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HISD trsutee Wanda Adams tells the Factor she will be named the new President of HISD’s Board of Trustee. 

Adams says the appointment will likely come this Friday. 
More about Adams:
Wanda Adams was elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2013 after serving the 

limit of three two-year terms as Houston City Councilmember for District D. Adams’ 

commitment as a Board of Education Trustee is to continue to incorporate strong 

literacy programs, strengthen parent and community engagement, and decrease the 

number of low-performing schools in District IX.

Ms. Adams is a native Houstonian and product of HISD, graduating as a basketball 

standout from Kashmere High School. She received an athletic scholarship to Texas 

Southern University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in public affairs 

and a master’s degree in public administration.

She is a professor of political science at her alma mater, where she also hosts the 

KTSU public-affairs radio program, “A Closer Look.” She brings to her classroom and 

the radio program not only experience as an elected official but a long career in public 

service for organizations and agencies including the Houston Housing Authority, Harris 

County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, and the Mayor’s Assistance 

Office. Ms. Adams is also the first African-American woman to be appointed to serve on 

the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The HISD trustee has traveled throughout the world – Africa, Europe, and South 

America – as an international ambassador for the City of Houston.

As a public servant, Adams has been committed to support for the homeless, veterans, 

the disabled, and mentally ill, and is a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness. 

Among the organizations for which she volunteers are the Houston Area Women’s 

Center, YMCA, YWCA, Keep Houston Beautiful, and Meals on Wheels in the Sunnyside 

community.

As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Adams had the honor of being 

appointed to national committees, including the Social Action Commission and the 

National/Regional Housing Task Force. She also serves as a trustee for the Museum of 

Fine Arts Houston and is a member of Leadership Houston Class 30.

Ms. Adams is a Sunday school teacher and international missionary for the Fountain of 

Praise church, through which she participated in a mission to Cape Town, South Africa, 

in 2013.

Among her honors are being featured in Houston Woman magazine’s Top 50 Women in 

Houston, the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children’s Elected 

Official of the Year Award, selection to RollingOut.com’s Top 25 Women, and the Award 

of Distinction from the National Forum of Black Public Accountants. Adams also 

partnered with KRIV Fox 26 on a television news special, “Diversity in the Classroom,” 

at Westbury High School. The program won a 2015 Lone Star Emmy Award.

DIALLO’S OF HOUSTON TO PAY $139,366 TO RESOLVE

EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

Nightclub Made Unlawful HIV Medical Inquiry, Then Fired Employee, Federal Agency 

Charged

HOUSTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced 

today that Diallo’s of Houston, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, will pay $139,366 and 

furnish other relief as a result of an EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit.

In its lawsuit, EEOC charged that Diallo’s violated federal law when it forced employee 

Felicia M. Parks to provide medical documentation to prove she was not HIV-positive, and then 

fired her when she failed to provide such documentation. EEOC charged that Diallo’s owner/manager approached Parks and informed her that she had “heard” from an unidentified 

third party that Parks was HIV-positive. The owner/manager twice demanded that Parks

provide documentation to show she was not HIV-positive, based only on the owner/manager’s

assumption that Parks’ HIV status was hazardous to the company’s business. The 

owner/manager then fired Parks when she did not provide the required documentation. 

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EEOC filed its 

lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division against Diallo’s 

Entertainment, Inc. dba Diallo’s of Houston (Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-02909) after first 

attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. 

On Dec. 29, 2016, Judge David Hittner entered default judgment against Diallo’s. EEOC 

was granted judgment following its presentation of evidence in court, and obtained an award for 

the affected employee of $139,366. The court awarded all the relief sought by EEOC, including 

$89,366 in back pay and other pecuniary losses to Parks, plus compensatory damages for her 

mental pain and suffering and punitive damages totaling an additional $50,000. The court also 

granted EEOC’s requested injunctive relief prohibiting Diallo’s from engaging in future disability 

discrimination, and ordered that the nightclub institute policies, practices and programs to 

ensure equal employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities. The court also 

awarded EEOC its court costs.

“It is a violation of federal law to make a disability-related inquiry unrelated to the 

employee’s job requirements or to any legitimate business necessity,” explained EEOC’s regional 

attorney in Houston, Rudy Sustaita. “EEOC will keep fighting such invasive and unfair probing by 

employers.”

The attorney in charge of the case, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Connie Wilhite Gatlin, 

added, “Employers may no longer rely on outdated and meritless assumptions about HIV to 

discriminate against employees. A demand for disability-related information without any 

legitimate reason is simply illegal.”

EEOC’s Houston District Office is located on the sixth floor of the Leland Federal Building 

at 1919 Smith St. in Houston.

EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting 

employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected 

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Maggie Noel

Dozens of people came out Wednesday evening to celebrate the birthday of Houstonian Maggie Noel. 

The event was held at Oroa Eicholtz Furniture in the new River Oaks Shopping District. 

Lots of familiar faces attended the event including JMac, DJ SupaStar, Gail Brown,  Debra Duncan,  Jamika Wester, Alexis Robbie, Sam Turner,  John Cantu, James Williams, and many more. 

Here are some of the pictures I snapped at the event that lasted through the night. 

Is Houston based reality star, attorney, and elected official Jolanda Jones preparing to get married to her best friend Cherrise Traylor??????

Social media caught on fire when Traylor gave Jones what appeared to be an engagement ring for Christmas.

The photo of the gift was posted on Facebook.

So we sat Jones down and tried to grill her if it was a wedding or not.
Jones says, “Cherrise Shocked me and gave me this ring for Christmas…(Isiah) Is that ring that means you spend the rest of your lives together? (Jones) You might as well ask her that too.”

I guess we will have to grill Cherrise Traylor next to get to the bottom of this.

On Sunday, December 26, 2016, at approximately 3:40 PM, Deputies with the Montgomery
County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to a reported shooting that had occurred at a residence in the 29400 block of Aberdeen Road, in Magnolia, Texas.

Upon Deputies arrival, it was discovered that a 20 year old male, identified as Oscar Salazar, had been shot at the location. Emergency Medical Technicians were summoned to the location, who attempted life saving measures, but were unsuccessful. Mr. Salazar was pronounced deceased at the location.


Witnesses at the location reported that the deceased’s step-brother, 29 year old male Nelson M. Segovia-Amaya, arrived at the home and proceeded into Mr. Salazar’s room.

Shots were heard from the room a short time later and Mr. Segovia-Amaya was then witnessed exiting from the room. Reportedly Mr. Segovia-Amaya then pointed a handgun at other occupants of the residence before exiting. Mr. Segovia-Amaya was then witnessed exiting the property in a vehicle.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Units, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators, and representatives with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene. A description of the suspect and suspect vehicle was aired over the radio.

A Department of Public Safety Trooper was able to locate the suspect and suspect vehicle near FM 1488 and Interstate 45. The suspect and suspect vehicle was stopped nearby and the suspect identified. Investigators were able to proceed to that location and continue an investigation. After the initial investigation, the suspect, Nelson M. Segovia-Amaya, was arrested and charged with the murder of his step-brother Oscar Salazar.

The investigation is still ongoing

Justice Bean

Riley Anderson

SOME HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS ARE GIVING THE CREDIT TO TWO TEXAS A&M FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOR HELPING THEM CATCH TWO SUSPECTED CAR THIEVES…
IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER TWO THIS AFTERNOON IN THE GALLERIA.
OFFICERS ON THE SCENE SAY TWO MEN DUMPED A STOLEN JEEP IN THE PARKING GARAGE OF THE DILLARD’S THEN TOOK OFF ON FOOT THROUGH THE MALL.
POLICE LOST SIGHT OF THE MEN WHEN TWO TEXAS A&M PLAYERS – JUSTICE BEAN AND RILEY ANDERSON – SPOTTED THE SUSPECTS RUNNING INTO THE H&M STORE.
THEY TOLD POLICE WHICH LED TO THE CAPTURE….
TEXAS A&M IS IN TOWN THIS WEEK FOR A BOWL GAME AT NRG STADIUM AND THE PLAYERS HAD JUST ATTENDED A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE WESTIN GALLERIA….

A Yahoo premium subscriber has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the internet giant, saying the company failed to properly protect his and other subscribers’ sensitive data during two recent massive data breaches.

Last week, Yahoo confirmed that 1 billion Yahoo user accounts were compromised by hackers in August 2013, in an incident likely separate from the big data breach that the company disclosed in September.

In this recent data breach involving 1 billion users, Yahoo said “stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.”

Bob Lord, chief information security officer (CISO) at Yahoo, gave details of the data breach in a Dec. 14 blog post, and stated the hackers have not been identified, but it is believe the cyber thieves may have used “forged cookies” to access user accounts without needing to know their password.

“We believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts. We have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft,” Lord said.

The second data breach incident was uncovered after U.S. law enforcers shared files with the company that a third-party claimed contained Yahoo user data.

For more info: https://topclassactions.com

Salem Missionary Baptist Church’s leader Rev. Hosea Stubblefield has rallied the troops to show he has support at their house of worship despite the controversy.

He says, “I would tell everybody again I’m not saying it was right and I do apologize about it and it was a mistake that was made in my past.”

It was Monday when we first reported the former head Deacon and some church members wanted Stubblefield gone.

That’s after the congregation learned their pastor made several explicit sex videos with various women that were posted on a blog.

Lecobeun Lewis says, “they all be up there in front of the church saying God spoke to me. Did he speak to you before or after you made the videos.”

Stubblefield acknowledges he made the sex videos – between 5 and 10 of them over a ten year period. The most recent just two years ago…

However, the 32 year old’s main point is he wasn’t a pastor at Salem Missionary when it happened but he does admit he was still a preacher.

“I have been a preacher for over twelve years,” says Stubblefield.

He says the congregation has kicked out the Davis family – the ones who made the church aware of the sex scandal – The preacher says he’s pursuing criminal charges against the person he says stole the videos from him..

Some of the videos also ended up on this blog by a woman who said she once dated Stubblefield and wanted the public to know what kind of man he is.

Stubblefield says, “they were deleted on the computer and the files were recovered and kept against my knowledge for 7 months to basically use against me.”

Stubblefield, who’s been with Salem for a year, says the dark day he had when the story broke has turned into a positive…He says he’s received support from all over the country but he still wants to make this clear.

“Watch what you do today because it could haunt you tomorrow. Just make sure you are as accountable as you can be for your actions at all times,” says Stubblefield.


A 16-year-old male has been detained following an intensive investigation into a brutal attack on an off-duty deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of Saturday, December 10th.  After the deputy was assaulted and seriously injured at a gas station in the Porter area, MCSO detectives released still photos of two males they believe were involved.  One of the males could be seen wearing a distinctive shirt depicting two raised palms and the words “DON’T SHOOT.”  The males quickly fled the scene in a red pickup truck which had been reported stolen in Houston the day before.  Officers with the Houston Police Department subsequently located that truck on Monday.  MCSO detectives have also learned the identities of two individuals believed to be involved in the attack, and warrants have been issued for their arrest.
 


   

Montgomery County Attorney J D Lambright stated, “Following the recovery of the truck and the discovery of several witnesses through Crime Stoppers, the Sheriff’s Office identified a 16-year-old male suspect and contacted our office.  We assisted them in preparing a Directive to Apprehend, which is the equivalent of an arrest warrant in the juvenile system.” 

            Although he is prohibited by law from offering any specific remarks about the juvenile male taken into custody or the facts of the case, Lambright did note that the juvenile resides in Harris County and added, “This has been a recurring problem for Montgomery County.  The I-45 and I-59 corridors serve as attractive targets for Harris County youth who want to commit a crime in the suburbs and then make a quick escape home.”
             Mr. Lambright reported that his office has dealt with similar situations in multiple cases since he took office in January 2013.  “In some instances we have committed those Harris County youth to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and in others we have certified them to stand trial as adults.  It is our policy to send a clear, strong message that we will not tolerate this kind of conduct from any youth, regardless of where they live, and we know we must remain vigilant to prevent Montgomery County from being seen as an attractive target for criminals from neighboring jurisdictions.  Protecting our residents is of paramount importance in my office, and we take that obligation very seriously.”