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Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap is an American science-fiction television series created by Donald P. Bellisario, that aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 25, 1989 through May 5, 1993, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who leaps through spacetime during an experiment in time travel, by temporarily taking the place of other people to correct historical mistakes. Dean Stockwell co-stars as Admiral Al Calavicci, Sam's womanizing, cigar-smoking companion and best friend, who appears to him as a hologram; the series features a mix of humor, romance, social commentary, science fiction. The show was ranked number 19 on TV Guide's "Top Cult Shows Ever" in 2007. In the near future, physicist Dr. Sam Beckett theorized it is possible to time-travel within one's own lifetime, obtains government support to build his project "Quantum Leap"; some years the government threatens to pull funding as no results have been made, Sam decides to test the project accelerator by himself to save the project before anyone can stop him.

He is thrown back in time, on gaining consciousness, finds that while he physically exists in the past, he appears to everyone else as a person that he had "leapt" into and further has partial amnesia related to his own identity. A hologram of his friend, Admiral Al Calavicci, appears and audible only to Sam, helps to explain to Sam that he must correct something that went wrong in the past, aided with the resources of the project's supercomputer Ziggy, as once, corrected, he should be able to leap back to the present. Despite correcting the past, Sam continues to leaps randomly to another place and time within the second half of the 20th century, "putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home." Dr. Samuel "Sam" Beckett is a quantum physicist with six doctoral degrees, he grew up on his parents' farm in Elk Ridge, with an older brother and a younger sister. Sam's idol is Albert Einstein. Albert "Al" Calavicci, USN is a womanizing U. S. Navy rear admiral and Sam's best friend, who grew up in an orphanage and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.

At the time of Sam's leaps, Al spends his free time with his lover and the project's medical technician Tina Martinez, who appears in the fourth-season episode "The Leap Back". Ziggy is the self-aware artificial intelligence "parallel hybrid computer with an ego" that runs Project Quantum Leap, helps Sam throughout his leaps, appearing in the fourth-season episode "The Leap Back." Irving "Gooshie" Gushman is the project's often-mentioned head programmer, said to have bad breath. He appears in five episodes, including the finale. Dr. Verbena Beeks is mentioned as the project's psychiatrist, she appears in two episodes throughout the series. In each episode, a different cast of guest characters appears the ones whom Sam replaces with his leaps. Several other characters are referred to throughout the series, but are unseen; the main premise for Quantum Leap was inspired by such movies as Heaven Can Wait and Here Comes Mr. Jordan, it may have evolved out of an unused Battlestar Galactica story, proposed for the Galactica 1980 series.

Series creator Donald P. Bellisario saw its concept as a way of developing an original anthology series, as anthologies were unpopular with the networks; the series ran on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. The theme for the series was written by Mike Post, it was rearranged for the fifth season, except for the series finale episode, which featured the original theme music. Scores for the episodes were composed by Velton Ray Bunch. A soundtrack album was first released in 1993, titled Music from the Television Series'Quantum Leap', dedicated to John Anderson, who played Pat Knight in The Last Gunfighter, it was released by GNP Crescendo on cassette tape. The Quantum Leap series was moved from Friday nights to Wednesdays, it was moved twice away from Wednesdays to Fridays in late 1990, to Tuesdays in late 1992. The series finale aired in its Wednesday slot in May 1993; the most frequent time slot for the series is indicated by italics: Sunday at 9:00–11:00 pm on NBC: March 26, 1989 Friday at 9:00–10:00 pm on NBC: March 31, 1989 – April 21, 1989 Wednesday at 10:00–11:00 pm on NBC: May 3—17, 1989.

The final episode was scheduled to be aired on June 14, 1994, but altered schedules after the death of British dramatist Dennis Potter earlier that month delayed the airing until June 21, 1994.. Repeat episodes continued on the channel at various times until December 28, 1999, it has since aired several times on satellite and cable television, rerunning late at night on television channel Cozi TV. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the entire, digitally remastered, Quantum Leap series on DVD; some controversy arose when fans discovered that many songs had been replaced from the soundtrack due to music rights issues. For the fifth season, Universal included all of the original music. On April 13, 2016, Mill Creek Entertainment announc


Habbersett is a brand of meat products founded in 1863 known for its production of scrapple. The brand was founded in Middletown and moved to Bridgeville, Delaware. Habbersett is owned by Jones Dairy Farm. Habbersett produces meat based products; the brand's primary focus is scrapple, a popular pork product in the regions of Pennsylvania, Washington, D. C. New Jersey, Delaware, southern New York and the Delmarva Peninsula; the brand offers beef scrapple. Habbersett and Rapa, both owned by Jones Dairy Farm, are the two largest brands for scrapple. Both brands can be found in a majority of mid-Atlantic stores. American food writer and historian, Joshua Ozersky, considered Habbersett the best brand of scrapple. Ed Habbersett, former president of the company, claimed "scrapple was invented in colonial times out of a uniquely American set of circumstances". In 1863, Isaac S. Habbersett began mass-producing scrapple in Middletown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Habbersett is one of the oldest brands in scrapple production.

Little has changed about the product. In 1926, Delaware-based scrapple brand, began mass production; the brands would become the two largest in the Philadelphia scrapple market, with Habbersett controlling nearly half and Rapa controlling a quarter. In 1981, Wisconsin based Jones Dairy Farm, acquired Rapa. In 1985, Johnsonville Foods acquired Habbersett and sold it to Jones Dairy Farm in 1988. After purchasing Habbersett, Jones Dairy Farm shut down the original plant in Middletown and moved it to Bridgeville, Delaware. Both Habbersett and Rapa now produce meats out of the same building located at 103 S Railroad Ave in Bridgeville; the two brands are processed separately. Official website

Basilica di Santa Croce (Lecce)

Basilica di Santa Croce is a Baroque church in Lecce, Italy, completed in 1695. Walter VI, Count of Brienne, had founded in the current church's location a monastery in the 14th century. In 1549 a new church was begun, among the others, houses from Jews, ousted from Lecce in 1510; the construction dragged on for two centuries: in 1582 the lower façade had been finished, while the dome was completed in 1590. The portals were added starting under the direction of Francesco Antonio Zimbalo; the church was completed by his successors Cesare Giuseppe Zimbalo. The church has a richly decorated façade, with six smooth columns supporting an entablature, with animals, grotesque figures and vegetables, has a large rose window; the main portal has a pair of Corinthian columns and the coats of arms of Philip III of Spain, Mary of Enghien and Walter VI of Brienne, while on the side portals are those of the Celestines. Several atlantes would represent the Turk prisoners made by the Christian League at the Battle of Lepanto.

The animals under the balustrade would symbolize the Christian powers which participated in the battle: the dragon was the symbol of the Boncompagni, family of Pope Gregory XIII. The interior, on the Latin cross plan, had a nave and four aisles, two of which were turned into side chapels in the 18th century; the church has seventeen altars: the main one has a decorated portal with the coat of arms of the Adorni family, whose tombs were inside the basilica. Notable is that of St. Francis of Paola, a Baroque piece of art by Francesco Antonio Zimbalo; the nave has a rich wooden caisson ceiling. Paintings include a Trinity by Gianserio Strafella, St. Anthony of Padua by Oronzo Tiso and The Adoration of the Shepherd by Giovanni Battista Lama. Manieri Elia, Mario. Il barocco leccese. Milan: Electa Mondadori

2007–08 Tulane Green Wave women's basketball team

The 2007–08 Tulane Green Wave women's basketball team represented Tulane University in the 2007–08 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Green Wave were coached by Lisa Stockton; the Green Wave attempted to win the Conference USA Tournament. The Green Wave participated in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico from November 21 to 22; the Green Wave participated in the DoubleTree Classic from December 20 to 21. Marshall 65, Tulane 58 Ashley Langford, Doubletree Classic All-Tournament Team No one from the Green Wave was selected in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Tulane Green Wave

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2005

The 8th Costume Designers Guild Awards, given on February 26, 2006, honored the best costume designs in film and television for 2005. Winners highlighted in bold. Contemporary Film: Danny Glicker – Transamerica Paul SimmonsHustle & Flow Michael KaplanMr. & Mrs. Smith Nancy Steiner – Shopgirl Louise Frogley – Syriana Fantasy Film: Isis MussendenThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lindy HemmingBatman Begins Gabriella PescucciCharlie and the Chocolate Factory Trisha BiggarStar Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Period Film: Colleen AtwoodMemoirs of a Geisha Kasia Walicka-Maimone – Capote Louise Frogley – Good Night, Good Luck. Aggie Guerard Rodgers – Rent Arianne PhillipsWalk the Line Contemporary Series: Six Feet Under - Jill M. Ohanneson Alias - Laura Goldsmith Arrested Development - Katie Sparks Desperate Housewives - Catherine Adair Nip/Tuck - Lou Eyrich Fantasy or Period Series: Rome - April Ferry Carnivàle - Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko Cold Case - Patia Prouty Deadwood - Katherine Jane Bryant That'70s Show - Melina Root Miniseries or Television Film: Elvis - Eduardo Castro Empire Falls - Donna Zakowska Lackawanna Blues - Hope Hanafin Their Eyes Were Watching God - Eduardo Castro Warm Springs - Hope Hanafin Costume Designers Guild 8th Annual Awards

Bally Total Fitness

Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation was an American fitness club chain. At its 2007 peak, prior to the filing of the first of two Chapter 11 bankruptcies, Bally operated nearly 440 facilities located in 29 U. S. states, Canada, South Korea and the Caribbean under the Bally Total Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Gorilla Sports, Pinnacle Fitness, Bally Sports Clubs, Sports Clubs of Canada brands. Bally Total Fitness was one of the last surviving non-gambling ex-subsidiary of Bally Manufacturing due to the acquisition of Bally Technologies by Scientific Games Corporation in 2014. In 1983, slot-machine and arcade game manufacturer Bally Entertainment purchased Health and Tennis Corporation of America, entering the leisure industry and creating the Bally Health and Tennis Corporation division of the company, it purchased Lifecycle, an exercise bike manufacturer, renaming the company Bally Fitness Products. In 1987, it was operator of fitness centers, it further expanded with the purchase of the American Fitness Centers and Nautilus Fitness Centers, which were once connected to Vic Tanny and Jack LaLanne.

The various brands were consolidated under the Bally Total Fitness brand in 1995. By that year, the company was operator of health clubs, it operated a total of 325 health clubs in the United States and Canada. The rebranding was done to take advantage of the Bally name as well as rename the existing Tanny and LaLanne locations. In 1996, Bally Total Fitness was spun from its casino-owning parent. In May 1998, it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange trading under the ticker symbol of BFT; the company carried $300 million in debt at the time of its initial public offering. Paul Toback, a former White House aide in the Clinton administration who joined Bally as a corporate development officer in 1997, was named Chief Executive Officer in December 2002 after predecessor Lee Hillman resigned. On November 18, 2011, Bally Total Fitness announced the sale of 171 of its clubs located in sixteen states and the District of Columbia to an affiliate of LA Fitness for $153 million. In February 2012, it sold the Toledo Airport Road club to Red Fitness 24/7.

In April 2012, Bally sold an additional 39 facilities to Blast Fitness. Blast Fitness has begun operating the new facilities under their own name in stages, transitioning away from the Bally's name; those two sales left Bally with 44 locations, 27 of them in the New York area, 8 in the San Francisco area, 1 in Louisiana and 8 in Colorado. After the LA Fitness transaction, Bally had 800,000 members. All of the clubs in the Cleveland area were sold to Red Fitness 24/7, effective December 31, 2012; some employees received termination notices the same day. The number of clubs still in the Bally chain continued to dwindle. For example, the Bally Total Fitness location in Danville, California closed on June 22, 2012 and reopened as Danville Fit; the former Bally club in Colorado Springs, CO changed ownership in June 2014, became Voretex Fitness. In December 2014, thirty-two locations in New York, New Jersey and San Francisco Bay Area are acquired by 24 Hour Fitness; the Greece, New York location closed without notice on December 30, 2014.

The NYC 106th st location became a Tapout Fitness center in August 2016. As of October 2016, Bally was down to its last location in New York City; the last Bally location in Penta NYC closed on October 26 becoming a Tapout Fitness center. As a result, Bally Total Fitness became defunct; as of 2020, the Bally Total Fitness name is still in use for a line of protein bars, protein shakes, merchandise. Bally filed for bankruptcy with outstanding debts of $761 million. Over the preceding ten years, its stock price had fallen from a high of US$37.00 to less than $0.37 on the Pink Sheets, a plunge of over 99% of its value. It was removed from the NYSE shortly thereafter. On October 1, 2007, Bally announced its emergence from bankruptcy court protection, 100% owned by a hedge fund, Harbinger Capital. Earlier that year, it had sold off its 16 Toronto health clubs to existing chains: 10 locations were sold to GoodLife Fitness, 6 to Extreme Fitness, allowing the latter company its first move into the downtown core for what had heretofore been a suburban chain.

On December 3, 2008, Bally again filed for bankruptcy due to problems arising from the global credit crisis. The company indicated at that time that it would explore options including reorganization or even a sale, but that it hoped to emerge from bankruptcy as soon as possible. Bally Total Fitness has been the subject of controversy over its sales and membership cancellation practices, with some customers claiming they were misled into signing loans with terms up to three years using documents containing uncommonly-used language such as "Retail Installment Contract". Customers alleged. In April 1994, Bally paid $120,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of illegal billing, cancellation and debt-collection practices. Consumers have complained, that little has changed over the years. From 1999 to 2004, over six hundred customers complained to the New York Attorney General's office, leading to an investigation and subsequent agreement by Bally Total Fitness to reform their sales tactics in February 2004.

In 1997, Bally’s became the subject of a pioneering type of website that published consumer complaints. Bally’s club member Drew Faber believed he was subjected to a bait and switch marketing scheme by Bally’s, so he decided to create a website called “Bally Sucks.” On it