Monthly Archives: July 2006

FROM HOUSTON TO LITTLE ROCK AND IN MEMPHIS…I’VE INTERVIEWED THEM ALL!


I was on the Newsday website Monday night reading a link of all the famous people who have died in the month of July in 2006 and I realized over several years I’ve interviewed a third of the list. On that list: Ken Lay – the founder of Enron, Win Rockefeller – the former Billionaire Lt. Governor of Arkansas and soap actor Benjamin Hendrickson from “As The World Turns”. Now here’s the background. I interviewed Ken Lay in Houston during his many press conferences outside the federal courthouse during the Enron criminal trial. I also had a chance to converse on camera several times with Winthrop Rockefeller while I was a reporter in Little Rock and he was lieutenant governor…And I met Benjamin Hendrickson while visiting WCBS in New York and interviewed him in Memphis while I worked there. What are the chances of that. Interviewing 3 high profile people who all have died in the same month of July. Just a thought for The Insite and you…

Lay died as a result of a heart condition.
Rockefeller died from cancer.
Hendrickson took his own life.
source: Newsday

DYNOMITE!!!!!!!!!

The 6th and final season of Good Times will be released Tuesday at your local video stores around Houston so make sure you get in line and get yours. I know I will get mine because The Insite is off from work until Wednesday. Good looking out to T-Dub who reminded me. Usually I remind him about the Good Times release dates but as he said bluntly “…you slipping”. By the way, I have every season and #6 will complete the collection…Dynomite!!!!!!!!!!

LESS DRIVE TIME ON NASA PARKWAY!

GETTING TO WORK LIKE A ROCKET!

Mayor Bill White announced Monday with Johnson Space Center (JSC) Director Mike Coats unveiling a 23% reduction in commute times along NASA Parkway since implementation of a flexible work plan for employees. “This further validates that flexible working hours pay off, saving commuters both time and money,” said Mayor White. “Other companies will see how this worked for the Space Center, and hopefully follow their lead.” JSC’s Maxiflex allows JSC’s 3,300+ employees to work with their managers in designing work options that maintain or increase productivity while providing options such as compressed work schedules. The Maxiflex option is aligned with the goals of the Flexible Workplace Initiative.

“We take pride in offering our employees such flexibility,” said Mike Coats, Johnson Space Center Director. “It’s a win-win when we also make a positive impact on the surrounding communities.”
This change in work schedule decreased the number of cars on the road and shifted those traveling during peak drive times to off-peak drive times. The preliminary indicators from a study of the program before and after its implementation suggest significant improvement along NASA Parkway (from I-45 to SH-146) for an average reduction of 5.2 minutes or 23%. The average travel time was cut from 22.7 minutes to 17.5 minutes after the program began. (Data was gathered using tube counts and measured travel times.) The study follows a similar pilot program initiated and measured for several hundred Duke Energy employees in the Galleria/Westheimer area earlier this summer. That program was found to have cut a cumulative 6,480 minutes off of peak-hour drive times.

MORE CONTROVERSY OVER WAYSIDE SUBDIVISION!

EMAIL FOR SUPPORT AGAINST THE WAYSIDE PROJECT!


An email is being sent to all Houston city council members to try and stop them from supporting the Wayside development in Northeast Houston. It also ask residents to pack city council Tuesday to let the Mayor and Council Members how the people feel about this proposed home development project. The email is posted above – click to enlarge and read….

UPDATE: Sources tell The Insite the Mayor may be putting the breaks on his support for the Wayside development until more research is done…The Insite will try and get more details…

BROWN: THE PERSON TO GET YOU IN SHAPE!

BERNADETTE BROWN GUEST BLOGGING FOR A DAY!

Media Powerhouse Bernadette Brown was so impressed by this guy she wanted to share it with all the Insite readers. Brown says if you’re looking for someone to get you in shape at reasonable rates you may want to run to the phone and call personal trainer Sincere. He has been featured on FOX 26 morning news several times. Brown says he’s the type of trainer who will take the time to get your body right without pushing you overboard. You can contact him at his own website listed below…

http://joshonefitcamp.com/

BIG BATTLE AT CITY HALL BREWING!

SAYING NO TO THE DEVELOPER IN NORTHEAST HOUSTON AND THEY’RE READY TO FIGHT!


The Iniste has learned council members Jarvis Johnson and Peter Brown are preparing to go to war to stop a proposed development in Northeast Houston. A private developer is hoping to build affordable housing at Wayside subdivision. However, councilman Johnson says the development lacks key factors to be truly affordable. He says there will be a mud tax which could lead to foreclosures on those who can’t afford the rising rates. He also says there won’t be enough green space or parks for children to play. Opponebts of the development also say there won’t be enough commercial development around the proposed community to serve the residents. Meanwhile, The Insite has seen documentation showing the city’s administration has supported the development in the past. However, sources say Johnson and Brown have gathered an arsenal to convince the administration otherwise. In the meantime, we’ve also heard at least one high profile attorney has been making rounds at City Hall this week to try and get support for the developer. Calls to the developer for a comment in the past have not been returned. Keep reading the Insite for details…

HERE ARE THE ITEMS ON WEDNESDAY COUNCIL AGENDA-
35. ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Utility Functions and Services Allocation Agreement between the City of Houston and BGM LAND INVESTMENTS, LTD. on behalf of proposed Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 439 – DISTRICT B – JOHNSON

36. ORDINANCE awarding construction contract to BIG STATE, EXCAVATION, INC for Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drainage Systems to serve Section One of the Wayside Village Subdivision, approving and authorizing an assignment of the construction contract to the WOODMERE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, CIP S-0800-H1-3 & R-0800-H1-3 (DPC-095) – DISTRICT B – JOHNSON

37. ORDINANCE appropriating $117,454.37 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund and approving and authorizing Developer Participation Contract between the City of Houston and WOODMERE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LTD. for Construction of Water and Sanitary Sewer lines to serve development on Wayside Drive, CIP S-0802-38-3 & R-0802-40-3 – DISTRICT B – JOHNSON

(AS FIRST SEEN ON FOX 26 NEWS AT 9PM)

ARMING SISTAS WITH DEFENSE TECHNIQUES!

SISTA: STRIVING IN SOCIETY TO ACHIEVE!

Houston attorney Sadiyah Evangelista says she’s on a mission to help women in areas that could be potential targets for the Acres Homes serial killer. Evangelista says she is looking for self defense schools in the 3rd and 5th wards as well as Acres Homes to donate their services to women in the community. She says women should be prepared for the worst now that a suspect is out taking advantage of women. In the Acres Homes area police say at least 6 women have been murdered by a suspected serial killer. Evangelista says this is her way of helping her sistas…By the way, sistas stands for Striving In Society To Achieve…Email the Insite for more information:

Isiahfox13@hotmail.com

MICHAEL GILDON’S QUESTION OF THE DAY!

MYSPACE.COM – ARE YOUR KIDS ALLOWED?

Okay, folks I’ve been away for a hot minute due to the pink eye so I let the kids have it on the computer…On yesterday a friend of the family (13 year old female) came over to use the computer. She said she wanted to check her site out on myspace…So I talked to her about what I saw on MSNBC about adults preying on children. Afterwards I asked if her parents were aware that she visited and posted on the site and she acknowledged they knew and that only her friends could view her page. The question of the day is does your child have a myspace webpage? Do you think it’s safe? And if so, at for what age?? Do you monitor you kids internet activities?? Do you agree/disagree with them having chatroom conversations??? Would you let them post on the Isiah Carey’s “INSITE”?

By the way Isiah are you still posting on myspace??

GOODEN: HPD CALLED !



The New York based organizer of the DUE Awards says she is upset at the treatment she received in Houston this weekend. She chose the city as the location for the second annual DUE awards show that recognizes underground video producers around the country. The ceremony, which was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, was abruptly shut down Saturday night 2 hours before it was scheduled. F. Gooden, the organizer, says management at the facility complained after Houston recording artist Brooke Valentine went into an area to change for her performance. When Valentine, who had just arrived in town by plane, was told she couldn’t have a private area to change and refused to move – HPD was called out by the convention center management for the singer said Gooden. When HPD arrived according to organizers, a rep for the GRB told Gooden she didn’t have enough security. However, Gooden tells The Insite she had 6 private security officers as stated in the contractual agreement. But Gooden now says GRB officials switched up the rules saying not only did she need more security but they had to be off duty HPD officers working the event. Gooden says she is remaining in Houston for another week to try and get an explanation and her deposit back from the GRB. She tells The Insite after the event was over workers at the center even refused to validate her parking. The New York resident says she will leave Houston with a bad taste in her mouth about the city. She also says she dropped $12,000 to rent out the hall at the GRB on an event she says was shut down two hours early. Is this good for the city of Houston? This comes on the heels of Essence Fest organizers also complaining about the poor treatment they received by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. What’s your take on this?

JACK AND JILL RAN UP THE HILL AND HAD THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN HOUSTON!

TERRENCE JACKSON AND DR. MAE JEMISON DROPS IN ON THE INSITE!





The Insite had a chance to drop in on the biennial National Jack and Jill Conference. It was held at the Hilton of Americas Saturday in downtown Houston. I was there just as they were having their gala. And a lot of familiar faces were there to smile for the camera. On the list – Dr. Mae ‘Guest Speaker and first black female astronaut’ Jemison, Deidra Fontaine, Terrence ‘Former KHOU-TV reporter/anchor’ Jackson, Thedrial Jackson and many more from around the country. Take a look at the pictures and click those you want to enlarge…









The Insite made a stop by Spotlight Karaoke with several friends Saturday night and it is the place to be. The owners Mr. and Mrs. Lee really show their customers a good time. And then you get to make a fool out of yourself by singing Hall and Oats ‘Sarah Smile’. But a lot of familiar faces in the house including Torrey ‘T-Dub’ Walker, Julie ‘The Socialite’ Grayum, The Lee Family, Ken and Gordon. And the show was excellent so make sure you stop by The Spotlight Karaoke on Westheimer at Fountain View…

THE DUE AWARDS ON THE INSITE!


THE FIRST TIME THE EVENT HAS BEEN HELD IN HOUSTON!









The Insite had a chance to stop by the George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston Saturday evening. It was where the DUE awards were being held for the second time in the events history. It recognizes underground and independent producers who focus on the hip hop industry. There I ran into a lot of familiar faces. Rap-a-Lot artist Trae, BET comedian Fyre, Brooke “Girl Fight” Valentine, Pappa Screw and Wine-O. Take a look at the pictures and enlarge those you want to get a closer look at…