Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan Hunter who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning.The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket late Wednesday morning without any supplemental documentation.“Notice of hearing as to defendant Margaret E. Hunter,” the docket entry states. “Change of Plea hearing set for 6/13/2019.”Both Hunter and wife were indicted in August on 60 criminal counts related to what prosecutors allege was a yearslong misuse of campaign donations to the congressman’s re-election fund. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges last year. Attorneys for Margaret Hunter, 44, did not immediately return calls seeking comment about the change-of-plea hearing Thursday.Gregory Vega, the former U.S. attorney who is defending Rep. Hunter, said the development has no immediate … [Read more...] about Margaret Hunter to plead out in case against congressman husband
Connecticut has a new poet laureate. The state Office of the Arts announced Wednesday that Margaret Gibson of Preston has been chosen to become the seventh poet to hold that position. She succeeds Rennie McQuilkin, who stepped down last summer due to illness. Gibson, a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut, has written 12 books of poetry, including “Not Hearing the Wood Thrush,” a 2019 finalist for the Poets’ Prize. Her collection “The Vigil” was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. During her three-year term, Gibson will appear across the state at readings and conduct workshops as an advocate for poetry and the literary arts. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Margaret Gibson named poet laureate for state of Connecticut
PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:28 22 March 2019 Steve Russell Its 1949 and Margaret Thick has qualified as a state registered nurse Picture: FAMILY COLLECTION Archant Margaret Thick was a Woodbridge district nurse and also worked at Ipswich Hospital. Her funeral is on April 1 A 1929 photograph of Margaret Thick as a toddler with brother Lawrie (father of Sylvia and her sister Angela), her mother Helen and father Thomas Picture: FAMILY COLLECTIONIt’s straight out of Call the Midwife. Margaret Thick is delivering her first child after starting work in Suffolk. The county in 1953 has its fair share of poverty, and she finds herself on the top floor of a double-decker bus. It’s home to travellers, sleeping on blankets. “You don’t forget that!” says niece Sylvia Hook. Auntie Margaret was a major influence on Sylvia and her family – virtually a one-woman recruiting officer. “When we used to go to … [Read more...] about Did Suffolk midwife Margaret Thick deliver your baby?
By Besha Rodell The New York Times Wed., Feb. 27, 2019 The late afternoon sunlight in Western Australia’s Margaret River region is deeply golden, casting its buttery hue across vineyards and filtering through the forests of giant karri trees. Sometimes the landscape looks almost European, with roads tunnelled by groves of old trees next to fields of baled hay. Then you spot a herd of Western Gray kangaroos lounging beneath the trees, or turn a bend in the road and there it is: the shocking aqua blue of the Indian Ocean. It is not hard to see the appeal. But given its remoteness, it is somewhat surprising that the area to the south of Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, has become a popular destination for food and wine tourists. There is no doubt that the region has all the elements needed to draw hungry (and thirsty) tourists. It is stunningly beautiful, and while it is one of the youngest established wine regions in the world (at around 50 … [Read more...] about Exploring Margaret River: A remote part of Australia finds itself on the map
By Ryan Hagen | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: January 22, 2019 at 4:11 pm | UPDATED: January 23, 2019 at 8:25 am Margaret Atwood, the bestselling and critically acclaimed author responsible for works including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will kick off two weeks of discussions with established and emerging authors at UC Riverside in February. Writers Week will begin with Atwood and program director Tom Lutz, a professor of creative writing at UCR, speaking about her five-decade career, followed by a question-and-answer session. The public can ask questions of Atwood and the 22 other authors who will participate in the free event, which is set for Screening Room 1128 of Interdisciplinary Building South at UCR. One satellite event, with author Ayesha H. Attah, will take place in Los Angeles, at a Baldwin Hills address that will be provided with tickets. Free parking permits will be available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the campus’ … [Read more...] about Margaret Atwood, author of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ to speak, take questions at UC Riverside