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Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine was an American singer and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005. Billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather Lungs", "Mr. Steel Tonsils", his hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Mule Train", "Jezebel", "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Rawhide", "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". He sang well-known theme songs for many movie Western soundtracks, including 3:10 To Yuma, Gunfight at the O. K. Corral, Blazing Saddles, although his recordings were not charted as a country & western. Laine sang an eclectic variety of song styles and genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, rock, folk and blues, he did not sing the soundtrack song for High Noon, sung by Tex Ritter, but his own version was the one that became a bigger hit, nor did he sing the theme to another show he is associated with—Champion the Wonder Horse —but released his own, subsequently more popular, version.

Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called Hits reached No. 16 on the British chart. The accomplishment was achieved nearly 60 years after his debut on the UK chart, 64 years after his first major U. S. four years after his death. A clarion-voiced singer with lots of style, able to fill halls without a microphone, one of the biggest hit-makers of late 1940s/early 1950s, Laine had more than 70 charted records, 21 gold records, worldwide sales of over 100 million records. A rhythm and blues influenced jazz singer, Laine excelled at every music style expanding to such varied genres as popular standards, folk, western/Americana, rock'n' roll, the occasional novelty number, he was known as Mr. Rhythm for his driving jazzy style. Laine was the first and biggest of a new breed of singers who rose to prominence in the post–World War II era; this new, raw charged style seemed at the time to signal the end of the previous era's singing styles and was, indeed, a harbinger of the rock'n' roll music, to come.

As music historian Jonny Whiteside wrote:In the Hollywood clubs, a new breed of performers laid down a baffling hip array of new sounds…Most important of all these, was Frankie Laine, a big lad with'steel tonsils' who belted out torch blues while stomping his size twelve foot in joints like Billy Berg's, Club Hangover and the Bandbox…Laine's intense vocal style owed nothing to Crosby, Sinatra, or Dick Haymes. Instead he drew from Billy Eckstine, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Rushing, with it Laine had sown the seeds from which an entire new perception and audience would grow…Frank Sinatra represented the highest flowering of a quarter century tradition of crooning but found himself an anachronism. First Frankie Laine Tony Bennett, now Johnnie, dubbed'the Belters' and'the Exciters,' came along with a brash vibrancy and vulgar beat that made the old bandstand routine which Frank meticulously perfected seem invalid. In the words of Jazz critic Richard Grudens: Frank's style was innovative, why he had such difficulty with early acceptance.

He would bend notes and sing about the chordal context of a note rather than to sing the note directly, he stressed each rhythmic downbeat, different from the smooth balladeer of his time. His 1946 recording of "That's My Desire" remains a landmark record signaling the end of both the dominance of the big bands and the crooning styles favored by contemporary Dick Haymes and others. Called the first of the blue-eyed soul singers, Laine's style cleared the way for many artists who arose in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including Kay Starr, Tony Bennett, Johnnie Ray. I think that Frank was one of the forerunner of…blues, of…rock'n' roll. A lot of singers who sing with a passionate demeanor—Frank was and is that. I always used to love to mimic him with'That's…my…desire.' And later Johnnie Ray came along that made all of those kind of movements, but Frank had done them. – Patti Page Throughout the 1950s, Laine enjoyed a second career singing the title songs over the opening credits of Hollywood films and television shows, including Gunfight at the O.

K. Corral, 3:10 to Yuma and Rawhide, his rendition of the title song for Mel Brooks's 1974 hit movie Blazing Saddles won an Oscar nomination for Best Song, on television, Laine's featured recording of "Rawhide" for the series of the same name became a popular theme song. You can't categorize him. He's one of those singers, and yet and still I think that his records had more life into it. And I think, his big selling point, that he was so full of energy. You know. — Herb Jeffries Frankie Laine was born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio on March 30, 1913, to Giovanni and Cresenzia LoVecchio. His parents had emigrated from Monreale, Sicily, to Chicago's Near West Side, in "Little Italy," where his father worked at one time as the per

Expecting to Fly (album)

Expecting to Fly is the debut studio album by The Bluetones. It was released on 12 February 1996, knocking Oasis's Morning Glory? off the number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart for a week. The album is certified Platinum by the BPI, its singles were "Bluetonic", "Slight Return" and "Cut Some Rug". A 2 CD Expanded Edition of the album was released on 9 March 2009. Sam Taylor in Q wrote, "Perhaps the most accomplished rock debut album since The Stone Roses in 1989, Expecting to Fly avoids the usual primitive drive of first recordings, in favour of technical brilliance and adventurous songwriting... a classic rock album." List journalist Brian Donaldson likened The Bluetones to "a Squeeze for the 90s", noted that the record has "excellence exhibited throughout". David Sinclair of Rolling Stone called the album "an accomplished and varied collection of guitar-based tunes with a solid charm rooted in the best traditions of English alternative pop—no more, but no less."Melody Maker placed it at no. 19 on their list of 1996's Albums of the Year.

NME ranked the LP at no. 11 in their 1996 critic poll. All tracks written by Morriss, Devlin, Morriss unless otherwise stated. "Talking to Clarry" – 6:52 "Bluetonic" – 4:08 "Cut Some Rug" – 4:32 "Things Change" – 5:38 "The Fountainhead" – 4:35 "Carnt Be Trusted" – 3:50 "Slight Return" – 3:21 "Putting Out Fires" – 6:22 "Vampire" – 4:32 "A Parting Gesture" – 4:40 "Time & Again" – 5:09 "A Parting Guesture" "Cut Some Rug" "Bluetonic" "Are You Blue or Are You Blind?" "Fountainhead" "Time & Again" "Driftwood" "Can't Be Trusted" "Are You Blue or Are You Blind?" "Cut Some Rug" "Can't Be Trusted" "Bluetonic" "Time & Again" Mark Morrissvocals Eds Chesterspercussion, drums Adam Devlinguitar, 12 string guitar Scott Morrissbass, bass guitar, electric guitar, vocalsand Dan Crompton – harmonica on track "A Parting Gesture" Mac McEldon – clavinet on "Things Change" Caroline LaVellecello on "Putting Out Fires" Hugh Jones – producer, mixing Marc Newman, Superstock – front cover photography Roger Sargent – band photography Scott Morriss, Trevor Ray Hart – additional photography Geoff Pesche – mastering Helen Woodward – mixing engineer Julian Able, Neil Burrow – management "Bluetones, The – Expecting To Fly at Discogs". Retrieved 5 August 2010

Flag of Andorra

The national flag of the Principality of Andorra was adopted in 1866. The flag is a vertical tricolour of blue and red with the coat of arms of Andorra in the center. Although the three vertical bars may at first appear to be of equal width, the centre yellow bar is wider than the other two so that the ratio of bar widths is 8:9:8; the overall flag ratio is 7:10. The design is related to the flags of France, Spain and Foix, the lands linked with the small country. A flag of three bars is similar to that of the French Tricolour, while the pattern of a wider middle stripe can be noted on the Spanish flag; the blue and red of the Andorran flag are found on the French flag, with red and yellow being the colours of the Catalan flag and the arms of the old County of Foix. From 1806 to 1866, Andorra's flag was a vertical bi-colour of red; the motto in the coat of arms in the middle stripe Virtus Unita Fortior means "Virtue United is Stronger". The design is similar to the flags of Romania and Chad. All of these are vertical tricolours of blue and red, but unlike that of Andorra, their flags have all stripes of equal width.

The official colors of the Andorran flag are set out in the "Graphic regulations for reproducing the shield and flag" from the Oficina de Marques del Principat d'Andorra. The colors of the shield are: The colors of the flag are: Coat of arms of Andorra Andorra at Flags of the World

John Feerick

John D. Feerick is a law professor at Fordham University School of Law in New York City, he served as the school's eighth dean from 1982-2002. From 2002-2004, he was the Leonard F. Manning Professor of Law at Fordham, in 2004 was named to the Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service. Prior to entering academia in 1982, Feerick was a labor and employment attorney in the law firm of Skadden, Slate, Meagher & Flom, he joined the firm in 1961 and became a partner in 1968. Feerick has served in numerous appointed public positions. From 1987-1990, he was chair of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity. In 2003, he served on the referee panel in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York school funding case, he chaired the New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, which sought to reform the nomination, campaigning and retention of state judges in the wake of such scandals as the bribery investigation of former judge Gerald P. Garson. From 2003-2005, Feerick served on the special master panel in the McCain v. Bloomberg homeless rights litigation.

He has been a member of the New York State Law Revision Commission, the New York State Judicial Salary Commission, the New York State Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System, the New York State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, the Chief Judge's Corporate Advisory Group. On April 16, 2007, Feerick was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to head the newly formed Commission on Public Integrity, which will be formed from the Ethics Committee and the State Commission on Lobbying. In addition, Feerick has chaired the Ethics Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association. From 1987-1999, he was president of the Citizens Union Foundation. From 1992-1994, he was president of the New York City Bar Association, he has been president of the American Arbitration Association and still serves as an honorary board member. As a mediator, Feerick played a role in several high-profile labor disputes including the 1994 New York City Transit contract negotiations and the National Football League salary cap.

Feerick is Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution at Fordham Law School. Feerick graduated in 1958 from Fordham University and obtained his law degree from Fordham Law School in 1961. During his time in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Law Review, he is the recipient of many awards, including the Law and Society Award from the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the 1999 Citizen Achievement Award from the New York State League of Women Voters, the American Irish Historical Society Gold Medal, the New York State Bar Association Gold Medal. Feerick was responsible for the composition of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution; this amendment specifies how a president can remove himself from office temporarily or be removed from office by a majority of his cabinet, the process that follows for the President to attempt to regain power before Congress, if he so chooses, how the President's Cabinet, once again, can remove him from power.

This scenario would most be used in the event that the President were mentally incapacitated, either voluntarily, through anesthesia in a medical procedure or involuntarily in the case of a mental illness.. Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School Director bio at Wyeth "John Feerick, Champion of the Human Side of Law", web video at Fordham Law's project "Hands-On Fighting Homelessness - Working to Help NYC's Poorest Residents", web video at Fordham Law's project "Fordham Centenial Honors John Feerick", web video at Fordham Law's project Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections

Brigadier General David H. Stem Award

The Brigadier General David H. Stem Award is a unit trophy annually awarded by the United States Army to a Military Police unit; the trophy was created in 1985 as the Liberty Award. Two years it was renamed in honor of David H. Stem, the commandant of the United States Military Police School who died in a 1987 airplane crash; the trophy is given annually to "best military police unit in the U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command", it is considered a unit trophy as provided for in Army Regulation 600–8–22. Units are scored against several specific criteria including the unit's Army Physical Fitness Test and weapons qualification averages, unit deployments, personnel re-enlistment totals; the unit which receives the award is placed under consideration for the Brigadier General Jeremiah P. Holland Award as TRADOC's nominee. Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr Award


Pachnodus is a genus of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Cerastidae. The genus Pachnodus is endemic to the Seychelles. Species within the genus Pachnodus include: subgenus Pachnodus Pachnodus becketti Gerlach, 1994 Pachnodus leroyi Bourguignat, 1890 Pachnodus lionneti Von Mol & Coppois, 1980 Pachnodus niger Pachnodus niger niger Pachnodus niger subfuscus Gerlach, 1994 † Pachnodus velutinus Pachnodus niger × velutinus Pachnodus sesamorum Bourguignat, 1890subgenus Nesiocerastus Pachnodus fregatensis Von Mol & Coppois, 1980 Pachnodus kantilali Von Mol & Coppois, 1980 Pachnodus ornatus Pachnodus ornatus var. biornatus Pachnodus oxoniensis Gerlach, 1994 Pachnodus praslinus Gerlach, 1990 Pachnodus silbouettanus Von Mol & Coppois, 1980