Monthly Archives: September 2012

THE STRIP CLUB SWEEP IN HARRIS COUNTY!

Vice squad members at the Harris County Sheriff’s office were very busy this week in a round up.
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I counted around a dozen people arrested at the local adult nightclubs Babe’s and Onyx.
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Court and arrest records show women were arrested at Babe’s on charges of sexual oriented enterprise.
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Which means they were running an operation the county considers a sexually oriented business without the proper permit.
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Investigators also arrested two young women who worked at the adult nightclub Onyx as well.
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One of the two people arrested was also charged with prostitution.
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Investigators did not make it clear if the alleged offense took place at the Onyx.
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The Factor will continue to follow this effort!
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UPDATE:

Press Release: On Thursday, September 27, 2012, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Vice Unit executed a search warrant on the business known as Babes located at 10610 West FM 1960 in northwest Harris County, resulting in several arrests.

The raid was in response to numerous complaints and information that the club was operating as a Sexually Oriented Business (SOB) without a permit as required by Harris County S.O.B. Regulations.

Ten suspects were arrested, including the club’s manager and several employees.

This is the second time this year the HCSO has targeted this club for similar violations.

The following charges were filed as a result of this investigation. Photos are attached:

1. Name: ZEITLER, SARAH JEAN D.O.B. 10/17/80 Charge #1 SOB Violation – Operating as a Class II Enterprise without a permit

2. Name: APPLEWHITE, MARIAH LYNN D.O.B. 03/03/93 Charge #1 SOB Violation – Operating as a Class II Enterprise without a permit

3. Name: JOHNSON, TONY D.O.B. 03/12/87 Charge #1 POSS MARIJ 0-2 OZ

4. Name: CUERO, JEIHKA ANGELICA D.O.B. 12/30/92 Charge #1 SOB Violation – Operating as a Class II Enterprise without a permit

5. Name: STAVER, CHARLES LEO D.O.B. 03/17/76 Charge #1 SOB Violation – Operating as a Class II Enterprise without a permit

6. Name: BARLEY, CHRISTOPHER ALA D.O.B. 07/29/86 Charge #1 POSS CS PG 1 <1G 7. Name: MAXWELL, HARLEY, Danielle D.O.B. 12/17/93 Charge #1 POSS MARIJ 0-2 OZ - Misdemeanor Charge #2 POSS CS PG 2 <1GRAM – Felony 8. Name: GINGERICH, MONIQUE D.O.B. 01/14/91 Charge #1 SOB Violation – Operating as a Class II Enterprise without a permit 9. Name: TRINIDAD, EDGAR I D.O.B. 04/28/86 Charge #1 POSS MARIJ 0-2 OZ 10. Name: DUHON, TYLER JOHN JR D.O.B. 11/07/82 Charge #1 Unlawful Carry of a Weapon

FORMER HOUSTON RADIO PERSONALITY AND THRIVING CANCER SURVIVOR CRISCO KIDD URGING YOU TO HELP FIGHT CANCER!

Press Release: Cancer remains the number one disease-related cause of childhood death. Each year, over 160,000 children are diagnosed and approximately 25% will not survive. This fall, FHI Heat, known for its Limited Edition irons will launch its Special Edition Childhood Cancer Awareness flat iron to raise funds for research and family support. The world-renowned company also teamed up with SoCal’s Q104.7’s and PowerHits281.com Radio’s own DJ Crisco Kidd to host his third Hair-Drive.

Inspired by an episode on Oprah, Crisco pledged to grow his own hair and in 2004; he hosted his first hair drive. The prominent deejay never imagined cancer would affect him personally. The same weekend he donated over 500” of hair, including 19” of his own; doctors diagnosed him with Stage 2 testicular cancer. Crisco fought a tough battle, but on December 27, 2004; he became a Survivor and eight years later he remains cancer-free!

FHI Heat was deeply touched by his story that it prompted the company to collaborate with Crisco on a National level, and urge people across the U.S. to donate their hair during the months of September and October.

FHI Heat, Q104.7’s and PowerHits281 Radio’s own DJ Crisco Kidd will host a hair drive on October 13th cutting donors’ hair, including 11” of his own. The goal is to collect record-breaking amounts of hair and donate it to support children nationwide who have lost their hair due to cancer. Awareness is usually the first step, but we would like to encourage everyone to take it a step further and help us make a difference in a child’s life by participating in this hair-drive.

Crisco Kidd and PowerHits281 Radio ask the Houston area residents to participate by mailing in your cut hair by October 11th. The hair donated must be clean, non-bleached or chemically altered, at least 10″ from top to bottom of ponytail or braid, placed inside a Ziploc bag and mailed to:

FHI Heat, Inc. FOR PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT:

Child Cancer Awareness Hair Drive Jessica Marie Gutierrez
c/o Jessica Marie Gutierrez jessica.g@gfhiheat.com
15303 Ventura Blvd, Ste 1460
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
1.877.344.4328

TSU’S BAND THE OCEAN OF SOUL SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY!

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The Factor has learned school officials at Texas Southern University have suspended the marching band.

This comes after the school received a complaint about hazing in the horn section.

School officials say they won’t tolerate any hazing on campus and the entire band is being suspended until they get to the bottom of the allegation.

As a result of the ongoing police probe TSU’s band will not perform in tonight’s game against Sam Houston.

More details are coming!

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HISD GETS BIG GRANT TO RETAIN GOOD TEACHERS!

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Press Release: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded HISD $7.7 million to attract, reward, and retain strong math and science teachers.

The Houston Independent School District is among just 35 school systems nationally that received the grants, which were announced Thursday. HISD’s grant is specifically for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. More than 120 school districts applied for the grants.

“Nothing we can do has more impact on our goal of providing every child with an academically rigorous education than placing effective teachers in every classroom,” said Superintendent Terry Grier. “These teachers deserve much more than we are able to pay them, and this grant will help us compete to keep the best talent in Houston ISD classrooms.”

All applicants submitted proposals that provide opportunities for teacher leadership and advancement, put in place district-wide evaluations based on multiple measures that include student growth, and improve decision-making through better evaluations, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

“Whether urban or rural, traditional or charter, successful schools are not possible without great teaching and leadership,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Our best teachers and principals are invaluable leaders in changing life outcomes for students. They are desperately needed in our struggling schools, and they deserve to be recognized, rewarded, and given the opportunity to have a greater influence on their colleagues, students, and in their communities.”

In addition to offering teachers financial incentives, HISD will also use the grant to give teachers the instructional materials they need to conduct authentic problem-based learning STEM projects, develop and deliver specialized training for teachers through partners such as Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, and to hire additional math and science coaches to support teachers at participating schools.

The grant will benefit 25 HISD schools, mostly elementary schools, with large populations of students from low-income families. The schools were also chosen because their students have struggled to meet state minimum academic standards in science and math.

DUJUAN MCCOY

Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell television stations KIDY-TV, San Angelo; KXVA-TV, KIDZ-CD, Abilene; KIDU-CD, Brownwood; KIDB-LD, Sweetwater; KIDV-CD, Albany; and KIDT-CD, Stamford, all in Texas, to London Broadcasting Company, Inc. of Dallas, TX.

Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC, is a Houston-based company owned and operated by DuJuan McCoy, President and CEO. Mr. McCoy acquired the stations in 2008 while he was still a participant in the National Association of Broadcasters-Broadcast Leadership Program (BLT) a 10 month Executive MBA style program for aspiring owners. Mr. McCoy has also been appointed to the National Association of Broadcasters-Television Board of Directors, and is an Associate Dean of the National Association of Broadcasters-Broadcast Leadership Training Program based in Washington, DC.

Mr. McCoy said, “Every employee has done a terrific job growing these properties during very difficult economic times. I appreciate very much the effort they put forth. They are some of the best people I have ever had an opportunity to work with. I am pleased to pass ownership to a quality Texas-based broadcaster like London Broadcasting giving the stations an opportunity to continue to improve with a larger operator. While it was a difficult decision to sell these stations, I intend to pursue other opportunities in the broadcasting industry.”

The Buyer, London Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a Dallas-based company headed by Terry London. With this agreement, London Broadcasting will operate a total of 22 channels in the State of Texas including affiliates of NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, MeTV, CW, MyTV and MundoFox in Dallas-Fort Worth (DMA #5), Waco-Killeen-Temple-Bryan-College Station (DMA #94), Tyler-Longview (DMA #110), Corpus Christi (DMA #129), Beaumont-Port Arthur (DMA #141), Abilene (DMA #164) and San Angelo (DMA # 197).

Terry E. London, President of London Broadcasting, commented: “We are extremely honored to have the opportunity to acquire these stations from DuJuan McCoy. He has done an outstanding job of improving the operations since his acquisition of the stations in 2008. We are committed to continue to serve the viewers of Abilene and San Angelo faithfully and honestly by delivering information and entertainment that meets the needs of the local communities.

With this acquisition, London Broadcasting will serve 7 of the 19 television markets of Texas reaching 40% of the state population. We are a Texas-based broadcaster focused only on the State of Texas. We like to say we are “Texas Born…Texas Proud…We Are Texas.”

The transaction is subject to FCC approval and is expected to close prior to the end of the year.

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Update: Krispy Kreme bus @ Memorial Park – Oct. 17th – 7 am – 9 am

Krispy Kreme @ HISD Headquarters – Oct. 17th 10 am – 12 pm

 

Our campaign on the #IsiahFactor has paid off.

Krispy Kreme has agreed to bring their tour bus here on Oct. 17th.

That  happens to be my birthday and the beloved donut company is celebrating its 75th birthday.

Here’s the clincher – they will be handing out free donuts from the Krispy Kreme cruiser.

Final location coming in a matter of days.

I’m still finalizing the centralized Houston location site…

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So, get your stretch pants starched because the KK bus is coming!

 

First stop: Memorial Park from 7 am to 9 am!

Second Stop: HISD Headquarters (10 am)

 

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It was back in August when we showed you the plight of the congregation at St. John Baptist Church in Fort Bend County.

Members of the holy house established in 1869 say they can’t afford to renovate their sanctuary which was gutted by fire in 2006.

They say a sales agreement signed by their founding members (freed slaves) doesn’t allow them to miss a single Sunday or the church land could go back to the original owners.

As a result members of the small group have not missed a single Sunday of worship despite the disrepair of their building.

Since their report aired on Fox 26 several individuals and groups have tried to help the congregation raise money.

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The latest to help out several metal detecting clubs in our area.

The group held an event on the church’s property where participants went on a hunt for metal objects in an effort to raise money to rebuild St. John.


Dominic Hurst with the group writes:

The local metal detecting clubs do this as a part of our commitment to community service and to promote our hobby in a good light. We are dedicated to preserving history that would be lost if not for this hobby. The clubs contain many members that are history buffs, and doing the research on the place/area is the fun of the entire process. Then to be able to preserve a piece of that history makes it so much better. When I saw the story on the Isiah Factor I brought the idea to my club president to see if the area clubs would be interested in staging a club hunt to assist the church in its fund raising. There was a large response to put this hunt together, and members were given the option to vote on the per person amounts of $5, $10, $15, & $20. The overwhelming response was for $20/person to provide a church in need with the most money possible and draw the members to the hunt. We were glad to be able to do this for the church and thank you for bringing this story to our attention. All the local area clubs participated along with our members from our online forum. It was a great day to get together and we had a great time. Although due to fill dirt being spread on the property during the subdivision development our finds were not great we were able to raise $580 for St. John’s. The local clubs involved were: M.C.A.R.C. – Montgomery County Artifacts Recovery Club http://www.mcarc-tx.com/ T.A.R.C. – Tomball Archelogical Recoveery Club http://www.tomballmdclub.com/ H.A.R.C. – Houston Archelogical Recovery Club Galveston island treasure club Treasure Hunters Association of Pasadena Along with members of www.coinshootingonline.com http://www.lostmystuff.net/

THE NFL REACHES A DEAL WITH REFEREES!

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LA Times: The deal is done: The regular NFL officials are coming back, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

The NBC-owned webiste cites Jim Daopoulos, a longtime NFL official and supervisor of officials who joined NBC as an analyst this season, as saying the league and the NFL Referees’ Assn. have signed a new deal.

The report says a crew is being assembled to work Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Brownsand Baltimore Ravens and on Friday the regular officials will travel to Dallas to retrieve their equipment and receive their game assignments for Sunday and Monday.

The same crews as last season will be working together this season.According to a report, the pension issue was resolved with the existing defined-benefit plan remaining in place for five years until the officials are rolled over into a 401(k) plan.Ending a lockout that lasted nearly four months — and three weeks of pins-and-needles tension with replacements — the NFL on Wednesday night reached a labor agreement with its officials, presumably in time for the regular crews to work this weekend’s games.

The crisis reached a flashpoint Monday night, when the Green Bay Packers were denied a victory against the Seahawks in Seattle on the basis of a wrong call on a Hail Mary pass.

That turned up the heat on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners to find a solution that largely concerned whether the officials could maintain their defined-benefit pension plans.

During the first three weeks of the regular season, the league came under heavy criticism from fans, players, and even normally friendly broadcast partners.

“I hope it happens soon,” St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said Wednesday. “I just don’t think it’s fair to the fans, I don’t think it’s fair to us as players to go out there and have to deal with that week in and week out.”

The replacement officials were mostly culled from the small college, junior college and high school ranks.

Unlike when replacements were used for Week 1 of the regular season in 2001, major college officials watched this labor fight from the sidelines, in support of their NFL officiating brethren.

HOPE AND A BED FOR HOMELESS VETS IN THE HOUSTON AREA!

PRESS RELEASE: The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week the award of $1,176,242 in grant money to Asset Building Network, Inc. of Houston, one of 38 projects around the country that will provide temporary housing to formerly homeless Veterans with the goal that they will retain the residence as their own.

“We are committed to ending Veteran homelessness in America,” said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E. Medical Center director. “This grant will help the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and our community partners reach out and assist at-risk Veterans.”

The grant to Asset Building Network, Inc. will be used to provide a daily average of 25 beds for homeless Veterans to promote increased housing stabilization. Housing will be provided at 12211 Fondren Road, Houston, TX.

The grants were awarded through a special program that gives Veterans the opportunity to take over payment of a lease instead of moving out after leaving certain VA programs, such as substance use counseling, mental health services, or job training. Usually, VA programs require Veterans living in transitional housing to move out after 24 months.

Called the “Transition in Place” model, it helps close the gaps in available housing for the nation’s most vulnerable homeless Veterans, including women Veterans with children and Veterans with substance use and mental health problems.

“Securing permanent housing is a vital step in the journey of our homeless Veterans,” said Laura Marsh, M.D., Mental Health Care Line executive. “This is the last piece of the puzzle.  It is crucial for them in continuing to lead independent lives.”

Under the program, funds go to community-based programs that provide homeless Veterans with support services and housing. VA’s focus is creating and strengthening community services around the country so that homeless Veterans get the support they need.

“Our focus is creating a team of community support — pairing a variety of services, such as mental health support, employment assistance, and job training — with the essential component of housing,” said Luis Paulino, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program director.

Less than 15 percent of all homeless adults in the United States are Veterans.  VA’s efforts have contributed to a significant reduction in the numbers of homeless Veterans. Although many homeless Veterans served in combat and suffer from PTSD; at this time, epidemiologic studies do not suggest that there is a causal connection between military service, service in Vietnam, or exposure to combat and homelessness among Veterans.  Family background, access to support from family and friends, and various personal characteristics, rather than military service seem to be the stronger indicators of risk of homelessness.

VA is the only federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless Veterans.  VA’s major homeless programs constitute the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country, offering a wide array of services to help Veterans recover from homelessness and live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.

If you know a Veteran who needs assistance, please call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838) or the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program at 713-794-7848. More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at http://www.houston.va.gov/Homeless_Programs.asp.

WILL THE CALORIE COUNT MENU CHANGE HOW YOU ORDER AT MCDONALD’S?

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I was at the drive thru of the McDonald’s and was impressed to see the calorie count on all of my favorite fast foods.  But as I looked closer the experience became frightening.  500 calories for an order of large french fries As I continued to survey the menu it just got scarier and scarier.  Some of the combos hovered just under 1400 calories.  After looking at the count and down at my stomach I told the attendant thanks but no thanks.  I then drove home and grilled a chicken breast.  Do you think this new calorie count menu will help or hurt McDonald’s and all restaurants who could soon post them under a federal mandate?

Here’s an Associate Press report on the issue when the menus were first unveiled:

McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year.

“We want to voluntarily do this,” said Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA. “We believe it will help educate customers.”

In cities such as New York and Philadelphia where posting calorie information is already required, however, Fields notes that the information has not changed what customers choose to order.

“When it’s all said and done, the menu mix doesn’t change,” she said. “But I do think people feel better knowing this information.”

The decision to post calorie information follows the Supreme Court’s decision this summer to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which includes a regulation that would require restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calorie information. The timetable for carrying out that requirement is being worked out.

Corporate Accountability International, which has urged McDonald’s to stop marketing its food to children, notes that the chain has fought efforts to institute menu labeling in local jurisdictions in the past and said its latest move was “certainly not voluntary.”

Danya Proud, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s, says the company didn’t support local efforts to require menu labeling because it wanted a national standard.

The posting of calorie information isn’t a magic bullet in fighting obesity but could have a big effect over time, says Margo Wootan, director of nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates on nutrition and food safety issues.

“Obesity isn’t the kind of thing where one day you wake up and you’re fat. We gradually and slowly gain weight over time,” she said.

So even if only some people are swayed to make slightly better choices, Wootan thinks there’s a big benefit to providing calorie information.

Another upside is that companies tend to work harder to provide healthier options when they’re forced to display calorie information.

“It can be embarrassing, or shocking, so they end up changing the way the product is made,” Wootan said.

Joe Finn, a sales manager from Oconomowoc, Wis., said he was surprised at the calorie information posted at a hamburger restaurant when he flew out to California earlier this year for the Rose Bowl.

“All the calories were up there, and I thought, well, I’m not going to order that,” said Finn, 51, who’s trying to watch what he eats. He ended up picking the most basic burger, without cheese. Back at home, he tries to stick to options where he knows the calorie information, such as Subway sandwiches.

“Otherwise you could be ordering a gut bomb,” he said.

A representative for Burger King Worldwide Inc. said the chain is waiting for further guidance from regulators before updating its menus. Representatives for Taco Bell, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc., and The Wendy’s Co. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., also posts calorie information in Australia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company did not say whether it planned to expand its menu labeling to other countries.

Back in the U.S., the company is also testing healthier options for next year, such as an Egg McMuffin made with egg whites and a whole grain muffin. The sandwich has Canadian bacon and white cheddar cheese and clocks in at 260 calories. It will be called the Egg White Delight.

The chain is also testing versions of the McWrap, which is a bigger version of its chicken Snack Wrap that is already sold in Europe. The wraps have sliced cucumbers and range from 350 calories to 580 calories.

The moves reflect the pressures McDonald’s and other fast-food chains are facing amid growing concerns about obesity. McDonald’s is also facing competition from chains such as Subway, which positions itself as a healthy alternative to traditional hamburger chains.

McDonald’s notes that it has already made strides in improving the nutrition of its food, such as the automatic inclusion of apple slices in its Happy Meals.

Sara Deon of Corporate Accountability said such offerings amount to a “PR scheme designed to drive traffic to stores to sell burgers and fries.”

McDonald’s menu staples have also been blamed by critics for fueling obesity rates.

A meal consisting of a Big Mac and medium fries, for example, has 920 calories. Add a 16-ounce Coca-Cola, and the count rises to 1,140 calories.

McDonald’s, which has 14,000 locations in the U.S., doesn’t plan to advertise the posting of the calorie information. Fields said it’s something the chain is doing as a “customer convenience.”