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Nodaway County, Missouri

Nodaway County is a county located in the northwest part of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,370, its county seat is Maryville. The county was organized February 14, 1845, is named for the Nodaway River, it is the largest in area of the counties added to Missouri in the 1836 Platte Purchase, the fourth-largest county in Missouri. Nodaway County comprises MO Micropolitan Statistical Area; the county has a rich agricultural history. It is the home of trainers Ben Jones and Jimmy Jones, whose horses won six Kentucky Derby races and two Triple Crowns; the grounds of Northwest Missouri State University contain the official Missouri State Arboretum and were a re-creation of the landscape of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. ESPN has carried the university's participation in five national championship football games, three of which they won. U. S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas studied to become a priest at Conception Seminary College, before giving it up for law; the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration convent in neighboring Clyde has 550 relics of saints, the largest collection in the nation.

Located in Tornado Alley, many tornadoes have struck the county, including an F4 tornado on April 10, 1979, which obliterated the town of Braddyville, Iowa across the county line. Tornadoes have damaged two of the county's largest buildings, the Administration Building on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University and Conception Abbey; the 1881 Hopkins tornado is one of the first recorded F5 tornadoes. Early life in the county was chronicled by writer Homer Croy, a Nodaway County native, in many books, articles and Broadway shows in the 1920s and 1930s; the origin of the name "Nodaway" has been attributed to a Pottawatomie name for "placid," a Dakota Sioux name for "crossed without canoe," and various tribes names for "snake." Nodaway County has a long history of violence. The first execution in Nodaway County occurred in the county seat of Maryville on July 22, 1881. Two brothers, Albert P. and Charles E. Talbott, were hanged after being convicted of murdering their own father, Dr. Perry H. Talbott.

Dr. Talbott, a local physician, newspaper editor, state legislator, died on September 18, 1880, at his home northwest of Arkoe, a town he co-founded, he was found shot in his home and died of his injuries that evening, blaming his political enemies with his dying breath. His sons were charged with the crime. Despite their insistence of innocence, the jury found them guilty and the judge sentenced them to death, their tombstone in the family cemetery is a vertical column with two hands clasped in friendship. The inscription on the headstone reads: "We Died Inocent." On December 9, 1884, Omaha Charley, whose real name was Joseph Paro, aka Charles F. Stephens, was the victim of a lynch mob. Six days earlier, he had shot Hubert Kremer in Hilgert's Saloon, in Maryville. Omaha Charley had been arrested. About 50 masked men demanded Omaha Charley; the county sheriff, James Anderson, his brother, Deputy Jack Anderson, fought the mob, firing shots and being fired upon in return. The mob overpowered the sheriff and his deputy, dragged Omaha Charley from his cell.

They carried Stephens to the bridge at Fourth and Water Streets, where they tied the rope to the bridge railing and threw him over the side. Sheriff Anderson found his prisoner there an hour later; this was not Omaha Charley's first crime, however. Five years earlier, he was convicted of 2nd degree murder in the death of John Mahan, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison. In January 1884, he was pardoned by Governor Thomas Crittenden and released, having served only four and a half years of his sentence. One of the most notorious murders in Nodaway County was committed by Hezekiah "Hez" Rasco, a farmer's son, hanged on March 26, 1912, for the murder of Oda Hubbell. Rasco and Hubbell took part in an all-night poker game in a boxcar at the Barnard Depot. Hubbell returned to his family on the morning of November 20, 1910; the next day and his family were all found dead. Hubbell had been killed with his body dragged into the house. Mrs. Hubbell was beaten to death with the shotgun butt. After killing the children, the murderer set fire to the Hubbell home, which incinerated the children's corpses.

Little more than half of the torso of Hubbell was found after a passing neighbor had extinguished the blaze. Hez Rasco was arrested and charged with the murder of Hubbell, his wife, their children Welton, 4, Jessie, 6. Rasco was convicted only for Oda Hubbell's murder. Rasco maintained his innocence to his death; the murders were covered in the book Hezekiah Rasco: Child of Woe — Man of Sorrow. Raymond Gunn, an African American, was arrested for the murder and attempted rape of a young white schoolteacher, he confessed his guilt. On January 12, 1931, a mob in Maryville took Gunn from the jail and marched him to the scene of the crime, they tied him to the school set fire to the building, burning Gunn to death. On the night of October 10, 1972, Benedict “Benny” Kemper, 15 years old, cut the telephone line to the Marion Merrigan family’s house, situated west of Conception, sneaked into the basement and waited for the family to go to sleep. Once the family was asleep, Kemper went upstairs and went from bedroom to bedroom murdering four members: Marion, the father.

The lone surviving family member, Sue Merrigan Dorrel, was a student at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville at the time. She is an aunt of former Northwest Misso

1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)

"1983…" is a song released in 1968 on the third studio album, Electric Ladyland, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Written and produced by Jimi Hendrix, the song features flute player Chris Wood of the band Traffic, at over 13 minutes in duration is the second longest track released by the group. Hendrix first recorded a private demo of "1983…" in a New York apartment in March 1968, it is a solo performance with guitar and vocals. In 1995, this recording was included on the companion disc of a book titled Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix. In 2018, it was included on the additional disc of the 50th Anniversary Edition of Electric Ladyland; the first Experience recording of the song took place at New York's Sound Center Studios on March 13, 1968. On April 22, 1968, the backing track was completed at the Record Plant, with Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Chris Wood a member of Traffic, on flute. Additional overdubs were added on May 8, the song was completed and mixed at the Record Plant on June 10.

For the released version, Hendrix plays all guitars, vocals and bass, with Mitchell on drums and Wood on flute. The track features backwards guitar and flute parts, the sounds of seagulls produced by manipulating microphone feedback, a flexatone that makes a ringing bell sound. By this time, Chas Chandler had stepped down as Hendrix's producer. Instead, production was led by Hendrix, while the engineering was handled by Eddie Kramer and studio owner Gary Kellgren. In the book Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy, Hendrix commentators Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek propose that "1983…" is "a song of firsts and lasts", describing the music as "Jimi's first piece of major orchestration, using the full capacities of the Record Plant's studio facilities", contrasting the lyrical content as "the last of Jimi's surreal apocalypses, they note that the song contains references to "Jimi's two favourite metaphors", sand and water, that some of the phrases within the lyrics connote his "belief in the power of positive thinking apparent in his music and interviews through all the rest of his life".

In an interview with Jane De Mendelssohn for International Times in 1969, Hendrix explained the significance of the track to be "something to keep your mind off what's happening … but not completely hiding away from it like some people do". In reviews of Electric Ladyland, "1983…" has been identified as a highlight of the album. Writing for the BBC in 2007, critic Chris Jones described the track as a "stoned classic", praising the way it " washes of backwards tape, jazzy timeshifts and far out fish-friendly lyrics to tell the tale of future apocalypse and return to the oceans". English music magazine Uncut writer John Robinson has summed up the track as a "brain-frying psychedelic epic", while Cub Koda of website Allmusic labels the track as "spacy". However, American music magazine Rolling Stone treated the song differently. Dedicating a paragraph of his 1968 review to the track, writer Tony Glover summarised the lyrical content of the song before noting that "With tape loops, melancholy guitar and the flute of Chris Wood … Hendrix structures a beautiful undersea mood – only to destroy it with some heavy-handed guitar.

My first reaction was, why did he have to do that? I thought that he created a beautiful thing, but lost faith it, so destroyed it before anybody else could – in several ways, a bummer". Musical personnel Jimi Hendrix – guitars, bass, production, mixing Mitch Mitchell – drums Chris Wood – fluteAdditional personnel Eddie Kramer – engineering, mixing Gary Kellgren – engineering Geldeart, Gary.


Llanferres is a village and community in the county of Denbighshire in Wales. At the 2001 Census the population of the village was recorded as 676, increasing to 827 at the 2011 census, it is located 230 metres above sea level in the upper valley of the River Alyn on the A494 road between Ruthin and Mold. The village lies on the eastern slopes of the Clwydian Hills, just south of Moel Famau, is wholly within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Offa's Dyke National Trail passes one mile to the southwest of the village; the Parish or Community Council of Llanferres area includes the village of Maeshafn and hamlets of Tafarn-y-Gelyn and Loggerheads. The parish church, dedicated to St. Berres, was mentioned in the'Lincoln Taxation' of 1291, it was rebuilt in 1774/1775, with additions in 1843. There were further additions, a major restoration, in 1892. Medieval, a now Georgian and Victorian church with a jolly ‘lantern’ bellcote; the Church, adjacent Druid Inn and farm, form a pleasing group.

A visit will be enhanced by the guide pamphlet available in the Church. Saint Berres, was a 4th-century to 5th-century Welsh hermit, who according to Thomas Pennant was a disciple of St. Martin of Tours, the Hungarian; the village sits alongside the Welsh Assembly A494 Trunk Road on bus routes providing access to the nearest towns Mold and Ruthin. photos of Llanferres and surrounding area The Druid Inn Llanferres

Lilioid monocots

Lilioid monocots is an informal name used for a grade of five monocot orders in which the majority of species have flowers with large, coloured tepals. This characteristic is similar to that found in lilies. Petaloid monocots refers to the flowers having tepals; the taxonomic terms Lilianae or Liliiflorae have been applied to this assemblage at various times. From the early nineteenth century many of the species in this group of plants were put into a broadly defined family, Liliaceae sensu lato or s.l.. These classification systems are still found in other sources. Within the monocots the Liliaceae s.l. were distinguished from the Glumaceae. The development of molecular phylogenetics, cladistic theory and phylogenetic methods in the 1990s resulted in a dismemberment of the Liliaceae and its subsequent redistribution across three lilioid orders. Subsequent work has shown that two other more recognized orders and Pandanales segregate with this group, resulting in the modern concept of five constituent orders within the lilioid monocot assemblage.

This has resulted in treating monocots as three informal groups, alismatid and commelinid monocots. The lilioids are paraphyletic in the sense; the descriptive term "petaloid lilioid monocot" relates to the conspicuous petal-like tepals which superficially resemble true lilies. Morphologically, the petaloid or lilioid monocots can be considered to possess five groups of three-fold whorls. Lilioid monocots all have flowers which can be considered to have been derived from a lily-like flower with six similar tepals, six stamens; the typical lilioid gynoecium has three carpels fused into a superior trilocular superior ovary, axile placentation, a single hollow style, several ovules with anatropous orientation in one or two rows per locule and nectaries at the base. However, floral synapomorphy is rare; this pattern is ancestral for the lilioid monocots. Structural monosymmetry is rare. Various trends are apparent among the lilioids, notably a change to an inferior ovary and a reduction of the number of stamens to three.

In some groups, the tepals have become differentiated so that the flower has three coloured petals and three smaller green sepals. All lilioid monocots retain at least three petal-like tepals. Since some commelinids have petaloid flowers, the term'lilioid' is a more accurate one for the group which excludes them, since the term petaloid monocot is still used in describing commelinids; the morphological concept of petaloid monocots has been equated with "animal-attracting" as opposed to wind-pollinating plants that have evolved different floral structures. Pollen structure shows that of the two main tapetum types and plasmodial, the lilioid monocots are nearly all secretory. In the orders that branched off before the lilioid monocots, the Acorales and Alismatales, flowers differ in several ways. In some cases, like Acorus, they have become insignificant. In others, like Butomus, they have six coloured tepals, so could be called'petaloid', but stamens and carpels are more numerous than in the lilioid monocots.

The evolved commelinids have various kinds of flower, few of which are'lily-like'. In the order Poales, comprising grasses and sedges, flowers are either petal-less or have small, unshowy petals. Many Zingiberales species have brightly showy flowers. However, their apparent structure is misleading. For example, the six tepals of cannas are small and hidden under expanded and brightly coloured stamens or staminodes which resemble petals and may be mistaken for them. In one of the earliest monocot taxonomies, that of John Lindley, the grouping corresponding to the lilioid monocots was the "tribe" Petaloideae. In Lindley's system the monocots consisted of two tribes, the Petaloideae, the Glumaceae. Lindley divided the Petaloideae into 32 the Glumaceae into two further orders. Various successive taxonomies of the monocots emphasized the grouping of species with petaloid perianths, such as Bentham and Hooker's Coronarieæ and Hutchinson's Corolliferae. Hence the concept that there was a natural grouping of monocots whose flowers were predominantly petaloid, gave notion to the term "petaloid monocots".

The core group of petaloids were the Liliaceae, hence "lilioid monocots". The term "lilioid monocot" or lilioid" has had varying interpretations. One of the narrower applications is "lily-like" monocots, meaning the two orders Asparagales and Liliales, but the term has been applied to Takhtajan's superorder Lilianae, the whole of Liliales, or restricted to Cronquist's broadly defined Liliaceae. Although "petaloid" and "lilioid" have been used interchangeably, as Heywood points out, some usages of "petaloid monocot" in horticulture, are so broad as to be meaningless in that it had been used to refer to all species with conspicuous petals or perianth segments, which would cover

Ulva in literature and the arts

Ulva in literature and the arts refers to the literary and artistic connections to the island of Ulva in the Hebrides of Scotland. During the 18th and 19th centuries in particular many famous literary figures visited the island including Dr Johnson, Walter Scott and James Hogg and there are numerous written works about the island as a result; the island had a piping school at one time and Beatrix Potter was a visitor during the 20th century. Dr Johnson and Boswell visited The MacQuarrie on Ulva in October 1773, the year after Sir Joseph Banks brought Staffa to the English-speaking world's attention. Aware that Banks considered that the columnar basalt cliff formations on Ulva called "The Castles" rivalled Staffa's Johnson wrote: When the islanders were reproached with their ignorance or insensibility of the wonders of Staffa, they had not much to reply, they had indeed considered it little. Both men left separate accounts of the visit, Johnson in A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and Boswell in Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.

D. They arrived on Saturday, 16 October, left the following day. Johnson wrote: We resolved not to embarrass a family, in a time of so much sorrow, if any other expedient could he found. We expected to find a ferry-boat. We were now again at a stop, it was the sixteenth of October, a time when it is not convenient to sleep in the Hebrides without a cover, there was no house within our reach, but that which we had declined. Boswell said: We were in hopes to get to Sir Allan Maclean's at Inchkenneth, to-night. Col determined that we should pass the night at M'Quarrie's, in the island of Ulva, which lies between Mull and Inchkenneth. We should have been in a bad situation, had there not been lying in the little sound of Ulva an Irish vessel, the Bonnetta, of Londonderry, Captain M'Lure, master, he himself was at M'Quarrie's. Boswell was not impressed with Macquarrie's house, but appears to have enjoyed the company: M'Quarrie's house was mean. Though his clan is not numerous, he is a ancient chief, has a burial place at Icolmkill.

He told us, his family had possessed Ulva for nine hundred years. Captain M'Lure, whom we found here, was of Scotch extraction, properly a M'Leod, being descended of some of the M'Leods who went with Sir Normand of Bernera to the battle of Worcester, after the defeat of the royalists, fled to Ireland, and, to conceal themselves, took a different name, he told me, there was a great number of them about Londonderry. I said, they should now resume their real name; the Laird of M'Leod should go over, assemble them, make them all drink the large horn full, from that time they should be M'Leods. The captain informed us, he had named his ship the Bonnetta, out of gratitude to Providence. Johnson too admired the antiquity of the family, but did not care for the landscape too much: To Ulva we came in the dark, left it before noon the next day. A exact description therefore will not be expected. We were told, that it is an Island of no great extent and barren, inhabited by the Macquarrys. Great though the age of the Macquarries may have been, it appears at this point that they were considering selling it, that the house was in a state of disrepair, despite the hospitality: Talking of the sale of an estate of an ancient family, said to have been purchased much under its value by the confidential lawyer of that family, it being mentioned that the sale would be set aside by a suit in equity, Dr Johnson said,'I am willing that this sale should be set aside, but I doubt much whether the suit will be successful.

Now, how low should a price be? or what degree of confidence should there be to make a bargain be set aside? A bargain, a wager of skill between man and

Test and learn

Test and Learn is a set of practices followed by retailers and other consumer-focused companies to test ideas in a small number of locations or customers to predict impact. The process is designed to answer three questions about any tested program before rollout: What impact will the program have on key performance indicators if executed across the network or customer base? Will the program have a larger impact on some stores/customers than others? Which components of the idea are working? Test and Learn has been systematically applied as far back as 1988 by Capital One. Capital One has been aggressive about testing since the firm was founded, testing everything from product design to marketing to customer selection to collection policies. In a single year, the company performs tens of thousands of tests, allowing it to offer thousands of different types of credit cards to customers, based on the knowledge gained from their tests. Richard Fairbank, CEO of Capital One, called test and learn "a marketing revolution that can be applied to many businesses".

Retail banks running different commercials in different markets. Fast food restaurants launching a new menu item or product for a limited time in select locations Big-box retailers evaluating “store of the future” programs Companies evaluating pricing strategies Retailers testing merchandising layouts across their door base The UK government, through research projects such as the College for Teaching and Learning's Close the Gap: Test and learn Wawa Food Markets, a Mid-Atlantic convenience store chain, uses Test and Learn across several aspects of its business:Measuring the effect of introducing a new product Determining the impact of adding additional staff Understanding how the opening a new location would impact existing nearby locations Subway ran a promotion that lowered the price of its foot-long sandwiches to $5. Before deciding to launch the promotion nationally, Subway ran a test that compared locations offering the $5 foot-long sandwiches to a group of similar control restaurants that were not offering the promotion.

Kraft Foods, a manufacturer and distributor of packaged foods, uses testing to optimize the placement of its products on grocery store shelves:Determining the effect of a coffee aisle re-design on sales of premium coffees Measuring the impact on product sales of a change to in-store sales representatives' responsibilities Pier 1 Imports, a retail chain specializing in home decor and furnishings, uses testing to measure the effectiveness of search advertising campaigns. Test and Learn is methodically used online to test impact of various web page layouts on user behavior. Tools such as Google Website Analyzer provide every site with the ability to test various elements and their effect on user engagement. There are a variety of software tools available today to support systematic testing within an organization. However, there is no one software package that covers all types of tests, in some cases significant knowledge of statistics is still required for effective analysis. Many companies, including Capital One and eBay, have developed experiment management software within the company.

Alternatives to internal solutions include broad statistical analysis software tools such as SAS or test and learn focused software from Applied Predictive Technologies, Trial Run, MarketDial. There are a variety of more narrowly tailored products, focused on particular problems or fields. In web analytics, for example, firms such as Omniture, WebTrends, Google have created specialized software. Companies wanting to conduct Test and Learn must mobilize and analyze site and customer data at granular levels; this can be a massive and expensive undertaking. However, an exponential increase in computing power, corresponding decrease in its cost, have made testing more accessible. In the Harvard Business Review February 2009 article "How to Design Smart Business Experiments", Thomas Davenport discusses the Test and Learn Process, describes how several companies have overcome these and other barriers to testing. Clinical trials Scientific method Design of experiments Evidence-based management Evidence-based practices Business process reengineering A/B testing