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NO WONDER LINENS-N-THINGS IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!

CAN YOU NAME OTHER STORES WITH DECEPTIVE SALES TACTICS IN OUR AREA?

I saw a great consumer story on KTRK Saturday morning that left me saying no wonder this business is going under. It was a report on Linens-N-Things in Houston and the Woodlands. A shopper complained while the store claimed it was going out of business and prices were slashed 20 to 40% off, he discovered how prices were actually marked up as high as 40% including a mirror that was marked up almost 100%. This is after the store claimed prices were slashed. ABC 13 discovered hidden price tags under the sales prices that were cheaper. For example a mirror that was on sale with a liquidation price of $79.99 had an original price under the label for $39.99. ABC called Linens-N-Things for a comment and they referred the reporter to their liquidation company for a comment. That company Hilco Merhcant Resources had a weak excuse. The manager there said the price tags ABC 13 found under the so called liquidation prices were probably from an earlier sale Linens-N-Things probably had. What a pathetic excuse. No wonder so many greedy businesses are going out of business. Has no one learned anything from Walmart’s success. Linens-N-Things, shame on you and no wonder you’re meeting your demise for such unscrupulous deception tactics with the public. And some consumer agency needs to go after Hilco for their unacceptable behavior to take advantage of the public. Good riddance L-N-T!

Note: I’ve also noticed JC Penney’s and Kohl’s claim they’ve reduced prices in their stores for big sales and it’s usually the same prices or sales that aren’t sales at all. These stores are so silly to think they can pull the wool over consumers eyes. I suggest you don’t shop at those retailer operations that try to treat you like a shopping fool!

BORRIS MILES RESURFACES WITH FREE TURKEYS!

MILES HAS PLANS TO FEED HIS COMMUNITY!

I was just wondering what happened to former State Representative Borris Miles. He’s been very quiet since his indictment for deadly conduct. But you can’t keep Miles down when it comes to his community. Apparently, he’ll be giving out turkeys this weekend. Here’s more information:

In the spirit of giving Borris L. Miles, State Representative District 146, and TexStars Foundation will distribute 500 turkeys to local residents throughout the Houston communities of Third Ward and Sunnyside, Saturday, November 22, 2008 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The groups of community supporters invite community members in need and those who want to support the decline of hunger in Houston communities to meet at Sunnyside Park at 3:00 p.m. to share in the joy of giving. The giving will begin at Sunnyside Park and travel throughout District 146 until all turkeys have been distributed. “We have so much to give thanks for and want to continue to be a blessing on the communities that we serve. It is through community collaboration> that we will alleviate hunger. I’d like to personally thank Constable May Walker and her officers for their contribution.” Borris L. Miles, Texas State Representative District 146.

WILL CITIGROUP BE THE NEXT BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO GO UNDER?

ARE YOU DOING BUSINESS WITH THIS ORGANIZATION?

Pressure intensified on Citigroup to sell part or all of itself as its stock fell below $4 a share on Friday and fears escalated about future loan losses.

CEO Vikram Pandit told managers earlier in the day he opposes breaking up the company, but the bank’s board of directors was meeting Friday to discuss whether to do exactly that, the Wall
Street Journal reported.

What investors are worried about is that all the risky debt sitting on Citigroup’s balance sheet will eventually turn into losses as the economy worsens and the markets stay turbulent –
losses that could be nearly impossible to reverse.

Investors were also fearful that the government might orchestrate a takeover of Citigroup over the weekend that could wipe out common shareholders, said Paul Miller, a Friedman Billings
Ramsey banking analyst.

The government was instrumental in JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s buyout of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual Inc., deals that left shareholders with little or no payouts.

INSITE GEEK ALERT: RONON DEX GETS THE BEAT DOWN IN L.A.!

YOU HAVE TO WATCH STARGATE ATLANTIS TO APPRECIATE THIS BECAUSE DEX IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE TOUGHEST GUY ON THE SHOW AND HE GETS BUSTED WITH A BEER BOTTLE IN L.A.!

Authorities have charged a man with assault for allegedly striking “Stargate Atlantis” actor Jason Momoa in the face with a beer glass, causing wounds that required 140 stitches.

Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday announced a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge had been filed against 21-year-old Dominic Bando. He’s accused of attacking Momoa at a Hollywood restaurant Nov. 15.

Jail records show Bando was arrested and released that day by Los Angeles police. Records do not indicate whether he had an attorney.

Prosecutors said in a news release that Momoa required reconstructive surgery to repair his injuries.

Momoa plays Ronon Dex on “Stargate Atlantis” and has a daughter with girlfriend Lisa Bonet.

HAVE YOU STOPPED BY MARY’S PLACE RECENTLY!

LOOK WHO’S SHOWING UP ON THE BEAT!

I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to my competitor’s blog. On The Beat with Mary Benton is really taking off…She’s got a lot of familiar faces gracing her pages like Ron Stone to Amy Davis. Make sure you go check it out and leave some comments. I’ve tried to be the first commenter on each post just to upset the poeple over at KPRC. Make sure you visit at the link below:http://www.click2houston.com/onthebeatblog/index.html

SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOPPING PLACES CLOSING OR REDUCING THE NUMBER OF STORES!

The following stores are closing a substantial amount of their stores, or are going completely out of business:
Circuit City (filed Chapter 11) Ann Taylor 117 stores nationwide closing. Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine’s to close 150 stores nationwide. Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January. Cache will close all stores Talbots closing down specialty stores. J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots) Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots) GAP closing 85 stores. Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January. Wickes Furniture closing down Levitz closing down remaining stores. Bombay closing remaining stores. Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January. Whitehall closing all stores. Piercing Pagoda closing all stores. Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January. Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick ). Macys to close 9 stores after January. Linens and Things closing all stores. Movie Gallery Closing all stores. Pep Boys Closing 33 stores. Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores. JC Penney closing a number of stores after January. Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores. Wilson Leather closing down all stores. Sharper Image closing down all stores. K B Toys closing 356 stores. Lowes to close down some stores. Dillard’s to close some stores!
TEXAS IS NOT IMMUNE:
Texas’ unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in October, up half a percentage point from the previous month in part because of Hurricane Ike and national economic trends, the
Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. Texas still has nearly a one percent lower unemployment rate than the rate of the nation. But workforce commission chairman Tom
Pauken says he expects unemployment rates in Texas to continue to track the national trend upward in the months ahead.

THE CHIEF HAS TAKEN ACTION PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION!

Three Houston police officers involved in the arrest of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver’s father have been relieved of patrol duty. Marvin Driver Jr. has been hospitalized since Sunday. Officers Gilberto Cruz, Matthew Marin, and Bacilio Guzman have been relieved of patrol duty pending the outcome of the investigation. They will continue to do administrative work as part of the Teleserv unit taking in police reports.Driver Jr. says the two officers took him behind a local gas station, beat him and made him swallow something.”Number one, we just got the allegations, we have not completed our preliminary investigation and I have not been briefed on the interview with Mr. Driver or the witnesses,” said Hurtt. NFL star Donald Driver had a brief visit to Houston to be with his father at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He has already returned to Green Bay. His uncle tells FOX 26 News that Driver will likely refrain from commenting on the case until all the facts come to light!

DRIVER REMAINS HOSPITALIZED AFTER ALLEGED BEATING BY COPS!

The immediate future of two officers accused of assaulting a NFL player’s father could be made as soon as Friday, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt said Thursday.

Marvin Driver Jr., father of Greenbay Packers widereceiver Donal Driver, says the two officers took him behind a local gas station, beat him and made him swallow something.

Hurtt said the officers are still on active duty but a decision regarding whether they will be placed on other duties during the investigation is pending.

“Number one, we just got the allegations, we have not completed our preliminary investigation and I have not been briefed on the interview with Mr. Driver or the witnesses,” said Hurtt.

NFL star Donald Driver had a brief visit to Hosuton to be with his father at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He has already returned to Green Bay.

His uncle tells Fox 26 news Driver will likely refrain from commenting on the case until all the facts come to light.

GIANT MAGAZINE IN HOUSTON FOR A BIG PARTY!


DID YOU ATTEND THE PARTY WITH THE LOCAL CELEBRITIES?










By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu - Tuesday night Giant magazine teamed up with Jacques Cardin VSOP Cognac to host Lil Keke’s album release party held at Venue Nightclub. Lil Keke is a Houston born and raised rapper that is also an original member of Houston’s famed Screwed up Click. Tuesday the Swisha House rapper released his 12th solo album titled Loved by Few, Hated by Many. Houston’s music community came out to support the artist and faces in the crowd included DJ J Que (97.9 the Box), Bun B, DJ Southern Belle, Trill Princess, J –Mac (97.9 the Box), J Ellis, OG Ron C, and the Swisha House Family.

BILL WHITE DROPS BY FOX 26 HURRICANE BRIEFING!

ARE YOU GLAD THE BIG STORM SEASON IS OVER?

Each week the FOX 26 meteorologists invite special guests to take part in a hurricane briefing for the public which airs on MYFOXHOUSTON Live. This Thursday the Insite saw Mayor Bill White in the FOX studios taking part in the program. He was interviewed by FOX 26 weather guy Mike Iscovitz. I didn’t get a chance to view the entire program but I did hear Mayor White say he was glad the hurricane season was over in our area. After all the city’s CEO has had his hands full with Katrina, Rita, and Ike. That’s quite a job for one man. He had to run the city then he opened our doors to thousands of evacuees after some of the storms!

IS IT ME OR HAS TRAFFIC GOTTEN WORSE?

RUSH HOUR NEVER SEEMS TO END!

I can recall a time in Houston when traffic would die down on the major highways and interstates around 6:30pm or 7pm in the evening. But over the last few months traffic in our city has been just nightmarish. Traffic in the morning has typically cooled down around 9am but now the flow has been congested on thoroughfares like I-45 until about 10am. I’ve checked with traffic reporters and no one seems to have answers as to why Houston’s traffic has gotten progressively worse. I know the Mayor synced the signal lights downtown but that hasn’t done anything for me on the Southwest Freeway. Have you noticed just how bad traffic has gotten in the Bayou City?

DID YOU KNOW CAR TITLE LOANS WERE STILL AROUND?

HAVE YOU EVER USED THEIR SERVICES?

I thought there was some kind of federal or state consumer protection law that got rid of all the title loan companies. That’s why I was surprised to see one open for business in northwest Houston. I saw only a few people come out but I wondered just what kind of deal they signed to get that emergency cash they needed. Have you ever been to a title loan company to get cash and what was the experience like? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!