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Oliver North

Oliver Laurence North is an American political commentator, television host, military historian and retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. A veteran of the Vietnam War, North was a National Security Council staff member during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s, it involved the illegal sale of weapons to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to encourage the release of American hostages held in Lebanon. North formulated the second part of the plan, to divert proceeds from the arms sales to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua, sales, prohibited under the Boland Amendment. North was granted limited immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before Congress about the scheme, he was convicted on three felony charges, but the convictions were vacated and reversed and all charges against him dismissed in 1991. North unsuccessfully challenged for the U. S. Senate seat held by Chuck Robb from Virginia in 1994, he hosted a talk show on Radio America from 1995 to 2003, hosted War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News from 2001 to 2016.

In May 2018, North was elected as president of the National Rifle Association. On April 27, 2019, he resigned amidst a dispute with the organization's chief executive Wayne LaPierre, was succeeded by Carolyn D. Meadows. North was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 7, 1943, the son of Ann Theresa and Oliver Clay North, a U. S. Army major, he grew up in Philmont, New York, graduated from Ockawamick Central High School in 1961. He attended the State University of New York at Brockport for two years. While at Brockport, North spent a summer at the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1963, he received his commission as second lieutenant in 1968, having missed a year due to serious back and leg injuries from an auto accident in which a classmate was killed. One of North's classmates at the academy was future secretary of the Navy and U. S. senator Jim Webb, whom he beat in a middleweight championship boxing match at Annapolis.

Their graduating class included Dennis C. Blair, Michael Mullen, Charles Bolden and Michael Hagee. North served as a platoon commander during the Vietnam War, where during his combat service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, two Purple Heart medals. At the time of his being awarded the Silver Star, North was a platoon commander leading his Marines in Operation Virginia Ridge. North led a counter-assault against the People's Army of Vietnam, as his platoon took on heavy machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades. Throughout the battle, North displayed "courage, dynamic leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger". In 1970, North returned to South Vietnam to testify as a character witness at the trial of LCpl Randall Herrod, a U. S. Marine under his command who, along with four others, had been charged with the murder of sixteen Vietnamese civilians in the village of Son Thang. North claims Herrod had saved his life. Herrod and one other Marine were acquitted.

North's post-Vietnam career included: instructor at the Marine Basic School from 1969 to 1974. He graduated from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Navy War College in 1981. In 1981, North began his assignment to the National Security Council staff in Washington, D. C. where he served as a lobbyist from 1981 to 1983. In 1983, North was promoted to lieutenant colonel. During his tenure at the NSC, North managed a number of missions; this included leading the hunt for those responsible for the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 299 American and French military personnel, an effort that saw North arranging a mid-air interception of an EgyptAir jet carrying those responsible for the Achille Lauro hijacking. While at the NSC, he helped plan the US invasion of Grenada and the 1986 Bombing of Libya. During his Iran-Contra trial, North spent his last two years on active duty assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia, he submitted his request to retire from the Marine Corps effective May 1, 1988, following his indictment for conspiring to defraud the United States by channeling the profits from US arms sales to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

After his trial and felony convictions, all convictions were reversed on appeal. North received the following military awards and decorations: North came into the public spotlight as a result of his participation in the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal during the Reagan administration, in which he claimed partial responsibility for the sale of weapons through intermediaries to Iran, with the profits being channeled to the Contras in Nicaragua, it was alleged that he was responsible for the establishment of a covert network which subsequently funneled those funds to the Contras. Congress passed the Boland Amendment, which prohibited the appropriation of U. S. funds by intelligence agencies for the support of the Contras. North solicited $10 million from the Sultan of Brunei to sk

Richard Madaleno

Richard Stuart Madaleno Jr. known as Rich Madaleno is an American politician from Maryland. A Democrat, he was a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the state's 18th district in Montgomery County, which includes Wheaton and Kensington, as well as parts of Silver Spring and Chevy Chase. Madaleno served as chair of the Montgomery County Senate Delegation from 2008 to 2011, he served four years in the House of Delegates. On July 17, 2017, Madaleno ran for the Democratic nomination for the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election. Growing up in Silver Spring, Madaleno was educated at Montgomery County public schools and Georgetown Preparatory School, he went to Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 and a Master of Public Administration in 1989. On leaving university, Madaleno began his career in Maryland government, working first for the Maryland General Assembly's Department of Fiscal Services, which provides staff support to Senators and Delegates. During this time, he was appointed Senior Analyst for the House Appropriations Committee.

In 1995, he was hired by then-Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan to work for Montgomery County's Office of Intergovernmental Relations. He served in that capacity until his election to the House of Delegates in 2002, he is considered an expert in the state budget process and serves on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. In 2002, he won one of three seats representing Maryland's 18th District in the House of Delegates, he placed second, out of seven candidates, in the Democratic primary election in September 2002 and, along with his two fellow Democratic nominees, faced no Republican opponents in the general election. In April 2006, incumbent District 18 senator Sharon Grosfeld announced that she would not be running for re-election. Madaleno decided to seek the Senate seat and established himself as the leading candidate. Indeed, he attracted no primary opponents whatsoever and faced only nominal Republican opposition in November, his was the only open Senate seat in the whole of Maryland.

In the general election, he defeated his Republican opponent by more than three-to-one. In the Maryland Senate, Madaleno led efforts to advance legislation important to LGBT Marylanders. In 2009, he was the lead sponsor of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would have legalized same-sex marriage. Although that version of the bill was never voted on, Maryland legalized same-sex marriage three years later. In 2009, he sponsored legislation with his colleague, Senator James Robey, to eliminate the inheritance tax paid by domestic partners on jointly-owned primary residences; the legislation became law in July 2009. In 2014 he sponsored a bill to make discrimination against transgender people illegal in housing and public accommodations. In 2018, he introduced legislation to protect young people from the dangers of conversion therapy. In 2007, Madaleno sponsored legislation to increase the value of the Maryland Refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, an anti-poverty tool. During a special session that year, the measure was incorporated into a larger tax bill and became law.

In addition, he helped close a tax loophole, costing Maryland $10 million a year by passing legislation that stops a common business practice of artificially lowering taxable profits by paying rent, a deductible business expense, to shell companies controlled by the same parent company. Madaleno co-sponsored the law requiring equal pay for equal work. In 2017, when federal funding for Planned Parenthood was under threat, he sponsored the law ensuring that funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Maryland would continue. Madaleno co-sponsored a bill to allow counties to enact public financing for county elections. Madaleno co-sponsored a bill to increase the number of early-voting centers, he fought attempts by Republicans to close early voting centers in populous areas of Montgomery County. Madaleno has led efforts to improve public education and worked for equitable distribution of funding to public schools throughout Maryland. Madaleno authored the Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017. Madaleno co-sponsored legislation expanding eligibility for tax credits for college savings and for those saddled with student loan debt, as well as a "tuition freeze" for Maryland college students from 2007 to 2010.

The Washington Post credits Madaleno with helping to keep college affordable in Maryland. Madaleno co-sponsored the law implementing the Affordable Care Act in Maryland. In 2017, Madaleno worked with Maryland's congressional delegation to restore federal funding for programs that protect the Chesapeake Bay. In May 2017, Madaleno declared his candidacy to be Governor of Maryland. In February 2018, Madaleno announced that his running mate was business executive and former O'Malley appointee Luwanda Jenkins. Madaleno would have been the first Italian-American and the first gay governor of Maryland. In the June 2018 primary, Madaleno finished in fifth place for the Democratic nomination, won by Ben Jealous. In November 2018, it was announced that Madaleno would be nominated to serve as budget director for Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. 2007, 2008, 2009: Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League 2009: Legislative Award, The Arc of Maryland 2014: Consumer Hero, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition 2016: M

Kareem Joseph (footballer, born 1983)

Kareem Joseph is a Trinidadian footballer who plays as a defender, Midfielder for Caledonia AIA in the TT Pro League. He has scored 35 league goals during his entire career, all with Caledonia AIA. Joseph was born in Morvant and Tobago and attended Malick Secondary School in Trinidad along with future Caledonia AIA team-mate Devorn Jorsling. Kareem featured predominantly as one of a handful of right-wingers that provided service to standout striker Jorsling. During his school days, Kareem was given the nickname Tiny due to his small physique. Kareem began his professional career with Caledonia AIA of the TT Pro League, having signed with his hometown club in 2000. During his early years, Joseph was crowded out upfront and did not distinguish himself as a midfielder. After being reassigned to right back, Kareem has earned a reputation for his tactical awareness and fitness. Moreover, Kareem is known for his service as a penalty taker and has tallied goals from the penalty spot each season. Joseph had a break-out year during the 2006 season as he became a regular starter and provided seven goals for Caledonia AIA.

Kareem followed with an additional two league goals in 2007. He featured in Caledonia AIA's cup successes in 2008 having scored eight goals in all competitions to lead his club to their first FA Trophy and Pro Bowl titles, he followed with eight additional goals throughout the 2009 TT Pro League competition calendar. Joseph scored a pair of goals in the 2011 First Citizens Cup final to give Caledonia AIA their first league cup in club history with a 2–1 victory over T&TEC, he first equalised the match in the first half with a rocket from outside right of the penalty area before scoring a penalty in the 65th minute. In the 2012 CFU Club Championship, Joseph was a starter in the Caledonia AIA defence that recorded three clean sheets en route to winning the CFU Club Championship and securing the club's first qualification into the CONCACAF Champions League. During the 2012–13 Champions League, Joseph recorded the lone goal from a penalty kick for Caledonia AIA in a 3–1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC in their first Group 4 match.

On 30 August 2012, Joseph scored his second goal of the competition in the 66th minute against Seattle Sounders. The match ended again in a 3–1 loss to the Major League Soccer team in Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Kareem finished the competition with appearances in each of Caledonia AIA's four matches having scored two goals. Kareem is married to women's national team footballer Tasha St. Louis and the pair have a seven year-old daughter Kailah, he is the older brother of Caledonia AIA teammate Sherron Joseph and cousin of Canadian soccer player Atiba Hutchinson. Association football in Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA Kareem Joseph at ESPN FC

Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison

Vanthology: A Tribute to Van Morrison is the third tribute album for the songs of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in August 2003. All songs by Van Morrison "Tupelo Honey" performed by Little Milton – 4:39 "Jackie Wilson Said" performed by Syl Johnson – 2:53 "Have I Told You Lately" performed by William Bell – 4:08 "Brown Eyed Girl" performed by Freddie Scott – 3:40 "Into the Mystic" performed by Frederick Knight – 4:00 "Real Real Gone" performed by Bettye LaVette – 4:04 "Crazy Love" performed by Eddie Floyd – 2:52 "Gloria" performed by Sir Mack Rice – 4:20 "Warm Love" performed by Otis Clay – 3:00 "Queen of the Slipstream" performed by Son Seals – 3:54 "Bright Side of the Road" performed by Dan Penn – 3:44 "My Lonely Sad Eyes" performed by Bobby Patterson – 2:48 "I Like It Like That" performed by Henry Butler – 4:34 "Bulbs" performed by Ellis Hooks – 4:16 "Moondance" performed by Chuck Jackson – 4:52 Henry Butler – organ, piano Simon Kirkedrums, percussion Sally Tiven – bass guitar, backing vocals Jon Tiven – electric and acoustic guitars Ellis Hooks – backing vocals Alan Merrill – backing vocals Lauren Singer – backing vocals Mason Casey – harmonica on "I Like It Like That", "Moondance", "Gloria" and "Into the Mystic" Marvin Floyd – organ on "Brown Eyed Girl" Paul Ossola – double bass on "Moondance" Little Milton – lead guitar on "Tupelo Honey" Son Seals – lead guitar on "Queen of the Slipstream" Eddie Floyd – backing vocals on "Crazy Love" Dan Penn – harmony vocals on "Bright Side of the Road"On "Gloria" Paul Randolph – bass Michael Gibes – drums Paul Carey – guitar Mason Casey – backing vocals Jon Tiven – backing vocals Sir Mack Rice – backing vocals Shadow Morton – backing vocalsOn "I Like It Like That" Christa Haskett – backing vocals Yuko Ichioka – backing vocals Georgina Graper Moore – backing vocals Art Direction and Design: Stephen Jensen Cover Illustration: Joni Bishop Project Coordination: Linda Scoma Production: Jon Tiven Arrangements: Sally Tiven Engineering: Joe Johnson Reviews and album information

Adiva Geffen

Adiva Geffen is an Israeli writer and playwright. Adiva Geffen was born in Haifa, she began her career as a special-ed teacher. After leaving the education field, she served as the spokesperson for the Habima National Theater for more than a decade. Geffen lives in Tel Aviv with her partner Aharon Meidan. Geffen has published 21 books, including children's stories, reference books and suspense novels, her latest book "Clara’s Boys" was published in 2017. Murder at First Reading Chicago Bypass Till Death Dances Between Us The Day Love Died Transparent Women Love Second Time Round Piccadilly South Panama Jack The World According to Mother Tarzan and the Dishwasher Diamond Dust Last Stop Arad A Shadow of an Angel She Was Not There Missing Clara's Boys The new House of the Zebra Gayla The amazing story of the Zebra Gayla THE Angel of the Colors And His Assistants The Girl who Wanted to be a Princess Citron in the Falls Alice Lost & Found Costa Rica Dream Shameless Heirs Hurry, Hurry Songs - Children Songs by Miriam Yalan-Shteklis Adiva-Geffen's Short Bio in English Adiva-Geffen at Modern Hebrew Literature - a Bio-Bibliographical Lexicon

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Haakon Myrtved Purcell is an Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as Drake in Blade: Trinity. Purcell was born in Wallasey, England, he is the son of Phil Myrtvedt and Mary T. "Maureen" Purcell. His mother was Irish and his father was a Norwegian of French descent. In 1972, he and his family moved to Bondi, New South Wales in Australia, to Western Sydney, he attended Blaxland East Public School and Blaxland High School, as well as St Dominic's College and McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains. He attended the Australian Theatre for Young People and enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with Hugh Jackman, he holds triple British-Irish-Australian citizenship, being British by virtue of being born in the United Kingdom before the country abolished unconditional birthright citizenship in 1983 and being Irish automatically through his Irish mother.

Purcell was married to Rebecca Williamson from 1998 until 2008, during which time the couple had four children. In 2011, he started dating former 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord. McCord told People Magazine she came back into his life as a friend when the actor was diagnosed with skin cancer, but the relationship soon turned romantic again. In January 2018, McCord ended the relationship. On 1 June 2016 Purcell suffered severe injuries on set in Morocco, after a misplaced iron bar used as a Prison Break season 5 set piece fell on his head, he was airlifted from Marrakesh to Casablanca, where he received emergency treatment for nasal fractures and various other injuries. Dominic Purcell on IMDb Dominic Purcell on Instagram