first_img60 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway BayA WATERFRONT home at Runaway Bay has sold for $1.08 million under the hammer after just two weeks on the market.The property at 60 Pebble Beach Drive sold at auction on Saturday.It was listed just 16 days earlier for the first time in 26 years.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago60 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Bay 60 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway BayThe home belonged to Ray White Paradise Point agent Sharyn Mainwaring and her husband.Mrs Mainwaring marketed the property, which sits on a 700sq m block on the sought after Runaway Islands.In her online advertisement, she said it was designed for the waterfront entertaining lifestyle and had a spacious living area that spilled out onto an undercover deck.According to CoreLogic data, Mrs Mainwaring and her husband bought the property in 1991 for $350,000 from the Merlino family. 60 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Baycenter_img 60 Pebble Beach Drive, Runaway Baylast_img read more

first_imgIn 1979, Richard Dekmejian, a professor of political science, traveled to Libya for a conference in observance of the 10th anniversary of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s coup d’etat. Dekmejian said the dictator invited him to speak at the conference and then asked him to write a book about his reign.“I had written a book called Egypt Under Nasser,” Dekmejian said. “He never read the book and thought it was about Nasser, so he invited me to write a book about him. Of course, I shook my head just so I could get out of Libya. Once I got back to the states, I broke off future communication because I really wasn’t interested in writing a book praising him.”Global · Richard Dekmejian, a professor of political science, was born to Syria, but said he migrated to the United States for a better life. – Photo Courtesy of Richard DekmejianQaddafi was not the only ruler to offer Dekmejian a book deal, but there was never any doubt in his mind that turning down each offer was the right thing to do. The son of two Armenian genocide survivors, writing in praise of these rulers contrasted with his own moral values.“There are a lot of countries on this earth that will give you big money if you deny genocide,” Dekmejian said. “Despite the fact that you can make thousands of dollars, you can’t play that game. Beyond a certain point, you can’t pull punches when someone is really bad.”Dekmejian was born in Aleppo, Syria, nearly 20 years after the genocide that killed most of his extended family, but his family’s past helped shape his future. He said he and his family were always on the move — refugees being not entirely welcome in Syria — but he eventually moved to America to live with his uncles, where he furthered his education.He studied engineering and theology for a few years before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Having grown up in Syria at a time when it shifted from French rule to independence, he learned to speak Armenian, Arabic, French, Turkish and English fluently. He was stationed in France, working at the NATO headquarters near Paris.“The kind of work I did was intelligence work, because of the languages I knew,” Dekmeijian said. “It determined my interest in politics, international relations, intelligence issues and leadership issues.”After finishing his military service, he returned to school, studying political science at the University of Connecticut, earning a master’s degree at Boston University in Soviet and Asian politics and a doctorate at Columbia University in Middle Eastern politics. He went on to teach at SUNY Binghamton while also working for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, preparing diplomats to go to the Middle East.“The work at Foreign Services was incredibly interesting because you’d get to talk to practitioners,” Dekmejian said. “In political sciences, you deal a lot with theoretical stuff. We’re not practitioners, so when you go to the level of practitioners, you learn a great deal.”Dekmejian came to USC in 1986, and now teaches political science, including a course called Terrorism and Genocide, where he teaches students to recognize preconditions of genocide and how to prevent it. He teaches through case studies of past incidents of terrorism and genocide, but also gives students the opportunity to briefly experience it in class, with the help of former graduate student and U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Ken Graham.“He comes every year to do a military-style takeover, where a number of students with masks take over the class,” Dekmejian said. “I literally lay on the floor. It’s about a five-minute operation. But then I go through our mistakes in the past and what’s the likelihood of some new forms [of terrorism].”Dekmejian also worked on documentaries about genocide and terrorism with the Discovery Channel and said it is important to document and learn from these incidents.“It’s important, I tell my students, to inoculate ourselves with the anti-genocidal vaccine so that we can prevent this from happening as we grow up on this planet,” Dekmejian said. “It’s so important to learn about the tragedies of the past and hope that will teach us something about not doing it in the future.”last_img read more

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved the plans and specifications and set a public hearing date on the re-roofing project for the South Federal Fire Station building. The building used to be a substation for the city’s fire department in serving the southern part of the community. Mayor Bill Schickel says  it’s good to see the city addressing the need to repair a crumbling roof.   “Some people may not know that building is that 80 years old. It was a Public Works Administration building and it has a lot of architectural significance, and it’s getting old, and the roof was leaking, so I was really happy to see the city council approved to repair the roof on the historic fire station there.” Schickel says the city hopes to get a national historic designation for the building.  “We have an application to put that building on the National Register of Historic Places. That would join the Park Inn and  about 40 other historically significant buildings in Mason City that have already received that designation. So we look to the future, preserving our past is really equally important.” Schickel says the building draws interest from people who are architecture enthusiasts.   “ I’ve been told that people going by that when they come into town — you know we think of everybody is visiting the Historic Park Inn and Music Man Square and our MacNider Art Museum and all of our other cultural amenities, but there’s a lot of people that are architecture lovers that stop by to see that particular building.”  The estimated cost of the project is $71,860. The council will hold a public hearing and consider awarding a bid for the project at their March 3rd meeting. Schickel made his comments on today’s “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO. Listen back to the program via the audio player belowlast_img read more