Monthly Archives: June 2009

FRENCHY’S CHICKEN CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN BUSINESS!

The distinctive taste of Creole-seasoned Scott Locationcuisine first grabbed Houstonians by the taste buds in 1969 with the opening the original Frenchy’s Po-Boy on Scott Street (pictured right).Still wildly popular, this hometown favorite will celebrate 40 years of providing quality meals and Houston-community care with festivities at two locations on Friday, July 3, 2009.

GlennLock Foods, Ltd. (a subsidiary of 3131 Properties, Ltd.), the Frenchy’s exclusive licensee and owner of seven Frenchy’s restaurants will host a future-of-the-brandcelebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Frenchy’s Main Street Grille, 8110 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054(pictured below). Family friendly fun is central to the Main Street Grille celebration with live music by the “Young Fellas” brass second line jazz band, Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo cheerleaders, face painting, games, prizes and plenty of Frenchy’s cuisine.

Kirby DriveThe July 3 party continues with a legacy celebration at the original Frenchy’s, 6102 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.



Note: My hat is off to this company that has become a Houston staple. But I’m still a Chicken Shack fan. I’ve never been able to become a fan to Frenchy’s…I’m just saying!

116 GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED AND TAKEN OFF THE STREETS!

THEIR TATS SHOW WHICH SET THEY REPRESENT!

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents — working jointly with federal, state and local law enforcement officers — arrested 116 street gang members, gang associates, and immigration status violators following a five-day operation which ended Friday.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative called Operation Community Shield. As part of the initiative, ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs. The gang arrests occurred in the cities of Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas.

“ICE uses all of the available law enforcement tools to dismantle violent street gangs,” said Robert P. Rutt, special agent in charge of the Office of Investigations in Houston. “ICE’s Operation Community Shield is an excellent example of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together to keep our communities safe.”

The gang members taken into custody during the enforcement action are linked to at least 14 street gangs, including: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Surenos Trece, Aryan Brotherhood, Latin Kings, La Raza13, Black Disciples, Houstone, Tango Blast, Bloods and Crips to name a few. Three of those arrested possessed firearms at the time of their arrest, which included an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun.

Eighty of those arrested have gang affiliations; 60 are being charged with criminal violations; and 13 cases are being referred to the US Attorney’s Office for re-entry after deportation. The remaining individuals were arrested on administrative immigration violations and will be placed in deportation proceedings. They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.

Those arrested during the operation include:

· a 38-year-old member of the 18th Street gang with convictions for manufacturing controlled substances, unlawfully carrying a weapon, theft, forgery and receiving stolen property;

· a 31-year-old member of the Black Gangsta Disciples with convictions for possessing a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon;

· and a 27 year old, member of MS-13 with two convictions for vehicle burglary, theft, inhaling and ingesting a volatile chemical and possession of a controlled substance.

Other law enforcement agencies participating in the operation included the following: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); U.S. Marshals Service; Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC); Texas Department of Public Safety; Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Office; Harris County Sheriff’s Office; Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Nueces County Sheriff’s Office; Victoria County Sheriff’s Office; Conroe Police Department; Corpus Christi Police Department; Groves Police Department; Houston Police Department; Harris County Constable Precinct 3; Port Author Police Department; Port Neches Police Department; Victoria Police Department; and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.

Since Operation Community Shield began in February 2005, ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 13,000 gang members and gang associates linked to more than 900 different gangs. More than 150 of those arrested were gang leaders.

The National Gang Unit at ICE identifies violent street gangs and develops intelligence on their membership, associates, criminal activities and international movements to deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from criminal activities.

Through Operation Community Shield, the federal government uses its powerful immigration and customs authorities in a coordinated, national campaign against criminal street gangs in the United States. Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

To report suspicious activity, call ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423 or visit www.ice.gov.


A 30 MINUTE DELAY CALLING 911 FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!

HIS EXCUSE: IT WAS A FIRM BED!

It took Michael Jackson’s doctor a half-hour to call 911after finding MJ unconscious — this according to the doc’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff.

Chernoff explained this bizarre revelation by saying Dr. Conrad Murray didn’t immediately make the call from his cell phone because he didn’t know the exact address of Michael’s mansion. For the record, the house is just above Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills — one of the most famous streets in the country.

Chernoff said Murray eventually got someone in the house to make the call.

Murray has already taken heat for performing CPR on Jackson as he was lying on a bed. Chernoff’s excuse … it was a “firm bed.”

PETER BROWN SUPPORTERS WERE OFF THE CHAIN SATURDAY NIGHT!

MR. BROWN GOES WHERE THE VOTERS ARE!

I was given these pictures by City Hall photographer Anthony Morris. He wanted to show just how enthusiastic Mayoral Candidate Peter Brown supporters were at the Gay Pride parade Saturday night in Montrose. There were Peter Brown signs and stickers everywhere. Another candidate better look out. Morris snapped these photos at the event. He says Brown had some of the best and hyped up supporters at the event. The man himself was on one of the floats followed by several other Houston City Council Members. The event was highly attended and included other high profile candidates like Annise Parker and Mayor Bill White who’s next goal is the US Senate!

ROSS DRESS LIKE A MESS!

WHAT’S THE STORE LIKE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Is it just me or does the store Ross look like one big garage sale. Now, I’ll have to admit they always have a lot of cool electronics accessories for a cheap price. But when it comes to clothing that place is a hot mess in my humble opinion. At least the store in the Woodlands. When I looked around for clothes for the gym it looked like overpriced garage sale items. I don’t quite know where Ross gets its clothes but they should send them back. Have you ever been to this store and what was it like in your community. Maybe it’s just the Woodlands store!

THE LAST PICTURES OF MICHAEL JACKSON TAKEN TWO DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH!

THIS BLOWS THE FALSE REPORTS FROM ENGLISH TABLOIDS OUT OF THE WATER!



This puts to rest the wild and false allegations put out by British tabloids claiming Michael Jackson was in horrible condition physically when he died. The report called completely false by the Los Angeles Coroner claimed Jackson was bald with broken ribs and needle marks on his knees and elbows. These pictures of Jackson were taken two days before his death. He was rehearsing for the This Is It tour in England. The pictures show Jackson healthy as we know him. He’s always been thin but the rumors of 112 pounds are likely blown out of the water with these shots. Only believe the official news organizations and TMZ. I’ve got to give it to TMZ, they’ve been on top of this story and many others since they went into business!

LAWRENCE: I’M SORRY, I’M NOT PAYING $52 A MONTH FOR SOMETHING I DON’T USE!

THE BATTLE OVER THE COLOR COPIER AT CITY HALL!

When I called Houston City Council Member Toni Lawrence Monday afternoon she was lighthearted but passionate about an allegation leveled against her at City Hall. That allegation? The elected official is trying to get rid of one of the two color copiers at the governmental building.

Lawrence says she wants to set the record straight. She says she didn’t go searching for the cost cutting measure it came to her. Lawrence says the day after the city’s budget hearings last week she had a meeting with staffers from the Finance department. One of the issues she says came up – the two color copy machines provided for council members and their staff at the annex building. Lawrence says, “all I really wanted to do was get it down to one copier.” She described having two copiers on the floor less than ten feet apart as “useless.”
Lawrence apparently polled the staff and most wanted to keep the extra copy machine. Not Lawrence. She says the cost to use the printer comes out of each council members’ budget. The cost is about $52 a month. Lawrence says she told the Finance department she won’t be paying her $52 bucks any more. The 3rd term council member says the others will have to make it up out of their budgets.

Meanwhile, the news has made it to fellow Council Member Mike Sullivan. He blames Lawrence saying, “I appreciate her zest and zeal…but I’m not going to support a meaningless effort to save money.” Sullivan also says he finds it very interesting Lawrence is all of sudden trying to save money in her last months of her last year in office.
For now the two color copiers at City Hall will remain but who will pay that extra $52 a month is any one’s guess. Lawrence says she certainly won’t!

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO HOUSTON THIS WEEK!

GERALDO TACKLES THE TOUGH ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION!

The Greater Houston Partnership welcomes Geraldo Rivera as he takes on the controversial issue of immigration reform.

Rivera, an award-winning reporter, commentator, senior correspondent and host of Geraldo At Large on FOX News Channel and author of HisPanic: Why Americans fear Hispanics in the U.S., will address Partnership Members on public opinion drivers, impacts on America and the rational and irrational arguments surrounding this explosive and divisive topic.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, 18th District of Texas and Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration will deliver a special report addressing “Where is Congress on Immigration Reform?”

Houston – a 10-county region on the frontline of immigration – is the perfect setting for such a discussion. According to a 2006 study by the Partnership’s Vice President of Research, Patrick Jankowski:
Some 420,000 undocumented foreign nationals live in the Houston metropolitan area. This figure represents 8 percent of the area population, or one in every 12 to 13 residents.


The undocumented population includes approximately 117,600 children, 124,000 adult females and 178,000 adult males.
The regional economy includes approximately 250,000 unauthorized workers. That translates into 9.8 percent, or one in 10, of all Houston area workers.


Five industries account for the bulk of undocumented workers in Houston: construction, manufacturing, professional and business services, accommodation and food services, and other services.
Measured in output per worker, unauthorized workers’ contribution to the Houston MSA’s Gross Regional Product is estimated at $27.3 billion.

In April, Partnership President and CEO, Jeff Moseley joined former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and others in addressing immigration reform before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship.

Who: Greater Houston Partnership

What: Geraldo Rivera Takes on Immigration Reform: Many Angles, Many People, Many Views

When: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana
Houston, TX

SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A LOAD OFF!

MATT ROBINS DROPS BY THE INSITE AND HE SHOWS US HOW IT’S GETTING EASIER TO DO IT ALL!

I stumbled upon CW 39 multimedia reporter Matt Robins on Monday. He’s been with the news operation for 2 years. He’s spent most of his tenure there as a one man band carrying a big heavy camera. That means he does everything a photographer and reporter would do on a typical news report. But now his load may be a little lighter. Robins, who’s also in front of the camera, was carrying the new Sony XD Cam. It’s a lighter more manageable professional video camera. The average photographer lugs around a 20 to 30 pound monstrosity used in most of the Houston TV newsrooms. Robins says the smaller and lighter camera definitely has its benefits. He says when he’s out shooting in the field the camera maintains an excellent steady shot without the benefit of a tripod. He says the downside is the zooming capabilities. This smaller camera may just be the wave of the future. I noticed the same kind of technology being used at WAFB TV in Baton Rouge. Robins says at least three multimedia journalists will be using them at CW 39. I’m sure it’s a load off his shoulders. Hey Matt, thanks for dropping by the Insite!

More about the camera:

The PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX Camcorder is Sony’s exciting new addition to our XDCAM family of professional tapeless acquisition tools and our first offering in the XDCAM EX series of products. The PMW-EX1 utilizes Sony’s three newly designed 1/2-inch type “Exmor”™ CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 x 1080. Coupled with our newly developed signal processing LSI, the PMW-EX1 produces truly exceptional images in 1080p, 720p and 1080i HD. Using another new Sony innovation, the SxS Memory Card flash memory device, very high data transfer speeds are also made possible in order to enhance the High Defintion content creation workflow. Utilizing the MPEG-2 Long GOP CODEC to achieve a balance of quality and the required bit rate, the PMW-EX1 boasts a long recording time – approximately 140 minutes using two 16GB SxS Memory Cards. Additionally, the PMW-EX1 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion feature, or what is more commonly known as “over-cranking” and “under-cranking”, to enable users to create slow and fast motion special effects. The PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX Full High Defintion Camcorder represents a new level of high quality, value-added High Definition content creation professional tools. It will, once again, transform industry expectations of just how much quality can be achieved with an affordable HD camcorder.

Price: $7,790.00 U.S. List Price

THE FUNERAL OF OFFICER HENRY CANALES!

FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAY GOOD BYE TO A FALLEN BROTHER!






Hundreds of people poured into Grace Community church Monday morning in Houston. They were there to say good bye to a fallen Houston Police officer. Henry Canales was shot and killed last week during an undercover investigation. Police officers from around the region attended the public funeral services. Canales was described as a devoted family man who was quiet but known as a practical joker. Those who worked with the undercover cop said he was a lover of cars and was activiley involved in the Beat the Heat drag racing program. BTHis designed to keep young people off the streets racing illegally. Many of those who spoke at the funeral literally broke down because of the loss they’ve suffered with the death of Canales. Lots of people attended the event including city council members, Mayor Bill White, and Canales‘ boss Chief Harold Hurtt. Canales is survived by his wifeAmor and his two children Stephanie and Henry Jr.

INSITE GARAGE SALE: THE NEXTEL BLACKBERRY CURVE COULD BE YOURS!

GIVE YOURSELF AN EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT!

I’ve had it less than a month but opted for another phone. This gently used Nextel with clean esn can be yours for the small amount of $200. Let the Insite know if you’re interested. Email me at isiahcarey@gmail.com!