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Who is Paul?

In many ways, the picture says much to answer that question.

What the picture does not answer:

I live in Chatsworth, California with my long term partner, Greg Venne.

I am passionate about about:
     -->those who can not help themselves
     -->about politics
     -->and individual rights
     -->about Jewelry (I am a graduate gemologist) and Diamonds especially.

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The Latest World Headlines From BBC News . . .



Troops sent to quell Ferguson unrest

The US state of Missouri orders 2,200 National Guardsmen to Ferguson to quell unrest after a police officer was cleared over the killing of Michael Brown.

Messi breaks Champions League record

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League's all-time top scorer by scoring against Apoel Nicosia.

S Leone Ebola workers dump bodies

Burial workers in the Sierra Leonean city of Kenema dump bodies in public in protest at non-payment of allowances for handling Ebola victims.

Pope complains of 'haggard' Europe

Pope Francis warns that Europe appears "somewhat elderly" and less and less a protagonist, in a speech to EU politicians in Strasbourg.

Theft of shoes from WW2 death camp

Thieves steal shoes belonging to Jewish Holocaust victims at a former concentration camp in Poland

France puts Russian warship on hold

France suspends "until further notice" the delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy because of continuing violence in eastern Ukraine.

Raqqa air strikes 'kill dozens'

At least 36 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Syrian government warplanes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa, activists say.

Hungary police 'blame rape victims'

Police in Hungary are accused of blaming victims of sexual assault after releasing advice that warns young women of the risks of flirting.

Colombia rebels release two soldiers

Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks.

Hughes to have scans on Wednesday

Australia batsman Phil Hughes remains in a critical condition after being struck on the head and will have scans on Wednesday.

Armed jewel robbers in Paris chase

Two armed robbers who held up a jewellery shop and took a hostage hand themselves in to police following a chase across Paris.

VIDEO: Mobile showers for the homeless

A new initiative in San Francisco offers the city's homeless population mobile showers and toilets in a converted bus.

VIDEO: How to hack a molecular microscope

A PhD student from Brunel University London has saved himself £100,000 by 'hacking' his own kit.

VIDEO: Angelina Jolie on directing Unbroken

Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie has attended the premiere in London of her new film, Unbroken.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Extreme adventurers adopt plucky dog

A team of Swedish extreme adventurers on a 10-day race through the Amazon rainforest have adopted a stray dog who started following them around after they fed him.

VIDEO: Underwear protest by Mexican farmers

Mexican farmers hold a protest wearing just underpants and a photograph to protest against alleged abuse of power.

AUDIO: Songwriters' bad science lyrics

Blue Peter Scientist Steve Mould is given the task of looking at some of the worst offenders.

VIDEO: Flying the 'Nintendo' fighter jet

BBC Click's Dave Lee finds out what it's like flying the newest advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II.

John Simpson: Could the world return to the 1980s?

Is the world set to return to the 1980s?

Pope Francis hits out at 'bureaucratic' Europe

Many MEPs were surprised at how trenchant the Pope's criticisms were, after he directly addressed them on the current malaise in Europe.

Iran nuclear talks thrown lifeline, but time running short

Facing a last-gasp chance for Iran nuclear deal

How terror bill will expand powers

This week's counter-terrorism bill will expand minister's powers - and face accusations of injustice, says Dominic Casciani.

Ferguson: The controversy explained

The shooting of Michael Brown led to widespread unrest and an upsurge of anger against the police.

US-Iran relations: A brief guide

From the 1953 CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Iran's prime minister to a phone call between Presidents Obama and Rouhani and possible direct talks on Iraq, BBC News looks at more than 60 years of tricky US-Iran relations.

Twitter exec in direct message gaffe

Top Twitter boss accidentally tweets a private message about acquiring a company.

Residents riled by smelly nuts

Autumnal spectacle is soured by 'vomit' stench of fallen fruit.

US economy grows faster than forecast

The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown.

A 'generation to change bank culture'

A "toxic" and "aggressive" culture inside banks will take a generation to change, according to a report from Cass Business School and New City Agenda.

Facebook hosted Rigby murder chat

Facebook hosted a conversation by one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers in which he said he wanted to kill a soldier, five months before the attack, the BBC learns.

Watchmakers take aim at smart copies

Leading watchmakers are fed up with websites offering their designs for smartwatch download and have begun a campaign to stop it, according to reports.

More Bill Cosby shows cancelled in US

Two more Bill Cosby shows are axed as the veteran comedian continues to face allegations of sexual assault.

International Emmys for UK shows

British TV productions win three awards at the International Emmys in the US, including a best drama prize for axed Channel 4 series Utopia.

Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.

Gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists use gravity data to produce what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO

The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says.

Brain's dementia weak spot found

The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to experts who have pinpointed the region using scans.

Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich

Sergio Aguero boosts Manchester City's Champions League hopes with two late goals to beat Bayern Munich 3-2.

Javid wants Fifa to publish report

The government calls on Fifa to publish in full the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher

Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the most glamorous women in the US in the 1920s - but there is still one unexplained mystery in the evangelist's life.

The battle for control of the cigarette packet

As cigarette packet health warnings grow ever bigger and gorier, tobacco companies have been finding other ways to give their products a distinctive look and feel.

Tourists flock to 'see democracy'

Taiwan's local elections are a tourist attraction for Chinese visitors.

Anger at 'no single women' signs

Restaurants in conservative Arab kingdom worried about 'flirting'.

Many dead in twin Nigeria blasts

Two female suicide bombers blow themselves up at a crowded market in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing 78 people, hospital staff say.

Bangladesh 'Hajj critic' is arrested

A senior Bangladeshi politician who criticised the annual Hajj pilgrimage made by Muslims to Mecca is arrested in Dhaka for insulting Islam.

French dad loses adoption fight

A French appeal court refuses to allow a father to take custody of his biological son, who was given up for adoption by his mother.

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach.

Cairo building collapse kills 17

Rescue teams are searching for survivors in the rubble of a block of flats that collapsed in Egypt's capital Cairo, killing at least 17 people.

Five children die in US house fire

Five children have died after a fire destroyed a mobile home in a small town in southern Texas, local media report.

Learning disability care 'failing'

The government is failing those with learning disabilities by keeping them in hospitals far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England says.

New anti-terror powers to be unveiled

New measures to tackle terrorism are to be published by the home secretary, days after she said the UK faces a "greater" terror threat than ever before.

Vodafone gave too much data to police

Vodafone sent the phone data of more than 1,000 News UK workers to police after being asked for the details of just one journalist, the Met Police says.

Call for £2bn more for NHS in England

Calls for extra money for the NHS in England are intensifying after latest figures show the deficit is growing as performance deteriorates.

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Day in pictures: 24 November 2014

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In pictures: Snow chaos in north-eastern US

Snowstorm hits north-east of the United States

Day in pictures: 21 November 2014

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The Taliban's psychiatrist

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A new face for Africa's men

BBC man embraces South Africa's male beauty revolution

Child soldiers join fight in Ukraine

Teenagers join fight on both sides in Ukraine's conflict

The women finding freedom in South Caucasus nightclubs

Caucasus women seek independence through clubbing

Art and suffering unite in Geneva

How celebrated artists bear witness to human suffering

Will Opec cut oil production?

Should Opec cut production to boost prices?

Delhi media gossip sets Indian Twitter abuzz

Twitter gossip tempts Delhi's chattering classes

PJ Crowley: What Hagel's exit means

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