Dogs of War: A small step for contractors

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- For a long time now, much of the discussion of the use of private contractors on the battlefield and war zones has been sensationalistic and not particularly helpful. Either contractors are just patriots helping out their former comrades, as most of them are former military themselves, or they are just war profiteering money-grubbers who trample on human rights. Neither view is correct.

GDTI announces details from company plan

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Virginia-based Guardian Technologies International has released a report highlighting the company's plan to capitalize on worldwide markets.

British leaders discuss ex-spy's death

LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Britain's crisis team, known as Cobra, held an emergency meeting to discuss the mysterious death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Democrats pick up at least 2 seats in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Two scandal-tainted Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania, Curt Weldon and Don Sherwood, conceded defeat Tuesday.

Baby found dead, forgotten in father's SUV

DALLAS, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A 10-month-old Texas boy was found dead in his father's vehicle after he allegedly was forgotten in it for the entire day, police said.

IBM agrees on partial pension settlement

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- In a decision that eventually may affect millions of workers, IBM says it will pay $320 million to settle part of a pension plan lawsuit.

Judge hits IBM with costly ruling

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- In what could be a billion-dollar ruling, a Los Angeles judge says IBM owes retroactive payments to those affected when IBM dropped its pension plan.

Last of Texas escaped convicts gets death

DALLAS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The last of six Texas convicts who escaped from prison three years ago and murdered a police officer is facing a death sentence.

Another 'Texas Seven' inmate convicted

DALLAS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Another of the seven Texas convicts who busted out of a state prison three years ago was convicted Thursday of murdering an Irving police officer.

Ex-congressman McCloskey dies of cancer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A six-term veteran Congressman Frank McCloskey of Indiana has died of bladder cancer. He was 64.

Faulty light suspected in Chicago fire

CHICAGO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Storage room lighting may have sparked a Chicago blaze that killed six government employees, it was reported Sunday.

IBM accused of age discrimination

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- IBM violated age discrimination laws in the way it changed its traditional pension plan in the 1990s, a federal judge in Illinois has ruled.

Abbott unit guilty in nutrient case

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., July 24 (UPI) -- An Abbott Laboratories subsidiary in Chicago has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing a criminal investigation of fraud.

Judge denies same-sex parental rights

CHICAGO, April 8 (UPI) -- A Cook County judge Tuesday ruled a transgender male cannot be granted parental rights because same-sex marriages are illegal in Illinois.

Four charged with chaining child to bed

CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Four adults have been charged with child endangerment after police discovered a 3-year-old foster child chained by his neck to a bed frame.
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Patrick Murphy
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) speaks at the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on August 27, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Patrick Murphy (1834–1862) was an Irish giant, born in County Down, who exhibited himself as a means of income. He originally worked on the docks in Liverpool, England and later became a waiter at a hotel. Because he was a man of extraordinary height, Murphy attracted crowds everywhere he went. He eventually decided that he could make an honest living being tall.

In May 1857 the Emperor and Empress of Austria invited the towering native of Ireland to visit their kingdom. While he was on tour throughout Europe, he died of smallpox in Marseilles at the age of twenty-eight. He had always billed himself as being 8'10" and in some circles as much as 9'3", though his true height was 7'3".

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