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Microsoft Press

Microsoft Press is the publishing arm of Microsoft releasing books dealing with various current Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Press' first introduced books were The Apple Macintosh Book by Cary Lu and Exploring the IBM PCjr Home Computer by Peter Norton in 1984 at the West Coast Computer Faire; the publisher has gone on to release books by other recognizable authors such as Charles Petzold, Steve McConnell, Mark Russinovich and Jeffrey Richter. Following a deal signed in 2009, O'Reilly Media became the official distributor of Microsoft Press books. In 2014, the distributor was changed to Pearson. In July 2016, Microsoft Press editorial staff was laid off. Official website

2001 Dartmouth College murders

On January 27, 2001, Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop, aged 62 and 55 were stabbed to death at their home in Etna, New Hampshire. From Germany, the couple had been teaching at Dartmouth since the 1970s. High school classmates James J. Parker, age 16, Robert W. Tulloch, age 17, were charged with first-degree murder. Parker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for testifying against Tulloch, was sentenced to 25 years, with possibility of parole after 16. Tulloch pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole. In 2014 the New Hampshire Supreme Court ordered Tulloch's sentence reviewed under the US Supreme Court's holding that persons committing crimes as minors could not be sentenced as adults. Half Zantop met Susanne, they were both from Germany Fascinated with geology, Half had earned a bachelor's degree from Freiburg University, while Susanne was working on her master's degree in political science.

After Half earned a geology Ph. D. in 1969 at Stanford and worked as a field geologist, he and Susanne were married in 1970. They had two daughters and Mariana. Susanne taught in the German department at Dartmouth College and was chair of that faculty. Half taught geology and earth science, was popular among many of his students. In 2000, they had begun discussing retirement in the near future. Tulloch and Parker went to the Zantop residence on the morning of January 27, 2001. Posing as students doing research for a school survey, they intended to take the occupants by surprise, threaten them into revealing their PINs, rob and kill them. Half allowed them inside while Susanne was preparing a dish for a dinner she was hosting that evening at home. According to his confession, Parker said that Zantop was "an alright guy" and that they did not need to kill him. Tulloch became angered when Zantop, a professor of earth science, told him that he had to come more prepared. Tulloch attacked Zantop when he turned away to look for a phone number.

Tulloch took his SOG knife and stabbed Half in the chest and face, cutting his own leg accidentally in the process. When Susanne came from the kitchen and tried to stop him, Parker stabbed her at Tulloch's orders. Tulloch stabbed her in the head and body. Covered in blood, the pair left after taking $340 from Half's wallet, they left their knife sheaths at the scene. The Zantops' bodies were found that evening by family friend Roxana Verona, who had arrived as an invited guest for dinner, she notified police. Investigators at first speculated that it was a crime of passion by someone having an affair with Half, but that idea was soon disproved. There were several false leads.. After finding a bloody footprint and the two distinctive knife sheaths at the scene, the police traced the knives to Parker three weeks after the murders. According to the 16-year-old Parker, he had not gotten into trouble in the community, he had an alibi for the time of the crime. He said, he claimed. Parker agreed to undergo fingerprinting.

The investigators paid Tulloch a visit. At that time, they doubted that the pair were the killers, told Tulloch he was not required to speak with them. Tulloch told them the same story as had Parker; when they asked about the deep cut above his right knee, he told them that he slipped on a rock and cut himself on a metal spigot. When they asked to fingerprint him and borrow boots for matching purposes, he signed a search warrant; the same request had not been made of Parker because it was suggested by a detective whom they had phoned to get his version of the story. On the following day and Parker's families found that the boys had left their homes; when Parker's father found a note stating "Don't call the cops", he did. Police found. Fingerprints taken from the two youths matched those at the crime scene. A warrant was put out for Tulloch's arrest. Parker, still a minor, was sought for questioning in the murders. Believing that police would be looking for their car, the pair abandoned Parker's silver Audi at a truck stop in Sturbridge, intending to hitchhike to California.

A truck driver who picked them up in New Jersey announced their intent to travel west via CB radio. A police officer, pretending to be another driver, offered to pick them up. At the Flying J truck stop in Spiceland, the pair were captured and taken into custody by authorities. One of the prosecutors in this case was assistant Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, she was appointed as the State Attorney General. Still she was elected as a U. S. Senator; the two youths were indicted on a range of charges. The indictment said that they had made four previous tries over six months to gain entry to houses in the area in Vermont and New Hampshire, with the intent of robbing their victims, getting their ATM cards and passwords, killing them. In the first case, on July 19, 2000, they cut the telephone wires to a house in Vershire, before Tulloch knocked on the door and tried to gain entry with a story about his car having broken down, he was refused entry, as they were in the other three i

Baglan Bay power station

Baglan Bay power station is a 525MWe gas-fired power station situated on Baglan Moors just west of Port Talbot in Wales. The power station was built on the site of the former Isopropanol BP chemicals plant in September 2003, costing £300m. At the time of its development, it was considered the most advanced CCGT facility of its kind, it was built by the GE Energy division of General Electric. It was sold by GE in October 2012 to a group of financial investors, led by Macquarie, it is a CCGT-type power station. It has one General Electric H system gas turbine with a heat recovery steam generator and a GE steam turbine, it has black start capability, using a 33MWe GE LM2500 gas turbine. It connects to the National Grid at 275kV, it is 60% thermally efficient. Baglan Baglan Bay General Electric Visit by the Queen and Duke and his black eye in October 2004 Power station opens in 2003 Planning permission given in 1999

Okehocking Historic District

Okehocking Historic District known as the Okehocking Indian Land Grant Historic District, is a national historic district located in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. It encompasses 69 contributing buildings, 5 contributing sites, 2 contributing structures, 1 contributing object in a rural area near Media. A majority of the buildings were built before 1845, it includes a collection of 18th and 19th century farmhouses and related outbuildings located on an 18th-century Indian Land Grant by William Penn to the Okehocking band of Lenape Indians in 1703. Notable contributing assets include a Willistown Friends Meetinghouse and its burial ground, a one-room school known as the Willistown School No. 6, a former inn known as the Rising Sun Tavern, the vacated Smedley Mill, three mill sites, the Garrett Mill, Duckett Mill, George Matlack's sawmill. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Willistown Friends Meeting House, located near the northeast corner of the district at the intersection of Goshen Road and Warren Avenue, was built in 1798.

The earliest European settlers in the area were Quakers who attended meetings for worship at Goshen or Middletown. In 1753 Francis and Ann Smedley donated a small plot of land on Plumsock Road to build a school, torn down in 1873. After Francis's death, Ann Smedley donated adjacent land for the meeting house; the meeting now owns about 25 acres around the meeting house to protect the rural character of the site. Membership in the meeting had decreased to about five families in the 1950s, but as of 1998 membership had risen to 99 families

Neve Yaakov

Neve Yaakov Neve Ya'aqov, is an Israeli settlement and neighborhood located in East Jerusalem, north of Pisgat Ze'ev and south of al-Ram. Established in 1924 during the period of the British Mandate, it was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War; the area was captured by Israel in the Six-Day War and a new neighborhood was built nearby, at which time international opposition to its legitimacy began. The international community considers Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this, defining it as a neighborhood within the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Municipality, which provides all services; the population of Neve Yaakov is 23,300. Neve Yaakov is one of Jerusalem's Ring Neighborhoods. Neve Yaakov was established in 1924 on a 65 dunams parcel of land purchased from the Arabs of Beit Hanina by members of the American Mizrachi movement. HaKfar HaIvri Neve Yaakov was named for the leader of Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines, it was an hour's walk to the Old City.

Until they were abandoned in 1948, Neve Yaakov and Atarot were the only Jewish settlements north of the Old City. The first houses were ready for occupancy in Av 1925; the village's rav, Rabbi Yitzchak Avigdor Orenstein, ruled that new homeowners could move into their homes during The Nine Days, saying that the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel overrode the laws of the mourning period. Rabbi Orenstein himself moved into his new house during The Nine Days, while village administrator Dov Brinker moved his furniture and belongings into his new house on Tisha B'Av itself; the village, home to 150 families, suffered from financial problems and lack of a regular water supply. After years of hauling water in buckets from a well six kilometers away, the village received a government water pipeline in 1935. Electricity was hooked up in 1939. After years of peaceful co-existence with the surrounding Arab villagers, from whom they purchased vegetables and eggs, the inhabitants of Neve Yaakov were attacked during the 1929 Palestine riots, many families returned to the Old City.

According to a census conducted in 1931 by the British Mandate authorities, Neve Yaakov had a population of 101 inhabitants, in 20 houses. In the course of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine, shots were heard from the Arab side every night; the British Mandate government supplied a cache of arms to defend Neve Yaakov, members of the Zionist Haganah pre-state army moved in to guard the village and its water pipeline. During the peaceful years from 1940 to 1947, the village operated a school that accepted students from all over the country. Children's summer camps and convalescent facilities were opened, taking advantage of the rural atmosphere and fresh air. Veteran Jerusalem residents remember hiking to Neve Yaakov to buy fresh milk from dairy farmers; when the Jordanian Arab Legion advanced toward Jerusalem from the north during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Neve Yaakov and Atarot were abandoned in the wake of advance warning that they were about to be attacked. Atarot was abandoned on May 17, 1948.

The region was occupied by the Jordanians until the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel captured the Old City and its surroundings. According to ARIJ, Israel has confiscated land from three nearby Palestinian communities in order to establish Neve Yaakov: 551 dunams were taken from Beit Hanina, 385 dunams were taken from Hizma, 315 dunums were taken from Al-Ram. In August 1970 3,500 acres of owned and titled Palestinian land was confiscated for "public purposes". On this land 4 residential colonies were established including Neve Yaakov with 4,000 apartments. In 1972, a new Jewish neighborhood was constructed on the site of the original village, with 4,900 apartments in high-rise buildings; the new neighborhood was populated by Jewish immigrants from Bukhara, Latin America, North Africa and Iran. In the 1990s, when large waves of Russian and Ethiopian Jews came to Israel, many settled in Neve Yaakov. In October 1971, Rabbi Meir Kahane presented the Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Natan Peled, a memo detailing plans for a community for American Jews in Neve Yaakov.

In 1982, Kiryat Kaminetz, a housing development on the eastern edge of Neve Yaakov named for the Jewish community of Kamenets, Poland destroyed in the Holocaust, was built on the eastern side of the existing neighborhood. Several hundred apartments were populated by young, Haredi Jewish families, many of them from English-speaking countries. In 1992, 700 new apartments were added to Kiryat Kaminetz on the eastern slope of the mountain; the latter has a high concentration of Hasidic and Sephardic Haredi families, with a variety of schools and synagogues serving each population. Neve Yaakov Mizrach is home to two yeshivas catering to American students: Yeshivas Bais Yisroel and Yeshivas Lev Aryeh; the Haredi character of the neighborhood has expanded further since 2004 with an influx of newlywed couples, both Israeli-born and immigrants originating from English-speaking countries, to the older sections of Neve Yaakov. This new trend has been characterized by calling the older section the Mitchared In 2009 the Haredi presence in Neve Yaakov was estimated at 900 families.

Figures as of January 2016 from the Jerusalem Municipality showed a total population of 24,225, of which nearly half are under the age of 21. Seventy-six percent of the population is under the age of 40. Neve Yaakov is noted as having the largest kindergarten enrollment in the city; the 2016 figures cite 91 percent as being enrolled in H

Black Rock Lock

The Black Rock Lock located in Buffalo, New York is 650 feet in length and 70 feet wide. There is only one chamber and the total weight of the gate is 480 tons; the lock has been a part of Black Rock since the state of New York built the Erie Canal in 1833. The Black Rock Channel extends from Buffalo Harbor to the Black Rock Lock; the channel's waterway is three and a half miles in length. The Black Rock Channel was constructed to provide protection to reefs and fast currents in the upstream Niagara River. Pleasure craft and commercial vessels can only be 625 feet long with drafts to 21 feet to be allowed in the lock and channel. Although both pleasure craft and commercial vessels are allowed in the channel it is required that the pleasure craft yield the right of way to all commercial vessels. There are three bridges, they are the Ferry Street Bridge and the International Railroad Bridge. The Peace Bridge is the first bridge, passed coming from the south entrance of the channel; the Peace Bridge has a clearance of 200 feet above Low Water Datum.

The Ferry Bridge is a lift bridge and is the next bridge located 1.9 miles from the south entrance of the channel. The Ferry Bridge has a clearance of 17.3 above the LWD. 3.1 miles for the south channel entrance comes the International Railroad Bridge. This is a swing bridge; the lock was constructed by the Corps of Engineers from 1908-1913 as part of the Erie Canal. It has been that facility to house large Great Lakes vessels that have carried essential goods to business and industry in Western New York; the lock went through its first rehabilitation in 1975. From 1984-1986 the locks guard the operating system were rehabilitated. Since the 90s many things have been done to provide a safer work environment, such as the installation of new fencing and ladders. Other things like the refurbishing of the lock houses, the widening and capping of all concrete approach walls have been done as well