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Altus, Arkansas

Altus is a city in Franklin County, United States. Located within the Arkansas River Valley at the edge of the Ozark Mountains, the city is within the Fort Smith metropolitan area; the epicenter of the Altus American Viticultural Area within Arkansas Wine Country, the city is home to four wineries. Although founded as a coal mining community, the wine industry has driven the Altus economy since the first vineyards were planted in 1872; the population was 758 at the 2010 census, down from 817 at the 2000 census. Altus is the site of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, on the National Register of Historic Places. St. Mary's Catholic Church was built in 1902 and is known for its beautiful paintings, ornate gold leaf walls, Roman architecture. Altus had its start in 1875. Altus station was the highest point on the track. In recognition of this highest railroad elevation between Little Rock and Fort Smith, the station was known as "Summit"; the town's initial development was due to railroad efforts encouraging German immigration to settle lands adjacent to the railroad.

In 1903, the railroad mainline was shifted to a more favorable alignment along the Arkansas River. The track through Altus was removed in the 1930s, but the railroad station has been preserved as a commercial establishment. Altus is the former site of Hendrix College. Altus is located in southeastern Franklin County, bordered to the south by the town of Denning. Wiederkehr Village is directly to the north. U. S. Route 64 passes through the center of Altus, leading northwest 5 miles to Ozark and east 17 miles to Clarksville; the Arkansas River is 3 miles to the west. Altus is south of the Boston Mountains range between the Ozark Mountains to the north and the Ouachita Mountains to the south; the soil type here is linker on the hilltops: a sandy loam acid soil and good for grape growing. Several wineries are located in Altus, it is the location of the Altus American Viticultural Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 817 people, 339 households, 220 families residing in the city.

The population density was 445.2 people per square mile. There were 372 housing units at an average density of 202.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 97.80% White, 0.12% Black or African-American, 0.86% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.37% from other races, 0.61% from two or more races. 2.08 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 339 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.1% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average familiar size was 2.96. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,842, the median income for a family was $29,286. Males had a prime meridian income of $25,000 versus $18,583 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,376. About 19.7% of families and 28.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over. Altus is home to three wineries and the Altus AVA; the Wiederkehr Winery, founded by Johann Andreas Wiederkehr, is located north of Altus in Wiederkehr Village. The annual Springtime Gala, Dinner in the Vineyards, Wineaux Fest are held in Altus each year. Altus was the location for the first season of the television show The Simple Life, starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Altus is served by the Ozark School District; the Altus-Denning School District was closed in 2004 after an Arkansas law was passed requiring many small schools in the state to consolidate with a bigger school close by. Prior to closing the Altus High School mascot was the Owls and competed in the 1A classification of the Arkansas Activities Association.

Highway 64 runs through Altus, the city limits follow the highway west from the main population center. This highway runs east to Clarksville. Highway 186 runs north from Altus to give access to Interstate 6 miles to the north. To the south, there are no highway bridges over the Arkansas River between Morrison Bluff; the City of Altus Water Department, an enterprise fund of the city, manages water and trash pickup. Wastewater conveyed to the Altus Wastewater Treatment Plant; the plant has a design capacity of 0.071 million US gallons per day, discharges treated effluent to the Arkansas River in accordance with the city's NPDES permit administrated by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The WWTP was built in 1991. Boss Schmidt, baseball player and manager Janice Holt Giles, author Johann Andreas Wiederkehr, winemaker United States portal List of cities and towns in Arkansas

Alfons Benedikter

Alfons Benedikter was one of the most renowned politicians in South Tyrol. For 50 years he has been a member of the provincial parliament and for 40 years he acted as a member of the regional government of the region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and the provincial government of South Tyrol, he had a decisive role in implementing the autonomy of the province. During his youth Alfons Benedikter experienced the Italian fascist oppression and discrimination policy towards the German national minority in his home village of Schlanders, he was educated in law and Russian at the University of Naples from which he graduated in 1940. During the tragic period of the so-called “Option” in 1939 his family decided to remain living in the province, annexed by Italy in 1918. Alfons Benedikter, served five years in the army, first in the Italian army in the German Wehrmacht, deployed on many battlefields between Russia and Southern Italy during World War II. At the end of the war his knowledge of the Russian language saved his life.

Benedikter continued to cultivate his passion for the Russian language and culture and visited Russia with political missions. Beginningin 1960 Alfons Benedikter lived in Frangart, close to the capital of the province. Benedikter was a founding member of the main political party of South Tyrol. From 1948 he represented his party in the regional government. From 1960 until 1988 he served as a minister of the provincial government in charge of social housing and urban planning and environmental protection. From 1960 to 1988 he was the deputy Landeshauptmann under Silvius Magnago. In the 1960s Benedikter represented South Tyrol within the UN in New York, when the issue was debated as a major international conflict between Austria and Italy. Benedikter was involved in the elaboration of the so-called “Package for South Tyrol”, but he refused its acceptance as a conflict solution. From 1972 to 1989, as a member of the joint Italian-Tyrolean commissions for the implementation of the autonomy statute, he contributed decisively to achieve a maximum of self-governance for his province as an autonomous province of Italy.

In those years Benedikter took part in 60 sessions of the Italian government in Rome. At the end of the 1980s Benedikter returned to his previous scepticism with regard to the “package-solution” and opposed the official final “declaration of conflict conclusion” to be expressed by Austria before the UN, he left the SVP and, together with Eva Klotz, founded the new party, “Union für Südtirol”, vowing for self-determination. From 1989 to 1998 he represented this new opposition party within the provincial parliament. Apart from his role as an architect of the autonomy of South Tyrol, Benedikter was a strenuous defender of the environment and landscape of his home country. Benedikter died on 3 November 2010 at the age of 92. Provincia.bz.it 60jahre-svp.org

Armenia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Armenia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-Soviet era; the National Olympic Committee of Armenia fielded a team of 32 athletes, 24 men and 8 women, across eight different sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest team sent to the Olympics, tying the record with the number of athletes achieved in Atlanta two decades earlier; the Armenian roster highlighted its first female artistic gymnast, as well as the most female participation in its Olympic history. Of the 32 participants, five of them competed at London 2012, including Greco-Roman wrestlers Arsen Julfalakyan, who succeeded his father and head coach Levon to stand on the podium by taking the silver medal, Artur Aleksanyan, who won a bronze in the heavyweight category, emerged himself as the reigning world champion twice. Other notable Armenian athletes featured American-born gymnast Houry Gebeshian, rifle shooter and 2014 Youth Olympic medalist Hrachik Babayan, freestyle swimmer Vahan Mkhitaryan, selected by the committee to lead his delegation as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.

Armenia left Rio de Janeiro with four medals, being considered its most successful Olympics since 1996. Among the nation's medalists were weightlifters Simon Martirosyan and Gor Minasyan, who each obtained silver in their respective weight categories, Aleksanyan, who made history as Armenia's first Olympic champion after two decades, adding a gold to his career treasury of two world and three European titles. Armenian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events: KeyNote–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only Q = Qualified for the next round q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target NR = National record N/A = Round not applicable for the event Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round Men Field eventsWomen Track & road eventsField events Armenia entered five boxers to compete in each of the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament.

Artur Hovhannisyan, Narek Abgaryan, Aram Avagyan, Vladimir Margaryan had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Samsun, Turkey. Meanwhile, light welterweight boxer Hovhannes Bachkov secured an additional place on the Armenian roster with his semifinal triumph at the 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier in Vargas, Venezuela. Armenia entered three artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition, including a first female Armenian gymnast. Harutyun Merdinyan had claimed his Olympic spot in the men's apparatus and all-around events at the 2015 World Championships, while two-time Olympian Artur Davtyan performed the same feat, as well as Houry Gebeshian in the women's at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro. MenWomen Armenia qualified one judoka for the men's extra-lightweight category at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Hovhannes Davtyan was ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of 30 May 2016. Armenia received an invitation from ISSF to send 2014 Youth Olympic silver medalist Hrachik Babayan in the men's rifle events to the Olympics, as long as the minimum qualifying score was met by 31 March 2016.

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round. Armenian weightlifters have qualified five men's and two women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships; the team must allocate these places to individual athletes by 20 June 2016. MenWomen Armenia qualified a total of eight wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition. Three of them finished among the top six to book Olympic spots each in the men's freestyle 125 kg and men's Greco-Roman at the 2015 World Championships, while two additional licenses were awarded to Armenian wrestlers, who progressed to the top two finals in men's freestyle 57 kg at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament. Three further wrestlers had claimed the remaining Olympic slots to round out the Armenian roster at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar. On 11 May 2016, United World Wrestling awarded an additional Olympic license to Armenia in men's freestyle 65 kg, as a response to the doping violations for both the Polish and Ukrainian wrestler at the European Qualification Tournament.

Key: VT – Victory by Fall. PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points. PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points. ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 or 10 points. Men's freestyleMen's Greco-Roman Armenia at the 2016 Summer Olympics at SR/Olympics

Teo ┼Żagar

Teo Erik Žagar is a Slovenian-American filmmaker and politician. He has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2011. Žagar was a member of the Democratic Party until deciding not to run for reelection in 2016. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, one of his efforts has been the legalization of hemp in the state, he was a lead sponsor and floor reporter of a bill, passed by the House in 2013, to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods.Žagar moved to the United States in 1980, living in Washington D. C. with his single mother. In 1985 they settled in Barnard, where he now resides, he attended the University of Vermont and went on to study filmmaking at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He directed several films and served as an apprentice to Ken Burns, for whose film Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip he served as an editorial assistant. Despite his interest in filmmaking, he returned to Vermont in 2006 and began pursuing a career in public service. In the late 2000s he volunteered as a constable of Barnard.

He worked in special education as a classroom manager. After the resignation of state Representative Mark Mitchell, Žagar met with several local Democratic committees to seek an appointment to Mitchell's seat. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was impressed with him and appointed him to the seat in August 2011

List of Speedway World Cup meetings by city

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Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (season 2)

The second season of the reality television series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood aired on VH1 from September 7, 2015 until December 7, 2015. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California, it is executively produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment, Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple, David DiGangi and Michael Lang for Eastern TV, Susan Levison, Nina L. Diaz, Vivian Gomez and Ken Martinez for VH1; the series chronicles the lives of several women and men in the Hollywood area, involved in hip hop music. It consisted including a two-part reunion special hosted by Nina Parker. On August 10, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood would be returning for a second season on September 7, 2015. All main cast members from the previous season returned. Ray J's girlfriend Princess Love joined the supporting cast, along with long time Love & Hip Hop: New York cast member Rich Dollaz, aspiring rappers Miles Brock and Milan Christopher, Miles' ex-girlfriend Amber Laura, Ray J's best friend Brandi Boyd, her husband Max Lux, Willie Taylor and his wife Shanda Denyce.

Soulja's fling Nastassia Smith, Fizz's girlfriend Kamiah Adams, gossip blogger Jason Lee and Moniece's mother Marla Thomas would appear in minor supporting roles. On August 8, 2015, a Meet the Cast promo video was released, featuring returning cast members Ray, Moniece and Princess, alongside new cast members Amber, Willie and Brandi. A 5-minute long "super-trailer" was released on August 27, 2015. Miles and Milan were the first gay couple of the franchise and several episodes featured public service announcements aimed to help viewers struggling with their sexual identity. On October 12, 2015, VH1 announced that Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop, a round-table discussion moderated by T. J. Holmes of ABC News, would air on October 19, 2015; the special focused on the reality on being LGBT in the hip hop community, coincided with the airing of the seventh episode "Truth", in which bisexual cast member Miles comes out to his ex-girlfriend Amber. On September 16, 2015, during filming, Hazel-E announced on social media that she had quit the series, comparing it to a "freak show".

Hazel had become frustrated that she had not been properly credited for her work behind-the-scenes, including her influence on casting, as well as her idea for the show title Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood instead of the original Love & Hip Hop: L. A.. Apryl and Omarion did not attend the taping of the second season reunion. On December 7, 2015, Apryl confirmed the two had quit the show and would not be returning next season; the series premiere garnered big ratings for the network, with VH1 announcing a combined rating of 3.6 million viewers. The show's gay storyline received significant media attention, with the special Out in Hip Hop garnering 1.5 million viewers, ranking #1 among women 18-49 in its time period. Amber's sister Angel Hunter-Brignac and Miles' sister Charmagne Gibson appear as guest stars in several episodes; the show features minor appearances from notable figures within the hip hop industry and Hollywood's social scene, including Lil Wayne, R. Malcolm Jones, Ray's manager Cash "Wack 100" Jones, Willie's manager Screwface, Miles' psychotherapist Dr. Stacy Kaiser, Nick Cannon, Teddy Riley, Moniece's cousin Stevie Mackey, Big Boy and Nikki's mother Michelle Mudarris.

Several cast members had their music featured on the show and released singles to coincide with the airing of the episodes. Love & Hip Hop: Out in Hip Hop is a special that aired after the season's seventh episode on October 19, 2015. T. J. Holmes hosted the show with cast members Milan Christopher and Miles Brock, along with a panel of several rappers and performers involved in the LGBT hip hop scene; the special was executive produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Robyn Nish Friedman for Eastern TV. Susan Levison, Nina L. Diaz, Vivian Gomez, Ken Martinez executive produce for VH1. Official website Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood on IMDb