Leading Off (8/12/10)

1. UNT’s former jazz director, Leon Breeden, died yesterday of natural causes. Though I didn’t know him, he definitely left an impression. Read his obit here.

2. It’s great that the oil spill is almost capped. However, there is a downside to it being cleaned. As a Fort Worth manufacturer explains in this story, BP ordered him to send as many booms as he could make. And once BP received his latest shipment, the company rejected it. Now the manufacturer is stuck with a $500,000 bill and lots of unnecessary booms. I guess the silver lining is that we’ll be prepared for the next oil spill. I’m sure the manufacturer and his suppliers won’t see it that way.

3. I have so many thoughts about this story about a woman who has a condition that prevents her from gaining weight. 1. Why do this story now? I think I’m missing the news hook. 2. What is the point of the story? If the point is to say, “Hey, you wish you couldn’t gain weight? It’s not as great as it sounds,” then that point needs to be made a bit more apparent. In fact, the main source of the story makes a crack about how great it is not to gain weight. 4. As much as I’m sure it sucks, I still think it sounds like a great idea. And it would be a much easier way to lose/maintain weight than a tapeworm.

4.  The Rangers lost last night. But, unlike others, I’m not devastated because I’ve never pretended to be a fan. I’m here for football. I’ve watched OU’s intro video about 10 times today. I’m prepping my fantasy football league. Baseball is great and all. But bring on the pigskin.

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