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Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills High School is the only major public high school in Beverly Hills, California. The other public high school in Beverly Hills, Moreno High School, is a small alternative school located on Beverly's campus. Beverly is part of the Beverly Hills Unified School District and located on 19.5 acres on the west side of Beverly Hills, at the border of the Century City area of Los Angeles. The land was part of the Beverly Hills Speedway board track, torn down in 1924. Beverly, which serves all of Beverly Hills, was founded in 1927; the original buildings were designed by Robert D. Farquhar in the French Normandy style; the school received income from its on-campus oil tower. Beverly Hills High School was in the Los Angeles City High School District. On March 23, 1936, the Beverly Hills Elementary School District left the Los Angeles City High School District and formed the Beverly Hills High School District. During the 1999–2000 and 2004–05 school years, Beverly Hills High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.

Newsweek ranked Beverly Hills High School as the 267th best public high school in the country. Most students are residents of Beverly Hills; as of 1991 the non-resident students allowed to enroll in Beverly Hills High are employees of BHUSD, children of employees of the City of Beverly Hills, a small number of students in the "multicultural program". Students in that program, financed by state funds tied to student enrollment, were required to supply their own transportation; the program accepted 30 students each year. The program began in the 1970s in order to expose the then-predominately Caucasian students to other cultures; until 1991 the program only admitted students who graduated from Emerson Middle School in Westwood, but in 1991 it was expanded to 11 LAUSD middle schools. It was expanded since there were complaints that it was taking away the best students from University High School, which Emerson feeds into; as of 1991, 19% of the students were Iranian, 20% of the students were either Asian, and/or Latino.

In 2008, Beverly Hills High School had 2,412 students: 70% Caucasian, 17% Asian, 5% African-American, 4% Latino. Beginning in 2010, when the Beverly Hills Unified School District adopted a basic-aid funding formula and ended its Diversity Permit program, the demographics of Beverly's student body started shifting considerably. In 2014, the student body was 72% white, 16% Asian, 6% black, 5% Hispanic. By 2017, the high school total population had dropped to 1,482, the demographics of enrolled students were: 73% Caucasian, 13% Asian, 8% Latino, 3% African-American; the student body is, as of 2008, predominantly Jewish. Many students are Iranian Americans. Due to the large number of students of Iranian origin, the school has scheduled a staff development day on or around Nowruz; as of 2012, about 35% of Beverly's current student body was born outside the United States, 41% of its students speak a first language other than English. As of 1991 home languages other than English included Mandarin Chinese, Hebrew and Russian.

Some television shows, like Beverly Hills, 90210, have been criticized for not portraying the student body. The 1988 non-fiction book Hard Lessons by Michael Leahy documents the life of six Beverly seniors for a full school year. In 1984, Beverly had a 100% graduation rate but three students committed suicide; these suicides piqued Leahy's interest in Beverly, in 1985 he began writing Hard Lessons. Leahy had heard many stories about Beverly having intense academic pressure, substance abuse, being a "den of hedonism." However, after speaking to Beverly students he concluded that sex and drug abuse were neither higher nor lower than at other local high schools. Beverly's social attitudes and morals were nearly identical to these schools. Leahy did note that Beverly's academic pressure was unusually high which led to cheating and high anxiety amongst students. Beverly has been featured in many films and TV shows, either as part of the plot or as a filming location. Many movies, including Clueless, Real Women Have Curves, Whatever It Takes, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, It's a Wonderful Life, featured a scene in Beverly's unique "Swim Gym," the only gymnasium that has a basketball court that can split open to reveal a recreational-sized, 25-yard swimming pool.

The gym in Beverly Hills High was used in the video for boy band NLT's That Girl. The front of Beverly High was shown in a short clip of Nickelback's music video for their song "Rockstar", although it only shows the part that reads "Hills High School"; the school was in the cartoon show Totally Spies!, it was called "Bev High" for short. The book series The A-List follows a group of privileged teenagers and young adults from Beverly Hills, many of them who attend Beverly Hills High School and come from entertainment families and are known for their pro-activity; the producers of the 1990s television drama Beverly Hills, 90210 wanted the show to be set at Beverly Hills High School, the show to be filmed on Beverly's campus. The Beverly Hills school board declined both requests. So, the TV producers created the fictional "West Beverly Hills High School" and the show was filmed at Torrance High School, in Torrance, California. "West Beverly" is a clear reference to Beverly, because Beverly's campus is located on the western border of Beverly Hills.

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New Zealand at the 1976 Summer Paralympics

New Zealand sent a 12 sportspeople strong delegation to the 1976 Olympiad for the Physically Disabled in Toronto, Canada. At these Games, New Zealand won 13 medals at the 1976 Summer Paralympics: 7 golds, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals. Eve Rimmer was the most decorated Paralympian at these Games, winning 5 gold medals in athletics; these Games were New Zealand's third Summer Games appearance. They missed the Winter Games in the same cycle. Political factors involving a South African rugby tour in New Zealand led to a boycott of the 1976 Games by some countries. New Zealand's role in inviting South Africa to the country led to additional scrutiny regarding their participation in Toronto; the Games represented the country's third appearance at the Summer Games, having missed the first two editions in 1960 in Rome and the 1964 Games in Tokyo. Starting in the 1976 for the Games, governance was managed by Paralympics New Zealand; this organization continues to be responsible for Paralympic Games selection in New Zealand.

New Zealand did not participate in the 1976 Winter Paralympics that took place in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in the same year. New Zealand's participation in these Games was not without scrutiny; the country had welcome the South African rugby union team to do a tour of their country. At the same time, South Africa participated in these Games. New Zealand's decision and South Africa's participation led to Uganda, Jamaica, India and Yugoslavia pulling out of participating in the 1976 Games. New Zealand's delegation in Toronto was 12 sportspeople strong; the New Zealand delegation at the 1976 Games included Paul Chambers, Graham Condon, Fred Creba, Ross Hynds, Bill Lean, Graeme Marett, Brian McNicholl, Dennis Miller, Doug Moore, Reuben Ngata, Eve Rimmer and Jim Savage. Condon was competing in his third Games, he would compete in six total Paralympic Games for New Zealand, leading the country in total Paralympic Games appearances. Creba died in 2013. In 1975, his sporting performances, including setting a world record in weightlifting, earned him the title, "South Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year."

Hynds made his debut at these Games, going on to represent New Zealand at the 1976, 1980, 1984, 1992 in archery and athletics. Hynds attended Saint Kentigern Old Collegians; when he was a 22-year-old, he was in a car accident. Starting in 1970, he started competing in New Zealand's National Disabled Championships and would compete in it for 30 straight years. At the 1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, he served as New Zealand's Vice Captain. After the Games, he made the switch to wheelchair rugby, making New Zealand's first national team in 1991, he took up sailing, representing New Zealand internationally from 1988 to 1998. In 2006, he was awarded Paralympics New Zealand Order of Merit for outstanding service to Paralympic Sport, he died in 2015. Lean qualified for the 1976 Games earlier in the year at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, he was one of six members of the team to qualify for Toronto at the event. Lean would go on to be selected to represent New Zealand for the 1980 Summer Paralympics, but had to miss those Games because of a heart problem.

Having made his debut at the 1968 Games, Lean was his country's seventh Paralympian. When he died in 1976, NZ Paralympics said of him,“The Paralympics New Zealand Board and Staff wishes to pass our condolences on to the family of Bill Lean. Sadly Bill passed away on 2 April 2015 aged 73, after a short illness…. Bill made his Paralympic debut in Israel 1968 Paralympic Games, this was the first team that Paralympics New Zealand sent to a Paralympic Games, he went on to compete at the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games where he won a Gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put 4 and set a new World Record. Bill continued to represent New Zealand at the Holland 1980 Paralympic Games where he could not compete due to heart problems. Bill was a talented Paralympian competing in a variety of sports including Archery, Athletics and Table Tennis…. Bill is New Zealand's seventh Paralympian. Bill is to be commended and remembered as it is early Paralympians such as Bill that have paved the way for future Paralympians to succeed today and in the future…’’Lean had taken up sport following an accident where he fell from a tree as a 19-year-old.

Sports played a key role in his rehabilitation. He made his international debut in 1966, he went to Toronto after having won gold at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Dunedin, where he set a world record lift of 202.50 kg in the heavyweight class. He competed at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Jamaica in 1966. Three time Paralympian Marett made his final Paralympic Games appearance at the 1976 Games. During the course of his Paralypmic career, he competed in several sports including Archery, Athletics and Table Tennis. Otagao native Marret went to Toronto with a fair bit of international experience, he competed at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Jamaica in 1966. Reuben Ngata would take up boccia after the Toronto Games, he competed at the 1968 and 1976 Games in multiple sports including Athletics, Power Lifting, Table Tennis. Between those two Games, he won a single bronze medal in weightlifting, he would go on to be named a Parafed Auckland life member. In 1974, he became a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Throughout his international disability sports career, he would win 19 medals in wheelchair sports. In 2001, he was awarded the Paralympics New Zealand Order of Merit. New Zealand won 1 silver and 5 bronze medals at the 1976 Games. New Zealand competed in athletic events at the 1976 Games, being represented by Graham Condon, Ross Hynds, Bill Lean, Graeme Marett, Brian McNicholl, Dennis Miller, Doug Moore, Eve Rimmer and Jim

Josh X

Josh Xantus, known professionally as Josh X, is a Haitian-American singer and record producer best known for Heaven on My Mind. Xantus was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised by a single mother in Queens, NY, he began playing classical piano at age six and composed his first song at age 13. He attended the summer program at the Juilliard School and after receiving a full college scholarship, graduated from Five Towns College in Long Island, NY, he cites Brian McKnight as his favorite singer. While in Los Angeles in 2009, Xantus performed his single "First Time" for Stevie Wonder, who praised his work, telling him to "continue to carry out the legacy of being a musician that represents real music."In 2015, he co-wrote the track "Ready to Go" with Swizz Beatz for Pepsi and Fox's Empire and released his debut single "All for Love" featuring Jadakiss. That same year, he began writing and producing for rapper Cardi B, collaborated on the tracks "Selfish", "Island Girls", "Heaven on My Mind" the following year.

"Heaven on My Mind" ranked at No. 22 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs charts in January 2017. He continued working with Cardi B for three years. In 2018, Xantus signed with record label Epic Records and released the single "All On Me" featuring Rick Ross; the music video received over 3.7 million views on YouTube. He has collaborated with Birdman, Lil Wayne, Jim Jones. Official website Josh X on SoundCloud

Home Free (group)

Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, Adam Chance. Starting as a show group, they toured around 200 shows a year across the United States; the group competed in and won the fourth season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013. They sang an arrangement of Hunter Hayes' "I Want Crazy," as their final competitive song, earning the group $100,000 and a recording contract with Sony. Home Free released their first album under a major label, Crazy Life, on February 18, 2014, it was released digitally on January 14, 2014. The group Home Free was formed in 2000 by Chris Rupp in Mankato, when some of its members were still in their teens; the five founding members were brothers Chris and Adam Rupp, Matt Atwood, Darren Scruggs, Dan Lemke. The group began as a hobby for the singers, but they gained in experience and popularity. By 2007 they had enough of a following to pursue music full-time. During this period, the Rupp brothers and Atwood formed the core of the group, with Atwood singing lead tenor.

Other members of the group went. Current member Rob Lundquist, another Minnesotan, joined in 2008. For much of the group's history they worked with many talented bass singers, but did not have a full-time committed bass voice. In 2007 Chris Foss sang with them. Elliott Robinson was added as bass in September 2008, was replaced in June 2009 by Troy Horne; that year, Horne left to rejoin The House Jacks. To replace Horne they turned to Tim Foust. A Texas native, Foust was pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter of country music and had released a solo album, but was not ready to sign on full-time. Matthew Tuey sang with the group in the interim of 2011, until Foust joined them full-time in January 2012. In 2012, Austin Brown was working on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship as a featured singer in their production shows; when Home Free joined the cruise as a guest performing group, they became close. Brown, born in Tifton, let Home Free know that he would be interested in joining the group if they had an opening.

At the end of 2012 lead singer Matt Atwood, who had gotten married the previous year, his wife were expecting their first child. Finding the group's touring schedule incompatible with family life, having an opportunity to take over his family's real estate business in Mankato, Atwood made the decision to retire from the group. Home Free invited Brown to join as lead tenor, he sang his first show with the group in October 2012, became full-time in January 2013. In 2015 they made a guest appearance on Kenny Rogers' holiday album Once Again It's Christmas on the track "Children Go Where I Send Thee". On March 18, 2016 it was announced that after 16 years founder Chris Rupp would be leaving the group to pursue a solo career and would be replaced after May 8 by Adam Chance of Street Corner Symphony. Chris has gone on to release his own solo album Shine and has formed a new mixed group called 7th Ave, non-a cappella based. An update of the 2014 album Full of Cheer was released as Full Of Cheer in November 2016 and debuted at No. 2 on Top Country Albums with 13,000 sold, the band's best performance on the chart.

All five of Home Free’s singers have formal musical training. Lundquist and the Rupp brothers all have bachelor's degrees in music. Adam Rupp's primary instrument is trumpet, but he plays drums and bass guitar. Since joining and Brown have become active in writing and arranging. In terms of musical roles, Home Free is structured like a traditional barbershop quartet, with a lead tenor, two harmony voices, a bass; the lead tenor, who fronts the group and sings most of the solos, is Austin Brown. Tenor harmony is sung by Rob Lundquist, baritone harmony is sung by Adam Chance, Tim Foust sings bass, with the latter two switching roles occasionally. In addition to the four voices, percussion sounds are provided by beatboxer Adam Rupp. Although Brown is Home Free’s primary soloist, all of the other members sing solos as well. Home Free’s styling as a country group is recent. Before Foust joined the group, Home Free was an all-purpose a cappella group, singing in a wide variety of styles, of which country was only a minor one.

With the additions of Foust and Brown, the group moved more in the direction of country and found that audiences responded well to it. Home Free had auditioned three times for The Sing-Off and not been accepted; when auditioning for the fourth season, they made a conscious decision to style themselves as a country group. In an interview Brown said this identity is what grabbed the attention of The Sing-Off’s casting director, who said, “You guys fit something we don’t have.” Before their success on the Sing-Off, Home Free was touring at fairs and festivals across the US, as well as stints on cruise ships. Since they have been part of the Sing-Off Tour, as well as headlining their own Crazy Life Tour, Full of Cheer Tour, Spring Tour, Don't It Feel Good Tour, A Country Christmas Tour, Timeless World Tour, A Country Christmas Tour. In January 2016 they embarked on their first tour outside North America with stops in Birmingham, UK. In September 2016 they had their first concert in Central Europe on the "2nd European Country Festival" in Pertisau, Austr

KLM Flight 607-E

KLM Flight 607-E, a Lockheed Super Constellation named Hugo de Groot and registered PH-LKM, was an international scheduled flight that crashed 180 kilometres northwest of Shannon Airport, Ireland on 14 August 1958. All ninety-one passengers and eight crew died in the accident, including six members of the Egyptian fencing team; the "E" in the flight number stood for the designation of being an extra economy class flight to match the increased seasonal tourist demand. Flight 607-E departed Shannon at 03:05 UTC on the second leg of a transatlantic trip from Amsterdam to New York City with intermediate stops in Shannon and Gander, Newfoundland. Radio contact with the aircraft was lost at 03:40 UTC; the remains of thirty-four of those on board were recovered. Due to the lack of evidence and Dutch investigators could not pinpoint a probable cause for the accident, they examined the possibility of a bomb, electrical failure, or pilot error, but believed that the most possibility was a catastrophic mechanical failure.

The investigating Board believed the most cause of the accident to be a malfunctioning over-speeding outboard propeller caused by metal particles obstructing oil feed line regulator valves. The particles may have been formed by a gear, damaged when the supercharger of the corresponding engine was accelerated; the malfunctions of the propeller pitch might have provoked a flight disturbance and as a consequence the propeller may have sheared off. Aviation safety List of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft List of accidents involving sports teams Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network Galway Ceremony marks KLM air disaster at RTÉ News

Makoto Imaoka

Makoto Imaoka, nicknamed "Makochan", is a former Japanese professional baseball player from Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan. Imaoka spent several uneventful seasons in the Japanese professional leagues before being chosen as the leadoff batter by Senichi Hoshino, who managed the Hanshin Tigers from 2002–2004. Imaoka won the batting title in 2003 with a.340 batting average, his team won the Central League pennant the same year. He had played shortstop and second base, but was converted to third base in 2004, he continued his hitting prowess, led the league with 147 RBIs in 2005. He fell into a huge slump in 2006, missed half of the season due to injuries, he won a silver medal playing for the Japanese national team in the 1996 Summer Olympics before entering the Japanese professional leagues. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference