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Dallas County, Texas

Dallas County is a county in the U. S. state of Texas, the state's second-most populous county, the ninth-most populous in the United States. As of the 2010 U. S. census, the population was 2,368,139. Its county seat is the city of Dallas, Texas' third-largest city and the ninth-largest city in the United States; the county was founded in 1846 and was named for George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States under U. S. President James K. Polk. Dallas County is included in the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth metropolitan statistical area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 909 square miles, of which 873 square miles is land and 36 square miles is water. Denton County Collin County Rockwall County Kaufman County Ellis County Johnson County Tarrant County Per the 2010 census, there were 2,368,139 people, 807,621 households, 533,837 families residing in the county; the population density was 2,523 people per square mile. There were 854,119 housing units at an average density of 971/sq mi.

The racial makeup of the county was 53.54 White, 22.30% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 14.04% from other races, 2.70% from two or more races. 38.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 807,621 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.90% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.34. As of the 2010 census, there were about 8.8 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county. In the wider county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 34.40% from 25 to 44, 18.90% from 45 to 64, 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males.

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males. The median income for a household in the county was US$43,324, the median income for a family was $49,062. Males had a median income of $34,988 versus $29,539 for females; the per capita income for the county was $22,603. About 10.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over. During the 2015 Texas population estimate program, the population of the county was 2,541,528. In 2018, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated Dallas County to have a total of 2,637,772 residents, 1,027,930 housing units, 917,276 households. 24.3% of the county were foreign born residents. 28.6% of the county was non-Hispanic white, 23.5% Black or African American, 1.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 6.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from two or more races, 40.5% Hispanic or Latin American of any race. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $161,500 and the monthly cost with a mortgage was $1,539 in 2018.

Without a mortgage a monthly housing payment was $575. The median gross rent of county residents was $1,046 and the owner-occupied housing rate was 50.1% from 2014-2018. There was an average of 2.79 persons per household from 2014-2018. 47.8% of Dallas County was male and 52.2% was female. The median age was 33.5 years. Dallas County's median household income was $56,854 and about 14.2% of the populace lived below the poverty line. Dallas County, like all counties in Texas, is governed by a commissioners' court; this court consists of the county judge, elected county-wide, four commissioners who are elected by the voters in each of four precincts. The Commissioners' Court is the policy-making body for the county; the Commissioners' Court sets the county tax rate, adopts the budget, appoints boards and commissions, approves grants and personnel actions, oversees the administration of county government. Each commissioner supervises a Road and Bridge District; the Commissioners Court approves the budget and sets the tax rate for the hospital district, charged with the responsibility for providing acute medical care for citizens who otherwise would not receive adequate medical services.

The Parkland Health & Hospital System operates the Parkland Memorial Hospital and various health centers. The Commissioners' Court meets the first and third Tuesday at the Commissioners' Courtroom located in the Dallas County Administration Building at 411 Elm St. corner of Elm and Houston streets. The building was the headquarters of the Texas School Book Depository Company until 1970. Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy from a window located on the sixth floor which today houses the Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the late president's memory. Acts of the commissioners court are known as'court orders'; these orders include setting county policies and procedures, issuing contracts, authorizing expenditures, managing county resources and departments. Most the commissioners court sets the annual tax rate and the budget for Dallas County government and the

Hydrostachys

Hydrostachys is a genus of about 22 species of flowering plants native to Madagascar and southern and central Africa. It is the only genus in the family Hydrostachyaceae. All species of Hydrostachys are aquatic, they have tuberous roots pinnately compound leaves, reduced flowers on dense spikes. Phylogenetic placement of Hydrostachys is problematic. Due to its specialized aquatic morphology, it has been grouped with other aquatic plants, such as the family Podostemaceae. However, embryological and other morphological characters do not support this placement, molecular data suggest that Hydrostachys is related to taxa in the order Cornales, its position in Cornales is uncertain. It shares few morphological similarities with other Cornales. Hydrostachys on eFloras.org

Attack (political party)

Attack is a Bulgarian nationalist party, founded in 2005 by Volen Siderov, at the time presenter of the homonymous TV show Attack on SKAT TV. There are different opinions on where to place the party in the political spectrum: according to most scholars it is extreme right, according to others extreme left, or a synthesis of left- and right-wing; the leadership of the party asserts that their party is "neither left nor right, but Bulgarian". The party is considered ultranationalist and racist antisemitic and anti-Roma, as well as being anti-Muslim and anti-Turkish; the party opposes Bulgarian membership in NATO and requires revision for what it calls the'double standards' for the membership in the European Union, while members visit international Orthodox and anti-globalization congresses and the party is tied with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It advocates the re-nationalisation of privatised companies and seeks to prioritize spending on education and welfare. In the Bulgarian parliamentary elections of 2005, 2009, 2013 Attack was the fourth-strongest party.

In the 2014 European Parliament election, the party won no seats. Attack was a member of the former Identity, Sovereignty European parliamentary group; the Attack Party is oriented towards nationalism. Its political program consists of two documents, some 20 principles and a program schedule with 10 articles, they define Bulgaria as a one-nation state and assert the supremacy of the state and the Bulgarian nation above ethnic and religious diversity. The party program contains some radical proposals for changes in the constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, such as institutionalization of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and recognition of Orthodoxy as the official religion, as well as participation of the Church in legislative work, all important government decisions and teaching of the Church's doctrine in primary school; the 20 Principles envisage sanctions for defamation of the Bulgarian national sacraments and for slurs against Bulgaria. They require investigation of criminals grown rich and of all transactions involving politicians and foreign debt transactions, confiscation of illegally acquired property and the creation of a fund for free medical care from the confiscated property.

Attack has so far called most of the present-day politicians national traitors. According to the 20 principles, the health, social security, education and material prosperity of the Bulgarian nation must be priority number one for the Bulgarian government. A legal minimum wage would be introduced, corresponding to the average European wage, as the Bulgarian living standard is below the average European standard and many Bulgarians live in poverty. Another statement in the 20 Principles is that Bulgarian manufacture is stolen by foreigners, therefore trade and banks must be in Bulgarian hands, Bulgarian business, whether public or private, must be assisted by the state both inside and outside its boundaries. Another principle states that incomes and taxes should be tailored to the needs of the Bulgarian population and "not by the IMF and the World Bank"; the party demands general revision of the budget in favor of Bulgarian citizens as opposed to the management elite, reduction of useless administration.

Referendums are required on all issues affecting the lives of more than 10 percent of the nation. Another principle demands Bulgaria leave NATO, full neutrality, no foreign military bases on Bulgarian territory. Attack's founder, Volen Siderov, had written many manifestos based on a groundwork of nationalism since the 1990s, his five books are dedicated to global conspiracy theories and to exposing what he calls the anti-Bulgarian policies of certain political circles in Bulgaria and abroad. According to Siderov, a small group of freemasons control the world with the help of puppet heads of state and international organizations. Siderov started an evening show named "Attack" on Skat TV in 2003, from where he became known in the general audience and from where the party's name comes, before establishing the party for the parliamentary election in June 2005. Gaining a parliamentary presence for the first time in 2005, the party remained a constant opponent of the government of Sergei Stanishev and carried out numerous actions against it.

On 3 March 2006, party leader Siderov called for a meeting to be held in Sofia, around 30,000 people came to hear speeches by him and other members of the party. During this rally, Siderov declared "Bulgaria is not yet free. Bulgaria is still under Turkish rule". Party speakers protested against the ruling government in Bulgaria for forming an alliance with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and ignoring ethnic Bulgarian interests. Earlier in 2006, Siderov organized a petition against a decision by the Bulgarian government to set up US military bases in Bulgaria. In 2006, Siderov was second in the presidential election according to the exit polls. According to Siderov himself, the elections had been rigged, he claimed that the Bulgarian mafia reappointed Parvanov for a second term, that there had been numerous violations in the voting process, that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms electorate had made numerous documented unpunished violations, including double voting and discriminatory repressive media pressure.

This last referred to the lack of any television debate between Siderov. Skat TV – a broadcaster broadly sympathetic to Attack's position – has been dropped from some cable TV providers in Bulgaria. Attack claims this is a pre-election trick by the government, in order to silence one of its main competitors in the election.

Fernando Argenta

Fernando Martín de Argenta Pallarés was a Spanish writer, journalist and presenter of radio and television. Born in Madrid, the son of conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta, Argenta completed advanced studies in music at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, he combined activity with the Bachelor of Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. In his youth, he was a member of the rock band Micky and The Tonys, which he left in 1965 to fulfill the military service. In 1976, Argenta began working at Radio Nacional de España, the station that ran the program Popular Classics. In 2003, 2004 and 2006, he was the commentator of RTVE in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen and Bucharest, respectively. Fernando Argenta died of pancreatic cancer on 3 December 2013, aged 68, in Boadilla del Monte, Community of Madrid. Fernando Argenta on IMDb

Daddy Long Legs (1955 film)

Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, stars Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Fred Clark, Thelma Ritter, with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer; the screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron, loosely based on the 1912 novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. This was the first of three consecutive Astaire films set in France or with a French theme, following the fashion for French-themed musicals established by ardent Francophile Gene Kelly with An American in Paris, which featured Kelly's protégée Caron. Like The Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs did only moderately well at the box office. Wealthy American Jervis Pendleton III has a chance encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old resident, Julie Andre, he anonymously pays for her education at a New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor but he never writes back.

Her nickname for him, "Daddy Long Legs", is taken from the description of him given to Andre by some of her fellow orphans who see his shadow as he leaves their building. Several years he visits her at school, still concealing his identity. Despite their large age difference, they fall in love. Fred Astaire as Jervis Pendleton III Leslie Caron as Julie Andre Terry Moore as Linda Pendleton Thelma Ritter as Alicia Pritchard Fred Clark as Griggs Charlotte Austin as Sally McBride Larry Keating as Ambassador Alexander Williamson Kathryn Givney as Gertrude Pendleton Kelly Brown as Jimmy McBride Ray Anthony as Himself 20th Century Fox bought the rights to Jean Webster's original Daddy Long Legs play in 1931, releasing two versions of the film, one starring Janet Gaynor and one with Shirley Temple. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck envisioned a remake, this time seeking to star singer-actress Mitzi Gaynor; the project would not be realized until Zanuck had met Fred Astaire, was inspired to make Daddy Long Legs a musical film.

While Zanuck still envisioned Gaynor for the main female role, Astaire insisted on casting actress and dancer Leslie Caron. Caron was loaned to Fox by MGM, whom Caron was still under contract. Production was halted in 1954, as Astaire's wife Phyllis became more ill from lung cancer, she would pass away in September, putting Astaire in a state of grief and further stalling his work on the film. Although replacements were being sought for Astaire's role as too much money had been spent on the production he would go on to resume and complete his work on the film despite his recent tragedy; as his first film in Cinemascope widescreen – which he was to parody in the "Stereophonic Sound" number from Silk Stockings - Daddy Long legs provided him the opportunity to explore the additional space available, with the help of his assistant choreographer Dave Robel. Roland Petit designed the much-maligned "Nightmare Ballet" number; as usual, Astaire adapted his choreography to the particular strengths of his partner, in this case ballet.

So, Caron ran into some problems in this, her last dance musical, to the extent that Astaire mentioned in his biography that "one day at rehearsals I asked her to listen extra to the music, so as to keep in time". Caron herself puts this down to flaws in her early musical training; the final result, has a pleasing and appropriate dream-like quality. In this respect, it is a more successful attempt to integrate ballet into his dance routines than his previous effort in Shall We Dance. "History Of The Beat": An Astaire song-and-dance solo using drumsticks performed in an office environment. While the use of drumsticks recalls the Nice Work If You Can Get It routine from A Damsel In Distress, the Drum Crazy number from Easter Parade, it is a pale shadow of either, given that this was the first number to be filmed, some commentators have speculated that it was affected by Astaire's grief at his wife's death. "Daddy Long Legs": An off-screen female chorus sings this attractive number while Caron muses fondly at a blackboard cartoon sketch of Astaire.

"Daydream Sequence": Astaire appears in three guises: A Texan, an international playboy, a guardian angel based on images of him described in letters from Caron. As a Texan he performs a comic gallumphing square dance routine to a short song dubbed for him by Thurl Ravenscroft - the only time in his career that Astaire's voice was dubbed; as an international playboy he tangoes his way through a flock of women, one of whom is Barrie Chase -, to be his dance partner in all of his television specials from 1958-1968. The third routine is a attractive and gentle romantic partnered dance with Caron, where she performs graceful ballet steps while Astaire glides admiringly around her. "Sluefoot": A boisterous and joyous partnered dance with Astaire and Caron with a lot of sharp leg movements in which, Astaire inserts a short and zany solo segment. The chorus join in toward the end; the band leader in this scene is Ray Anthony. "Something's Gotta Give": Astaire was grateful to his friend Mercer for composing this now famous standard as he felt the film sorely lacked a strong popular song.

In the romantic partnered routine that follows Astaire's rendition of the song, he exploits—albeit reluctantly—the wide lateral spaces afforded by the Cinemascope format. While the routine has many attractive qualities and the ending is fine, some commentators have detected a certain stiffness in Caron in her upper body. "Nightmare Ballet": A solo routine for Caron criticised for its rather meaningless content an

Babergh District Council elections

Babergh District Council in Suffolk, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 43 councillors have been elected from 26 wards. Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties: 1973 Babergh District Council election 1976 Babergh District Council election 1979 Babergh District Council election 1983 Babergh District Council election 1987 Babergh District Council election 1991 Babergh District Council election 1995 Babergh District Council election 1999 Babergh District Council election 2003 Babergh District Council election 2007 Babergh District Council election 2011 Babergh District Council election 2015 Babergh District Council election 2019 Babergh District Council election Politics of England By-election results Babergh District Council website