Leading Off (12/11/13)

Driver in Drunken Crash Sentenced; a Lesson in Fact Checking; Chanel Show

Teen in Drunken Crash That Killed Four Gets Probation. The families of the four people killed during a drunken crash aren’t happy with the driver’s sentence. Ethan Couch, 16, was driving with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit the night of the crash in June. He was given 10 years of probation and time in a rehab facility. The one that’s currently being considered is a $1,200-a-day facility that Couch’s dad said he’d pay for.

Fact Checking is Important. Listen, I know mistakes happen. There is nothing worse than being told that you got something wrong. So I feel for those who were in charge of the new historical marker in front of the Texas Theatre.  The marker states that Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at the theater for JFK’s assassination, when, in fact, he was arrested for shooting officer JD Tippit. It’s going to cost $1,600 to fix this error.

Something Big Happened Here Last Night.  If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, your feeds were probably filled with photos of old cars, Kristen Stewart, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, then you were filling our feeds with photos of old cars, Kristen Stewart, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour.


  • Jim Rossman

    I believe you mean to write the families aren’t HAPPY with the sentence of Ethan Couch.

    • VMan

      Listen, you know mistakes happen.

  • DelkusSleeves

    10 yrs probation? That’s pretty weak for 4 deaths. Also, why send him to rehab. He most likely hasnt drank since that day. I’m betting that $1200 a day could be better spent than on some rehab facility. Maybe pay the families $1200 a day for the loss of their family members would be a start.

  • David Burrows

    Not to mention they robbed a Walmart to get the beer. This sets a bad legal precedent for young people.

  • SkyMasterson

    Another problem with your new website design: the links in each story don’t appear until you click into the stand alone “Full Story” page

  • Jason Heid

    That’s not a problem with the website design. It’s a matter of editors getting used to a new way of doing things. You’ll see links in the blog feed, including now in this post.