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THANKS MATTRESS MAC BUT NO THANKS!

HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS AVOID THE SCANDAL OF ACCEPTING FREE GIFTS FROM A HOUSTON MILLIONAIRE!

When it happened most people in the audience laughed and didn’t quite know what to think but the Insite got the message. It happened Friday afternoon at Gallery Furniture. Jim McIngvale held an appreciation event for the Houston firefighters who saved the bulk of his business during that fire back in May. Hundreds of firefighters and their families showed up. One the tokens of appreciation was the raffling off of several gifts. During the ceremony McIngvale told the firefighters to make sure they held onto their tickets because there would be a raffle for gifts. As Mattress Mac wrapped up Assistant Fire Chief Adrian Trevino made his way to the microphone and said something most didn’t understand. He said, “firefighters make sure you give your prize to a family member if you win.” So what message was he sending? City workers like news reporters can’t accept free gifts for services rendered. It would be ethically questionable and against the city’s policy. Most just laughed it off. But I’m sure most of the firefighters got the message. The Insite sure did!

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A MOTHER’S DESPERATION OR WAS IT A SCAM!

WE’VE LOST EVERYTHING PLEASE HELP US!

I was driving along the feeder road on the North Freeway when I noticed an entire family out pleading for help. It was a woman, two sons and a little girl. They were in the 90 degree temperatures with signs. Their poster boards read ‘please help, we’re living on the streets after losing our home.’ Usually, I wouldn’t take a second look at a scene like this. But I saw those kids with sweat rolling down their faces. They looked tired and hungry if that facial expression is possible. I was in a far lane and unable to get a better shot from the Insite cam. However, I was able to get a crude pic at best. It was a heartbreaking situation. Then I started to wonder if this was a scam. Was this Mother using her children to get weekend drinking money or worst drug money? Have you seen them on 45 near Airline? And what do you think, is it genuine despair or a scam? The Insite would like to hear from you!

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STEPPING OUT OF THE CLASS AND INTO THE FIELD!

TSU JOURNALISM STUDENT DEREK HAWKINS DROPS BY THE INSITE!


Sometimes when you’re learning your craft you have to throw yourself in head first. That’s exactly what TSU journalism student Derek Hawkins did last Wednesday.

The senior was headed to class at the historically Black institution of higher learning when he noticed police converging on his campus. Instead just ignoring the scene Hawkins whipped out his camera and note pad. He started digging for the details.

Hawkins stumbled upon a shooting that left a high school student hospitalized and a fellow TSU student being questioned by cops.

By the time several Houston news crews arrived on the scene Hawkins had all the details. He’d already interviewed witnesses and family members who were on the scene of the tragic incident. Hawkins says he wanted to try out the skills he’d learned in class.

With a camera dangling around his neck he maneuvered through the crowd trying to track down every detail. By the time The Insite noticed him he was already headed back to class to file a report. I was just getting started.

Hawkins next big assignment starts on July 13th. As part of the Mickey Leland program at TSU he was picked as one of the students to head to Tanzania. He says he will be reporting and blogging from the international location.

Broadcast news crews look out, here comes Derek Hawkins. By the way, Derek thanks for dropping by the Insite!