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Covington - The new Intel chip

Covington House - Vancouver

Covington Bay - Online Soap

Covington Cross - TV Series

Covington Plantation - Golf Course

Covington Connection - Xena Princess Warrior

Covington & Burling - Lawyers

How to Dump Your Wife - Lee Covington book

Covingtons in the U.S. Civil War

The Shipwreck of Port Hunter - caused by the tug Covington

The Syms Covington Journal - Voyage on The Beagle

Herbert Covington Bonner - member of US House of Representatives

Felicity TV series - the Ben Covington crush

Episode of Highlander TV series - Earl of Covington

Grace "Candi" Covington - Mystery Books

Lord & Lady Covington - "Madeline" books

Riley Covington Thriller Series Paperbacks

Ships named 'Covington' served in 3 wars

The Covingtons - Michigan based band

Sears Names New Apparel Brand Covington

Covington Now a Kahan Family Affair

Covington in North Carolina (fictional town) books by Joan A. Medlicott

The Village (film 2004) - another fictional town named Covington

The Graduate Education of Malcolm Covington by Elizabeth Bennett 1998

Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy book featuring Major Peter Covington (SAS)

Trisha Covington Audio Clips

Call me

Slow down

Why you wanna play me out

THE COVINGTON CHIP

Article in PC Week Oct 1997

Intel zeros in on power by Richard Barry

PC Week can exclusively reveal Intel's Pentium II plans leading up to the millennium, The chip manufacturer is re-engineering the P11 processor to create a faster; cheaper chip, code-named Covington, which will be released some time in 1998 and manufactured on a 0.25 micron process. 

Covington will be the second generation P11 processor and represents a major change in the cornpany's approach to the sub-$1,000 (£595) market, which it terms "segment zero". Previously Intel largely ignored this market.

An industry source said: "The plan is to introduce a powerful Pentium II at a much lower entry without affecting performance." The source added: "Intel is touting two technologies at segment zero. Covington will be its answer to AMD's K6+ 3D and the IDT Winchip+, which both have L2 cache built into the chips."

Intel is also working on a Pentium II that uses an enhanced MMX (MMX2) instruction set on a 0.25 micron process, code named Katmai and scheduled for release in early 1999. Katmai will also be aimed at the consumer market and is likely to have 30 graphics capabilities built in.

A much more powerful processor; code named Willamette, is due by Q4 1999. Little is known about Willamette except that it has a large cache and will perform below the 64-bit Merced chip.

Before the planned processors appear, Intel will debut its 0.25 micron process with the long awaited Deschutes processor which will be formally announced on January 26 as a 333MHz desktop processor with a 512Kb cache.

The mobile version of the chip, which will benefit from the 0.25 micron process cooler, faster performance, will be announced in mid-1998.

The industry source also confirmed that by the summer of 1998, Intel will be releasing 350MHz and 450MHz Pentium II processors on a slot 2 configuration with up to 2Mb of level 2 cache running at the same speed as the processor. Slot II will be primarily focused at the high-end workstation market where it will support up to four processors.

Intel refused to comment on unannounced products.

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THE COVINGTON HOUSE - VANCOUVER

This log cabin once served as a schoolhouse. It was built in 1848 by Richard and Anne Covington, two of the area's first teachers. The cabin, originally located in Orchards, was moved to Vancouver in the 1920's.

Purportedly was the first schoolhouse north of the Columbia River. Open Tuesday and Thursday 10-4 during July and August. Free admission.

"The Covington House" – by Grace, age 10

The Covington House was built out of logs. It was first made in 1846. In the year 1926, it was moved to Leverich Park. When it was moved, they took it apart log by log. Each log was numbered and put back together at Leverich Park. It is now open to the public as a museum. For several years the Covington House was not wanted. Some days it was even used as a shelter for farm animals during that time.

The Covingtons came from London, England. Mr.Covington was an employee at the Hudsons Bay Company at Fort Vancouver. In the year 1832, Dr.McLoughlin hired John Ball as the first teacher at the Covington House. The first piano and violin in town were owned by the Covingtons. Mr.Covington was very talented. He worked in a patent office and farmed. He was very good at drawing plans for lots of things like buildings.

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COVINGTON BAY - The Online Soap Opera (http://www.covingtonbay.com)

Love.  Lust.  Mystery. Intrigue.  Danger.  Desire.

Experience the powerful emotions of the men and women
who live and love in a very special small town...

Covington Bay sometimes contains scenes and subject matter for mature audiences.
Please be advised.

 

Covington Bay Condominiums- a building of high rent condos.  Melody Sorensen lives in one.

Covington Bay Fashions- an exclusive fashion boutique where the townswomen can be found looking for the latest designs.

Covington Bay Health Club- where the townspeople sweat and strain their muscles.

Covington Bay Journal-  one of the local papers in Covington Bay, the other being the Covington Bay Times.  Lawton Fairchild is the owner and publisher of the newspaper.   Drake Williamson is the editor-in-chief.  A.J. Lassiter is one of the top reporters at the paper.

Covington Bay Koffee Klatch-  a popular coffee house in town.  Best known for their scones.

Covington Bay Medical Center-  the premiere hospital in town.   Dr. Glenn Dailey is Chief of Staff of the medical facility.  Dr. Gloria Lassiter-Dailey is Chief of Neurosurgery.  Dr. Zachary Dailey is head of the Alec Stone Memorial AIDS Wing.  Dr. Grant Rios works at the hospital as an AIDS researcher.  Dr. Laura Dailey-Harrison is a pediatrician. Simon Harrison is a financial officer for the hospital.  Dr. Darian Jackson is an ER doctor.  Dr. Christopher Sloan and Dr. Christina Sloan work in the field of heart medicine.  Dr. Carrie Bennett is an obstetrician.  Melody Sorensen is a surgical nurse.  Natalie Lassiter, Dana Cooper and Melissa Stone are nurses.  The hospital has an adjacent teaching facility in conjunction with Covington Bay University:  Covington Bay School of Medicine.

Covington Bay Police Department (Homicide Division)-  Walter Stone is head of the Homicide Department.  Eric Lassiter, Angela Sorensen and Jake Collier are all detectives for this division.

Covington Bay University-  the town's college.  It has: Covington Bay School of Law, Covington Bay School of Medicine, Covington Bay School of Journalism and Media.  Many of the town's residents are graduates of this respected, elite private university.

Covington Bay Times- local newspaper owned by Quentin Greyhawk. The Times is tabloid paper with a conservative slant. Jack Rios is a columnist for the paper and Patricia Tamakai-Lassiter is a reporter.

Covington Hills- the wealthy section of Covington Bay.  Like it's name would suggest, much of this area of town is high on a hill and the entire town of Covington Bay can be seen from several of the homes.  The Greyhawks and the Lassiters both have homes in Covington Hills.

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COVINGTON CROSS - The TV Series

 

Covington Cross

 

Cast Photo

 

aired from: Aug 1992 to: Oct 1992 13 eps, 6 unaired ABC 60 min stereo ________________

regulars:
Nigel Terry as Sir Thomas Grey Cherie Lunghi as Lady Elizabeth Jonathan Firth as Richard Grey Glenn Quinn as Cedric Grey Tim Killick as Armus Grey (not in pilot)
Ione Skye as Eleanor Grey James Faulkner as Sir John Mullens Paul Brooke as Friar

A fanciful drama about life in medieval England for Sir Thomas, a widower, and his four children. Richard and Armus are stalwart young knights, but the other two children only wish they were. Cedric is in training to be a cleric as his late mother wished. Eleanor finds it difficult because of her sex, although she is as good on a horse and with a crossbow as any man. (Another son, William, left for the Crusades after the pilot episode and was barely mentioned again.)

Sir Thomas has developed a relationship with Lady Elizabeth, who lives in her own castle nearby. Their other neighbor, Baron John Mullens, is continually plotting to ruin Sir Thomas and take his land.

The series was filmed on location at Allington Castle and Penshurst Place in Kent.

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Covington Plantation

...Structurally the Best Course I Have Ever Designed

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By Desmond Muirhead
Golf Course Architect

The Olympic Games is the greatest show on earth. Every four years I take three weeks off to be a spectator at this panorama of international goodwill. I spend two years looking forward to them and two years looking back. I have met some of my best friends at the Olympics.

For three weeks, most of the world's worries are forgotten. Even at the height of the Cold War, Russian and American athletes talked freely together. At the Olympics, everybody, spectators included, lowers their guard. Reserve atrophies, personal privacy no longer seems an issue. This, one feels, is how the world should be. They call it the Olympic spirit which reaches a zenith at the Closing Ceremonies. The following day, up come the barriers again and coolness and distance return. Alas, we learn so slowly.

I have traveled to many countries in order to be a part of the Olympics, starting with Melbourne, Australia, in 1956. This year, they were in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the friendliest cities on earth, where by a strange coincidence I have a project, Covington Plantation. This planned development includes my first American golf course since Stone Harbor, New Jersey; the symbolic golf course which raised such a furor (and still does) around the world (Executive Golfer, August 1988).

The Opening Ceremonies of the Games were terrific, much better than they appeared on television. On the following day, I took I-20 Freeway east to Covington, a thirty-five minute ride from the center of Atlanta. To reach the site, you turn right off I-20 on exit 46 and proceed for one and a half miles down Hazelbrand Road. The project is centered in a new fast-growing area of suburban Atlanta, where every month a large new business development, employing several thousand people, seems to be announced. Covington itself is a beautiful antebellum village saved like Savannah from Sherman's destructive march during the Civil War.

Covington Plantation is a development with several hundred houses surrounding a densely forested single fairway golf course which I have designed with a length of seven thousand yards from the back tees. I have concluded recently that anything less than this length is soon going to be questionable, because of the new titanium clubs, which are making life difficult for us golf course architects. Soon the powers that be will have to consider extending the length limits of the various pars. Was ever a game so heavily controlled by the manufacturers of equipment?

There is a confusion of clients on the project. Scott Myers, from San Francisco, is the land developer who had retained us. He gave the land for the golf course to Jim Haslam and Brooks Simmons who own several golf courses in Georgia and Tennessee, and they will own and run this one. The original land has been in the John Dearing family for several generations. After a fair amount of cautious reconnoitering, we are now all getting along extremely well.

Some planning had been done before we got to the project, as often happens these days, but for various reasons  we changed it and no road or golf hole is the same as originally planned. A good local planner, Gary Hoopes, helped to put the final touches to the lots and secured the zoning.

As soon as the golf course changed hands, the budget was cut, although I could hardly complain. I have often said that I was anxious to give something back to the world of golf which has been so good to me. However, we now have two million two hundred thousand dollars for the contract and one million two hundred thousand dollars for the clubhouse, maintenance shed and equipment, maintenance until opening, and our (much reduced) fees which are being split between the golf course owners and the developer, since he gets a great deal of benefit from the high quality golf course we intend to build. I agreed to partial payment in land. All the land around our recent golf courses has increased dramatically in value from the initital offering by as much as a thousand percent in some instances. So, we were hardly taking any risks.

As was noted in the last article, the cost of the golf course should not be a problem. As I said then, "The quality of play is actually almost independent of the money spent. I could reproduce Muirfield in Scotland or Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina for less than a million dollars plus the irrigation. Given the scenery, Pebble Beach would not be an expensive course to build, given the site, neither would Pine Valley.

"The rhythmic and sequential arrangement of tees, greens, lakes, creeks, bunkers, is not dependent on money spent. The sense of luxury from stone bulkheads, large-lined lakes, elaborate bridges, extensive steep fared (and costly to maintain) ragged-edged bunkers, additional landscaping, full coverage irrigation, expensive clubhouses might be. We already have large trees.

"There are other things which don't cost anything. The quality of the original site which is paramount. The rhythm of hard to easy holes, wideness and narrowness of fairways, small and large greens and bunkers, open and closed holes, right and left angled greens and doglegs, sequence of water holes, short and long holes, arrangement of pars, and so on. There is also an understructure, a holistic field, as well as originality, memorability, imagination, myth, mystery and the educational breadth of the designer."

I went on to say that, "I am affected by tradition and convention, but not shackled by them. I am searching for some deep-seated power of innovation in the human mind. I want my golf course holes to have meaning, which is the biggest lack in most new golf courses. I believe Covington Plantation to be structurally the best course I have ever designed regardless of the money spent."

These were heady words halfway through the construction of a golf course and to avoid regretting them later, I realized I would have to be around for the finishing stages of this course. So this visit to the Olympics has been fortunate so far. It also occurred to me that Georgia golf courses are park-type courses with tall trees and that even Bobby Jones could not wave his magic hickory shaft and procure some links-like wind for the Augusta National. He and his golf course architect, Alister Mackenzie freely admitted their admiration for and debt to the Old Course at St. Andrews and its famous winds. Run-up shots are difficult on watered fairways and alternatives are at best hard to gauge. Nevertheless, I felt I had learned a thing or two designing golf courses in the last few decades although there are those who would disagree with this statement.

As we began to tour the course on that hot, damp July afternoon, I started to have second thoughts about "structurally the best course I had ever designed." Suddenly, I was grateful for the words "structurally" and "designed." I was with Scott Myers, the developer, his manager James Hughes, and later Scott Greenseth, the construction superintendent from Niebur Golf who were building the course.

We inspected every hole with the minute care so necessary if you want to maintain the quality in a project. These days, you have to fight for quality which is no longer as Aristotle said, "A habit rather than an act." The customary two inches of summer rain had fallen on the weekend and the fringes of the holes were a quagmire. As our wheels slipped on the Georgia clay, my heart was in

my boots. What a foolish statement I had made before the course was finished—best course indeed—I thought. Nothing seemed to be going right. The quality of the course clearly depends not only on the designer, but on the quality of the course builder and the maintenance superintendent after that. Had I not repeatedly said that I would rather play a good course that was well maintained than a masterpiece in disarray?

Was this slippery mass of orange earth and tangled Bermuda stolon destined to put joy and fear in acceptable proportions into the hearts of those who played here? I doubted if it would and was thoughtless enough to says so out loud to my companions.

"Everybody else loves this course but you," said Scott Myers with feeling. "What are we supposed to think when all you do is to criticize?"

An air of melancholy accompanied us as we walked the 11th hole, a formerly clean and trim par-4 that now looked absolutely terrible. This had been the only hole where massive regrading had been necessary to make a reasonable landing area out of a twenty-five percent slope, and we had had to make it look as if we had found it there. There was considerable erosion tearing into the new grades, the Bermuda stolons were half green and half brown in ragged lumps and the fairway was riddled with shallow streaks and taluses like giant worm casts. The hole which had looked great in earth now looked extremely untidy. And that was about as kind as you could get.

No. 12, the Sunburst Hole (see illustration) looked worse. The original hole had seven depressions round a central green. Three of these were supposed to contain water, but they had been taken out because of cost. The state of this hole however was nobody's fault but my own. I had seen the original earth work and had decided the shapers had made the bunkers too shallow—a tendency that shapers have. They forgot there's still six to eight inches of sand to go in on top of the finished earth and tend to leave the final grade of the bunkers as if there were no sand. This is sometimes also to avert criticism that the bunkers are too deep. I like bunkers where you can only see the knees of the golfer. Anyway, the shapers had dutifully cut another eighteen inches out of the bunkers which were now round instead of quadrilateral. The form of the hole, which I felt was innovative, was now destroyed. It is always hard to get contractors to change things after the sand is spread, with some justification on their part, and I knew I would have to ask them to re-cut these bunkers. As we continued our inspection, Nos. 13 and 14 only looked average and you couldn't see the fairway bunkers on No. 14 which is a no-no. Nobody should tolerate blind fairway bunkers even if the 12th at St. Andrews is the exception which proves the rule.

My heart was now below the horizon as I analyzed the impact of these three holes and fully realized the result of my premature statement. But perhaps the name for No. 12 was prophetic. The slight drizzle ceased, the clouds vanished and we were bathed in the blinding light you get to expect in Georgia during the summer.

They drove me to No. 9 and you could see this fairway rocketing through a sort of peephole through the trees. The sweep of the land was magnificent—there was no erosion. My spirits rose markedly and I apologized to my companions who had joined me in my gloom. From then on the course slowly seemed to improve and I felt there was a good chance of fulfilling my original opinion. We humans are such mercurial creatures so easily influenced in our changing moods.

On each supervisory visit, you make some contribution to the improvement of the course. Take the cart paths for instance. They are often neglected. On this course, we had placed them among the trees where possible to take advantage of their shade in this very hot climate and to get them out of play. The subcontractor was in a hurry and the cart paths on these first two holes were inaccurate, scrappy and badly finished. After my associate Ed Easley made them tear half of them up and replace them, the quality improved greatly for the rest of the cart path construction. There were many other improvements involving shaping, soil amendments, wall construction, and irrigation. You have to keep working at the details or the whole comes apart.

Since this is a traditional rather than a symbolic golf course, as my clients had requested a classical approach, philosophy of this course depends most definitely on its sequence and rhythm. On this great site, I have attempted to create a balance between short, easier par-5s, and long, hard par-4s. The par-5s are the birdie holes for good golfers; the long, par-4s, the holes where all golfers can come to grief. A balance between these two hole types sets up a cascading rhythm which grips the golfer as he progresses into the round. The short par-5s and the long par-4s are interlaced with some short exacting par-5s and long hard par-3s so that I believe this course provides a unique set of challenges. The new equipment has increased the length but hardly the accuracy of golfers, which accounts for the mix of the holes on this golf course. From the back tees it is a very challenging golf course and I know many players will curse me. But the course is strategic and is designed for everybody but beginners who should be on the driving range.

The long hitters are going to find holes where they have a definite advantage, others where they have no advantage whatever unless they are also accurate. On some holes roll can be picked up on the drive. On most of the holes the greens are partly open for a run-up shot. This helps when the ground is dry enough to accept a run-up shot. This device also helps the average golfer who is uncomfortable with a green which is surrounded by bunkers. There are many other concerns and subtleties for both the good and average golfer on this course. The green surfaces are reasonable, seldom more than an average of three percent. They slope in general toward the golfer, so that instead of a thin wafer he can see the whole green on the approach and if this is not possible, I have graded the land until it is.

If this is not a totally fair golf course, we need to remember that no golf course is ever, or should be, totally fair. At least here there's the illusion of fairness. I have made a determined effort to make the golf course reasonable.

As for grading the land, I have avoided this wherever possible. When I did the original layout for Muirfield Village, Ohio, I adapted the routing for three things: one was for the surrounding housing since Muirfield was and is very much a golf course community on fifteen hundred acres; two was to balance open and closed holes with existing trees, although many have been planted since; and the third was to relate the course to the existing land. We hardly moved any dirt on the fairways at Muirfield and the green sites were more found than manufactured. Holes found like this create a great sense of ease and comfort in the golfer. These holes have found the spirit of the site. Now a lot of golf architects today recreate the land whether it needs it or not. Then they put heavily designed greens on top of carefully reconstituted green sites. Perhaps they feel they have to do a lot of work to justify their involvement. The results may be handsome and visually effective but there is an elusive sense of emptiness too. The spirit of the original land has been violated and sensitive golfers seem to understand this. I don't believe anyone will fail to notice the straightforward relationship to the site of the golf course at Covington Plantation.

Perhaps now I can dare to repeat that this is probably the best course structurally that I have ever designed. What do I mean by "structurally"? Is this philosophy? Structuralism or deconstructuralism. Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida or Peter Eisenman? Actually, it is much simpler than that. Underneath the course is another course, an invisible armature, a structure which is filled with memory, myth, magic and, I hope, meaning. Some of these ideas may take many rounds before they are revealed. Some may remain a mystery forever. That is the essence of sensitive design. I would like to discuss this in more depth in a future article

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THE COVINGTON CONNECTION
IN "XENA - PRINCESS WARRIOR" TV SERIES

Gabrielle's Family Tree

1.

Hecuba

== Herodotus

(Greece: Poteidaia)

1.a.

Meleager, the Mighty

(foster father)

 

2.

Gabrielle, Amazon Queen

(m. Hecuba; f. Herodorus)
== Perdicus (d.)

 

2.a.

Lilac (s.)

 

 

2.b.

Ephiny, Amazon Regent

(step-s.)

 

3.

Cufa

 

(Northern Europe)  Era: 8th-9th Century

4.

Covington

 

(England: Huntingdonshire) Era: 12th Century

5.

_Covington

 

(North America: Jamestown Colony, Virginia) Era: 17th Century

6.

Peter Covington

 

(United States: Allegheny County, Virginia) Era: 18th Century

7.

Harry Covington

 

(b. 186? d. 193?) -- ? (United States: Virginia, Greece)

8.

Janice Covington, Ph.D.

(m. ?; f. Harry)

(United States: Virginia, Greece)

9.

Janice Covington, Ph.D.

(gm. Janice Covington)

(United States: California)

Gabrielle

Who Gabrielle met after the death of her husband Perdicus is unknown. What is known is that she had at least one child. (Some fan-fiction stories have Gabrielle's family raise her child by Perdicus.) Since Xena and Gabrielle are devoted to each other, she may have remarried after Xena's death. On the other hand given Gabrielle's bad luck with men, she could have raised the child with Xena.

When Gabrielle left her home, Xena became her immediate family. Later when she returned to Poteidaia, Gabrielle became close to Meleager, the Mighty. When he thought he was going to be executed, Meleager willed his belongings to his 'daughter' Gabrielle [THE EXECUTION (episode 41)].

Cufa

Covington is an English surname that means homestead of Cufa's people. Cufa is a Northern European name, either of Saxon or Danish origin. Since she was also an Amazon Queen, Gabrielle may have returned to her adopted Amazon tribe to live with Ephiny, her step-sister. Her grandchildren were probably attracted to Norse men, since women in Norse societies routinely used weapons.

Covington - England:

During the Saxon and Danish migrations, Cufa settled in England. Parish records show that Covington was a common name in Huntingshire, England. A Covington came to the United States as a member of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Afterwards, one of Pocahontas descendants married another Covington.

United States:

Covington is a common surname in the American South. Marriage records show that many Covingtons migrated to the mountains of Virginia, and by 1800 to Kentucky. Gabrielle's descendants were adventurous people who sought to see what was beyond the next mountain.

 Peter Covington

A large concentration of Covingtons have lived in Allegheny County, Virginia since the early 1700s. The county seat, Covington, was named in 1818 for Peter Covington, a long time resident. Since Gabrielle had married Perdicus, Peter could have been an English corruption of Perdicus. Some of Gabrielle's people became mountaineers, from the Alleghenies, noted for their storytelling.

Harry Covington

Was called a grave robber, a thief, and a mercenary, plundering graves for profit. He grew up in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War, when Union and Confederate armies occupied western Virginia. Several skirmishes and one major battle were fought in Allegheny County. Many men from the county served in the both armies, but few survived to come home. Young Harry probably grew up without a father. As a child, he certainly heard the story of the Xena scrolls countless times from his surviving kinsfolk. Since there was nothing to keep Harry in Virginia, he left the mountains to find the scrolls.

Janice Covington

Became a Doctor of Archaeology to follow her father in searching for the scrolls. Many women of her time were married off instead of being educated by their fathers. Perhaps it was because her mother ran off and she became close to her father. Unquestionably, her father saw to it that she was able to translate the scrolls. Being from the mountains herself, Janice knew how to use a rifle, the weapon of the mountains. Like Gabrielle with her staff, Janice learned how to defend herself with a whip.

After her father's death, Janice searched relentlessly for the scrolls to vindicate him. Attacking Janice for constantly defending her father's sordid reputation, Mel Pappas pointedly told her, "You're living down your Daddy's reputation!" Since the tradition of the Xena scrolls was so strong in her family, Janice believed that she was a descendent of Xena. Her personal belief was so strong that she thought that the blonde Callisto was her Xena. When Ares taunted her that she was really from that irritating, blonde Gabrielle, Janice no longer felt heroic [THE XENA SCROLLS (Episode 34)].

 Janice Covington II

Janice grew up hearing the stories of Xena from her Grammy Janice. These stories inspired her to follow in her grandmother's footsteps. Today, Dr. Covington is an advisor to the Xena Restoration Society, and is active in the preserving of the history of Xena [the Xena Restoration Society].

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COVINGTON & BURLING - LAW FIRM, WASHINGTON D.C.

Covington's Gamble

In D.C., Covington & Burling is a player, but will that translate to big business in Silicon Valley?



Mike Mckee - The Recorder/Cal Law, November 9, 1999


James Snipes knows what he's up against in San Francisco.

On the East Coast, his 80-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based law firm boasts major name recognition and commands instant respect. It's a big player in regulatory and government circles, represents the National Football League, and has strong ties to the White House.

But in the Bay Area, Covington & Burling doesn't carry quite the same cachet, particularly in the Silicon Valley, where the firm -- which opened a Financial District office in June -- hopes to make a big splash in the intellectual property pool.

"Sometimes you are met with a blank stare, and that's especially true with companies that are just starting up," admits Snipes, the upbeat, 46-year-old managing partner of Covington's S.F. branch. "We have a lot of people out there who know nothing about our practice."

And that's got to change if Covington -- which had never before opened a domestic office outside its Washington headquarters -- intends to fit into the Bay Area's pressure-cooker, high-tech market.

It's not that Covington doesn't have IP credentials. It represents Microsoft Corp. on some fronts and does work for a few Valley firms already. It also has an IP team numbering about 30 lawyers in San Francisco, Washington, London and Brussels, Belgium. And it just merged with a 60-lawyer New York firm with East Coast IP recognition.

It's just that to West Coasters Covington -- as with most D.C. firms -- is synonymous with regulatory law. For example, Washington partner Peter Barton Hutt is a former chief counsel for the Food and Drug Administration, and just days ago partner Richard Meserve was sworn in as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In fact, Robert Taylor, managing partner in the Menlo Park office of Washington's Howrey & Simon, says he didn't even know Covington had an IP practice. And David Slone, managing partner of the Palo Alto branch of Townsend and Townsend and Crew -- a well-known patent firm -- says Covington never comes to mind in West Coast IP circles.

"If you asked 10 venture capitalists if they've heard of them, I couldn't tell you if they have or not," Slone says. "If you asked 10 patent lawyers if they'd heard of them, I'd say most have not. They'd say: 'Isn't that a New York firm?'"

That pretty much sums up 400-lawyer Covington's slightly prickly predicament: how to show it can compete in the rough-and-tumble Silicon Valley IP wars without sacrificing the core values and traditions that established it as one of the nation's premier white-shoe firms. After all, many brand-name firms have arrived in the Valley with a reputation of being one of the big dogs only to slink away later with their tails between their legs.

"Irell & Manella was in Palo Alto. They're a fabulous firm in L.A., and they didn't make it," notes Martha Africa, a principal with the consulting firm Major, Hagen & Africa. "Brown & Bain, from Phoenix, sank into the sunset." She says Covington is up against its reputation of not being a tech firm. "The best thing they could do," she says, "is talk about who their clients are locally and their reasons for being here."

Snipes, who transferred to the Bay Area from the London office, doesn't disagree, but says a lot of people's perceptions about Covington are dated. "Some folks still think of us the way we were 30 years ago -- as a regulatory firm, only as an East Coast firm, a firm that represents only Fortune 500 companies," he says. "So what we need to do is show them that we can do for them what local firms can do, that we can plug some holes for them -- to do the regulatory and international [work] as well.

"Being the new kids on the block," he adds, "we need to give them compelling reasons to come to us."

CLIENT PRESSURE

Covington & Burling opened its S.F. office with seven lawyers, five from its D.C. headquarters and two from its London branch. The office is up to nine lawyers now -- four partners and five associates -- and Snipes believes it will top out at 20 to 25 lawyers within a few years.

Sitting in his 19th-floor office at 601 California St. with its view of Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, Snipes explains that Covington was pressured by high-tech clients to establish a West Coast presence. "Covington was one of the largest firms in the U.S. that didn't have a domestic branch office," he notes, "and the Bay Area was the clear choice for us."

That's because the firm -- ranked by The American Lawyer magazine as 70th nationally in annual revenue at $152 million and $485,000 in profits per partner -- wanted to raise its high-tech profile. The firm's Washington headquarters already services high-tech clients right across the Potomac River in Northern Virginia's Dulles Corridor, but wanted a broader geographic scope.

"Obviously, the Dulles Corridor is important, but Silicon Valley is the center of things," says partner Sonya Winner, Covington's chief litigation lawyer in S.F. "And it really goes beyond Silicon Valley. We have a lot of West Coast clients and are obviously looking to get more. And going 20 miles to Dulles is very different than going a couple thousand miles out here." Snipes adds that it's "hard to stay on top of what's going on without being out here."

The firm's West Coast move is part of a larger expansion this year. Just last month, Covington merged with New York's Howard, Smith & Levin, a 60-lawyer firm that specializes in corporate mergers and acquisitions. "That firm also had a strong high-tech focus, and they've done a lot of work with start-ups in Silicon Alley in New York," Snipes points out. "It gives us real depth and expertise in public M&A and sophisticated finance work. And that's an expertise we think will be very valuable to companies in the Valley."

The S.F. office will emphasize work in telecommunications, information technology and biotech, Snipes says. Besides Microsoft -- for whom Covington is doing work on a software piracy case and representing its interests on the Secured Digital Music Initiative, an effort by several companies to develop a method for digitally downloading music in a secure format -- Covington represents Caliper Technologies Corp., a Mountain View-based microchip company; Electronic Arts, a Redwood City entertainment software company; and San Jose's Adobe Systems Inc.

Snipes says the game plan for the Bay Area is still to sell Covington as an all-purpose firm that has not only tech resources, but also expertise in many fields.

"There's a lot of appeal for one-stop shopping on regulatory and corporate and commercial work," he says. "It's always more efficient and cost-effective if you can get that all under one roof."

It also helps, he says, to have offices in a couple of Europe's capital cities, especially if, for example, a biotech start-up in Silicon Valley wants to conduct a deal with a European pharmaceutical company. "What are the commercial and regulatory obstacles you face in getting a drug approved and marketed in Europe?" Snipes says. "Frankly, these days a lot of key commercial transactions are cross-border."

Ironically, though, Covington's S.F. office was the center of attention last week for two strikingly non-tech matters.

The firm filed suit on behalf of Bank of America, challenging San Francisco voters' initiative preventing banks from charging non-customers fees for using automated teller machines. It also sued for the NFL, accusing several Northern California bars of illegally televising blacked-out Oakland Raiders games.

"Both of those are pre-existing clients, and both of those clients took advantage of our physical presence here," says S.F. partner Winner. "Obviously, when we have an office here, we don't have to have local counsel, and for cases like those, that's the biggest issue."

DEFYING THE NORM

What's most surprising to local lawyers is the fact that Covington isn't taking the classic approaches to establish itself as a Valley power: The firm doesn't plan to hire any big-name lateral partners for instant credibility and it opted for an S.F. office rather than acquiring space in Silicon Valley hot spots like Palo Alto or Menlo Park.

"It's never been our style to go out and hire bodies. Our basic model is that we will grow and promote from within," Snipes says. "With time we could change our view, but our experience so far is that we've had great success on the basis of our firm's reputation."

Lynn Pasahow, a biotech and patent litigation partner in McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen's Palo Alto office, and Guy Chambers, an S.F.-based Townsend partner, say it's almost essential for a new firm to hire a well-established local lawyer with a good practice in place.

"Certainly, that's the recipe a number of these other firms have used," Chambers says. Pasahow points out that that was the approach used by Washington's Howrey & Simon, New York's Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Los Angeles-based Latham & Watkins and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, a D.C.-based IP boutique that's been in Palo Alto slightly more than two years, followed the same pattern by hiring Ian Ballon, a leading expert on Internet law, from Brown & Bain.

"That has helped us a lot," says Palo Alto managing partner C. Larry O'Rourke. "It's very important to try to integrate into the legal community here. It's quite different than the East Coast."

But it's easier to talk about grabbing a big name than doing it. "It's harder to attract good lawyers than it is clients," says Howrey's Taylor. "There's a tremendous growth in the demand for legal services, but the problem is that all the law firms are clamoring for a small universe of people."

Anna Marie Armstrong, a legal search consultant for Major, Hagen, seconds that idea.

"It's getting harder to get those really big rainmaker partners to come over," says Armstrong, who has done some work for Covington. "Either [Covington is] going to maintain that traditional character -- there are still people who want the stability of that -- or they can try to sort of mold themselves somewhat differently out here."

Even so, local experts say Covington may regret not having opened an office in Silicon Valley proper.

"If their business plan is to represent Valley firms, it's critical to have an office in the Valley," says Pasahow of McCutchen. "The Valley thinks of itself, as it should, as a special place that has invented a way of doing business.! It's part of being a community, of being part of the networks, of showing your participation in the community by having an office here."

Snipes says Covington considered a San Francisco office "a sensible first step." It was good for recruiting lawyers, he says, and was based partly on the belief that Silicon Valley is inching northward.

"If we need to establish a presence [in the Valley] later, it could be done," he adds. "But my hunch is that we'll establish a presence in Asia before we do more here."

LAID-BACK WEST

There are some predictions that Covington might encounter a bit of culture shock, or at the very least a culture clash. Silicon Valley legal life can be quite casual, and some East Coast lawyers find it difficult to let go of their more formal standards.

"They come with their pinstripe suits and red ties, particularly to a place like Apple [Computer Inc.], and they may find they won't get a friendly welcome," says Townsend's Chambers. "There's a different approach toward business [in Silicon Valley] that's less regimented."

Slone of Townsend says that any law firm wanting to do business in Silicon Valley must realize they will have to conform to the local culture. "In the old days, the West Coast was the minor leagues, and everyone had an inferiority complex," he says. "And now, as far as technology goes, we're at the center of the universe. The notion is that whatever the culture will be, the culture here will prevail."

Finnegan, Henderson's O'Rourke says his firm made some adjustments to life in Palo Alto as soon as he arrived.

"The very first was [going] casual 100 percent of the time. In D.C., we have casual Fridays," he says. "Very seldom do we have clients that have a suit and tie on [in Palo Alto]. They are younger, and other than that I guess the atmosphere is fairly informal, generally, in California."

Snipes admits that Covington wondered whether its core values -- training, ethics and quality of service -- could be translated to the West Coast. "The sense was that some firms had faced problems when a different culture arose in a branch office," he says. But in the long run, firm leaders realized they had to take a chance because it was "in [clients'] interests and our interests to be here."

Actually, casualness appears to be the norm in the S.F. office. Snipes was tieless during a recent visit and other partners were dressed very casually, one even in shorts.

The firm, however, has decided that it's not in its best interests to follow another uniquely Silicon Valley law practice -- taking equity in clients. Even within the Valley, the concept is controversial.

"The real problem is the ethical conflict," Snipes says. "Can we be sure that if we hold equity in a client that we would be completely dispassionate in the work we do and the advice we give?"

For example, he says, would the firm find it an added incentive to push through a deal if the lawyers knew the stock would jump? "The question," Snipes says, "is whether one can square it with one's duty to the client." Covington isn't alone in its stance. Neither Finnegan, Henderson nor Townsend have made it po

"There's technically potential conflicts," Slone says, "but at first blush, you say you are throwing your lot in with the client, so how can you be in conflict? We are moving kind of cautiously in that realm, but there seems to be a widespread enough desire to get something like that off the ground that we are beyond asking whether we shall do it, [it's] just how will we do it?"

Some firms also use the practice as a recruiting tool in order to sway young lawyers who might be thinking about going in house for a potentially lucrative start-up.

Overall, it seems that Covington has a lot to overcome -- establishing itself as an IP player without hiring a local big gun and without setting up shop in Silicon Valley. And also trying to appeal to junior lawyers who might see a big-firm practice as stagnating.

Snipes isn't worried.

"I make the pitch that we are a start-up too. Here we need all hands on board and there is plenty of responsibility and not layers and layers of staffing on everything," he says. "What we offer here is a big-firm practice in a small-office setting."

In addition, time is on his side.

"We're starting with a very supportive parent," Snipes says. "There is no fixed time to turn a certain profit, and that's taken the edge off."

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HOW TO DUMP YOUR WIFE by LEE COVINGTON

This divorce book for men is full of practical advice about money, kids, lawyers, and the whole twisted legal system. Be prepared!

Wild and without apologies, this politically incorrect book was written by a woman who lives with a man who lost everything in his divorce. He was cleaned out, folks. Sucked dry. And the poor wife, boo hoo, lives like a queen. You can learn from his mistakes and find out important things about money, kids, and lawyers that the usual writers (shrinks & lawyers) will never tell you. It's funny, but true. Don't get divorced without it.


"It's like spinning a roulette wheel. You get a judge assigned to your case. A lawyer with a robe on. You get yourself a lawyer. Don't get your brother-in-law! Don't pick your best friend who has known you since you were five. Forget it. Get someone you never met before because in a few months you're going to hate his or her guts..."

p. 86, from Chapter 9, Lawyers and Other Scoundrels


"As we all know, every dumped wife in America calls the IRS. Scorned women are on the phone to them every hour of every day. Needless to say, they don't go after every guy who files for divorce. They only go after guys who cheat on their taxes..."

p. 67, from Chapter 7, Prepare to Unload


Who is Lee Covington?
Lee Covington (an obvious pen name) once believed, as most people do, that men ruled the world and, to some degree, that might be true (in wrestling matches or venture capital firms). But when her true love was trying to get divorced from his second wife, Lee realized the truth. Feminists (all women are poor victims) control divorce courts, family courts, and most state legislatures. Of course, the feminists have their loyal conservative allies (some of whom are male) who also believe that all women are helpless victims and cannot be expected to take any responsibility. Feminists and conservatives agree that divorce is always the man's fault and the man must pay. And beyond paying for everything, he must be punished.

Are you one of the enlightened ones (like us) or are you part of the problem? Tell us about it, Janet.

Lee Covington does radio interviews all the time, but she rarely appears at book signings or on TV. The P.C. world doesn't go for her message. But millions of people who have been ruined by greedy ex-wives can relate. Don't get cocky. It could happen to you.

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THE COVINGTON TUG

The Shipwreck of Port Hunter - caused by the tug Covington

Date Sunk: November 2, 1918.
Cause: collision.
Location: Nantucket Sound, Hedge Fence Shoal.
Coordinates: latitude 41° - 29' - 43" N; longitude 70° - 33' - 15" W.
Loran: 14097.7 and 43930.7.

     Chartered by the Furness, Withy Company of Boston and with a general cargo that included war supplies and ammunition for the American Mission fighting in France, Port Hunter's first stop was New York City to join a convoy. Although armed with a deck gun on its stern, the freighter stood little chance in the Atlantic crossing, where Germany's U-boats were an ever present danger if left unprotected by a screen of warships.
     The early morning hours of November 2nd found Port Hunter approaching the western entrance to Nantucket Sound, between Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth where the passage narrows and is divided by Hedge Fence Shoal. At about the same time, the tug Covington was entering the Sound from the opposite direction, towing Consolidated Company barges No.'s 10 and 24. At 1:48AM, shortly after Port Hunter cleared the westerly tip of the shoals, Covington collided with the freighter. The tug struck Port Hunter about 50 feet aft on the port bow, opening a gash 15 feet high and 7 feet wide. The force of the impact threw 20 men from their bunks. Water poured through the freighter's torn hull plates, flooding the forward compartment almost immediately. The ship's pumps could do little to stem the deluge and as the steering compartment filled, Port Hunter began to settle by the bow.
      The freighter would have gone down in deep water if not for the quick action of Covington's skipper, who maneuvered his tug to push Port Hunter onto the western slope of Hedge Fence Shoal. Boats rushed to the scene and rescued the freighter's crew. Within two hours of the collision Port Hunter sank with only a section of the bow and foredeck above water.

Dive Site Conditions

Depth in feet: maximum 85, minimum 25.
Visibility in feet: average 20.

      Except for the bridge and engine room sections, the Port Hunter is largely intact, listing to port on the fine, white sandy slope of Hedge Fence Shoal. Depths vary depending on the amount of sand build up. Only 20 feet of water covers her bow. Less than 100 feet aft on the port bow the "V" notch made when Covington dealt the fatal blow is visible in the freighter's hull plates. Drifting sand has engulfed most of its mid-section, which was blown apart by salvers looking for a rumored contraband gold cache. Fortunately for divers, strong tidal currents keep the stern section free from sand. Covered by 50 feet of water, a deck gun can be found on Port Hunter's stern. At a depth of 85 feet the vessels rudder and propeller shaft can still be seen, salvers removed the propeller. Due to strong tidal currents it is advised to explore this wreck only at slack water.

Historical Background

Constructed: in 1906 at Newcastle, United Kingdom by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ld.
Construction details: 2 steel decks, steel shelter deck; water ballasted, cellular construction of double Bottom, aft; 6 cemented bulkheads; flat keel.
Crew: Master: Captain William Stafford (1917).
Owners: Commonwealth & Dominion Line, Ld.
Home or Hailing Port: London, England.
Former Name(s) and date(s):
Official number: 123689. Country: United Kingdom.
Other Comments: engines and boilers constructed by Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ld., Newcastle.

Salvage

     Contemporary accounts of the freighter's loss report that the Government waited 3 months before awarding salvage rights. Red tape and carelessness were blamed for the delay. However, the "Waterfront News" column of the Boston Globe reported daily progress of salvage operations, which were hampered by rough seas. Many local fishermen illegally removed material from the forward holds, which at the time were only a few feet underwater. Quahog rakes and grapnels were used to "fish" out small objects, including leather jackets, olive drab shirts, woolen underwear and other Army garments. The Government put a halt to this practice and confiscated much of the material.
     It wasn't until February 12, 1919, that a New Bedford firm began official salvage operations. Within 5 months, 200 men and a number of support vessels had removed most of Port Hunter's cargo. After auction the Government realized a $4 million loss from the original $5 million in clothing.
     Of the heavier objects comprising the ships cargo, little is said. In 1936 a Vineyard diver reported seeing 800 sets of freight car wheels and 1400 tons of steel billets still aboard the freighter. Another report states there were only 200 tons of billets. In 1949 divers salvaged the propeller.
     In 1958 James Green of Boston acquired rights to the wreck. The following year a group of divers removed items from the ship, which were put on display at the Dukes County Historical Society in Edgartown.
     In 1961 a syndicate of investors was formed to recover $200,000 - $300,000 worth of scrap metal still aboard the wreck. One of the investors was Boston tax attorney John S. Bottomly, who expected a 5 to 1 return on his initial investment. However, before a diver could be put in the water, funds ran out. Bottomly decided to go it alone after the other investors dropped out and in the spring of 1962 began work. Bottomly's plan was to use a suction dredge to move sand, which had engulfed sections of the hull. Scrap metal would then be removed using a large electromagnet. It was about this time that Bottomly heard a rumor that 400 pounds of gold had been welded to the inside deck plating of the engine room. The freighter's first mate revealed in a death bed confession that the contraband cargo was being smuggled to France where a huge profit was expected. In their search for the gold Bottomly's team blew the engine room apart only to find copper condensers and the engine's solid brass pistons. Adverse weather conditions limited salvage work to little more than 3 hours/day. Many times, sand removed one day was replaced the next and at $2000/day the costs soon mounted.
     Although hundreds of tons of metal were eventually removed, as of 1964 no profit from the salvage had been realized. Due to the collapse of the scrap metal market, Bottomly had only recovered $3000 from what had thus far been sold. With expenses more than 15 times greater than his return, it was not economical to recommence operations.

Sources:
Fishable Wrecks and Rockpiles; Coleman & Soares, 1989
Lloyds Registry of Shipping; 1918-19
The Fisherman, magazine; February 18, 1988
West Wind Explorer, newsletter; Peter Reagan, November, 1998
Wrecks Below; Luther, 1958
Yankee Magazine; September 1963, January 1964

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HERBERT COVINGTON BONNER

Abstract
Herbert Covington Bonner, of Washington, N.C., was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1940 until his death in 1965. He was chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, 1955-1965, and chairman, 1951-1955, of the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee ("watchdog committee") of the Expenditures in the Executive Departments Committee, which made changes designed to eliminate waste in the handling of war surplus material and in military supply procurement. The papers consist of Bonner's office files, dating from November 1940, when he succeeded Lindsay C. Warren as representative from the First North Carolina District, which included, at one time or another, 14 counties of the northeastern corner of the state. In addition to the main chronological series, there are subject- and format-based series. The Rivers and Harbors series, 1940-1965, concerns federally-funded projects, such as channel and harbor improvements, erosion problems, dredging, etc., and the operation of the Dismal Swamp Canal. The Hoover Commission series, January-October 1950, concerns the proposed reorganization of the government that came out of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government. The Bombing Ranges series, 1959-1965, concerns objections to having a weapons range or ranges in northeastern North Carolina. The Political series, 1959-1965, concerns the mechanics of Democratic Party organization and election campaigns. The Community Public Works Programs series, 1962-1965, concerns local public works projects that received federal funds. The National Seashore Park series, 1937-1965, concerns the establishment of a national park that spanned Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke islands, N.C. Also included are private bills, with related papers attached; scrapbooks, 1940-1965; speeches, 1940-1964; photographs, and photocopies of presidential memorabilia, some relating to the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

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FELICITY
- US Drama series 1998-2002 featuring a character called Ben Covington

  • - US magazine calls it "The College Years Of My So-Called Life" which I agree. I find the story reminiscent of "My So-Called Life." I love this innocent, honest, real coming of age TV show! Another one that I haven't missed an episode. Yay!

    "It's funny...sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can pretty much change your life forever." - Felicity Porter

A STORY OF CHOICES

    Have you ever had a crush? Well, Felicity Porter's crush has changed her life forever.

    After four years of silent adoration, Felicity musters the courage to approach fellow high school senior Ben Covington, the popular boy she has admired from afar. She asks Ben to sign her yearbook -- a bold move for a timid girl. "Give me a minute," he replies...then writes a message that will alter Felicity's destiny.

Felicity cast    The embers of Felicity's crush are fanned to life by Ben's words. Much to her parents' dismay, Felicity decides to pass on her longtime plans to study medicine at Stanford. Instead, she follows Ben to the University of New York, forgoing a sure thing for an unpredictable and financially unstable education. Dumping everything to pursue a crush across the country to a strange city, school and future doesn't sound like a rational decision. Could she be crazy? Has Felicity made a "colossal mistake"?

    Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

    This new WB show comes from the creative team of writer-producer J.J. Abrams ("Forever Young," "Regarding Henry") and producers Matt Reeves ("The Pallbearer") and Imagine Television.

    Felicity (Keri Russell), Ben (Scott Speedman) and their new college friends (Scott Foley, Amy Jo Johnson) begin an adventure into adulthood and independence on shaky ground. Felicity soon learns that heartache and confusion can lead to new beginnings and a more promising future. While she’s chasing the boy of her dreams, she stumbles upon a Felicity she never knew. Is this the person she wants to be? The choice, of course, is hers.

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EARL OF COVINGTON -
EPISODE FROM HIGHLANDER TV SERIES


1728* * Duncan is travelling by Coach from London, 25 miles from Dover (between Sittingbourne and Faversham), when he and his fellow passengers, Charles Guilford, Earl of Covington, and the Earl's mother, are attacked by the Immortal Highwayman, Walter Reinhart. Duncan claims that he's just a merchant. He lets Reinhart live rather than take his head in front of mortal witnesses. [NB: He used a Common accent with the nobles he was traveling with and his Scots accent when he spoke to Reinhart.] ("Revenge is Sweet").

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"CANDI COVINGTON" by NORA DELOACH

An author who has featured Covingtons in her Mystery Books.

Mama, (Grace "Candi" Covington), case worker for the county in Otis, South Carolina and her daughter, Simone Covington a paralegal in Atlanta, Georgia, are featured in:

Mama Solves a Murder (1994)

Mama Traps a Killer (1997)

Mama Saves a Victim (1997)

Mama Stands Accused (1997)

Mama Stalks the Past (1997)

Mama Rocks the Empty Cradle  (1998)

Mama Pursues Murderous Shadows (2000)

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LORD & LADY COVINGTON

Movie : Madeline

Starring:

Miss Clavel: Frances McDormand
Lord Covington: Nigel Hawthorne
Madeline: Hatty Jones
Leopold the Tutor: Ben Daniels
Lady Covington: Stephane Audran

Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Written by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Based on the book ``Madeline'' by Ludwig Bemelmans.

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Ships named 'Covington' served in 3 wars

        The Journal of American Naval Fighting Ships lists three U.S. naval vessels that bore the name of the city of Covington. At least one of them has strong ties to the riverfront city.

 

        USS Covington (1863) was purchased by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was assigned as a simple gunboat with powerful rifled guns to intercept blockade runners attempting to run the Union blockade of the Confederate States of America.

Covington did not carry mortars or howitzers, which placed her at a disadvantage when attacked riverside in 1864 by Confederate troops. Losing the battle, she was set on fire and most of the crew fortunately escaped.


 

Purchased in Ohio in 1863

Covington, a side wheel steamer, was purchased in February 1863 from Samuel Wiggins at Cincinnati, Ohio; fitted for service at Cairo, Illinois; and assigned to the Mississippi Squadron, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant J. S. Kurd in command.

Civil War service

Serving in the Tennessee River to convoy Union Army transports and other ships, Covington had frequent encounters with Confederates along the banks.

Mississippi River operations

On 18 June, she was transferred to the Mississippi River for similar duty on that river and the White, Black, and Red Rivers. Arriving at Memphis, Tennessee on 20 June 1863, she sailed the following day convoying General Lyon and Little Rebel. She seized the steamer Eureka at Commerce, Missouri, on 2 July for violation of the river blockade and sent her into Cairo, Illinois. On 6 August she aided Paw Paw, sunk by a snag.

Covington burned by her crew

Ordered to report to Alexandria, Louisiana on 27 April 1864, Covington sailed with Signal protecting the Army transport Warner down the Red River.

About 25 miles below Alexandria, they were attacked by Confederate infantry in force. After five hours of bitter fighting, the transport was captured and the two escorts (Covington and Signal) were so badly damaged that they had to be abandoned and set afire. After Covington was set on fire by her crew, Lieutenant Lord and 32 of Covington's crew escaped to Alexandria.

Signal, however, was not so fortunate. After setting the ship on fire, her crew was captured by Confederate forces and made prisoners-of-war.


USS Covington (ID-1409)

was a transport for the United States Navy during World War I. Prior to the war the ship, built in 1908 in Germany, was SS Cincinnati of the Hamburg America Line. The transport was torpedoed by U-86 on 1 July 1918 and sank the next day with six men killed.


History

Covington, named after the city of Covington, Kentucky, was built in 1908 by F. Schichau, Danzig, Germany, as Cincinnati.; interned by customs officials at Boston upon the entry of the United States into World War I

At the outbreak of World War I, Cincinnati was interned in Boston with Hamburg America line-mate Amerika; North German Lloyd steamers Kronprinzessin Cecilie, Köln, Wittekind, and Willehad; and Hansa Line freighter Ockenfels. In March 1916, all except Kronprinzessin Cecilie and Ockenfels were moved from their waterfront piers to an anchorage across the harbor from the Boston Navy Yard. Daily "neutrality duty" by United States Coast Guard harbor tug Winnisimmet kept a watchful eye on the ships. Many crew members of the ships eventually went ashore, were processed through immigration, and found employment, while a contingent of musicians from the vessels toured New England, frequently playing at department stores and restaurants, and drawing the ire of the local musicians' union. After the U.S. declared war on Germany, Cincinnati and the other interned ships were seized on 6 April 1917 and handed over to the United States Shipping Board (USSB).

The ship was transferred to the Navy 26 July 1917; and commissioned 28 July 1917, Captain R. D. Hasbrouck in command. Between 18 October 1917 and 1 July 1918, Covington made six voyages from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Brest, France, safely transporting more than 21,000 troops for service with the American Expeditionary Force. On 1 July 1918 she was torpedoed without warning by the German submarine U-86 off Brest; she sank the next day despite efforts to save her. The convoy escorts succeeded in rescuing all but six of her complement of 776.

     

USS Covington (PF-56),

A Tacoma-class frigate, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Covington, Kentucky.

The third Covington (PF-56) was launched on 15 July 1943 by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Miss. J. Phillips; transferred to the Navy on 5 August 1944; placed in "ferry" commission on 7 August 1944; and commissioned in full on 17 October 1944, Lieutenant Commander F. S. Brown, USCGR, in command.

Service history

Covington arrived at NS Argentia, Newfoundland, on 25 December 1944 for duty as a weather patrol vessel. She remained on this duty, except for overhauls at Boston and Charleston, South Carolina until 16 March 1946 when she was decommissioned and loaned to the Coast Guard. Covington was returned from the Coast Guard on 17 September 1946, and sold to Ecuador through the Foreign Liquidation Commission of the State Department on 28 August 1947. Covington was renamed Guayas and decommissioned in 1972. At a 1999 reunion held for the first time in Covington, the 13 remaining members of the ship's former crew gathered.

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THE COVINGTONS

A Michigan based garage band of the 80s featuring Freddy Fortune. Click the album cover to visit their website

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Sears Names New Apparel Brand Covington

Publication: Retail Merchandiser , Date: Tuesday, April 23 2002

Sears, Roebuck and Co. said on Monday its new private-label brand of conservatively styled casual clothing will be called Covington and will replace eight other proprietary lines including Crossroads, Fieldmaster and Trader Bay.

Sears, the No. 4 U.S. retailer, had previously announced plans for a clothing brand for men, women and children as part of its effort to overhaul its apparel business, which has lost ground to competitors like Kohl's Corp. and Target Corp. in recent years.

Investors have been eager for details on the apparel line since it was first announced as part of a broad restructuring of Sears' 860 department stores last fall.

Some of the new line will be in stores in time for the back-to-school season, and the balance will be introduced in September, the company said on a conference call with analysts last week.

Sears said Covington apparel is expected to generate several hundred million dollars on an annual basis. The line of khaki pants, turtlenecks, shoes, sweaters and handbags aims to provide consumers with "better-quality, high-value wardrobe essentials," the company said. Items range in price from $10 for children's jerseys to $60 for men's leather boots.

One retail consultant said the Covington name conjured up class. "The names sound good and is very British-sounding," Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard's Retail Consulting Group, said. "It sounds classy, and Sears needed some classiness in its softgoods [apparel] line."

In its first-quarter earnings report last week, Sears said its apparel sales fell by a percentage in the high single digits, but the retailer reported good sales of items like appliances.

Nonetheless, Merrill Lynch retail analyst Daniel Barry wrote last week that Sears "has an uphill battle ahead" in its effort to improve apparel sales.

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Covington Now a Kahan Family Affair

By Carole Sloan -- Home Textiles Today, 4/7/2008

New York — The assets of decorative fabric supplier Covington Holdings LLC, including the Covington name, have been purchased by the Kahan family.

The Kahans have long been active in the fabric business, operating Osgood Textile Co. in West Springfield, Mass., a large retailer of decorative and apparel fabrics.

The retailer was started in 1948 by the late Herb Kahan, father of Robert Kahan who today heads the retailer. Herb Kahan's son, Mark S. Kahan will become chairman of the new entity, which will be known as Covington Fabric & Design LLC. Mayer Kahan, Robert's son and Mark's nephew, becomes evp. Mark's son Jonathan will work on the company's computer system upgrade.

Several other Kahan family members, spouses and in-laws are also investors.

Roger Gilmartin, an owning partner in CH LLC, remains with the company as president and ceo. Gilmartin said, "I think the industry knows that I have been searching for a strategic investor for Covington for some time. I am excited by the opportunity that this transaction will create for all the constituents in our business and I look forward to becoming a textile guy again after two years of dealing with bankers and lawyers."

Gilmartin noted, "The whole team will be the same, and we will be at furniture market in High Point and we have a new line in the pipeline for introduction at Showtime in June." In the next few months, he added, "We will be introducing members of the family to key customers and to key vendors around the world."

In addition, Covington will show at one of the off-site locations during Proposte in Cernobbio; at HD in Las Vegas; and Decosit in Brussels in September.

Gilmartin, with other investors, bought Covington from the founding Gilmore family in January 2006. The company originated in 1940 and grew to be one of the largest decorative fabrics converters in the marketplace. In October 2007, Covington was refinanced.

Mark Kahan told HTT, "My family have known and been a customer of Covington for over 40 years. We were very excited when the opportunity to acquire a business with Covington's name and reputation became available."

He added, "We know that the last few years have been difficult for the company, but the underlying fundamentals of the business are strong with loyal customers, vendors and associates, and we believe that properly funded, the company can continue to be a major player in the home furnishings market."

"The idea for our involvement originated with Bob and Mayer. They were aware that the original LBO wasn't working out, and intersected with Roger," said Mark Kahan, the retired head of Spirit Airlines and an attorney. "We got the impression that the business could be fixed and there was no doubt it could operate on eight cylinders vs. the four cylinders it was currently on. It is a franchise that could be rebuilt."

He added, "I don't claim to be an expert on decorative fabrics, but I'm not here because I'm an expert — Mayer is: he has five years experience at retail in fabrics. He has a lot of energy and will help restore the credibility in the market and in the product. We will restore the company's reputation for delivery."

Mark Kahan does bring financial, legal and regulatory acumen. Intellectual property protection "is very important. If businesses in the 21st century don't find ways to protect design, they will have problems," he emphasized.

Relating his family retail experience to Covington, Mayer Kahan said, "We're a roll up the sleeves type of place. We're going to stock a lot of goods, which is the Covington reputation, and we're going to be a fashion business — we have to be on the cutting edge and adapt to new markets." Among these are a renewed emphasis on prints and outdoor fabrics — "a first step."

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COVINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA (fictional town)
BOOKS BY Joan A. Medlicott

The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love. New York: St. Martins Press, 2000.

The Gardens of Covington. New York: St. Martins Press, 2001.

From the Heart of Covington. New York: St. Martins Press, 2002.

The Spirit of Covington. New York: Atria, 2003.

At Home in Covington. New York: Atria, 2004.

A Covington Christmas. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.

Two Days After the Wedding. New York : Pocket Books, 2006.

Grace Singleton, Hannah Parrish, and Amelia Declose, described as women "of a certain age," were finding life a little listless in the Pennsylvania boardinghouse where they lived. When one of them inherited a run-down farmhouse in Covington, N.C., the three women jumped at the chance for change and adventure. In each of the novels the women explore the lively town of Covington while they battle illness, welcome their children and other visitors, and meet the challenges of caring for a rambling old house. Covington is a fictional town in the North Carolina mountains, not far from Mars Hill.

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Riley Covington Thriller Series (Paperback)

by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn

Editorial Reviews - Monday Night Jihad

 

From Publishers Weekly
Just in time for the Super Bowl is this debut suspense novel from a 14-year NFL place kicker and his Colorado pastor. The result yields some nice moments paired with problematic writing and improbable plot twists. Air Force 2d Lt. Riley Covington is given grace to play NFL football instead of serving out his military time, but he opts to return to active duty after a horrific stadium bombing. Hakeem Qasim is an Iraqi groomed for terrorism by tragic events in his childhood. The lives of both the squeaky-clean Christian Riley and the radical Muslim Hakeem intersect in a way that readers will see coming early in the novel. Rich details about life as an NFL player invigorate the story; the details become problematic when the story gets wordy (as in one long and unnecessary chapter toward the end of the book). Although the final [...] plot twist is too easy, unexpected humor helps leaven the serious themes, and the sparks of romance that fly between Riley and an American Muslim woman will pique readers' interest. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Description
He thought his deadliest enemy knelt across the line of scrimmage. He was wrong! After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Riley Covington is living his dream as a professional linebacker when he comes face to face with a radical terrorist group on his own home turf. Drawn into the nightmare around him, Riley returns to his former life as a member of a special ops team that crosses oceans in an attempt to stop the escalating attacks. But time is running out, and it soon becomes apparent that the terrorists are on the verge of achieving their goal--to strike at the very heart of America. This softcover edition also includes a teaser chapter of the next Riley Covington thriller.
Written by a member of the NFL; gives readers an insider look at the world of professional athletes and military intelligence. Examines the challenges of homeland security in large-venue events. Explores the tension between the desire for revenge and the constraints of the Christian faith, especially as it relates to Islam. Jason Elam has recently returned from Iraq, where he visited and supported the troops. You can read his journal at mondaynightjihad.blogspot.com

 

Editorial Reviews - Blown Coverage

Product Description
Linebacker Riley Covington returns to another season of mini-camp for the Colorado Mustangs just as a wave of terrorist attacks begin to occur across the country. Sleeper cells are being awakened--likely by the leader of the Cause, who has recently escaped from captivity and is coordinating attacks not only on America but also on Riley and his loved ones. As Jim Hicks, Scott Ross, and the rest of the Counterterrorism Division follow leads in Europe, Riley goes on the offensive to draw out his attackers. But can the Cause be stopped before they're able to reach their ultimate goal?

From the Back Cover
Linebacker Riley Covington has never dreaded the start of a new football season. Until now.

The entire league is still reeling from the devastation of last season, and Riley’s status on the team is put in jeopardy by a new threat. Just as minicamp kicks off, a wave of terrorist attacks sweeps across the country. Sleeper cells are being awakened—likely by the leader of the Cause, who has escaped from captivity and is coordinating strikes not only on American cities but also on Riley and his loved ones.

As Jim Hicks, Scott Ross, and the rest of the Counterterrorism Division follow leads in Europe, Riley goes on the offensive to draw out his attackers. Unless the terrorists can be stopped, their next act of violence will be more horrific and deadly than anyone could imagine.

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The Village

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cinema Release date: July 30, 2004

The tiny, remote village of Covington has always maintained an fearful truce with the menacing, mysterious creatures that stalk the surrounding woods. The villagers don’t enter the forest; the creatures don’t enter the village. But when an unforeseeable tragedy happens, the villagers must send one of there own into the world outside for help, and the only way to get there is through the woods.

That’s just about all that happens in screenwriter/director M. Night Shyamalan’s spare, allegory-like story. There are the expected suspense movie shocks and jolts, and, sure, there’s also a fetching romantic subplot involving blind Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), the village loner, and a number of fine supporting performances, including those by Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, and Adrien Brody, but in the end, all it adds up to is a signature Shyamalan twist.

Like ‘Signs,’ Shyamalan’s last film, Shyamalan seems to have started with the ending of ‘The Village’ in mind, and then worked backwards, and the artifice of the story’s structure results in numerous plot holes—but you’ll have to pick those out for yourself. There are things that I liked about ‘The Village’—the acting, Roger Deakins’ cinematography, a story with a healthy sense of mystery—there just aren’t enough of them.

Matt Parks (8.26.04)

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Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six is fictional character John Clark's position as director of the counter-terrorist unit Rainbow that debuted in the 1998 novel Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. The book was adapted into a successful series of tactical first-person shooter computer and video games, and is a planned future film tentatively set for release in 2010.

Tom Clancy also features Rainbow in his 2000 novel The Bear and the Dragon.

Team Rainbow

The novel Rainbow Six describes Rainbow as an international counter-terrorism operation hosted by NATO.

The base of operations for Rainbow is said to be located in Hereford (home to SAS), due to the United Kingdom being one of the most accessible countries in the world and also due to the press constraints that would not be possible to impose in the United States. Most of the characters in Rainbow are American or British, however, the NATO countries of France, Germany, Canada and Italy, plus Israel have one representative each.

Clancy describes the structure of Rainbow as having one Director, who oversees the entire operation, and one Deputy Director, who is second in command. Rainbow is portrayed as the "blackest of black" operations, and it works off of its very own intelligence service which has intelligence contacts all over the world. In the book, when Rainbow is called upon for help from another country's government to deal with a terrorist situation, usually only one of the two teams will be sent, but in some situations both will be sent. Both teams have an officer as team leader and a senior NCO that is second in command. Not including the team leader, each team is made up of eleven men.

Team One
  • Team Leader - Major Peter Covington (UK; SAS)

 

 

 

 

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