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Sherman Adams

Llewelyn Sherman Adams was an American politician, best known as White House Chief of Staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the culmination of an 18-year political career that included a stint as Governor of New Hampshire, he lost his White House position in a scandal. Born in East Dover, Adams was educated in public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating from Hope High School, he received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, having taken time off for a six-month World War I stint in the United States Marine Corps. While at Dartmouth, Adams was a member of the New Hampshire Alpha chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, he went into the lumber business, first in Healdville, Vermont to a combined lumber and paper business in Lincoln, New Hampshire. He was involved in banking. Adams entered state politics in New Hampshire as a Republican legislator, he served a term in the United States House of Representatives, making a failed effort to capture the 1946 Republican gubernatorial nomination in New Hampshire.

He lost to incumbent Charles M. Dale. Adams won the governorship two years in 1948; when Adams took office as governor, New Hampshire was suffering post-war recession. He called for thrift in both personal and state expenditures. Retirees were a significant part of New Hampshire's population. In 1950 he formed a Reorganization Committee to recommend changes in state operations, he called for the legislature to act on the recommendations. Adams's clipped New Hampshire twang and calls for frugality made him a virtual poster boy for Republican balanced budget values of the time, he served as chairman of the U. S. Conference of Governors. Adams took charge of the Eisenhower campaign in the New Hampshire primary, winning all the delegates to the national convention, he campaigned for Eisenhower across the country, was Eisenhower's floor leader at the convention in battling against Senator Robert A. Taft, impressed Eisenhower with his hard work, mastery of detail, skill in political maneuvering, he became the campaign manager for the 1952 presidential campaign, where he was always at Eisenhower's side.

He was the obvious choice for White House Chief of Staff—and was the first person in this position to hold the explicit title of "Chief of Staff," which Eisenhower had copied from military practice. Eisenhower adopted the military model, which emphasizes the importance of the Chief of Staff in handling all of the paperwork and preliminary decisions. With rare exceptions, anyone who spoke with Eisenhower had to have Adams' prior approval. Adams took his role as Chief of Staff seriously; this alienated traditional Republican Party leaders. Adams was one of the most powerful men in Washington during the six years he served as Chief of Staff; because of Eisenhower's formalized staff structure, it appeared to many that he had virtual control over White House staff operations and domestic policy. The extent of internal strife between strong-willed personalities was chronicled in his 1961 memoir First Hand Report. Among the heated conflicts within the Eisenhower administration were the best method to handle flamboyant personalities such as U.

S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, whom Adams and Eisenhower decided to torpedo when McCarthy started attacking the U. S. Army. Adams was a frequent broker of such controversies. Adams was willing to make the partisan comments that Eisenhower stood aloof from, thus making Adams the main target of the Democrats. Adams stood with the liberal wing of the Republican Party, in opposition to the conservative wing of Taft and Barry Goldwater. Eisenhower depended upon him for the evaluation of candidates for top-level appointments. Adams handled much of the patronage and appointments that Eisenhower found boring and was in charge of firing people when he deemed it necessary. Movie critic Michael Medved wrote a book on Presidential aides called The Shadow Presidents, that stated Adams was the most powerful chief of staff in history, he told of a joke. Two Democrats were talking and one said "Wouldn't it be terrible if Eisenhower died and Nixon became President?" The other replied "Wouldn't it be terrible if Sherman Adams died and Eisenhower became President!"

He had a reputation for negativity, endorsing many submissions with a simple "No". This caused him to become known as "The Abominable No Man." Adams was forced to resign in 1958, when a House subcommittee revealed Adams had accepted an expensive vicuña overcoat and oriental rug from Bernard Goldfine, a Boston textile manufacturer, being investigated for Federal Trade Commission violations. Goldfine, who had business with the federal government, was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to answer questions regarding his relationship with Adams; the story was first reported to the public by muckraking journalist Jack Anderson. Vice President Richard Nixon stated that he was assigned the onerous responsibility of telling Adams that he had to resign, he regretted the necessity, as Adams' career in politics ended and he went off "to operate a ski lodge" without any judicial findings. In the Nixon Interviews, Nixon argued that he was unable to fire the White House staffers involved in the Watergate scan

Touch the Wall

Touch the Wall is a documentary film about American swimmers Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce and their journey to the 2012 Summer Olympics. The film was funded through a kickstarter campaign and private funding in 2013, released in 2014 via Tugg; the film premiered as a red carpet feature at the Stars Denver Film Festival to an audience of 2800 people, again in New York on Sunday November 23, one day before USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggles awards which were in New York. The New York premiere was co-presented with USA Swimming; the film was directed and produced by Christo Brock and Grant Barbeito, a filmmaking duo from Los Angeles. Touch the Wall is the story of two Olympic swimmers – Gold-Medalist Missy Franklin and Silver-Medalist Kara Lynn Joyce – and their journey to the 2012 London Olympics; when the veteran Joyce joins teenager Franklin and her age-group swim club, everything changes. The veteran Kara finds a world-class training partner. Together they train and support each other until the pool becomes too big for the two of them.

Thrown apart by coach and circumstance, they reunite at Olympic Trials to redefine what it means to win. Missy Franklin Kara Lynn Joyce Rowdy Gaines Jack Roac Cullen Jones David Marsh Despite a lackluster reception from New York critics, the film was embraced by the athletic and swim press for its authenticity and emotional power; the film was noted for its celebration of female physical and emotional strength. The Denver Post said the film was exhilarating and full of insight; the film has been broadly embraced by athletic communities. The film has an 8.7 rating on IMDB.com. Www.touchthewall.com Touch the Wall on IMDb

Mallia (gens)

The gens Mallia was a plebeian family at ancient Rome. Due to its relative obscurity, the nomen Mallius is but erroneously amended to the more common Manlius; the only member of this gens to obtain any of the higher curule magistracies under the Republic was Gnaeus Mallius Maximus, consul in 105 BC. This list includes abbreviated praenomina. For an explanation of this practice, see filiation. Gnaeus Mallius Maximus, father of the consul. Gnaeus Mallius Cn. f. Maximus, consul in 105 BC, received the province of Transalpine Gaul, he quarreled with the proconsul Quintus Servilius Caepio, a member of an ancient and aristocratic house, who considered the novus homo Mallius beneath his dignity. As a result, both forces were badly defeated at the Battle of Arausio, Mallius lost two sons in the fighting. On their return, both men were prosecuted for their loss of the army. Servilius was defended by Lucius Licinius Crassus, the famous orator, Mallius by Marcus Antonius a skilled rhetorician. Despite this, both men were condemned, interdicted from fire and water, banished.

Gaius Mallius, an experienced centurion under Sulla, was recruited by Catiline for his Second Catilinarian conspiracy in BC 63, stationed at Faesulae, where he was charged with gathering an army and necessary supplies. After the conspiracy was revealed, Mallius had command of the right wing of Catiline's forces against the consul Gaius Antonius Hybrida, but both he and Catiline fell in battle. Mallius Theodorus, sometimes called Manlius Theodorus, consul in AD 399, the author of De Rerum Natura. Saint Augustine dedicated his De Vita Beata to Mallius. List of Roman gentes Marcus Tullius Cicero, In Catilinam, De Oratore. Gaius Sallustius Crispus, Bellum Catilinae, Bellum Jugurthinum. Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita. Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, ed. Little and Company, Boston. T. Robert S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, American Philological Association

Blue Thunder (2015 film)

Blue Thunder is a Canadian short musical comedy-drama film, directed by Philippe-David Gagné and Jean-Marc E. Roy and released in 2015; the film stars Dany Placard as Bruno, a sawmill worker whose girlfriend breaks up with him after suffering a miscarriage. Losing both his home and his job in the aftermath, Bruno is not defeated, but rather decides to rekindle his long-dormant dream of becoming a professional wrestler; the film stars Sandrine Bisson and Louis Champagne. The film premiered at the Saguenay International Short Film Festival in March 2015, where it won the Prix créativité and the Bourse de création régionale, it was screened in the Director's Fortnight stream at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it received an honorable mention from the Illy Prize jury. The film received a Quebec Cinema Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at the 18th Quebec Cinema Awards, a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards. Blue Thunder on IMDb

Liu Shangkun

Liu Shangkun is a Chinese football player who plays for China League One side Liaoning Whowin. Liu Shangkun joined Shandong Luneng Football Academy in 2007. In 2011, Liu joined Tianjin Songjiang in the China League One after unsuccessful trial with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shenyang Dongjin and Hunan Billows. In November 2012, Liu transferred to Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall, he made his Super League debut for Wuhan on 13 April 2013 in a game against Changchun Yatai,coming on as a substitute for Yao Hanlin in the 91st minute. On 7 January 2016, Liu transferred to his hometown club Liaoning Whowin. Statistics accurate as of match played 3 November 2018. Liu Shangkun at Soccerway

The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead

The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead is a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics. It is the fourth comic book miniseries based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels, it is plotted by Robin Furth, scripted by Peter David, illustrated by Richard Isanove and Dean White, with additional cover art by Jae Lee. Stephen King is the Executive Director of the project; the first issue was published on May 13, 2009. Issue #1: May 13, 2009 Issue #2: June 17, 2009 Issue #3: July 29, 2009 Issue #4: August 26, 2009 Issue #5: September 30, 2009 Issue #6: November 25, 2009 In direct continuation of the previous story's finale, Roland Deschain, is overcome with grief over accidentally killing his mother, Gabrielle. Abel Vannay the Wise and Cortland "Cort" Andrus search the quarters of Kingson, John Farson's nephew, whom Cort killed at the feast's riddle competition when he realized he was in league of Farson. Cort discovers a journal, but as he leafs through it, licking his fingers to do so, he picks up the poison with which the journal's pages are laced, much to Abel's horror.

Steven Deschain discovers that Maerlyn's Grapefruit, the mysterious seeing sphere of John Farson's that Roland acquired during his recent mission, is missing from the cabinet where he hid it, suspects that his wife, secretly took the cabinet's key off of him as they danced at the recent feast, but is horrified when he discovers his son Roland over Gabrielle's dead body. Roland admits that he killed his own mother while under the spell of Maerlyn's Grapefruit which made her appear as Rhea of the Coos. Upon checking Gabrielle's body, the group discovers a poisoned blade with the sigul of John Farson, confirming that Gabrielle was coerced by Marten to assassinate Steven Deschain. Despite this, Roland is locked away in a cell to await trial for the murder of Gabrielle. While Roland awaits trial, Steven Deschain and a group of gunslingers follow a trail leading from Gilead that they believe will lead them to John Farson, they are ambushed by a group of Slow Mutants and Robert Allgood is killed with a poisonous dart.

They are ambushed again by Farson's men and all are killed except Steven Deschain and Chris Johns Cort passes away from the effects of the poison ink, Vannay is shot by a messenger as he prepares Cort's body for burial. Aileen, Cort's niece, enraged by the murder of her uncle, disguises herself as a boy and a gunslinger and helps Roland escape from his cell, only to discover that all of his gunslinger mentors have been slain, that his father is injured badly from the ambush. Upon returning it is soon discovered that the doctors in Gilead have been killed by Farson's men in preparation for the upcoming assault on Gilead. Chris Johns throat is slit as he checks on the home of Doctor Decurry, Steven is stabbed in the back by a traitorous guard. With his last breath, Steven scrawls "Open the Pits" in his own blood on the floor, a signal to Roland to use the castle's ancient defenses, only to be used in the most dire circumstances. Three days John Farson's army arrives at the gates of Gilead and a battle ensues.

Despite the ancient pits, John Farson's troops, slow mutants, great machines of the old times are too much for the city and the citizens are forced to flee in the sewer. Along with the single-issue release of The Dark Tower: The Sorcerer, the entire six-issue run of Fall of Gilead was included in a collected hardcover edition entitled The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead and released by Marvel on February 23, 2010. A paperback edition was released on November 2, 2011; the series was included in the hardcover release of The Dark Tower Omnibus on September 21, 2011. On September 25, 2018, Gallery 13 republished the original hardcover collection as Stephen King's The Dark Tower: Beginnings - The Fall of Gilead. On October 23, 2018, this edition was included in the boxed set Stephen King's The Dark Tower: Beginnings - The Complete Graphic Novel Series; the Dark Tower Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead at the Comic Book DB Dark Tower Official Site