Monthly Archives: October 2006

METRO IS GETTING INTO THE BLOG BUSINESS!

METRO SAYS IT’S A GREAT WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH RIDERS!

I was told this at the COMTO event on Friday by George Smalley of Metro – He’s pictured (L) with Metro President Frank WIlson (R). But I guess the Houston Chronicle and BlogHouston.net beat me to the story. Here’s an excerpt from Bloghouston and the Chronicle!

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is hoping for heavy traffic — to its blog.
The agency plans to unveil a Web site before the end of the year to communicate directly with the public and has hired a full-time blogger, former Houston Chronicle reporter Mary Sit.
“Communication is something we’re always striving to improve on,” said Raequel Roberts, spokeswoman for Metro. “A free-ranging dialogue is important, and we’re hoping that we can establish this through a blog site.”
Roberts said Sit just started developing the blog, so it’s unclear what features it will include.


http://www.bloghouston.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3819&action=new

THE INSITE HAS A NEW STREET TEAM – WANT TO BE A MEMBER!

THEY’RE GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE INSITE!

The Insite has a new street team that will be getting the word out about the site. If you see them make sure you stop and get more information about the Insite. The first new members are Kalele ‘The Party King’ Thumbutu and Don ‘N-Tech’ Williams. Make sure you stop by their booth at various events if you see them out and about and get more information. They may even have a t-shirt or Insite cap for you! Now the big question is do you want to join the Insite street team?

(NOTE: TORREY ‘T-DUB’ WALKER AND BERNADETTE ‘POWERHOUSE’ BROWN WERE PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE POSITIONS AT THE INSITE AFTER LEAVING THE STREET TEAM)

THIS IS WHAT $1500 IN CONCERT TICKETS WILL GET YOU!


A REAL GOOD TIME IN AUSTIN WITH THE STONES!


Julie ‘The Socialite’ Grayum shares some of the pictures she took last weekend in Austin on her trip to see the Rolling Stones. Julie is pictured with her brother Richard Grayum in the photo along with his wife. Way to go Julie. Make those $1500 tickets work for you at the event. And it’s my understanding you guys were like only a handful of people who had seats. Rock on!

BORRIS MILES’ MONSTERS BALL!

THE FACES AT MILES’ FUNDRAISER!









Borris Miles held a fundraiser for the state representative seat he’s seeking and his birthday party at The Corinthian Friday night. The political newcomer had lots of heavy hitters in attendance at his swanky event at the downtown locale. On the list: Gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell, Carl ‘The New Hammer’ Davis, Kathy Griffin, Funky Larry Jones, DJ Hi-C, The Miles Family, Senator John Whittmire, Attorney Hillary Green, and the guy in the coffin aka ‘Pork Chop’ as well as a long list of others!

MISTY STARKS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION PHASE #1!

THE BIRTHDAY BASH WITH A BOWLING BALL!




Taking a smart hint from The Insite Houston Defender reporter Misty Starks in celebrating her birthday over several days. She began her celebration Friday night with phase #1 at Jillian’s with a bowling party. Several of her friends turned out for the big day and will continue the celebration until phase #5 next week. You probably missed phase #2 at the Breakfast Klub Saturday morning!

THE NAACP FREEDOM FUND BANQUET!

GETTING TO THE BANQUET LATE!




The NAACP held their Freedom Fund Banquet at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston Friday night. Lots of familiar faces but The Insite got there a bit late in the evening so I didn’t get many pictures. Congressman John Lewis was speaking and had the attention of the attendees by the time I arrived. So I caught a few photos while I was moving around the ballroom area. Damon Williams, Carl Davis, Judge Levi Benton and some others.

THE COMTO AWARDS LUNCHEON!

ERIN GETS HER BIG HONOR!




The Insite had the pleasure of serving as Master of Ceremonies for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials on Friday afternoon. The event was held at the United Way center on Waugh in Houston. Several young people took home scholarships to help with their college education from the transportation group. FOX 26 traffic anchor Erin Anthony was given the communications award while The Insite received the community appreciation award. Frank Wilson, CEO of Metro, was the keynote speaker at the event. Former Metro CEO Shirley DeLibero flew in from Boston to give out a scholarship in her name. COMTO is headed by Paralee Shivers. Thanks guys for inviting The Insite to participate in the luncheon!

CAN YOU IMAGINE JUST HOW DANGEROUS THIS SCENE WOULD’VE BEEN WITHOUT A CROSSING GUARD!

THIS COULD BE DANGER TRAIN FOR THESE STUDENTS!



I witnessed a very disturbing scene in Fifth Ward Friday while stopped at a train crossing on Gregg street. There were several children who were just getting out of school and waiting on a train to pass by to get across. At the end I’m located on – you are able to see the children were held at bay by a school crossing guard. But just a block down at the other crossing without a guard the scene wasn’t so safe. In fact, it was down right scary. Several of the children at the other end were reaching out touching the train with their actual hands. This as the train was moving at an extimated 30 to 40 mph. It was very disturbing. It brought back tragic memories of young children being run over by trains here in the Houston area a couple of years back. I don’t know what more if anything we can do to make the children who walk home safer. Just the Insite thinking out loud again!

MORE CHARGES IN SEX TRAFFICKING CASE!

FEDS GO AFTER THOSE INVOLVED IN SEX SLAVE RING!

A Houston grand jury has returned a superseding indictment adding more federal charges against two women allegedly involved in an organization that trafficked Central American females into the United States and compelled their service at Houston area bars and restaurants through force, fraud and coercion, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle and Assistant Attorney General Wan Kim, Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, announced today.
Olga Mondragon, 45, and Maria Fuentes, 35, and six co-defendants were originally indicted on December 12, 2005, in a two-count indictment that accused them all of engaging in conspiracies to recruit, smuggle and harbor illegal aliens in the United States and holding the aliens in conditions of peonage. The other six defendants accused in the original indictment have been convicted for their roles in the trafficking organization and are awaiting sentencing.
On Wednesday, October 25, 2006, a federal grand jury returned a 19-count indictment, which accuses Olga Mondragon, and Maria Fuentes, jointly with Forced Labor Conspiracy, and Harboring Illegal Aliens. Olga Mondragon is also charged individually with seven counts of Forced Labor relating to seven Central American females, and two counts of Alien Smuggling. Maria Fuentes is charged individually with seven counts of Forced Labor relating to seven different Central American females. All of the Central American females were allegedly recruited and illegally smuggled into the United States, then forced to labor at Houston area bars and restaurants owned and/or operated by the defendants or coconspirators by means of threats of serious harm and physical restraint and the abuse of the legal process.
Arraignment of both defendants on the new charges is set for November 1, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. Olga Mondragon is presently free on bond. Maria Fuentes is detained pending trial.

THE INSITE AND ERIN ANTHONY AT THE COMTO CONFERENCE FRIDAY!


FOX TRAFFIC ANCHOR ERIN ANTHONY GETS A WELL DESERVED HONOR!


The Insite will be serving as master of ceremonies for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials here in Houston Friday while fellow FOXER Erin Anthony will be honored by the transportation group for her communications work in the transportation field. COMTO was founded in 1971 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials was created to provide a forum for senior level minority professionals in the transportation industry. I’d like to thank Margo Williams Handy of MWH Public Relations and COMTO President and HCC Staffer Paralee Shivers as well as other officials with COMTO for inviting the Insite to the event!

READ MORE ABOUT ERIN ATHONY ON MYFOXHOUSTON.COM: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/Detail?contentId=923470&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=5.3.1

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THELMA (GOOD TIMES) STORIES ON THE INSITE!

SHE’S DROPPING BY HISD NEXT WEEK TO TALK WITH THE KIDS!

PRESS RELEASE FROM HISD:

Best known for her portrayal as the sassy Thelma on the 1970s sitcom “Good Times,” actress Bern Nadette Stanis will talk with HISD students Monday, October 30, about her personal experiences in the television industry.

The actress will meet at 9:30 a.m. with drama students at Holland Middle School, 1600 Gellhorn (77029) and at 1 p.m. with magnet students at Codwell Elementary School, 5225 Tavenor (77048).

“I’m always thrilled to speak with young people, especially those in the arts,” said Stanis regarding her upcoming presentations at the two HISD campuses.

Stanis recently has authored a book, “Situations 101,” in which she addresses self-esteem issues and insecurities that prevail among young women. While touring Texas, she also will visit military bases and bookstores in Austin and San Antonio.

This year, HISD is investing more than $1.75 million to expand campus fine arts programs. Schools are recruiting musicians, actors, dancers, and other artists to volunteer at campuses and share their skills with students.

Research clearly shows that participation in the arts boosts student attendance, behavior, and most importantly—academic performance. In learning how to act, paint, or play an instrument, children gain a different understanding of core curriculum subjects and their practical applications.

INSITE JUDGE OF THE WEEK: FEDERAL JUDGE DAVID HITTNER!

TOUGH, FAIR AND SMART ON THE FEDERAL BENCH!

Judge David Hittner is one of those judges who is knowledgeable on just about everything. Sit in his chambers for about ten minutes and you will be amazed at the stories he has to tell. Houtson attorneys describe him as tough, fair, and smart. And that’s why many of them must be prepared when they go before him in his courtroom on the 8th floor of the federal building. Hittner is a Reagan appointee to the federal bench. He’s been overseeing federal cases since 1986. Hittner first became a state court judge back in 1978. The New York University graduate takes pride in the work he does on the federal bench. He has recently taken senior status but has refused to slow down. He’s planning on presiding over cases in New Orleans and New York in the coming year. You may remember Judge Hittner when he was at the wheel during Enron figure Leah Fastow’s sentencing last year. He sent her to the federal pen for a year. The judge, while hearing former and controversial HPD cop Tom Nixon’s case on his termination from the department, told the officer to shut up and let his hired attorney handle the case. You see Nixon is also a law school graduate and was reportedly interjecting just as much as his lawyer. Hittner also recently presided over Houston rapper Ganxta Nips case several months ago. And for those of you who didn’t know – Hittner is the father of Houston political figure and now US Department of Labor appointee George Hittner. Judge thanks for stopping by the Insite!