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WOMEN IN THE PIT
By: Joyce Sylvester
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris
PG – Drama
Runs:  Sept. 18 – Oct. 12, 2014

Folks of Mount Zion Baptist Church are pretty riled up! Two deacons and two elders charged with the selection of a new pastor are at odds with one another when it appears that the most qualified candidate is a woman! This exciting story addresses the age-old controversial issue of women in the pulpit!

Featured Cast Members: Wayne DeHart, Byron Jacquet, Jason Carmichael, JoAnne Davis Jones, Lisa Thomas-Morrison, Rachel Hemphill Dickson, and James West.

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On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Toyota will present Texas Southern University, (TSU) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) with a brand new hybrid vehicle to support the 2014-2016 athletic years. TSU and PVAMU are two of twenty-two select Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools to receive a one-year lease of a Toyota Prius lift-back. The donation is in conjunction with the Toyota Green Initiative five-year partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will help schools to continue their commitment to sustainability. The vehicles will be used by school staff for campus-related athletic, administrative and facilities use.
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What:             Toyota Green Initiative, (TGI) Pep Rally and Vehicle Delivery to Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University 

Who:              James Colon, Vice President, African American Business Strategies Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
                       Dr. John Rudley -TSU President, Dr. Hasan Jamil, TSU Vice President, Dr. Charles McClelland, TSU Athletic Director | Mr.       Ashley Robinson, PVAMU Athletic Director, Ms. Alicia Pete, PVAMU Assoc. AD,  Dr. McFrazier, representative from the      president’s office
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When:          Thursday, September 18, 2014 | TSU 10:00 am | PVAMU 2:00 pm

Where:       Mike Calvert Toyota 2333 S Loop W Fwy Houston, TX 77054 – TSU Giveaway | Fred Haas Toyota Country 20400 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77373 – PVAMU Giveaway

Why:           The Toyota Green Initiative (TGI), is an environmental stewardship platform designed to educate HBCU students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. The program launched in 2010 and is currently in its fifth year. The vehicle donation will provide historically black institutions with a product that will help improve campus environment and promote sustainability to students, alumni and their surrounding community.

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The Harris County District Clerk’s passport operation recently marked its first year of service, and during that time, its applications and revenue have increased seven-fold.

Business has increased so steadily at the passport service that the service is projected to add $300,000 to the county coffers during the next 12 months.

District Clerk Chris Daniel said, “I worked to create a passport service from the time I came into office. But even I’ve been surprised at the overwhelming positive response it has received. Once the service was created, the number of folks coming into the DCO for passports has grown exponentially.”

The service handled 699 applications in June, seven times as many as during its first month of operations. In June, the service made $17,000 for the county.

The passport office is located in the Civil Courthouse at 201 Caroline in the heart of Houston’s downtown court complex.

Daniel said he sought to open a passport service after observing long lines for passports at post offices and other agencies.

“I said to myself, ‘We can do better than this.’ I travel abroad myself, and I’m too busy to wait in line for four hours to renew my passport,” Daniel said.  “Here we have the opportunity to truly have a ‘one-stop shop’ service in partnership with the County Clerk’s Office. You can get a copy of your birth certificate at the County Clerk’s Office and then get your passport and photo at the District Clerk’s Office. Everything’s in one building.”

Daniel and Paul Coselli, who oversees the passport service as DCO finance director and executive counsel, have insisted that clerks provide excellent customer service. Most passport customers who come to the District Clerk’s Office are waited on within 15 minutes.

Customers have given the service glowing reviews. “Thank you for providing this passport service,” one customer wrote. “You are helpful, courteous and quick! SO much better than the USPS. A lifesaver.”

The passport service is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Customers may make appointments by calling 713-755-1674.

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Monday night a local television station reported allegations of a second child being abused by NFL player Adrian Peterson.

His attorney Rusty Hardin addressed the issue with the following statement:

The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it’s one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation.

-Rusty Hardin, lawyer for Adrian Peterson

Mary Flood

Androvett Legal Media & Marketing

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First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant in Montgomery County has called a 1 pm press conference today on Adrian Peterson.

Friday the agency refused to talk because Peterson was not in custody at the time.

One of the issues the District Attorney’s office will likely address is the two grand jury issue involving Adrian Peterson.

Grant tells Fox 26 news while Peterson’s injury to a child case was taken to two grand juries…both weren’t in Montgomery County.

Grant says one of the grand juries was in Harris County and when prosecutors there realized the case happened in Montgomery County it was transferred.

Grant says it appears his office was shopping for an indictment when in fact the case was before the wrong grand jury and that’s why it was eventually presented to a Montgomery County panel.

That press conference is scheduled for 1 pm in Conroe.

As you already know Peterson, with the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted this week in Montgomery County, Texas on an injury to a child charge.

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Statement released from Sheriff: On Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Montgomery County Grand Jury, “true billed”, Adrian Lewis Peterson on a charge of injury to a child. On today’s date at 2:47 PM, a warrant was issued and entered for the arrest of Adrian Peterson for that charge.

Since the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has referred the case to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and the investigation has led to a, “true bill”, on a criminal offense, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss details in reference to the case or investigation.

At the time of this release, Adrian Peterson is not in custody at the Montgomery County Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office does not have any details in the arrest of Adrian Peterson.

Information Source: Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Services

Original report:

Sources tell the Factor NFL player Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury. We’re told the charges stem from allegations Peterson, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, beat his young son. Phil Grant with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office says they can’t comment on the case until a suspect is in custody. However, Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin confirmed the indictment to FOX 26 but declined to comment. Grant says once he’s cleared to make a statement on the issue he will call me back. Once source says there are photos of the child’s injuries now in the possession of investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Update: Brady Fitzgerald with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office says they investigated Peterson for injury to a child and then turned the case over to the District Attorney to present to a grand jury. However, Fitzgerald says Peterson has not been arrested.

The attorney representing Peterson is expected to release a statement soon!

Statement from Peterson’s attorney: “Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

-Rusty Hardin

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The former Chief Executive Officer at Riverside General Hospital went on trial this week.

Earnest Gibson is accused fraudulently billing Medicare for $158,000,000 over a 7 year period at the medical facility.

Gibson and several other hospital employees have been arrested and charged with health care fraud.

A jury was picked in the federal case this week.

The FBI in Houston confirms the trial is underway but there is no set time table when it will end.