The North Shore—Outdoor Adventure, Culture, No Crowds

The North Shore—Outdoor Adventure, Culture, No Crowds
Since age and health issues have limited my outdoor activities, I gravitate to the cultural side. However, I'm always picking up brochures on biking trails, zip lines and hiking for our children and grandchildren to entice them on a trip. Travel is a …
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Going to the Super Bowl? Book Now
If you're an American, though, you need a foreign passport — like Ian Baldwin of Boston, who's here on a Swiss passport. "I think it's good. … And those who are here get the distinct feeling that by being here now, they're avoiding the rush. "We'd …

IAAF in no rush to redistribute medals following doping revelations
What is certain is the increasing damage to the credibility of Russian athletics: the five new cases of doping offences revealed on Tuesday brings to 23 the number of their elite athletes caught under the IAAF's Athlete Biological Passport programme …
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$18M sticker shock: City cancels north Omaha industrial park deal because of

M sticker shock: City cancels north Omaha industrial park deal because of
The City of Omaha has backed out of a north Omaha redevelopment deal because of sticker shock over the projected environmental cleanup cost: $ 18 million. That's vastly more than city officials had expected to spend on environmental remediation for the …
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Fund gives .1 million in aid this year to private school students
The Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha helped substantially more families this fall than it did in 2013. The group, which works with private schools to offer financial aid for K-12 students, awarded $ 2.1 million in scholarships for the 2014-15 school …
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AT&T To Sell Blackberry Passport
It is currently available at BlackBerry's retail website, and various other online retailers, for $ 599. The price is slightly less than Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which cost $ 650 and $ 750, respectively, … Considering T-Mobile's spat …
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Postal Service honors 28 longtime employees in North Jersey

Postal Service honors 28 longtime employees in North Jersey
Known to his post office colleagues as “Grandpa,” David Stellingwerf still carries biscuits to feed the dogs along the route in the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock he has walked for 45 years. After receiving a special award plaque, John Popek …

Porto in bid for Brazilian midfielder Gabriel
The 21-year-old impressed scouts from the Portuguese club while playing for Botafogo during the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro, Xinhua reported Saturday citing football news site Sambafoot's report. A transfer would be aided by Gabriel's European passport, …
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North Central Community Calendar — Nov. 7-13

Kluczynski Federal Building, Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois
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The Kluczynski Federal Building is a modernist skyscraper in the downtown Chicago Loop located at 230 South Dearborn Street. The 45-story structure was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1974 as the last portion of the new Federal Center. It is 562 feet (171 m) tall and stands on the site previously occupied by the Chicago Federal Building by the architect Henry Ives Cobb. It was named in honor of U.S. Congressman John C. Kluczynski, who represented Illinois’s 5th congressional district from 1951 to 1975 after his death that year. This is one of three buildings by van der Rohe in the Federal Center Plaza complex: the others are the US Post Office (Loop Station) and the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse.

The Kluczynski Building is constructed of a steel frame and contains 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of space. The exterior is sheathed in bronze-tinted glass set into bright aluminum frames. Beneath the windows are steel spandrel panels painted flat black and windows are separated horizontally by steel mullions of projecting steel I-beams also painted black. The two-story lobby is recessed allowing for a colonnade or pilotis to encircle the building at street level. The interior walls and floors of the lobby are covered in granite which entends to the plaza. The lobby contains several commemorative tablets which were removed from the previous building.

The entire complex is based on a 28 ft (8.5 m) grid pattern so that seams of the granite pavers in the plaza extend into the building lobbies and up the sides to create unity among the three structures. The Center resembles Mies’ earlier Toronto-Dominion Centre and was expanded in 1991 with the addition of the 28-story Metcalfe Federal Building to the south across Jackson Boulevard.

Alexander Calder’s sculpture "Flamingo", a 53-foot (16 m) red steel sculpture, was unveiled on the plaza October 24, 1974. The sculpture was conserved and restored in 1998[3] The plaza is also the site of a weekly farmers’ market during the spring and summer seasons, open to the community.

Federal agencies in the building include the Air Force Recruiting Service, the Department of State Passport Agency, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Personnel Management, Consumer Product Safety Commission, General Services Administration and offices for both the U.S. senators from Illinois.…

North Central Community Calendar — Nov. 7-13
Inspire Fine Art Center, 200 Queen Anne Court, hosts free “Passport to Inspiration”/ Family Art Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m. second Saturdays. In this month's edition, local artist Lynn Maverick Denzer will lead activities in which participants pick a stamp …
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Naturally, a thriving business catering to these tiny foreign passport holders has developed. The Jia Mei Canadian and American Baby Counseling Services Center, with offices across China, charges …
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Latest Renewing Passport News

Passport application demand for the North of England
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This infographic shows how the demand for passports in the North of England increases in the summer.

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Health of Bahraini detainee with epilepsy, in danger as government refuse his
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – On the 19th of December 2012, security forces arrested Younes Ali Hadher, a 22 year-old suffering from epilepsy, while he was at a government office in Manama to renew his passport. He was severely tortured after his arrest …
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Women jailed for fake medical test in Dubai
According to the records, RS, 33, housemaid, agreed to take the other's passport and medical health certificate application and to go to the Karama Health Centre to undergo the medical test instead of her friend, JD, saleswoman, to enable the latter to …
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Mother absconded, how do I renew passport of Thai child in Phuket?
“There is only one case in which a father can renew a child's passport on his own: if he has sole custody of the child and the legal documents to prove it. If you could not renew your child's passport alone, chances are you do not have custody of the …
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North Carolina Voter ID Bill Passes In State's GOP-Dominated House

North Carolina Voter ID Bill Passes In State's GOP-Dominated House
Despite records showing only a handful of documented cases of in-person voter fraud prosecuted in the state over the last decade out of 30 million ballots cast, Republicans compared the state's elections to the notoriously tainted races in 1960s …
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Tips to keep unexpected health issues from throwing your overseas vacation off
WASHINGTON (AP) – An international vacation typically involves months of advance planning, from renewing passports to finding flights and booking hotels. But even the most carefully planned itinerary can be knocked off course by an unexpected health …
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Report: Snowden planning to stay in Russia, given documents to leave airport
Since arriving from Hong Kong a month ago, Snowden had been unable to pass through customs because the United States government has revoked his passport in their attempts to punish him for making the extent of the NSA's surveillance programs public.
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