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Toxey, Alabama

Toxey is a town in Choctaw County, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 137. Toxey is located south of the center of Choctaw County at 31°54'49.118" North, 88°18'30.485" West. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 152 people, 61 households, 45 families residing in the town. The population density was 221.9 people per square mile. There were 74 housing units at an average density of 108.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 13.16 % Black or African American. There were 61 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.87. In the town, the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males. The median income for a household in the town was $23,750, the median income for a family was $27,143. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $17,188 for females; the per capita income for the town was $16,244. About 7.1% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 29.4% of those sixty five or over. Mary Monroe, author Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance


Habermaaß GmbH is a German toy manufacturing company based in Bad Rodach, Bavaria. The company defines itself as an “Inventor for inquisitive minds”, offering a broad selection of products such as wooden and textile toys, home furnishings and accessories for babies and children. Today the company is still a family run company, under the leadership of the managing partner Klaus Habermaaß and the managing director Harald Grosch. In 1938, Eugen Habermaaß and Anton Engel founded “Habermaaß & Co.” as a “factory for fine wooden products”, a couple of months “Wehrfritz & Co." in cooperation with Karl Wehrfritz. In 1940, only two years after its foundation, when Anton Engel withdrew from the company, Eugen Habermaaß became its sole managing director; when he died, in 1955, his wife Luise Habermaaß took over the management of the company. At the same time, their son, Klaus Habermaaß to become the managing director of the company, decided to start an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking. On finishing his engineering studies in 1961, he became engaged in the running of the company, which grew and expanded in the following years.

The small manufacturer of wooden toys sets out to become a market leader in the sector, facing up to the challenge of globalization. The toy manufacturer based in Upper Frankonia expands first in the United States where in 1980 the American company “Skaneateles Handicrafters” becomes part of the Habermaaß Inc. first as a production and as a sales and distribution site. Renamed in the following years as “T. C. Timber”, in 2002 the company receives the definitive company name of “Habermaaß Corp. Inc.". In the meantime, in 1993, a subsidiary is founded in the French location of Evry near Paris under the name of “HABA S. A. R. L" and in 2005 the “HABA UK” site is established in the United Kingdom. In order to expand their product range further the corporate family of HABA and Wehrfritz decided back in 1987 to found Jako-o GmbH, a joint mail-order company for children's fashion and accessories which in 2004 was enlarged with the addition of the sales branches Fit-z and Qiéro. Since the company was founded in 1938, wooden toys have been a trademark of HABA.

The company became known in particular for its construction blocks, which up until now have been an integral part of the product range. Over the decades the product range has expanded: first incorporating other wooden toys such as pulling figures, clutching toys and a complex upgradeable ball track system, followed by the first society games. Which is; the connections with the related Wehrfritz company were taken advantage of in the upcoming development and production of children's furniture –all made in a child friendly way using only the finest woods. Today the main focus of the company still lies in manufacturing out of wood. However, progressively different materials have been incorporated: with dolls and fabric animals, furniture for children's rooms and illumination articles finding their way into the product range, further complemented by gift articles and children's jewelry. All products made by the Habermaaß company, have one shared aim, fostering the healthy development of children.

Since it was founded in 1938, the company's production site has been located in the Upper Frankonian town of Bad Rodach, just a few kilometers away from the federal state boundary with Thuringia. It is from here that all business and the daily activities of the different branch offices are monitored and directed; the company holds distribution branches in France and the United Kingdom. Today the company is established in both the European and world markets – with distribution areas stretching from Japan, the Near East and Europe to North and South America. Amongst the most prestigious awards that have been conferred on HABA are the Best Children's Game of the Year, the German Children's Games award, the Toy Innovation Award and the German Educational Game Award. Best Children's Game of the Year 2000 – Pete the Pirate 2002 – Highly Suspect 2003 – Shiver-Stone Castle 2005 – Akaba German Children's Games award 2001 – Klondike 2006 – The Black Pirate 2010 – Dragon Diego Dart Toy Innovation Award 2005 – Akaba German Educational Game Award 2006 – Big Cheese 2007 – Said and done!

Many HABA playthings have been designated with the "Spiel Gut" stamp. Karuba, one of HABA's strategy board games, was nominated for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres award. HABA

Three stripes

Three stripes is a trademark of Adidas consisting of three parallel lines, which feature along the side of Adidas apparel. Adidas was known for this branding early in its history, with its owner, Adolf Dassler, describing it as "The three stripe company". Designs for shoes registered in 1949 incorporated the three stripes along the side. Finnish sports brand Karhu Sports sold the three stripe trademark to Adidas for €1,600 and two bottles of Whiskey. In 1998, Adidas sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association over their rules limiting the size and number of commercial logos on team uniforms and apparel. Adidas withdrew the suit, the two groups established guidelines as to what three-stripe designs would be considered uses of the Adidas trademark. In late 2004, rival sporting good manufacturers filed a complaint to the International Olympic Committee over Adidas being allowed to exceed the 20 cm2 limit permitted for branding with the three stripes. Adidas argued that the trademark device was a design element rather than a logo and despite being an IOC sponsor, which led to accusations of Adidas receiving preferential treatment, the three stripes were banned by the Olympic movement starting with the 2006 Winter Games.

However, Adidas circumvented the ban by using a modified three stripe design, combining them with the number 3, for the 2006 Games. In 2006 Adidas sued All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, other Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation over restrictions on manufacturer's identifications placed on player clothing; the musical artist Lady Sovereign references the Three Stripes trademark in her song "Hoodie" from the album Public Warning. The album was released in 2006 and had multiple remixes, again involving references to the Three Stripes trademark; the music artist Davay made a short hardbass song named "TRI POLOSKI" in 2016. Since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Adidas or "the three-striped brand" has been the trademark of the Russian gopniks and therefore being a major subject for hardbass. Adidas has sued or threatened to sue retailers to protect the brand, including the following cases: 1983: Adidas v Charles O'Neill and Co Ltd 1983 ILRM 112. 1995: settled a dispute with Walmart 2000: Marca Mode v Adidas decided at the European Court of Justice 2002: settled with Walmart 2003: filed a lawsuit in a British court challenging Fitness World Trading's use of a two-stripe motif similar to Adidas's three stripes.

2004: Polo Ralph Lauren 2005: Abercrombie & Fitch, in Portland 2005: Dutch Court of Appeal decided that Adidas had not sufficiently demonstrated that the Marca two-stripe design did not infringe, based on the Benelux Trademarks Act. 2007: Dutch Supreme Court ruled in the case Adidas/Marca Mode II that the two stripe of Marca et al. did not infringe the three stripe trade mark of Adidas. 2008: European Court of Justice decided in favour of Adidas, against Marca Mode, C&A, H&M Hennes & Mauritz and Vendex KBB, that two-stripes could infringe on the Adidas three-stripe trademark. 2008: Kmart 2008: Payless ShoeSource, ordered to pay $304.6 million. No. 01-CV-01655-RE. 2008: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. third confidential settlement. 2009: Aldo Group Inc. filed 14 January in federal court in Portland, claiming a breach of out-of-court settlements between the companies in 2004 and 2006. Adidas America Inc. v. Aldo Group Inc. 3:09- cv-00056 2014 Adidas registers the three-stripe design at the European Union level 2016 The EU's Intellectual Property Office annuls the 2014 registration on the grounds that it was not distinctive enough.

2019 EU General Court upholds the 2016 decision of the EUIPO stating that it did not have enough "distinctive character" to qualify for the trademark. Adidas has settled with Steven Madden Ltd. Target Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. before going to trial. Conrad Brunner. All day I dream about sport: the story of the Adidas brand. London: Cyan. ISBN 1-904879-12-8. A tale of three stripes and family strife The Adidas Three-Stripes Saga Continues Adidas under the microscope Three stripes? Think twice, Newsletter - Spring 2009, TLT LLP Bird & Bird Adidas’ three stripes trade mark: Should Freihaltebedürfnis be considered in the infringement assessment? Adidas defeated in ‘three-stripes’ trademark ruling

Chuckle Time

Chuckle Time is a British television series, broadcast on Channel 5 in 2018. The show was hosted by Paul Elliott, best known as The Chuckle Brothers, it was based off a similar style to that of You've Been Framed!, America's Funniest Home Videos and Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, where fans upload online videos. It was dubbed by the official press releases as "fails and funnies”, which The Chuckle Brothers watch and react to; the duo performed sketches between the clips. It was the duo's final television programme together. Although twelve episodes were scheduled, the series was cut short following the sudden death of Barry Elliott on 5 August 2018 aged 73, meaning only six were broadcast; the final episode was shown in tribute to the comedian. It is unknown whether further episodes were recorded, as it was stated that Barry had been forced to pull out of filming part-way through due to illness. Chuckle Time at British Comedy Guide

161st Virginia General Assembly

The 161st Virginia General Assembly, consisting of members who were elected in both the House election and Senate elections in 2019, convened on January 8, 2020. It is the first time that Democrats have held both houses of the General Assembly and the governorship since the 147th General Assembly in 1993. On November 9, 2019, Eileen Filler-Corn was nominated by the Democratic majority caucus for Speaker of the House of Delegates, upon election by the House on January 8, she became the first woman and first person of Jewish descent to be elected Speaker. Concurrently, Charniele Herring was elected as Majority Leader, making her the first woman and first African-American to serve as Majority Leader. In addition, Ghazala Hashmi became the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Senate. Incumbent Danica Roem became the first transgender legislator to be re-elected to office in U. S. history. In total, the 161st General Assembly has the highest number of women elected to both bodies, with 30 in the House and 11 in the Senate.

Speaker Filler-Corn selected Del. Luke Torian to be the first African-American House Appropriations Chair in state history; this is the first time that an African-American delegate will chair a House committee since William P. Robinson Jr. chaired the Transportation Committee in 1998 and was co-chairman of the panel in 1998, according to House Clerk G. Paul Nardo. Senate Majority Leader: Dick Saslaw Senate Minority Leader: Tommy Norment Senate Majority Caucus Chair: Mamie Locke Senate President pro-tempore: L. Louise Lucas Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair: Scott Surovell Senate Majority Caucus Vice Chair for Policy: Jeremy McPike Senate Majority Caucus Secretary: Jennifer McClellan Senate Majority Caucus Treasurer: Ghazala Hashmi Senate Majority Whips: Barbara Favola and Lionell Spruill Senate Majority Sergeant at Arms: Jennifer Boysko Clerk: Susan Clarke Schaar The Senate of Virginia has 10 Standing Committees and a Committee on Rules. Speaker: Eileen Filler-Corn House Majority Leader: Charniele Herring House Majority Caucus Chair: Rip Sullivan House Minority Leader: Todd Gilbert House Minority Whip: Jay Leftwich House Minority Caucus Chair: Kathy Byron Clerk: Suzette Denslow The House has 14 standing committees.

Pre-filing of bills for the 2020 session began November 18, 2019. 828 bills were passed by the House by crossover day on February 12, 2020, an increase from the 603 bills passed under the Republican majority in the 2019 session. Notable bills filed include: HJ 1 and SJ 1: Resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution HB 1: Legalization of no-excuse absentee voting HB 2: Regulates firearms transfers and sales through background checks HB 3: Prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity HB 4: Legalizes and regulates casino gambling in Virginia through the Virginia Lottery Board HB 177: Joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact HB 961: Banning sale and transport of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines HB 1625: Repealing Virginia's statewide ban on local governments removing or altering Confederate monuments SB 2: Decriminalizing cannabis in Virginia SB 601: Eliminating Lee-Jackson Day and making Election Day a state holiday SB 240: Red flag law SB 868: Prohibits LGBT discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations HJ 1, prefiled by Jennifer Carroll Foy, SJ 1, filed by Jennifer McClellan, will make Virginia the 3rd state since 2017 and the 38th overall necessary to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Both bills were given initial approval, with SJ 1 being approved 28-12 in the Senate and HJ 1 being approved 59-41 in the House, were passed by the other chamber on January 27. All Democrats and several Republicans in both chambers voted in favor of the resolutions; however and advocates have acknowledged legal uncertainty about the consequences of Virginia's potential ratification, due to the expired deadlines and the five states' purported revocations. A peaceful protest opposing gun control legislation occurred outside the Virginia State Capitol on January 20, 2020. List of Virginia state legislatures Bills filed for the 2020 Session

Rob Dickson

Robert Dickson was an Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL, a film director, the winner of the first edition of the reality game show Australian Survivor. Dickson was one of six children, he attended Traralgon, in Victoria, Australia. Dickson made his VFL debut with the Hawthorn Football Club in 1988 after being recruited from Morwell, Victoria, he was a fringe player for the Hawks who played in the midfield, spent a lot of time in the reserves side. He was selected as an emergency for the 1989 VFL Grand Final, he went on to play 17 games for Hawthorn in 3 seasons from 1988–1990. He moved to the Brisbane Bears where he played for one season, in 1991, he played in the 1991 reserves premiership side for Brisbane. Following his football career, Dickson became a film director, directing the television documentaries The Passion to Play, Shane Crawford Exposed and The Essence of The Game, commissioned by the AFL to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Australian rules in 2009. Dickson was one of the 16 castaways on the first edition of Australian Survivor, which aired on the Nine Network in 2002.

He was a member of the Tipara tribe which won all but one tribal immunity challenge, meaning the tribes merged with Tipara having a 7-3 advantage. The Tipara Seven stuck together to vote out the remaining three members of the rival Kadina tribe before having to turn on their own. At the final 6, Dickson formed a new alliance with Sciona Browne and Joel Betts, making a final 3 deal to reach the end of the game, they succeeded, despite Betts facing a tied vote. Dickson secured his place in the Final Two by winning the final immunity challenge and voted out Betts, who had agreed to throw the final challenge so that the pair of allies could make it to the Final Two. Dickson and Browne faced the Final Tribal Council, where he won the A$500,000 grand prize in a 5-2 jury vote. Dickson and his 5-year-old son Byron died in a car accident whilst on holiday in South Africa on 11 April 2009, his oldest son Gabriel, 8, died on 15 April 2009 in the Unitas Hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash. Dickson was the first winner of any Survivor version to die.

Rob Dickson's playing statistics from AFL Tables A Walk to Remember Memorial Website