Nissan Titan hit by falling concrete under highway 59
Take a look at this picture the Insite obtained Wednesday night. It’s a pick up truck owned by a hard working Houston Police officer. The Nissan Titan was slammed by pieces of concrete. That heavy material fell from under highway 59 at Rusk. It’s in an area where Houston police officers park their personal vehicles while working on duty out the substation located at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One HPD officer says they’re lucky no one was standing under the freeway when the concrete fell or they would be dead. I’m told the chunk that crashed into the truck is at least a foot long, 8 inches wide and who knows how heavy. It’s likely time for the state highway department to inspect and make repairs to 59 at Rusk. Be very careful out there guys because chunks of concrete are falling!
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When a resident of an apartment complex can walk straight through a hole in the gate to get inside, you know there are problems.At Crestmont Village, mold grows as thick as hair on ceilings in some units, and we couldn’t forget this: mushrooms growing in the apartment of Cynthia Lovett.”It’s getting worse; it’s not getting better at all,” Lovett said.Jerri Connerly has lived in the complex for five years.”How do they expect for me to pay a damn light bill plus rent on a fixed income? And I do just get 7-something a month, huh?”That’s the other problem dozens of residents in Crestmont Village face. They said they all moved in under the agreement: all utilities paid. Until one day, they were given an electric bill. It was from a company they’ve never heard of and with a disconnected number.”It’s just a piece of paper with your name, apartment number, and this is how much you should pay,” Connerly said.The City of Houston has sent multiple investigators to the apartment complex. City officials said the owner has been warned to make improvements. There’s just under a dozen violations and notices posted on Crestmont’s leasing office.But there’s no relief for residents like Demetria Jackson.”It’s really a lot of pressure under stress, but you have to deal with it; you have to live with,” Jackson said.She took us on a tour of her apartment. The ceiling, just like every other at Crestmont, was leaking. She keeps a stash of pots under her bathroom sink, ready for the overflow. She is even is willing to help fix the problems at the complex herself but the owner, who didn’t return our calls, hasn’t taken her up on that offer.Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams and her staff have been working with the residents to try and find a resolution.
Some many couples put themselves deep in debt with their nuptials. They’re left paying off their lavish weddings in some cases after the divorce. But I found a couple who’s getting a good affordable start in life. Last weekend a Houston area couple held their wedding in George Bush park. Not a lot of spending or frills just love. Way to go guys!
Essence Magazine’s editor-in-chief,Constance White, was forced to back pedal when one of her editors,Michael Bullerdick(pictured below), forgot that even a “private” Facebook page (pictured below) can still end up embarrassing you in public.
Bullerdick isn’t just a man with a few conservative viewpoints, he’s the kind of Republican who is so angry at Black people and civil rights, that he puts it all over his Facebook page. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bullerdick owns one of those “Don’t Re-nig” bumper stickers that are all the rage among Right Wing nut jobs.Bullerdick was busted after the website Journal-isms sent a screenshot of his page to the editor. On the page, Bullerdick attacked civil rights leader Al Sharpton as a “Race Pimp”; went after President Barack Obama as a radical; touted videos by the late Andrew Breitbart, who was responsible for getting former USDA official Shirley Sherrod fired; and attacking Attorney General Eric Holder. The commentary wasn’t just a matter of simple disagreement on policy, but was the kind of racial hatred that one would expect from the kind of Right Winger that even other Republicans might find embarrassing.Bullerdick is certainly not the kind of person who should be, in any way, responsible for the editorial content at what used to be a leading publication reflecting the views of Black women all across America. That would be like allowingJesse Jackson to become a producer for the “Rush Limbaugh Show” or putting ex-stripper Nene Leakes in charge of this year’s debutante ball. The fit is awkward, to say the least, and not one that the majority of Black women or — Black America for that matter — would ever approve.Let’s be clear: Bullerdick being White is not the issue, although one could argue that there are thousands of talented Black female journalists locked out of White organizations who would be quite qualified to speak to the Black female experience in America. What is most problematic is the fact that Bullerdick is a guy who identifies with the values and beliefs of those who work night and day to preserve our nation’s long-held commitment to racial inequality.The union between Bullerdick and Essence Magazine was the kind of awkward arranged marriage that leaves the bride sobbing in the dressing room when she realizes she has no choice. One can also easily argue that this man has absolutely no respect for Essence Magazine, its readers or what the magazine represents to the black community. By showering his Facebook page with borderline racist, inflammatory rhetoric, while taking a paycheck from Essence, Bullerdick is effectively saying, “I don’t care what any of you people think, and there’s really nothing you can do about it.”The lesson that we can learn from Essence is that financial tradeoffs always have consequences. One can’t blame Essence for pursuing a partnership with Time Warner, but as Black people, we can sometimes be so excited about the White man offering us money, that we forget that nothing is given away for free. In many cases, we view money as a source of liberation, when it actually becomes a path to deeper slavery. In fact, one of the greatest impediments to the advancement of Black people is our love and addiction to capitalist commodities that we do not control.The power that media has in controlling the thinking of Black men, women and children is not to be taken lightly, and the idea that someone like Bullerdick is being given direct access to our most-cherished institutions should be serious cause for alarm.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University.
There have been reports indicating young people are drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk. The concoction has alcohol in it and because so many teens are underage they’re turning to it as their alternate drink of choice. I was shocked when I heard about the national trend. But I actually found kids on Youtube drinking sanitizer. Doctors say it could be very dangerous and even cause death. I’m not sure why this young man is drinking it but it’s very disturbing. Take a shocking look!
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DONNA HAWKINS / HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY SPOKESPERSON
You’ve likely seen Donna Hawkins on television as the official spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney. But the lawyer by trade is more than just focused on legal issues.
Donna, when off the clock, likes to spend a lot of time with some children who have a very special place in her heart. Those children are her pets named Beaux and Little Max.
These weren’t fancy dogs bought from some pet store but animals Hawkins took in after they were rescued from some very horrific conditions.
Little Max and Big Beaux
Beaux, the largest of the two dogs, was rescued from the Corridor of Cruelty back in March of 2009. Max, the smaller dog, was welcomed into Donna’s family after being saved from a kill shelter only days before Beaux in 2009.
Even when Donna writes about her pets you can feel the joy and pride she has for the little ones she now calls her own. Donna says, “it’s so hard to believe someone would kill this cutie.” Cuties she now call her own children.
Way to go Donna because you’ve saved some very small precious lives!
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DUJUAN MCCOY / CEO OF BAYOU BROADCASTING
National Association of Broadcasters Television Board Chair Marci Burdick has appointed DuJuan McCoy to the NAB Television Board of Directors effective June 2012. McCoy will assume the seat of Madelyn Bonnot Griffin when she rotates off the board. She will continue as co-chair of the Small Market Television Advisory Committee.
McCoy is owner, president and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC, which owns and operates three full-power and four Class A television stations in Texas. He began his television career in 1989 as an account executive for WTTV in Indianapolis, IN, and has had stints working at Capitol Broadcasting, River City Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox Owned-and-Operated Television stations.
McCoy is a 2008 graduate of the NAB Broadcast Leadership Training Program, a 10-month executive MBA-style program that educates senior-level broadcast executives on the fundamentals of purchasing, owning and the successful operation of radio and television stations. McCoy was also selected to be an associate dean and teaching faculty member of the class since 2008 and has served on the NAB BLT program selection committee for three years. He is a member of the NAB Small Market Exchange Executive Committee.
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A Montgomery County resident learned the hard way why you shouldn’t allegedly drink and drive. Prosecutors say 25 year old Calli Dretke didn’t just hit a police car but she slammed into the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office BAT Van. You know the vehicle that checks the blood alcohol of people accused of drinking and driving. Investigators say Dretke also hit a patrol car near Research Forest around 2 am Sunday morning. She’s since been charged with intoxication assault of a peace officer and DWI!
Acura is now apologizing for running an ad seeking an African-American actor to play a car dealer who was “not too dark.”
The spot — which starred Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno and aired during the Super Bowl — was cast by an agency that sent out a casting sheet looking for a “nice looking, friendly, not too dark” African-American actor to play the role of dealer.
According to TMZ, Acura issued the following statement:
“We apologize to anyone offended by the language on the casting sheet used in the selection of actors for one of our commercials.”
The car company added, “We sought to cast an African-American in a prominent role in the commercial, and we made our selection based on the fact that he was the most talented actor.”
As for the language “not too dark,” Acura says, “The casting sheet was only now brought to our attention.
We are taking appropriate measures to ensure that such language is not used again in association with any work performed on behalf of our brand.”