Bill Smith
Bill Smith
William Overton Smith, known as Bill Smith, is a U.S. jazz clarinetist, and composer. He has played with Dave Brubeck, among others.
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Proposal To Ban People From Buying Guns During Divorce Gets Pushback
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- The Georgia lawmaker behind a controversial new bill to ban people going through divorce proceedings in the state from buying guns has responded to pushback by adding language to more narrowly target people with a history of domestic abuse.  The original measure would have made it a misdemeanor for anyone involved in a divorce proceeding to purchase a gun, unless he or she had permission from the judge overseeing the case. The bill wouldn't affect the possession of any guns the couple may have owned previously. State Sen. Michael Rhett (D-Marietta), who introduced the bill earlier this month, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that because of "some pushback and the need for bipartisan support," he has decided to include language adding that a person going through a divorce proceeding would be banned from purchasing a gun if a protective order is taken out against him or her, or if there is a history of domestic violence. He did not immediately respond to a requ ...
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Proposal To Ban People From Buying Guns During Divorce Gets Pushback
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- The Georgia lawmaker behind a controversial new bill to ban people going through divorce proceedings in the state from buying guns has responded to pushback by adding language to more narrowly target people with a history of domestic abuse.  The original measure would have made it a misdemeanor for anyone involved in a divorce proceeding to purchase a gun, unless he or she had permission from the judge overseeing the case. The bill wouldn't affect the possession of any guns the couple may have owned previously. State Sen. Michael Rhett (D-Marietta), who introduced the bill earlier this month, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that because of "some pushback and the need for bipartisan support," he has decided to include language adding that a person going through a divorce proceeding would be banned from purchasing a gun if a protective order is taken out against him or her, or if there is a history of domestic violence. He did not immediately respond to a requ ...
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Man sentenced to 158 years to life for killing woman over unpaid cable bill
LATimes - over 1 year
A man was sentenced Oct. 22 to 158 years to life in prison for killing a woman and wounding her boyfriend in an argument about a $10 cable bill, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.  Kenneth Theodrick Parks, a 55-year-old black man, was convicted Sept. 10 of one count of first-degree murder in the killing of Terri Kwan Smith, 42. He was also convicted of one count of attempted murder. Jurors also found true gun and great bodily injury allegations.  The prosecutor said Parks and Smith rented out rooms at a home in the 5700 block of South 9th Avenue in Hyde Park. Smith had an 11-year-old daughter and a 20-month-old son, authorities said. The two had a weeklong dispute over a bill Smith had not paid.   Parks was outside Smith’s room on April 14, 2014, when he opened fire, killing her. Smith’s 40-year-old boyfriend was also struck twice by gunfire. The boyfriend was able to grab the gun from Parks, the prosecutor added.  Smith was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m. ...
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Unhappy Ending
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
Portland's working hard to stop gang violence. And yet? It's increased. by Dirk VanderHart GANG VIOLENCE TASK FORCE meetings don't typically involve tears. Depending on the cruel vacillations of Portland's gang attacks—so rare earlier this year before a rash of recent homicides—the semimonthly gatherings might see concerns vented or a bout of cheery kudos. Never tears, though, and rarely conflict. Which is what made Pastor Dwight Minnieweather's speech on a recent Friday noteworthy. "I have a son," Minnieweather said, standing up abruptly as the December 6 meeting of the task force wound down. "He's eight years old, and I don't want to see him shot or killed. Why are we talking about every other subject?" The pastor, who leads local outreach organization Straightway Services, is a regular at the task force meetings. And he frequently brings along former gang members to listen to the discussions. He's got cachet in the group ...
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Marquell Smith, Ex-Marine Sergeant, Launches PAC To Rally Support For Gay Marriage In Illinois
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A former marine sergeant who was kicked out of the military for being gay has formed his own political action committee to rally support for the passage of SB10. His group will concentrate mainly on building support in communities of color. Marquell Smith said that being in the Marines had taught him the importance of sacrifice, and he hoped that his new PAC, Inclusive Community Project (ICP), would impart that relevance to members of the public who want to see same-sex marriage brought to Illinois. At ICP's inaugural gathering Oct. 3 at the Sheraton hotel & Towers, 301 N. Water St., Smith said that when he was let go from the service under Don't Ask Don't Tell, he was offered an honorable discharge only if he promised not to fight the charges. But he refused to keep quiet about them. "That meant I didn't get benefits. That means I can't get the GI Bill," Smith said. Read the whole story at Windy City Times.
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Arkansas State losing Army ROTC program
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Arkansas State's program, which according to the university's release is one of 13 programs scheduled for closure nationwide, has about 122 participants. According to the university, Lamont said methodology for reviewing the 273 programs nationwide included considerations for market potential, the Army's academic discipline needs, the program's historical production, and proximity to other Army ROTC units. "Arkansas State values its historic relationship with the Army's ROTC, and we have produced nearly 2,500 officers who have served our country," Hudson said in the Arkansas State statement. Bill Smith, Arkansas State's executive director for marketing and communications, told the newspaper that the decision is reminiscent of past military base closures.
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Illinois Residents Call on State & National Groups to Join Gov. Quinn Petition: Stop Lying to Kids on Coal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Outraged by the misleading information on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's website for children on coal, former coal miners and citizen groups in the coal country of southern Illinois have launched a CREDO petition to bring the state's infamous coal education fiasco to an end. Calling on statewide and national citizens groups and education organizations to join their efforts, the petition goes straight to the point: Gov. Quinn: Stop Lying to Kids About Coal. As part of a coal education curriculum that has been widely denounced as inaccurate, deceiving and outdated--at best--the state continues to host a website for kids rife with erroneous marketing lingo that overlooks the workplace crisis of black lung disease among coal miners, as well as rising health and environmental costs from coal mining and burning, and climate change. The petition also cites a recent study that found the state of Illinois loses nearly $20 million annually to maintain the co ...
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Sean Eldridge—Investor, Democratic Donor, and Husband of Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes—Is Running for Congress
Mother Jones - over 3 years
When I first met Sean Eldridge last summer, at a Ritz-Carlton lobby bar that doubled as a see-and-be-seen salon for Democratic bigwigs attending the party's national convention in Charlotte, he seemed to fit in just fine. Eldridge, who runs a small investment fund in New York State's Hudson River Valley, met with me to discuss his latest effort, a political group called Protect Our Democracy that planned to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to support replacing the state's lax campaign finance system with publicly funded elections. It was clear, though, that Eldridge had far loftier political aspirations than campaign finance activist. On Monday, Eldridge finally unveiled his candidacy for New York’s 19th Congressional district. I say "finally" because it's been an open secret for months now that Eldridge, who is married to Facebook cofounder and New Republic owner Chris Hughes, wanted to run for Congress. In a July 10 story titled "Young, Rich, and Relocating Yet Again in Hu ...
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Hard Crab Stew, No Longer Hard (Or Messy)
NPR - over 3 years
Some of the greatest summer food experiences take you outside — from shucking corn and barbecuing to spitting watermelon seeds. Chef Bill Smith says his favorite summer memories took place at picnic tables over messy bowls of his grandmother's crab stew. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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UKIP national party hails smashing of “undemocratic” cabinet system in Norfolk - Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Google News - almost 4 years
The Guardian UKIP national party hails smashing of “undemocratic” cabinet system in Norfolk Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Count for Broadland at Costessey. Despite some strong showings UKIP failed to take a seat. Photo: Bill Smith. UKIP national party hails smashing of “undemocratic” cabinet system in Norfolk. Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor Friday, May 24, 2013 6:31 PM ... Norfolk County Council: Three-party alliance establishedBBC News Does your political party listen to you? Readers respondThe Guardian Rainbow coalition established at Norfolk CCLocalGov Local Government Chronicle -Rochdale Online -ITV News all 21 news articles »
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Paul And Paula Topped The Music World 50 Years Ago This Week
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
Paul And Paula Topped The Music World 50 Years Ago This Week Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:22 am, Saturday, February 9, 2013 The reaction to the song was positive and they were advised to bring it to the attention of Major Bill Smith, who had produced Bruce Channel's number one hit, "Hey Baby." Ray became disenchanted with the music business and quit in the middle of a Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour. What they left behind was one of the signature hits of the early 1960s that topped the music world 50 years ago this week.
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Christmas tree-lighting bomb plot goes to jury
Fox News - about 4 years
The federal terrorism trial of an Oregon man accused of attempting to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting went to the jury late Wednesday afternoon. In their deliberations over the guilt or innocence of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, jurors will take on a case unique for several reasons. For one, facts aren't in dispute: Mohamud's defense attorneys and the government prosecutors trying to imprison him for life agree that on Nov. 26, 2010, the then-17-year-old Mohamud intended to kill tens of thousands of people. For another, the very nature of the case means the prosecution finds itself playing defense. It must prove that the FBI did not entrap nor induce Mohamud into the crime during a yearlong sting operation. And last, the jurors' decision will focus most prominently on one thing: What Mohamud was thinking when he was first approached over email by an FBI agent pretending to be a radical Islamic jihadi. Was h ...
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The 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Scoring Rubric
Education Week - about 4 years
Tomorrow, I'll be unveiling the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings. Today, I want to run through the scoring rubric. The Edu-Scholar rankings employ metrics that are publicly available, readily comparable, and replicable by third parties. This obviously limits the nuance and sophistication of the measures, but such is life. There were a few modifications this year. The most significant were the addition of the "Klout score" and the decision to cap the total points available in each category, yielding a maximum possible score of 200. No one achieved a 200. Surveying this year's results, a score around 100 would qualify for top ten status; an 85 would crack the top twenty; and a 60 sufficed to make it into the top fifty. Scores are calculated as follows: Google Scholar Score: This figure gauges the number of articles, books, or papers a scholar has authored that are widely cited. A neat, common way to measure the breadth and impact of a scholar's work is to ...
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Assault rifles at center of gun ownership debate - USA TODAY
Google News - about 4 years
Assault rifles at center of gun ownership debate USA TODAY Assault rifles at center of gun ownership debate. Brian Haas, The Tennessean12:05a.m. EST January 7, 2013. CommentsShare. GAN ASSAULT RIFLES 010413. Bill Smith shoots his AR-15 rifle at Charlie Haffner Memorial Range on December 22 in Franklin ... BENNETT: Did an AR-15 Cause Sandy Hook?The Kittanning Paper Bob Williams: Gun owners need responsibilityRecord-Searchlight Assault-gun crimes few and far betweenTheDay.com all 13 news articles »
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Bills expected to interview Smith
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Lovie Smith is expected to be inteviewed by the Buffalo Bills. Smith, who was fired Monday, is also reportedly interested in the Cardinals top job.
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Hunter Hayes debuts 'Somebody's Heartbreak' video
USA Today - about 4 years
Hayes will perform at tonight's Grammy nominations concert. He's also got a new video.
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Mills River council, sheriff try to resolve pay differences to replace town's deputy
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
MILLS RIVER — Representatives from Mills River Town Council will meet with Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald to discuss replacing the deputy who provides patrol services for the town, council members decided Thursday. The issue arose after the sheriff spoke with Councilwoman Lois Pryor and indicated that he wanted to find a different deputy for the town who might be a better fit for the community, Pryor said. The current deputy, Bill Smith, has worked in the area since April, Town Manager Jaime Laughter said. "He (the sheriff) said he (Smith) is not being accepted as well as he should be," Pryor told the council. She added that the sheriff suggested Sgt. Ricky Bishop as a replacement, but Bishop's salary is $20,000 more than Smith's. Pryor said the sheriff would like the town to agree to split the difference, with $10,000 coming from the Sheriff's Office budget and $10,000 coming from the town. Reaction from town council members was quick and negative. "All we need i ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Smith
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 81
    He remains active nationally, internationally, and on the local Seattle music scene as well, where in 2008, he composed, recorded, and premiered a "jazzopera" titled Space in the Heart.
    More Details Hide Details Eric Salzman wrote (New York Herald Tribune, March 14, 1964): William Smith's clarinet pieces, played by himself, must be heard to believe—double, even triple stops; pure whistling harmonics; tremolo growls and burbles; ghosts of tones, shrill screams of sounds, weird echoes, whispers and clarinet twitches; the thinnest of thin, pure lines; then veritable avalanches of bubbling, burbling sound. Completely impossible except that it happened.(quoted in, quoted on) With Dave Brubeck With Barney Kessel With Shelly Manne
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 39
    After a teaching stint at the University of Southern California, Smith began a thirty-year career at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he taught music composition and performance, co-leading the forward-thinking Contemporary Group first with Robert Suderburg, and then with trombonist Stuart Dempster, from 1966 to 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Both Smith and Dempster are currently professors emeritus. In 1947, Smith composed Schizophrenic Scherzo for the Brubeck Octet, one of the earliest works that successfully integrated jazz and classical techniques, a style that later was given the name "third stream" by Gunther Schuller. Smith has investigated and cataloged a wide range of extended techniques on the clarinet, including the use of two clarinets simultaneously by a single performer, inspired by images of the ancient aulos encountered during a trip to Greece, numerous multiphonics, playing the instrument with a cork in the bell, and the "clar-flute," a technique that involves removing the instrument's mouthpiece and playing it as an end-blown flute. As William O. Smith, he has written several pioneering pieces that feature many of these techniques, including Duo for Flute and Clarinet (1961) and Variants for Solo Clarinet (1963), and he compiled the first comprehensive catalogue of fingerings for clarinet multi phonics. Smith was among the early composers interested in electronic music, and as a performer he continues to experiment with amplified clarinet and electronic delays.
  • 1957
    Age 30
    Winning the Prix de Paris presented Smith the opportunity for two years of study at the Paris Conservatory, and in 1957, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome and spent six years in that city.
    More Details Hide Details He has since received numerous other awards, including two Guggenheim grants.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born in 1926.
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