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Limestone County, Alabama

Limestone County is a county of the U. S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 82,782, its county seat is Athens. Its name comes from a local stream. Limestone County is included in AL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Limestone County was established by the Alabama Territorial legislature on February 6, 1818. On November 27, 1821, the Alabama State legislature passed an Act that altered the boundary of Limestone County to include the area east of the mouth of the Elk River with the Tennessee River. At the time, that area was a part of Lauderdale County. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 607 square miles, of which 560 square miles is land and 47 square miles is water, it is the third smallest county in Alabama by land area. Tennessee River Elk River Giles County, Tennessee - north Lincoln County, Tennessee - northeast Madison County, Alabama - east Morgan County, Alabama - southeast Lawrence County, Alabama - southwest Lauderdale County, Alabama - west Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge As of the 2000 census, there were 65,676 people, 24,688 households, 18,219 families living in the county.

The population density was 45/km2. There were 26,897 housing units at an average density of 18/km2; the racial makeup of the county was 78.79% White, 15.33% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, 0.91% from two or more races. 2.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. According to the census of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Limestone County were English 66.31%, Scots-Irish 15.12%, African 13.33% There were 24,688 households, out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.20% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02. In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males. The median household income in the county was $37,405, the median income for a family was $45,146. Males had a median income of $35,743 versus $23,389 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,782. About 9.80% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 14.60% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2010 census, there were 82,782 people, 31,446 households, 22,876 families living in the county; the population density was 57.1/km2. There were 34,977 housing units at an average density of 24.1/km2. The racial makeup of the county was 80.3% White, 12.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.5% from other races, 1.8% from two or more races. 5.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 31,446 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.3% were non-families.

23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.00. In the county, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.0 males. The median household income in the county was $46,682, the median income for a family was $55,518. Males had a median income of $46,071 versus $31,609 for females; the per capita income for the county was $24,007. About 10.3% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over. Limestone County comprises the Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit of Alabama; the Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit was created in the early 1980s when Limestone County broke away from Morgan County to form its own circuit.

The Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit has two district judges. The two circuit judges are Judge Robert M. Baker; the two district judges are Judge Jerry L. Batts; the current District Attorney is Brian C. T. Jones; the current Sheriff of Limestone County is Mike Blakely, sheriff for seven terms. The term for sheriffs is four years, there is no term limit. Mark Yarbrough is the Chairman of the County Commission. Limestone County School District operates public schools for students living in areas of Limestone County not incorporated in the Cities of Athens, Huntsville, and/or Madison. Athens City Schools - K-12 education for the city of Athens Calhoun Community College - 2-year college located in the southern part of the county in Decatur Athens State University - 2-year upper level university located in Athens Interstate 65 Interstate 565 U. S. Highway 31 U. S. Highway 72 Alternate U. S. Highway 72/State Route 20 State Route 53 State Route 99 State Route 127 State Route 251 CSX Transportation—freight line that runs North to South Norfolk Southern Railway—freight line that runs East-West Cowford Campgroun

G√ľnter Stempel

Günter Stempel was a German politician. He was involved in the formation of the German Democratic Republic, despite which he was a victim of political repression in both the GDR and the USSR. Stempel was born in Breslau, his father was a doctor. He studied law, passing his first level national law exams in 1933, he was unable to progress to the next stage academically by studying for a doctorate in law because he did not wish to become a member of the country's ruling NSDAP. He was able to work in a Berlin law firm between 1933 and 1939. During World War II Stempel became the legal counsel to businesses critical to the war effort, he was not conscripted for military service. At the end of the war, Stempel joined the Liberal Democratic Party, in September 1945 he was appointed the party's Organisation Secretary, serving from 1948 to 1950 as the LDPD's general secretary. From May 1945, the central part of Germany became administered as the Soviet occupation zone. For Stempel it was the Liberal Democrats' task "to gather together and look after the middle class elements in the Soviet zone of influence.

In 1949 he was a member of the German People's Council, established the previous year in the Soviet occupation zone. This was redesignated in October 1949 as the Provisional People's Chamber at the same time as the occupation zone itself was redesignated as the German Democratic Republic, a separate Soviet sponsored German state to the west of the Oder-Neisse line and divided politically from what had been the post-war occupation zones controlled by the Americans and French armies. By this time the contentious merger that in April 1946 created the Socialist Unity Party had created many of the preconditions for a return to one-party dictatorship. However, whereas the Hitler government had banned opposition political parties, the new government in East Germany pursued the same outcomes by creating a power structure that controlled them. Opposition parties resisted control by the SED, it was the resulting tensions that provide the context for the rest of Stempel's political career. An element of the new constitutional arrangements was the "single list voting system" whereby the ruling SED party drew up list of candidates representing each of the political parties and other groups to be represented in the Provisional People's Chamber.

Voters would be presented with the list and invited to vote for it or against it, by placing their voting paper in one of two well separated ballot boxes in the polling station, while watched by election officials. The single list voting system would succeed brilliantly. Turn-out was unfailingly high, in subsequent East German elections prior to 1990 the ruling party's candidate list was never supported by fewer than 99% of those voting. Impressive results were achieved in regional elections. However, Stempel voted against the Election Law which established the system and on 8 August 1950 he was arrested by officers of the newly established Ministry for State Security, he deported to Siberia. The Liberal Democratic Party leadership had become split between those prepared, if grudgingly, to go along with East Germany's constitutional arrangements, those uncompromising and vociferous in their opposition. Stempel had been prominent among the latter and on 6 September 1950 he was excluded from the party, which some reports at the time were able to present as a result of internal party rivalries.

He was succeeded as party General Secretary by Herbert Täschner who took a less confrontational approach to the new constitutional arrangements. On 7 January 1952 Stempel faced a Soviet military tribunal which sentenced him to 25 years of forced labour, citing his "agent and espionage activities". In April he was transferred to the infamous Soviet labour camp at Vorkuta. Here he was interrogated about his relationship with the Liberal Party leader, Karl Hamann. Hamann had been in government in the German Democratic Republic as a Minister for Trade and Supply: he had been arrested and accused of sabotaging supplies. In December 1953 Stempel was returned from Siberia to the German Democratic Republic on a train, known as the "Grotewohl Express". In May 1954 Stempel was required to testify at a show trial against Hamann: it may or may not have been a comment on the quality of his testimony that in August 1954 he was sent back to the Vorkuta labour camp. At some stage he was transferred to another Soviet prison-camp.

In December 1955 he was one in a group of detainees handed over by the Soviets to the East German authorities at Frankfurt which, following border changes mandated ten years earlier, had become a crossing point between the German Democratic Republic and Poland. However, in view of his official status, given as "non-amnestied war criminal", he was not released. Sources comment on the contrast between the "war criminal" official status accorded him by the Soviet authorities in 1955, the career damage Stempel sustained from his refusal to join the Nazi Party between 1933 and 1945. On 28 April 1956 Stempel was released from the Bautzen penitentiary, he was able to flee to West Berlin. From West Berlin, in collaboration with West Germany's Justice Minister, Thomas Dehler, he campaigned for the release of Karl Hama

Open coach

An open coach is a railway passenger coach that does not have compartments or other divisions within it and in which the seats are arranged in one or more open plan areas with a centre aisle. The first open coaches appeared in the first half of the 19th century in the USA; the prototype for their design were the passenger cabins in the river steamers which were widespread in America. As a result of their origin they were known in Europe as "American system passenger coaches" or "American coaches" and the idea soon caught on in European railway companies, they were used for rural regional services, whilst urban local trains and local-distance services were dominated by compartment coaches. Several European railways, for example the Royal Württemberg State Railways or the Swiss Northeastern Railway, preferred open coaches from the start for all types of train. From the beginning of the 20th century open coaches became common used in local trains and began to spread to long-distance services too.

High-speed trains consist only of open coaches. The seats in open coaches are either arranged in groups opposite one another or behind one another aeroplane-style, sometimes seats can be rotated to face the direction of travel. Seats facing one another may be provided with fixed tables, seats arranged one behind the other have folding trays in the back of the seat in front. Open coaches are always equipped with gangways; these were open platforms at the ends of the coach, but from the end of the 19th century the gangways have been protected with bellows or rubber connectors. On tramways, an open coach is a six- or eight-wheeled driving car or trailer, which has an high volumetric capacity. Unlike the earlier, typical platform coaches, open coaches do not have partitions with doors between the entrance area and the actual passenger compartment; these coaches were popular in central Europe in the early 1950s and replaced the old platform coaches. Whilst in West Germany and Switzerland this type of vehicle was replaced by articulated trams, in East Germany, the Tatra trams were the norm during the 1960s in many cities.

The same was true in the former Eastern Bloc countries


Dumb-Hounded is an American animation short from 1943. It was the first cartoon to feature Droopy; the film was released on March 20, 1943 by Loew's Inc. MGM's parent company, has a running time of seven minutes. A wolf escapes from Swing Swing Prison. Many bloodhounds are freed to search for him, but one of them, remains behind and informs the audience that he is the hero of the story, he moved slowly, but he still finds the wolf who tries to escape from Droopy throughout the picture. At one point, he fled away from Droopy by boarding a taxi, a train, a ship, an aircraft. However, everywhere he flees Droopy sarcastically greeted the wolf. Droopy ends the pointless chase by dropping a huge boulder on the wolf's head and crushes him; when Droopy receives his reward, he jumps about in complete enthusiasm, only to pause and inform the audience, "I'm happy". Bill Thompson as Droopy Frank Graham as Killer, Mayor Directed by: Tex Avery Written by: Rich Hogan Animation: Ray Abrams, Preston Blair, Ed Love, Irven Spence Character Design: Claude Smith Layout: John Didrik Johnsen, Bernard Wolf Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen Film Editor: Fred McAlpin Sound Editor: Fred McAlpin Music: Scott Bradley Co-Producer: William Hanna Produced by: Fred Quimby Northwest Hounded Police features Droopy and the Wolf character in a similar set-up.

Again, the Wolf flees from Droopy. In the early 2000s a Cartoon Network short Thanks a Latté features Droopy and the Wolf character in a nearly-similar set-up. Dumb-Hounded on IMDb

Coming Around Again (Simon Webbe song)

"Coming Around Again" is the first single released from Blue band-member Simon Webbe's second solo studio album, Grace. The single was released on 30 October 2006, performing the song live on BBC One's reality-dancing series Strictly Come Dancing the following week; the song entered the charts at #50 based on digital sales only, upon its physical release, climbed to a peak position of #12 on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at #7 on the Dutch Singles Chart, at #37 on the German Top 100. UK CD1"Coming Around Again" - 3:41 "No Worries" - 3:17UK CD2"Coming Around Again" - 3:41 "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" - 3:53 "Rain" - 4:00 "Coming Around Again" - 3:41 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

2013 Kenyan Premier League

The 2013 Kenyan Premier League was the tenth season of the Kenyan Premier League since it began in 2003, marking a decade of its existence. It was the Golden Jubilee season of top division football in Kenya since 1963, it began on 24 February 2013 and ended on 9 November 2013. League champions Gor Mahia earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Champions League while 2013 FKF President's Cup champions A. F. C. Leopards earned a place in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup. A total of 16 teams competed for the league, with fourteen returning from the 2012 season and one team from each of the two zones of FKF Division One; this was the first season for Kakamega Homeboyz in the top flight. After beating Kakamega Homeboyz on 27 October, Gor Mahia won the Kenyan Premier League title for a joint record 13th time, matching the record set by their rivals A. F. C. Leopards in 1998, it was Gor Mahia's first title since 1995. Relegated from Premier LeagueRangers OserianPromoted from Division OneBandari Kakamega Homeboyz Out of the 16 participating teams, 7 are based in the capital, while Bandari is the only team based at the Coast.

As of 20:27, 29 September 2013. The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were scheduled, but added to the full round they were played afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16. Last updated: 9 November 2013 2013 Kenyan Women's Premier League 2013 FKF President's Cup 2013 KPL Top 8 Cup 2013 Kenyan Super Cup 2013 Kenyan Super Cup