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Guy J. Velella

Guy John Velella was a Republican New York State Senator from The Bronx. A political leader, state assemblyman, state senator for over 30 years, Velella was indicted in 2002 on 25 counts of bribery and conspiracy for accepting at least $137,000 in exchange for steering public-works contracts to the paying parties, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class E felony, admitting that he helped clients obtain business from government agencies, that the clients paid fees in excess of $10,000 to his father's law firm, in exchange for a year in jail. As part of the plea agreement reached with the Manhattan District Attorney, Velella resigned his seat in the State Senate and his position as Chairman of the Bronx County Republican Party, he was disbarred. He served a total of six months of his sentence at Rikers Island. Velella was born on September 25, 1944, in East Harlem a Italian-American neighborhood, in Manhattan. Velella's father, the late Vincent J. Velella, was a lawyer who became wealthy through real estate deals.

The Velella family moved to the Bronx in the late 1950s. In 1967, Velella graduated from St. John's University, New York, he earned a law degree from the Suffolk School of Law in Boston and joined his father's law practice. In 1972, aged 28, Velella, a Republican, ran for the New York State Assembly in the East Bronx; the incumbent Democrat withdrew from the race unexpectedly, Velella won the race. He served in the Assembly from 1973 to 1982, sitting in the 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd and 184th New York State Legislatures. After redistricting, Velella found himself running in a new Democratic district in 1982, which covered Throggs Neck and Parkchester. In a bitter campaign, he ran against popular Assemblyman and head of the Parkchester Tenants Association John C. Dearie. After losing that election by a wide margin, Velella told the Bronx News, a local weekly newspaper, that he was done with politics. In January 1983, Velella returned to practicing law full-time. Despite his pledge that his political career was over, Velella was elected to the local school board.

Many political observers expected Velella to run for the seat in Congress held by Mario Biaggi, a Democrat, when he retired. Velella returned to elected office on April 22, 1986, when he was elected to the New York State Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John D. Calandra; the three-way race was bitter and costly, as JoAnn Calandra, Calandra's widow, backed by the late senator's partisans and patronage recipients, hoping to capitalize on the late senator's ties to the Senate Majority establishment, sought to retain family control of the seat. The Democratic candidate, Michael Durso generated interest; the 34th Senate District included white neighborhoods in the Bronx and parts of lower Westchester County, areas hand-picked by Calandra during the last redistricting and including portions of Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and all of Pelham. Velella received the endorsements of the Right to Life Party and the Bronx section of the Conservative Party of New York. In a battle that echoed those for the Republican nomination and the Senate Seat itself, Velella became chairman of the Bronx Republican Party.

He was subsequently re-elected to the State Senate in November 1986 and in every subsequent election until November 2002, sitting in the 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th and 195th New York State Legislatures. He resigned his seat on May 14, 2004, as part of a plea bargain reached on criminal charges that he took bribes to help businesses win lucrative state contracts. According to the text of the indictment, the bribes were in the form of payments to the Velellas' law firm for little or no work; as a state senator, Velella brought millions of state dollars into his district, which funded local projects. Velella endeared himself to his constituents through his advocacy on their behalf with the federal and city government. Velella's success in securing money for his district and excellent record on constituent service made him popular in his district, including conservative Democrats; as one of the handful of Republican State Senators from New York City, Velella exercised considerable influence in the state legislature and in both Westchester County and New York City politics.

Over the decades, many Democrats in the Assembly turned to Velella to introduce their legislation in the New York State Senate, controlled by the Republicans from 1966 until 2009. In 1989, Velella became chairman of the powerful Senate Insurance Committee. In this capacity, Velella secured passage of numerous laws affecting the insurance industry in New York. Velella reached the height of his power during the mid-1990s, he enjoyed access to important elected officials, many of them Republicans, such as U. S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Governor George Pataki, Attorney General Dennis Vacco, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, NYS Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Velella used his many contacts to secure patronage jobs for his supporters. Other key backers such as Bill Newmark, the chairman of the Bronx Conservative Party, joined his legislative payroll. During Rudy Giuliani's first mayoral bid in 1989, Velella and D'Amato acted together to deny Giuliani the support he needed to beat David Dinkins, the eventual Democratic nominee going so far as to engineer a spurious candidacy on the part of cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder to challenge Giuliani in the Republican primary.

Victor B. Tosi, Velella's executive assistant and a long-time Bronx Republican activist, served as Lauder's

2348 Michkovitch

2348 Michkovitch, provisional designation 1939 AA, is a presumed carbonaceous Erigone asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt 15 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered by Serbian astronomer Milorad Protić at Belgrade Observatory on 10 January 1939; the asteroid was named after Serbian astronomer Vojislav Mišković. Michkovitch is a member of the Erigone family, named after 163 Erigone, its largest member and namesake, it is a rather young cluster of dark carbonaceous asteroids in the inner asteroid belt, which otherwise consists of stony asteroids. It orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 2.0–2.8 AU once every 3 years and 9 months. Its orbit has an inclination of 5 ° with respect to the ecliptic. No precoveries were taken; the asteroid's observation arc starts 15 days after its official discovery with the first used observation taken at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. This minor planet was named by the discoverer after his professor Vojislav Mišković, first director of the new Belgrade Observatory and founder of the Astronomical Institute at SANU.

The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 7 March 1985. A 2011-published rotational lightcurve of Michkovitch was obtained from photometric observations by Australian amateur astronomer David Higgins. Lightcurve analysis gave a longer-than average rotation period of 28 hours with a brightness variation of 0.12 in magnitude. According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Michkovitch measures 4.6 and 4.8 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an outstanding albedo of 0.84 and 0.92, respectively. The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link disagrees with the result obtained by the space-based observatory and assumes a standard albedo for carbonaceous asteroids of 0.057 and calculates a much larger diameter of 15.4 kilometers, as the lower the body's albedo, the larger its diameter at a constant absolute magnitude. Asteroid Lightcurve Database, query form Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Google books Asteroids and comets rotation curves, CdR – Observatoire de Genève, Raoul Behrend Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets - – Minor Planet Center 2348 Michkovitch at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 2348 Michkovitch at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Skip Ltd.

Skip Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer that has a close relationship with Nintendo Co. Ltd. Nintendo has published all of their Japanese releases; the company's staff includes prominent developers from Square such as Keita Eto. Boundish Coloris Dialhex Dotstream Orbital Soundvoyager Art Style: AQUIA Art Style: BASE 10 Art Style: BOXLIFE Art Style: precipice Art Style: PiCTOBiTS Art Style: ZENGAGE Chibi-Robo!: Park Patrol Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Ōsōji! LOL Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash Chibi-Robo! Giftpia Art Style: CUBELLO Art Style: light trax Art Style: ORBIENT Art Style: ROTOHEX Art Style: Rotozoa Captain Rainbow Chibi-Robo! Snowpack Park Wii Play: Motion Official website

Chris Willrich

Chris Willrich is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is best known for his stories about Imago Bone, his work has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Gate, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Flashing Swords!, The Mythic Circle, Strange Horizons. Willrich is from Washington State and now lives with his family in Silicon Valley, he has worked as a children's librarian. The Scroll of Years The Silk Map The Chart of Tomorrows The Thief with Two Deaths King Rainjoy's Tears Penultima Thule A Wizard of the Old School The Sword of Loving Kindness - appeared as a serialization in Beneath Ceaseless Skies: The Sword of Loving Kindness Pt. I in issue #1, The Sword of Loving Kindness Pt. II in issue #2 The Mermaid and the Mortal Thing Willrich wrote a Novel and a short story in the Pathfinder universe; the Dagger of Trust - novel 2014 The Cloak of Belonging - short story, web fiction 2014 The Vampire Astronomer Little Death Count to One Sails the Morne The Lions of Karthagar The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move Grand Tour Star Soup Waiting for a Me Like You What Lies in Ice Shadowdrop Fragments from the Library of Cygnus X-1 Chris Willrich's home page.

Chris Willrich at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

MORE (application)

MORE is an outline processor application, created for the Macintosh in 1986 by software developer Dave Winer and, not ported to any other platforms. An earlier outliner, ThinkTank, was developed by Winer, his brother Peter, Doug Baron; the outlines could be formatted with different layouts and shapes. Outline "nodes" could include graphics; the company that made these products, Living Videotext, merged with Symantec in July 1987. Around July 1999, with Symantec's permission, Mr. Winer released versions of the ThinkTank and MORE products on a Web site for free download. Functions in these outliners included: Appending notes, rough drafts of sentences and paragraphs under some topics Assembling various low-level topics and creating a new topic to group them under Deleting duplicate topics Demoting a topic to become a subtopic under some other topic Disassembling a grouping that does not work, parceling its subtopics out among various other topics Dividing one topic into its component subtopics Dragging to rearrange the order of topics Making a hierarchical list of topics Merging related topics Promoting a subtopic to the level of a topic Outliners.com Archived information by Dave Winer How Electronic Outlining Can Help You Create Online Materials at The Communication Circle