Leading Off

Leading Off (3/23/17)

Former Baylor tight end charged, city council overhauls ethics rules, and more.

Former Baylor Tight End Charged with Sexual Assault. Tre’Von Armstead, who had been accused of gang raping a woman in 2013, was arrested yesterday—four years later. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said this was due to newly discovered evidence as well as Baylor finally showing some cooperation. Armstead faces three felony counts of sexual assault.

City Council Approves Ethics Rules Overhaul. Yesterday, after months of debate, the vote was unanimous to change the city’s ethics rules in order to spare City Hall from some political influence. “You’ve done something remarkable. This is an amazing thing for the city,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. This overhaul includes barring successful campaign managers from lobbying officials for a year post-campaign and barring council members from appointing their staff to boards. These and other changes will go into effect July 1.

Dallas Getting Another Downtown Park. The city council approved yesterday a development called Pacific Plaza Park, which will be mostly funded by a $15 million donation and located between St. Paul Street and Harwood Street, north of Pacific Avenue. A parking lot will be unpaved to make this park happen, and construction is set to begin by early next year.

Teen Loses Suit Against Lewisville ISD. A ninth-grade girl, who had accused two football players of rape in 2012, lost the case that she brought against Lewisville ISD, which she says retaliated against her and favored the football players over her. This happened even though district officials testified that they didn’t completely adhere to Title IX rules during investigation of the allegations.