St. Lucia arrests five suspected in British man's yacht murder

St. Lucia arrests five suspected in British man's yacht murder

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A British man was murdered in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Friday night during a robbery aboard his yacht, the Magnetic Attraction. His wife was badly beaten in the attack.
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Northrop Grumman gets task orders for A-10 modernization support

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Task orders worth nearly $24 million have been given to Northrop Grumman by the U.S. Air Force to help keep A-10 Thunderbolts flying until 2028 and beyond.

Toronto mayor: Crack cocaine allegation is 'ridiculous'

TORONTO, May 17 (UPI) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Friday a Canadian newspaper report he appeared to smoke crack cocaine in a cellphone video is "ridiculous."

Northrop repairs British aircraft

LAKE CHARLES, La., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The first E-3D Sentry aircraft repaired in the United States is back in operation with the British air force, Northrop Grumman announced.

Northrop wins weapons system support work

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has been given a seven-year U.S. Air Force indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for support of U.S. military weapons systems.

Trial for accused Cleveland killer begins

CLEVELAND, June 28 (UPI) -- The case against a Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women is marked by sloppy police work and underwhelming forensic evidence, defense attorneys said.

Judge tries to hold costs in slayings case

CLEVELAND, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The judge overseeing the trial of a Cleveland man accused in a string of deaths has warned the defense team it's approaching its spending caps for some areas.

Judge rejects relocation of Sowell trial

CLEVELAND, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A judge in Cleveland says the trial of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell won't be moved to another city.

Insanity plea withdrawn in Sowell case

CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A plea of innocent by reason of insanity was withdrawn from the case of a Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women, one of his attorneys confirms.

Osiris contracted for ARS therapy

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department announced it has contracted Maryland-based Osiris Therapeutics to develop and stockpile the radiation exposure therapy Prochymal.

COL FB: Alabama 30, Colorado 24

SHREVEPORT, La., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- John Parker Wilson passed for three touchdowns and 256 yards Sunday and Alabama beat Colorado 30-24 in the Independence Bowl.

NG to repair damaged British Sentry ED-3

LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has won a contract to repair a British Sentry ED-3 aircraft damaged during a storm.

COL FB: Auburn 17, Alabama 10

AUBURN, Ala., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Brandon Cox's one-yard touchdown sneak in the fourth quarter was the winner Saturday as 25th-ranked Auburn beat Alabama 17-10.

COL FB: Mississippi St. 17, Alabama 12

STARKVILLE, Miss., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Anthony Johnson returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown Saturday afternoon, as Mississippi State posted a 17-12 victory over 23rd-ranked Alabama.

COL FB: LSU 41, Alabama 34

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Chad Jones caused a late fumble and Jacob Hester scored the deciding touchdown Saturday, as the third-ranked LSU Tigers beat Alabama, 41-34.
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John Parker
University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson warms up prior to their NCAA SEC Championship football game against the University of Florida in Atlanta, Georgia December 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

John P. Parker (1827 – February 4, 1900) was an African American inventor, industrialist, and abolitionist who secretly participated in the Underground Railroad resistance movement. His house in Ripley, Ohio is a National Historic Landmark .

Parker was born in Virginia, the son of a white father and slave mother. He was also a slave who was sold a number of times until he was finally purchased by a doctor from Mobile, Alabama. He worked as a servant in the doctor's house and secretly learned to read and write. After an aborted escape attempt and repeated conflicts with authority, he was sold to another owner, a local widow from whom he purchased his freedom for $1,800. Parker earned this money through his work in two of Mobile's iron foundries and occasional odd jobs. After leaving the south, Parker first lived in Jeffersonville, IN, then Cincinnati, where he married Miranda Boulden. They then moved to Ripley, Ohio, where they had six children (including Hortense Parker). Parker joined the Underground Railroad while in Ripley, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom. He continued in spite of a $1,000 bounty placed on his head and after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 meant that his forays into Kentucky endangered the freedom he had worked so hard to buy.

He also patented a number of inventions and founded the Ripley Foundry and Machine Company which he managed.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "John Parker."
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