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Brdy is a range of hills in the Czech Republic, forming a long massif stretching for cca.60 km southwest from Prague. The northern section of the Brdy features one narrow ridge; the main Brdy range starts south of the Litavka river gorge and consists of several major elevations connected into one plateau, the highest peaks among them being Tok, Praha or Třemšín. Most of the Brdy is covered by forest, it is one of the largest contiguously forested areas in the interior of the country. Large sections of the massif are closed to the public; the Brdy military area has been a source of controversy for several decades. The restricted military area was established in 1925, shortly after creation of Czechoslovakia, to cater for the needs of Czechoslovakia's growing armed forces, it was expanded and used extensively by Third Reich military forces from 1939-1945 during the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia. It continued to be used for intensive military exercises in the post-war era, with some additional expansion in the southern sector.

After the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968, a small Red Army base was situated in the south of the area near Mirosov, until the repatriation of the troops in 1993. Military use of the Brdy mountains decreased after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, as a result of military cost-cutting and eventual professionalization in 2005. However, the central part of the Brdy mountain area retains its restricted military status; the Brdy mountains were a focus of negotiations with American negotiators attempting to agree a deal with Czech government to install a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile defense radar system in the military area. However, the missile defence plans were reshaped during the Obama administration and the plan was cancelled. No substantial development has taken place in the Brdy mountains since 1925; the lack of man-made changes has left the local fauna to flourish undisturbed. The national forestry company was responsible for maintaining large areas of the mountains, still is in the central parts, while northern areas have seen restitution to legal ownership.

There are several major roads running across the mountains, some of them restricted to vehicles with valid military or forestry permits. There are a few buildings remaining in these mountains in lateral areas or at the most elevated points; as well as several hunting lodges, used by prominent visitors and forestry workers, these facilities include: a Cold War military bunker, turned into an Atomic Weapons Museum. The 194m tall Cukrák transmitter, a broadcasting and transmitting tower on the hill Cukrák, close to Prague. Skalka, a baroque chapel of Mary Magdalene and monastery on the cliff above the town of Mníšek pod Brdy. an abandoned Surface-to-Air Missile S-200 base known as Klondajk, with three long-range SAM launchers spread over several square kilometers near the town of Dobříš. A Geodetic tower 638m above sea level at Studený Vrch, near Hostomice pod Brdy used for military exercises, under the ownership of the Czech Tourist Club. A Czech air traffic control radar complex, 683m above sea level on the hill Písek, near Jince.

A Meteorological radar belonging to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, 862m above sea level on Praha mountain, monitoring precipitation over Bohemia. This radar is a part of the European NEXRAD network. A prototype concrete bunker, built in the 1930s at one of the shooting grounds to test weapon efficiency and bunker design featured in the Czech film The Elementary School. A monument to prominent local forester and administrator Gangloff, near Třemšín pod Brdy. Several studies have been carried out on the future of the Brdy mountains, with particular focus on preserving its natural state; this was contradicted by government plans to create a new US high-security military installation in the military area. In late 2008, press reports indicated that the radar site would be about two kilometres northeast of Mišov at 49.64°N 13.74°E / 49.64. A fierce public debate followed, with the majority of the media and the government supporting the project, local residents and peace activists opposing it.

Public opinion was divided. This debate became the focus of Czech Peace. In December 2014, the Czech parliament passed a law abolishing the military status of the Brdy mountains, which will come into effect in January 2016. There is an ongoing dispute, as the new legislation includes some other changes, including border changes between the Central Bohemian and Pilsen regions, with Pilsen Region taking over a significant area of the current Central Bohemian Region. Brdy Brdy web page - article: Cukrak Crossing Brdy on foot Geocaching on the Brdy hills

Music Is

Music Is is a musical with a book by George Abbott, music by Richard Adler, lyrics by Will Holt. It is the second musical adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, following Your Own Thing in 1968; the plot focuses on mistaken identity. Masquerading as a young page named Cesario, Viola enters the service of Duke Orsino, in love with Olivia; when she rejects his romantic advances, Orsino decides to use Cesario as an intermediary. Olivia, believing Cesario to be a man, falls in love with the attractive messenger. Viola, in turn, falls in love with the Duke, who believes Cesario is a man and regards him as his confidant; the musical had its world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1976. The Broadway production, directed by Abbott and choreographed by Patricia Birch, opened at the St. James Theatre on December 20, 1976 following 14 previews and closed on December 26 after eight performances; the music was orchestrated by Hershy Kay, Paul Gemignani served as musical director.

The cast included Catherine Cox as Viola, Christopher Hewett as Malvolio, Joel Higgins as Sebastian, David Holliday as Duke Orsino, Sherry Mathis as Olivia, Joe Ponazecki as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, David Sabin as Sir Toby Belch, Daniel Ben-Zali in the dual roles of William Shakespeare and Feste, Dana Kyle as Court Lady. Birch was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography. Cox was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Hewitt and Ben-Zali were nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Music Is at the Internet Broadway Database

Ron Giteau

Ron Giteau is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. A prolific point-scoring centre, he was captain of the Canberra Raiders team in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership. Giteau played for Western Suburbs and Eastern Suburbs, he was a Wests junior graded from the Enfield Federals junior club in 1974. Ron Giteau is the father of current Australian rugby union player, Matt Giteau and Australia women's dual-code rugby international Kristy Giteau. Gary Lester; the Sun Book of Rugby League - 1983. Sydney, New South Wales: John Fairfax Marketing. P. 16. ISBN 0-909558-83-3. CS1 maint: extra text: authors list Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson; the Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1

2002 Little League World Series

The 2002 Little League World Series took place between August 16 and August 25 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Valley Sports American Little League of Pleasure Ridge Park, a suburb of Louisville, defeated Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan, in the championship game of the 56th Little League World Series. Notable players included 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillon, a member of the Clemmons, North Carolina, Little League representing the Southeast region. Between five and twelve teams take part in 16 regional qualification tournaments, which vary in format depending on region. In the United States, the qualification tournaments are in the same format as the Little League World Series itself: a round-robin tournament followed by an elimination round to determine the regional champion; the top two teams in each pool move on to their respective semifinals. The winners of each met on August 25 to play for the Little League world championship.

August 16 August 17 August 18 August 19 August 20 August 16 August 17 August 18 August 19 August 20 † Game ended by "mercy rule" The Louisville Valley Sports American LL went undefeated on their road to the LLWS, winning all eleven of their matches. In total record was 17-0. 2002 official results via Wayback Machine Recap of championship game via Wayback Machine

Rick Squillante

Rick Squillante was a nightclub disc jockey and music industry representative and record producer, who rose to fame during the 1980s as the principal DJ at the Starck Club in Dallas, Texas. He has been noted as a major influence on many of today's modern DJs in the dance music trade. Squillante started his career in the late 1970s in San Antonio, Texas becoming the resident DJ at the city's popular dance club Bonham Exchange. After several years at the venue, Rick moved on to become the principal DJ at Dallas' Starck Club. Designed by Philippe Starck and financed by Dallas businessman Blake Woodall, the club's investors included music star Stevie Nicks, who performed on opening night along with Grace Jones on Memorial Day weekend of 1984; the nightclub became a celebrity hangout, attracting Robert Plant, Annie Lennox and Rob Lowe. It was noted as one of the first locations. Squillante is credited with breaking several hit dance records while a DJ at the Starck Club, including Uptown Girl's version of" I'm Losing You", which reached No. 85 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Squillante's mixes emphasized multiple genres including European techno and synthpop, highlighted by Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Heaven 17 and Section 25. Through connections made at the Starck Club, Squillante landed a job working for the Resource Record Pool in Los Angeles, he moved to the city in 1989 and was hired at Virgin Records in Beverly Hills, which became a directorship of Virgin's dance department in New York. In 1993, Squillante was the executive producer of a Virgin Records compilation album, Aural Opiates, which included tracks by Heaven 17 and Massive Attack. During this time, Squillante helped Janet Jackson's career become an international success and was awarded his own label imprint, Virgin Underground, dedicated to innovative club-based music; the label creation was triggered by the success of a one-off underground club single Squillante signed from Philadelphia techno/house DJ and producer Josh Wink, released under his Size 9 alter ego, entitled "I Am Ready." The record became a pop success throughout Europe.

"That little record - which no one expected a lot from - was a huge international hit", Squillante told Billboard in January 1997. "The next step was to see if we could make that happen again." He moved to New York City and Virgin Underground released singles from Swedish producer DJ Pierre J, Los Angeles-based Groove Junkies, most notably "Spin Spin Sugar" from British trip-hop forerunners Sneaker Pimps. The club mixes, released on Virgin Underground featured a reworking from New York producer and remixer Armand Van Helden. Influenced by the burgeoning UK drum and bass movement, Van Helden incorporated its trademark sub bass sounds into his rugged "Dark Garage Remix." The record peaked at #2 on the U. S. Billboard Dance Chart, but caused a sensation in the UK. Many credible DJs, producers and dance music historians cite it as the record that invented "speed garage", a house music subgenre popular in the late 1990s, characterized by skittering four-on-the-floor beats and deep, oozing bass parts.

Despite these successes, music industry mergers and cutbacks put VU Records on the chopping block and Squillante was laid off by Virgin Records in 1998. During the following years, he was not involved in the music or DJ industry, most people acquainted with him said he "dropped out of the scene." On April 21, 2001, for unknown reasons, Squillante committed suicide. Many DJs reference the work done by Squillante as having shaped and influenced the modern Dallas dance music scene. Wade Randolph Hampton, better known as DJ WishFM, music supervisor and actor in the Sony Pictures Classics film Groove, noted Squillante's influence in a March 2006 interview calling him "the original hero of the Starck Club who showed me the way." Hampton said, "Much like Nicky Siano was 54's legend, Starck's major DJ force, the late Rick Squillante, broke new ground – night after night. His flawless mixing and uncanny ability to merge disparate parts into a magnificent sum will forever be the standard for Starck disciples.

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Murders of Sally McNelly and Shane Stewart

Sally Ann McNelly and Shane Paul Stewart were two teenagers who were murdered near Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas after spending the evening watching a fireworks display on the Fourth of July in 1988. Their murders, which remain unsolved, were attributed to rumors of a Satanic cult in which they both were involved; the case received national attention among the Satanic panic phenomenon of the 1980s, was profiled in national media as well as on Unsolved Mysteries. Sally and Shane were both teenagers from San Angelo, who began dating in 1987 while in high school. After a prolonged breakup, they reunited on the evening of July 4, 1988, made plans to watch the annual firework show at Lake Nasworthy. During their relationship, Sally's friends had witnessed her attending parties with occult activities and where black magic was being practiced. In March 1988, Sally and Shane turned a gun over to local police, claiming that they had been given it by a member of the cult and told it had been used in a murder-robbery.

Police searched its serial number, discovered it had been reported stolen. On the evening of July 4, 1988, Sally and Shane were seen alone on the shore of Lake Nasworthy before midnight by a fisherman offshore. On July 7, they both were reported as missing persons. On November 11, 1988, Sally's remains were found off FM 584 4 miles south of where they were last seen, near the Twin Buttes Reservoir's South Pool. Three days on November 14, Shane's remains were discovered in the vicinity. According to their autopsies, they had both died from shotgun blasts to the head; the case remains unsolved. In June 2017 the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office in San Angelo pulled over a local man, John Cyrus Gilbreath, on suspicion of marijuana possession. A female passenger in his car told them Gilbreath was dealing, on that basis they obtained a warrant to search his house. Among the items they found in the house were what they described as writings, audio tapes and "biological material" that they said may be connected to the McNelly and Stewart homicides.

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