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Marseille is the prefecture of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is located on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Rhône; the city covers an area of 241 km2 and had a population of 870,018 in 2016. Its metropolitan area, which extends over 3,173 km2 is the third-largest in France after those of Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 as of 2010. Known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as Massalia, Marseille was an important European trading centre and remains the main commercial port of the French Republic. Marseille is now France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce and cruise ships; the city was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and European Capital of Sport in 2017. It is home to Aix-Marseille University. Marseille is the second-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris. To the east, starting in the small fishing village of Callelongue on the outskirts of Marseille and stretching as far as Cassis, are the Calanques, a rugged coastal area interspersed with small fjord-like inlets.

Farther east still are the city of Toulon and the French Riviera. To the north of Marseille, beyond the low Garlaban and Etoile mountain ranges, is the 1,011 m Mont Sainte Victoire. To the west of Marseille is the former artists' colony of l'Estaque; the airport lies to the north west of the city at Marignane on the Étang de Berre. The city's main thoroughfare stretches eastward from the Old Port to the Réformés quarter. Two large forts flank the entrance to the Old Port—Fort Saint-Nicolas on the south side and Fort Saint-Jean on the north. Farther out in the Bay of Marseille is the Frioul archipelago which comprises four islands, one of which, If, is the location of Château d'If, made famous by the Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo; the main commercial centre of the city intersects with the Canebière at Rue St Ferréol and the Centre Bourse. The centre of Marseille has several pedestrianised zones, most notably Rue St Ferréol, Cours Julien near the Music Conservatory, the Cours Honoré-d'Estienne-d'Orves off the Old Port and the area around the Hôtel de Ville.

To the south east of central Marseille in the 6th arrondissement are the Prefecture and the monumental fountain of Place Castellane, an important bus and metro interchange. To the south west are the hills of the 7th and 8th arrondissements, dominated by the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde. Marseille's main railway station—Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles—is north of the Centre Bourse in the 1st arrondissement; the city has a hot-summer mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot dry summers. December and February are the coldest months, averaging temperatures of around 12 °C during the day and 4 °C at night. July and August are the hottest months, averaging temperatures of around 28–30 °C during the day and 19 °C at night in the Marignane airport but in the city near the sea the average high temperature is 27 °C in July. Marseille is the sunniest major city in France with over 2,900 hours of sunshine while the average sunshine in the country is around 1,950 hours, it is the driest major city with only 512 mm of precipitation annually thanks to the Mistral, a cold, dry wind originating in the Rhône Valley that occurs in winter and spring and which brings clear skies and sunny weather to the region.

Less frequent is the Sirocco, a hot, sand-bearing wind, coming from the Sahara Desert. Snowfalls are infrequent; the hottest temperature was 40.6 °C on 26 July 1983 during a great heat wave, the lowest temperature was −14.3 °C on 13 February 1929 during a strong cold wave. Marseille was founded circa 600 BC as the Greek colony of Massalia and populated by Greeks settlers from Phocaea, it became the preeminent Greek polis in the Hellenized region of southern Gaul. The city-state sided with the Roman Republic against Carthage during the Second Punic War, retaining its independence and commercial empire throughout the western Mediterranean as Rome expanded into Western Europe and North Africa. However, the city lost its independence following the Roman Siege of Massilia in 49 BC, during Caesar's Civil War, in which Massalia sided with the exiled faction at war with Julius Caesar. Marseille continued to prosper as a Roman city, becoming an early center of Christianity during the Western Roman Empire.

The city maintained its position as a premier maritime trading hub after its capture by the Visigoths in the 5th century AD, although the city went into decline following the sack of 739 AD by the forces of Charles Martel. It became part of the County of Provence during the 10th century, although its renewed prosperity was curtailed by the Black Death of the 14th century and sack of the city by the Crown of Aragon in 1423; the city's fortunes rebounded with the ambitious building projects of René of Anjou, Count of Provence, who strengthened the city's fortifications during the mid-15th century. During the 16th century the city hosted a naval fleet w

Dunning Mountain

Dunning Mountain is a stratigraphic ridge in central Pennsylvania, United States. The mountain's north end is at McKee Gap, which separates it from Short Mountain, where Halter Creek flows westward towards the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River; the south end of the mountain is contiguous with Evitts Mountain, but is marked by a sharp bend to the east. The valley formed by the bend is known as "The Kettle," and the broad valley to the east of Dunning Mountain is called Morrisons Cove; the town of Roaring Spring is located at the north end of the mountain on the east side. Route 869 crosses southern Dunning Mountain from Imler to Brumbaugh, Route 1042 crosses it east of Sproul. Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 147 is located on Dunning Mountain in several parcels from the Juniata River south to the slopes adjacent to Roaring Spring Dunning Mountain is in the Ridge and Valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, it forms the west limb of a broad anticline, Tussey Mountain forms the east limb.

The erosion-resistant Silurian Tuscarora Formation, a quartzite, outcrops along the crest of the ridge. Geology of Bedford County, Pennsylvania

Christopher Rants

Christopher C. Rants is a former Iowa State Representative, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1992 to 2010. He received his BA from Morningside College, his work experience includes managing environmental compliance projects for Metz Baking Company, Pierce & Associates, a Sioux City consulting firm. After leaving the legislature, Rants started inSight Communication as government affairs and public relations firm. In 2015 Rants partnered his firm with another Iowa government affairs firm. Rants served on several committees in the Iowa House - Commerce, Ways & Means and Rules committees, his political experience includes serving as Assistant Majority Leader beginning in 1994, serving as the Speaker Pro Tempore, serving as House Majority Leader beginning in 1999, serving as Speaker of the Iowa House from 2003 through 2006. Rants was re-elected in 2008 by a margin of 57% to 43%. In June 2009, Rants announced his intention to seek his party's nomination for the 2010 election for Governor of Iowa.

Rants announced that he was pulling out of the race for governor in February 2010. In 2006 and 2008 Rants backed Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses, in 2016 Rants was the state chairman for the Carly Fiorina for President campaign. Christopher is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership. Rants serves as Vice Chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee. Rants is an avid golfer, who has played the 2004 Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses You Can Play. Representative Christopher Rants - official Iowa General Assembly site Rants' website Profile at

Jason Abalos

Jason Jimenez Abalos is a Filipino actor and endorser. Abalos is a former member of Star Magic talents until 2017, he was discovered after joining Star Circle Quest, a reality show in search of new actors. On August 7, 2008, he won Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role award in the Young Critics Circle Annual Citation held at the Faculty Center Conference Hall of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City; the award was for his role in the indie film Adela, directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. and starring Anita Linda. On October 1, 2008, he won the Best Actor in the 2008 Gawad Urian Awards for Endo, he is a celebrity endorser of Aficionado Germany Perfume with his own product Jason EDT. He was relaunched as endorser in January 8, 2011 during the grand "1@11" event at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds attended by 85,000 people, he studies at Nueva Ecija University of Technology. On October 3, 2017, Abalos transferred to GMA Network and signed an exclusive contract at GMA Artist Center after 13 years as a talent of Star Magic of ABS-CBN.

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Marvin Webster

Marvin Nathaniel Webster was an American professional basketball player. He played one season in the American Basketball Association and nine in the National Basketball Association with the Denver Nuggets, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knickerbockers and Milwaukee Bucks. Born in Baltimore, the son of a Baltimore preacher, Webster attended Edmondson High School in the city. A four-year basketball letterman at Morgan State University, he earned the nickname "The Human Eraser" as a junior when he averaged eight blocked shots a game while helping the Bears capture the 1974 NCAA Division II Championship, he averaged 22.4 rebounds and was named Division II player of the year. Webster still holds eight career school records: 1,990 points, 2,267 rebounds, 19.5 rebounds per game, 785 field goals made, 424 free throws made, 644 free throws attempted, 722 blocks and 110 games started. His 740 rebounds in 1974 and 2,267 career total are still second all-time in NCAA history in their respective categories.

He was named to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball 50th Anniversary All-Elite Eight Team in 2006. Webster was selected in the first round of both the NBA and ABA Drafts in 1975. After signing with the Nuggets, he was diagnosed with a form of hepatitis, played only 38 games as a rookie in 1975–76. A 7' 1" center, Webster helped the Nuggets win the 1976-77 NBA Midwest Division and the SuperSonics the 1977-78 NBA Western Conference title, his finest season was his single year with Seattle, in which he averaged 14.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks per game. He raised his performance in the SuperSonics’ 22-game playoff run that year, averaging 16.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, more than 2.6 blocks per game. Webster still holds the SuperSonics' record for rebounds in one half with 21. In 1978, the Knicks signed Webster as a free-agent; as compensation, the NBA awarded the SuperSonics the playing rights to power-forward Lonnie Shelton and the Knicks’ 1979 first-round draft pick. In his first season with the Knicks, Webster averaged 11.3 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Webster never again reached double figures in either category in the NBA after that. Webster missed the 1984-85 and start of the 1985-86 season with hepatitis before retiring from the Knicks. Webster played in the Continental Basketball Association, with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1986-87 season. Webster was found dead in a Tulsa, Oklahoma hotel room on April 4, 2009, he was 56 years old. It is believed. Webster was married to Mederia Webster. Webster's son, Marvin Webster Jr. was recruited to play basketball at Temple University, but died at age 19 from a heart attack prior to his sophomore season. In his life, Webster lived in Metuchen, New Jersey. Latzke, Jeff. "Ex-Sonics star Marvin Webster found dead in hotel," The Associated Press, April 8, 2009. Allen, Percy. "Former Sonic Marvin Webster dies at 56," The Seattle Times, April 9, 2009. Marvin Webster – Sports Illustrated cover, October 16, 1978. Kirkpatrick, Curry. "Heavens, What A Year Ahead!" Sports Illustrated, October 16, 1978. Pearlman, Jeff.

"Catching Up With... SuperSonics center Marvin Webster-May 22, 1978," Sports Illustrated, May 5, 1997. Seattle PI: Photos | Death of Marvin Webster

Pia Sundstedt

Pia Ann-Katrine Sundstedt is a professional former cyclist, who competes in road bicycle racing and mountain bike racing, as well as cross country skiing events. Sundstedt competed in the Summer Olympics for Finland. Having started in 2006, Sundstedt competes for Rocky Mountain/Business Objects mountain bike racing team. In 2000, Sundstedt won the Montreal World Cup event and competed for Finland at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In recent years, the four-time national Finnish national road cycling champion focused her attentions toward marathon mountain bike races and cross country skiing events, her efforts paid off in 2006 when Sundstedt captured two World Cup events and the overall individual points championship in the UCI World Cup for Cross Country Marathon. In 2008, Sundstedt came 1st in the Women's Category at the Absa Cape Epic with team mate Alison Sydor, she competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's road race, finishing 20th and in the Women's time trial finishing 11th. 2012Mountain Bike Racing 1st, Birkebeinerrittet, Rena-Lillehammer 2011Mountain Bike Racing 1st, UCI World Cup XCM Overall 1st, XCM 1st, Birkebeinerrittet, Rena-Lillehammer 1st, CykelVasan, Sälen-Mora 1st, Trans Germany, 4th, XCM World Championships, Montello Road Bicycle Racing 1st, Finnish Road Race Champion 1st, Finnish Time Trial Champion 3rd, Golan I, 3rd, Golan II, 5th, Chrono des Nations, 2010Mountain Bike Racing 1st, Birkebeinerrittet 2008Mountain Bike Racing 1st, UCI World Cup XCM Overall 1st, Birkebeinerrittet 1st Absa Cape Epic Women's Category2007Mountain Bike Racing 1st, UCI World Cup XCM Overall 1st, Birkebeinerrittet 3rd, XCM 2006Mountain Bike Racing 1st, UCI World Cup XCM Overall 1st, UCI World Cup, Val Thorens 1st, UCI World Cup, Mont Saint Anne 2nd, UCI World Cup, Naoussa 3rd, UCI World Cup, Villabassa 1st, Raid Ardenne Bleue, Verviers 1st, Finnish National Championships XCM, Lappeenranta 1st, Birkebeinerrittet 1st, Bike Festival Willingen, Willingen 2nd, European Championships UEC, Chies d'Alpago 5th, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, Oisans 5th, Sea Otter Classic, California Cross Country Skiing / Ski marathon 1st, Pustertal Ski Marathon Classic, 2nd, Hotzenwald Ski Marathon Classic, 3rd, Pustertal Ski Marathon Skating, 7th, FIS Marathon Cup, 3rd, Fäboda Loppet, 1st, Kokkola Town Champion, 1st, Bernau Skating Jet, 1st, Trace Vosgienne, 2005Mountain Bike Racing 1st, European Mountain Bike Marathon Championship 5th, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship Road Bicycle Racing 1st, Finnish Road Race Champion2002 Road Bicycle Racing 1st, Finnish Road Race Champion2001 Road Bicycle Racing 1st, Finnish Road Race Champion 1st overall, GP Féminine International du Québec, Quebec 2000Road Bicycle Racing 1st, La Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal 2nd, La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 21st, Summer Olympics Women's Road Race1999Road Bicycle Racing 6th, La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 3rd overall, Giro del Trentino Stage win, Giro d'Italia Femminile1998Road Bicycle Racing 2nd, La Flèche Wallonne Féminine 1st overall and 1 stage win, Giro Toscana Stage win, Giro d'Italia Femminile1997Road Bicycle Racing 1st, Finnish Road Race Champion 1st overall and 1 stage win, Giro del Trentino Official site