IS THIS VERIFICATION THERE IS A SERIOUS RACISM PROBLEM AT HFD?
Fox 26 news and The Insite have learned the Houston Fire Department is investigating yet another noose like incident. This comes on the heels of other racist allegations plaguing the department. The latest noose incident happened at station 78 last week. According to our sources a firefighter was seen walking around the station with what some described as a noose like object or rope. We’re told that firefighter was told by his captain at the station to get out of his office with the rope. Executive Assistant Fire Chief Rick Flanagan confirms there is a probe into the incident underway. Flanagan says this case has also been turned over to the Office of Inspector General. This incident allegedly happened just a day before two female firfighters found racist and sexist grafitti at station 54. Flanagan says he’s refering all questions on this latest incident to assistant chief Adrian Trevino. We will keep you upodated.
SAY HELLO TO FOX 26 NEWS ANCHOR DAMALI KEITH!
Why is she dressed like this? Here’s her explanation in her own words:
I spent Saturday night with the men of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. I was the mistress of ceremonies at a Scholarship fundraising event. We all played dress up in July. The attire was “Harlem Renaissance Style”. How fun!
WHY YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THE WOODLANDS THIS WEEKEND!
I guess I will be locking my doors in the Woodlands this weekend. I just got a detailed report of at least four incidents in the area over the last two days. People are apparently desperate for money and they’re trying to get it by any means necessary. Here’s the list of the crimes that have hit the area:
1.HOME INVASION ON LANDSDOWN – 9PM
2. ROBBERY APPLE EMP;LOYEE AT WOODLANDS MALL PARKING LOT – 9:34PM
3. ROBBERY ON TRAIL BRANCH CROSSING AND RESEARCH FOREST – 10:14PM
(SUSPECT SEEN IN TOYOTA DARK COLORED CAR)
4. ROBBERY YESTERDAY AT SAWDUST WALLMART 3 KIDS ON BIKES WITH PISTOL
Thanks to Montogmery County reporter Scott Engle for this information!
IT’S TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO FORCE A CHANGE!
“Mayor Bill White has shown a severe lack of leadership in his timid response to the multiple white supremacist/racist and sexist incidents publicly exposed at the Houston Fire Department. The noose hagging and racist/sexist death threats come as no surprise to those who understand the structural nature of white supremacy/racism and sexism in city government. After months of urging from community members, fire fighters and police officers to address these issues finally the Mayor has been forced to provide a response which is less than adequate. It is crystal clear that the people of this city are the only force that can bring forth the necessary changes. Given these facts we ask is Houston really a world class city that should host national and international events?”
Chairman National Black United Front – Houston Chapter (NBUF)
THE CITY WILL NOT TOLERATE RACIAL OR GENDER DISCRIMINATION!
I am gravely concerned with the latest reported incidents of intimidation and harassment against minority and women firefighters. The brave men and women who serve in our Fire Department face enough stress in their daily jobs without the added burden of a hostile work environment.
I join with our Mayor in declaring that the city will not tolerate any form of racial or gender discrimination. I look forward to a full investigation and the prosecution of these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
Beyond that, we must address the structural problems – such as a lack of diversity on the force – that play a role in making these incidents possible.
Houston has been blessed with an outstanding fire department, full of dedicated men and women who risk their lives to serve the public. We can honor them and help them keep us safe by rooting out discrimination in any form in the department.
CARL DANIEL FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA!
Insite special correspondent Carl Daniel is spending a few days in Los Angeles. One of his stops in the City of Angels was Michael Jackson’s star. As you can see from this photo he sent back via his Iphone the star is surrounded by flowers and well wishes from his fans who have made a pilgrimage to LA to say good bye to the King of Pop. Hey Carl, thanks for the picture and keep them coming!
THE BITTER FIGHT TO HONOR THE KING OF POP!
The Insite has learned a contingency of Michael Jackson supporters from the Houston area is making plans to head to Washington, D.C. for a major protest.
I’ve been told by sources their target will be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. This comes just a week after Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced she was sponsoring a House Resolution to recognize Superstar entertainer Michael Jackson as a humanitarian.
Jackson Lee made the announcement at Jackson’s nationally televised memorial from Los Angeles. It was at the event watched by more than 30 million Americans where Jackson Lee shocked her colleagues with the announcement. Since then Democrat Pelosi of San Francisco says she couldn’t support the measure and wouldn’t allow the resolution on the floor for debate.
The source that spoke with the Insite under the condition of anonymity says Pelosi has no right to block the effort. That source went on to say we’re not honoring Jackson for his personal life but for his contributions to the world on a humanitarian level. That person said no one is without flaw and neither is Speaker Pelosi.
We’re told the protest of the powerful legislator could take place as early as next week. Plans are still in the works!
THIS IS HOW MIKE BARAJAS GETS AROUND TOWN!
It’s rare that I get excited about another
person’s car. Today that happened. I spotted FOX 26 anchor Mike Barajas pulling in to work. It was the black bullet he was driving that caught my attention. Barajas is the owner of a new 2010 Chevy Camaro. The V8 is super sweet and a super sport. Barajas says it’s the fastest car in the world. I asked the anchorman why a Camaro and he says he’s always been a fan. Hey Mike, thanks for dropping by the Insite with the fancy new ride!
DEATH THREATS FOR THE MEN AT FIRE STATION 54?
It was just Tuesday when two female Houston firefighters walked into station 54 and were met by messages of hate, racism, sexism, and death. A full scale criminal investigation was launched by the department. Fire Chief Phil Borisikie and Mayor Bill White vowed to hunt down the culprit or culprits. But now apparently the shoe is on the other feet. Reliable sources at the Houston Fire department and in the station say there have been death threats now aimed at the fire fighters who work out of 54. Calls that have come in fast and furious after Tuesday’s events at the airport station were made public. We placed a call to HFD acting Chief Rick Flanagan this afternoon. He says if there have been death threats they haven’t funneled down to his office. A spokesperson at the Houston Police Department also said they were not aware of any death threats. But those inside say they’ve received calls. Meanwhile, our source says many firefighters who work at the station are on edge since Tuesday’s story broke.
WOULD YOU COMPLAIN TO THIS NEWSPAPER ABOUT THEIR CAPTION?
I received several calls about the vulgarity in the Washington City Paper. I decided to pull it up and there it was. A very distubring headline!
In mid-June, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt had an encounter with Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry. Watts was driving around, taking care of some personal business, when Barry caught sight of her. He made a point of getting her to pull over, and the two quickly got involved in an intense discussion.
The exchange hinged on their roughly yearlong relationship, a bizarre one even by the standards of one of the District’s most-watched womanizers. As Barry attempted to stake out his position on their fortunes, Watts-Brighthaupt was quick to point out the ways in which she felt mistreated. One stood out:
“You put me out in Denver ’cause I wouldn’t suck your dick,” Watts-Brighthaupt yelled at Barry, according to a tape recording of the conversation.
Watts-Brighthaupt was referring to an incident that had occurred about 10 months prior, at the Democratic National Convention. At the time, Watts-Brighthaupt was working on Barry’s ultimately successful re-election campaign and traveled to the Barack Obama-crowning affair. For reasons that remain murky, she ended up assigned to the councilmember’s hotel room in the Crowne Plaza hotel. Once behind closed doors, Barry allegedly asked Watts-Brighthaupt to perform oral sex on him. She refused, whereupon Barry threw her clothes out of the room and barred her from coming back in. She slept in the hotel’s parking garage, in a Cadillac Barry had rented.