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USS Hubbard (DE-211)

USS Hubbard, a Buckley-class destroyer escort of the United States Navy, was named in honor of Commander Joseph C. Hubbard, killed in action, while serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942. Hubbard was launched by the Charleston Navy Yard on 11 November 1943. Mabley in command. Following shakedown training out of Bermuda, the new destroyer escort returned to Norfolk, Virginia on 7 May 1944, she escorted the oiler Manatee to the Caribbean, returning to Norfolk on 23 May for armament changes. Armed with 40 mm guns in lieu of torpedo tubes, Hubbard sailed with her first convoy on 1 June, seeing the transports safely to Bizerte and returning to New York on 19 July 1944, she subsequently made two more convoy crossings in 1944, underwent anti-submarine training at Casco Bay, between voyages. Hubbard sailed on 26 December 1944 with other destroyer escorts to hunt down weather-reporting U-boats in the Atlantic. Equipped with the latest direction-finding gear, the ships scouted the suspected area until they came upon U-248 on 16 January 1945.

Depth charge attacks sank the German marauder late that morning. The ships arrived New York on 6 February and, after additional training in Casco Bay, sailed again to search for submarines 4 April from NS Argentia, Newfoundland; as part of "Operation Teardrop", she took part in the destruction of the last desperate U-boat group to sortie, with escort carriers Bogue and many sister ships. Frederick C. Davis was torpedoed and sunk on 24 April, Hubbard joined in hunting the attacker. After many depth charge attacks, four by Hubbard alone, U-546 surfaced; the destroyer escorts' guns sank the submarine. Hubbard returned to Boston on 10 May 1945 and began her conversion to a Charles Lawrence-class high speed transport, suitable for the still-active Pacific War, she was reclassified APD-53 on 1 June 1945 and emerged from Sullivans Dry Dock, Brooklyn, on 14 August, the day before the surrender of Japan. Following three months of training operations in the Caribbean and Casco Bay, Hubbard arrived Green Cove Springs, Florida, on 12 November 1945.

She decommissioned on 15 March 1946 and entered the Reserve Fleet, where she remained being struck from the Navy List on 1 May 1966 and scrapped. Hubbard received two battle stars for World War II service; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Hubbard at NavSource Naval History

Investitionsbank Trentino Südtirol – Mediocredito Trentino Alto Adige

Mediocredito TrentinoAlto Adige is an Italian investment bank based in Trento, Trentino. The bank served the autonomous provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol, but now extended to Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. Istituto per l'Esercizio del Credito a Medio e Lungo Termine nella Regione Trentino – Alto Adige was found in 1953 as a statutory corporation. At that time banks were separated from providing short term loan and medium and loan term loan, which several Mediocredito was set up to enhance the post war recovery; the Ministry of the Treasury provided 800 million lire and Trentino – South Tyrol Region 450 million lire. Due to Legge Amato the bank became a Società per Azioni, with a share capital of 66.240 billion lire. It was increased to 112,470,400,000 lire, or €58,484,608. Public entity Trentino – South Tyrol Trentino South Tyrol banks Casse Rurali Raiffeisen Finanziaria Südtiroler Sparkasse – Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano Südtiroler Volksbank – Banca Popolare dell'Alto Adige Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma ITAS Mutua Banca del Veneziano CentroMarca Banca Banca Alto Vicentino Crediveneto Banca Santo Stefano Veneto Banca Rovigo Banca Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Marcon Banca Sviluppo Cassa Padana Banca Veronese Credito Cooperativo di Concamarise Banca di Credito Cooperativo delle Prealpi Cassa Rurale e Artigiana di Vestenanova Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione Federazione Veneta delle Banche di Credito Cooperativo Cassa Centrale Banca - Credito Cooperativo del Nord Est Raiffeisen Landesbank Südtirol – Cassa Centrale Raiffeisen dell'Alto Adige Cassa del Trentino Official website

2008 Mississippi's 1st congressional district special election

This is an article about the U. S. House seat held by Roger Wicker. For the election article regarding the general U. S. House election in Mississippi, see United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2008; the 2008 Mississippi 1st congressional district special election was a special election in the state of Mississippi to determine who would serve the remainder of former Representative Roger Wicker's term. After an April 22, 2008 ballot resulted in no candidate receiving a majority, Democratic Party candidate Travis Childers defeated Republican candidate Greg Davis in a runoff election on May 13, 2008. Travis Childers, Prentiss County Clerk Steve Holland, Mississippi State Representative Marshall Coleman Brian H. Neely Ken Hurt, 2006 Democratic nominee for Mississippi's 1st congressional district Greg Davis, Mayor of Southaven and former Mississippi State Representative Glenn McCullough, former Mayor of Tupelo Randy Russell, ophthalmologist Travis Childers, Prentiss County Clerk Greg Davis, Mayor of Southaven and former Mississippi State Representative John M. Wages Jr. former member of the Lee County Election Commission Wally Pang, Batesville restaurant owner On December 31, 2007, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour appointed Roger Wicker to the Senate seat vacated 13 days earlier by Sen. Trent Lott.

At the time of his appointment, Wicker was a U. S. Representative for Mississippi's District 1; as a result of Wicker's appointment to the Senate, his House seat became vacant, necessitating a special election to determine who would serve the remainder of Wicker's term. Mississippi's 1st congressional district covers the northeastern part of the state, including the cities of Columbus, Oxford and Tupelo; the district had been represented by Republican Roger Wicker since 1995. The district has demonstrated itself to be "reliably conservative" in past elections, with George W. Bush winning the district by 25 points in the 2004 presidential election. Early speculation had Republicans Greg Davis, Glenn McCullough, Randy Russell and Democrats Steve Holland and Jamie Franks as contenders. All but Franks ended up as candidates; the party primaries were held on March 11. The primary runoff election was held on April 1, 2008. According to Mississippi state election law, those who voted in the Democratic Primary on March 11 were only allowed to vote in the Democratic runoff on April 1.

Mississippi was one of the states where right wing commentators such as Rush Limbaugh suggested people cross party lines on March 11 in order to keep the competition alive between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Several websites such as the Daily Kos and politico.com suggested that this is why the Republican primary runoff was so close between the more moderate McCullough and Davis as many of the more Conservative Republicans were not allowed to vote in that runoff. It is believed that this has led to the final special election race involving a conservative Democrat who has a better than usual chance to win the general election. Republicans were concerned that a race between Childers and McCullough would've increased the Democrat's chances; the initial special election to fill the seat was held on April 22, 2008. The National Republican Congressional Committee spent over $1.3 million in support of Davis' bid for the vacant seat. Freedom's Watch, a Republican-supporting advocacy group, purchased an additional $550,000 in advertising.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $1.5 million in support of Childers. Despite the district's Republican leanings, Childers defeated Davis in the final round of the special election by a 54% to 46% margin. Once sworn in, Childers will serve through the end of the 110th Congress in January 2009. Childers victory represents the 3rd time during the 110th Congress that a Democrat has been elected to a Republican-held seat in a special election. Childers victory is seen as a surprise upset for the Republican party as Mississippi's 1st district has been right leaning, it is believed that this sends "a clear signal of national problems ahead for Republicans in the fall". Negative campaign ads approved by Davis tried to link Childers with presidential candidate Barack Obama and his controversial former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Childers and Davis faced off against each other in the November general election. Again, Childers won that contest. Childers was endorsed by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, The Commercial Dispatch, The Commercial Appeal.

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Rupert Bear

Rupert Bear is a children's comic strip character created by English artist Mary Tourtel and first appearing in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. Rupert's initial purpose was to win sales from the rival Daily Daily Mirror. In 1935, the stories were taken over by Alfred Bestall, an illustrator for Punch and other glossy magazines. Bestall proved to be successful in the field of children's literature and worked on Rupert stories and artwork into his 90s. More various other artists and writers have continued the series. About 50 million copies have been sold worldwide; the comic strip was, still is, published daily in the Daily Express, with many of these stories being printed in books, every year since 1936 a Rupert annual has been released. Rupert Bear has become a well-known character in children's culture in the United Kingdom, the success of the Rupert stories has led to the creation of several television series based on the character; the character has a large fan following, with such groups as The Followers of Rupert.

Rupert is a bear who lives with his parents in a house in Nutwood, a fictional idyllic English village. He is drawn wearing bright yellow checked trousers, with matching yellow scarf. Depicted as a brown bear, his colour soon changed to white to save on printing costs, though he remained brown on the covers of the annuals. Most of the other characters in the series are anthropomorphic animals, they are all scaled to be about the same size as Rupert, regardless of species. Rupert's animal friends are referred to as his "chums" or "pals." Aside from his best friend Bill Badger, some of the most enduring pals are an elephant, a mouse, Pong-Ping the Pekingese, Algy Pug, Podgy Pig, Bingo the Brainy Pup and Ferdy Fox, the identical twins Reggie and Rex Rabbit, Ming the dragon. The kindly Wise Old Goat lives in Nutwood, helps Rupert in some of his adventures. One of the most unusual and evocative characters is Raggety, a woodland troll-creature made from twigs, very grumpy and annoying. In the 2006 television revival of the series, Raggety has been transformed into a friendly elf with broken English.

There is a recurring country Police Officer, an adult dog named PC Growler. There are a few human characters in the stories, such as the Professor, Tiger Lily, her father "the Conjuror," and several less occurring characters such as Sailor Sam, Gaffer Jarge, Captain Binnacle and Rollo, the Gypsy boy. There is a recurring Merboy. During his time as Rupert writer, Alfred Berstall added further characters such as the girl guides Beryl and Janet, with Beryl's cat, Dinky; these characters were based on Girl Guides from Bestall's own church who asked him in late 1947 if they could have their own adventure with Rupert. They remain part of the comic series today; the series features fantastic and magical adventures in faraway lands. Each story begins in Nutwood, where Rupert sets out on a small errand for his mother or to visit a friend, which develops into an adventure to an exotic place such as King Frost's Castle, the Kingdom of the Birds, underground, or to the bottom of the sea. Sometimes one of the Professor's inventions opens the door to one of Rupert's adventures.

At the end of the story Rupert returns to Nutwood, where all is safe and well, where his parents seem sanguine about his adventures. Unlike most modern comic strips, Rupert Bear has always been produced in the original form of strip with illustrations accompanying text, called "text comics", as opposed to text being incorporated into the art in speech bubbles etc. Bestall developed the classic Rupert story format: the story is told in picture form, in simple page-headers, in simple two-line-per-image verse and as running prose at the foot. Rupert Annuals can therefore be "read" on four levels, he established the shape and form of the Rupert stories. Rupert's unspectacular debut was in a single panel, the first of 36 episodes of the story "Little Lost Bear" written and drawn by Tourtel. Bestall expanded the plots of Rupert. Bestall drew the Rupert stories for the Daily Express until 1965. Much of the landscape in Rupert is inspired by the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales, the Sussex Weald and East Devon.

Bestall's successor was Alex Cubie. Cubie created Rupert annual artwork between 1974 and 1977, his images are recognisable from the thicker black outlines around the characters and the use of more vibrant colours than Bestall employed. A Rupert Annual is still produced every year and Rupert appears each day in the Daily Express. In 1978 his new adventures became illustrated by John Harrold. In 2008 John Harrold was succeeded by Stuart Trotter and a new style of annual with a more modern Rupert to tie-in with the CGI-animation Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic... began. The Rupert Annual for 1960 contained a story called Rupert and the Diamond Leaf, in which he visits "Coon Island", whose inhabitants are little "Coons"; the Coons appeared on the cover of The New Rupert: The Daily

Twin Lakes, New Mexico

Twin Lakes is a census-designated place in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,069 at the 2000 census. Twin Lakes is located at 35°41′37″N 108°46′6″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.0 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,069 people, 277 households, 221 families living in the CDP; the population density was 118.7 people per square mile. There were 368 housing units at an average density of 40.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.16% Native American, 0.65% from two or more races, 0.19% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population. There were 277 households out of which 49.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 27.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.2% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.42. In the CDP the population was spread out with 40.1% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 14.9% from 45 to 64, 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,618, the median income for a family was $30,417. Males had a median income of $26,932 versus $22,083 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $8,233. About 27.5% of families and 29.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.1% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over. Tyson "Spud" Jones