Leading Off (4/9/14)

Dirk, corruption, and some awful people.

Garland ISD Corruption Scandal Leaves Teachers In The Lurch: An internal investigation revealed that a former human resources manager recruited hundreds of teachers from overseas by promising them green cards, then allegedly funneled them to residences owned by his stepson and required them to seek legal advice at a firm where his stepdaughter works. On overseas teacher recruiting trips, Victor Leos allegedly spent none of his own money, and sometimes hired up to 30 teachers during a trip. The teachers came in on H1-B visas, some of which are set to expire soon. Astounding statistic alert: over a decade, Garland ISD filed 642 H1-B applications on behalf of prospective teachers. Peer districts Grand Prairie ISD and Mesquite ISD filed 17 and 23, respectively.

25 Arrested in Dallas Child Prostitution Sting: Kindly show yourselves to hell.

Hutchins Mayor, Nine Others Indicted: The charges allege that Mayor Artis Johnson and eight former and current city public works employees cooked up a scheme where they stole scrap from the city, then sold it to recyclers. The $25,000 scam—yes, that’s all—was topped off when one of the employees went to pick up payment from the recycler in his city uniform. You read that entire sentence correctly. That ninth city employee? She was indicted because she used city credit cards to buy “various food items” for herself.

Dirk Joins NBA All-Time Scoring Top Ten: With a midrange jumper over Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson for tenth all-time on the NBA’s scoring list. He’s now 250 points away from ninth-place Hakeem Olajuwon, the only foreign-born player to have a greater career—so far–than Dirk. Barring anything crazy in the next couple seasons, he’ll probably finish his career sixth on that list, between Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal. Also last night, former Mav Steve Nash (you should click that link) passed Mark Jackson for third on the all-time assists list. This all makes for a pretty decent “What If?” conversation.


  • Eric Foster

    Is it me or does it seem fair we devote so much energy to investigating African American political leaders for $ 25,000 in this case or $ 200,000 in John Wiley’s and let white corruption locally, Austin, and Wall Street go, which are hundreds of times more expensive?

    I am sure these people should be prosecuted and probably JWP too. But we have spent years and hundreds of thousands of dollars over thousands and let millions just slide on by.