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Ernie Taylor


Ernest (Ernie) Taylor was born in Sunderland on 2nd September 1925. He played football for Hylton Colliery before signing for Newcastle United in September 1942. During the Second World War he scored 7 goals in 26 games for the club.

Taylor made his Football League debut against Barnsley on 5th January 1946. The team that year included Tommy Walker, Bobby Corbett, Len Shackleton, Bobby Cowell, Jackie Milburn, Charlie Crowe, Joe Harvey and Charlie Wayman.

In the 1947-48 season Newcastle United won promotion to the First Division. Taylor, an inside-forward, only played in eight games that season. The following season Taylor established himself in the first-team scoring three goals in 28 appearances. Paul Joannou points out in The Black 'n' White Alphabet: "Ernie Taylor was barely 10 stones and at only 5 foot 4 inches was a titch among giants on the football field. Wearing only size 4 boots, Taylor though had the skill and the eye for a telling pass that made him one of the most productive schemers in the country."

Taylor scored 8 goals in 40 games in the 1950-51 season and helped the club to finish 4th in the First Division. The team that year included Bobby Cowell, Joe Harvey, Frank Brennan, Jack Fairbrother, Bobby Corbett, Tommy Walker, Charlie Crowe, Jackie Milburn, George Robledo and Bobby Mitchell. Newcastle also enjoyed a good FA Cup run beating Bolton Wanderers (3-2), Stoke City (4-2), Bristol Rovers (3-1) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1) to reach the final against Blackpool.

The defences were in control in the first-half. The deadlock was broken in the 50th minute when Jackie Milburn collected a pass from George Robledo to fire home. Five minutes later, Ernie Taylor cleverly back-heeled the ball. As Milburn later recalled: "I struck it with all my might and from 28 yards it flew straight as an arrow into the back of the net." The game ended 2-0 and Taylor had won his first FA Cup winners' medal.

Stanley Matthews, who was in the Blackpool side that was beaten that day, described Taylor as the "architect of our cup final defeat" urged the club manager, Joe Smith, to buy the man who was nicknamed "Tom Thumb". Matthews later recalled: "Ernie was a cheeky, confident player who on his day verged on the brilliant. Despite his slight build, he could ride even the most brusque of tackles with aplomb and he could crack open even the most challenging and organised of defences."

Joe Smith took the advice of Stanley Matthews and in October 1951, paid £25,000 for Taylor. He had 21 goals in 117 games for Newcastle United. Taylor joined a team that included Stanley Matthews, Hughie Kelly, Stan Mortensen, Harry Johnson and Bill Perry.

In the 1952-53 season beat Huddersfield Town (1-0), Southampton (2-1), Arsenal (2-1) and Tottenham Hotspur (2-1) to reach the FA Cup final for the third time in five years. Cyril Robinson claimed that Joe Smith, the Blackpool manager "was never very tactical, he was very blunt with his instructions". According to Stanley Matthews he said: "Go out and enjoy yourselves. Be the players I know you are and we'll be all right."

Cyril Robinson was later interviewed about the match: "We kicked off and within a couple of minutes we had a goal scored against us. That's about the worst thing that could happen. Gradually we got some passes together, got Stan Matthews on the ball and Mortensen got the equaliser, but they went back ahead straight away." Stanley Matthews wrote in his autobiography that: "At half-time we sipped our tea and listened to Joe. He wasn't panicking. He didn't rant and rave and he didn't berate anyone. He simply told us to keep playing our normal game." Harry Johnson, the captain, told the defence to "be more compact and tighter as a unit." He also added: "Eddie (Shinwell), Tommy (Garrett), Cyril (Robinson) and me, we will deal with the rough and tumble and win the ball. You lot who can play, do your bit."

Despite the team-talk Bolton Wanderers took a 3-1 lead early in the second-half. Robinson commented: "It looked hopeless then, I was thinking to myself at least I've been to Wembley." Then Stan Mortensen scored from a Stanley Matthews cross. According to Matthews: "although under pressure from two Bolton defenders who contrived to whack him from either side as he slid in, his determination was total and he managed to toe poke the ball off the inside of the post and into the net."

In the 88th minute a Bolton defender conceded a free kick some 20 yards from goal. Stan Mortensen took the kick and according to Robinson: "I've never seen one taken as well. It flew, you couldn't see the ball on the way to the net." Matthews added that "such was the power and accuracy behind Morty's effort, Hanson in the Bolton goal hardly moved a muscle."

The score was now 3-3 and the game was expected to go into extra-time. In his autobiography, Stanley Matthews described what happened next: "A minute of injury time remained... Ernie Taylor, who had not stopped running throughout the match, picked up a long throw from George Farm, rounded Langton and, as he had done like clockwork through the second half, found me wide on the right. I took off for what I knew would be one final run to the byline. Three Bolton players closed in, I jinked past Ralph Banks and out of the corner of my eye noticed Barrass coming in quick for the kill. They had forced me to the line and it was pure instinct that I pulled the ball back to where experience told me Morty would be. In making the cross I slipped on the greasy turf and, as I fell, my heart and hopes fell also. I looked across and saw that Morty, far from being where I expected him to be, had peeled away to the far post. We could read each other like books. For five years we'd had this understanding. He knew exactly where I d put the ball. Now, in this game of all games, he wasn't there. This was our last chance, what on earth was he doing? Racing up from deep into the space was Bill Perry."

Stanley Matthews added that Perry "coolly and calmly stroked the ball wide of Hanson and Johnny Ball on the goalline and into the corner of the net." Bill Perry admitted: "I had to hook it a bit. Morty said he left it to me, but that's not true, it was out of his reach." Blackpool had beaten Bolton Wanderers 4-3. Taylor had won his second cup-winners medal.

Taylor won his first international cap for England against Hungary on 25th November 1953. The team that day included Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Harry Johnson and Billy Wright. England lost 6-3 and it was the last time Taylor was selected to play for his country.

In February 1958 Taylor was transferred to Manchester United for a fee of £6,000 in an effort to help them after the Munich air disaster. He had scored 53 goals in 217 league games for Blackpool. Taylor helped United reach the 1958 FA Cup Final. However, they were beaten 2-0 by Bolton Wanderers.

After playing 22 games for Manchester United Taylor joined Sunderland in December 1958. Over the next two seasons he scored 11 goals in 68 games.

Taylor retired from playing professional football in 1961. He spent time coaching in New Zealand before moving to Liverpool where he was employed at the Vauxhall car plant at Hooton.

Ernie Taylor died in Birkenhead on 9th April 1985.


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While the under age sex allegations have since been dropped, the scandal has still cast a shadow over what is supposed to be a colorful, kid-friendly show.

But this isn't the first time the popular PBS children's show has gotten bad press.

The show's 43-year history has been riddled with scandals, ranging from the more recent Katy Perry appearance debacle to the long-time rumors about Bert and Ernie's sexual orientation.


Floor Plans

Ernie Pyle, born near Dana in 1900, was a newspaper columnist during World War II. He attended Indiana University but left before graduating to take a job at the LaPorte Herald, a northern Indiana newspaper. Around this time, Ernie met his wife, Geraldine, and they were married in 1925.

Ernie eventually got a job with the Scripps-Howard newspapers as a columnist. He and his wife traveled the country during the Great Depression and wrote columns describing life in America at that time. When war broke out in Europe, Pyle went to England to cover the Battle of Britain in 1940.

When America entered the war in 1941, Pyle signed on as a war correspondent. He wrote columns about what it was like to be an ordinary soldier and the everyday struggles they encountered. He traveled with American soldiers on the front lines in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and France. Ernie’s columns became so popular that they were published in over 400 daily newspapers nationwide during the war. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his columns in 1944.

In 1945, Ernie was assigned to cover the Pacific Theater of the war. He was killed on April 18, 1945, by Japanese sniper fire on the island of Ie Shima. Soldiers and citizens on the home front mourned the loss of Ernie Pyle because of his ability to put a human face on a dehumanizing war.

“Ernie Pyle” bibliographic essay, written by the IHS staff.

Price, Nelson. Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman. Carmel, Indiana: Guild Press of Indiana, 1997.

“Ernie Pyle.” by the Indiana University School of Journalism is dedicated to Ernie Pyle and contains some of his wartime columns.

“Indiana State Museum – Historic State Sites.” Learn more about the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site in Dana, Ind.

“Reporting American at War” This site includes a brief overview of Pyle during World War II and links to a few of his newspaper columns. The site includes a lesson plan for teachers the uses his news columns in the classroom.


Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles

Nearly 50 years after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp dies quietly in Los Angeles at the age of 80.

The Earp brothers had long been competing with the Clanton-McClaury ranching families for political and economic control of Tombstone, Arizona, and the surrounding region. On October 26, 1881, the simmering tensions finally boiled over into violence, and Wyatt, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and his close friend, Doc Holliday, killed three men from the Clanton and McLaury clans in a 30-second shoot-out on a Tombstone street near the O.K. Corral. A subsequent hearing found that the Earps and Holliday had been acting in their capacity as law officers and deputies, and they were acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, not everyone was satisfied with the verdict, and the Earps found their popularity among the townspeople was on the wane. Worse, far from bringing an end the long-standing feud between the Earps and Clanton-McLaurys, the shoot-out sparked a series of vengeful attacks and counterattacks.

In late December 1881, the Clantons and McLaurys launched their vendetta with a shotgun ambush of Virgil Earp he survived, but lost the use of his left arm. Three months later, Wyatt and Morgan were playing billiards when two shots were fired from an unknown source. Morgan was fatally wounded.

As a U.S. deputy marshal, Wyatt had a legal right and obligation to bring Morgan’s killers to justice, but he quickly proved to be more interested in avenging his brother’s death than in enforcing the law. Three days after Morgan’s murder, Frank Stillwell, one of the suspects in the murder, was found dead in a Tucson, Arizona, rail yard. Wyatt and his close friend Doc Holliday were accused�urately, as later accounts revealed—of murdering Stillwell. Wyatt refused to submit to arrest, and instead fled Arizona with Holliday and several other allies, pausing long enough to stop and kill a Mexican named Florentino Cruz, who he believed also had been involved in Morgan’s death.

In the years to come, Wyatt wandered throughout the West, speculating in gold mines in Idaho, running a saloon in San Francisco, and raising thoroughbred horses in San Diego. At the turn of the century, the footloose gunslinger joined the Alaskan gold rush, and he ran a saloon in Nome until 1901. After participating in the last of the great gold rushes in Nevada, Wyatt finally settled in Los Angeles, where he tried unsuccessfully to find someone to publicize his many western adventures. Wyatt’s famous role in the shootout at the O.K. Corral did attract the admiring attention of the city’s thriving new film industry. For several years, Wyatt became an unpaid technical consultant on Hollywood Westerns, drawing on his colorful past to tell flamboyant matinee idols like William Hart and Tom Mix how it had really been. When Wyatt died in 1929, Mix reportedly wept openly at his funeral.

Ironically, the wider fame that eluded Wyatt in life came soon after he died. A young journalist named Stuart Lake published Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall, a wildly fanciful biography that portrayed the gunman as a brave and virtuous instrument of frontier justice. Dozens of similarly laudatory books and movies followed, ensuring Wyatt Earp an enduring place in the popular American mythology of the Wild West.


Racing Career

With the encouragement of the bike shop owner, Taylor entered his first bike race when he was in his early teens, a 10-mile event that he won easily. By the age of 18, Taylor had relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts, and started racing professionally. In his first competition, an exhausting six-day ride at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Taylor finished eighth.

From there, he pedaled into history. By 1898, Taylor had captured seven world records. A year later, he was crowned national and international champion, making him just the second Black world champion athlete, after bantamweight boxer George Dixon. He collected medals and prize money in races around the world, including Australia, Europe and all over North America.

As his successes mounted, however, Taylor had to fend off racial insults and attacks from fellow cyclists and cycling fans. Though Black athletes were more accepted and had less overt racism to contend with in Europe, Taylor was barred from racing in the American South. Many competitors hassled and bumped him on the track, and crowds often threw things at him while he was riding.਍uring one event in Boston, a cyclist named W.E. Becker pushed Taylor off his bike and choked him until police intervened, leaving Taylor unconscious for 15 minutes.

Exhausted by his grueling racing schedule and the racism that followed him, Taylor retired from cycling at age 32. Despite the obstacles, he had become one of the wealthiest athletes – Black or White – of his time.


The Tragedy of Bernard King

Bernard King was royal on the court. For a year or so in the mid-80s when he wielded power on behalf of the New York Knicks, he was my favorite basketball player. I still remember him on the right baseline, back to the basket, spinning like a top, rising quickly above earth-bound Larry Bird, and then swishing in yet another two. Sadly, the ironically named Bird, who did everything on the court but fly, and his Celtics always seemed to have the last laugh in the Eastern Conference playoffs back then.

King was an enigmatic star. He rarely spoke to the media in those days. Two years ago, though, ESPN’s series 30 for 30 devoted a 60-minute episode to King and Ernie Grunfeld, whose careers followed similar arcs that crossed on several occasions. They were NYC high school all-stars in the early 70s and then attended the University of Tennessee where they comprised the Bernie and Ernie Show. After college, the former New York City prodigies played together for a few years on the aforementioned Knicks.

On 30 for 30, King discussed his abusive mother, who beat him for not going to church. King’s high school coach said his parents never once came to their all-American son’s games. At Tennessee, King related, racist police verbally and physically abused him. King also described his loneliness and the solace he found in alcohol. 38 years later, the pain and anger from those incidents and his parents’ abuse and indifference remain visible in his face and audible in his voice.

30 for 30 devoted less time to King’s professional career and its aftermath. But the episode culminated with his triumphant entry into the NBA Hall of Fame and two ceremonies at the University of Tennessee at which first he and then Grunfeld were honored.

After watching 30 for 30 – Bernie and Ernie, I felt great compassion for Bernard King. My sense was that an abusive childhood and racist police had permanently scarred this intelligent and sensitive man. Victimized by his parents, the police, and alcoholism, King’s life seemed ineffably sad to me. I also believed that he had internalized his pain, rather than lashing out at others.

Although ESPN didn’t tell us, this is not the case. It turns out Bernard King has a history of violence against women. While playing very briefly in Utah in the early 1980s for the Jazz, King was arrested on charges of forcible sodomy and forcible sexual assault. According to writer Peter Richmond, King pleaded to one count of attempted forcible sexual assault after he passed six lie detector tests in which he claimed he was so intoxicated that he simply did not know hat occurred during the evening in question.

In 1994, King was arrested for allegedly choking a woman while he was intoxicated. 10 years later, he was arrested on four counts of spousal abuse. According to the AP and the NY Daily News, a photograph of his wife at the time of the arrest showed her to have been bloody and bruised. The violence that was visited upon Bernard King when he was a child and college student do not excuse his violence against women. But they explain them to a significant extent don’t they?

I understand why ESPN did not want to undermine the narrative in Bernie and Ernie of two high school basketball stars who overcome adversity and ultimately triumph in college and the pros and, at least in Ernie Grunfeld’s case, after his retirement from the hardwood. Asking Bernard King about his history of violence against women would have made him far less sympathetic and perhaps hurt ratings. But by only telling us about Bernard King’s understandable pain and self-directed injuries while ignoring his other victims, ESPN simplified what turns out to be an ambiguous and even more tragic story than appeared at first blush.


Murder Map Houston: The Locations of Infamous Local Murders

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Houston makes national news all the time. Sometimes it's our sports teams, sometimes it's the happenings over at NASA, a breakthrough at the Medical Center or our atrocious weather that's in the headlines. And sometimes it's Houston murders. Here are four Houston murders that made news and, in three cases, changed the justice system.

It was public pressure surrounding the 1977 murder Joe Campos Torres by Houston Police officers that prompted HPD to create an internal affairs division. Torres was 23 years old, and according to newspaper reports at the time, the Mexican-American Vietnam vet was known to have a drinking problem. In newspaper interviews, his family said he often became quarrelsome when he was drunk.

On May 5, 1977, Torres was arrested for a disturbance at an East End bar. Instead of taking him directly to jail, the six officers who responded to the call took Torres to &ldquoThe Hole,&rdquo a spot along the banks of Buffalo Bayou near the 1200 block of Commerce, where they beat him. A lot.

They then took him to the city jail where he was deemed too injured for intake. Instead of transporting Torres to a hospital as they had been told to do, the six officers returned him to The Hole and beat him. Again.

At one point, HPD officer Terry W. Denson pushed Torres into the bayou, saying, &ldquo&ldquoLet&rsquos see if the wetback can swim.&rdquo Apparently the drunk and injured Torres couldn&rsquot. His body was found floating in the bayou two days later. It was Mother&rsquos Day.

The Mexican-American community was outraged by the death and Torres&rsquos family demanded justice.

That October, Denson and another officer, Stephen Orlando, were tried on murder charges and an all-white jury found them guilty of negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. Their sentence was one year probation and a $1 dollar fine.

Houston's Mexican-American community's outrage grew. Torres's family and community leaders organized protests against the decision, marching on HPD headquarters.

All six officers then faced federal charges for violating Torres&rsquos civil rights. They were found guilty and given a ten year suspended sentence. Also found guilty of assault, Denson and Orlando were sentenced to nine months in prison.

The Hispanic community's outrage again grew. The family and community protested again. And again. But the case was settled and no further action was taken against the officers.

On the one year anniversary of Torres&rsquos death, a riot broke out during a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Moody Park, on Houston&rsquos north side. Police trying to arrest someone for fighting clashed with an angry crowd of Mexican-Americans. A rare citywide assist call went out for HPD. Officers, some wearing gas masks, tried to control the crowd but the violence and chaos spread into the neighborhood. Dozens of officers were injured Jack Cato and Phil Archer, news reporters with KPRC Channel 2, were both stabbed repeatedly. By the end of the night, 14 cop cars had been burned, dozens of people were arrested and several nearby stores had been burned and looted.

Joe Campos Torres never got justice but HPD did get an internal affairs division.

The Hole remains visible today from a San Jacinto Street bridge that crosses Buffalo Bayou. The building currently at that site is part of the Harris County Sherrif's department. Hundreds of people walk across it every day as they make their way to the various criminal courts and Harris County jail, most unaware of The Hole or Joe Campos Torres.

The deaths of teenagers Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena shocked the country, both for the viciousness of the crime and the apparent lack of remorse among some of the perpetrators. The girls, 14 and 16 years old respectively, left a party around 11:15 p.m. on June 24, 1993. In order to make their 11:30 p.m. curfew, the two decided to take a shortcut along some railroad tracks and through T. C. Jester Park.

Five members of a local gang, Peter Cantu (18), Efrain Perez (17), Derrick Sean O'Brien (18), Joe Medellin (18) and his brother Venancio Medellin (14), were in the park initiating a new recruit, Raul Villarreal (17). They saw the girls walking past them and captured them. Over the next hour, the girls were repeatedly raped by all six attackers. They were sodomized and beaten before being strangled. The attackers then stomped on the girls' necks and kicked them until they were dead.

After the murders, Cantu and some of the other gang members went to his home where they bragged about the killing to family members. The badly decomposed bodies were found four days later when Cantu's older brother eventually tipped off police as to the location and the attackers.

During the various trials, the defendants showed little, if any, remorse.

The death of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena led to a significant changes in victim's rights. Because of efforts by Ertman's father along with victims advocate Andy Kahan and others, victim's family members are now allowed to view the execution of a convicted killer.

The case affected criminal rights as well. Perez and Villarreal were under 18 at the time of the crime. Despite their ages, they were also given death sentences. That became a heated argument. The Supreme Court eventually decided the action was unconstitutional and the sentences were commuted to life. (Venancio Medellin, also a juvenile, had been given 40 years in prison.)

Joe Medellin was a Mexican citizen. He was given the death penalty but as he had not been allowed contact with the Mexican consulate at the time of his arrest, Mexico as well as several international justice advocates protested. (Mexico doesn't have the death penalty and blocks any death penalty sentences of its citizens by other countries.) Governor Rick Perry declined appeals from Mexico and a stay of execution from the World Court.

O'Brien and Medellín were executed in 2008. Cantu was executed in 2010.

The site of the Ertman - Pena murders remains a bank of White Oak Bayou. The railroad tracks there are still used daily by trains and occasionally by someone looking for a shortcut through the area. A few yards away from the site a memorial has been erected to the two girls. Twin benches, each bearing the name of one of the girls, sit under several oak trees. Plastic flowers, toys, dolls and other tokens of remembrance top both benches.

Clifford X. Phillips murdered Alley Theatre Managing and Artistic Director Iris Siff in the early hours of January 13, 1982.

The 47 year old Phillips, also known as Abdullah Bashir, had been a security guard with Security Guard Services, Inc. which provided the theater's security. He was fired for reportedly sleeping on the job. A few weeks later, he returned to the theater, entered through an unlocked door and made his way up to Siff's fourth floor office. He strangled Siff, who was 58 at the time, with a telephone cord and left taking her television, fur coat, bag and car.

The Houston Police Department first arrested Phillips's replacement, a Security Guard Services, Inc. employee named Robert Taylor. He was on duty at the time of the murder and HPD discovered he had served time in prison so he seemed a likely candidate. He was released after a few days.

Phillips was arrested in Los Angeles a few weeks later. He said he killed Siff in self-defense when she attacked him during the robbery.

Like Taylor, Phillips had a prison record. He had served time for killing his three-year-old son in 1970. (Philips forced water down the boy's throat and later stuffed his body into a suitcase.) Phillips had also been accused of beating his daughter into a vegetative state.

Despite their easily discovered criminal pasts, both men were hired by Security Guard Services, Inc.

Siff attended the Universidad Autónoma de México before receiving a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Texas in 1944. She joined the Alley as an actress in 1948, just one year after the company's inception. She was a performer and costumer before she left the Alley to become a fashion coordinator and the director of special services at the Sakowitz department store.

She came back to the Alley in 1964 as founding director Nina Vance's assistant. Then in 1968 she became Managing Director for the theater and worked with architect Ulrich Franzen on the development of the Alley's current building. Vance died in 1980 and Siff became Managing and Artistic Director for the company.

Phillips was sentenced to death for Siff's murder. He was executed in 1993. In his final statement he said: "I want to express my feelings regarding the mishap of the deceased Mrs. Iris Siff. That was a very unfortunate incident and only God knows why it was an unintentional situation that took place."

Siff's family filed a wrongful death suit against Security Guard Services, Inc. and two of its employees the case was settled out of court in 1984. One factor in the case was the criminal background of both Phillips and Taylor.

One month after Siff's death, Texas Monthlyreporter Dick Reavis came to Houston to research the hiring and training practices of security firms in the city. He applied to 11 companies using his real name, age and place of birth along with various versions of a fabricated criminal past and work history. None of them discovered his lies, even though he took several lie detector tests as part of the application process. Six of the companies cleared Reavis for hiring. His article, Scarecrow Cops, detailed the security industry's failure to screen applicants.

Paul Broussard was a 27-year-old banker when he was attacked and killed in the Montrose area in 1991. Just after 2 a.m., Broussard and two friends were walking home after a night at a gay bar. Two vehicles drove up to the trio and one of the passengers asked for directions to a club. When the trio responded, nine teens and a 22-year-old, all from The Woodlands, exited the vehicles and attacked the men. His two friends managed to get away but Broussard was captured, beaten and stabbed.

Broussard lay injured at the site for hours. When EMS did arrive, he was able to talk and told them he wanted to be taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. Although he was badly beaten, had a broken rib and several puncture and stab wounds, the EMS staff decided his transportation was not an emergency but rather a low priority. They drove him to St. Joseph's with no lights or sirens, making what could have been an eight minute drive 40 minutes long instead. At the hospital, Broussard's treatment was further delayed and it was an hour before a doctor attended to him. He later died of internal injuries.

LGTB advocates cited homophobia and anti-gay sentiment as well as fear and misunderstanding of HIV/AIDS as factors in Broussard's medical treatment and the subsequent seemingly lackadaisical police investigation. (Queer advocate Ray Hill said the police had not even secured the site of the crime when he arrived on the scene hours later.)

The case was labeled a hate crime the attackers admitted that they came to the heavily gay Montrose area to beat up a stranger. Gay advocates rallied and responded not only to the attack but to the delay in medical treatment Broussard received. Several large protests were organized, led by Broussard's mother, Nancy Rodriguez and LGBT advocates and politicos.

Jon Buice, the assailant who stabbed Broussard, turned himself in after prompting by family members. Eventually all of the attackers were arrested. The ten reached plea bargains and never went to trial. Five attackers received probation (two violated the terms of that probation and were sent to prison). Three others received 15-years-and-one-day prison sentences. One received 20 years (but was released after just six years) and Buice received 45 years.

Queer Nation and others deemed the sentences too lenient for the crime.

Broussard's mother was instrumental in keeping media attention and public pressure on the case through the sentencing phase and later parole hearings for each of the attackers. She was among the first family members to testify during the sentencing phase of an assailant in Texas. She successfully protested Buice's parole several times. Buice was released on parole in 2015 after serving 23 years. Ray Hill, who said he had a change of heart about Buice, was there to greet him.

Victims Advocate Andy Kahan was involved with the Paul Broussard case as well as that of Ertman-Pena. See our story HPD Investigating Victims' Crime Advocate Andy Kahan from Houston Press staff writer Craig Malisow on Kahan's alleged misconduct in the parole hearing of Broussard killer Jon Buice.

Earlier this year, Ernie Manouse produced a documentary film about the case, A Murder in Montrose: the Paul Broussard Legacy. In the film, Manouse contends that the Broussard case and the city's reaction to it led to the defeat of Mayor Kathryn Whitmire by Bob Lanier later that year. The case, among others, also led to hate crime legislation being passed in the state.

The site of Paul Broussard's death remains a parking lot for a small office building.

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ trailer exposes sleazy history of movie industry

A prostitution ring run out of a gas station. Naked pool parties held by prominent directors. Shocking racism in the casting of major motion pictures.

If any of these scenarios tickle your fancy, dive head first into the new trailer released Monday for Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” a dark look at young actors and aspiring filmmakers trying to make it big in the post-World War II era.

The seven-part Netflix series, which debuts May 1, takes us back to the bad old days when gay actors had to live in the closet, casting directors deliberately chose white actors to play ethnic roles rather than risk losing precious distribution in select portions of the US, and the best way to get ahead in your career was to assume the supine position — and collect a fee when climax had been achieved.

“Fifty percent of it is based on reality,” Murphy tells The Post. “The show is a blending of real-life people I’ve been obsessed with since I was kid: Anna May Wong, Hattie McDaniel, Rock Hudson, Vivien Leigh, George Cukor. All of their stories and almost all of the things that they’re involved with are pretty accurate and heavily researched. And then the fictionalized people around them, many of them are based on real-life characters.”

Failed actor Ernie (Dylan McDermott) runs a Hollywood gas station where regular customers pull up to the gas tanks and ask for a trip to Dreamland. That’s code for one of Ernie’s boys to get into the passenger seat and drive off to a rendezvous in a nearby hotel. Ernie’s got quite a stable of Pat Boone look-alikes ready to service ladies and gentleman. One of his new hires, Jack Castello (David Corenswet), happens to hook up with the neglected wife (Patti LuPone) of an adulterous studio head (Rob Reiner), and then a casting director at his studio, easing his way into the other side of the gate at Ace studios.

Darren Criss, left, leads the lineup of Ernie’s “boys” in Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood.” SAEED ADYANI/NETFLIX

“Hollywood” liberally mixes fictional characters with real-life legends. The suicide of aspiring actress Peg Entwistle, who jumped from the Hollywood sign over the lack of good parts, becomes the framework for an edgy screenplay written by a Hollywood outsider who just happens to be one of Ernie’s boys.


Gary Ward scored just 1,094 points in a Maryland uniform, but his career average of 16.8 points per game is the 10th-best in program history. He was even tougher on the glass, ranking seventh all-time among Terrapins with 9.5 rebounds a night.

Although Ward did earn a late-round pick in the NBA draft, he was picked by the Celtics during Bill Russell’s championship stronghold. Unsurprisingly, he couldn’t crack those loaded rosters and never played in the NBA.

Image from dcbasketball.com


Our HISTORY

Louie Mueller Barbecue has been described as a "cathedral of smoke" due to producing the finest BBQ in all of Texas since the restaurant opened its doors in 1949. Founder Louie Mueller handed over the reins to his son Bobby in 1974, who ran the smoker for over three decades before his son (third generation owner/pitmaster) Wayne Mueller took control in 2007. It was also around this time that the Central Texas BBQ restaurant was honored by the James Beard Foundation with an American Classics award, an honor given only to our nation's most beloved and best regional restaurants.

While the menu may have changed slightly from the early days of the BBQ restaurant, the attention to detail and dedication to producing the best BBQ in Texas (and let’s face it, the world) remains the same. Just as it was then, you'll find a Mueller behind the counter and the highest quality Texas BBQ served on your tray.


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