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Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine was a French fabulist and one of the most read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, as well as in French regional languages. After a long period of royal suspicion, he was admitted to the French Academy and his reputation in France has never faded since. Evidence of this is found in the many pictures and statues of the writer depictions on medals and postage stamps. La Fontaine was born at Château-Thierry in France, his father was Charles de La Fontaine, maître des eaux et forêts – a kind of deputy-ranger – of the Duchy of Château-Thierry. Both sides of his family were of the highest provincial middle class. Jean, the eldest child, was educated at the collège of Château-Thierry, at the end of his school days he entered the Oratory in May 1641, the seminary of Saint-Magloire in October of the same year, he apparently studied law, is said to have been admitted as avocat/lawyer.

He was, settled in life, or at least might have been so, somewhat early. In 1647 his father resigned his rangership in his favor, arranged a marriage for him with Marie Héricart, a girl of fourteen, who brought him 20,000 livres, expectations, she seems to have been both beautiful and intelligent. There appears to be no ground for the vague scandal as to her conduct, which was, for the most part, raised long afterwards by gossip or personal enemies of La Fontaine. All that can be positively said against her is that she was a negligent housewife and an inveterate novel reader; this was a amicable transaction for the benefit of the family. One son was born to them in 1653, was educated and taken care of wholly by his mother. In the earlier years of his marriage, La Fontaine seems to have been much in Paris, but it was not until about 1656 that he became a regular visitor to the capital; the duties of his office, which were only occasional, were compatible with this non-residence. It was; the reading of Malherbe, it is said, first awoke poetical fancies in him, but for some time he attempted nothing but trifles in the fashion of the time – epigrams, rondeaux, etc.

His first serious work was a adaptation of the Eunuchus of Terence. At this time the patron of French writing was the Superintendent Fouquet, to whom La Fontaine was introduced by Jacques Jannart, a connection of his wife's. Few people who paid their court to Fouquet went away empty-handed, La Fontaine soon received a pension of 1000 livres, on the easy terms of a copy of verses for each quarters receipt, he began a medley of prose and poetry, entitled Le Songe de Vaux, on Fouquet's famous country house. It was about this time that his wife's property had to be separately secured to her, he seems by degrees to have had to sell everything that he owned. In the same year he wrote a ballad, Les Rieurs du Beau-Richard, this was followed by many small pieces of occasional poetry addressed to various personages from the king downwards. Fouquet was arrested. La Fontaine, like most of Fouquet's literary protégés, showed some fidelity to him by writing the elegy Pleurez, Nymphes de Vaux. Just at this time his affairs did not look promising.

His father and he had assumed the title of esquire, to which they were not entitled, some old edicts on the subject having been put in force, an informer procured a sentence against the poet fining him 2000 livres. He found, however, a new protector in the duke and still more in the Duchess of Bouillon, his feudal superiors at Château-Thierry, nothing more is heard of the fine; some of La Fontaine's liveliest verses are addressed to the duchess Marie Anne Mancini, the youngest of Mazarin's nieces, it is probable that the taste of the duke and duchess for Ariosto had something to do with the writing of his first work of real importance, the first book of the Contes, which appeared in 1664. He was forty-three years old, his previous printed productions had been comparatively trivial, though much of his work was handed about in manuscript long before it was published, it was about this time that the quartet of the Rue du Vieux Colombier, so famous in French literary history, was formed. It consisted of La Fontaine, Racine and Molière, the last of whom was of the same age as La Fontaine, the other two younger.

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Deshawn Stephens

Deshawn Stephens is an American professional basketball player for Scafati Basket of the Serie A2, second tier Italian national championship. He played college basketball for Santa Monica College and San Diego State before playing professionally in Japan, France and Israel. Stephens began his college career at Santa Monica College; as a sophomore, he led the Corsairs to the Western State Conference championship. Stephens was a Western State-South Division Conference first-team all-league selection. In 2011, he transferred to San Diego State. In two seasons with the Aztecs he averaged 5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Stephens signed with the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix of the Japanese bj league. In 27 games for Hamamatsu, he averaged 5.9 rebounds. On February 5, 2014, Stephens was released by the Phoenix. Two days he signed with the Akita Northern Happinets of the bj league. In 26 games for Akita, Stephens averaged 7.2 rebounds. Stephens stayed with the Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season.

In 53 games he averaged 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Akita lost in the bj league finals to Stephens' former team, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, 71 - 69, he grabbed 10 rebounds. On September 15, 2015, Stephens signed with the Bandırma Kırmızı of the TBL. In October 2015, he made a move to the Banvit B. K. of the BSL. On January 4, 2016, Stephens left Turkey and signed with the Champagne Châlons-Reims of the French LNB Pro A In 19 games for Champagne Châlons-Reims he averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 21.6 minutes. On July 28, 2016, Stephens signed with the Akita Northern Happinets, returning to the club for a second stint. On March 9, 2017, Stephens was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. On August 4, 2017, Stephens signed with the Italian team Cagliari Dinamo Academy of the Serie A2 Basket. On December 3, 2017, Stephens recorded a career-high 34 points, shooting 15-of-18 from the field, along with twelve rebounds and two assists in a 93–94 loss to Cuore di Napoli.

On July 29, 2018, Stephens signed with the Israeli team Maccabi Rishon LeZion for the 2018–19 season. In October 2018, Stephens helped Rishon LeZion to win the 2018 Israeli League Cup. On April 7, 2019, Stephens parted ways with Rishon LeZion to join Hapoel Tel Aviv for the rest of the season. Stephens helped Hapoel reach the 2019 Israeli League Playoffs, where they were eliminated by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Quarterfinals. On September 18, 2019, he has signed with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. In the summers of 2015 and 2017, Stephens played in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for Team Challenge ALS, he competed for the $2 million prize in 2017, for Team Challenge ALS, he averaged 5.6 points per game. Stephens helped take the sixth-seeded Team Challenge ALS to the Championship Game of the tournament, where they lost in a close game to Overseas Elite 86-83. In TBT 2018, Stephens averaged 8.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 91 percent from the free-throw line for Team Challenge ALS.

They reached the West Regional Championship Game before losing to eventual tournament runner-up Eberlein Drive. His father died, his mother, Beverly Triggs, is a licensed vocational nurse. Source: RealGM Source: ディショーン・スティーブンス Deshawn Stephens on Facebook RealGM profile Bj League Dunk Contest

Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle

The Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain, open to horses aged four years. It is run at Kempton Park over a distance of about 2 miles, during its running there are eight hurdles to be jumped; the race is for novice hurdlers, it is scheduled to take place each year in late February. The event serves as a principal trial for the Triumph Hurdle in March. Since 1988 six horses have won both races – Mysilv, Snow Drop, Penzance and Zarkandar. Prior to 1994 the race was known as the Tote Placepot Hurdle. Leading jockey: Adrian Maguire – Mysilv, Zabadi, L'Opera Mick FitzgeraldKatarino, Binocular Leading trainer: Nicky Henderson – Katarino, Binocular, Fusil Raffles Horse racing in Great Britain List of British National Hunt races Racing Post: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2018, – Adonis Juvenile Novices' Hurdle – Kempton

Eagle Bend, Minnesota

Eagle Bend is a city in Todd County, United States. The population was 535 at the 2010 census. Eagle Bend was first settled in the early 1880s; the first pioneers were Charles O'Dell, a merchant, Marion Crider, a homesteader from eastern Kentucky. When O'Dell opened his general store, his first customer was Crider; the townsite was purchased by a railroad executive, Benjamin F. Abbott, who wished to change the name of the town to Abbottsville; the post office was established in O'Dell's store in 1882, the village was incorporated on January 21, 1890. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.35 square miles, all of it land. The village is located at a bend of Eagle Creek. Eagle Creek drains Harris Creek, in turn flows into Long Prairie River; as of the census of 2010, there were 535 people, 246 households, 143 families living in the city. The population density was 396.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 290 housing units at an average density of 214.8 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% from other races, 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population. There were 246 households of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, 41.9% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age in the city was 45.2 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 595 people, 268 households, 165 families living in the city; the population density was 470.1 people per square mile. There were 284 housing units at an average density of 224.4 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the city was 0.67 % Native American and 0.34 % Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population. There were 268 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.4% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.82. In the city, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,308, the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $28,000 versus $21,250 for females.

The per capita income for the city was $12,517. About 9.1% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over

Samuel D. Sturgis Jr.

Samuel Davis Sturgis Jr. was an American Army officer. From 1953 to 1956, he served as the United States Army Chief of Engineers, he was born in St. Paul and came from a military family. Both his father, Samuel D. Sturgis Jr. and grandfather named Samuel D. Sturgis, were West Point graduates and major generals. Sturgis graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1918; as a junior engineer officer, he taught mathematics at the academy for four years. In 1926, he was ordered to the Philippines, his strategical studies of the islands over a three-year period developed knowledge he used when he returned to the Philippines in 1944 as Chief Engineer of General Walter Krueger's Sixth U. S. Army. Sturgis commanded a mounted engineer company at Fort Riley, Kansas, in 1929-1933 and encouraged the adoption of heavy mechanical equipment, he was district engineer in 1939-1942 for Vicksburg, where he worked on flood control and a large military construction program. He served as chief engineer of the Sixth Army in 1943-1946.

During World War II, Sturgis' engineer troops built roads, airfields and bases from New Guinea to the Philippines. After the war, Sturgis was senior engineer for the army air forces in 1946-1948 and was Missouri River Division Engineer in 1949-51. In 1951, he became the Commanding General of the 6th Armored Division and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 1952, he was appointed Commanding General of the Communications Zone supporting the United States Army in Europe, he became Chief of Engineers on March 17, 1953. He died July 5, 1964, in Washington, D. C. and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1921, Sturgis married Frances Jewett Murray, the daughter of Brigadier General Peter Murray and Harriet Tingley Jewett, his military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit. Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Silver Star Legion of Merit World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal National Defense Service Medal Philippine Liberation Medal MH-1A This article contains public domain text from the U.

S. Army."Lieutenant General Samuel D. Sturgis Jr". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. U. S. Army. Archived from the original on June 19, 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2005. Arlington National Cemetery

Cathy Moriarty

Cathy Moriarty is an American actress and singer whose career spans over 30 years. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Raging Bull, she starred in films, including Neighbors, White of the Eye, Casper, Analyze That, The Bounty Hunter. She starred in television roles, such as Tales from the Crypt, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Moriarty was born in The Bronx, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants Catherine, a homemaker, John Moriarty, a warehouse worker; when she was 18 years old, her friends urged her to enter a bathing-beauty contest at a bar: So, I go in there, my knees are shaking, I'm breaking out in goose bumps'cause I'm embarrassed and cold. All these guys are stuff. All of a sudden the emcee announces I won first prize, I say, "Hey, this is funny". So this Italian guy comes up and asks if he can take my picture and I say, "Sure, go ahead",'cause he's gonna take it anyway, and whad'd'ya know, this same guy calls me three weeks says his name is Joe Pesci and asks if I'd like to test for a part in this movie about a boxer named Jake LaMotta.

Moriarty made her film debut as Vikki LaMotta, wife of Jake. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Moriarty played John Belushi's destructive, sultry neighbor in Neighbors, a film adaptation of Thomas Berger's novel of the same name. In 1982, she was injured in an automobile accident and required back surgery. I can only say. I went for a lot of interviews and cattle calls. I tried for parts and attended meetings, and the parts I was offered didn't appeal to me. So I paid my dues, studying losing my Yonkers accent, and oh yes, I cried an awful lot. In 1985, Moriarty agreed to co-star with Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes. However, after one day of shooting its production halted. Although the film was released in 1990, Moriarty was no longer connected with the production. Moriarty returned to acting in 1987, her first role since Neighbors was in the British thriller film White of the Eye, in which Moriarty played the wife of David Keith's character. Two years she appeared in the CBS series Wiseguy episode "Reunion".

Moriarty began the decade with roles in the thriller film Burndown, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Kindergarten Cop and the soap opera parody Soapdish. She appeared in the musical drama The Mambo Kings and the horror anthology TV series Tales from the Crypt, where Moriarty's performance earned her a Best Actress in a Dramatic Series CableACE Award, her last performance of the year was a hard-as-nails prostitute in the screwball comedy film, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag. In 1993, Moriarty starred as John Goodman's wisecracking girlfriend and a film goddess in Joe Dante's period comedy Matinee, had supporting roles in the comedies Another Stakeout and Me and the Kid; the following year, she guest-starred as half of the husband-wife con team in Universal Television's made-for-TV film Another Midnight Run. The actress' next role was the flirty barfly in Pontiac Moon. Moriarty played Debra Winger's friend in the romantic comedy Forget Paris, followed by the vindictive Carrigan Crittenden in the live action film Casper.

Shortly afterwards she starred with Andrew Dice Clay in the CBS series Bless This House, cancelled after 16 episodes during the 1996 season. That year Moriarty played Hedy Burress's mother in Foxfire, the film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel; the next year, she played the alcoholic mother of a successful boxer in Opposite Corners. Moriarty voiced characters in the animated TV series Stories from My Childhood episodes "The Golden Rooster" and "The Wild Swans" and the animated series Recess episode "Kids in the Mist". Other appearances included Hilary Duff's witch aunt in Casper Meets Wendy. U. N. K. S. and Sharon Stone's friend in Gloria. Roles followed in Crazy in Alabama, a film adaptation of Mark Childress's 1993 novel of the same name. Moriarty played an FBI agent in Red Team, an abusive adoptive mother in the family film Prince of Central Park and a woman who fears death in the short film Next Stop, Eternity. Other roles included a widow suspected of killing her husband in an episode of Law & Order, crime boss Patti LoPresti in the Mafia comedy film Analyze That and a controlling mother in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

In 2010, Moriarty played a bookie who sends two thugs to kill the main characters in the romantic-action-comedy film The Bounty Hunter. On July 18, 2010, the Long Island International Film Expo honored the actress with its Long Island Creative Achievement Award. Shortly afterwards, she guest-starred as Annalisa Gentili on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent; the next year, Moriarty appeared as a nurse in the film 1320. In 201