PLANO, Texas (AP) — A misdemeanor charge has been dropped against a Black man who was arrested last week for walking home on a street during a snowstorm in Texas. Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested Feb. 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway, news outlets reported. DUAL TRAGEDIES: Texas family loses home to snowstorm, father to COVID Police said officers received a call about a Black man seen stumbling along in the middle of the snowy street wearing a short-sleeved shirt and were sent to perform a wellness check. Police released body camera footage of the encounter on Facebook on Friday. In the video, police are seen following Reese and repeatedly asking him where he is going and if he was OK, to which he replies that he is fine and he is on his way home. Reese told KDFW-TV that he was walking home from his job at a Walmart and didn't stop for the officers because he didn't need their help. Officers continued to follow Reese for about two minutes … [Read more...] about Charge dropped against Black man walking on icy Texas street
There are plenty of movies that are almost universally considered great — “The Godfather,” for example, is one. But those aren’t always the movies that stick with us, the ones we personally consider the greatest or best or just outright fun — the movies that bring us the most joy. HOUSTON'S HIDDEN GEM: Inside Memo's Record Shop, Houston's Latin music Mecca Houston native Andrew Ortiz knows this. It’s why he can remember scenes from his favorite movies more easily than his mom’s birthday, why he worked as a “movie hype man” for Alamo Drafthouse, why the first movie he watched in 2021 was purposefully “School of Rock” and why he created a T-shirt that proclaims “Judy Greer Should Have Been the Lead.” “When I watch a movie, it falls into two categories for the most part: It’s either, ‘it's great, and I love it’ or ‘it's pretty good,’” Ortiz said. “I'm a sucker, and I'm very easy to please, it doesn't take very much. Jack Black, a bunch of cool kids and some musical … [Read more...] about Houston’s Super Yaki knows nothing is too niche in the internet age
Edited by Christian Gregory Amistad. 288 pp. $27.99 - - - The many accolades that one might assign to Dick Gregory - pioneering comedian, best-selling author, civil rights activist, even health guru - are more reductive than the man he was. Sure, his appearance on "The Jack Paar Show" in 1961 was a breakthrough for Black entertainers on American television; his work for social justice, which began when he was in high school in the 1940s, helped break down barriers; and his books, more than a dozen, sold millions of copies. Gregory was passionate, effusive, unfiltered. Even in his later years, he seemed to never turn down an opportunity to grab the mic and offer his frank appraisals. ("Anytime you vote for the lesser of two evils, you're evil yourself," he said in a 2016 comment about Donald Trump. "That's how Hitler came to power.") Gregory spent nearly 60 years in public life, touring until his death in 2017 at age 84. He was, pardon the cliche, larger than life. For … [Read more...] about Book World: Dick Gregory was many things. Filtered was not one of them.
The Biden administration plans to end the public health emergency for monkeypox, officials said Friday, as new cases of the viral disease plummet. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a 60-day notice to lift the emergency declaration, which had gone into effect in August. Nearly 30,000 Americans have been infected by the monkeypox virus since the start of a global outbreak in the spring, and 17 people have died. Cases largely have been concentrated in gay men who contracted the virus during sex. The virus has not spread widely among the broader public, as authorities feared. Fewer than 10 cases a day are being reported, compared with more than 450 a day in early August. "Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "But we won't take our foot off the gas - we will continue to monitor the case trends … [Read more...] about Biden administration poised to lift monkeypox emergency declaration
Kevin Magnussen showed he’d matured on his return to Formula 1, says Haas team principal Guenther Steiner. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Following his points-scoring comeback in Bahrain, Magnussen’s form dipped around the middle of the season. But after changing race engineers he rebounded by scoring a shock pole position for the sprint race in Brazil. Steiner said team’s first pole position in F1, achieved in a rain-affected session, was made possible by the effective combination of Magnussen and his latest race engineer, Mark Slade. The pair previously worked together at Renault in 2016 and were reunited during the latter races of 2022. The returning driver began the year with race engineer Ed Regan, who then moved into an office-based role, and Dominic Haines served as an interim replacement before Slade took over. Magnussen and Slade’s reunion quickly reaped rewards. A first points finish in eight races came at the United States Grand Prix, then … [Read more...] about Surprise Brazil pole showed Magnussen rebounded from mid-season “struggle” · RaceFans
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 First things first: I'm a huge Hallmark movie fanatic. But I've also been watching Hallmark films long enough to know it could gain a lot of new fans with just a little more Latin-themed content over the holidays. I know friends who wait all year for the Countdown to Christmas specials. Some even host parties to celebrate these movies and their perfect little escapes to quaint little Christmas towns for an evening of yuletide joy. LATIN FOOD LOVERS REJOICE: Houston's Latin Restaurant Weeks returns for its second year Every year, I have high hopes that I'll see one based around traditions with which I grew up. Maybe we'll see a generation of Latin family members making tamales or buñuelos, trying to figure out how to reunite the main character with her high school sweetheart who just returned to their quaint Texas town to take over the family business—all … [Read more...] about Why Hallmark should hire me to write their holiday movies