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Greater Pittsburgh Region

The Greater Pittsburgh Region is a populous region in the United States, named for its largest city and economic center, Pennsylvania. There are several official and unofficial boundary definitions which may be used to describe this region. In the most restrictive definition, the region encompasses Pittsburgh's urban core county and six nearby Pennsylvania counties. Garrett Nelson and Alasdair Rae's recent analysis of American commuter flows, "An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions", identified the Pittsburgh megaregion as a region encompassing the entirety or significant portions of 54 counties in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia, Western Maryland. By this definition, the informal regional boundaries are similar to historical interpretations where the region is defined as the central portion of the Allegheny Plateau to the west and north of the Allegheny Front and south of Lake Erie and Pennsylvania's Northern Tier; the hills and river valleys along the Upper Ohio River and its many eastern tributaries, including the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers have been the major centers of population of the region.

As noted, there are no specific formal boundaries for the Greater Pittsburgh Region but the most liberal definition of the region's boundaries based on commuting patterns includes twenty-eight Pennsylvania counties, nineteen West Virginia counties, five Ohio counties, two Maryland counties. The combined population of the megaregion was over 4.9 million in 2016. There are several formal definitions of Greater Pittsburgh which are used in media mentions of the region; these include the Office of Management and Budget's Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area and Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area. The Nielsen Corporation's Pittsburgh Designated Market Area is another used formal definition of the region. There are nineteen counties included in at least one of these definitions and their combined population was over 2.9 million in 2016. Many of the area's residents would dispute the inclusion of the State College, Altoona and West Virginia counties south of Morgantown in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

There is a degree of interconnectedness between these areas and the formally designated Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Greater Pittsburgh falls within the Northeast and South regions of the United States as defined by the U. S. Census Bureau; this has given the region a distinct regional culture which does not fit neatly into any of these larger regions. All counties do fall within the borders of Appalachia as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission; the City of Pittsburgh has been characterized as the "northern urban industrial anchor of Appalachia":which makes it an anomaly compared to much of Appalachia which has traditionally been characterized as southern and economically distressed. Joseph Scarpaci, professor emeritus of geography at Virginia Tech, has described Pittsburgh as having "one foot in the East...and the other in the Midwest". Barbara Johnstone, professor of rhetoric and linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University, ascribes this isolation and idiosyncratic cultural identity of the region to the difficulty of moving through the Allegheny Mountains and the Allegheny Plateau.

The Pittsburgh area was sort of isolated. It was hard to get back and forth across the mountains. There's always been a sense that Pittsburgh was kind of a place unto itself—not southern, not Midwestern, not part of Pennsylvania. People just didn't move much. In his 2009 book, The Paris of Appalachia, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Brian O'Neill meditates on this aspect of Pittsburgh's regional and cultural ambiguity; the title of the book is intentionally provocative:"The Paris of Appalachia" some have called Pittsburgh derisively, because it's still the largest city along this gorgeous mountain chain that needs a better press agent. I've long felt. Several tried to talk me out of slapping it on the cover, but were we called "The Paris of the Rockies," we wouldn't run from it. Sometimes we're so afraid of what others think, we're afraid to say; this city is not Midwestern. It's not East Coast. It's just Pittsburgh, there's no place like it. That's both its curse. Greater Pittsburgh is home to several museums and organizations which promote appreciation for the visual arts.

The largest art museum in the region is the Carnegie Museum of Art, founded in 1895 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie and located in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. It is renowned for its collections of 19th and 20th century decorative art, Japanese prints, old master prints. Contemporary art museums include the Mattress Factory and the Andy Warhol Museum, both located on Pittsburgh's North Side. Other regional visual arts museums include: Frick Art and Historical Center Contemporary Craft ToonSeum Westmoreland Museum of American Art Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art The Maridon Museum Universi

ABA Stadium

Auckland Boxing Association Stadium is a New Zealand venue for combat sports hosting over 150 events in boxing alone. ABA Stadium is recognized for its grassroots of boxing; the earliest reported professional boxing event according to Boxrec was in June 1992 where Jimmy Thunder fought Craig Petersen for the Australian Title. On the walls at the entrance and bar of ABA Stadium, there are the Photos of all notable champions from Shane Cameron winning the Commonwealth title to David Tua for being World title contender. On the walls are photos of amateur boxing class each year from the Auckland Boxing Association. Shane Cameron Commonwealth Champion. Maselino Masoe World Boxing Association World Champion. Daniella Smith Worlds first International Boxing Federation World Champion. Robert Berridge International Boxing Organisation World Title Contender. Gentiane Lupi Women's International Boxing Association World Champion. Anthony Taylor WBU World Champion. Soulan Pownceby World Boxing Foundation World Champion Junior Fa Bronze medalist Commonwealth Games 17 June 2010Soulan Pownceby defeated Joel Casey for the World Boxing Foundation World light heavyweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title 27 August 2010 Daniella Smith defeated Gabriela Marcela Zapata.

This bout was set up to prepare Smith for her fight for the IBF World title in Germany. 1 June 2012 Soulan Pownceby defeated Daniel MacKinnon for the WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title. This was Pownceby last fight due to receiving a Neck injury that required surgery. 29 June 2012 Steve Heremaia defeated Lee Oti for the vacant WBO Oriental middleweight title. This is the third time. 13 December 2014 Gentiane Lupi defeated Daniella Smith for the Vacant NZPBA Women's Lightweight title.

Eleanor Vadala

Eleanor Vadala is an American chemist, materials engineer and balloonist. She became director of research and development at the Naval Air Development Center in Pennsylvania, where she helped to develop light synthetic materials for use in aircraft. One of her jobs was the testing of fabric in existing balloons to ensure. Vadala was the third woman in the United States to be FAA-certified as a balloon pilot; as member of the Balloon Club of America, Vadala participated in 66 balloon flights, 47 flights in gas balloons and 19 flights in hot air balloons. Vadala was one of the first female pilots to participate internationally, she was involved in 13 flights hosted by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale between 1959 and 1963. On July 28, 2019, Vadala was inducted into the Balloon Federation of America Hall of Fame, at the National Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa. Eleanor Vadala was born on September 1923, in National Park, New Jersey, she attended school in Atlantic City and Cardiff in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Between 1943 and 1945, Vadala worked at Kellett Aircraft Company. After World War II ended, she returned to university at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, she graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor of a minor in chemistry. After graduating, Vadala worked at the Franklin Institute for eight years, as a lecturer on science and technology, she has said that she loved the work. Vadala volunteered at the Franklin for another ten years after finding a new job. In 1957 she helped to record the orbit of the Russia's Sputnik satellite as part of the Franklin Institute's Moon Watch Team. Interested in astronomy, she built by herself a 6-inch telescope, she joined the Rittenhouse Astronomy Society serving as Treasurer and President. Her acceptance of the presidency at a time when the organization had fallen into disarray was important in restarting its activities. For two terms, she served the Astronomical League in the position of Secretary of the Middle East. Eleanor Vadala worked for the Naval Air Development department, studying synthetic laminated materials for use in the construction of aircraft.

She held positions at the Naval Air Material Center at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, which carried out materials testing and laboratory experiments, at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. She became Director of research and development at the Naval Air Development Center. One of her jobs involved testing the balloons stored in the Naval Air Facility in Lakehurst, New Jersey to ensure that they were still safe to use, she used an Instron Tensile Testing machine to assess the weight, compressive strength and tensile strength of the fabrics used. As a result of her findings, a number of balloons were ruled unfit for use. Vadala used the Instron to test laminated light weight materials to see if they were suitable for use in aircraft, her publications include Failure mechanisms for advanced composite sandwich construction in hostile environments and Triaxially Woven Fabrics of Kevlar, Dacron Polyester and Hybrids of Kevlar and Dacron Polyester. Vadala was introduced to ballooning through Tony Fairbanks, a fellow member of the Rittenhouse Astronomy Society.

Fairbanks was a charter member of the Balloon Club of America, incorporated in 1952 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Eleanor Vadala enjoyed her first balloon flight on January 9, 1954, a date that commemorated the first balloon flight in the Americas on January 9, 1793, by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Don Piccard piloted the Balloon Club of America's N9071H, a former U. S. Army balloon built by Goodyear, on its fourth flight for the BCA. Known as the "Old 80", N9071H was an 80,000 cubic foot gas balloon. Don Piccard was accompanied by Francis Shield, Eleanor Vadala, another first-time woman balloonist, Kate C. Ornsen, they landed in New Jersey. Vadala has spoken eloquently of their landing. "We drifted down like one of the snowflakes. We touched down and landed so that the deer didn't move—such a quiet serenity with the snow coming down so gently." The flight was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers and was the basis for Argosy's April 1954 cover story. Vadala's second hot air balloon flight was on July 1954, with Tony Fairbanks.

They flew from Valley Forge airport. Vadala became an active member of the BCA, not only learning to fly, but repairing the balloons, making nets for them, filling sandbags to use as weights, driving the chase vehicles that followed the balloons after they launched; the club launched from both the Valley Forge Airport and from Wings Field in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Vadala was the third woman to receive FAA Balloon Pilot Certification, passing the written test on June 27, 1962 and the flight test on July 13, 1963, she flew from Pennsylvania to Hilltown, Pennsylvania. Vadala was preceded as a licensed woman balloon pilot in the United States by Constance C. Wolf, November 26, 1956, by Jeannette Piccard, issued her FAI-ACA ballooning license as of July 27, 1934. Vadala's first solo flight occurred on October 1962 in La Coquette, she flew from Pennsylvania to College Avenue in Havertown, Pennsylvania. One of her early solo flights was mentioned with a photograph, in Sports Illustrated for December 24, 1962.

Owned by the Navy, the balloon La Coquette was constructed in 1928, sold to the Balloon Club of America. In 1955, it was redecorated and featured in the 1956 film "Around the World in Eighty Days". After filming, La Coquette was returne

Harry Lachman

Harry B. Lachman was an American artist, set designer, film director, he was born in La Salle, Illinois on June 29, 1886. Lachman was educated at the University of Michigan before becoming a magazine and book illustrator, contributing 4 colour illustrations to the 1907 work John Smith, Gentleman Adventurer by Charles Harcourt Ainslie Forbes-Lindsay. In 1911, he emigrated to Paris where he earned a substantial reputation as a post impressionist painter and was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the French government. Lachman's interest in motion pictures stemmed from his position as a set designer in Nice, leading to work on Mare Nostrum in 1925, he worked as a director in France and England before settling in Hollywood in 1933. His credits include Down Our Street, Baby Take a Bow, Dante's Inferno, Our Relations, Dr. Renault's Secret. In 1938 he married Jue Quon Tai. Lachman returned to painting in the 1940s, he died on March 19, 1975. Harry Lachman on IMDb Paintings by Lachman

Pietro Tagliavia d'Aragonia

Pietro Tagliavia d'Aragonia was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal. Pietro Tagliavia d'Aragonia was born in Palermo ca. 1500, the son of Giovanni Vincenzo Tagliavia, count of Castelvecchio and Beatrice d'Aragonia e Cruillas. Early in his career, he was a cleric in Mazara del Vallo. On May 28, 1537, he was elected Bishop of Agrigento, receiving the indult to receive episcopal consecration on June 6, 1537, he was promoted to the metropolitan see of Palermo on October 10, 1544. As a bishop, he participated in the Council of Trent from 1545 to 1547 and in 1551–52. Pope Julius III made him a cardinal priest in the consistory of December 22, 1553, he was not a participant in the papal conclave of April 1555 that elected Pope Marcellus II, but he did participate in the papal conclave of May 1555 that elected Pope Paul IV. He received the red hat and the titular church of San Callisto on July 17, 1555, he died in Palermo on August 5, 1558. He was buried in Palermo Cathedral. Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Agrigento". Retrieved June 16, 2018. Chow, Gabriel. "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Agrigento". Retrieved June 16, 2018

2019 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2019 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 125th season for the Oklahoma Sooners. The team was led in his third year as head coach, they played their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Oklahoma. They are a charter member of the Big 12 Conference. Oklahoma began the year ranked fourth in the AP Poll and were the overwhelming favorites to repeat as Big 12 Conference champions; the Sooners won their first seven games of the season before being upset on the road by Kansas State. On November 16, Oklahoma overcame a 25-point deficit to beat previously-undefeated Baylor, 34–31. Oklahoma finished conference play tied with Baylor for the best record in the conference with an 8–1 record, earning them each a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. There, they defeated Baylor a second time, this time by a score of 30–23 in overtime, to win Oklahoma's fifth consecutive and 13th overall Big 12 title.

In the final College Football Playoff rankings of the season, Oklahoma was ranked fourth, earning them a spot in the 2019 Peach Bowl, in a national semi-final game against first-seeded LSU. This was Oklahoma's third fourth overall CFP bid; the Sooners fell to the Tigers, 63–28, to end the season at 12–2, were ranked seventh in the final AP Poll. The Sooners were led on offense by quarterback Jalen Hurts, a graduate transfer from Alabama that had played in three separate College Football Playoffs with the Crimson Tide. Hurts finished in second in the conference in both passing yards and rushing yards, led the conference with 53 total touchdowns, he finished in second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was a consensus All-American. Hurts and center Creed Humphrey were named first-team all-conference. On defense, the team was led by first-team all-conference linebacker Kenneth Murray; the Sooners finished the season 8 -- 1 in Big 12 play. Finishing with the best record in conference play the Sooners clinched a berth in the conference championship game where they defeated Texas 39–27 to win their 12th Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma was selected as the fourth seed to play in the 2018 College Football playoff against first seed Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 Orange Bowl, which ended up being a 34–45 loss. Listed in the order that they were released The 2019 Big 12 media days were held July 15–16, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. In the Big 12 preseason media poll, Oklahoma was predicted to finish atop the standings for the fourth consecutive year. 2019 Preseason All-Big 12 Newcomer of the Year: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma Oklahoma announced its 2019 football schedule on October 18, 2018. The 2019 schedule consists of 6 home games, 5 away games and 1 neutral-site game in the regular season; the Sooners will host 2 non-conference games against Houston and South Dakota, will travel to UCLA. Oklahoma will host Texas Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State, TCU and travel to Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State in regular season conference play. Oklahoma will play Texas in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl Stadium on October 12 in the Red River Showdown, the 114th game played in the series.

Kickoff was delayed from the original start time of 11:00 A. M. to 11:30 A. M. due to lightning and thunderstorms in the vicinity of the University of Kansas. After the delay, it was called an "easy victory" for the Sooners though Kansas "outplayed" the Sooners for the bulk of the first quarter. Kansas scored first with a touchdown after forcing Oklahoma to punt. Kansas gained 98 yards for their touchdown and led 7–0 in the first quarter. Oklahoma took control and led 21–7 at halftime. Oklahoma managed 29 first downs and converted 6 of 9 times on third down, with 545 total yards of offense. Oklahoma threw an interception for the only turnover of the game. Kansas only managed 18 first downs with 6–14 on third down, they attempted 2 fourth-down conversions but both were unsuccessful, with a total of 360 yards of offense. Kansas did manage a little more clock time of offense with 30:29 time of possession compared to Oklahoma's 29:31; the final score was Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20. Oklahoma completed their 22nd straight true road win, the second longest streak since at least World War II in major college football when Coach Bud Wilkinson led the sooners to 25 wins from 1953 to 1958.

Oklahoma traveled to Manhattan expecting a easy road win but instead were pushed to what experts expected to be a critical loss for the Sooners in their hunt for the national title. The loss ended. Oklahoma's cornerback Parnell Motley was ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct after kicking a Kansas State player. Kansas State's Eric Gallon forced a key fumble on a kick return but in process suffered a severe knee injury and he missed the rest of the game. K-State's Skylar Thompson ran for four touchdowns. Oklahoma nearly came back in the fourth quarter but the game concluded after an on-side kick for a 48–41 final score and Kansas State win. Both Iowa State and Oklahoma lost their previous games. Oklahoma could still be in the playoff chase by winning the remainder of their games and winning the Big 12 conference championship game. Predictions call. Coming into the game, it is listed as one of the most "compelling matchups" for the week by MSN Sports. Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, PD: Passes Defended, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties The 2020 NFL Draft will be held o