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Chapter 11 - That's More Bull Than I'd Like to Ride (1965–1969)

Mitchel P. Roth University of North Texas Press ePub

“Had my ribs, nose and arm broken, but after all a guy has to have a hobby.”

—Lala Markovich, 1965

THE tumult of the 1960s caught up to the Texas prison system in the second half of the decade. “Treatment by race” had been one of the most salient features of the system since its inception. This began to change in 1965 when George J. Beto desegregated individual prison units. Well aware of the logistical problems that would result, Beto went ahead and desegregated the units anyway, paving the way for different races to coexist in the Texas prison system, mirroring the racial coexistence that had characterized the prison rodeo arena since the 1930s.

However, inmates were still housed by race in separate dorms and cell blocks within the prison units and for years did not mix in the dining halls or even in the agricultural hoe squads. So, while inmates of all races might have gone about their daily routines in the same prison units, black, white, and Hispanic inmates did it in their own segregated wings and labored in segregated field forces. It would take another decade for the Texas prison system to actually alter its state-sanctioned system of racial segregation.1

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Acadia: Mount Desert Island and Isle au Haut

Steve Pinkham Down East Books ePub

Mount Desert is the largest of Maine’s many islands. Its tallest mountain, Cadillac, is the highest point of land on the Atlantic seaboard until one reaches Mount Sugarloaf, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Wabanakis, who came here each summer to feast on clams and fish, called it Pemetic Island.

On September 5, 1604, Samuel Champlain sailed by this beautiful island and wrote of it in his journal: “The same day we passed also near an Island about four or five leagues long…. It is very high, notched in places, so as to appear from the sea like a range of seven or eight mountains close together. The summits of most of them are bare of trees for they are nothing but rock…. I named it the Island of the Desert Mountains.” The name, which has remained for almost four hundred years, did not refer to the island as a barren desert, but rather to its being “deserted,” or uninhabited. Today there are three towns on the island, and it is home to beautiful Acadia National Park.

Beginning in the 1850s, artists and explorers, “rusticators” as they came to be called, discovered the island and began summering here. Many fascinating trails were built over the rocky terrain and around the ponds. In addition, magnificent summer “cottages” were built on the eastern portion of the island, making Bar Harbor a rival to Newport, Rhode Island.

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Pranks in Hungting Camp; Or, the Physiological and Psychological Benefits of Ancient Rites Practiced in Bucolic and Fraternal Settings

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

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PRANKS IN HUNTING CAMP; OR, THE

PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL

BENEFITS OF ANCIENT RITES PRACTICED

IN BUCOLIC AND FRATERNAL SETTINGS by Robert Flynn

For reasons yet to be explained, God and the Supreme Court placed hunting season during the shortest days of the year. For those who venture into nature to collect something edible rather than to escape TV, that means a lot of non-hunting time in hunting camp. Some hunters fill those hours with eating, drinking, arguing hunting strategies, conjuring visions of the next hunt, playing cards, eating, cooking, tinkering with mechanical devices such as hunting vehicles, cleaning hunting gear (including selected game), cleaning the cabin, and/or cleaning oneself.

While those are meaningful, productive and necessary, the serious hunter also requires creative activities. The two fundamental exercises of the imagination are: One, the preparation, polishing, and delivery of the day’s hunting story that includes in detail every animal seen, and the description of the width, breadth, length and points of the bucks’ horns with poetic license; and also the enumeration of the number of turkeys, feral hogs, and other game with manly exaggeration. Two, the preparation of the

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47. Thanks for (Bike) Sharing by Greg Borzo

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Greg Borzo

Bike-sharing programs offer free or inexpensive access to bicycles for temporary and one-way use, most often in urban areas and along transit corridors. They could be described as public libraries for bikes. Their goal is to reduce traffic congestion, noise, air pollution, and carbon emissions, all the while building community and promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

Bike sharing is most popular in Europe, where dozens of cities operate programs, large and small. Until recently, however, there was a conspicuous dearth of bike sharing in the United States. That began to change in 2008, after the successful, high-profile use of bike sharing during the two national political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis. These two temporary systems were so popular and functioned so well that both cities subsequently launched permanent bike-sharing programs.

Modest programs were then launched in Washington, DC, Chicago, and elsewhere. But when middle-of-the-road Des Moines, Iowa, launched a public bike-share program with eighteen bikes in August 2010, it was clear that what was once a fringe concept had gone mainstream. That same summer, Miami Beach launched a program with 1,000 bikes, and the following cities announced programs: San Antonio, Texas, with 140 bikes spread over 14 locations; Boulder, Colorado, with 200 bikes and 25 docking stations; Broward County (which encompasses Orlando, Florida), with 75 bikes; and Boston, with 600 bikes at 61 docking stations. The contract to create Boston’s system, dubbed Hubway, was signed in April 2011, and the system was set to launch the following summer. Now many other cities are considering the idea.

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The Exumas

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

TELEPHONE CODE: 242 / POPULATION: 3540 / AREA: 121 SQ MILES

     Includes »

     Great Exuma

     George Town

     Stocking Island Rolle Cay

     North of George Town

     South of George Town

     Little Exuma

     Ferry to Williams Town

     Exuma Cays

     Highborne Cay

     Norman’s Cay

     Exuma Cays Land Sea Park

     Staniel Cay

     Great Guana Cay

     Little Farmer’s Cay

The Exumas are an extraordinarily beautiful string of some 365 islands and cays, of which just a few are inhabited. Some of the cays are mere dots on the map, some are barren, and others luscious and fertile, but they all have glittering white sands and small harbors of turquoise water.

The main island, Great Exuma, is well set up for tourism, and is especially popular with yachties, many of whom stock up on supplies in tiny George Town before disappearing to explore the pristine beaches of the Exuma Cays. The island itself is well worth getting to know, however, boasting miles of great beaches and extremely friendly locals.

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