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Florida Championship Wrestling

Florida Championship Wrestling was a professional wrestling promotion based on the former National Wrestling Alliance member promotion, Championship Wrestling from Florida, which operated from 1961 until 1987. From October 2007 to August 2012, the promotion served as the official developmental territory for WWE. In August 2012, WWE re-branded Florida Championship Wrestling into NXT for their developmental territory, with storylines and championships being discontinued; the promotion was started by Steve Keirn in 2007 and became WWE's second developmental territory when they ended their relationship with the Georgia-based Deep South Wrestling in April 2007. It became their sole developmental territory in early 2008 when they ceased affiliation with Ohio Valley Wrestling. FCW's debut show was on June 2007 at Tampa, Florida's Dallas Bull. A 21-man Battle Royal was held during the show, to crown the first FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion; the next year, the Florida Heavyweight Championship was introduced, with Jake Hager becoming the first champion at a February 15 show after surviving a Battle Royal and defeating Ted DiBiase, Jr..

The Florida Tag Team Championship was introduced in February, with the Puerto Rican Nightmares beating Steven Lewington and Heath Miller to win it in the finals of a one night tournament. The singles titles were unified, keeping the "Florida Heavyweight" name and championship. On July 7, 2008, WWE confirmed that FCW was based on the original independent Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion, which operated from 1961 until 1987; the program's ending consisted of various clips from the ending of CWF's programs, featuring Gordon Solie's classic sign-off line "So long from the Sunshine State", accompanied by Solie winking one of his eyes and waving two fingers upward. On July 17, 2008, the FCW Arena was opened, included a taping of the debut episode of FCW TV. On March 20, 2012, it was reported. WWE Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Triple H, stated WWE will be ramping up their development system, not shutting it down. In August 2012, WWE dropped the FCW name, deactivated the titles, began running all of its developmental events and operations under the "NXT Wrestling" banner.

WWE had been using the NXT name for a television program featuring rookies from FCW competing to become WWE main roster wrestlers, though the reality television aspects of the show had been dropped earlier in 2012. The following is a list of notable FCW alumni that have gone on to accomplished a name for themselves on the main roster of WWE. FCWwrestling.com at the Wayback Machine FCWwrestling.info at the Wayback Machine

London (TV series)

London is a 2004 three-part BBC history documentary series about the history of London, presented by Peter Ackroyd. Boudicca, Great Fire of London, Riots, Peasants' Revolt, Gordon Riots Sewers, River Thames, London Bridge, Springheeled Jack The series made a visual trope of, as Ackroyd walked around London or was sitting in his study, the persons of famous and anonymous historical figures would fade in and out and act their testimonies; these were played, in alphabetical order, by:- Tyler Butterworth.... Merry Andrew Jim Carter.... Henry Fielding Michael Feast.... Christopher Wren William Forde.... Young Thomas de Quincey Tom Hollander.... T. S. Eliot Philip Jackson.... Samuel Pepys Derek Jacobi.... Tacitus Alex Jennings.... Stephen Spender Kara Kyne.... Jane Alsop Chris Langham.... Ned Ward Anton Lesser.... Charles Dickens Philip Madoc.... Geoffrey of Monmouth Joseph McFadden.... James Boswell Tim Pigott-Smith.... John Evelyn Amanda Root.... Charlotte Brontë Jack Shepherd.... Thomas de Quincey John Simm....

Friedrich Engels Toby Stephens.... Casanova Richard Stockwell.... Young Peter Ackroyd Ronan Vibert.... Joseph Conrad Harriet Walter.... Virginia Woolf Don Warrington.... Ignatius Sancho Timothy West.... Henry Mayhew John Woodvine.... Henry Moore London on IMDb

Alvin Duskin

Alvin Duskin is a San Francisco Bay Area educator and activist known for a series of progressive campaigns he spearheaded in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s. These initiatives included the San Francisco anti-highrise ads, a battle to stop the sale of Alcatraz Island to a Texas oil-man and an initiative that stopped the development of nuclear power plants in California. Duskin fought these battles alongside journalists and admen. Duskin is known for founding The Alvin Duskin Company, a successful women's fashion label he created in the 60's; the brand achieved national distribution and funded many of Duskin's anti-war and environmental campaigns. In his career he founded or co-founded start-ups, serving as CEO in wind, hydro and food companies. Alvin Duskin was born in San Francisco in 1931, went to public schools, worked in his family's sweater factory as a teenager, he enrolled at Stanford University in 1948. As an undergraduate he was an English major. After two years he transferred to San Francisco State where he met Constance Slater.

They were married in 1951. He returned to Stanford as a graduate student. In 1952, a few months before being drafted to serve in the Army in the Korean War, he volunteered to the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, he completed what was “boot camp” and was released into the Marine Corps Reserve. He returned to Stanford, was accepted as a doctoral candidate and was a tutor in Symbolic Logic to first year philosophy students. After his first year of graduate school, Duskin's funding under the GI Bill ran out, he went to half time as a graduate student and took a job selling his family's sweaters to stores in Northern California. Duskin and Slater's first child, was born in 1953, Laura was born in 1956. By 1958 Duskin realized there were no job opportunities for philosophy teachers at four year colleges and universities, so he decided to earn a teaching credential as a graduate student at San Francisco State. After a semester of classes and student teaching, he was offered a faculty position at SF State teaching freshman English.

When SF State College became San Francisco State University in 1959, he was told that he would have to finish his doctorate. He returned to Stanford, bought a house near the campus, began his dissertation. Early in 1960 Duskin heard that Emerson College was to be formed in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Emerson would be part of a group of “free schools” on a plateau above Point Lobos that would be called Walden West, he called the founder, Mark Goldes, met with him, at 29 years of age, accepted a position as Dean of Emerson college and philosophy teacher. After the first year, as the school began receiving public recognition, he became president of the college and chairman of its board; the college moved to San Francisco and the name was changed to San Francisco New School to avoid confusion with Emerson College of Boston. The college attracted many more students in an urban environment and faculty volunteered to join on a part-time basis. In 1962 his third child, was born. With three children, Duskin needed a better income and was offered a position as head of the Summerhill School to be formed in New York.

He accepted the job but the start date was delayed to 1965. To cover a year's loss of income he started a small store to sell women's sweaters with the intention of returning to teaching in a year. Early in the life of his store a woman came in and said she had seen knit dresses at a downtown San Francisco store that looked like his sweaters, she suggested Alvin might want to market them as dresses. He took her advice; the dresses began selling out. He founded The Alvin Duskin Company to make and sell dresses and the company became a quick San Francisco success. Duskin decided to build his brand into a women's clothing company with national distribution. Over the next seven years he expanded his staff, his dresses were a hit with hip women. One dress, The Peace Dress with peace symbols knit into the fabric, was called by the New York Times, “The Fastest Selling Dress in History.” Stores such as Bloomingdales and Macy's created Alvin Duskin Departments. Duskin was managing two disparate careers, one, a capitalist dress manufacturer and another, a left-leaning social activist.

He became well known in the Bay Area through his anti-war activities. His allies in these battles ranged from San Francisco ad execs to organizations like the War Resisters League. Among the campaigns he led were stopping the sale of Alcatraz Island to a Texas oil-man, blocking the construction of the Peripheral Canal to take Northern California water and deliver it to Southern California, supporting GI coffee houses and organizing anti-war rallies in Golden Gate Park and the Marin County Civic Center, he was involved in delaying the construction of the Yerba Buena Center until housing was provided for displaced residents of the South-of Market neighborhood and organizing the Anti High-Rise campaigns in San Francisco to maintain the livability of the city. As part of his new success Duskin moved his family into a large house in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, he bought a weekend house in Carmel Highlands where, in a critical coincident, his next-door neighbor was the legendary political organizer, Saul Alinsky.

By 1971 Duskin was ready to leave the garment business and focus on political and environmental work. The Alvin Duskin Company was sold—under terms that proved to be unfavorable. Duskin accepted a position as the organizer of The California Project for Saul Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation, a part-time job that included establishing a school in Berkeley for community o

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House at 23 Avon Street

The House at 23 Avon Street in Wakefield, Massachusetts is one of the town's finest examples of Italianate. It was built about 1855, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Avon Street is a residential street running east–west between Main Street and North Street, both major north–south through streets, which serve the downtown and railroad corridor respectively. Number 23 is a ​2 1⁄2-story clapboarded wood-frame structure with a T-shaped plan, set on a lot fronted by a low granite retaining wall, it has a cross-gabled roof with wide eaves with paired corner brackets, an Italianate hallmark, windows with corniced lintels and footed sills. The main facade is three bays wide, with the entrance in the left bay, sheltered by an enclosed gable-roof vestibule. A segmented-arch window is set in the gable. A two-story sections extends to the left at a recess, is fronted by a single-story porch with paneled square posts and brackets at the eave. A 20th-century garage stands at the rear of the property.

Avon Street was laid out in 1848 on the former estate of a local shoe manufacturer. This house was built about 1855, as part of a trend in which high-quality upper-class housing was built to the west of downtown Wakefield, it is one of the finer examples of high-style Italianate architecture in the town. House at 25 Avon Street National Register of Historic Places listings in Wakefield, Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Ling Jihua

Ling Jihua is a former Chinese politician as one of the principal political advisers of former leader Hu Jintao. Ling was best known for his tenure as chief of the General Office of the Communist Party of China between 2007 and 2012. Ling was charged with corruption and sentenced to life imprisonment as part of a larger campaign carried out by Xi Jinping. Ling began his career as a functionary in regional branches of the Communist Youth League in his native Shanxi Province, his Youth League involvement propelled him to the national-level organization in 1979. At the Youth League Ling edited its flagship newspaper. Following the footsteps of his patron Hu Jintao, Ling was promoted to a leadership position in the General Office of the Communist Party of China in 1999, became an important member of the State Commission for Public Sector Reform. Ling rose to become the Director of the General Office, an organ that handles day-to-day logistics and bureaucratic functions of the Communist Party, in 2007, when Hu was the party's General Secretary.

He was seen as a promising candidate for promotion to the top leadership at the 18th Party Congress in 2012. However, his political fortunes abruptly took a turn when his 23-year-old son was killed while driving a Ferrari in 2012, an event that caused embarrassment for the party elite. Ling was politically sidelined. In December 2014, Ling was placed under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and removed from office, he was expelled from the Communist Party and tried on charges of corruption, illegal possession of state secrets, abuse of power, was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2016. Born Linghu Jihua, Ling was the third son to Linghu Ye, a party official, in Pinglu County, Shanxi Province, he and all four of his siblings received names related to the Communist Party's policies. His own name, means "planning". In December 1973, as with many other young Chinese, he was sent to work in the countryside as part of the Down to the Countryside Movement. Ling worked in a printing factory.

"Linghu" is a rare surname most members of the Ling family shortened the "Linghu" to "Ling". In June 1975, Ling was admitted into the Communist Youth League organization in Pinglu County, was soon elevated to deputy secretary of the local CYL committee, he joined the Communist Party of China in June 1976. In December 1978, Ling was transferred to Communist Party's Yuncheng Committee in Shanxi. In 1979, Communist Youth League's central organization selected young cadres nationwide to work in the capital. Ling, at the age of 23, was recruited to work in the propaganda department of CYL Central Committee. From August 1983, Ling studied at the Communist Youth League Academy, majoring in political education. In July 1985, Ling worked in the political theory section of the propaganda department of the Communist Youth League. At that time, Hu Jintao was the First Secretary, of the Youth League, though it is not clear whether there was direct contact between Ling and Hu. From June 1988, Ling served in various posts in CYL as part of the CYL Secretariat and the CYL General Office.

He served as editor-in-chief of Chinese Communist Youth League, the primary theory publication of the CYL, between 1994 and 1995, the CYL's chief of propaganda. In December 1995, after serving in CYL for over ten years, Ling was transferred to General Office of the Communist Party of China, continued his work in political theory. Between 1994 and 1996 Ling obtained an "on-job master's degree" in commercial management at Hunan University. In June 1998, he was promoted to head of research office of the General Office. In December 1999, Ling was appointed as deputy director of General Office, he served as the deputy chief of the General Office in charge of the Central Institutional Organization Commission, chief of staff of the Office of General Secretary Hu Jintao. On September 19, 2007 Ling was promoted to become Director of General Office of the Communist Party of China, the nerve center of the party, in charge of all manner of administrative activities of the party's central authorities, including communications and leaders' scheduling and agendas.

He became a Secretary of the Central Secretariat, in charge of the implementation of tasks set forth by the party's Politburo. Throughout Hu Jintao's leadership, Ling accompanied Hu on trips abroad and was seen with Hu on inspection visits around the country; as one of Hu Jintao's closest associates and most trusted advisors, in addition to being of an appropriate level of seniority, Ling seemed long destined for higher office. Ling's political fortunes, took an abrupt turn in 2012. On March 18, Ling's only son 23-Year old Ling Gu, was involved and killed in a car crash on Beijing's 4th Ring Road while driving a black Ferrari 458 Spider accompanied by two women of minority ethnic background, who survived. Ling Gu was said to have been found naked, the women were described as either naked or otherwise "scantily clad," which seemed to suggest sexual activity while driving. While this account was disputed, the discussed "Ferrari crash" was juicy tabloid fodder and exacerbated public cynicism over the debauchery and conspicuous consumption associated with children of the Communist ruling elite.

News of the crash was reported in mainland Chinese media shortly after it happened, but the story was rapidly suppressed. Ling Jihua, after viewing the body of the driver at the morgue, denied it was his son. Ling was said to hav