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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
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Ridge Global, iJET University collaborate for security training

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. security and risk management company Ridge Global and iJET University are teaming to offer instructor-led security training for executives and others.
'Dirty Harry' supports gay marriage in California

'Dirty Harry' supports gay marriage in California

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Clint Eastwood has lent his raspy-voiced, steely-eyed presence to the debate over gay marriage, signing on to a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down California's Proposition 8, which limits marriage to a man and a woman.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

New cybersecurity firm formed

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A consulting firm for business and the government sectors is being formed by former U.S. government cybersecurity experts.

Napolitano: Immigration 'No. 1' priority

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Immigration is the top legislative priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this year, Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
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Time to empower the Iranian Resistance

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The author argues it is time for Western leaders to embrace the Iranian Resistance against the current leadership in Tehran..
DAVID AMESS, UPI Outside View Commentator

ARES Security hires Ridge Global

BURLINGAME, Calif., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- ARES Security Corp. of California said it plans to expand its presence in the U.S. and international security market with help Ridge Global.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.
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Rendell questioned on ties to Iran group

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. agency has asked former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to turn over information on his relationship with an Iranian exile group, officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.
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International community must stop Iraqi abuse of Iranian opposition

LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- It seems that the respite regarding the fate of Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq is going to be short-lived.
BRIAN BINLEY, UPI Outside View Commentator

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.
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Security firms partner

Security firms partner

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Washington companies Ridge Global and Global Emergency Solutions will work together to provide integrated emergency planning and response services.
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Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995), the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005). Since re-entering the private sector, Ridge has served on the boards of The Home Depot, The Hershey Company and Exelon Corporation and as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche, and TechRadium. Ridge is also the founder and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based security consulting firm. Ridge spent time campaigning with Senator John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency and was believed by some to have been in the short list of potential running mates.

Ridge was born in Munhall, Pennsylvania, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, the oldest of three children. His parents were Laura (née Sudimack) and Thomas Regis Ridge, who was a traveling salesman and Navy veteran. Ridge's maternal grandparents were Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), and his paternal great-grandparents emigrated from Great Britain. Ridge was raised in veterans' public housing in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was educated at St. Andrews Elementary School and Cathedral Preparatory School and did well both academically and in sports. He earned a scholarship to Harvard College, where he paid his way through with construction work, played intramural baseball and football, and graduated with honors in 1967.

After his first year at the Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in the 23rd Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He earned the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Later, he was offered a commission as an officer but turned it down when he learned that it would require an extra year of service.

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