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Leading Off (9/14/16)

Love, betrayal, murder—and that's just one story in today's news.

Wife of Slain University Park Firefighter Confesses. There’s more on the murder of University Park firefighter Capt. Robert Louis Poynter III, and it’s a straight-to-Lifetime-movie type of tale. Roberts’s wife, Chacey Poynter, confessed that she had been having an affair with a man named Michael Garza. She also claims that Robert abused her, and it’s because of that abuse that she and Garza plotted a scheme to hurt Robert, as she says, “like he hurt me.” But after parking her car on a farm road in Royce City and calling Robert for “help,” Chacey’s lover took the plot a step further and shot her husband dead. Chacey Poynter has been charged with second-degree felony conspiracy to commit murder with another; Garza with first-degree murder. A funeral service for Robert will be held tomorrow at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Nation-Wide Fight Against Dallas Energy Company’s Oil Pipeline Project Continues. On Tuesday, hundreds gathered in Washington to hear Bernie Sanders speak on the controversial Dakota Project. On the same day, the Dallas-based company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) cleared about 30 pieces of vandalized equipment from the main protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, and 70 miles north, 22 protestors were arrested for interfering with construction. Meanwhile, here in Dallas, only about 50 demonstrators chanted at the corner of Preston and Forrest, bucking that whole “bigger in Texas” stereotype. Welllll, never mind, I guess ETP’s 1,172-mile oil pipeline cutting through sacred Native American land is pretty darn big.

Sun’s Glare at AT&T Stadium Not a Big Deal Because Architectural Firm Says it Isn’t. The executive VP of the firm that designed AT&T Stadium shrugged off concerns about how the sun’s glare through stadium windows can affect games, telling the DMN that the stadium was built as a master plan. Now, he doesn’t really explain that plan or say how it will fix the sun problem, but if I’m reading this correctly, it seems the final development of buildings will be so incredible, no one will care about that little ol’ blinding afternoon glare. It makes a lot of sense if you don’t think about it too much.

Man Admits to Exposing Himself to TCU Students. It was pretty stupid on his part, considering the guy is an illegal immigrant. He will likely be deported. But I do have a few questions for all the package-revealing perps out there: Why are you always creeping around college campuses? Why is it never a Stein Mart? Or, say, a Joann Fabrics? Yes, those 21-year-olds probably wear better-fitting mom jeans, but us women over 30 are just as capable of being shocked and repulsed by the sight of your man parts.

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