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Adlai Stevenson I

Adlai Ewing Stevenson served as the 23rd vice president of the United States from 1893 to 1897. He served as a representative from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After his subsequent appointment as assistant postmaster general of the United States during Grover Cleveland's first administration, he fired many Republican postal workers and replaced them with Southern Democrats; this earned him the enmity of the Republican-controlled Congress, but made him a favorite as Grover Cleveland's running mate in 1892, he duly became vice president of the United States. In office, he supported the free-silver lobby against the gold-standard men like Cleveland, but was praised for ruling in a dignified, non-partisan manner. In 1900, he ran for vice president with William Jennings Bryan. In doing so, he became the fourth vice president or former vice president to run for that post with two different presidential candidates. Stevenson was the grandfather of Adlai Stevenson II, a Governor of Illinois and the unsuccessful Democratic presidential nominee in both 1952 and 1956.

Adlai Ewing Stevenson was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on October 23, 1835, to John Turner and Eliza Ewing Stevenson, Wesleyans of Scots-Irish descent. The Stevenson family is first recorded in Scotland, in the early 18th century; the family appears to have been of some wealth, as a private chapel in the Archdiocese of St Andrews bears their name. At some point shortly after the Jacobite rising of 1715, the family migrated to County Antrim, near Belfast. At least one Stephenson was a police officer. William Stephenson, the great-grandfather of Adlai, was a tailor. After William's father died in the 1730s, his family moved to Lancaster County, Province of Pennsylvania. In 1762, the family moved to North Carolina in. Including lands given to his children, William Stephenson had amassed 3,400 acres of land by the time of his death. One branch of the family, including Adlai Stevenson's father moved to Kentucky in 1813. Stevenson was born on the family farm in Christian County, he attended a public school in Kentucky.

In 1850, when he was 14, frost killed the family's tobacco crop. Two years his father set free their few slaves and the family moved to Bloomington, where his father operated a sawmill. Stevenson attended Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington and graduated from Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky, his father's death prompted Stevenson to return from Kentucky to Illinois to run the sawmill. Stevenson studied law with Bloomington attorney Robert E. Williams, he was admitted to the bar in 1858, commenced practice in Metamora. As a young lawyer, Stevenson encountered such celebrated Illinois attorneys as Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, he campaigned for Douglas in his 1858 Senate race against Lincoln. Stevenson's dislike of Lincoln might have been prompted by a contentious meeting between the two, at which Lincoln made several witty quips disparaging Stevenson. Stevenson made speeches against the "Know-Nothing" movement, a nativist group opposed to immigrants and Catholics; that stand helped cement his support in Illinois' large Irish communities.

In a predominantly Republican area, the Democratic Stevenson won friends through his storytelling and his warm and engaging personality. Stevenson was appointed master in chancery, his first public office, which he held during the Civil War. In 1864 Stevenson was a presidential elector for the Democratic ticket. In 1866, he married Letitia Green, they had three daughters, Mary and Letitia, a son, Lewis Stevenson. Letitia helped establish the Daughters of the American Revolution as a way of healing the divisions between the North and South after the Civil War, succeeded the wife of Benjamin Harrison as the DAR's second president-general. In 1868, at the end of his term as district attorney, he entered law practice with his cousin, James S. Ewing, moving with his wife back to Bloomington and settling in a large house on Franklin Square. Stevenson & Ewing would become one of the state's most prominent law firms. Ewing would become the U. S. ambassador to Belgium. The Democratic Party nominated Stevenson for the United States Congress in 1874.

Stevenson levied influence in the local Masonic lodge. Stevenson received the nomination of the Independent Reform Party, a state party that fought monopolies following the Panic of 1873. Stevenson campaigned against Republican incumbent John McNulta, he attacked McNulta's support for high tariffs and what became known as the Salary Grab Act, where congressmen increased their salaries by 50%. He spoke little of his own positions other than railroad regulation. McNulta attacked back. Thanks to the votes siphoned away from the Republican Base by the Independent Reform Party, Stevenson won the election with 52% of the vote, though he did not carry his hometown of Bloomington, he was elevated to the 44th United States Congress, the first under Democratic control since the Civil War. In 1876, Stevenson was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection; the Republican presidential ticket, headed by Rutherford B. Hayes carried his district, Stevenson was narrowly defeated, getting 49.6 percent of the vote.

In 1878, he ran on both the Democratic an

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qu├ębec

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is a public agency founded in 1994 by the government of Quebec. CALQ offers support and funding for art projects in the performing arts, multidisciplinary arts, circus arts, visual arts, media arts, architectural research and crafts, literature, it seeks to broaden the influence of Quebec culture in Canada and abroad, supports the advanced training of writers and professional artists. In 2015, CALQ awarded the inaugural Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, honouring achievement in Quebec arts and letters, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. Thirty-five inductees were added to the order including 13 board members. Though inspired by France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Quebec order differs in that it has only one grade, that of companion; as of January 2013, the Conseil's board of directors are: Marie DuPont, Chair of the Board of Directors Yvan Gauthier, Chief Executive Officer Francine Bernier, Vice-president of the Board of Directors, Director General and Artistic Director of Agora de la danse Agathe Alie, Assistant Vice-President - Global Citizenship and Public Affairs Director at Cirque du Soleil Michel Biron, Full professor in the Department of French Language and Literature at McGill University Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Director general of Espace pour la vie de Montréal Alan Côté, Director general and Artistic Director of Village en chanson de Petite-Vallée Luc Courchesne, Media artist, Professeur titulaire, École de design industriel, Faculté de l'aménagement of Université de Montréal, Créateur-chercheur associé at Société des arts technologiques Luc Gallant, CA, Chartered accountant, Associate Partner - KPMG Mona Hakim, Exhibition curator, art critic and instructor in art history Jo-Ann Kane, Curator of the collection of the National Bank of Canada, President of the Association des Collections d'entreprises du Québec, Independent curator Stéphane Laforest, Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestre la Sinfonia de Lanaudière, First assistant conductor of Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Louise Lemieux-Bérubé, Artist and Chief Executive Officer of Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal Dominique Payette, Professor - Département d'information et de communication of Université Laval Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council Website of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Netzpolitik.org

Netzpolitik.org is a German language blog on digital rights and digital culture. Among other topics, it covers mass surveillance, open source software, data protection and privacy and net neutrality; the blog was founded in 2002 by Markus Beckedahl, who still leads the project today, supported by more than 30 other contributors. In Spring 2015, netzpolitik.org leaked internal government documents which detailed the proposed surveillance expansion of social networks by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, an intelligence agency, by producing two articles, first in February 2015 and in April 2015. On July 31, 2015, netzpolitik.org announced:Today, we received a letter from the Federal Attorney General of Germany confirming ongoing investigations against our reporters Markus Beckedahl, Andre Meister and an “unknown” source, suspecting us of treason according to the German Penal Code. Up until that point, they were known to have been witnesses in the case, but this letter confirmed that they would be investigated as "joint principals".

The last time such charges were brought against a journalist in Germany was in 1962 amid much uproar, when the editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel was accused of treason for publishing secret documents about the German defense forces, spent 103 days in prison. In the aftermath of the treason investigation, Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas forced Public Prosecutor General Harald Range into retirement for breach of public trust on 4 August 2015; the bloggers describe themselves as a platform for digital freedoms fighting against mass surveillance. Netzpolitik.org is extensively reporting on the ongoing intelligence scandals live-covering the German parliamentary investigation committee on NSA surveillance. Besides this live-blogging, there is a broad evaluation and commenting on the insights won in the committee; the bloggers have vigorously criticized surveillance practices for many years. Netzpolitik.org „Suspicion of Treason“: Federal Attorney General Announces Investigation Against Us In Addition To Our Sources, 2015-7-30 "Classified Department: We Unveil the New Unit of the German Domestic Secret Service to Extend Internet Surveillance | netzpolitik.org".

2015-04-17. Archived from the original on April 17, 2015. BBC: German spy leaks website being investigated, 2015-7-30 eff.org: German Investigation of Netzpolitik For Coverage of Leaked Surveillance Documents Confirmed, 2015-7-30 arstechnica.com: After publishing secret spy docs, German news site investigated for treason, 2015-7-30 The Register: German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans, 2015-7-31 boingboing.net: German prosecutors give spies a walk, but investigate journalists for "treason", 2015-7-31 techdirt: Yes, German Authorities Are Pushing Treason Charges Against Netzpolitik For Publishing Surveillance Plans, 2015-7-31 The Intercept: German Journalists Investigated for Treason after Publishing Surveillance Leaks, 2015-7-31 Deutsche Welle: German press, politicians criticize'absurd' Netzpolitik inquiry, 2015-7-31 New York Times: Germany Suspends Treason Probe Against News Website, 2015-7-31

James Wentworth Buller

James Wentworth Buller of Downes, Devon, was a British Whig Member of Parliament for Exeter, in Devon, from 1830 to 1835, for North Devon from 1857 to 1865. He was the son of James Buller, MP, of Downes, the grandson of James Buller, MP, he married Charlotte Juliana Jane Howard-Molyneux-Howard, daughter of Lord Henry Thomas Howard-Molyneux-Howard and Elizabeth Long, on 5 October 1831. His children were: General Rt. Hon. Sir Redvers Henry Buller, V. C. Arthur Tremayne Buller, father of the cricketer Eric Tremayne Buller Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Wentworth Buller

Roe Messner

Ronald Roe Messner is an American building contractor who has built more than 1,700 churches, including several megachurches. Having divorced his first wife, he married televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in 1993 after her divorce from husband and PTL Club founder Jim Bakker. Messner grew up in Kansas, on the Kansas-Oklahoma border, he founded Messner Construction in Andover and began building churches. Roe Messner gained fame with the construction of Heritage USA in 1978 at the behest of Jim Bakker. In 1987, he and his first wife, Ruth Ann, wrote Building For The Master: By Design, he played a behind-the-scenes role in the downfall of the PTL Club. He was the person who produced the money for the $265,000 payment to Jessica Hahn to cover up a brief sexual affair. Messner billed PTL for work never completed on the Jerusalem Amphitheater at Heritage USA. Revelations of the payoff invited scrutiny of Bakker's finances, prompting him to be charged with fraud. In the Bakkers' fraud trial, Messner testified for Bakker's defense, saying that Jerry Falwell had attempted to take over PTL and its associated cable television network by dispatching Messner to the Bakker home in Palm Springs, California, to make an offer to "keep quiet".

According to Messner's testimony, Tammy wrote the offer on her stationery, listing a $300,000-a-year lifetime salary for Jim, $100,000 a year for Tammy, a house, a year's worth of free phone calls and health insurance. However, Messner said Bakker wrote on it: "I'm not making any demands on PTL. I'm not asking for anything.". Falwell has denied making any offer. In the messy bankruptcy of PTL, Messner was listed as the single biggest creditor of PTL with an outstanding claim of $14 million. In court papers, the new operators accused Messner of $5.3 million in inflated or phony billings to PTL. Messner divorced his first wife in 1993. At about the same time, Tammy Faye divorced Bakker. Messner and Tammy Faye were lived in Rancho Mirage, California. In 1996, Roe Messner was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud charges and served his time from 1996 to 1999. In 2003 he published another book on church building entitled Church Growth by Design: A Complete Guide for Planning and Building Churches to God's Glory ISBN 0-9745015-0-6.

In 2007 Messner and Tammy Faye moved to the Kansas City, gated community suburb of Loch Lloyd, Missouri. Tammy Faye's last public appearance was a taped interview on CNN from the home the day before she died. Tammy Faye died from cancer on July 20, 2007. Roe Messner himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer years ago, though he told Larry King that his doctors had told him that he would not die from the disease. Tammy Faye Messner's ashes have been interred in the Messner family plot in Waldron next to Messner's mother. Messner is reported to have been the biggest church builder in the United States. On August 7, 2007, he told Larry King. Messner was not the architect. Roe Messner has now built over 1,818 churches in all 50 states. Calvary Temple - Denver, Colorado Pleasant Valley Methodist - Wichita, Kansas Oak Cliff Assembly of God - Dallas, Texas Evangelical United Brethern - Marion, Kansas World Harvest Church - Columbus, Ohio Dream City Church - Phoenix, Arizona Rockford First Assembly of God - Rockford, Illinois Capitol Christian Center - Sacramento, California Hillside Christian Center - Napa, California Carpenter's Home Church - Lakeland, Florida Church of the Rock - Rockwall, Texas Bethel Church - Los Angeles, California Calvary Church - Charlotte, North Carolina Cathedral of the Holy Spirit - Decatur, Georgia Cathedral of Praise - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Deliverance Church - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Central Community Church - Wichita, Kansas Point Harbor Community Church - Chesapeake, Virginia Redemption - Greenville, South Carolina Bellevue Baptist Church- Memphis, Tennessee Roe Messner & Associates, Inc. website

1994 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1994 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place from March 3–6, 1994 at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The Chattanooga Mocs, led by head coach Mack McCarthy, won their sixth Southern Conference title and received the automatic berth to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. All of the conference's ten members were eligible for the tournament. Teams were seeded based on conference winning percentage; the tournament used a preset bracket consisting of four rounds, the first of which featured two games, with the winners moving on to the quarterfinal round. This was the last year in which the conference did not utilize a divisional format, implemented the following season. * Overtime game List of Southern Conference men's basketball champions