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As the public combs through the pages for the first time, strange elements of the investigation are coming to light and quirky stories of the eras international spycraft are being revealed. Secret Service by the military.

At the time, Rawls said he thought it was just “drunk talk.” He also admitted that he was intoxicated. Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, after the assassination when he decided to report what he claimed to have heard.

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FBI agents spent time trying to find a stripper who was allegedly associated with Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald.

According to the document, a stripper named Candy Cane gave FBI agents the first name Kitty for a stripper associated with Ruby.

In 1964, agents followed that lead to the American Guild of Variety Artists in New Orleans. The union told agents that the only stripper they knew with that name had committed suicide during August or September of the previous year.

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The CIA considered some hairbrained schemes for the assassination of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during 1963. According to one memo, those schemes included ways to target Castro while he was skindiving.

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But the team determined there was no shell large enough to fit the explosive and a small submarine did not have the operational range necessary to place the bomb.

Another scheme included dusting the inside of a skindiving suit with a fungus, in order to infect Castro with a disabling and chronic skin disease, and contaminating a breathing apparatus with tuberculosis. That was abandoned because a general had already given Castro a skindiving suit.

The memo said that none of the schemes were taken past the discussion stage.

Presidential threats (?)

Among the files is a more than 400 page document that appeared to describe people being monitored as potential threats to Kennedy and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Officials described one such person this way: “Subject participated in pickets against JFK in 1961. Allegedly trained in guerrilla tactics & sabotage. Considered very dangerous by those who know him. Has visited USA & Cuba. Considered armed and dangerous.”

Some suspicions missed the mark badly.

One document describes a person who sent a letter to Johnson in December 1963 stating “you’re doomed.” The document says: “Interviewed 1/23/64; friendly. Said letter was a joke. Not dangerous. Attending 5th grade.”

Negotiating the bounty for Castro

Cuban exiles negotiated bounties for the lives of Cuban leaders, according to an FBI memo from 1964 that cites “another Government agency.”

The plot allegedly involved a ship’s captain who knew an unidentified underworld group that would be willing to commit the assassinations for a fee.

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1. Lummus Park Beach. Want to make your snow shoveling friends cry in jealousy? Send them a picture of this beauty. Lummus Park Beach, the mother of all beaches in Miami Dade, revels in all of its quirky pastel glory in the Art Deco Historic District. No matter how buck wild South Beach gets, there’s no denying its charm. After all, it was voted Best Beach by New Times readers in 2017. From the retro buildings to the palm tree lined streets to the cerulean water, this is the stretch of sand you take out of towners for that postcard perfect shot. The park, tucked between the Atlantic and Ocean Drive, offers beach volleyball, a paved promenade for cyclists and joggers, and a convenient location only steps from shops and restaurants. Though South Beach is still mourning the recent loss of the iconic Palace (but the owner vows to open a larger Ocean Dr. location), the gay beach at 12th Street will still forever be the heartbeat of Lummus Park.

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He is currently starring in a modern version of Shakespeare’s Othello, staged in a boxing gym in a church just behind Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge. It is, he says, the scariest thing he’s ever done. “Every night my knees are knocking. I’m far more nervous than I ever was going into the ring against Tyson.”

He’s an unlikely recruit to luvvie land, yet his debutant thespian skills have won praise from the veteran film and television star Sylvia Syms, who says: “He’s a darn fine actor and can have a great future in the theatre.”

Boxing’s old stager tops an under card of a dozen talented youngsters, aged between 14 and 22, most from troubled backgrounds, including former gang members. They are now acting with the Intermission Youth Theatre (of which Syms is patron) in Ring Envy, a play based on Othello which translates Shakespeare’s theme and language, interspersed with street talk and gangsta rap, into a similar tale of rage, jealousy, betrayal and ultimate tragedy, in which Othello is portrayed as a pro fighter, along with rivals Iago and Cassio.

Francis was initially approached to be their boxing advisor and play the father of Desdemona, Othello’s tragic wife, by the Rev Rob Gillion, himself a jobbing actor for 15 years and now minister at St Saviour’s Church which regularly stages Shakespeare based productions by the youth theatre group under the direction of Darren Raymond. “We had to persuade Julius to do it because he was so nervous but he was amazing, he’s a natural. I saw his potential on the first day of rehearsal. He knows how to move,
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How the Bard’s aficionados would receive lines like “Tell Iago, Othello is banging his sister” or “Things are kicking off between Desdemona and her bruvver” is open to question. But learning his lines, says Francis, was the hardest part. “Really difficult I’ve done a bit of TV work but this has been the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. I’m out of my comfort zone. I never read Shakespeare at school. To be honest it was a bit of a turn off because it was all a foreign language to me. But the way Darren has adapted it really works.

“Going on stage gives me the same adrenaline rush I had when I was fighting. I’ve sweated, oh boy have I sweated. Sometimes the words have got stuck, but when you hear the applause and take your bow at the end you are buzzing.

“The kids are the real stars. They’re terrific. We all say a prayer together before going on, just as I did when I was fighting.”

The last time I interviewed Francis, five years ago, he was embarking on a short lived stint as a cage fighter, landing flat on his back just as he did after two rounds against Tyson. That fight 12 years ago earned him 350,000 plus another 30,000 for deploying the soles of his ring boots to advertise a newspaper. It paid off when he was knocked down five times. “I sold my soles, but never my soul,” he grins.

In 48 fights, the former British and Commonwealth champion lost one more than he won, 14 in succession as his career ended. The old warhorse may have ended up a trial horse but he can say: “I was a champion and fought two of the greatest heavyweights who ever lived [Tyson and Vitali Klitschko]. When I die that can be written on my bloody headstone.”

The 48 year old Francis of today is unrecognisable from the young south London tearaway who admits he did time in every London prison except Holloway. He was even shot at and ran riot as a Millwall football hooligan before boxing rescued him. The four inch scar on the left side of his stomach is a reminder of how close he once came to oblivion after being stabbed at a party when he was 21. Francis admits that he had been trying to throw his assailant over a third floor balcony a little earlier.

The knife punctured one of his lungs and damaged part of his intestines, so you can understand why Tyson didn’t scare him, and he is unlikely to be fazed by the footlights for long. Since quitting the ring he has been working as a fitness trainer, teaching boxing to kids in inner city London schools and occasionally reciting poetry to them.

He is not the first boxing champion to tread the boards. Tyson currently performs in stand up and his old spar mate Frank Bruno has been a panto regular, something Francis says he might consider himself. Or even more Shakespeare. “This has given me the taste for doing something bigger,” he says.

Julius as Caesar? Or a latter day Cinderella Man? As long as he can get over the stage fright.

Ring Envy is playing at St Saviour’s Church, Knightsbridge, until 17 November.

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Mel Tamussino of Las Vegas and Jenny Perez of San Francisco pose for a photo at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

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See also: 2012 AVN: It’s time to party with porn stars in Vegas, baby See also: AVN 101: A primer for those aching to attend See also: Why porn queens and CES tech geeks have parted ways Sin City lives up to its name this week as the adult entertainment industry gathers for its annual AVN trade show. Running from Jan. 18 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel, the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo could draw as many as 30,000 industry pros and fans.

For the stars attending, that means more than just sittin’ pretty: They juggle round the clock schedules packed with industry events, meet and greets and more and all in a pair of spike heels.

So how do they do it? We spoke with expo vets to get the scoop on their essential AEE beauty tips and tricks:Alt porn actress and BurningAngel founder Joanna Angel recommends your heels be more comfortable than these chains.

Wear comfortable shoes “I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but there are comfortable heels out there,” says alternative porn actress and director Joanna Angel. “They should be ones you have worn a few times and broken in. No matter how beautiful your heels are, you will look like an idiot if you can’t walk in them. Gross.”

Angel swears by Patricia Fields’ “Polly” heels, which she dubs “more comfortable than some of my sneakers.”

If blisters are imminent, performer Jessica Drake recommends the anti chafing balm BodyGlide favored by athletes. But if you can’t get to a sporting goods store, Drake says stick deodorant works like a charm. “You can use it on any part of your body that’s prone to chafing just rub it on at the first sign.”

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Say no to day glo (tans) “I’m a big believer in self tanner to enhance your body but not the stuff that turns you orange,” Drake says. “I start using the gradual, subtle glow creams that you can get over the counter a few days before the show. And if you’re gonna get a spray tan, definitely get a recommendation don’t do it the day before!”Freshen up your fashion AEE is nothing if not a deluge of photo ops, so the ladies come prepared with an arsenal of outfits to avoid the cardinal fashion sin: “I would never wear an outfit twice in a row,” says raven haired performer Chanel Preston. She explains that fans often return to a star’s booth to get a new photo taken each day. “They pay attention. I even had a fan call me out for wearing an outfit that he met me in months before!”

Freshen up your fashion, Part 2 Transsexual performer Wendy Williams says her style has evolved over the years. “Years ago, I thought less was more, but now that I’m a veteran in the industry, I think that a nice club dress or baby doll type outfit with a comfy heel totally works.”Adult film star Jessica Drake poses for fans at the Adult Entertainment Expo on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

Don’t cake on the makeup “I think the outside consensus is that we all do our makeup like Tammy Faye Baker. That’s not true,” Drake says. “Your makeup should be done to accentuate one area of your face. Never do up every part of it.” Drake favors a smoky eye with a light shimmer to complement her platinum locks.

Williams says she drinks water throughout the day and uses plenty of moisturizer to keep her skin looking smooth. “If you’re not doing that, by the end of the week, your skin will be tore up!”Jesse Jane, left, and the girls of Digital Playground.
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“I don’t think I have ever enjoyed criticism as much as I did there and I don’t think I had ever taken it so seriously as I did then. Now I love to hear it.”

Mr Davis had not planned to pitch an idea but was persuaded to and ended up leading a team, which although not successful in the competition, went on to become the foundations of SenLab.

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I wanted was a car so I could get a girl, said Nolot. knew girls liked cars.

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He build engines, retool them, tweak cars to reach their maximum possible speed. His favorite one he owned was a 1987 Mustang with a full roll cage and plenty of nitrous.

no way it be street legal anymore, said Nolot.

He even went to school to become a mechanic, but never worked a day in any field except for restaurants, putting time in at old city staples like Ernie and even the original Park Place on Main Street.

It took Nolot a long time to fall in love with the profession, which is surprising given the way food is presented and more importantly tastes at Tolon.

was no moment, said Nolot. was more of a job for money for other things. He is also proud that he and his wife have bone marrow on the menu, and Tolon might be the only restaurant in the city which serves it regularly.

In fact, that what the restaurant has become known for.

still get people coming in and asking, the ones who do the bone marrow, right?’ said Nolot. come here just to try it.

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THE MEN OF THE JURY orchestra’s conductor and other prominent players behind a solid screen for the next candidate to audition. The musician enters the stage. Unbeknownst to her, whatever beautiful music she plays with her instrument is overshadowed by another tune “click, clack, click” made as she moved into position.

Before she’s played a note, the jury has decided against her. She was betrayed by her footwear.

According to Lauren Rico, host of MPR’s Classical 24, this is the kind of situation women who aspired to classical music careers often encountered last century.

“If you were very close (to the screen), perfume might also give you away,” she adds.

These days, she says, there’s usually a carpet on the stage to eliminate any signals a candidate’s shoes might send. Music educators have also started to train their female students to wear flat shoes and disguise their higher pitched voices with special breathing techniques.

Even so, Rico wonders if the efforts are paying off. “It should be about whether or not you’re the best player for the job. But you just never know,” she says.

While it’s true that female musicians in the United States have gone from playing piano in their families’ drawing rooms during the early 20th century to conducting or composing for some of the country’s most renowned orchestras today, it hasn’t been an easy road to travel.

Female classical musicians who faced incidents of prejudice in their careers recount the hurdles they’ve had to overcome during Instrumental Women two hour radio special that uses conversation and recordings to celebrate women’s contributions to classical music throughout the 20th century.

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Rico’s idea to explore women in classical music was born in graduate school. As a student of the French horn, she knew that several of her female colleagues were outstanding musicians. Yet they didn’t seem to be landing jobs in the top orchestras.

“I looked around and saw all these young women in all these different sections, and I thought, ‘Where are they going when they finish school? Will they ever get to play professionally?'” she recalls. “That got me interested in looking at the numbers.”

The numbers, as Rico suspected, revealed more males than females in the best known national ensembles.

Rico explains how Schaefer encountered resistance from within her own family because, “Her parents thought that the orchestra was an unseemly place for a woman to be employed. They thought she’d run into all kinds of unsavory characters.”

There was also friction between Schaefer and male members of the orchestras. One player in her section would send adult cartoons down the row to test her reactions. At that time, this blatant sexual harassment was dismissed as prankish “boys will be boys” behavior, according to Rico.

While union regulations now try to prevent such inappropriate conduct, many women orchestra members still face conflicts within their organizations, Rico says. She points to an “old guard” of veteran male performers in some major ensembles as one source of discord. “Young women players come into sections where you have men of a different generation and they don’t know how to relate to younger women,” she says. “You have to know how to diplomatically deal with your section. If you don’t have the respect of people in your section, then you’re going to run into problems.”

According to Rico, logistics have also caused tension between genders. Venues were not always outfitted to accommodate orchestras of both men and women. Dozens of men resented being stuffed into a cramped changing room while a handful of women used a similarly sized space. Even today, many female performers in smaller orchestras keep their purses under their seats while they play because there’s no safe place to leave them backstage.

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All female ensembles are transcending these gender conflicts. Early in the last century such groups emerged out of necessity. Women weren’t allowed to play in orchestras with men. But that’s not the case with contemporary organizations like the San Francisco based Women’s Philharmonic, founded in 1981. It exists for lack of alternatives to provide an outlet for the works of under appreciated female composers.

The International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) gathers every three to five years to promote the careers of women who play a family of instruments that’s long been dominated by men. Since it formed in 1990, the IWBC has maintained its mission to “provide opportunities that will educate, support, develop and inspire all women brass players.” The conference’s practical approach includes “peanut butter and jelly sessions,” where participants discuss day to day matters such as being both parents and brass players, or leaving children behind while on tour.

What did these progressive organizations and individuals accomplish during the 20th century? Certainly, they opened doors. But they also played and recorded a lot of wonderful music. Instrumental Women highlights the musical accomplishments of these influential females alongside their pioneering efforts. In the words of host Lauren Rico, “All the women (in the program) came off being very strong. They all have such a fabulous spirit to them.”
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Richard Eckersley is the same age as Gareth Bale, but the pair have gone in very different directions since this meeting in 2009″As long as you’ve got something to wake you up in the morning, and give you oomph, that’s fair enough.”

Life after football has been in the spotlight of late, with ex England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand launching a new career as a professional boxer.

But one of Ferdinand’s lower profile former Old Trafford team mates has chosen an intriguing, non sporting path after retiring at the age of just 26.

Eckersley (far left) celebrates winning the League Cup in 2009 alongside Ferdinand, who has launched a career in boxingBorn in Salford and joining local side Manchester United at the age of seven, Eckersley had football ingrained in him from the start.

“I completely bought into the whole football culture,” he said. “I think I lived in a bubble, and the whole facilities I took for granted.”

His breakthrough came during the 2008 09 season when he made his senior bow at the age of 19 in an FA Cup win over Tottenham, and three further appearances followed as the Red Devils won the Premier League title and League Cup.

Despite being given a taste of first team action by Sir Alex Ferguson, Eckersley opted to leave the club for Burnley that summer.

“I think everything’s downhill from there, making your debut at Old Trafford,” he said. “I left United no one really ever does that but I just love experiences and different cultures.

“I was never a Wayne Rooney, I was never a Cristiano Ronaldo or any of these huge players but I obviously played with them and got into an amazing team,
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Wales defender James Chester, World Cup winner Ron Robert Zieler and England pair Danny Drinkwater and Danny Welbeck came through the United ranks with Eckersley’I was quite lonely’Eckersley’s two and a half years at Burnley brought only a handful of starts in cup competitions as well as loan spells at Plymouth, Bradford and Bury and all was not well off the pitch.

“I had a nice home and a nice car, but I’d just be on my own,” he said. “Nicola (Eckersley’s wife) would be at university and it’d just be me thinking ‘what can I do now?’

“Football wasn’t going great for me at the time, actually, and I was quite lonely.”

Eckersley spent three years playing in the MLS, coming up against illustrious names such as Thierry HenryWhat followed was a transatlantic move to play in Major League Soccer for Toronto and New York Red Bulls, which is when the penny started to drop for Eckersley.

“It was only when I went to North America and saw how those footballers were living that it changed,” he explained.

“They were being careful with their money it didn’t matter what clothes or shoes they wore, and that awakened me.

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Why should we, as Americans, be concerned with what ongoing in Israel Besides the genocide of Palestinian spirit, and a tremendous loss of civilian life, what it is it that should most concern our society, thousands of miles away from it all The quick and painfully common American response would be Arab guided aircraft. A few may even suggest Zionist ambition to rule the world. My fear, as an American, is American condonation of Israeli tactics; after all, from bible study to study hall, I always been taught that condoning behavior is the same as committing that behavior.

American condonation this week took the form of an F 16 fighter jet released Palestinian people killer. On Tuesday Israel declared success when the Hamas military leader was killed in his apartment, along with at least 14 other innocent civilians in the adjoining complex. We who live to see our government actually condemn something, anything that Israel does got a whiff of retribution from the White House when appointed President Bush lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon depravity, calling on Sharon to deem some value to Palestinian life. But it was all a show. More sifting of the facts found that the one ton missile fired on the Gaza apartment building had arrived in Israel under contract with the United States. This contract specifically stipulated that the missile could not be deployed for offensive use, mush less against civilians, but Washington reprieved Israel, and so Israel will continue to receive unabated arms shipments from the United States.

Never mind that Hamas has been claiming responsibility for nearly every ingeniously timed suicide bombing in Israel. That what the United States did each time it condoned Israel incursions into the West Bank, invoking round the clock curfews, indiscriminately rounding up thousands of Palestinian men and boys, killing scores of innocent refugees, destroying en masse what little remained of social infrastructure, and leaving tens of thousands without a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, Hamas remained relatively untouched in Gaza Strip. Hamas was not attacked until one day after they offered to stop suicide bombings in Israel in return for complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories; hence the dead Hamas leader and all the dead and wounded innocents.

Perhaps the most laughable condonation is Israel calling herself a democracy. America constantly reminds the world that Israel is the only democracy in the middle east, while other world leaders scratch their heads, recalling that nearly every regime in the middle east has been installed by the United States, including Saddam Iraq. Israel blueprint for a democracy is as follows: first and foremost you must share a single religion in order to share the full benefits of Israeli citizenship. Second, if your territory is annexed by Israel through occupation or war, count on being expelled or just living a terribly difficult life, as you have no recourse but blowing yourself up in Israel democracy. Israel is full of second and third class citizens, and many who don even count as humans, even when they die.

That Washington insists on calling Israel a shining example of democracy is truly terrifying to me. Washington likes to call America a democracy as well, and I wonder if Israel is the type of democracy that our government strives to evolve into. We have terrorism, we have John Ashcroft, we have TIPS, we have the PATRIOT Act, we now even have our own activated armored tank division to serve on American soil (I wonder what for). Democracy, although it has served my family and friends well (what do guys want for dinner tonight is starting to look remarkably like fascism in the hands of our keepers; and Israel is its testing ground.
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Julian St. John’s portrait “Crucifix Dreamz” looks lonely and haunted, not unlike the circumstances that created it.

The image, mostly in blue pen, features a bearded man with ringed, blood shot eyes staring almost vacantly at the viewer. Over his white face, from the forehead down to the left cheek, are words that form a miniature poem: “Pain is my love shun’d by the herd like a bird sent down from above.”

St. John, who will display 17 pieces Friday at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, drew “Crucifix Dreamz” in a park bathroom in Canoga Park, where he lived several months ago. It wasn’t a case of homelessness due to poverty; St. John is the son of a champion boxer and an Emmy winning actor.

Instead, the artist, who was diagnosed as schizophrenic at age 18, left home voluntarily and lived an itinerant life for more than a year. Sometimes, his family tracked him down, housed him temporarily or set him up in hotels; other times, they had no idea where to find him. But with St. John committed to his medication now and his one man show set to open, he considers himself on an upswing.

Not that he’s about to crow just yet.

“I just showed it to my mom and she hooked it up,” the 23 year old said outside the gallery earlier this month, when asked how he went from being a transient to a headliner in Laguna Beach in just a few months.

Even though he’s a star of sorts at LGOCA, St. John seems blase about the attention lavished on him. When the doors open Friday, though, he may have some high profile attention. Among those who plan to attend are his mother, boxer Mia St. John; his father, Kristoff St. John, of “The Young and the Restless” fame; and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, who has partnered with Mia to push for a bill improving mental health care in schools.

Napolitano, who joined forces with Mia three years ago, said she has only met Julian once but considers him an inspiration for her cause.

Growing up in Calabasas as the son of an actor and a boxer, Julian seemed destined for art and sports. He got there, but not by taking the paths his parents had chosen.

With his father a daytime soap fixture, the St. Johns’ oldest child had a rare connection to the entertainment industry. His father, though, was keen on dissuading him from an acting career.
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For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day.

But I do venture occasionally from my little paradise to experience other things the state has to offer, whether it’s the coast, a mountain hike, a whitewater adventure or a museum. Here are a few options.

Maine’s scenic coast has so many wonderful towns that you almost can’t go wrong, but every spot has its own personality. Old Orchard Beach just outside Portland has a sandy beach, busy pier with food, drink and souvenirs, and an old fashioned amusement park. You could also make a day of visiting Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg in the morning (the wide sandy beach is great for kite flying) and nearby Reid State Park in Georgetown in the afternoon (rocky outcroppings, tidal pools and a lagoon). In Rockland, the man made Breakwater jetty lets you walk nearly a mile from the shore into Penobscot Bay, and a ferry runs across to Vinalhaven island, where it’s worth spending the night. About 1.5 million people visited the park in July and August of 2016, so be prepared for traffic and crowded trails. For a lovely, doable alternative, consider a day in Camden, with a hike up Mount Battie. A poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Renascence,” engraved on a plaque at the top, describes the stunning view, with references to “three long mountains and a wood” and “three islands in a bay.”

For serious hikers, the Appalachian Trail runs through Maine , terminating atop Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park . Depending on your route and fitness level, a hike up and down Katahdin’s steep, rocky trails could take 10 to 12 hours,
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The new (and controversial) Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument doesn’t offer many visitor services yet, but the National Park Service offers tips online for enjoying the area. trips are available on several Maine rivers. My favorite outfitter is Moxie Outdoor Adventures, based in West Forks, which offers an all day Kennebec River trip that’s part paddling like crazy through Class IV rapids and part scenic wilderness float trip. Midday, boats are beached on an island where guides cook steak and chicken over a fire. On one trip, we even saw a moose en route to our launch spot. Warning: You will get soaked. I’ve enjoyed sunset boat trips to see moose on head Lake, but as with any such excursion, there are no guarantees that you’ll see the wildlife you came for. In rural and northern areas, moose present serious driving hazards, especially at dawn, dusk and after dark, so watch out (and be careful what you wish for).

For Kids

Portland Children’s Museum is fun for a rainy day. Aquaboggan Water Park in Saco offers slides, wave pools and mini golf. Old fashioned fairs take place around the state all summer, featuring rides, games, farm animal displays and more. Bean . Take your picture in front of the massive boot by the Bean entrance. Note for insomniacs: Bean’s flagship is open 24/7.

The Arts

In Portland, visit Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s house (he wrote the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”) or take a Stephen King tour of Bangor to see places that inspired his spooky tales. In Cushing, tour the Olson House where Andrew Wyeth painted “Christina’s World” and see Wyeth paintings at Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum . The Portland Museum of Art offers tours of painter Winslow Homer’s waterfront studio and house on Prouts Neck. Music festivals abound as well, from classical to folk.

Boat Rides

Rent a kayak or canoe, or take a ferry, like the ones to Monhegan Island or from Portland to the islands of Casco Bay. There are fancy yachts, schooner rides and dinner cruises, along with lobster boats where you can watch a lobster trap being pulled in. Many port towns also offer nature boat rides. Or rent a rustic cottage, what Mainers refer to as a “camp.” If you’re lucky enough to be on the water, sit back and listen for those loons.
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The makeshift ball is magnetised to his bare feet as he turns away from two markers, darting towards stones that serve as the goal. The handed down kit which drowns his tout petit frame gets tugged from behind, but he shrugs that off and speeds on.

Then comes the real challenge. The kid, who has yet to hit double figures in age, feels a heavy hit to his back and first ensures possession is still secure, before getting a shot off. A young Naby Keita has scored, and as he celebrates, he quickly scans the car that impeded him in the build up.

“This was a normal kind of game,” the midfielder exclusively tells Goal as he retraces his football centric childhood in Koleya, an area of Guinea capital’s Conakry.

“We would play anywhere there was open space, which was often on the street and we would have to dodge the cars!

“I was bumped so many times, but I kept going because I never wanted to lose possession. Nothing could separate me from the ball and I learnt so much from my experiences on the street.

“We played with whatever we could and I would have nothing on my feet, or sometimes, play with old, damaged shoes,” Keita continued after breaking into the 2017 Goal 50, which ranks the 50 best players in the world of the past year and will be revealed in full on Tuesday November 14.

Conakry’s own le roi de la rue (King of the Street) is now the most expensive African footballer in history. Liverpool activated a 48 million clause in the RB Leipzig lynchpin’s contract this summer as well as paying a premium to secure his services from July 1, 2018. The move has been mapped out since the idea of turning professional was crystallised in his mind as a teenager, but his ascension to the top of the game began as a toddler.

As soon as Keita could walk his mother, Miriam Camara, would have to confiscate items from his feet. “She has told me that anything that would fall from the table, whether it was a bottle of water or an orange, I would dribble with it,” he says, his words punctuated with laughter.

“Whatever was on the floor that I could kick, I would entertain myself with it. No matter where she would take me, I would do this.”

His father, Sekou Keita, believes Naby’s destiny was decided even before then. “My dad told me that as a baby, I loved the ball to look at it, to touch it. I always wanted it around me.”

Despite both feeling it was inevitable their son would want to pursue a career in football, the 22 year old’s parents tried to direct him towards a different path. “They wanted me to study,” Keita recalls. “They felt education was the most important and more stable, but there was nothing else for me but football.

“They tried and tried, but they could see where my head and my heart was. Everyone in the community would say to them that I’m the best player in Conakry and, eventually, my parents told me they know I’ve got a special gift so they will fully support my dream.”

At 12, the dynamo was already being advised by local scouts that he should head for Europe, but it was too much for someone so young to process. “I was not mentally ready yet for such a big step,” Keita explains. “About two years later, I would watch a lot of Ligue 1, Champions League and Premier League games on TV and I knew I wanted to be playing at that level.

“It was impossible to do that at home, so it was clear that I would have to test myself in Europe. I was determined to become a footballer, not only because I loved the game, but so I could provide for my family.”

And so at 16, flooded with enthusiasm but unsure of what to expect, he ventured to France for trials. “My parents were terrified. They didn’t want me to go so far away and they were worried about how I would adapt to these new surroundings,” Keita admits.

“It was more difficult than I could have imagined as everything except the language was different. I was used to playing football with my friends, but now I was with strangers that wanted to mostly keep to themselves.”

He moved back and forth between Conakry and Western Europe, where rejection from Lorient amongst others at these showcases slowly ate into his conviction.

“I did wonder if I would ever make it. It was such a tough time,” Keita says. “You have your dream within touching distance, then it falls through and you have to start from the beginning again.”

The most jarring thing about this period wasn’t being in an unfamiliar place, clashing with a contrasting culture, or the dissimilar people he was coming into contact with, but the completely alien way football was interpreted.

“I was never exposed to the professional side of the game,” Keita explains. “I didn’t grow up in an academy, everything I knew was from the street. I would get the ball, I would run with it, show some skill to beat a player and score.

“During these trials, coaches were asking me to do things I’d never heard of! They were using football terms that I couldn’t understand and giving instructions that I had no clue about. I didn’t know about tactics and when I was rejected that is what I was told.”

It was only six years ago when Keita received that crushing feedback, and yet now, you would struggle to find a midfielder as astute and effective as him both offensively and defensively. Schalke director Christian Heidel aptly exclaimed that Leipzig possess a “12th player” because “Naby is like two, this boy is incomprehensible”.

He can tackle, take on defenders, intercept, switch the play, transition quickly, dissect or nullify the opposition, dictate his side’s tempo; a unique, valuable combination.

Le Mans had been the first club to rank Keita’s potential higher than his rawness, but they were unable to recruit him at 18 as they were on the brink of bankruptcy. However, one of their employees recommended the “rough diamond” to FC Istres’ sporting director at the time, Frederic Arpinon, who did his due diligence and spoke to scouts that watched Keita’s performance at a tournament in Marseille, organised by former Celtic defender Bobo Balde. The reviews prompted the club in the south of France to sharply arrange a trial, in which Naby made an instant impression.

Istres offered him a three year deal and in November 2013, Keita thanked them with a goal and assist in a luminary debut display in the 4 2 victory over Nimes.

“I had waited so long, had so many setbacks and when I got my first chance, I wanted to prove I belonged in Europe,” he says as he recalls the game.

“My parents were still very worried about me. I had to call them six times a day and tell them everything that was happening!” Keita chuckles.

Arpinon swiftly figured it would be tough to keep the aptitude of their new acquisition hidden, and while Ligue 1 teams were scared to gamble on the little player with a large ceiling, Gerard Houllier was convinced he’d take off at Red Bull Salzburg.

Then the Head of Global Football for the energy drink’s stable of clubs, and now still an advisor, the former Liverpool manager discussed Keita with Ralf Rangnick, who was the sporting director for the Austrian outfit before assuming the same role at Leipzig.
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The lake is as alluring as ever, but now food is a bigger part of the draw.

Owners Jay Pasquarella and Angelo Canna already have a waterfront success with the upscale Italian menu of Lucia’s on the Lake, just a mile south along the shore. At Dos Amigos, the pair are offering a Mexican menu that goes beyond tacos and nacho platters.

The lakeside patio has been renovated at Dos Amigos. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

There’s tacos, sure, but they’re not just ground beef and chopped chicken breast. They come in grilled flank steak, braised beef, pork carnitas, chicken and roasted mushrooms. They’re served in threes, with shredded cabbage, salsa roja, cilantro green onion sauce, pickled red onion and cotija cheese ($12). You can choose housemade corn or flour tortillas.

Carne asada, steak tacos, at Dos Amigos. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Chunks of skirt steak were well searedwhile pink inside, satisfying the carnivore in me. The housemade corn tortillas cracked and broke as I tried to eat them, but they did taste like corn. The kitchen had only been serving food for a few days when I visited,
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A section of “specialty tacos” included tacos with fried langoustines ($15), grilled fish ($14) and pork belly ($13).

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“Banh mi” tacos ($14), named after the Vietnamese submarine sandwich, include shredded braised pork, pickled vegetables, spicy mayonnaise, cucumber and avocado. The flavors did evoke the sandwich, though I thought the tacos could have used a bit more filling.

Some of the offerings added a Mexican accent to standards, like the cactus salad ($13). What started as a relatively straightforward arugula stack got more interesting with fresh tomato pico de gallo, citrus dressing, radishes, and strips of roasted cactus, or nopales.

Cactus salad included strips of roasted nopales, or cactus. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Larger plates included Mexican regional specialties like cochinita pibil, pork marinated and then braised in citrus and spices ($22). Other classics included dishes like chiles en nogada ($11), stuffed poblano chiles in creamy walnut sauce.

Chiles en nogada, poblanos stuffed with pork and fruit, at Dos Amigos. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

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In addition, some beds have built in drawers or even storage space that can be accessed by lifting the slatted base that holds the mattress.

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Will storing things under the bed interfere with creating this balance and harmony? I wondered.

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“When we have lots of stuff stored underneath our beds,
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it’s kind of like congestion down there. It’s confusion; it’s things that are ‘stuck.’ It can really contribute to people not having a restful sleep. I’m not a feng shui detective who comes in and checks every nook and cranny, but if I’m working on a person’s home and they’re telling me that they are having sleep disturbances, I’m asking what’s under the bed,” she said.

In one clutter clearing inspiration group she headed years ago, Ellson said a participant in the group stored, among other things, a clock that her boss had given her 20 years ago earlier. She had long left that job and, as it turned out, was looking to leave her current job for a new one.

“The clock was symbolic of a couple things. No. 1, the clock wasn’t working anymore so it was somewhere stuck in time. It came from a boss she never adored in the first place and she didn’t even work there anymore. Now, many years later, she was trying to get a new job. I said, ‘Get rid of the clock! It will move the old boss energy out. Let’s move forward in time.’ ”

Lo and behold a month later, the woman found a new job.

“Coincidence? Maybe. But it’s really, really interesting,” said Ellson, who is also a licensed real estate agent with Hunt.

Ellson also said that storing old bills and financial papers can be negative especially for those worried about money. “You’re always going to be thinking about money; whether you realize it or not. In the bedroom we’re trying to create this quiet, enclosed retreat space that’s really about connection, rejuvenation, intimacy and just checking everything else at the curb. Financial papers, an old gift from a boss, old love letters it’s not the space for it,” she said.

“The reality is we all have to put stuff somewhere. If you are tight on storage, I will say ‘Minimally, you can store bed linens or other linen y type stuff under the bed.’ But ideally, nothing is under there. It’s just free flowing space,
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” she added.

I confessed to once storing an ironing board under a bed. She laughed and said she would issue me a permission slip as long as I used the ironing board to press my linens.

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The current Army Combat Boot (Temperate Weather) is used in conjunction with the Army Combat Uniform and it far more practical and a whole lot less “spit and polish” than the boots worn by Napoleon’s or even Patton’s troops. The ACB (TW) is a tan colored, temperate weather boot that features moisture resistant, rough side out cattlehide leather with a nylon duck cloth upper. This makes the boots both somewhat waterproof but still breathable, and unlike the old leather boots the polyether polyurethane midsole provides cushion. There is also a slip resistant rubber outsole that soldiers of the past would have envied.

“In collecting the material culture of all nations in World War I for the National World War I Museum and Memorial, some commonplace objects are hard to come by and that includes soldiers’ shoes and boots,” Doran Cart, senior curator at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, told Fox News. “In the United States and other countries with the cessation of hostilities, the veterans were allowed to wear their boots home and for many returning soldiers and sailors the military issue boots were their only footwear and consequently they were worn for years after.”

It wasn’t the only boot that saw improvement during World War II, as the Service Shoe gave way to the “Boots, Combat Service” version that has been more commonly known as the “Double Buckle Boots.” These were modified Service Shoes with a leather high top cuff added, which closed using two buckles. This was an improvement over the gaiters or leggings that were worn by soldiers and provided greater stability. The boots were used throughout the Korean War when the brown leather boots gave way to the shined black combat boots in 1957.
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