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A longtime Houston police officer was shot and killed at an apartment complex on Tuesday. The 41-year veteran was preparing to retire this year.

Sgt. Harold Preston, 65, was responding to a domestic disturbance call at south Houston apartment building with two other officers when the shooting occurred, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a news conference.

“It’s a big loss,” Acevedo told reporters. “A lot of tears are being shed.”

On Tuesday morning, a woman called authorities because she wanted to retrieve items from her former residents, but her estranged husband, Elmer Manzano, 51, would not allow her in, Acevedo stated.

When they arrived at the scene, police spoke with the woman in the parking lot for nearly an hour, until her ex’s teenage song unlocked the door and opened it. It was then that the 14-year-old boy saw that his father had a gun and alerted the officers.

Moments later, Manzano fired multiple shots, striking Preston several times, once in the head, shoulder area, and a bullet to his spine.

Courtney Waller, the second officer, and the teenage boy were left wounded, and expected to survive.

All three individuals were taken to local hospitals. There, Preston was surrounded by family and loved ones after succumbing to his injuries.

“I’m not calling him a hero because of the way he died today, but he is a hero,” Acevedo said. “Because as good as he was as a cop, he was a better human being.”

Later that day, the suspect surrendered to police after a SWAT team and K-9 units arrived at the apartment complex. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was taken to the hospital to be treated; officials say.

Manzano is expected to face murder charges.

Houston Police Department




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Wendy Williams Reveals She Will Not Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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Wendy Williams made it clear during her recent virtual appearance on The Dr. Oz Show that she will not get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Williams, 56, spoke with Dr. Mehmet Oz about her health scare when she collapsed on air during The Wendy Williams Show. He asked Wendy if she plans to get vaccinated, to which she replied, “No, I don’t trust it.”

“I’ve never gotten flu shot either, though. And you and I have talked about that,” Wendy added. She maintains that she rarely gets sick and doesn’t even take Tylenol.

As for the coronavirus vaccine, she reiterated, “No, I don’t trust it. There I said it. I don’t trust it.”

Dr. Oz, however, disagreed with Wendy and revealed to her that he already got his COVID-19 shot. He stressed that the vaccine has been tested and that it’s been proven to be safe. He then advised Wendy that she should get it, noting that she will feel safer having done so.

Despite Dr. Oz continuing to change her mind, Wendy maintains that she will not be getting vaccinated.

Check out their back-and-forth below.

 




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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Coming To Lifetime And A&E

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her debut album, Janet Jackson will be the subject of a two-night documentary airing on Lifetime and A&E next year. 

The two-part, four-hour project is said to offer “unprecedented” access to Jackson. The film will examine Jackson’s most polarizing moments, including the death of her famous brother Michael, and her father, Joseph. It will also touch on her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake and more intimate moments like motherhood.

Filming for the doc, tentatively titled “JANET,”  has been underway for the last three years. Jackson has given filmmakers access to archival footage, unseen home videos, and interviews with famous contemporaries. The documentary is targeting an early 2022 release. 

The doc is executive produced by Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson. It is co-produced by Workerbee and Associated Entertainment Corporation. The executive producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray, and Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E Networks. Ben Hirsch is directing.

News of Jackson’s doc came during A+E’s virtual upfront, where 2500 hours of new programming were announced, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and more than 200 movies. 




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Following Deadly Texas Blackouts, ERCOT Terminates Its CEO

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Following the deadly blackouts that left millions of people without electricity and heat for days in subfreezing conditions, the Texas power grid president and CEO has been terminated.

On Wednesday, The board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, responsible for 90% of the state’s power, sent Bill Magness a two-month notice of termination.

During one of the worst blackouts in US history, the state’s top utility regulator resigned on Monday.

In a statement, the organization said, “During this transition period, Bill will continue to serve as President and CEO and work with state leaders and regulators on potential reforms to ERCOT.”

Magness was slammed during the blackouts that started Feb. 15 when a winter storm plunged temperatures into the single digits, creating skyrocketing demand for electricity to heat homes. Magness made over $876,000 in salary and other benefits in 2019.

As the system buckled, grid operators disconnected more than 4 million customers, which Magness claims was important to avoid a more devastating outage that might have lasted months.

During the storm, the power grid was “four minutes 37 seconds away from total collapse,” suggesting the Lone Star State may have been without power for weeks.

In his opening remarks at a recent board meeting, Magness said, “This was a devastating event.” He said,  “Power is essential to civilization.”

KHOU reported that during the storm, 356 generators were knocked inactive, nearly doubling what Texas witnessed during its last big winter storm in 2011.

 




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