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ARE YOU READY FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER BLVD.?

REPRESENTATIVE SHAWN THIERRY

Today Rep. Thierry addressed the Houston City Council and made a special request of Mayor Turner, Mayor Pro Tem, and the esteemed members of city council.

She asked for the painting of a street mural near “Hippy Hill” and Miller Outdoor Theater with the words “BLACK LIVES MATTER” as have been painted in major metropolitan cities across the country.

She also requested that the street adjacent to City Hall be renamed Black Lives Matter Blvd.

Rep. Thierry believes that with Houston being one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we must show our solidarity and support for criminal justice reform and we will not tolerate racism and police brutality for unlawful killing of our black residents.

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24 HOUR FITNESS ANNOUNCES CHAPTER 11 FILING BUT VOWS TO STAY IN BUSINESS!

I am writing to share an important update with you about 24 Hour Fitness and our commitment to delivering the best possible fitness experience for you.

Today we are announcing a financial restructuring, through a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, that we expect will make our company stronger. As part of this, we have received commitments for $250 million in financing that will allow us to continue our club reopening process without interruption. This restructuring will enable us to eliminate debt and close selected clubs that were either out-of-date or in close proximity to other 24 Hour Fitness clubs.

Removing these financial and operational constraints will allow us to focus on our network of approximately 300 existing clubs nationwide. We will have the financial flexibility to upgrade our equipment and expand and improve our fitness offerings to best serve our members and continue our transformational journey.

Importantly, this restructuring process does not change our commitment to health and safety. In addition, during our phased club reopening, all members will have access to any available 24 Hour Fitness club through the end of 2020—regardless of membership level. We will also continue to enhance the fitness experience inside and outside our clubs including our 24GO®app and 24GO® LIVE streaming services through the 24 Hour Fitness® YouTube channel and other offerings that contribute to your health and overall wellbeing.

We plan to provide updates to you during this process, and you may receive notices about the Chapter 11 case in the mail. You can visit the Contact Us portion of https://www.24hourfitness.com/restructure to see FAQs or to raise any questions about this process or your membership. Thank you for your patience with our Member Services department as we work to respond to your inquiries as quickly as possible.

We remain deeply grateful for your membership and offer our heartfelt thanks for your continued loyalty and commitment to 24 Hour Fitness. You provide the inspiration for what we do, and we hope you will choose to continue your fitness journey with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our clubs.


All My Best,
Tony
Tony Ueber, CEO

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHANNING TATUM ON GEORGE FLOYD!

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AN EXCLUSIVE WITH JANIE FOXX ON GEORGE FLOYD!

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DON’T MISS DAVE CHAPPELLE’S NEW COMMENTARY ON GEORGE FLOYD!

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HARRIS COUNTY DEPUTY DIES FROM COVID 19!

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the death of Deputy Juan Menchaca, who died on Saturday after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.

Deputy Menchaca, 70, had been hospitalized for several weeks after contracting COVID-19. He was a 14-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and was most recently assigned to the courts division. He began his law enforcement career with the Nacogdoches Police Department, and he previously served 18 years as a Texas parole officer.

“Deputy Menchaca was a beloved member of our Harris County Sheriff’s Office family, and he will be terribly missed by all of us who had the honor of knowing him,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “I ask the entire community to lift up Deputy Menchaca, his wife, Melissa, and their entire family in their prayers. I also ask that we all honor him by continuing to do our part to stop the spread of this terrible virus.”

Deputy Menchaca and his wife had seven children.

He is the second Sheriff’s Office employee to die after contracting COVID-19. Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski died of the virus on May 6.

The number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for coronavirus during the pandemic stands at 332. Of those, 15 are currently hospitalized and 254 have recovered.

Funeral arrangements for Deputy Menchaca are pending.

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POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS AFTER BLACK MAN SHOT IN ATLANTA!

Rayshard Brooks

Protesters flooded streets of southeast Atlanta Saturday night, angry over the deadly police-involved shooting of a black man at a fast-food restaurant the night before. The protesters surrounded the Wendy’s where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and then made their way to nearby Interstate 75/85, bringing the major thoroughfare to a standstill.The Wendy’s where Brooks lost his life was in flames Saturday night, and a crowd also set fire to automobiles near the fast-food restaurant. Earlier in the day, police used tear gas and a flash bang to try to clear the crowd there.The chaos came after Atlanta’s police chief stepped down and the mayor called for the officer who shot Brooks to be fired.

Former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields.

Brooks was shot in the Wendy’s parking lot Friday night after he scuffled with officers and ran away with one of their stun guns, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The incident began with a call to police at 10:33 p.m. Friday about a man sleeping in a parked vehicle in the restaurant’s drive-thru lane, causing other customers to drive around it, the GBI said in a statement.Police gave Brooks a field sobriety test, which he failed, the GBI said. He resisted arrest and struggled with officers, the GBI said.GBI Director Vic Reynolds said Saturday that his department obtained surveillance video of the incident from Wendy’s and reviewed video that witnesses posted on social media.

The video from the eyewitness begins in the middle of the struggle between Brooks and two police officers. In the video, an officer is heard telling Brooks to “stop fighting” and “hands off the taser.” The eyewitness told CNN that by the time they arrived on the scene, Brooks’ car was parked in a parking spot.”The fight started when they tried to make an arrest … after that he took a taser and took off,” the witness said.As the scuffle broke up, the video shows Brooks beginning to run from the officers and he is seen holding what appears to be a stun gun in his right hand. It appears one of the officers fires their stun gun at Brooks three times as he runs away.Witnesses told GBI investigators that Brooks had one of the officer’s stun guns.Shortly after Brooks and one of the officers run by the car of the eyewitness taking the video, a second officer runs by, following Brooks.Three shots are then heard out of frame.

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MIDTOWN’S BELLE STATION PREPARES TO RE-OPEN FULLY THIS FRIDAY!

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GEORGIA POLICE ATTEMPTED TO TASE AHMAUD ARBERY BACK IN 2017!

FROM THE GUARDIAN: Police attempted to use a Taser on Ahmaud Arbery, the slain Georgia jogger, after questioning why he was sitting alone in his car in a park one morning in November 2017, according to records and a police video obtained by the Guardian.

The video comes to light as law enforcement in the area faces scrutiny after Arbery was shot dead by two white men while out for a run in February.

Police did not initially arrest Gregory and Travis McMichael, who chased down and killed the unarmed Arbery, and a prosecutor assigned to the case wrote a lengthy memo explaining why the killing was legally justified.

In a joint statement to the Guardian, lawyers working for the Arbery family described the video as a clear depiction of ‘a situation where Ahmaud was harassed by Glynn county police officers’.

In a joint statement to the Guardian lawyers working for the Arbery family described the video as a clear depiction of “a situation where Ahmaud was harassed by Glynn county police officers”.

The lawyers said there was “no justifiable reason” for Arbery to be threatened with a Taser. “This appears to be just a glimpse into the kind of scrutiny Ahmaud Arbery faced not only by this police department, but ultimately regular citizens like the McMichaels and their posse, pretending to be police officers.”

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 3119 Bay Street!

Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a male at 3119 Bay Street about 2:50 p.m. last Friday (May 15).

The suspect, Rogelio Castillo (H/m, 20), is charged with capital murder in the 338th State District Court.  A booking photo of Castillo is attached to this news release.

The identity of the victim is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Homicide Division Officers R. Naughton and L. Patterson reported:

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the above address and found the victim, unresponsive, lying next to a wrecked, black sport utility vehicle.  Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.  He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

Officers canvassing the area then found a Hispanic male suspect (Castillo) that matched witnesses’ descriptions of a male walking in the area with blood on his hands.  Castillo was detained and identified by witnesses as the shooter.  Castillo confessed to his role in the shooting and stated he was attempting to rob the victim.

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.