Leading Off (9/22/10)

1. Yesterday Jim Schutze of the Phoenix-based Dallas Observer reported that unnamed sources have told him that unnamed people at City Hall have told them (the unnamed sources) that the Trinity levees will need a “concrete curtain” installed along its entire length, a process that might require demolishing the levees. That’s what you’d call a bombshell, the sort of news that I’d like to see squared away a bit more before it’s released to the internet.

2. I thought we already went over this. The Morning News runs another story about how DA Craig Watkins has spent his campaign funds on, among other things, a tuxedo. His opponent, Danny Clancy, says Watkins has spent his contributors’ cash on “jet-setting around the country.” But all these expenses are, we know, legitimate. Seems like a great opportunity to issue a solid smackdown in your rebuttal to Clancy, but all campaign spokesman Eric Celeste can muster is this painfully dull quote: “They are just trying to create an issue where there is no issue.” Come on, Celeste! Earn your paycheck!

3. If you live in a $150,000 house, you’ll be paying about $18 more in taxes every year. No, you didn’t miss the Dallas City Council’s vote on whether to raise taxes. That was the county commissioners that jacked up your taxes. I expect at least $18 worth of outrage in the comments section. Don’t disappoint me.

4. A Highland Park guy named Charles Nearburg broke the 45-year-old land-speed record with an average speed of 414.4 mph. That’s fast.

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