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McLean County, Illinois

McLean County is the largest county by land area in the U. S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 169,572, its county seat is Bloomington. McLean County is included in the Bloomington -- IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Locally, the second syllable of McLean is pronounced with a'long a' sound, not with a'long e' sound. McLean County was formed late in 1830 out of Tazewell County, it was named for John McLean, United States Senator for Illinois, who died in 1830. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,186 square miles, of which 1,183 square miles is land and 2.9 square miles is water. It third-largest by total area. McLean County is larger than the land area of Rhode Island. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bloomington have ranged from a low of 14 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −23 °F was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.71 inches in February to 4.52 inches in May.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 169,572 people, 65,104 households, 40,124 families residing in the county. The population density was 143.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 69,656 housing units at an average density of 58.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 84.3% white, 7.3% black or African American, 4.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.5% from other races, 2.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.2% were German, 15.4% were Irish, 11.4% were American, 11.0% were English. Of the 65,104 households, 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families, 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 32.1 years. The median income for a household in the county was $57,642 and the median income for a family was $77,093.

Males had a median income of $52,271 versus $39,685 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,167. About 6.2% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over. Bloomington Chenoa El Paso Le Roy Lexington Normal Twin Grove McLean County is divided into these townships: Allin Benjaminville Kumler McLean County has a twenty-member board representing ten districts within the county. Districts 1-3 encompass all of the county outside of Normal. Districts 4-6 are within the town limits of Normal, districts 7-10 are within Bloomington city limits. McLean County is a Republican-leaning county; the only Democrats to gain an absolute majority of the county’s vote since the Civil War have been Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936 and Lyndon Johnson by a mere 420 votes out of over 38,000 total in 1964. Illinois-bred Barack Obama in 2008 and Woodrow Wilson in 1912 both carried the county by narrow pluralities.

McLean has trended Democratic, sufficiently so that Hillary Clinton in 2016 lost the county by just 1.3 percent despite failing to win the Presidency. Pokey LaFarge and songwriter Bonnie Lou, recording artist and television celebrity William H. Rowe, farmer and politician National Register of Historic Places listings in McLean County, Illinois McLean County Government Web Site McLean County Divorce Map of McLean Co. showing political subdivisions

Flipper and Lopaka

Flipper & Lopaka is an Australian animated series produced by the Yoram Gross companies: Yoram Gross Films Studio and Yoram Gross-EM. TV, it has aired on Australia's Seven Network at various times and has aired on Australia's ABC3, a channel dedicated to children's television programs. The series takes place on the Millhouse island of Illoka; the islanders survive without the use of modern technology, building huts out of bamboo and fern and eating various fruits found on the island floor. Beneath the surrounding ocean lies Quetzo, a sunken Millhouse island now home to many sea creatures; the series follows Lopaka, a young Polynesian boy who has the mysterious power to communicate with sea creatures and breathe underwater, his adventures with his many sea-faring friends, including the witty and friendly dolphin, Flipper. Lopaka and their friends must work together to thwart the plans of the nefarious Dexter, an octopus wanting to claim Quetzo as his own, keep peace amongst the underwater domain.

Lopaka - Lopaka is an 11-year-old Polynesian boy, referred to in the show as a menehune, who has the power to converse with sea creatures and to breathe underwater. He was rescued from drowning as a child by Flipper, they've been best friends since; the islanders of Iloka wonder where Lopaka disappears to every episode, but he manages to avoid speaking the truth. He wears a red skirt, an arm band. Lopaka is a loyal friend, to sea creatures and islanders alike, he has fluffy brown hair that reaches below his ears, black eyes. Flipper - Lopaka's best friend, Flipper is a quick-witted, agile and friendly bottlenose dolphin, whose parents are the rulers of Quetzo; when trouble arises in the underwater domain, the sea-creature citizens turn to Flipper as their leader. Flipper has a light blue underbelly, with a darker blue back, he is known as the most trusted sea creature in Quetzo, does his best to help everybody he can. Ottie and Puffy - Ottie, a sea otter, Ray, a manta ray and Puffy, a blowfish, are Flipper's good friends, they accompany him and Lopaka in keeping Quetzo safe.

Ottie is the only one of the three who can go on land, making him a valuable asset when Lopaka isn't around to help. Ray is kindhearted, acts as a central motivator of the group, Puffy, albeit insecure about himself, uses his ability to puff himself out to his advantage. Dexter - Dexter is a giant, purple octopus whose main goal is to rule Quetzo, he is deceiving and acts as the main antagonist to the story. Underneath his nefarious outlook, when faced with danger he becomes scared and cowardly. No matter how many times Flipper saves his life, Dexter will always make up a new plan to try and destroy him, he likes to praise himself. Serge - Serge is a sea snake who acts as the'brains' to Dexter's motivation, he is bright green, with a sharp mind. Though Serge is to credit for the ideas that are made to destroy Flipper, whenever they go wrong, Dexter puts the blame on him for everything. Dolores - Dexter's sister. Dolores dislikes Dexter, as she thinks of him as selfish, she is the only one Dexter fears.

She has him babysit her daughter, Inky. She becomes friendly with Flipper and his friends and becomes a famous superstar in Seadom. Nola - A young Polynesian girl wears a simple Yellow dress and a leg bracelet around her right foot. Professor Troy and Goose - Professor Troy is a talented scientist who wants to find out the history of Quetso and Illoka, the reason that it sank, she is good hearted and her son, Spike, is friends with Lopaka and is surprised the Milihune can get along without 20th century essentials. He tries teaching them about it by playing along with them. Goose, Troy's off-beat assistant is a young man of few words. For example, if he were to say "Help me!", he would say it in a low voice. He wears jeans. Captain Barnibus Crab, Simon - Captain Crab is a short, modern-day pirate who has come to the waters of Illoka to search for Neptune's Statue and Neptune's Trident, his barefoot niece, 18 or so year-old Kim has come to assist him, gain pirating experience. Kim is an eager pirate, is the technical wiz of the ship.

Simon on the other hand, is a large deck hand/chef. He is accident prone, will commit piracy, but he is a gentle giant. Ultra - Ultra is a pink dolphin, taken from her parents as a baby, she grew up in a science lab, was taken with the pirates to search the ocean floor. After a few incidents, Ultra proves herself a true, worthy companion, Flipper gladly takes her into the group. In the series, Ultra finds her parents, along with a little sister, Delta. Flipper & Lopaka has been airing in a wide range of other countries including Czechoslovakia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Middle East, Finland, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Israel and Botswana. Flipper and Lopaka on IMDb Flipper and Lopaka at TV.com Flipper and Lopaka at ABC3

W. Scott Neal House

The W. Scott Neal House in Boise, was a ​1 1⁄2-story Queen Anne cottage designed by John E. Tourtellotte and constructed in 1897; the house was remodeled by Tourtellotte & Co. prior to 1910, it was remodeled by Tourtellotte & Hummel in 1914. Tourtellotte & Hummel added a garage in 1916; the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. After its listing on the NRHP, the house either was moved or demolished in the 1990s to accommodate an expansion of St. Luke's Boise Medical Center. W. Scott Neal was a farm loan and insurance agent who founded the W. Scott Neal Company H. E. Neal & Son, he and Emma Neal occupied the W. Scott Neal House soon after their marriage in 1897 until 1924, when they moved to Seattle, Washington

Santa Maria Zobenigo

The Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio is a church in Venice, Italy. The church, whose name translates into St. Mary of the Lily referring to the flower classically depicted as being presented by the Angel Gabriel during the Annunciation), is more known as Santa Maria Zobenigo after the Jubanico family who founded it in the 9th century; the edifice is situated on the Campo Santa Maria Zobenigo, west of the Piazza San Marco. It was rebuilt by Giuseppe Sardi for Admiral Antonio Barbaro between 1678 and 1681 and has one of the finest Venetian Baroque facades in all of Venice; the church is now part of the parish of San Moisè. The exterior reliefs, it shows the marble relief maps of various places in which Antonio Barbaro served, including Candia, Padua, Rome and Split. His own statue, as the chief benefactor, in the center, sculpted by Josse de Corte, is flanked by representations of Honour, Virtue and Wisdom; the other statues are his brothers. At the top of the facade is the Barbaro family arms carved in relief.

The nave ceiling is decorated with a large canvas by Antonio Zanchi. Along the nave are painted depictions of the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross by various artists, including Francesco Zugno, Gianbattista Crosato, Gaspare Diziani, Jacopo Marieschi. To the right of the nave entering, the Molin chapel contains a Madonna and Child with Young St John, the only painting by the Flemish painter Rubens in Venice; that chapel has a painting of St Vincent Ferrer by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and Giuseppe Angeli. The altar has flanking statues depicting the Annuciation by Heinrich Meyring. Behind the high altar, in the sanctuary are paintings of the Evangelists by Jacopo Tintoretto; the organ shutters include works by Alessandro Vittoria. Other paintings in the church are by Palma the Younger. Giovanni Maria Morlaiter has an additional sculpture found in the second chapel to the right of San Gregorio Barbarigo. Another painting by Tintoretto, Christ with two Saints in the north aisle, has been damaged by restoration.

The church and its parish feature in the novel Jonathan Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The church is mentioned in chapter IX, page 77 of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. Part of the action in Nicolas Remin's novel Venezianische Verlobung takes place in Santa Maria Zobenigo. Satellite image from Google Maps Chorus Venezia entry

István Ujhelyi

Dr. István Ujhelyi is a Hungarian politician from the Hungarian Socialist Party, MP in the National Assembly of Hungary between 2002 and 2014. Ujhelyi finished Tóth Árpád Grammar School in Debrecen in 1993, he graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged in 2002. He went on a political study tour to London as a scholarship-holder of the Council of Europe and to Washington, D. C. on an American scholarship. He was delegated by the youth organizations to the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian Television Public Foundation and of the Hungarian Radio Public Foundation. In 1999, he was elected a member of the governing body of the Hungarian UN Society. Ujhelyi joined the Hungarian Socialist Party in 1993, he was national vice-president of the Left-wing Youth Association from 1995. He was confirmed in his presidency on February 2004, he was elected president of the local branch of the party, served as vice-president of its Csongrád County organization from 1998 to 2000.

He has been president of the Youth Section of the Socialist Party since 1996, as well as a member of the National Board and, since November 2002, of the national presidium of the party. In 2003 he was elected again to the national presidium, he was elected a representative of the Szeged City Assembly in both the 1994 and 1998 local elections. From 16 October 2004 he was the youngest member of the presidium. Ujhelyi first ran in the 1998 parliamentary elections, he secured a mandate in the 2002 parliamentary election for Szeged, Csongrád County Constituency I. He was an alternate member of the Hungarian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. From 2004 he served as a governmental commissioner for Youth Affairs. In the parliamentary election in 2006 he obtained an individual mandate for Szeged, he was the State Secretary of the Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development between 1 July 2006 and 14 May 2008. After that he served as State Secretary of Prime Minister's Office from 21 April 2009 to 29 May 2010 in the Cabinet of Gordon Bajnai.

In the 2010 national election Ujhelyi was elected to the National Assembly of Hungary again from the party's national list. His party nominated him for the position of one of the deputy speakers of the National Assembly of Hungary. Ujhelyi was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in the May 2014 European Parliament election, he has since been serving as vice chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism under the leadership of chairman Michael Cramer and Karima Delli. In addition to his committee assignments, Ujhelyi is a member of the parliament’s delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, he is a member of the European Internet Forum. Biography

Gay (given name)

Gay is a male or female given name, the 795th and 1295th most common female name in the United States, according to the 1990 U. S. census. It can be used as a short form of the female names Gaynell and Gaynor and as a short form of the male names Gaylen and Gaylord; the writer Gay Talese's name is derived from his grandfather's name. The first name of the popular male Irish television presenter Gabriel Byrne was always abbreviated as "Gay", as in the title of his radio show The Gay Byrne Show. Gay Allison, Canadian poet and English teacher Gay Assulin, Israeli professional footballer Gay Autterson, American voice actress Carla Gay Balingit, beauty queen from the Philippines Elgin Gay Baylor, American basketball player, executive Gay Réggin Abdimueed, Professional Curler Martin Gay Black, son of the founder of the Methodist congregation in Nova Scotia Gay Block, fine art portrait photographer from Texas Will Gay Bottje, American composer known for electronic music Michael Gay Bourke, Bishop of Wolverhampton from 1993 until 2007 John Le Gay Brereton, Australian poet, professor of English at the University of Sydney Gay Brewer, American professional golfer William Gay Brown Jr. lawyer, Democratic politician from West Virginia Gay Bryan, American long and triple jumper Gay Brewer, American golfer Gay Byrne, Irish presenter and host of radio and television Gay Caswell and former political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada Benny Gay Christian, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives Frank Gay Clarke, American politician, a United States Representative Gay Courter, American film writer and novelist Gay Crusader, British thoroughbred racehorse Gay Hamilton, Scottish actress Lisa Gay Hamilton, American actress in films, television & stage Gay Stewart Hamm, American screenwriter Marcia Gay Harden, American actress Gay Hendricks, American author and psychologist Gay Jacobsen D'Asaro, American Olympic foil fencer Gay Kayler, Australian country music entertainer, recording artist and singer Gay Kernan, American politician, Republican member of the New Mexico Senate Gay Kindersley, British champion amateur jump jockey and horse trainer Gay Mandeville, the first native-born Bishop of Barbados Martha Gay Masterson, American settler who kept a diary throughout her life Gay McDougall, American human rights activist Gay McManus, Irish Gaelic footballer Gay Mecene, American-bred, French-trained thoroughbred racehorse and sire Gay Mitchell, Irish former Fine Gael politician Gay Tawfiq Nasim, Afghan former International Cricket Player Gay Mitchell, Irish former sportsperson Gay O'Carroll, Irish former footballer Gay O'Driscoll, Irish retired Gaelic footballer Gay Outlaw, American sculptor and printmaker James Gay Sawkins, artist from Yeovil, England Mary Gay Scanlon, American attorney and politician Gay Seabrook, American actress Gay Search, British horticulturalist Gaye Symington, former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Gay Talese, American author Gay Thompson, Australian Labor member of parliament Gay-Yee Westerhoff, the Chinese-English cellist Marion Gay Wofford, American politician Gay Woods, Irish musician and singer Víctor Gay Zaragoza, consultant on storytelling Gai Gaye Guy Gay Gay