A Harris County man is learning the hard way you can’t help someone take their own life. Investigators have arrested 47 year old Mark Kelly of Ella Boulevard. Harris County court records show he assisted a woman, we’re not identifying, take her own life. That woman is now dead. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Donna Hawkins says Kelly helped the victim go out and buy helium tanks. The gas was used to help the woman commit suicide. Kelly has been charged with the felony assisting a suicide. He was booked on June 30 and held on a $2,000 bond.
As the start of the 2012 Olympics draws near, a local doctor will be among those carrying the torch to London, the host city.
William Zoghbi, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, will be among 8,000 torch bearers who run relay-style across the United Kingdom, as each runner transfers the flame to another’s torch until the flame reaches its final destination in London’s Olympic Stadium.
The entire journey lasts 70 days, and ends on July 27 when the last torchbearer lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony to signal the official start of the games.
On July 9, Zoghbi will carry the torch for a 300-meter stretch through Bicester, a quaint village about an hour’s drive from London.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Zoghbi who was chosen to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay in recognition of his role as president of the American College of Cardiology.
Hundreds of people packed into a ballroom at the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans for the big event. It was the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Gala. Lots of national faces were in the house to pay tribute to those who have been trailblazers in the field of journalism. Here are some of the pics from the June event. Enjoy and tell me who you recognize!