Monthly Archives: July 2007

JOLANDA JONES’ ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY FOR THE HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL RACE!

Jolanda Jones official announcement for City Council, At Large Position 5; June 28th @ The Vault. By: Jolanda Jones




Council Member Sue Lovell introduced me and State Representative Borris Miles spoke on my behalf as well. At least 20 members of my family attended, including my 88 year old grand mother, Claudina Jones, and my mother, Gwendolyn Harris, to show support. A broad cross-section of citizens came to show their support and learn my platform: Fighting for solutions to make our neighborhoods safer, keep our economy growing, provide affordable housing, make our city work better and ensure that every child in Houston has the best opportunity to learn.

THE OFFICIAL BORRIS MILES STATEMENT ON SHOOTING!


STATE REPRESENTATIVE BORRIS L. MILES FORCED TO SHOOT KNIFE THROWING HOME BURGLAR CAUGHT ATTEMPTING TO STEAL COPPER PIPING FROM HIS HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Frightening incident highlights tremendous rise in copper and metal thefts in Houston, and the need for increased and more stringent legislation to abate crime epidemic.
Houston, TX – Citing an out of control rise in copper and other metal thefts in the greater Houston area by a growing cadre of fearless and extremely dangerous thieves, Texas State Representative (District 146) Borris L. Miles regrets that his personal encounter with two such perpetrators this past Sunday, resulted in his having to use force as he shot and wounded one of the intruders who attacked the legislator with a knife.
Mr. Miles’ concerns are two-fold as he vows to look into ways to stem this growing epidemic through legislation which more stringently controls the sale and possession of these metals, and to explore some of the systemic causes within the urban community which leads to these thefts, such as depressed economic opportunity, increased drug activity and the lack of access to jobs and education.
While inspecting his home which is currently under construction in Houston’s MacGregor Park area near Texas Southern University and the University of Houston this Sunday, Mr. Miles, a first term state legislator caught the knife throwing burglar in the act of stripping pipes in his home and attempting to steal the copper pipe casings.
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Because of the rising incidences of these metal related thefts in private residences, commercial properties, public facilities and houses of worship, and around Houston, the Houston City Council recently passed ordinances to address and restrict the access, sale and possession of the metals, especially copper which has been the preferred target of these thieves.
“Citizens have the constitutional right to protect their homes”, he continues, and I urge them to contact law enforcement immediately when they encounter such thefts and/or burglaries. Had I had the opportunity to do so, I certainly would have, but instead found my life being immediately threatened by a knife throwing burglar.”
Mr. Miles whose district has long suffered from the lack of economic development and job creation incentives firmly believes that this lack of opportunity for many of the residents in district 146 fuels the hopelessness and despair that manifests into the increase in criminal activity.
“It is up to us as elected officials, community leaders and activists to herald our resources, state, local, federal and others to address these issues of growing crimes which are plaguing our community.”
He concluded, “I don’t excuse or condone any form of criminal behavior, and those men who burglarized my home broke the law. All citizens of this community will continue to protect their homes and the safety of their families.”

Illegal “botnets”used to cheat investors out of more than $4.6 million

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Special Investigations Unit charged two Texas residents with devising an illegal high-tech scheme to defraud investors out of more than $4.6 million. Both suspects, who were indicted July 3 by a Harris County grand jury, are the subjects of an ongoing investigation by several states and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In addition to the state’s charges, the suspects face securities fraud charges, which were filed today by the SEC.

Darrel Uselton, 40, of Katy, and his uncle, Jack Uselton, 69, of Houston, face organized criminal activity and money laundering charges. According to state and federal investigators, the Useltons reaped millions in illegal profits by promoting shares from at least 13 penny stock companies. The suspects then secretly sold those stocks into an artificially active market they created with manipulative trading schemes, spam e-mail campaigns, direct mailers, and Internet-based promotional activities.

The case is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) and the Office of Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal with investigative assistance from the New York Attorney General’s Office. OAG investigators have seized more than $4.2 million from bank accounts associated with the defendants. Darrel Uselton was arrested by OAG investigators and is currently being held in Harris County Jail in lieu of $8 million bond. An arrest warrant has been issued for Jack Uselton.

DID YOU MISS THE ESSENCE FEST IN HOUSTON THIS YEAR OR DO YOU CARE?


Essence says its annual music festival was “tremendously successful” this year. An estimated 200-thousand people turned out for the three-day event, which returned to New
Orleans after being moved to Houston last year because of Hurricane
Katrina. The festival had been held in New Orleans over the Fourth
of July weekend since it began in 1995. No word on what the attendance was
last year here in Houston. Do you think organizers are sending a message to the city of Houston by claiming it was such a huge success back in the Big Easy?

BORRIS OUT PROTECTING HIS NEW HOME!

SOMEONE TRIED TO STEAL SUPPLIES FROM HIS PROPERTY!

Houston State Rep. Borris Miles, D-District 146, used a pistol to wound one of two men he told police were trying to steal materials from a house the lawmaker is building, police said.

Miles was at the construction site at 3742 MacGregor Way at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when he heard a noise and spotted the two men, Houston police spokeswoman Johanna Abad said this morning.

“The man suffered a non-life threatening wound,” said Abad, adding that Miles is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

The man who was shot was in Ben Taub Hospital this morning and police still were trying to identify the other suspect, Abad said.

No charges were filed in the case. Miles could not be reached for comment.

FROM: HOUSTON CHRONICLE!

…AND ON THE PARTY SCENE – THUMBUTU HAS IT COVERED!

SUNDAY NIGHT AT STATUS!








By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu - Once again the elegant and lavish club Status was the place to be on Pure
Sundays hosted by Candy Shaw of Project Zero Entertainment. The event was
billed as an all white affair and was sponsored by Malibu Rum. All through
the night the crowd enjoyed the complimentary drinks and other Malibu
giveaways. As patrons walked up to the club, the sounds of DJ B Love filled
the Miami inspired patio. Meanwhile inside the club, partygoers listened to
the sounds of Def Jam Blaster while McKane kept the crowd on their feet and
thoroughly entertained. The ambiance in this club is incredible!!!! The
décor includes over sized plush couches, multi-colored dance floors, and a
constantly changing multi-hued glowing bar that is absolutely breath taking.
Status is definitely making a name for itself on Pure Sundays!! Guests included the ladies of Lady Isis Inc. Brittany aka Bri Lorene, Shana Deshage, and Asha. Kimberly, Tia (birthday girl), Nicole Azougu, Monique, Lana
Riley (Power Play Promotions), Tayo Summerville, David “Do Derrty “
Daniels, and Lester “Noni “ Ross to name a few .

COULD THE REAL DEAL BE COMING TO HOUSTON SOON?

HERE’S A BIG EDIBLE CLUE TO HELP WITH THE QUESTIONS!

The Insite hears from the source that a major restaurant chain could be soon setting up shop here. Several meetings have already taken place with the principals involved but I haven’t been given the go ahead to release all the details. There is at least one more meeting next week before I can say anything. But I’ll say this – it could leave one hot Houston breakfast spot facing some serious competition if the deal goes through. This national eatery also specializes in breakfast food on the west coast. Can you guess what restaurant it is and what local eatery faces some serious competition?

ROBERT FINGER DEAD AT THE AGE OF 62!

FUNERAL SET FOR MONDAY!

The owner and CEO of Finger Furniture, Robert Finger has died.
Finger died from cancer this Sunday morning. He was 62.
Finger was a contributor and a participant in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Funeral services are Monday at Beth Yeshurun cemetery

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE BRING ME A GLASS OF WATER!

SITTING AT THE ANCHOR DESK ALONE FOR A HOUR!

Even though I had the help of John Dawson, Priscilla Goodwin, Keith Calkins and Chris Stipes anchoring a hour long newscast alone is no easy task. It was the predicament I found myself in over the weekend. It was fun but also tough on my mouth. Why? It’s a lot of talking when you’re doing a hour by yourself. I thought about asking someone to bring me some water but I didn’t want to seem like a primadona type anchor. I think I had a case of cotton mouth. But it was still a great experience I enjoyed. Ford Atkinson will be back in the hot seat next weekend while Damali Ketih will remain on the 9pm until Melissa Wilson returns from maternity leave. Just a slice of life from The Insite!

70’S NOSTALGIA IN FULL EFFECT ON THE INSITE!

GEEK ALERT: ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS FROM WAY, WAY BACK!



Okay, this is a major geek alert…I had a chance to see one of my favorite shows this weekend. It was the Six Million Dollar Man. The episode was him taking on the Sasquatch. It doesn’t get any better than that. The show had all the major characters including Oscar Goldman and Jamie Sommers (The Bionic Woman). It’s a cool episode. Through the whole show I’m pulling for Steve to take Big Foot down. What I didn’t remember was Steve actually beat Sasquatch when he pulled his arm out of the socket. My vague memory on the episode always had Big Foot winning. But if you get a chance to check it out on SCIFI or any other questionable downloading source make sure you check it out. It’s 70’s nostalgia in full force here on The Insite. Just don’t make me get into Shazam (Captain Marvel) from the 1970’s!

CORNYN HAS TO FACE A MILITARY VETERAN AND A MILLIONAIRE – GOOD LUCK!


The San Antonio Democrat hoping to challenge Senator John Cornyn plans says he could spend 10 (m) million dollars of his money to win the Texas Republican’s U-S Senate seat.
In an election document filed last month, attorney Mikal Watts stated that he plans to spend six-point-two (m) million dollars in the general election. That’s on top of the three-point-eight (m) million he plans to spend on the March 11th primary.
Watts isn’t an official candidate but is operating an exploratory committee.
Cornyn is up for re-election in 2008 and plans to run for another six-year term. He reported having three-point-eight (m) million for the campaign in March, with new fund-raising reports
due this month.
Also today, state Democratic Representative Rock Noriega says he’ll form an exploratory committee for the race. Noriega served with the National Guard in Afghanistan and has spent eight years in the Legislature.

Question: Would you spend that much money on an election and why or why not?

THE COURT’S DECISION MEANS SHE WILL KEEP HER RECORD!

WAS THE PUNISHMENT TOO HARSH AND RACIALLY MOTIVATED?

A Texas appellate court has upheld the felony conviction of a black East Texas teenager who was freed in March amid heightened racial tensions in her small town.
Shaquanda Cotton release also came during a shakeup of the state’s troubled juvenile prison system.
The ruling by the Sixth Appellate District Court in Texarkana yesterday doesn’t immediately affect Cotton, who is now 16 and remains free. It does preserve the conviction on her record.
She was found guilty in March 2006 of shoving a teacher’s aide at Paris High School. She had sought to overturn her conviction on grounds that her defense lawyer was inadequate. She was 15 when a judge sentenced her to a state youth prison in Brownsville, where
she served one year.
Before her release, Cotton’s imprisonment won national media attention. She had no prior criminal record, and activists say the fact that the same judge sentenced a white 14-year-old girl to probation for arson signaled evidence of racial bias in Paris.

QUESTION: DO YOU THINK COTTON’S PUNISHMENT WAS TOO HARSH AND RACIALLY MOTIVATED?