A big shout out and thank you to Houston City Councilmember Dr. Carolyn Evans Shabazz.
It was just last week when Elaine Canizales, a single mother, reached out to me on Tuesday saying she was evicted. Canizales said she and her family would soon be on the streets. I felt bad and had no idea what to tell her.
But #LookAtGod… The very next day Pastor James Nash called me and said Dr. Shabazz was looking to help someone who lives in her district who may need rental assistance. It just so happens Elaine lives in Dr. Shabazz’s city council district. I got them together and as of this morning Elaine’s back rent has been paid along with next month by Bishop James Dixon.
I’m so glad things worked out. Unfortunately, those were the only funds available and I know thousands of others need help. But for now at least this family isn’t on the streets. #WontHeDoIt
(This is the photo from last weekend when Canizales was presented a check by Dr. Shabazz)
The Texans have fired head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien and have named associate head coach Romeo Crennel the team’s interim head coach.
The McNair family fired O’Brien after the Texans fell to 0-4 on Sunday, losing to the previously winless Vikings.
Earlier on Monday, O’Brien was asked if he was concerned about his job status. He said that is something he doesn’t have control over.
“All I can control is what I can control, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team,” O’Brien said. “That’s obvious, and we’re going to work hard to do that.”
O’Brien was hired by the McNair family in 2014 after he spent two years at Penn State. In seven seasons in Houston, O’Brien went 52-48 and won four division titles.
After the Texans fired general manager Brian Gaine in 2017, O’Brien was given more power in personnel, but was not named general manager. Later that year, O’Brien traded 2014 No.1 pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks. That same day, O’Brien traded two first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills.
This offseason, O’Brien made one of his most controversial moves: trading wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.
The Texans started this season with what the Football Power Index said was the toughest schedule in the league against the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers before losing on Sunday to the Vikings. The 1992 Chargers are the only team in NFL history to make the playoffs after an 0-4 start.
Defensive end J.J. Watt, who called the start “terrible, “brutal” and “depressing,” said something has to change for the Texans to turn it around.
“We obviously have to do something different,” Watt said. “We are 0-4. Whatever we’re doing is not working. Something needs to change. Something needs to be different.”
Houston police are awaiting autopsy results in the death of a man found at 2490 South Wayside Drive about 10:10 a.m. on Sunday (October 4).
The identity and cause of death of the man, believed to be in his 60s, are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Detectives A. Vinogradov and D. Crowder reported:
The victim was found deceased inside a vehicle at the gas station parking lot at the above address. The vehicle was observed to park at the location about 3 p.m. on September 23. It remained there until the victim was discovered the morning of October 4. Houston Fire Department paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal crash at 2600 Briar Park Drive about 5:05 p.m. on Saturday (October 3).
The suspect, Jaime Calderon (H/m, 19), is charged with murder and aggravated assault – serious bodily injury in the 179th State District Court. A booking photo of Calderon is attached to this news release.
The male victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant G. Clark and Officer J. Hill reported:
A Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constable was in pursuit of a silver Honda Accord following a traffic offense. Calderon, the driver of the Honda, ran a red light at Briar Park Drive and turned westbound onto Westheimer Road. The Honda struck a yellow Scion and was in turn struck by a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Honda’s front passenger died at the scene. A passenger in the Honda’s backseat was seriously injured. Both the Chevrolet and Scion had the green light at the intersection.
Calderon was taken into custody and subsequently charged for his role in the crash.
President Donald Trump will be hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and remain there for “the next few days,” the White House said Friday afternoon.
The development came roughly 15 hours after Trump disclosed he had tested positive for coronavirus. The White House described the move as precautionary and not the product of an urgent deterioration in Trump’s condition.
There has been no transfer of power to Vice President Mike Pence, said White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah. “The President is in charge,” she said.
Disbarred Houston lawyer steals more than $500,000 from client!
Press Release: The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying more possible victims of a former attorney who allegedly stole from a client, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.
David A. Chaumette, who lost his law license in 2016 after 23 years of practice, was indicted earlier this week for first-degree theft and misapplication of fiduciary property, accused of stealing more than $500,000 from a client. If convicted, he faces the possibility of five years to life in prison.
“Lawyers who steal from clients give all lawyers and people in position of trust a bad name,” Ogg said. “We are going to hold people accountable. There will be no more double standards.”
Chaumette was charged with misappropriating money that a client had deposited in a trust account. The alleged theft took place from March 2015 to August 2016.
“When a person hires an attorney, you put your trust and faith in them, expecting that they will do the right thing in your best interest,” said Cara Burton, a chief prosecutor in the financial crimes division of the district attorney’s office. “As a client, you’d never expect that they would violate that trust and steal from you.”
Public records show that Chaumette was disbarred on Sept. 7, 2016. The Texas State Bar found that he had engaged in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation” involving two other former clients. He was ordered to make restitution to both clients, including $28,000 owed to one and $38,000 owed to another.
The US presidential election has been plunged into disarray after Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for coronavirus following weeks in which the US president sought to suggest that the worst of the pandemic was over.
Trump announced his positive test in a tweet at 1am, prompting US television networks to go to live coverage of the 74-year old president’s health, and his election campaign cancelled a planned event in the key battleground state of Florida.
Trump and his wife were tested after one of his closest aides, the White House counsellor Hope Hicks, began showing symptoms this week as she travelled to campaign events around the country with Trump’s entourage, including several other family members.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted, adding that they would begin to quarantine immediately.
Melania Trump tweeted that she and the president “are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements”.
Despite the reassuring messages, many have noted that Trump’s age and weight put him in a high-risk category for more severe forms of the disease.
Although Hicks was tested on Thursday after showing symptoms requiring isolation, Trump still travelled to New Jersey to meet supporters at his Bedminster golf club, and delivered remarks at a fundraiser despite the high risk that his aide may have been infected.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal EVP of Distribution and Marketing John C. Hall has recently exited the studio after 25 years and he’s launching Cardinal Trio Pictures with Lokal Media co-founder Nick Scherma, and filmmaker Chasen Parker.
The production company immediately has a number of projects in development:
—The untitled Enron Project which is written and will be directed by Parker. In a revisionist’s history 1999, an employee at Enron starts to figure out what the crooked real-life executives are up to and attempts to blackmail them, but upon humiliating him, he leaves with a plot of revenge.
—Killer will be directed by Michelle Cutolo and is written by T Zhang. The story follows two unlikely sleuths, bound together by a dark, shared past, as they pursue a serial kidnapper to Colombia. Upon arrival, the hunters become the hunted, and our heroes realized that the true enemy lies within.
—The Token Groomsman is written by Hall. Logline: Scott Lambert is having one of the worst sales pitches of his career when he receives a last-minute invitation to be a groomsman in an all-expenses paid, elaborate weekend wedding. After arriving, he quickly realizes that not only is he a stand-in groomsman, but he also has the most token role in his extremely wealthy, yet insignificant, college buddy’s wedding. With the help of his girlfriend, Teresa Boyd, Scott discovers that not only is the bride after the groom’s family money, but she is also after Scott. Suddenly, Scott finds himself changing from a reluctant groomsman to unexpected best friend to save the gullible groom. Start of production for each these features is scheduled for early 2021. The Cardinal Trio principals will serve as producers for each film. Financing for the films will be funded through independent financing and co-productions.
Scherma, who is the son of Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma, will continue in his capacity with Lokal Media. Both companies will enter into a strategic partnership where Lokal will handle physical production of the projects developed and distributed by Cardinal Trio. Lokal will also bring original projects to Cardinal Trio to help facilitate distribution, marketing, and development.
“I’ve spent half of my life working at Universal Pictures and leaving the studio was a very tough call to make. I’ve loved every minute of working on the distribution and marketing campaigns for hundreds of titles as a senior executive but moving into production was a step I’ve always wanted to take and partnering with Nick and Chasen to make movies is something I couldn’t resist,” said Hall.
“The opportunity to form a team that complements each other’s skill sets, shares the same collaborative love for film, and has developed the trust we have, is a filmmaker’s dream come true and creates the structural foundation for something truly special. I’m very proud to be moving forward together into the next chapter of our careers,” said Parker.
“To partner with a seasoned industry veteran like John and an incredible creative like Chasen is something that only comes once in a lifetime. I am extremely grateful and humbled to be starting this venture with the both of them and look forward to the amazing collaborations that Cardinal Trio Pictures and Lokal Media will create together,” said Scherma.
The company’s name, Cardinal Trio Pictures, was born from the trio’s like-mindedness in their approach to film-making. The Cardinal symbolizes loyalty and confidence, which are the firm’s tenets of business in their creative endeavors.
TMZ: Get a load of this ridiculous lawsuit — Tamron Hall‘s being sued for a whopping $16 million after telling a mom during a nationally-televised episode she wouldn’t want her own kid to hug the mom’s unvaccinated son.
Jeanine DiAngelo just sued Tamron individually and on behalf of her son, claiming they were embarrassed after Tamron compared her son to a “leper” during an episode about vaccinations that aired on ABC back in September 2019 … this according to docs obtained by TMZ.
In docs, DiAngelo claims Tamron said she would NOT let her son anywhere near DiAngelo’s son much less hug him because he’s not vaccinated. DiAngelo says Tamron violated NY law by discriminating against her and their religious beliefs.null
What’s more … she claims Tamron wasn’t prepared for the segment … arguing Tamron’s lack of education on the topic caused her and her son to suffer colossal emotional distress.
Thing is … the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said, should parents choose NOT to vaccine their kids, they should be prepared for the risks and responsibilities that come with that. One of those risks … parents with kids that ARE vaccinated are probably told to stay clear of kids who aren’t.
DiAngelo’s suing Hall, Disney and the production company for $16 million in damages. For what it’s worth … Tamron did hug DiAngelo’s son.
We reached out to Tamron for comment … so far, no word back.