Saturday, April 30, 2011
25th Southern University Houston Alumni Annual Crawfish Boil
& Fish Fry
Saturday, April 30th
Serving time 1-4
Kitty Hollow Park
9555 Highway 6 South
Missouri City, TX
Tickets are $17 before April 14th.
Friday, April 29, 2011
|Former HPD Cop Demetrie Dixon|
He's being called a rapist in blue and now a Houston police officer could be going to prison for a very long time.
It was last year when 26 year old Demetrie Dixon was arrested for sexually assaulting at least two prostitutes near west 34th street in northwest Houston.
Investigators say Dixon, a 2 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, used his authority to detain and sexually assault the hookers.
Friday morning a Harris County jury returned a guilty verdict on 2 counts of sexual assault against the rookie cop.
Prosecutors paraded a string of street walkers into the court to tell how they were victimized by Dixon.
One woman who we're not identifying told jurors in the punishment phase, "I know I'm a prostitute but I didn't deserve that."
That woman says Dixon forced her to strip nude and told her to spread her lips.
Another woman who says she no longer works the streets testified, "I was forced to perform oral sex on him...I didn't ask for this...he did this to me."
Dixon's attorney said they could not comment until after sentencing which is likely to take place Monday.
Dixon faces two to twenty years for the convictions.
The new performance is Sunday, February 12, 2012 which is in addition to the previously announced performance on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11, 2012. Starting Monday, May 2 at 12pm, tickets will be available at www.toyotacentertix.com or by calling 1-866-446-8849. Tickets range from $50 to $250 each.
Groups of 20 and more can get a 10% discount by calling 713-758-7577. Written and directed by Jamie King, this once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture.
A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience.
Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.
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William, 28, and Middleton, 29, exchanged vows before nearly 2,000 guests in the abbey and a television and internet audience of millions.
They were formally declared married by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Church of England.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) has announced that it will send 20 Youth to Washington D.C. for an all expense paid educational trip as part of the Eagle Scholars Student Enrichment Program. Students will travel from Houston Texas to Washington D.C. on May 6 and spend two (2) days meeting distinguished individuals and visiting historic and iconic sites in our nation's capital.
There will be a special rally Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 6pm at the Empowerment Community Center, 8333 Sweetwater Lane, Houston Texas, 77037, featuring a mentoring message from Bernard "Bun B" Freeman. Best known as one half of the dynamic rap group UGK, Bun B is now a distinguished lecturer of Religion and Hip-Hop Culture at Rice University-Houston.
TWEF Founder, Deavra Daughtry says, "This is a wonderful exposure opportunity for these young men to see our nation's capital and interact with leaders from around the nation." The Eagle Scholars Student Enrichment Program is a FREE eighteen (18) week after school program held at the Empowerment Community Center that helps male students, ages 8-18, in low to moderate income neighborhoods build character, expand their dreams and personal vision for their lives, develop valuable communication skills and learn vital lessons for living an empowered life.
|The birth certificate|
Today Shepherd Smith hosted Juan Williams to discuss the release of President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate. In the five-minute video segment which can be seen to the left, Smith and Williams condemn the media, including his own network, for generating the story over the past two years. Smith has been willing to deliver a scathing rebuke of his own network in the past, and today’s segment followed in that pattern.
As Williams put it, the release of the long form birth certificate has not put an end to the conspiracy theories against Obama.
Now others are moving on to theories that the President somehow produced fake transcripts to get into Harvard Law School. Williams says that the theories are being created because of a general anger towards the President and even concedes that it has a “racial tinge” to some degree.
|FOX's Shep Smith|
Smith goes on to say it “just flat sad” that people like Donald Trump are being extensively covered by then media while more important issues, such as the war in Afghanistan, go ignored.
A grandmother was charged with child endangerment after a 3-year-old child was left alone and crying in front of a liquor store.
Court documents state a passerby found the child outside the wine and liquor store while Merle Yvonne Guice, 49, was inside on April 23.
The passerby waited next to the vehicle for 15-20 minutes in the hope the child’s mother would show up, Donna Hawkins, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said.
The child and the passerby walked toward a Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office when Guice finally emerged from the liquor store.
Guice identified the 3-year-old as her grandchild and was subsequently charged with Endangering a Child.
Her first court appearance is scheduled for May 10.
The superstar was sued in Manhattan Supreme Court by a video game company Gate Five, which teamed up with her for a dance game called "Starpower: Beyonce," the New York Post reported.
The game was due out this November, the suit says, but went belly-up when the "Single Ladies" singer abruptly asked for more money last December.
The suit calls it "a bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five's business, and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas."
A Gate Five spokesman told the Post, "It was a very shocking and disappointing turn of events that no one saw coming, and now we're all trying to pick up the pieces."
The suit claims that Beyonce had "already negotiated lavish compensation" for the game, made an "extortionate demand for entirely new compensation" at a "crucial moment in the project's development," causing the main financier to back out.
Reps for Beyonce did not get back to the Post.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I jumped at the chance last weekend to finally own a 3D television. The one I found was affordable, it looked great, and it came with internet accessibility.
It was the Vizio brand sold in most Walmart stores and the remote even has a qwerty keyboard.
By the time I got home I was very satisfied with the picture, 3D performance, 120Hz, and sound quality. But what threw me for a loop after a watching a while was the internet accessibility feature.
The tv was also wireless which is also a plus and huge bargain at $698.
|cool qwerty keyboard on the tv remote|
Every time I loaded an internet app or program it crashed after about 30 seconds. I thought something was wrong with this particular tv because all of the reviews were great.
Apparently, no one spent any time monitoring the apps on the set before publishing those reviews.
So, I decided to take the first television back and get a second one. When I got the next Vizio home it did the same thing.
I called customer service and the best they could do is tell me to reboot the tv and call them back if I have more problems. I did. I skipped the call back and went online and found a laundry list of people who complained about the same thing - apps crashing.
Needless to say, I took the second television back to Walmart.
I guess it's time I pull out an extra $500 and get that Samsung Smart TV. I hope that set doesn't have any bugs I don't know about!
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|T.D. Jakes' April 23 red carpet screening of his upcoming film, Jumping the Broom, a project with Sony Pictures, drew an impressive parade of Hollywood stars and other dignitaries to Dallas' NorthPark AMC Theater. The special preview was followed by Easter service at The Potter's House Church on Sunday, April 24. |
Debuting in theaters on May 6, 2011, Jumping the Broom is a light-hearted movie showing the clash of two families from different backgrounds during a weekend wedding. With wit and wisdom, Jumping the Broom explores the cultural and spiritual challenges of abstinence, motherhood, family, and relationships alongside themes such as forgiveness, family secrets, and misperceptions.
The remarkable cast includes Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Julie Bowen, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Tasha Smith, Gary Dourdan, Valarie Pettiford, Vera Cudjoe, Megan Good, Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis, and Pooch Hall—many of whom attended the Dallas event. Bassett and Patton were also joined by their celebrity spouses, actor Courtney B. Vance and R&B heartthrob Robin Thicke.
"The entire weekend is meant to send a message," Jakes said to media from more than 50 outlets across the nation. "It's a new day for diversity in filmmaking and for growth of the Dallas-based film market. So while the Los Angeles premiere comes next week, the real celebration is here with my city, friends, and The Potter's House congregation."
For its part, the City of Dallas named Saturday, April 23, 2011 "T.D. Jakes/Jumping the Broom Day."
Monday I decided to return a television back to the electronics retailer Best Buy in the Woodlands.
I bought it Saturday with good old American cash.
But when I got the Sharp product home I realized it blinked off and on. Also, the internet promised with the tv was less than stellar.
So, like any unsatisfied customer I decided to take it back on Monday. The store was closed for Easter Sunday.
After the tech checked it out I actually thought I was cleared for my refund. I was wrong.
Actually, I was shocked when the clerk told me because I paid cash over $250 I would have to wait 10 to 15 business days to get my money back in a check. I asked why. The clerk told me it was clearly stated in the fine print on my receipt. She also said Best Buy doesn't like to keep lots of cash in their store.
So, if you ever go to buy something from Best Buy never use cash. You could be waiting weeks before you get your money back.
Oh, make sure you read the fine print as well!
I'm going to be completely honest and say I simply don't get it.
Some say you could pay as much as $4 per cupcake. That's like highway robbery to me.
It's not even a full cake. It's not a pound cake. It's a few ounces of cake.
Spending that much money on a cupcake is outlandish to me. But that's just me.
Tell the Insite what's the appeal of a cupcake shop. Is it the new happening trend?
Please let me know because I'm lost on this one!
|New Tasers in Houston?|
Last week the Insite had a 50 minute long conversation with HPD Chief Charles McClelland. It was to discuss his one year anniversary as the top cop at the Houston Police Department.
One of the topics of discussion - tasers.
You know those space age devices that Houston cops carry. They can zap you instead of putting a bullet in a suspect.
|HPD Chief Charles McClelland|
Chief McClelland says just like computers the technology involved with tasers is always changing. He says he'd like to upgrade the current ones on the streets.
McClelland says in the next few months the department will make a move to bring in a new line of tasers to the officers in the department.
However, McClelland didn't say how the money strapped police department will pay for them with possible layoffs looming.
HPD spent nearly $5 million since 2004 for over 5,000 stun guns from Taser International based in Arizona.
The Insite will keep you updated!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
|John Guess and his sister attorney Carol Guess|
If you've ever been to Houston City Hall you've probably seen him. If you've been out in the community, you've likely seen him rolling up his sleeve and helping out. We're talking about Houston City Controller employee John Guess.
|John Guess delivering toys to sick kids at Christmas|
Guess has worked for Controller Ronald Green in various capacities for nearly a decade and now the Insite hears he may be ready to step out of the shadows.
Sources say Guess is considering forming an exploratory committee to run for the proposed City Council District K in southwest Houston.
As a result of the increase in population the city of Houston is adding at least two more council seats.
No word from Guess as of yet if he is in fact running for the post.
Once the plans for redistricting have been reviewed by the federal government Houston's City Council could vote on it as early as next month!
The police department says the assistance was unauthorized and is under investigation. Police say the Friday night escort was requested by the hip-hop star's dry cleaner, who asked several officers before the sergeant
One police van escorted Combs from the Hammerstein Ballroom to just near the entrance for the Lincoln Tunnel. The department says claims that several officers escorted Combs to New Jersey are false.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says security is the only reason anyone should get a police escort.
A representative for Combs has no comment.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Firefighters say they're still not sure how the fire started but it cut through at least 20 acres of land. There was concern for the dozen or so of families who live in Summers Gate subdivision just off loop 336.
The fire came right to the back of their homes in the neighborhood.
Keith Werley says his son in law called him at work and thats when he jumped into his truck and headed home.
Werley says he was relieved when he realized the Conroe Fire department had the situation under control.
However, some of Werley's neighbors took extra precautions by using their home sprinkled system to keep the back of their property moist.
Conroe Fire Chief Ken Krager says the toughest problem fighting the fire were the strong winds and dry conditions. Krager says it took about three hours to control the flames. He confirms no property was destroyed and no one was injured.
Firefighters will remain on the scene of the fire for at least 24 hours to ensure it doesn't flare back up.
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Alejandro Pantoja-Rosales, 29, and Juan Romero-Trejo, 36, both of Houston, have been sentenced to federal prison for holding smuggled aliens hostage for ransom payments, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore sentenced Pantoja-Rosales to 262 months imprisonment, while Romero-Trejo received 240 months. Pantoja-Rosales and Romero-Trejo pleaded guilty on March 26, 2010, to one count of hostage taking and conspiracy to commit hostage taking, respectively.
Both defendants admitted to harboring aliens in a Houston stash house and apartment where the aliens were kept until relatives or friends paid a fee for their release. Four other defendants, Heriberto Perez-Pinon, 26, Israel Perez-Pinon, 27, Edgar Ivan Guerrero, 21, and Eduardo Lopez-Vargas, 33, have also pleaded guilty in the case to hostage taking or conspiracy to commit hostage taking.
On Aug. 21, 2009, Heriberto Perez-Pinon, Pantoja-Rosales, Lopez-Vargas and Guerrero drove to a location near El Campo, Texas, in order to target a load of 13 aliens being transported by another smuggler. In the effort to hijack the pickup truck in which the 13 aliens were being transported, Pantoja-Rosales fired multiple gunshots at the truck. The defendants then dragged the driver from the pickup who was pistol-whipped until he was severely injured. Pantoja-Rosales then drove off with the load of 13 aliens with the three other defendants following in separate vehicles. The smuggled aliens were taken to a Houston stash house on the 5400 block of Heron Drive, where Israel Perez-Pinon and Guerrero placed telephone calls to the aliens’ relatives demanding money, paid by wire transfer, for their release.
The investigation leading to the arrest and filing of criminal charges began when a concerned citizen contacted the Houston Police Department (HPD) on behalf of two aliens who escaped from the load on the way to the stash house. While talking with officers, the two aliens noticed Pantoja-Rosales and Lopez-Vargas drive-by, apparently attempting to recapture them. HPD officers arrested Pantoja-Rosales and Lopez-Vargas. Officers and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) were then led to the stash house on Heron Drive, where Guerrero and Israel Perez-Pinon were found guarding four aliens in a middle bedroom who had not yet been released. The electricity to the house had been turned off.
ICE-HSI agents and HPD officers learned of the possibility that the organization was harboring additional aliens at an apartment located on the 4000 block of Hollister. There, agents and officers discovered Romero-Trejo, who was arrested, and two female aliens. Heriberto Perez-Pinon was arrested the following day during a traffic stop.
The two female aliens found at the apartment, as well as a third female alien who came forward days later, stated that they had been sexually assaulted by Romero-Trejo and Pantoja-Rosales.
Today, Pantoja-Rosales’ and Romero-Trejo’s sentences were pronounced following a lengthy sentencing hearing during which one of the female illegal aliens who was held hostage for upwards of two weeks testified. The woman described how Pantoja-Rosales and Romero-Trejo sexually assaulted her and two other female aliens on multiple occasions while awaiting ransom payments from the womens’ families. Also stated in court today was information regarding a rape kit examination following the testifying woman’s rescue by immigration agents which revealed the presence of DNA that was later linked to defendant Romero-Trejo.
All of the defendants, with the exception of Guerrero who is a U.S. citizen, are themselves undocumented aliens.
Already sentenced in the case was Guerrero, who received a 210-month term of imprisonment on April 18, 2011. Israel Perez-Pinion is scheduled for sentencing on May 9, 2011, while Lopez-Vargas is set for June 6, 2011. Heriberto Perez-Pinon, the believed leader of the conspiracy, will be sentenced on June 6, 2011.
The case was investigated by ICE-HSI with the assistance of HPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Searle.
star and his business partner cut ties and exchanged harsh words.
Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, closed on Sunday, just four months after opening to much fanfare.
Flav told WQAD-TV that he was pulling a license that allowed restaurant manager Nick Cimino to use his name in the restaurant because he "isn't running the business right." Some former employees had complained they were not paid.
Cimino told the station Flav was "a fraud" who was trying to get rich off of his ideas and work.
Flav, a founder of the hip-hop group Public Enemy and later a star of VH1's "The Surreal Life," opened the business with Cimino in January.
Fitness Expert & Personal Trainer Daniel Malveaux
Question: When do i eat before exercise?
The foods you eat before you exercise and the timing of your meals or snacks really does matter. You don't want to have a full stomach when you work out, but you don't want to be hungry either. If you eat a large meal just before you exercise, you may experience nausea, feel sluggish or end up with muscle cramps. This happens because your body needs energy to digest the foods you eat so blood flow increases to your digestive system, leaving less energy-providing blood for muscles.
Exercising on an empty stomach isn't good either. Skipping meals before exercising can cause low blood sugar, which can make you to feel weak and light-headed. You also need some energy in the form of the right types of food to properly fuel your work out. Eating a light meal before exercise may actually increase your fat-burning potential.