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Fort Bend County, Texas

Fort Bend County is a county in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 585,375. In 2015 Fort Bend County became Texas's wealthiest county, with a median household income of $95,389 and a median family income of $105,944, surpassing Collin and Rockwall Counties since the 2000 census; the county seat is Richmond, its largest city is Sugar Land. The county was organized the next year, it is named for a blockhouse at a bend of the Brazos River. The community developed around the fort in early days. Fort Bend County is included in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area. Forbes ranked it the fifth-fastest growing county in the United States; the 2018 Census Bureau estimate of Fort Bend County's population is 787,858. Before European settlement, the area was inhabited by the Karankawa Indians. Spanish colonists did not reach the area during their colonization, settling more in South Texas. After Mexico achieved independence from Spain, Anglo-Americans started entering from the east.

In 1822, a group of Stephen F. Austin's colonists, headed by William Travis, built a fort at the present site of Richmond; the fort was called Fort Bend. The city of Richmond was incorporated under the Republic of Texas along with 19 other towns in 1837. Fort Bend County was created from parts of Austin and Brazoria Counties in 1838. Fort Bend developed a plantation economy based on cotton as the commodity crop. Planters had numerous African-American slaves as laborers. By the 1850s, Fort Bend was one of six majority-black counties in Texas. In 1860 the slave population totaled 4,127, more than twice that of the 2,016 whites. Few free blacks lived there. While the area began to attract white immigrants in the late 19th century, it continued as majority black during and after Reconstruction. Whites struggled to control their descendants through violence and intimidation. Freedmen and their sympathizers supported the Republican Party because of emancipation, electing their candidates to office; the state legislature was still predominately white.

By the 1880s, most white residents belonged to the Democratic Party. Factional tensions were fierce, as political elements split along racial lines; the Jaybirds, representing the majority of the whites, struggled to regain control from the Woodpeckers, who were made up of some whites elected to office by the majority of African Americans. Fort Bend County was the site of the Jaybird–Woodpecker War in 1888-89. After a few murders were committed, the political feud culminated in a gun battle at the courthouse on August 16, 1889, when several more people were killed and the Woodpeckers were routed from the county seat. Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross declared martial law. With his support, the Jaybirds ordered a list of certain blacks and Woodpecker officials out of the county, overthrowing the local government; the Jaybirds took over county offices and established a "white-only pre-primary," disenfranchising African Americans from the only competitive contests in the county. This device lasted until 1950, when Willie Melton and Arizona Fleming won a lawsuit against the practice in United States District Court, though it was overturned on appeal.

In 1953, they won their suit when the Supreme Court of the United States declared the Jaybird primary unconstitutional in Terry v. Adams, the last of the white primary cases. In the middle 1950s, Fort Bend and neighboring Galveston County were plagued by organized crime, involved with brothels and illegal casinos. Editor Clymer Wright of the Fort Bend Reporter joined with state officials and the Texas Rangers to rid the area of such corruption. Wright defied death threats to clean up the community, he soon sold his paper, now known as the Fort Bend Texas Coaster. In the 1960s, the first of several master-planned communities that came to define the county were developed, marking the beginning of its transformation from a rural county dominated by railroad and oil and gas interests to a major suburban county dominated by service and manufacturing industries. One of the earliest such developments was Quail Valley in Missouri City, whose golf course hosted the Houston Open during the 1973 and 1974 seasons of the PGA Tour.

Another was First Colony in Sugar Land, a 9,700-acre development commenced in the 1970s by Houston developer Gerald D. Hines that became the southwest Greater Houston area's main retail hub, anchored by First Colony Mall and Sugar Land Town Square. Since the 1980s, new communities have continued to develop, with Greatwood, New Territory, Sienna Plantation among the more recent notable developments. In addition to continued development in the eastern part of the county around Sugar Land and Missouri City, the Greater Katy area began to experience rapid growth and expansion into Fort Bend County in the 1990s, led by the development of Cinco Ranch. By 2010, the county's population exceeded 500,000, it had become the second-largest county in the Greater Houston area. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused significant flooding in Fort Bend County, leading to the evacuation of 200,000 residents and over 10,000 rescues; the unprecedented flooding, the result of record rainfall and overflow from the Brazos River and Barker Reservoir, resulted in damage to or destruction of over 6,800 homes in the county.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 885 square miles, of which 861 square miles are land and 24 square miles (2

Emanuel Hirsch Bloch

Emanuel "Manny" Hirsch Bloch was an American attorney known for defending clients associated with left-wing and Communist causes. He and Marshall Perlin defended Ethel Rosenberg, he was born in 1901 to Alexander Bloch, an attorney, Pauline Bloch. He graduated from City College of New York in 1920 before attending Columbia Law School. Bloch worked as an attorney in New York from 1924 to 1942 served in the U. S. Army during World War II. On December 14, 1948, Bloch appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee as counsel for Marion Bachrach. On August 3, 1948, Whittaker Chambers alleged, she was the sister of John Abt, another alleged member of that group. At the time of Bachrach's testimony, she stated she was a writer in the national office of the Communist Party of the USA in New York City, where she lived. Under advice of counsel, she pled the Fifth Amendment. At the time, Bloch himself answered questions that confirmed he had represented Steve Nelson before the committee. Nelson was a "head of the Communist Party in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia.

He now lives in Harmarville, PA. I believe, he is an expert on so-called foreign groups and is working to keep the Tito Comimmists from jumping the line here as they did abroad" He defended Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Julius wrote to Bloch that Julius himself was "the first victim of American Fascism". Two weeks before the date scheduled for their deaths, the Rosenbergs were visited by James V. Bennett, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. After the meeting they issued a statement: Yesterday, we were offered a deal by the Attorney General of the United States. We were told. By asking us to repudiate the truth of our innocence, the Government admits its own doubts concerning our guilt. We will not help to purify the foul record of a barbaric sentence. We solemnly declare and forever more, that we will not be coerced under pain of death, to bear false witness and to yield up to tyranny our rights as free Americans. Our respect for truth and human dignity is not for sale. Justice is not some bauble to be sold to the highest bidder.

If we are executed it will be the murder of innocent people and the shame will be upon the Government of the United States. Following execution of the Rosenbergs, Bloch delivered the eulogy at their funeral, he served as guardian for the Rosenberg's children and Robert, until they were adopted. He defended the Trenton Six. Bloch died of a heart attack at age 52 on January 1954 in his Manhattan apartment. Steve Nelson Marion Bachrach Julius Rosenberg Federal Bureau of Investigation: FBI file on Emanuel Bloch An Interactive Rosenberg Espionage Ring Timeline and Archive Famous Trials: Summation by Emmanuel Bloch Emanuel Hirsch Bloch at Find a Grave

Hirror Enniffer

Hirror Enniffer is the first studio album by American post-rock band Mamiffer. It was released through Hydra Head Records on September 23, 2008; the album was recorded and produced by Chris Common with mastering by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering in Seattle. "This Land" – 6:15 "Death Shawl" – 4:10 "Annwn" – 5:43 "Black Running Water" – 6:14 "Suckling a Dead Litter" – 7:37 "Cyhraeth" – 4:35 Faith Coloccia– piano, glockenspiel, bells, electric piano, synthesizer, organ, acoustic guitar Aaron Turner – guitar, acoustic guitar, bass Chris Common – percussion, bells, effects Brian Cook – bass Annie Hozoji Matheson-Margullis – cello, additional vocals Ryan Frederiksen – guitar Kelly Akashi – additional vocals Sarine Ashjian – additional vocals Will Adams – additional vocals Ed Brooks – mastering Chris Common – engineering, mixing

Harold Ridley Hooper

Harold Ridley Hooper was an English architect based in Ipswich, Suffolk. He was elected ARIBA in 1910, having been articled to John Shewell Corder, started his own practice in Ipswich in 1912, he was a Colonel in the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment during World War I. He was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, his buildings include: Electric Palace Cinema, Butlins Skegness holiday camp and other designs for Butlins Ltd. Margaret Catchpole Public House, David. British building firsts: a field guide. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-9271-9. "Architectural Drawings of Colonel Harold Ridley Hooper, A. R. I. B. A. and Others, 1882-1939". National Archives. Retrieved 2 May 2011

Big Tips Texas

Big Tips Texas is an American documentary-style series that premiered October 9, 2013, on MTV. Big Tips Texas follows a group of employees at a breastaurant in Lewisville, Texas; the show title is a double entendre of the phrases "big tips" and "big tits". The show was filmed around Redneck Heaven, a breastaurant in Lewisville, Texas. Before airing, Texas Monthly predicted that the show would "focus on drinking, cussing and fighting, with frequent subplots involving betrayal, name-calling, applying to Harvard, other cable-friendly degradations of contemporary Gomorrah." Industry sources have reported the cast members were paid between $1,500 and $2,500 an episode in addition to their normal compensation and tips for working at the restaurant. Reviewers have noted that the cast was split between those described by MTV News as Redneck Heaven "veterans" and "new girls". All the cast members but Typhani were either waitstaff. Beyond these differences, cast members have been described by reviewers as being similar in appearance and background.

Variety magazine describe it as "Coyote Ugly: The Series". Brian Lowry categorizes this Texas based show as an attempt to recreate the regional appeal of shows such as Duck Dynasty, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore, but criticizes the "dreary sameness to these characters and situations" and says that little of the show seems real. Amy Kuperinsky at gave the show a moderately positive review, citing cast member Amber as a particular highlight of the show. Kuperinsky draws parallels between the dramatic alcohol-fueled antics of Amber and those of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from Jersey Shore. Kuperinsky writes that one of the most memorable scenes involved a "Minnow Bomb" where a shot of alcohol is taken with a small live fish to be swallowed whole. Belle Cushing of Grub Street mentions the drama when the Lewisville, Texas city council moved to classify body paint as nudity and draws a connection between this and the drama of the show itself. Cushing is negative about the show's drama, describing it as being more than "anyone should be able to humanly stand."Fox News was harshly critical of Big Tips Texas.

In discussing the show, Hollie McKay cites numerous sources which castigate Big Tips Texas' "need to sexualize... lowering of good taste." The review further criticizes the notion that undressing for larger tips from customers should be considered hard work and calls it an insult to women taking other, non-sexualized, career paths


Sint-Lievens-Houtem is a Dutch-speaking municipality of Belgium. It is located in the Denderstreek and at the edge of the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly southern part of the province of East Flanders. Sint-Lievens-Houtem is crossed by the Molenbeek in Vlierzele and Letterhoutem, it is named after Saint Livinus, a Christian saint believed to have been buried there. The town comprises the former municipalities of Bavegem, Sint-Lievens-Houtem proper and Zonnegem, the hamlets of Espenhoek and Hoogveld parts of Oombergen. In November every year, Sint-Lievens-Houtem holds a winter fair and livestock market, the Houtem Jaarmarkt, at which hundreds of traders sell cattle and horses. In 2010 it was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Media related to Sint-Lievens-Houtem at Wikimedia Commons Official website - Only available in Dutch Webpage at Reocities