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International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It honors other contributors to the sport of tennis; the complex, the former Newport Casino, includes a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, a court tennis facility. The hall of fame and museum are located in the Newport Casino, commissioned in 1879 by James Gordon Bennett Jr. as part of an exclusive resort for wealthy Newport summer residents. It was designed by Charles McKim along with Stanford White, it is an example of Victorian Shingle Style architecture. In 1881, the Real Tennis Court and the Casino Theatre were constructed at the east end of the campus; the club was opened on July 1, 1880 after a six-month construction period and became a fashionable venue for Newport summer residents. The United States Lawn Tennis Association held its first championships at the Newport Casino in 1881; the event was held annually through 1914, by which time tennis had become the key attraction at the resort.

The championship was suspended during World War I. But by the 1950s, the retreat was struggling financially, it was at risk of being demolished for redevelopment of modern retail space, but the building was purchased and saved by Jimmy and Candy Van Alen, wealthy Newport summer residents. A sportsman himself, in 1954, Jimmy Van Alen established the Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in the Casino; the combination of tennis matches and the museum allowed the building to be saved. Van Alen intended the facility to be "a shrine to the ideals of the game", was elected president of the hall in 1957; the International Tennis Hall of Fame was sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association at its foundation in 1954. It was recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986; the first Hall of Fame members were inducted in 1955. In 2015, Martina Hingis was appointed as the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame; the current Board of Governors includes former professional tennis players Todd Martin, Stan Smith and Katrina Adams.

The museum houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia – including videos, audio recordings, tennis equipment and apparel and art – highlighting the history of tennis from its origins up through the modern era. The collection is displayed year-round in the museum's 13,000 square feet of exhibit space. For a description of each award and a list of its recipients, see footnote. Chairman's Award Davis Cup Award of Excellence Eugene L. Scott Award Fed Cup Award of Excellence Golden Achievement Award Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award Samuel Hardy Award Tennis Educational Merit Award The Hall of Fame hosts several tournaments, including the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Part of the men's ATP World Tour, the tournament is the only grass court event in North America. Top male players come to Newport directly from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Past champions include Americans John Isner, Mardy Fish, as well as two-time champion Fabrice Santoro of France.

For a list of inductees—alphabetically, by country, by year of induction—see footnote. Note: Inductees are listed below in two categories. *note - Bob Hewitt of South Africa was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992, but he was suspended indefinitely in 2012 and expelled from the Hall in 2016 after being convicted of child sexual offences. Tenniseum List of sports awards honoring women Official website 11 Intriguing Items at the International Tennis Hall of Fame article International Tennis Hall of Fame article

Dragon Quest: Your Story

Dragon Quest: Your Story is a 2019 Japanese 3D CG anime film based on the Dragon Quest series of video games, adapting the storyline of the 1992 video game Dragon Quest V. It was released in Japan by Toho on August 2, 2019; the story begins with Luca's birth, followed by him and his father Pankraz leaving Gotha to travel the world for the boy's mother Mada when she was abducted by monsters. On his childhood travels, Luca meets Bianca while acquiring both a Golden Orb and a sabrecat cub he names Purrcy. While visiting Coburg castle, Luka witnesses prince Harry's abduction by the monsters serving Bishop Ladja and accompanies his father to rescue the prince, but Pankraz is killed by Ladja, using his final moments to reveal to Luca that his mother is still alive. The boys are enslaved by Ladja's monsters before they escape as adults after ten years of working on a giant temple with help from Dr. Agon. Harry returns to Coburg and parts ways with Luca, promising to repay him for Pankraz's rescue attempt.

After reuniting with a fully-grown Purrcy and his father's retainer Sancho while joined by a slime he named Gootrude, Luca learns that Pankraz assumed him to be the Legendary Hero destined to stop Ladja. Luca learns that Ladja had abducted Mada as her Zenithian linage is needed for a ritual to open a portal to the Demon World; the Zenithian Sword which Luca needs is located in the town of Mostroferrato in the possession of the wealthy nobleman Rodrigo Briscoletti. But the town is terrorized by Bjørn the Behemoose, who stole the sword with Briscoletti offering the hand of his daughter Nera to whomever defeat Bjørn. Luca spares Bjørn when he submits. Through Luca finds himself not to be the Legendary Hero, he is betrothed to Nera until an encounter with a witch convinces him to confess his feelings for Bianca. After the two married and have a son, they are attacked by monsters with Ladja abducting Bianca while turning Luca to stone. Ladja takes Bianca to his temple, revealing her to be a Zenithian before turning her to stone when she refuses to help him convince Mada to teach her the spell to unseal the portal.

The Hero is revived eight years by his son Alus, revealed to be the Legendary Hero that Pankraz searched for. The group seek out the Zenith Dragon, revealed to be Dr. Agon who needs his Golden Orb to bring them to Ladja's temple. Luca learns the remains of the Golden Orb he possessed was a fake as Agon sends him to the fairies, who send him back in time to retrieve the real Golden Orb from his childhood-self and switch it with a forgery; the final battle soon commences with Luca joined by Bjørn and Harry's army as he avenges his father, only for a dying Ladja to acquire the spell needed to open the portal. Though Alus seals the portal, reality is distorted by Grandmaster Nimzo; the being explains himself to be a computer virus installed in place of the real Nimzo by a hacker, revealing to Luca that he is playing a virtual simulation of Dragon Quest V while proceeding to delete everything. The virus proceeds to send Luca back to reality, only for Luca's restored real-world memories and the passion for Dragon Quest allowing him to resist.

Gootrude reveals himself to be the game's anti-virus program and gives Luca the means of destroying the virus and restoring the game. The game ends when Luca's party arrive at Gotha, with Luca intending to keep this version of the game in his heart. Though when watching the fireworks from Gotha, Bianca hits him playfully and Luca notes that he felt the pain. On February 13, 2019, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii appeared on the Nippon TV show News Zero and announced that a 3D CG anime film based on the franchise would be released on August 2. Titled Dragon Quest: Your Story, it adapts the 1992 video game Dragon Quest V. Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, it is directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Makoto Hanafusa; some of the staff, including Yamazaki and Yagi worked together on the 2014 3D CG anime film Stand by Me Doraemon. Horii supervised the film and it uses Koichi Sugiyama's original music. For the film, the dialogue was recorded first and the characters' mouths and expressions were created to match it, unusual for an anime.

The actors recorded their dialogue twice, once two years prior and with the finished animation. The first trailer was released on April 4. At the same time, 13 cast members were announced, including Takeru Satoh as the protagonist Ruka and Kasumi Arimura as Bianca. Several additional cast members were announced on May 14. A second trailer and the film's poster were released on June 19. In December 2019, Dragon Quest V novelist Saori Kumi filed a lawsuit against the producers of the film, claiming that the characters names she came up with in the novel were being used in the film without permission. A premiere of the film was shown at Toho Cinemas in Tokyo on July 16, 2019, it was released in cinemas nationwide on August 2, 2019. The film premiered internationally on Netflix on February 13, 2020. Following the release of the first trailer, some Japanese fans criticized the decision to hire famous live-action actors to voice the characters instead of professional voice actors. Much criticism was directed at the character designs, which did not use Akira Toriyama's signature art style of the series.

Dragon Quest: Your Story grossed ¥1.42 billion during its theatrical run in Japan. Official website Dragon Quest: Your Story on IMDb

Patrick Johnston (American politician)

Patrick Johnston is a former Democratic state legislator in California. He served in the State Assembly from 1981 until 1991 and in the State Senate from 1991 until 2000 representing San Joaquin County. Johnston's election to the Assembly occurred after his Republican opponent was declared elected and sworn into office on December 1, 1980, winning by a margin of just 18 votes. Requesting a re-count, Johnston was declared the winner. Johnston was sworn into office on January 1, 1981. Following the 1991 resignation of John Garamendi to become California's first elected Insurance Commissioner, Johnston sought election to the State Senate, defeating Garamendi's wife, Patti Garamendi, in the special election. Since leaving political office, he has been a education consultant. In 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Johnston to the California Bay-Delta Authority. In 2009, Johnston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Health Plans. Johnston's background is in government and politics.

The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker

The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker is the third studio album by blues musician John Lee Hooker recorded in Detroit in 1959 and released by the Riverside label. The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings said "Riverside required Hooker to play only acoustic guitar. What motivated this redirection, in particular the'classic blues' repertoire on the fist album was a view of the blues - you might say a politics of the blues - much of its time... though, as always with Hooker the result is not exact commemoration so much as personalised allusion". AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger stated: "John Lee Hooker was still churning out R&B-influenced electric blues with a rhythm section for Vee Jay when he recorded The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker, his first album packaged for the folk/traditional blues market, he plays nothing but acoustic guitar, seems to have selected a repertoire with old-school country-blues in mind. It's unimpressive only within the context of Hooker's body of work. All compositions credited to John Lee Hooker except where noted "Black Snake" – 3:33 "How Long Blues" – 2:14 "Wobblin' Baby" – 2:51 "She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like a Willow" – 2:47 "Pea Vine Special" – 3:10 "Tupelo Blues" – 3:23 "I'm Prison Bound" – 3:58 "I Rowed a Little Boat" – 3:28 "Water Boy" – 3:00 "Church Bell Tone" – 3:43 "Bundle Up and Go" – 2:13 "Good Morning Lil' School Girl" – 3:38 "Behind the Plow" – 4:22 John Lee Hooker – guitar, vocals

Platanthera leucophaea

Platanthera leucophaea known as the prairie white fringed orchid or eastern prairie fringed orchid, is a rare species of orchid native to North America. It is listed as a threatened species in the United States on September 28, 1989; the IUCN does not recognize it as being at risk. Platanthera leucophaea is found in moist to wet tallgrass prairie, sedge meadows and old fields. For optimum growth, little or no woody encroachment should be near the habitat; the eastern prairie fringed orchid in the Great Lakes Region with isolated populations in Maine, Virginia and Missouri. A historic record exists for Oklahoma; the plant has not been observed in Oklahoma in the past 150 years. The major factor in the decline of the eastern prairie fringed orchid has been a loss of habitat due to grazing, fire suppression, agricultural conversion. Platanthera leucophaea arises from a fleshy tuber; the plant can grow up to three feet tall. The leaves are thin; the inflorescence may have up to 40 white flowers. It is distinguished from Platanthera praeclara, the western prairie fringed orchid, by its smaller flowers, more oval petals, a shorter nectar spur.

The eastern prairie fringed orchid is a long-lived perennial. Its tuberous rootstalk helps it survive grass fires. Fires and rain stimulate the plant to flower; the plant emerges each year in May and flowering begins by late June. The flowers are pollinated at night by large sphinx moths. Certain night-flying insects that are attracted to the orchid's fragrance are able to obtain its nectar with their long probosces. Others cannot because of the flower's long, oddly positioned nectar spur. Media related to Platanthera leucophaea at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Platanthera leucophaea at Wikispecies photo of herbarium specimen at Missouri Botanical Garden, collected in Missouri in 1933

Northern Dvina Canal

The Northern Dvina Canal is a 64 km long canal in Vologda Oblast in Russia. It connects the Volga-Baltic Waterway to the Northern Dvina River through its tributary, the Sukhona River; the Northern Dvina Canal is one of the two canals connecting the river basins of the Volga and the Northern Dvina. At its western end the Northern Dvina Canal starts at the Sheksna River, 10 km south of the town of Kirillov; the canal runs north towards the town of Kirillov. From Kirillov, the canal turns northeast through a series of small lakes, including Lake Pokrovskoye, Lake Zaulomskoye, Lake Kishemskoye. To the east of Lake Kishemskoye, the canal joins the valley of the Itkla and follows it until it joins the Porozovitsa River. At this point, the canal turns southeast and ends up in the northwestern end of Lake Kubenskoye; the lake is the source of the Sukhona River. There are six locks on the canal, all made of wood. One of the locks is located in the southern part of the town of Kirillov; the canal supports occasional cruise and cargo traffic.

Until 1703, the Northern Dvina was the main waterway connecting Russia and Europe, Arkhangelsk was the main Russian harbor used for foreign trade. In 1703, Saint Petersburg was founded, Peter the Great issued a number of decrees limiting capacities of Arkhangelsk as a sea port and intended to reroute foreign trade to the Baltic Sea. Arkhangelsk was restored as a sea port in 1762, thus water connections between the Northern Dvina basin and central Russia were badly needed. In 1798 research started on the best route for a canal connecting the Lake Kubenskoye. In the beginning of the 19th century, the North Ekaterininsky Canal was considered to be more important, the project was shelved. However, the North Ekaterininsky Canal proved inefficient for a number of reasons and was closed in 1838. On the other side, the Napoleonic wars blocked the access of Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea, for some time Arkhangelsk again became the most important foreign trade harbor, with shipbuilding as an important local industry.

In 1823 a route for the canal was surveyed for the second time, construction started in 1824. The canal opened in 1828 under the name Alexander of Württemberg Canal, after the Russian minister of transportation in 1822-1833, Duke Alexander Friedrich of Württemberg. Subsequently, maintenance works were performed. In 1834 a dam was constructed on the Sukhona to stabilize the level of Lake Kubenskoye. In 1884 the reconstruction of the canal increased the maximum size of the ships which could use the canal. One more reconstruction was performed between 1916 and 1921. After the reconstruction the name of the canal was changed to avoid any mention of the royal family