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NRA official banned from owning guns

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association's field representative for New York and its suburbs was banned by a judge from possessing any of his 39 firearms for one year.
Astronauts work on urine recycler

Astronauts work on urine recycler

HOUSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station worked Sunday to fix the newly arrived urine distillation equipment, NASA officials said.

British reporter arrested at Tibet protest

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A British television reporter says he was roughed up and taken away by police while attempting to cover a Tibet protest in Beijing during the Olympic Games.

Hewitt sued over alleged $22M Enron error

HOUSTON, Tenn., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. human resources consultant Hewitt Associates LLC made a $22 million math error, shortchanging ex-Enron Corp. employees and retirees, a lawsuit alleges.

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Accused witch wins pride, loses lawsuit

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., March 14 (UPI) -- A New York educator denied tenure over claims she is a witch proved she has no other-worldly powers, but still lost a legal challenge on the tenure issue.

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Man bites dog, gets 60 days ... Armed bystander shoots alleged thief ... Cop loses sick pay for role in adult movie ... NYC poker parlors want limelight to dim ... The world as we know it from UPI.
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Man bites dog, gets 60 days

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An Alaska man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for biting a chunk out of his dog's ear.

Gucci divides Ford duties four ways

MILAN, Italy, March 12 (UPI) -- Four unknown fashion designers will replace Tom Ford, the industry star, at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, it was announced in Paris.

Gucci picks Ford successors

MILAN, Italy, March 4 (UPI) -- Gucci reportedly has tabbed two in-house designers, John Ray and Alessandra Facchinetti, to help replace departing creative director Tom Ford.

John Ray (November 29, 1627 – January 17, 1705) was an English naturalist, sometimes referred to as the father of English natural history. Until 1670, he wrote his name as John Wray. From then on, he used 'Ray', 'having ascertained that such had been the practice of his family before him.'

He published important works on plants, animals, and natural theology. His classification of plants in his Historia Plantarum, was an important step towards modern taxonomy. Ray rejected the system of dichotomous division by which species were classified according to a pre-conceived, either/or type system, and instead classified plants according to similarities and differences that emerged from observation. Thus he advanced scientific empiricism against the deductive rationalism of the scholastics. He coined the term species.

John Ray was born in the village of Black Notley, near Braintree, in the county of Essex, in the south east of England. He is said to have been born in the smithy, his father having been the village blacksmith. From Braintree school he was sent at the age of sixteen to Cambridge University: at first admitted to Trinity College, he migrated to Catharine Hall after a month, and returned to Trinity College after about one year and three-quarters. His tutor at Trinity was James Duport, Regius Professor of Greek, and his intimate friend and fellow-pupil the celebrated Isaac Barrow. Ray was chosen minor fellow of Trinity in 1649, and in due course became a major fellow on proceeding to the master's degree. He held many college offices, becoming successively lecturer in Greek (1651), mathematics (1653),and humanity (1655), praelector (1657), junior dean (1657), and college steward (1659 and 1660); and according to the habit of the time, he was accustomed to preach in his college chapel and also at Great St Mary's before the university, long before he took holy orders. Among his sermons preached before his ordination, which was not till the 23 December 1660, were the famous discourses on The Wisdom of God in the Creation, and on Deluge and Dissolution of the World. Ray's reputation was high also as a tutor; and he communicated his own passion for natural history to several pupils, of whom Francis Willughby is by far the most famous.

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