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Batesville, Arkansas

Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, United States, 80 miles northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 10,268; the city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and Northeast Arkansas. This small town in the foothills of the Ozarks offers a diverse view from Ramsey Hill at the Southside to the vast Plains in the East. Batesville is the second oldest municipality after the town of Georgetown — and the oldest city — in the state of Arkansas, it was named for the first territorial delegate from Arkansas to the Congress of the United States, James Woodson Bates, who settled in the town. The town has gone by the names of Napoleon and Poke Bayou. In early days, Batesville was an important port on the White River and served as an entry point to the interior of northern Arkansas. Batesville played a large role in the settling of the Ozark Mountains region and served as the central land office for northern Arkansas.

The first known settlement of the Batesville area was in 1810 near the mouth of Polk Bayou, by 1819 the town had a ferry across the White River and about a dozen houses. The town was laid out in early 1821, on March 3, 1822 a bill of assurance was recorded and executed and the town's plat was laid out. Batesville became the county seat in 1821. In January 1822, Judge Richard Searcy opened the town's first state circuit court; the town's first post office was established in 1822, in 1830 became the home of a county court. On 25 September 1836, shortly after Arkansas was granted its statehood, Governor Conway incorporated Batesville Academy, the state's first academy. In the past, the area in and around the city had extensive quarries of manganese ore, phosphate rock, sandstone and marble. Between 1940 to 1941, Batesville had its own minor league baseball team within the Northeast Arkansas League known as the Batesville Pilots; the team disbanded in 1941. Batesville has only one high school within the city limits, Batesville High School.

Batesville is the home of Lyon College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, noted for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival each spring. In addition, the city is home to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, NASCAR driver Mark Martin, it contains three National Register Historic Districts and many properties separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in Norman Crampton's 1992 book The 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranking at #75. Batesville is located at 35°46′25″N 91°38′29″W. Batesville lies on the White River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.11 square miles, of which 10.98 square miles is land and 0.13 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 10,243 people, 3,777 households, 2,383 families residing in the city; the population density was 907.3 people per square mile. There were 4,146 housing units at an average density of 398.3 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the city was 83.2% White, 4.3% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, 2.00% from two or more races. 4.6 % of the population were Latinos of any race. There were 3,777 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92. The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $33,133, the median income for a family was $42,634.

Males had a median income of $31,068 versus $20,506 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,753. About 11.1% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over. Batesville Public Schools are part of Arkansas; the district has one early learning center, one junior high school, one high school and four magnet schools. Students attend Batesville High School. U. S. Highway 167 Arkansas Highway 25 Arkansas Highway 69 Arkansas Highway 69 Business Arkansas Highway 106 Arkansas Highway 233 Arkansas Highway 394 The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Batesville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. City of Batesville, the official website of the City of Batesville MyBatesville.org, the official page of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce GuardOnline.com, the online edition of the Batesville Daily Guard newspaper Batesville Preservation Association, a local organization dedicated to preservation and restoration of the area's historic buildings Old Independence Regional Museum Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Batesville Ozark Weather & Radar

Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Bosnia and Herzegovina competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's sixth appearance at the Summer Olympics. Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina sent a total of 6 athletes to the Games, 4 men and 2 women, to compete only in athletics, judo and swimming. Bosnian athletes included Kenyan-born marathon runner Lucija Kimani, rifle shooter Nedžad Fazlija, who participated at his fifth Olympic games without winning an Olympic medal. Heavyweight judoka Amel Mekić became the nation's flag bearer for the second time at the opening ceremony. Bosnia and Herzegovina, has yet to win its first Olympic medal as an independent nation. Bosnian and Herzegovinian 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 roundMenWomen Men Bosnian and Herzegovinian swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events: MenWomen Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics

Houston Bowl

The Houston Bowl was an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game, played annually in Houston, from 2000 to 2005. For its first two years, the game was known as the galleryfurniture.com Bowl, named for the website of the sponsor, a Houston furniture chain operated by Jim McIngvale. In 2002, the Houston Bowl was born and named the EV1.net Houston Bowl, after sponsor EV1.net, for the remainder of the game's existence. The bowl played in two locations during its tenure. For the 2000 and 2001 games, Houston's Astrodome was the venue. In 2002, the game moved to the home of the NFL's Houston Texans; the bowl had tie-ins with the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA. The Big 12 extended their commitment in 2002 and again in 2005. Big 12 teams played in each of the six bowls. After the 2005 game, the bowl failed to return EV1.net as a sponsor. Game management was turned over to the Texans, the NFL Network changed the game's name to the Texas Bowl. While the 2006 playing of the Texas Bowl maintained continuity of having a Houston-based bowl game, NCAA records treat the Texas Bowl and Houston Bowl as separate games.

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Shelley Craft

Shelley Craft is an Australian television personality. She is most well known for her long-running presenting roles on the Seven Network programs Saturday Disney from 1996 until 2002, The Great Outdoors from 2002 until 2007. From 2008 to present she has been working for the Nine Network on a number of programs, most notably as host of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Domestic Blitz, The Block & Reno Rumble. In 2013, she presented the'Saturday Showdown' edition of Big Brother Australia. Craft is an ambassador for online travel agency TripADeal. Craft began her television career in the early 1990s with a work experience stint at Channel Seven in Brisbane; this led to a job offer as a production assistant on a local program, a few months a co-host role with children's program Saturday Disney. Craft remained with Saturday Disney as segment producer for six years. Craft joined The Great Outdoors as a reporter in late 2001 and therefore chose to leave Saturday Disney in July 2002 whilst returning on occasion up until October 2005.

Craft had one final appearance on Saturday Disney through flashbacks during an episode broadcast during September 2009, celebrating 1000 episodes of the program. As well as presenting stories for The Great Outdoors, she has worked on several of Channel Seven's major sporting events, including the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Melbourne Cups. Along with puppet, Craft hosted the short-lived revival of dating game show Perfect Match Australia in late 2002. In 2005, she co-hosted Australia's Guinness World Records with Grant Denyer. In 2006 Craft joined Grant Denyer in presenting the annual telecast of Carols in the Domain. After the 2007 season, Craft left The Great Outdoors after a clean-out of the show, with several other presenters shown the door. In late 2007, it was reported that Craft could have been a possible replacement for Kate Ritchie as the co-host of It Takes Two, but Craft miffed at the job offer, quit the network.

Craft's last on-air role at the Seven Network was presenting Comedy Classics for Comic Relief with Russell Gilbert. In January 2008, Craft signed with the Nine Network. Craft took over from Toni Pearen as host of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show from February 2008, she began as co-host on the lifestyle series, Domestic Blitz, alongside Scott Cam from May 2008. In 2008, Craft did a commercial for National Tree Day, followed by advertisements for Jetstar in late 2009. In 2011, Craft again presented alongside this time in the competition series The Block. Craft hosted the Friday night special episodes titled The Block: Unlocked and appeared in numerous regular episodes, presenting challenges to contestants, she has since remained on The Block, presenting challenges and serving as a secondary host to Scott Cam. In 2013, she presented the'Showdown' edition of Big Brother Australia. Craft was married to marketing expert Brett De Billinghurst Craft from 2001–2007, she moved from Brisbane to Melbourne with her then-partner Christian Sergiacomi, a cameraman for the Nine Network.

Craft and Sergiacomi married at their holiday home in Byron Bay, in November 2009. Craft has two daughters: Milla Grace, born 24 August 2010, Eadie Rose, born 12 June 2012. Confidential Story What A Girl Needs interview with Shelley Craft Shelley Craft on IMDb

Best Friends (Wilson novel)

Best Friends is a children's novel by Jacqueline Wilson, first published in 2004. In this book Biscuits' surname is McVitie, but in Cliffhanger his surname is Baker, as Tim wrote a postcard to him with the name as Mr "Biscuits" Baker. Gemma Jackson: Gemma is the story's main protagonist and narrator, she is tomboyish and clumsy, who enjoys football, bike riding and spending time with her Grandad. She is Alice's best friend and is devastated when she learns that Alice is moving away to Scotland, having seen each other nearly every day since the cradle, she has two brothers Callum. Alice's and her own parents blame her. Gemma has a warm and optimistic disposition, while her movements are described as "clumsy" and "un-ladylike" by her disciplined mother, she has a delicacy and softness of heart which shines through when with her special friend, Alice. Alice Barlow: Gemma's best friend. In contrast to Gemma, she is quite the girly girl, who loves dressing up, ballet and the colour pink, she appears traumatised when she and her parents move away to Scotland, having been parted from Gemma.

However, she is spoiled with all sorts of glamorous items in their new home. She makes friends with snobby Flora, she writes Gemma a birthday card at the end of the book. While she has lots of fancy and elegant objects surrounding her, lives in a beautiful countryside home and attends an so fancy school, all she wants is her best friend to be here, too. Billy "Biscuits" McVitie: The girls' schoolfriend, a tubby boy who loves food, both eating and cooking. Gemma and Alice form a temporary hatred for him when he "tells on them" to his mother about their plots on running away; when Alice is gone and Biscuits become closer as friends and work together for a project on famous TV chef "Fat Larry", as well as Biscuits making Gemma her special birthday cake at her party. He is invited to Gemma's party. Towards the beginning, Gemma has a strong disliking for him, shared by Alice, but as time passes she realises what he did was out of care, he just wants his special friend Gemma to be safe and happy. Biscuits is described as having a good natured and cheerful character, as well as being loved by all of his friends.

Flora Hamilton: A girl who befriends Alice in Scotland. Gemma frets that Flora is trying to "take Alice away from her" and becomes suspicious of them together. Flora is pretty, mature and a good ballet dancer, she lets Gemma email her to communicate with Alice, something Gemma feels uneasy about. During Gemma's visit to Scotland Flora is disdainful of Gemma's childish ways and tries to get Alice to do what she wants to do, she disapproves of Gemma and Alice's special friendship, much to Gemma's dismay. She ends up with the birthday cake in her face, she renames Gemma's precious doll, a gift from her beloved grandmother, who died at an early stage of Gemma's life. This upsets Gemma deeply, her strong emotion only grows. Grandad: Gemma's beloved grandfather, he has a caring and soft temperament, loved Gemma deeply. He has affectionately nicknamed Gemma as his little Iced Gem, after the popular biscuit, she expresses that she believes he is the only person in the world who understands her true feelings and sees her beautiful true colours, besides Alice, of course.

He is sensitive to Gemma's emotions, it is said that he shed a tear at Gemma and Alice's emotional, heartwarming reunion. He is summarised as the loveliest man in the whole world by his special little Gem. See: Best Friends In 2005, a five-part adaptation was produced by CITV, it followed the book but with a few minor alterations and a new ending

Mason Welch Gross

Mason Welch Gross was an American television quiz show personality and academic who served as the sixteenth President of Rutgers University, serving from 1959 to 1971. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1911 to Charles Welles Gross, he had two siblings: Cornelia Gross. Charles Gross was an attorney. Mason started two years at Hartford High School, he entered the Taft School, a preparatory school in Watertown, Connecticut in 1925. In 1927 he became ill following his inoculation for scarlet fever, he missed a year of school and spent part of the year at a ranch belonging to his mother's cousin in Arizona. Mason earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1934. While there he rowed under the legendary Steve Fairbairn, he returned to the United States and studied at Harvard University under Alfred North Whitehead, earning his PhD in 1938. He taught at Columbia University from 1938 to 1942, where he met Julia Kernan, a Vassar graduate, they married on September 6, 1940, they had four children together: Ellen Clarissa Gross who married Frank A. Miles, Katharine Wood Gross who married Clayton H. Farnham, Charles Welles Gross, Thomas Welch Gross.

He served in World War II in the Army Intelligence Corps, was assigned to a bomber group based in Italy. Gross earned the Bronze Star, was discharged as a Captain, he became Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Science at Rutgers University in 1946. In 1947 he was promoted to assistant dean and associate professor, in 1949 was appointed to the newly created position of provost to take over the duties of the ailing Robert Clarkson Clothier who took a leave of absence. Clothier resigned his office in 1951 and Gross continued as provost under the newly appointed Lewis Webster Jones, he was given the additional title of vice president in 1958. Jones resigned the presidency in August 1958, in February 1959, Gross was chosen as president. On May 6, 1959, he became the sixteenth president of Rutgers University. From 1949 to 1950 he was a panelist on Think Fast, he was a judge for the show, Two for the Money from 1952 to 1955. He oversaw large-scale development on all the University's campuses, including the development of Livingston College from the Army's former Camp Kilmer.

Gross served during turbulent times with student protests over the Vietnam War which saw the Rutgers ROTC building burned, race riots in nearby Newark, New Jersey in 1967. During this time, Gross received recognition for refusing to dismiss Eugene Genovese, a professor who early during the Vietnam War publicly supported the Viet Cong and welcomed their victory in Southeast Asia. During his tenure Rutgers University acquired the Center of Alcohol Studies in 1962 housed at Yale University since the 1920s, established a medical school. In 1971, after 25 years of service, 12 as the university president, he retired, he became the director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and served until his death. At the time of his death, he was a resident of New Jersey, he died in Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey, at age 66 in 1977. The School for the Creative and Performing Arts at Rutgers was renamed as the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1979 in his honor. In 1980 Rutgers University Press published The Selected Speeches of Mason Welch Gross.

1911 Birth in Hartford, Connecticut 1920 Living in Hartford, Connecticut 1925 Attends Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut 1934 B. A. from Jesus College, Cambridge 1937 M. A. in classics from Jesus College, Cambridge 1938 Ph. D. from Harvard University 1938 Begins as instructor at Columbia University 1940 Marriage to Julia Kernan 1942 Ends as instructor at Columbia University 1942 Begins Army Intelligence Corps in Italy during World War II 1945 Ends Army Intelligence Corps 1946 Assistant professor of philosophy and assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Science at Rutgers University 1949 Promoted to Full Professor at Rutgers University and made provost to Robert Clarkson Clothier 1949 Begins as panelist on Think Fast 1950 Ends as panelist on Think Fast 1951 Robert Clothier resigns and Lewis Webster Jones becomes president 1952 Begins tenure as judge on Two for the Money 1955 Ends tenure as judge on Two for the Money 1958 Vice Presidency of Rutgers University 1958 Lewis Webster Jones resigns in August 1959 Presidency of Rutgers University on May 6 1971 Retired from Rutgers University 1975 Mason Gross School of the Arts created 1977 Death in Red Bank, New Jersey Vassar College Taft School Middlesex General Hospital American Cancer Society Mediation Board of New Jersey National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges SourcesNew York Times.

The quiet-spoken, scholarly gentleman seated adjacent to the Quizmaster on C. B. S. television's "Two for the Money" show is Dr. Mason Gross, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, a one-man television brain trust.... New York Times. Taught Classes in Philosophy. Dr. Gross Named Head of Rutgers. Joint Announcement Noted as Speaker. New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 27, 1959. New York Times.