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Ernie Kovacs

Ernest Edward Kovacs was an American comedian and writer. Kovacs's visually experimental and spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death. Kovacs has been credited as an influence by many individuals and shows, including Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Jim Henson, Max Headroom, Chevy Chase, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, The Muppet Show, Dave Garroway, Andy Kaufman, You Can't Do That on Television, Uncle Floyd, among others. Chevy Chase thanked Kovacs during his acceptance speech for his Emmy award for Saturday Night Live; some of Kovacs's unusual behaviors included having pet marmosets and wrestling a jaguar on his live Philadelphia television show. When working at WABC as a morning-drive radio announcer and doing a mid-morning television series for NBC, Kovacs claimed to dislike eating breakfast alone while his wife, Edie Adams, was sleeping after her Broadway performances.

His solution was to hire a taxi driver to come into their apartment with his own key and make breakfast for them both take Kovacs to the WABC studios. While Kovacs and Adams received Emmy nominations for best performances in a comedy series during 1957, his talent was not recognized formally until after his death; the 1962 Emmy for Outstanding Electronic Camera Work and the Directors' Guild award came a short time after his fatal accident. A quarter century he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Kovacs has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television. In 1986, the Museum of Broadcasting presented an exhibit of Kovacs's work, called The Vision of Ernie Kovacs; the Pulitzer Prize–winning television critic, William Henry III, wrote for the museum's booklet: "Kovacs was more than another wide-eyed, self-ingratiating clown. He was television's first significant video artist." Kovacs's father, Andrew John Kovacs, was born in 1890 and emigrated from Tornaújfalu, now known as Turnianska Nová Ves, Slovakia.

Andrew sailed on the S. S. Würzburg via Bremen, arriving at Ellis Island on February 8, 1906, at age 16, he worked as a policeman and bootlegger, the last so that he moved his wife Mary, son Tom, half-brother Ernest Edward Kovacs into a 20-room mansion in the better part of Trenton. Though a poor student, Kovacs was influenced by his Trenton Central High School drama teacher, Harold Van Kirk, received an acting scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1937 with Van Kirk's help; the end of Prohibition and the onset of the Depression resulted in difficult financial times for the family. When Kovacs began drama school, all he could afford was a fifth-floor walk-up apartment on West 74th Street in New York City. During this time, he watched many "Grade B" movies. Many of these movies influenced his comedy routines later. A 1938 local newspaper photograph shows Kovacs as a member of the Prospect Players, not yet wearing his trademark mustache. Like any aspiring actor, Kovacs used his class vacation time to pursue roles in summer stock companies.

While working in Vermont in 1939, he became so ill with pneumonia and pleurisy that his doctors didn't expect him to survive. During the next year and a half, his comedic talents developed as he entertained both doctors and patients with his antics during stays at several hospitals. While hospitalized, Kovacs developed a lifelong love of classical music by the gift of a radio, which he kept tuned to WQXR. By the time he was released his parents had separated, Kovacs went back to Trenton, living with his mother in a two-room apartment over a store, he began work as a cigar salesman. Kovacs's first paid entertainment work was during 1941 as an announcer for Trenton's radio station WTTM, he spent the next nine years with WTTM. Kovacs was involved with local theater; the Trentonian, a local weekly newspaper, offered Kovacs a column in June 1945. Arriving at NBC's Philadelphia affiliate, WPTZ, for an audition wearing a barrel and shorts got Kovacs his first television job in January 1950, his first show was Pick Your Ideal, a fashion and promotional program for the Ideal Manufacturing Company.

Before long, Kovacs was the host of Deadline For Dinner and Now You're Cooking, shows featuring advice from local chefs. When Kovacs's guest chef did not arrive in time for the show, he offered a recipe for "Eggs Scavok". Kovacs seasoned the egg dish with ashes from his cigar; the sponsor was a local propane company. Hosting these shows soon resulted in his becoming host of a program named Three to Get Ready, named for WPTZ's channel 3 spot on television dials. Premiering in November 1950, Three to Get Ready was innovative because it was the first scheduled early morning show in a major television market, predating NBC's Today by more than a year. Prior to this, it had been assumed. While the show was advertised as early morning news and weather, Kovacs provided this and more in an original man

Police of Republika Srpska

Police of Republika Srpska is the executive and operative agency of the Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska. It is headquartered in Banja Luka; the mission of police is the protection of the Constitution of Republika Srpska, protection of citizens and their rights. Police officers are uniformed members of the Ministry of Interior and its executive agency that have to act objectively according to and respecting Constitution of Republika Srpska and laws and other regulations of Republika Srpska; every police officer is dressed in one same-looking uniform based on position or unit where the officer is positioned. If mission proposes that, police officers can be in other official clothing on missions. Ethnic composition of police officers must be as same as population in Republika Srpska according to the latest population census with equal percentage and rights of male and female police officers. There is Web of women in Ministry of Interior that are providing better conditions for female officers.

Beside the uniform every police officer has legitimation card and badge that must be shown when it is needed. Law about police officers gives regulations to police officers. After the fall of communist Yugoslavia, most of institutions including the Secretariat of Interior and Special Unit were disbanded. Police was founded on April 4, 1992. On that day begins history of the Police of Republika Srpska when Ministry of Interior established Special Brigade of Police. Beside the Army of Republika Srpska police officers fought in Defence-Fatherland war. During the first fights and the beginning of war, the path the police were on Vraca in Sarajevo where it was supposed to be established Ministry of Interior of Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina with all infrastructure objects in Center for education of police officers. After degree between Bosniak police forces and police forces of Republika Srpska, not approved, special units of MoI of Republika Srpska had a small fight in which they were attacked and won on April 5, 1992 when Serb police officers wanted to come inside the school according to plan and agreement.

In battle 170 armed police pupils fought against 36 Serb police officers that day. Fire came firstly from Bosniak side from before—prepared forts around object of the school, neighbourhood Šanac between Hrasno and Vraca in today Novo Sarajevo municipality and from direction of the city Sarajevo. Two police officers were killed in action, three wounded and one was injured. Beside the losses in police, three Serb civilians were killed in action by Bosniaks and two were wounded; that was first battle of special unit. The Main role of Special Brigade after April 4, 1992 was the protection of public order and peace, destroying of terrorist groups and participating in war. After few days was first police parade organized in Banja Luka on May 12, 1992 with equipment that were owned by Militsiya of SFRY. All organisation of police in that time was copied from Yugoslav Militsiya. Police Special Brigade took great role in operations during whole War in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it was participating every major front and battle.

Most of members were volunteers in Special Brigade or many members moved from Army of Republika Srpska or reserve parts of police. Besides the war role, many police officers' duty was to protect average citizen and to normalize life in way of improving peace and order on streets of Srpska, traffic control and issuing of personal documents in time of war. New police officers got new opportunity for improving their skills and got better education when Higher school of Internal Affairs was founded on 1995. 782 police officers are considered as dead during the war. After the war main problem became trying to disestablish and criminalization of police and ministry of interior in way that Ministry of Interior of Republika Srpska and Police of Republika Srpska as its executive agency would be merged into centralized "Ministry of Interior of Bosnia and Herzegovina" and Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina in same way as it was done with Army of Republika Srpska; this plan was actual on 2006 when there were several meetings of High Representative and representatives from Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The biggest pressure was on side of OHR to continue "reforms" of police. After the failure of police reform, the media and political opponents of actual ruling political party and political persons that are against Republika Srpska as sovereign entity that constitutes Bosnia and Herzegovina. On FTV, public service of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Ministry of Interior with ruling persons of both Republic and Ministry were depicted as criminals with many lies and insults on minister Lukač and former president of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik. On Federal television was a political TV magazine called "60 minuta" in which in 100 episodes of that magazine, Republika Srpska was insulted 187 times in way it was claimed that it is unconstitutional formed and described as mafia-controlled country and the police was several time called "private army of Laktaši octopus" in manner that Police of Republika Srpska is private organization of ruling party and its leader. Next main problem for opponents of R

Bernie Cotton

Bernard James Cotton MBE is a field hockey coach and former player and captain. He won 73 caps for England and 54 for Great Britain, representing the country at the 1972 Summer Olympics, he went on to serve as Great Britain's assistant manager at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where the team won a gold medal, as manager at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where they finished sixth. Having gained a degree in Geography at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, he worked as a geography teacher at Bishop's Stortford College for six years in the late 1960s and 1970s, he taught at Bedford School before returning to Bishop's Stortford College during the 1990s. He left the school to work as a performance director for the British Olympic Association becoming Performance Manager. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for services to sports. Bernard James Cotton British Olympics Association

Evol (Sonic Youth album)

EVOL is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released in May 1986 by the band's first release on the label; the album is notable for being the first with a new drummer, Steve Shelley, replacing Bob Bert, for showing signs of the band's transition from their no wave past toward a greater pop sensibility. Despite not being successful at the time, the album has received retrospective praise. Pitchfork said that EVOL " where the seeds of greatness were sown", placed the album 31st on their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s list, alongside Sonic Youth's next two albums and Daydream Nation, which ranked 14th and first, respectively. In June 1985, during the Bad Moon Rising tour, Bert was replaced by Shelley; the new lineup began working on new material for their third album. The band signed to SST as, by 1986, label founder Greg Ginn was anxious for the label to move away from its American hardcore roots. Sonic Youth took a break from the tour and finished the writing for EVOL.

In March 1986, the band recorded the album at BC Studio with New York recording icon Martin Bisi. EVOL was the second time that the band had worked with New York singer and performance artist Lydia Lunch. Lunch had shared vocals on Bad Moon Rising's "Death Valley'69", on this record, she co-wrote the song "Marilyn Moore". Mike Watt played bass guitar on the tracks "In the Kingdom #19" and the band's cover of "Bubblegum"; the band encouraged him to play on the former track shortly after Watt's fellow Minutemen band member D. Boon died in a car crash. Coincidentally, the song is about a car crash. Watt had entered a severe depression following Boon's death and was considering leaving his career in music behind, he credited the time he spent with the members of Sonic Youth during the recording of EVOL as a major factor in his decision to re-enter the music world. Watt's next band, would support Sonic Youth on their Flaming Telepaths tour. During this time, the band began the Ciccone Youth project, which featured all members of Sonic Youth and Watt.

They released a single consisting of three tracks: "Into the Groove" and the short "Tuff Titty Rap" on the A-side, "Burnin' Up" on the B-side. The project resulted in 1988's The Whitey Album. On the vinyl version of the album, the time length for "Expressway to Yr. Skull" was indicated by the infinity symbol; the CD version added a bonus track: the band's cover of the Kim Fowley tune "Bubblegum". According to Watt, he and Shelley played the basic rhythm track over the actual Fowley record, afterwards removed when the other members added their parts; the album cover features a picture of a still taken from Submit to Me. Leg had appeared in the "Death Valley'69" music video; the back cover shows a black-and-white picture of the band in a heart-shaped frame. The album's 10 songs are listed in a different order than the actual track listing; the members' names are listed on the back cover as well, although no instruments are assigned for them. It reads "guitars, drums", with "bass" hidden beneath the photograph of the band.

The insert features the lyrics to the songs and the A-side depicts Thurston Moore, with eyes drawn on his hands, holding them up to his face. This photograph was used for the cover of the "Starpower" single; the other side contains pictures from horror movies Friday the 13th Part 2 and Children of the Corn, with a blacked-out image of two ladies in the upper right corner. Sonic Youth debuted the new material for EVOL on April 1986 in Austin, Texas. EVOL was released in May 1986 by SST on cassette; the band toured Europe in June, performing tracks from the album. The band debuted "White Kross", featured on Sister. Following the European tour, they toured America in July. In July, the band released the only single from EVOL, "Starpower", it was an edited version of "Expressway to Yr. Skull". A video was never released for "Starpower". However, a video for "Shadow of a Doubt" was released, directed by Kevin Kerslake and featuring Gordon sitting on a train. After the tour, the band recorded the Made in USA soundtrack, but it was not released until 1995.

EVOL was released on CD in late 1986. EVOL has been well received by critics. Robert Christgau, with whom the band had sparred in previous years, gave the album a B+, it ranked number 4 among the "Albums of the Year" by NME. Slant Magazine, who placed EVOL at number 82 on their Best Albums of the 1980s list, described it as "one of strangest albums" and "a difficult album that's nonetheless one of the best latter-day invocations of no wave chaos." Pitchfork described the album as "the true departure point of Sonic Youth's musical evolution – in measured increments, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo began to bring form to the formless, tune to the tuneless, with the help of Steve Shelley's drums, they imposed melody and composition on their trademark dissonance." Pitchfork went on to say that EVOL " where the seeds of greatness were sown", placed it 31st on their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Trouser Press labeled it "a near-masterpiece", Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave it a 4.5-star review, writing that EVOL is "a stunningly fluent mixtu

Florence, South Carolina shooting

On October 3, 2018, seven law enforcement officers were shot and five civilians were injured in Florence, South Carolina, United States. Two officers were killed. Officers arrived at the home of Fredrick Hopkins, to serve a search warrant for adopted son, Seth Hopkins, for sexual assault. At about 4:30 pm EDT the suspect opened fire at officers. According to the Richland County Sheriff the officers were ambushed by the suspect, and, when three officers exited their vehicle to walk to the house, they were shot at without warning. Florence County Emergency Management Officials said reports of "shots fired and officer down" were issued and responded to at 4:37 EDT, that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the home with an unspecified number of children. Owing to the number of rounds being fired at officers it took officers about 30 minutes to get an armored vehicle close to evacuate the wounded officers. Two female Florence County Deputies and three Florence City Police officers were wounded, with an armored vehicle utilized as a method to rescue downed officers during the shoot-out.

An individual inside the home was shot according to local reporters, with four other civilians reported as being injured. The slain officers were identified as Sgt. Terrance Carraway, 52 years old and a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department and Investigator Farrah Turner, 36 years old and a 12-year veteran of the Florence County Sheriff's Office The suspect, 74-year-old Fred Hopkins, a Vietnam War veteran and a former lawyer, disbarred in 1982, was arrested at the scene before being taken to the hospital for a head injury. On October 5, police charged Hopkins with one count of murder and six counts of attempted murder. A magistrate denied bond for Fred Hopkins on the murder count and the attempted murder charges so that a global bond could be applied to all charges on a date. Seth Hopkins, Fred Hopkins' adopted son, subject to the initial search warrant before the incident, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14; the warrant, released on October 11, detailed that Seth Hopkins had engaged with sexual intercourse, activity/fondling and comments to a female child on several occasions between September 2017 and October 2018.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office of Columbia, SC, took over the investigation on October 4 and 25 agents from the FBI Evidence Response Team were at the scene to assist deputies on October 5. The Richland County Sheriff told reporters; this was an ambush you can't prevent." Two official crowdfunding campaigns for those wounded were endorsed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, were launched as well as separate campaigns through the City of Florence Police Benevolent Fund and the City of Florence website. Neighborhoods utilized blue light bulbs and flags to honor the deceased and injured victims, food deliveries were sent to the families of officers who were hospitalized. A former officer created a thin blue line American flag, signed by different police departments across the country, to be presented to the family of fallen officer Sgt. Carraway

Claude de Mesmes, comte d'Avaux

Claude de Mesmes, comte d'Avaux was a 17th-century French diplomat and public administrator. He was sent in various missions to Venice, Germany, Sweden and Poland by Richelieu. In 1635 he guided the negotiations of the Treaty of Stuhmsdorf, which extended the truce between Poland and Sweden; these two countries had fought each other in the Polish-Swedish war of 1626–1629, which ended in a truce rather than a piece. France wanted peace between Poland and Sweden because the Swedes were fighting for France in Germany and the Poles would have menaced their flanc. In 1638 he negotiated a new alliance between Sweden in the Treaty of Hamburg, he was plenipotentiary at the Peace of Westphalia and ended his career as Superintendent of Finances. Claude was born in 1595 as one of five children, three sons and two daughters, of Jean-Jacques de Mesmes and his wife Antoinette de Grossaine, his father was knight and seigneur de Roissy, numbered Jean-Jacques II de Mesmes in the Paris branch of the family. His mother was a rich heiress, who had brought her husband the seigneuries of Avaux, Breuil, Besancourt and Vandeuil.

He appears below among his brothers as the second son: Henri, numbered Henri II de Mesmes and became président à mortier at the parlement of Paris. His sisters were Judith: Jeanne, who married François Lambert d'Herbigny, he followed his elder brother Henri by starting a career at the parlement of Paris. He became maître des requêtes and in 1623, conseiller d'état. In January 1638 Louis XIII raised the seigneurie of Avaux to a comté for his father. However, the act was only registered in 1648. Speaking, Claude de Mesmes therefore became comte d'Avaux only late in his life, in 1648, whereas his father never became count as he died in 1642, well before the registration date. However, Claude de Mesmes used the title in 1638 for his negotiations in Hamburg; that was what the king intended. In the French version of the Treaty of Hamburg, he writes Nous, Claude de Mesmes, Comte d'Avaux, Conseiller d'Etat, whereas in the Treaty of Stuhmdorf of 1635, he still was only Dominus de Avaux. Claude de Mesmes was the second comte d'Avaux according to the numbering found in Boulliot, so his father seems to have been accepted and counted as the first comte d'Avaux.

His portrait by Anselm van Hulle is adorned with his coat of arms. The escutcheon is surmounted by the coronet of a French count. By error, as it seems, the coronet has seven rather than the usual nine balls; the escutcheon is quartered. First quarter: Or crescent sable. Second and third quarter: argent two lions passant gules. Fourth quarter: Or, chief gules, base azure waved, charge mullet sable. A red label with three pendants appears on the head of the escutcheon; this label would have been needed before his father's death, in 1642, to indicate that he was a cadet and his father was the count. However, the date on the engraving is 1648; this seems another error. In 1637 Claude de Mesmes became greffier of the Order of the Holy Spirit; this office allowed him to wear the cordon bleu, the blue sash shown on his portraits. The offices of this order are passed on in families, but Claude de Mesmes sold his in 1643 to Noël de Bullion, sieur de Bonnelles, his father decided to share his possessions between his three sons.

At the father's death, in 1642, Henri inherited Roissy, the traditional main seat of the family and the family's townhouse in Paris. Claude, our subject here, inherited Avaux and with it the title of comte d'Avaux. Jean-Antoine, the youngest brother, inherited Irval and Vandeuil, the village next to Irval Castle; as diplomat Claude de Mesmes first served under Cardinal Richelieu, the first minister of Louis XIII, under Cardinal Mazarin, who took over as first minister from Richelieu in 1642. He was sent to Italy and into northern Europe: Poland and Sweden, he participated in the negotiations for the Peace of Westphalia. Claude de Mesmes's first major post was French ambassador to Venice, where he arrived in 1627, just one year before the outbreak of the War of the Mantuan Succession, triggered by the death of Vincenzo II, the last male of the Mantuan Gonzaga line. Several candidates contended the succession; the emperor supported Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, whereas France and Venice supported Charles Gonzaga, duc de Nevers.

In 1629 an Imperial army beleaguered and took Mantua, but the troops were soon recalled to Germany to fight in the Thirty Years' War. France therefore prevailed and the duc de Nevers acceded to the ducal throne of Mantua. Claude de Mesmes did not hesitate to spend money to enhance the prestige of France and his king: in October 1628 he celebrated the capture of La Rochelle by feasts and firework in Venice. After Venice he was sent to Rome, Mantua and Turin. During the phase of the Thirty Years' War, France was allied with Sweden. Richelieu feared that the Polish menace on their left flank would distract the Swedes from fighting the emperor in Germany; the Polish-Swedish war of 1626–1629 had ended with the truce signed at Altmark after the Swedish defeat at Honigfelde. This truce was to expire in July 1635 and the new Polish king, Władysław IV Vasa, seemed poised to resume the war. To ensure a timely renewal of the truce, Richelieu sent Claude de Mesmes to Poland as a mediator; the French delegation left Paris on 11