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Breaking: Boycott El Tiempo Hashtag Surfaces After Jeff Sessions Visit

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Today, 10 August 2018, the hashtag #BoycottElTiempo began after the Mexican restaurant chain posted photos to each of their locations’  social media pages with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

(HOUSTON) – El Tiempo Cantina has been serving Houstonians since its Richmond location opened in 1998. The company was started by the Domenic Laurenzo, the eldest son of historic Houston restauranteur, Ninfa Laurenzo (known for Houston’s Mama Ninfa’s Tex Mex). As of late, El Tiempo has made the news cycle when they announced that their longtime Montrose location would be closing July 31 — which has since been postponed until after the August month according to the restaurant’s Facebook page — to make room for a new apartment building in the historic ‘gayborhood.’ But now El Tiempo is in the news again (and some agua caliente) for another reason.

Tonight, screenshots of social media posts by all El Tiempo locations all around Houston began to surface, captioned with “#BoycottElTiempo” after the company’s social media pages posted photos of executive chef of the restaurant chain and El Tiempo founder, Domenic Laurenzo, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The caption on the photo read:

“We had the honor to serve Mr. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.”

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Screenshot courtesy of Edward Eric Schell.

Sessions is not a popular politician among the LGBTQIA community. After being appointed Attorney General of the United States by President Donald J. Trump in February of 2017, Sessions wasted no time in rolling back LGBTQ rights and protections. In fact his track record with our community includes, but is not limited to:

And that’s just to name a few. Social media posts and reactions from various Houstonians have inundated Facebook and Twitter:

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Residents of the Montrose area were deeply disappointed in July when El Tiempo announced its impending closure. Now, however, it seems like they’re singing a different tune. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Christina Edwards Wells Advances on AGT

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Houston’s hometown hero, Christina Edwards Wells, has advanced to the live shows at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on America’s Got Talent

(HOUSTON) – She’s been keeping the secret for weeks — even when we interviewed her about it for our About Magazine Pride Edition — but now the rest of the world finally knows. Christina Edwards Wells, the 2016 Pride Houston Pride SuperStar and Montrose favorite, is progressing onto the live shows on NBC’s America’s Got Talent for season 13. Tonight’s episode, like her initial audition, was previously taped earlier this year. This is Wells’ second go at the program. She previously auditioned but did not progress. Christina is a well-known member and performer in Houston’s LGBTQ community.

Wells’ performance started off as a nail-biter, with judges noted that she was a bit off-key at the beginning of her song. Although she sounded fine to all of us, and apparently found her vocal footing within a few short bars. The judges commended Wells, who is a full-time registered nurse in Houston. Guest judge, comedian, and actor, Ken Jeong, telling Christina, “[…] my wife told me, ‘You’re no longer a doctor. You’re a comedian.’ You’re no longer a nurse, you’re a singer […] an artist.”

Just before the judges made their decision, Christina weepily told the camera that she never thought she would make it this far, and that she did not want it to end. Luckily, when the time came, Simon Cowell told Christina, “Today, I’m going to be honest with you […] this wasn’t better from the first audition. We had to make decisions based on who do we think could really do well in the live show.” After a brief and histrionic pause, Cowell continued, “And that’s why, Christina, we have decided to put you through to the live shows.” Christina immediately erupted in tears before saying, “I thought you were going to tell me no!” Mel B. jumped to her feet and rushed on stage to hug Wells.

At Least 8 Confirmed Dead in Santa Fe School Shooting

An active shooter opened fire at Santa Fe High School this morning. At least 8 and as many as 10 are reported dead.

UPDATED 11:52 AM: (SANTA FE, TX) – As of now, between eight and ten have been lost at Santa Fe High School according to law enforcement officials. According to CNN, an armed person entered an art class Friday morning opening fire.

The shooter (a student) has been apprehended by police and gunshot victims are being taken to a nearbynearby Galveston hospital. Another person has been detained by officials.

News reports from ABC 13 are reporting that police officials say a home approximately four miles (in the Alvin area) from the high school may be housing explosives. As of 10:23 Friday morning, police rushed news crews to move away from the home. There is no report as to whether or not these potential explosives are related to the school shootings.

Raul Reyes, a spokesman from the University of Texas Medical Branch confirmed to ABC13 that three patients, including a male in the operating room in critical condition, are being cared for. Reyes states that they are prepared for more arrivals from Santa Fe High School, but they have not received updates that any more are on their way. The other two patients, a male and a female, are doing well.

A report from FOX26 reports that Aldine ISD has received gun violence threats in the short time since the Santa Fe High School shootings. More news will be made available as it comes to About Magazine.

According to CNN, officials have stated that explosives have been found both on and off campus from Santa Fe High School. Police Chief Jeff Powell released a statement saying people in the surrounding areas should be watchful and cautious of suspicious items and that they should immediately be reported to 911. 

ihis is a developing story.

Texas EquuSearch Leads Search For River Oaks Teen Missing

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HOUSTON — Efforts are underway in Houston to find 17-year-old Wilson Stratton. The River Oaks teen has been missing for 10 days. Texas EquuSearch has joined the search.

Officials described Wilson as young, healthy and social; but his father says there are several things that worry him. These include having no digital footprint of Wilson and his struggle with a recent death in his family.

Wilson was last seen January 19 at around 10:30 p.m. on surveillance video at a gas station on San Felipe and Willowick, just blocks from his home.

Wilson didn’t have a cell phone and has made no credit card transactions.

“It’s not a good sign. We’ve been involved in 1,700 plus cases. And I don’t like where we are right now with no sightings, no calls, no communication,” said Tim Miller with Texas EquuSearch.

Wilson’s father says his son was struggling emotionally with his mother’s death. The teenager was seeing a therapist and was on medication.

If anyone has any information regarding the disappearance of Wilson Stratton, please contact the Houston Police Department at 832-394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.