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Welcome to New York (2014 film)

Welcome to New York is a 2014 French-American drama film co-written and directed by Abel Ferrara. Inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, the film was released on 17 May 2014 by VOD on the Internet as the film failed to secure a place on the Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, nor was it picked up for theatrical distribution in France; the film faced self-censorship by the French media, according to Vincent Maraval, one of the producers. The film tells the story of a powerful man, a possible candidate for the Presidency of France, who lives a life of debauchery and is arrested after being accused of raping a maid at his hotel. Gérard Depardieu as Devereaux Jacqueline Bisset as Simone Devereaux Marie Mouté as Sophie Devereaux Drena De Niro as executive assistant Amy Ferguson as Renee Paul Calderon as Pierre Ronald Guttman as Roullot Paul Hipp as Guy Anna Lakomy as Anna Natasha Romanova as Russian Yelena Aurelie Claudel as Air France VIP escort John Patrick Barry as Port Authority Chief Anh Duong as Livia Kathryn Lillecrapp as Bebe Jim Heaphy as Det Fitzgerald On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 54 reviews.

The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by a fearless performance from Gerard Depardieu, Welcome to New York is director Abel Ferrara at his most repulsive -- and most compulsively watchable."Following its release – to mixed reviews varying from high praise to outright disgust – Strauss-Kahn said he would sue for slander. His lawyer complained that the film portrayed his then-wife Anne Sinclair as anti-Semitic. Ferrara, in a series of interviews with Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications between September 2014 and March 2015, claimed that his distributor, Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch, sold an unauthorized R-rated version of the film to IFC Films, for distribution in the US. Maraval subsequently responded that Ferrara had agreed on the R-rated cut to receive more financing for the film and had contractually consented to lose final cut of the R-rated version if he did not deliver one by a certain date. Ferrara stated his intent to send a cease-and-desist letter to Maraval and IFC, which issued its own statement claiming that it had given Ferrara the chance to deliver his own R-rated cut for theatrical showings in the US, which he declined to do.

As of March 27, the R-rated cut has only been shown at one American theater – the Roxie in San Francisco – though it is available in the US on VOD, IFC has stated it intends to show it at additional theaters. Official website Welcome to New York on IMDb Welcome to New York at Rotten Tomatoes Welcome to New York at Metacritic Official trailer at The Local

Mistreated (song)

"Mistreated" is a song by the British rock band Deep Purple taken from their 1974 album Burn. The song was written by the band's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and new vocalist David Coverdale, along with new bassist Glenn Hughes, brought new blues and funk elements to the band. At live performances Hughes would introduce "Mistreated" as a song that Blackmore had written a few years prior to Burn; the song had been considered for the band's earlier album Machine Head. When work on Burn started, Coverdale wrote the lyrics to "Mistreated", it is the only song on Burn where he sings the lyrics himself. In the booklet of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Burn, Coverdale commented on the recording of the vocals on "Mistreated": "We recorded "Mistreated" from 11pm to 7:30 in the morning. I thought it was terrible, it was so bad I cried because I wanted it to be so good. The next night we had another session and I did it on the second take. It's like progressive blues. I wasn't raised in a shack by the railroad tracks but I've still had emotional hassles and that's the only kind of blues I can interpret.

I tried hard because I knew it was essential to get the strong emotive quality the song needs. The thing I wanted was for somebody listening to the song to think:'I know what he's talking about' and get the feeling the song would be worth it. It's a physical feeling; the reason it didn't come off straight away was that I was trying too hard." The longest track on the album, the song shifts gear and builds to a climax, Blackmore launching into a rapid solo, with Coverdale and Hughes building a wall of multi-tracked backing vocals before the song's end. The song stayed in the band's set-list until late 1975. After Deep Purple broke up in 1976, David Coverdale continued performing "Mistreated" with his band Whitesnake until the early 1980s and again in 1997. Live versions of the song are featured on the band's albums Live at Hammersmith and the Heart of the City. Whitesnake re-recorded Mistreated for their 2015 album of Deep Purple covers, The Purple Album. Blackmore performed the song with his band Rainbow in the late 1970s and mid-90s.

A live version can be heard on the group's albums On Stage, Live in Germany and Live in Munich 1977 with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. And, more Hughes has rolled the song out at gigs with his latest band Black Country Communion. Kirk Hammett of Metallica played the song as part of his guitar solo on the Live Shit: Binge & Purge DVD, recorded in San Diego in 1992 on the Wherever We May Roam Tour. Ritchie Blackmore – guitar David Coverdale – lead vocals Glenn Hughes – bass, backing vocals Jon Lordkeyboards Ian Paicedrums, percussion

Greg Skrepenak

Gregory Andrew Skrepenak is an American former county commissioner in Pennsylvania and retired professional football player. He was an offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers. Skrepenak's professional football career spanned the final three years the Raiders played in Los Angeles, California from 1992-1994 and the first year they returned to Oakland, California in 1995, it continued with consecutive seasons with the Carolina Panthers in which he did not miss a start. Prior to the NFL, Skrepenak had starred as a college football player in the Big Ten Conference for the Michigan Wolverines, he was a two-time All-American, team captain, four-year starter from 1988-1991. Skrepenak played on four consecutive Big Ten champion teams, appeared in three Rose Bowls and won a Gator Bowl MVP, he had been a scholar athlete at G. A. R. Memorial Junior Senior High School where he earned 12 varsity letters in football and baseball. Skrepenak, born and raised in Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, United States, was elected in 2003 to serve as the Luzerne County Commissioner, a position he held from January 2004 until December, 2009.

On December 17, 2009, Skrepenak signed a plea agreement to a charge of corruption. He would resign that day. On August 6, 2010, Greg Skrepenak was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Skrepenak was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, where he attended G. A. R. Memorial Junior Senior High School. In high school, he was an honor student who excelled in three sports: American football and baseball. In football, he earned All-scholastic, All-state, All-American recognition. In basketball, where he scored 1600 points, he was a four-time All-scholastic athlete and two-time conference Most Valuable Player as well as a McDonald's All-American team nominee. In baseball, he was a three-time All-scholastic awardee and an MVP; as a result of his accomplishments he was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame. At the University of Michigan, Skrepenak was a two-time All-American, a two-time "All Big Ten" selection and a two-time "Big Ten Lineman of the Year".

Skrepenak, who wore #75 for the Wolverines from 1987 to 1991, was recognized as a "Samaritan All-American" for his community service. Number 75 for the Wolverines is described as the biggest player to have played for Michigan at 6 feet 6 inches, 322 pounds; as a four-year starter, he set the school offensive line record with 48 starts. In addition, he helped. During his time at Michigan, Skrepenak played for four consecutive Big Ten Conference Champions, appeared in three Rose Bowls and won a Gator Bowl MVP, his teams under Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller compiled a 29–2–1 Big Ten record and each of his teams ended the season ranked in the top 10. In the January 1991 Gator Bowl and the entire offensive line, which included Dean Dingman, were named Most Valuable Player. Skrepenak helped the Michigan offense gain a record 715 yards of total offense in a 35-3 victory over Mississippi in the Gator Bowl; this marked the culmination of a productive season in which the offensive line helped Jon Vaughn set the Michigan football record for career yards per carry.

Behind true senior Dingman and redshirt junior Skrepenak, redshirt sophomore Vaughn concluded his Michigan career that season with 1,473 yards on 226 rushes for a career 6.3 yards per attempt average, including 1,416 yards on 216 rushes during the 1990 season. In 1991, he was a consensus All-American; as the senior offensive captain, he was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award. He was a Senior Bowl participant; the following season, he was a member of the offensive line that protected Elvis Grbac while he was connecting with Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. During that season, Tyrone Wheatley set the Michigan freshman yards per carry with 555 yards on 86 carries for a 6.4 yards per attempt average behind Skrepenak after Dingman graduated. In 2000, he was voted onto the Wolverine’s "All-Century Team". Skrepenak was drafted in the 1992 NFL Draft with the 32nd overall pick in the second round by the Los Angeles Raiders, he stayed with the franchise for four seasons, which included a relocation from Los Angeles to Oakland.

During training camp of the 1993 NFL season he was moving into the starting lineup due to an injury to Gerald Perry. However, he was injured during his second preseason start when Charles Haley bull rushed him, which caused him to get tangled up between Jeff Hostetler and the turf and which resulted in a dislocated ankle joint that kept him out for the season. Skrepenak did not become a starter for the Raiders until midway through the 1994 NFL season when he replaced Bruce Wilkerson, he started the final 10 games of 1994 and the first 14 games of the 1995 NFL season before being benched toward the end of the season in favor of Robert Jenkins. Skrepenak was deactivated from the roster for the final two games of the season right before his contract expired; the deactivation was due to a combination of a rib injury and the flu, but some say it may have been due to vocal play selection criticism. However, head coach Mike White and assistant coach Joe Bugel said the benching was a function of the full strength depth chart upon the return of Gerald Perry.

Skrepenak was a vocal detractor on the organization after leaving the Raiders. Among the opinions Skrepenak expressed during his time with the Raiders was that the Raiders

Travis Elementary School (Houston)

William B. Travis Elementary School is a public elementary school in the Woodland Heights area of Houston, Texas, it is a part of the Houston Independent School District. It was one of the first HISD schools to have a garden, as well as an outdoor classroom; the garden was established. In addition to Woodland Heights, it serves sections of Norhill south of 11th Street; the first iteration of the school was Beauchamp Springs School, built in 1903. It was renamed after William Barrett Travis, a participant in the Texas Revolution; the first building with the name Travis Elementary was constructed in 1908. The three-story building had 12 classrooms, construction ended in 1909; the playground space was donated to the city of Houston and was considered to be larger than that of most schools. In 1926 a new campus was constructed, it had a cafeteria, an auditorium, 12 classrooms. Travis was reserved for white children but it desegregated by 1970. In the 1970s it received an addition, the campus at that time had 69,000 square feet of space.

Circa 1985 the school had about 300 students. Margaret Blackstone, a teacher at Travis, stated that between 1985 and 2006 the school improved due to the establishment of a magnet program and the improvement of area neighborhoods resulting from an influx of educated professionals. By 2002 the school had 637 students. By 2006 Travis had about 700 students, by 2011 it was near capacity around 730 students. In 2004 the school's attendance boundary, along with that of Harvard Elementary School of the Houston Heights, was modified due to a vehicular traffic increase on Studewood Street, affecting 20 children; the adjustment was done. The boundaries between Travis and Crockett Elementary School in the Sixth Ward were adjusted. By 2005 Travis was scheduled to receive a renovation of the 1926 building and a replacement of the former addition, designed by Taft Architects, located north of the original building; the project, a part of the 2002 HISD Bond, had a total cost of $14.5 million. The campus altogether was to have room for 750 students.

Travis students resided in 24 temporary buildings, labeled "Camp Travis," on the grounds of Ketelsen Elementary School in the Near Northside while construction work occurred on the Travis campus. The renovation and construction was scheduled for completion in 2006; as a result of the construction project the building space at Travis increased to 69,000 square feet. The new building was dedicated on October 25, 2006. Though the school originated in 1903, it chose to hold its official 100 year anniversary in 2008, reflecting the establishment year of 1908; the school building, on Woodland Heights block 5, has 32 classrooms, an art room, a cafeteria, a computer laboratory, a dance room, a library, a multi-purpose room, a music room, a science laboratory. There is an outdoor classroom; the classrooms are grouped by grade level. The facility's first floor has the cafeteria, multi-purpose, music rooms while the art, dance and science rooms are on the second floor; as of 2015 the school's classes use "Present Time Kids", a program in which children do listening and breathing exercises for about five minutes at the start of every school day.

Principal Tom Day read about the program in Time and this made him decide to implement it. The school organizes the Spring Auction and Dinner year in order to fund enrichment programs and projects serving the school. Houston socialite Carolyn Farb wrote in The Fine Art of Fundraising: Secrets for Successful Volunteers that the volunteers manning the event were "very proficient at fundraising"; each year the Travis Elementary Halloween Carnival serves as a fundraiser. In 2005 Travis had 650 students; the school park is in the south portion of the campus. The park became a "SPARK Park", a park in which the City of Houston partnered with HISD to develop it, in 1991; the park has a dinosaur sculpture called the "Travisaurus". Paul Kittelson, an area artist, designed it. There was a 2003, $70,000 project to add several features to the park. One was a mural, two stories tall, depicting prehistoric plants and sea creatures, it was made by Dale Barton, an artist, the parent of a child at Travis. The other items were a climbing wall.

By 2011 the Woodland Heights Civic Association had established a park renovation program, with $10,000 contributed by the association itself, $90,000 from a Community Development Block Grant from the federal government, over $60,000 from community fundraising. In 2003 the Project for Public Spaces ranked Travis's park as a "Best New Park"; the school amphitheater, Mary Jo Klosterman Memorial Outdoor Classroom, may house five classes at one time. During the mid-2000s renovation it was expanded. A sculpture of a cow, called "Mother Nature", was made for the 2001 Cow Parade before it was moved to the outdoor classroom. In 1985 Margaret Blackstone, a teacher at Travis, applied for and received a grant from the National Gardening Association; as of 2006 each classroom has a dedicated plot in the school's garden. Different sections of the Travis attendance zone are assigned to different high schools. Most of the zone, west of Interstate 45, is zoned to Heights High School; the portion east of I-45 is zoned to Northside High School.

William Goyen Some material originates from Woodland Heights, Houston Travis Elementary School Trav


Armero is a municipality in the Tolima Department, Colombia. According to the National Department of Statistics of Colombia, 12,852 lived in the town in 2005, its median temperature is 27 °C. It was founded in 1895, but was not recognized as the seat of the region until 29 September 1908, by President Rafael Reyes; the town was named San Lorenzo. In 1930, the name was changed to Armero in memory of a national martyr; because the region became the main cotton producer in the country, the city was called Colombia's White City. It was a prosperous agricultural area until 1985; the original seat of the region was destroyed on November 13, 1985, after an eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano produced lahars that buried the town and killed about 23,000 people. 31,000 people lived in the area at the time. The incident became known as the Armero tragedy. While the destruction of the town made world news in its own right, the best known victim was Omayra Sánchez, a young girl who died after being trapped by water and concrete up to her neck for three days.

After this event, the town of Guayabal was assigned as the seat of the municipality of Armero, rendering Armero a ghost town. The survivors were relocated to the towns of Guayabal and Lérida where they received housing and money, though little was done in aiding the survivors in reconstructing their lives. In the area where the city was located, survivors created an extensive cemetery. Where each one had a house, they constructed a tomb with an epitaph. In this way, they constructed a new symbolic city called Camposanto. Armando Armero is a foundation set up to bring social and economic development to a zone, devastated in the aftermath of the last eruption of Ruiz, it has created the Centro de Interpretación de la Memoria y la Tragedia de Armero, the first Memory Interpretation Center of a Natural Catastrophe in the world located where the events occurred. There are memorial sites at each of the important places of the city near the ruins. In those, visitors can learn about the city. Media related to Armero Guayabal at Wikimedia Commons MSN Encarta: Armero Guayabal Armando Armero organization González, Francisco.

Epitafios, algo de historia hasta esta tarde pasando por Armero. Bogotá, Ediciones Bartleby, ISBN 958-96369-4-2