Michael Stone
Michael Stone
Michael Stone is a Northern Irish loyalist who was a volunteer in the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Stone was born in England but raised in the Braniel estate in East Belfast, Northern Ireland. Convicted of killing three people and injuring more than sixty in an attack on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. While in jail, he became one of the leaders of the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters (UDA/UFF) prisoners.
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Salesforce connects SharePoint files to its cloud with new tool
IT World - about 2 years
Salesforce, the not-so-little cloud CRM company that could, is furthering its play to bring everybody everywhere into the fold with the launch of Salesforce Files Connect, a new tool that brings files from on-premises Microsoft SharePoint into a company's  cloud workflow.  The general idea is that attaching files to things, in general, is way harder than it has to be: Salesforce Senior Vice President of Marketing for Community Cloud Michael Stone cited a recent IDC study that found 61% of employees have to find files from four different data sources in the course of their day to get the job done. Salesforce wants to pull all of those data sources into one place -- specifically, Salesforce. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Mayim Bialik Talks Life After Divorce
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik spoke to ABC News Friday about how she and her sons, Miles and Fred, are adjusting to life after her divorce from Michael Stone. “Divorce is not fun and I don’t recommend it, but kids are absolutely resilient and they are also very sensitive and complicated little people,” she said. “So, it’s been a summer of adjustment, but I’m happy to report they are doing really well." Bialik went on to say that her ex-husband is also coping well and that they are successfully co-parenting their children thus far. "Their dad is doing well and we communicate really well,” she said. Bialik and Stone were married for nine years before she announced their divorce in November 2012. She wrote on her blog, "Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children. It is not something we have decided lightly." Bialik has been open about the fact that continuing to raise their children together is of the utmost importance to her and ...
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Top Belfast court: Protestant militant Stone must serve full sentence for IRA funeral attack
Fox News - over 3 years
The topThat appeals court has ruled that the most notorious Protestant militant of Northern Ireland's conflict, Michael Stone, must serve his full 30-year prison sentence for attacking an IRA funeral.
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Michael J. Tansey: It's the Guns, Stupid!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
We have reason to be extraordinarily proud as Americans this week. Because of the courage, determination, and hard work of President Obama and Vice President Biden, we have a set of ambitious legislative proposals and executive actions whose passage would go a long way toward removing military weaponry from our street corners and rural areas. Despite vehement disagreement from 74 percent of their own membership, the NRA leadership's despicable fear-mongering in the service of profits for gun manufacturers and retailers has not prevented the White House from taking on the bullies, not because it is politically expedient but because it the right thing to do. And the right moment. The NRA's playbook of lying low for a week or so until emotions begin to dissipate, then slithering out self-righteously to deny accountability, discredit those who disagree, and deflect responsibility to the mentally ill and an insufficient proliferation of good-guy guns, is simply not working. No ...
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Robert David Jaffee: Gun-Control Laws Could Have Chilling Effect on Psychiatric Treatment
Huffington Post - about 4 years
My psychiatrist once told me that his own analyst had remarked that if we were held responsible for our thoughts, we would all be put in jail. Bob Dylan made a similar point years ago when he sang, "If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine." Thankfully, no one has guillotined Bob Dylan, and thankfully we are not held responsible for our thoughts. Nor should we be legally liable for the outlandish statements that we make to our psychiatrists, our closest confidants. And yet the newly passed New York State law, the NY SAFE Act, as well as the president's new executive order on mental illness reporting, might put that confidentiality into jeopardy. I am a strong advocate for gun control and believe that no civilian should own an assault weapon or high-capacity magazine. I also believe that those with a mental disorder, like me, should not own firearms of any kind. As readers of this column know, I was once diagnosed with schizop ...
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UK accused of helping to supply arms for Northern Ireland loyalist killings
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Relatives of Catholics killed in 1994 claim compensation, alleging security service complicity in arming UDA Allegations that the government helped to arm loyalist gangs with a large arsenal of weapons at the height of Northern Ireland's Troubles are to surface in court proceedings arising from one of the most notorious massacres of the 30-year conflict. The Ministry of Defence and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are being sued by relatives of six men murdered by a loyalist gunman who opened fire inside a bar crowded with people watching football on television in Loughinisland, County Down, in June 1994. While the families are claiming compensation, they say their aim is to uncover the truth about the killings. The authorities are alleged to have assisted – or at least turned a blind eye – as about 300 automatic rifles and pistols, hundreds of grenades and an estimated 30,000 rounds of ammunition were smuggled into Belfast in 1987. One of the rifles, a Czech-made VZ-5 ...
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The Jim Henson Company Is Shunning Chick-Fil-A And Pulling Toys From Kids Meals
Business Insider - over 4 years
The fallout continues in the Chick-fil-A gay marriage saga. Offended by anti-gay marriage comments from Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy, The Jim Henson Company is ending its relationship with the chicken chain. Previously, the Jim Henson Company provided "Jim Henson Creature Puppets" in Chick-fil-A's kids' meals, reports Michael Stone at the Examiner. Here's the statement the Jim Henson Company released on its Facebook page: "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.  Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.  (http://www.glaad.org/)" GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, an organization that promotes the image of LGBT people. This comes right after the mayor of Boston slammed Chick-fi ...
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Rodney King looks back without anger
KAJ 18 - almost 5 years
(CNN) -- The Los Angeles riots 20 years ago this week were sparked by the acquittal of four L.A. police officers in the brutal beating of suspect Rodney King a year earlier. The turbulence that led to more than 50 deaths and $1 billion in property damage all began with a traffic violation. A poor decision to drink and drive led to a 100-mph car chase and a chain of events that would forever change Los Angeles, its police department and the racial conversation in the United States. King, then a 25-year-old convicted robber on parole, admittedly had a few drinks under his belt as he headed home from a friend's house. When he spotted a police car following him, he panicked, thinking he would be sent back to prison. So he took off. "I had a job to go to that Monday, and I knew I was on parole, and I knew I wasn't supposed to be drinking, and I'm like, 'Oh my God,'" King told CNN last year. Realizing he couldn't outrun police but fearing what they might do to him when they caught hi ...
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U.S. Attorney Honors Four for Helping Crack Kirkland-Based ATM Skimming Ring
Woodinville Patch - almost 5 years
  Three Bothell detectives and a citizen were honored Thursday for helping crack an international skimming ring based in Kirkland that stole money from ATMs across the Eastside and compromised more than $1 million in bank accounts. Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for Western Washington, praised the Bothell resident, identified only as “Cherie,” for calling police after seeing two men withdrawing large sums with several bank cards at a shopping center in the Canyon Park area. Fortuitously, the three Bothell detectives were nearby on a lunch break and also spotted suspicious activity. The two men turned out to be Romanian nationals in the United States illegally. “They managed to evade the Swedish authorities, German authorities, then they went to Canada and evaded authorities there,” Durkan said during the presentation at the Bothell Police Department. “Then they came to Bothell.” Durkan said Cherie called 9-1-1 after going to an ATM and finding a man there using "car ...
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U.S. Attorney: Eastside-Based ATM-Fraud Ring Cracked Thanks to Alert Witness
Mercer Island Patch - almost 5 years
Three Bothell detectives and a citizen were honored Thursday for helping crack an international skimming ring based in Kirkland that stole money from ATMs across the Eastside and compromised more than $1 million in bank accounts. Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for Western Washington, praised the Bothell resident, identified only as “Cherie,” for calling police after seeing two men withdrawing large sums with several bank cards at a shopping center in the Canyon Park area. Fortuitously, the three Bothell detectives were nearby on a lunch break and also spotted suspicious activity. The two men turned out to be Romanian nationals in the United States illegally. “They managed to evade the Swedish authorities, German authorities, then they went to Canada and evaded authorities there,” Durkan said during the presentation at the Bothell Police Department. “Then they came to Bothell.” Durkan said Cherie called 9-1-1 after going to an ATM and finding a man there using "card aft ...
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Coyotes newcomers Michael Stone, Marc-Antoine Pouliot come up big vs. Sharks
AZCentral - Arizona's Home Page - almost 5 years
At the beginning of the season, they were regulars in the American Hockey League. On Saturday, <a class="fplink fp-604250" href="/Michael+Stone+1">Michael Stone</a> and Marc-Antoine Pouliot combined for five points in a big win against the Sharks.
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Phoenix Coyotes recall Michael Stone and Matt Watkins from Portland
AZCentral - Arizona's Home Page - about 5 years
Coyotes GM <a class="fplink fp-406247" href="/Don+Maloney+1">Don Maloney</a> announced the team has recalled D <a class="fplink fp-604250" href="/Michael+Stone+1">Michael Stone</a> and F Matt Watkins from Portland of the AHL.
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City Manager Finalist for Jackson County Job - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Powder Springs City Manager Rick Eckert is one of three finalists in the running for Jackson County&#39;s manager, the Rome News-Tribune is reporting. The other two finalists are Floyd County Manager Kevin Poe and Elbert County Manager Bob
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Hillgrove Students Named National Merit Semifinalists - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Two Hillgrove seniors are among the 16000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Dylan L. Radford and William T. Ulman have the opportunity to continue on in the competition, which offers 8300 National
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Stone
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 52
    On 8 December 2008, Stone received a 16-year sentence for his actions at Stormont.
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    On 14 November 2008, Stone was found guilty of attempting to murder Adams and McGuinness.
    More Details Hide Details The judge said defence evidence that Stone had been taking part in some sort of a "comic parody" was "hopelessly unconvincing" and "self-contradictory".
    During his trial in September 2008, on 13 charges including the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, Stone repeated that his actions were "an act of performance art".
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  • 2006
    Age 50
    In the letter dated 24 November 2006, Stone described his "mission to Kill" Adams and McGuinness in detail, giving a description of his intended movements once inside the building.
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    A letter written by Stone was published in the Belfast Telegraph on 29 November 2006.
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    He was remanded in custody until 22 December 2006.
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    On 25 November 2006, Stone appeared in court in Belfast charged with attempting to murder Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
    More Details Hide Details Stone faced a total of five charges of attempted murder following the incident at Stormont. Stone was charged with possession of articles for terrorist purposes, possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, assault, grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of explosives. The court heard the articles allegedly for terrorist purposes included nailbombs, an axe and a garrotte.
    On 19 December 2006, Stone's defence lawyer, Arthur Harvey, QC, claimed that the Stormont incident was not intended to endanger the life of anyone. "It was, in fact, a piece of performance art replicating a terrorist attack", claimed Harvey.
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    On 24 November 2006, at 11:16, Stone was arrested for attempting to enter Parliament Buildings at Stormont armed with an imitation Beretta 92FS pistol, a knife and a "viable" bomb, after placing 8 "pipe bombs" within the grounds of Stormont.
    More Details Hide Details Three civilian security guards disarmed him as he entered the building, by trapping him within the revolving doors of the main lobby entrance. The security guards were injured during the struggle with Stone. Following the security breach, the building was evacuated and a British Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called to examine the suspect device. Before entering the building he had scrawled an incomplete graffiti stating "Sinn Féin IRA murderers" on the Parliament building. Later examination from the bomb squad revealed that the bag Stone had been carrying contained between six and eight viable explosive devices. Sir Hugh Orde, the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said "their potential for death, destruction and injury is being assessed" but added they were "fairly amateurish". As a result of Stone's actions, talks between political parties about power-sharing and the election of a First Minister, which had only just resumed, had to be abandoned.
    In November 2006, he claimed that in the 1980s he had been "three days" away from killing the then leader of the Greater London Council and former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, over his invitations to Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to visit him in London.
    More Details Hide Details The plot was reportedly cancelled over fears it had been infiltrated by Special Branch detectives.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 46
    In March 2002 it was reported in the Sunday Life that Stone and Cooper had fled Northern Ireland for France following death threats from loyalists opposed to the peace process.
    More Details Hide Details The aim of those behind the threats – reported as being from the Orange Volunteers – was the eventual destruction of the Good Friday Agreement and the end of Northern Ireland's troubled peace process. Following time in Birmingham, Stone returned to East Belfast. Stone was featured in the BBC2 television series Facing the Truth mediated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu where he met relatives of a victim of loyalist violence. Sylvia Hackett talked with Stone, who was convicted of murdering her husband Dermot, a Catholic delivery man, in order to clear her husband's name: the UDA had claimed he was in the IRA. Although he previously admitted to the murder, Stone told his victim's widow that he had no direct responsibility, having been withdrawn after planning the attack, and refused to confirm that Dermot had not been in the IRA. At the end of their meeting she forced herself to walk over to Stone and shake his hand – when he placed a second hand on hers, she recoiled and fled from the room.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001, Stone and Cooper exchanged bullet-proof jackets as Christmas gifts.
    More Details Hide Details Stone has nine children from his first two marriages. After leaving prison, Stone concentrated on work in the community and being an artist, a hobby he began in the Maze. His paintings are vivid and not so much political as topical. They fetch between a few hundred and a few thousand pounds each. Stone published his autobiography, entitled None Shall Divide Us, in which he claimed that he had received "specialist assistance" from RUC operatives in carrying out the cemetery killings. A second book and the auctioning of the jacket he wore at the Milltown Cemetery at a Scottish loyalist club for £10,000 resulted in legislation to ban convicted paramilitaries released through the Northern Ireland peace process from profiting from their crimes.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    On 24 July 2000, Stone was released from prison after 13 years under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
    More Details Hide Details He then lived in East Belfast, London and Spain with his girlfriend Suzanne Cooper until 2006.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    While in HM Prison Maze, Stone became one of the five leaders of the Ulster Defence Association/"Ulster Freedom Fighters" prisoners. Alongside the other four, he met Mo Mowlam during the 1998 negotiations between the government and paramilitaries as part of the Northern Ireland peace process.
    More Details Hide Details He also collaborated with Martin Dillon on a book about his life, entitled Stone Cold.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 32
    Convicted of murdering three people and injuring more than 60 in an attack on mourners at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
    More Details Hide Details While in jail, he became one of the leaders of the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters (UDA/UFF) prisoners. In 2000, Stone was released from prison on licence under the Belfast Agreement and subsequently worked as an artist and writer. In November 2006, Stone was charged with (among other offences) the attempted murder of Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams, having been arrested attempting to enter the parliament buildings at Stormont while armed. Stone was subsequently convicted and sentenced to a further 16 years' imprisonment. Stone was born in Harborne, Birmingham, to English parents Cyril Alfred Stone and his wife Mary Bridget (née O'Sullivan). Mary Bridget walked out on the marriage soon after Stone's birth and Cyril Alfred enlisted in the Merchant Navy, leaving the infant Michael in the care of John Gregg and his wife Margaret (Cyril's sister) who lived in Ballyhalbert. Stone has claimed that he suspects his biological mother may have been a Catholic because of her name but added that he was baptised in the Church of Ireland by the Greggs and as such he has always self-identified as Protestant. Cyril Stone subsequently remarried and had two children, Michael Stone's half-siblings, by his second wife – Tracey and Terence – the latter of whom converted to Buddhism and became a monk in Southeast Asia. The Greggs had five biological children with whom Stone was raised and whom he identifies as siblings, a son John and four daughters, Rosemary, Colleen, Sharon and Shirley.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    At the time of his divorce Stone was cohabiting with Leigh-Ann Shaw, and they married in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage produced two children, and also ended in divorce.
    He subsequently killed Kevin McPolin in November 1985 and would also face charges for the murder of Dermot Hackett in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Stone would subsequently admit to killing McPolin but has claimed that he did not kill Hackett but confessed to his murder in order that a young UFF member might escape punishment. Both McPolin and Hackett were uninvolved Catholics. Stone attacked people attending the funeral, which was being held at Milltown Cemetery, for the three IRA members killed 10 days earlier in Gibraltar by the Special Air Service (SAS) in Operation Flavius. As Danny McCann, Seán Savage, and Mairéad Farrell were being buried, Stone launched a commando-style assault against the mourners with RGD-5 grenades and an semi-automatic pistol. He killed three people, including IRA member Kevin Brady, and injured sixty others. Stone was eventually overpowered by infuriated mourners and was then arrested by members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). He still walks with a slight limp as a result of the dislocated thigh bone he received in the aftermath of the attack.
    This was followed in 1985 by an attempt to kill another Sinn Féin activist, Robert McAllister, but on this occasion Stone was unsuccessful.
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  • 1984
    Age 28
    On 16 November 1984 Stone committed his first murder when he shot and killed Catholic milkman Patrick Brady, a man Stone claimed was a member of the Provisional IRA.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Conflict Archive on the Internet, although Brady was a member of Sinn Féin, he was not in the IRA.
    In 1984 Stone decided to reactivate his membership of the UDA and contacted Andy Tyrie to receive permission.
    More Details Hide Details After a brief period with the near moribund Mid-Ulster Brigade, Stone, who felt he was too well known in east Belfast to rejoin the local brigade, met John McMichael and was soon seconded to his South Belfast Brigade. McMichael soon provided Stone with guns and placed him in a team whose ostensible purpose was to fill McMichael's hit list, a list of high-profile Irish republican targets the Brigadier wanted killed. His first target was Owen Carron, who actually was a high-profile republican. Stone trailed Carron for several weeks but on the day he was due to kill the Sinn Féin activist, Stone was tipped off that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) knew about the plan and were approaching, so the hit was abandoned.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    In 1978 the UDA encouraged Stone to join the Royal Irish Regiment at Ballymena in order that he could receive training with anti-tank weaponry although he did not receive this training and left after six months.
    More Details Hide Details According to Martin Dillon, Stone also held membership of Tara, an anti-Catholic and anti-communist organisation led by William McGrath, a close associate of RHC leader John McKeague. Dillon also argues that Stone had actually joined the RHC at an earlier date and held simultaneous membership of the other groups, Tara and the UDA. Cross-membership of more than one loyalist group was not unheard of in the early days of the Troubles. Stone became close to John Bingham, the commander of the Ballysillan Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, which the RHC was very close to), and the two worked closely on a fund-raising drive for their groups. According to Stone this included a meeting with two members of Mossad who wished to provide funding to the UVF. Stone however was eager to become more closely involved in killing and under Cinnamond that was not on the agenda so he drifted from the RHC.
  • 1976
    Age 20
    Stone married Marlene Leckey in 1976 and had three sons with her. The couple separated in 1978 and divorced in 1983.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 18
    Following Herron's death, Stone withdrew from the UDA and in January 1974 attached himself to the Red Hand Commando (RHC), a loyalist group that also operated a Braniel unit under Sammy Cinnamond.
    More Details Hide Details According to Stone, one of his earliest duties was acting as a bodyguard to Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party leader Bill Craig.
  • 1972
    Age 16
    Stone's early UDA activity was mostly confined to stealing and in 1972 he was sent to prison for six months for stealing guns and ammunition from a Comber sports shop.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to jail soon after his release for stealing a car. Tommy Herron was murdered, probably by colleagues, soon afterwards and the Braniel UDA went into abeyance.
    Stone met Tommy Herron, commander of the Ulster Defence Association's East Belfast Brigade, when Herron moved into the Braniel estate in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details According to Stone, Herron took him and three friends to the neighbouring Castlereagh Hills one day and brought a German shepherd dog with them. After the four had played with the dog for around half-an-hour, Herron produced a gun and told them to kill the dog. After his three friends refused Stone shot the animal and was praised by Herron for being ruthless. He was sworn in as a member of the UDA at a ceremony the following week. Stone was trained in weapon use by Herron himself for several months and according to Stone at one point in the training Herron shot him with a blank round from a shotgun.
  • 1971
    Age 15
    In 1971 Stone joined a "Tartan Gang" that had started up on the Braniel estate and he was soon recognised as "general" of this loyalist group.
    More Details Hide Details The gangs were responsible for sectarian violence, which usually took the form of spending Saturday afternoons in Belfast city centre attacking Catholic youths, and vandalising the Catholic repository in Chapel Lane.
  • 1970
    Age 14
    In 1970 Stone helped establish a Braniel street gang, which called itself the Hole in the Wall Gang, and which Stone claims included Catholic and Protestant members.
    More Details Hide Details Gang members, who adopted a form of uniform consisting of blue jeans and oxblood Dr. Martens and who carried knives, clashed regularly with members of other Braniel gangs as well as those from neighbouring estates in east Belfast.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born in 1955.
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