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We were standing by then in the middle of the room with its vivid colours on a black background, with its multitude of winged figures with pale limbs, with hair like halos or flames, all strangely tense in their strained, decorative attitudes.
In the background a volcano crater was silhouetted against the stars.
His head was immovable; nor did he betray the slightest consciousness that any were present, except when his haughty eye rolled toward the dusky forms of the warriors, who stalked in the background silent and sullen observers of the scene.
An order very similar to that adopted in the preceding interview was observed; the aged and superior chiefs occupying the area of the spacious apartment, within the powerful light of a glaring torch, while their juniors and inferiors were arranged in the background, presenting a dark outline of swarthy and marked visages.
The state has found five more MacLaren Children's Center workers with criminal backgrounds, bringing to 17 the number of workers whose records went undetected by the county, officials said Monday.
Sixty-four percent of the same respondents noted their parents have friends with different racial/ethnic backgrounds, and 58 percent of respondents' parents have friends with different religious beliefs.
County officials, who were unsure last week whether the county could conduct background checks on the employees because the county's policy makes no mention of running backgrounds on current employees, said the county counsel gave them the green light this week to conduct the checks.
Such effects can often be minimised by optimal choice of the points at which backgrounds are measured.
For those employees, Sales said school officials know nothing about their criminal backgrounds except what they wrote in their applications.
African American children and white children from similar family backgrounds who entered kindergarten in 1998 began school with approximately the same test scores.
Past backgrounds have featured a nesting hawk at College of the Canyons and nature scenes from the Santa Clarita Valley.