Moses Malone

Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. A center, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times, was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA Team selection. Malone led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1983, winning both the league and Finals MVP, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001. Malone began his professional career out of high school after he was selected in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the Utah Stars, he was named an ABA All-Star as a rookie and played two seasons in the league until it merged with the NBA in 1976. He landed in the NBA with the Buffalo Braves. Malone became a five-time All-Star in six seasons with the Rockets. After leading the NBA in rebounding in 1979, he was named league MVP for the first time, he led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981, won his second MVP award in 1982.

Traded to Philadelphia the following season, he repeated as MVP and led the 76ers to the 1983 championship. In his first of two stints with Philadelphia, he was an All-Star in each of his four seasons. Following another trade, Malone was an All-Star in his only two seasons with the Washington Bullets, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, earning his 12th straight and final NBA All-Star selection in his first season. In his years, he played with the Milwaukee Bucks before returning to the 76ers and completing his career with the San Antonio Spurs. Malone was a tireless and physical player who led the NBA in rebounding six times, including a then-record five straight seasons. Nicknamed the "Chairman of the Boards" for his rebounding prowess, he finished his career as the all-time leader in offensive rebounds after leading both the ABA and NBA in the category a combined nine times. Combining his ABA and NBA statistics, Malone ranks ninth all-time in career points and third in total rebounds.

He was named to both the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Malone was born in Virginia, he was an only child, raised by his mother, who had dropped out of school after finishing the fifth grade. When Malone was two years old, Mary forced her husband to move out of their home due to his alcohol use. Malone's father moved to Texas. Malone attended Petersburg High School; the team went undefeated in his final two years, winning 50 games and back-to-back Virginia state championships. Malone signed a letter of intent to play college basketball for the University of Maryland under head coach Lefty Driesell. After the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association selected him in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft, Malone decided to become a professional; the New York Times called him "the first high schooler in modern basketball to go directly to the pros". He began his professional career with Utah in the 1974–75 season after signing a five-year contract worth $1 million. At 6 ft 10 in and a somewhat skinny 215 pounds at the time, Malone began his professional career playing at forward until he bulked up enough to handle the rigors at center.

As a rookie, he earned ABA All-Rookie honors. The Stars folded 16 games into the 1975–76 season, Malone was sold to the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis to help pay down the Stars' debts, he played for the Spirits for the remainder of the 1975–76 season. In two seasons in the ABA, Malone averaged 12.9 rebounds per game. The ABA–NBA merger occurred after the 1975–76 season, but the Spirits of St. Louis were not among the ABA teams chosen to join the NBA. Malone had been selected by the NBA's New Orleans Jazz in a December 1975 pre-merger draft for ABA players of undergraduate age. However, the NBA let them place Malone into the 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft pool in exchange for the return of their first-round draft pick in 1977, which they used to trade for Gail Goodrich. In the 1976 dispersal draft, held for the remaining ABA players, Malone was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the fifth overall pick in the draft; the Blazers, had acquired power forward Maurice Lucas in the draft and believed that Malone and Lucas had similar skill sets.

Concerns over the team's salary costs compelled Portland to trade Malone to the Buffalo Braves prior to the first game of the 1976–77 season for a first-round draft choice in the 1978 NBA draft and $232,000. Malone played in two games with Buffalo; because they could not meet Malone's demands for playing time, they traded him to the Houston Rockets in exchange for first-round draft picks in the 1977 and 1978 drafts. With the Houston Rockets, Malone played forward opposite Rudy Tomjanovich, he appeared in 82 games overall for both Buffalo and Houston and finished the season averaging 13.2 points per game with 13.1 rebounds per game, ranking third in rpg. Malone set a then-NBA record with 437 offensive rebounds in a season, though he surpassed that mark two years later. Malone blocked 2.21 shots per game, the seventh-most in the league. In the second game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Bullets, Malone recorded 15 offensive rebounds in the overtime win, setting an NBA playoff record.

The Rockets reached the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost 4–2 to the Philadelphia 76ers, his future team. During his second season in the NBA, Malone was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, which caused him to miss the final 23 games of the season


KTBY, virtual channel 4, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Anchorage, United States. The station is owned by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC, which operates ABC affiliate KYUR under joint sales and shared services agreements with owner Vision Alaska LLC; the two stations share studios on East Tudor Road in Anchorage. On cable, the station is available on GCI channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 654, it is carried on DirecTV and Dish Network in the Anchorage television market. Some of KTBY's programming is broadcast to rural communities via low-power translators through the Alaska Rural Communications Service. KTBY signed on the air on December 2, 1983 as a locally owned independent with Mike Parker as President, Mike Buck as General Manager and Dave Peters II as Program Director before joining the then-fledgling Fox network on its launch of October 9, 1986, today is still one of the charter affiliates, it was the only Fox station in Alaska until 1992.

During the 1980s, KTBY was the first Anchorage station to air professional wrestling with any regularity in response to the increase in mainstream interest. Televised wrestling programs were absent from Anchorage television, as the programs were traditionally used to promote live events, which have been held only in Alaska dating back to the 1950s; the station aired AWA All-Star Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling and WWF Superstars of Wrestling. In June 2010, Coastal Television hired Scott Centers as General Manager to manage KTBY and under a shared services agreement, manage Vision Alaska I and Vision Alaska II. In September 2010, KTBY relocated its master control operations to colocate with Vision Alaska I; the station's digital signal is multiplexed: KTBY shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 20.

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4. Until October 1, 2008, KTBY aired a 9:00 p.m. weeknight newscast produced by local CBS affiliate KTVA. This production ceased. Trill Gates, Kristen Doogan and Ebony Williams were initial members of the news operation. Newscasts are produced by KYUR. Official website Query the FCC's TV station database for KTBY BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTBY-TV

2003 Alabama earthquake

The 2003 Alabama earthquake took place on April 29 at 3:59 A. M. Central Daylight Time eight miles east-northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; the number of people who felt this quake was exceptionally high as the earthquake could be felt in 11 states across the East Coast and as far north as southern Indiana. The earthquake was felt throughout metropolitan Atlanta; the Georgia Building Authority was called out to inspect the historic Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta and other state-owned buildings, but found no problems. However, this is not out of the ordinary as earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt several times the area felt on West Coast earthquakes; the earthquake was given a magnitude 4.6 on the moment magnitude scale by the USGS and reports of the duration of the shaking range from 10 seconds to as long as 45 seconds. It is tied with a 1973 earthquake near Knoxville, Tennessee as the strongest earthquake to occur in the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone, the second most active seismic zone east of the Rocky Mountains, with the New Madrid Seismic Zone the most active.

The April 29 earthquake caused moderate damage in northern Alabama including a 29-foot wide sinkhole northwest of Fort Payne. The quake disrupted the local water supply. There were numerous reports of chimney damage, broken windows and cracked walls around the area near Hammondville and Valley Head, Alabama. Many 9-1-1 call centers were overloaded with worrisome and panicked residents, who thought it was a train derailment, a bomb or some other type of explosion that had awakened them. There were several aftershocks, all of magnitude 2.0 or lower and were not felt. List of earthquakes in 2003 List of earthquakes in the United States Geologic Survey of Alabama.