleasant surprise. The Star-Telegram says there was no clear winner, though each candidate landed several punches. The Texas Tribune says neither Hutchison nor Perry lost (or won) the debate. The Burnt Orange Report did a poll that shows Hutchison won, and Perry got only a few percentage points of support. Me? I only really gave the proceedings my full attention when KUVN- Univision 23’s Maria Renee Barillas appeared onscreen.

2. Dallas Police Officer Bryan Crews sent nude photos of himself to a 17-year-old North Dallas High School student. But that’s not all. A female police sergeant apparently took nude photos of herself on police property while on duty and sent them to Crews, who in turn showed nude pictures of female officers to other members of the force. He also allegedly kept ID cards that should have been returned, and failed to give copies of tickets to violators who later faced arrest because they’d never known they had fines to pay. Yes, he was fired. Crews is appealing the decision, but don’t worry, he says, “I am not saying that my behavior was OK.”

3. “Look, officers, it’s not like you think. That 63-year-old man with a pacemaker and bone cancer, the one who died of heart trouble on Wednesday at an Oak Cliff car wash? Yeah, it wasn’t our fault. He had already fallen to the ground when we started throwing rocks at him. We just thought he was a crackhead. So you can see where we were coming from.”

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