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BREAKING NEWS: TWO HISD SCHOOLS TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF SUSPECTED CASES OF SWINE FLU!

KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME IF THEY ATTEND THESE HOUSTON SCHOOLS!

Harvard Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School are closed until further notice. Late last night the City of Houston Health Department informed HISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra of two probable, but not confirmed, cases of swine flu and advised the district to immediately close both schools as a precaution.

          The principals of both schools sent out automated phone messages shortly after midnight to parents and staff in order to give them as much notice as possible.

Parents and staff were advised that if anyone in their household develops any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue that they should seek medical treatment. Swine flu can be effectively treated by doctors.

HISD and the City Health Department will hold a joint news conference at 9:00 a.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th, 77092).

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DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN ETHNIC WALMART?

WELCOME TO THE SUPERMERCADO!

I was kind of surprised when Walmart opened a store here in Houston that caters specifically to one ethnic group.  I was shocked more people weren’t up in arms or demanding their own specialized Walmart.  On Wednesday the retail giant opened a store that’s designed for those in the Hispanic community.  Is this a good or dangerous trend the Arkansas based company is undertaking?  The Insite would like hear what you think about Mercado!
More about the Walmart venture: With an estimated 14 percent of its U.S. shoppers being Latino, Wal-Mart in recent years has been tailoring stores, such as its I-30 and Cockrell Hill location in Dallas, to meet the needs of Hispanic families. It has added specialty bakery items, expanded varieties of chile peppers, printed store signs and advertising circulars in Spanish and last year stocked baby Abuelita dolls for Three Kings Day celebrations.

But the new Garland store at 1801 Marketplace Drive is the first designed from the ground up to meet the needs of Hispanic shoppers, said Daniel Morales, regional spokesman for Wal-Mart.

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POOR TIMING WITH AN EFFORT TO FEED THE POOR!

SWINE IN EVERY TEAXAS POT!

It was probably a publicity nightmare if you ask me. Just as the swine flu scare was really gaining momentum in Houston on Monday a national public relations firm sent out a press release.  That release indicated a local food pantry/bank was handing hundreds of pounds of pork meat to those in need. Now that the swine flu is a big concern as well as pork consumption, I’m sure the p-r firm would likely re-think their big Houston pork giveaway.  Do you think it was poor time or does it matter?