Monthly Archives: September 2015

I’M STILL RUNNING FOR REELECTION!

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Today, State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County Texas, District 27) announced his intention to run for another term. Elected in 2010 as the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction, Reynolds has made a lasting positive impact on the constituents of District 27.  

“My commitment to the people of District 27 continues to be unwavering and I plan to carry on effectively representing their causes and concerns with dedication and fervor,” Representative Reynolds said. “I am seeking another term because there remains much work to be done and I will apply my resources and resourcefulness to get the job done.”

Reynolds is committed to serving the residents in Fort Bend County by advocating for high quality education, criminal justice reforms, public safety, affordable healthcare, and economic empowerment in the community. He continues to fight for small, minority and women-owned businesses to have fair access to state contracts through the HUB program.

A BILLBOARD IN WALLER COUNTY DEMANDING ANSWERS!

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Tomorrow, Civil Rights Organization to Put Up Billboard in Waller County Condemning Lack of Charges Following Death of Sandra Bland

ColorOfChange Billboard Asks DA Mathis: “What’s the Hold-Up?”

Tomorrow the billboard will go up only a 6 minute walk from Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis’ office.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange issued the following statement:

“The fact that not one person has been fired or prosecuted following the tragic death of Sandra Bland is unconscionable. DA Mathis had no problem jailing and charging protester Black protestor and former Judge DeWayne Charleston a few weeks ago, yet it’s taken him nearly two months to “look into” Sandra’s death. This is not an investigation, it’s a cover-up. And we’ve seen this time and time again with local prosecutors who work too closely with police to hold them accountable.”

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“On top of facing unimaginable grief, DA Mathis’ failure to do his job has forced Sandra’s family to do it for him. An independent investigation, fighting day in and day out for justice, that’s what a prosecutor is supposed to do for victims. But all too often Black families are forced to spend their own resources fighting for equal justice under the law. It’s a travesty.”

 “The billboard aims to hold DA Mathis’ feet to fire at a time when he is doing everything possible to slip under the radar. While the news cameras may have left Waller, local residents and more than 500,000 ColorOfChange members and their allies across the country are still here, demanding justice. It’s time for Attorney General Lynch to stop standing on the sidelines and take definitive action to investigate Sandra’s death and the ongoing corruption in Waller County. Without her leadership it’s likely DA Mathis will succeed at denying Sandra’s family the justice they deserve.”

HOUSTON WE HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP BELT HEADING BACK TO H-TOWN: JERMALL CHARLO WINS IBF JUNIOR MIDDLE WEIGHT TITLE!



JERMALL CHARLO IS NOW THE IBF JUNIOR MIDDLE WEIGHT CHAMPION!

Jermall Charlo, a native of Houston, arrived on the scene as a top junior middleweight today on NBC demolishing defending IBF titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage with four knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his first world title and stay undefeated.

Charlo (22-0, 17 KO) put Bundrage down in the opening round with a counter right hand over an attempted jab to the body from Bundrage, and in the second round on a stiff jab that caught Bundrage coming in. Both of those were flash knockdowns, but gave Charlo a pair of 10-8 rounds to open, putting the defending titlist in a major hole right out of the gate.

HOUSTON WE HAVE A BELT: JERMALL CHARLO TAKES TITLE ON NBC!

Jermall Charlo, a native of Houston, arrived on the scene as a top junior middleweight today on NBC demolishing defending IBF titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage with four knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his first world title and stay undefeated.

Charlo (22-0, 17 KO) put Bundrage down in the opening round with a counter right hand over an attempted jab to the body from Bundrage, and in the second round on a stiff jab that caught Bundrage coming in. Both of those were flash knockdowns, but gave Charlo a pair of 10-8 rounds to open, putting the defending titlist in a major hole right out of the gate.

SLIM THUG’S PRIVATE BIRTHDAY PARTY IN HOUSTON!

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Houston rapper Slim Thug was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated his birthday in Houston.

The private event was attended by everyone from politicians to Slim’s personal fitness trainer at The De Gaulle on Washington Avenue.

Some of the people at the event were:

State Representative Sylvester Turner, Bun B, City Controller Ronald Green, City Councilman Jerry Davis, Queenie Freeman, music video director Michael Artis, Rico Boss Life, Milton Harris, and many more!

The event was sponsored by Remy Martin.

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Congratulations to my Fox 26 news coworker Katie McCall.

The reporter/anchor has announced she is getting engaged.

Her fiancé is Houston attorney David Noll.

She says she’s still working on a date for the wedding.

The Factor will keep you updated! 

THE TRIAL STARTS IN DECEMBER!

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Herman Hoffman will soon have his day in court after multiple charges of animal cruelty.

Hoffman is scheduled to go on trial December 7 for a felony charge of tampering with evidence in the case that involves 200 horses on his Conroe property.

It was back in June and July when Hoffman and his wife were charged with a laundry list of animal cruelty charges.

Hoffman’s felony charge involves allegations he tried to hide some of the emaciated horses during the Montgomery County investifation.

TIME FOR TEACHER BONUSES AT HISD!

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The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday will consider expanding the current signing and retention bonus program to include select teachers in core subjects at certain hard-to-staff schools.

 

The $5,000 annual bonus is part of a pilot program proposed by district administration. Eligibility is based on campus, as well as grade and subject taught. Teachers must be assigned to subjects in third through 12th grades that are tested by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. This includes high school level STAAR End-of-Course exams.

 
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Teachers also must be working at a low-performing campus designated by the state as “improvement required” for at least the past three years. Campuses currently include: Alcott, Bastian, Blackshear, Dogan, Foster, Highland Heights, Kashmere Gardens, Ross and Tinsley elementary schools; Kashmere, Scarborough, Sterling, Wheatley and Worthing high schools; Sugar Grove Academy; and Woodson Leadership Academy.

 

In addition to the above requirements, teachers also must be in good standing to qualify. Any teacher who is on a growth plan, under investigation, or has been reassigned is not eligible.

 

“Quality teachers can make the difference for our struggling students, which is why we have long stressed the importance of having an effective teacher in every classroom,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “This recruiting and retention initiative should go a long way in helping us achieve that goal.”

 

If approved by the Board of Education, the signing and retention bonuses would go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year. Early estimates suggest almost 300 teachers could be eligible.

 

Also on Thursday, the Board of Education is expected to consider a revision to the district’s policy for naming and renaming school buildings and other district facilities. The proposed revision outlines a process for which school trustees could initiate the renaming of a facility, if they believe it to be in the best interest of the district. It calls for all new names to be in accordance with the district’s non-discrimination policies.

 

The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th Street. View the full agenda. Watch live online at www.hisdtv.org.

 

WHAT A TATTOO!

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A member of Houston’s law enforcement community posted this photo Wednesday on social media.

It’s a local man who was stopped by Metro cops this week but was later released.

Officers say they couldn’t believe someone would permanently do this to their face while also showing such hatred to the law enforcement community.

However,  one officer says after checking the man out they considered him harmless.

What do you think?

DO YOU THINK WE HAVE A SERIAL KILLER IN HOUSTON?

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Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the deaths of at least three individuals whose remains were found following an investigation that began at 10700 Todd Street about 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 8).

The suspect, Jamie Walter (w/m, 27), is charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court.  A photo of Walter is attached to this news release.

The identities and causes of deaths of the victims are pending an autopsy and verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Robles and Officers I. Ulloa and E. Wohlgemuth reported:

HPD patrol officers were investigating a domestic disturbance call when they were advised of possible human skeletal remains in a vacant property at the above address.  Two individuals – one of them Walter – were detained at the scene and interviewed.  

Further investigation led to the discovery of remains of two other persons today (Sept. 9).  Charges were subsequently filed on Walter. 

The investigation is continuing.