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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Office of Inspector General has determined that City Council member Jolanda 'Jo' Jones has violated three executive orders and three city ordinances, according to memorandums posted by the City of Houston legal department.
The investigation by the OIG was launched after a representative with the Houston Police Officer's Union contacted City Attorney David Feldman with concerns about Jones using city resources to distribute a guide to the public titled "Know Your Rights with the Police."
The OIG pursued the investigation March 18 and determined that the guide card included a city-issued telephone number although the card was a private advertisement for Jones' private law practice, according to the memorandum.
The investigation by the OIG also determined that Jones allowed City Council staff to transport her to and from court and help in clerical duties related to her law practice.
In the memorandum, the OIG investigator accused Jones of instructing her staff to not cooperate with the OIG investigation.
Jones, according to the memorandum, met with an OIG investigator, but did not answer any questions and told the investigator she would return with sworn responses to the investigator's questions after meeting with an advisor.
“I have just received this report and will comment further once I have reviewed it. I hold myself and my staff to the highest ethical standards. I look forward to clearing up any misunderstandings with respect to this report as expeditiously as the process permits,” said Jones in a statement released late Wednesday night from her office.
On the Web:
Office of Inspector General Investigation into Councilmember Jolanda Jones -- http://media2.myfoxhouston.com/news/2011-06-08/jolanda-jones-investigation.pdf
THE REPORT WHERE JONES DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE INSITE!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I was originally very concerned about the appearance on the show but I think it turned out okay.
It was shot at the Tennis Channel Network in Los Angeles back in March.
I hope you enjoyed it.
The appearance was the result of my infamous Youtube appearance which has had over 10 million hits on the internet.
Tell me what you think about the Web Redemption on Tosh!
Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/hoffman/7598220.html#ixzz1ObeEGWMx
The new menu items will be available Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. through Monday, August 22 at all Whataburger locations. "While we are known best for our fresh, made-to-order burgers, our pies and shakes have made a name for themselves as well," said Rich Scheffler, Whataburger Restaurants, LP Group Director of Marketing. "The newest pineapple pie and shake are the perfect tropical combination for summer."
Whataburger has proudly served shakes since its first restaurant opened in 1950. The pineapple shake, introduced for the first time this summer, joins Whataburger's traditional shake flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
All shakes are offered in three sizes; 16-ounce, 20-ounce and 32-ounce. Pies made their debut on the Whataburger menu in the late 1950s. Pineapple, the newest flavor, joins the menu's traditional hot apple pie, a Whataburger customer favorite. In addition to delicious pies and shakes, other Whataburger dessert options include sugar and chocolate chunk cookies, cinnamon rolls and fruit chews.
Dessert is served at Whataburger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year at all 724 locations. For nutritional information on the Pineapple Pie, Pineapple Shake or any other Whataburger menu item including Whataburger's low calorie options, customers can visit www.whataburger.com.
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Monday, June 6, 2011
|Fired Rice University Police Officer David Sedmak|
David Sedmak was let go after leaving his post to help a Houston police officer who had been shot.
On Monday morning, the officers union held a news conference and played an audio tape that proves the Houston Police Department officer was in serious need of help.
School officials claim Sedmak was not let go because he helped a fellow officer but rather because he left his post and did not tell his supervisor where he was.
FOX 26 News received the following statement from a Rice University spokesman:
As a matter of policy, Rice University does not comment on personnel matters. However, out of respect for the Houston Police Department, we want to clarify that David Sedmak was terminated from the Rice University Police Department for dereliction of duty. Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus.
On a case-by-case basis:
The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) frequently assists police and other emergency response agencies in neighborhoods near the campus. They include police departments from Houston, West University Place, Southampton, Bellaire and the Texas Medical Center, and the Houston Fire Department. RUPD also conducts cross-training with some of these adjacent agencies.
In the first five months of 2011, RUPD responded 37 times to calls for help from these external agencies. In addition, RUPD officers who are patrolling the perimeter area around campus may happen on a crime in progress or another officer who needs assistance. In those cases, Rice officers will take action and then turn the scene over to the agency with jurisdiction. In all instances, Rice officers are required to promptly notify the RUPD dispatcher of their location and the situation, and they have portable radios and mobile radios in their police vehicles for that purpose. All radio transmissions are recorded, logged and monitored by the Rice police sergeant on duty. This enables the sergeant to monitor the situation to ensure that the officer is safe when responding to calls off campus, and also to ensure that enough officers are on duty on campus to protect the safety of our students and employees.
CONGRESSMAN WEINER ADMITS TO SENDING INAPPROPRIATE TWEETS!
Weiner apologized for sending the tweet and admits to sending inappropriate messages to at least 6 other women.
The 7 term Congressman says his denial only made things worst and it was a mistake to lie to the public.
Weiner also says his wife was disappointed but they are working out their problems.
Weiner also believes his communication on social media were with women who are of age. He says he's sorry and doesn't believe he broke any laws!
Duarte will not only provide reports for local affiliates of CBS around the country but serve as a contributor to the network as well.
Geraldino has already been spotted on the network covering various events including the high profile arrest of Dominique Strauss-Khan in New York.
This is a major accomplishment for Duarte, who not only works for a major network but he gets to move back home to New York City.
Duarte has traveled the country working in various markets including Baltimore, Houston, and Dallas.
The Insite spoke with the Emmy nominated reporter today and he says he's glad to be back home and he's loving the new gig.
Way to go Duarte!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The last time we checked on former Houston Mayor Bill White and his family he said they were going to live a nice and quiet private life. That's not quite true.
White's 19 year old son Stephen has talked him into a race that could literally claim their lives.
The grueling competition that tests your mental and physical abilities lasts 24 hours. Contestants are required to endure tough competitions ranging from mud runs to obstacle racing.
Stephen has signed up for the 2011 competition. Serving on his team will be his father, former Houston Mayor Bill White.
The Insite has learned Stephen is taking this competition quite seriously. How serious? The Texas A & M freshman has actually been practicing by pulling trucks harnessed to his body, dragging tires through rough terrain, and now he's at survivor school in Colorado. That's serious.
Stephen believes the Spartan Death Race will be as big as the Ironman competition in Hawaii. He says, "by doing something hard, and pushing myself past my comfort levels, I learn more about myself and the environment around me."
So, why is Stephen taking on such a crazy competition? I'm told he was looking for other avenues to funnel that energy after a knee injury ended the young Houstonians hopes of playing college basketball at West Point. Solution: The Spartan Death Races in Vermont.
|Former Mayor Bill White|
Bill seems excited about his son's adventure in the Spartan Death Race. He says, "each of us can do more than we think, and I am proud to be a father and support crew of a son who tests those limits."
Those limits will definitely be tested because Stephen actually plans to scale a mountain the day before the competition begins on June 24th. Good luck guys, you will need it!
Stephen White Training by Pulling a Truck:
Friday, June 3, 2011
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DENOUNCE THE ACTIONS OF RICE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS!
On Monday, June 6, 2011, at 8:00 a.m., Houston Police Officers’ Union president, Gary L. Blankinship and representatives from the Texas Municipal Police Association will be joined by other area law enforcement organization representatives to make a public statement regarding the Rice University police chief’s decision to terminate a Rice University police officer for coming to the aide of Houston Police officers who were involved in a deadly shootout on May 7, 2011.
The two HPD officers who were shot in the incident will be at the press conference
The press conference will be held in the HPOU Breckenridge Porter Building at 1602 State Street at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011
Previous report first on The Insite:
|Rice University Office David Sedmak - Photo courtesy LinkedIn|
That officer has been identified as David Sedmak.
It was back on May 7th when two Houston police officers found themselves in a shootout with a suspect at the downtown Greyhound bus station.
After one of the HPD cops was shot another officer got on the police radio and called for back up.
Sources tell the Insite Rice University police officer David Sedmak was on duty near the school and decided to respond and drove to the scene downtown.
We now know two Houston cops were shot but survived. The gunman, according to the police department, took his own life.
So what happened to officer Sedmak after the incident that lead every newscast in town? He was fired by the Rice University Police Department.
Members of the Houston Police Officers' Union are outraged at Rice's action. Ray Hunt is the vice president of the police officers' union. He says, "if Rice officers are in trouble we'll respond with back up and I'd expect their officers to do the same."
Hunt says what officer Sedmak did is an example of what Mayor Annise Parker called for when she ran for office back in 2009. It was during the campaign when Parker indicated she wanted law enforcement officers in the Houston area to work together because of a shortage of HPD officers.
Some say it appears Rice may not be interested in that citywide collaboration when it comes to officers backing up their brothers in blue.
The school issued this statement to the Insite:
"As a matter of policy, Rice University does not comment on personnel matters. However, out of respect for the Houston Police Department, we want to clarify that David Sedmak was terminated from the Rice University Police Department for dereliction of duty. Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus."
UPDATE: Rice spokesman B.J. Almond sent the Insite an email insisting Officer Sedmak was fired for leaving his post and not assisting HPD cops.
Almond also says the record reflects there is cooperation between the Rice Police Department and HPD.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
SOME CRITICS ARE ASKING WHY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ARE PUSHING FOR A TUITION INCREASE IN THESE TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES.
THE BOARD MEETS FRIDAY MORNING TO CONSIDER A TUITION HIKE FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS.
SOME STUDENTS ARE ALSO CRITICIZING THE INCREASE AFTER ALLEGATIONS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT U OF H HAS SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON SEVERAL TRIPS TO GHANA, WEST AFRICA.
TRIPS WHERE THERE ARE NOW ALLEGATIONS OF A PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS USING MARIJUANA.
THAT INVESTIGATION INTO DRUG USE IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT THE SCHOOL.
THE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW MORNING AT 8AM.
An excerpt for the lawsuit:
The defendant singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguards, the individual defendants, to attack the plaintiff as he talked on his cell phone and waited for his family to pick him up at the defendant airport.
"Apparently, LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in.
LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her body guards." They first shoved the plaintiff, then hit him in the face with their fists before standing over him and taunting him as he lay on his back with a concussion.
LaBelle did not get out of her limo until the ambulance had taken plaintiff away. "Apparently deciding that a little bit of public relations was in order, defendant LaBelle stepped out of her limousine and smiled for photographs with Houston police officers, standing triumphantly over the pooled blood of King."
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Houston Police Officer Kevin Will was working an accident early Sunday morning on the north loop when he was hit by a driver. Prosecutors say that man was drunk and high on cocaine.
The suspect is 26 year old Johoan Rodriguez. A man investigators say was in this country illegally.
Rodriguez was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Will is survived by his wife who is pregnant with their first child. The 38 year old also had two step children.
Officer Will worked for HPD for two years!
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