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Prairie Prince

Charles Lempriere "Prairie" Prince is an American drummer and graphic artist. He came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the San Francisco based rock group the Tubes, was a member of Jefferson Starship from 1992–2008, has worked with a wide range of other performers as a session musician. Prince is a member of The Tubes and was a founding member of Journey along with Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie. However, he quit Journey after a few months, he has subsequently worked with Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, Nicky Hopkins, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh, Singer at Large Johnny J. Blair, former Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick. Prince collaborated with Ross Valory and founding member of Journey, on a line of patented eco-friendly, USA made hoodie shirts called MouthMan- where graphic designs of jaws and teeth on the sleeves form a mouth when the wearer "hugs himself".

In 2006, he toured with The New Cars including Todd Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton, original The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. He continues to play with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren, he was an original member of the reformed Jefferson Starship, known as "Jefferson Starship – The Next Generation" in 1992, appears on both that band's studio albums, along with numerous live albums. Prince announced in early 2008 that he was leaving the band on amicable terms and remains available for international performances, he is a sought after session musician and played drums and percussion on all tracks of Chuck Prophet's 2012 release Temple Beautiful. As an artist he designed the album cover artwork for many artists including The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Lyle Workman and Vince Welnick's 1998 album Missing Man Formation, among many others. Along with his creative partner and fellow former Tubes Michael Cotten, he has created numerous set designs for major artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, N'Sync, Shania Twain, The Tubes, Todd Rundgren.

Prince and Cotten have teamed up with choreographer Kenny Ortega on several special events including the 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta, Super Bowl XXX Half Time Show, Michael Jackson's "This is It" concert, Shania Twain's residency, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. Official website The Tubes official website Prairie Prince audio interview on 2007 Prairie Prince audio interview on 2009

John Scalise

John Scalise was an Italian-American organized crime figure of the early 20th century and, with partner Albert Anselmi, was one of the Chicago Outfit's most successful hitmen in Prohibition-era Chicago. Shortly after he began working for the Gennas, Scalise met Albert Anselmi, who became his mentor and best friend. Both men remain, to this day, the prime suspects in the November 1924 murder of Dean O'Banion, boss of Chicago's North Side Gang. Soon after O'Banion's murder and Anselmi secretly defected from the Gennas to Al Capone's Chicago Outfit. On June 13, 1925, Anselmi and Scalise, along with Mike Genna, ambushed North Siders George "Bugs" Moran and Vincent "The Schemer" Drucci in The Patch, shooting up their car with shotguns and wounding Drucci. About an hour as the shooters raced south on Western Avenue, they were sighted and pursued by a detective squad. After a high-speed chase, the gangsters were overtaken at the corner of 60th Street. After the cars screeched to a stop, the gangsters jumped out and opened fire with their shotguns.

During the ensuing gun battle, Chicago Police officers Harold Olsen and Charles Walsh were killed and Michael Conway wounded. The fourth officer, William Sweeney, pursued the fleeing Anselmi and Genna towards the next block of houses. Genna was fatally shot by Sweeney while the other two were captured after boarding a nearby streetcar, it was said that when they were spotted by the detectives and Anselmi were speeding south towards Chicago city limits in order to discreetly murder Mike Genna, targeted for death by the pair's secret employer, Al Capone. Anselmi and Scalise were bound over for trial. Prosecutor Bob Crowe vowed to send both men to the gallows; the two killers’ lawyers managed to convince the jury that they had reacted against "unwarranted police aggression." Anselmi and Scalise were found guilty of the manslaughter of Officer Walsh and were sentenced to 14 years in prison. In the time between their trials, the two men and their cohorts sent "collectors" around The Patch to raise money for their defense fund.

Men like Henry Spignola and Antonio Morici were murdered. The main "collector", a fearsome mobster named Orazio "The Scourge" Tropea, was discovered to be keeping most of the collections for himself. Tropea was shotgunned to death on Halsted Street on February 15, 1926. Other deaths followed before Scalise and Anselmi were both acquitted of the murder of Patrolman Harold Olsen. Back in Joliet Prison, both Scalise and Anselmi had difficulty adjusting to prison life. Both men were beaten and Scalise was nearly poisoned on one occasion; the two still played a part in Chicago gangland affairs. The war between Capone and the North Side Gang, now under Earl "Hymie" Weiss, reached a peak in the fall of 1926. During a peace conference, Weiss offered peace to Capone if the O'Banion killers and Anselmi, were killed. Capone had Weiss murdered less than two weeks later. In December 1926, both Scalise and Anselmi were granted a retrial in the Walsh killing and in January were released from prison. In June 1927, the two men were acquitted.

Capone threw them a grand party, climaxed by a shoot-out with champagne-bottle corks. Both John Scalise and Albert Anselmi were arrested and charged in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre case. At the pair's arraignment on March 8, 1929, their attorney Thomas Nash asked the arresting officer, Sergeant Fred Valenta, if he had "just and reasonable grounds" for believing Scalise and Anselmi committed the massacre. Sergeant Valenta replied, "No." The two gangsters were released due to a lack of evidence. Around this time, Scalise had been elevated to vice-president of the Unione Siciliana by new president Joseph "Hop Toad" Giunta, who had taken over following the murder of its former president, Pasqualino Lolordo. In the early morning hours of May 8, 1929, the bodies of Scalise and Giunta were discovered on a lonely road near Hammond, Indiana. All three had been beaten and shot to death. One of Scalise’s gunshot wounds had torn off the pinky finger of his left hand; the coroner said. It was suspected that the North Side Gang had killed the trio in retaliation for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

However, this theory was discounted a few days when informants stated that the three men were lured to a banquet with their Sicilian friends and, while trying to break up a quarrel, being staged for their benefit, were themselves attacked and killed. Scalise's body was shipped back to Sicily for burial. Years a more popular story emerged that Al Capone had discovered that Scalise and Giunta were conspiring with rival mobster Joe Aiello to betray him. Capone bodyguard Frankie Rio was credited with uncovering the plan, which his boss refused to believe. During a charade concocted for their benefit, Capone staged an argument with Rio in front of Scalise and Anselmi and slapped his bodyguard, who ran from the room. Both killers tracked Frankie Rio down and offered to bring him in on their plans with Giunta and Aiello. After confirmation of the treachery, an elaborate ruse was developed to get rid of the plotters. At the climax of a dinner thrown in their honor, Capone produced a baseball bat and beat the three men within an inch of their lives, before two or three gunmen stepped in to finish the job.

John Scalise was said to be the uncle of Chicago Outfit mobster Joseph Jerome "Jerry" Scalise, who served under Albert Tocco. Schoenberg, Robert L. Mr. Capone Harper-Collins, 1993. ISBN 9780688128388 John Scalise at Find a Grave John Scalise

Pencak silat at the 2018 Asian Games – Men's tanding 55 kg

The men's tanding class B competition at the 2018 Asian Games took place from 23 to 27 August 2018 at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Indonesia. Pencak silat is traditional Indonesian martial arts. Pencak silat is assessed from a punch, kick and dings; the target that must be addressed is the patron in the body of every fighter. Each judge gives an individual score for each competitor; the score given to each boxer would be taken from all 5 judges. A total of ten competitors from ten different countries competed in this Class B event, limited to fighters whose body weight was less than 55 kilograms. Abdul Malik from Indonesia won the gold medal after defeating Mohd Faizul Nasir from Malaysia in the gold medal match by the score of 5–0. Dines Dumaan from the Philippines and Bo Thammavongsa from Laos finished third and won the bronze medal after losing in the semifinal. All times are Western Indonesia Time Official website

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (soundtrack)

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is the soundtrack album, composed by A. R. Rahman with song lyrics by Vairamuthu to the 2018 Tamil film of the same name; the film features an ensemble cast including Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh, Dayana Erappa and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles. The album consist of seven songs out of which "Mazhai Kuruvi" and "Bhoomi Bhoomi" served as the lead singles. Composition of the soundtrack began in December 2017; the songs in the film are fit into the situations. Two poems from Vairamuthu's book Peiyana Peiyum Mazhai have been re-written into song lyrics, one being "Mazhai Kuruvi"; the promotional music event featured live performances of the lead singles as well as the third single "Sevandhu Pochu Nenje". The soundtrack album was released in 5 September 2018 under the Sony Music record label. A. R. Rahman and Mani Ratnam began with music sessions for the soundtrack in December 2017. According to lyricist Vairamuthu, the provisions for the music and language in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is limited because of the action genre.

Rahman and his compositions were set as if they were playing "flute in a war field". For the songs in the film, Mani Ratnam had chosen two poem's from the Vairamuthu's book Peiyena Peiyum Mazhai; these poems were written into song lyrics, one of the songs is "Mazhai Kuruvi". As per Vairamuthu, the songs in are symbolic in the nature that they talk indirectly about the situations; the track "Mazhai Kuruvi" — is about a man, enjoying the sight of a sparrow perched on a rock on a gloomy day. As it rains, the man rushes into the comforts of his home and wonders how the sparrow would be suffering due to the downpour. However, as per the lyricist the interpretation is that the sparrow is enjoying itself and wondering why the man isn't taking delight in something nature was giving him; the music sessions were held in Goa. Rahman recalled: "At that time I was working on my own movie production 99 Songs. I composed 10 ideas within two days and asked him to choose whichever he liked.” One of these compositions was the music for the track "Mazhai Kuruvi".

The song "Bhoomi Bhoomi" plays four times in a song structure and was composed as a core theme of the film. "Bhoomi Bhoomi" was not recorded for the film. The track "Sevandhu Pochu Nenju" highlights the mistakes a man commits whereas "Kalla Kalavaani" talks about a carefree woman. "Kalla Kalavaani" was used in the film's trailer in the portion. The song addressed to and in praise of a fraud or a thief. Vairamuthu's lyrics recall the Latin phrase Veni vidi vici. Due to prepone release date of the film, Rahman set up all his musical equipments in the hotel room and composed the original score post his live tour shows during weekends. Recording of the original score was completed by early September 2018; the promotional music event of the three singles - "Mazhi Kuruvi", "Bhoomi Bhoomi" and "Sevandhu Pochu Nenju" in Chennai on September 5, 2018. Out of these, the first two were released on digital music download platforms hours before the live performances. However, "Sevandhu Pochu Nenju" was released on September 15, 2018.

Pre-soundtrack release. Priyanka Sundar of Hindustan Times who gave track by track review of the singles performed live. Manoj Kumar of The Indian Express stated "Mazhai Kuruvi" as a happy and breezy song whereas "Bhoomi Bhoomi", contrary and heartbreaking. Mridula Ramaguda of Firstpost reviewed the first four singles of the album noted: "AR Rahman-Mani Ratnam unite for another masterful soundtrack, With many parts of the album alone, the director-composer duo manage to keep their trademark alive; the duo experiment with new genres and include a more western influence with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam's songs."News18 in its review stated: "A. R. Rahman's score and songs work in tandem to elevate the overall mood of the film. Ratnam's use of the Bhoomi track in the climax is nothing short of a masterstroke, assuring that it's the return of the master to his glorious form." Anupama Subramanian of Deccan Chronicle wrote: "Music by AR Rahman is relegated to the backgrounds, but he’s on point as ever. ARR’s BGM elevates the entire proceedings top notch."

However, M. Suganth of The Times of India stated: "Rahman's score, tries a bit too hard to shoe-in songs in the place of a background score. Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express pointed: "And what Ratnam and composer AR Rahman have done with the film’s music is a surprise; the director has not used any of Rahman’s songs in its entirety or spent money picturizing the beautiful numbers. He uses the songs in small doses throughout the film to lift up the scenes further. Rahman’s music is a character in itself in the movie." Vivek MV of Deccan Herald called Rahman's music as riveting. Nandini Ramnath of Scroll stated: "AR Rahman’s forgettable tunes to the background and only Bhoomi Bhoomi soares in key scenes." Credits adapted from official page of Sony Music South. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Discography of A. R. Rahman

Bahram Jung Mosque

Bahram Jung Mosque is a mosque situated in the neighbourhood of Nandanam in Chennai, India. The mosque was constructed between 1789 and 1795 by Muhammad Abdullah Qadir Nawaz Khan Bahadur Bahram Jung, a poet in the court of Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah, the Nawab of the Carnatic. Bahram Jung and his brother, Hafiz Ahmad Khan incurred huge expenses on part of the Carnatic state that on the death of Wallajah's successor Umdat ul-Umara, the lands belonging to the brothers were confiscated by the East India Company. S. Muthiah, ed.. Madras, Chennai: A 400-year record of the first city of Modern India. 1. Palaniappa Brothers. P. 125

Becoming i

Becoming i is the second album by the American alternative metal band Ünloco. The album was released on March 2003 via Maverick Records. Produced by metal-veteran, Andrew Murdock, the band's sound took an unexpected, somber turn toward a more melodic, metal-acoustic style; the second offering included two acoustic tracks -- "Watching Me Slip" and "Texas". Sonically, the new style combined screams with resolute, poetic candour, surprising old and new fans alike. Despite positive reviews from critics and the promotional support of their label — with appearances at Ozzfest 2003, Music as a Weapon II, a tour with Korn — the album failed to meet commercial expectations and the band disbanded the same year. "Failure" had a music video which gained minimal airplay. The song "Bruises" is featured in the True Crime: Streets of L. A. soundtrack as well as The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. The song "Crashing" was featured on Madden 2004. A live version of the song, as well as "Empty," was included on the Music as a Weapon II compilation CD in February 2004.

"Crashing" – 3:22 "Failure – 3:19 "Hands and Knees" – 3:19 "Empty" – 3:15 "Bruises" – 2:36 "Drowning In It" – 3:16 "Watching Me Slip" – 4:07 "Becoming I" – 5:27 "Fold" – 4:13 "Neurotic" – 3:29 "Making Me Hate You" – 2:55 "Texas" – 3:24 "Failure" music video @