HPD: Help Us Help You Not Get Shot by HPD

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HPD offers a lesson in "hands up, don't shoot"
HPD has released a handy YouTube video that offers a basic rundown of how not to spook a cop that's decided to pull you over or detain you.

HPD Chief Charles McClelland says the department made the video after receiving numerous questions from citizens on "how best to interact with officers in the safest way possible for all."

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Some A-Hole Is Training His Dog to Attack Strays in Clark Park

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Courtesy Clark Forgotten Barks and Friends
Thanks to some very cool folks, Goliath is now in better hands.
Residents of a neighborhood around Robert Clark Park in northeast Houston say at least one man has been training his dog to attack stray dogs who've made the park their home for years.

One dog sustained serious cuts to his face and chin earlier this month, but fortunately volunteers who regularly feed the dogs were able to find him help.

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Check Out "Christian" Group's Awesome Bigotry Map

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Boy, those dudes in the ACLU of Montana look pretty lonely...
They're out there -- anti-Christian groups that want to turn our children into homosexuals and sue God-fearing business owners into bankruptcy. But since many of the people in these groups are so good at concealing their horns and pointy tails, they've been able to hide in plain sight. Until now.

Thanks to the fine upstanding people at the American Family Association, there is now a "Bigotry Map" that pinpoints locations of "groups and organizations that openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith." And it's a hoot.

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McConaughey's Booking Agency Doesn't Want You to Know How Much UH Is Paying Him

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McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey's celebrity booking agency won't let the University of Houston disclose how much it's paying him to deliver the school's much-anticipated May commencement speech.

Due to an unusual confidentiality clause in UH's contract with Celebrity Talent International, the school can't release the cost of booking McConaughey without first letting the booking agency file an appeal with the state AG's office requesting the information be withheld from the public. The Chron evidently discovered the rare secrecy clause in McConaughey's contract when a reporter requested details about the actor's upcoming commencement-speech gig.

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Write On: We're Looking for News Bloggers

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Are you inquisitive, relentless and critical? Are you not afraid to pick up the phone or knock on doors to track down sources? Do you love trolling through public records?

If your answers to the above questions are yes, yes and hell yes, then we want you. The Houston Press is looking for freelance news writers to help our top-notch staff cover our city, county and state. If you're interested in reporting on local issues -- anything from crime to transportation to politics -- then we're interested in you. We're looking for writers with strong news judgment who can find unique and compelling local stories as well as newshounds who can feed us breaking news.

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UPDATED Chron Unknowingly Runs Faked Photo Provided by Dead-Raisin' Evangelical Ministry

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Update: So, Bonnke's ministry got back to us with the original photo of Bonnke preaching. It was taken at a crusade in Jos, Nigeria, in 2005. The faked photo submitted to the Chron was of two separate events, in different cities, five years apart.
Margo Williams tells us, " CfaN [Bonnke's ministry] is being entirely transparent as there is no intent to deceive."

The Houston Chronicle is having to rub some egg off its face Tuesday after it was revealed that a photo accompanying a story about evangelical preacher Reinhard Bonnke was altered by Bonnke's ministry, Christ for All Nations. The mini-scandal is picking up steam ever since it made journalists' beloved site, Jimromenesko.com.

Shame on Bonnke's organization. And we don't think the Chron can be blamed for Christ for All Nations' actions. This could happen to just about any publication. There but for the grace of God (who is apparently a drinkin' buddy of Bonnke's) go us.


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"Hey, hey, I'm over here!"
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Sen. John Cornyn Wants All of the Guns Everywhere

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Sometimes we think that nothing will ever surprise us again, and then Sen. John Cornyn turns around and proves us wrong by filing a bill so comically "Texas" that at first we thought it was a joke.

Specifically, on Thursday Cornyn filed what is described in a press release from his office as a "bipartisan Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, which would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's concealed carry laws."

We know you all must be wondering how exactly such an act -- one that would make a Texas concealed handgun license a sort of carte blanche in all other concealed handgun license states -- is being touted as "bipartisan"? Well, that's because they have exactly one Democrat -- Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia --along with Senators John Thune, of South Dakota, and David Vitter, of Louisiana, cosponsoring the bill.

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Former Katy Resident Excommunicated From the Mormon Church

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John Dehlin reads from a prepared statement outside his LDS disciplinary proceedings in North Logan, Utah.
By Stephan Wyatt

John Dehlin did not have to wait until long to find out his fate in the Mormon church.

In a letter dated February 9, John Dehlin, a long-time Katy resident now living in Logan, Utah, was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- the Mormon church -- for "conduct contrary to the laws and order of the Church." The widely publicized saga, which has been featured in The New York Times and NPR, came to a climactic, yet expected end. The Church's disciplinary council concluded that his excommunication stemmed from his teachings that conflicted with the church's position on a number points, including the historical legitimacy of the Book of Mormon and the church's claim of having direct authority from god.


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Just in Case You're Going to Walmart in Deer Park...

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Watch out. In Deer Park, Walmart patrons resolve arguments in front of the $2.99 baby wipes the same way billy goats resolve their differences: a swift headbutt. Check out this video posted to YouTube yesterday:


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DPS Will Stop Collecting Fingerprints of Driver's License Applicants

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If you went to a Texas Department of Public Safety office after January 2014 to apply for a driver's license or get a state-issued ID card, more than likely your full set of fingerprints is now locked away in some state database.

The little-known, unannounced policy -- up until last year, DPS only gathered a single thumbprint from applicants -- was supposedly part of the state's new and revamped 21st-century security plan. When it finally became public, amid heightened sensitivity to government snooping (and near-weekly revelations about how the government is, well, snooping on us), the new practice of indiscriminate fingerprint-gathering made privacy advocates, and some state lawmakers, very uneasy.

Here's why. For the first time ever, DPS was collecting fingerprints of Texans who hadn't been suspected of a crime. One DPS employee who quit because of the practice told the Dallas Morning News (which first stumbled across the new program a full six months after DPS had implemented it) that all fingerprints gathered by the agency were being run through the state's criminal database. The employee said that even if someone was not a suspected criminal, their fingerprints were then stored in a statewide fingerprint database anyway.

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