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King Features Syndicate

King Features Syndicate, Inc. is a print syndication company owned by Hearst Communications that distributes about 150 comic strips, newspaper columns, editorial cartoons and games to nearly 5,000 newspapers worldwide. King Features Syndicate is a unit of Hearst Holdings, Inc. which combines the Hearst Corporation's cable-network partnerships, television programming and distribution activities, syndication companies. King Features' affiliate syndicates are Cowles Syndicate; each week, Reed Brennan Media Associates, a unit of Hearst and distributes more than 200 features for King Features. William Randolph Hearst's newspapers began syndicating material in 1895 after receiving requests from other newspapers; the first official Hearst syndicate was called Newspaper Feature Service, Inc. established in 1913. In 1914, Hearst and his manager Moses Koenigsberg consolidated all of Hearst's syndication enterprises under one banner. Koenigsberg gave it his own name when he launched King Features Syndicate on November 16, 1915.

Production escalated in 1916 with King Features buying and selling its own staff-created feature material. A trade publication — Circulation — was published by King Features between 1916 and 1933. Syndication peaked in the mid-1930s with 130 syndicates offering 1,600 features to more than 13,700 newspapers. In 1986, King Features acquired the Tribune Syndicate for $4.3 million. That year, Hearst bought News America Syndicate. By this point, with both King Features and News America, Hearst led all syndication services with 316 features. In 2007, King Features donated its collection of comic-strip proof sheets to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Michigan State University Comic Art Collection while retaining the collection in electronic form for reference purposes; as of 2016, with 62 strips being syndicated, Hearst was considered the second-largest comics service, second only to Uclick. In 1941, King Features manager Moses Koenigsberg wrote an autobiographical history of the company entitled King News.

William Randolph Hearst paid close attention to the comic strips in the last years of his life, as is evident in these 1945–46 correspondence excerpts in Editor & Publisher, about the creation of Dick's Adventures in Dreamland — a strip that made its debut on Sunday, January 12, 1947. The difficulty is to find something that will sufficiently interest the kids… Perhaps a title — "Trained by Fate" — would be general enough. Take Paul Revere and show him as a boy making as much of his boyhood life as possible, culminate, of course, with his ride. Take Betsy Ross for a heroine, or Barbara Fritchie… for the girls."King Features editor Ward Greene to Hearst: "There is another way to do it, somewhat fantastic, but which I submit for your consideration. That is to devise a new comic… a dream idea revolving around a boy we might call Dick. Dick, or his equivalent, would go in his dream with Mad Anthony Wayne at the storming of Stony Point or with Decatur at Tripoli… provide a constant character… who would become known to the kids."Hearst to Greene: "The dream idea for the American history series is splendid.

It gives continuity and personal interest, you can make more than one page of each series… You are right about the importance of the artist."Greene to Hearst: "We employed the dream device, building the comic around a small boy."Hearst: "I think the drawing of Dick and His Dad is amazingly good. It is splendid. I am afraid, that similar beginning and conclusion of each page might give a deadly sameness to the series… Perhaps we could get the dream idea over by having only the conclusion on each page. I mean, do not show the boy going to sleep every time and show him waking up, but let the waking up come as a termination to each page… Can you develop anything out of the idea of having Dick the son of the keeper of the Liberty Statue in New York Harbor? I do not suggest this, as it would add further complications, but it might give a spiritual tie to all the dreams; the main thing, however, is to get more realism." Greene: "We do not have to show the dream at the beginning and end of every page… If we call the comic something like Dreamer Dick, we would have more freedom… Some device other than the dream might be used… A simple method would be to have him curl up with a history book."Hearst: "If we find is not a success, of course we can brief it, but if it is a success it should be a long series."Greene: "I am sending you two sample pages of Dick's Adventures in Dreamland which start a series about Christopher Columbus."Hearst: "In January, I am told, we are going to 16 pages on Puck, the Comic Weekly.

That would be a good time to introduce the Columbus series, don't you think so?"The last strips Hearst selected for syndication were Elliot Caplin & John Cullen Murphy's Big Ben Bolt and Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey. In the 1940s, Ward Greene was King Features' editor, he was a reporter and war correspondent for the Atlanta Jour

Asti railway station

Asti railway station serves the city and comune of Asti, in the Piedmont region, northwestern Italy. Opened in 1849, the station forms part of the Turin–Genoa and Castagnole–Asti–Mortara railways, is a junction for two other lines, to Genoa and Chivasso, respectively; the station is managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana. However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services are operated by Trenitalia; each of these companies is a subsidiary of Italy's state-owned rail company. The station was opened on 15 November 1849, upon the inauguration of the Trofarello–Asti section of the Turin–Genoa railway; the passenger building made up of three components, distinct from each other, connected by a glass tunnel. The main part of the building is a rectangular structure and comprises two levels, of which only the ground floor is open to the public. There are some shops and business services in the glass house connecting the main body with the two side buildings.

These buildings are similar to each other: rectangular in shape, on two levels, constructed of whitewashed masonry. The station yard consists of eight tracks. All of the other tracks, ranging from one through eight, have a platform protected by a long wrought iron canopy; these platforms are connected by an underpass. Each is equipped with several monitors that display information about arrival and departure of trains. There are many other tracks, not electrified; the station has a goods yard, a major locomotive depot with a turntable. In 2006, work was completed on the renovation of the passenger building; the work was co-financed by RFI and Centostazioni to the extent of €2.8 million, comprised the following: renovation of the atrium, replacement of flooring, replacement of windows, renovation of the waiting room, removal of architectural barriers, installation of tactile paving, restoration of the exterior facade, the transfer of the toilets from the eastern to the western side of the building.

Associated renovations to the square in front of the passenger building were funded by the comune, with a budget of €204,000. These renovations involved the breaking down of architectural barriers, the installation of additional street furniture, the remodelling of interchange areas; the station has around 6 million passenger movements each year. There are about 163 trains per day; the trains stopping at Asti are InterCity and regional trains. Their main destinations are Turin and Acqui Terme. In front of the passenger building is a small parking lot and a sign indicating telephone numbers for taxis; the station has a bus terminal. The service provider is GTT, the main destinations of the buses are Canale and Cerrina. History of rail transport in Italy List of railway stations in Piedmont Rail transport in Italy Railway stations in Italy Media related to Asti railway station at Wikimedia Commons This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at December 2010

Manual therapy

Manual therapy, or manipulative therapy, is a physical treatment used by physical therapists, physiotherapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. It's used by occupational therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers and physicians A 2011 literature review indicates that placebo is one of many relevant mechanisms through which manual therapy improves clinical outcomes related to musculoskeletal pain conditions. Irvin Korr, J. S. Denslow and colleagues did the original body of research on manual therapy. Korr described it as the "Application of an determined and directed manual force to the body, in order to improve mobility in areas that are restricted. A consensus study of US chiropractors defined manual therapy as "Procedures by which the hands directly contact the body to treat the articulations and/or soft tissues." In Western Europe, North America and Australasia, manual therapy is practiced by members of specific health care professions. However, some lay practitioners, such as bonesetters provide some forms of manual therapy.

A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health focused on who used complementary and alternative medicine, what was used, why it was used in the United States by adults during 2002. Massage was the fifth most use CAM in the United States in 2007. Myofascial Therapy targets the muscle and fascial systems, promotes flexibility and mobility of the body's connective tissues, it is said to reduce severity/sensitivity of scarring. A critical analysis finds. Massage may be used as part of a treatment. Proponents claim. Science writer Paul Ingraham notes. Friction massage is said to increase mobilization of adhesions between fascial layers, muscles and other soft tissues, they are thought to create an inflammatory instigate focus to injured areas. A 2012 systematic review found that no additional benefit was incurred from the inclusion of deep tissue friction massage in a therapeutic regimen, although the conclusions were limited by the small sample sizes in available randomized clinical trials.

Soft Tissue Technique is firm, direct pressure to relax hypertonic muscles and stretch tight fascial structures. A 2015 review concluded that the Technique is ineffective for lower back pain, the quality of research testing its effectiveness is poor. Trigger Point techniques claim to address Myofascial Trigger points, though the explanation of how this works is controversial From the main article's effectiveness section: Apart from before running, stretching does not appear to reduce risk of injury during exercise; some evidence shows. The Mayo Clinic advises against bouncing, to hold for thirty seconds, they suggest warming up before stretching post-exercise. Manual therapy practitioners use therapeutic taping to relieve pressure on injured soft tissue, alter muscle firing patterns or prevent re-injury; some techniques are designed to enhance lymphatic fluid exchange. After a soft tissue injury to muscles or tendons from sports activities, over exertion or repetitive strain injury swelling may impede blood flow to the area and slow healing.

Elastic taping methods may relieve pressure from swollen tissue and enhance circulation to the injured area. According to the medical and skeptical community there is no known benefit from this technique and it is a pseudoscience. There are many different styles of manual therapy, it is a fundamental feature of ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and some forms of New Age alternative medicine as well as being used by mainstream medical practitioners. Hands-on bodywork is a feature of therapeutic interactions in traditional cultures around the world. Body psychotherapy McKenzie method Osteopathy Physical therapy Qigong Siddha medicine The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - PubMed access found here Karel Lewit. Manipulative therapy in rehabilitation of the locomotor system. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0-7506-2964-9. Umasankar Mohanty. Clinical Symposia In Manual Therapy. Mangalore: MTFI Healthcare Publications. ISBN 978-81-908154-1-3.

Weiselfish-Giammatteo, S. J. B. Kain. Integrative manual therapy for the connective tissue system: myofascial release. Berkeley, Calif: North Atlantic Books. CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list Kimberly Burnham. Integrative Manual Therapy. West Hartford, CT: The Burnham Review. Umasankar Mohanty. Manual therapy of the pelvic

Frunzenskaya (Moscow Metro)

Frunzenskaya is a Metro station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line in Moscow, Russia. The station was opened on 1 May 1957 as the first stage of the extension of the Frunzenskiy radius; as the radius follows the bend of the Moskva river, the whole segment had to be built deep. The station closed on 2 January 2016 for renovation, expected to last 14 months; the renovations were completed ahead of schedule with the station reopening on December 29, 2016. The renovations included the installation of four new escalators to replace the three, in place. Metro authorities projected that the new escalators would reduce energy consumption by 40% and increase the capacity by one-third; the station is symbolic as being one of the last in Moscow to be built in Stalinist style which dominated the Metro Architecture since the mid-1940s, afterwards the station designs show evidence of more vivid decorations that were meant to be installed yet designs were simplified. Frunzenskaya still stands out and architects Robert Pogrebnoi and Yuriy Zenkivich applied a pylon design with cream marbled vaults and tops of pylons, decorated with metallic shields containing a five-sided star.

The bottom of Pylons are a form of a thicker red marble base. Suspended from the ceiling are massive eight-horned chandeliers; the floor is covered with black and red granite on floors and the walls are faced with white ceramic tiles. In the far end of the station, in front of a red-marbled semicircle is a bust to Mikhail Frunze, a famous military commander in the Russian Civil War for whom the station is named; the station's massive vestibule is situated on the Komsomolskiy Avenue and Kholzunov side-street was demolished and built into the Moscow's Palace of Youth building in the 1984, presently receives a daily passenger traffic of 47,410. Behind the station is a junction for a branch to the Koltsevaya Line used for transfers

Gheorghe A. Lăzăreanu-Lăzurică

Gheorghe A. Lăzăreanu-Lăzurică or George Lăzurică known as Lăzărescu-Lăzurică or Lăzărică, was a leader of the Romani community in Romania remembered for his support of Romania's interwar far-right. A musician, he became active within the General Association of Gypsies in Romania, but broke away to establish the General Union of Roma in Romania. From September 1933 to May 1934, he was a "Voivode of the Gypsies", recognized as such by various local tribes, he and his followers came to resent ethnic designation as "Gypsies", pleaded for the usage of "Romanies". Lăzurică tried to introduce the term Zgripți as a reference to the people's legendary ancestors. Though credited with inventing Romani political symbolism and noted for invoking a worldwide tribal identity, Lăzurică and his followers abstained from Romani nationalist activism, preferring to focus on social reform, accepted some measure of integration with mainstream Romanian society; the General Union cooperated with the Romanian Orthodox Church, spreading Christianity among nomads whom it helped to settle, competing for baptisms with the Romanian Greek Catholics.

From 1933, Lăzurică blended his Romani identity with Romanian nationalism, with fascism: he campaigned for the National Agrarian Party and maintained contacts with the Iron Guard, while imitating Adolf Hitler in his public persona. Lăzurică was sidelined by the General Union in 1934, after a violent conflict during which he was forced to deny his belonging to the Romani ethnicity, he soon recanted and involved himself in other projects, with reports suggesting that he was planning a research trip to the British Raj, or that he declared himself "President" of the Romanian Romanies. He still attempted to rally support for his politics, in 1937 became leader of the Citizens' Association of Roma in Romania; this group was more explicitly far-right and antisemitic, viewing the Romanians and Romanies as people of a "shared destiny" threatened by foreigners. By 1938, it was supporting the fascist National Christian Party, of which Lăzurică himself became a member. In the final known stages of his career, Lăzurică became a critic of Orthodoxy, reporting on its slave-owning practices and drawing suspicion that he had converted to Catholicism.

Born as Gheorghe Lăzărescu in 1892, the future activist belonged to the musicians' tribe of the Romani community, or Lăutari. While sometimes introduced as "Mr. Lăzurică the lawyer", he had in fact graduated from the Commercial School of Bucharest, and, by 1933, was running his own forestry warehouse in that same city. Lăzurică's main activity was as a journalist, published by both Universul and Adevărul, though he contributed poetry. Lăzurică wrote in Romanian, but expressed his pride at having Romani heritage, some time after 1930 changed his name to the hyphenated form, with Lăzurică sounding more like his Romani vernacular. Lăzurică's life and career coincided with the earliest attempts to create a Romani political caucus; some of the first steps in this direction occurred in 1919 Transylvania, in the process of uniting with Romania. "Gypsy gatherings", which demanded increased rights and sedentarization of the Romanies within Greater Romania, were forgotten by the public, as some of the active participants refrained from discussing them in the interwar.

A first documented effort of organizing the Romanies into a political body occurred in 1926, with Lazăr Naftanailă's Neo-Rustic Brotherhood, centered on Calbor. Naftanailă was among the first activists to advocate the creation of another ethnonym to replace țigani, tried to impose "Neo-Rustics", or "new peasants", as a non-discriminatory alternative; the following year, a Lăutari syndicate, Junimea Muzicală, applied for registration in Ilfov County. This became the nucleus for the much larger General Association of Gypsies in Romania, unofficially formed by Calinic Șerboianu in April 1933. Lăzurică and Gheorghe Nicolescu are recorded as AGȚR militants, soon after as factional leaders; as reported by ethnologist Gabriela Boangiu, this was the peak of a feud between Șerboianu and one of the AGȚR's "main leaders", Lăzurică. Șerboianu continued to preside over one of these organizations. Most of its membership was absorbed by Lăzurică's more competitive General Union of Roma in Romania; as seen by Boangiu, Lăzurică was "as quaint a figure as he was important for the associationist phenomenon of the Rroma ethnicity."

Known as the General Union of the Romanian Gypsies, Lăzurică's group held congress on October 8 at Ileana Hall, in the Bucharest neighborhood of Moșilor. In November, Lăzurică applied for the UGRR to be recognized as a juridical person under Romanian law, but this process stagnated upon revelations that six of its founding members were either registered with fictitious addresses or had criminal records. Researcher Ilona Klímová-Alexander writes that Lăzurică managed to "hijack" Șerboianu's plans, "traveling all over the country, establishing local branches and emphasizing their relationship to the centre. Claiming to be the first-ever assembly of the Romanies in Romania, this caucus proclaimed Lăzurică its "Voivode". In July 1934, the UGRR entered Șerboianu's fief in Târnava-Mică County, opening its own chapter with a festivity on Liberty fi

Gods of Luxury

Gods of Luxury or G. O. L. was a 1995 music project consisting of Antonia Reiner and Justin Jones. In 1995 they released their debut album, Sensations of Tone, which included the tracks "Soma Holiday", "Angelica In Delirium", cover versions of the Art of Noise song Moments in Love and the And Also The Trees song There Were No Bounds, among others. One year Soma Holiday was released as CD-single; some of the album tracks appeared on several ambient music sampler albums. The spoken words for Angelica In Delirium were taken from the Old Testament's "Song of Songs" known as "The Song of Solomon"; the lyrics for Soma Holiday were taken from Brave New World. On January 8, 2016 G. O. L. Released re-released Sensations of Tone as well as releasing Bonus Recordings 1995 - 1996, a collection of unreleased songs. Both albums were released on Cherry Red Records. 1995: Sensations Of Tone 1996: Soma Holiday, fan site with links to several resources Sensations of Tone album listing at Discogs Soma Holiday single listing at Discogs