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MGM Grand Las Vegas

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the United States with 6,852 rooms, it is the third-largest hotel complex in the world by number of rooms and second-largest hotel resort complex in the United States behind the combined The Venetian and The Palazzo. When it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand was the largest hotel complex in the world. Owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the 30-floor main building is 293 ft high; the property includes five outdoor pools and waterfalls that cover 6.6 acres, a 380,000 sq ft convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Grand Spa. It houses numerous shops, night clubs and the largest casino in Clark County, which occupies 171,500 sq ft. Located on the Tropicana – Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, the MGM Grand is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos: to the south across Tropicana Avenue, the Tropicana, to the west across the Strip, New York-New York.

The property was the site of the Golf Club Motel during the 1960s. In 1972, Tom Wiesner co-founded Southwest Securities Development Company, founded Wiesner Investment Company. In November 1973, Southwest Securities Development was planning the Airport Marina Hotel, to be built at the site of the 170-room Golf Club Motel, located near McCarran International Airport. Southwest planned to add a 14-story addition with 518 rooms. Fred Harvey Company would serve as the operator of the hotel, its restaurants, other areas of the resort. Fred Harvey had opened hotels in other parts of the United States under the Airport Marina name. Southwest planned to construct a 28,400 sq ft casino that would operate separately from Fred Harvey; the 700-room Marina, located at 3805 South Las Vegas Boulevard, was built by Wiesner Investment Company and was opened in 1975. In 1989, Wiesner and his partners sold the Marina to Kirk Kerkorian, who bought the Tropicana Country Club, located behind the Marina and across Tropicana Avenue from the Tropicana and San Rémo hotels to obtain the site that would become the home of the MGM Grand.

Kerkorian saw the Marina as a stable and solidly built resort, decided not to destroy the hotel, but to build around it. During that time, the Marina was known as the MGM-Marina Hotel; the Marina closed on November 30, 1990, ground was broken for the new casino hotel complex on October 7, 1991. The Marina hotel building still exists as the west wing of the main hotel building; when the latest MGM Grand opened on December 18, 1993, it was owned by MGM Grand Inc. At that time it had an extensive Wizard of Oz theme, including the green "Emerald City" color of the building and the decorative use of Wizard of Oz memorabilia. After entering the casino's main entrance, one would find themselves in the Oz Casino facing Emerald City. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion were seen in front of the city; the Emerald City attraction featured an elaborate yellow brick road walk-through, complete with the cornfield, apple orchard, haunted forest, as well as audio-animatronic figures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West.

It would end at the door of the city, leading inside for a performance of "The Wizard's Secrets". When MGM Grand began its extensive refurbishment in 1996, the Oz Casino was the first to go; the Emerald City was demolished, the Emerald City Gift Shop was moved to a new shopping section of the casino. The store remained open until early 2003; when the MGM Grand opened, the intention was to create a destination hotel in the Las Vegas area by including the MGM Grand Adventures Theme Park behind the casino. The plan was to make the Las Vegas Strip more family friendly by providing activities for those too young to linger inside the casino; the theme park did not reopen for the 2001 season. The site was redeveloped as a luxury condominium and hotel complex called The Signature at MGM Grand, opened in 2006; the resort's original entrance consisted of a giant lion head, made of fiberglass and blocky in appearance, with visitors entering through the lion's mouth. The lion was a cartoon-like version of Leo the Lion.

The MGM Grand performed unusually poorly with Asian gamblers in its first years of existence. The Las Vegas Monorail was built to connect MGM Grand to the Bally's hotel-casino in 1995; the coming-out party for the monorail, on behalf of Bally's, consisted of showgirls and guys from Bally's famed show, Jubilee!, helping groups to the monorail. Characters from The Wizard of Oz greeted the groups on the MGM side; the track was updated to become the southernmost section of the Las Vegas Monorail. The MGM Grand station was refurbished, the trains were replaced with Bombardier M-VI's, the track was extended beyond the southern station to provide for track switching for the trains, as well as a starting point for a potential future southern extension to the monorail line. In May 1996, MGM Grand Inc. announced a 30-month, four-phase renovation of the resort that would cost more than $250 million. The project would include replacing the property's lion entrance with a six-story gold lion structure; the first phase was to begin in June 1996, would focus on the resort's restaurant, food court and arcade area, with the addition of several new restaurants.

The second phase would

Sellicks Beach, South Australia

Sellicks Beach is a suburb in the Australian state of South Australia located within Adelaide metropolitan area about 47 kilometres from the Adelaide city centre. It is an outer southern suburb of Adelaide and is located in the local government area of the City of Onkaparinga at the southern boundary of the metropolitan area; the suburb consists of land bounded in the north by Button Road, in the east by the Main South Road, to the south by the boundary of the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Willunga and to the west by the coastline with Aldinga Bay. It began in 1925 as a sub-division of part of section 665 of the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Willunga called “Sellicks Beach Estate”, developed by George Herrick and Robert Herrick, two farmers who lived at Aldinga. Sellicks Beach was gazetted as a place on 28 October 1993. There are housing development projects being undertaken in Sellicks Beach. There is delicatessen and a wholesale nursery. Sellicks Beach is close to Aldinga Beach, a 10-minute drive, which has two petrol stations, two supermarkets, doctors surgery, two chemists and other various shops.

Driving on the beach is permitted free of charge for residents while non-residents are charged a small fee. The 2016 Australian census, conducted in August 2016 reports that Sellicks Beach had 2616 people living within its boundaries. Organised motorcycle racing on the beach was held as early as 1917 with annual speed trials being held during summer until 1953 and with re-enactments in both 1986 and 1992. Annual racing resumed in 2017 after a 20 year period of no activity. Aldinga Bay Sellicks Beach: beautiful scenery of silver sand Motorcycles: 2019 Sellicks Beach Historic Motorcycle Races 2019 Sellicks Beach Historic Motorcycle Races

Gail Ruffu

Gail Elizabeth Ruffu is an American horse trainer and is the subject of a 2018 graphic novel by Greg Neri, Grand Theft Horse. She studied riding in Europe as a teen. Returning to the United States, she was a riding instructor in the 1980s, she began training racehorses in the 1990s, promoting the use of gentle methods without the use of any type of medication. Ruffu's training style was unorthodox and she was once suspended for nine months from California tracks in part for her activism, though the suspension was reversed. In 2004, Ruffu became a 20% owner of a horse named Urgent Envoy, whom she trained, after being fired as his trainer, became the subject of controversy when she took the horse from his other owners, she was charged with theft and acquitted, but her racing license was suspended for seven years. To this day, the horse remains at an undisclosed location. Ruffu to date has never won a reported race. Ruffu is of Creole descent, her father was in the Air Force, she and her 12 siblings moved throughout the world during her childhood.

Ruffu was in Denton, Texas in the early 1960s, where she attended religious school for grade school students at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In Texas, she took part in barrel racing in 1966. Ruffu graduated from Denton High School in 1967. At age 17, she started learning equestrianism and stable management. Ruffu became a riding instructor, receiving horse master and assistant instructor accreditation from the British Horse Society, she studied dressage, worked at stables in Germany, competed in show jumping. She was based in Seattle by the late 1980s, she worked as the editor and publisher of the Washington Horseman's Directory. She moved to California in the early 1990s, she began working at the track, starting as a hot walker and by the late 1990s was an exercise rider, noted for her gentle handling of horses. In 1999, she hired attorney Steve Haney and filed a lawsuit against "several California horse racing entities" because she had been banned from Santa Anita Park, Del Mar and the Hollywood Park racetracks for nine months.

Racing stewards would not comment on the reasons for her suspension, but Ruffu stated, was, in part, because of her training style, her activism against use of drugs on racehorses, her opposition to racing two-year old horses. The suspension was reversed by an administrative tribunal in 1998, but she asked the courts to award her compensation for lost income. Ruffu was concerned about the number of horses injured and killed in the racing industry, believing that overuse of medication allowed horse to race while injured. Haney was impressed with Ruffu's skills with horses and expressed an interest in owning a horse with her in the future, she was listed as trainer at a reported race for the first time in 2001. In 2003, Ruffu and three other investors bought a horse that Ruffu wanted to train. Ruffu's 20% ownership stake was in exchange for her services as a trainer; the other owners covered her costs. The three-year-old colt, bred by Pat and Monty Roberts, was named Urgent Envoy. For a year, Ruffu trained Urgent Envoy according to her methods.

She limited workouts and didn't use analgesic drugs to mask pain in the horse, nor use the common anti-bleeding medication Lasix, instead allowed Urgent Envoy to rest in order to recover from injuries. Urgent Envoy had his first race at Hollywood Park on June 16, 2004, he drifted wide on the track and finished last 10 lengths behind the winner. Ruffu said jockey had difficultly riding Urgent Envoy, but Haney said there were more problems: "he couldn’t participate in the post parade because he hadn’t been taught how to walk with the other horses.... It just looked like he wasn’t prepared.”The horse was scheduled to race again on July 7, but the day before the race, a veterinarian recommended that Urgent Envoy rest, due to a sore shin, so the horse was scratched. Ten days Ruffu was voted out as trainer by the other owners. After $17,000 in expenses and no results, the other owners wanted a more experienced trainer, they hired Richard Baltas, making plans to move the horse from Ruffu's stables to Baltas'.

This angered Ruffu, who "said her contract required the horse remain under her training." Urgent Envoy was moved out of her barn with standby from local law enforcement. Ruffu filed a police report, claiming there was a physical altercation between her and the handlers who moving the horse, she and other eyewitnesses dispute what happened and no charges were filed. Shortly thereafter, Urgent Envoy was diagnosed with a stress fracture and was sent to a ranch in San Diego County to recover, she visited the horse there and talked to veterinarians who stated to her that Urgent Envoy should have six months for recovery. Yet, three months Urgent Envoy was brought back to Hollywood Park. Although Baltas had him on a 30-day walking regimen, She was concerned that the horse's injury was not healed and if he raced again, he could suffer a fatal breakdown. "I began to suspect that they might be about ready to try to get an insurance policy payoff by going ahead and killing him," she said. Haney disputed this, commenting that they didn't have an insurance policy on the horse.

On December 24, 2004, Ruffu took Urgent Envoy out of the stables and hid him at an undisclosed location. She sent the other owners an email saying, "Merry Christmas, boys." A judge ordered Ruffu to return Urgent Envoy and she ignored the order. She was charged with theft, she was again ordered to return the horse. Ruffu refused. Haney hired a private investigator to find the horse and in 2006, Ruffu went to trial, but was acquitted by jury. Nonetheless, Ruff

Dick Scott (left-handed pitcher)

Richard Lewis Scott was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in 12 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs in 1963–64. On August 18, 1953, Dick Scott signed as an amateur free agent with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dick Scott began his career in 1963 at the age of thirty with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Scott wore number 20 during his time there. On December 13, 1963, he was traded by the Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Jim Brewer and Cuno Barragan, he played with the Chicago Cubs for the 1964 season, where he wore the number 38. Scott weighed 185 pounds, he did not attend college. Scott died February 10, 2020. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet

Midrash Vayosha

Midrash Vayosha is an 11th-century CE midrash, one of the smaller midrashim. It is based on Exodus 14:30-15:18, it is an exposition in the style of the aggadah, seems to have been intended for Shabbat Shirah or for the seventh day of Passover. Entire sections of Midrash Vayosha are taken verbatim from the Tanhuma, such as the passage on Exodus 15:3 and on 15:5; the story in the exposition of Exodus 14:30, concerning Satan, who appeared before Abraham and Isaac as they went to the sacrifice, may be compared with similar stories in several other works of midrash. The midrash on Exodus 15:2,7 contains extracts from the Chronicle of Moses. Here the first edition has "Midrash," while other editions give the Midrash Abkir as the source, although it is doubtful whether this aggadah occurred in that work; the sections begin for the most part with the words "ameru hachamim," though Rabbi Joshua ben Levi and Rabbi Samuel b. Naḥmani are given as the authors. In the exposition of Exodus 15:18 on the sorrows and the redemption in the Messianic time, the terrible figure of King Armilus is described, it is said that he will slay the Messiah son of Joseph, but will himself be slain by the Messiah, the son of David.

The midrash was first published at Constantinople in 1519, has been reprinted by A. Jellinek; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Isidore. "Smaller midrashim". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Zunz, G. V. p. 282 Rab Pe'alim, p. 55 A. Jellinek, Bet. Ha. Midrasch Band I. IV, Einl. p. xvii. p. 35-57. A. Wünsche, I, S.93 Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, p. 299

Nobuhiko Hasegawa

Nobuhiko Hasegawa was one of the best table tennis players worldwide from 1966 to 1974. From 1966 until 1974 he won five gold medals at world championships and two golds at the Asian Games. In total he won ten World Championship medals His mixed doubles partners were Noriko Yamanaka and Yasuko Konno and his men's doubles partners were Mitsuru Kono and Tokio Tasaka. Hasegawa was a famous exponent of heavy topspin forehand attack, combined with lob defence, he used a modified shakehands grip with the index finger pointing down the center of the blade. This made his backhand a little awkward for fast attack, so though a shakehander his tactics were similar to the Japanese penholders with wonderful footwork. Hasegawa died while was buried under a tree. List of table tennis players List of World Table Tennis Championships medalists