Cedar Rapids Events https://newscedarrapidsia.com Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:27:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Don Toliver And ‘No Idea’—Houston To TikTok To Billboard’s Hot 100 – Forbes https://newscedarrapidsia.com/don-toliver-and-no-idea-houston-to-tiktok-to-billboards-hot-100-forbes/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:27:53 +0000 http://CAIiEO_F-_UY2sm8nCJDEHJYKDcqFQgEKg0IACoGCAowrqkBMKBFMJGBAg Houston city name in geometry style design. Creative vintage typography poster concept. 3D … [+] rendering. Getty Don Toliver is the latest artist to have a song blow up thanks to TikTok. The track in question, “No Idea,” had its initial release way back in May of 2019. Over 6 […]

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Don Toliver is the latest artist to have a song blow up thanks to TikTok. The track in question, “No Idea,” had its initial release way back in May of 2019. Over 6 months later, it’s become a viral trend on TikTok. The amount of plays gained from the social platform has catapulted “No Idea” into the Billboard Hot 100 (#68), Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (#28), and Hot Rap Songs charts (#20).

TikTok has arguably been one of the biggest forces in popular music since its 2017 arrival. It was TikTok that, last December, brought life to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which would go on to break the record for most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Recently, it was Arizona Zervas’s “Roxanne” that got the bump from obscurity to omnipresent. The added spotlight led to Zervas signing with Columbia Records. What shine could be in store for Toliver?

A Houston-native, Toliver (real name Caleb Zackery Toliver) has been in the game for the last three years, dropping his first mixtape, Playa Familia, in May of 2017.

2018 was notable, though.

On August 2nd, his second mixtape, Donny Womack released.

On August 3rd, fellow-Houstonian Travis Scott’s long-awaited Astroworld debuted, with Toliver featured on the track “Can’t Stay,” gaining Toliver international attention.

Then on August 4th, Scott publicly announced Toliver as the latest signee to Scott’s Cactus Jack Records.

Interesting is what Toliver told Complex about “No Idea.”

‘No Idea’ is just basically like another universe for Womack, you know what I’m saying? Coming straight off of the ASTROWORLD trip and Donny Womack, it especially feels like another universe. Just me kind of expressing my thoughts on where I’m at right now and touching back on events in the past as well…

…I’m still Don Toliver, so Donny Womack is just another side of what I have going on. I’m a Gemini. I believe that I have different sides, and I pick and choose which one I feel is right for the right track and right for the right mood, even in visuals. So Donny Womack is basically like a segment. His segment is really a reborn and reincarnated Don Toliver that’s really giving you what I wanted to give you back in Donny Womack.

In 2014, filmmaker Steve McQueen talked with noted Gemini Kanye West for Interview Magazine. At one point, Kanye commented: “I’d be biased to think that the community of Geminis is the most consistently in tune with what their spirit is telling them to do or why they have breath in their lungs. But I do think that creative Geminis—Tupac, Biggie, Prince, Miles Davis, all being Geminis—have, throughout history, been really in tune with those things.”

NME followed the release of the interview with an article of their own, called: “Kanye West Says Loads Of Musicians Are Geminis. We Ask The Astrology Wizard Why.” Their expert, Paul Wade, would say, “the constellation of Gemini governs intelligence, communication and the mind…[Gemini] are smart, born communicators, often clever lyricists and like getting their message over.”

NME noted other famous Gemini: “Paul McCartney, Matt Bellamy, Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher, Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Dylan, André 3000, Azalea Banks, Kevin Shields, Alanis Morrissette and Morrissey….”

Will Toliver add his name to that impressive list? Time will tell. But “No Idea” marks the beginning of something, as it’s Toliver’s first song to chart on Billboard. Keep your eyes open and an ear to the ground, radio, TikTok, or wherever—odds are you’ll hear Toliver again, very soon.

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Good Dog: The freshest hot dogs in Houston – KGO-TV https://newscedarrapidsia.com/good-dog-the-freshest-hot-dogs-in-houston-kgo-tv/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:29:42 +0000 http://CBMiUGh0dHBzOi8vYWJjN25ld3MuY29tL2xvY2FsaXNoL2dvb2QtZG9nLXRoZS1mcmVzaGVzdC1ob3QtZG9ncy1pbi1ob3VzdG9uLzU3NDQ0OTIv0gEA At Good Dog Houston, they buy local or make it by hand. The gourmet hot dog restaurant started as a food truck in 2011, but they now have three locations in Houston. Owners Danny Caballero and Mali Pferd said they have a passion for serving exceptional quality food. Their unique […]

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At Good Dog Houston, they buy local or make it by hand.

The gourmet hot dog restaurant started as a food truck in 2011, but they now have three locations in Houston.

Owners Danny Caballero and Mali Pferd said they have a passion for serving exceptional quality food.

Their unique hot dogs combine locally-sourced ingredients, fresh produce and handmade condiments for a flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

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Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat – Press Herald https://newscedarrapidsia.com/rapper-scarface-in-runoff-for-houston-city-council-seat-press-herald/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:05:00 +0000 http://CBMiX2h0dHBzOi8vd3d3LnByZXNzaGVyYWxkLmNvbS8yMDE5LzEyLzE0L3JhcHBlci1zY2FyZmFjZS1pbi1ydW5vZmYtZm9yLWhvdXN0b24tY2l0eS1jb3VuY2lsLXNlYXQv0gEA HOUSTON — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boys, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them: […]

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HOUSTON — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boys, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.”

Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them: He is running for City Council, and he’s a serious candidate.

Jordan says he knows his celebrity carried him into a run-off election slated for Saturday. But he’s hoping he can persuade the voters who got him there to turn out again so he can represent the council’s District D.

“You can sit back and point out the problems or you can address them and bring solutions to the table,” Jordan said Tuesday, referring to chronic poverty and crime that afflicts his neighborhood.

With more than 200,000 residents, District D stretches into the south and southeast sides of Houston. 2017 data compiled by the current city council member, Dwight Boykins, says African Americans make up 53% percent of the district. Thirty percent of the population earns less than $25,000 a year, and although that figure has risen over the past two decades, it’s still a plurality.

While campaigning, voters ask him what he plans to do if he’s elected, but many can’t help themselves and ask to take a smartphone photo with him.

Though his name recognition is his chief asset in his mostly African-American district, Jordan insists that his Scarface persona is part of his past, not his future.

Political observers note that two big obstacles lie in Jordan’s path to getting elected.

“Voter turnout for run-offs is usually low,” said Mark Jones, a political science fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University.

Michael Adams, a political scientist at Texas Southern University, a historically black college that is in the district Jordan wants to represent, says the rapper also has to convince the most dependable voting bloc in his neighborhood to vote for him: black women over 60.

“He needs to improve voter turnout from his home ground in subdivisions like Sunnyside,“ Adams said. “Older African Americans may be not swayed by the notion a hip-hop artist can be in public office.”

Jordan’s opponent, Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, may be more to such voters’ liking.

“My belief is that City Council is not a training ground, it’s a proving ground. I’ve already proven my record,” said Evans-Shabazz.

The 66-year-old sits on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees and the executive committee of the local NAACP, and she worked for the Houston Independent School District as an education evaluation specialist.

“I know she’ll get our potholes filled, our ditches dug out and more police in the neighborhood,” 81-year-old Lula Wilson said outside of the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, which is a polling place. Wilson, clad in an Evans-Shabazz campaign T-shirt, said her preferred candidate has “always had a seat at the table.”

But Gerry Monroe said Jordan’s political outsider status is what attracted him to campaign for the rapper. “We have a serious gang issue in District D,” Monroe said this week outside of the Sunnyside center. As he spoke, a group of teenage boys down the street fought in a brawl that was quickly broken up when adults arrived.

“Who can go into one of these rough gang infested neighborhoods and have a conversation with gang members to put guns down? Carolyn (Evans-)Shabazz or Brad Jordan? I’m gonna ride with Brad because I’ve seen him do it,” Monroe said.

The weekend before the run-off, the two candidates were busy hitting up the district’s churches, temples and mosques, eager to be seen among the faithful and hoping turnout for the mayor’s race can drive their numbers, too.

There have also been lighter campaign moments – Evans-Shabazz’s husband, upon seeing his wife’s opponent, also asked for a selfie.

“Everything’s cordial, “ Jordan said.


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Best Christmas light displays dazzle in Houston’s 5 most popular stories of the week – CultureMap Houston https://newscedarrapidsia.com/best-christmas-light-displays-dazzle-in-houstons-5-most-popular-stories-of-the-week-culturemap-houston/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 18:00:00 +0000 http://CBMidmh0dHA6Ly9ob3VzdG9uLmN1bHR1cmVtYXAuY29tL25ld3MvY2l0eS1saWZlLzEyLTEzLTE5LW1vc3QtcG9wdWxhci1zdG9yaWVzLWNocmlzdG1hcy1saWdodHMtaW50ZXJuYXRpb25hbC1zbW9rZS1oYW1zYS_SAQA Editor’s note: It’s time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week. 1. The best and brightest Christmas light displays around Houston in 2019. Our picks mix elaborate commercial displays with neighborhoods that spread holiday cheer through endless streams of twinkling lights.  2. Celebrity-backed Houston barbecue restaurant flames […]

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Editor’s note: It’s time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. The best and brightest Christmas light displays around Houston in 2019. Our picks mix elaborate commercial displays with neighborhoods that spread holiday cheer through endless streams of twinkling lights. 

2. Celebrity-backed Houston barbecue restaurant flames out in CityCentre. High-profile owners and a talented local chef weren’t enough to lure diners to International Smoke.

3. Hot Houston steakhouse bringing Middle Eastern flair to Rice Village with new modern Israeli restaurant. Hamsa will bring sophisticated flavors and a tree-shaded patio to Rice Village next summer.

4. Local favorite Nashville hot chicken truck fires up Heights brick-and-mortar restaurant. Mico’s Hot Chicken has picked the former Balls Out Burger location on Durham Dr. for its permanent home.

5. Ken Hoffman reveals the best fish sandwich in Houston — named in his honor. Our columnist collaborated with the Bellaire location of The Union Kitchen to create an authentic, English-style fish sandwich.

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Funeral Set For Houston-Area Officer Amid Anger Over Initial Bond – KERA News https://newscedarrapidsia.com/funeral-set-for-houston-area-officer-amid-anger-over-initial-bond-kera-news/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 13:56:21 +0000 http://CBMiW2h0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmtlcmFuZXdzLm9yZy9wb3N0L2Z1bmVyYWwtc2V0LWhvdXN0b24tYXJlYS1vZmZpY2VyLWFtaWQtYW5nZXItb3Zlci1pbml0aWFsLWJvbmTSAQA Funeral arrangements have been set for a Houston-area police sergeant who was killed this week while trying to arrest a suspect during a traffic stop, officials announced Friday. The details of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan’s funeral come as law enforcement agencies and police unions expressed anger the suspect […]

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Funeral arrangements have been set for a Houston-area police sergeant who was killed this week while trying to arrest a suspect during a traffic stop, officials announced Friday.

The details of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan’s funeral come as law enforcement agencies and police unions expressed anger the suspect charged in her death was initially given a bond following his arrest. That bond was later revoked as the charge was upgraded to capital murder.

Sullivan’s funeral service has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Church Houston. It is the same church where the funeral service was held on Thursday for Houston police Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32. He was killed Dec. 7 while responding to a domestic violence call.

Sullivan, 43, was trying to arrest Tavores Henderson during the Tuesday night traffic stop for an outstanding warrant for assault when he broke free.

Authorities allege Henderson fled in his vehicle and struck Sullivan, running over her and dragging her body. She later died at a hospital.

Henderson, 21, was arrested on Thursday following a nearly two-day search by authorities.

Court records didn’t list an attorney for him.

Henderson’s mother and her boyfriend have each been charged with hindering apprehension for allegedly helping Henderson flee authorities.

When he was arrested, Henderson was initially charged with felony murder and a magistrate judge had set his bond at $150,000.

Local law enforcement agencies, as well as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, expressed anger Henderson had been granted a bond.

In a statement, the Texas Municipal Police Association — the state’s largest law enforcement association — called the initial bond given Henderson “an insult to every member of law enforcement and the good citizens we are charged with protecting.”

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said Friday there was never any chance Henderson would have been released from jail as his bond on another assault charge he is facing had been revoked, which meant he could not be released.

When prosecutors upgraded the charge to capital murder, they asked that he be held without bond and that request was granted, said Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

“He is not going anywhere but a cell or courtroom, where he faces the possibility of life in prison or a death sentence,” Schiller said.

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Runoff Election 2019: Everything you need to know – KTRK-TV https://newscedarrapidsia.com/runoff-election-2019-everything-you-need-to-know-ktrk-tv/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:36:57 +0000 http://52780496929546 HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Thousands of people in Harris County will cast their vote in the runoff elections Saturday. More than 115,000 people voted early. RELATED: What to know about runoff elections in Texas If you want some guidance before casting your ballot, the Houston League of Women Voters is […]

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Thousands of people in Harris County will cast their vote in the runoff elections Saturday. More than 115,000 people voted early.

RELATED: What to know about runoff elections in Texas

If you want some guidance before casting your ballot, the Houston League of Women Voters is offering a guide with non-partisan information.

Get your guide here: League of Women Voters Guide

WHERE YOU CAN VOTE:
Harris County

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Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

All voters must present one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling place in order to verify their identity.

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Milton Scott, prominent Houston business leader who made career from Arthur Andersen, dies at 63 – Houston Chronicle https://newscedarrapidsia.com/milton-scott-prominent-houston-business-leader-who-made-career-from-arthur-andersen-dies-at-63-houston-chronicle/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0000 http://CAIiEKG1d_vTdlQM8j4Rpj8gHXQqGQgEKhAIACoHCAow8-P4CjDSst8CMJCMxAU Milton Scott, an influential Houston business leader and accountant who worked on high-profile energy deals at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and power company Dynegy amid Enron’s collapse in the early 2000s, died Dec. 8. He was 63 years old. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to his […]

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Milton Scott, an influential Houston business leader and accountant who worked on high-profile energy deals at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and power company Dynegy amid Enron’s collapse in the early 2000s, died Dec. 8. He was 63 years old.

The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to his family.

Scott started his career at Arthur Andersen, formerly one of the “Big Five” accounting firms and worked his way up to become a partner in the audit practice over the course of his 22-year tenure at Andersen. He was the first African American to become a partner in the audit practice at the firm, according to his profile in Contemporary Black Biography.

Scott was described by friends as a professional through and through — well-read and laser-focused on achieving his goals. He was a community leader and described by many as a man of deep faith.

“He was Mr. Perfect,” said Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner and close friend of Scott for many years. “He was a complete professional and ethical. If there was some question in business that looked like it was close to the line, he just ran away from it and opted not to do it.”

Career started at Arthur Anderson

Scott joined Arthur Andersen in 1977 after graduating with an accounting degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

One of his professors from Southern University’s accounting school, Mary Alice Darby, said she remembers Scott as an excellent student who made good grades. “We knew he would be a successful businessman,” Darby said.

Scott had moved on from Arthur Andersen by the time the accounting firm became embroiled in the scandal at Enron, the notorious Houston energy company that went bankrupt after fraudulent accounting practices were discovered in 2001. He left the accounting firm in 1999 — the same year, according to the New York Times, that Andrew Fastow, the finance chief of Enron, created the first of two partnerships to buy poorly performing Enron assets and started to help hiding Enron’s debt and inflating profits.

Anderson was later convicted of crimes related to its auditing of Enron and went out of business.

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Scott was tapped by Dynegy, a Houston power and energy trading firm that had regularly done business with Enron. Scott became Dynegy’s chief administrative officer, a position that made him head of risk management, internal audit, supply chain management and human resources.

He reported directly to the CEO, Chuck Watson. When Enron began to collapse, Dynegy, of which Chevron owned a 30 percent stake, expressed intent to buy the distressed company, but later backed out of the deal in 2001. Friends said Scott was Watson’s right-hand-man and advised him through the negotiations, putting in long hours. But, his daughter, Kirsten Scott Bell, said he never missed family dinner.

After Dynegy pulled out, Enron sued the company for $10 billion, claiming Dynegy engaged in disingenuous merger talks to “put an end to Enron as a competitive force.” The company settled the suit in August 2002, paying Enron $25 million. A month later, Scott left Dynegy.

Scott went on to form Complete Energy Partners in 2004, an investment firm that purchased power plants. He served on several company boards, including, most recently, as chairman of the Sterling Construction Company.

He also was involved with promoting Houston’s economic development through his leadership on the board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was passionate about mentoring young business leaders, his family said.

Trailblazer and ‘Man of great faith’

Scott was the only African American in his orientation class when he started at Andersen, according to a 2005 interview, and many of his colleagues came from prestigious universities and backgrounds. He, in contrast, was raised on a farm in St. Francisville, La., where his father instilled in him a strong work ethic from an early age. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, a historically black university.

“I began doubting myself and thought I had made a major mistake taking the job,” Scott said in a 2005 interview with Contemporary Black Biography. “But I remembered what my father taught me. Nobody was going to make me quit.”

Scott was close friends with Houston’s powerful and successful, including Ellis, with whom he traveled the world for business. The two counseled each other throughout their personal and professional lives.

“We put in some miles and time together,” Ellis said. “He was a great source of inspiration and advice. He had a strong interest in public service and was a person with tremendous faith. All around, a great person who left us far too young.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner, who met Scott in the 1980s, said Scott was then “a rising star” among Houston’s young professionals.

“He carried himself in a stately way,” Turner said. “He was always very smart and professional.”

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Scott also was very involved in his church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist. One of his legacies will be the expansion of the church, for which Scott was a leading donor and planner.

“What I grew to know about him was that he was a man of great faith,” said Carol Guess, chair of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, who knew Scott through church and community organizations. “He was very serious about it. He was sincere and grateful to God.”

Born on Nov. 21, 1956 in New Orleans, Scott was one of Bennett and Melnor Scott’s eight children. Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Yava, and son, Kameron.

His family said they spent the 10 months since he was diagnosed traveling and celebrating. His son graduated from Syracuse University in May, and his daughter was married in September.

“Our family learned so much from watching him battle this disease with so much courage, strength and humility,” Kirsten Scott Bell said. “He taught us not only how to live, but also how to die gracefully.”

A celebration of Scott’s life was held Friday morning at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund at 3825 Wheeler Ave. or online at wheelerbc.org.

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Ingomar downs Houston to stay undefeated | High school sports – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal https://newscedarrapidsia.com/ingomar-downs-houston-to-stay-undefeated-high-school-sports-northeast-mississippi-daily-journal/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 04:04:00 +0000 http://CBMihgFodHRwczovL3d3dy5kam91cm5hbC5jb20vc3BvcnRzL2hpZ2gtc2Nob29sL2luZ29tYXItZG93bnMtaG91c3Rvbi10by1zdGF5LXVuZGVmZWF0ZWQvYXJ0aWNsZV9lYjk1NzFiZC1lNWU2LTUzMTctOTc5ZC1kZDg0N2NlMWEzN2YuaHRtbNIBAA INGOMAR • The Ingomar Falcons passed one of their biggest tests of the season on Friday night. No. 2-ranked Ingomar beat No. 10 Houston, 59-50, to stay undefeated on the season. The Falcons (13-0) scored 38 points in the paint, made 17 of their 21 free throw attempts, and raced […]

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INGOMAR The Ingomar Falcons passed one of their biggest tests of the season on Friday night.

No. 2-ranked Ingomar beat No. 10 Houston, 59-50, to stay undefeated on the season. The Falcons (13-0) scored 38 points in the paint, made 17 of their 21 free throw attempts, and raced out to a 35-15 lead at halftime.

Houston (7-3) cut the lead to five points midway through the fourth quarter, but Ingomar made the plays down the stretch to secure the win.

“We have some guys that can shoot it, but that’s our bread and butter,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said of driving to the basket. “I don’t know much about football, but I know if you run between the tackles, you soften them up. It’s kind of the same philosophy in basketball. If you keep scoring in the paint and make more free throws than the other team shoots, you got a pretty good chance.”

Houston led 6-2 halfway through the first quarter, but Ingomar finished the quarter on a 13-2 run over the last 3:48 to take a 15-8 lead.

That run continued and Ingomar outscored the visiting Hilltoppers 20-7 in the second quarter. Houston’s leading scorer, Xavier Virges, quickly had three fouls in the first quarter and was held scoreless in the first half.

“We didn’t play very good defense, and we didn’t talk enough to each other,” Houston coach Chris Pettit said of the first half. “All we wanted to do was be a little more patient on offense.”

Toppers rally

Houston cut the lead to 15 points at the end of the third quarter, 44-29, then opened the fourth quarter on a big 16-6 run that made the score 50-45 with 2:20 left in the game.

After making it a two-possession game, Houston settled for a few missed 3-pointers on offense, which ended up resulting in 7-0 run for Ingomar that pushed the lead back out to 12 points and secured the game for the Falcons.

(G) Ingomar 47, Houston 45: Macie Phifer, Katie Beth Hall and Camleigh Ball each scored 12 points to give the Lady Falcons (4-10) the win.

Three-pointers

Turning Point: Ingomar finished the second quarter on a 12-3 run, with six points from Zach Shugars, to go up 35-15.

Point Maker: Shugars scored a game-high 20 points.

Talking Point: “We always try to work it from the inside-out. We have tremendous guys in Nyhiem (Jones), Tyson (Smithey) and Clayton (Stanford), our post guys, who are always working and we try to get them looks first,” Shugars said of the post presence.

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Compass poaches top Houston real estate agents from John Daugherty – Houston Chronicle https://newscedarrapidsia.com/compass-poaches-top-houston-real-estate-agents-from-john-daugherty-houston-chronicle/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 00:53:31 +0000 http://CAIiEL_WA9xieS78aMVVtGPeqYYqGQgEKhAIACoHCAow8-P4CjDSst8CMJCMxAU Laura Sweeney, Houston’s top residential real estate agent with more than $130 million worth of sales last year, has moved to Compass, the residential brokerage that’s been hiring away some of the city’s highest-producing agents from their longtime firms. Sweeney was joined in the move by Lisa Kornhauser, the city’s […]

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Laura Sweeney, Houston’s top residential real estate agent with more than $130 million worth of sales last year, has moved to Compass, the residential brokerage that’s been hiring away some of the city’s highest-producing agents from their longtime firms.

Sweeney was joined in the move by Lisa Kornhauser, the city’s No. 4 agent last year. The pair joined Compass after two decades at Houston-based John Daugherty Realtors, a local institution in the luxury property market.

Their moves are the latest among the vast changes reshaping Houston’s residential real estate industry. New firms are entering the market, seizing business from legacy agencies, some of which have responded by consolidating or affiliating with national brands to retain their competitive edge.

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Over the summer, established Houston brokerage Heritage Texas Properties was acquired by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, creating a company with more than 1,300 agents and a nearly 6 percent share of the market.

Jacob Sudhoff, who recently launched a Texas outpost of Douglas Elliman, the New York-based agency known for its multimillion-dollar listings and celebrity agents, said companies are scrambling for market share.

“Local brokerages are going to have a difficult time competing with the larger, national brands that have more infrastructure and more tools for their agents,” he said.

Compass, which bills itself as a “real estate technology company,” touts its proprietary data and technology platform for buying and selling property. When it entered the Houston market last year the company brought in several top local agents from Heritage Texas Properties and Greenwood King.

Since launching in in 2012, New York-based Compass has bankrolled its expansion by raising more than $1 billion from SoftBank, Goldman Sachs and others.

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Chairman John Daugherty Jr. and Cheri Fama, president of the company, released a joint statement Friday in which they did not refer the agent departures.

“John Daugherty Realtors has been successfully serving the Greater Houston area for over 53 years. We take pride in our professionalism and investment in market knowledge. This expertise, coupled with our incomparable sales team, are the reasons we will remain a leader in residential real estate,” their statement read.

Extensive book of business

Sweeney and Kornhauser, who have both been in the top ranks of Houston agents for years, count some of the wealthiest Houstonians, from energy magnates to professional sports figures, as clients, buying and selling property in the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, including River Oaks, Memorial, West University, Tanglewood and Bellaire.

Sweeney referred calls to Compass, which later put out a press release in which she was quoted citing Compass’ capabilities, including a service that allows sellers to make improvements to their homes, or stage them, without incurring costs until they’ve sold, as among the reasons for her move.

“The real estate industry is changing and joining Compass will allow me to offer innovative, unique and cutting-edge tools and service to continue serving my clients and selling homes in Houston,” she said in the release.

Sweeney was involved in 61 transactions in 2018, according to according to Real Trends, a Colorado-based data provider specializing in the residential real estate industry. She ranked No. 86 nationally. Kornhauser’s tally was $83 million in sales last year with 68 transactions.

Both agents have received sales awards and accolades over the years from the industry and Daugherty, their former brokerage.

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Sweeney and Kornhauser both brought their teams with them, including Wendy Rutledge, J.B. McGhan, Ashley Miranda, Kevin Johnson, Marcus Selander and Ellie Albritton. Sweeney’s daughter, Lexi Sakowitz Marek has also joined the Compass from Daugherty.

Erik Bahr, Compass’ regional president for Texas, said in the release that company’s newest agents will bring experience in addition to market share.

“Laura and Lisa’s knowledge of the Houston market has allowed them each to realize incredible success in residential real estate and we look forward to the growth of their businesses as they marry their talents with our Compass support, tools and network,” Bahr said. “As top agents in Houston, the addition of Laura and Lisa to our Compass family allows us to expand our market share as our agents work to provide their clients with the highest levels of service and value.”

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Ex-Conroe priest accused of rape, propositioning clergy for sex – Houston Chronicle https://newscedarrapidsia.com/ex-conroe-priest-accused-of-rape-propositioning-clergy-for-sex-houston-chronicle/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 23:21:00 +0000 http://CAIiEOwtVcSZqkffq8wo4J4ApoUqGQgEKhAIACoHCAow8-P4CjDSst8CMNHtwwU A Houston-area priest allegedly propositioned another priest for sex in the months before he was arrested and jailed in 2018 on multiple counts of indecency with a child, according to court records mistakenly made public this week. In the newly filed documents, Montgomery County prosecutors also say Manuel La Rosa-Lopez […]

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A Houston-area priest allegedly propositioned another priest for sex in the months before he was arrested and jailed in 2018 on multiple counts of indecency with a child, according to court records mistakenly made public this week.

In the newly filed documents, Montgomery County prosecutors also say Manuel La Rosa-Lopez raped a woman in 2005. Prosecutors outlined both allegations in a “notice of extraneous conduct and/or bad acts” ahead of the priest’s February trial. The latest encounter happened in May 2018 when La Rosa-Lopez allegedly exposed himself to another priest at a Galveston County hotel and asked for oral sex. After the priest declined, the accused cleric then asked him if he would “like to be assigned to a larger parish.”

The priest, identified by initials in court records, reported the incident to Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston officials that same month, court records show. La Rosa-Lopez, then assigned to St. John the Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond, continued to work for at least three more months until he was removed from ministry ahead of his Sept. 11 arrest on allegations that he molested two children at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

The 10-page document indicates that the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has identified at least five accusers with allegations of inappropriate encounters dating back nearly 30 years. It also includes a list of potential witnesses — among them Cardinal Daniel DiNardo — who prosecutors say may have had knowledge of the incidents.

Prosecutor Nancy Hebert said the document, signed on Thursday and uploaded to La Rosa-Lopez’s case file, was supposed to be sealed and not publicly available. A signed order to seal the record also was uploaded and made public.

The same document also alleges that in 2005, La Rosa-Lopez “groped and raped” a woman at a Sugar Land church where he was attending meetings. About a week after La Rosa-Lopez’s arrest, a report of that allegation was lodged with Sugar Land Police Department.

The allegation was too old to produce charges, Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph said. Conroe Police Department detectives, however, were contacted because of their investigation into the priest, he said.

Archdiocese officials on Friday referred questions to La Rosa-Lopez’s lawyer, Wendell Odom, who denied the rape allegation.

“We adamantly deny raping anybody at any time,” Odom said. “If the state believes that happened, I think they’re the only who does.”

Odom said he only learned about the alleged misconduct involving another priest this week.

“If it’s true, that’s clearly a church issue,” he continued. “I don’t think that’s a crime.”

Eduardo Lopez de Casas, head of Houston’s chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, found the latest allegations “disappointing.”

“Here in Houston, nothing surprises us anymore because we know there is so much extra baggage still in the closet,” Lopez de Casas said.

La Rosa-Lopez, since his arrest, has been indicted on five counts of indecency with a child involving three accusers — two men and a woman. One of the men whose allegation resulted in a criminal charge said La Rosa-Lopez groped him in 1999 when he was a child helping out at the Montgomery County parish. The accuser said La Rosa-Lopez tried being inappropriate with him on a trip to Rome and that the priest called the boy’s mother to say he should be “less rebellious.”

The priest also was charged in connection with two incidents involving confessional — in 2000 when he allegedly exposed his genitals to a boy who was confused about his sexual orientation, and again in 2001, when he allegedly groped a girl.

Another incident outlined in the prosecutors’ list happened in 1992, but has not resulted in a criminal charge. The priest, then a seminarian at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Houston, inappropriately touched an altar boy, according to court records.

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