Monthly Archives: November 2007

BERNADETTE BROWN’S GOING AWAY DINNER!


IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOOD BYE TO B. BROWN!








Because of severe time constraints The Insite only had about 20 minutes to stop and say good bye to one of his favorite street team members – Bernadette ‘Powerhouse’ Brown. She’s headed for big things she truly deserves in Atlanta. She will work for CNN. Dozens of Brown’s friends, coworkers, associates and hangers on attended her going away dinner at Taco Milagro. But because I was in such a hurry I wasn’t able to captures a fourth of the people there: Bernadette Brown, Ruben Dominguez, Doug Deloney, Melinda Spaulding, Greg ‘Golden Child’ Ramirez, John Tito, Kristine Galvan, Linda Drummond, Heather Jones, and the list goes on!

HOUSTON TEXAN’S PLAYER ARRESTED!

CHESTER PITTS ACCUSED OF FELONY EVADING!

Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts was arrested on felony evading charges Thursday after leading police on a brief chase through southwest Houston, authorities said.

Officers had set up a traffic sting at the intersection of Kirby and West Bellfort after receiving complaints from citizens that drivers were making illegal turns in the area, said Johanna Abad, spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department.

At about 5 p.m., an officer saw Pitts make an illegal turn in his 2002 BMW, flagged him over and told him why he was being stopped, Abad said.

“The officer then walks off for a few minutes to finish issuing a citation to another vehicle and observes Pitts leave,” she said.

The officer and a supervisor jumped into their patrol cars to pursue Pitts with their emergency lights and sirens blaring, Abad said. They stopped Pitts less than a mile away in the 1700 block of West Bellfort, she said.

The officers then contacted the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which accepted felony evading charges against Pitts, Abad said.

Pitts was taken to the city jail at 61 Riesner in downtown Houston, where he remained late Thursday.

“We are aware of the incident. We are in the process of gathering all the pertinent facts of the case,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said.

Pitts is a starting left guard for the Texans. He was a second round National Football League draft pick out of San Diego State in 2002. He has never missed a game in franchise history.

MORE AT CHRON.COM – FULL STORY

THE BIG GRAND OPENING!

BLUE LEAF!












The Insite made a brief appearance at the swanky new shop Blue Leaf in Rice Village. Thursday night was the grand opening in the new location. It’s owned by Cathy Lopez Negrete. There were lots of great food and drinks for the guest as well as a live band. Julie ‘The Socialite’ Grayum was there along with Ken Hebert, Michelle Lopez Negrete and a host of others. The store is now open for business. The list of products range from jewelry to high end furniture. I was only able to stay for about 20 minutes so here are the pictures I was able to peel off in that time!

GUEST BLOGGER: TORREY ‘T-DUB’ WALKER!

IS THIS THE MESSAGE WE REALLY WANT TO SEND TO YOUNG PEOPLE?





On my way to into a convenience store on Thursday an advertisement in the window caught my eye. It read ANTI-ENERGY DRINK. My immediate thought was why would people want to drink something that puts them to sleep and not keep them awake. So, I decided to fully read the the advertisement. When I finished I was disappointed at what I just read. The product’s purpose was to emulate Sizzurp or LEAN which is codeine poured into soda. The effects of this drug gives you a mild sedative state and of course it’s illegal. So my question is why would someone make something for kids or anybody else to pretend like they’re doing drugs? This is sort of like somebody coming out with a soft drink in the shape of a 40 oz bottle. Someone actually came up with this concept and design but did they ever stop to think about the negative image that their product gives off?

And yes, I do remember candy cigarettes when I was younger. I wanted some because that’s what I saw people on T.V. puffing and other adults doing. I’m sure they didn’t know how harmful they really were!

Question: Have advertising agencies and product producers gone too far?

NOW MERRON JEFFRIES SAYS HE HAD TO PROTECT HIS PET FROM THE PIT BULLS!


It’s the second time the Insite is bringing you an animal attack in as many days. Another Houston man says he had to shoot and kill a pit bull after the animals attacked his family for a second time. Merron Jeffries says one his terriers was attacked by a pack of pit bulls two weeks ago. That dog, 8 month old Biscuit (pictured), was left hobbling with a steel pin in his leg. It was Thursday morning when Jeffries and his daughter Whitney say there second terrier was attacked by the same group of pit bulls. The dog was severely mauled and had to be put down by the family. So, Merron says he went in his house and got his gun. He shot one of the two pit bulls while they were attacking his dog. But the ending to this story is much different from the one I reported on Wednesday. Merron, unlike Wadie Spikes, wasn’t arrested and taken to jail by Harris County Deputies who investigated the incident. As you may remember Spikes, who shot a pit bull that was allegedly attacking his family, was arrested by HPD and charged with animal cruelty. He spent 5 days in jail!

FOX VIDEO REPORT SHOT BY RAY WILLIAMS: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=5079841&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

FROM FOOTBALL PLAYER TO NASA ASTRONAUT IN HOUSTON!

LIFE AFTER THE DETROIT LIONS IN SPACE!

Leland Melvin’s career has largely been defined by his ability to use his hands: first to catch a football and then hold onto it as he ran down the field.

Now, his professional success depends on his ability to maneuver a joystick and other controls as he wields a robotic arm on a spaceship.

Melvin is NASA’s only astronaut who is a former professional athlete, having been drafted by the Detroit Lions football team in 1986. He will make his first trip into orbit on space shuttle Atlantis, which NASA hopes to launch Dec. 6.

Melvin talked to USA TODAY last week about the thrill of being an astronaut and his injury-shortened days as a wide receiver.

“If I’d made the final 45 end roster … played in some post-season games, gotten a ring — that would be nice,” he says. But “flying in space … it’s one of the most amazing things I can think of.”

Melvin, 43, doesn’t fit neatly into the stereotypes of a jock or an astronaut out of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. At the University of Richmond, he set career records for receptions — at least one pass per game — and receiving yards. He also earned a degree in chemistry, even though his lab sessions required him to miss chunks of football practice.

Drafted in the 11th round by the Lions after graduation, Melvin tore his hamstring during pre-season practice. He was invited to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys but tore his hamstring again. His career with the NFL was over.

Thanks to his academic talents, he had other options. As he pursued pro football, Melvin kept himself afloat in part by working in a lab at NASA’s Langley Research Center. After his football dreams died, he earned a master’s degree in materials-science engineering and did research on fiber optics at Langley.

Growing up in Lynchburg, Va., the son of two school teachers, Melvin had no strong yearning to become an astronaut. That remained true after he joined NASA in 1989, until a former colleague won a spot in the astronaut corps and gave him an insider’s view of the job.

Melvin realized “the math and science (aspect) was there, the physical side was there,” he says. “So I think it was a good marriage for where I was in my life. … It’s been great. It’s been one of the best jobs I’ve ever done.”

At a muscular 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, Melvin looks the part of a man who made his living off his speed and strength. These days, Melvin’s practices focus on the International Space Station’s robotic arm, which he will operate during Atlantis’ visit to the station.

Not every astronaut passes NASA’s tests to be an arm “driver.” The job takes immense concentration and a knack for visualizing moving objects. A careless move could slam the arm into the space station, potentially opening a hole that would allow the station’s oxygen to escape.

During his flight, Melvin will command the arm to lift a new scientific laboratory out of the shuttle’s cargo hold and install it on the station. He’ll also use the arm to move colleagues who are making spacewalks, a job so tricky that “the hairs on your neck should raise up” during the task, as he described it in an interview in 2005.

During launch, Melvin will help the shuttle’s commander and pilot, a job that reminds him of the cooperation on the gridiron.

Both athletes and astronauts know what it’s like to “just (be) together in the zone. You’ve practiced so many times,” Melvin says. A football team and a shuttle crew can both become “one unit that’s just clicking. You know when it’s clicking. You can just tell.”

His colleagues at NASA say Melvin — who is unmarried, enjoys writing music and likes to walk his pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks — keeps his former life close to his vest.

NASA’s Sally Davis, one of the flight directors who will oversee Melvin’s shuttle flight, says she knew him for a long time before finding out about his past. Atlantis’ commander, astronaut Stephen Frick, says his crew doesn’t think of Melvin as a former pro athlete but as an easygoing guy who helps keep his co-workers in a good mood.

“Other than physique, he doesn’t fit the jock stereotype at all,” says Mike Sarafin, another Atlantis flight director. “He’s very thoughtful, thought-provoking. He’s a very soulful person.”

Melvin waves off a question about whether being an astronaut is as lucrative as playing in the NFL.

“The benefit is the things that you’re allowed to do,” he says. He feels lucky, he says, to be “one of the few people in this world (to) leave the planet and work in the cosmos.”

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE LIGHTING OF THE CITY’S CHRISTMAS TREE!

THE CEREMONY AT CITY HALL!

MAYOR BILL WHITE INVITES HOUSTONIANS TO CELEBRATE THE LIGHTING OF THE CITY’S HOLIDAY TREE




WHO: Mayor Bill White, other dignitaries and guests

WHAT: Music, dancing, fireworks, entertainment and the lighting of the City’s official holiday tree.

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Bagby

A MAN TRYING TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY FACES A FELONY INDICTMENT!

SHOULD WADIE SPIKES HAVE TO GO TO PRISON FOR KEEPING HIS FAMILY SAFE?


If you watched FOX 26 news at 9 Wednesday night then you know Wadie Spikes story. He’s a husband, father, and grandfather who said he was trying to protect his family from Pit bulls when he ended up being charged with animal cruelty – a felony. Spikes says back on November 8 his daughter and two grandchildren found themselves trapped inside of their car in front of his house. The neighbor’s two pit bulls were charging the car. Spikes heard the screaming from inside his home. He came out and realized what was going on. He tried to run the dogs off but they began charging Spikes and his wife. So Wadie says he went into his home and got his pistol. He says he fired at the dogs several times but he missed. Spikes and his daughter Erma say the dogs charged them at least a half dozen times. Spikes says he then asked his wife to get his shotgun. He then made it to his truck and drove down to the home where the owner of the dog’s lived. Spikes says he couldn’t find the owner just a friend outside who told him he couldn’t control the dogs. Spikes, sitting inside his vehicle, says as he was talking with that friend of the owner one of the pit bulls lodged at his truck. Spikes says he panicked and shot the dog. The animal died. Spikes, who called HPD out to the scene, was arrested. The 58 year old who had never been in trouble in his life, was charged with animal cruelty – a felony – and booked into jail on the spot. He had to spend 5 days in jail until his family could raise $20,000 in bail. When The Insite met with Spikes he actually began crying because of the turmoil he has encountered because of the incident. He says he feels like he’s the victim after attempting to protect his family. Prosecutor Belinda Smith says she will take the case before the grand jury next week. What do you think about Spikes situation?

FOX VIDEO REPORT: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=5067805&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

HOUSTON ATTORNEY RUSTY HARDIN GETS ANOTHER MAJOR HONOR!

ONE OF THE STATE’S TOP ATTORNEYS!

PRESS RELEASE: Accomplished trial attorney Rusty Hardin once again has been tabbed as one of the state’s top attorneys by Texas Lawyer newspaper. Mr. Hardin is recognized as one of the top five commercial litigation attorneys in Texas Lawyer’s “Go-To Guide,” published in October 2007.

Texas Lawyer’s “Go-To Guide” is published once every five years and highlights five attorneys in each of 29 different practice areas. This marks the second such honor for Mr. Hardin, who was recognized in the inaugural 2002 “Go-To Guide” as one of the top five civil litigation defense attorneys in Texas.

“It is good to know that people recognize the success our firm has had on the commercial side,” says Mr. Hardin. “Because of the nature of our criminal defense work, it might be easy for folks to forget the other work we do. I’m glad to see that hasn’t happened.”

Mr. Hardin’s practice is a diverse mix of approximately 80 percent civil trial work and 20 percent criminal trial work. Clients have been as varied as Arthur Andersen in both its civil and criminal cases; ExxonMobil; Rice University; the Houston Texans; and various professional athletes.

http://www.rustyhardin.com/.

HAVE REALITY SHOW PRODUCERS GONE TOO FAR WITH THIS ONE?

THE SHOW WILL BE CALLED: WHO WANTS TO MARRY A U-S CITIZEN – BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

There’s a new reality TV show, produced by Morusa Media, called “Who wants to marry a U.S. citizen?” that aims at creating marriages between U.S. citizens and immigrants who have temporary visas. The show is already generating mix reaction from some who say the show hurts the immigration process. However, others praise the match-making concept.

“We’re out to prove love knows no borders,” says Adrian Martinez, creator of the show. “Besides, that’s what America is all about — a multi-cultural nation.”

Similar to the “Dating Game,” one bachelorette (a U.S. citizen seeking a spouse) asks three bachelors (immigrants with temporary visas) various questions. Towards the end of the show, she decides which one she would marry.

According to the show’s host, Angelo Gonzales, the show makes it clear to all contestants that it does not guarantee marriage or legal status, but will pay for a wedding party and honeymoon should a marriage result from the show.

“We’re just out to play matchmaker,” says Gonzales. “There are thousands of U.S. citizens seeking a spouse, and just as many immigrants seeking the same. So we want to make it a win-win situation for all involved.”

Although, “Who wants to marry a U.S. citizen?” is being distributed independently, segments will be available on the show’s website: http://www.hookacitizen.com/

FOX 26 HAS A BAND ON STAFF!

THEY’RE JOURNALISTS AND MUSICIANS!


If you missed a special edition of FOX ROX Wednesday then you missed out. FOX 26 unveiled the mystery in house band. The group consists of weatherman Mike Iscovitz, Reporter Ned Hibberd and Photographer Eric Smith. Hibberd was on drums, Smith and Iscovitz both on guitars. Make sure you check them out during their next appearance. I’m not quite sure why they didn’t invite The Insite to join. I have a musical background…Dang haters!

SYLVESTER TURNER SAYS HE’S NOT DONE WITH HISD YET!

EVEN AFTER THE BOND ELECTION THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER!

The Insite has learned State Representative Sylvester Turner is calling for an audit of the Houston Independent School District. Turner says he has a lot of questions about how the district does business. He points to a recent Houston Chronicle article that indicates a lot of schools in poorer districts are without basics like books. Turner went on to say he has problems with the leadership at the school district. He says trustees have not been willing to work with the community and has done little to question how individual schools are funded. A formula Turner feels is flawed. The state rep has asked state auditors to investigate the finances and performance of the school district. HISD responded with this statement:

HISD welcomes any review by any member of the Legislature. We are very proud of the independent state review that recently showed HISD getting the highest rating possible for its financial management, and new national test results that show HISD beating most other urban school districts in American in academic performance. We thank Representative Turner for his interest in our district.

Terry Abbott

HISD Press Secretary.

What do you think – is it time HISD endure a state audit? The last time HISD had an audit accoridng to Turners was back in 1996!

CLIP AND PASTE VIDEO LINK: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=5063535&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.2.1