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Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, as such the First Lady of the United States from 1861 to 1865. She dropped the name Ann after her younger sister, Ann Todd, was born, did not use the name Todd after marrying. Mary was a member of a large, wealthy Kentucky family, was well educated. After finishing school during her teens, she moved to Springfield, where she lived with her married sister Elizabeth Edwards. Before she married Abraham Lincoln, Mary was courted by his long-time political opponent Stephen A. Douglas, she and Lincoln had four sons together. Their home of about 17 years still stands at Jackson Streets in Springfield, Illinois, she staunchly supported her husband throughout his presidency, was active in keeping national morale high during the Civil War. She acted as the White House social coordinator, throwing lavish balls and redecorating the White House at great expense, she was seated next to Abraham when he was assassinated in the President's Box at Ford's Theatre on Tenth Street in Washington.

His death weighed on her, as did the death of her sons. Mary suffered from numerous mental health issues during her life, she had frequent migraines. She was depressed for much of her life, she was institutionalized for psychiatric disease in 1875 but retired to the home of her sister. She died of a stroke in 1882. Of her husband and four children, only the eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, outlived Mary. Mary was born in Lexington, Kentucky, as the fourth of seven children of Robert Smith Todd, a banker, Elizabeth "Eliza" Todd, her family were slaveholders, Mary was raised in comfort and refinement. When Mary was six, her mother died in childbirth. Two years her father married Elizabeth "Betsy" Humphreys and they had nine children together. Mary had a difficult relationship with her stepmother. From 1832, Mary and her family lived in what is now known as the Mary Todd Lincoln House, an elegant 14-room residence at 578 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Mary's paternal great-grandfather, David Levi Todd, was born in County Longford and immigrated through Pennsylvania to Kentucky.

Another great-grandfather, Andrew Porter, was the son of an Irish immigrant to New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Her great-great maternal grandfather Samuel McDowell was born in Scotland, emigrated to Pennsylvania. Other Todd ancestors came from England. At an early age Mary was sent to Madame Mentelle's finishing school, where the curriculum concentrated on French and literature, she learned to speak French fluently and studied dance, drama and social graces. By age 20, she was regarded with a grasp of politics. Like her family, she was a Whig. Mary began living with her sister Elizabeth Porter Edwards in Springfield, Illinois, in October 1839. Elizabeth, married to Ninian W. Edwards, son of a former governor, served as Mary's guardian. Mary was popular among the gentry of Springfield, though she was courted by the rising young lawyer and Democratic Party politician Stephen A. Douglas and others, she chose Abraham Lincoln, a fellow Whig. Mary Todd married Abraham Lincoln on November 4, 1842, at her sister Elizabeth's home in Springfield, Illinois.

She was 23 years old and he was 33 years of age. Their four sons, all born in Springfield, were: Robert Todd Lincoln, diplomat, businessman Edward Baker Lincoln, known as "Eddie", tuberculosis William Wallace Lincoln, known as "Willie", died of typhoid fever while Lincoln was President Thomas Lincoln, known as "Tad", died at age 18 Robert and Tad survived to adulthood and the death of their father, only Robert outlived his mother. Lincoln and Douglas became political rivals in the great Lincoln-Douglas debates for a seat representing Illinois in the United States Senate in 1858. Although Douglas secured the seat when elected by the Illinois legislature, Lincoln became famous for his position on slavery, which generated national support for him. While Lincoln pursued his successful career as a Springfield lawyer, Mary supervised their growing household, their house, where they resided from 1844 until 1861, still stands in Springfield, has been designated the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

During Lincoln's years as an Illinois circuit lawyer, Mary was left alone for months at a time to raise their children and run the household. Mary supported her husband and politically, not least when Lincoln was elected president in 1860. Mary cooked for Lincoln during his presidency. Raised by a wealthy family, her cooking was simple, but satisfied Lincoln's tastes, which included imported oysters. During her White House years, Mary Lincoln faced many personal difficulties generated by political divisions within the nation, her family was from a border state. Several of her half-brothers served in the Confederate Army and were killed in action, one brother served the Confederacy as a surgeon. Mary staunchly supported her husband in his quest to save the Union and was loyal to his policies. Considered a "westerner" although she had grown up in the more refined Upper South city of Lexington, Mary worked hard to serve as her husband's First Lady in Washington, D. C. a political center dominated by eastern culture.

Lincoln was regarded as the first "western"

Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave

The Creature of Kapu Cave is the 15th installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms, it has an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild peril. Players take on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and must solve the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, discovering clues. There are two levels of gameplay and Senior detective modes, each offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however neither of these changes affect the actual plot of the game; the game is loosely based on a book entitled Mystery on Maui. Nancy Drew goes to Hawai'i to serve as a research assistant to an entomologist. A devastating scourge is destroying the local pineapple crop. Residents are whispering that a secretive research compound has awoken the legendary Kāne'Ōkala, a man, killed in a volcano centuries ago and now prowls the Big Island wreaking havoc. Upon arriving, Nancy discovers Dr. Kim's camp has been ravaged, Dr. Kim is missing.

Coincidentally, the Hardy Boys are on the island to complete a top-secret mission, so the three amateur detectives must team up to solve the mystery. Nancy Drew - Nancy is an eighteen-year-old amateur detective from the fictional town of River Heights in the United States, she is the main playable character in the game, the player solves portions of the mystery from her perspective. Frank Hardy and Joe Hardy - Frank and Joe are amateur detectives and old friends of Nancy, they are in Hawai'i to investigate the Mapu family for a company who plans on offering Pua a lucrative endorsement contract. They provide her with helpful information. Frank and Joe are playable characters, the player solves portions of the mystery from their perspective. Big Island Mike Mapu - Mike Mapu runs "Big Island Mike's Immersion Excursions" with the help of his daughter Pua, but it seems like the tourists just aren't interested, he has to force tourists to catch fish, string necklaces, go snorkeling. Could there be something shady about the way he does business?

Dr. Quigley Kim - Dr. Kim is an absent-minded entomologist who has a tendency to digress, she is working hard to gain funding. Too bad all the money is going to Dr. Craven's sophisticated facility instead. How far would she go to discover the latest breakthrough in entomology? Dr. Malachi Craven - Dr. Craven is the temperamental director of operations at the Hilihili Research Facility, he has attracted the funds of many investors. Dr. Craven keeps his work secretive, so no one knows what's happening in his lab. What is he working on that he wants to keep top-secret? Pua Mapu - Pua is a world-class surfer and the daughter of Big Island Mike, she helps run the business and spends every moment of her free time surfing or teaching others to surf. Could this sweet girl be hiding a dark secret? Nancy Drew - Lani Minella Frank Hardy - Jonah Von Spreekin Joe Hardy - Rob Jones Ned Nickerson - Scott Carty Big Island Mike Mapu - Ross Douglas Dr. Quigley Kim / Phone Recording - Leslie Wadsworth Malachi Craven - Dan Murphy Pua Mapu - Judith Knowles Richard Aikens / Pawnbroker / Johnny Kuto / Yellow Suit Guard - Don Darryl Rivera Gate Guard - RFA Krolmeister Dr. Kim's Employer - Anne Grant

Muhammad Tariq Tarar

Muhammad Tariq Tarar is a Pakistani legislator and a former Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency NA-108 for the Pakistan Peoples Party. He is from the village of Raike, District Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab. Tarar participated in all General Elections from 1990 until 2013, he lost his first General Election in 1990 against Pir Syed Mohammad Yaqoob Shah. In 1993 he was elected as a Member of Provincial Assembly, staying until 1996. In 2008 Tarar was re-elected Member of the National Assembly, he was Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environment from March 2009 – July 2011, has been Federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since July 2011. Tarar was involved in a controversy about a fake college degree. According to an investigation, he participated in the 2008 elections on the basis of BA degree which he obtained form Bahauddin Zakariya University; the claim was challenged by Anti Corruption Punjab who showed that he had used fake photographs for appearing in the exam.

Anti Corruption Punjab wanted to investigate the matter for two years but was stopped by the Federal Government. He lost his seat during 2013 General Elections and came third with 13% of votes Government Official Website National Assembly of Pakistan

Vilhelm Pedersen

Thomas Vilhelm Pedersen was a Danish painter and illustrator, above all remembered for his illustrations for fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. He was the first artist to illustrate Andersen's works, his drawings were used in the Danish and German editions. Pedersen was born in Karlslunde, he followed in his father's footsteps and became an officer in the Royal Danish Navy. He was interested in drawing and in 1843 Christian VIII granted him four years' paid leave to enable him to pursuit an artistic career, he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He first exhibited his works 1847 but voluntarily returned to the army at the outbreak of the Three Tear War, he participated in the Battle of Eckernförde, which he would depict in two paintings. He continued his interrupted naval career until his early death in 1859. Andersen's earliest tales were published without illustrations, but in 1849, his popularity was growing and a new, five volume collection of his tales was published with 125 illustrations by Pedersen.

The Pedersen illustrations found favor with the author, and, in Denmark today, are considered inseparable from the fairy tales in the same way that the John Tenniel illustrations are for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland or Quentin Blake illustrations are for Roald Dahl's children's books. Woodcuts from Pedersen's drawings were first produced for a German edition of the tales published by Carl B. Lorck in Leipzig. Andersen's Danish publisher, C. A. Reitzel, paid Lorck for the rights to the Pedersen illustrations, his sons Thorolf Pedersen and Viggo Pedersen were painters. Works by or about Vilhelm Pedersen at Internet Archive Illustrations by Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frølich at a Hans Christian Andersen website Ask Art: Vilhelm Pedersen The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen at Google Books Weilbach, Ph. "Pedersen, Thomas Vilhelm" in Carl Frederik Bricka Dansk biografisk Lexikon / XII. Bind. Münch – Peirup. Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandels Forlag, pp. 641–62. Vilhelm Pedersen at Library of Congress Authorities, with 13 catalogue records

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You

"Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" is a song written by Bob Dylan from his 1969 album Nashville Skyline. It was the closing song of the album; the song was the third single released from the album, after "I Threw It All Away" and "Lay Lady Lay", reaching #50 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching the top 20 in other countries. Dylan arrived at the Nashville Skyline recording sessions having written just four songs, including "I Threw It All Away" and "Lay Lady Lay". Having recorded these and three other new songs on February 13 and 14, 1969, he needed a few more songs to fill out the album. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" was written over two days at the Ramada Inn where Dylan was staying, recorded over 11 takes on February 17. The song is reminiscent of the last two songs from Dylan's previous album John Wesley Harding, "Down Along the Cove" and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" the latter; the lyrics of "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" mark a change from many of Dylan's earlier love songs, which expressed a restlessness in search of perfect love.

In contrast, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" expresses Dylan's devotion to his lover and willingness to stay with her. Though the line from the title, repeated at the end of each verse, only explicitly expresses a willingness to stay "tonight", the implication of the song is that the singer is willing to stay permanently and become a family man. Train imagery runs throughout the song, but unlike earlier songs that used similar imagery, in this song though the singer "can hear that whistle blowin'" he wants to "throw ticket out the window" and let "a poor boy on the street" have his seat so that he can stay with his lover; the accompaniment includes piano, pedal steel bass guitar. Dylan did not play "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" live in concert until the Rolling Thunder Revue tours in 1975 and 1976, it was not played live again until February 1990 on the Neverending Tour; the first live performance was at Waltham, Massachusetts on November 22, 1975. The Rolling Thunder Revue version became an anthemic rocker, rather than the sweet country song from the original album.

A live version of the song from the first Rolling Thunder Revue tour was released in 2002 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue.. "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" has appeared on Dylan compilation albums, including Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II and Playlist: The Very Best of Bob Dylan'60s. Artists who have covered the song include Eddie Adcock, Jeff Beck, Johnny Cash, My Morning Jacket, Ben E. King, Albert Lee, Ricky Nelson, Orange Bicycle, Ann Peebles, Esther Phillips, The Black Crowes, RANA, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Zora Young and Whitney

The Suzan

The Suzan, are an all-female pop rock band from Japan formed in 2004. It consists of Saori and friends Nico, their music is considered multi-genre, with elements of pop, wild dance and garage rock. The Suzan's song, "Come Come" gained notoriety for playing in Verizon Wireless advertisement for the NFL 2011. With their album Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat, they started a collaboration with Swedish musician and producer Björn Yttling from Peter Bjorn and John, which are among the many bands they have been touring with internationally. Rie - keyboards, guitar Saori - vocals, guitar Nico - percussion Ikue - bass 2006: Suzan Galaxy 2010: Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat 2004: Suzan Kingdom The Suzan on Facebook The Suzan on Myspace Media related to The Suzan at Wikimedia Commons