Leading Off (8/26/14)

It's the day after Monday.

Trinity River Work Put on Hold Till … When? Until yesterday, we expected the Army Corps to deliver its “record of decision” about the Trinity floodway in December. Now we know it won’t come till next year, February at the earliest. Without the record of decision, we don’t know what is or is not possible between the levees. That includes the lakes and the soccer fields and, yes, the toll road. From the News: “Rob Newman, the Corps’ Trinity River Corridor Project manager, reminded after the meeting that the federal contribution isn’t guaranteed. ‘It still has to be applied for and appropriated through Congress.’ And even then, the Trinity project is still short the $805,604,000 needed for the athletic fields and the restoration of the river bends and the trails and parks promised almost two decades ago. That also does not include the Trinity River toll road, which is guesstimated to cost another $1.4 billion or so.” Seems like everything is coming together.

Dallas’ Park System Needs Help. Speaking of the above, Park and Recreation Department Director Willis Winters explained yesterday what we need to do to become a world-class — [sorry]

A Bunch of Kids Missed the First Day of School at DISD. Explain to me why this is a news story. Okay, even easier: give me some context. Tell me how many kids missed the first day at, oh, Richardson ISD.

Arlington ISD Teacher Arrested for Public Intoxication. First-grade teacher Megan Updegraff clearly wasn’t ready to go back to school.

Police Shooting in Pleasant Grove. Steven Douglas becomes the fifth person shot by DPD this month. He died. From all accounts, this guy had it coming, and the cops did their job admirably.


  • Lew Patton

    Regarding the story about kids missing the first day of school, I was able to help then Texas Comptroller Carol Keeton Strayhorn find out if it was a good ide to start school early in Texas. Here is the link: http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/schoolstart2004/
    Not only do some kids miss school, it costs the state in high electricity bills for enormous air conditioning in the heat of summer. Bottom line? Let’s get back to starting school after labor Day like back in the old days.