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Heman Humphrey

Heman Humphrey was a 19th-century American author and clergyman who served as a trustee of Williams College and afterward as the second president of Amherst College, a post he held for 22 years. Humphrey was born in Hartford County, Connecticut, his father's name was Solomon Humphrey, descended in direct line from Michael Humphrey, an immigrant who came from England some time before 1643. Heman's mother Hannah Brown Humphrey was the second wife of Solomon and was the eldest of the six children of Captain John Brown, who died on June, 1776, during the American Revolution in defense of New York. Heman's father Solomon was a farmer and moved from Simsbury in 1755, first to Bristol and to Barkhamstead, where he died in 1834. Humphrey graduated from Yale University with an A. M. in 1805 and was ordained a Congregational minister on March 16, 1807. He became a minister in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1807, moving to Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1817. Following his tenure at Williams College, in 1825 he was appointed president of Amherst.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1842. Humphrey was influential in the nineteenth-century temperance movement and typical of the early proponents of prohibition, he was the father of U. S. Representative James Humphrey. Humphrey, Heman. Intemperance: an address, to the churches and congregations of the Western district of Fairfield County. New Haven, Connecticut: Eli Hudson. P. 31. Hdl:2027/hvd.hxjnip – via HathiTrust. Humphrey, Heman; the Missouri Compromise. Pittsfield, Massachusetts: Reed, Hull & Peirson. Pp. 32. OL 7171247M – via Internet Archive. Humphrey, Heman. Revival Sketches and Manual: in Two Parts. Pittsfield, Massachusetts: American Tract Society. OL 6363048M – via Internet Archive

Wilson Packing Plant

The Wilson Packing Plant was a division of the Wilson and Company meatpacking company located near South 27th and Y Streets in South Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in the 1890s, it closed in 1976, it occupied the area bounded by Washington Street, South 27th Street, W Street and South 30th Street. Located on the South Omaha Terminal Railway and next to the Omaha Stockyards, Wilson was regarded as one of the "Big Four" packing companies in Omaha; the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, formed in 1965, was instrumental in the "closing and clean-up" of the Wilson plant. The former plant and its site was redeveloped to be turned into an industrial park in 2003. Instead, the city's new Kroc Center was built on the site. There were a number of large riots and civil unrest that originated or included events at the Wilson Packing Plant; the building was constructed to house the Skinner Packing Company, patriarchs of the current Skinner Pasta brands. History of Omaha, Nebraska Economy of Omaha, Nebraska Historic photo "Watchman at Wilson Packing"

1992 Aloha Bowl

The 1992 Aloha Bowl was played on December 25, 1992, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kansas earned its first bowl win in 31 years over an 8-4 BYU team led by reserve quarterback Tom Young, the younger brother of NFL hall-of-famer Steve Young. Young earned the start after starting quarterback Ryan Hancock went down with a season-ending injury in the regular season finale against Utah. Kansas won seven of their first eight games rising up to #13 in the polls before a matchup with #7 Nebraska. A 49-7 thrashing by the Cornhuskers sent them into a tailspin, as they lost to #13 Colorado and Missouri to close out their season. Despite this, the Jayhawks finished in 3rd place in the Big Eight Conference, their highest finish in the Big Eight since their 2nd-place finish in 1973. BYU started the season 1-3, with losses to San Diego UCLA and Hawaii. Wins over Utah State, Fresno State, Wyoming got them back on the trail. After a loss to #10 Notre Dame, the Cougars rebounded with a win over #14 Penn State.

Wins over New Mexico, Air Force and Utah closed out a season in which they finished in a three-way tie for the Western Athletic Conference championship with Hawaii and Fresno State. BYU went up 7-0 on the game's opening play when Hema Heimuli returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Kansas evened the score at 7-7 two plays when Kansas receiver Matt Gay caught a pass, ruled a lateral from quarterback Chip Hilleary and hit a wide-open Rodney Harris for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Replays showed that the first pass was in fact 2 yards forward, which would have made the play illegal with two forward passes; the Jayhawks took a 9-7 lead in the first quarter when junior lineman Chris Maumalanga burst through the Cougars' offensive line to sack running back Jamal Willis in his own endzone for a safety. Willis gained revenge with a 29-yard touchdown run with 10:16 left in the second quarter. Following his score, BYU led 14-9. On the ensuing kickoff, senior running back Maurice Douglas broke free for a 54-yard return that put the Jayhawks on the BYU 43.

The return set up a 41-yard field goal from Dan Eichloff that capped the first-half scoring at 14-12. BYU scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Young to Otis Sterling and took a 20-12 lead into the fourth quarter, but Hilleary engineered a six-play, 75-yard drive - capped off by his one-yard run and successful two-point conversion - that tied the score at 20-20. After a Cougar punt, Kansas put together a seven-minute drive that ended in Dan Eichloff's game-winning 48-yard field goal. BYU did not fare well on its own field goal kicking, with David Lauder missing a pair of short field goals earlier in the half; the Cougars made five more bowl games in the decade, with victories in two of those games. The Jayhawks went to just one more bowl game in the decade, in 1995

Lee Kok Cheong

Lee Kok Cheong was the Head of the English Proficiency Unit at the National University of Singapore. He was murdered on December 14, 1993. In 1998, Too Yin Sheong, one of the men accused of the murder, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. According to the statement of Too at his trial, he had met Professor Lee at a coffeeshop; when Too did visit, the professor made overtures to have sexual intercourse with him, which he declined. Before leaving, Too noticed; when Too mentioned this incident to two friends—Ng Chek Siong and Lee Chez Kee, Lee suggested robbing the professor. He suggested that Too arrange a meeting on the pretext of introducing Lee to the professor, so that the group could gain entry to Professor Lee's house. On December 12, 1993, the three went to Professor Lee's house in a car with Ng as the driver. Too and Lee entered the house, where they tied the Professor up stabbed and strangled him to death, they ransacked his house and stole his ATM card, which Too used to withdraw money from the Professor's bank account.

The Professor had lived alone, his body was found only two days in a decomposed state. For a long time, his killers remained at large. Only an anonymous tip-off, two years after the murder, enabled police to make progress in solving the case. Too Yin Sheng and Ng Chek Siong were arrested in 1998. Too was charged for murdering the Professor, sentenced to death on 28 August 1998. Ng got off more lightly— he was convicted of robbing the Professor's home, sentenced to eight years in jail, in addition to ten strokes of the cane for theft and cheating. Ng was released by October 2003 and he had returned to Malaysia since then. Lee Chez Kee fled Singapore to Malaysia shortly after the murder. In June 2005, he was arrested by the Royal Malaysian Police for theft, jailed. On 18 February 2006, Singapore police announced that they had extradited him back to face trial for the murder, having made arrangements with Malaysian police to extradite him upon his release from prison, he was charged in court on 19 February 2006, sentenced to death on 10 October 2006.

His appeal was dismissed on 12 May 2008 by a 2-1 majority, in a landmark judgment that clarified the doubt of admission of hearsay evidence by a dead accomplice under the Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act, as well as the finding of a common intention under the Penal Code. Critique of The Straits Times' coverage of the Prof Lee murder trial, mirror


Thaumasite is a silicate mineral with chemical formula Ca3Si6·12H2O. It occurs as colorless to white prismatic hexagonal crystals as acicular radiating groups, it occurs as fibrous masses. Its Mohs hardness is 3.5 and it has a specific gravity of 1.88 to 1.90. Optically it is uniaxial negative with indices of refraction of nω = 1.507 and nε = 1.468. It occurs as a hydrothermal alteration mineral in sulfide ore deposits and geothermal alteration of basalt and tuff, it occurs with zeolites, analcime, calcite and pyrite. Thaumasite can be formed along with other calcium silicate hydrates during cement alteration when sulfate attack develops, it was first described in 1878 in Sweden and named from the Greek, "thaumazein", to be surprised, in reference to its unusual composition with carbonate and hydroxysilicate anions. The silicate structure of thaumasite is unusual due to the presence of non-tetrahedral silicon in its crystal lattice. Indeed, an atypic octahedral configuration is observed for Si present in thaumasite in the form of hexahydroxysilicate: 2−, a species exhibiting a geometry similar to that of the hexafluorosilicate 2−.

Other calcium silicate hydrate minerals: Afwillite Gyrolite Jennite Tobermorite Aguilera, J.. Pajares-Colomo. "Formation of thaumasite in carbonated mortars". Cement and Concrete Composites. 25: 991–996. Doi:10.1016/S0958-946500121-5. ISSN 0958-9465. Barnett, S. J.. Adam. "Solid solutions between ettringite, Ca6Al2312·26H2O, thaumasite, Ca3SiSO4CO36·12H2O". Journal of Materials Science. 35: 4109–4114. Bibcode:2000JMatS..35.4109B. Doi:10.1023/A:1004898623884. Barnett, S. J.. "XRD, EDX and IR analysis of solid solutions between thaumasite and ettringite". Cement and Concrete Research. 32: 719–730. Doi:10.1016/S0008-884600750-5. ISSN 0008-8846. Thaumasite form of sulfate attack