Leading Off (1/23/14)

Josh Brent verdict, Mavs heartbreak, and gas drilling continues in earthquake-shaken Parker County

Josh Brent Found Guilty of Intoxication Manslaughter. Sentencing begins today. The former Cowboys defensive lineman faces up to 20 years in prison, but is also eligible for probation. Since one of the jurors appeared as though she had been crying when she came in for the reading of the verdict, I wouldn’t bet against probation.

Mavs Blow Another Giant Lead, Lose to Toronto Raptors. Ugh. I’d like to think it would have been better if Dirk Nowitzki hadn’t been held out of the game for rest, but he played when this exact thing happened against Toronto last time (and when they lost big leads to the Clippers and every other team in the NBA, it seems like). I SEE YOU ON THE BENCH, BIG GERMAN.

Parker County Residents Still Fighting to Get Gas Drilling Wells Shut Down, After 30 Earthquakes Since November. 30 EARTHQUAKES. You’d think maybe that would be enough for at least a temporary halt, but no. “The longer you let us sit, we’ll be a little bit more like a thorn that just festers up,” said Reno mayor Lynda Stokes, a quote I understand in spirit if not as a collection of actual words and phrases.

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