Static: Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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No Tony-for-Tom Switch

Reporting a rumor that turns out to be a fact is the most fun for Static; squelching one is almost as good. Seems the buzz all over the Crescent City these days — well, other than the continued outrage over a Hillwood executive who visited New Orleans and is charged with knocking down an elderly man who ended up in a coma for three weeks — is about New Orleans Parish schools superintendent Tony Amato being on the short list of folks the Fort Worth board is considering as a replacement for Tom Tocco. Not true, Static’s school board Deep Throat said — “Not on the short list, the long list, or any list.” That may be good news for Cowtown, since almost a dozen Orleans Parish school employees have recently been indicted by a federal grand jury for extortion and other criminal offenses. The indictment charges the employees with stealing about a quarter of a million dollars in a kickback scheme that involved “highly lucrative health insurance policies,” the indictment read. And there may be more to come. Sorry, New Orleans, you gotta keep old Tony. The last thing Fort Worth needs is another superintendent who might look the other way while crooks haul off millions of tax dollars under his nose.

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