WILL BE BACK ON THURSDAY!
If you called some of the Houston city council offices today you may have noticed most were not in. That’s because a large number of Houston city council members made their way to Austin today. They’re there for a reception/meet & greet being thrown by the city of Houston. They’re inviting state lawmakers to the event to chit chat and hear the plight of the Bayou City. I’m told there is a large group from our city in Austin. According to Insite Insiders: Mayor Bill White, Sue Luvell, Ann Clutterbuck, Jarvis Johnson and others. They all should be back in Houston by Thursday if some haven’t made it back already!
IS T-MAC AFRAID OF THE BIG EASY?
Several Houston Rockets players say they will be concerned about their safety when the NBA All Star game is played in New Orleans, La. next year. Some star players like Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alson say they may not go because of safety concerns. So how do you feel about this? Are they making his safety thing a bigger issue than it is or should they be cautious about the Big Easy?
WOULD YOU GIVE THIS SIT DOWN PANHANDLER MONEY?
I was in the car at the edge of downtown Houston near midtown Wednesday when I noticed a panhandler. What struck me as odd was the homeless guy was sitting down the whole time on a milk crate at the intersection. He never once got up and walked to the cars to ask for money. He just held out his cups and a cardboard sign in hopes that we would lean out our windows and give him money. I figured if I were a homeless person and looking for spare change, I would get up and hustle. I guess this guy has more experience than I do and a better plan to get money from drivers. Would you give him money if he didn’t at least try to hustle?
HE SAYS ALL YOU NEED IS A HISPANIC CLIENT, A HISPANIC JURY AND A HISPANIC JUDGE AND YOU WIN!
In a speech last year to a group of maritime defense attorneys, Texas plaintiffs’ lawyer Anthony Buzbee trumpeted the benefits of bringing lawsuits in Starr County, on the western edge of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. “That venue probably adds about seventy-five percent to the value of the case,” he said. “You’ve got an injured Hispanic client, you’ve got a completely Hispanic jury, and you’ve got an Hispanic judge. All right. That’s how it is.”
In other parts of Texas, Buzbee went on, a plaintiff may have the burden of showing “here’s what the company did wrong, all right? But when you’re in Starr County, traditionally, you need to just show that the guy was working, and he was hurt. And that’s the hurdle: Just prove that he wasn’t hurt at Wal-Mart, buying something on his off time, and traditionally, you win those cases.”
Buzbee had no idea an audience member was taping the speech, which is now being held up by pro-industry lobbyists and Texas legislators as evidence of venue shopping. The groups are using the speech — given last May at a three-day seminar in Nevada for maritime-defense attorneys — to push for limits on where workers may file lawsuits if they’re hurt at sea.
LET’S TAKE IT TO THE STREETS!
At 10 a.m. TODAY (Wednesday, February 28) Houston Police Chief Harold
Hurtt will officially kick-off “March On Crime/ Lucha Contra El
Crimen 2007″ at the HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis on the 1st Floor, Media Briefing Room. A city proclamation will be presented declaring March 2007 “March On Crime/Lucha Contra El Crimen” month.
This marks the 23rd year the Houston Police Department has observed this event that is designed to heighten awareness of crime in Houston area communities and encourage citizens to join the department in reducing crime.
The “March On Crime” campaign was created in March of 1985 out of the growing concern over violent crimes being committed in the African American community. The program was such a success in its first year that the Hispanic community adopted the concept. The goal of “March On Crime/Lucha Contra El Crimen” grew over the years to include all neighborhoods to disseminate crime prevention information to the general public.
WHAT: MARCH ON CRIME/LUCHA CONTRA EL CRIMEN
WHEN: TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2007
WHERE: HPD HEADQUARTERS, 1200 TRAVIS
1ST FLOOR MEDIA BRIEFING ROOM.
TIME: 10 A.M.
HIP HOP TACKLES FINANCES AT TSU!
March 3rd the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is returning to Houston, TX to kick off its 2007 national “Get Your Money Right” tour on financial empowerment. The Co-Chairmen of this tour are Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, and they will have hip-hop celebrities such as Ciara, Monica, Chamillionaire, E-40, Chingo Bling and Slim Thug backing them up. Also, Mathew Knowles super producer Bryan-Michael Cox, and Congressman Al Green (D-TX) will be present.
The purpose of this event is to let young people know about the importance of personal finance and financial responsibility. The tour begins at Texas Southern University’s Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium, located at 3100 Cleburne Street, in Houston, Texas. It will last from Noon until 3:00 pm, and the doors open at 11:00 am.
Insite staffers Kalele ‘Party King’ Tumbutu and Thad ‘Quiet Guy’ Hack (left, in the background) have some explaining to do. They have appeared on another website without release letters from the Insite’s legal staff. Actually, the duo made an appearance on Indmix.com. And the Insite is more than willing to allow them to temporarily breach their non-compete agreement they have with Insite Inc. Both were attending a function at Belvedere in the Post Oak/Uptown area Sunday night!
LINK – WWW.INDMIX.COM
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS AN IMAGE OF MARY HOLDING JESUS?
It has shown up on a pizza pan in Houston now on a ceiling in a home in Liberty County. What’s your opinion of these recent sitings of the Virgin Mary as of late. A cafeteria worker in HISD at a local school supposedly spotted the mother of Jesus on that pizza pan. Do you put any credibility in these sightings that people have been turning out in flocks to praise. It left me wondering what the Insite readers feel about this. The pictures above are from the Liberty County ceiling where that family has come forward to say Mary is in their home!
THE RADIO TALK SHOW HOST GOES TO JAIL!
Former radio talk show host Jon Matthews will spend the next three years of his life in prison. This comes after Matthews violated his probation for an indecency with a child conviction. He pleaded guilty back in August 2004 to indecency with a child. Matthews received a seven-year probated sentence. The Fort Bend County district attorney’s office said Matthews violated his probation in several different ways including drinking, failing to complete a counseling program, using the Internet in a way that violates his probation
WHY ARE YOU ALL HERE AT HPD?
I thought it was interesting last Friday when I arrived at the Houston Police department for a scheduled press conference and security didn’t have a clue as to what was going on at 1200 Travis. I was asked at least four times by private security officers and HPD personell as I entered headquarters – what was going on and why was the media there. In fact, it soon became irritating after answering the question three times. I wondered why security didn’t ask the department’s public information division what was going on rather than harassing me multiple times. The Insite wasn’t the only person asked what was going on – other reporters and photographers from other stations were also interrogated about the press conference. The reason for the presser was to locate a suspected serial rapist. Just another Insite moment I thought I would share!
WILL THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COME IN JUNE?
The Insite is hearing from reliable sources that former HPD chief Clarence (CO) Bradford won’t be making his bid for Sheriff public until this summer. I’m hearing from that source it will be sometime in June. I have asked for confirmation on the run from Bradford but that source says Bradford will only talk in June. As I previously reported here – I last laid eyes on the former top cop at an event for the Black Cowboys at the Reliant center. I said he actually looked like a sheriff when I saw him, now here’s the picture – you decide!
THE LAWSUIT IS NOW HEADED TO COURT AND IT’S THICK!
The red light camera issue is back in the news since Michael Kubosh has filed a lawsuit against the city attacking the new technology. The downtown bail bondsman who will be represented by his attorney brother Paul Kubosh says the city can’t impose a civil penalty on drivers who run red light cameras. The Insite received a copy of his lawsuit late Friday and boy was it thick. It was at least 3 inches or more of paperwork. The city attorney Arturo Michel believes Houston has every right to enforce the civil fine for running red lights. The question is what do you believe and will you pay your red light camera fine if you get one? The Insite wants to hear from you!