Thomas Wright
American politician
Thomas Wright
Thomas David "Tommy" Wright is a Jena Democrat who was forced to resign from the Louisiana legislature early in 2006 as part of a plea bargain regarding an obscenity charge. Wright represented District 22 in the north central section of the state. The district encompasses all of Grant and La Salle parishes, most of Winn Parish, and a precinct of Rapides Parish.
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As the EU Buys into Circular Economy, Many Worry It May be Impossible
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Cherry Tsoi, MS candidate, environmental studies and sustainability science, Lund University The "circular economy" is a concept attracting a lot of attention in the European Union at the moment. It is not only being proposed for the second time as an economic strategy package by the European Commission; it was also the theme for this year's World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos, Switzerland. Put briefly, a circular economy aims to move from a traditional linear economic system of production and consumption toward a closed-loop (circular) system. A traditional linear system of production sees the extraction of a resource, such as aluminum, to create a valuable good, such as a soda can. In a linear economy, the used can would be thrown away as waste; in a circular economy, the used can materials are recycled into a new can. Recycling is combined with composting, repairing and reusing materials in a closed-loop system. The idea is to eventually have economic growth without environ ...
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Tia leads the way for Dacorum & Tring’s young stars at Watford meet
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
Dacorum & Tring AC’s young athletes had a fine outing at the second Eastern Young Athletes League match of the season, held at Watford’s Woodside Stadium. The team finished second overall out of seven clubs, bringing home a number of podium places, new club records and personal bests. The finest performance of the day belonged to U13 girl Tia Stonehouse, who threw a massive 29.80m in the javelin (more than 10m further than the second-placed finisher) to break the club’s record for the second time in as many weeks, and who now moves to first place in the UK rankings for the event in the U13 category in the year to date. Tia, a multi-event specialist, also took second place in the long jump with a leap of 4.41m and third in the shot putt. Such has been her progress over the winter that Dacorum & Tring’s multi-event coach Chris Styles says she’s on track to be one of the club’s strongest multi-event athletes ever. Doug Greer, a former Team GB Paralympian and now a member of ...
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The Emerging Powers and the Future of the Global Order
Brookings - about 3 years
Event Information February 6, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST Falk Auditorium Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036 Register for the Event On February 6, the Managing Global Order project will host an event with Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley Global Investments and John Ikenberry of Princeton University on the rise of the new emerging powers and what it means for the evolving global order. Sharma will question the conventional wisdom on the inevitable rise of the major emerging market countries and address the likelihood of their ever achieving parity with the developed market powers. Ikenberry will analyze the relationship of the rising powers to the current Western-dominated order and how they can be responsibly integrated into it. A discussion will follow moderated by Managing Global Order Fellow Thomas Wright. There will be a question and answer session after the discussion. Ruchir Sharma is the head of emerging markets and glob ...
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Putin’s Russia Goes Rogue
Brookings - about 3 years
To punish Moldova, Georgia and perhaps Ukraine for their overtures to the European Union, Putin’s Russia might impose trade sanctions, gas cut-offs and other policies to bring these nations in line. While U.S. leverage is limited, President Obama should work with the EU to exert pressure on Russia, demonstrating its actions could impact relations with the West. MEMORANDUM TO: President Obama FROM: Fiona Hill and Steven Pifer DATE: January 23, 2014 SUBJECT: Putin’s Russia Goes Rogue Summary and Recommendations Vladimir Putin seeks to secure Russia’s primacy in its neighborhood and now views the European Union as a threat to that objective. In November, EU leaders held a summit in Vilnius with the Eastern Partnership countries—Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The EU initialed Association Agreements, including deep and comprehensive free trade area (DC ...
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Snag! Why Keep That Dead Tree in Your Yard?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Downy Woodpecker foraging for insects on a decaying tree limb. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright Driving through urban neighborhoods, one is hard pressed to see a dead, standing or downed tree in a yard. Called a snag, these dead trees are virtually absent in many urban neighborhoods. This absence of dead/dying trees impacts many animals because these dead/dying trees are used for shelter and foraging for many different species. Snags are habitat for a variety of beetle larvae and other insects, which are in turn food for birds such as woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are designed to find and feed on insects that are feeding on dead trees. In fact, snags are correlated to the abundance and distribution of a variety of urban woodpeckers in urban areas. Not only do woodpeckers use snags to hunt for insects, they use snags for communication. Pounding out a rhythm on a trunk or branch, these sounds are communicating that 'this is my territory!' Further, many birds raise their offspring in the ca ...
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Hillsborough Burglar Facing Third Strike
Burlingame Patch - almost 4 years
The man allegedly responsible for a series of burglaries in Hillsborough could be facing a third strike if convicted on all charges. Javon Thomas Wright is set to stand trial on August 19 in San Mateo County Superior Court. Wright, already on probation for burglaries in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, was arrested by Hillsborough Police on Oct. 3, 2012. Wright passed on an offer from District Attorney's office and waived his right to a speedy trial. Wright reportedly knocked on the front doors at several homes on Hayne Road and Denise Drive. When residents answered the door, he acted surprised and asked for "Joshua," then left in a silver Toyota. Police Chief Mark O'Connor saw Wright walking toward a silver Toyota and approached him, at which point Wright led police on a chase that neared 100 mph on the freeway. Wright eventually hit a blue truck and tried to flee on foot, but was taken into custody. A search of the car found disposable gloves and a metal lever jack. Wright ...
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Fewer Excited Gun-Buyers In Colo., Conn.
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- In Connecticut and Colorado, scenes of the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012, people were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data. The biggest surges in background checks for people who want to carry or buy guns occurred in states in the South and West. The latest government figures reflect huge increases across the U.S. in the number of background checks for gun sales and permits to carry guns at the end of the year. After President Barack Obama's re-election, the horrific school shooting in Connecticut and Obama's promise to support new laws aimed at curbing gun violence, the number of background checks spiked. In Georgia, the FBI processed 37,586 requests during October and 78,998 requests in December; Alabama went from 32,850 to 80,576 during the same period. Nationally, there were nearly twice as many more background checks for firea ...
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Michael_Slater: The Scandal That Nearly Ruined Charles Dickens
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Charles Dickens was the most popular and best-loved novelist of Victorian Britain. He rejoiced in what he called 'that special relationship, personally affectionate and like no other man's' that he shared with his hundreds of thousands of readers. Central to this popularity was his celebration of the joys of hearth and home as in the famous scene of the Cratchit family's Christmas dinner A Christmas Carol (1843). Many readers also believed that the radiantly happy domestic ending of David Copperfield (1849) reflected Dickens's own personal situation. In 1858 a great sensation was therefore caused, on both sides of the Atlantic, when it transpired that Dickens was separating from his wife after 20 years of marriage and fathering 10 children by her. Rumors spread that he was having an affair with a young actress called Ellen Ternan who had been performing with his amateur company or, far worse, that he had a relationship with his wife's resident younger sister who chose t ...
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The Greek Election and the Future of the Euro
Brookings - over 4 years
Event Information June 14, 2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Falk Auditorium Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Register for the Event Greek voters will soon head to the polls for the second time in six weeks after the May elections resulted in political gridlock. The fate of the eurozone is widely perceived to hang in the balance. Syriza, now the second largest party, is vying with New Democracy for first place and has promised to reject the terms of Greece’s EU bailout if it forms the next government. Germany has sent clear signals that it will require Greece to keep its international obligations. As a result, markets are bracing for turbulence after the new elections on June 17. The U.S. and European economies are so interdependent that a “Grexit” from the euro would have serious implications for the United States, potentially pushing it back into recession. On June 14, Brookings will host a discussion previewing the legislative ...
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U.S. crackdown on child porn results in 190 arrests
Channel 6 News - over 4 years
By BNO News WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — Federal authorities in the United States arrested nearly 200 people last month in a nationwide operation targeting those who possess or produce child pornography, officials said on Friday. Eighteen child victims have also been rescued. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said a vast majority of the 190 arrests were made across the United States, but some suspects were also arrested in Spain, the Philippines, Argentina and the United Kingdom. “Operation Orion”, named for a hunter in Greek mythology, began on May 1 and concluded on May 31. “With the advent of summer vacation, children may have more time and access to the Internet, making this a good time to talk to them about online dangers,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online.” Specific details about the opera ...
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Brookings: Reviving American Leadership: The Next President Should Continue on the Path Obama Has Set
Council on Foreign Relations - over 4 years
In this policy brief from the Brookings Institute, Bruce Jones, Thomas Wright, and Jane Esberg propose ideas for the next president on America's role in the world.
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Video: G8 Summit
CBS News - almost 5 years
Leaders of the world's largest economies will gather at Camp David for the G8 summit. Thomas Wright, foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses The most important issue on the table - how to stop Europe's debt crisis from spiraling out of control.
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Second Trial in Cheshire, Conn., Home Invasion Opens
NYTimes - over 5 years
NEW HAVEN — It began again on Monday, in the same claustrophobic courtroom here: accounts of the arson fire that killed two girls, descriptions of bloodstains on a garden-lined street, testimony about a family’s night and day of horror. It is the second trial in the 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., that ended with the killing of a
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Holiday Weekend Travel Outlook - KAALtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
"Pay attention, wear your seat belt, don't drink and drive, and follow the speed limit, you shouldn't have any problems," says State Patrol Trooper Thomas Wright. It's simple advice but something the State Patrol says can save lives
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Eileen J. Wright - Ogle County News
Google News - over 5 years
Together they had four children: Susan Wright, Thomas Wright, Sally Hartnell and Andrea Miller...although doctors had earlier told her she may not be able to survive even a single childbirth. Eileen and Bruce moved several times while raising their
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas D. "Tommy" Wright
    FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 50
    Early in 2006, Wright failed to obtain legal reinstatement to his job with the technical college.
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  • 2003
    Age 47
    In 2003, Wright led several opponents in the primary, including former Pineville Mayor Floyd W. Smith, Jr., then of Winn Parish.
    More Details Hide Details In the general election, Wright dispatched Republican Tony K. Owens (born 1960), also of Jena but then of Winnfield. Wright received 6,964 votes (52 percent) to Owens' 6,465 (48 percent) in the 76 precincts in the district. The percent breakdown in 2003 was identical to that in 1999. Wright was succeeded in office by his fellow Democrat, Billy Chandler (born 1938), a Grant Parish School Board member from the village of Dry Prong. Chandler said in his victory statement that it was clear that many voters in the district were unhappy with Wright's controversies. As the newest legislator in Baton Rouge, Chandler vowed to look after the interests of the "little man". Chandler, like Wright three years earlier, also defeated Owens to win the position in the April 29 special election runoff contest. Meanwhile, Wright was dismissed from his position at the Jena campus of the Alexandria-based Louisiana Technical College after he was found to have used paid sick leave to attend legislative sessions. Wright then sued the state for wrongful termination. He argued that his sick leave requests were approved with bona fide medical excuses. Wright accused his fellow Democrat, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, of ordering his firing because he had angered technical college administrators when he questioned certain practices in the system.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    In 2002, Wright raised funds in a bid for the Fifth Congressional District seat but in the end did not list his name on the ballot.
    More Details Hide Details The seat became open when incumbent Republican John Cooksey of Monroe ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Democrat Rodney Alexander, later Republican, won the position.
    He became the mayor of Montgomery in 2002.
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  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999, Wright defeated the Republican Ira Preuett in the primary.
    More Details Hide Details Wright received 7,487 (52 percent) to Preuett's 6,823 (48 percent).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 39
    Wright was first elected to the state House in the fall of 1995 to succeed the Independent Representative Stephen L. Gunn (born 1946) of Montgomery, also in Grant Parish.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated fellow Democrat Clifford Zell in the nonpartisan blanket primary. Gunn, a businessman, served only one term and did not seek reelection.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 26
    He was a member of the Jena City Council from 1982 until he became state representative in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He holds membership in the La Salle Economic Development Council, the Catahoula Lake chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Masonic Lodge, and the Methodist Church.
  • 1979
    Age 23
    He was a Pontiac dealer from 1979 to 1980.
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  • 1977
    Age 21
    In 1977, he formed Wright Real Estate in Jena.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Born on January 16, 1956.
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