Joseph Hugh Allen
American politician
Joseph Hugh Allen
Joseph Hugh Allen was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from the industrial city of Baytown, who fought for ethics reform. He was among the bipartisan "Dirty Thirty" lawmakers who in 1971 pushed for the ouster of Speaker Gus Mutscher of Brenham in Washington County, who was subsequently convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for the passage of banking legislation in what is known as the Sharpstown scandal.
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Flame retardants tied to risk of thyroid disease in women
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Women with high levels of common flame retardants in their blood may have an elevated risk for thyroid disease, a recent study suggests. PBDEs belong to “a class of chemicals that interfere with our endocrine system – so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals," said lead researcher Joseph Allen of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. PBDEs disrupt the endocrine system by interfering with the body's production of the hormone estrogen.
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Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. More than a decade after Greater Good first started reporting on the science of compassion, generosity, happiness—what we call “the science of a meaningful life”—the research in our field is acquiring ever more nuance and sophistication. New studies build on and even re-interpret findings from previous years, particularly as their authors use more exacting methods, with bigger and broader data sets, and consider additional factors to explain prior results. These nuances are clearly reflected in this year’s list of our Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life—the fourth such list compiled by Greater Good’s editors. Indeed, many of this year’s entries could be described as “Yes, but” insights: Yes, as prior findings suggest, being wealthy seems to make people less generous, but only when they reside in places with high inequality. Yes, pursuing happines ...
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Irish sweep all before them at Royal Ascot
Fox News - over 3 years
Ireland dominated the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting on Tuesday carrying all before them in the first four races including the feature race the St James's Palace Stakes. In doing so they denied challengers from the United States, Australia and South Africa as well as the massed ranks of the home country in the most prestigious racing festival in Europe. Aidan O'Brien was to the fore courtesy of a big-race double. But the honours belonged principally to Jim Bolger, whose brave decision to start Derby disappointment Dawn Approach in the St James's Palace Stakes saw the colt win an epic renewal. Dawn Approach finished last at Epsom just 17 days earlier, having raced like a rodeo bull. But Bolger felt sure his horse had recovered and was fully vindicated. None of Dawn Approach's competitive fire had been quelled as he fought tooth and nail to fend off Toronado by a short head. Although Toronado was among the sufferers in a melee halfway down the home straight, he had every chan ...
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Are You GREAT just because You Exist?!
Psych Central - over 4 years
“True self confidence comes from honing your talents and learning things,” says the book Generation Me, “not from being told you’re great just because you exist.” “Parents want to make their children happy, and children want stuff,” says the book The Narcissism Epidemic. “Thus parents buy them stuff. And children are happy, but only for a short period of time. Then they want even more stuff.” “Throwing material goods at problems is a notoriously unsuccessful solution,” says the book The Price of Privilege. “Problems need to be addressed with thought, insight, and empathy, not shoes and purses.” (How many shoes and purses do you own?! or ties and sneakers?! or backpacks and lalaloopsy dolls? or skateboards and legos?:) Escaping the Endless Adolescence, Dr. Joseph Allen tells of a young man who said to him during a job interview: “I get the sense that sometimes parts of the work can be a little boring, and I don’t want to be bored.” Dr. Allen writes: “He didn’t seem to understand ...
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Art-loan datapoints of the day, Peter Brant edition - over 4 years
Miles Weiss and Katya Kazakina, of Bloomberg, have a fascinating article today about the art-finance activities of Peter Brant, who — like many big-time art collectors — is using much of his collection as collateral in order to borrow money. The Bloomberg report is pretty straight-down-the-line, however, which makes me suspect that they missed a rather more interesting story. First up, there’s this: Brant will also use part of the proceeds from the borrowings to finance the purchase of another major piece of artwork, the person familiar with the plans said. Which is another way of saying that Brant is basically trying to put together a leveraged art collection, built on a combination of his own wealth, on the one hand, and borrowed money, on the other. That’s very dangerous, given that art by its nature doesn’t throw off any kind of interest or dividend payments. You can’t use cashflows from art to pay the interest on the debt used to buy it. But then, more worryingly, we fin ...
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Victims Identified In Pair of Fatal Enfield Accidents Sunday
Enfield Patch - over 4 years
It has been a horribly busy Labor Day weekend for the Enfield Police traffic division.  Police are investigating two separate car accidents that took the lives of two Enfield residents and a woman from Suffield, according to Enfield Sgt. Charles Grasso, the traffic supervisor for the department. "In the 12 years that I've worked, this has been an usual and extremely busy weekend," Grasso said Monday afternoon. The first fatal accident of the weekend occurred Sunday morning when a passing motorist saw a motorcycle off the road on North Street. Police and emergency personnel responded and discovered that Joseph Allen Beck, 37, of Longview Road, Enfield, had been killed when the motorcycle he was riding left the north side of the road and struck a series of trees, according to police. Beck was pronounced dead at the scene at a little before 2:30 a.m., Grasso said.  The second accident occurred 16 hours later when police and emergency personnel responded to a two-car head-on co ...
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Week in Review, Sept. 1: Walmart Market Hiring, Gum Ranch Development, Lungren Op/Ed, More
Fair Oaks Patch - over 4 years
It was another busy week in the Fair Oaks and Carmichael areas with plenty of stories impacting us around town and abroad. The Bureau of Reclamation got busy pouring an additional 14,000 tons of gravel into the American River near Sailor Bar. Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) responded to the less-than-warm welcome he received in a Carmichael Town Hall meeting on Aug. 23. And finally, former local editor Victor Calderon said goodbye to the community of Carmichael which he covered for nearly two years. It's been a nice long holiday weekend. When you get back in front of the computer, take a minute to catch up on all the stories making headlines this week. Hiring Center Busy for Walmart Neighborhood Market - Carmichael store to open in late October on Madison Avenue. Halloween Stores Begin Hiring in Carmichael - The seasonal business is looking for help for its Roseville, Rocklin, Citrus Heights and other Sacramento-area stores. 'Celebration' Set For Shooting Victim - O ...
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Motorcyclist crashes, dies on Swift Drive
Business & Heritage - Clarksvill - over 4 years
On July 15, at approximately 1:37 p.m., a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle ridden by a 42 year old male was traveling north on Swift Drive after having turned right from McGraw Street. Clarksville Police officers examine the crash scene According to a witness, the rider accelerated on Swift Drive, leaned to negotiate a curve, lost control, went off the right side of the paved roadway into a yard at 957 Swift Drive and hit a culvert. The impact of hitting the culvert caused the rider and motorcycle to become airborne. The rider died at the scene. Clarksville Police have identified the rider as Joseph Allen Weyand of Clarksville. The lead investigator is Officer Evon Parkes. [Photos by Jim Knoll-CPD]
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Fake Bomb Bank Robber Suspect Indicted
Diamond Bar Patch - almost 5 years
A Los Angeles man deployed scary-but-fake remote control bombs to rob banks from Santa Monica to West Covina, and was indicted last week, the FBI announced today. William Joseph Allen, 32, allegedly dropped off packages of electronic components and wiring as he told tellers that someone outside the bank would detonate the bomb if his flight was interrupted. Some of the robbery notes said the suspect had a friend outside the bank who was monitoring police radio frequencies and whom he would advise to "press a button" if the victim alerted police. One note warned that the "establishment will not exist." Allen was dubbed the "Explosives Threat Bandit" by the FBI. He was charged in an eight-count indictment for bank robbery and attempted bank robbery for capers in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, El Monte, Baldwin Park and West Covina by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, the FBI announced today. Allen was arrested April 17 in downtown Los Angeles by Los Angeles Police ...
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Two men plead guilty to stealing scrap metal from vacant homes
abc Newspapers - almost 5 years
Two of three men accused of stealing scrap metal, specifically copper, from a vacant house in Anoka, have each pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge and been sentenced. Michael Lee Morgan, 26, 14842 Xkimo St. N.W., Ramsey, who entered a guilty plea to an aiding and abetting attempted theft charge, had a 12 month and one day prison sentence stayed April 18 when he was put on probation for two years and six months and given credit for 19 days served in jail. Probation conditions include chemical dependency treatment, random breathalyzer and urinalysis testing, no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol, no gambling and no entry into a gambling facility. He was also fined $1,000. Late last year, Tyler Carl Belrose, 44, 530 E. Main St., Anoka, entered a guilty plea to a third-degree burglary charge and at sentencing, a 12-month prison term was stayed. He was put on probation for five years and jailed for 135 days with credit for 61 days served. A warra ...
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Suspect in West Covina Bank Robbery Nabbed
Walnut Patch - almost 5 years
A man authorities have dubbed the "Explosives Threat Bandit" has been arrested. William Joseph Allen was arrested April 17 and is in federal custody, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.  Allen was wanted for a string of bank robberies in West Covina, Los Angeles, and West Hollywood between November 2011 and January of this year. The suspect allegedly threatened to blow up the banks he robbed and left a fake bomb behind each time, the FBI said.  On Nov. 15, the suspect, dubbed the “Explosives Threat Bandit,” robbed the Bank of America in the 2900 block of Eastland Center Drive, according to a news release.  He entered the bank and said, “I have a bomb.” During the West Covina, the suspect can be seen on surveillance tape wearing a suit. At both the West Covina robbery and the one at the West Hollywood Bank of America, the suspect left a device behind made up of electronic components and wiring.   He said that someone outside of the bank would detonate the d ...
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Space shuttle Discovery arrives in Washington
KXLY - almost 5 years
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Tuesday after a series of nostalgic fly-bys on the back of a NASA Boeing 747, bringing whoops of pride and tears to the eyes of space fans and astronauts alike. The 747's flight crew popped a hatch atop the aircraft and waved an American flag as it taxied off the runway. "Its gonna be sad because I won't be able to see it anymore," said 9-year-old Paul Broome, who watched the shuttle fly-by from the National Mall in Washington. The flight -- the last time Discovery would be aloft -- took it from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to the Washington area, where it will spend retirement as a museum piece at an annex to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, near Dulles. The shuttle will be removed from the specially modified 747 and star as the guest of honor at a four-day celebration punctuated by a ceremony Thursday formally welcoming Discovery to the Smithsonian coll ...
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Swaraaj Chauhan: An American's Beautiful Imprint on New Delhi
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Many rulers and architects have left behind their imprint on the historic Indian city of Delhi over the centuries. While a Mughal king's artisans built an impressive Shahjahanabad in Old Delhi, the English architect Edward Lutyen's legacy is the sprawling 'Imperial' New Delhi at the height of British Raj. In 1952, the American architect Joseph Allen Stein arrived in the newly independent India from California and gave a refreshing, modern and international idiom to the capital city's architecture. Born on this day (April 10) in Nebraska 100 years ago, Stein fell in love with India and lived here for nearly half a century. Among Stein's legendary architectural creations, adjacent to the famous Lodi Gardens, are the Ford Foundation headquarters, the India International Centre (IIC), the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-India) and Gandhi-King Plaza, an open-air memorial in IIC. In this Stein-inspired island of simplicity and elega ...
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“Dateline NBC” (4/8/12) Recap: Nancy Smith Wrongfully Accused of Child Molestation?
Current Movie News - almost 5 years
Nancy Smith pleading innocence “Dateline NBC” tonight showcases just one of the child molestation cases from the late 1990s in which innocent individuals were wrongfully convicted during a time when there was rampant accusations being tossed around the United States related to a suspected trend of child care workers abusing daycare children. The case of Nancy Smith from Lorain, Ohio is one which not only should never have gone to trial, but one in which it is felt numerous “professions” should be held accountable for botching! Ron Mott presents this story of Nancy Smith, who in 1993, was accused and arrested for several counts of rape and the abuse of a child all based on the accusations of one mother, Margie Grondin, who first went to the school authorities and police to tell of “disturbing details” from her daughter about being taken by Nancy to the house of a black man instead of school. When the police did not move fast enough in the arrest, Grondin went to the mayor and fina ...
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“Dateline NBC (4/8/12) Preview: Wrongful Conviction? The Nancy Smith Story
Current Movie News - almost 5 years
NBC Dateline logo “Dateline NBC” tonight reports the story of Nancy Smith, a school bus driver from Lorain, Ohio who was charged (and convicted) of child molestation in a case that rocked the foundations of a school system as well as the lives of friends and family. Was she the victim of a wrongful conviction? Ron Mott exposes a case of the accusation of a four-year-old that the bus driver has taken her to her home and exposed her to a pedophile named Joseph Allen while working for HeadStart. According to the story, they were tried together and she was convicted of the charges of gross sexual imposition, rape, and attempted rape being sentenced to 30-90 years in prison while her co-defendant was convicted of gross sexual imposition, rape, and felonious sexual penetration being sentenced to five life terms. The two were acquitted in June, 2009 as there was controversial evidence about the testimony given by the children and the fact the children were “directed” by parents to identif ...
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Engagements: Readence-Kunkel, Weckman-Lano - Shakopee Valley News
Google News - over 5 years
Amy Marie Readence of Shakopee and Joseph Allen Edward Kunkel of Prior Lake announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. An Aug. 27, 2011, wedding is planned at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Laura Weckman and Juston Lano of Jordan
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph Hugh Allen
  • 2008
    Age 68
    Died on May 24, 2008.
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  • 1984
    Age 44
    Allen's wife, Kitty, said that her husband maintained a passion for politics long after he left the legislature and became a lobbyist. He worked first for Getty Oil Company and then from 1984-2001 for the Northern Natural Gas Company, which became the former Enron Corporation in Houston.
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  • 1983
    Age 43
    In 1983, Democratic Governor Mark Wells White named Allen to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission; he was reappointed in 1991 by Ann W. Richards.
    More Details Hide Details Allen also served on Governor Richards' New Texas Foundation and on the Texas Democratic Leadership Council. He was a member of several trade associations, including the Texas Intrastate Pipeline Association, Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners, Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, Greater Houston Partnership, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Center for Public Policy/University of Houston, and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Allen died at the age of 68 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. His mother had died from the same ailment in the 1980s. He was also predeceased by his father and his only son, James Neal Allen. In addition to his wife, Allen was survived by three daughters, Sydney Allen Seaman and husband, William Seaman, of Humble; Mary Katharine Allen Stukenberg and husband, William Stukenberg, of Houston; and Sara Allen Abbott and husband, Matthew Abbott of Arlington, Virginia, and two grandchildren. Services were held on May 27, 2008, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Baytown, with the eulogy delivered by former U.S. Representative Robert Gammage, who had also been one of Allen's "Dirty Thirty" colleagues. Interment was on May 28 at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
  • 1979
    Age 39
    He left the legislature in January 1979, as a Republican Bill Clements was inaugurated governor, the first member of his party to hold the office in 105 years.
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  • 1974
    Age 34
    According to the Houston Chronicle, Allen was known in the legislature as a jokester and a natty dresser who chose bow ties and suspenders. As a legislator in 1974, Allen was automatically a delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention, which came within three votes of adopting a new state Constitution.
    More Details Hide Details While he was a legislator, Allen chaired the House Committee on Administration, the Property Tax Investigating Committee, and the standing committee on State Finance of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • 1961
    Age 21
    He was named "Serviceman of the Year" in 1961 and received a Good Conduct Medal.
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  • 1958
    Age 18
    Allen served in the United States Army Security Agency from 1958 to 1961, with assignments in Japan and the Far East.
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  • 1949
    Age 9
    Born to James Viron Allen and the former Mary Azilea Ferguson, Allen resided his entire life in Baytown, which straddles the Harris and Chambers county lines. He attended public schools from 1949-1958.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated from Lee College, a community college in Baytown, where he served as editor of the Lee Lantern. Allen was inducted into the Lee College Hall of Fame and was later a member of the Lee College board of regents. He also attended the University of Houston, having studied economics and political science.
  • 1940
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1940.
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