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Edgar County, Illinois

Edgar County is a county located in the U. S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 18,576, its county seat is Paris. Edgar County was formed out of Clark County in 1823, it was named for John Edgar, an Irish-born officer in the Royal Navy who resigned rather than fight against the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Edgar moved to Illinois in 1784, becoming a miller and merchant in that town. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 624 square miles, of which 623 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles is water. There is one recreational area in the county, on the north edge of Paris. Twin Lakes Park and Reservoir began in 1895 upon completion of the dam compounding the Twin Lakes Reservoir. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Paris have ranged from a low of 16 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −23 °F was recorded in January 1930 and a record high of 109 °F was recorded in July 1936.

Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.23 inches in January to 4.43 inches in July. Three railroad lines run through the county. Two are operated by the third by the Eastern Illinois Railroad Company; the county contains one public-use airport: Edgar County Airport, six miles north of Paris. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,576 people, 7,839 households, 5,148 families residing in the county; the population density was 29.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 8,803 housing units at an average density of 14.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 98.3% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.6% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 13.0% were English, 12.3% were American. Of the 7,839 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.3% were non-families, 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals.

The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 43.2 years. The median income for a household in the county was $39,904 and the median income for a family was $51,588. Males had a median income of $38,945 versus $29,951 for females; the per capita income for the county was $22,175. About 9.7% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. Chrisman Paris A swing county in the first eight decades after the Civil War, Edgar County has since become powerfully Republican, it has been carried by only two Democrats since 1940 – Lyndon Johnson in 1964 by just 139 votes, Bill Clinton in 1992 by a 41.1 percent plurality. Like all of the Upland South it has seen drastic swings away from the Democratic Party in the past few elections due to opposition to that party’s liberal views on social issues: Hillary Clinton’s 22.7 percent vote share in 2016 was by 9.3 percent the worst by a Democrat in the county.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Edgar County, Illinois US Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles US Board on Geographic Names US National Atlas Edgar County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives Edgar County, Illinois History and Genealogy


Stüde is a village in the municipality of Sassenburg in Gifhorn district in the German state of Lower Saxony. In March 2005 it had 339 secondary residences, it has an area of about 1,900 ha which consists of woodland, including many clumps of pines on sandy soil. The Elbe Lateral Canal runs nearby, it is home to the recreation area of the Bernsteinsee. Near the village is a glider airfield belonging to the Wolfsburg Aero-Club. Village societies include the Sassenburg-Stüde Volunteer Firemen, the Stüde Marathon Club, the Wolfsburg Aero-Club, the shooting club and the Doppelzentner Brothers. Stüde received national attention in 1975 when a forest and heath fire broke out there on 8 August and ran out of control leaping across the Elbe Side Canal and causing the most disastrous forest fire that summer. Since 1991 Stüde has provided the start and finish for a marathon which follows the canal path entirely. From 1994 to 2003, in addition to a normal marathon, the unusual format of a double marathon was offered: two marathons inside 24 hours with a combined time.

On the night of 31 December 1999/1 January 2000, under the name of the Millennium Run, the last marathon of 1999 in Europe and the first one of 2000 took place on the Stüde course. The run attracts participants from far afield; the course marathon record has been held since 1995 by Andrzej Nowak from Poland and the double marathon record by Paul Houston from Brisbane, Australia. Official website Stüde Marathon home page

Street Corner Talking

Street Corner Talking is the seventh studio album by the band Savoy Brown. Released by Parrot in 1971, it was the first album released by the band since the departure of Lonesome Dave, Roger Earl, Tone Stevens who all went on to form the band Foghat; this left Kim Simmonds as the only remaining member on the group from the previous line-up. Simmonds recruited a fresh lineup of musicians, predominantly members of the previous line-up of Chicken Shack. "Tell Mama" – 5:15 "I Can't Get Next To You" – 6:35 "Let It Rock" – 3:07 "Time Does Tell" – 5:29 "Street Corner Talking" – 4:00 "All I Can Do" – 10:54 "Wang Dang Doodle" – 7:15 "Tell Mama" – 3:07 Dave Walkervocals Kim Simmonds – lead guitar Paul Raymondkeyboards.

Giant (gymnastics)

A giant is an artistic gymnastics skill in which a gymnast rotates 360 degrees around an axis while in a extended position. It is performed on the uneven bars in women's artistic gymnastics and on the parallel bars, horizontal bar, rings in men's artistic gymnastics; the gymnast begins in a handstand position. With legs together, toes pointed, body extended, the feet begin to descend; the upper body hollows slightly until the gymnast passes through horizontal. On the upswing, the abdominal muscles are engaged to arch the body and prevent anterior pelvic tilt, which adversely affects the strength of the swing; the gymnast either returns to the handstand position or continues through handstand to perform another giant or other element. The gymnast must remain in a stretched position for the entire giant, except on parallel bars where the apparatus height necessitates bended knees at the bottom of the swing; some variations on the standard giant include: Forward or front giant - Performed with palms turned inward to face the body and heels leading the down swing instead of the front of the foot.

Inverted, Eagle-Grip, or L-Grip giant - Performed like a forward giant but with the palms turned outward to face the body Mixed grip giant - Performed as either a regular or forward giant with the hands held in two different grips One arm giant - Performed with only one arm holding the bar instead of two German giant - Performed with palms facing away from the gymnast's body and shoulders rotated backwards 3/4 giant - Performed starting in front support and casting to parallel back down and around the bar to the front support position once again Skoumal giant -Performed as a back giant with the shoulders rotated forward as if doing an "inlocate" on rings. Like a Manna over the top of the bar. In the current Federation Internationale de Gymnastique 2017-2020 Code of Points, a giant is a B element on uneven bars for women, a B element on parallel bars and an A element on the horizontal bar for men. Gymnastics Revolution's explanation of giant swing technique glossary of uneven bars terminology


A monolight is a self-contained photographic flash lighting unit found in a studio. Each monolight has its own independent power source, it does not depend on a centralized power supply as a "head" system does. Monolights are independently controlled: each has its own power settings and light output. Flash power is predominantly measured by the industry in watt seconds, unit-equivalent to the joule. A simple monolight at a minimum consists of a power supply, power connector, flash tube. Most monolights have a common set of features, described below. Most monolights have several features in common: Flashtube/strobe bulb — The bulb that creates the flash. Modeling light — A constant light that illuminates the subject and aids the photographer in composing the picture. Power connector — The receptacle for the power cord. Power switch -- A switch to turn the monolight off. Slave sensor — A sensor that detects the flashes of other strobes and triggers the strobe of which it is a part. Reflector — A device which modifies the light, allowing it to bounce off of a shiny surface.

Stand socket — A device on the bottom of the unit that allows it to be mounted on a standard light stand. Umbrella socket — A receptacle into, inserted a light-modifying umbrella. In addition to those features listed above, monolights may have the following features: Output control - Allows the intensity of the flash to be adjusted down or up to the maximum power output of the flash unit. Model light tracking - Allows the modeling light to increase and decrease with the strobe when the strobe fires. Auto dumping – the ability to discharge the light’s capacitors when the output power is reduced. Without this feature, when the light's output is turned down, it has to be fired to discharge the capacitors the capacitors recharged up to the new lower level. Power recycle indicator - A light or sound emitter or both which tell the photographer that the flash has fired, is charging. Remote control - either wired or wireless. Remotes may allow the user to adjust modelling lamp intensity, etc.. Monolights are photographic flashes and therefore carry some of the same considerations as a standard flash unit.

A primary concern is guide number. Each monolight has a guide number specifying its range at certain film speeds. A common misconception is, it is not. While the electrical energy used in firing the flash is the most significant factor, light output is affected by the efficiency of the flash tube and the capacitor. In addition to power output, monolights have other, special considerations as they are meant to be used for large-scale, studio work. Portability, feature set, parts availability and cost are prime considerations in monolights. Monolights are larger than most on-camera strobes; as such certain portability issues must be considered: Monolights are sometimes referred to as monoblocks due to the containment of all power and controls in each individual flash unit. Monolights weigh more than on-camera flashes; as monolights need to be placed on light stands, the size and weight of each light stand must be considered. This size and weight must be weighed against a pack and head system, which have a much weightier generator box.

Monolights are independently powered and therefore require individual power connections. Monolights become less practical in situations. Monolight consistency refers to the power output of the unit from flash to flash. Good monolights will vary little from one flash to another. Monolights that vary are said to be inconsistent. Inconsistent monolights makes computing the appropriate aperture next to impossible due to the variable light output. Since monolights vary the capacitor charge to vary the light output, lower voltage through the tube can affect the flash's color temperature; some units have electronics to compensate and maintain a steady color temperature through the power range. A monolight's features make it more versatile, but it makes a monolight more expensive. A good monolight has all the features listed above in the Common Features section. Procuring replacement parts and accessories for monolights is a consideration. Monolights made by mainstream companies have a higher parts availability in more places than off-brand products.

This is a strong consideration. Accessories tend to be more available for on-brand monolights. Walk around the Monoblock part 1 of 2 Strobist explains how to use monolights and when they are sometimes preferable to speedlights

Drive, She Said

Drive, She Said is a 1997 Canadian film by Mina Shum, starring Moira Kelly, Sebastian Spence and Josh Hamilton. Nadine, a bank teller, is taken hostage by Tass, who has robbed the bank to pay for medical care for his ailing mother; the film focuses on the developing relationship between Nadine and Tass, Nadine's changing views in relation to her conventional life and relationships. The police and Nadine's longtime boyfriend, fellow bank employee Jonathan search for and find her, though find that she has been permanently affected by her time with Tass; the film was Shum's second film, after her well-received 1994 film, Double Happiness, which starred Sandra Oh. Drive, She Said. Writing in Variety, Derek Elley described the film as "a meet-cute road movie that starts in high gear but soon takes too many left turns for its own good. Mina Shum’s second feature, after her well-remarked, Chinese-themed low-budgeter'Double Happiness' is too mild a confection to motor on to much theatrical business."

The film, produced by Stephen Hegyes had a limited release. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1997, where audience reaction was positive, but did not generate firm distribution interest, it was shown at the Popcorn Festival in Sweden, in 1998. In 1998, the film was invited to the competition section of the Delle Donne International Film Festival, in Turin, Italy. Moira Kelly... Nadine Ship Sebastian Spence... Jonathan Evans Josh Hamilton... Tass Richards Jim Byrnes... Dr. Glen Green Lori Ann Triolo... Jo Peter Stebbings... Detective Eddie David Hurtubise... Ben Polstein Hiromoto Ida... Sloan Mina Shum... Chen John B. Destry... Bob The Guard Hrothgar Mathews... Ernie Carrie Cain-Sparks... The Waitress Mike Crestejo... Bike Cop Amanda Leary... Bank Heistess Allan Franz... Medic Tom Scholte... Arnold The Gas Guy Tom Shorthouse... Kindly Older Gent Tong Lung... Counter Person Alex Diakun... The Prophecy Carla Stewart... Tass's Mom Harry Kalinski... Merlin The Driver Micki Maunsell... Cranky Lady