Leading Off (9/17/15)

Memorial service for Ebby Halliday held today. Dallas real estate legend Ebby Halliday Acers will be celebrated and remembered today at the memorial service, taking place at 3p.m. at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, TX 75225.

Irving freshman going to the White House. Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving kid who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, has accepted an invitation to go to the White House after Obama tweeted to him. Clearly, a lot can change in a few days.

North Texas Giving Day sets fundraising goal of $26 million. Today is the seventh annual North Texas Giving Day, which aims to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. $26.3 million was raised last year. The Communities Foundation, which spawned the program, hopes to raise even more this year. There are more than 2,100 nonprofits to donate to, and locations for the event are spread throughout North Texas. Not a bad way to spend (pun intended) a Thursday.

Dallas police department has more surveillance cameras than ever. 90 new surveillance cameras will be installed at Dallas crime hotspots soon. This means that electronic surveillance of Dallas—there are 347 total cameras now—will be twice as extensive as it was just three years ago.