Monthly Archives: January 2014

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO WATCH TRIALS!

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The Harris County District Attorney has made it a whole lot easier for those who like to watch trials in person.

D.A. Devon Anderson has created a section on her Harris County website called trials to watch.

It provides the hotest cases that may be of interest to the public and members of the media.
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If you’re interested in following some of the defendants and the trials people are talking about follow the link below:

Trials to Watch in Harris County Link!

KTRK ABC 13’S TOM ABRAHAMS RELEASES HIS LATEST BOOK!

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Our good friend, channel 13 news anchor, and author Tom Abrahams has released his latest book.

It is another nail bitter you don’t want to miss.

Here’s a brief description of his work you can get beginning this Tuesday at the link below:

A sniper team takes aim at a gubernatorial candidate. A political aide is kidnapped and interrogated about the encrypted iPods he’s carried around the globe. A research scientist on the verge of an earth-shaking breakthrough disappears from his secretly funded university lab. All three are connected in a battle over something so small it takes a high-powered microscope to see it. As the pieces of a Texas-sized conspiracy collide, will the unwitting hero at the center of it succeed in saving his life and the Republic? Or will those trying to silence him prove too powerful in a world where there is no allegiance. 

HOW TO ORDER THE BOOK:
http://www.amazon.com/Allegiance-Tom-Abrahams-ebook/dp/B00I3NTRHS/ref=sr_1_2_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390951533&sr=1-2&keywords=Allegiance+abrahams

HOUSTON MAN CHARGED IN FATAL CRASH!

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal traffic accident at 10700 Rockley about 3:40 p.m. last Saturday (Jan. 25).

Osvaldo Chojolan Xicara (H/m, DOB: 11-2-79) is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the 208th State District Court.  A photo of suspect Xicara is attached to this news release.

The male victim, 37, of Houston, died at the scene.  His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. 

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant B. Rogers and Officer O. Sulaiman reported:

Xicara was driving a red GMC Sierra pickup truck westbound in the 10700 block of Rockley at Wilcrest when he failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a blue Nissan Maxima.  The Maxima was overturned and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Xicara was taken into custody at teh scene.  He was found to be intoxicated and was subsequently charged. 

LIST OF GRAMMY WINNERS 2014!

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The 56th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Here are some of the top winners:

Record of the year 
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — WINNER 
“Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons 
“Royals” — Lorde 
“Locked out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars 
“Blurred Lines” — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year 
“The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles 
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER 
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar 
“The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
“Red” — Taylor Swift 

Song of the year 
“Just Give Me a Reason” — P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Locked Out of Heaven” — Bruno Mars 
“Roar” — Katy Perry 
“Royals” — Lorde — WINNER 
“Same Love” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best new artist 
James Blake 
Kendrick Lamar 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER 
Kacey Musgraves 
Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance 
Sara Bareilles — “Brave” 
Lorde — “Royals” — WINNER 
Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man” 
Katy Perry — “Roar” 
Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”

Best pop duo/group performance 
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers — “Get Lucky” — WINNER 
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess — “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko — “Stay” 
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — “Blurred Lines” 
Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — “Suit & Tie”

Best pop instrumental album 
Herb Alpert — “Steppin’ Out” — WINNER 
Boney James — “The Beat” 
Earl Klugh — “Handpicked” 
Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot — “Summer Horns” 
Jeff Lorber Fusion — “Hacienda”

Best pop vocal album 
Lana Del Rey — “Paradise” 
Lorde — “Pure Heroine” 
Bruno Mars — “Unorthodox Jukebox” — WINNER 
Robin Thicke — “Blurred Lines” 
Justin Timberlake — “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience”

Best dance recording 
“Need U (100%)” — Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E & MNEK 
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch 
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade 
“The is What it Feels Like” — Armin Van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie 
“Clarity” — Zedd featuring Foxes — WINNER

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Best dance/electronica album 
“Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk — WINNER 
“Settle” — Disclosure 
“18 Months” — Calvin Harris 
“Atmosphere” — Kaskade 
“A Color Map of the Sun” — Pretty Lights

Best traditional pop vocal album 
“Viva Duets” — Tony Bennett and various artists 
“To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé — WINNER 
“The Standards” — Gloria Estefan 
“Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” — Cee Lo Green 
“Now” — Dionne Warwick

Best rock performance 
Alabama Shakes — “Always Alright” 
David Bowie — “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” 
Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive” — WINNER 
Led Zeppelin — “Kashmir” 
Queens of the Stone Age — “My God is the Sun” 
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’ ”

Best metal performances 
Anthrax — “T.N.T.” 
Black Sabbath — “God is Dead?” — WINNER 
Dream Theater — “The Enemy Inside” 
Killswitch Engage — “In Due Time” 
Volbeat featuring King Diamond — “Room 24”

Best rock song 
“Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round” — Gary Clark Jr. 
“Cut Me Some Slack” — Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear — WINNER 
“Doom and Gloom” — The Rolling Stones 
“God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath 
“Panic Station” — Muse

Best rock album 
Black Sabbath — “13” 
David Bowie — “The Next Day” 
Kings of Leon — “Mechanical Bull” 
Led Zeppelin — “Celebration Day” — WINNER 
Queens of the Stone Age — “… Like Clockwork” 
Neil Young with Crazy Horse — “Psychedelic Pill” 

Best alternative music album 
Neko Case — “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You” 
The National — “Trouble Will Find Me” 
Nine Inch Nails — “Hesitation Marks” 
Tame Impala — “Lonerism” 
Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” — WINNER

Best R&B performance 
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War” 
Anthony Hamilton — “Best of Me” 
Hiatus Kaiytoe featuring Q-Tip — “Nakamarra” 
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar — “How Many Drinks?” 
Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway — “Something” — WINNER

Best traditional R&B performance 
Gary Clark Jr. — “Please Come Home” — WINNER 
Fantasia — “Get It Right” 
Maysa — “Quiet Fire” 
Gregory Porter — “Hey Laura” 
Ryan Shaw — “Yesterday”

Best R&B song 
“Best of Me” — Anthony Hamilton 
“Love and War” — Tamar Braxton 
“Only One” — PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder 
“Pusher Love Girl” — Justin Timberlake — WINNER 
“Without Me” — Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott

Best urban contemporary album 
Tamar Braxton — “Love and War” 
Fantasia — “Side Effects of You” 
Salaam Remi — “One: In the Chamber” 
Rihanna — “Unapologetic” — WINNER 
Mack Wilds — “New York: A Love Story”

Best R&B album 
Faith Evans — “R&B Divas” 
Alicia Keys — “Girl on Fire” — WINNER 
John Legend — “Love in the Future” 
Chrisette Michele — “Better” 
TGT — “Three Kings”

Best rap performance 
Drake — “Started From the Bottom” 
Eminem — “Berserk” 
Jay Z — “Tom Ford” 
Kendrick Lamar — “Swimming Pools (Drank)” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz — “Thrift Shop” — WINNER

Best rap/sung collaboration 
J. Cole featuring Miguel — “Power Trip” 
Jay Z featuring Beyoncé — “Part II (On the Run)” 
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake — “Holy Grail” — WINNER 
Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige — “Now or Never” 
Wiz Khalifa featuring the Weeknd — “Remember You”

Best rap song 
“F***in’ Problems” — A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar 
“Holy Grail” — Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake 
“New Slaves” — Kanye West 
“Started From the Bottom” — Drake 
“Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — WINNER

Best rap album 
Drake — “Nothing Was the Same” 
Jay Z — “Magna Carta … Holy Grail” 
Kendrick Lamar — “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — “The Heist” — WINNER 
Kanye West — “Yeezus”

Best country solo performance 
Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck” 
Hunter Hayes — “I Want Crazy” 
Miranda Lambert — “Mama’s Broken Heart” 
Darius Rucker — “Wagon Wheel” — WINNER 
Blake Shelton — “Mine Would Be You”

Best country duo/group performance 
The Civil Wars — “From This Valley” — WINNER 
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill — “Don’t Rush” 
Little Big Town — “Your Side of the Bed” 
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban — “Highway Don’t Care” 
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton — “You Can’t Make Old Friends”

Best country song 
“Begin Again” — Taylor Swift 
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice 
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert 
“Merry Go ‘Round” — Kacey Musgraves — WINNER 
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best country album 
Jason Aldean — “Night Train” 
Tim McGraw — “Two Lanes of Freedom” 
Kacey Musgraves — “Same Trailer Different Park” — WINNER 
Blake Shelton — “Based on a True Story” 
Taylor Swift — “Red”

Best Latin pop album 
Frankie J — “Faith, Hope y Amor” 
Ricardo Montaner — “Viajero Frecuente” 
Draco Rosa — “Vida” — WINNER 
Aleks Syntek — “Syntek” 
Tommy Torres — “12 Historias”

Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album 
Café Tacvba — “El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco” 
El Tri — “Ojo Por Ojo” 
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas — “Chances” 
La Santa Cecilia — “Treinta Dias” — WINNER 
Los Amigos Invisibles — “Repeat After Me” 

Producer of the year, nonclassical 
Rob Cavallo 
Dr. Luke 
Ariel Rechtshaid 
Jeff Tweedy 
Pharrell Williams — WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media 
“Django Unchained” 
“The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition) 
“Les Miserables” (deluxe edition 
“Muscle Shoals” 
“Sound City: Real to Reel” — WINNER 

Best score soundtrack for visual media 
“Argo” 
“The Great Gatsby” 
“Life of Pi” 
“Lincoln” 
“Skyfall” — WINNER 
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best song written for visual media 
Coldplay — “Atlas” — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” 
Jessie J — “Silver Lining” — “Silver Linings Playbook” 
Adele — “Skyfall” — “Skyfall” — WINNER 
Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw — “We Both Know” — “Safe Haven” 
Lana Del Rey — “Young and Beautiful” — “The Great Gatsby” (deluxe edition) 
Regina Spektor — “You’ve Got Time” — “Orange is the New Black”

Best music video 
Captial Cities — “Safe and Sound” 
Jay Z — “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us” 
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z — “Suit & Tie” — WINNER 
Jack White — “I’m Shakin’”

Best music film 
Coldplay — “Live 2012” 
Green Day — “¡Cuatro!” 
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite — “I’m in I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!” 
Paul McCartney — “Live Kisses” — WINNER 
Mumford & Sons — “The Road to Red Rocks”

SOLAR POWERED PARKING METERS WE’RE FROZEN IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON!

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The city of Houston may have lost hundreds possibly thousands of dollars because of the weather and frozen parking meters.

The weather in our community was so cold Friday many visitors downtown found the electronic meters frozen.

Those who attempted to use the machine could not slide theie credit cards in or insert cash into the solar powered devices in parts of the city.

Many of the buttons were also stuck.

As a result the Parking department’s spokesperson Chris Newport says they relaxed enforcement in the downtown area.

HARRIS COUNTY DEFENSE ATTORNEYS TELLING THEIR CLIENTS DON’T STAND IN THE FREEZING RAIN THIS FRIDAY!

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For the last few months getting into the Harris County Criminal Courthouse in downtown Houston has been mission impossible in the mornings.

That’s why some members of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association will be out early Friday morning telling their clients there is an alternative.
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Those attorneys will provide defendants who are in the line with a letter and map telling them to take the tunnel system.

I have included a copy of the letter and map if you’re heading there Friday morning!
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WHAT A NEAT CATHOLIC CHURCH IN NORTH HOUSTON!

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I just had to stop after seeing this architectural wonder.

It is Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church on Old Foltin Road.

It is a church under the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston.

Cool building huh?

NFL PLAYER RICHARD SHERMAN SAYS ‘THUG’ IS THE NEW N-WORD!

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From Maynard Institute: “Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman held a press conference Wednesday in which he addressed the backlash to his fiery post-game rant this week and the fact that so many people called him a thug,” Josh Feldman wrote Wednesday for Mediaite.

“In fact the word was dropped quite a lot this week, and Sherman said it’s ‘disappointing’ to hear so many people use the term. He even went so far as to say it’s a more socially acceptable way of calling someone a n*gger.

“Sherman’s comments drew out some real racism online, with people actually dropping the n-word to disparage him, but most people stuck to criticizing him as a ‘thug.’ Sherman already addressed that term in a column he wrote, but today he went one step further to fire back against that particular criticism.

” ‘It seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the n-word nowadays. It’s like everybody else said the n-word and then they say “thug” and they’re like, “Oh, that’s fine.” ‘ ”

On Deadspin, Greg Howard added Monday, “When you’re a public figure, there are rules. Here’s one: A public personality can be black, talented, or arrogant, but he can’t be any more than two of these traits at a time. It’s why antics and soundbites from guys like Brett FavreJohnny Football and Bryce Harper seem almost hyper-American, capable of capturing the country’s imagination, but black superstars like Sherman, Floyd Mayweather, and Cam Newton are seen as polarizing, as selfish, as glory boys, as distasteful and perhaps offensive.”

Deadspin ran a chart showing that “on Monday, people said thug on TV more often than on any other day in the past three years” — 625 times.

JUSTIN BIEBER ARRESTED IN MIAMI FOR DUI!

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Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing Thursday morning, Miami Beach police Detective Vivian Hernandez said.

Further details about the arrest weren’t immediately available.

Bieber, 19, flew to Miami on Monday.

It is the first time the teen singer has been arrested, although he is under investigation on allegations of egging his California neighbor’s home.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies used a felony search warrant to raid Bieber’s mansion in the felony vandalism investigation on January 9. They seized Bieber’s iPhone and the security camera system, which detectives have been examining for clues about who tossed eggs over a fence that splattered onto the house next door causing an estimated $20,000 in damages.

CARROLL ROBINSON WANTS FAIR PAY FOR HCC WORKERS!

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Trustee Carroll G. Robinson has proposed a new policy amendment to ensure that firms doing business with HCC pay their employees and independent contractors a living wage, provide them with access to Health Insurance and provide assurance against wage theft.

Amend Item 2 – (Janitorial Services: Topics for Discussion and/or Action) on the Thursday, January 23, 2014 Agenda to require a provision in the contract that the contractor GCA Services Group and all their subcontractors – TMG (The Moore Group, Inc.) and Diversified Chemical Supply – and any other firms hired by the contractor or subcontractors must pay all their employees or independent contractors working under the HCC contract at least $9.25 an hour – the local prevailing wage for janitorial employees in the Houston area – and provide all of them Health Insurance Coverage.

The contractor and subcontractors (and any other firms they may hire) must also be contractually obligated to protect their employees and independent contractors against wage theft.

This new proposal is a part of Trustee Robinsons’ on going efforts to ensure that all Houstonians are provided with An Opportunity To Do Better.

Trustee Robinsons’ prior efforts to strengthen and modernize HCC’s Small Business Program as well as establish a Hire Local First Program at HCC are all part of the initiative to help reduce income inequality in the community while strengthening our foundation for sustained local economic growth, shared prosperity and a stronger revenue base for our city.

Trustee Robinson’s promotion of the HCC 6th Grade Pre – Admission Program and the Houston Community College System’s free academic resources on its website, are also a part of his commitment to Making Our Community Greater.

He has also worked to ensure apprenticeship and internship opportunities for HCC students on the HCC Bond Program.

THE DAVE WILSON SAGA CONTINUES!

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The restraining order is off and now the trial is on for the man accused of pulling a fast one on the African American community.

Fox 26 news has learned the Harris County Attorney has dropped an effort to get a restraining order against Dave Wilson.

But county officials are still trying to prevent him from keeping his seat with the Houston Community College board.

Vince Ryan’s office and Wilson’s attorney have agreed to a speedy trial in their case against Wilson.

He’s accused of passing himself off as African American in literature to voters in a majority minority district. 

The current court challenge is based on Ryan’s claim Wilson did not actually live in the district.

The trial is set for April 15.