Month: July 2012

Houston Ground Zero Zombie Apocolypse: Man Bites Child

“A Houston-area man has been accused of grabbing an 11-year-old boy and biting him on the face. Records show 70-year-old Abdus Sattar of Spring has been charged with injury to a child in the July 14 incident. Authorities say the boy told investigators he was riding his go-kart when a man flagged him down. A criminal complaint says the man grabbed the boy, kissed him and bit his cheeks.” NBC DFW An All American scene: A kid riding his go-kart without a care in the world, his only objective to have fun. If more children were riding a go-kart instead of sexting on a smartphone or looking at porn on a computer, our country would not be in such a mess. But then reality intruded in the idyllic scene and a 70-year-old zombie flagged the kid down and bit him on the face. All 70-plus men walk like zombies, so there’s a slight chance this old goat could have been your run-of-the-mill old perv. But the lesson is clear: Kids, if an old fart tries to flag you down when you are riding your bike or go-kart, run over the old fart. Follow Robert Paul Reyes on...

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Members of 4th Street Bloods Gang Sentenced by Judge Hittner

HOUSTON—Following their pleas of guilty earlier this year, four members of the 4th Street Bloods criminal street gang have been sentenced to federal prison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Thomas Tyler Black, 26; Jamie Lynn Finley, 30; Cameron Lee Sanford, 20; and William Hunter Sanford, 21, all of Bacliff, Texas, at a hearing in federal court in Houston this morning. In handing down the sentences, Judge Hittner noted the more prominent leadership roles in the gang’s drug activities by Black and Finley. The court remarked that Black was the leader of the drug conspiracy and leveled a 150-month sentence for one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Finley, who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, was also found to have played a large role in the group and was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison. In sentencing the Sanford brothers, the court noted they were primarily drug runners for the organization and had little, if any, criminal history. As such, Cameron and William Sanford were sentenced to 37 months and 63 months, respectively, for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. According to investigators, the 4th Street Bloods originated in the mid 1990s in the Bayshore Area of northeastern Galveston County. The 4th Street...

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Art, Fashion and Music Festival: Sarita Ackerman Modern and Contemporary Art

FEVER ART FESTIVAL 2012 July 20th, 21st and 22nd 2012 7629 Harrisburg Houston, Texas 77012 Sarita Ackerman Modern Art will be holding a 3 day art, fashion and music festival on July 20th, 21st and 22nd, located at 7629 Harrisburg Houston, Tx 77012. The festival is an all ages expressive gathering of all Houston artist and styles. On Friday (21st) we will be holding an art auction for the American Cancer Society, artists and designers are encouraged to donate a piece of art for the auction, but is not required. We are having the Fever Art Show in the warehouse, curated by Sarita Ackerman. Behind the warehouse we will have outside booths for artists, vendors or sponsors to use, the booths are $30.00, you will receive a tent, (1) table and chair. On the 21nd we will also be holding a fashion show, dedicated to up and coming Houston designers. Schedule of Events: *times subject to change* Friday, July 20: $20.00, 6-9pm Show Opening and Art Auction for American Cancer Society After Party 9-12 with Swimsuit Edition Saturday, July 21 : $10.00, 11-8 pm Art + Music + Fashion Fashion Show: 8pm After Party 9-12 with Swimsuit Edition Sunday, July 22: $10.00, 11-5pm Art + Music with Swimsuit Edition (more to come…) We are looking for all creative minds, such as artists, unique performers, designers, vendors, and sponsors. Since...

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This Summer’s Houston Young Playwrights Exchange At Alley Theatre

HOUSTON – For the 16th consecutive year, the Alley Theatre is providing young playwrights the chance to improve and expand their writing skills with its summer program, Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE). Six plays by local teens have been selected to undergo development in a professional forum guided by the Alley’s staff, with the program culminating in a two-day public showcase of their work as staged readings – Friday, August 3 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM on the Neuhaus Stage. Some plays contain adult language and adult situations. “HYPE represents the Alley’s commitment to supporting playwrights and developing and staging new works at a local and grassroots level,” explains Joe Angel Babb, the Alley Theatre’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. “The goal since its inception has been to find and nurture talented young playwrights.” One of the Alley Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement Department’s premier programs, HYPE has helped dozens of young playwrights develop their work since the program was started in 1996. HYPE is led by Andrew Hager, the Alley Theatre’s School Programs Manager. The six HYPE participants also have the opportunity to learn from an experienced playwright Alvaro Saar Rios, HYPE playwright in residence. Alvaro Saar Rios is a writer and a performer. He holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University and...

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Police Corruption in Houston: Natalie Plummer Arrested

The news report of Natalie Plummer getting arrested– for providing a public service by warning drivers of a speed trap– illustrates why I don`t trust the police. That woman should be praised for her good deed, not punished. In my experience and observation, it seems to me that the vast majority of police type personnel are out to get you, rather than (and more often than) try to help you. Our being presumed innocent until proven guilty does not appear to be on their agenda. As a matter of course, they automatically approach and treat us citizens– as if we`ve done something wrong… however trivial or non-existent that “wrong” may be. I see that motto on their cars “To Serve and Protect”–and I scoff, I smirk, I don`t believe. Actually, it has been a while since I`ve seen that phrase on a police car. They could very well do to learn Wil Wheaton`s motto: Don`t be a dick. Hey, police people: if you are interacting with us in a so-called “Crime” scenario (potential or actual or imagined), and it is clear we are not an imminent danger or immediate threat to you or others nearby, and we are not revealed as a known and wanted suspect/ fugitive— don`t be a dick. Please. There is no call for that nonsense– it does not help the situation or anyone. If you...

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