Monthly Archives: June 2010

HURRICANE ALEX IS UPGRADED TO A CATEGORY 2!

THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT OR EARLY THURSDAY MORNING!


Hurricane Alex is hitting Port Isabel in south Texas today. Forecasters predict things will only get worse as the huge storm system moves closer to the Texas / Mexico border. The Insite is on the ground in Port Isabel with shorts covering all of your hurricane issues!

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTT GERTNER’S SKYBAR IS CLOSING!

IT’S THE END OF AN ERA IN HOUSTON!

After years of entertaining the community with one of the best live performances in the region Houston’s own Scott Gertner confirms he is closing one of the most popular venues – the SkyBar.
Gertner pulls no punches on the issue. He says the Montrose Blvd. nightclub is closing because the new owner of the building where his club is located is not making the needed repairs.
Gertner says, “they will likely close the building all together.”
He tells the Insite his last night in business will be this Saturday July 3rd. So, that makes it quite clear where we all need to be this weekend.
However, Gertner still has his sports bar which is located off of Richmond near the Galleria area.
Good bye Skybar – we will miss you!

FORMER PRO PLAYER ARRESTED IN HOUSTON!

DO YOU REMEMBER KEVIN WARE JUNIOR FROM 2003 & 2004?


A FORMER PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER FINDS HIMSELF BEHIND BARS FACING ESCAPE CHARGES.


POLICE SAY 29 YEAR OLD KEVIN WARE WAS ARRESTED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ON WASHINGTON AVENUE.

INVESTIGATORS SAY WARE WAS INTOXICATED AND WAS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WHEN HE TRIED TO ESCAPE FROM A HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER.

THE FORMER WASHINGTON RED SKINS AND SAN FRANCISCO 49’ERS PLAYER IS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ESCAPE.

COURT RECORDS SHOW WARE IS STILL IN THE HARRIS COUNTY JAIL.

ALEX COULD BE HEADING FOR THE TEXAS / MEXICO COAST!

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR ANOTHER ONE?

Tropical Storm Alex is gaining strength and a hurricane watch has been issued for the coasts of south Texas and northeastern Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alex is expected to become a hurricane Tuesday. It’s center is on a track from Yucatan headed for the Texas-Mexico border and away from the oil spill area off Louisiana.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Forecasters say maximum sustained winds Monday morning were near 60 mph (95 kph).

Tropical storm force winds extend up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the storm’s center. It is moving north-northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).

More on Tropical Storm Alex from MyFox Hurricane .

WHY WON’T CNN OR THE OTHER CABLE CHANNELS HIRE ANY QUALIFIED BLACKS FOR PRIME TIME SPOTS?

A NOTE FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS!

Dear Cable News Executives:

It is 2010, but the National Association of Black Journalists sees our cable news networks moving backward when it comes to who they believe is worthy of anchoring prime time news shows.

NABJ was founded in 1975 to encourage news media companies to hire and to promote more Black journalists. At that time, black journalists originally hired to cover riots during the turbulent 1960s found they were not being assigned to meaningful beats or were only allowed to cover “Black” stories.

NABJ’s advocacy for fair hiring practices paid off. Many of our founders, including columnists Les Payne in New York and DeWayne Wickham in Washington, D.C., and anchor Maureen Bunyan in Washington, D.C. remain prominent figures in the media.

NABJ continues this advocacy today. To be candid, we have been focusing our talks with media executives on ways they can increase the diversity of their news management teams. It is our belief that a diverse management team improves coverage decisions and hiring practices. It seems, though, that the companies have taken that to mean that we don’t care about who is on the air. We’re watching, and we do.

Over the past several years, NABJ Executive Board members have met with leaders of the top media companies. Our message: “Let us help if you are looking for diverse talent.”

Some of the companies have reached out, but the names we have submitted never seem to be called in for interviews.

Three years ago, Ebony magazine’s Kevin Chappell noted, “While CNN has the most Black news anchors with eight, the other cable networks don’t fair as well… and none of the national cable stations has any Blacks in prime-time slots.”
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Nothing has changed. NABJ questions CNN’s decision to hire former New York governor/attorney general Eliot Spitzer to co-host a new show in Campbell Brown’s old time slot. The company missed another opportunity to place a person of color in prime time. It just seems that cable news can never find diverse candidates who are good enough to meet their standards. We want to know your standards.

Are you telling us that CNN could find no one better than an ex-politician who quit being New York governor after consorting with prostitutes to grace America’s living rooms each night?

CNN does have Tony Harris anchoring in the morning, and Fredericka Whitfield, T.J. Holmes, and Don Lemon on the weekends. But that’s not prime time. The same can be said about MSNBC which last week named veteran Lawrence O’Donnell as the anchor of its new 10 p.m. show.

“In his story, Chappell talked with NABJ Member and CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell who summed up what many of us have witnessed over the years. Mitchell told Ebony “I’ve been to journalism conferences over and over again, and heard some executive say ‘I’d like to hire more African-Americans, but I just can’t find any qualified ones out there.’ That was b.s. then, and that’s b.s. now.”

NABJ couldn’t agree more.

Sincerely,

The National Association of Black Journalists

DEALS OF THE WEEK AND THE STORE I LOVE AND HATE!

ELECTRONICS GEEKS SPECIALS!

Weekend specials at Fry’s for all of you electronic geeks. Just be prepared to show your receipt when you walk out the door!

HISD IS HIRING TUTORS FOR THE APOLLO 20 PROGRAM!

A WAY TO HELP IN THE COMMUNITY AND EARN SOME EXTRA MONEY!

From HISD: We are hiring 270 tutors for the Apollo 20 schools. Here’s more info ( link below). Those who get the job will be part of the “high dosage tutoring” at these nine schools. We want to have one tutor for every two students who are below grade level. This IS NOT part of the Saturday tutoring we have mentioned. We ARE NOT starting Saturday tutoring as part of APOLLO 20 this fall. It will likely be added later. THESE 270 tutors will be doing this tutoring during the school day. The schools have an extended school day and an extended school year.


http://media.houstonisd.org/apollo20/

THE MAN WHO HELPED DEVELOP LEXUS SUPERCAR DIES WHILE TESTING THE VEHICLE!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

According to reports, Toyota‘s chief test driver, 67-year-old Hiromu Naruse, has died in a crash on highway 410 near the famed Nürburgring race track in Germany. He was driving the recently spied Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition at the time of the accident, and reports say he veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with two others test drivers in a BMW. The two BMW test drivers survived the crash, though one is reportedly still in critical condition. German video of the crash scene after the accident took place can be viewed below. Police are investigating the crash and have yet to determine its cause. Naruse was heavily involved with the development of the Lexus LFA supercar he was driving, along with many other past sports cars from Toyota’s history since he joined the company in 1963. Enthusiasts today call him the “Godfather of the LFA,” though he was involved in the development of sports cars for Toyota going as far back as the storied 2000GT from the late 1960s. The prototype of a special edition version of the LFA that he was driving when the accident occurred was reportedly worth 1.5 million euro.