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Bruce Dern

Bruce MacLeish Dern is an American actor playing supporting villainous characters of unstable nature. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Nebraska, his other major film appearances include The Cowboys, Family Plot, Black Sunday, Monster, The Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Dern was born in the son of Jean and John Dern, a utility chief and attorney, he grew up in Illinois. His paternal grandfather, was a Utah governor and Secretary of War. Dern's maternal grandfather was a chairman of the Carson and Scott stores, which were established by his own father, Scottish-born businessman Andrew MacLeish. Dern's maternal granduncle was poet Archibald MacLeish, his godfather was Illinois governor and two-time presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II. His ancestry includes Dutch, English and Scottish, he attended the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong avid runner, he was a track star in high school and tried out for the United States Olympic team in 1956.

Dern starred on stage in the Philadelphia premiere of Waiting for Godot before heading to Hollywood. He appeared in an uncredited role in 1960 in Wild River as Jack Roper, so upset with his friend for hitting a woman that he punches himself, he played the sailor in a few flashbacks with Marnie's mother in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie. Dern played a murderous rustler in Clint Eastwood's Hang'Em High and a gunfighter in the western spoof Support Your Local Sheriff!. He played cattle thief Asa Watts. Wayne warned Dern, "America will hate you for this." Dern replied, "Yeah, but they'll love me in Berkeley." Having played a series of villains, that same year he played against type as a sensitive ecologist in the science-fiction film Silent Running. Through the 1970s, he appeared in a variety of co-starring or supporting roles including the 1974 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, 1975's Posse, directed by and co-starring Kirk Douglas, reuniting with Hitchcock for 1976's Family Plot, the legendary filmmaker's final film.

He played a vengeful Vietnam War veteran who uses his job as a Goodyear Blimp pilot to launch a massive terrorist attack at the Super Bowl in 1977's Black Sunday. In 1981 he starred in Tattoo, as an deranged tattoo artist who develops an obsession with a model. Dern was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Coming Home. In 1983, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival for That Championship Season. In 2013, Dern won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Dern was married to Marie Dawn Pierce from 1957 to 1959, he married Diane Ladd in 1960. Their first daughter, Diane Elizabeth Dern, died at 18 months from head injuries after falling into a swimming pool on May 18, 1962; the couple's second daughter, Laura, is an actress. After his divorce from Ladd in 1969, Dern married Andrea Beckett. Dern and their daughter Laura received adjoining stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2010.

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Cadillac twin-turbo V8

The Cadillac Blackwing V8 is a twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine produced by General Motors for use in Cadillac vehicles only. It is a clean sheet engine design, as well as Cadillac's first twin-turbo V8 engine; the engine was branded as the "Blackwing V8" by GM technicians, is the first Cadillac-exclusive dual overhead cam V8 engine since the Northstar V8 was dropped in 2011. The aluminum cylinder block features pressed-in iron liners, cross-bolted main bearing caps and houses a lightweight rotating assembly composed of a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and high strength hypereutectic aluminum pistons, its firing order is 1-5-4-3-6-8-7-2. The aluminum cylinder heads four valves per cylinder; the turbochargers are mounted between the cylinder banks in a so-called hot-V configuration and their twin scroll design broadens their performance capability, offering quicker response and greater efficiency. The turbochargers produce up to 20 psi and are matched with electronic wastegate control for more precise boost management and more responsive torque production.

Ninety percent of the engine's peak torque is available at 2000 rpm and carried through 5200 rpm. The engine features the following highlight characteristics: Twin-scroll turbochargers Electronic wastegate control Dual water-to-air charge coolers Dual electronic throttle bodies Direct injection Dual-independent camshaft phasing Active Fuel Management / Cylinder Deactivation Variable-pressure oiling system with piston-cooling oil jets Stop/start technologyAll versions are slated to be equipped with the 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission and Cadillac's all-wheel drive system. GM Ultra Engine Cadillac V8 engine

Weldon Angelos case

The Weldon Angelos case was a case involving mandatory minimum sentences presented to the United States Supreme Court. The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case; the son of a Greek immigrant, Weldon Angelos worked as a music producer with musicians such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, was accused of selling marijuana to a police informant on several occasions worth a total of $350. The witness stated that Angelos had a firearm strapped to his body, but no photographs or evidence existed other than his testimony, Angelos never used or brandished a firearm during the sales. However, section 924 of the federal code provides for mandatory sentences for dealers who carry firearms during their drug transactions; the judge in the case, Paul Cassell who sentenced Angelos to 55 years, said that due to mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, he had no choice but to impose it. Cassell urged President Bush to commute the sentence, calling it "unjust and irrational", noting the sentence is much more than the minimum for hijacking, kidnapping, or rape.

Of note, President Barack H. Obama failed to act on the case after his election. On appeal the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the sentence; the U. S. Supreme Court declined to hear Angelos' petition. Weldon Angelos had a projected release date of 18 November 2051. For those convicted since 1 November 1987, there is no federal parole in the United States. On 29 April 2009, a federal judge denied a request by Angelos for a new trial by rejecting a claim that his trial attorney mishandled plea negotiations with the federal prosecutor, U. S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled that attorney Jerome Mooney had provided Angelos with "competent and thorough" legal help; this was one of the last appeals Angelos could launch, which made it his sentence was final. The Constitution Project wrote a letter, signed by 113 celebrities, former judges and prosecutors, business leaders, to President Barack Obama urging him to commute Angelos' sentence. In a radio program the prosecutor Robert Lund justified his decision to charge Angelos with a felony carrying a minimum sentence of 55 years for his first marijuana offense on the following grounds: Weldon Angelos was suspected of gang involvement.

Weldon Angelos had purchased a Lexus car for $30,000. Weldon Angelos had not accepted a 15-year plea bargain. Weldon Angelos' girlfriend's house held a duffel bag with "cannabis shakings", the duffel bag would be large enough for two people to crawl into; the same prosecutor worked to secure Weldon's release from prison. The case is an example of. In many such cases the jury decides a gun may have been present beyond an acceptable probability of reasonable doubt appropriate for a commensurate sentence, rather than a sentence commensurate with a violent crime. For example, in a similar case involving defendant Michael Prikakis, Prikakis like Angelos was induced by a paid informant to make three drug sales, it was asserted that a gun was present, this was denied by Prikakis, the jury decided a gun was present beyond reasonable doubt. It is known in that case that the judge's instructions to the jury did not apprise them to use a standard of reasonable doubt appropriate for a stacked sentence; the judge Vinson wrote that the jury would have been shocked to learn of the stacked sentence: "I think they would rise up in indignation, as anybody else would, if they know about how this law is being applied and construed in circumstances such as this, one underlying offense."

Judge Vinson noted that in such cases the prosecutor can choose the length of the sentence by choosing what number of controlled buys to solicit prior to the arrest of the defendant. Articles note that prosecutors can solicit controlled buys from an innocent defendant known to carry a gun, thereby inducing a innocent person to commit transactions leading to life imprisonment. Proponents argue that 924 stacking punishes recidivist offenders and removes them from society. On the other hand, J. Shulhofer wrote that although 924 stacking was intended to be applied to repeat offenders, in practise prosecutors apply it "on first offenders in borderline situations who may have plausible defenses and are more to insist upon trial." On May 31, 2016, after serving 13 years in prison, Angelos was released from prison thanks to a bipartisan campaign to secure his release, which included advocacy from celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Snoop Dogg, political figures like Charles Koch and Senator Mike Lee.

The reasons for the court's reduction of Angelos' sentence remained unclear, as the records had been sealed. The Washington Post quoted Angelos' attorney, Mark Osler, explaining "After three and half years of inaction on Weldon's clemency petition, he is free because of the fair and good action of a prosecutor, he returns to citizenship because of the actions of one individual."Young Americans for Liberty featured him in their "Incarceration Nation" activism project, he spoke at YALCON 2016. Pardon Weldon Angelos, Mr. President. Folk Song: https://vimeo.com/136464499