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Huntington Station, NY — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) honored the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman with a new stamp in its Literary Arts series, commemorating the life, work and words of the poet some revere as the “Father of Modern American Poetry,” at his Long Island birthplace.Whitman’s poetry was modern in “the topics and themes explored — freedom, human dignity, and democracy,” said Cara Greene, USPS vice president, controller. Greene dedicated the 85-cent stamp, which is intended for domestic First-Class Mail weighing up to 3 ounces. “Whitman was more than a giant in American literature,” said Greene. “He was a remarkable human being who helped nurse thousands of the Civil War’s sick and dying soldiers.”Greene was joined to unveil the stamp by Cynthia Shor, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site executive director; Jeffrey Gould, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association trustee; Erik Kulleseid, New York State Parks Commissioner; Darrel Blaine Ford, Whitman personator; and David Reynolds, Graduate Center of the City University of New York.Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp, featuring a portrait of Whitman by Sam Weber, based on a photograph taken by Frank Pearsall in 1869. A lilac bush and hermit thrush in the stamp’s background recall the poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d,” written after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.Whitman’s name lines the bottom of the stamp. “USA” is printed horizontally in the top left corner. The stamp’s denomination, “THREE OUNCE,” is indicated at far right, down the side.News of the stamps can be shared using the hashtag #WaltWhitmanStamps.Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop under “Collectors.”
There seems to be no end in sight for the club future of AFCON hero Sunday Mba. Just when it appeared that his travails would soon be resolved amicably, a new twist has appeared in the tussle between Rangers International of Enugu and Warri Wolves over who owns the player.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through an ad-hoc committee have ruled that Mba still has a contract with Warri Wolves and as such his preferred club Enugu Rangers will have to cough out a transfer fee agreed by both players for the star player.Wolves are demanding for 12 million Naira (about $75,000) and Rangers have since reacted by saying they are “studying” the offer.While this impasse continues it is the promising career of Mba that has been put on hold. Mba was a complete shadow of himself during the 2014 FIFA WorldCup qualifier against Kenya in Calabar last month. As it is now, Mba has yet to play club football in Nigeria several weeks after his goal won Nigeria a third AFCON title in Johannesburg, South Africa.And reports have also suggested that overseas clubs who have shown interest in the player are gradually pulling out of negotiations because they do not know which club they should actually be doing business with. What is even more worrisome is that both Rangers and Warri Wolves do not appear to be willing to shift grounds as the large-sized egos of their top officials have now got in the way.Nigeria goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu told MTN.com that the row over Mba has been detrimental to the player’s career.”I am urging and pleading with both clubs (Rangers and Warri Wolves) to settle the case and allow Sunday (Mba) concentrate on his career,” said Shorunmu, himself a former international star.“What is happening is not good for his career. I don’t really know what transpired between the clubs on Sunday’s transfer, they know. I want them to consider the boys career and settle it in time. It is taking its toll on him already.”
Wellington Police notes for Friday, October 3, to Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014:Â Friday, Oct. 3, 2014â€¢9:15 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block S. Elm,Â Wellington.â€¢Deanna S. Morrison, 33,Â Wellington was served a summons to appear for littering.â€¢5:17 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.â€¢7:28 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of known suspect in the 1200 block N. C,Â Wellington.â€¢8:47 p.m. Officers investigated a minor in consumption of alcohol and criminal trespass in the 600 block E. Harvey,Â Wellington.â€¢8:47 p.m. Juvenile, male, 15,Â Wellington was detained, released and referred to Juvenile Court.â€¢9:36 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of electronic drive in the 600 block E. Harvey,Â Wellington. Saturday, October 4, 2014â€¢12:49 a.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist in the 1500 block N. Washington,Â Wellington.â€¢12:49 a.m. Kelsey J. Garmon, 21,Â Wellington was arrested and confined on a Cowley County Bench Warrant.â€¢8:30 a.m. Robert L. Leech, 19, Canton, Ohio was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢9:11 p.m. Officers investigated an assault and criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1000 block W.Â College,Â Wellington.â€¢10:15 a.m. Officers investigated possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of law enforcement in the 1000 block W. College by a known suspect(s) Wellington.â€¢10:52 p.m. Edwood B. Osborne, 19, Wellington was arrested and confined for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sunday, October 5, 2014â€¢12:34 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block E. Woodsway, Wellington.â€¢8:09 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device in the 1800 Edgewood Dr, Wellington.â€¢Adam M. Oâ€™Neal, 31,Â Wellington was served a Summons to Appear for theft of Services.â€¢11:19 a.m. Chase D. Clinkingbeard, 25, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, expired registration and no proof of insurance.â€¢12:40 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery and disorderly conduct in the 300 block S. Ash,Â Wellington by known suspect(s).â€¢12:54 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block E. Lincoln,Â Wellington.â€¢1:07 p.m. Kimberley D. Friend, 30, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with disorderly conduct.â€¢1:58 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block. E. 16th,Â Wellington.