Monthly Archives: June 2013

HOUSTON’S PRIDE PARADE WITH A FOCUS ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING!

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Thousands began showing up in the Montrose area before temperatures soared well above the 90’s early Saturday…but as expected it did not stop the party.

One woman said, “besides the heat it’s pretty fun everybody is just happy.  ”

One single issue brought all of these people together.  Some Houstonians others from out of town…all to express their pride.

Michelle Johnson says, “just awsome, plain awsome I love it.  ”

This year’s annual pride celebration comes with extra meaning, extra purpose after landmark decisions out of Washington D.C.

Troy Watson is from Houston. He says, “I thought this day would come and I’m glad it came sooner than later. ”

Watson is well aware of the significant action take by the US Supreme Court.  The body struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and refused to rule gay marriage was unconstitutional in  California.

Watson, who attended the pride parade with his daughter and partner, embraces the decisions.

“I think the supreme court decision is going to be good for everybody. It’s not about politics it’s not about games. It’s about love and being with someone you care about,” says Watson.

But for some in 2013 there’s still a lot of ground to make up for LGBT community around the country.

Then we ran across Bruno Lopez with about a half dozen other people.

He says, “I’ve never seen anything like this. This is not what the media shows on television.”

No pride parade goes without protesters. Lopez had a look of disgust on his face with his fellow protesters. Their signs said it all and delivered their message to a crowd that in some instances mocked them while others told Bruno and the gang to go home.

He says, “I came down here here because I want to see what it’s all about….how do I explain to my kids.”

The Houston police officers we were near didn’t report any significant problems despite thousands of people showing up for Houston’s Pride parade.

BABY BOY FOUND NEAR DUMPSTER IN HOUSTON!

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Harris County investigators are looking for the person who dumped a newborn just outside of a local apartment complex Saturday morning.

The baby, described as a white male, was found around 10 this morning at Park Center apartments in the 12000 block of Beamer.

Investigators say the child was found by a resident between a dumpster and fence line wrapped in a T-shirt.

The child is also described as healthy weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces.

Estella Oguin with CPS says there will be an emergency custody hearing Monday. 

But for now the abandoned baby boy will remain in the hospital under observation.

THE HOUSTON PRESS HOUSTON WEB AWARDS 2013!

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Isiah Carey on the cover of Houston Press June 2013

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“I know we go together when she gets this close to me in a picture that won’t even make InDmix.”

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KRIV TV FOX 26 Web Producer Marcus Sullivan

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Rita Garcia – FOX 26 Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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Isiah Carey and Alex Luster (Movie-man)

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Isiah Carey and Jenny Johnson (Comedian and Twitter Queen)

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I’d like to congratulate all of the big winners of the 2013 Houston Web Awards. It was  put on and hosted by the Houston Press. I would also like to thank Jeff Balke for writing a great article and fighting to get this local reporter from Baton Rouge on the cover. Dozens of people turned out Thursday night at the House of Dereon for the event that attracted dozens of people and winners. The winning categories varied from best food blog to best Twitter account. Here are some of the pictures I snapped at the event!

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AARON HERNANDEZ IN HOT WATER AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF EXECUTION STYLE MURDER!

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez drove his friend to a remote spot in an industrial park in the dead of night and — still fuming from a fight at a nightclub three nights earlier — “orchestrated his execution,” prosecutors alleged in a

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Massachusetts court Wednesday.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five firearms charges, including possessing a large-capacity firearm, more than a week after the body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found near his Massachusetts home.

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A judge ordered him held without bail.

Hernandez “drove the victim to the remote spot, and he then orchestrated his execution. That’s what it was,” First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said in Attleboro District Court.”

As (Lloyd) tried to turn, he was shot in the back, and the defendant and his confederates stood over him and delivered the two fatal shots,” McCauley said, adding: “He orchestrated the crime from the beginning and took steps to conceal and destroy evidence.”

Wearing a white V-neck shirt, red sports shorts and handcuffs, Hernandez showed no emotion as prosecutors laid out a bruising account of what allegedly happened the night Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was killed, citing what they say is surveillance camera footage, text messages and witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence.

Hernandez wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.Lloyd’s bullet-punctured body was found by a jogger June 17 in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. The death was ruled a homicide.

IWATCH TIP LEADS TO MAJOR DRUG BUST!

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A tip from an anonymous user of the iWatchHarrisCounty smart phone app led to the arrest Tuesday of two people in an investigation at a northwest Harris County house that was being used to stash illegal drugs and grow marijuana plants with hydroponics equipment.

 

Maurice O. Jackson, 34, listed as living at the residence, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

 

HCSO patrol officers and investigators followed up on the tip about numerous vehicles coming and going from the house at 7926 Glenn Cliff. One driver stopped after leaving the home and was arrested and charged with possessing marijuana. Another had drug paraphernalia.

 

After obtaining a warrant to search the home, deputies were preparing to enter it when Jackson tried to drive away. He was stopped and arrested.

 

Inside was a pound of processed marijuana, 13 marijuana plants and “grow lab” equipment.

 

“This is exactly one of the scenarios we envisioned when we launched the free crime-fighting app for smart phones. In non-emergency situations, the public should share its suspicions about illegal activity with us. We’ll take it from there,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. “You can send us tips in the form of e-mails, texts, photos and videos — and you can do it anonymously, using any language you choose.”

 

See something? Say something!

 

iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. 

 

For more information please visit www.iWatchHarrisCounty.com.

HISD SCHEDULES SUMMER SCHOOL FOR NORTH FOREST STUDENTS!

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The Houston Independent School District will offer summer school instruction for students in the North Forest community from July 8 through Aug. 1.

            HISD plans to send notification letters to the households of students who should attend summer school shortly after the state-ordered annexation of North Forest takes effect on July 1.  The summer school session is intended for students who need to retake portions of the STAAR exam, students who have not met grade-level promotion standards, high school students who need to retake STAAR end-of-course exams, high school students in need of course credit recovery, certain English language learners, and certain students receiving special education services.

            Summer school courses will be offered at the following schools in the North Forest community: Shadydale and Hilliard elementary schools, Forest
Brook Middle School, and North Forest High School. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            HISD will be accepting applications for certified educators interested in teaching summer school in the North Forest community beginning July 1. To apply, please visit www.houstonisd.org/careers.

A community meeting to discuss the impending annexation and proposed school attendance zone boundary changes in North Forest is scheduled for Thursday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Eden Event Center, 7540 N. Wayside.

THE LATEST RULING IN THE NORTH FOREST CASE!

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U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner today denied the North Forest Independent School District’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the merger with Houston ISD. 

NFISD Attorney Chris Tritico said “North Forest still has an action pending at the Texas Supreme Court and we hope the court will act and do the right thing for the children of North Forest.”

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Houston cardiologist Dr. Baxter Montgomery sent an open letter to embattled cooking show host Paula Deen.

He said in addition to her apologizing for for her racist slurs she take it a step further.
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Dr. Baxter in his note to Deen says she should ask for forgiveness for the unhealthy food recipes she brought into millions of homes in America.

I have attached the letter for you to read!

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THANKS HOUSTON PRESS!

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Thanks Houston Press: Isiah Carey FOX 26 Houston Social Media Personality of the Year (Twitter)

TEXAS REPUBLICANS REACHING OUT TO AFRICAN AMERICANS!

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Austin–“The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) and the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach (TFRO, the RPT’s statewide auxiliary for African American outreach, with a generous grant from the Republican National Committee (RNC), are excited to announce a comprehensive plan for defining the party within the African American community, rather than continuing to allow the Democrats to define us.  The effort includes hiring full time, year-round staff to organize an effort to aggressively recruit candidates for public office, to fill precinct chairs positions in majority minority precincts and to extend personal invitations to African American voters to meet African American Republican leaders and to become more involved in our primary and convention process. The staff will also coordinate efforts with an existing volunteer base to contact and recruit African American independent voters to affiliate with the GOP.,” said Steve Munisteri, RPT Chairman.Bill Calhoun, Chairman of Texas Federation for Republican Outreach, states: “Despite the fact that the Republican Party has elected more African Americans to statewide office in Texas than the Democrat Party which has elected none.  Yet, black voters still overwhelmingly vote for Democrat candidates. It’s time for that to change. We have a positive message and a record in Texas. Specifically, we’re going to talk to voters about 2 issues that hit closest to home: jobs and education.””Because a project of this size comes with expenses, and as the ‘cautious steward of our donors’ money, we asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus if the RNC could invest financial resources, as a part of the Growth and Opportunity Project, to help offset the cost of additional staff and project expenses. Chairman Priebus immediately recognized the value in the project and quickly committed his financial support,” RPT Chairman Munisteri went on to say.Chairman Munisteri went on to say “I am very excited to announce this project’s significant engagement with the African American community by the Republican Party .  It is long overdue. I am especially appreciative of the hard work that TFRO Chairman Bill Calhoun has put into this effort and of his long term commitment to the RPT. The RPT in turn is committed to an ongoing, sustained and effective effort to better communicate our principles to African American voters. I would also like to thank National Chairman Reince Priebus for his generous support and, more importantly, for his shared vision of the necessity of community engagement. The RPT looks forward to a continued relationship on community engagement with TFRO and the RNC.”                                  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus            RPT Chairman Steve MunisteriChairman Priebus stated, I’m excited to be working with the Texas Republican Party on this important initiative as we look to bring more Republican voters to our party. We need to strengthen relationships with more voters and it’s essential Republicans communicate our shared values with the African American community – values of equal opportunity and education, the importance of family and community ties.”  Rep. Stefani Carter    Rep. Scott Turner   Hon. Robin Armstrong   Rep. James WhiteRep. Stefani Carter: “The Republican Party just makes more sense for young African Americans these days. I understand that in the past, voting Democratic was just what the family did, but today things are different. We’re looking for economic opportunity. We’re looking to build businesses. We’re looking to raise families. And the Republican Party is the party that will help us succeed.”Rep. Scott Turner: “I am a Republican because I believe in opportunity, free enterprise, and strong family values such as traditional marriage and the sanctity of life. I favor an education system which ensures that every young Texan, regardless of where they live, can achieve their dreams. The Republican Party offers a home for those who still believe that with faith, hard work, and determination the American Dream is possible.”Robin Armstrong, M.D., RNC Texas National Committeeman, “The Republican Party has always been a philosophically conservative party with the moral authority to stand with African Americans from Emancipation all the way to Civil Rights. If we objectively look at the large urban neighborhoods in America, it is obvious that the Democrat Party has failed minority communities since the presidencies of Lyndon Baines Johnson to Barack Obama. It is exciting to see that Republicans recognize the value in carrying common sense conservative solutions to communities that have not been engaged. It will be even more exciting to see the results!”Rep. James White: “My vision for Texas is the full participation of all its citizens in the political process at the local, county, state and national level. In order for this vision to be realized, I believe Republicans across Texas must work together to promote conservative, common-sense values as the best way to live a quality life and to pursue the American Dream. I salute RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri and TFRO Chairman Bill Calhoun for forming a partnership and showing all of us the way forward.”

MAYORAL CANDIDATE BEN HALL ENDORSED BY HOUSTON FIRE FIRE FIGHTERS!

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The following statement was released today by Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA):

“The women and men of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association voted to support Ben Hall in the upcoming mayoral election. We believe Mr. Hall will better balance the needs of public and firefighter safety with fiscal responsibility. Mr. Hall believes in fair play and has the better vision to lead Houston into the future.

“The time has come to end Annise Parker’s three-year campaign against Houston firefighters. Aware of our top rating among city departments, we work hard to maintain the citizens’ trust, but the mayor’s antagonistic management style wastes city resources, damages our nationally recognized fire department’s reputation locally, and threatens to undermine the long-term financial security of firefighter families.

“Houston deserves a mayor who appreciates that Houston firefighters strive to deliver excellent service, be good stewards of city resources, and give back to the community. Ben Hall will be that mayor.”

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court uling about the Voting Rights Act:

“Although I respect the court’s decision that the Voting Rights Act still applies, I share the concerns of many who believe the uncertainty now surrounding its application could have a negative impact on the progress we’ve made since the end of Jim Crow.  Clearly, there is much more to do to ensure that the promise of America is available to all.

It is encouraging that the Court did not invalidate the power of our government to safeguard the right of every American to vote. But it will be a very heavy lift to unite majorities in our current Congress to pass a fair bill that provides adequate protections. I ask all Houstonians, and all Americans, to join me in urging Congress to act with all due speed.  In the meantime, the City remains committed to full compliance with the basic tenets of the Voting Rights Act.”