Maine's Monhegan Island celebrates quadricentennial

Maine's Monhegan Island celebrates quadricentennial

MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine, Aug. 6 (UPI) --European settlers and their descendants have occupied Maine's Monhegan Island for 400 years. Inhabitants gathered to celebrate its quadricentennial today.
Brooks Hays
Flight diverted after allegedly drunken woman attacks crew with prosthetic leg

Flight diverted after allegedly drunken woman attacks crew with prosthetic leg

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 31 (UPI) --A woman who was allegedly drunk on a Thomson Airways flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh is accused of attacking crew members with her prosthetic leg.
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Canadian ocean institute tracking Fukushima radiation in Pacific

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The scale of the radioactive water plume from the Fukushima disaster on the west coast of North America should be known in the next two months, researchers say.

Shark carcass dumped outside Massachusetts pub

NANTUCKET, Mass., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Officials on Massachusetts' Nantucket Island said they do not know the identity or motive of a "prankster" who left a shark carcass on a pub's doorstep.

Blogger's camera thrown off balcony

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21 (UPI) -- An anarchist workshop at The Evergreen State College in Washington was canceled after a blogger's camera was stolen and thrown off a balcony, officials say.

Arthur Conan Doyle's first novel published

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The previously unpublished first novel of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has been published in London more than a century after it was written.

Judge refuses to stop Ohio execution

CINCINNATI, May 13 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge Friday rejected a killer's plea to be spared execution on grounds he is insane and cannot remember his crimes.
Family branches tie Obama, Palin, Limbaugh

Family branches tie Obama, Palin, Limbaugh

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The family tree for U.S. President Obama shows he's related -- distantly -- to two of his harshest critics, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, Ancestry.com said.

Billboard 'love search' not working out

ORLANDO, Fla., March 21 (UPI) -- An Orlando, Fla., bachelor who used a billboard to find dates says he might still be looking for love in all the wrong places but he remains optimistic.

GM, Spyker say Saab deal is binding

DETROIT, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- General Motors Co. and Spyker Cars NV confirmed Tuesday they have a binding deal for the U.S. automaker to sell the Swedish brand Saab to the Dutch company.

Billboard seeks potential dates

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida man whose Web site promises $1,000 to a matchmaker who can help him find love has expanded his campaign to the side of the highway.

WGA strike hurting Canadian film industry

VANCOUVER , British Columbia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The ongoing Hollywood writers' strike is crippling the Canadian film industry by shutting down productions and putting employees out of work.
Buzz at Detroit auto show: Lack of buzz

Buzz at Detroit auto show: Lack of buzz

DETROIT, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The buzz at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit might be the lack of buzz as some top industry names opted to skip the event.

BBC seeks to compete with iTunes

LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- Britain's BBC Worldwide announced plans to compete with the music and video download service iTunes, developed by U.S. company Apple.

Effort to overturn Internet gambling ban

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- A new group focused on overturning the federal ban on Internet gambling is enlisting the help of former Sen. Alphonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., a skilled poker player.
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John Smith
Washington Wizards' Antonio Davis (6) shoots for a lay-up over Atlanta Hawks' John Smith (5), during the first quarter at the MCI Center in Washington, DC on January 11, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

John Smith (born 1618 in Achurch, Northamptonshire – died August 7, 1652 in Cambridge) was an English philosopher, theologian, and educator.

He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1636, took his B.A. in 1640 and his M.A. in 1644, at which time he was chosen fellow of Queens' College. His health seems to have been precarious from the first. His labors were principally confined to his office as teacher, for which he had remarkable qualifications. His preaching was with a rare degree of eloquence, which can still be felt in the Select Discourses (1660). In that work, he writes about several metaphysical and epistemological issues surrounding Christianity - the existence of God, eternal life, and rationality. He gained much local fame as a lecturer on mathematics. His personal character was such as to excite the admiration of his associates in a remarkable degree. As a "founder" of the so-called Cambridge Platonists, his special service was in developing the foundation of a Christian philosophy that was deeply rational, open to the new science, and yet directed to the practical goal of living a religious life.

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