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Scratching, sometimes referred to as scrubbing, is a DJ and turntablist technique of moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable to produce percussive or rhythmic sounds. A crossfader on a DJ mixer may be used to fade between two records simultaneously. While scratching is most associated with hip hop music, where it emerged in the mid-1970s, from the 1990s it has been used in some styles of rap rock, rap metal and nu metal. In hip hop culture, scratching is one of the measures of a DJ's skills. DJs compete in scratching competitions at the DMC World DJ Championship and IDA, vinyl scratching as an element of hip hop pioneered the idea of making the sound an integral and rhythmic part of music instead of an uncontrolled noise. Scratching is related to "scrubbing" when the reels of a

Tien (TV channel)

Tien known as Talpa, was the name of a commercial television channel in the Netherlands. Tien opened on August 13, 2005 following a name dispute with SBS Broadcasting. SBS objected to the use of the word Tien; the owner of Tien, Dutch media mogul John de Mol, decided to rebrand the channel as Talpa, the Latin word for "mole", mol in Dutch. Subsequently Talpa became the name of De Mol's holding company. In the first months Talpa shared its channel space with Nickelodeon. On December 16, 2006, Nickelodeon switched to The Box and Tien started broadcasting full days. In December 2006, Talpa and SBS Broadcasting solved their dispute. Talpa was renamed as Tien. In the summer of 2007, the assets of Talpa Media were sold to RTL Nederland, which meant the end of the Tien television channel. RTL Nederland used the vacated cable spot to launch a new television channel called RTL 8. Included in the deal were the broadcasting rights for the Dutch football league and radio station Radio 538. Tien closed on August 17, 2007.

Programmes included ` Big Brother and Expeditie Robinson. Tien is noted for programming original Dutch drama, such as Gooische Vrouwen, Van Speijk, Boks and the daily comedy show Samen. Van Speijk, a publicized police series, attracted an average amount of 900,000 viewers weekly. Season one of "Gooische Vrouwen" attracted more than a million viewers each episode. Samen was the world's first daily comedy show. From the beginning, the channel struggled with disappointing ratings. Expectations were high, because Talpa owned the rights to summaries of matches played in the Eredivisie, the Dutch top-flight football league; the live broadcasting rights were owned by another De Mol venture. In the beginning, football programme De Wedstrijden scored disappointing ratings. Although by far the most-watched programme on Talpa, De Wedstrijden failed to attract the audience that NOS programme Studio Sport used to have. Dutch celebrities like Ivo Niehe and Henny Huisman failed to attract their former audiences on Talpa.

Niehe returned to his former employer TROS in January 2007. Niehe was one of the most outspoken critics on the failure of the station in general. Huisman left for EO after his unsuccessful stint with Talpa. With Jack Spijkerman Talpa thought to have a guaranteed ratings hit, but his audience at Talpa was just one quarter of his former ratings at VARA; the football discussion program Spijkerman hosted with Humberto Tan was unsuccessful and axed. Not all programmes flopped on Talpa; the controversial show Joling & Gordon over de Vloer scored 1.2 million viewers. Other major hits were comedy drama series Gooische Vrouwen and Voetbalvrouwen, the Dutch version of Footballers' Wives. Expeditie Robinson and Postcodeloterij Miljoenenjacht and 1 vs. 100 were among the reasonably scoring shows, albeit with much smaller audiences than at the former broadcaster. Television networks in the Netherlands Versteeg, D.. Talpa — de geboorte van een televisiezender. Naarden: Strengholt's Boeken. ISBN 90-5860-233-8. Official Site

The Boy Who Would Live Forever

The Boy Who Would Live Forever is a science fiction novel by the American writer Frederik Pohl. It was published in 2004 by Tor, it is about intrigues involving one of the Heechee universe. The Heechee are a fictional alien race which developed advanced technologies, including interstellar space travel, but disappeared. In the novel, humans use abandoned Heechee starships to explore space, while the Heechee aliens hide from a mysterious foe, the Kugel, in a black hole, all the while pursued by hate-crazed humans who are Heechee hunters; the Heechee alien race developed advanced technologies, including spaceships, which have been found by humans, though people cannot figure out how the technologies work. At the Gateway asteroid, humans found many Heechee spaceships. People tried to figure out how to change the destinations, but the Heechee technologies are not understood at all; as such, when explorers set out on the preprogrammed Heechee ships, they might find themselves going to a lethal dead end, or they might end up discovering a valuable new location.

Two young explorers, Stan Avery and Estrella Pancorbo, set out on a preprogrammed Heechee ship, but they do not discover anything valuable. They set out towards a black hole where the Heechee are hiding to escape from the "Foe", a dangerous type of being known as Kugel. A Heechee called. Meanwhile, a wealthy human named Gelle-Klara Moynlin uses sophisticated Heechee tools to watch the Crab Nebula expand. Another wealthy human, Wan Enrique Santos-Smith has a crazed hatred of the Heechee. Wan tries to think of ways to kill all of the Heechee. Another human who hates the Heechee, Reverend Orbis McClune, has died, but the electronically-stored version of McClune has been purchased by Wan. McClune is torn between assisting the deranged Wan or trying to stop him. In another subplot, an artificial intelligence named Marc Anthony roves through the galaxy monitoring the Kugel and Wan. Kirkus Reviews calls it an "...astonishing eyeful and absorbing, albeit undramatic, leaving scope for at least one more installment", refers to it as "...a feast for Gateway travelers".

Frederik Pohl at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

2008 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship

The 2008 Individual Speedway Junior World Championship Emil Saifutdinov from the Russia speedway team is the defending World champion. Final 2008-10-04 Pardubice, Svítkov Stadion Referee: Wojciech Grodzki Jury President: Jörgen L. Jensen Change: Adrian Gomólski → Vaculík Heat after heat: Batchelor, Zengota, Sitera Hougaard, Vaculík, Bridger Holder, Karpow, Kus Kononow, Lawson, Gustafsson Pavlic, Risager, Sitera Kus, Bridger, Zengota Saifutdinov, Kononow, Vaculík Holder, Lawson, Lindgren Bridger, Lawson, Karpow Holder, Hougaard, Kononow Saifutdinov, Pavlic, Woffinden Vaculík, Batchelor, Kus Vaculík, Woffinden, Sitera Zengota, Risager, Karpow Saifutdinov, Lawson, Hougaard Pavlic, Kononow, Bridger Kus, Kononow, Sitera Pavlic, Vaculík, Lawson Saifutdinov, Holder, Risager Batchelor, Karpow, Woffinden Silver medal Run-Off: Holder, Pavlic - FIM Calendar 2008 - Allocation

The Great Lola

The Great Lola is a 1954 West German comedy film directed by Hans Deppe and starring Herta Staal, Wolf Albach-Retty and Grethe Weiser. Herta Staal as Lola Cornero Wolf Albach-Retty as Carlo Werner Grethe Weiser as Nelly Walter Giller as Dr. Hugo Bendler Paul Dahlke as Emil Dornwald Käthe Haack as Agathe Dornwald Wera Frydtberg as Tilly Rudolf Platte as Jackson Rolf Arco Das Cornell-Trio as Singer Joe Furtner Horst Gentzen Friedel Hardt as Dolly Ruth Nimbach Die Novalis as Singers Marina Ried as Irene de Lorme Sunshine Quartett as Themselves, Singer Fritz Wagner Die Waldos as Singers Fabulous Lola Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder; the Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009; the Great Lola on IMDb

Regency Mall (Racine)

Regency Mall is an enclosed super-regional shopping mall in Racine, Wisconsin. The mall has a gross leasable area of 872,409 square feet, it is anchored by Burlington Coat Factory and Dunham's Sports. Located at the junction of state highways 31 and 11, the building is surrounded by several freestanding stores and restaurants, including a Target department store. Regency Mall was built on an eighty-acre site on the northeast corner of Durand Avenue and South Green Bay Road; the area was home to an institutional farm for the Racine County Insane Asylum, located to the north. Federated Department Stores, then-owner of Boston Store, first proposed the shopping center in 1968; the County Board approved the construction in 1969, selling the site in 1971. Construction on the mall was to begin in 1973 projected to be completed by 1975. However, the site was sold to developers Jacobs and Jacobs, who received a three-year extension from the county breaking ground in the fall of 1978; the mall opened on August 1981, with two anchors: Bergner-Weise and Boston Store.

Target considered an anchor of the mall despite being unconnected to the building, opened before it on July 26, 1981. In November, J. C. Penney became the third anchor after closing its downtown Racine store, which had operated since 1925. A Sears filled the fourth space March 1, 1982, making it the chain's third location in Racine since its downtown store had opened in 1929. A six-screen cinema opened in January 1983; the south anchor space Bergner's, was rebranded as a Prange's. When that chain was purchased in 1992, the store was converted into a Younkers; when the Younkers closed in 2001, Boston Store, which occupied the mall's east anchor, opened a second location in the south anchor. Steve and Barry's, which sold college-branded apparel, moved into the space in November 2004. Burlington Coat Factory became the tenant after Steve and Barry's moved to a smaller space in 2008; the mall was acquired by CBL Properties, owners of over 70 malls, in 2001. Aimed at middle-income customers and being the only enclosed mall in Racine County, Regency had sales of over $100 million in 2004.

During that year, several retail spaces in the southwest part of the mall, including Chick-fil-A and RadioShack were combined into a single large space for Linens'n Things. After Linens'n Things closed, the space was repurposed for Flooring Supercenter, an hhgregg electronics store in 2012; the hhgregg location, not accessible from within the mall, closed in 2016 shortly before the chain went bankrupt. The space has been occupied by Bob's Discount Furniture since 2017. Steve & Barry's second location was built with a similar technique in the northwest part of the mall; the newly relocated Barry's closed the same year and became The Furniture Store. Steve & Barry's second store became PayHalf in 2013, which closed two years later; the Marcus cinema, converted into a budget theater in 2006, was closed in July 2009. Its building has since been demolished. Regency Mall lost two of its anchors in 2014, Sears and J. C. Penney. Several other stores, including a Hallmark store, MasterCuts, Regis Hair Salon closed, the mall's longtime manager, Curt Pruitt, left after thirty years.

On November 20, 2015, Dunham's Sports opened in the anchor space held by Sears. The former location of J. C. Penney was converted into three smaller spaces, which have been occupied by Ross Stores, Party City, Jo-Ann Stores since 2016. In December, the Hull Property Group purchased the mall from CBL, with plans to revitalize what the company's managing owner described as a "failed mall". Boston Store closed its Regency Mall store along with all of its locations in August 2018, leaving the mall without any of its original anchors. Official website