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Leading Off (9/23/16)

A protest downtown, Coppell schools sued, and North Texas giving sets a record.

North Texas Giving Day Sets Record. The annual nonprofit fundraising extravaganza boasts of having received 142,892 gifts totaling $37,349,053 split between 2,518 organizations. It’s the fifth straight year that the event has topped its own record. So good job, everybody. I’m sure Tim Rogers will be both humble and gracious as he lords over us one and all the fact that his alma mater — Cistercian Preparatory School — raised the most money of any single organization.

Coppell ISD Sued Over Lack of Asian Representation. The lawsuit filed by Pankaj Jain, who unsuccessfully sought a seat on the CISD board in May, is aiming to force the school district to adopt single-member districts. Jain argues that the at-large seats elected now deny Asian-Americans a fair shot at board representation. Coppell’s student population is 41 percent Asian, compared to only 38 percent non-Hispanic white, 13 percent Hispanic, and 5 percent black. Meanwhile the board has six white members and one black member.

Peaceful Protest Downtown. The Next Generation Network led a demonstration against police brutality from Main Street Garden through nearby streets last night. A heavy police presence appeared when about 30 of the more than 100 protesters briefly blocked traffic at the intersection of St. Paul and Main streets, but the protesters moved out of the way before any arrests were made.

Star-Telegram Executive Editor Announces Retirement. Jim Witt has been with the Fort Worth newspaper since 1986 and has served as its editor-in-chief for the last 20 years, the second-longest tenure of anyone in that position. He’s leaving at the end of October.

Earthquake in Irving on Thursday. The 2.4 magnitude tremor was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at about 7:36 a.m. yesterday in an area along the Trinity River not far west of Interstate 35E intersects Northwest Highway.

Texas Rangers Could Clinch AL West Today. The team’s magic number sits at one after the Houston Astros lost on Thursday. That means with either another Astros loss or a Rangers win in Oakland (game starts at 8:35 p.m.), Texas will be popping champagne to celebrate another division championship.

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