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    • #3
      1. A. Edward Teller who was born in Budapest, Hungary and educated in Germany, became an American citizen in 1941. He participated in the Manhattan project with Enrico Fermi and other top scientists in the 1940s. He is the principal architect of America's hydrogen bomb.

      B. Enrico Fermi was born in Rome, Italy, immigrated to the U.S. to escape Fascist political harassment (His wife was Jewish.). Winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics, he was instrumental in creating the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction at the University of Chicago in 1942 which helped pave the way for America's development of the atomic bomb. He was strongly opposed to the development of the hydrogen bomb.

      C. Niels Bohr was a Danish physicist and a Nobel laureate who made basic contributions to the structure of the atom. In 1939, he alerted scientists in the U.S. to the importance of experiments being done in Nazi Germany on nuclear fission. During the Nazi occupation of Denmark, he escaped to Sweden and eventually to the U.S. where he joined in the development of the first atomic bomb. After the war, he returned to Denmark where he pursued the cause of peaceful uses for atomic energy.

      2. A. Irving Berlin was born in Russia, immigrating to the U.S. with his family at the age of five. When his father, a Jewish cantor, died three years later, he helped support his family by selling newspapers and street singing. Although he never learned to read or write music, he became America's top lyricist writing over 1,500 songs including "There's No Business Like Show Business", "God Bless America", "Easter Parade" and "White Christmas". In 1955, President Eisenhower presented Berlin with a Congressionally-authorized medal for his many patriotic songs.

      3. A. Felix Frankfurter a native of Vienna, Austria immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve. A distinguished authority on American constitutional law, he served as a professor at Harvard Law School for 25 years, and was a top aide to President Roosevelt in formulating and implementing the New Deal. He served on the Supreme Court of the U.S. for 23 years where, much to the surprise of most of his friends and associates, he compiled a conservative voting record.

      4. C. Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica, immigrating to the U.S. as an adult. Founder of the United Negro Improvement League, he is credited with being the foremost proponent of the "Back to Africa" movement in the U.S. In 1919, he founded the Black Star Line, a steamship company to transport American blacks back to their ancestral homeland in Africa. He also was a strong proponent of black economic independence. However, after being arrested for mail fraud, he served time in prison after which he was deported to Jamaica.

      5. B. Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of thirteen where he was employed as a bobbin boy at a cotton mill in Pennsylvania. Although he lacked a formal education, after the Civil War, he became a steel tycoon, eventually controlling 25% of American iron and steel production. He sold his company to U.S. Steel Corporation in 1899 for $250 million. He donated millions of dollars to thousands of libraries and educational institutions including Tuskegee University. After the age of 33 when he had an annual income of $50,000, he said, "Beyond this never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes."

      6. B. Edward Steichen, born in Luxemburg, immigrated to the U.S. as a child. An earlier pioneer in photography, by 1923, he was the chief photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. During World War II, he directed a U.S. Naval combat photography team. In 1947, he was appointed as the director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His Family of Man book of photographs sold over three million copies.


      7. C. Thomas Mann, born in Germany, was one of the most acclaimed novelists of the 20th Century. In his autobiographical essay, Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man (1918), he concluded that an artist must be involved in society. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, and voluntarily exiled himself from Germany upon Hitler's ascension to power in 1933. In 1936, he was stripped of his German citizenship by the Nazi government. He lived in Switzerland and later emigrated to the U.S. where he became a U.S. citizen in 1944. He later returned to Switzerland in 1953 where he died two years later.

      8. B. Willem De Kooning, like Robert Rauschenberg and Jackson Pollock, was an abstract expressionist painter. Born in the Netherlands, he immigrated to the U.S. as an adult working first as a house painter and later as a commercial artist. During the Depression, he painted murals for the federal Works Projects Administration (WPA). His first exhibition of black and white paintings in 1948 established him as one of the leading artists of New York's abstract expressionist movement. Besides painting, he excelled in lithographs and bronze sculptures.

      9. C. Claes Oldenburg, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, was a pioneer of American pop art. His sculpture exhibit in Los Angeles in 1964 called "Autobodies" involved cars, crowds of people and ice cubes in an event which involved audience participation. He opened a store in New York City which offered for sale plastic replicas of hamburgers, sundaes and other fast-food items. He also worked with soft materials such as vinyl and canvass in creating gigantic versions of common household items. Later, he worked with such materials as fiberglass and metal in constructing outdoor sculptures like "Geometric Mouse".

      10. B. Charlie Chaplin, movie-picture actor, director, writer and composer was one of the leading talents in film history. Born in poverty in London, his achievements resulted in his being knighted in 1975. Immigrating to the U.S. as an adult, he created his most famous character the little tramp with his cane, bowler hat, baggy pants and enormous shoes. Founding United Artists film studio with other film stars in 1919, Chaplin's little tramp delighted film fans in over 70 movies including "The Kid", "The Gold Rush", "The Great Dictator" and "Modern Times". Hounded out of the U.S. during the McCarthy era because of his leftist views, Chaplin returned to Europe, returning to the U.S. in 1972 to receive several tributes including an Academy Award for his contributions to the film industry.

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      • #4
        list of some of the hispanic nobel winners (((ALEIXANDRE, Vicente, Spain, Literature, 1977.
        ARIAS, Oscar, Costa Rica, Peace, 1987
        ASTURIAS, Miguel Angel, Guatemala, Literature, 1967.
        BENACERRAF, Baruj, Venezuela, Medicine and Physiology, 1980
        BENAVENTE y Mart�nez, Jacinto, Spain, Literature, 1922
        CELA, Camilo Jos�, Spain, Literature, 1989
        ECHEGARAY, Jos�, Spain, Literature, 1901.
        GARCIA MARQUEZ, Gabriel, Colombia, Literature, 1982.
        GARCIA ROBLES, Alfonso, M�xico, Peace, 1982.
        HOUSSAY, Bernardo, Argentina, Medicine and Physiology, 1917.
        JIMENEZ, Juan Ram�n, Spain, Literature, 1956
        LELOIR, Luis Federico, Argentina, Chemistry, 1970.
        MENCHU, Rigoberta, Guatemala, Paz, 1991
        MILSTEIN, C�sar, Argentina, Medicine and Physiology, 1980.
        MISTRAL, Gabriela (Godoy y Alcayaga, Lucila), Chile, Literature, 1945.
        MOLINA, Mario , M�xico, Chemistry, 1995.
        NERUDA, Pablo (Ricardo E. Neftal� Reyes y Basoalto), Chile, Literature, 1971.
        OCHOA, Severo, Spain, Medicine and Physiology, 1959.
        PAZ, Octavio, M�xico, Literature, 1990
        PEREZ ESQUIVEL, Adolfo, Argentina, Peace, 1980.
        RAMON Y CAJAL, Santiago, Spain, Medicine and Physiology, 1906.
        SAAVEDRA LAMAS, Carlos, Argentina, Peace, 1936)))

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        • #5
          famous hispanics in the u.s army((((Alvarez, Everett -- U.S.A.F.
          Barkley, David -- U.S. Army
          Camacho, Isaac -- U.S. Army
          Cavazos, Richard E. -- U.S. Army
          Del Valle, Pedro -- U.S.M.C.
          Esteves, Luis R. -- U.S. Army
          Farragut, David -- U.S. Navy
          Fern�ndez, Manuel -- U.S.A.F
          Galvez, Bernardo de -- Spanish Army
          Garc�a, Fernando -- U.S.M.C.
          Gonzales, Manuel -- U.S. Army
          Gonza***, Cecilia -- Texas National Guard
          Guill�n, Ambrosio -- U.S.M.C.
          Hern�ndez, Dora -- U.S.A.F.
          Miranda, Francisco de -- Venezuelan Patriot
          Ortega, Juan -- Union Navy
          Ribas-Dominicci, Fernando -- U.S.A.F.
          Rivero, Horacio -- U.S. Navy
          Salinas, Angela -- U.S. Navy )))

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          • #6
            lst of some great arab americans(((Academics
            Dr. Elias Corey, organic chemistry professor at Harvard University and 1990 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry[1]
            Dr. Abdulrahim N. Chafi, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at California State University, National University, and Fresno Pacific University.
            Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, pioneering American-Lebanese cardiovascular surgeon and researcher[2]
            Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University.[3]
            Dr. Charles Elachi, Professor of electrical engineering and planetary science at Caltech and director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
            Dr. Taher Elgamal, Egyptian-American cryptographer and doctor in computer science
            Dr. Samih Farsoun Sociology professor at the American University [4]
            Dr. Fawaz Gerges, ABC analyst, professor, regular guest on Oprah's Anti-war series
            Michel T. Halbouty, famous American-Lebanese geologist and geophysicist, pioneer in oil field research[5] [6] [7]
            Dr. Philip S. Khoury, Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
            Dr. Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary theorist and former professor at Columbia University
            Dr. Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami
            Dr. Fawwaz Ulaby, Former Vice President for Research of the University of Michigan and first Arab-American winner of the IEEE Edison Medal
            Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, appointed by George W. Bush in May 2002
            Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail, physics professor at Caltech, and 1999 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
            Dr. Saddeka Arebi, professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley

            [edit] Business
            Najeeb Halaby [8]
            Carlos Slim Helú, head of Telmex, Telcel and America Movil, both parents were Lebanese. (Variously described as the third, second or first richest man in the world).
            Dr.Abdulrahim N. Chafi, President of Dar Science&Engineering for Environmental Engineering and Water Resources.
            Steve Jobs, head of Apple, biological father was Syrian[9]
            Mario Kassar, formerly headed Carolco Pictures [10]
            John Mack, CEO of investment bank Morgan Stanley (Lebanese parents)[11]
            Sam Maloof
            Maloof family, majority owners of the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
            Sam Moore, the founder and president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest world-wide distributor of the Bible
            Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's photocopy stores [12]

            [edit] Writers
            Edward Abboud, political writer, author of Invisible Enemy: Israel, Politics, Media, and American Culture [40]
            Diana Abu-Jaber, novelist, author of Arabian J***, Crescent, The Language of Baklava
            Elia Abu Madi (or Madey), author and member of the Pen League (perhaps the same as Arabic poet Iliyya Abu Madi?)
            Etel Adnan, poet, essayist, and visual artist
            Catherine Filloux, French-Algerian-American playwright
            Joseph Geha, author of Through and Through
            Khalil Gibran, author and member of the Pen League, well-known for his best-selling book The Prophet
            Lawrence Joseph, poet
            Mikhail Naimy, Nobel Prize-nominated author and member of the Pen League; well-known works include The Book of Mirdad and a biography of Khalil Gibran
            Naomi Shihab Nye, poet
            Ameen Rihani, "father of Arab American literature," member of the Pen League and author of The Book of Khalid, the first Arab American novel in English; also an amabassador
            Abraham Rihbany, writer on politics and religion
            Salom Rizk, author of early Arab American immigrant autobiography, Syrian Yankee
            Ramzi M. Salti, author of The Native Informant: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World
            Mona Simpson, author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy
            Jack Marshall (author), poet and author (Iraqi father/Syrian mother)
            Kuttab, Daoud, award winning Palestinian journalist. Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University

            [edit] Performers
            Moustapha Akkad, a Syrian-American film producer
            Paul Anka, singer and songwriter (Lebanese)[13]
            Jim Avila (half Lebanese), correspondent for ABC News "20/20"
            **** Dale, surf rock guitarist (Lebanese father) [14]
            Jenna Dewan (1980 - ), film/TV actress (Step Up)[15]
            Shannon Elizabeth (1973 - ), film actress ("American Pie", "Scary Movie")[16]
            Jamie Farr, character actor, Lebanese[17]
            Hala Gorani, CNN anchor (French Syrian) [18]
            Khrystyne Haje
            Salma Hayek, actress (Lebanese father), born in Mexico-works in US
            Anissa Jones, actress (Syrian grandparents)
            Casey Kasem, radio personality and voice actor [19]
            Kerri Kasem, TV hostess
            Mike Kasem, actor
            Amy Fadhli, fitness model, actress (Iraqi father) and winner of the Fitness America National Champion 1996
            Catherine Keener, Lebanese ancestry
            Khaled Khaled, a.k.a. DJ Khaled, Palestinian ancestry, popular Hip-Hop DJ for Fat Joe's Terror Squad group
            Herbert Khaury, aka Tiny Tim (Lebanese father) [20]
            Wendie Malick (1950 - ), actress and former fashion model[21]
            Kurtis Mantronik (Syrian father), born Kurtis el Khaleel, remixer and producer, founding member of 1980's old school hip hop group Mantronix
            Kristy McNichol, co-star on "Family" and "Empty Nest" [22]
            Mika, half-Lebanese
            Wentworth Miller, starring role as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network television series "Prison Break"(Syrian-Lebanese from Mothers side)[23]
            Kathy Najimy, actress of Lebanese descent [24]
            George Noory (1950 - ), radio broadcaster, as of 2006, the weekday host of the late-night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.[25]
            Jehane Noujaim[26]
            Michael Nouri
            Naomi Shihab Nye[27]
            Dean Obeidallah [28]
            Diane Rehm, public radio host (Egyptian mother)
            Heather Raffo, actress/playwright (Iraqi father)
            Omar Sharif, film actor, Egyptian/Lebanese/Syrian descent
            Tom Shadyac
            Shakira, her father is a Lebanese immigrant and her mother a native of Colombia
            Tony Shalhoub (1953 - ), three-time Emmy Award-winning television and film actor (Monk)[29]
            James Stacy
            Vic Tayback, actor, Syrian
            Danny Thomas, actor, Lebanese [30]
            Marlo Thomas, half Lebanese
            Tony Thomas, half Lebanese
            Vince Vaughn, Lebanese ancestry
            Elliott Yamin, singer (Iraqi Jewish father)
            Amy Yasbeck, half Lebanese
            David Yazbek, half Arabian
            Frank Zappa (part Lebanese father)[31]
            Alia Shawkat, actress (father is Iraqi)

            [edit] Military
            John Abizaid, Lebanese[32]
            James Jabara, Lebanese
            George Joulwan, Lebanese
            Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a Specialist in the United States Army who was kidnapped by insurgents in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 23, 2006

            [edit] Politics
            James Abdnor
            James Abourezk [33], Lebanese
            Spencer Abraham, Lebanese ancestry
            Victor G. Atiyeh
            John Baldacci, Lebanese ancestry
            Mitchell Daniels, Governor of Indiana
            Pat Danner, former member of Congress
            Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the American Congress For Truth, Lebanese
            Philip Habib, Diplomat of Lebanese descent
            Lisa Halaby, married King Hussein of Jordan and became the only Arab American to be the Queen of a foreign country, Queen Noor
            Darrell Issa, conservative Californian Congressman, Lebanese father
            Chris John, Lebanese ancestry
            Abraham Kazen, south Texas Congressman
            Ray LaHood, Illinois Congressman of Lebanese descent
            George J. Mitchell, Lebanese mother
            Ralph Nader, Lebanese [34]
            James Naifeh, the Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Lebanese ancestry
            Mary Rose Oakar, former member of the United States House of Representatives
            Jeanine Pirro
            Nick Rahall, U.S. Congressman, Lebanese
            Donna Shalala, Lebanese
            John E. Sununu, Senator from New Hampshire, son of John H. Sununu, Lebanese father
            John H. Sununu, former Governor of New Hampshire, Lebanese

            [edit] Sports
            Alaa Abdelnaby, NBA player (Egyptian)
            Mark Copani, half Italian half Jordanian-Arab professional wrestler, known for his controversial yet highly memorable Muhammed Hassan character whilst in WWE
            Vince Dooley
            Doug Flutie, NFL player (Lebanese)
            Jeff George, NFL quarterback
            Sam Khalifa
            Khalid Khannouchi, athlete marathon runner
            Bobby Rahal
            Rony Seikaly [35]

            [edit] Others
            Joseph Abboud (1950 - ), menswear fashion designer and author[36]
            Reem Acra
            Rosemary Barkett, federal judge and first woman Justice and Chief Justice on the Florida Supreme Court (Syrian)
            William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist
            Halim El-Dabh, composer (Egyptian)
            Jamal Dajani, television producer and Middle East analyst.
            Emilio Estefan, Cuban-born, manager and producer of wife Gloria Estefan
            Ismail al-Faruqi
            Gibran Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and artist
            Hussein Ibish
            Nabil Kanso, artist
            Hoda Kotb
            Candice Lightner (Lebanese mother), founder of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)[37]
            Edward L. Masry, lawyer
            Walid Rabah
            Karim Rashid
            Anthony Shadid [38]
            Helen Thomas, journalist (Lebanese)[38]
            John Zogby, pollster for Zogby International (Lebanese)
            James Zogby, Arab-American civil rights activist (Arab-American Institute); brother of John
            Zainab Salbi co-founder and president for Women for Women International (Iraqi)
            Kuttab, Jonathan human rights Palestinian activist, New York bar member)))

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            • #7
              How about the REAL famous people.

              Pamela Anderson (she is a born canadien citizen,and was a greencard holder until last year when she became u.s. citizen)

              Albert Einstein

              Arnold Schwarzenegger

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              • #8
                jim carrey is also an immigrant,,he got his citizen in 2004 i believe,,he's a canadian citizen ,,and the mmigration attorney who helped him on getting his citizen is in orange country

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                • #9
                  and also madonna is italian,,and sylvester stallone is italian..and half of the singers without mentioning names bcoz this well take like another week

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                  • #10
                    none were illegal 'immigrants...'

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                    • #11
                      it doesn't really matter,,all of them were immigrants,and we'r talking about immigrants..i dont care if they were legal or not

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                      • #12
                        @mike_2007: thanks for putting Edward Teller in the list (indeed the first one listed). Personally, I really appreaciate that!
                        Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

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                        • #13
                          @davdah: ?
                          Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

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                          • #14
                            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by davdah:
                            Mike your missing the point. There is a difference between Madonna the immigrant and Jose the M13 gang member illegal from Salvador. Madonna, Jim Carrey, and all the prior mentions would obey the rules even if it went against their own wishes. Jose never did and never will. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>




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                            • #15
                              My Turn: My legal journey to U.S. citizenship



                              By Girish Pandit
                              December 16, 2007

                              Carrying two suitcases, a solid education and the desire to build my personal dream, I left Mumbai, India, in August 1990. Never before had I ventured outside India.

                              With no family or friends outside the Indian continent, I took a big risk by traveling to the United States to continue my education. I'd obtained degrees in printing technology, economics and accounting in Mumbai and, with the support of my family, I decided to pursue a degree in printing management at West Virginia University on a student visa.

                              The culture shock was profound, but I completed my degree with honors in 18 months, and was hired by Dow Jones & Co. My first assignment was in Chicago in December 1992 as the assistant production manager for the Wall Street Journal/Barron's on an Optional Practical Training visa, which was good for 12 months and designed to allow those with student visas to apply the knowledge they gained in the classroom to practical work experience.

                              After the conclusion of the training period an employer has the choice to discontinue employment. Luckily, Dow Jones decided to retain my services and applied for an H1-B visa on my behalf. This visa was valid for six years. During this period I applied for my permanent resident I 485, or green card. The paperwork and governmental procedures are very cumbersome but well worth it. Anxiety and sleepless nights are part of the application process until you receive the approval notice. We received our approval in 1997 and the actual green cards in 1998.
                              I worked for Dow Jones for 11 years before being hired by the Nevada Appeal in Carson City in 2003.

                              I have been eligible for U.S. citizenship for more than five years, but due to sheer laziness and lack of motivation did not feel the need to obtain my citizenship.
                              That changed in January when my wife and I returned from India after the first anniversary of my father's death. Somewhere over the Pacific she whispered in my ear that she thought Hillary Clinton could end up being the next president. As we were not registered voters (citizens), we did not have a say in any American election but we would certainly be affected by the election. Clinton, in my opinion, is a liberal socialist. She has zero executive experience, is a ruthless and calculating political operative not caring whose life she destroys and has always held onto her husband's coattails for political gain. The Clintons are a formidable team. Time and again the Clintons and their political hacks have ruined opponents using unethical tactics and have always gotten away with it. Watch out Obama!

                              At that moment, we decided to change our status from permanent residents to naturalized citizens. We applied in late February 2007 and received our approval notice in May 2007.

                              We had to go to Reno for a citizenship test consisting of 10 questions based on U.S. history and government. After you get the test you are asked to read and write simple sentences, which to me seemed to be at about the first-grade level. Upon completion, the immigration officer approves your case for citizenship.

                              During our interview process, it became apparent to my wife and me that learning the English language was not as important to others as it was to us. As we waited for our interview at the Reno Homeland Security office, the agent called out letters assigned to other families who had come in for fingerprinting. The agent called out the letter "A" loud and clear four times.

                              A family of five near us did not move until another person sitting nearby re-pronounced it as "aah," corresponding to their native language, Spanish. At home our 3-and 5-year-old children are fluent in four languages and we speak in all these languages. In public we always try to converse in English. English is the language of the United States. Our Constitution and our laws are written in English. If someone needs the letter "A" translated in any other language and desires to immigrate to the United States, I believe they must work harder at learning the English language.

                              The citizenship swearing-in ceremony was wonderful. It lasted around three hours and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was conducted at the U.S. District Court in Reno, presided by the Honorable Valerie P. Cooke, U.S. magistrate judge. There were 58 candidates for this formal ceremony. There were representatives from the offices of Sens. Reid and Ensign, Congressman Dean Heller and others.

                              Nearly half my life has been spent in my adopted country. The United States of America is the land of opportunity, freedom, laws and also responsibility. Why then did our president and certain lawmakers of both political parties moving legislation forward to grant amnesty to lawbreaking and irresponsible individuals who are in our country illegally? The illegal aliens disregarded our laws when they entered our country. By rewarding them, we are sending the wrong message to law-abiding residents and future legal immigrants.

                              My family is very proud of our American citizenship and we will do our best to serve and protect our country.

                              Girish Pandit is regional production/operations director for Sierra Nevada Media Group, which includes the Sierra Sun.
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