Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success; the album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single "Ain't It Heavy" from her third album, Never Enough; that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Its tracks "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window" both reached the top 30 in the United States, the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award. Yes I Am peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, spent 138 weeks on the chart, earning a RIAA certification of 6× Platinum, her largest to date. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent surgery and chemotherapy. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage and, while bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song "Piece of My Heart".

Etheridge's performance was lauded, with India. Arie writing "I Am Not My Hair" about Etheridge; that year, Etheridge released her first compilation album, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled. The album was a success, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, going Gold immediately. Her latest studio album is The Medicine Show. Etheridge is known for her mixture of "confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, raspy, smoky vocals." She has been a gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations throughout her career, winning two, in 1993 and 1995. In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Need to Wake Up" from the film An Inconvenient Truth. In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, the younger of two daughters of Elizabeth, a computer consultant, John Etheridge, an American Constitution teacher at her alma mater, Leavenworth High School, he died in August 1991.

Etheridge began to play in local country music groups in her teenage years, graduating high school in 1979. While attending college at Berklee College of Music, Etheridge played the club circuit around Boston, Massachusetts. After three semesters, Etheridge decided to drop out of Berklee and move to Los Angeles to attempt a career in music. Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie's in California, she had made some friends on a women's soccer team, those new friends came to see her play. One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business. Karla convinced Bill to see Etheridge perform live, he was impressed, became a pivotal part of Etheridge's career. This, in addition to her gigs in lesbian bars around Los Angeles, led to her discovery by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell, she received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including the 1986 movie Weeds. After an unreleased first effort, rejected by Island Records as being too polished and glossy, she completed her stripped-down, self-titled debut in just four days.

Her eponymous debut album Melissa Etheridge, was an underground hit, the single "Bring Me Some Water" performed well on radio and was nominated for a Grammy Award. At the time of the album's release, it was not known that Etheridge was a lesbian. While on the road promoting the album, she paused in Memphis, Tennessee, to be interviewed for the syndicated radio program Pulsebeat—Voice of the Heartland, explaining the intensity of her music by saying: "People think I'm sad—or angry, but my songs are written about the conflicts I have... I have no anger toward anyone else." She invited the radio syndication producer to attend her concert that night. He was surprised to find himself one of the few men in attendance. Etheridge's second album and Crazy, was released in 1989. Brave and Crazy followed the same musical formula as her eponymous debut; the album peaked at #22 on the Billboard charts. Etheridge went on the road, like one of her musical influences, Bruce Springsteen, built a loyal fan base. In 1992, Etheridge released her third album, Never Enough.

Similar to her prior two albums, Never Enough didn't reach the top of the charts peaking at #21 but gave Etheridge her first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single "Ain't It Heavy". Never Enough was considered a more mature album from Etheridge at that time. With rumors circulating around her sexuality, the album seemed to inadvertently address these rumors. In 1992, Etheridge established a performing arts scholarship at Leavenworth High School in honor of her deceased father. According to Etheridge, her father purchased her first guitar and "would come with me to bars in the area when I played because I was underage". In January 1993, Etheridge came out publicly as a lesbian. On September 21, 1993, she released Yes I Am. Co-produced with Hugh Padgham, Yes I Am spent 138 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts and peaked at #15, it scored two mainstream hits: "Come to My Window" and her only Billboard Top 10 single, "I'm the Only One", which hit #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

Yes I Am earned a RIAA certification of 6× platinum. Etheridge earned her second Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single "Come to My Window", based on an unsettling scene in the classic box office smash Pavarotti film, "Yes, Giorgio", she garnered two additional

Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel

Holmenkollen Park Hotel is a seminar and conference hotel located in Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. Opened in 1894, it was designed by Balthazar Lange and is regarded as one of the prime examples of dragestil style of design and architecture in Norway; the building was designed by Balthazar Lange in dragestil. It was built as a sanatorium for the treatment of tuberculosis patients by Ingebrigt Christian Holm. After Holmenkollen Turisthotell burned down in 1914, the sanatorium use converted into use as a hotel. During World War II, the hotel was in possession of German officials; the hotel was modernized in 1948, again in 1982, before the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1982. The latest renovation was completed in 1991, when the hotel was expanded with a conference center designed by Hans-Gabriel Finne; the hotel is located in 350 meters above mean sea level. The interior decorations include painting by Theodor Kittelsen, it is located close to Holmenkollen National Arena and Holmenkollbakken, the station Holmenkollen of the Oslo Metro.

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Juliet J. McKenna

Juliet JoAnn McKenna is a former Magistrate Judge and current Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. McKenna earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1992, her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1995. After gradating, she joined the law firm Moring for a year, she went to work in the Office of the D. C. Attorney General, she taught at the Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor of Law. In April 2002, McKenna was appointed as a magistrate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia pursuant to the Family Court Act of 2001 which created the seat. On May 20, 2004, President George W. Bush nominated her to be an associate judge on the same court, her nomination expired on December 2004, with the end of the 108th United States Congress. President George W. Bush renominated her on February 14, 2005, to a 15-year term as an associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to the seat vacated by Nan R. Shuker.

On September 13, 2005, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on her nomination. On September 22, 2005, the Committee reported her nomination favorably to the senate floor. On October 7, 2005, the full Senate confirmed her nomination by voice vote, she was sworn in on December 16, 2005. McKenna was born in Valparaiso and raised in Connecticut. In the 1990’s, she moved to Washington, D. C. where she has been living since