Monthly Archives: May 2011

U OF H PROFESSOR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGEDLY GIVING STUDENTS MARIJUANA!

The university released this statement in response to the allegations:

Students in the program take up to six credit hours of African American Studies courses that include lectures at the University of Ghana at Legon, University of Cape Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. This is part of our ongoing mission to embrace knowledge of African life on the continent and throughout the Diaspora.

Borrowing critical insights from scholar-activists such as Marcus Garvey and Zora N. Hurston, AAS views international travel as an imperative tool for examining the African experience from a systemic perspective. As such, student participation in the study abroad program provides a key measure of the programs strength in introducing students to advanced research opportunities and original sources within the discipline. In addition to conducting field research and oral histories, student participants in the study abroad program receive instruction and gain awareness of the everyday concerns and political economy of ordinary Ghanaian citizens.
To ensure the safety and welfare of these student participants, and of all students involved in university-sponsored events, the university has in place strong policies regarding drug use, sexual harassment and Title IX.

One of the students in the program has come forward with allegations of improper conduct regarding the Ghana trip in 2010. We are actively and aggressively investigating these allegations. The university takes these kinds of allegations very seriously, as the safety and welfare of our students always is our primary concern. We have begun interviewing everyone involved to determine the facts.
Because of the concerns that have been raised, we will be assigning a different chaperone to accompany the students on this years trip.
We will have no further comment while the investigation is ongoing.

FINALLY GOT AN AIR DATE FOR THE COMEDY CENTRAL EPISODE I’M IN!

Hey Guys,

I just received an email from the producers of the Comedy Central show Tosh.0 and I’ve been told the episode I will appear on is next Tuesday.


That would be June 7th at 9:00 pm on Comedy Central. 


So, with that in mind I would suggest you record Tosh.0 and tune into FOX 26 news at 9pm first. That’s my bread and butter. 


But make sure you check out the episode next Tuesday. 


I’m also told by the producers they will tease the episode I appear in during tonight’s broadcast. 


Oh, and wish me luck. The episode was shot back in March in Los Angeles!

The Insite aka Isiah Carey 

THE BATTERY THAT KEEPS YOUR EVO RUNNING ALL DAY FOR ONLY $8.00!

This shipped from Amazon and arrived at my home in like two days. If you have the HTC Evo and you need longer battery life, this is what you need!

HAS IT HAPPENED AGAIN IN NEW YORK? A MAID AND PROMINENT EUROPEAN IN A SEX SCANDAL!



ABC News: A prominent, 74-year-old Egyptian banker, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, was arrested at New York’s Pierre Hotel this morning in connection with an alleged sex assault Sunday on a 44-year-old room maid. The attack allegedly took place when the woman delivered tissues he requested to his room.

The incident recalled allegations against another international finance official at a New York City hotel earlier this month. On May 14, a maid at the Sofitel Hotel claimed, former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan hotel suite. Strauss-Kahn is under house arrest in New York as his case proceeds.

Omar was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and harassment.
Sources said that the executive was clad in pajamas when he answered the door to let the maid in. He then allegedly groped her breasts and tried to kiss her before she fled.

Sources gave ABC this account:

When the maid arrived, he asked her to leave the tissues on a table inside his room. Once she was in the room, he allegedly closed the door and locked it.

Then, he allegedly grabbed her, kissed her, and fondled her breasts and buttocks. She fought him off and, according to sources, she told him she wasn’t there for that. He then grabbed her again. This time, sources say, he rubbed up against her and she again resisted him. He then asked for her phone number. She gave him a false number, and he let her out of the room.

“Experienced NYPD detectives found the complainant to be credible,” said New York Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne.

Browne promised “further details” upon Omar’s arraignment, and additional comment when asked for more on the arrest or the alleged assault.

Omar now heads El-Mex Salines Co., a solar salt producer in Egypt. He had been chairman of the Bank of Alexandria, sources said.

The Pierre, a luxury, 5-star hotel located at 5th Avenue and 61st Street adjacent to Central Park, released the following statement regarding the arrest: “The Pierre’s priority is the safety of our guests and staff. We take all complaints very seriously and investigate thoroughly. This incident has been formally reported to the New York Police Department and is under investigation. We will fully comply with the investigation as requested.”

NEW FACES IN THE RACE FOR THE CITY COUNCIL SEAT IN DISTRICT B!

Jerry Davis
Alvin Byrd

The race for the city council seat in district B is getting interesting.  It’s the post that will soon be vacated by term limited Jarvis Johnson.

So far the Insite has learned a member from Johnson’s staff and the brother of a popular Houston restaurant owner are running for the post.

First, Alvin Byrd.  He’s worked in Johnson’s office for years as the community liason.

If Johnson can’t make an event you’ll likely see Byrd there in his place.  The Fifth Ward resident is also out in the community addressing issues like joblessness and illegal dumping.

The second person in the race is Jerry Davis.  He happens to be the brother of Breakfast Klub owner and talk show host Marcus Davis.

Jerry tells the Insite, “the district needs to move in the right direction and I have the tools to collaborate with other council members.”

Davis is the operator a youth mentoring program in Houston in addition to his business experience.

I ran into both Davis and Byrd both pressing the flesh with the community at the North Forest ISD Teacher of the Year ceremony last Friday.

District B is sure to be an interesting race!

WAY TO GO CHRIS PENA – NETWORK BOUND!

Chris Pena
NBC News executive Chris Pena has really climbed the corporate ladder.  It was about 5 or so years ago when Pena was a talented member of the FOX 26 photography department.  But Pena saw the opportunity to pursue his true dream in management and seized the moment.  Now, it was recently announced he’s soon to be an executive with NBC News – that would be the network – booyaa!  Way to go Chris!
NBC Press Release:
Chris Pena (pictured left), who’s been overseeing daily news operations and special projects at WMAQ-Channel 5since 2008, is leaving the NBC-owned station to take on a new position with NBC News in New York.
Pena will continue as assistant news director here through the end of the May ratings sweeps before joining the network in early June. His new role with NBC News is expected to be announced soon.
Confirming Pena’s departure, Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, told staffers in a memo: “In his two-and-a-half years here, Chris has done a great job overseeing our day-to-day news operations. He has been instrumental in leading us through a number of technical and operational changes. He has overseen the growth of our content center. Chris has been my partner in crime, and I will particularly miss his wisdom and guidance.”
During his tenure at NBC 5, Pena was credited with leading a restructuring of news operations, with an emphasis on multi-platform distribution.
Pena, a graduate of the University of Houston, joined NBC 5 after serving as executive producer of NBC-owned WTVJ-TV in Miami and news director of NBC/Telemundo’s KTMD-TV.
His departure is the first major personnel move at the station here since Comcast Corp. completed its takeover of parent company NBC Universal in late January. More changes are expected to follow.
An opening for Pena’s position as assistant news director has been posted.

SEAN KINGSTON HOSPITALIZED AFTER ACCIDENT!

MIAMI (KTLA) — Rapper Sean Kingston is in a Miami area hospital Sunday night after crashing into a bridge while riding a watercraft, officials said.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. EST when Kingston drove his jet ski into a bridge connecting Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway.

Kingston and a female passenger were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Reports say he may be in critical condition.

The 21-year-old Miami-born singer gained fame in 2007 with his single “Beautiful Girls.”

Palm Island is a private residential neighborhood in Miami Beach only accessible by bridge.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

TMZ is reporting that alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

UPDATE: CHARGES FILED IN THE DEATH OF HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty H East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), is charged with intoxication manslaughter controlled substance in the 183rd State District Court. A photo of suspect Rodriguez (with injuries s Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Will, who was sworn in as a photo of Officer Will is attached to this news release. HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North through a police barricade blocking the freeway.

Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it co into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.

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ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER!

Charges are pending against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty Houston police officer at 101 North Loop East (North Interstate Highway 610 East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), faces charges of intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Will, who was sworn in as an officer in Sept. 2009, was assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North Loop near Yale when Rodriguez, driving a silver Volkswagon Bug, passed through a police barricade blocking the freeway. Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it could be stopped, the vehicle fatally struck Officer Will.

Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.

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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OF WOMAN!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman at 12909 Orleans about 11:10 p.m. on Thursday (May 26).

Jesus Gonzalez (H/m, DOB: 12-24-70) is charged with murder in the 177th State District Court for his role in the death of his wife, Alicia Saldana Gonzalez, 36, of the above address.  Mrs. Gonzalez suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A photo of suspect Jesus Gonzalez is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Senior Police Officer E.J. Castaneda and Officer J. Sosa reported:

The Gonzalezes were arguing over marital issues when Jesus Gonzalez pulled a knife and then stabbed Alicia Gonzalez multiple times.  Jesus Gonzalez was taken into custody at the scene without incident. 

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