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Leading Off (3/24/17)

DISD's IT department wastes $1 million, a Richardson man is accused of supporting ISIS, and more.

DISD’s IT and Procurement Departments Wasted $1 Million. Staff bypassed competitive bidding for data analysis software and used approved vendors as a “pass-through” for services from an unapproved company, according to an external investigation. These actions dodged the district’s purchasing policies as well as state law. Although seven district employees have been disciplined, the district is not naming those involved at this time. 

Aaron Family Jewish Community Center Evacuated. The North Dallas center was “temporarily closed to access” for about 35 minutes Thursday afternoon. Employees did not share details as to why the center was temporarily closed. Earlier this month, the JCC received threatening phone calls and emails.

Richardson Man Accused of Supporting ISIS. A federal grand jury in Dallas indicted 40-year-old Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who is charged with six counts of making false statements to federal agents investigating his alleged support of the terrorist group. The charges stem from comments he made to federal officials earlier this month during a terrorism investigation.

Bikers Accuse Keller’s Drive-In of Discrimination. The restaurant chain is bringing back an old policy that prohibits motorcyclists from eating on the premises. The decision has upset bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts, who have long used the restaurants’ parking lots as destinations for bike and car shows.

Dallas Zoo Welcomes Two New Hippos. The large mammals will be part of the zoo’s $14 million Simmons Hippo Outpost, which is scheduled to open in April. The animals arrived earlier this week, with one coming from Los Angeles and the other from Albuquerque.

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Comments

  • Happy Bennett

    So how does a hippo get transported? Did the Albuquerque hippo hitch a ride with the hippo from LA?

    • Mavdog

      I’m interested in knowing if the zoo was advised on how compatible the 2 hippos will be so they will mate and produce a baby hippo as intended. Is there some sort of hippo shadchan out there arranging pairings?

      • Kathy Wise

        It doesn’t sound like hippos are particularly picky. Their mating ritual is, in fact, horrifying: “The award for smelliest mating ritual goes to the hippopotamus. For a hippo, mating begins with the romantic act of marking your territory by urinating and defecating (at the same time, no less!), then twirling your tail like a propeller to spread the olfactory mess in every direction. While definitely disgusting to most humans (performance artists aside), potential mates are attracted to the display. When foreplay ensues, hippos engage in “playing” or splashing around in the water before settling down to get their groove on.” http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/11/16/animal.pickups/index.html?_s=PM:LIVING

        • Mavdog

          Isn’t nature incredible? who would have guessed the hippo tail, a short length with the wisp of hair on the end, was there to better distribute the odor of their mess?
          At least they wash before copulating…

          • Happy Bennett

            You guys are a Hippo information resource center. All I know is that they have bad tempers and like to swim.