Chris Lee
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Chris Lee
Christopher John "Chris" Lee was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for . He served from January 2009 until he resigned February 9, 2011 after it was revealed that he had solicited a transsexual woman on Craigslist and emailed a shirtless photo of himself.
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The Royal Treatment: Elektra with the Boston Orchestra Symphony at Carnegie Hall
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In a galvanizing, hair-raising performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra arrived at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night a hundred strong and with a vengeance that could only be befitting of one character and the opera that was named for her: Richard Strauss' Elektra. Goerke, Nelsons, Barkmin- Photo courtesy of Chris Lee The libretto by Hugo von Hofmannstahl, the first one of his many successful collaborations with Strauss, is an adaptation of Sophocles's play of the same name. To avenge the sacrifice of her daughter Iphegenia, the queen Klytamnestra has murdered her husband, the king Agamemnon, with the help of her lover Aegisth. Klytamnestra has three other children from her marriage to Agamemnon: Elektra, who is fiercely loyal to her father's memory and vehemently hates her mother, Chrysothemis, who longs for peace and domesticity and has remained in the good graces of Klytamnestra and Aegisth, and Orest, a son despised by Klytamnestra and allied with Elektra who is believed to ...
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Alma Blenker, 96
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
Alma R. Blenker, age 96 of Melrose, died peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose, Minnesota. A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with Rev. Ken Thielman officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Melrose. Visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the funeral home in Melrose. Alma Rose Faber was born March 5, 1919 in Getty Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Frank and Helen (Deters) Faber. On October 7, 1943 she was united in marriage to Alphonse Blenker at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed two miles north of Melrose for many years before moving into town. Alma was a fan of the MN Twins and enjoyed knitting and embroidering. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Christian Mothers, and Catholic United Financial. Survivors include her children, Sharon (Meyer) Tesrow of Sleepy ...
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First Gay Weddings In Hawaii Take Place
Huffington Post - about 3 years
HONOLULU -- Same-sex marriage took more than two decades of activism to reach Hawaii, but the first ceremonies only took a few minutes. Shortly after the clock struck midnight Monday — the moment state marriage license applications became available online — six same-sex couples began to exchange their vows at a festive, historic celebration on the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki. "I do," said one partner. "I do," said the other. Cue Elvis and the "Hawaiian Wedding Song": Now that we are one Clouds won't hide the sun Blue skies of Hawaii smile On this, our wedding day. It was quite the lovely occasion: The Sheraton's Leahi Club Lounge, with stunning views of Waikiki at night in the rain, was adorned with white flowers and candles. Chaz Hill played piano and sang touching ballads, including John Lennon's "Imagine." Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu performed a stunning oli (a Hawaiian chant). The bar was open. Appetizers were served. And six perfect wedding cakes — two in the shap ...
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Stage Door: <i>A Christmas Carol</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last year, England celebrated the 200th anniversary of novelist Charles Dickens' birth. His sharp eye for satire and his passion for social justice upended Victorian pretensions. He created some of literature's most memorable characters in Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. And in one of his most beloved tales, A Christmas Carol, now at Off-Broadway's charming Theatre at St. Clements, his gift for caricature and push for a humane society is smartly staged. Patrick Barlow, who adapted the Tony-winning 39 Steps, has again employed his gift for economical prose, having five actors bring Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchet, Tiny Tim and Mrs. Fezziwig, among others, to life. Given the recent "two New Yorks" theme espoused by new mayor Bill de Blasio, the politics of A Christmas Carol seem modern, a reminder that economic disparity remains an ongoing concern. Christmas Carol opens at the offices of Scrooge &amp; Marley; Marley is dead, but Mr. Scrooge (a solid Peter Bradbury) who ope ...
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The Legacy Of Aloha: What Marriage Equality Means To Hawaii
Huffington Post - over 3 years
HONOLULU, HAWAII -- In December 1990, three couples went to the Hawaii Department of Health and asked for something thousands of people in love had requested and received before them — marriage licenses. But Ninia Baehr and Genora Dancel, Tammy Rodriquez and Antoinette Pregil, and Pat Lagon and Joseph Melilio were told no. The reason? It wasn’t because they were close relatives or minors, which the law explicitly forbids from marrying. They were just of the same sex. Starting Dec. 2, gay couples will be able to wed in the Aloha State. Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act into law Wednesday during an invitation-only ceremony at the Honolulu Convention Center. Dancel watched the moment unfold from her seat in the intimate theater. She sat with Kathryn Dennis, who she plans to marry soon, saying afterward that it’s been an incredible journey. “I wish we could’ve been the first state but this is the way it turned out and I can’t complain,” said Dancel, wh ...
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Hawaii becomes 15th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii's governor signed into law on Wednesday a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony. The new law, which takes effect on December 2, makes Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize nuptials for gay and lesbian couples, rolling back a 1994 statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. "In Hawaii, we are all minorities, and we all deserve the same aloha," state Representative Chris Lee, a leading proponent of the measure, said before Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill. Abercrombie said that despite misgivings by opponents who felt their religious beliefs were infringed, the measure served the "greater good" by more fully embracing gay and lesbian members of society, who had long felt marginalized.
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Hawaii Representative Chris Lee Receives Death Threat For Supporting Gay Marriage
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hawaii Representative Chris Lee (D.) does not parse words when it comes to his support for same-sex marriage. The 32-year-old is expected to vote in favor of SB-1, the Senate-approved bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii, and his Facebook page is dotted with pro-LGBT sentiments. The time is now, he says, for "ending hurtful discrimination and treating everyone with the same respect and aloha that we all deserve." More...
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Government Shutdown Hinders Molasses Spill Investigations In Hawaii
Huffington Post - over 3 years
HONOLULU - Three weeks after a quarter million gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor in what is likely the state's worst-ever marine environmental disaster, federal agencies involved in investigating the spill have essentially closed up shop. “Because of the government shutdown, I will be out from October 1 until funding is restored,” says an outgoing message on the phone of Bill Keener, assistant public affairs director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office, which oversees Hawaii. Reporters were greeted with similar recordings Tuesday from numerous officials at the EPA, which oversees the federal Clean Water Act, and from employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both agencies have been investigating the spill and assisting with cleanup or restoration activities. The federal government shut down at midnight on the east coast on October 1 after Congress proved unable to agree on a new budget. There’s no way to know when 8 ...
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Shipper will pay for Hawaii molasses spill cleanup
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
HONOLULU (AP) — The chief executive of the transit company responsible for spilling 1,400 tons of molasses in Hawaii waters says the company will fully pay for cleanup and other costs without passing them on to taxpayers or customers. Some 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled from the leaky pipe as the sugary substance was moved from storage tanks to ships sailing to California. Chris Lee, a safety and security manager at Matson, told reporters during the tour that Matson learned of the spill from one of its neighbors who noticed something in the water on Sept. 9, one day after Matson finished pumping the molasses and sent its boat to Oakland, Calif. In a phone interview, Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said it's clear lawmakers have to look at how the system run by Matson Navigation Co. is regulated by federal and state officials. Glenn Okimoto, director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for overseeing Matson's use of the harbor, said the state didn't ...
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Gay Marriage In Hawaii Could Be Reality
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The following article is provided by Civil Beat. By Nathan Eagle and Chad Blair Governor Neil Abercrombie can call a special session on gay marriage and expect to pass it, according to a detailed Civil Beat analysis of conversations with legislators and a look at secondary sources. But it will be a close call. Civil Beat called all 51 House representatives this week and spoke to a variety of other people in the political sphere. Based on interviews with a number of lawmakers, some of whom were granted anonymity so they could comment on sensitive deliberations, the tally in favor of same-sex marriage legislation was 27 in favor, 15 opposed. Twenty-six votes are required for passage, and some of the nine other legislators who said they have “reservations” are ultimately likely to back it. Some lawmakers might evolve in one direction or the other, but if the governor calls for a special session, it appears that the votes will be there and Hawaii will legalize marriage equality. A nu ...
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Fidelity Investments' Take on Financial Stocks
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
REITs and consumer-finance stocks appear expensive but commercial banks and insurers are cheap, writes fund manager Chris Lee.
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Amy B. Dean: Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's way past time to invest in our nation's infrastructure. The obstructionists in the GOP need to get out of the way on this if they cannot propose an alternative. Rather than listening to the more moderate voices of their own party in the Senate who have gone on record as supporting investment in infrastructure, the hardliners are prepared to spend nary a penny to rebuild America. They are even losing touch with those in the think tanks and media institutions who are normally Republican allies: Jim Harper of the libertarian Cato Institute, for instance, told CNN in 2011 that he would support improvements to broadband Internet infrastructure in order to make the U.S. more competitive on the world stage. "If you're able to access information more quickly, then that increases productivity -- especially in an economy like ours which is increasingly a knowledge-based economy," Harper said. And it's not just broadband Internet that our economy needs in order to begin to ...
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Spencer Green: David Petraeus, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards to Team Up, Fight Crime
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In an unusual development, former CIA Director David Petraeus will be teaming up with former New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, and former Senator John Edwards to secretly fight crime as a group called The Insatiables. "Beware, evildoers -- you have a new enemy," said Insatiables spokesperson Randy Kulok. "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and you don't mind the shame of having to deal with them, maybe you can hire The Insatiables." The Insatiables plan to use their unique backgrounds and personal experiences to combat a variety of deviant and criminal acts, while traveling around the country in a custom-made van marked "Not The Insatiables" to throw off anyone thinking that they actually might be The Insatiables. When asked whether or not this van, along with making a public announcement about The Insatiables' very existence, blows the group's chances of maintaining any secrecy, Kulok said, "The group ad ...
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'If You Hate It, You Hate It': Peter Jackson Isn't Afraid Of 'The Hobbit's' Controversial Technology
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In April, Peter Jackson premiered footage of his highly anticipated return to Middle-earth, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. What Jackson thought would spark conversation about the plot and characters, instead created a ferocious debate over the use of 48fps (frames per second) technology, which is twice the standard frame rate that has been used to make movies since the 1930s. When Jackson premiered a lengthy segment of "The Hobbit" at Comic Con on Saturday night, it was not presented in 48 frames per second, but the normal 24. (The footage was also in 2D instead of 3D.) Ahead, Jackson says his disappointment with the reaction at CinemaCon is a big reason why. I met the Oscar-winning director at his hotel room just outside Hall H at Comic Con in San Diego. Jackson seemed in good spirits after the positive reception to "The Hobbit" reel just a few hours before. Here, the Oscar-winning director explains why the tone of his version of "The Hobb ...
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Highland Murder Suspect Found After 21 Years
Loma Linda Patch - almost 5 years
Updated at 1 p.m. Alfred Terrance Woods pleaded not guilty Monday to a single count of murder, with a special circumstance of discharging a firearm, specifically a .22-caliber rifle, according to court records. His next appearance -- a confirmation of counsel hearing -is set for next week, according to Chris Lee, information officer for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office. --- A man who eluded authorities for a score of years following the shooting death of a man in Highland was due in court Monday to answer to a murder charge. Jullian Terry Cane, who has been going under the name of Alfred Terrance Woods for years, was arrested in Michigan by a U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force April 13, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's homicide detectives. He is suspected in the Feb. 17, 1991 death of Horace Terry at the Rimrock Apartment complex in the 7800 block of Sterling Avenue, officials said. Woods, 49, was returned to San Bernardino County Fr ...
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Raw Video: April 14 Tornado In Dacoma, Okla.
KOCO- Oklahoma City - almost 5 years
KOCO photojournalist and FirstAlert Storm Tracker Chris Lee put together this video from his time tracking a storm on April 14 near Dacoma, Okla.
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Swan Lake ballet performances this weekend
KBZK - almost 5 years
Yellowstone Ballet Co. and Main Street Dance Theater present the classic ballet Swan Lake. Three outstanding, professional guest artists will perform the lead roles in Swan Lake, a joint production by Bozeman's Main Street Dance Theater and Livingston's Yellowstone Ballet Company, artfully staged by artistic director Kathleen Rakela. Performances are Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. on the Willson auditorium in Bozeman. Sunday's matinee performance includes an additional abridged version of Swan Lake, performed by YBC's Youth Corp, and a free "royal gift" for all children in attendance. "Swan Lake is one of the classic ballets which hasn't been performed in Montana for over 10 years," said Rakela. Sharon Wehner, principal ballerina with the Colorado Ballet, will dance the roles of Odette, the enchanted princess, and Odile, the black swan. She has performed such roles as Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Medora in Le Corsaire, Aurora in The Sle ...
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Chris Lee Near Woodward
KOCO- Oklahoma City - almost 5 years
Photographer Chris Lee is near Woodward.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Lee
  • 2011
    Age 46
    On February 9, 2011, Lee was found to have been soliciting at least one woman on Craigslist.
    More Details Hide Details Claiming to be a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist but using his real name, he used a Google Gmail account to send writer Yesha Callahan, a shirtless photo taken with his BlackBerry phone. Yesha Callahan searched his name, discovered he was a married Congressman, and turned over her email correspondence to the New York news blog Gawker. After confirming the facts, Gawker published its exposé on February 9, 2011. Lee resigned from office the same day. He also issued a statement of apology, saying, “I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.” Lee did not return to Western New York after his resignation. Democrat Kathleen Hochul filled his seat after winning the special election on May 24 set by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
    In the wake of the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona, Lee said "I think what we need to look at is ensuring there are sufficient background checks to make sure that those who are unstable don’t have access to weapons of that nature."
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    In December 2010, he met with representatives of online travel agencies to pressure them into complying with a law that requires websites to show when regional airlines are operating any part of a flight. “It's embarrassing that this stuff has not been done”, Lee said. “I made that painfully clear to them.
    More Details Hide Details No excuses.”
    He was criticized for liberal use of the franking privilege to send constituents glossy newsletters, some of which were described as promotional whereas others only gave constituents information on new legislation and proposals. In August 2010, Lee proposed a plan to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The plan involved lowering the corporate tax rate, student loan forgiveness for students who enter fields related to manufacturing, and trade reform to open up new markets.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    In 2009, Lee supported the proposed "Student Internet Safety Act," which was aimed at protecting children from internet predators.
    More Details Hide Details Although Lee was a fiscally conservative budget hawk, he obtained $29.7 million in federal funds (known as earmarks) for his district - more than any of the Democratic members of Congress in neighboring districts. Lee explained that earmarks can be helpful in promoting job growth and said it is better to have earmarks than to have spending decisions made by unelected bureaucrats. He obtained earmarks for a small arms practice range for an Air Reserve station, high speed rail, and local defense contractors.
    He served from January 2009 until he resigned February 9, 2011 after it was revealed that he had solicited a woman who was not his wife with a picture of himself without a shirt.
    More Details Hide Details Lee was raised in Tonawanda, New York in a politically active family. His sister ran regional affairs in western New York for former Governor George Pataki, and his father was the finance chairman on several campaigns for former U.S. Rep. Jack Quinn. Lee earned a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from the University of Rochester and a master of business administration from Chapman University in California. At Rochester, he was a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. During his campaign for Congress, it emerged that Lee was fired from a sales job in Buffalo at Ingram Micro (now in Amherst) when he was 25 years old. He had obtained his supervisor's password and accessed customer accounts to change their credit limits with the company. This meant that the customers could purchase on account more of Ingram's products, thus increasing Lee's commission. Lee and another employee were fired. During the campaign, Lee issued a statement: "At my first job out of college, I made a mistake and broke company policy and was let go. What's important is that I learned from that mistake, and have had a successful career building a business and creating jobs for families here in Western New York."
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Thomas M. Reynolds. and ultimately supported by all seven of the district's Republican county chairmen, who met in May 2008 to announce Lee would hold the party's official endorsement.
    More Details Hide Details His candidacy garnered the support of state GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik in an election year in which the Republican party was looking for self-financed candidates. Lee won reelection in 2010 with 76 percent of the vote in a district that consistently votes Republican, according to The Weekly Standard. In Congress, Lee was a conservative who voted with the Republican party 93% of the time during his first term. He voted "no" on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and "no" on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the health care reform bills. He voted with the Democrats to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program, provide compensation to the 9/11 responders, overhaul the nation's food safety system, and reauthorize the America Competes Act.
    Lee announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 26th congressional district in April 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He was endorsed by the incumbent Rep.
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, Lee became Automation Group President of International Motion Control (IMC) of Erie County, another company founded by his father.
    More Details Hide Details He oversaw the group's acquisition of the solenoid valve firm Evolutionary Concepts Inc., and worked at IMC until it was sold to the ITT Corporation for nearly $400 million dollars. Chris Lee and his wife, Michele, have one child. Chris Lee's father established the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, where Chris Lee served as director. The foundation promotes cancer and mental illness awareness, education, prevention, and research in Western New York.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    Lee moved to California where he worked for Microtek Laboratory as director of sales before returning to New York in 1995 to work for Enidine, Inc., a company founded by his father.
    More Details Hide Details He worked at Enidine in various roles including Pacific Rim sales manager, director of international sales and marketing, and then general manager. Enidine manufactured products for commercial aviation, and for the industrial and defense markets and had manufacturing capabilities in Orchard Park, New York, as well as Bad Bellingen, Germany and Yokohama, Japan. Under Lee's direction, the business was transformed "from a small machine shop in western New York to a global enterprise," according to The New York Times.
  • 1964
    Born on April 1, 1964.
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