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The People’s Law School will convene on Oct. 4 at the University of Houston Law Center campus offering free classes on legal rights and answers to many basic legal questions.

 

“The People’s Law School is the oldest and most successful law program for the layperson in the country,” said Richard M. Alderman, longtime professor and director of the Center for Consumer Law at UH Law Center.  “When it comes to the law, knowledge really is power. The People’s Law School won’t make you an attorney, but it will help you settle disputes and avoid problems. Whether you are buying a car, preparing a will, dealing with a debt collector or in a dispute with your neighbor, knowing your legal rights can make a difference.”

 

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Krost Hall at the Law Center on the main campus of the University of Houston. Although there is no charge for the People’s Law School, pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to the first 1,000 people. Registration officially opens Sept. 24. To register go to, www.peopleslawyer.net

 

Over the years, more than 50,000 people have attended the program co-sponsored by the Center for Consumer Law and the Houston Bar Association. Volunteer lawyers, judges, and law professors, will teach courses in 14 different areas of law, including business law, tax, employment, health insurance, consumer law, credit and debt collection, wills and estates, family law, insurance law, landlord tenant law, small claims court, social security and how to deal with an attorney. There will even be a class on how you can find the law on the Internet.

Each person may choose three classes and attendees will receive comprehensive written materials to supplement the classes.

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The Factor has learned a veteran CyFair ISD COP is now the target of an internal investigation.

That officer according to sources allegedly asked a woman to have sex with him after a traffic stop during the summer just before school began.

Our source says that woman later came forward and filed a complaint against the veteran officer alleging he forced her to have sex.

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Nicole Ray, spokesperson for CyFairISD, confirms the investigation and says once they received the complaint they placed the officer on leave while they investigated the case.

Here’s the statement from CyFair:

The incident is currently under investigation.

When the allegation was brought forth, the officer was immediately placed on administrative leave. 

Thank you,

Nicole Ray

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The Factor has learned there is an Office of Inspector General investigation underway at the Houston Emergency Center.

It’s where your 911 calls are directed in the city of Houston and Harris County.
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Our sources say this probe centers on possible time card fraud, employees’ background checks, and the unauthorized use or abuse of city issued credit cards called P-Cards.

This investigation by the Office of Inspector General has already resulted in the termination of a high ranking official at HEC center back in July.

The city employee union – HOPE – confirms some of their members may be a target in the probe.

Janice Evans with the Mayor’s office declined to comment on the OIG probe.

Stay tuned for more details!

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The Dallas Police Department is searching for Theodore Moore, diagnosed with a Cognitive Impairment, Black, Male, 75 years old, DOB 05/15/1939, HEIGHT 5’ 10”, WEIGHT 140 lbs, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, wearing Gray Shirt and Blue Pants. Has an earring in left ear.

The senior citizen was last seen at 10:30 PM, 09/20/2014 at 4527 Idaho Ave., Dallas, TX 75216, driving a Blue, 1998 Honda Civic with TX License Plate 19B4720.

Law enforcement officials believe this senior citizen’s disappearance poses a credible threat to HIS own health and safety.

If you have any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the Dallas Police Department at214-671-4268.

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Dear Valued Customer, 

As you may have heard, on September 8, 2014, we confirmed that our payment data systems have been breached, which could potentially impact customers using payment cards at our U.S. and Canadian stores. On September 18, 2014, we confirmed that the malware used in the breach has been eliminated from our U.S. and Canadian stores and that we have completed a major payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of payment data at point of sale throughout our U.S. stores, offering significant new protection for customers. There is no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised or that checks were impacted. Additionally, there is no evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com. 

We are offering customers who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on, 12 months of free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, beginning on September 19, 2014. We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this may cause you and we thank you for your patience during this time. 

For more information, please visit our website where you’ll find frequently asked questions, helpful tips, our Important Customer Notice, and information about how to take advantage of the free identity protection services, including credit monitoring. Should you have questions regarding the authenticity of this email or any additional questions over the coming days and weeks, please call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT. 

We hope this information is useful and we appreciate your continued support. 

The Home Depot 

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Since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson there has been an outcry from activist around the country for uniform cameras on police officers. It’s a pilot program Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland kicked off a year ago. Houston’s top cop says he would also like to see cameras on more uniforms but he simply doesn’t have the money in his budget. McClelland says the cost to equip officers with the cameras will be $8 million dollars and it will be up to Mayor Annise Parker and the City Counil to come up with the money.

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I was shocked this week when I looked at my dry cleaning bill. What I noticed was an additional charge of $5.25 on my bill for an item listed as an ‘environmental fee’ on the receipt. I was livid and immediately thought this was some type of scam. But as I did more research I found a Texas law that allows dry cleaners to charge us what I call this extra tax in addition to the state and local taxes we already pay. What’s so frustrating about this fee is on a bill that’s $35, it’s higher than state and local taxes put together. We’ve been hit by the man once again. Here’s what I was able to find on the law:

“In 2003, the Texas Legislature established the Dry Cleaner Remediation Program. The program, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, establishes registration requirements, fees and performance standards for dry cleaning facilities and distributors,” the website says. “Some dry cleaners have chosen to pass along the costs of this program to their customers in the form of higher rates for services while others have decided to separately state a line item charge on the invoice or receipt given to their customers for ‘Environmental Fees’ or something similar.”

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Flood Watch Remains In Effect Through 7pm Cdt Thursday…
The Flood Watch Continues For
* A Portion Of Southeast Texas…Including The Following Counties…

Austin…Brazoria…Brazos…Burleson…Chambers…
Colorado…Fort Bend…Galveston…Grimes…Harris…Houston…
Jackson…Liberty…Madison…Matagorda…Montgomery…Polk…
San Jacinto…Trinity…Walker…Waller…Washington And Wharton.
* Through Thursday Evening

* A Tropical Air Mass Combined With An Upper Level Disturbance Will Cause Wide Spread Showers And Thunderstorms. Some Areas Have Already Received 1 To 3 Inches Of Rainfall The Last Couple Of Days Which Has Saturated Grounds. Some Storms Will Be Capable Of Rainrates Of 2 Inches An Hour Which Could Overwhelm Drainage Basins Causing Flooding. Storms Will Also Be Moving Slowly And Could Move Over Areas That Received Heavy Rainfall Further Adding To The Flood Threat. Area Bayous May Quickly Respond With Rapid Rises. Overall The Area Could See Another 1 To 3
Inches Of Rain With Isolated 5 To 6 Inch Amounts.

* Timing – Heavy Rainfall Could Begin As Early As 5am To 7am Cdt Thursday But Most Likely Later In The Morning Between 8am And
10am Cdt. Heavy Rainfall Threat Should Continue Into The Afternoon With Most Storms Dissipating With The Loss Of Day Time Heating In The Evening.

* Most Likely Area For Heavy Rainfall Will Be From College Station To Houston. Areas North Of This Line Are More Likely To Receive Heavy Rainfall But Coastal Areas Cannot Be Ruled Out Due To The Large Amounts Of Tropical Moisture For Storms To Develop.