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Locris

Locris was a region of ancient Greece, the homeland of the Locrians, made up of three distinct districts. The city of Locri in Calabria known in antiquity as "Epizephyrian Locris", was a colony founded by the Locrians in Magna Graecia. There is some disagreement over whether it was those from Opuntian Locris or from Ozolian Locris who were responsible; the territory of the Locrians was divided into three by Doris and Phocis due to an early invasion of a contiguous Locrian state. This fact, combined with the region's infertility, meant that the Locrians tended to be dominated by their neighbours, played little part in Greek history. To the south-west of Phocis was Ozolian Locris, situated on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, between Naupactus and Crisa; the main cities of Ozolian Locris were Amphissa and Naupactus, its seaport. To the north east of Phocis was Opuntian Locris, named after its main city, Opus. To the north of Phocis was Epicnemidian Locris, situated near the pass of Thermopylae.

The Opuntian Locris and the Epicnemidian Locris are regarded as one people, separate in customs and integration to the Hellenic culture from the Ozolian Locris, considered as the less civilised of the two. The territories of the Opuntian Locris and the Epicnemidian Locris were not a continuous unit but were separated from one another by Phocis The main towns of Ozolian Locris were Amphissa and Naupactus. Today, the area is part of Phocis; the main towns of Opuntia Locris were Larymna. Today, Opuntian Locris is part of modern Phthiotis. Main article: Epicnemidian LocrisThe main towns of Epicnemidian Locris were Nicaea and Thronium. Today, Epicnemidian Locris is part of modern Phthiotis; the province of Locris was one of the provinces of the Phthiotis Prefecture. Its capital was the town Atalanti, its territory corresponded with that of the current municipalities Amfikleia-Elateia and Molos-Agios Konstantinos. It was abolished in 2006. Media related to Locri at Wikimedia Commons Locris

Bud Bloomfield

Clyde Stalcup "Bud" Bloomfield was an American professional baseball player. A backup infielder, he had an eight-year career in minor league baseball, interrupted by brief Major League appearances for the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals and 1964 Minnesota Twins, he batted and threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds as an active player. Born in Oklahoma City, Bloomfield attended the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas before signing with the Cardinals, he spent three minor league seasons in his native Oklahoma as a member of the Double-A Tulsa Oilers. In Bloomfield's Major League debut — and his only Cardinal appearance — he was a defensive replacement for star Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer in a 5–2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Bloomfield was in the on-deck circle when the Redbirds made their final out of the game, did not record a plate appearance. Drafted by the Twins during the off-season, Bloomfield spent most of the 1964 season with the Triple-A Atlanta Crackers.

He started two games for the Twins as a second baseman on May 7–8. In the former, he collected a single off Fred Newman of the Los Angeles Angels. Bloomfield retired after the 1964 season. Bloomfield died in 2011 in Huntsville, Arkansas, at the age of 75. Career record and playing statistics from Baseball Reference

Petro Marko

Petro Marko was an Albanian writer. His best-known novel is titled Hasta La Vista and recounts his experiences as a volunteer of the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War. Petro Marko is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern Albanian prose. Petro Marko was born in Dhërmi, southern Albania in 1913, he started writing at the age of twenty and his first works were published in journals of the time with support from Ernest Koliqi his mentor. His articles would be published in periodicals as Lirija, Shqipëria e Re, Bota e Re, Koha e Re magazine since he was 20. From March 1, 1936 he became the editor of ABC, a literary review, banned by the monarchist authorities soon after, following with Marko being arrested and sent to internment. In August 1936 he joined the Garibaldi Battalion of the Republican forces of the Spanish Civil War along with other notable Albanians like Mehmet Shehu, Asim Vokshi and Thimi Gogozoto. During the Spanish Civil War along with Skënder Luarasi, son of Petro Nini Luarasi he published in Madrid the Albanian newspaper Vullnëtari i Lirisë, discontinued after two issues because of the military status of Madrid.

His best-known work Hasta La Vista published in Tirana in 1958 was influenced by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. In 1940 after being repatriated from France to Albania he was arrested by the Italian army, imprisoned in Bari and sent along with 600 other prisoners to Ustica, an island of the Tyrrhenian Sea from 1941 to 1943, finishing with Regina Coeli prison near Rome in 1944. In October 1944 he joined the forces of the Albanian National Liberation Front as a partisan. After the war he became editor-in-chief of the periodical Bashkimi, but was arrested again in 1947 by Koçi Xoxe, Minister of Defense and was released after Xoxe's downfall in 1949. Marko would be accused of giving information to Anglo-Americans during his time as editor-in-chief, his last prison time would be May 1947-May 1950. Marko remained an idealist and antifascist. In a letter sent to the Supreme Military Court of Albania from prison, he would state: Petro Marko is sentenced to three years and is thrown into the midst of those who he fought against, hated.

For me, this is the greatest injustice, it is a crime that takes place against me, because I am innocent and never starting as early as 1932, did not bring any harm to the people.... Another of his letters sent to the Supreme Court, still while serving time in jail, he would mention that he had been tortured and forced to admit something, otherwise he would die, his time in the communist prison would be described in his Interview with myself: stones. The same book would express his feelings about his Albanian identity, considering his origins in the controversial Bregu Region, sometimes called shortly as Himara, he died in 1991, while in 2003 President of Albania, Alfred Moisiu decorated him with the medal "Honor of the Nation". In 2009 a square in Dhermi was dedicated to his memory and the ceremony was attended by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha; the main theater in Vlorë bears his name. Marko's best-known works are Hasta La Nata e Ustikës republished as Një natë e dy agime; the latter is a 380-page novel recounting the life of prisoners at the Ustica labor camp, where Petro Marko was imprisoned.

Many works of Marko exhibit surrealist motifs and patterns such as his novel Qyteti i fundit, portraying the end of the Italian occupation of Albania. In 1964 a 204-page collection of tales he wrote in his early active years from 1933 to 1937 titled Rrugë pa rrugë was published. Petro Marko. In 1973 his novel Një emër në katër rrugë set in the monarchist era was published; the book was banned because of its content and Marko lost his publishing rights until 1982