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Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras is an American former professional tennis player. A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname "Pistol Pete", his professional career began in 1988 and ended at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final. Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career: seven Wimbledon Singles titles, two Australian Opens and a joint Open Era record five US Opens, he won 64 singles titles in total. He first reached world No. 1 in 1993, held that position for a total of 286 weeks, including an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Petros "Pete" Sampras was born in Washington, D. C. the third child of Soterios "Sammy" and Georgia Sampras. His mother emigrated from Sparta and his father was born in the United States to a Greek father, Costas "Gus" Sampras and a Jewish mother, Sarah Steinberg.

He attended regular services of the Greek Orthodox Church on Sundays. At the age of 3, he discovered a tennis racket in the basement of his home and spent hours hitting balls against the wall. In 1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes and the warmer climate there allowed the seven-year-old Sampras to play tennis throughout most of the year. From early on, his great idol was Rod Laver, at the age of 11, Sampras met and played tennis with the legend; the Sampras family joined the Jack Kramer Club, it was here that Sampras's talent became apparent. As a teenager, Sampras trained with tennis coach Robert Lansdorp; the forehand he learned from Lansdorp was the same forehand. The key was an emphasis on driving through the ball and not hitting extreme topspin, he was spotted by Dr. Peter Fischer, a pediatrician and tennis enthusiast, who coached Sampras until 1989. Fischer was responsible for converting Sampras's double-handed backhand to single-hand with the goal of being better prepared to win Wimbledon.

Sampras turned professional in 1988, at the age of 16, finished the year ranked world No. 97 after starting the year at No. 893. His first professional match was a loss to Sammy Giammalva, Jr. at the February Ebel U. S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia. However, just one week at the Lipton International Players Championships in Miami, Sampras defeated two top-40 players, before losing to No. 18 Emilio Sánchez. Sampras did not defeat another top-40 player for six months, at which point he defeated No. 39 Michiel Schapers at a US Open warm-up tournament in Rye Brook, New York. In his first Grand Slam singles match, Sampras lost to No. 69 Jaime Yzaga of Peru in the first round of the US Open. Sampras did not advance past the quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, although he did record wins over No. 79 Jim Courier in their first career match-up, along with defeating No. 8 Tim Mayotte. The following year, Sampras improved his ranking to a year-ending No. 81. He lost in the first round of the 1989 Australian Open to Christian Saceanu and, at that year's French Open, won a Grand Slam singles match for the first time in his career.

A few weeks Sampras lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Todd Woodbridge. At the US Open, Sampras defeated defending champion and fifth-seeded Mats Wilander in the second round before losing to No. 13 Jay Berger in the fourth round. To end the year, Sampras lost in the first round in four consecutive tournaments, he lost to Wilander in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, Sampras upset twelfth-ranked Mayotte in the first round before losing to thirteenth-ranked Yannick Noah in the fourth round in four sets, his first professional singles title came in February at the Ebel U. S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia, where he defeated sixth-ranked Andre Agassi, eighth-ranked Mayotte, eighteenth-ranked Andrés Gómez in the final; this title elevated his ranking into the top 20 for the first time. Sampras finished 1990 at No. 5, having started the year ranked No. 61 just prior to the start of the Australian Open. Sampras did not play in the 1990 French Open and again lost in the first round of Wimbledon, this time to Christo van Rensburg.

Sampras played seven consecutive weeks during the North American summer hard-court season. He defeated John McEnroe in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Open, but lost to Chang in the semifinals, he reached the semifinals of the tournament in Los Angeles, where he lost to No. 2 Stefan Edberg. He did not advance past the quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, losing to Chang, Richey Reneberg, Goran Ivanišević. In September, Sampras captured his first Grand Slam title, at the US Open. Along the way, he defeated sixth-ranked Thomas Muster in the fourth round and third-ranked Ivan Lendl in a five-set quarterfinal, breaking Lendl's streak of eight consecutive US Open finals, he defeated 20th-ranked McEnroe in a four-set semifinal to set up a final with fourth-ranked Agassi. Sampras beat Agassi in straight sets to become the US Open's youngest-ever male singles champion at the age of 19 years and 28 days, he won the Grand Slam Cup to complete his year. In 1991, Sampras captured the first of his five career titles at the year-end Tennis Masters Cup.

Upon entering the US Open as the defending champion that year, he caused controversy when, after losing in the quarterfinals to Jim Courier, Sampras said that he was not disappointed and felt relieved that the pressure to defend his title was no longer on him. This led to widespread criticism, which included

Lockheed XFV

The Lockheed XFV was an American experimental tailsitter prototype aircraft built by Lockheed in the early 1950s to demonstrate the operation of a vertical takeoff and landing fighter for protecting convoys. The Lockheed XFV originated as a result of a proposal issued by the U. S. Navy in 1948 for an aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing aboard platforms mounted on the afterdecks of conventional ships. Both Convair and Lockheed competed for the contract but in 1950, the requirement was revised, with a call for a research aircraft capable of evolving into a VTOL ship-based convoy escort fighter. On 19 April 1951, two prototypes were ordered from Lockheed under the designation XFO-1. Soon after the contract was awarded, the project designation changed to XFV-1 when the Navy's code for Lockheed was changed from O to V; the XFV was powered by a 5,332 hp Allison YT40-A-6 turboprop engine driving three-bladed contra-rotating propellers. The tail surfaces were a reflected cruciform v-tail that extended below the fuselage.

The aircraft had an ungainly appearance on the ground with a fixed landing gear attached. Lockheed employees derisively nicknamed the aircraft the "pogo stick". To begin flight testing, a temporary non-retractable undercarriage with long braced V-legs was attached to the fuselage, fixed tail wheels attached to the lower pair of fins. In this form, the aircraft was trucked to Edwards AFB in November 1953 for ground testing and taxiing trials. During one of these tests, at a time when the aft section of the large spinner had not yet been fitted, Lockheed chief test pilot Herman "Fish" Salmon managed to taxi the aircraft past the liftoff speed, the aircraft made a brief hop on 22 December 1953; the official first flight took place on 16 June 1954. Full VTOL testing at Edwards AFB was delayed pending the availability of the 7,100 shp Allison T54, which never materialized. After the brief unintentional hop, the aircraft made a total of 32 flights. All further XFV-1 flights did not involve any vertical landings.

The XFV-1 was able to make a few transitions in flight from the conventional to the vertical flight mode and back, had held in hover at altitude. Performance remained limited by the confines of the flight test regime. With the realization that the XFV's top speeds would be eclipsed by contemporary fighters and that only experienced pilots could fly the aircraft, the project was cancelled in June 1955. Salmon taxied the XFV-1 on its temporary gear "from a standing start to 175 mph, brought it back down to a dead stop without any use of the brakes, all within a distance of one mile." XFO-1/XFV-1: Two prototypes built, one flown. FV-2: Proposed production version was to have been powered by the T54-A-16 turboprop, incorporating a bullet-proof windshield and radar in the fixed forward part of the nose spinner; the proposed armament was four 20 mm cannon fitted in the two wingtip pods. Alternatively, 48 2 3⁄4 - inch; the single flying prototype ended up as an exhibit at the Sun'n Fun Campus Museum at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

This example was refurbished at the museum's Buehler Restoration Center and is on outdoor display. The aircraft was assigned USN/USMC Bureau Number 138657, but was marked as 658 following restoration; the second prototype, never completed, is on display at Los Alamitos Army Airfield in California. General characteristics Crew: 1 Length: 36 ft 10.25 in Wingspan: 30 ft 10.1 in Height: 36 ft 10.25 in Wing area: 246 ft2 Empty weight: 11,599 lb Loaded weight: 16,221 lb Max. Takeoff weight: 16,221 lb Powerplant: 1 × Allison XT40-A-14 turboprop, 6 blade contra-rotating, 5,100 shp Performance Maximum speed: 580 mph Cruise speed: 410 mph Range: unknown Service ceiling: 43,300 ft Rate of climb: 10,820 ft/min Wing loading: 65.9 lb/ft2 Armament 4 × 20 mm cannons or 48 × 2.75 in rockets Note: Performance estimates are based on XFV with YT40-A-14 engine. Aircraft of comparable role and era Convair XFY Focke-Wulf Triebflügel Heinkel Lerche Ryan X-13 Vertijet Related lists List of Lockheed aircraft List of fighter aircraft List of military aircraft of the United States List of military aircraft of the United States "Heads Up Fighters."

Popular Mechanics, May 1954, pp. 96–97

Lambeth London Borough Council

Lambeth London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Lambeth in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of the 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London; the council meets at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton. Lambeth is divided into each electing three councillors; the council was first elected in 1964. The leader of the council from 2006, Steve Reed, stepped down following his election as Member of Parliament for Croydon North on 29 November 2012 and was replaced by Councillor Lib Peck. On 14 January 2019, Peck announced that she would stand down from the Council and as Leader to take a role as the head of the Mayor of London's Violence Reduction Unit. In the ensuing election among Labour councillors, Councillor Jack Hopkins was elected Leader. Jonathan Bartley, councillor for St Leonard's ward since 2018 and co-Leader of the Green Party. Scott Ainslie, councillor for St Leonard's ward since 2014 and MEP for London until 2020. Anthony Bottrall, former British diplomat and councillor for Stockwell ward from 1994-2006.

John Bercow, former councillor for St Leonard’s ward and Speaker of the House of Commons from 2008 to 2019. John Major, former councillor for Ferndale ward and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990-1997. Ibrahim Dogus, Councillor for Bishop's ward since 2018 and entrepreneur and restaurateur. Jim Dickson, councillor for Herne Hill and former Leader of Lambeth Council. Steve Reed, former councillor for Brixton Hill and Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 2012. Florence Eshalomi, former councillor for Brixton Hill, Member of the London Assembly and Member of Parliament for Vauxhall since 2019. Marsha de Cordova, former councillor for Larkhall ward and Member of Parliament for Battersea since 2017. Dan Sabbagh, former councillor for Vassall ward and associate editor of The Guardian newspaper. Kitty Ussher, former councillor for Vassall ward and former Member of Parliament for Burnley. Jonathan Myerson, former councillor for Clapham Town Bishop's Brixton Hill Clapham Common Clapham Town Coldharbour Ferndale Gipsy Hill Herne Hill Knight's Hill Larkhall Oval Prince's St Leonard's Stockwell Streatham Hill Streatham South Streatham Wells Thornton Thurlow Park Tulse Hill Vassall The council was created by the London Government Act 1963.

The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Lambeth on 1 April 1965. Lambeth London Borough Council replaced Lambeth Metropolitan Borough Council and took over some 40% of the area of the former Wandsworth Metropolitan Borough Council covering Streatham and Clapham. Both Metropolitan Boroughs were created in 1900 with Lambeth Metropolitan Borough Council replacing the Vestry of the Parish of Lambeth; the former Clapham and Streatham parishes, which became part of Lambeth in 1965, were governed by the Wandsworth District Board of Works from 1855 to 1900. It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Lambeth as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council; the split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, flood prevention, refuse disposal. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Lambeth London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services, provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal.

Lambeth was active in the Ratecapping campaign in the 1980s. Lambeth became an education authority in 1990. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions; the Labour Party had included an aspiration in their 2010 manifesto for Lambeth to become a "Co-operative Council" with greater use of mutualist models. This attracted considerable media interest in the run up to the May 2010 election, characterised as the notion of the'John Lewis Council' in contrast to the'EasyCouncil' model being promoted by the Conservative Party in Barnet. Following the 2010 election, the Council established a Commission to look at. One aspect of this is that the council aims to make Lambeth a place where there is a coproduction of public services by service users and communities. Summary of council election results

Monument to Sergey Kirov

Monument to Sergey Kirov is a monument in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia. It was opened in 1939; the monument was created by architect Viktor Barinov. The bronze figure with an risen right hand is set on a high pedestal made of red granite. Kirov is depicted with a cheerful face. On the pedestal there is inscribed a quote from the speech of Kirov, deliver at the 17th Congress of the All-Union Communist Party: "Our successes are tremendous; the devil knows – to put it humanly, one wants just to live and live..." Sergei Mironovich Kirov was in Rostov in the spring of 1918. He participated in the First Congress of Soviets of the Don Republic; the Monument to Kirov was opened on April 30, 1939. The monument was installed in the park, name after Kirov as well. Earlier in this square stood the Church of the Intercession, demolished in 1930. According to a city legend, the marble slabs remaining from the church were used as a material for the monument. During the Great Patriotic War, the inhabitants of Rostov savedthe monument from destruction and buried it.

In 1945 the monument was restored again. The Monument to Kirov was declared an object of cultural heritage of Federal significance, but in 1997 its status was reduced to of Local significance. In 2003 the Cossack Society "Don Cossack Host" wished to restore the Church of the Intercession at Kirov Square and move the monumentcto another place; this proposal was supported by Archbishop Panteleimon of Novocherkassk. Members of CPRF and representatives of the Rostov branch of All-Russian Society for the Protection of Monuments of History and Culture were against this idea. Public hearings were appointed, as a result, it was decided to move the monument to the square, situated at the corner of Kirovsky Avenue and Pushkinskaya Street. In October 2005, the monument to Kirov was moved to a workshop for restoration. In December of the same year, the monument was set in the new place

I Turn to You (All-4-One song)

"I Turn to You" is a song written by American songwriter Diane Warren and first recorded by R&B quartet All-4-One from the soundtrack album to the film Space Jam. The ballad, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, received little recognition until American pop singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera recorded it for her self-titled debut album. Aguilera, who worked with Warren in another song for her debut album, felt connected to the song after relating its lyrics to her relationship with her mother, was encouraged by Warren to record the track. Aguilera's version received mixed reviews from music critics, with some praising her vocal delivery, while others went on to criticize the ballad for being too clichéd; the song became a huge success in the United States, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and entered the charts of multiple countries across the world. In 2008, "I Turn To You" was covered by Nina Girado, a Filipino pop/R&B singer, for her album Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren.

It was used in many singing competition series, such as "American Idol" and most "The Voice". On November 12, 1996, Atlantic Records released the accompanying soundtrack for the film Space Jam; the soundtrack includes "I Turn to You", a song written by Diane Warren and recorded by boy band All-4-One. Its production was done by James Harris Terry Lewis, it is a pop song and lasts for a duration of 4:52. All-4-One member Delious Kennedy stated that after doing a music video, the group expected it to be a single, however the label decided against it, feeling that in spite of three hit singles, "Fly Like an Eagle", "I Believe I Can Fly" and "For You I Will", the soundtrack had nothing else to offer. Warren, who felt the song had the potential to become a number one hit and said to Atlantic that "I'll put my own money behind it if you just release it," decided to keep the song with the promise of getting someone else to record it and make it a hit single. After signing a record deal with RCA Records, Christina Aguilera started working on songs from her debut album, set to be released in January 1999.

Ron Fair was the album's executive producer and according to him, "She was much a raw talent, so building a collection of songs that would become her first album was a time-consuming process. We wanted to find the ones that could knock the door down and put her up there." Famous songwriter Diane Warren was hired to write material for the album writing "Somebody's Somebody" and suggested that "I Turn to You" would be perfect for her voice. Aguilera recorded "I Turn to You" and included it on her self-titled debut album, the song was chosen as the album's third single, it was sent to U. S. radio on March 30, 2000, while its CD single was released on June 13, 2000. A Spanish version of the song entitled "Por Siempre Tú" was recorded and released as a single being included on her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo. "I Turn to You" is a ballad and lasts for a duration of 4:33. According to the sheet music published by Alfred Publishing, it has a slow tempo of 62 beats per minute and a key of D♭ major.

Aguilera's vocal range spans from the low-note of A♭3 to the high-note of F5. Besides being the songwriter, Diane Warren served as the executive producer of the track, while Guy Roche arranged and programmed the track. Tim Pierce and Michael Thompson provided guitars, Mick Guzauski mixed it, while background vocals were provided by Aguilera and Sue Ann Carwell. Lyrically, the song is about calling upon the love of that special one. For Aguilera, the song "is about that sort of perfect love; this kind of song can make you feel warm anytime of the year. And there's no one better to turn to for that than my own mother," she claimed. "For a shield, from the storm for a friend, for a love to keep me safe and warm, I turn to you/For the strength to be strong, for the will to carry on/For everything you do, for everything that's true, I turn to you," she sings in the chorus. "I Turn to You" received mixed reviews from music critics, with some praising Aguilera's vocals, while others criticizing the ballad for being too formulaic.

In a positive review, Amanda Murray of Sputnikmusic called the song a "truly well-made pop song", writing that "the music plays a diminished role and Aguilera's voice is allowed to soar and shine moreso than on any of the other tracks." Despite writing that Aguilera "does deliver on the glorious mid-section," Chuck Taylor of Billboard felt that the track "is about as clichéd as ballad gets," sounding "more like a leftover from the stack rather than the kind of glorious anthem Warren is capable of," calling it a remake of Whitney Houston's "Count On Me". Nikki Tranter of PopMatters called it "a nice little song ruined by that horrid pop beat threatening to destroy cheesy love songs for all time," writing that "the beat alone drags Christina's Etta James potential back down to Mariah Carey quality." Beth Johnson of Entertainment Weekly called it a "maudlin ballad best suited to thirtysomething divas," calling it "a near-identical rip-off of Diane Warren's own Celine Dion smash,'Because You Loved Me'."

Julene Snyder of considered "I Turn to You" a "tear-jerker designed to incite concertgoers to link arms and sing along while some of us cringe at the over-the-top vocal histrionics." AOL Radio ranked the song at number 8 on her "Top 10 Hits". "I Turn to You" debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the Hot Shot Debut of the week ending April 15, 2000. It debuted on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, at number 47, with an audience of 28.5 million becoming the highest-debuting song on the airplay chart. In its second wee

Harrison Browne

Harrison Browne is a professional ice hockey centre who played for the Metropolitan Riveters and Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League. Browne was played in women's competitions during his ice hockey career. Browne played for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship, appearing in the gold medal game. Among his teammates on Team Canada included future Mercyhurst and Beauts teammates Shelby Bram and Amanda Makela. Browne was a member of the Ontario provincial team that gained the silver medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Browne played one season for the Mercyhurst Lakers before transferring to the University of Maine, playing his remaining collegiate years with the Black Bears. Browne's NCAA debut took place on September 30, 2011 with the Mercyhurst Lakers in a contest against the Quinnipiac Bobcats, he waited until October 29, 2011 for his first career NCAA goal, scoring against conference rival Lindenwood in a road contest. Browne's debut with Maine took place against Quinnipiac, with the match held on October 12, 2012.

His first goal with Maine took place on January 19, 2013 against the Vermont Catamounts. The last goal of his NCAA career occurred on February 2015 against the Connecticut Huskies. Browne signed a professional contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the newly formed NWHL on August 29, 2015. In the 2015 -- 16 season, he scored 5 goals and had 12 points, he played in 5 games in scoring 2 goals and 2 assists. On May 14, 2016, Browne signed a second one-year contract with the Beauts. In October 2016, Browne came out as a transgender man and thus became the first transgender athlete in professional American hockey. Browne will not hormonally transition until the end of his professional playing career, as the hormones involved in female-to-male gender transition violate anti-doping regulations. Playing for Team Kessel, Browne scored two goals at the 2nd NWHL All-Star Game. On March 14, 2017, Browne announced he would be retiring from the NWHL at the end of the season to begin hormone replacement therapy and continue his gender transition in privacy.

On March 19, 2017 Browne won the Isobel Cup with the Buffalo Beauts, becoming the first transgender athlete to win a national championship on a team sport. On August 7, 2017 he announced he would be putting his retirement on hold and would instead return for the 2017–18 season with the Metropolitan Riveters. On April 25, 2018 Browne won the Isobel Cup for the second time, this time with the Metropolitan Riveters. On April 30, 2018 Browne again announced his retirement from the NWHL. Since his retirement from the NWHL, Browne has devoted his time to speaking engagements across North America, he has given talks and spoken on panels at colleges, such as Ohio State University, American University, Fleming College as well as LGBTQ events, such as Outsports Pride. In August 2019, Browne announced on his personal twitter that he was beginning a new career as an actor, he emphasized that he plans to advocate for more transgender visibility in his new venture as he had in his athletic career. Biographical information and career statistics from, or The Internet Hockey Database Harrison Browne at NWHL Harrison Browne on Twitter