Monthly Archives: December 2008

AT MACY’S EVERYONE IS A SUSPECTED SHOPLIFTER!

WHY IS THIS STUPID ALARM GOING OFF?

I made a stop at Macy’s on 1960 last week where it was a packed house. A lot of people were looking for those After-Christmas sales. I was there to return two items when I decided to buy something. As I was looking around I heard the door alarm go off several times. I thought to myself there certainly are a lot of people trying to steal today. Then after I checked out I was leaving the store and the alarm went off. There was no one there to check my bag so I looked myself and the security device was still on my merchandise. So I went back to the attendant where I checked out to get it removed. The young lady told me sorry she couldn’t do it because she didn’t have the equipment to remove any of the security device. She was one of about three temporary registers that checked people out but couldn’t remove the security devices. So there was a steady stream of people who would check out then as they tried to leave the alarm would go off. Macy’s really should’ve thought this checkout process through a little better. Once we set off the alarm we had to go back into the store and wait in the longer lines to get the devices removed. One clerk told me I should’ve just left and cut the device off at home. I thought that was a dumb idea. How about they take it off since I paid for my merchandise!

DUJUAN MCCOY IS BUILDING HIS MEDIA EMPIRE!

INTRODUCING BAYOU CITY BROADCASTING!

The Insite ran into former FOXer Dujuan McCoy on Sunday at the Woodlands 24 Hour fitness Center and he says he’s been quite busy over the last year. I was surprised when he said he was now the owner of some television stations in Texas under the Bayou City Broadcasting label. McCoy says he is having the time of his life sitting in the captain’s chair guiding his growing media empire. McCoy says his stations don’t have a newscast yet but he’s getting there. I also asked him if the tough economic market is affecting his operations. He told the Insite that he’s actually having a great year with the properties. He says he hasn’t felt the crunch other television stations around the country have felt. McCoy, a native of Indiana, says he has big plans for his stations and plans to buy even more. With his actions he has become one of the few African American television station owners in Texas. Here’s more about the stations DuJuan now owns in the Lone Star state:

Sage Broadcasting, the Houston-based owner of several west Texas stations, is selling its remaining broadcasting concerns to new group Bayou City Broadcasting. The stations include KIDY San Angelo, KXVA and KIDZ Abilene and KIDU Brownwood.

Bayou City is run by broadcast sales veteran DuJuan McCoy. “The stations have a great group of employees that have done phenomenal work for Sage for the past 23 years,” he said. “We look forward to making Fox San Angelo and Abilene even stronger for the communities and advertisers we serve.”

McCoy hinted at more acquisitions. “This is just the beginning for Bayou City,” he said.

A MAN WANTED FOR CAPITAL MURDER CAPTURED!

JAVIER IS OFFICIALLY OFF THE STREETS!

At approximately 9 a.m. today, Dec. 26, Rosenberg PD apprehended Javier “Aguedo” Solis for his involvement in the 1997 Christmas Day murder of Roger Stobaugh.

Police received tips that Solis had been at a home in Rosenberg and monitored the home’s activity. After carefully watching Solis and his activity, he was arrested without incident December 26.

Stobaugh was killed after interrupting a burglary at his home on Pinetex in Houston. Stobaugh struggled with one of the burglars, was shot and died at the scene. One other suspect arrested in the incident identified Javier Solis as the shooter.

Solis was charged with Capital Murder in the 182nd District Court on February 3, 1998 and a warrant was later issued for his arrest.

THANK YOU PATTIE SHIEH!


THE SELF SERVING PLAN BEHIND THE SCENES AT FOX 26!

Big thank you to my co-worker and FOX 26 morning anchor Pattie Shieh. She somehow managed to say “Insite” on the air more than 10 times Friday morning. She was paying homage to the blog she knows is near and dear to my heart. She said it beginning in the 5am hour through the end of the show. I worked it in about 3 times but I was no where close to her enthusiasm in getting it on the air. After all, it would be shameless self promotion if I did it!

EARTHA KITT DIES AT 81!

MORE THAN JUST AN ENTERTAINER!

Eartha Kitt, whose “Santa, Baby” remains the sultriest Christmas song ever recorded, died Thursday on a holiday she turned into something both naughty and nice.

Kitt, a versatile multi-media performer, engaging talk show regular and longtime human rights activist, was 81 and had been suffering from colon cancer.

Her publicist, Patty Freeman, said she died in New York with her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, at her side. Her last performance, a PBS special scheduled to air in February, was taped just six weeks ago.

Born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina, Kitt was sent to New York to be raised by a woman who was called her aunt, but whom she believed to be her mother. She started her career in the 1940s with Katharine Dunham‘s dance company and made her Broadway debut at 18.

Kitt starred as Helen of Troy in Orson Welles‘ 1950 staging of Christopher (Kit) Marlowe’s “Dr. Faustus” and reportedly fell into a steamy affair with Welles, who called her “the most exciting woman in the world.”

“Santa, Baby” secured her public image as a sex kitten and she followed with a string of slinky pop records through the 1950s, the biggest of which was “C’est Si Bon.”

She conquered another medium in the 1960s when she took over the role of the sexy Catwoman in the TV hit “Batman.”

But while Kitt enthusiastically worked the sex kitten image for half a century, she was also a serious activist who pushed for everything from voting rights to HIV/AIDS awareness programs.

In 1968, she drew a torrent of criticism for condemning the Vietnam War during a stage performance attended by President Lyndon Johnson‘s wife, Lady Bird.

Lady Bird Johnson‘s widely reported distress sparked a backlash that forced Kitt to take much of her career to Europe, where she was already popular.

She stayed visible in popular culture thanks to props like a Monty Python sketch in which a delusional character believes he is Leon Trotsky and then decides he’s Eartha Kitt.

In 1978, she returned to Broadway to star in “Timbuktu!,” where she purred a song about a recipe whose main ingredient was cannabis.

She wrote an autobiography, “Confessions of a Sex Kitten,” in 1979 and, a few years later, became a big star in dance clubs.

In recent years, Kitt was a regular on the cabaret circuit, where she spoofed the sex kitten image with a reworked version of “C’est Si Bon.”

“Santa, Baby,” which was later recorded by Madonna, among many other artists, was certified gold a few weeks before Kitt’s death.

EXCLUSIVE OF THE YEAR!

MIYA’S EXCLUSIVE WITH SAINT NICK ONLY ON KTRK!

The Insite was shocked when I turned on KTRK TV Christmas morning. Apparently, reporter Miya Shay scored an exclusive interview with Santa Claus himself. Way to go Miya. I’ve been trying to get that interview for years!

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR: TORREY T-DUB WALKER!

HE HAS A CHARRED BACKYARD BUT HE SAVED HIS HOME!

Congratulations to Torrey T-Dub Walker who was able to save the place he calls home. The Insite regular and FOX photographer was out grilling Sunday for the big game when some of the flames from the pit landed on his lawn. With a strong wind in his neighborhood that day the fire didn’t waste anytime spreading through the backyard of his home. Walker and many of his neighbors came together with lawn hoses and was able to contain the blaze before the fire department was able to arrive. He averted a major disaster which could’ve claimed his home with some quick thinking and the help of some neighbors. Way to go T-Dub and thanks for sharing the photo with the Insite!

BAD TECHY NEWS: THE IPOD MEMORY MAY BE LIMITED!

EVEN SCIENTISTS HAVE THEIR LIMITS!

Many consumers take it for granted that the next generation of iPod, cell phone or flash drive will contain ever more memory to store music, photos and videos.

That’s because scientists and engineers have continually devised ways to shrink the components on flash memory chips to cram more data into small devices.

But eventually — within a couple of years, perhaps, and almost certainly within a decade — flash memory will run into fundamental limits on how small its circuitry can be built.

That has led a number of research groups and companies to begin searching for alternatives.

Jim Tour leads one of these groups in Houston. But the Rice University chemist said he and his laboratory didn’t set out to tackle the memory problem when they began working with graphene.

A single layer of graphite, which is used in the common pencil, graphene is composed of carbon atoms and looks like tiny chicken wire. In this configuration, it is an exceptionally strong material that efficiently conducts electricity.

While working with graphene in his lab, Tour realized that bits of it could be designed to store a charge, the underlying basis of memory.

As he began testing graphene as a memory device, Tour found that it worked better than silicon-based flash memory in a number of respects: It leaked less current, it generated very little heat and it operated in temperatures from minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit to nearly 400 degrees.

Its circuitry can also be built at much smaller sizes — less than 10 nanometers compared with the current 34-nanometer circuitry of the smallest flash memory devices. And perhaps most importantly, graphene memory can be stacked in three dimensions rather than arrayed in two, allowing for considerably more memory to be crammed into a single chip.

Tour said his lab is working with industry to determine if graphene-based memory can be commercialized.

“There’s a long way to go, and it will take quite a bit of money to bring this technology along,” Tour said. “But it does have some advantages over today’s flash memory.”

An expert in the computer memory industry said it will be difficult to develop a graphene memory device, because flash memory and so many other chips are based on silicon.

“We just don’t understand these other materials nearly as well as silicon,” said Jim Handy, a semiconductor analyst with the Los Gatos, Calif.-based firm Objective Analysis.

Since silicon’s first use in electronics half a century ago, billions of dollars have been spent to research and develop silicon-based materials for computer applications, Handy said. That means companies are familiar and comfortable with working with silicon.

Tour says his graphene technology can be deposited on a silicon chip, which may allay some of industry’s concerns.

MUNICIPAL JUDGES ON EDGE ABOUT THE RESPONSE TO A DEATH THREAT!

IF SOMEONE MADE A THREAT AGAINST YOUR LIFE HOW SOON WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?

If someone threatened your life, how soon do you want to know?  Some Houston city judges say they’d like to know immediately.  But sources tell FOX 26 News that’s not what happened just last week at municipal court.  

A death threat was called in and an unknown person threatened to kill a Houston city judge.

Click here to see the full video story by FOX 26’s Isiah Carey.

One judge who didn’t want to be identified tells FOX 26 news most judges weren’t made aware of the incident until the end of the day. That judge says it put their lives in danger because the court’s administration failed to alert them right after the call.  

However, Bonita Tolbert with Municipal Court says judges were notified as soon as possible.  Tolbert says first the buildings security force was alerted, HPD was called out and the judges were told about the incident in person.  

City Councilman Ronald Green says it may be time to reassign Houston police officers to the court.  HPD was replaced last year by a private security force.  

Green says those security officers don’t carry guns and won’t likely be able to protect the judges.

KATIE COURIC’S SECRET WEAPON WAS SARAH PALIN!

THE CBS EVENING NEWS IS DOING BETTER!

After two years of relentlessly bad ratings news, Katie Couric finally has something she can smile about. The “CBS Evening News” anchor is still in third place. But the average of 7.4 million people who watched her newscast last week was better than any than any week since February 2007, five months after she moved over from NBC’s “Today” show. It makes four straight weeks where her audience was bigger than at the same point last year. Some experts suggest that Couric’s well-regarded interview of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during this fall’s campaign is encouraging more people to check out her newscast.

THE INSITE IS POWERLESS TODAY!

I LEFT MY STILL PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT AT HOME!

I saw a lot of things I could take pictures of and blog about today but because I left my camera and my memory card for my phone at home. I couldn’t take a single picture today. I feel powerless and victimized. There was this cool shot of a woman being arrested at Randall’s for shoplifting. I missed it. There was this mini-billboard of Michael Berry on the back of a taxi cab and I missed it. I wanted to write how he was blowing nothing but exhaust. There was also a pretty good scene at Municipal court but because I left my camera behind I was powerless. Remind me never to forget it again!