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Leading Off (2/28/17)

High school students can't stop making news, the great Whataburger caper, and the latest in the John Wiley Price trial.

North Texas High Schools in the News. Last week, Highland Park High School students trolled bestselling author Jamie Ford during a speaking engagement. Then, yesterday, Plano West High School students arrived to find racial slurs, profanity, and “Plano East Rules” spray painted all over their campus. Also, yesterday: Texas Senator Don Huffines got irrationally testy when a group of Richardson ISD high school students questioned the private school voucher system (he later apologized). All the while, Decatur High School students have been building a monster truck and crushing it.

The Two Sides of Price. Attorneys made their opening statements yesterday in the John Wiley Price corruption trial. The prosecution asked jurors to “follow the money,” the bulk of which came from political consultant Kathy Nealy who allegedly collected it from companies angling for approvals and county contracts. The defense argued that federal agents have been sitting on this info for more than a decade, criticized the indictment for being too wordy and biased, and said the government has misconstrued normal exchanges between buddies into shady business dealings.

Drone Nearly Clocks a CareFlite Helicopter. Yowza. Keep it under 400 feet, folks.

Collecting Whataburger Order Numbers is a Thing. Denton County police delivered a warning, but apparently this is not a new phenomenon (I moved to Texas when I was 12 and no one ever told me).