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Tasha Yar

Natasha "Tasha" Yar is a fictional character that appeared in the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Portrayed by Denise Crosby, Yar is chief of security aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise-D and carries the rank of lieutenant; the character's concept was based upon the character of Vasquez from the film Aliens. Following further development she became known first as Tanya, Tasha. Crosby had auditioned for the role of Deanna Troi, while Rosalind Chao became a favorite for Tasha. After Marina Sirtis auditioned for the role, the series' creator Gene Roddenberry decided to switch the roles for the actresses, with Sirtis becoming Troi and Crosby becoming Yar. Chao would appear on the series in a recurring role as Keiko O'Brien; the character first appeared in the series' pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint". After Crosby decided to leave the series, Yar was killed in the episode "Skin of Evil" near the end of the series' first season.

She was written back into the series for a guest appearance in the third season episode "Yesterday's Enterprise", in which her character was still alive in an alternate timeline, again in the final episode of the series "All Good Things...", which included events set prior to the pilot. She was described as a forerunner to other strong women in science fiction, such as Kara Thrace from the 2004 version of Battlestar Galactica, while providing a step between the appearances of female characters on The Original Series to the command positions they have on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Questions were raised over the sexuality of the character, it was thought that the events in the episode "The Naked Now" were designed to establish her heterosexuality; the manner of her first death was received with negative reviews. One critic called it typical of the death of a Star Trek security officer, the scene was included in a list of tasteless sci-fi deaths. Inspired by Vasquez in Aliens, the character was named "Macha Hernandez" and was the tactical officer of the Enterprise.

This had been changed by the first casting call—issued on December 10, 1986—when she was given the position of security chief. The producers considered Jenette Goldstein, who had played Vasquez, for the role, but writer Dorothy Fontana pointed out that the actress "is not Latina, she is petite, blue-eyed, freckle-faced". The character was subsequently renamed "Tanya" around March 13. By the time that the writers' and directors' guide for the series was published, dated March 23, 1987, the character was named Natasha "Tasha" Yar, her surname was suggested by Robert Lewin, drawing inspiration from the Babi Yar atrocities in Ukraine during the Second World War. Her biography stated that she was 28 years old, confirmed her Ukrainian descent, she was planned to have a friendship with teenager Wesley Crusher, was described in the guide as "treat this boy like the most wonderful person imaginable. Wes is the childhood friend that Tasha never had."In April 1987, Lianne Langland, Julia Nickson, Rosalind Chao, Leah Ayres and Bunty Bailey were each listed as being in contention for the role.

Chao was a favorite candidate, while Denise Crosby was described as "the only possibility" for the character of Deanna Troi. The production staff were not keen on having two actresses in the bridge crew roles with similar physical types and hair colors, so the team took account of the casting of the two roles together; the writers and directors guide described Yar as having a muscular but feminine body type, being sufficiently athletic to defeat most other crew members in martial arts. After Crosby and Marina Sirtis had each auditioned for Troi and Yar Gene Roddenberry decided to switch the actresses and cast Crosby as Tasha Yar, he felt. Before the end of the first season, Crosby asked to be released from her contract as she was unhappy that her character was not being developed, she said "I was miserable. I couldn't wait to get off that show. I was dying". Roddenberry agreed to her request and she left on good terms; the final episode she filmed was "Symbiosis", completed after Yar's death in "Skin of Evil".

Her last scene was during the final act of the episode, in which a holographic farewell recording of her is played for the bridge crew. After her departure, archive footage of Crosby as Yar was used in the episodes "The Schizoid Man" and "Shades of Gray". Crosby was happy to return in "Yesterday's Enterprise" due to the strength of the script, saying that "I had more to do in that episode than I'd had to do before". Prior to the episode being aired, the media had to be reassured that Yar was not returning in a dream sequence. Following her appearance in that episode, Crosby pitched the idea of Yar's daughter, Sela, to the producers, she made her first appearance in this role in the two-part "Redemption" and appeared once more in another two-part episode, "Unification". Denise returned twice more in the non-canon Star Trek universe. In 2007, she appeared as an ancestor of Tasha Yar, Jenna Yar, in "Blood and Fire", an episode of the fan-produced series Star Trek: New Voyages. Tasha Yar was written into Star Trek Online as part of the third anniversary celebration in 2013.

Denise Crosby recorded audio for the game, in scenes set after those in "Yesterday's Enterprise". Natasha Yar's origins are explained in the season four episode "Legacy", she was born on the planet Turkana IV in 2337. She had a younger sister named Ishara, born five years after her. Shortly after Ishara's birth, the girls' parents were killed and they were taken in by other people. However, they were subsequently abandoned and Tasha was require

Love and Chatter

Amore e chiacchiere, internationally released as Love and Chatter, is a 1957 Italian comedy film directed by Alessandro Blasetti. It is based on a Cesare Zavattini's play with the same title. For this film Carla Gravina was awarded best actress at the Locarno International Film Festival. Vittorio De Sica: Lawyer Bonelli Gino Cervi: Paseroni Carla Gravina: Maria Furlani Geronimo Meynier: Paolo Bonelli Elisa Cegani: Miss Bonelli Alessandra Panaro: Doddy Paseroni Isa Pola: Miss Paseroni Nicolas Perchicot: Ernesto Borghi Mario Meniconi: Furlani Felix Fernandez: Salviati Renato Malavasi: Ripandelli Love and Chatter on IMDb

Hartford, Illinois

Hartford is a village in Madison County, United States, on the Mississippi River near the mouth of the Missouri River. The population was 1,429 at the 2010 census. Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1803-1804 there, near what has been designated the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. Hartford is the birthplace of actor Clint Walker, known for the television series Cheyenne and for the movies The Ten Commandments and The Dirty Dozen. Hartford is located at 38°49′28″N 90°5′33″W; the village is located 15 miles north of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, on the Mississippi River; the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers is just south of the village limits, while the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers is 22 miles upstream. According to the 2010 census, Hartford has a total area of 4.88 square miles, of which 4.66 square miles is land and 0.22 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,545 people, 650 households, 434 families residing in the village; the population density was 396.4 people per square mile.

There were 710 housing units at an average density of 182.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 98.45% White, 0.13% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population. There were 650 households, of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.89. In the village, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,828, the median income for a family was $40,652. Males had a median income of $31,694 versus $20,156 for females; the per capita income for the village was $16,160. About 10.3% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over. Numerous oil refineries have occupied the area for many years. An estimated 4 million gallons of gasoline have seeped into the ground under Hartford; the village filed suit on July 2008 against multiple parties over the underground gas plume. The copper smelter Chemetco operated nearby for around 30 years, ending in 2001; the corporation was found guilty of Clean Water Act offenses after its sustained pollution of Long Lake, a tributary of the Mississippi River, over a ten-year period. This ended following the detection by EPA inspectors of a secret hazardous waste pipe in September 1996; the location, just south of Hartford near the community of Mitchell, was listed as a Superfund priority cleanup site March 4, 2010.

Hartford Castle "Chemetco: One polluter, three perspectives" - Original case study of the sustained criminal pollution of Long Lake by Chemetco

Tommy Jones (bowler)

Tommy Jones is an American professional bowler competing on the PBA Tour, is a member of the PBA Hall of Fame. Jones, right-handed, has been one of the most competitive pros on the PBA Tour since 2004, he is one of only 16 players in PBA history to win at least 20 PBA Tour titles, has won over $1.75 million in PBA prize money during his 18 full seasons on tour, including over $300,000 in the 2005–06 season alone. Jones won the PBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2001–02 season, the PBA Player of the Year Award following the 2005–06 season. Jones's style is described as that of a cranker due to his high backswing and rev rate, although some coaches describe him as a power stroker due to his smooth slide-step and release, he is a member of the Ebonite Pro Staff, has rolled 36 perfect 300 games throughout his career, including a televised 300 game in 2020. He has 12 PBA Regional Tour titles. Jones is a current resident of South Carolina, he has one daughter from a previous marriage. Jones joined the PBA in 2000.

He owns 20 PBA Tour titles, two of them major championships. He won his first 12 titles in just 20 TV Finals appearances. After making the TV finals just four times over his first three full seasons on the PBA Tour and failing to win a title, Jones had his breakout season in 2004–05. Jones made the cut to match play in 20 of 21 events and was perfect in the TV finals, winning the title in all four of his final round appearances, he won $224,130 on the season, more than his previous three full seasons combined. Despite the four tournament wins, Jones finished runner-up to Patrick Allen in the 2004–05 Player of the Year race; the 2005–06 season was his best to date, as he cashed in 20 of 21 events, made match play in 19 events, made the TV finals six times, won four titles, posted a career-best $301,700 in earnings. He won his first career major in this season, at the 63rd U. S. Open. In 2005, Jones stopped Liz Johnson in her efforts to become the first female to win a national PBA Tour event. After Johnson defeated Wes Malott in the semifinals of the 2005 Banquet Open, she came up short against Tommy in the final, 219–192.

In this season, Jones had a 15-game TV match win streak snapped, falling one short of the all-time record set by Jim Pencak. Upon winning the 2005–06 Player of the Year award, Jones joined Mike Aulby as the only players to win both the PBA Player of the Year and PBA Rookie of the Year awards. Chris Barnes and Jason Belmonte would also earn this distinction. In 2006–07, Jones captured two more titles, including his second major at the H&R Block Tournament of Champions. With his 11th tournament win at the 2008 Championship in Reno, NV, Jones joined Mika Koivuniemi as the only two bowlers to win a title on all five of the PBA's "animal" oil patterns. He would win the GEICO Classic in West Babylon, NY for his 12th PBA title; the 2008–09 PBA season was the first since 2003–04 where Jones did not earn a title, although he did cash in 20 of the 21 events he participated in. He had seven top-ten finishes in 2009–10, won his 13th title in the 2010 Dydo Japan Cup, the final title event of the season.

In an abbreviated PBA season, he had four top-ten finishes in 12 events, including a third-place finish at the U. S. Open. Jones won $45,000 in the PBA All-in Showdown at the 2011 World Series of Bowling, an optional, non-title event that required a $5,000 buy-in. Otherwise, it was his worst pro season, as he was unable to win a title and cashed only $17,390 in official PBA earnings. Jones won the WBT International Bowling Championship in Inazawa, Japan on January 19, 2013. With WBT titles now counted as PBA Tour titles, Jones was credited with his 14th PBA title. Tommy won the season-ending 7th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 16, 2013 for his 15th PBA title, he earned over $166,000 in 2012–13, his best season earnings since 2005–06. Jones made match play six times, appeared three times in the televised finals, but did not win a tournament. On May 16, 2015, Tommy won his 16th PBA title at the PBA Bear Open in Oklahoma. On this day, Jones rose from the #5 seed and defeated four PBA titlists, including PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in the final match.

It would be Jones' lone title for the season, despite making the final round in a career-high eight tournaments. On June 5, 2016, Jones earned his 17th PBA Tour title in the Downums Waste Services PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open. With the win, Tommy moved into a 20th place tie with Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino on the all-time PBA titles list. Jones earned a $10,000 bonus for accumulating the most points in the seven 2016 PBA Xtra Frame events, surpassing E. J. Tackett in the final Xtra Frame event of the season on October 30. Jones won the PBA Scorpion Championship on December 10 at the 2016 World Series of Bowling in Reno, NV for his 18th PBA Tour title; this moved him into a tie for 15th place on the all-time PBA titles list. Jones made the final match of the 2017 Fire Lake PBA Tournament of Champions on February 19, 2017, but lost to top seed E. J. Tackett; as one of the top eight money leaders from the start of the 2015 season through the 2017 USBC Masters, Jones was invited to participate in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals in May, 2017.

Tommy placed fourth in the event. Tommy struggled in 2018, making only two championship round appearances in 17 Tour events and failing to earn a title. On August 23, 2019, Jones won the Classic in Coldwater, Ohio to capture hi

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra administratively based in Norfolk. The VSO's current music director is JoAnn Falletta, since 1991; the VSO's current president and chief executive officer is Karen Philion. The VSO performs concerts in various venues in Virginia, including: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg Regent University in Virginia BeachThe VSO works with Virginia Opera and the Virginia Arts Festival; the orchestra was founded in 1920 as the Norfolk Civic Symphony Orchestra, gave its first concert on 21 April 1921, conducted by Walter Edward Howe, the first music director of the orchestra. At the time, the Norfolk Civic Symphony Orchestra was the only American orchestra between Baltimore and Atlanta. In 1949, during the music directorship of Edgar Schenkman, the Norfolk Civic Symphony Orchestra merged with the Civic Chorus to form the Norfolk Symphony and Choral Association.

During the subsequent music directorship of Russell Stanger, the orchestra hired its first African-American musician, took up residency in Chrysler Hall, which had opened in 1972. During the 1970s, the orchestra began collaboration with the Virginia Opera. During the US economic crisis and recession of the 1970s, the Virginia Symphony assumed its present form in 1979 with the merger of the Norfolk Symphony, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Beach Pops Symphony. In May 1991, JoAnn Falletta was appointed the orchestra's eleventh music director, the first female conductor to be named music director of the VSO. In April 2018, the VSO announced that Falletta is to stand down as its music director in June 2020. Walter Edward Howe W. Henry Baker Bart Wirtz Arthur Fickenscher Frank L. Delpino Henry Cowles Whitehead Edgar Schenkman Russell Stanger Richard Williams Winston Dan Vogel JoAnn Falletta Virginia Symphony Orchestra Old Dominion University page on Virginia Symphony Orchestra Yaco, Sonia, et al.'Virginia Symphony Orchestra Records, 1921-2015: Special Collections and University Archives' Old Dominion University

SS Canada Victory

The SS Canada Victory was one of 531 Victory ships built during World War II under the Emergency Shipbuilding program. She was launched by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation on January 12, 1944, was completed on February 28, 1944; the ship’s United States Maritime Commission designation was VC2-S-AP3, hull number 93. The Maritime Commission turned her over to a civilian contractor, the Alaska SS Company, for operation; the SS Canada Victory was used as a cargo ship in World War II. She was sent to Okinawa to supply ammunition for the Battle of Okinawa on April 27, 1945. A large explosion blew out the side of the ship, she sank in seven minutes at 26.23N 127.41E, 2.5 miles west of Tokashiki Island. Two armed guards and one merchant marine were killed, twelve crew members were wounded in the attack; the USS Pakana, a fleet ocean tug, picked up survivors of the Canada Victory. The SS Logan Victory and SS Hobbs Victory were hit by kamikaze planes at Okinawa; the SS Logan Victory and SS Hobbs Victory sank.

The SS Pierre Victory was able to move away from the burning ships. Canada Victory was one of three Victory Ships, one of forty-seven ships sunk by kamikaze attack during World War II; the loss of the three Victory ships, each sunk by kamikaze attacks during the invasion of Okinawa hurt the combat forces. The ships were carrying a total of 24,000 tons of ammunition; the ammunition ship SS Saginaw Victory arrived April 12, 1945, at Okinawa to replace the ammunition lost on the ships. More ammunition ships were not needed as the war came to an end without the invasion of Japan, called Operation Downfall. Canada Victory was one of forty-seven ships sunk by kamikaze attack during World War II; the other ammunition ship at Okinawa was the SS Berea Victory The crew of Naval Armed Guards on the SS Canada Victory' earned Battle Stars in World War II for war action during the assault and occupation of Okinawa from April 26 to 27, 1945. Sawyer, L. A. and W. H. Mitchell. Victory ships and tankers: The history of the ‘Victory’ type cargo ships and of the tankers built in the United States of America during World War II, Cornell Maritime Press, 1974, 0-87033-182-5.

United States Maritime Commission: Victory Cargo Ships