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Branch McCracken

Emmett B. "Branch" McCracken was coach. He served as the head basketball coach at Ball State University from 1930 to 1938 and at Indiana University Bloomington from 1938 to 1943 and again from 1946 to 1965. McCracken's Indiana Hoosiers teams twice won the NCAA Championship, in 1940 and 1953. McCracken was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960; as a player at Indiana, McCracken was a three-year letter winner. At 6'4" and 200 lb, McCracken played center and guard, pacing the Hoosiers in scoring for three years, his coach and predecessor, Hall of Fame coach Everett Dean, called McCracken "rough and tough." McCracken never missed a game. Once, when slowed by injuries, he planted himself near the foul line, back to the basket, from there passing off to players cutting by him or keeping the ball and rolling to the basket himself. "Once we saw what he could do, we let him go," Dean said. "He was one of the first college centers who played the pivot the way it's played today."McCracken scored 32.3 percent of the points his three Hoosier teams scored.

He led the Big Ten Conference with a 12.3 average his senior year and graduated as the league's career scoring record holder. McCracken was a consensus All-American in 1930. Upon his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960, he was the first man voted there for his performance as an Indiana player. After his college career, McCracken played professional basketball for a few local and barnstorming teams, most notably the Indianapolis Kautskys with John Wooden and Frank Beard; this was done while he was coaching or working at another job and involved long car trips. McCracken was the head coach for Ball State University from 1930–38 and compiled a 93–41 record, he led Ball State to the school's only victory over Indiana in school history in a year the Cardinals went 17–4. In 1938 McCracken coached the Indiana University Hoosiers, his teams were known as the "Hurrying Hoosiers" because of McCracken's emphasis on the fast break. During his two spans at Indiana from 1938–1943 and 1946–1965 he compiled a 364–174 record.

During the intermission from 1943 to 1946, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, in World War II. McCracken's first Indiana team was led by All-America Ernie Andres a McCracken basketball assistant. In McCracken's first year, the team finished 17–3, splitting games with both Purdue and eventual NCAA runnerup Ohio State; the following year the 1939–40 NCAA title team, led by All-American Marvin Huffman, would take Indiana to unprecedented success: an NCAA title and a record 20 wins. This championship put McCracken in the record books as the youngest coach to win the NCAA championship; the 20–3 record by that team would not be bested for another 13 years until broken again by Indiana. At their home court at The Fieldhouse, Indiana saw six perfect seasons including a 24-game unbeaten home winning streak from 1938–1941. In 1948, McCracken was responsible for recruiting Bill Garrett who became the first African American player in Big Ten varsity basketball history; the Hoosiers' 1952–53 NCAA title team—led by Bobby Leonard, Dick Farley, three-time All-American Don Schlundt—won the Big Ten and went on to win the NCAA championship by defeating reigning champions Kansas by one point.

The Hoosiers would again win the Big Ten the following season in 1953–54. Just a few years the team won back-to-back conference championships in 1956–57 and 1957–58 behind the leadership of two-time All-American Archie Dees. A few years the Hoosiers were led by two-time All-American Walt Bellamy, one of the few African-American players in college basketball at the time. In the fall of 1960 the Indiana Hoosiers football program was hit with devastating NCAA sanctions that impacted every varsity sport at the school, including basketball. Although the violations only occurred within the football program, all Hoosier varsity sports were barred from postseason play during the probationary period; the sanctions drastically undermined the ability of coaches to lure talented players to Indiana. McCracken did manage to recruit twins Dick Van Arsdale and Tom Van Arsdale, both of whom would earn All-America honors in 1965. McCracken coached IU for 23 years, amassing 364 wins and 210 Big Ten wins, his teams won four regular season Big Ten titles and went to the NCAA tournament four times, winning two national titles.

McCracken was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960. He was honored by Monrovia Jr.-Sr. High School when his name was given to the main gymnasium. Indiana's court at Assembly Hall is named for him. List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach Branch McCracken at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame profile

Stephen Kasner

Stephen Kasner was an American multidisciplinary artist from Cleveland, Ohio. A painter and illustrator but a musician, graphic artist and magician, his paintings have been exhibited all over the world and are noted for their sinister themes and otherworldly aesthetic. His artwork and photographs reflect visions of a pre/post-apocalyptic industrial landscape and the struggle for survival contained in dreams of enlightenment. Besides working in paint and drawings Stephen Kasner created experimental music under the name Blood Fountains, where he performed on guitars and keyboards, he did album artwork for Khlyst, Sunn O))), Lotus Eaters, Justin Broadrick, Subarachnoid Space and Martin Grech, among many others. Kasner released the book Stephen Kasner Works: 1993 – 2006, a lavish career retrospective with text by various artistic luminaries and collaborations with Seldon Hunt, David D'Andrea, Dwid Hellion, Steven Leyba, Steven Cerio. Stephen Kasner died on December 25, 2019, his longtime friend and fellow Cleveland native Dwid from the band Integrity posted through Twitter in homage: "Stephen Kasner was my friend.

He will be missed. I hope. May his death serve as a stark reminder of. To those of you who may be struggling out there, who might feel alone. You are not alone. Stay strong." Official website


The Gasterosteidae are a family of fish including the sticklebacks. They are related to seahorses. FishBase recognises 16 species in the family, grouped in five genera. However, several of the species have a number of recognised subspecies, the taxonomy of the family is thought to be in need of revision. Although some authorities give the common name of the family as "sticklebacks and tube-snouts", the tube-snouts are classified in the related family Aulorhynchidae. Genera include: Apeltes Culaea Gasterosteus Pungitius Spinachia Sticklebacks are most found in the ocean, but some can be found in fresh water; the freshwater taxa were trapped in Europe and North America after the Ice Age, have evolved different features from the marine species. Sticklebacks are carnivorous, feeding on small animals such as insects and fish larvae. Sticklebacks are characterised by the presence of strong and isolated spines in their dorsal fins. An unusual feature of sticklebacks is that they have no scales, although some species have bony armour plates.

The maximum size of the best-known species, the three-spined stickleback, is about 4 inches, but few of them are more than 3 inches long. They mature sexually at a length of about 2 inches. Most other stickleback species are similar in size or somewhat smaller; the only exception is the far larger fifteen-spined stickleback. All stickleback species show unusual mating behaviour; the males develop a red breast and construct a nest from weeds held together by secretions from their kidneys attract females to the nest. A female lays her eggs inside the nest; the male guards the eggs until they hatch, may continue to guard the fry after they hatch. Some males die following spawning; the family includes the three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus, common in northern temperate climates around the world including Europe, most of northern North America and Japan. Niko Tinbergen's studies of the behaviour of this fish were important in the early development of ethology as an example of a fixed action pattern.

More the fish have become a favorite system for studying the molecular genetics of evolutionary change in wild populations and a powerful "supermodel" for combining evolutionary studies at molecular, population genetic, ecological levels. The nearly complete genome sequence of a reference freshwater stickleback was described in 2012, along with set of genetic variants found in 21 marine and freshwater populations around the world; some variants, several chromosome inversions distinguish marine and freshwater populations, helping identify a genome-wide set of changes contributing to repeated adaptation of sticklebacks to marine and freshwater environments. View the gasAcu1 genome assembly in the UCSC Genome Browser. Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Stickleback". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press

Gro┼║ny (armoured train)

The armoured train Groźny known as PP 54 and Armoured Train number 54 was an armoured train of the Polish Army that saw action during German Invasion of Poland in September 1939 and in German service with portions of it seeing service on the Eastern Front and the occupation of France. It was captured about 1919–20 from the Soviet Union in the Polish-Soviet War. Assigned to Operational Group "Śląsk", the Groźny saw service against the 3rd Infantry Division near Orzesze on the morning of 1 September 1939, it patrolled the rail line between Tychy and Kobiór, where the 23rd Division was attempting to pass. In the evening it helped the Polish II/73 Battalion, defend west of Tychy, the area surrounding Wyry where it was attacked by German bombers, taking single dud bomb that bounced off. On 2 September 1939, it supported the Polish I/73 infantry battalion and was part of the Polish assault in Wyry, attacking south down the Tychy-Kobiór rail line; the assault caused heavy losses on the German forces there.

The train's assault platoon was used in an attack on a road to which failed due to machine gun and mortar fire. In the day after harassing attacks the train's commander Captain Rybczyński was killed in the train's tankette while on reconnaissance; the command was subsequently taken up by Captain Józef Kulesza. On 2 September 1939, it again engaged units on the Tychy-Kobiór rail line before withdrawing to Szczakowa. On 4 September 1939 with the front collapsing, the train protected the right flank of the retreating Operational Group "Śląsk", taking artillery fire, damaging the tender and injuring Captain Kulesza. According to some sources, it engaged a German motorized unit near Tunel and collided with its own tankette, destroying the tankette. On 5 September 1939, the train's tankettes on a reconnaissance mission drove off a German motorized pioneer patrol of the 27th Division, trying to destroy track near Wolbrom. On 17 September 1939, the train was abandoned at Biadoliny station. Explosives were used to damage the train and removed the machine guns and gun breeches with the crew linking up with either Strzelec Kresowy or Operational Group "Polesie" Its two artillery wagons were split up and formed part of the Panzerzug 21 and Panzerzug 22 with a 100mm howitzer & 75mm cannon and two 75mm cannons respectively.

The Panzerzug 21 saw use on the Eastern Front before being captured by the Red Army on 30 October 1944. The Panzerzug 22 saw use during the occupation of France and the Eastern Front before being destroyed on the 11 February 1945. Armoured trains of Poland List of armoured trains

The Beat (TV series)

The Beat is an American drama television series, produced by Viacom Productions and premiered on UPN on March 21, 2000 and ended after only six episodes a month on April 25. Seven additional episodes were produced; the series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of two uniformed police officers, Mike Dorrigan and Zane Marinelli, of the NYPD and their attempts to deal with day-to-day life and work in New York City. The series was produced by many people who worked on Homicide: Life on the Street including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty. Many of the producers collaborated on Oz including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty; the series is notable as being one of the many series in which the character Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared; the others include: Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, The Wire.

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Ecaterina Arbore

Ekaterina Arbore, Arbore-Ralli or Ralli-Arbore, daughter of Zamfir Arbore, was a Romanian and Moldovan communist activist and official. She was born in Geneva, she trained towards a medical degree, became committed to socialism and the Social Democratic Party during her University years. As such, Ecaterina Arbore took part in the proceedings of the 2nd Congress of the Second International in 1903, she served as member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party, she campaigned for an efficient preventive medicine as an answer to the rising incidence of tuberculosis within large groups of the industrial worker population. At the same time, she demanded increased social security, tried herself to improve conditions by creating the first crèches in Romania. After the October Revolution, she became an enthusiastic supporter of the Bolshevik cause, opting to leave Romania for Bolshevist Russia in 1918. Once there, after being received in the ranks of the CPSU, Ecaterina Arbore was integrated in the administrative structure of the Ukrainian SSR, as Commissar for Health.

She returned to Romania in 1924, being swiftly expelled by the authorities. Back in the Soviet state, Arbore was a delegate of the Romanian Socialist-Communist Party to the 5th Congress of the Comintern, took part in the Party's 5th Congress in Moscow and Kharkiv, she became Health Commisar for the newly created Moldavian ASSR, being one of the Romanian/Moldovan intellectuals who endorsed the terms of the Soviet policy towards the Romanian state. As a rather old member of the movement, she was a natural target for Joseph Stalin's repression. Viewed as a partisan of Trotskyism, she was stripped of all political decision; this is the time when she was paid a visit by Romanian author Panait Istrati, during the latter's revelatory journey to the Soviet lands. Istrati praised the work carried by Arbore in the Health Department of the Republic, likened her to the wife of the legendary architect Meşterul Manole, she was arrested during the Great Purge, died in 1937. She was rehabilitated by Soviet authorities during the De-Stalinization process, by Romanian ones a while after the rise of Nicolae Ceauşescu, during the condemnation of Soviet policies in 1968.

Henri H. Stahl, Gânditori şi curente de istorie socială românească, Cap. VII: "Curentul gândirii socialiste" Panait Istrati, The Confession of a Loser, "MASSR" chapter