KATY FORMER CHEERLEADERS INDICTED IN HARRIS COUNTY!

THE ALLEGATION: DANGEROUS HAZING!

Seven former suburban Houston high school varsity cheerleaders face misdemeanor charges accusing them of hazing other cheerleaders.

Harris County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Wednesday the ex-cheerleaders restrained several junior varsity cheerleaders, blindfolded them, bound their hands and pushed them into a swimming pool in an off-campus hazing incident.

If convicted, the teens face up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,000. The teens, from Morton Ranch High School in the Houston suburb of Katy, have not yet appeared in court.
Katy Independent School District police initiated the investigation, which was then referred to the grand jury that issued the indictment.

OBAMA CHOOSES HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: GOOD PICK OR NOT?

ERIC HOLDER BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

Former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for the position of attorney general, according to two prominent Democrats involved in transition matters.

Holder, who is still being vetted, has indicated he will accept the job if it is offered, the sources said.

If confirmed, Holder would be the first African-American to lead the Justice Department.

Holder, 57, co-chaired President-elect Obama‘s vice presidential selection process. A graduate of Columbia University and former federal prosecutor, he is a partner at the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling.

Holder first joined the Justice Department in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 straight out of Columbia University Law School.

President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be an associate judge at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he served for five years.

He left that post to become the first African-American U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, chosen by President Bill Clinton. He served in that position until Clinton picked him to become deputy attorney general, the first African American to hold that position as well.

Four former Justice Department Democrats who worked for Holder during that time said they were pleased with the news that Holder would likely be attorney general, and all hinted that they may be willing to return to the department.

WHY IT COULD BE CHEAPER TO BE UNHEALTHY!

THAT MUCH FOR A FOURTH OF AN APPLE?

I was in Subway on Tuesday when the photographer I was with made a stop for a sandwich. I noticed some very delicious looking sliced apples in the cooler or refrigerator of the food stop. They were pre-sliced and packaged. I asked what the price was and the clerk said $1.50. How ridiculous is that? After tax it would be just under $2 for a fourth of an apple. It wasn’t even a whole apple. It’s no wonder people are quicker to buy unhealthy food because fruits and vegetables are too expensive. I was at Kroger Sunday night when I purchased 2 simple non-organic oranges. The total came out to $2.11 for two oranges. I quickly pulled them out of my basket. I saw a box of low fat graham snack bites on the shelf in another store. The price at the counter was $4.99. What in the world? It wasn’t even a family size box. It’s likely cheaper to get regular graham crackers. Have you run into very expensive healthy food? Did you turn to a bag of pork skins or cookies because the fruits were too expensive? The Insite would like to know!

RELATED TO PRISONER ABUSE!

A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County’s federal detention centers. The indictment criticizes Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees by working through the prison companies. Gonzales is accused of using his position while in office to stop an investigation into abuses at the federal detention centers. Another indictment charges state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. with profiting from his public office by accepting honoraria from prison management companies. The indictments were first reported by KRGV-TV.

MICHAEL AND PRINCE SUED FOR BREAKING DEALS!

THE LEGAL WOES OF TWO POP ICONS!
The perfume wasn’t called “1999,” but “3121,” named after one of Prince’s more recent album projects. But a fragrance company says the project added up a big zero — and is blaming the musician. Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics in New York claims Prince and his music publisher gave them very little support to help market the fragrance. So it has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit. The suit claims the company paid $2.5 million to license Prince’s name, likeness and the album title “3121” to market the perfume. But it says Prince and his record label, Universal, did little to promote it. Prince’s people didn’t return a request for comment on the lawsuit. But a spokesman for Universal music is calling the lawsuit “completely without merit.”

M.J.’S LAWSUIT:
Michael Jackson might be too sick to travel to London to testify in a suit claiming he owes an Arab sheikh $7 million, the pop star’s attorney said Tuesday. Jackon is seeking to give his testimony by video link from the United States. “It would be unwise for him to travel, given what’s he’s got now,” lawyer Robert Englehart said, declining to elaborate “for the obvious reasons.” Al Khalifa’s lawyer, Bankim Thanki, said the medical evidence presented by Jackson’s legal team was “very unsatisfactory” and Jackson’s illness could be treated with a bandage “if
the diagnosis is positive.” “It’s not the first time a sick note has been presented by Mr. Jackson,” Thanki said, also without elaborating. Jackson has often been seen wearing a surgical mask in public. In one infamous 2002 court appearance in California, he appeared to have a bandage hanging from his hollowed-out nose. Despite much speculation about his radically changed appearance over the years, he has denied having had any alterations to his face other than two operations on his nose to help him breathe better to hit higher notes. The judge in the current case, Nigel Sweeney, said he would decide the question of Jackson’s travel on Thursday to allow time for medical experts on both legal teams to talk.

DON’T MISS THE BIG WALK-A-THON THIS SATURDAY IN HOUSTON!

IT’S A VERY EASY TO HELP SEND A YOUNG PERSON TO COLLEGE!

Saturday November 22nd, 2008

8 AM -12 noon

Macgregor Park

5225 Calhoun Road

on the corner on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Scott Street

(walking trail is along Brays Bayou)

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“JAGWALK X” WALK-A-THON

The Golden Jags are our Honorary Jagwalkers

Southern University Alumni — Houston Chapter

Date of Walk: Saturday, November 22, 2007 Time: 08:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Place: Macgregor Park

Benefiting the Scholarship Fund

THE HOUSTON BLACK FIREFIGHTERS NEED YOUR HELP TO HELP THE HOMELESS!

WILL YOU HELP THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

The Houston Black Firefighters,along with the Star of Hope,Houston Food Bank, Wal-Mart and radio station Majic 102.1, are asking for participation in a citywide coat/clothing and non-perishable food drive to benefit the citizens of Houston/Galveston area. We are asking for donations of coats,clothing,sheets,towels, and non-perishable foods- anything you can provide-will be extremely appreciated.

All Donations will go to the Star of Hope and the Houston Food Bank


When:Sunday,November 23,2008
Where:Wal-Mart located at 3450 FM 1960 West
Time:11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

RAPPER BUN B’S DAUGHTER CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY!

THEY CALL HER THE PRINCESS OF TRILL!




By: Kalele Thumbutu-
This weekend Breniesha (wearing black hat) aka the Princess of Trill celebrated her birthday and the Party King was there to capture Thursday night’s celebration at Level nightclub. Breniesha is the daughter of legendary rapper Bun B and it was definitely a family affair Thursday night as Bun B, Young B, and the Rap – A- Lot Family were all on site to celebrate with the Princess. Faces in the crowd included Bun B, Young B, Big E (Liqwid Entertainment), T-Noch(Liqwid Entertainment), International Red, Bone, J Ellis, and the Grit Boys and GI of H Town .

ELECT ALL OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN JUDICIAL CANDIDATES!

ARE YOU BOTHERED BY THIS BILLBOARD AT ALL?

Okay, I was in North Forest on Monday when I passed a political sign that caught my attention. It was for a group of candidates who were running for various judge seats in Harris County. The sign read vote straight Democrat in the November 4th election. The billboard also indicated we should all vote for these candidates because they are African American. It didn’t say that outright but it did send me that message. Remember that group of Republican Judges we all saw on television during the political season. I wonder what kind of heat they would’ve taken if they said vote straight Republican and by thew way elect all of these White Judges. It may just be me. You think? But the sign left me a bit uncomfortable in a country that just elected its first African American President. Obama didn’t ask people to elect him as an African American President but as the man he felt was best suited for the job. I have nothing personally against any of the judicial candidates but I’m just wondering if they made the right decision with the political sign. But in the end I guess it worked, because many of them were elected. What’s you feelings on this issue?

WOULD YOU VOTE TO HELP WITH A TAX INCREASE IN NORTH FOREST?


Saddled with millions of dollars in debt, a troubled Houston school district is now turning to the voters for help.

North Forest ISD is $11.5 million in the hole. This comes after operating several years with a deficit.

North Forest ISD newly appointed Superintendent Adrian Johnson says the money is needed to move forward in the district. There is a tax election set for Dec. 6. Early voting in the district begins Wednesday.

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

However, some taxpayers say now is not the time for a tax increase.

Elma Forbes says, as a senior, she won’t be affected by the increase even if she voted for it. But she says her children who own homes will be hit and she simply can’t vote for the tax.

Some parents say they can’t vote for the increase because of the allegations of mismanagement in the district faced from previous years. The proposed 13-cent tax increase amounts to about $66 dollars a year or just over $5 a month.

If you lived in North Forest would you vote for this tax increase?

CUBAN, A BILLIONAIRE, ALLEGEDLY RISKS IT ALL FOR $700,000!

THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION’S PROBE INTO THE DALLAS RESIDENT!

Billionaire Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, was sued by U.S. regulators over claims he made illegal insider trades four years ago in shares of Internet search company Mamma.com Inc.

Cuban, 50, became “very upset and angry” in 2004 after the company told him in confidence it planned to sell stock below its trading price, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a civil suit today at federal court in Dallas. Within four hours, he sold his 6.3 percent stake, avoiding more than $750,000 in losses after Mamma.com’s sale was announced, the SEC said.

“It is fundamentally unfair for someone to use access to nonpublic information to improperly gain an edge on the market,” Scott Friestad, the SEC enforcement official overseeing the case, said in a statement.

The SEC’s complaint focuses on a series of phone calls and messages between Cuban, the company and his broker. Cuban, who in 2006 started the Web site sharesleuth.com aimed at exposing “securities fraud and corporate chicanery,” vowed in a statement to fight the SEC’s allegations.

A statement on Cuban’s blog said the SEC’s claims stem from a “gross abuse of prosecutorial discretion” and “are infected by the misconduct of the staff of its enforcement division.”

“I am disappointed that the commission chose to bring this case based upon its enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions,” the statement quotes him as saying. “The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.”

The agency’s suit seeks to impose unspecified fines and confiscate gains from the trades.

Nine-Minute Call

Cuban was at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the Mavericks, in late June 2004 when he got an e-mail from Mamma.com’s chief executive officer, asking that he call as soon as possible, the SEC said. During an almost nine-minute call, Cuban promised to keep the information secret before learning the company planned a private investment in public equity offering, known as a PIPE.

“Cuban became very upset and angry during the conversation, and said, among other things, that he did not like PIPEs because they dilute the existing shareholders,” driving down the value of their stock, the SEC wrote in its complaint. At the end of the call, Cuban told the CEO, “Well, now I’m screwed. I can’t sell,” the SEC said.

Cuban’s attorneys, Ralph Ferrara of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and Paul Coggins of Fish & Richardson LLP, didn’t return calls.

Name Change

Montreal-based Mamma.com changed its name to Copernic Inc. in 2007, according to the SEC. Copernic Chief Executive Officer Marc Ferland also didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Cuban is owner of the HDNet high-definition television channel and the Landmark Theater chain.