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  • Almonds Not the State's Worst Water Offender

    05/13/2015 10:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/13 | Sam Brock and Rachel Witte
    The California almond is getting a bad reputation. At least that’s what the numbers show. According to an April report released by the Pacific Institute, a non-profit research firm based in Oakland, almonds are not the most water intensive crop grown in the Golden State. In fact, almonds tie with pistachios for fourth place in the ranking of California’s water intensive crops and require on average four acre-feet of water per acre. One acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons of water. Alfalfa and rice are the top two water users, averaging five acre-feet of water per acre a piece, though alfalfa...
  • Universal Allah gets 3 1/2 years in prison in Stradivarius robbery

    07/25/2014 3:45:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-24-14 | Megan Trimble
    One of the two Milwaukee men involved in the January armed robbery that briefly netted them a $5 million Stradivarius violin was sentenced Thursday to 31/2 years in prison. Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to robbery as a party to a crime. In addition to his prison term, Allah will remain under extended supervision for another 31/2 years, must avoid contact with the people involved in the attack and pay $4,014.57 in lost wages and ambulance fees to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Dennis P. Moroney called Allah's actions egregious and said...
  • Universal Allah pleads guilty for role in Stradivarius theft

    05/28/2014 10:51:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-28-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    One of the two Milwaukee men accused in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin a few months ago has pleaded guilty to taking part in the robbery. Universal K. Allah, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to robbery as a party to a crime. Prosecutors have recommended prison time, leaving the amount to the judge's discretion, and at least three years of extended supervision. The judge reminded Allah that he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of prison with five years extended supervision and a $50,000 fine. A charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver was...
  • Exhausted Frank Almond eagerly awaits reunion with stolen Stradivarius

    02/07/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Exhausted but delighted, Frank Almond can't wait to be reunited with his partner. That would be the exquisite Lipinski Stradivarius stolen from Almond, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, during an armed robbery Jan. 27 after a Frankly Music concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Milwaukee police recovered the violin and arrested three suspects in the case. Two of those suspects remain in jail. "Chief Flynn personally called me last night, actually early this morning, which I very much appreciated," said Almond during a phone interview, his first since the theft occurred. The violinist is out of the state and returning to...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin found in suitcase in Milwaukee attic

    02/06/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 98 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-6-14 | Ashley Luthern
    The 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was taken from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster in an armed robbery last month has been found and will be returned to its owner later Thursday, authorities said. Three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remain in police custody. Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the violin was found in a suitcase in an attic of a city residence, with the help of tips from citizens and information received from Taser...
  • Three suspects arrested, but stolen Stradivarius violin not recovered

    02/05/2014 8:12:56 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-5-14 | Ashley Luthern & Jim Higgins
    Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a priceless Stradivarius violin, but the instrument has not been found, police said Wednesday. The three suspects — two men, ages 42 and 36, and a woman, 32 — were arrested Monday morning at their respective Milwaukee residences and remained in police custody Wednesday. One of the suspects has been linked to a prior art theft. The violin, crafted in 1715 and known as the Lipinski Strad after a former owner, was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery Jan. 27. Almond had played...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin’s owner relieved Frank Almond not badly hurt

    02/03/2014 11:07:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Jim Higgins
    The owner of a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond during an armed robbery last week has released a statement expressing relief that Almond was not permanently injured in the attack. Almond posted the owner's statement in his Non Divisi column online at her request. "Due to my devastation at the attack on you, Frank, and the theft of the violin, I feel compelled to write this," the owner writes. "First, I'm so happy that you are safe." "Frank, I could never have guessed that after all you have done, you would be physically attacked....
  • $100,000 reward announced in Stradivarius violin theft

    01/31/2014 7:37:57 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-31-14 | Ashley Luthern
    A $100,000 reward was announced Friday for a priceless 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in an armed robbery this week. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was attacked with a stun gun Monday and robbed of the violin, which has been on indefinite loan to him from its anonymous owners since 2008, a common practice in the music world. The reward will be offered to anyone who can provide information that results in the safe return of the stolen violin. Officials declined to disclose Friday who, or what organization, is financing the reward. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said...
  • Instrument dealer says Frank Almond 'very cautious' about violin security

    01/29/2014 12:26:19 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 81 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-29-14 | Jim Higgins
    Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh, a close friend of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, said he was stunned when Almond called to tell him that robbers Monday evening took the priceless Stradivarius violin he plays. "I've never heard of an armed robbery for a violin," said Hersh, founder of Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins, which buys and sells rare instruments. Hersh, also a violinist himself, examined the Lipinski Stradivarius with Almond when the instrument's anonymous owner offered to loan it to Almond. Almond has played the instrument in concert since 2008. Hersh said his initial presumption was that the...
  • Stolen Stradivarius violin likely still in Milwaukee, ex-FBI expert says (UPDATE)

    01/29/2014 8:30:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-29-14 | Ashley Luthern
    A priceless 300-year-old Stradivarius violin that was stolen in a robbery Monday night likely is sitting in a Milwaukee home, a retired FBI expert on such cases said Wednesday. "I doubt it'd be shipped out that quickly to some far-off place," said Robert K. Wittman, founder of the FBI's National Art Crime Team and author of "Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures." The Stradivarius violin was on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, who was attacked Monday night with a stun gun and robbed of the instrument. He had just completed a performance...
  • Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

    01/28/2014 2:37:27 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 68 replies
    Milwuakee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-28-14 | undisclosed
    A rare Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery Monday night. The instrument, known in musical circles as the Lipinski violin, was taken around 10:20 p.m. Monday in a parking lot in the rear of Wisconsin Lutheran College on W. Wisconsin Ave., police said. Almond had played a concert at Wisconsin Lutheran Monday evening as part of his Frankly Music series. In a 2008 feature on the violin, Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the Lipinski violin was comparable in value to another Strad that sold for more than $3.5...
  • Photograph of Headquarters

    08/29/2007 1:37:54 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 130 replies · 3,107+ views
    Ron Paul 2008 ^ | August 29, 2007 | Ron Paul
    Here is a photograph of the Ron Paul 2008 national office in Arlington, Virginia. We have the entire second floor; about 3,000 square feet. The photograph was taken around 6:00 o'clock this morning.
  • Almond Recall After Reports of Salmonella

    05/29/2004 3:00:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 316+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 29, 2004 | NA
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES, May 28 (AP) - A salmonella outbreak traced to one of the world's largest almond producers has sickened about 25 people and prompted a nationwide recall of more than 13 million pounds of almonds. The size of the recall is likely to grow as federal investigators continue to identify distributors and repackagers of almonds that originated from the company, Paramount Farms in the Central Valley of California, a spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said on Friday. An initial recall covered 2.7 million packages of raw almonds sold under the brand names Kirkland...