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Blieskastel is a city in the Saarpfalz district, in Saarland, Germany, divided into villages. It is situated on the river Blies 10 kilometres southwest of Homburg, 8 km west of Zweibrücken, 20 km east of Saarbrücken. Blieskastel is the capital of the Bliesgau and is located in the center of the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve; the city borders on the cities of Homburg, St. Ingbert, Zweibrücken and Hornbach, the municipalities of Gersheim and Mandelbachtal; the Blies flows by Blieskastel. The districts of Niederwürzbach and Alschbach are located in the Sankt Ingbert-Kirkeler forest area; the annual rainfall is in the upper third. 70% indicate low values. The driest month is April, it rains most in December. The city of Blieskastel consists of 14 districts. Alphabetically these are Altheim, Aßweiler, Bierbach an der Blies, Blickweiler, Böckweiler, Brenschelbach, Niederwürzbach, Pinningen and Wolfersheim. Blieskastel-Mitte is divided into the city center of Blieskastel and Lautzkirchen; the district of Brenschelbach is divided into Brenschelbach, Brenschelbach-Bahnhof, Riesweiler.

To the district of Wecklingen is part of Ballweiler, Seelbach of Niederwürzbach. Number of inhabitants as of 31 December 2017: The former castle of Blieskastel was the seat of the Counts of Blieskastel, whose line died out in 1237; the daughter of the last count, donated the monastery Gräfinthal in Gräfinthal in 1234. Castle and lordship came into possession of the Counts of Salm in 1284 of Bishop Burkhard of Metz, who relocated there from Finstingen. After 1337 Blieskastel belonged to the Electorate of Trier; the counts of Veldenz are counted among the officials of Trier. In 1440, the Elector of Trier, Jakob I, turned over half of the county and the "Hungericht" to the knight Friedrich von Loewenstein. In 1522 the castle was destroyed by Franz von Sickingen in his feud with the Elector of Trier. In 1553 the rule of Blieskastel was pledged to the counts of County of Nassau-Saarbrücken. In the Thirty Years' War Blieskastel was depopulated. Around 1660, the imperial Freiherr von der Leyen, who had had possessions in Blieskastel since 1456, acquired the administration of Blieskastel from Trier and, in 1661–1676, built a new castle on the old site.

In the 18th century under the Counts von der Leyen Blieskastel experienced a new flowering, as in 1773 they moved their residence from Koblenz to Blieskastel and built up Blieskastel as their seat. Under Countess Marianne von der Leyen, born Countess of Dalberg, a cultural center was established in Blieskastel. A period of brisk building activity followed; the palace was further expanded and on the Schlossberg there were a number of outstanding palaces and mansions for the court officials of the small court, including the so-called "Schlößchen", attributed to the Zweibrücken building director and architect Christian Ludwig Hautt. In addition, other master builders worked there, such as A. G. F. Guillemard, Matthias Weysser, Peter Reheis and the master carpenter Franz Schmitt. During this time the former Franciscan monastery church, the former orphanage and the government building were built. With the French Revolution, the von der Leyen were expelled in 1793, their palace plundered and subsequently destroyed.

The ruins were removed in 1802. In 1795 Blieskastel, like the entire left bank of the Rhine, came under French rule, in 1798 was the capital of the canton of Blieskastel in the Sarre Department. With the defeat of France in 1814, the area belonging to France west of the Rhine came first to the Generalgouvernement Mittelrhein; the canton of Blieskastel was placed under the joint Austro-Bavarian State Administration Commission after 1814. In 1816 Austria and Bavaria concluded an exchange agreement, after which the Rheinkreis, the Bavarian Palatinate, was assigned to kingdom of Bavaria; the canton of Blieskastel was subordinated to the district administration in Zweibrücken, and, in 1818, came to the Landkommissariat Zweibrücken, in 1902 to the newly formed district office Sankt Ingbert. From 1920 to 1935 Blieskastel belonged to the Territory of the Saar Basin, put under French administration by a mandate of the League of Nations for 15 years. In the Nazi era Blieskastel was governed from Saarbrücken, until 1935 as part of Pfalz-Saar, until 1940 as part of the Saarpfalz and until the end of the war together with Lorraine as "Westmark".

After the Second World War, the city of Blieskastel was in the French occupation zone and from 1947 to 1956 in the autonomous Saarland, after rejection of the second Saar statute on January 1, 1957, became a federal state of the Federal Republic of Germany. As part of a territorial and administrative reform of 1974, which until belonged to the district of Sankt Ingbert, became part of the newly created Saar-Pfalz-Kreis. At the same time, the city Blieskastel was extended to surrounding communities. Blieskastel has been an officially-recognized Kneipp spa resort since 1978; the historic city center with the Blieskastel Town Hall, the Hercules Fountain of 1691 and the Napoleon Fountain from 1804, is in the Baroque style, which includes the houses of the court officials on the Schlossberg. These the so-called "Schlößchen" of 1776/77, are the work of the Zweibrücken building director Christian Ludwig Hautt. Altogether, the historic area of Old Blieskastel comprises 133 individual monuments and a further 65 buildings under ensemble protection.

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David Fullerton

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Sally Olsen

Sally Olsen was a Norwegian-born American social worker and missionary. She was a pioneer of evangelical and social work for criminals and for orphans and neglected children in San Juan, Puerto Rico,Sally Olsen was born in Bergen, Norway, she was the eldest of four girls. Her father died. In 1929, at age seventeen and her family moved to the United States, where they first settled in Brooklyn, New York. Olsen attended the Bible school of Philadelphia Church in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago where she trained for the ministry and was ordained a minister. Olsen was a pioneer in social work for criminals in Puerto Rico. In 1952, she founded Sarons Rose, a day center mission for children with one or both parents in prison, she served unofficially in the role of an unofficial prison chaplain in San Juan where she was nicknamed the Angel of Prisoners. Her life was chronicled by Max Manus in 1975 and by E. Mentzen in 1987. Mentzen, Av Egil Men Gud Ga Vekst: Jubileumsboken om Sarons Rose Sally Olsen - fangenes engel pa Puerto Rico ISBN 978-8253142050 Manus, Max Sally Olsen: Fangenes engel i Puerto Rico

Jim McKeown (soccer)

James McKeown, is a retired American soccer defender who played in the North American Soccer League for the Tulsa Roughnecks and Philadelphia Fury. McKeown grew up in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey and graduated from Steinert High School in 1974, where he was part of two Group IV championship soccer teams, he was inducted into the Steinart Hall of Fame in 2008. He attended Rider University, playing on the men's soccer team from 1974 to 1977, he was inducted into the Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame in June 2016. The Tulsa Roughnecks selected him in the first round in the 1979 North American Soccer League draft, he spent one season with Tulsa before moving to the Philadelphia Fury for the 1979 season. In January 1981, McKeown became a sales representative for Honeywell. Over the years, he held a variety of management positions in various companies. In August 2004, he became the President of Schlegel Electronic Materials. In August 2008, he became the Vice President of Elliot Equipment Company.

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1999 Dublin South-Central by-election

A by-election was held in the Dáil Éireann Dublin South-Central constituency in Ireland on 27 October 1999. It followed the death of Labour Party Teachta Dála Pat Upton on 22 February 1999; the election was won by sister of Pat Upton. The other candidates being Dublin City Councillor Michael Mulcahy for Fianna Fáil, Dublin City Councillor Catherine Byrne for Fine Gael, Aengus Ó Snodaigh for Sinn Féin, John Goodwillie for the Green Party, Shay Kelly for the Workers' Party, Manus MacMeanmain for Christian Solidarity, Eammon Murphy as an Independent and John Burns for Natural Law. Mulcahy, Byrne and Ó Snodaigh would all go on to represent the constituency as TDs in the future. List of Dáil by-elections Dáil constituencies

Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting

The Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting was a mass shooting that occurred on July 27, 2008 when an unemployed Tennessee truck driver named Jim David Adkisson went on a shooting rampage at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Adkisson opened fire on members of the congregation during a church youth performance, killing two people and wounding six others before he was restrained by church members. A letter, or "manifesto," found in his vehicle after the shooting attributed his motivation for the rampage as a hatred of liberals, African Americans, homosexuals. In the letter he described what he believed to be the cult-like atmosphere of the church. Adkisson pled guilty to two counts of murder and received a sentence of life in prison without parole; the Unitarian Universalist church hosted a youth performance of Annie Jr. Some 200 people were watching the performance by 25 children when Adkisson entered the church and opened fire on the audience.

60-year-old Greg McKendry, a longtime church member and usher who deliberately stood in front of the gunman to protect others, was killed at the scene. A 61-year-old woman, Linda Kraeger, died from wounds suffered during the attack that night. Kraeger was a member of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Farragut; the shooter was stopped when church members John Bohstedt, Robert Birdwell, Arthur Bolds, Terry Uselton, along with visitor Jamie Parkey, restrained him. Jim David Adkisson was a former private in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977. After his arrest, he said that he was motivated by hatred of Democrats, African Americans and homosexuals. According to an affidavit by one of the officers who interviewed Adkisson on July 27, 2008: During the interview Adkisson stated that he had targeted the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of major media outlets.

Adkisson made statements that because he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would target those that had voted them into office. Adkisson stated. Additionally, one of Adkisson's former wives had been a member of the church where the attack occurred. Adkisson's manifesto cited the inability to find a job, his manifesto stated that he intended to keep shooting until police arrived and expected to be killed by police. Adkisson had a waist satchel with more ammunition. In his manifesto, Adkisson included the Democratic members of the House and Senate, the 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America of Bernard Goldberg in his list of wished-for targets. David Neiwert has written that anger over Barack Obama's candidacy was a factor as Adkisson had written "I'm protesting the DNC running such a radical leftist candidate. Osama Hussein Obama, yo mama" comparing candidate Obama to the fictional chimp Curious George, he complained about inter-racial couples: "How is a white woman having a niger baby progress?"

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations held special vigils and services in response to the Knoxville shooting. The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church scheduled a rededication ceremony on August 3, 2008, at which the Rev. Dr. John A. Buehrens, a former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association and former pastor of TVUUC spoke; the UUA president, Rev. William G. Sinkford, spoke at a vigil held at Second Presbyterian Church, in Knoxville, on July 28, 2008. A relief fund was created by the UUA and its Thomas Jefferson District to aid those affected by the shooting. On August 10, 2008, the Unitarian Universalist Association took out a full-page ad in The New York Times; the ad carried the message, "Our Doors and Our Hearts Will Remain Open". The Unitarian Universalist Association carried comprehensive coverage of the response of the UU faith community online; the TVUUC Board voted to rename the'greeting hall' to honor Greg McKendry, citing his outgoing and friendly personality, to rename the church library to honor Linda Kraeger, citing her work as an author and professor.

An oil painting of Greg McKendry was hung over the fireplace in the greeting hall. At his first court appearance, Adkisson waived his rights to the preliminary hearing and requested the case go directly to the grand jury. Adkisson was represented by public defender Mark Stephens. Stephens indicated that this move was taken to get the case to trial stage as as possible so resources would become available for a mental health assessment of Adkisson, indicating a possible insanity defense. On August 21, 2008, Adkisson was arraigned on charges of murder and attempted murder and a trial date of March 16, 2009 was set, he remained in jail on a $1 million bond. It was reported. On February 4, 2009, lawyers representing Adkisson announced that he would plead guilty to two counts of murder, accepting a life sentence without possibility of parole. On February 9, 2009, Adkisson pleaded guilty to wounding six others. "Yes, ma'am, I am guilty as charged," he told Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz before she sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

A mental health expert had determined that Adkisson was competent to make the plea, although public defender Mark Stephens was prepared to argue at the trial that his client was insane at the time the crime was committed. Victims and church members wept as the