Leading Off

Leading Off (5/19/17)

The pension fund fix is saved and the Bachelorette is engaged. Is it too early for Champagne?

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund May Be Saved. A deal was finally reached in Austin yesterday to save the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. The Chairman of the House Pensions Committee, State Representative Dan Flynn, led the negotiations. Under the new agreement, employee contributions will increase, retiree benefits will decrease, board oversight will be revised, and (fingers crossed) the pension fund will be fully funded within 46 years. Senator Royce West, who assisted with the negotiations along with Senator Don Huffines, compared the result to a Cajun dish. “Have you ever had gumbo? We’re putting a little bit of this in there a little bit of that in there. We’re trying to come up with the best gumbo we possibly could.” Next up: approval by the Senate and House and figuring out possible clawback provisions. My LSU friend says you haven’t made gumbo right unless the smoke detector has gone off several times. Sounds about right.

Dallas Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Is Engaged. The show hasn’t even aired yet, and the Dallas attorney couldn’t help spilling the beans. We don’t know to whom, of course, but after reading Alex Macon’s rundown of the three Dallas contenders for her affections, if I watched the show I’d root for Fred. Mainly because his desire to become Ellen for a day and love of Jean-Michel Basquiat put him right in my wheelhouse. Instead, I’ll stick to Pretty Little Liars, where no one gets married and the boyfriends mostly end up dead.

Young Female Athletes Get a Chance to Throw Like a Girl. 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and American record holder in women’s shot put, Michelle Carter, will be hosting the first ever You Throw Girl Sports Confidence Camp at Red Oak Middle School tomorrow. The middle school happens to be located on Louise Ritter Drive, which is named after my tennis teammate and the 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist in high jump. There will be separate sessions for female athletes in all sports and those interested in the ancient Scottish sport of cannonball throwing.

Donuts Are Not the Scariest Things in Dallas. While Wylie H. Dallas was worrying about donuts yesterday, 27-year-old Robert Klikus was shot and killed in a road rage incident at a red light at Arapaho after what witnesses described as erratic driving by both the victim and suspect on the frontage road to U.S. 75. Later in the afternoon, two Richardson ISD elementary school students were hit and injured by a vehicle fleeing a shooter.