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Lansing Lugnuts

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Class-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, that plays in the Midwest League. The Midwest League came to Lansing, Michigan after owners Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers moved the team to work with the City for a public-private lease to build a new stadium. Mayor David Hollister, the City Council worked to attract the owners and build the stadium for downtown economic development; the team began playing in downtown Lansing in 1996. The franchise began as the Lafayette Red Sox in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1955. Before the 1994 season it moved to Springfield, but only spent two seasons there before moving to Lansing; the franchise was an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals on two separate occasions in three different cities: as the Waterloo Royals from 1969 through 1976, as the Sultans of Springfield in 1995, upon the team's move to Lansing, from 1996 through 1998. The Lugnuts were an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs from 1999 through 2004 before joining the Jays' farm system for the 2005 season.

In September 2014, the Jays extended their agreement with the Lugnuts through the 2016 season. In October 2016, their player development contract was extended through the 2018 season; the team plays at Cooley Law School Stadium, which opened in 1996. The new name comes based in Lansing. Cooley Law School Stadium is the home of Jackson Field, named after Jackson Life Insurance, based in Lansing; the stadium seats over 10,000 fans and is one of the most handicapped accessible stadiums in the country. The franchise national attendance record of 538,326 was set during its inaugural year, they won the Midwest League Championship in 1997 and 2003. The Lugnuts have their own original song which plays after the national anthem for every home game accompanied by their mascot, Big Lug. Since 2007, the Lansing Lugnuts have participated in an annual exhibition game with nearby Michigan State University which draws a large crowd of students to the event; the overall record and attendance for each game is as follows: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler broadcasts Lugnuts home and away games on WVFN-AM.

WVFN aired Lugnuts games from 2001-2003. Lugnuts games aired on WJIM-AM from 1996–2000 and WQTX-FM from 2004-2016. Several games per season aired on WLNS-TV from 1996 through 2001. From 2002 to 2009, one game aired each season on WILX-TV; the following are players in Major League Baseball who played, for the Lugnuts. This partial list includes players making injury-comeback starts as well as those that developed in Lansing. Kiko Calero Eugenio Vélez Notes Sources Lansing Lugnuts official web site Lugnuts page at the Lansing State Journal Lansing Lugnuts at Minor League Baseball site Broadcaster's Blog of Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

Sapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II

On 6 February 2017, the Sapphire Jubilee of Elizabeth II, marking sixty-five years of her reign, occurred. The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to have a sapphire jubilee. Contrary to her Silver and Diamond Jubilees, there were no widespread public celebrations of the Sapphire Jubilee. Instead, like the February 1992 Ruby Jubilee, the Queen did not undertake any official engagements; as she spent the day in "quiet reflection" on the anniversary of the death of her father, George VI, undertaking official work at Sandringham House. She attended a service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk on Sunday 5 February, where she was greeted by crowds of well-wishers. Larger-scale celebrations took place in June 2016, to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, any extensive celebrations would be reserved for a possible Platinum jubilee in 2022. Despite proposals for larger celebrations to mark the 65th anniversary of the Queen's accession in June 2017, including a mooted bank holiday, no such celebrations were held.

The Sapphire Jubilee featured blue stamps from the Royal Mail, commemorative coins from the Royal Mint, a reissue of an official 2014 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by David Bailey. In this official portrait the Queen wears sapphire jewellery which she received as a wedding present from her father. In September 2017, a new community centre in Collier Row, was named the Sapphire Jubilee Community Centre in the Queen's honour; the Jubilee involved the ringing of the bells in Westminster Abbey, a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London and gun salutes in several other places around the United Kingdom. Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, congratulated the Queen, saying in part that the occasion was "another remarkable milestone for our remarkable Queen.... I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty the Queen has given to our country and to the Commonwealth....

She has been an inspiration to all of us and I am proud, on behalf of the nation, to offer our humble thanks and congratulations on celebrating this Sapphire Jubilee." At a celebration of Canada's sesquicentennial in Canada House on 19 July 2017, the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch was presented to the Queen as a gift from the Governor General of Canada. Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II

Stepan Pachikov

Stepan Alexandrovich Pachikov is the co-founder of ParaGraph Intl. Parascript, Evernote Corp. among other software companies which contributed to the development of Handwriting recognition and VRML technologies. Stepan Pachikov was born in Vartashen, Azerbaijan SSR the son of Alexander Stepanovich Pachikov and Ekaterina Pankova, he attended Novosibirsk State University, Tbilisi State University and Moscow State University where he received an honorary master's degree in economic applications of mathematical methods. He received his PhD in fuzzy logic from the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1989–1997, he worked in Moscow at ParaGraph International, a company which dealt with handwriting recognition software for the Apple Newton. In 1992 he opened the US branch of ParaGraph in Silicon Valley, where he created and distributed software called Calligrapher for handwritten input on tablets and touchscreens. From 1997 to 1998, he served as vice president and established a Pen & Internet division of Silicon Graphics.

Pachikov is a co-founder and board-member of a company which provides optical character recognition and handwriting recognition to Lockheed Martin which packages processing machines for the US Postal Service. In 2008, he founded and became chief architect of the application and vision behind the Evernote line of services. Since 1986, he has been President of the Moscow Computer Children Club, supported at the time by world chess champion Garry Kasparov, where children are taught computer programming, web design, etc. USA Today - No matter who's in the White House, USA is where it's at for tech firms by Kevin Maney

You Better Not Cry

You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas is the sixth memoir by Augusten Burroughs. It was released on October 27, 2009; the book is a collection of autobiographical holiday stories recounted by the author. Publishers Weekly wrote: "Burroughs's holiday-themed memoir lacks the consistent emotional intensity of his earlier work, despite a few gems. Arranged chronologically, the vignettes begin with concrete Christmas memories and move toward musings on the spirit of the holiday. While the childhood stories have Burroughs's trademark dry wit—he once gnawed the face off a life-size Saint Nick made of wax—they aren't memorable. It's when he turns his attention to the less tangible essence of the holiday that the writing comes alive in the final two pieces,'The Best and Only Everything' and'Silent Night.' In the former, Burroughs remembers a long-ago Christmas spent with a former lover dying of AIDS and in the latter, which takes place a decade he describes dealing not only with a burst water pipe but feeling ready to celebrate the season with a tree for the first time since the death of his old boyfriend."

André Stordeur

Belgian electronic music composer André Stordeur was born 1941 in Haine-Saint-Paul. His musical career started in 1977 with a tape composition for the soundtrack to a film on Gordon Matta-Clark titled Office Baroque, by Eric Convents and Roger Steylaerts. In the 1970s, he participated to avantgarde music ensemble Studio voor Experimentele Muziek, founded in Antwerp, Flanders, by Joris De Laet in 1973. S. E. M.'s associate composers in the 1970s included: Dirk Veulemans, Paul Adriaenssens, Karel Goeyvaerts, Lucien Goethals and Serge Verstockt. Stordeur founded his own electronic music studio Studio Synthèse in 1973 in Brussels. In 1979, he collaborated with Paul-Baudouin Michel on an electroacoustic music composition titled Phraséologie, recorded at the Institut voor Psychoacustica en Elektronische Muziek studio, aka IPEM, the Ghent University electronic music studio since 1962. In 1979, he published a solo recording of his electronic music titled 18 Days, with compositions using an EMS AKS and a modified 8 voice patchable Oberheim SEM1 system.

Since 1980, Stordeur composes on a Serge synthesizer, either a Serge series 79 or a Serge prototype 1980, built for him by Serge Tcherepnin himself. Since 1983, Stordeur is the Serge company's official consultant for Europe. In 1981, Stordeur composed the music for Belgian film director Christian Mesnil's documentary Du Zaïre au Congo, he studied at IRCAM in 1981 with David Wessel and flew to the US to study with Morton Subotnick, a familiar figure at IRCAM between 1979 and 1981. Stordeur became an influential sound synthesis teacher and, in 1997, completed his Art of Analog Modular Synthesis by Voltage Control, a guide to everything modular. Stordeur maintains the Analog Cottage website. In 2004, he contributed one track to a Serge synthesizer revival CD titled Serge Modular Music: Now, published by Egres, California. In 2009, Stordeur appeared on a version of Giacinto Scelsi's Tre Canti Popolari, published by the Sub Rosa, where he played electronic distortion of live instruments

2016 Albuquerque riot

On May 24, 2016, protests at a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico turned violent, with rioters and police clashing outside the Convention Center. For hours and police clashed in downtown Albuquerque, with rioters burning signs and pro-Trump t-shirts, throwing rocks and plastic bottles at police. Police in riot gear responded with pepper spray. Donald Trump held a rally that attracted over 7,000 supporters in Albuquerque on May 24. Organized counter protests occurred the same day, included a rally with local speakers, a march, the display of anti-Trump signs, musical performances. While the event began peacefully, it descended into violence that night after the majority of protestors had left the area; the remaining protestors gathered at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the venue hosting the Trump campaign rally. Demonstrators burned signs and pro-Trump t-shirts, threw rocks and plastic bottles at police; the Albuquerque Police Department characterized the incident as a riot. The clash with police continued until 11:00 p.m.

Three rioters were arrested in the chaos and several police officers sustained minor injuries from thrown rocks. Donald Trump tweeted on the event and surrounding chaos after the unrest. "Great rally in New Mexico, amazing crowd!" He tweeted, "The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!" Trump's next stop was to be Anaheim, where the police chief Chief Raul Quezada issued a warning to protesters that "there is no room for violence in Anaheim."