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  • Newark Residents Miffed Over Bill from Whitney Houston's Funeral (5% of annual police budget)

    04/08/2012 11:27:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/07/12 | Connor Simpson
    Newark Residents Miffed Over Bill from Whitney Houston's FuneralBy Connor Simpson | The Atlantic Wire – 20 hrs ago Newark residents are being left to pick up the bill for Whitney Houston's funeral, and, surprisingly, they aren't happy about it. The demands of the high-profile funeral attendees have left the city of Newark with a $187,000 bill for police overtime. Police acted as barriers between fans and the proceedings on the day of the funeral of the Newark native who drowned in February. Nearly 200 officers were posted to the New Batist Church on the day of the funeral.
  • High-risk sex offender on the run in Houston after discarding GPS ankle monitor

    04/07/2012 9:05:32 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 7, 2012 | NewsCore
    <p>HOUSTON – A high-risk sex offender was on the loose Friday night after escaping from a Houston halfway house and discarding his GPS tracking ankle monitor, the Houston Chronicle reported.</p> <p>Michael Elbert Young, 42, climbed over a barbed wire fence at the Southeast Texas Transitional Center after last being seen around 9:50pm local time Thursday night.</p>
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pressing for bullet train between Houston and Dallas

    04/05/2012 11:23:00 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 51 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 5, 2012
    Officials in Japan and South Korea are telling Houston-area Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee that they are interested in helping Texas build a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. The Houston Democrat said the foreign officials described their interest to her during an official congressional visit to Japan, South Korea and China. “This is absolutely the right direction America should be moving toward,” said Jackson Lee, who traveled between Osaka and Tokyo on Japan’s world famous high speed rail system. “We should be looking at high-speed rail that can provide clean, safe and efficient transportation that can move people from...
  • Anti-Illlegal Immigration Petition Hits the Streets-Houston

    03/31/2012 7:44:53 PM PDT · by magna carta · 2 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 30,2012 | Chris Moran
    Petitions circulating in Houston seek fall ballot propositions to mandate that police check the immigration status of detainees and that city contractors check the immigration status of all employees. The group called Stop the Magnet has been circulating the petitions for about six weeks, said communications director Maria Martinez. The group needs the signatures of about 20,000 registered voters on each petition to qualify them for the November ballot.
  • Petition Drive Underway In Houston-City Voters Needed

    03/25/2012 5:23:14 PM PDT · by magna carta · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | March 17,2012 | David Bellow
    There petitions require 20,000 signatures each by about late summer 2012 in order to get on the ballot. If they make it onto the ballot and the people of Houston vote in favor of them, they will become a part of Houston's City Ordinances and Regulations, regardless of whether or not the City Council approves of them or not.
  • Whitney Houston: Cocaine worsened heart problems, officials say (Drugs Kill)

    03/22/2012 5:47:14 PM PDT · by BAW · 39 replies
    Singer Whitney Houston's use of cocaine "exacerbated her heart condition" and played a role in her accidental drowning in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, Los Angeles County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey said. The long-awaited autopsy results were released Thursday after weeks of intense speculation over how the 48-year-old pop star died. It marks another high-profile Hollywood death connected to drug use, coming less than three years after Michael Jackson died suddenly at his Holmby Hills mansion. Jackson’s death resulted from intoxication involving a powerful sedative, and his doctor was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
  • Anti-Semitic Rant Spurs Goodwill, Money to Houston Holocaust Museum

    03/17/2012 8:52:30 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    myfoxhouston.com ^ | 17 Mar 2012 | Melinda Spaulding
    A profanity-laden, anti-Semitic voice message is helping the Houston Holocaust Museum raise money to save an important World War II artifact. That message on Braeden Howard's voice mail was left after his consulting company publicized the work they are doing with the museum. To restore a 37-foot fishing vessel, similar to those used to smuggle Jews out of Denmark during World War II.
  • Whistleblower Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood in Texas Filed Millions in Fraudulent Medicaid Claims

    03/17/2012 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Breitbart ^ | March 15, 2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, now known as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, charging the provider of abortion services with fraudulent Medicaid claims in the amount of nearly $6 million. The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), on behalf of former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, accused Planned Parenthood of submitting over 87,000 "false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” under Title XIX, in association with the Texas Women’s Health Program. The Medicaid claims, filed between 2007 and 2009, were valued at more than $5.7 million. The...
  • Bee hive stolen from Haven restaurant over the weekend

    03/13/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 13 Mar 2012 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON - Workers at a Houston restaurant are left dumbfounded after a strange theft. Honeybees and their hive are missing...and they didn't just fly away. Haven chef Randy Evans explained how bees help pollinate the Meyer lemon trees at the restaurant the Upper Kirby district; that is, until the entire hive was stolen from his restaurant's garden early Saturday morning. "Someone had to know what they were doing. They came when it was dark, cold and raining, the most inactive time for bees," said Evans. Surveillance video captured a truck rolling into Haven restaurant's parking lot just before 6am. The...
  • Houston Democrats seek alternative funding for women's (baby killing) program

    03/13/2012 5:06:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2012 | Todd Ackerman
    Leading Houston Democrats in favor of a seemingly doomed health care program for low-income women are pushing to bypass the state to keep federal money flowing to Planned Parenthood. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and state Rep. Garnet Coleman said Monday they are negotiating with U.S. Health and Human Services in hopes of finding alternative funding for the program, which provides health screenings and contraceptive services to 130,000 Texas women on Medicaid. "It would be a look-alike program but not be the same thing," said Coleman. The Medicaid Women's Health Program is due to end in Texas on March...
  • Guns used in killing of ICE agent draw scrutiny(gunwalker)

    03/12/2012 10:25:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    chron.com ^ | 10 March 2012 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON - The one thing the salesman at JJ's Pawn Shop in Beaumont remembered about Robert Riendfliesh from the day he picked up an order of 10 AK-47s was his military-style camouflage hat. An Army veteran of the Iraq War, Riendfliesh was familiar with weapons like the Romanian-made 7.62 semi-automatic, capable of firing 30 rounds in under a minute. But Riendfliesh, 25, wasn't buying the guns for himself. Records show they were for "Manny," a drug dealer who had promised him $650 in cash. Six months later, ballistics tests proved one of the weapons Riendfliesh bought was used Feb. 15,...
  • Houston Mayor Calls Homosexual Partner ‘First Lady’

    03/03/2012 3:27:15 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Charism News ^ | March 2, 2012 | Jennifer Leclaire
    A megachurch pastor in Houston is taking exception to a lesbian mayor who refers to her homosexual partner as “First Lady.”Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community Church, wrote a confrontational letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker. In the letter, Riggle asked Parker to abide by her oath of office to uphold the constitution of Texas—which includes defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—or step down.“During her first term of service, the issue of gay marriage never really came up much. There were a ton of people in the city who didn’t even know she’s...
  • Karaoke singer shot dead for 'singing the wrong song

    02/27/2012 2:38:57 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 30 replies · 2+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Laura Cox
    A man was killed at a Mexican restaurant in the early hours of this morning after performing an unpopular karaoke song, Houston Police Department said. He reportedly sang 'Somos Mas Americanos' which means ‘We are more American’ before being shot to death by a fellow patron who did not like his choice of song. Shortly before he finished the song an argument broke out among a group of men. Fox 26 News reported that one of them, thought to be in his twenties, pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head. It is not yet known whether...
  • Astros Remove Colt .45 from Colt “Throwback” Jersey

    02/27/2012 2:09:39 PM PST · by pkajj · 26 replies
    Thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | February 18, 2012 | Rober Farago
    Astros Remove Colt .45 from Colt “Throwback” Jersey “The Astros are marking their 50th anniversary this season, so they’ll be wearing an assortment of throwback uniforms for Friday home games,” espn.go.com reports. “That includes the uniform of the Houston Colt .45s, which was the team’s name for the first three years of the franchise’s existence.” With a slight modification. Astros’ authentication manager Mike Acosta told a fan that “During our discussion with Major League Baseball, it was expressed to us that we could wear the uniform as long as the pistol was removed. We realize this changes the original design,...
  • Double Standard in Teacher Sex Crimes

    02/25/2012 6:56:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies · 3+ views
    Fox-26 Houston ^ | February 24, 2012 | Sally McDonald
    HOUSTON - A fired Spring Branch ISD teacher accused of having sex with a student is out of jail but must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet. The judge also ordered Kathryn Camille Murray, 28, to stay away from the alleged victim. According to court documents, a faculty member told administrators at Memorial Middle School that Murray was having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student.
  • Attempt to block MetroRail funding fails

    02/24/2012 11:27:32 AM PST · by The Pack Knight · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle @ chron.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Stewart M. Powell
    WASHINGTON - The committee chairman described it as a "food fight," an after-midnight bout as Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold tried to jimmy legislation to block federal money for Metro to build or extend the University and Uptown light rail lines. In the end, his effort failed. But the wrangling in the wee hours last week spotlighted the countless little-noticed struggles that take place across Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to steer taxpayers' dollars toward projects they favor – and away from projects they oppose. In this case, the stakes were potentially the future of Houston's light rail system and the...
  • Ex-director of Mexican oil company surrenders in Houston

    07/01/2002 1:44:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2002, 1:28PM | Edward Hegstrom
    Rogelio Montemayor, the former director of the Mexican state oil company, surrendered to authorities in Houston today to face extradition back home on charges stemming from a campaign funding scandal. In an interview before appearing in court, Montemayor said he would rather surrender to U.S. authorities because the process in Mexico has become too politically tainted. The allegations that $166 million went from oil company Pemex to the campaign of presidential candidate Francisco Labastida in 2000 -- dubbed "Pemexgate" -- have emerged as a major scandal in Mexico. "I resolve to prove my innocence," Montemayor said in the interview, explaining...
  • Michigan Man Burns NJ Flag In Response To Houston Tribute (son died in Iraq)

    02/19/2012 9:46:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 2/19/12
    Michigan Man Burns NJ Flag In Response To Houston TributeFebruary 19, 2012 11:15 AM KALAMAZOO, MI (CBSNewYork) – A Kalamazoo, Michigan man whose son, Eric, died in Iraq in 2005, was outraged when he heard that flags in New Jersey were being flown at half-staff for the death of Whitney Houston. John Burri decided to burn the New Jersey state flag on his outdoor grill as a form of protest. Burri said that he believes the lowering of flags should be reserved for those who have given their lives for their country.
  • Astros remove gun from Colt .45s throwback&#8206;

    02/17/2012 10:00:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 17, 2012 | Paul Lukas
    You wouldn't expect to see gun control happening in Texas, but that's what will be taking place at a few Astros games this year. Here's the deal: The Astros are marking their 50th anniversary this season, so they'll be wearing an assortment of throwback uniforms for Friday home games. That includes the uniform of the Houston Colt .45s, which was the team's name for the first three years of the franchise's existence.
  • Mother Of Fallen Marine Offended By Half-Staff Flag For Houston

    02/16/2012 10:12:01 AM PST · by ZULU · 55 replies
    CBS ^ | Feb 15, 2012 | CBS
    Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve. When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her. “I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my son was tarnished.” McGeath had three sons who were active duty Marines. Her oldest, Philip, was killed by a suicide bomber just four weeks ago in Afghanistan. He was 25.