Milton Jameson Durham was a U. S. Representative from Kentucky and served as First Comptroller of the Treasury in the administration of President Grover Cleveland. An alumnus of DePauw University and the University of Louisville School of Law, Durham held no political office prior to his appointment as a circuit court judge by Governor Beriah Magoffin in 1861, he was elected to represent Kentucky's Eighth District in Congress in 1872. He was a member of several finance-related committees, he was narrowly defeated for renomination in 1878 by Philip B. Thompson, Jr. at the district's Democratic nominating convention. After unsuccessfully trying to regain the Eighth District seat from Thompson in 1884, Durham was appointed First Comptroller of the Treasury in 1885, serving throughout President Cleveland's term. In 1890, after battling a severe case of influenza, Durham abandoned his law practice, moving to Lexington and helping organize the Bank of Lexington, he was an officer of the bank for several years.
He ardently held to a sound money position during the height of the Free Silver movement. He was appointed deputy clerk of the Internal Revenue Service at Lexington in 1901, a position he held until his death on February 12, 1911. Milton J. Durham was born near Mercer County, Kentucky, he was the son of Margaret Durham. His grandfather, John Durham, established the first Methodist church west of the Allegheny Mountains, his descendants, including Durham, were adherents of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Durham attained his early education in the common schools of the area. In January 1841, he matriculated to Indiana Asbury University in Greencastle and graduated with honors in 1844. After graduation, he read law under Joshua Fry Bell, he attended the University of Louisville School of Law and graduated in March 1850. He commenced practice in Danville, Kentucky. For several years, he served on the Board of Commissioners for the Kentucky Deaf and Dumb Asylum in Danville. On June 18, 1850, Durham married Martha J. Mitchell.
The couple had five children – Louis H. Durham, Benjamin J. Durham, James Wesley Durham, Robert M. Durham, Ora B. Morris. Martha Durham died in 1879. After the death of his first wife, Durham married Margaret Letcher Carter in 1886. Although active in Democratic politics and urged by friends and acquaintances to seek a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives or Kentucky Senate, Durham held no public office prior to 1861. In that year, Governor Beriah Magoffin appointed him circuit judge of the eighth judicial district, he declined further service on the bench. In 1872, Durham was elected to represent the Democratic Eighth District in the U. S. House of Representatives, defeating Republican William O. Bradley by a vote of 10,874 to 9,925, he served in the Forty-third, Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth Congresses. During his congressional tenure, he served on the House Committees on Banking and Currency and Weights and Measures, chaired the House Committees on Appropriations and Revision of the Laws.
He served on committees investigating the failure of the First Bank of the United States, alleged fraud in the Western Judicial District of Arkansas, the accounts of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the condition of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company. In response to the investigation of Freedman's Savings and Trust, he sponsored legislation designed to better secure the company's assets, he made notable speeches on the subjects of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 and the resumption of specie payments. Durham sought re-election to his seat in 1878, he was opposed for the nomination by Philip B. Thompson, Jr. who defeated him by one-tenth of a vote at the Democratic nominating convention at Stanford and went on to defeat the Republican challenger, George Denny. At the expiration of his term, Durham returned to his law practice in Danville, he again sought the Democratic nomination to represent the Eighth District in 1884. His opponents were the incumbent, Philip B. Thompson, Jr. and former Governor James B.
McCreary. So great was the excitement about the race that party leaders decided to choose the nominee by a primary election rather than a nominating convention for the first time in the history of the district. Durham finished behind both Thompson and McCreary, who won the nomination and went on to defeat the Republican nominee, James Sebastian. In 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed Durham First Comptroller of the Treasury of the United States. During his tenure, he sparked a minor controversy between himself and Governor J. Proctor Knott when, in a private letter to a friend, he suggested that Kentucky needed a financier in the governor's office; the letter went on to say that, while Durham had no plans to seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1887, he would consider running if the nomination were offered him, provided that President Cleveland approved of his resignation to seek the office. The courier who delivered the letter shared it with a newspaper editor who subsequently published it.
Governor Knott took the letter as a slap at his financial acumen. A noted satirist from his time in Congress, Knott responded with a biting letter in the local newspaper. After a severe bout with influenza, Durham's doctors advised him to abandon the practice of law. In 1890, he moved to Lexington and engaged in banking, he helped organize the Central Bank of Lexington and served as the bank's
Bicocca is a district of Milan, part of the Zone 9 administrative division. It was incorporated in the city in 1841; the main historic landmark of the district is the 15th century Villa Arcimboldi. In the last decades of the 20th century, the district has been subject to a major requalification project that led to the construction of important facilities such as the University of Milan Bicocca seats and the Teatro degli Arcimboldi theatre; the toponymy "Bicocca" is a reference to a villa, built in 1450 and, owned by the aristocratic family of the Arcimboldi, as the word "Bicocca" is an archaic term meaning "small castle located in an elevated place". The villa is still in place, it is one of the landmarks of the Bicocca district. In 1522, the place was the setting of a famous battle between the Spanish of Charles V and the French of Francis I. In the 19th century, the area of Bicocca was affected by a quick industrialization process, was absorbed into the urban agglomerate of Milan, it remained an autonomous comune until 1841, when it was annexed to Niguarda, which in turn became part of Milan in 1923.
In the first half of the 20th century Bicocca became the centre of an important industrial area that comprised Greco and Sesto San Giovanni, that contributed to the Italian economy of the time. The first facilities to be established in Bicocca were those of Pirelli and Wagons-Lits. In the nearby area of Sesto, the Falck steel mill was a prominent factory. Pirelli maintained a leading role in the area. A historic neighbourhood of Bicocca, "Borgo Pirelli", was developed as a residential area for the thousands of workers that were employed in the Pirelli factories. Coherently with its leading role in Italian industry, Bicocca was the setting of some of the most important events in the history of Italian trade unions and workers' rights. In 1943, a 28 days strike was declared by the workers of Pirelli, Magneti-Marelli, Borletti, FACE-Bovisa and Alfa Romeo; the strike had a wide resonance as it was in direct opposition of the anti-strike laws introduced by the "Codice Rocco" designed by Alfredo Rocco and thus, indirectly, of the fascist regime.
About 40 workers of Pirelli were arrested. In a subsequent riot in 1944, thousands of workers were arrested and deported to Nazi concentration camps. Many of those that escaped arrest in 1944 would become partisans of the National Liberation Committee. Deindustrialization of the Bicocca district began in the 1970s. In 1985, Pirelli started a project to redevelop the area; the resulting "Progetto Bicocca", which affected an area of 960.000 m2, was the largest urban transformation project in the history of Italy, the second in Europe, after that of Berlin. The prominent results of this project were the construction of a large university district and of the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, a large theatre, used to house La Scala shows while the historic La Scala theatre was undergoing restoration. Other main buildings realized by the project were a seat of the CNR and the Istituto Neurologico Besta, a major neurological hospital. Several companies now have their Milanese headquarters in Bicocca, including Pirelli, Deutsche Bank, Fastweb, Johnson & Johnson, Hachette-Rusconi.
The villa of the Arcimboldi, built in 1450, has been owned by several prominent families of the Milanese, experienced a period of decay until it was restored in the early 20th century. From 1913 it became an experimental "open air school" for sick children. Carla Visconti di Modrone and Maria Pirelli contributed to this project. In 1918 the villa was acquired by the Pirelli company, that had established many facilities in the area
"Sweet About Me" is the second single by Australian singer-songwriter Gabriella Cilmi from her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned. The song was used in commercials for Sure and Dove Bodywash in Europe, as well as a commercial for Rexona Roll On in Brazil, it additionally was used in a Hair Cuttery commercial in the U. S. for a short period of time. The song appears on the international soundtrack to the Brazilian telenovela A Favorita and on the soundtrack to the Portuguese telenovela Feitiço de Amor, it was featured in the "Chapter Ten: Let It Be" episode of the NBC series Lipstick Jungle and in an episode of the VH1 reality television series Rock of Love: Charm School. There are two versions of the song: the radio edit; the first verse is cut in half in the radio edit and the song opens up with the lyrics: "Oh, watching me hanging by a string this time" followed by "Oh climax of a perfect lie". In the album version, there is a repetition of the first line followed by the line: "Don't a smile worth a hundred lies".
A Twenty Ten mix of "Sweet About Me" was included on Cilmi's second album, released in March 2010. On 21 December 2009, PRS for Music announced that "Sweet About Me" was the most played song in the United Kingdom during 2009; the song won the Grand Prix during the 46th Sopot International Song Festival in 2009. Recording of Lessons to Be Learned, the parent album of "Sweet About Me," began in Melbourne, when Gabriella Cilmi was thirteen years-old. Cilmi re-located to London, England in 2007 to launch her musical career and complete the recording of "Sweet About Me"; the song was co-written by Cilmi in collaboration with its producers Xenomania, who are critically acclaimed for their work with Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue. "Sweet About Me" was written. Cilmi was listening to early psychedelic music around the time. Lyrically, Cilmi said that the song is saying, "We're all going to make mistakes, so we might as well have fun while we're making them." Cilmi explained "Sweet About Me" to Bob Henderson of Gay Times," nothing being.
This might sound cheesy as well, but just because I'm young doesn't mean I don't understand what's going on." Described as a fun pop song by contemporary critics, Cilmi revealed to Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul that the "fun" inspiration in "Sweet About Me" originated from her mother's love for 1970s British glam-rock bands, Sweet and T. Rex. During the recording of "Sweet About Me", Cilmi thought there was something "amazing" about the song. Speaking to WalesOnline she said, "I thought it was like a nursery rhyme, the way it got stuck in your head." Cilmi, influenced by rock bands Led Zeppelin and Kings of Leon, said she had to make a pop-sounding record to appeal to as many people as possible. Speaking to music website, The Digital Fix, Cilmi explained how she worked together with Brian Higgins on "Sweet About Me": Even though we came from two different backgrounds, when we worked together it just gelled; when it came to our differences I guess we both kind of compromised and came to a decision in the middle.
"Sweet About Me" is a pop song that incorporates elements of soul in its vocal tones. It utilizes a subtle electro beat, derived from rocksteady grooves interspersed with layered pop production, "retro-sounding" contemporary themes; the song has received different lyrical interpretations from critics. A writer from Contactmusic.com felt the song refers to making trouble and getting away with it, Nick Levine of Digital Spy noted that the song sounds lyrically bitter, namely in the line. "When you're playing with desire, don't come running to my place when it burns like fire boy'. According to Cilmi the lyrics are representative of having fun while making your mistakes, learning from them along the way. "Sweet About Me" is written in the time signature of common time, with a beat rate of 132 beats per minute. The song is written in the key of C-sharp major. Cilmi uses a sweet and coarse vocal delivery, deemed as a misleading contrast between her mature sound and young age, her vocal performance on the song is similar to that of a group act rather than that of a solo artist.
She claims that the track's sound was a product of Xenomania's pop music experience and her lyrical ideas. While the song was being crafted she was influenced by rock bands Kings of Leon and Jet, "I wrote with who are different to me and came from a different musical background, they had worked with a lot of pop acts before and at the time I was listening to a lot of Jet and Kings of Leon, so when both our ideas met we came up with something pretty good." Musically, the song has been compared to Amy Winehouse's 2007 single, "Rehab", for their similar composition and swing musical influences. Nick Levine from Digital Spy positively reviewed "Sweet About Me," giving it four out of five stars. Levine comended Xenomania's production on the track, calling it "authentic" and "fresh", he praised Gabriella Cilmi's vocals on the song, "Most impressive of all is Cilmi's voice, which manages to be sweet and coarse all at the same time, much like a drizzling of honey on a slice of toast." Jake Taylor of Sputnikmusic deemed "Sweet About Me" as one of the best songs released by an Australian artist on debut.
He wrote, "A lot of songs focus on the chorus as the returning point for the listener's attention, but'Sweet About Me' dumps that for a well rounded mix of brilliant singing and layered pop production on all levels." Contactmusic.com complimented. The song recei
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Monica Elfriede Witt is a former enlisted special agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, military intelligence defense contractor, charged with espionage against the United States. Born in Texas, Witt enlisted with the US Air Force in 1997 as a linguist, studied the Persian language at the Defense Language Institute before becoming an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst, she was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a counterintelligence special agent until separating from the Air Force in 2008. She continued working in intelligence as a military contractor until 2010. After her 2012 conversion to Islam in Iran, Witt became focused on the religion and region, her master's degree capstone presentation lauded them both, she was soon affiliated with Marzieh Hashemi, a suspected Iranian intelligence operative. With Hashemi's assistance, Witt defected to Iran in 2013, provided the Islamic republic with assistance and intelligence stemming from her work for and with the US government.
She is a fugitive from a US Department of Justice indictment for espionage. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Monica Elfriede Witt was born on 8 April 1979 in El Paso, Texas; the New York Times reported that Witt's mother died shortly before Witt entered active duty in 1997, that she had "drifted from her relatives" by 2008. By 2019, Witt's father -- Harry Witt -- lived in Florida; the New York Times reported that in 2011, " finances were a mess." She moved into poor-quality subsidized housing in Falls Church and was homeless at one point. In a 2013 interview with the International Quran News Agency, Witt described herself as a non-practicing Christian as of her US military enlistment, she said that it was a mission to Iraq and a desire to understand Iraqis that prompted her to study the Quran. Witt described her enthusiasm for the Islamic holy book, saying it "impressed me so much that I would have never imagined. I became so interested in the Quran that I studied it every night."
Witt described her friends and the US military as influenced by "extensive" anti-Iranian and anti-Islamic propaganda in the US, unaccepting of her religious turn. The United States Department of Justice alleged that Witt appeared on television in Iran and converted to Islam there; the DOJ indictment listed "Fatemah Zahra" and "Narges Witt" as aliases by which Witt has been known, whereas US government sources say she was known there by the nickname "Wayward Storm". On her curriculum vitae, Witt claimed to have a bachelor's degree from University of Maryland, College Park, a master's degree from George Washington University, Persian-language certification from the Defense Language Institute; when Witt returned from Iran to her studies at GWU, she had "transformed." Now wearing hijabs and speaking of Iran and her conversion to Islam, her classmates described her as "extreme." Another student in Witt's graduate program said that Witt's capstone presentation was a "love letter to Iran" that downplayed that nation's nuclear program.
As both a servicemember and civilian contractor, Witt worked with military intelligence and had access to "ongoing counterintelligence operations and the true names of intelligence assets and the identities of American officials involved in their recruitment." Witt joined the United States Air Force in August or December 1997. As part of her Air Force specialization, Witt was given access to SECRET and TOP SECRET "national defense information relating to the foreign intelligence and counterintelligence of the United States, including HUMINT containing the true names of intelligence sources and clandestine agents of the." From February 1998 – April 1999, Witt was assigned to the Defense Language Institute to be trained in the Persian language. Between May 1999 – November 2003, Witt deployed several times to conduct classified missions and collect signals intelligence on US enemies. During the early days of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant Witt was an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst deployed to the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, stationed at Crete Naval Base.
When war broke out on 20 March 2003, the following three weeks saw sustained, major combat operations, Witt was an aircrew member of a Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint. For this duty, Witt was awarded the Air Medal by US President George W. Bush:Staff Sergeant Monica E. Witt distinguished herself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight from March 29 to April 18. During this period, the airmanship and courage of Sergeant Witt in the successful accomplishment of these important reconnaissance missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, under hazardous conditions, demonstrated her outstanding proficiency and steadfast devotion to duty; the professional ability and outstanding aerial accomplishments of Sergeant Witt reflect great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force. Witt was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base from Offutt Air Force Base in November 2003, began her assignment as an Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent, focusing on criminal investigation and counterintelligence.
Witt continued deploying, conducting classified operations in the Middle East, had access to a special access program " classified information, including details of ongoing counterintelligence operations, true names of sources, the identities of U. S. agents involved in the