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Voodoo (aircraft)

Voodoo is a modified North American P-51 Mustang, the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Unlimited-class champion of the Reno Air Races. The pilot for these wins was Steven Jr of Chino, California; the P-51D-25-NA was built in 1944 by North American Aviation at Inglewood, for the United States Army. The aircraft was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Mustang IV with serial number 9289 in February 1951. In February 1951, it went down at Richmond and was badly damaged. Again, in February 1962, the aircraft crashed. In March 1977, the aircraft suffered yet another crash. According to the summarized National Transportation Safety Board narrative from report number SEA77FYE12: There were 2 fatalities. Incident occurred at 13:46 hours; the airframe was destroyed. Incident occurred at Olympia Municipal Airport, Washington; the aircraft Ground looped or water swerved during the takeoff run. Stalled or mushed during the initial climb; the factors included. FAA examiner remarks include: Partially completed dual control modification.

In 1980, the aircraft was sold to William A. Speer, of La Mesa, who restored it. In 1988, it made its first restored flight, it first raced as #45 as #55 using the name Pegasus. The plane was sold at auction in December 1994. Bob Button of Button Transportation Inc. Wellington, owned the plane from 1995 to 1998, he renamed it Voodoo Chile, raced it as #55. In 1998, the modified P-51 raced at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. In 2007, Bob Button retired from air racing after a malfunction. In 2013, still owned by Bob Button, was raced at Reno by Steven Hinton, Jr. who won the unlimited gold trophy and the national championship while reaching speeds of over 500 mph. Hinton won again in 2014 and 2016. After Voodoo underwent further modifications including removal of the aircraft's racer paint scheme, sponsored by Aviation Partners, Hinton made an attempt to break the 3 km World Speed Record of 528.33 mph set by Rare Bear on August 21, 1989. The record attempt was set to occur on August 27, 2017 at an undisclosed location in Idaho but was delayed until the next day due to weather conditions.

The attempt was flown on 2 September 2017, with the fastest of four runs recorded as 554.69 mph and an average speed of 531.53 mph. While this broke the C-1e record set by Will Whiteside in the Yak-3U Steadfast in 2012, due to changes in record measurement standards the Rare Bear record was not bettered as it had to be beaten by at least 1%. February 8, 1951: BOC, RCAF 9289 August 14, 1959: SOC, RCAF 9289 1958: N6526D, James Defuria / Intercontinental Airways, New York 1960: N6526D, sold to R. Ferrer, New York 1962: N6526D, Virginia 1966: N6526D, sold to Frank Guzman, Pennsylvania 1968: N6526D, sold to Don Bateman, Las Vegas, Nevada 1969: N6526D, sold to Mike Coutches, California. 2015: Steven Hinton, Jr. and Voodoo did not finish the Unlimited Gold final due to engine issues 2016: Steven Hinton, Jr. and Voodoo Unlimited Gold Champion at Reno, Nevada with race average speed of 460.306 mph and winning time of 08:21.980 2 September 2017: Steven Hinton, Jr. and Voodoo break C-1e speed record at Challis, Idaho 17 September 2017: Voodoo came in second to Strega flown by James Consalvi in the Unlimited Gold race at the Reno National Championship Air Races.

28 December 2017 Voodoo donated to Planes of Fame Air Museum in California. Registration transfer change completed on 5 April, 2018. Dago Red Rare Bear RB51 Red Baron

Az-Zuhur (magazine)

The monthly journal az-Zuhūr was published in Cairo from 1910 until 1913. Altogether, 40 issues exist; the editor Anṭūn al-Ǧumayyil did participate in the publication of the Beirutian newspaper al-Bašīr and the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahrām. Literature and art were the main focus whereat the journal tried to support young authors and to improve the relationship between arab writers from different regions. In addition az-Zuhūr wanted to keep the balance between European and contemporary Arabic literature like some other popular journals. Beside literary criticism, book reviews and news about the literary life in Egypt, the authors stand up for the establishment and enhancement of the egyptian theatre. Az-Zuhūr was the first journal to publish in its series a play of Julius Caesar; until the cut-off in 1913 the journal organized numerous writing competitions which helped to achieve more popularity. Az-Zuhūr was able to add a significant contribution to the Egyptian literary life. Dagmar, Glaß: Der al-Muqtaṭaf und seine Öffentlichkeit.

Aufklärung, Räsonnement und Meinungsstreit in der frühen arabischen Zeitschriftenkommunikation, 2 Bde. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag. Elizabeth, Kendall: Literature and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt, New York: Routledge

Handling the Undead

Handling the Undead is a 2005 horror novel by Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated into English in 2009. The book revolves around the unexplained reanimation of thousands of deceased people in Stockholm; the plot focuses on the reactions of society and the many conflicts that arise between Swedish authorities and the relatives of the undead. An important theme is the bond between children. A Swedish film adaptation has been in development since 2005, based on a screenplay by Lindqvist and directed by Kristian Petri, it is produced by Tre Vänner Produktion AB and the release date is yet to be announced. John Ajvide Lindqvist: Handling the Undead: London: Quercus: 2009: ISBN 1-84724-413-0 Australian Edition: Melbourne: Text: 2009: ISBN 1-921351-80-2

Smoking in India

Smoking in India has been known since at least 2000 BC when cannabis was smoked and is first mentioned in the Atharvaveda. Fumigation and fire offerings are prescribed in the Ayurveda for medical purposes and have been practiced for at least 3,000 years while smoking, has been practiced for at least 2,000 years. Tobacco was introduced to India in the 17th century, it merged with existing practices of smoking. Smoking in public places was prohibited nationwide from 2 October 2008. There are 120 million smokers in India. According to the World Health Organization, India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers. More than 1 million people die every year due to tobacco related illnesses; as of 2015, the number of men smoking tobacco in India rose to 108 million, an increase of 36%, between 1998 and 2015 Cannabis smoking in India has been known since at least 2000 BC and is first mentioned in the Atharvaveda. Fumigation and fire offerings are prescribed in the Ayurveda for medical purposes and have been practiced for at least 3,000 years while smoking, has been practiced for at least 2,000 years.

Fumigation and fire offerings have been performed with various substances, including clarified butter, fish offal, dried snakeskins, various pastes molded around incense sticks and lit to spread the smoke over wide areas. The practice of inhaling smoke was employed as a remedy for many different ailments was not limited to just cannabis, but various plants and medicinal concoctions recommended to promote general health. Before modern times, smoking chillums. Today dhumrapana has been replaced entirely by cigarette smoking, but both dhupa and homa are still practiced. Beedi, a type of handrolled herbal cigarette consisting of cloves, ground betel nut, tobacco with rather low proportion of tobacco, are a modern descendant of the historical dhumapana. Tobacco was introduced to India in the 17th century, it merged with existing practices of smoking. By the start of the 20th century, tobacco smoking among the youth, had become so common that the more health-conscious sections of the intelligentsia began to take note of public smoking and widespread sale and marketing of tobacco products as a growing social menace.

The Supreme Court in Murli S Deora vs. Union of India and Ors. recognized the harmful effects of smoking in public and the effect on passive smokers, in the absence of statutory provisions at that time, prohibited smoking in public places such as auditoriums, hospital buildings, health institutions, educational institutions, court buildings, public offices, public conveyances, including the railways. "Tobacco is universally regarded as one of the major public health hazards and is responsible directly or indirectly for an estimated eight lakh deaths annually in the country. It has been found that treatment of tobacco related diseases and the loss of productivity caused therein cost the country Rs. 13,500 crores annually, which more than offsets all the benefits accruing in the form of revenue and employment generated by tobacco industry". There are 120 million smokers in India. According to the World Health Organization, India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers. More than 10 million die each year due to tobacco in India.

According to a 2002 WHO estimate, 70% of adult males in India smoke. Among adult females, the figure is much lower at between 13–15%. About 90% of children under the age of 16 years have used some form of tobacco in the past, 70% are still using tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco is more prevalent than bidis in India. According to the study, "A Nationally Representative Case-Control Study of Smoking and Death in India", tobacco will be responsible for 1 in 5 of all male deaths and 1 in 20 of all female deaths in the country by 2010; this means 1 million Indians would die annually from smoking by 2010. According to the Indian Heart Association, India accounts for 83% of the world's heart disease burden, despite having less than 20% of the world's population; the IHA has identified reduction in smoking as a significant target of cardiovascular health prevention efforts. A survey conducted by the International Institute of Population Science and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reveals that 56.6% of people in Kolkata smoke, the highest rate in the country.

82% of men and 23.5% of women smoke in Kolkata The highest number of beedi smokers are in Uttarakhand. The first legislation regarding tobacco in India was the Cigarettes Act, 1975, which mandated specific statutory health warnings on cigarette packs in 1975; the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, abbreviated to COTPA, received assent from the President on 18 May 2003. It came into force on 1 May 2004; the Act extends to the whole of India and is applicable to cigarettes, bidis, pan masala, Khaini and all products containing tobacco in any form. Prohibition of sale of tobacco products in an area within 100 yards of any educational institution was brought into force from 1 December 2004. On 12 July 1999, Kerala became the first state in India to ban smoking in public places when a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court declared "public smoking as illegal first time in the history of whole world and violative of Article 21 of the Const

Andrew Stroup

Andrew Myung Stroup is an engineer and entrepreneur, best known as a participant on the first season of the Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory. He is the Founder of LVRG. Stroup was born in Seoul, South Korea and at the age of 4 months old, was adopted by an Oklahoma family, he grew up in Sand Springs, a suburb of Tulsa, where he attended and graduated as Valedictorian from Charles Page High School in 2003. He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2009 with two B. S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and Technology with focuses in Mathematics and Business Management. During his Senior year at Oklahoma State University, he co-led Team Black, an engineering team of 15 students, that placed first in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted in Tucson, Arizona. Starting in 2006, he served as a project engineering manager for BarDyne, Inc. a fluid power engineering and consultant firm based in Stillwater, OK that originated from the Fluid Power Research Center.

During this time, he worked with organizations that spanned multiple industries, to include Walt Disney Imagineering, supporting their California Screamin' roller coaster in Anaheim, CA, General Dynamics Amphibious Systems in Woodbridge, VA on the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, developed for the United States Marine Corps. In 2009, Stroup relocated to Washington, D. C. to serve as a subject-matter expert defense contractor for the Department of Defense CBRN defense portfolio on aerospace platform integration efforts, to include the Joint Strike Fighter program. Mid 2011 he joined the Department of Defense civilian workforce through an insourcing initiative, where his roles and responsibilities shifted towards supporting the military medical community and the development of vaccines and drugs as medical countermeasures for the United States Armed Forces, his final position was an Informatics SME and Integration Lead on a White House Presidential Executive Order initiative called Biosurveillance.

From October 2012 to March 2015, he served as the CEO of an internet security tech startup called CommonKey that provided a cloud-based identity and access management solution for small and medium enterprises through a software as a service management dashboard paired with a browser extension that provided single sign-on functionality. In June 2014 and until January 2015, Stroup became a co-founder of MegaBots, Inc. where he focused on fluid power design and business development and operations. In March 2015 he became the Director of Product and Technology for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, a competitive fellowship program that pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that aim to deliver significant results in condensed timelines. Afterwards, he transitioned into the financial services industry when he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence within the Global Information Security organization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, leading a Technology Strategy and Business Enablement team.

Stroup serves as the founder and CEO of LVRG, an AI-driven vendor relationship management platform that streamlines enterprise-wide external engagements. Additionally, he serves as an Advisory Board Member at Exygy, Entrepreneur in Residence at Oklahoma State University, Mentor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Technology and Information Security Advisor for Human Rights Watch. In 2013, Stroup appeared in the first season of Discovery Channel's reality TV series The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, an engineering competition consisting of 10 contestants from across the country, which aired from May to June 2013; each week contestants were put to the test, competing against each other in two teams to design and deliver solutions to difficult engineering problems. He survived six out of eight episodes. To promote the show he appeared in a series of interviews prior to and during the airing of the TV series. Stroup, along with Corey Fleischer, another contestant and winner of The Big Brain Theory, Jason Hardebeck founded the Baltimore Foundery in 2013, a nonprofit organization makerspace that focuses on providing access to industrial grade tools and education in the heart of Baltimore.

Additionally, Stroup serves as a Trustee for the Awesome Foundation, which provide small grants for projects to people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Andrew Stroup on IMDb Official website Andrew Stroup's CrunchBase profile

Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories

Pigeon Feathers is an early collection of short stories by John Updike, published in 1962. It includes the stories "Wife-Wooing" and "A&P", which have both been anthologized."A&P" and the title story, "Pigeon Feathers", were both adapted into films. "Walter Briggs" "The Persistence of Desire" "Still Life" "A Sense of Shelter" "Dear Alexandros" "Wife-Wooing" "Pigeon Feathers". Refers to H. G. Wells' book The Outline of History. "Home" "Archangel" "You'll Never Know, How Much I Love You" "The Astronomer" "A&P" "The Doctor's Wife" "Lifeguard" "The Crow in the Woods" "The Blessed Man of Boston, My Grandmother's Thimble, Fanning Island" "Blocked dirt, creeperslaying, My sword's Hilt, Nether Island" "Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, A Dying Cat, A Traded Car" The short story "Pigeon Feathers" was adapted into a film and presented in 1988 on the Public Broadcasting American Playhouse series. It was directed by Sharron Miller and starred Christopher Collet, Caroline McWilliams, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lenka Peterson, Boyd Gaines.

It tells the story of David, a young man who has a crisis of faith as he struggles with his belief in life after death. In 1996, the short story "A&P" was made into a short film directed by Bruce Schwartz, it starred Sean Hayes as Sammy and Amy Smart as Queenie in their first official movie roles