Leading Off

Leading Off (3/16/17)

A second 911 ghost call death, uncle of "Clock Boy" runs for Irving council, and more.

Another Death Connected to 911 Ghost Calls. Last week, David Taffet‘s husband, Brian Cross, went to sleep because he wasn’t feeling well. He always snored, but stopped suddenly in his sleep. A frantic Taffet called 911, but it took 20 minutes to get through to someone. When he got through, paramedics came and rushed Cross to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead within an hour. This is the second death, after the baby boy, that seems to be linked to T-Mobile’s “ghost call” problem. Yesterday, a grieving Taffet came to City Hall asking for answers. T-Mobile execs and Dallas leaders still aren’t sure why the problem is happening, but they promised to get to the bottom of it asap.

Kathy Nealy Accused of Rigging Bids in John Wiley Price Trial. According to evidence presented yesterday, Nealy rigged Dallas County’s contract bidding system by doing work for two firms who were vying for the same contract. Prosecutors also said that Price had leaked confidential information about the bids to her.

Uncle of “Clock Boy” Wants to Run for Irving City Council. Abdel Elhassan, the uncle of Ahmed Mohamed, was a former district administrator in Sudan and now wants to get involved in politics in Irving. He’s running against Place 5 incumbent, Oscar Ward. “I have a background of local government back in Sudan. I have enough time to devote to the city and to pay back the city of Irving that I’m proud of and where I’ve lived for 22 years. That’s exactly why I’m running,” Elhassan said.

Mark Cuban Calls Trump a Bad Leader. “No leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills, but he’s obviously had an impact on the economy, so he gets credit for that,” Cuban said yesterday on CNN. In the same breath, he also addressed his own presidential aspirations: “I don’t want to say no,” Cuban said. “But it’s not my dream to be president of the United States.”

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