Former Houston Texans star pass-rusher J.J. Watt had a wild time in free agency, but he has finally selected his next team. On Monday, the five-time Pro Bowler announced he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
The United States is poised to get a third coronavirus vaccine — this one made by Johnson & Johnson.
Houston and the state of Texas could be getting a shipment of 200,000 doses as soon as this week.
Right now those in the 1A and 1B categories qualify for the vaccination in our area.
This all comes as the US Food and Drug Administration has given the vaccine emergency use authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended it, and the federal government is scheduled to start distribution almost immediately.
Two vaccines are already being distributed in the US — one made by Moderna and another made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The new vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine division, is a little different. Here’s how.
It’s one dose:
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose. That means no follow-up visits, none of the red tape needed to make sure people return for those second shots, and none of the worry about making sure a second dose is available at the right time.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both designed to be given in a two-dose series — the Pfizer vaccine three weeks apart and Moderna’s four weeks apart.
There’s been discussion about whether it might be OK to give these vaccines as a single dose, or to extend the time between doses so more people can get their first vaccine, and thus get at least some protection.
But the FDA authorization says two doses, and many vaccine experts, including White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, fear giving just one dose of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines might leave people only partly protected.
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was tested and shown to protect people with a single dose, although studies are underway to see if two doses might provide more protection.
A triple murder suspect broke down in tears in an Oklahoma courtroom as a prosecutor detailed how he cut out the heart of one of his victims, cooked it with potatoes and fed it to his relatives before trying to kill them too.
Lawrence Paul Anderson, 42, confessed to breaking into 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Blankenship’s home in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on Feb. 12 by breaking down her back door with his shoulder. He then allegedly confessed to killing her and cutting out her heart, taking it across the street to his aunt and uncle’s home and sauteing it with potatoes. He then tried to force them to eat it to “release the demons” before he fatally attacked his uncle and nearly killed his aunt. He is also charged with murdering their 4-year old granddaughter Kaeos Yates.
Police confiscated the cooking pans used in the alleged crime, including a pan with food still inside.
Anderson could be heard crying and repeating, “Oh God, Oh God” during his arraignment on Tuesday. He also said he did not want to be bailed out. ”I don’t want no bail, your honor. I don’t want no bail,” he told Grady County Special Judge Regina Lowe.
He faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and one count of maiming. Cannibalism is not a crime in Oklahoma, so there will be no additional charges for feeding the neighbor to his relatives, Leon and Delsie Pye.
Anderson is a repeat offender who was released from prison in January after Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commuted his sentence from 20 years to nine years for drugs and other related crimes. He had listed his aunt and uncle’s home as his post-incarceration address without their consent, but had only visited once. “They were surprised to see him just show up, that he was out. They had no prior knowledge that he was being released and they had never consented to him listing their address as his home,” Oklahoma City attorney Robert Wagner told the court, according to The Oklahoman.
Haylee Blankenship, Andrea Blankenship’s 18-year-old daughter, told local media outlet KFOR that her mother was “filled with so much love” in an interview after Anderson’s arraignment.
“I hope that he spends the rest of his life thinking about it until he gets his life taken, just like he took those people’s lives,” she said.
A Harris County deputy Sheriff has found himself suspended after threatening to kill a driver in Houston on Monday.
There are few details on exactly what happened but from the video posted on YouTube, the driver is accused of almost hitting the deputy on 610 near Braeswood.
The deputy confronts the driver in his vehicle threatening to kill him.
Neither men have been officially identified by name.
However, the Factor has learned that deputy has since been suspended and is under investigation for his behavior.
Jason Spencer with the Sheriff’s office issued this statement:
We launched an internal affairs investigation yesterday after the video was brought to our attention. The deputy has been identified and relieved of law enforcement duties pending the investigation’s outcome.
In partnership with the Houston Food Bank, HISD will be assisting our families with food box distributions on Monday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hattie Mae White; and Wednesday, February 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Barnett Stadium.
President Joe Biden on Saturday approved a major disaster declaration for Texas following the winter storm that left residents without power and thousands fighting bursting pipes and water leaks.
The declaration allows homeowners and renters in 77 counties that have been designated for individual assistance to apply for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“The funds provided under the Major Disaster Declaration may provide crucial assistance to Texans as they begin to repair their homes and address property damage,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a written statement.
To apply for assistance online, visit disasterassistance.gov. To do so over the phone, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The lines will be in operation seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jas Prince/Turkey Leg Hut trail ride for charity in Houston…
Prince is hoping to raise money for those effected by the winter storm that devestated Houston this week.
Prince also partnered with the owners of Turkey Leg Hut for the trail ride that will snake through Houston’s historic Third Ward.
More from the press release:
The Turkey Leg Hut (TLH) and Jas Prince are inviting the community to saddle up their horses and join then for a Community Trail Ride Fundraiser tomorrow, February 20, 2021, to raise money for Houstonians in need of food and supplies.
The horseback fundraiser will start at 11am tomorrow at the Turkey Leg Hut restaurant, located at 4830 Almeda Road, in Houston’s Third Ward. All proceeds from the event will go to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s fund to benefit those impacted by Winter Storm Uri.
TLH Founders Nakia and Lynn Price partnered with Jas Prince, boxing manager and CEO of Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, to put together the Texas-style ride to raise money for local families tomorrow. Those who cannot attend can visit boostonemarketing.com and fill out the contact form to donate.
The Prices, known for their celebrity-magnet restaurant and famous TLH brand of oversized, stuffed turkey legs, jumped in to help the community as soon as this crisis began on Monday, bringing hot turkey legs Downtown and handing them out to people in need at the warming station at the George R. Brown Convention Center. In the days to follow, the Prices kept their Food Truck going and gathered their resources, partnering with US Foods, to hand out cases of water yesterday to anyone in need.
All proceeds from tomorrow’s Community Ride Fundraiser will go to Mayor Turner’s fund to help low-income senior citizens, families and individuals, many of whom sustained major damage to their homes when pipes burst due to the winter storm.
Anyone wishing to join the Prices and Jas Prince for the Community Ride tomorrow should arrive at the Turkey Leg Hut by 11am.