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Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary is a cemetery and mortuary located in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles. It is located with an entrance from Glendon Avenue; the cemetery was established as Sunset Cemetery in 1905, but had been used for burials since the 1880s. In 1926 the name was changed to Westwood Memorial Park and was changed again to Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary. Although it is the resting place of some of the entertainment industry's greatest names, it contains the graves of many uncelebrated people. For example, when Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, Joe DiMaggio, responsible for Monroe's arrangements, chose Westwood not because of its celebrities but because it was the resting place of her mother's friend, Grace Goddard, Goddard's aunt, Ana Lower, both of whom had cared for Monroe as a child. Kip Addotta, comedian Milton Ager, composer Charles Aidman, actor Eddie Albert, actor Margo Albert, wife of Eddie Albert Shana Alexander, journalist and television commentator Claud Allister, actor Gitta Alpár, opera singer Richard Anderson, actor, co-star of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman Patty Andrews, singer Tige Andrews, actor Ken Annakin, director Eve Arden, comedian Jack Arnold, director Robert Armstrong, actor James Aubrey, producer Hy Averback, director Lew Ayres, actor Henny Backus, wife of Jim Backus Jim Backus, actor Richard Baer, screenwriter Dave Barbour, musician Edgar Barrier, actor Patricia Barry, actor Eileen Barton, singer Richard Basehart, actor Greg Bautzer, attorney William J. Bell, producer Isabel Bigley, actress Whit Bissell, actor Hilary Blake, musician Billy Bletcher, voice artist Robert Bloch, writer Lloyd Bochner, actor Benedict Bogeaus, producer John Boles, actor Dorris Bowdon, actress Ray Bradbury, author.

Flippen, actor June Foray, voice actress Michael Fox, actor Coleman Francis, film director Stan Freberg, voice actor Georgia Frontiere, football owner Faiza Rauf Egyptian Princess Eva Gabor, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and socialite June Gale, wife of Oscar Levant Michael V. Gazzo, actor Christopher George, actor Leonard Gershe, composer Master Henry Gibson, musician Paul Gleason, character actor Thomas Gomez, actor Don Gordon, actor Robert Gottschalk, camera technician, co-founder of Panavision Walter Grauman, director Howard Greer and fashion designer Jane Greer, actress Merv Griffin, television host, singer Loretta King Hadler, actress Hayedeh, Persian language pop and classic singer from Tehran, older sister of Mahasti Carrie Hamilton, singer, daughter of Carol Burnett Armand Hammer, oil tycoon and art collector, former president of Occidental Petroleum Bong Soo Han, martial artist Jonathan Harris, actor Harold Hecht (190

Council of Ministers (Ottoman Empire)

The Council of Ministers was a cabinet created during the Tanzimat period in the Ottoman Empire by Sultan Mahmud II in what was the Empire's first step towards European modernization. It was formed to coordinate the executive activities of the ministry and form the policy of the Ottoman power structure, as well as approve or disapprove legislative proposals before being presented to the Sultan. With its members appointed by the Sultan, the Meclis-i Vükela's duties were an extension of his executive power and agenda, however they added their opinions to proposals before passing them along to the Sultan. Culminating the executive organs of government on a central level, it was the principal executive and legislative coordinating body of the Ottoman plutocracy; the exact composition of the Council of Ministers varied, but it consisted of leading ministers of the Ottoman state, the Shaykh al-Islām, the Serasker and the Grand Admiral, or more their undersecretaries: the directors of the police and arsenal of Istanbul, the undersecretary of the Grand Vizier, the heads of the department of excise taxes and the lieutenant of the queen mother, who represented the Sultan's palace.

Because members were appointed by and responsible to the sultan for their departments, they were independent of the Grand Vizier, although he chaired the Meclis-i Vükela cabinet. The lack of central leadership within the Meclis-i Vükela allowed for individual and party politics to predominate in its work making it difficult to conduct business; the Meclis-i Vükela however performed a number of important ceremonial and political functions. After 1850, it was the Council that swore fealty to new Sultans in the official ceremony of enthronement, followed by the more general oath taken by all ruling class members of Ottoman society that where present during the ceremony. Despite its dysfunction, innate to any bureaucratic body, the Meclis-i Vükela's role in the Ottoman government was of substantial importance; the Meclis-i Vükela acted as the closest governmental body of advisement to the Grand Vizier and Sultan on important issues as well as legislative proposals. The Meclis-i Vükela approved state budgets and parts of the legislative process and had the power to initiate state legislation.

Decisions made by the Meclis-i Vükela were communicated in the form of discussion protocols and were presented for each matter brought before the Sultan. These formal protocols contained summaries of the issues, arguments pro and con and the council's final opinion. Additionally, when legislative matters were involved these written protocols were accompanied by separate statements called mazabatas, which contained the final versions of the laws as well as regulatory concerns and the principal arguments; the Meclis-i Vükela could and did propose changes to laws received from adjacent legislative councils. However, the Sultan made the final decisions of these proposed laws with recognition to the advisement of the Meclis-i Vükela; as modernization forced changes within the socio-political structure of the Ottoman Empire, its government cabinets followed being dissolved and reintroduced only years later. In 1866, Sultan Abdülaziz, son of Mahmud II, the Sultan who created the Meclis-i Vükela, changed the political role of the Council of Ministers.

Sultan Abdülaziz consolidated his personal Privy Council along with Meclis-i Vükela into his own personal advisory cabinet known as the Yaveran-I Ekrem. The process of approvals for proposed legislation by the Meclis-i Vükela, was joined by the Meclis-IHass-I Umumi; the Meclis-IHass-I Umumi or the Supreme Council was composed of senior officials of the Ottoman Empire and was created as an equal yet separate body to the Meclis-i Vükela. However, after dysfunction and inefficiency within the Supreme Council and its identical purpose to the Council of Tanzimat, the two government bodies were consolidated and divided into three separate departments; the Department of Laws and Regulation, which assumed the legislative functions of both old councils. The Department of Administration and Finance, charged with administrative investigations; the Department of Judicial Cases, which assumed the old Supreme Council function of Meclis-I Valas. Though equal to the Meclis-i Vükela, members were chosen and approved by the Meclis-i Vükela, which represented an extension of the Sultans executive powers.

The Meclis-i Vükela appointed members of the Supreme Council after its second reconstruction in 1867. This time however local officials and governors within the Ottoman Empire nominated candidates for appointment. So, in an attempt to modernize and perpetuate equal representation throughout the Empire, the governors and local officials who nominated candidates were advised by council and guilds within their own regions or state lets; the candidates up for appointment were either approved or not at the discretion of the Meclis-i Vükela. Mahmud II was most noted for the extensive reforms he instituted, which culminated into the Decree of Tanzimat; the forced disbandment of the Janissaries was his first achievement. Since the early 17th century, the Janissary corps had ceased being effective; the Janissaries mutinied when Mahmud announced a new army, advanced on his palace. However, he responded, they were replaced by the Sekban-I Cedit, which were organized and trained along modern European lines.

Mahmud's second policy change was his creation of a parliamentary style government based on the European models he felt so c

Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting System

The Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting System known as RAIDRS is a ground-based space control system that provides near real-time event detection. RAIDRS will be a family of systems being designed to detect, identify and classify attacks against military space assets. RAIDRS will include detection sensors, information processors, a reporting architecture; the RAIDRS system will detect and report attacks on both ground and space-based elements of operational space systems. It will notify operators and users, carry information to decision-makers Worldwide network of sensors. According to the Air Force budget, the service intends to spend about $16 million in 2005 on the RAIDRS program. Contractor: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Peterson AFB, Colorado 16th Space Control Squadron 380th Space Control Squadron 21st Space Wing Factsheet: 16th Space Control Squadron "U. S. Air Force System to Pinpoint Interference Sources", Space News 15 Nov 2004 Air War College: Space Acquisition Projects "New squadron activates at Peterson", 21st Space Wing Public Affairs, 21 May 2007 Space and Missile Systems Center: Transforming Military Space, 30 Nov 2006 "Pentagon's Plans for Space Control", 26 Jan 2007


COOKFOX Architects is a firm of architects founded by Rick Cook and Robert F. Fox, Jr. in 2003. The firm works on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. COOKFOX is best known for designing the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park; the firm’s portfolio includes commercial and residential projects. COOKFOX has completed multiple projects in New York City’s historic Landmarks districts. Works include the redevelopment of Historic Front Street, a revitalization of a 19th-century neighborhood that won an AIA-NY/Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Housing Design. Recent projects, notably the Bank of America Tower and Henry Miller’s Theatre, focus on creating a healthy workplace. In 2009, the firm was completing construction on the LiveWorkHome, a green, affordable home in Syracuse, NY, one of three winning entries in the “From the Ground Up” Competition, it was completing the Center for Friends Without a Border, a visitors’ center at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The firm itself has won awards including the Museum of the City of New York’s Gotham Giant Award and New York School of Interior Design’s inaugural Honor Roll of Green Design Award. COOKFOX’s LEED Platinum office – the first LEED Platinum project in New York State – is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood; the office’s interior was restored and the firm built a green roof, featured in National Geographic’s May 2009 issue. COOKFOX Architects, DPC


Meybod is a city in and capital of Meybod County, Yazd Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 58,295, in 15,703 families. Meybod is a major desert city in Yazd Province, Iran with a population of about 75,000 making it the second major city in Yazd, it is an ancient city that goes back to pre-Islamic arena and, hence, is the home to many ancient points of interests. The Historical City of Maybod is part of the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List, it was the capital of Iran during the Mozaffarid period. Mozaffari kingdom originated from Meybod. One of the oldest castles in Iran is Narin ghaleh in Meybod. Chaparkhaneh and Karvansaraye Abbasi are some other examples of the historical buildings from Safavid era. Many important major poets, Sufis and politicians came from Meybod. Meybodi, the author of "Kashf-ol-Asrar", Grand Ayatollah Haeri, Hossein Makki and many others lived in Maybod, to name a few; some of its historical points were demolished by local authorities who did not understand the archeological values.

Yet, it hosts many tourists from every corner of the world every day. Narenj Castle This building, which in colloquial language is called Narenj Castle, is one of the most important relics of the province dating back to the period before the advent of Islam to Iran, has been recorded as one of the national buildings; this ancient castle overlooks the city. It belong to the Islamic era. A section of the building was destroyed in the course of road construction during the reign of Pahlavi II. Farshid Sāmāni, Meybod, A Museum of the Living, Jadid Online, 9 April 2010. Audio slideshow

Ulrike Maier

Ulrike Maier was a World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria, a two-time World Champion in Super-G. She competed at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Born in Rauris, where her father ran a ski school, Maier won the Super-G gold medal at the World Championships in both 1989 and 1991, she took home the giant slalom silver medal in the 1991 event. Her first of five World Cup wins came in November 1992 and she attained 21 podiums and 59 top ten finishes in her World Cup career. Two weeks prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics, the women's World Cup was in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in late January; the downhill on the classic Kandahar course at Garmisch Classic was held on Saturday, January 29, following an overnight snowfall. In a narrow part of the lower course less than twenty seconds from the finish, Maier's right ski caught an inside edge at 105 km/h from a patch of soft snow, caused a violent crash which broke her neck, she died of her injuries shortly after being evacuated to the hospital in nearby Murnau.

At the age of 26, she had considered retirement at the end of the 1994 season, due to a dip in form that resulted in disappointing performances at the 1992 Olympic Games in France and the 1993 World Championships in Japan. However, she had bounced back by winning two giant slaloms during the 1994 season and claiming podium finishes in the two Super Gs of Cortina. Following these results, she was reconsidering her decision in the days before the fateful downhill run, planning to continue until the 1995 World Championships in Spain. Unlike most other fatal skiing accidents, her crash happened during a live television broadcast. Maier was survived by her daughter Melanie and was buried in her home village of Rauris, where thousands attended her funeral. Teammate and close friend Anita Wachter wore Maier's world championship medals in the procession, it was claimed that her death was caused by hitting a wooden timing post. Based on that claim, Maier's fiancé Hubert Schweighhofer criticized the organizers of the race and filed suit against them.

However, several months the court found that Maier did not hit the timing post with her head, but broke her neck by crashing into a pile of snow on the border of the race course. The court dismissed the suit. Manslaughter charges against two FIS race officials were dropped after a settlement was reached in 1996. 5 wins: 21 podiums: Ulrike Maier at the International Ski Federation Ulrike Maier World Cup standings at the International Ski Federation Ulrike Maier at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database Ulrike Maier at Olympics at Ulrike Maier at the International Olympic Committee Deadly Ski Accident from Ulrike Maier on YouTube Ulrike Maier's Deadly Crash on YouTube Ulrike Maier at Find a Grave