Michael Jackson’s 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust while making his mother the guardian of his children and cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe.

Court documents estimated the current value of his estate at more than $500 million.

It names his mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of Jackson’s children, who are also named as beneficiaries of the trust.

It also names entertainer Diana Ross as a successor guardian for the children and their estates if something happens to Katherine Jackson.

Ross introduced the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan Show in the late 1960s and was instrumental in launching their career. She was a lifelong friend of Michael Jackson.

Jackson’s longtime lawyer John Branca and John McClain, a music executive and a family friend, are named in the will as co-executors.



The distinctive taste of Creole-seasoned Scott Locationcuisine first grabbed Houstonians by the taste buds in 1969 with the opening the original Frenchy’s Po-Boy on Scott Street (pictured right).Still wildly popular, this hometown favorite will celebrate 40 years of providing quality meals and Houston-community care with festivities at two locations on Friday, July 3, 2009.

GlennLock Foods, Ltd. (a subsidiary of 3131 Properties, Ltd.), the Frenchy’s exclusive licensee and owner of seven Frenchy’s restaurants will host a future-of-the-brandcelebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Frenchy’s Main Street Grille, 8110 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054(pictured below). Family friendly fun is central to the Main Street Grille celebration with live music by the “Young Fellas” brass second line jazz band, Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo cheerleaders, face painting, games, prizes and plenty of Frenchy’s cuisine.

Kirby DriveThe July 3 party continues with a legacy celebration at the original Frenchy’s, 6102 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Note: My hat is off to this company that has become a Houston staple. But I’m still a Chicken Shack fan. I’ve never been able to become a fan to Frenchy’s…I’m just saying!




U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents — working jointly with federal, state and local law enforcement officers — arrested 116 street gang members, gang associates, and immigration status violators following a five-day operation which ended Friday.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative called Operation Community Shield. As part of the initiative, ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs. The gang arrests occurred in the cities of Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas.

“ICE uses all of the available law enforcement tools to dismantle violent street gangs,” said Robert P. Rutt, special agent in charge of the Office of Investigations in Houston. “ICE’s Operation Community Shield is an excellent example of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together to keep our communities safe.”

The gang members taken into custody during the enforcement action are linked to at least 14 street gangs, including: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Surenos Trece, Aryan Brotherhood, Latin Kings, La Raza13, Black Disciples, Houstone, Tango Blast, Bloods and Crips to name a few. Three of those arrested possessed firearms at the time of their arrest, which included an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun.

Eighty of those arrested have gang affiliations; 60 are being charged with criminal violations; and 13 cases are being referred to the US Attorney’s Office for re-entry after deportation. The remaining individuals were arrested on administrative immigration violations and will be placed in deportation proceedings. They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.

Those arrested during the operation include:

· a 38-year-old member of the 18th Street gang with convictions for manufacturing controlled substances, unlawfully carrying a weapon, theft, forgery and receiving stolen property;

· a 31-year-old member of the Black Gangsta Disciples with convictions for possessing a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon;

· and a 27 year old, member of MS-13 with two convictions for vehicle burglary, theft, inhaling and ingesting a volatile chemical and possession of a controlled substance.

Other law enforcement agencies participating in the operation included the following: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); U.S. Marshals Service; Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC); Texas Department of Public Safety; Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Office; Harris County Sheriff’s Office; Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Nueces County Sheriff’s Office; Victoria County Sheriff’s Office; Conroe Police Department; Corpus Christi Police Department; Groves Police Department; Houston Police Department; Harris County Constable Precinct 3; Port Author Police Department; Port Neches Police Department; Victoria Police Department; and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.

Since Operation Community Shield began in February 2005, ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 13,000 gang members and gang associates linked to more than 900 different gangs. More than 150 of those arrested were gang leaders.

The National Gang Unit at ICE identifies violent street gangs and develops intelligence on their membership, associates, criminal activities and international movements to deter, disrupt and dismantle gang operations by tracing and seizing cash, weapons and other assets derived from criminal activities.

Through Operation Community Shield, the federal government uses its powerful immigration and customs authorities in a coordinated, national campaign against criminal street gangs in the United States. Transnational street gangs have significant numbers of foreign-born members and are frequently involved in human and contraband smuggling, immigration violations and other crimes with a connection to the border.

To report suspicious activity, call ICE’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at: 1-866-347-2423 or visit