The State Journal-Register
The State Journal-Register is the only local daily newspaper for Springfield and its surrounding area. It was founded in 1831 as the Sangamo Journal by William Bailhache and Edward Baker, claims to be "the oldest newspaper in Illinois." As such, it and its editor, Edward L. Baker, supported the political career of the Springfield-based Abraham Lincoln in the years before the American Civil War. In publication, the name was changed to Illinois State Journal. $2 daily. $4.50 on Sunday Copley Press bought the State Journal in 1927. In 1942, it bought the Illinois State Register. For years, the two papers maintained separate editorial stances, with the State Journal tilting Republican and the State Register tilting Democratic; the two papers merged in 1974 as The State Journal-Register. Fairport, New York-based GateHouse Media bought The State Journal-Register, along with most of Copley's other Midwestern titles, in 2007; the State Journal-Register website Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections: Sangamo Journal/Illinois State Journal
Canberra Roller Derby League
The Canberra Roller Derby League is a Canberra-based all-women's roller derby league. It was created in 2008, with the first bouts occurring in 2009. Skaters joined the league during "Fresh Meat" and "Boot Camp" intakes, where they learn skating and derby skills before appearing in bouts nine to twelve months later. Canberra holds the Division 1 trophy for The Great Southern Slam. Canberra is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. There were two teams: the Black N Blue Belles and the Surly Griffins. In 2010, the league expanded to four teams with the addition of the Red Bellied Black Hearts and the Brindabelters. In addition, there is an all-star team called the Vice City Rollers that competes in interstate bouts against teams from Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. At home bouts, the league has attendances as high as 5,000, has its own stable of referees who officiate the league and interstate bouts; the 2009 season was won by the 2010 season by the Black N Blue Belles. The 2011 season had six bouts scheduled, with the league championship to occur in October 2011.
The league's bouts are aired on ChannelVision, they have had media coverage from 666 ABC Canberra. The Canberra Roller Derby League was established in 2008 as a volunteer organisation intended to promote roller derby, women's health and sport in the Australian Capital Territory; the league was created by Dr Hell. Other early members include Peachy Keen; the league was intended to resemble the burlesque, was the first roller derby league in the ACT. The league's first practices took place in parking lots around the Territory. Dr Hell and Bullseye Betty helped get a screening of the Roller Derby Dolls on 28 July 2008 at The Front Cafe and Gallery in Lyneham in order to generate membership in the new league. At the start of its first season, the league had 26 skaters; the first public bout in 2009 took place at Southern Cross Stadium, before a sell out crowd. At the end of the 2009 season, additional information nights were held at The Front Cafe and Gallery on 25 August 2009 and The Hush Lounge in Phillip on 30 August 2009, the league held a demonstration at the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
On 21 November 2009, it held a roller derby rodeo at the Southern Cross Stadium with tickets being sold at Smith's Bookshop. By 2011, tickets for the league's events would be sold through Ticketek; the presence of the league in Canberra has helped change the perception of the sport in the capital from an entertaining sideshow to a mainstream women's participation sport. The popularity of roller derby in Canberra has meant that the CRDL cannot accommodate all the women in Canberra who want to participate. To address this issue, in 2011, some roller derby enthusiasts worked on starting a new league as a student organisation at Australian National University; the CRDL stepped up to help other leagues in the country. In 2009, members of the Canberra Roller Derby League competed as substitutes for the Sydney Roller Derby League's Screaming Assault Sirens in its grand final, after one member of the Sirens was quarantined with swine flu, several other skaters were out injured; the Canberra Roller Derby League was featured in the 2012 documentary film This Is Roller Derby.
Bullseye Bettie was the league president from 2008 to 2009, followed by Cherry Axe-Wound from 2010 onwards. The league only allows female skaters to participate, Members of the league are drawn from many backgrounds, include women who are medical doctors, finance works and tradies; the CRDL is considered the most professional league in the country. The league is structured to protect the safety of its skaters. New roller derby competitors advance through tiers. At each level, they learn and perfect specific derby skills and general fitness; this helps to improve the quality of the competition. The time between joining and getting to compete in a bout is nine to twelve months. Skaters practice for eight total hours a week during two weekly practices that last around three hours. In April 2013, Canberra was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program, graduated to full membership in October 2014; the 2011 all star-squad is composed of members of the teams of the Canberra Roller Derby League, who compete as a team in interstate bouts as the "Vice City Rollers" The name is a play on the fact that Canberra has a legal'adult' industry.
The 2011 squad was composed of: The Vice City Rollers competed in their first interstate bout in June 2010 in the Great Southern Slam hosted by the Adelaide Roller Derby. They beat the Van Diemen Rollers. In 2010, the team played in bouts in Wollongong and Melbourne; the October 2010 match in Sydney against the SydneyCity Assassins featured a Star Wars theme. On 11 December 2010, the Vice City Rollers competed against the Sydney Roller Derby League's all-star team, the Assassins, in a bout at AIS Arena billed as the "Lord of the Rink: The Two Towers", in their first home interstate bout. In the previous meeting in Sydney between the two teams, Canberra lost by four points; the 2010 squad members were managed by Belly Up. The captain was Bambi Von Smash'er, the vice-captain was Dr Hell. Squad members included Amykazee, King Cam, Melicious Damage, Ova Bearing, Aunty Aggro, Dee Nature, The Dutachass, Pink Mist, Roulette Rouge and Short Stop; the Vice City Rollers competed in several bouts in 2011, including a 19 March 2011 bout against the
Rainy City Roller Derby
Rainy City Roller Derby is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Manchester, England. Founded as "Rainy City Roller Girls" in 2008, the league consists of four teams, which compete against teams from other leagues. Rainy City is a member of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, served as the host league for the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup; the first league in North West England, Rainy City played its first home bout in November 2009, against the Leeds Roller Dolls. In September 2011, it opened the "Thunderdome", its own training and bouting venue, in a former snooker hall in Oldham which they have renovated and made into the'Bouting venue of the North'. In March 2012, it joined the UK Roller Derby Association; as well as bouting, the team run skating and officiating clinics and bootcamps throughout the year. In July 2012, Rainy City was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Programme, it became a full WFTDA member in September 2013.
In April 2013, a third team was formed for new skaters at starter level to gain experience and learn. In 2016, Rainy City re-branded as Rainy City Roller Derby, a move linked with success the organization has achieved on the flat track; the Rainy City All Stars are the league's A team. The original Rainy City team, members have included 2011-12 Team England squad skaters Missy Rascal and Dee-Mise; the Tender Hooligans are Rainy City's B team. Formed in 2010; the C team, Rainy City Revolution, was formed in 2013. In 2018 a new D team was introduced for new skaters- Rainy City Rising. Rainy City's officiating crew. Rainy City played their first WFTDA-sanctioned game in October 2013 against Glasgow Roller Derby. At the WFTDA European Tournament in Malmö, Sweden, in November 2014, Rainy City went 2-1 with victories over Copenhagen Roller Derby and Oslo Roller Derby, a narrow loss to Bear City Roller Derby. In 2016, Rainy City qualified for WFTDA Playoffs for the first time, making the Division 1 tournament at Columbia, South Carolina as the seventh seed.
During the weekend Rainy City went 2-2, with victories over Steel City Roller Derby and Santa Cruz Derby Girls, losses to Jacksonville RollerGirls and Crime City Rollers, to finish the weekend in 6th place. At the 2017 Division 1 Playoff in Malmö, Rainy City won their opening game against Calgary Roller Derby Association 324-81, but narrowly lost their quarterfinal to London Rollergirls, 124-199, to miss Championships. Rainy City ended their weekend with a 258-78 consolation bracket win against Charm City Roller Girls. In 2018, Rainy City qualified for WFTDA Playoffs in A Coruña, Spain where they finished in fourth place with a 174-146 loss to Angel City Derby. CR = consolation round In 2013, Rainy City captured the win at the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association's "Sur5al" event, an unusual contest with modified rules and regulations. In 2018, Rainy City won the first EuroCup competition, against 5 other WFTDA D1 European opponents. 2012 European rankingsRainy City Roller Girls, finished division 1, 9th Tender Hooligans, finished division 2, 37th 2011 European rankingsRainy City Roller Girls, finished division 1, 7th Tender Hooligans, finished division 2, 25th 2010 European rankingsRainy City Roller Girls, finished division 1, 3rd Tender Hooligans, finished division 2, 12th 2009 European rankingsRainy City Roller Girls, finished division 1, 9th Two league members, Missy Rascal and Dee-Mise, were selected to play for Team England at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup in Toronto.
Missy Rascal returned to Team England's roster for the 2014 World Cup in Dallas, joined by teammate Fay Roberts. In December 2016, it was announced that Rainy City would host the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup, at the EventCity facility in Manchester. Eight members of Rainy City were named to the training roster for Team England in October 2016: Alex Valentine, Alex Wilde, Fay Roberts, Fayetal Blonde, Menace, Missy Rascal and Philly. Rainy City was additionally represented by Mattie and Perra Peligro with Spain, Dana Scurry skating for Ireland
Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of McLean County, United States. It is adjacent to Normal, is the more populous of the two principal municipalities of the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area; the 2010 Census showed the city had a population of 76,610, making it the 12th most populated city in Illinois, the fifth-most populous city in the state outside the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Combined with Normal, the twin cities have a population of 130,000. Bloomington is located at 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W; the city is at an elevation of 797 feet above sea level. According to the 2010 census, Bloomington has a total area of 27.229 square miles, of which 27.22 square miles is land and 0.009 square miles is water. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bloomington have ranged from a low of 14 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −23 °F was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 114 °F was recorded on July 15, 1936 during the 1936 North American heat wave.
Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.71 inches in February to 4.52 inches in May. The Bloomington area was at the edge of a large grove occupied by the Kickapoo people before the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the early 1820s. Springing from the settlement of Keg Grove called Blooming Grove, Bloomington was named as county seat on December 25, 1830, when McLean County was created; when the County of McLean was incorporated, a county seat was established. However, the legislation stated the site of Bloomington "would be located later." James Allin, one of the new county's promoters, offered to donate 60 acres of his land for the new town. His offer was accepted, Bloomington was laid out, its lots were sold at a well-attended and noisy auction on the 4th of July 1831. At this time there were few roads, but rich soils brought new farmers who began commerce by conducting their business in the newly formed county. People came from all over to trade and do business at the town's center, known today as Downtown Bloomington, including Abraham Lincoln, working as a lawyer in nearby Springfield, Illinois.
In 1900 an officer on patrol discovered a fire in a laundry across the street from the old city hall and police station. He sounded the alarm but the fire destroyed the majority of the downtown the areas north and east of the courthouse. However, the burnt area was rebuilt from the designs of local architects George Miller and Paul O. Moratz. During the first two decades of the 20th century, Bloomington continued to grow. Agriculture, the construction of highways and railroads, the growth of the insurance business all influenced the growth of Bloomington and its downtown area; the downtown area became a regional shopping center attracting trade from adjoining counties. Labor unions grew in strength; this trend has continued to the present day, where expansion has included many restaurants and other businesses. As of the census of 2010, there were 30,454 households within the city; the population density was 2,814.8 people per square mile. There were 34,339 housing units at an average density of 1,261.5 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 77.5% White, 10.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 7.0% Asian, 1.42% from other races, 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.6% of the population. The City of Bloomington and McLean County comprise the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Illinois; the area's population has grown 28% from 1990 through 2006. The fastest growth has been in Bloomington, as the U. S. Census Bureau conducted a special census of that city in February 2006, showing a population of 74,975, a 15.7% increase in less than six years. In 2010, there were 34,339 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.1% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.12. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 20, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 45, 23.8% from 45 to 64, 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $58,662, the median income for a family was $81,166. Males had a median income of $56,597 versus $39,190 for females; the per capita income for the city was $32,672. About 5.7% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over. Wirelessbuy Inc – Wireless Carrier of Usa Based Unlimited Hotspot Data for LTE service headquartered in Bloomington According to Bloomington's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the area's top employers are: Bloomington is home to a convention center at the McLean County Fairgrounds, Grossinger Motors Arena, Beer Nuts. Interstates 39, 55 and 74 intersect at Bloomington, making the city a substantial transportation hub. US highways 51 and 150 and Illinois state route 9 run through Bloomington; the legendary highway U. S. Route 66 once ran directly through the city's downtown and on a bypass to the east.
The Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System operates Bloomington-Normal's internal bus system, several intercity bus lines operate north-south and east-west service through the city. Bloomington is serviced by passenger rail, bus service, sever
Tiger Bay Brawlers
Tiger Bay Brawlers is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Cardiff, Wales. Founded in April 2010, the league has two teams. Tiger Bay is a member of the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association; the Tiger Bay Brawlers was founded in 2010. The league's A team started bouting in January 2011, hosting the first public roller derby bout in Wales as they took on the Bristol Harbour Harlots, winning the bout 173-37. Of the nine bouts the Brawlers' A team played in this first year, their first recruitment day was held in March 2010 which saw the league double in size, enabling them to establish and debut their B team in October 2011. In 2011 three members of the Tiger Bay Brawlers were selected to play for the Midlands Massive - an all star team made of skaters around the UK. Opening their 2012 bouting season, the Tiger Bay Brawlers took on the London Rollergirls' Ultraviolent Femmes in Earls Court, London, a game they lost. In July 2012, Tiger Bay was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Programme, it became a full member of the WFTDA in June 2013.
In February 2013, the Tiger Bay Brawlers became the first European team to win against the London Rollergirls' B-team, the Brawl Saints. In May 2013 Tiger Bay Brawlers were runners up in their first European tournament, 2013: A Skate Odyssey, in Ghent, Belgium, they narrowly lost to the Berlin Bombshells. The Tiger Bay Brawlers is run by a voluntary management committee made up of league members including skaters, non-skating officials and referees; the management committee make decisions which affect the whole league and meet once a month to establish priorities and coordinate activities. Sub-committees involve all league members in the league operations and an annual AGM establishes objectives going forwards; the league's home bouts are played between Talybont Sports Hall at Cardiff University, the Newport Centre. As a league the Tiger Bay Brawlers secured a Welsh language roller derby feature on S4C and secured coverage on BBC Sport Wales. In 2012, Sport. Cardiff announced in partnership with The Tiger Bay Brawlers the establishment of a junior roller derby league through the 5x60 initiative.
Different from the main league, the juniors play to the Junior Roller Derby Association rules set. The Tiger Bay Brawlers hosted Europe's first public Junior bout on Saturday, 8 December 2012 at Talybont Sports Centre, Cardiff