DR. ABE SAAVEDRA SAYS HE’S RETIRING FROM HISD!

IT’S TIME TO RETIRE AFTER 36 YEARS OF EDUCATING!

The announcement came at 10 am Wednesday morning to many who didn’t expect it. HISD Superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra announced that he’s stepping down in 2010. The reason Saavedra gives is simply that he’s retiring. The board has been notified and a national search for a replacement will likely get underway real soon. Saavedra, who’s been an educator for 36 years, has been with HISD in the capacity of Superintendent since 2004!

COMEDIAN MO’NIQUE GETS CRITICAL PRAISE FOR HER NEW ROLE IN PUSH!

HAVE YOU SEEN OR HEARD OF THIS MOVIE?

Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire; telling a grim, gritty but ultimately openhearted story of life in the inner-city, critics and audiences were blown away by the level of the performances in the film. As a film critic of mine said to me, “If you had told me before Sundance that the best performance at the whole festival was going to be from Mo’Nique, I would have laughed at you. And who’s laughing now?” And yet, Mo’Nique — the stand-up and TV star — has earned nothing but accolades for her work as bad-yet-human mother in Push; similar praise came to Mariah Carey, almost unrecognizable as a social worker. Push earned praise for being tough but not mean, hopeful but not phony, and audiences at Sundance loved it; while it hasn’t gotten distribution yet, odds are fairly good it’ll be coming soon to a theater near you.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT HOME INVASIONS?

THE CRIMINALS ARE AT IT AGAIN!

Pistol whipped, tied up, and robbed was the brutal fate of one family from Missouri City Tuesday morning.

Investigators say the family was the victim of the latest home invasion that has hit areas from Brazoria to Fort Bend Counties. It happened in the 2000 block of Tommy Lane in Missouri City 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Click here to see the full video story by FOX 26’s Isiah Carey.

Investigators say two Hispanic males with guns forced their way into a family’s home and robbed them.

Police say the father was beaten with a gun while the mother and a son were tied up. the suspects reportedly took money, televisions, cellphones, and other belongings.

Detectives are not quite ready to say if this is tied to several other home invasions in Barazoria County.

The man who was beaten in the attack was treated and released from the hospital, Investigators say if you have any information contact your local Police departmen

THE FIESTA GROCERY STORE IN MISSOURI CITY IS LIKE A FLEA MARKET!

ALL YOUR SWAP MEET SHOPPING NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF!


I made a quick stop in the Fiesta grocery store in Missouri City on Tuesday and was excited about what I found inside. It was like a flea market. Not only were there groceries but there was everything else you could think of to buy. This store had sub-stores that sold everything from Obama t-shirts to rent-to-own furniture and appliances. And what would any flea market be without it’s own bling bling section. But I’m not quite sure how real the jewelry was. Have you ever been to this Fiesta and shopped at any of the stores inside? If I would’ve had more time I might have bought me that grill from the jewelry counter!

ROBERT LEVINSON IS STILL MISSING IN IRAN!

HE WAS WORKING ON A SMUGGLING CASE WHEN HE DISAPPEARED!

Iran may be holding a former FBI agent in a bid to exchange him for Iranians seized by U.S. troops in Iraq in 2007, a U.S. senator suggested Tuesday.

Robert Levinson disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007. Iranian authorities have repeatedly said they don’t have any information on him, but that is widely doubted in the United States.

“On several diplomatic occasions when Bob Levinson’s name has been brought up to Iranian officials, the standard answer is, ‘We don’t know anything about that.’ But the next thing out of the Iranian officials’ mouths are to discuss the matter of the Iranians held by the Americans in Irbil, Iraq,” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, told reporters. “You can draw your own conclusions.”

U.S. troops arrested five Iranians accused of being members of an elite Iranian military unit during a January 2007 raid in the Kurdish city of Irbil. They were accused of supporting Shiite militias in Iraq, but Iran said they were diplomats and accused the United States of violating international law by raiding a consulate.

The United States said the men were taken at a liaison office that lacks diplomatic status. Two were released the next November.

Nelson and Florida Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler, whose district includes Levinson’s Coral Springs home, are trying to jump-start efforts to find the missing man. Wexler said Iranian authorities have not assisted the Levinsons, saying they have “zero knowledge” of his whereabouts and are stonewalling “any effort to gain pertinent information.”

Levinson’s wife, Christine, said her husband was working as a private investigator on a cigarette smuggling case when he disappeared.

Here’s the latest release from the FBI on the issue:

“The FBI’s investigation into Mr. Levinson’s disappearance is ongoing. We are encouraged by the Government of Iran’s offer to work with the FBI in an effort to locate Mr. Levinson and return him home to his family safely. We immediately responded to that offer accepting their assistance and continue to await a response. We are working closely with the U.S. Department of State to facilitate communication with the Government of Iran. We continue to update the Levinson family in this humanitarian effort. We ask anyone with information to come forward and contact the FBI at www.fbi.gov.

Joseph Persichini, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office

BRITNEY SLAPPED WITH A LAWSUIT BY FORMER MANAGER!

A PICTURE OF THE TWO FROM BETTER DAYS!

Britney Spears’ former manager and friend Osama “Sam” Lutfi has filed a lawsuit against the singer and her parents for libel and defamation. Lutfi filed his claim Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior, just three days after a judge granted Spears’ father a restraining order against Lutfi and paparazzo Adnan Ghalib. The lawsuit provides pages of Lutfi’s version of events, including his claim that he urged the singer to reconcile with her parents. Spears’ father, Jamie, now serves as her conservator after taking control of her life a year ago with a court’s permission. Lutfi’s libel claim cites Lynne Spears’ recent book, “Through the Storm,” and says it is filled with “false statements.” An e-mail sent to Spears publicist seeking comment was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ACTOR WANTS TO DO ONLY HIP HOP MUSIC NOW!

DO YOU THINK HE IS SERIOUS ABOUT THIS?

Joaquin Phoenix says there’s no hoax about it: He really has given up acting to become a hip-hop musician. Phoenix has been spending his time laying down tracks for a rap album in the recording studio he built at his home, the two-time Academy Award nominee said Tuesday in an interview to promote what he claims is his final movie, “Two Lovers.” After video hit the Internet last month capturing part of Phoenix’s debut rap performance at a Las Vegas club, speculation swirled that he was perpetrating an elaborate practical joke. “I don’t know where that comes from,” Phoenix said. “If it comes from people that I’ve had a falling out with, that are
(ticked) off at me?” The video shows Phoenix, in a long, scraggly beard, rapping nearly inaudibly and ends with him losing his footing and falling off the stage. It was an inauspicious start, but Phoenix was adamant that his hip-hop career is real. “There’s not a hoax,” Phoenix said. “Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s certainly not my intention.”

THE INSITE AND USA1 GOING AT IT IN THE ROLAND MARTIN POST – DON’T MISS IT!

USA1 SAYS THERE’S NO NEED FOR ANY BLACK GROUPS, THE INSITE SAYS GET REAL CLOWN!

In the Red corner is USA1 and in the Blue corner the Insite. Are you missing out on the big debate? Click the link below to go there:

LINK: http://carey2.blogspot.com/2009/02/roland-martin-is-headed-to-houston-for.html

WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR IN THE NEXT MAYORAL RACE?

YOU MUST VOTE AGAIN…I LEFT OUT A NAME IN ERROR. SORRY…THE INSITE!

LET THEM KNOW WHO YOU SUPPORT!

There’s a poll going on here on the Insite. Who would you like to see as the next Mayor of Houston. The candidates are listed to the left of the blog. Vote and let the public know who you feel is the best candidate!

ANOTHER OBAMA NOMINEE WITH TAX PROBLEMS!

THERE WAS A TAX LIEN ON HER HOME FROM 2005!

An Obama administration official says Nancy Killefer is withdrawing her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government.

The official said the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., will detail her reason for pulling out later Tuesday.

When her selection was announced by President Barack Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a more than $900 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

Since then, administration officials have refused to answer questions about the tax error which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.