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IS CASTER A MAN OR A WOMAN? YOU BE THE JUDGE!

IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR OPINION!

That ain’t no woman! It’s a man, man!

Track isn’t exactly high on the priority list of U.S. sports fans, but this story might raise a few eye brows. It involves South Africa’s Caster Semenya, an 18-year-old who just won the 800 meters during this week’s IAAF world championships in Berlin, Germany. That alone might not be breaking news. The fact that she did so in dominating fashion as a teenager, also probably isn’t enough to really make waves. But when people question that she might actually be a man. Now that sparks headlines. Dude looks like a lady?

Track’s governing body, IAAF, has asked the South African federation to conduct a gender test on the newly crowned world champ, who cruised to an easy victory in a world-leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds on Wednesday. The test was actually requested about three weeks ago, after Semenya burst onto the scene by improving her personal bests in the 800 and 1,500 meter races by huge margins. And considering her domination at such a young age, questions have begun to arise worldwide. The verification process is described as very long and very time consuming, but Gunaxin readers can take a quick glance at the picture to the right to make their own determination (Note: the armpit hair doesn’t help). American fans might also be wondering if this type of test should be performed on about half the WNBA.

PASADENA POLICE OFFICER KILLED TODAY!

29 year old Jesse Hamilton was shot and killed morning in Pasadena. The police officer was responding to a domestic call when investigators say he was shot and killed. The suspect is 24 year old Sergio Robles. The suspect was also shot and remains hospitalized. Hamilton was married and has two children, Officer Hamilton, a 4 ½ year veteran of the department is survived by his wife and their two children. Service arraignments are pending.  It is times like this that reminds us how our officers put their life on the line each day to protect and serve the citizens of Pasadena.  I ask that you keep Jesse’s family in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief. We ask that the media give the family and the officers some time to grieve and not try to contact family members.

PARENTS: DILLARDS HAS A SALE ON SCHOOL UNIFORMS!

ARE YOUR KID READY FOR SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

This is another example of the Insite working for you. If you’re hoping to catch a good bargain on school uniforms make sure you check out Dillards. I just got this email so I decided to pass it along to the Insite readers. Happy shopping!

STANDBY FOR THE BIG ONE!

WHO WILL THEY PICK AS THEIR CANDIDATE?

They have more than 4,000 members and I hear they could soon be making their decision on who they will endorse for Mayor of Houston. The choices: Peter Brown, Gene Locke, Roy Morales, and Annise Parker. But exactly which candidate will the very powerful Houston Police Officers’ Union choose. The Insite already has a good idea. I hear the announcement could come within the next week or so. Believe me this endorsement will carry a lot of weight especially since the membership is more than 4,000 Houston police officers. Police officers tend to stick together and vote together. I also here the city’s civilian employee’s union HOPE also will announce their candidate of choice soon. But city workers tend to go their separate ways when it comes to politics and voting so the endorsement to watch is HPOU. Who do you think each union will pick in the big race that could decide the fate of Houston?

HISD HAS A NEW SUPERINTENDENT!


IS DR. TERRY GRIER THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB?

Houston ISD will be led by a man currently in charge of a school district in San Diego, school board members announced Thursday.

Houston’s school board voted to hire Terry Grier after meeting on the selection of a new superintendent. On Wednesday, sources told FOX 26 the important decision had been narrowed down to Grier, who has been high up on the list of choices for the Houston Independent School District.

“I am excited to have been named a finalist of this large, diverse, and reform minded urban school system,” Dr. Grier said in a prepared statement.

An official start date for Grier hasn’t been decided, but the Texas law requires school districts to wait 21 days before offering a contract to a new superintendent. Grier is poised to replace current HISD’s Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra, previously announced he would step down by Spring 2010. His official date of retirement is Aug. 31.

Grier is currently the superintendent for San Diego’s school district, according to a HISD statement. Before that, he served as superintendent of Guilford County Schools, an urban school district in Greensboro, North Carolina, for eight years.

Grier says his primary challenge at HISD will be “focusing on the dropout rate that’s unacceptably high and the graduate rate that’s unacceptably low.”

President of the Houston Board of Education Larry Marshall said he thinks Grier’s “background, his track record, his commitment to make a difference and his qualifications” will make him a successful superintendent of HISD schools.

“Throughout his career Dr. Grier has built a strong reputation for innovation and school reform,” Marshall then said in a prepared statement. “The entire Board was impressed with his innovative approach and passion to reform schools and improve student achievement.”

Supporters of the 25-year-veteran say he has handled California’s debt crisis well, which led to budget cuts by the district.

Others aren’t so sure of Grier’s record. They say he has a history of disagreement with the school board and other district staff.

The Houston teacher’s union says they also do not like the way the selection process has been handled.

“The board has treated it as if they were handling a national security secret. The community is looking forward to what they come up with. Hopefully they come out with someone we can work with,” said spokeswoman Gayle Fallon.

REALITY TV STAR DROPS BY KPRC AND THE INSITE!

KIM DAVIS AND HER GUESTS FOR THE WEEK!

For those of you who have never seen the tv show The Apprentice – here goes. Dr. Randall Pinkett was the big winner on season 4. His career has taken off since and he’s been in big demand as a motivational speaker around the country. The reality tv star landed in Houston on Thursday. He made an appearance on Kim Davis’ show on KPRC. But he wasn’t alone. Dr. Wendy Johnson also was a guest. Their focus on the show which will air at a later date will be entrepreneurship and the important of multiple revenue streams. This is an episode I will definitely have to catch. Thanks to Kim Davis for allowing The Insite into KPRC via these snapshots!


JUICY GOSSIP RIGHT HERE ON THE INSITE!

THE ANONYMOUS CANDIDATE: SUPPORT ME OR BE DESTROYED!

During the political season you can believe only about 10% of what you hear and then you must triple verify that. That’s because most people have an agenda. And during this 2009 mayoral race in Houston there are at least four powerful agenda’s out there. But I was told by a source that at least one of the Mayoral candidates has been going around strong arming people for their support. I mean straight up threats if this person doesn’t get their support. I’ve heard at least two potential endorsers have gone the other way after they were allegedly threatened by this person. I heard this person also corned a public servant and told them they would pay for their actions. This is some gangsta type stuff if you ask me. And being a gangsta is not always so bad for a city leader. They could get us all kinds of federal funding in Houston if they corner President Obama when Michelle isn’t around. I’m just saying. What do you think?
Note: Sorry my peeps, but I have to lock the comments section. Just talk amongst yourselves about this one!

ISSA SAYS IT’S NOT TRUE!

ALLEGATIONS OF A POWER STRUGGLE AND A SHIFTING OF AN AGENCY!

The Insite got a hot tip on Thursday afternoon and I couldn’t wait to run it down. I was told because of inner turmoil the Mayor of Houston was planning to move Barc from under the Health Department to Building Services. BS is headed by Insite regular Issa Dadoush. I was told there was a power struggle in the city to decide what to do about Barc and how to improve it. As a result of one city official not wanting to adhere to the advice of a city leader – Barc was going to be moved to another city department. That department was Building Services. So, the Insite decided to call Issa Dadoush. He said, “Isiah to be quite honest with you I’ve never heard that.” That was all I needed to hear from Dadoush to write here that it may not be true. Have you heard any of this scuttle but about Barc and the future of the animal agency in Houston? The Insite would like to hear your opinion and the skinny on what you’ve heard!

Note: Barc stands for – Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR TO OPEN YOUR WALLETS!

KIDS: IS THAT A $20 IN YOUR WALLET? GIVE IT UP SUCKA!


I’m one of those people who go through the gardening section if I see Girl Scouts out selling cookies at the Walmart. I just want to avoid saying no to them. I’m not a big fan of confrontations with Girl Scouts. But on Thursday I found myself trapped. trapped in the FOX 26 live trucks when two kids in Northeast Harris County cornered me. They were selling those high school football team coupon books and raffle tickets. I had no choice but to give in. I had to buy a coupon book and ticket. The cost was $23. It’s that time of the year as school starts again we all will be hit by students trying to raise money for their schools. I suggest you do it at least once or as many times as you can afford. I was left without a choice in this particular case. But I don’t feel so bad about it!