Americans and foreigners alike made a special effort dressing up for the sweeping display of pageantry and ceremony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at the inauguration of President Clinton. Among the throng were dignitaries like John Frundi (below, far left), the chief opposition leader in Cameroon in regal national dress, including colorful crocheted hats. There were men and women in the latest mix of Annie Hall and grunge.

SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileA global eyewear colossus worth almost $70 billion Canadian is set to be created as Italy’s Luxottica owner of Ray Ban and Oakley glasses merges with France’s Essilor, owner of Crizal, Transitions, Clearly Contacts and other brands.Essilor said it had reached an agreement with Luxottica’s owners for an all share deal to combine the two lens companies.Shares jumped in both Luxottica, which is based in Milan, and Essilor, headquartered near Paris.From 2014: Essilor buys Canada’s Clearly Contacts for $445MThe new company would have combined revenues of more than 15 billion euros ($20 billion), 140,000 employees and sales in more than 150 countries.At that size, it is five times larger than Dutch retailer GrandVision and 10 times larger than Italy’s Safilo Group in terms of revenue in 2015.”Finally . Two products which are naturally complementary namely frames and lenses will be designed, manufactured and distributed under the same roof,” Luxottica’s 81 year old founder Leonardo Del Vecchio said in a statement on Monday.For its part Essilor said the merger is an effort to meet growing global demand for corrective lenses, sunglasses and luxury frames. Conveniently for both, it also ends recent attempts to encroach into each other’s core businesses Luxottica in making frames, and Essilor in making lenses.The boards of Essilor and Luxottica approved the merger in meetings Sunday.

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Wade, the Supreme Court held that states could not make abortion criminal because a constitutional right to privacy protected a woman’s right to decide whether or not to become a mother. In 1992, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court upheld Roe, noting that a whole generation had grown up being able to rely on abortion if contraception failed.

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