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Richard Ward (actor)

Richard Ward was a gravel-voiced African American actor on the stage, in films, from 1949 until his death. Though best known through his TV appearances late in life, both in sitcoms and police procedurals, Ward had an extensive film resume and a distinguished stage career, one of the highlights of the latter being his portrayal of Willy Loman in the 1972 production of Death of a Salesman, staged in Baltimore's Center Stage. Ward's own favorite among his theatrical vehicles was Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. Ward was born in Pennsylvania, he worked as a New York City police detective for ten years before beginning his acting career. An Actors Studio alumnus, Ward belatedly made his television debut in 1950 on the Perry Como Show appearing on dramatic anthology series such as Playhouse 90, Studio One, Hallmark Hall of Fame, before becoming a familiar face on seventies sitcoms like Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, All in the Family and The Jeffersons. Ward made three guest appearances on Good Times as James's dad Henry, who had walked out on James' mom and siblings when he was younger.

The first episode he appeared on, Henry was discovered by Thelma at ship port where he was working and she brought him home to surprise James for his birthday. At first, James didn't want to see him, but after a deep conversation, Henry was welcomed by his son to join the celebration. James wished; the other two episodes Henry appeared on were after James' death. On Sanford and Son, Ward appeared in the episode "The Stung". In the pilot film for the cop show and Hutch, Ward played Captain Dobey, though in the series itself that role was played by Bernie Hamilton. Ward did appear as a different character in one episode in the final series, shortly before his death of a heart attack. Richard Ward at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Richard Ward at the Internet Broadway Database Richard Ward on IMDb Richard Ward papers, 1949-1980, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Richard Ward at Find a Grave

The Pit (mixed martial arts)

The Pit is a professional mixed martial arts association and training camp operating in Arroyo Grande, California. Founded in 1986 by John Hackleman, The Pit fighters have competed in various promotions such as the UFC, WEC and DREAM; the Pit became world famous when Pit black belt Chuck Liddell became the UFC light-heavyweight champion. In 1986, The Pit was founded in Woodland Hills, California as a training gym teaching the art of Kajukenbo, now known as Hawaiian Kempo. Founder, John Hackleman started the school as a means to teach a more straight forward, no-nonsense approach to martial arts; the Pit was intended for training serious fighters only and employed a logo depicting a Grim Reaper-like fighter. When The Pit opened to the general public, Hackleman renamed the school "KuZen" in order to attract kids and families; the Pit operates out of Arroyo Grande, California. It gained worldwide notoriety. In 1985, Hackleman moved from Hawaii to California and renamed his martial arts style, Hawaiian Kempo.

The Pit is the only Hawaiian Kempo school that uses the Ke-m-po spelling, instead of the more used Ke-n-po. Hackleman describes his style as more hardcore than other Hawaiian Kenpo schools, he gave his school the style name "KuZen," a word derived from mix "Ku," the Hawaiian god of war, "Zen," for Zen Buddhism: this name was intended to attract children and families. Hawaiian Kempo blends kempo, judo, jiu-jitsu and wrestling; the Pit places a heavy emphasis on "CrossPit": The Pit's specialty strength and conditioning fitness program developed in the vein of CrossFit. In order to add more time for a fitness-oriented curriculum aimed at producing well-conditioned athletes, training katas were eliminated from the original KaJuKenBo formula. Practicality and usability are emphasized in the areas of grappling. Bag training is emphasized both standing and on the ground. Since the school began accepting non-fighters, they train students from ages three years and up; the school uses three separate belt systems.

The Pit Headquarters-Official Site The Pit Malibu The Pit North The Pit Instructionals

The Surgeon (novel)

The Surgeon is a suspense novel by Tess Gerritsen, the first of the Maura Isles/Jane Rizzoli series. A terrifying new serial killer begins stalking the streets of Boston, using his vast medical knowledge to systematically torture and kill vulnerable women, a modus operandi which has earned him the nickname "the Surgeon"; as Jane Rizzoli, accompanied by detective Thomas Moore, works the case, she comes across trauma doctor Catherine Cordell, who died in the same fashion at the hands of another psychopath several years before, but killed him before he could kill her. Rizzoli soon establishes a connection between the two cases, concluding that she may be on the trail of a deranged copycat; the story opens up with the death of Elena Ortiz at the hands of the Surgeon, Thomas Moore is sent to investigate. The murder is tied to another murder by Diana Sterling, a year previous. Rizzoli and Moore note that both had no contact or connection whatsoever, are perplexed by these two murders. Meanwhile, the Surgeon begins targeting his third victim, Nina Peyton, Cordell continues to save lives, starting with Herman Gwadowski.

The Surgeon is starting to get closer and closer to Cordell, creating a romantic and sexual connection with Thomas Moore. In the end, Jane manages to save Cordell from the Surgeon, Moore marries Cordell; the Surgeon received a RITA award Romance Writers of America in 2002 for Best Romantic Suspense Novel

Isturgia disputaria

Isturgia disputaria, the Maltese bloom, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It was described by Achille Guenée in 1858, it is found on the Canary Islands and Malta and in the Afrotropical realm, Asian Turkey, the Caucasus, Armenia, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq. The wingspan is 21–29 mm. Adults have been recorded on wing from April to May; the larvae feed on Acacia species, including Acacia nilotica

Steffie Spira

Steffie Spira was an Austrian-born German stage and television actress. Spira was the daughter of Lotte Spira, her sister was actress Camilla Spira. Her father was of Jewish descent, died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Spira became a theatre actress during the Weimar Republic, joined the German Communist Party in 1929. Following the Nazi takeover of power, she fled into exile. After being interned by the French government at the Camp de Rieucros, she escaped to Mexico. Spira settled in East Germany, she became a leading stage actor at the Volksbühne and appeared in East German film and television productions. In 1989, Spira was a speaker at the large Alexanderplatz demonstration calling for the current East German government to step down; the Great Mandarin Bürgermeister Anna Ernst Thälmann Heimliche Ehen Thomas Müntzer Apple Trees Edwards, Lee. The Collapse of Communism. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press. ISBN 978-0-8179-9812-7. Steffie Spira on IMDb

Matariki Network of Universities

The Matariki Network of Universities is an international group of universities that focuses on strong links between research and undergraduate teaching. Each member is leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions; the MNU was established in 2010 to enable universities to enhance diversity, to share ideas and expertise, to learn international best practice from each other, recognising the shared commitment to an ethos of excellence in research and rounded education. Matariki in the Māori language designates the Pleiades star cluster known as the Seven Sisters, it reflects seven founding member universities in the MNU. Potential activities for the newly formed network include: enhanced student exchange joint postgraduate programmes social-responsibility projects research collaboration conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest visiting fellowships faculty and staff exchange and secondments benchmarking and sharing of best practice cultural and sporting activities As of September 2010 the founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities are: Official website