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profile name: Harry S. Truman profile occupation: U.S. President
profile id: 9299545
profile name: Dian Fossey profile occupation: Zoologist
profile id: 9298683
profile name: Gerald Ford profile occupation: Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
profile id: 9542244
profile name: Curtis Mayfield profile occupation: Singer
profile id: 9207709
profile name: Jack Benny profile occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, Radio Personality
profile id: 40873
profile name: Weegee profile occupation: Photographer
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The Wild West holds a special place in American history—Western films depict it as a place where the rules didn't apply, and where scores were settled with gun slinging and shootouts. The colorful characters who made up the old West were men, women, cowboys, Indians, sheriffs just plain outlaws. Though we've come to have a more nuanced understanding of the good and the bad of the old West, we can still learn from the stories of the people who made it and who wrote about what it was.
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In 1936, King Edward VIII unexpectedly abdicated the throne to marry the love of his life, American divorcée Wallis Simpson, proclaiming, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." Edward's behavior prior to his decision to abdicate—including courting Wallis while she was still married to her second husband—garnered outrage from the British Royal Family, most notably from Queen Mary of Teck and King George V, and led to the "abdication crisis" in Britain. In 1937, the happy couple married and embarked on a jet-setting life in Paris, meanwhile referring to themselves as "W.E."—their initials, but also a dig at the royal "we," or the majestic plural. Subversive and playful, their nickname continues to serve as a testament to their lasting adoration for one another.
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Abducting children and adults, demanding ransoms, and committing grisly murders, kidnappers prey on the weak, innocent and unsuspecting, ranking them among the worst kinds of criminals in society. The kidnappers in this group are among the most notorious, making headlines for their famous hostages or for their violent and controlling behavior.
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