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Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. Allen regularly appears on lists of the richest people in the world. As of February 11, 2008, Forbes ranks him as the 42nd richest man in the world, worth an estimated $16 billion.
He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which is his private asset management company, and is chairman of Charter Communications. Allen also has a multibillion dollar investment portfolio which includes large stakes in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Digeo, real estate holdings, and more than 40 other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns three professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise in Major League Soccer that will begin playing in the 2009 season. (more...)
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The North Cascades are a section of the Cascade Range of western North America. They span the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the US state of Washington. They are predominantly non-volcanic, but include the stratovolcanoes Mount Baker and Glacier Peak, which are part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The portion in Canada is known as the Canadian Cascades, although that term also includes the Coquihalla Range, which runs north alongside the east flank of the Fraser Canyon as far as Lytton, British Columbia.
The North Cascades are most notable for their dramatic scenery and challenging mountaineering, both resulting from their steep, rugged topography. While all of the peaks but the two volcanos are under 10,000 feet (3,048 m) in elevation, the low valleys provide great local relief, often over 6,000 feet (1,830 m). (more...)
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- Governor: Jay Inslee (D)
- Total area: 71,342 sq mi (184,770 km2)
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- Date admitted to the Union: November 11, 1889
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