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Advocates ask Houston Mayor John Whitmire for an apology and retraction after his comments made on undocumented Gulfton residents

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abc13.com – Tom Abrahams – 2024-06-10 19:11:54

SUMMARY: A coalition of 28 community groups is calling on Houston Mayor John Whitmire to apologize for remarks about the immigrant community in the Gulfton neighborhood. These comments, perceived as ignorant and prejudicial, were made regarding rapid transit and Gulfton’s needs. The activists, representing various organizations including those for undocumented immigrants, seek a retraction and apology. Although Whitmire defended his actions and commitment to improving Gulfton, critics remain unsatisfied. City Council Member Edward Pollard also criticized Whitmire’s comments. Supporters like Tammy Rodriguez and Metro Chair Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock defended his intentions, while activists still push for direct dialogue with the mayor.

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NE Harris County fire on East Mount Houston Road leaves 2 firefighters hospitalized with injuries

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-22 15:22:11

SUMMARY: Fire crews are addressing a blaze at the Prestige Auto & Metal Recycling plant in northeast Harris County, Texas. The fire, located at the 7600 block of Mount Houston Road, led to the hospitalization of two firefighters for smoke inhalation, both in stable condition. Adequate water supply is a challenge due to a lack of hydrants, necessitating shuttling water by fire trucks. Officials from various agencies, including the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, are involved. The cause and specific location of the fire remain unclear, with no evacuation orders or air quality updates issued.

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Houston’s New Faces of Pride parade’s new grand marshal Ian Haddock is empowering LGBTQ community

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abc13.com – Rosie Nguyen – 2024-06-22 14:18:28

SUMMARY: Ian Haddock, who became homeless at 16 after being kicked out for being gay, now leads an organization supporting Black LGBTQ+ members in Houston. Growing up in a religious family in Texas, Haddock faced struggles due to his interests in fashion, dance, and art. Upon realizing his sexuality, his mother expelled him, leading to years of hardship. Moving to Houston, he found acceptance and began advocating for HIV prevention. In 2016, he founded Normal Anomaly, a nonprofit aiding Black queer-plus individuals. Haddock aims to offer visibility and support, recently serving as grand marshal for Houston’s Pride parade.

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Man receives 30 years for murder in 2021 Manor ISD graduate's death

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-06-22 14:00:27

SUMMARY: Michael Torres, 27, was sentenced in Hays County for the 2021 death of 19-year-old Lavonte Benford at a San Marcos apartment complex. Torres pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He received 30 years for murder and 20 years for aggravated assault, with both sentences running concurrently. Torres has a jail credit of 917 days.

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