On Friday, GOP Senator Jim DeMint told a special-interest attack group that if they’re “able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” And just this morning, Republican Chairman Michael Steele backed up DeMint’s statement 100%. At the same time, the Republican National Committee is running deceptive ads to scare Americans away from the reform we need.
Their plan is simple: oppose health care reform as a political ploy to weaken the President and defeat his entire agenda of change. But if we follow the Republican “Party of No” and do nothing, we’ll not only ensure more of the same, but saddle our children and grandchildren with a growing burden of exploding costs and declining care that they may never overcome.
We can’t let this kind of slash and burn politics succeed. We can fight back by collecting as many signatures as possible backing the President’s principles for health care reform. A huge response will show Washington and the media that when Republicans try to “break” the President, Americans are ready to stand up for what’s right.Sign your name in support of the President’s health care principles. Or if you’ve already signed, please forward this message to all your friends and neighbors.
Eyewitness News reporter Eric James suffered a frightening experience on his way to work, and found himself in the position of victim, rather than reporter. He says he was kidnapped while on his way to work early this morning and police are now investigating.
Eric says he was at the intersection of Westheimer near Westcreek when a gunman approached his car and told him to open the door. Eric says the man told him to drive him to Beaumont, roughly 90 miles away, where he was trying to see his child.
When they arrived in Beaumont, the suspect made a call to the child’s mother, but her father answered, and told the suspect not to come to the house. Eric says the suspect told him to turn around and drive back to Houston.
The man got out of Eric’s vehicle at Irvington and Cavalcade in northeast Houston. He hasn’t been caught. Eric was not hurt.
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Mayor Bill White today is recommending for City Council approval next week the hiring of two laws firms to review and suggest improvements of equal employment opportunity processes and practices within the Houston Fire Department (HFD).
“In any organization there is always room for improvement. We want this expertise to help us examine how we can do that,” said Mayor White. “This, of course, does not supplant the investigation of any particular incident or complaint within the department. Nor is it intended as a substitute for outreach to and the involvement of various stakeholders and the community.”
The law firms, Thompson and Horton, L.L.P., and Lemond and Lemond, L.L.C, will work jointly to review, assess, and recommend policies and practices on issues that include diversity, conflict resolution, preventive practices, compliance, communication and management practices.
The law firms were recommended unanimously by City Attorney Arturo Michel, HFD command staff representatives, and Mike Nichols, general counsel of Sysco Corporation, who has served as an adviser and volunteer to the City on various employment matters. This group has interviewed a number of candidates for the assignment. Attorneys in both firms have considerable expertise and experience in such matters.
The City Council is being asked to authorize a contract of up to $190,000 for the work.
Fox 26 News and The Insite have learned one of the two Houston female firefighters who were allegedly victimized at station 54 has taken a polygraph test. The attorney representing Jane Draycott confirms his client took a polygraph Thursday night and according to him passed it with ‘flying colors.” Joseph Ahmad says he decided to give Draycott a polygraph after he claims there was a concerted effort by elements in city government to discredit her. Ahmad says the test was given to his client by an independent examiner who asked some very specific questions. On that list: Did she write the racist and sexist graffiti found on the female dorm walls at the fire station two weeks ago. Ahmad says he only gave Draycott the examine because the rumors attacked her veracity. The Houston attorney says if Paula Keyes is attacked with those same allegations he’ll ask her to take an examine as well. But for now Ahmad says, “I have zero concern about their truthfulness.” He also confirmed to FOX 26 the Office of Inspector General is also asking the women to take a polygraph which hasn’t been done as of yet. Stay tuned to FOX 26 news at 5 and 5:30 pm for more developing information.
What’s up, everybody?
I know it’s been a while, but I promise you I have a good reason.
For a while I’ve been saying I was going to make Houston the next Hollywood. Get ready because it’s about to go down. My dream of making a movie is about to come true.
There’s no way I would have this opportunity without you. I am not foolish enough to think I’ve reached this point alone. I stopped for a moment to just breathe and reflect on where God has brought me, and it occurred to me I needed to say thank you to my fans—the people who have supported me through the years when the haters were telling me it couldn’t be done.
I also wanted to offer you some encouragement. With all that’s going on in the world, it’s easy to let your current situation weigh you down. I just want you to know where you are now doesn’t determine where you’re going. It’s no reason to stop dreaming. In fact, it’s a bigger reason. There can be no testimony without a test. Whatever you’re going through right now is your test, so just start thanking God in advance for the testimony that is to come.
I’m no different than any of you. I was just a kid who grew up dreaming, and just like my dreams have come true, yours can too—no matter how crazy they may seem or how much you have people in your ear
or laughing in your face, telling you they can’t come true. Even if you’re telling yourself your dreams can’t happen, listen to me: they can. Your dreams can come true.
How do I know? Because I’m living my dream right now. If God did it for me, He’ll do it for you. He’s just cool like that.
Now that God has blessed me, I want to pay it forward and bless some of you.
I’m holding the first casting call for my feature film, Men, Money and Gold Diggers. If you or someone you know has what it takes to be the next big movie star, meet me at Grooves Restaurant and Bar on July 25 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., and show me what you’ve got.
If you live outside of the Houston area, pack your bags and book your flight. I want to see you too. Don’t let location or lack of resources stop you. Don’t even worry about headshots or résumés—an audition piece will be provided for you. Just show up and show out.
My dreams haven’t come true without much hard work and sacrifice. And they never would have happened if I had second-guessed myself or given up. The film for Men, Money and Gold Diggers has been two years in the making. There are people who said it wouldn’t happen, but I learned a long time ago to stop listening to people and to just trust in God.
If I had listened to people, I would
never have finished high school. Instead I listened to God, and He has opened doors for me no man can open. He can do the same for you. I urge you today to stop living in fear and step out on faith. I’m living my dream. It’s time for you to live yours. Whatever your dream, whatever has kept you from it in the past, this is a new day. This is your opportunity. If you take one step toward making it happen, God will take two.
Until next time, you get busy fulfilling your dreams, and I’m going to handle my business with this film. We’re about to put Houston on the map, y’all.
The former director of information technology for a non-profit organ and tissue donation center was sentenced today to two years in prison for hacking into her former employer’s computer network, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Tim Johnson.
Danielle Duann, 51, of Houston, pleaded guilty on April 30, 2009, to a one-count criminal indictment charging her with unauthorized computer access. Duann was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David Hittner in the Southern District of Texas. In addition to the two-year prison term, Judge Hittner sentenced Duann to a three-year period of supervised release following completion of her prison sentence, and ordered her to pay $94,222 in restitution to compensate her former employer for the damage that resulted from her actions.
In pleading guilty, Duann admitted to illegally accessing the computer network of LifeGift Organ Donation Center and then intentionally deleting organ donation database records, accounting invoice files, database and accounting software applications and various backup files, without authorization. LifeGift is the sole provider of organ procurement services for more than 200 hospitals throughout 109 counties in North, Southeast and West Texas.
According to court documents, LifeGift terminated Duann from her position as their director of information technology on Nov. 7, 2005, and revoked all of her previous administrative rights and access to the LifeGift computer network. In pleading guilty, Duann admitted that beginning on the evening of Nov. 7, 2005, and continuing until Nov. 8, 2005, she repeatedly gained unauthorized access to the LifeGift computer network via a remote connection from her home and intentionally caused damage by deleting numerous database files and software applications, as well as their backups, related to LifeGift’s organ and tissue recovery operations.
Duann further admitted that in an attempt to conceal her activities, she disabled the computer logging functions on several LifeGift computer servers and erased the computer logs that recorded her remote access to the LifeGift network