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Ballotpedia is a nonprofit and nonpartisan online political encyclopedia written by a staff of researchers and writers. Founded in 2007, it covers American federal and local politics and public policy. Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Middleton, Wisconsin; as of 2014, Ballotpedia employed 34 researchers. Ballotpedia's stated goal is "to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government." The website "provides information on initiative supporters and opponents, financial reports, litigation news, status updates, poll numbers, more." It was a "community-contributed web site, modeled after Wikipedia", now edited by paid staff. It "contains volumes of information about initiatives and recalls."In 2008, InfoWorld called Ballotpedia one of the "Top 20 Election Day Web sites and online tools."According to the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2013, "Ballotpedia is a nonprofit wiki encyclopedia that uses nonpartisan collaboration to gather political info for sharing."

Ballotpedia was founded by the Citizens in Charge Foundation in 2007. Ballotpedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2008, along with Judgepedia and Sunshine Review. In 2009, their sponsorship was transferred to the nonprofit Lucy Burns Institute, based in Middleton, Wisconsin. On July 9, 2013, Sunshine Review was acquired by the Lucy Burns Institute and merged into Ballotpedia; the Lucy Burns Institute is named after suffragist Lucy Burns who along with Alice Paul founded the National Woman's Party. Judgepedia was merged into Ballotpedia in March 2015. In May 2018, in response to scrutiny over the misuse of Twitter by those seeking to maliciously influence elections, Twitter announced that it would partner with Ballotpedia to add special labels verifying the authenticity of political candidates running for election in the U. S. During the 2018 United States elections, Ballotpedia supplied Amazon Alexa with information on polling place locations and political candidates. Judgepedia was an online wiki-style encyclopedia covering the American legal system.

In 2015, all content from Judgepedia was merged into Ballotpedia. It included a database of information on judges. According to its original website, the goal of Judgepedia was "to help readers discover and learn useful information about the court systems and judiciary in the United States."Judgepedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2007, along with Ballotpedia and Sunshine Review. In 2009, sponsorship of Judgepedia was transferred to the Lucy Burns Institute, which merged Judgepedia into Ballotpedia in March 2015. Judgepedia had a weekly publication titled Federal Courts, Empty Benches which tracked the vacancy rate for Article III federal judicial posts. Ballotpedia has been mentioned in The Washington Post' politics blog, "The Fix". Judgepedia has been cited in The Washington Post and its Volokh Conspiracy blog, in The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, in The New York Times' "The Caucus" politics blog; the Orange County Register noted Judgepedia's coverage of Courts of the Supreme Court.

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A few states require plain-language explanations of ballot wording. In 2018, Ballotpedia, ABC News, FiveThirtyEight collected and analyzed data on candidates in Democratic Party primaries in order to determine which types of candidates Democratic primary voters were gravitating towards. Official website

Peter Fendi

Peter Fendi was an Austrian court painter and genre painter and lithographer. He was one of the leading artists of the Biedermeier period. Peter Fendi was born in Vienna on 4 September 1796 to Elizabeth Fendi, his father was a schoolmaster. He fell from a changing table as an infant, an accident which caused irreparable damage to his spine. Fendi demonstrated a talent for drawing from childhood, he was admitted to the St. Anna's Academy of Fine Art in 1810 at the age of thirteen, where he studied for three years under Johann Martin Fischer, Hubert Maurer and Johann Baptist von Lampi the Elder. Fendi met Joseph Barth, an art collector and the personal ophthalmologist of Joseph II, through Barth's connections to other influential artists, in 1818 Fendi found a job at the Imperial Gallery of Coins and Antiquities, where he worked as a draughtsman and engraver. Fendi received a gold medal in 1821 for his oil painting Vilenica, was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1836. Both nobles and commoners employed Fendi to give instruction in drawing and painting, in life teaching took up more of his time.

He died on 28 August 1842. Fendi painted in oil and watercolours, as well as working with printing, etching and wood carving. Multicolored prints by Fendi are considered pioneering achievements in the field of lithography. Fendi is remembered for his genre scenes, influenced by Dutch painters such as Adriaen Brouwer, Adriaen van Ostade and Rembrandt. Other influences on Fendi's artistic development included the works of Italians such as Giovanni Bellini, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese, which he saw on a trip to Venice in 1821, he is well known for his portraits of the aristocracy. Fendi engraved a series five of Austrian banknotes that were issued in 1841, his works are preserved in the Albertina Museum, the Austrian Gallery in the Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, in the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein in Vaduz

Southern Pacific 4449

Southern Pacific 4449 known as the Daylight, is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad's GS-4 class of steam locomotives and one of only two GS-class locomotives surviving, the other being GS-6 4460. The locomotive is a streamlined 4-8-4 "Northern"-type steam locomotive. GS is abbreviated from "Golden State", a nickname for California, or "General Service"; the locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, for SP in May 1941. No. 4449 was put into storage. In 1958, the SP donated the locomotive to the City of Oregon; the City put the locomotive on static display in Oaks Amusement Park, where it remained until 1974. The locomotive was restored to operation for use in the American Freedom Train, which toured the 48 contiguous United States as part of the nation's 1976 Bicentennial celebration; the engine has operated in excursion service throughout that area since 1984. The locomotive's operations are based at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, where it is maintained by a group of volunteers named the Friends of SP 4449.

In 1983, a poll of Trains magazine readers selected 4449 as being the most popular locomotive in the nation. 4449 was the last engine manufactured in Southern Pacific's first order of GS-4 locomotives. 4449 was placed into service on May 30, 1941, spent its early career assigned to the Coast Daylight, SP's premier passenger train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, but it pulled many other of the SP's named passenger trains. After the arrival of newer GS-4s and GS-5s, 4449 was assigned to Golden State Route and Sunset Route passenger trains. 4449 was reassigned to the Coast Division in the early 1950s. One of 4449's career highlights occurred on October 17, 1954, when 4449 and sister 4447 pulled a special 10-car train for the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society from Los Angeles to Owenyo and return. In late 1955, after being one of the last few Daylight steam engines in Daylight livery, 4449 was painted black and silver and its side skirting was removed due to dieselization of the Coast Daylight in January of that year.

4449 was assigned to Southern Pacific's San Joaquin Valley line pulling passenger trains such as the San Joaquin Daylight between Oakland and Bakersfield as well as fast freight and helper service. 4449 was semi-retired from service on September 24, 1956, was kept as an emergency back-up locomotive until it was retired on October 2, 1957, was placed in storage along with several other GS-class engines near Southern Pacific's Bakersfield roundhouse. In 1958, when most of the GS class engines had been scrapped, a black-and-silver painted 4449 was removed from storage and donated on April 24, 1958, to the City of Portland, where it was placed on outdoor public display in Oaks Park. Since the equipment was considered obsolete, 4449 was not chosen for static display, it was picked only because it was the first in the dead line and could be removed with the least number of switching moves. During its time on display, 4449 was vandalized and had many of its parts stolen, including its builder's plates and whistle.

As a result, the locomotive deteriorated. In 1974, 4449 was evaluated for restoration after becoming a candidate to pull the American Freedom Train, as its size and streamlining made it a good fit for that Bicentennial train. After the evaluators determined that 4449's bearings and rods remained in good condition, they selected the locomotive for that task. 4449 was removed from display on December 13, 1974, restored at the Burlington Northern Railroad's Hoyt Street roundhouse in Portland. The locomotive returned to operation on April 21, 1975, wearing a special paint scheme of red and blue; because the original whistle was stolen, two replacement whistles were fitted to the locomotive: a Hancock 3 chime from SP GS-5 No. 4458, another Hancock 3 chime from a Spokane and Seattle Railway 4-6-6-4. As part of the American Freedom Train, the locomotive pulled a display train through most of the contiguous United States. Afterwards, 4449 pulled an Amtrak special, the Amtrak Transcontinental Steam Excursion during 1977.

After nearly two years on the road, 4449 was returned to storage in Portland, this time under protective cover and not exposed to the elements. In 1981, SP 4449 was returned to its original "Daylight" colors for Railfair'81 and the opening of the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, California with UP 8444 and UP 3985. An SP 6 chime was mounted on the fireman's side for the remainder of the 1980's. In 1984, 4449 pulled an all-Daylight-painted train from Portland to New Orleans and back, to publicize the World's Fair with UP 8444 there too; the 7,477-mile round trip was the longest steam train excursion in the history of the United States. In 1986, 4449 went to Hollywood to appear in Tough Guys, pulled business trains for the Southern Pacific. 4449 had a notable moment in 1989 when it and another famed 4-8-4 Union Pacific 8444 made a side-by-side entrance into Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal in 1989 for the station's 50th anniversary celebrations. The two locomotives ran side by side on Santa Fe's and Southern Pacific's parallel main lines through Cajon Pass, with 4449 having to stop due a hot axle box.

No. 4449 would go on to pull several Southern Pacific - Rio Grande joint

Sparkle (charity)

Sparkle - the national transgender charity based in the United Kingdom, best known for organising the annual Sparkle Weekend in Manchester, which aims to celebrate the transgender community. The event claims to be the world's largest transgender event. Sparkle was formed in 2005 and was granted registered charity status in 2011. Sparkle Weekend occurs in the second weekend every July, with the 12th weekend celebrated in 2016. Where over 12,000 people attended It is based around Manchester's Canal Street, with local bars and restaurants sponsoring and advertising the event, various talks and workshops are run. On the Saturday and Sunday, Sackville Gardens stalls. Sparkle hosts the Manchester Transgender Day of Remembrance every November on the Sunday nearest to the 20th to remember victims of transphobic crime as part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. In addition to organising the Sparkle Weekend, the charity aims to promote awareness and acceptance of the Transgender community. In November 2014, Sparkle organised a candle-lit vigil to remember victims of transphobic crime as part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Sparkle has a governing body of trustees who are led by Lee Clatworthy. Sparkle has three patrons Professor Stephen Whittle OBE, LGBT Rights Activist Rebecca Fox, Actress Annie Wallace. List of transgender-related topics List of transgender-rights organizations Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgenderism Transphobia Sparkle

Lake County, Florida

Lake County is a county located in the U. S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 297,052, its county seat is Tavares, its largest city is Clermont. Lake County is included in FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lake County was created in 1887 from portions of Orange counties, it was named for the many lakes contained within its borders. In the 1800s, the two main industries in the area were breeding cattle. In the latter part of the 19th century, people started to grow citrus trees. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, citrus production grew into the area's leading industry. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,157 square miles, of which 938 square miles is land and 219 square miles is water. Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in peninsular Florida, at 312 feet above sea level. Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Ocala National Forest As of the census of 2000, there were 210,528 people, 88,413 households, 62,507 families residing in the county.

The population density was 221 people per square mile. There were 102,830 housing units at an average density of 108 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 87.46% White, 8.31% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, 1.18% from two or more races. 5.61 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 88,413 households out of which 23.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.30% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.75. In the county, the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, 26.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years.

For every 100 females, there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males. The median income for a household in the county was $36,903, the median income for a family was $42,577. Males had a median income of $31,475 versus $23,545 for females; the per capita income for the county was $20,199. About 6.90% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over. Lake County is represented by U. S. Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, U. S. Representatives Michael Waltz, Daniel Webster, Ross Spano. In the Florida Senate, Lake County is represented by Senators Dennis Baxley, Kelli Stargel. In the Florida House, Lake County is represented by Florida Representatives Jennifer Sullivan, the vacant, Brett Hage. Lake County has five Constitutional Officers: Gary Cooney, Peyton Grinnell, Cary Baker, David Jordan, Alan Hays, five County Commissioners: Tim Sullivan, Sean Parks, Wendy Breeden, Leslie Campione, Josh Blake.

The Florida Department of Corrections has Region III Correctional Facility Office on the grounds of the Lake Correctional Institution in an unincorporated area in Lake County. The Lake County Library System is made up of 6 branch libraries and 9 municipal libraries: Astor County Library: located at 54905 Alco Road, Astor, FL 32102 Cagan Crossings Community Library: Built in 2008. Money was contributed, but few lectures occurred, books were never donated. Money, to be used for the final payment for the lecture series was instead used to start a library; the first librarian of the library was Ms. Payson Pierce, who offered her own home for book storage as well as opened her home to the public. In 1914, a permanent structure was built. Women of the Library Club supported the library until 1936 when the Clermont City Council agreed to maintain it. In 2002, Cooper Memorial became a branch of the Lake County Library System. East Lake County Library: located at 31340 S. County Road 437, Sorrento, FL 32776 Fruitland Park Library: First began in 1916 from the donation of books from the Bosanquet and Dwight families.

Twenty years under the joint support of the women of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Community Methodist Church, it became a community library. In 1970 Fruitland Park Library employed its first salaried librarian. Helen Lehmann Memorial Library: located at 17435 Fifth St. Montverde, FL 34756 Lady Lake Public Library: located at 225 W. Guava St. Lady Lake, FL 32159 Leesburg Public Library: located at 100 E. Main St. Leesburg, FL 34748 Marianne Beck Memorial Library: The Marianne Beck Memorial Library began in 1989 as an Eagle Scout project in a former carport in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida; the local community raised $50,000 to remodel a former convenience store, purchased by the town for the new library. Marion Baysinger Memorial Library: located at 756 W. Broad St. Groveland, FL 34736 Minneola Schoolhouse Library: located at 100 S. Main Ave. Minneola, FL 34715 Pa

Cillian Willis

Cillian Willis is a former professional rugby union footballer. His primary position was scrum-half, he was born in Dublin and educated at Blackrock College in Williamstown and University College Dublin, where in 2006 he completed a commerce degree with honours. Willis broke through into the Leinster team due to injuries to Chris Whittaker and Guy Easterby early on in the 2006/2007 season, his performances earned him the Leinster Player of the Month Award for October/November. Willis is cousin to Brian O'Driscoll. In July 2010, Willis signed a new contract with Connacht Rugby and joined his new squad on their pre-season training trip on the Aran Islands, he left Connacht after one season and with Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss both called into the Irish World Cup squad he was given a contract until October 2011 by Leinster. Willis signed for Sale Sharks for the 2011/2012 season. Leinster Profile Ulster Profile Connacht Profile