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Original Invitation from Bob Martin / Accountant to the Stars:

Many of you have frequented one, two or maybe all of Bill Sadler’s establishments over his decades of “Houston’s Best Barkeep” (according to Dick Murray).

Many a drink has been imbibed, spilled, splashed, tossed or pounded off the table to the ceiling at Bill’s retreats: River Café, Café Noche, Beso, the Moose/Blue Agave and, currently, Arturo’s.

Once again, it’s time for Bill to retire. Yes, he was made an offer for Arturo’s that he couldn’t refuse and will close his “outside the Loop” establishment this Saturday.

Alumni or first-timers are invited to help drink down Bill’s inventory so that he doesn’t have to lift all those heavy cases when he closes.

This Friday, February 27; 6 to 10 p.m. on Arturo’s patio (it will be warmer, right?).

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

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For 25 years the HESP / HISD union has been consistent with its annual Pillar of the Community Awards…and this year was no different.

HESP Union President Wretha Thomas and her committee honored just under a dozen people for the good they do in Houston.

The list of honorees included Dwight Boykins, Corry Thames, Monica Bilbo, and C.O. Brad Bradford just to name a few.

I had the honor of serving as master of ceremonies for the 9th year and was given best investigative reporter.

Thanks to the union of support workers at HISD which includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and many more!

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Last night, after a 6 month long investigation, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit (SCU) executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 19 Dolphin in the unincorporated part of Bayou Vista, Galveston County, Texas.

Mark Allen KNEIP 36 was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG1, 4 to 200 grams, bond set at $150,000.00.

Detectives recovered over a quarter of an ounce (10.6 grams) of methamphetamine inside the residence with a street value of $1050.00.

Also recovered were several digital scales used for weighing narcotics, packaging materials, numerous syringes one loaded with a clear liquid substance believed to be methamphetamine.

A locked safe was also located that contained a large amount of jewelry, wrist watches, cameras all believed to be stolen. Detective will investigate the possible stolen property to determine its owners.

Assisting with the investigation was LaMarque PD Narcotics, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Warrant Division, members of the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team (TRT) and a Galveston PD K9 Officer.

Sheriff Henry TrochessetGalveston County Sheriff’s Office

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Chamillionaire expands his portfolio:
Grammy winning, multiplatinum Houston recording artist turned entrepreneur, Chamillionaire, best known for surpassing all industry expectations with his debut album “The Sound of Revenge” and its chart-topping single, “Ridin”, is once again forging new paths; this time as a tech founder. Upfront Ventures, the Los Angeles investment firm that announced their closing of a $280 million investment fund at the end of last year, the largest early-stage fund raised in L.A, since 2000, has just added Chamillionaire as an entrepreneur in residence (EIR.) This marks the first time an honor of this kind has been bestowed upon a rap artist. Chamillionaire hopes that this pivotal new role will allow him to help usher in the next generation of tech entrepreneurs as well as continue to offer valuable advice and investment capital to worthy start-ups.
Chamillionaire brings a wealth of expertise in this area to the table based on his own years of employing successful tech and marketing strategies as both an independent music artist and later a label partner with Universal Records. Add to that he has quietly been a fixture in the tech world for many years: attending major conferences both as a keynote and audience member, making him a sought-after promotional partner, advisor and potential investor. It was in this capacity that he met Upfront partner, Mark Suster, in 2009, becoming one of the earliest co-investors in Maker Studios, now a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Chamillionaire’s innate understanding of audience participation and working knowledge of customer engagement, product design and monetization ensure his tenure at Upfront will be a profitable one for all involved.

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Councilman Dwight Boykins

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Sylvester Turner, Melanie Lawson, Chauncy Glover, and Carl Davis

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Chalk it up as another successful event for the Houston Community College System.

They held their annual Black History gala Saturday night at Hotel ZaZa in Houston.

The program honored several trailblazers in the community including KTRK’s Melanie Lawson.

Shout out to Gail Brown and attorney Gene Locke for inviting me to the grand event.

Here are some of the photos I snapped at the function!

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Tom Abrahams, Houston television anchor and reporter, has signed a three novella deal with Amazon publishing.

Together, the three stories are a 325 page post-apocalyptic thriller, based on the Perseid Collapse Series written by bestselling author Steven Konkoly.  They complement Konkoly’s five book series, but they are stand alone stories with their own characters and plot.

Amazon asked Abrahams to participate in Konkoly’s new “Kindle World”, in which tightly-controlled fan fiction expands upon the story lines of existing works.

His stories, CROSSING, REFUGE, and ADVENT, are available now for Amazon Kindle devices and the Amazon Kindle app on phones, tablets, and laptops.   All three are currently among the Kindle Worlds best sellers in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre.

“Given Amazon’s influence in the publishing industry,” said Abrahams, “this was a really unique opportunity to expose my writing to readers who hadn’t heard of my work.  Amazon has an amazing platform, Kindle Worlds is growing in popularity, and I’m thankful to be part of the launch of the Perseid Collapse world.”

The deal with Amazon comes three months after Abrahams signed a three novel deal with Post Hill Press, an independent publisher based in NY and Nashville.

ALLEGIANCE BURNED, the sequel to his Texas-based political thriller ALLEGIANCE, will be available in paperback and as an ebook August 25.  HIDDEN ALLEGIANCE, the third book in the trilogy, will be available December 22.

INTENTION, the sequel to his bestselling political novel, SEDITION (more than 6,000 copies sold), will be released in 2016.

Here’s a link to the series:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-collection=The%20Pilgrimage%20Series&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

Here’s a link to my website:  http://tomabrahamsbooks.com

Yesterday a jury convicted William Cody Thompson of two counts of the 3rd degree felony charge of possession of child pornography.  Today the jury sentenced Thompson to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for one count and 10 years of probation for the second count.

Agents with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children task force conducted an investigation of the defendant. 

Based off of their investigation a search warrant was obtained for the defendant’s residence. 

In 2013 Officer’s executed the search warrant and reported that the defendant had child pornography on multiple computer devices. 

Evidence of thousands of pictures and videos depicting child pornography was introduced at trial.

Thompson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding, and Angela Taylor representing the defendant. 

After the jury convicted Thompson of two counts of possession of child pornography, the jury heard punishment evidence. 

Prosecutor Poole introduced evidence of the defendant’s prior court-martial conviction for possession of child pornography while the defendant was serving in the Marines. 

During sentencing, Judge Lonnie Cox granted prosecutor Poole’s request that the Court order the Defendant’s sentences to run consecutively. As a result of the consecutive sentences the defendant will be required to complete the 10 year prison sentence before beginning the 10 year probation sentence.