The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Tribune was a daily newspaper published in Tampa, Florida. One of two newspapers published in the Tampa Bay area, the Tribune was second in circulation. The newspaper published a St. Petersburg Tribune edition, sold and it published a Sunday magazine, Florida Accent, during the 1960s and 1970s. The Tampa Tribune operated Highlands Today, a newspaper in Sebring. The Tribune stopped publishing the Hernando Today, which was located in Brooksville, on Dec.1,2014, citing a tough newspaper advertising climate. On May 3,2016, the Tampa Bay Times announced that it had acquired the Tribune, Daily publication of the Tribune started in 1895 when Wallace Stovall upgraded printing from once a week. In 1927, newspaper mogul John Stewart Bryan partnered with vice-president, the Tampa Tribune Publishing company grew to include the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Times, TBO. com, TampaBayOnline. com, WFLA radio, and WFLA-TV. In 1966, the Tampa Tribune, along with sister properties WFLA-AM-FM-TV, was purchased by Richmond Newspapers, since 2000, the Tribune partnered with WFLA-TV and TBO.
com in a converged arrangement, all connected with one another under owner Media General. The large media complex is located on Parker Street in Downtown Tampa, the Tribune was a flagship newspaper under the Media General banner until it was sold in 2012. Executive editor Janet Coats left the paper in December 2009 and was not replaced until May 17,2012, in October 2012, The Tampa Tribune and its associated print and digital products were acquired by Tampa Media Group, Inc. a new company formed by Revolution Capital Group. On May 3,2016, the Tampa Bay Times announced that it had acquired the Tribune, the acquisition includes Highlands Today, weekly newspaper The Suncoast News, and weekly Spanish-language newspaper Centro, all of these will continue publishing under Times ownership. The Tampa Tribune name will be repurposed as a news section of the Times. In 1958, the evening newspaper the Tampa Daily Times was bought out by the Tribune Company and was published until 1982. In 2006, it was decided in a lawsuit that the Tribune could keep its exclusive use of the Tampa Times name and this exclusivity ended at the end of 2011, allowing the St.
Petersburg Times to rename itself the Tampa Bay Times, effective January 1,2012. The decision did not restrict the use of The Tampa Times name by the Tribune after the expiration of exclusivity, the Tampa Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for local investigative specialized reporting. The award went to John Anthony Frasca for his investigation and reporting of two robberies that resulted in the freeing of an innocent man, list of newspapers in Florida In Tampa Bay, a singular newspaper kills off a rival in a bid for its own future
IPad is a line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. which run the iOS mobile operating system. The first iPad was released on April 3,2010, the most recent iPad models are the 9. 7-inch iPad Pro released on March 31,2016, the user interface is built around the devices multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPad includes built-in Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity on select models, as of January 2015, there have been over 250 million iPads sold. IPad tablets are second most popular, by sales, against Android-based ones, since 2013, an iPad can shoot video, take photos, play music, and perform Internet functions such as web-browsing and emailing. Other functions – games, reference, GPS navigation, social networking, as of March 2016, the App Store has more than one million apps for the iPad by Apple and third parties. There have been six versions of the iPad, the first generation established design precedents, such as the 9. 7-inch screen size and button placement, that have persisted through all models.
The third generation added a Retina Display, the new Apple A5X processor with a graphics processor, a 5-megapixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation. The fourth generation added the Apple A6X processor and replaces the 30-pin connector with an all-digital Lightning connector, the iPad Air added the Apple A7 processor and the Apple M7 motion coprocessor, and reduced the thickness for the first time since the iPad 2. The iPad Air 2 added the Apple A8X processor, the Apple M8 motion coprocessor, an 8-megapixel camera, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, there have been four versions of the iPad Mini. The first generation features a screen size of 7.9 inches and features similar internal specifications as the iPad 2 except it uses the Lightning connector. The iPad Mini 2 features the Retina Display, the Apple A7 processor, the iPad Mini 3 features the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPad Mini 4 features the Apple A8 and the Apple M8 motion coprocessor, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said in a 1983 speech that the companys strategy is really simple.
What we want to do is we want to put a great computer in a book that you can carry around with you. And we really want to do it with a link in it so you don’t have to hook up to anything and you’re in communication with all of these larger databases. Apples first tablet computer was the Newton MessagePad 100, introduced in 1993, powered by an ARM6 processor core developed by ARM, Apple developed a prototype PowerBook Duo based tablet, the PenLite, but decided not to sell it in order to avoid hurting MessagePad sales. Apple released several more Newton-based PDAs, the one, the MessagePad 2100, was discontinued in 1998. Apple re-entered the mobile-computing markets in 2007 with the iPhone, smaller than the iPad, but featuring a camera and mobile phone, it pioneered the multi-touch finger-sensitive touchscreen interface of Apples iOS mobile operating system. By late 2009, the release had been rumored for several years
Church of Scientology
The Church of Scientology International is officially the Church of Scientologys parent organization, and is responsible for guiding local Scientology churches. At a local level, every church is a corporate entity set up as a licensed franchise and has its own board of directors. The first Scientology church was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden and its international headquarters are located at the Gold Base, in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California. The location at Gilman Hotsprings is kept secret from most Scientologists, Scientology Missions International is under CSI and overseers Scientology missions, which are local Scientology organizations smaller than churches. The Church of Spiritual Technology is the organization which owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard, the highest authority in the Church of Scientology is the Religious Technology Center. The RTC claims to only be the holder of Scientology and Dianetics trademarks, RTC chairman David Miscavige is widely seen as the effective head of Scientology.
David Miscavige is the highest-ranking Sea Org officer, holding the rank of captain, the first Scientology church was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard, his wife Mary Sue Hubbard, and John Galusha. By that time, the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International had already operating since 1952 and Hubbard himself had already been selling Scientology books. In 1953 he wrote to Helen OBrien, who was managing the organisation,213 Soon after, despite OBriens misgivings and resignation, he announced the religious nature of Scientology in a bulletin to all Scientologists, stressing its relation to the concept of Dharma. The first Church of Scientology opened in 1954 in Los Angeles, after the formation of the Church of Scientology, Hubbard composed its creed. Hubbard had official control of the organization until 1966 when this function was transferred to a group of executives, although Hubbard maintained no formal relationship with Scientologys management, he remained firmly in control of the organization and its affiliated organizations.
Although RTC is a corporation from the Church of Scientology International, whose president and chief spokesperson is Heber Jentzsch. In 1996, the Church of Scientology implemented the Golden Age of Tech releasing a training program for Scientology auditors, while precisely following Hubbards teachings. It was followed by the launch of The Golden Age of Knowledge in 2005, between 2005 and 2010, the church would complete its 25-year program to restore and verify the churchs scriptures. The church released the second phase of the Golden Age of Tech on November 2013, the Super Power Rundown a new component of auditing, was released in Clearwater, Florida. The Church of Scientology promotes Scientology, a body of beliefs and related practices created by Hubbard, starting in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature. Scientologys central mythology developed around the notion of the thetan.
In Scientology, the thetan is the expression of theta, described by Neusner as the cosmic source
The Evening Independent was St. Petersburg, Floridas first daily newspaper. The sister evening newspaper of the St. Petersburg Times, it was launched as a newspaper in March 1906 under the ownership of Willis B. In November 1907, it became a paper as the St. Petersburg Evening Independent. From 1910 until the paper folded in 1986, the Evening Independent made good on its offer 296 times, the Evening Independent was acquired by the Times in 1962, when its previous owner, the Thomson newspaper chain, threatened to close it down. Roy Thomson had originally bought the Independent so he would have a place to moor his yacht, the Evening Independent was merged into the Times in November 1986, initially as part of the Timess City Times and Independent section, the Independent name would soon be dropped. Every issue of the Evening Independent, along with the Times, is available for viewing on Google News Archive
David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology. His official title is Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center, Miscavige was a deputy to church founder L. Ron Hubbard while he was a teenager. He rose to a position by the early 1980s and was named Chairman of the Board of RTC in 1987. Ron Hubbard and undertaking a program of new or remodeled churches, since he assumed his leadership position, there have been a number of allegations made against Miscavige. Miscavige and church spokespersons deny the majority of claims, often criticizing the credibility of those who bring them. David Miscavige was born in 1960 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the Philadelphia area to the Roman Catholic Polish-Italian family of Ron and Loretta Miscavige, Miscavige was raised in Willingboro Township, New Jersey. He attended high school at Marple Newtown, as a child, he suffered from asthma and severe allergies. His father, a player, became interested in Scientology. According to both father and son, a 45-minute Dianetics session cured his ailments, the family joined Scientology in 1971 and eventually moved to the churchs world headquarters in Saint Hill Manor, England.
By the age of twelve, he was conducting Scientology auditing sessions, the family returned to Philadelphia within a few years, where Miscavige attended a local high school. Saint Hill served as his own training ground as an auditor, on his sixteenth birthday he left high school with his fathers permission to move to Clearwater and joined the Sea Org, a Scientologist religious order established in 1968 by L. Ron Hubbard. Some of his earliest jobs in the Sea Org included delivering telexes, grounds-keeping, food service, Miscavige joined a group of young Scientologists called the Commodores Messenger Organization. The group started with running Hubbards errands, but as they grew into adolescence, in 1977, Miscavige worked directly under L. Ron Hubbard as a cameraman for Scientology training films, in La Quinta, California. Hubbard appointed him to the Commodores Messenger Organization, responsible for enforcing Hubbards policies within the individual Scientology organizations, by 1980, Hubbard was no longer appearing at public functions related to Scientology, and by some accounts Miscavige took effective control of the organization at this time.
In 1981, he was placed in charge of the Watchdog Committee, Miscavige became in charge of Author Services, Inc. an entity to manage Hubbard’s literary and financial affairs, which was established in the same year. The St. Petersburg Times, in a 1998 article The Man Behind Scientology, together they composed a letter to Scientologists confirming her decision -- all without ever talking to L. Ron Hubbard. She subsequently changed her mind, believing that she had been tricked, despite this, Miscavige claims he and Mary Sue Hubbard remained friends thereafter. He established the Religious Technology Center, in charge of licensing Scientologys intellectual property, Miscavige has held the title of Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center since the organizations founding
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He is the first African American to have served as president and he previously served in the U. S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008, and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004. Obama was born in Honolulu, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state and he grew up mostly in Hawaii, but spent one year of his childhood in Washington State and four years in Indonesia. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago, in 1988 Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he became a civil rights attorney and professor, Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U. S. Senate. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president, a year after his campaign began and he was elected over Republican John McCain, and was inaugurated on January 20,2009.
Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, during his first two years in office, Obama signed more landmark legislation than any Democratic president since LBJs Great Society. Main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, after a lengthy debate over the national debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control and the American Taxpayer Relief Acts. In foreign policy, Obama increased U. S. troop levels in Afghanistan, reduced nuclear weapons with the U. S. -Russian New START treaty, and ended military involvement in the Iraq War. He ordered military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, after winning re-election over Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. Obama advocated gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning climate change and immigration. In foreign policy, Obama ordered military intervention in Iraq in response to gains made by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, Obama left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating.
He currently resides in Washington, D. C and his presidential library will be built in Chicago. Obama was born on August 4,1961, at Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu and he is the only President to have been born in Hawaii. He was born to a mother and a black father. His mother, Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, of mostly English descent, with some German, Scottish and his father, Barack Obama Sr. was a married Luo Kenyan man from Nyangoma Kogelo. Obamas parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the couple married in Wailuku, Hawaii on February 2,1961, six months before Obama was born. In late August 1961, Obamas mother moved him to the University of Washington in Seattle for a year
Media General was an American media company based in Richmond, Virginia. The companys origins can be traced back to 1887 when Richmond attorney Joseph Bryan acquired The Richmond Daily Times, which became The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Joseph Bryans son, John Stewart Bryan succeeded his father as owner and publisher of the Times-Dispatch, which merged with The Richmond News Leader in 1940 to form Richmond Newspapers, Inc. After John Stewart Bryans death in 1944, his son, D. Tennant Bryan led the company into a period of expansion into television, Media General, Inc. began trading on the American Stock Exchange in 1970. In 1990, J. Stewart Bryan III, great-grandson of Joseph Bryan, became chairman, the fourth-generation Bryan oversaw the companys expansion into digital media and the sale of Media Generals newspaper division to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012. J. Stewart Bryan III remained chairman of Media General until his death on January 23,2016, in 2013 and 2014, Media General expanded significantly through mergers with Young Broadcasting and LIN Media.
Long-time Media General CFO James F. Woodward remained as Chief Financial Officer until the dissolution in 2017. On January 11,2017, the FCC approved the sale of Media General to Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $4.6 billion. The conglomeration of newspapers was founded in 1940 when owners of Richmond, in 1969, as the companys media properties grew and diversified, it was renamed Media General. In 1982 the company acquired The William B. Tanner Company, in 1996, Media General acquired Park Acquisitions, the holding company for Park Communications, formerly owned by the media entrepreneur Roy H. Park. In 1999, Media General bought Spartanburg-based Spartan Communications, which increased Media Generals station portfolio from 14 to 27, four NBC-owned stations in smaller markets that were put up for sale on January 9,2006. On April 6, NBC Universal and Media General announced that the latter would purchase the four NBC O&Os as part of a $600 million four-station deal between the two companies. On August 2,2006, Media General announced that it would sell WIAT and KIMT to New Vision Television for $35 million, on October 29,2007, Media General announced that the company was exploring the sale of WCWJ, KALB-TV, WMBB, WTVQ, and WNEG-TV.
On March 14,2008, the reached a agreement to sell KALB. The deal was closed on July 16, on June 25,2008, Media General announced the sale of WNEG-TV to the University of Georgia. On January 28,2009, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it had reached an agreement to purchase WCWJ, the deal was finalized on May 1,2009. On November 12,2013, privately held Young Broadcasting acquired a controlling interest in Media General through a reverse merger, following the merger, the new company was owned 67.5 percent by Young shareholders and 32.5 percent by Media General shareholders. The combined company owned 30 stations, reaching 14% of the United States, and continued to operate as Media General
Fort Harrison Hotel
The Fort Harrison Hotel serves as the flagship building of the Flag Land Base, the Church of Scientologys spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. It is owned and operated by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, the hotel has 11 stories and features 220 rooms, three restaurants, a swimming pool and a ballroom. The building is connected by a skywalk to the Flag Building, the hotel opened in 1926 as the New Fort Harrison Hotel, replacing the former Fort Harrison Hotel. It was built by developer Ed Haley and was used as a community center for many years, the hotel was operated by Ransom E. Olds, inventor of the Oldsmobile, from 1926 until his death in 1950. The name comes from a Seminole War-era U. S. Army fort, the fort was named for William Henry Harrison and was the western counterpart of Fort Brooke in what became Tampa. In 1953 the hotel was bought by the Jack Tar Hotels and became known as the New Fort Harrison Hotel, the company added a cabana area to the building. By the 1970s the hotel began to fall into disrepair, in 1975, the Church of Scientology purchased the building under the names Southern Land Development and Leasing Corp and United Churches of Florida Inc.
In 1976, the Church of Scientologys connection and the purchasers was reported by the St. Petersburg Times, as was the Churchs plan for a $2.8 million restoration. In 2007, the Church announced that the hotel would undergo another $20 million restoration project, the Fort Harrison Hotel is used by the Church of Scientology as an area in which to feed and house visiting practitioners. It provides both accommodation and course & auditing rooms, for Scientologists studying at high levels of Scientology, the Fort Harrison is joined by a walkway bridge over South Fort Harrison Avenue to the Flag Building on the other side of the street. The hotel is used for the Rehabilitation Project Force, a used to punish members of the Church of Scientology Sea Organization for serious deviations. Members of the church in this institution are subject to conditions, forced labor. A former prisoner of the hotel, Hanna Whitefield, described the situation in an affidavit, In December 1926, the officially reported cause of death was a blood clot caused by dehydration and bedrest.
The Church challenged the findings of the autopsy in court, in 1997, a church spokesman acknowledged that McPherson died at the Fort Harrison, rather than on the way to the hospital. The church retracted its spokesmans statement, in February 1980, prior to McPherson’s death, a Scientologist named Josephus A. Havenith was found dead at the Fort Harrison Hotel. He was discovered in a filled with water hot enough to have burned his skin off. The officially reported cause of death was drowning, although the coroner noted that, in August 1988, Scientologist Heribert Pfaff died of a seizure in the Fort Harrison Hotel. He had recently stopped taking his medication in favor of a vitamin program
A broadsheet is the largest newspaper format and is characterized by long vertical pages. The term derives from types of popular prints usually just of a sheet, sold on the streets and containing various types of material. The first broadsheet newspaper was the Dutch Courante uyt Italien, other common newspaper formats include the smaller Berliner and tabloid/compact formats. Many broadsheets measure approximately 29 1⁄2 by 23 1⁄2 inches per full broadsheet spread and New Zealand broadsheets always have a paper size of A1 per spread. South African broadsheet newspapers have a spread sheet size of 820 by 578 mm or 32.3 by 22.8 in. Others measure 22 inches or 560 millimetres vertically, in the United States, the traditional dimensions for the front page half of a broadsheet are 15 inches wide by 22 3⁄4 inches long. However, in efforts to save newsprint costs many U. S. newspapers have downsized to 12 inches wide by 22 3⁄4 inches long for a folded page. Many rate cards and specification cards refer to the size with dimensions representing the front page half of a broadsheet size, rather than the full.
Some quote actual page size and others quote the area size. The two versions of the broadsheet are, Full broadsheet – The full broadsheet typically is folded vertically in half so that it forms four pages, the four pages are called a spread. Half broadsheet – The half broadsheet is usually a page that is not folded vertically and just includes a front. In uncommon instances, an entire newspaper can be a two-page half broadsheet or four-page full broadsheet, totally self-contained advertising circulars inserted in a newspaper in the same format are referred to as broadsheets. Broadsheets typically are folded horizontally in half to accommodate newsstand display space, the horizontal fold however does not affect the page numbers and the content remains vertical. The most important newspaper stories are placed above the fold and this contrasts with tabloids which typically do not have a horizontal fold. The broadsheet has since emerged as the most popular format for the dissemination of printed news, broadsheets developed after the British in 1712 placed a tax on newspapers based on the number of their pages.
The original purpose of the broadsheet, or broadside, was for the purpose of posting royal proclamations, eventually the people began using the broadsheet as a source for political activism by reprinting speeches, ballads or narrative songs originally performed by bards. With the early mechanization of the 19th century came an increase in production of printed materials including the broadside as well as the penny dreadful. In this period all over Europe began to print their issues on broadsheets
President of the United States
The President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president directs the executive branch of the government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. The president is considered to be one of the worlds most powerful political figures, the role includes being the commander-in-chief of the worlds most expensive military with the second largest nuclear arsenal and leading the nation with the largest economy by nominal GDP. The office of President holds significant hard and soft power both in the United States and abroad, Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president. The president is empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves. The president is responsible for dictating the legislative agenda of the party to which the president is a member. The president directs the foreign and domestic policy of the United States, since the office of President was established in 1789, its power has grown substantially, as has the power of the federal government as a whole.
However, nine vice presidents have assumed the presidency without having elected to the office. The Twenty-second Amendment prohibits anyone from being elected president for a third term, in all,44 individuals have served 45 presidencies spanning 57 full four-year terms. On January 20,2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th, in 1776, the Thirteen Colonies, acting through the Second Continental Congress, declared political independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution. The new states, though independent of each other as nation states, desiring to avoid anything that remotely resembled a monarchy, Congress negotiated the Articles of Confederation to establish a weak alliance between the states. Out from under any monarchy, the states assigned some formerly royal prerogatives to Congress, only after all the states agreed to a resolution settling competing western land claims did the Articles take effect on March 1,1781, when Maryland became the final state to ratify them.
In 1783, the Treaty of Paris secured independence for each of the former colonies, with peace at hand, the states each turned toward their own internal affairs. Prospects for the convention appeared bleak until James Madison and Edmund Randolph succeeded in securing George Washingtons attendance to Philadelphia as a delegate for Virginia. It was through the negotiations at Philadelphia that the presidency framed in the U. S. The first power the Constitution confers upon the president is the veto, the Presentment Clause requires any bill passed by Congress to be presented to the president before it can become law. Once the legislation has been presented, the president has three options, Sign the legislation, the bill becomes law. Veto the legislation and return it to Congress, expressing any objections, in this instance, the president neither signs nor vetoes the legislation
In 2000, The US Census Bureau recorded the population of the region at 229,509. In 2010, The US Census Bureau recorded the population of the region at 253,399, the most populous county in the region is Highlands County, and the regions largest city is Sebring. The region is rural in nature, with the primary economic driver being agriculture. Important products grown in area include tomatoes, sugarcane, cucumbers. In Hardee county, phosphate mining is a substantial industry, as of the 2000 United States Census, there were 229,209 people residing in the Florida Heartland. The racial makeup of the region was,65. 6% White 22. 2% Hispanic 9. 8% Black 1. 2% Other/Pacific Islander 0. 7% Asian 0. 5% Native American Each county in the region has its own county government. Within each county, there are self-governing cities and towns, the majority of land in each county is controlled directly by the county government. It is common for incorporated municipalities to contract county services in order to save costs, Each of the six counties has its own school board, with four of the county school systems consisting of one high school, one alternative school and no more than two middle schools.
Highlands County has three schools while Hendry County has two. The six school districts are all members of the Heartland Educational Consortium, located in Lake Placid, the Consortium is one of three educational consortia in the state, created by state legislature to provide support to small and rural school districts. South Florida State College, the largest post-secondary institution based within Floridas Heartland, is located in Avon Park and has campuses in Lake Placid, Bowling Green, There are no interstate Highways in the Florida Heartland. The Floridas Turnpike passes through the corner of Okeechobee County, and includes the Fort Drum service plaza. Interstate 75 briefly passes through extreme southwestern DeSoto County, but there are no exits in the county, There is no scheduled airline service in the Florida Heartland. There is a proposal underway for a potential Inland Port to be located in the Florida Heartland and this inland port would be an extension of the Ports of West Palm Beach and Miami which lack the current and available real estate to expand their facilities.
There are three lines operating in the Florida Heartland, with approximately 190 miles of track, CSX Transportation, Seminole Gulf Railway. Amtrak service operates on CSX tracks, with stops in Sebring, tourism is an economic driver in the area, but far less so than most of the rest of the state. The lack of development and amenities results in fewer tourists visiting the area, the largest tourist attraction is the Sebring International Raceway, southeast of Sebring in Highlands County. There, the 12 Hours of Sebring, an American Le Mans Series race usually held in the week of March