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A subdivision used in local governments in a number of countries. Wards are sometimes the constituencies for local, elected officials. They are often equivalent to a neighborhood or a portion of county.


See guardian.

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James Ward then concluded the performance by giving a song that always irresistibly rushed to his lips when he was engaged in fierce struggling or fighting.
After the satisfaction of his nights, a morning's sleep, and a breakfast of Lee Sing's, James Ward crossed the bay to San Francisco on a midday ferryboat and went to the club and on to his office, as normal and conventional a man of business as could be found in the city.
Thus it was that James Ward made a fresh and heroic effort to control the Teutonic barbarian that was half of him.
Ward, the San Francisco business man, but one, unnamed and unknown, a crude, rude savage creature who, by some freak of chance, lived again after thrice a thousand years.
His guests rushed to possess him and acclaim him, but James Ward, suddenly looking out of the eyes of the early Teuton, saw the fair frail Twentieth Century girl he loved, and felt something snap in his brain.
Ward is still at the head of the firm of Ward, Knowles
Ward committees thus appear to draw on local organisational legacies, either Ratepayers' Associations in historically white, and to a lesser extent, Indian areas, or political parties in historically black or African areas.
Ward is now vice chairman of ICE Futures, the name that the IPE assumed as part of its decision to take a listing in November 2005 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Haithcock resented Rush's attempts to control the ward and to control her--she claimed he ordered her to fax him copies of her daily schedules--and they had a public falling out.
The dispute underscores a debate over the CDBG funding process, which advocates say is responsive to neighborhood needs and critics say is fraught with ward politics.
However, Martha Ward, a professor at the University of New Orleans, managed to reveal much with her book Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau.