— Friday Night Glory (@FridayNghtGlory) September 30, 2015
Somewhere between making a miraculous recovery from two sprained ankles and a sprained left knee and breaking the record for an active game streak for a non-kicker or punter, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten found the time to debut his own off-brand Lucky Charms. Witten’s Lucky Stars, according to a six-year-old sugar connoisseur, will not give you a concussion or injuries.
Ebola, One Year Later — It’s been a year since Thomas Eric Duncan went to Texas Health Presbyterian, in Dallas, with aches and a fever. When his symptoms were confirmed as the U.S.’s first Ebola case, the world turned their eyes to the DFW, and it became abundantly clear that the city—much like the rest of the country—was ill-equipped to handle the feared disease. The Dallas Morning News has a thoughtful reflection on what the city and the state learned from becoming ground zero for Ebola in the U.S., namely how to better plan and prepare for the unexpected. WFAA reports that Dallas marked the macabre anniversary by hiring a chief resiliency officer (what a title!) for the city, who is tasked with identifying “weaknesses in the city’s social fabric” and fixing them before trouble strikes.
Paying Dues — Here’s a depressing statistic: Texas leads the nation in child support collections at $3.9 billion for the last fiscal year, according to the Houston Chronicle. That’s not too surprising, considering that it is also the second-most populous state. But the good news is that Texas’s child support division also leads the country in collection efficiency. Nationally, the average child support collector brings in $565,000. Compare that to the average $1.4 million that Texas child support collectors scrape up from absentee parents. Still, some parents are slipping through the cracks—the Chronicle reports that some owe upwards of $1 million in payments.
Hands Up — Bexar County denies allegations that its officers “executed” a man fatally shot with his hands up. A lawsuit brought by the family of Gilbert Flores, who was killed in August, alleges that the shooting was “unnecessary and unreasonable,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. On Tuesday, Bexar County filed a response disputing the claims that Flores appeared to no longer be a threat and that the sheriff’s office policy manual “gives vague and conflicting instructions to officers on when and under what circumstances force can be used.” A hearing on the case has been set for October 7.