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Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,388; the town is the birthplace and hometown of actor Andy Griffith. Andy Griffith retired to Manteo, NC where he lived for the remainder of his life. Mount Airy was settled in the 1750s as a stagecoach stop on the road between Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Galax, Virginia, it was named for a nearby plantation. Mount Airy was incorporated in 1885; the City's official seal was established in 1977, which depicts major industries that are home to Mount Airy including: furniture and the granite quarry. In 1994, Mount Airy was named an All American City; the W. F. Carter House, William Carter House, Edgar Harvey Hennis House, William Alfred Moore House, Mount Airy Historic District, North Carolina Granite Corporation Quarry Complex, Renfro Mill, Trinity Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mount Airy is located at 36°30′N 80°37′W, along the Ararat River, about 5 km south of the Virginia state line.

The United States Census Bureau says the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles, all of it land. The city is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 14 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway; as of the census of 2010, there were 10,388 people in 4,934 households. The people per square mile was 891.4. There were 5,296 housing units; the Population percent change from 2000 to 2010 was 22.4% up. The racial makeup of the city was 84.1% White descent, 8.2% African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2.2% Persons reporting two or more races, 6.7% Hispanic or Latino. Persons per household was 2.10. Average household income was $35,428. Persons below poverty level was 21.1%. High school graduates were 76.9% and bachelor's degree or higher was 25.9%. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,484 people, 3,667 households, 2,130 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,010.8 people per square mile. There were 4,129 housing units at an average density of 491.9 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the city was 85.34% White descent, 7.99% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.55% Asian American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.49% from other races, 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.87% of the population. There were 3,667 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.9% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.87. In the city, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males. The median income for a household in the city was $26,910, the median income for a family was $33,412.

Males had a median income of $27,299 versus $24,830 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,237. About 17.4% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over. Actor Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, the town is believed to have been the basis for Mayberry, the setting of the TV shows The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD; the community holds an annual "Mayberry Days" celebration during the last weekend of September. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro estimates the town receives $5 million each year as a result. Surviving members of the cast, along with family members of other cast members visit; the 2012 event was slated to have Karen Knotts and George Lindsey Jr.. Three Ford Galaxie police cars, painted to resemble those used on the show, give rides to tourists. A barber shop has been named "Floyd's." The Andy Griffith Museum, founded in 2009 by Emmett Forrest, attracts 200 visitors a day.

The 2,500-square-feet museum, located half a mile from Griffith's childhood home, houses the world's largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. Held the second weekend in October, the Autumn Leaves Festival attracts over 200,000 people to the city during the festival weekend; the festival is home to artisans and local vendors selling their unique goods. Around 200 vendors attend the Autumn Leaves Festival, including many food vendors that serve regional favorites such as ground steak sandwiches and collard green sandwiches. With a rich heritage in bluegrass and old-time music, a main stage is set up for local artists to carry on traditional and contemporary bluegrass and old-time music; the home of old-time music legend Tommy Jarrell, bluegrass gospel legends The Easter Brothers, country singer Donna Fargo, Mount Airy has a long history with regional music. Mount Airy's WPAQ 740 AM radio is one of the few Bluegrass and Old-Time music stations still operating and has been airing the live radio show Merry-Go-Round from the Downtown Cinema Theatre since 1948.

Weekly bluegrass jam sessions at The Andy Griffith Playhouse and the annual Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention serve to attract old-time musicians from across the region and the world. The Fiddlers Convention first began in 1972, is held the first weekend in June at Veterans Memorial Park; the Blue Ridge Music Center with its amphitheater and music mus

Steelworks Center of the West

The Steelworks Center of the West, is a non-profit organization focused on preserving the history of the coal and steel industry in the Western United States. Based in Pueblo and known as the Bessemer Historical Society, which took its name from the community of Bessemer, site of the Colorado Coal and Iron Bessemer Works, named after the Bessemer process for making steel invented by Henry Bessemer. Colorado Coal and Iron Company merged with the Colorado Fuel Company to form Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in 1892; the Steelworks Center of the West owns and operates the Steelworks Museum, the Steelworks Archives, the Steelworks Park, under construction in Pueblo. They provide continuing education of the steel industry's impact on the region through the preservation of historic archives and buildings of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, through related activities leading to the industrialization of the Western US, they collect and exhibit documents and artifacts from the steel and mining industry, Pueblo’s Bessemer neighborhood, from the employees and families of employees who have worked either at the steel mill or in the coal and iron mines of Southern Colorado.

Steelworks Center of the West / Steelworks Museum

1987 Madrid City Council election

The 1987 Madrid City Council election the 1987 Madrid municipal election, was held on Wednesday, 10 June 1987, to elect the 3rd City Council of the municipality of Madrid. All 55 seats in the City Council were up for election; the election was held with regional elections in thirteen autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain, as well as the 1987 European Parliament election. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party won the election, but lost its absolute majority and lost 137,000 votes compared to 1983; the People's Alliance, which stood separately after the breakup of the People's Coalition in 1986, failed to meet the level of support reached by the coalition in 1983 and lost votes and seats. Benefitting from both parties' losses was the Democratic and Social Centre, with its 8 seats and 15% of the votes, entered the City Council for its first and only time and went on to hold the balance of power. United Left, an electoral coalition comprising the Communist Party of Spain and other left-wing parties, continued on its long-term decline and lost 1 more seat obtaining 100,000 votes and 6% of the share.

AP and CDS together reached an absolute majority, but failure on reaching an agreement resulted in Socialist Juan Barranco being re-elected as mayor. However, on June 1989, both parties agreed to present a motion of censure on Barranco and elect Agustín Rodríguez Sahagún from the CDS as new mayor, ousting the PSOE from power in the city after a 10-year rule; the City Council of Madrid was the top-tier administrative and governing body of the municipality of Madrid, composed of the mayor, the government council and the elected plenary assembly. Voting for the local assembly was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over eighteen, registered in the municipality of Madrid and in full enjoyment of their political rights, as well as resident non-nationals whose country of origin allowed Spanish nationals to vote in their own elections by virtue of a treaty. Local councillors were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 5 percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied.

Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Councillors were allocated to municipal councils based on the following scale: The mayor was indirectly elected by the plenary assembly. A legal clause required that mayoral candidates earned the vote of an absolute majority of councillors, or else the candidate of the most-voted party in the assembly was to be automatically appointed to the post. In case of a tie, a toss-up would determine the appointee; the electoral law provided that parties, federations and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of a determined amount of the electors registered in the municipality for which they sought election. For the case of Madrid, as its population was over 1,000,001, at least 8,000 signatures were required. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead; the highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages; the "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll. When available, seat projections are displayed below the voting estimates in a smaller font. 28 seats were required for an absolute majority in the City Council of Madrid. Opinion poll sources Other

Yours as Fast as Mine

Yours As Fast As Mine is the second LP album by Boston band The Main Drag, released in June 2007 on the band's own imprint, Reasonable People's League, after being in the making for 2 years. The album was able to be financed after the band won the National Song Search Contest in 2006, gaining the $5,000 grand prize. Matt Levitt left The Main Drag after the release of Yours As Fast As Mine; the song A Jagged Gorgeous Winter was included in Rock Band 2 as a playable song on the disc and on a Target commercial for Rock Band 2. This helped to bring the band to wider public attention; the version of A Jagged Gorgeous Winter included on Rock Band 2 was a remix that Jon Carter and Adam Arrigo made, adding extra guitar flourishes and a short drum break to make the song more enjoyable to play in the game. The remix tends to be the version, now played live, it is the version for which the official video was released. Love During Wartime was featured on The Guild as the outro to the final episode of the second season.

The song was included on Paste Magazine's CD sampler in February 2008. Arrigo recorded Car Windows, Swine Houses, Taking Apart a Gigantic Machine while he was working with post-punk band Blanks. During the production of their first EP. While under their influence, he began to incorporate elements of their style into his songs. What's Yr Favorite Dinosaur? has a guitar hook that references the Jurassic Park theme. Goodnight Technologist was on Knocks From The Underground: The Best of Underplayed Boston, a compilation of bands local to Boston who deserve more attention; the compilation was released by Endless Recordings. Yours As Fast As Mine launched on the Rock Band Network in late 2009, a system designed by Harmonix to allow artists to make their music available to purchase and play in the video game Rock Band; the original video for A Jagged Gorgeous Winter was shot and edited within 24 hours by John Drake, the band's drummer. It was released in January 2007, filmed in the same place the song was recorded - one year later.

In summer 2009, a music video was made for A Jagged Gorgeous Winter, directed by Isaac Ravishankara. The video featured a prominent homage to the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, with Arrigo dressed as Calvin and Boch as Hobbes; the band has said that there are plans for music videos for the tracks Love During Wartime and Talk Them Down. The Main Drag worked with French-Swiss directors Ben & Julia to create a surreal and psychedelic music video for the song Dove Nets, released in November 2009; the music video was accompanied by a website, Dove Lovers, which featured behind-the-scenes information and other bonus features. "How We'd Look on Paper" – 4:31 "Swine Houses" – 4:12 "A Jagged Gorgeous Winter" – 3:51 "Love During Wartime" – 4:07 "Car Windows" – 3:27 "Montana" – 3:25 "What's Your Favorite Dinosaur?" – 3:26 "Dove Nets" – 2:53 "Taking Apart a Gigantic Machine" – 4:54 "Even Seconds" – 4:51 "Goodnight Technologist" – 5:25 Adam Arrigo: vocals, production/programming, keyboard, glockenspiel Matt Boch: vocals, bass, trumpet Jon Carter: guitar, keyboard John Drake: drums Matt Levitt: violin/string arrangements Dan Cardinal: bass, engineering Tom Keidel: trumpet, guitar Molly Lorenzo: marimba, additional songwriting, backing vocals, wine glasses Rich Wilner: drums Sweatpants and Zach Robbins: backing vocals Debbie Neigher: backing vocals Max Lewis: programming, additional programming Cory Levitt: bass Sarah Arrigo: backing vocals Erina Suto: cello Omar Tuffaha: double bass Nate Raticker-Flynn: drums Andy Zimmerman: cello Jim Devane: additional sound manipulation All tracks recorded and mixed by The Main Drag Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering Artwork by Hayes Roberts, CD artwork by Molly Lorenzo The Main Drag's official website The Main Drag's MySpace

C-Clamp (stagecraft)

In stagecraft, a c-clamp can refer to a number of different pieces of hardware, depending on its intended use. In stage lighting and sound a c-clamp referred to as a pipe clamp, is used to attach a larger piece of hardware, such as a lighting instrument, a speaker, or a dimmer, to a pipe or batten. Newer c-clamps tend to be constructed of aluminum, although steel is available. C-clamps function by affixing a bolt to the hardware they are to hold in place, such as through the yoke of a lighting instrument, securely fastening this bolt to the clamp shaft; the open end of the clamp is placed over the batten, a bolt is tightened to secure the c-clamp. C-clamps for stage lighting fixtures also have a pan screw, which when loosened will allow the clamp shaft, therefore the fixture, to be rotated 360 degrees while maintaining a secure connection to the batten; when using c-clamps care must be taken to not over-torque the clamp bolt which affixes the clamp to the batten. If this bolt is overtightened, it can dimple or "drill" into the batten compromising the strength of the batten.

Clamp: the main body of the clamp, is either cast steel or aluminium and designed to sit overtop of a typical theatrical batten. Clamp Bolt: a long-threaded bolt designed to tighten down on a pipe, forcing it into the clamp. Spigot: a machined metal shaft that sits in the clamp and rotates through 360°. Used for attaching Stage lighting instrument or other fixture to the c-clamp. Pan Bolt: A small bolt through the side of the clamp 1/4" or 3/8" which tightens down onto the spigot, preventing it from rotating. Yoke Bolt: A short 1/2" bolt which affixes the yoke of a fixture to the spigot. Pipe Clamp G clamp Trigger Clamp Cheeseborough / swivel coupler / double coupler and half-burger / half coupler Manfrotto Super Clamp Film and television grips make use of c-clamps that are manufactured for their industry; these clamps are produced with integrated studs designed to accept the mounting hardware from a variety of small, lightweight lighting fixtures, allowing illumination to be placed in unusual or awkward locations and easily.

C-clamps are used in theatrical carpentry for the same purpose that non-theatrical carpenters employ them: for creating a quick and non-destructive way of joining two objects together. Legs are attached to platforms via c-clamp before they are fastened together using a more permanent method. Multi-platform assemblies are commonly joined to one another with c-clamps in touring situations where a set needs to be assembled and struck quickly. Friedman, Sally. Backstage Handbook: an illustrated almanac of technical information. Broadway Press

H. J. Ryser

Herbert John Ryser was a professor of mathematics regarded as one of the major figures in combinatorics in the 20th century. He is the namesake of the Bruck–Ryser–Chowla theorem and Ryser's formula for the computation of the permanent of a matrix. Ryser was born to the family of Edna Ryser, he received the B. A. M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin. His doctoral thesis "Rational Vector Spaces" was supervised by Cornelius Joseph Everett, Jr. and Cyrus C. MacDuffee. After his Ph. D. Ryser spent a year at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study joined the faculty of Ohio State University. In 1962 he took a professorship at Syracuse University, in 1967 moved to Caltech, his doctoral students include Richard A. Brualdi, Clement W. H. Lam, Marion Tinsley. Ryser contributed to the theory of combinatorial designs, finite set systems, the permanent, combinatorial functions, to many other topics in combinatorics, he served as editor of the journals Journal of Combinatorial Theory and Multilinear Algebra, Journal of Algebra.

Ryser's estate funded an endowment creating undergraduate mathematics scholarships at Caltech known as the H. J. Ryser Scholarships; the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A denoted two issues after Ryser's passing as the "Herbert J. Ryser Memorial Issue", parts 1 and 2. Combinatorial Mathematics, #14 of the Carus Mathematical Monographs, published by the Mathematical Association of America. ISBN 0-88385-014-1. Republished and translated into several languages. Brualdi, Richard A.. Combinatorial matrix theory. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-32265-2. Ryser, H. J.. "Combinatorial Properties of Matrices of Zeros and Ones". Classic Papers in Combinatorics: 269–275. Doi:10.1007/978-0-8176-4842-8_18. Bruck, R. H.. "The non-existence of certain finite projective planes". Canadian Journal of Mathematics: 88–93. Doi:10.4153/cjm-1949-009-2. Ryser, H. J.. "A combinatorial theorem with an application to Latin rectangles". Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. American Mathematical Society. 2: 550–552.