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NCAA Basketball series

The NCAA Basketball series was a college basketball game, published by EA Sports from 1998 until 2009. After EA Sports' rival publisher 2K Sports cancelled its own college basketball game, College Hoops, in 2008, EA changed the name of the series from NCAA March Madness to NCAA College Basketball; the series was discontinued on February 10, 2010. It was released on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Like other games based on NCAA sports, it could not feature the players' names, so only the players' numbers were used in the rosters. Users were able to edit the rosters, putting in the correct names for each team if they wished to do so. Many player last names were built like in the NBA Live series. Verne Lundquist, Brad Nessler, Gus Johnson lent their voices for play-by-play in the games at various times. Lundquist was the original announcer, with Nessler taking over in the mid-2000s and Johnson joining him for the most recent game in the series. Bill Raftery and Dick Vitale were analysts.

Raftery worked with Lundquist on their games and returned to work alongside Johnson for CBS-branded games in NCAA Basketball 10, while Vitale and Nessler joined the series at the same time. NCAA March Madness 98 was the 1998 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on February 1998 for the PlayStation. Former Wake Forest player and retired San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan is featured on the cover. NCAA March Madness 99 was the 1999 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on November 30, 1998 for the PlayStation. Former North Carolina player Antawn Jamison is featured on the cover. NCAA March Madness 2000 was the 1999 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on November 1999 for the PlayStation. Former Maryland player Steve Francis is featured on the cover. NCAA March Madness 2001 was the 2000 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on December 2000 for the PlayStation. Former Cincinnati and NBA player Kenyon Martin is featured on the cover.

NCAA March Madness 2002 was the 2001 installment in the NCAA March Madness series. It was released on January 9, 2002 for the PlayStation 2. Former Duke player and former Miami Heat player Shane Battier is featured on the cover. NCAA March Madness 2003 was the 2002 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on November 26, 2002 for the PlayStation 2. Former Kansas Jayhawk player Drew Gooden was featured on the cover; the game's cover shows deformities within the artwork. NCAA March Madness 2004 was the 2003 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on November 11, 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Former Syracuse player Carmelo Anthony was featured on the cover. Commentary is done by Brad Nessler and "Mr. College Basketball" Dick Vitale as he is introduced in the game; this was the first time the player could pick his favorite school and the menus would be stylized in the school's colors and a cheerleader or mascot will appear on the main menu while playing the school's fight song.

The game plays similar to NBA Live 2004. The game allows the player to pick their favorite school and run a college basketball dynasty for up to 30 seasons and lead them to a National Championship; the player can play as a prestigious school or a school of lower prestige and bring them into the national spotlight. The game allows the player to with limited options; the game features all of the major tournaments including the NCAA Tournament and Maui Invitational and a Frat Party Mode, a four team tournament for 4-players. Other modes include mascot game; as well as Dickie V integration where Dick Vitale offers his take on the features of the game and gives gamers hints in Dynasty Mode on recruiting. The player can import their draft class to NBA Live 2004, however the players are given fictional names after they are imported. Extras in the game feature the cameos of NBA rookies Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kirk Hinrich and rowdy college fans and NCAA head coaches saying "EA Sports, It's In The Game".

For added realism, NCAA head basketball coaches offer offensive strategies. Critics praised the addition of tournament modes to gameplay, it was praised as a "good, overall basketball game". NCAA March Madness 2005 was the 2004 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on November 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Former Connecticut player, Former Charlotte Bobcats player, New Orleans Hornets player, Washington Wizards player, New Orleans Pelicans player and current NBA free agent player Emeka Okafor was featured on the cover; the soundtrack of the game used college band versions of licensed songs. The songs used were "Falling Apart" by Zebrahead, "Polyamorous" by Breaking Benjamin, "Get Steady" by Jonny Lives, "Little Sister" by QOTSA, others. NCAA March Madness 06 was the 2005 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on October 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Current Oklahoma City Thunder player Raymond Felton is featured on the cover; the soundtrack of NCAA March Madness 06 used college band versions of licensed songs.

The songs used were "Waiting" by Not Forgotten, "Still Running" by Chevelle, "Because of You" by Nickelback, "Bundy" by Animal Alpha and "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven. NCAA March Madness 07 was the 2006 installment in the NCAA March Madness series, it was released on January 17, 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. This Is The First March Madness Game To Appear On Xbox 360. For Former Gonzaga player Adam Morrison is featured on the cover. Using a new dynamic crowd environment, the g

Exposure (Exposé album)

Exposure is the debut studio album by American girl group Exposé, released on March 2, 1987. It reached number sixteen on the Billboard 200 and number twenty on the R&B albums chart and was certified double platinum by the RIAA in May 1990; the album spawned four top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Seasons Change", which topped the chart in February 1988. Other hit singles were the breakthrough hit "Come Go with Me", a re-recorded version of the song "Point of No Return" and "Let Me Be the One"; this was the first debut album by a group to feature four top-ten Billboard pop hits – a feat Cyndi Lauper achieved as a solo artist with her 1983 album She's So Unusual. When first released, the album featured the original 1984 recording of "Point of No Return", with lead vocals by Alé Lorenzo. On all subsequent versions, including its release on compact disc, the re-recording with Jeanette Jurado on lead is featured, the single version released to radio several years after the original made its rounds on urban radio and in clubs.

However, all pressings of the album feature the original 1985 recording of "Exposed to Love", with lead vocals by Alé Lorenzo. Lead vocals of the majority of the album were sung by Jurado. Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless each sing lead on two tracks, with Bruno on "Let Me Be the One" and "December", Curless on "Extra Extra" and "Love Is Our Destiny". On the track "I Know You Know", Jurado sings lead Bruno provides a soulful improvisation at the end. Disc two track listing"Exposed to Love" "Come Go With Me" "Point of No Return" "Let Me Be the One" "Seasons Change" "Come Go With Me" "Point of No Return" "Let Me Be the One" "Seasons Change" "Point of No Return" "Let Me Be the One" Executive producers: Francisco J. Diaz and Ed Eckstine Arranged and produced by Lewis A. Martineé for Pantera Productions Recorded and engineered by Mike Couzzi & John Hagg Assistant recording engineers: Carlos Santos, Terresa Verplanck, David Barton, Carlos Nieto, Frank Prinzel, Sam Safirstein, Victor Di Persia, Ernie Williams, Charles Dye and Barabara Milne Mixed by Lewis A. Martineé and Chris Lord-Alge Mastered by José Rodriguez Alé, Sandée, Laurie Miller: lead and backing vocals on "Point of No Return", "Exposed to Love".

Ruedi Walter

Ruedi Walter or Rudolf Walter, was a Swiss comedian, radio personality, stage and film actor starring in Swiss German language cinema and television and stage productions. Born in Solothurn, Canton of Solothurn in Switzerland to Pauline née Furter and Paul, Hans Rudolf Häfeli's family moved from Solothurn to Basel in 1921. There he attended the primary school, the college for mathematics and natural sciences and the business school where he graduated at the Maturität level. Still in Basel, Walter began an apprenticeship at a company for bakery and confectionery supplies that went bankrupt, assumably in 1937 he moved to France, where he attended lessons at the Sorbonne and language lessons in Paris, he worked as a volunteer and as an administrator in London at the Twining-Crossfield tea company. In 1939 Walter returned to Switzerland where he was hired as an employee of the advertising department of the Maggi company in Kemptthal. In August 1939 Ruedi Walter was drafted on occasion of the mobilization of the Swiss Army to perform military service during World War II.

Trained by Eva Bernoulli and Margit von Tolnai and at the Basel conservatory, from 1941 Ruedi Walter and his sister Gertrud Heffler, worked as side jobs in small roles at Stadttheater Basel. From 1943 to 1946 Walter played in Alfred Rasser's Cabaret Cactus in Basel, among others in Rasser's productions "HD soldier Läppli" and "Democrat Läppli". In 1944 he joined the Swiss soldiers stage Bäretatze, from 1948 to 1950 he was a member of the Cabaret Cornichon ensemble in Zürich. There he met Margrit Rainer, with whom he first appeared as cabaret duo in 1951 as a "Ehepaar Ehrsam" in the popular satirical radio program "Spalebärg 77a" and in numerous popular dialect plays and farces. Walter and Rainer were during thirty years the most popular entertainment duo in Switzerland. At the Schauspielhaus Zürich, they had great success in "Die Kleine Niederdorf-Oper" and in 1954 in "Der schwarze Hecht". Great touring successes were among others the dialect adaption of Arthur Lovegrove's "Goodnight, Mrs. Puffin!" in 1969, in 1977 "D'Mueter wott nur s'Bescht", in 1980 "Potz Millione", both directed by Rainer's spouse Inigo Gallo.

At Schauspielhaus Walter played among others, in 1956 the blind eunuch Loby in the premiere of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Der Besuch der alten Dame, in 1984 the title role in the premiere of "Dr neu Noah". In addition, Walter worked from 1969 to 1985 under the direction of Jörg Schneider in several children's fairy tales and musicals at the Bernhard-Theater Zürich, where in 1980 Walter played alongside Jörg Schneider in the Swiss German adaption Warte uf de Godot. After Margrith Rainer's death, Walter toured from 1983 to 1985 with "Drei Männer im Schnee" and in Mary Chase's "My Fründ Hanspi". Ruedi Walter was a popular actor who played adorable-smart roles, shaping the hearts of his audience, he sat always for professional dialect theater and appeared in numerous vernacular versions of modern dramas, including as Karl Knie in Jörg Schneider's dialect edition of Carl Zuckmayer's "Katharina Knie" in 1985 in a circus tent at Zürichhorn, in the title roles of television adaption of Molière's The Miser and The Imaginary Invalid.

Walter embodied numerous other roles in film and television, in various recordings of Swiss German language farces. Walter was a citizen of the municipality of Dübendorf in the Canton of Zürich where he lived in his late years, citizen of Seengen in the Canton of Aargau. Irène Camarius, a Swiss actress born as Marthe Irène Liechti, Walter married in 1962, they had two children, lived in Gockhausen, a locality of Dübendorf. Until his death Walter stood on the stage and on the movies, though his eyesight subsided, he died unexpectedly on complications after a knee surgery: Ruedi Walter rests at the cemetery of Buch am Irchel. The appreciative designation Volksschauspieler used by the Swiss press, remained for years without a comment by Ruedi Walter. Shortly before he died, Walter said: The term takes me proud, because I feel accepted by the people as one of them. Ruedi-Walter-Strasse in Zürich-Oerlikon was named after the popular actor. Walter was a good actor one of the best that Switzerland had.

1986: Prix Walo Publikumsliebling 1984: Hans Reinhart-Ring 1978: Prix Walo 1990: Bingo 1988: Klassezämekunft 1984: Der Besuch der alten Dame 1978: Die kleine Niederdorfoper 1971: Der Kapitän 1968: Die sechs Kummerbuben 1961: Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi 1961: Demokrat Läppli 1959: Hinter den sieben Gleisen 1958: Die Käserei in der Vehfreude 1955: Polizischt Wäckerli Ernst Reinhardt: Ruedi Walter. Spuren eines Schauspielerlebens. Friedrich Reinhardt Verlag, Basel 1984, ISBN 3-7245-0549-3. Ruedi Walter on IMDb Michael Gautier: Walter, Ruedi in German and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland, 3 April 2013. Ruedi Walter on the website of the Swiss national television SRF


Kaestlea is a genus of skinks. These skinks are small, smooth-scaled species, they are diurnal and insectivorous. They lay eggs to reproduce; these skinks are identified by their distinct blue tail colour. They live in tropical montane forest habitats; these secretive skinks silently move through thick leaf-litter on forest floor. They are all endemic to the Western Ghats mountains and in some parts of Eastern Ghats of South India; the following 5 species, listed alphabetically by specific name, are recognized as being valid: Kaestlea beddomii Kaestlea bilineata Kaestlea laterimaculata Kaestlea palnica Kaestlea travancorica Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was described in a genus other than Kaestlea

Sharon Jones

Sharon Lafaye Jones was an American soul and funk singer. She was the lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, a soul and funk band based in Brooklyn, New York. Jones experienced breakthrough success late in life, releasing her first record when she was 40 years old. In 2014, Jones was nominated for her first Grammy, in the category Best R&B Album, for Give the People What They Want. Jones was born in Augusta, the daughter of Ella Mae Price Jones and Charlie Jones, living in adjacent North Augusta, South Carolina. Jones was the youngest of six children. Jones's mother raised, she moved the family to New York City. As children and her brothers would imitate the singing and dancing of James Brown, her mother happened to know Brown, from Augusta. Jones grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York. In 1975, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, she attended Brooklyn College. A regular gospel singer in church, during the early 1970s Jones entered talent shows backed by local funk bands.

Session work continued with backing vocals credited to Lafaye Jones, but in the absence of any recording contract as a solo singer, she spent many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and as an armored car guard for Wells Fargo, until receiving a mid-life career break in 1996 after she appeared on a session backing the soul and deep funk legend Lee Fields. The session was organized by Gabriel Roth and Philippe Lehman the owner of the now-defunct French record label Pure Records. Jones was the only one of three singers called to the session to show up. Having completed all the backing parts herself and Lehman were suitably impressed with her performance and recorded "Switchblade", a solo track with Jones; this track and "The Landlord" were included on the Soul Providers' album Soul Tequila, released by Lehman on Pure circa 1996. The Soul Providers—with members of the Brooklyn bands Antibalas and the Mighty Imperials—later formed the Dap-Kings, who became Jones's regular backing band.

Lehman and Roth started a new label based in Brooklyn, Desco Records, now defunct. Soul Tequila was re-released as Gimme the Paw, which omitted "The Landlord" but kept "Switchblade". Jones recorded and released three 45-rpm singles for Desco: "Damn It's Hot" part 1 backed by part 2, "Bump N Touch" part 1 backed by "Hook and Sling Meets the Funky Superfly", "You Better Think Twice" backed by "I Got the Feeling"; the singles gained some notice among 45 soul and funk collectors because in the early days of Desco Records some collectors may have believed them to be originals from the early seventies, as they were not dated. These singles were released on a compilation CD, the Desco Funk 45' Collection, with tracks by various other artists in the Desco stable. Desco had established a firm reputation among enthusiasts. Desco continued to release 45-rpm singles and released LPs by Lee Fields, the Sugarman 3, the Daktaris and the Mighty Imperials as well as a further compilation of funk 45s; the Mighty Imperials album was the last release on the Desco label, Lehman and Roth parted ways in 2000.

Lehman started another independent label, Soul Fire Records, now defunct. Roth went on to start Daptone Records with the saxophonist Neal Sugarman of Sugarman 3. Launched on the back of the popularity of Desco Records, Daptone Records' first release was a full-length album by Sharon Jones. A new band, the Dap-Kings, was formed from the former members of the Soul Providers and the Mighty Imperials; some of the musicians went on to record for Lehman's Soul Fire label, while some formed the Budos Band, an Afro-beat band. From the original Soul Providers, Roth on bass and emcee Binky Griptite, percussionist Fernando Velez, trumpet player Anda Szilagyi and organist Earl Maxton were joined by original Mighty Imperials saxophonist Leon Michels and drummer Homer Steinweiss, plus Neal Sugarman from Sugarman 3, to form The Dap-Kings. In 2002, under the name Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, the group released the album Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, for which they received immediate attention and acclaim from enthusiasts, DJs and collectors.

With three more albums under their belt, Naturally, 100 Days, 100 Nights and I Learned the Hard Way they are seen by many as the spearhead of a revival of soul and funk. In 2015, during an interview with Billboard about her Grammy nomination, Jones discussed her commitment to the Daptone Label, an independent company, she cited the commitment to the band. Jones had a small part in the 2007 film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker, in which she played Lila, a juke joint singer, her performance of Lucille Bogan's "That's What My Baby Likes" is featured in the film, additional covers by Jones of songs from the 1930s are included on the film's soundtrack. In 2015, a documentary titled Miss Sharon Jones!, directed by Barbara Kopple, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. 2007: She performed on tour with Lou Reed, although her appearance in The Great Debaters caused Jones to turn down a stint as back-up singer for Reed's fall 2007 live show built around his Berlin album.

She performed one song on the David Byrne–Fatboy Slim collaboration, Here Lies Love. 2009: Jones sang backup for Phish during their 2009 Halloween performance of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. at Festival 8, in Indio, California. 2009: Jones performed a duet of "Baby (You've Got What It