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CONGRESSSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE GIVES HER SIDE OF THE STORY!

JACKSON LEE: IT’S BEING FAIR TO THE PERFORMERS!

In an interview to address the Swine Flu in Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee quickly changed the subject on FOX 26 news Monday morning.  She knew what was on the minds of lots of viewers in her congressional district.  Is she selling out Black owned and minority radio stations?  

Last week Jackson Lee was at the center of the storm.  Radio One went after the Congresswoman alleging she supported a House resolution that would essentially destroy Black radio.  
HR 848 is the Performance Rights Act.  It requires all radio stations to pay artists for playing their music.  In the past radio has paid the writers of songs such like Dolly Parton every time Whitney Houston performs the #1 hit song ‘I’ll Always Love You.”  Even though Houston took the song to new heights after the movie ‘Bodyguard’ she didn’t earn a dime from it because it was written by Parton.  That’s the way the music biz has worked.  
The legislator also pointed out the United States is one of only four countries in the world that don’t pay the artists for performing a song.  Also on that list: Iran, N. Korea and China.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee says it’s time for those artists to be paid.  She said the legislation that she supports will not put Black radio out of business.  She says the most small radio stations would have to pay is about $5,000 a year.  Jackson Lee says the amount large radio stations such as 97.9 The Box will pay will be negotiated.  She went on to say she’s been appointed the negotiator. 
This information is a stark contrast to what the radio station’s (97.9) parent company claimed just last week.  Officials with the urban radio station said they could be forced to pay anywhere from $8 to $10 million dollars a year if the resolution is passed.  The question is who do you believe? 
House resolution 848 is still being worked on according to Jackson Lee.  She says if you have questions call her office.  But last week her office was inundated with calls and most people couldn’t get through.  
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ALL MORNING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM!

I KNOW YOUR EYES ARE BURNING AND YOU CAN’T SEE BUT AREN’T YOU THAT GUY FROM YOUTUBE!

On Friday I had to call in sick to the job at FOX 26.  The problem?  I couldn’t see a thing.  

It all began Thursday night while I was at 24 Hour Fitness.  I noticed my eyes were turning red. I decided to put some Walmart brand eye drops in when I got home.  After I did that my eyes started burning.  Then I put some saline solution into them and the eyes got even worse.  
By 1 am my eyes felt as if I had been maced.  By 2 am I couldn’t see a thing.  Everything was completely white.  
I decided to go to the St. Luke’s Emergency room.  When I arrived instead of whisking me right in the night guy at the front desk wanted to know about some video of me on YouTube.  I’m thinking now is not the time for this.  This guy was just so tickled and joking about grasshoppers while my eyes felt like they were about the come out of my head.  
After about 10 minutes I was with a nurse and doctor.  Both of them took my pain away.  But that relief lasted briefly.  The blindness returned and I was in pain again.  
I just bit the bullet and went to an eye specialist early Friday morning.  She did a complete eye exam and diagnosed me with Allergic Conjunctivitis.  
Saturday I could see but things were still blurred.  By Sunday I was 20/25 again and able to drive.  I’m not sure how my eyes got that way but I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. 
I haven’t been to an emergency room since I was 6 years old. Just a day in the life of the Insite!
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IT’S ON TO GAME 7 AND HOW SWEET IT IS!

THE INSITE TAKES YOU TO THE FLOOR OF THE TOYOTA CENTER!














The Insite was once again on the floor of the Toyota Center as thousands of Rockets fans electrified the arena.  They were there to see their team claim game #6.  That happened with the Rockets stomping the Los Angeles Lakers 95 to 80.  Aaron Brooks and Luis Scola scored a combined 50 points despite a young man by the name of Kobe Bryant.  That means it’s on to Los Angeles on Sunday.  Meanwhile, before the game, I was very busy on the floor snapping photos of some famous faces.  On that list: Yolanda Adams, Rusty Hardin, Boris Miles, Jermaine Dupri, Brandi Garcia, and many others.  I think I must have snapped over 500 pictures but I can only post a fragment of that.  Enjoy and I’ll see you for game #7 because I believe.  What about you?