Leading Off (4/15/16)

Zika virus spreads, the Dallas Stars win, and it's about to rain a lot.

Dallas Has First Confirmed Male-to-Male Zika Transmission. The Centers For Disease Control determined that a man who had contracted the virus during a recent trip to Venezuela passed it on to his partner through sexual contact.

CPS Workers Lied About Visiting Endangered Children. Some of those kids subsequently died from abuse or neglect. Awful, just awful.

Morning News Seeks National Buzz For Cartel Story. The article, which went up online yesterday afternoon, does a fine job of revealing how the Mexican lawyer executed by a gunman in Southlake Town Square in 2013 was a U.S. government informant allowed to carry on with his involvement in trafficking drugs into the country even as he was being watched over by U.S. handlers. Even more importantly, the DMN draws a connection between Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa’s cooperation with American authorities and the explosion of cartel-related violence that has plagued Mexico during much of the last decade. Still, it’s amusing to visit the website of my local daily newspaper and read a phrase like “the quiet Dallas suburb of Southlake” that’s clearly written for an audience outside North Texas. Not to mention the story’s inclusion of a map that displays Southlake’s location relative to Fort Worth and Dallas.

Stars Win Playoff Opener. They dominated Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, 4-0. Yes, I watched.

2 Men Indicted For Ripping Off TxDOT. Kevin Bollman and Wade Blackburn are accused of having purchased parcels of land along Interstate 35E between Lewisville and Denton, and pretending the land was under development, expressly in order to sell it to the Texas Department of Transportation at an inflated price.

Do We Have to Talk About Football Already? The Dallas Cowboys 2016 schedule has been released. It’s the fourth-easiest in the league, according to their opponents’ winning percentages from last year. Vegas has the over/under for the team at nine wins.

Enjoy the Outdoors Friday. Because it’s about to rain through much of next week.

It’s April 15. But your taxes aren’t due yet. You have until Monday because of a holiday, Emancipation Day, that’s observed in Washington, D.C.

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