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The Undertones

The Undertones are a rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. From 1975 to 1983, the Undertones consisted of Feargal Sharkey, John O'Neill, Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty. Much of the earlier Undertones material drew influence from new wave; the Undertones released thirteen singles and four studio albums between 1978 and 1983 before Sharkey announced his intention to leave the band in May 1983, citing musical differences as the reason for the break up. Despite the backdrop of the Troubles in Derry and across Northern Ireland, the vast majority of the material the Undertones released focused not upon the political climate, but upon issues such as adolescence, teenage angst and heartbreak; the merging of instruments has led AllMusic to state that guitarists John and Damian O'Neill "mated infectious guitar hooks to 1960s garage, 1970s glam rock, Feargal Sharkey's signature vocal quaver."In 1999, the Undertones reformed, replacing lead singer Sharkey with Paul McLoone.

The Undertones remain the most successful band to have emerged from Derry, one of the most successful bands to have emerged from Northern Ireland. The Undertones formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974; the band members were five friends from Creggan and the Bogside, who drew inspiration from such artists as the Beatles, Small Faces and Lindisfarne. The band rehearsed cover versions at the home of the guitarists, brothers John and Vincent O'Neill, in the shed of a neighbour. Beginning in February 1976 the group, at this stage still unnamed, began playing gigs at various minor local venues, including schools, parish halls and Scout huts, where the band's lead singer, Feargal Sharkey, was a local Scout leader. Sharkey was responsible for giving the band their first name: at the introduction to a gig at Saint Joseph's Secondary School in Derry on 16 March 1976, Feargal Sharkey was asked the name of the band and replied "The Hot Rods". At a gig, Sharkey named the band "Little Feat": another name used by another group.

That year, drummer Billy Doherty proposed an alternate name for the group: The Undertones, which Doherty had discovered in his school history book. The other members of the band agreed to the proposal. With the arrival of punk rock in late 1976, the artistic focus of the band changed. Artists such as the Adverts, Sex Pistols and the Ramones became major influences on the Undertones. In addition to being a Scout leader, Feargal Sharkey worked as a television repairman and delivery man; the van which Sharkey drove in this employment was used by the Undertones to transport their equipment to and from various venues. By 1977 the band were performing their own three-chord pop punk material, performed alongside cover versions at concerts at the Casbah, where the band began to perform in February; the Undertones had earned money at venues where they had performed throughout 1976, but these gigs at the Casbah were the first performances for which the Undertones were paid on a regular basis, as performing at the Casbah earned the group up to £30 for each attendance fee.

Both the money earned and their popularity at this venue inspired the band to write and rehearse further material, as a means of remaining a popular act at the Casbah. By mid-year, the concerts the Undertones performed would include the song "Teenage Kicks", written by guitarist John O'Neill in mid-1977; the gigs performed at the Casbah gave the Undertones increased confidence in their musical ability, in June 1977 they performed concerts outside Derry for the first time, supporting a Dublin punk group named The Radiators from Space. In March 1978, the Undertones recorded a demo tape at Magee University in Derry and sent copies of the tape to various record companies in the hope of securing a record deal, but only received official letters of rejection; the band had sent a copy of their recordings to influential BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, requesting he play the songs on his radio programme. Peel replied to the band. On 15 June 1978, the band recorded their debut four-song EP "Teenage Kicks" on a budget of only £200.

The EP was engineered by Davy Shannon at Wizard Studios and was released on Belfast's Good Vibrations record label. The title song became a hit with support from John Peel, who considered Teenage Kicks his all-time favourite song, an opinion he held through to his death in 2004. Seymour Stein, the president of Sire Records – in London on business – heard John Peel play "Teenage Kicks" on BBC Radio 1 and became interested in the band. Stein sent a London-based representative named Paul McNally to Derry to discuss a record deal with the band. McNally saw the band play live in what would prove to be their final performance at the Casbah on 29 September 1978; the following day, McNally convened with the Undertones to discuss a record contract. Three members of the band signed the proposed contract on this date, with the understanding that Feargal Sharkey and Michael Bradley would discuss negotiations to the contract with Seymour Stein in person in London. On 2 October 1978, Bradley and Sharkey agreed to an increased advance fee of £10,000 offered by Stein upon the recording contract and signed to Sire Records on a five-year contract.

Sire Records subsequently

Foard County, Texas

Foard County is a county located in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 1,336, its county seat is Crowell, the county's only incorporated community. The county is named for Robert Levi Foard, an attorney who served as a major with the Confederate Army, in the American Civil War. Foard County was one of 46 prohibition, or dry, counties in the state of Texas until voters approved a referendum to permit the legal sale of alcoholic beverages in May 2006. Foard County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican James Frank, a businessman from Wichita Falls. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 708 square miles, of which 704 square miles is land and 3.3 square miles is covered by water. U. S. Highway 70 State Highway 6 Hardeman County Wilbarger County Baylor County Knox County King County Cottle County As of the census of 2000, 1,622 people, 664 households, 438 families resided in the county; the population density was two people per square mile.

The 850 housing units averaged one per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 84.16% White, 3.27% Black or African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 10.23% from other races, 1.54% from two or more races. About 16.34 % of the population was Latino of any race. Of the 664 households, 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.00% were not families. The average household size was 2.38, the average family size was 3.02. As of the 2010 census, about seven same-sex couples per 1,000 households were in the county. In the county, the population was distributed as 25.80% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, 23.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.10 males. The median income for a household in the county was $25,813, for a family was $34,211.

Males had a median income of $21,852 versus $16,450 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,799. About 9.90% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 16.20% of those age 65 or over. Foard County was once a stronghold for the Democratic Party at both the state and federal levels, both by Solid South standards and as the rest of North Texas and the rural parts of the state trended towards the Republican Party; the county last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate when it gave its votes to Bill Clinton in 1996. At the statewide level, most notably in recent gubernatorial races, the county was one of the few rural ones that continued to give its votes to Democratic candidates in this area as it trended Republican on the national level. For instance, in the landslide re-election of then-governor George W. Bush in 1998, it was one of only 14 counties that gave its votes to Bush's Democratic challenger Garry Mauro, albeit by one vote, as Mauro won 206 votes to Bush's 205 votes.

The county continued this trend through all of Rick Perry's three gubernatorial landslide elections in 2002, 2006, 2010, the most recent one when it gave its votes to Bill White. This streak ended in 2014, when the county gave its votes to then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, who won 66% of the popular vote over Wendy Davis's 33%. Copper Breaks State Park is located near the Pease River about 8 miles north of Crowell off State Highway 6; the park is located in neighboring Hardeman County. Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus is located 10 miles west of Crowell off U. S. Highway 70, it is operated by the 3 Rivers Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, based in Crowell. Crowell Thalia Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Foard County Foard County from the Handbook of Texas Online Foard County Profile from the Texas Association of Counties

Saluda River

The Saluda River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 200 mi long, in northern and western South Carolina in the United States. Via the Congaree River, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean; the Saluda River is formed about 10 mi northwest of the city of Greenville, on the common boundary of Greenville and Pickens Counties, by the confluence of its north and south forks, each of which rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the border of North Carolina at Saluda, North Carolina: The North Saluda River flows south-southwestwardly through northern Greenville County, past Marietta. The South Saluda River flows southeastwardly on the Greenville-Pickens County border, receiving the Oolenoy River and the Middle Saluda River, which rises in Jones Gap State Park and flows southward through northwestern Greenville County. From this confluence the Saluda River flows southeastwardly through the Piedmont region, through or along the boundaries of Pickens, Anderson, Laurens, Newberry, Saluda and Richland Counties, past the towns of Piedmont, West Pelzer, Ware Shoals and West Columbia.

It joins the Broad River in Columbia to form the Congaree River. Dams on the Saluda include: The uppermost dam on the Saluda River, on the border of Greenville and Pickens Counties, forming Saluda Lake Lake Saluda Reservoir Dam near Berea; the old textile mill dam in Piedmont The textile mill dam at Pelzer The Pelzer Mills Dam, near Williamston The Lee Steam Plant Dam near Williamston The Holiday Dam near Belton a still-operating dam built to power the textile mill in Ware Shoals Greenwood dam, creating Lake Greenwood Dreher Shoals Dam creating Lake Murray The Reedy River flows into Lake Greenwood from the north in Laurens County. The Little River flows into the Saluda from the north in Newberry County; the Bush River flows into Lake Murray from the north in Newberry County. The Little Saluda River flows into Lake Murray from the south in Saluda County; as it travels downstream, the Saluda river is crossed several times. Greenville County/Pickens County/Anderson County New Easley Highway (U. S. 123 Old Easley Highway Anderson Road Powdersville/Greenville Interstate 85 Anderson Street in Piedmont, South Carolina Piedmont Highway in Pelzer, South Carolina SC 8 in Pelzer Lee Steam Plant Road Cooley Bridge Road in Belton, South Carolina Holiday Dam Road US 76 in Honea Path, South Carolina Laurens County/Abbeville County/Greenwood County Erwin Mill Road SC 252 in Ware Shoals, South Carolina East Main Street in Ware Shoals US 25 in Ware Shoals Lake Greenwood Old Laurens-Greenwood Highway Greenwood Highway in Lake Shores, South Carolina Newberry County/Saluda County Ninety-Six Highway SC 39 in Chappells, South Carolina Newberry Highway Lake Murray Kempson Bridge Road SC 391 near Prosperity, South Carolina Dreher Shoals Dam Columbia Interstate 20 Interstate 26 Riverbanks Zoo According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Saluda River has been known as: Chickawa Corn River Saludy River Saluta River Salutah River Santee River Seleuda RiverThe river is named after an Indian tribe that once lived along its banks near the community of Chappells, South Carolina.

In 2008, a collective of local citizens based in Marietta, Greenville County, South Carolina initiated a campaign to "Save Our Saluda" following what they perceived to be aggressive property development. Their mission is to " and the headwaters of the Saluda watershed through concerned citizens action". In April 2009, the Saluda River was named by American Rivers, a leading river conservation group to a list of rivers in the United States that are under imminent threat by dams, industry or development; the article, posted on CNN on April 7, 2009 stated "Excess levels of sewage waste threaten the drinking water of more than 500,000 South Carolina residents, conservationists say. Sewage in the river increases phosphorus and algae levels, depletes oxygen, kills fish and other aquatic life. American Rivers is asking the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to improve sewage-treatment standards and ensure the river reduces its phosphorus levels by 25 to 50 percent." List of South Carolina rivers Columbia Gazetteer of North America entry DeLorme.

South Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-237-4. U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Saluda River U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Saluda River U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle Saluda River U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Saluda River U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Saluda River SC DNR Middle Saluda River Save Our Saluda website

Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne

Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne is an American reality television series that premiered on the Style Network on June 3, 2012. The series follows the lives of rising Latina stars and best friends Julissa Bermudez and Adrienne Bailon as they try to get their big breaks in the entertainment industry. Julissa and Adrienne met on the set of the 2006 film All You've Got, where they become fast friends to the point of sharing Adrienne's larger trailer. Since they have supported each other through trials and tribulations in life and love. Julissa has hosted several programs for young adults on networks like MTV, BET, more, including shows like 106 & Park and The Jersey Shore Aftershow, her ultimate goal is to be a major talk show personality, like Oprah Winfrey. Adrienne has had success as a singer for pop groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, as well as an actress. Adrienne's inspiration is Jennifer Lopez, solidifying her solo singing career is her primary objective. In addition to their career aspirations, the girls are eager to find the right guy to settle down with.

Both have high profile exes in the world of sports and entertainment, try to put their romantic pasts behind them. Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne on IMDb

Bruce Ableson

Bruce Ableson is an American computer programmer and website developer. He is best known as the inventor of the first online blogging community. Ableson was raised in West Bloomfield Township and graduated from Birmingham Groves High School. During high school, he worked as editor of the Groves Scriptor, became an Eagle Scout, appeared in several short Super 8 films produced by schoolmate Ted Raimi. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications, Ableson worked for several years as a systems consultant and programmer. During this time, Ableson developed Open Diary, which launched on October 20, 1998. Ableson built the first system for blog comments, innovated the use of friend's list privacy settings and activity feeds on the site; these features have led some to credit Ableson's site and inventions to be the beginnings of social networks and social media. Chicago Tribune: Journal Writers Go Public with Personal Experiences Los Angeles Times: Teens Go Online to Post Their Innermost Thoughts - Anonymously Washington Post: Teen Diaries, Online

West Monroe, Louisiana

West Monroe is a city in Ouachita Parish, United States. It is situated across from the neighboring city of Monroe; the two cities are referred to as the Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana. Its population was 13,065 at the 2010 census and it is part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area; the mayor is Staci Albritton Mitchell. Laid out in 1837 as Byron by John Campbell at the foot of the ferry landing to Monroe, the town floundered and Campbell went bankrupt; the area was bought by Christopher Dabbs, a doctor from Virginia who submitted the plans for Cotton Port in 1854. It too languished until the arrival of the Vicksburg, Shreveport, & Texas Railroad and the construction of the bridge over the Ouachita. Cotton Port boomed as a river rail depot. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.0 square miles, of which 7.7 square miles is land and 0.2 square mile is water. West Monroe is a separate municipality from Monroe; as of the census of 2000, there were 13,250 people, 5,734 households, 3,457 families residing in the city.

The population density was 1,717.2 people per square mile. There were 6,312 housing units at an average density of 818.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 61.9% White, 33.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population. There were 5,734 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.7% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.5 males.

For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,522, the median income for a family was $35,348. Males had a median income of $28,231 versus $22,533 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,803. About 15.6% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.1% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over. The current mayor is Staci Albritton Mitchell, who has served since 2018. A 2013 "Community Impressions" report complimented the green spaces, including the Kiroli and Restoration parks, Antique Alley as important assets to the West Monroe community. According to long-term Mayor Dave Norris, the study confirms "the value of many of the projects we've focused on to enhance quality of life." The report identifies situations in need of improvement, many of which have been addressed, including insufficient or inaccurate signage to area attractions, brown water and the need to renovate certain wells, limited shopping opportunities for clothing, traffic problems on Thomas Road, the failure to promote the popular phenomenon created from the West Monroe-based A&E reality television series, Duck Dynasty.

The consultants declared West Monroe and the general area west of the Ouachita River overall as "a clean, growing friendly area... a small town atmosphere and yet... many of the amenities and features of a city." 1022nd Engineer Company of the 527th Engineer Battalion of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in West Monroe. Charles Anding, union officer and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 15 from 1988 to 1996 Evelyn Blackmon and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 15 from 1984 to 1988 Donnie Copeland, former West Monroe Pentecostal assistant pastor and Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 2015 to 2017 Kitty DeGree, real estate developer and philanthropist, spent years in West Monroe, where she died in 2012 Clarence Faulk, broadcaster, businessman in Ruston, born in West Monroe in 1909 William C. Feazel, interim U. S. Senator in 1948, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1932–1936 Bruce Fowler, opera singer Andy Griggs, country singer Kevin Gordon, Americana singer/songwriter James D. Halsell, astronaut.

Born in Monroe. William Wiley Norris, III, city and circuit court judge Webb Pierce, Country Music Hall of Fame member Cassidy Riley, professional wrestler for WWE and TNA Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty star and founder of Duck Commander Kay Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Korie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star Bill Russell, professional basketball player, center for Boston Celtics, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and twelve-time All-Star Dale Thorn and press secretary to Governor Edwin Edwards Mike Walsworth, 1st State Senator from West Monroe Andrew Whitworth, NFL offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams who played football at Louisiana S