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St. Vincent's Place

The St. Vincent's Place is the second location of Saint Vincent College in Central Los Angeles, California. St. Vincent's Place was designated a California Historic Landmark on Feb. 25, 1957. St. Vincent's College was started by Vincentian Fathers in 1865 and was the first College in Southern California. St. Vincent's Place is located at St. Vincent's Court at 7th Street and Broadway in the City of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County. St. Vincent's College became L. A. College in 1911 and Loyola Marymount University in 1917. Saint Vincent's College used the Downtown Los Angeles site from 1868 to 1887. Broadway was call Fort Street in 1868. St. Vincent's Court is now a small alley running through the center of the former Bullock's complex, this was the main entrance to St. Vincent’s College in 1868, a keen city promoter remodeled it as a imitation of a European village square. In 1865, the Vincentian Fathers were commissioned by Bishop Thaddeus Amat y Brusi to found St. Vincent's College for boys in Los Angeles.

Father John Asmuth, was the first President Rector. Classes were held for two years in the Lugo Adobe on the east side of the Plaza while a new building was being finished; the historic home, aptly donated by Don Vicente Lugo, was one of few two-story adobes in town. The house stood in the empty lot across Alameda Street between the Union Station. After two years, the college and school moved into a new, brick building several blocks south by the lower plaza, Pershing Square; the brick building was replaced with a larger one in stone that became a familiar landmark for its stately, central tower topped by a mansard roof. The property took up the block bounded by Fort, 6th, 7th streets; when St. Vincent's moved to a new campus, the old building became US Army Headquarters, in 1907, the large Bullock’s department store was built and operated here until 1983. Today, the site is in the heart of Los Angeles's Jewelry District. In 1869, St. Vincent's was accredited by the state. In 1887, the college moved to a new, more majestic campus—bounded by Grand Avenue, Washington Boulevard, Hope Street, 18th—which would have a chapel, residence hall, a traditional, brick-and-ivy complex housing classrooms and lecture halls.

Like the second college building by Pershing Square, the new retained a tall, central tower topped with St. Vincent's trademark mansard roof. Marker on the site reads: NO. 567 ST. VINCENT'S PLACE - This was the site of Saint Vincent's College from 1868 to 1887; the college, now Loyola University, was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in 1865 and was the first institution of higher learning in Southern California.' California Historical Landmarks in Los Angeles County Lugo Adobe location of Saint Vincent College from 1867 to 1869 a California Historical Landmark

Mascia Predit

Mascia Predit was a Latvian actress and opera singer. Although she was acclaimed as a singer for her strong soprano voice and intense interpretation, her career and her personal life were disrupted by World War II and its aftermath, her recordings are rare. Born December 21, 1912, in Dvinsk, Predit is described as having grown up in an upper-class home in Riga, before World War II. Interested in becoming an actress, she studied with Constantin Stanislavski in Moscow. After her singing voice was discovered by Feodor Chaliapin, a Russian bass, she studied with Salvatore Salvati in Switzerland and Rosina Storchio in Milan, Italy, she toured in Poland, Austria and Italy. In 1946 she sang the role of Ellen Orford in the first broadcast of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes on Italian radio. After traveling to Italy during World War II, she was not allowed to return to Latvia, her husband and the rest of her family, excepting her son, were killed or deported during the Soviet occupation of Latvia.

Her son was sent to Siberia. Predit went to England where she continued her singing career. During the 1940s and 1950s she recorded on the labels Cetra and HMV, she performed Russian songs with accompanist Gerald Moore. Moore included her in his Singer And Accompanist: The Performance Of Fifty Songs. Applauded for her "beautiful recording" showing how Tchaikovsky's At the Ball should be sung. Moore notes her use of voix blanche, commends the strength and control underlying "the expressive rise and fall of the vocal line": "The intelligent listener will feel this iron hand in the velvet glove." Some of the songs she performed with Moore have been re-released by Naxos. A 1952 monophonic recording of Predit singing songs by Modest Mussorgsky with orchestra conducted by Igor Markevitch, was re-released by Audite in 2009. "She had a rich voice of the Slavic type without the unpleasant edge that can seep into the top of the range and she relishes the text without destroying the melodic line. In a word, she’s terrific."

Predit toured in North America. She turned down the opportunity to sing Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. Predit remarried in Italy in the 1950s; some time she returned to Latvia where she hoped to see her son. Once again she was trapped by borders: this time she was not allowed to leave Latvia, she was presumed dead in Italy. Predit was allowed to leave Latvia in 1970, she appeared in a cameo in Luchino Visconti's film Death in Venice. As an aristocratic Russian tourist, she sings a haunting Mussorgsky Lullaby to a deserted beach, she was credited as "Masha Predit". She was included in The Russian and Slavonic Schools section of the classical collection The Record of Singing, Volume 4: From 1939 to the End of the 78 Era. Predit moved to the United States, teaching voice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, she retired in Wilmington, dying there on October 7, 2001. Her recordings are rare, but a new release of her work was created by Philadelphia sound archivist Ward Marston on his personal label as of 2016.

Opera Delaware music director Jeffrey Miller helped to find earlier recordings for use in the project. "She had a shimmering quality to her voice... and every note that comes out of her mouth is connected to intent. There's not one empty note on the entire CD. So that's great singing." Jeffrey Miller

Vixen Romeo

Vixen Romeo, is an American singer-songwriter, pin up model and dancer. Romeo is the lead founder of the group The Pin Up Girls. Romeo grew up in a Catholic household, she was named after both of her great grandmothers and is of Black Irish and Lebanese descent. She is the middle of three children. Romeo became a dance teacher at the age of 16, she taught dance for many years before starting her first Moulin Rouge inspired, hip hop style dance company while still in college. A few years after graduating from SUNY Purchase with a B. A. in the Visual Arts she started The Pin Up Girls girl group and dance troupe. Divisions in both New York and Los Angeles by 2014. Romeo has written two novels under a pen name, one of, published by Regal Crest in August 2016. Earlier reviews include, Harper Collins, Jennifer Pooley, who wrote that Romeo's novels were'exquisite' and kept her'turning the pages.' Vixen Romeo is the face of The Pin Up Girls. She is a Pin-Up model, her image has been used on stickers, calendars and apparel.

She has been the subject of many pieces of art. Romeo has jet black hair and pale skin, her makeup includes bright red lipstick. She can be seen in television appearances such as The L Word, her stage/modeling attire includes red shoes. On October 27, 2007 Vixen Romeo and fellow group member Top-69 DeWilde got married in a discreet Toronto Canada wedding with close friends and family present. Romeo has been involved politically, via performance and otherwise, for human rights since 2005 when she first formed her troupe, focusing on women's rights, gay teen suicide prevention, GLBT rights as well as events supporting NO on prop 8 campaigning. In 2005 Romeo formed The Pin Up Girls a.k.a. The Pin Up Girl Show; the Pin Up Girls began performing at Hollywood's most notorious venues such as The Viper Room, Key Club and The Whiskey a Go Go. The girls gained local attention with their girl on girl themed, tribal fusion belly dance and hip hop routines. Romeo is the choreographer of the group. Between 2006-2008 The Pin Up Girls started to become poster girls for the lesbian scene with performances for Curve, a guest appearance on LOGO network's reality series Curl Girls, a web series segment on AfterEllen, a performance for the LGBT community hosted by Jane Lynch, performances in Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman Show.

In 2008 The Pin Up Girls first recorded single "There She Goes... She's Real Fly". In 2009 The Pin Up Girls music video, "There She Goes... She's Real Fly" premiered on New Now Next Pop Lab; the Pin Up Girls' music video "Girl Candy," filmed in N. Y. and L. A. was released in 2011. Vixen Romeo stars in Pretty Things, directed by Joe LaRue. “Hailing from New York City, The Pin Up Girls’ founder, aka Vixen, is full of Big Apple attitude and moxie. Out and proud, this saucy, sexy vamp has mixed the glamour of old Hollywood and the glitz of modern-day Los Angeles to create the sexiest dyke dance troupe on the planet, The Pin Up Girls.” –Curve Magazine Julia Romeo began dancing in New York at three years of age. Romeo is a master ballet, belly dance, hip hop, choreographer, she has taught and choreographed in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and overseas in Beirut, Lebanon. Romeo, who combined burlesque, belly dance, fire tribal, hip hop, live zills and doumbek playing received media attention as the choreographer and head personality in the variety show she created, The Pin Up Girls.“Watching a Pin Up Girls show is like being thrust back to ancient times and being catapulted to the future.”

-Curve Magazine Singles There She Goes... She's Real Fly Boushie B*tch Pin Me Up Girl Candy Pretty Things Other Appearances The L Word Music in Season 5 Episode 7 New Now Next Pop Lab MtvMusic The Pin Up Girls on Facebook Facebook Fan Page The Pin Up Girls on Myspace


Battaash is an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. A specialist sprinter who competes at the minimum distance of five furlongs, he is noted for his exceptional speed and unpredictable temperament, he won once from five starts as a juvenile in 2016 and was gelded in an attempt to improve his behaviour. In the following year he emerged as one of the best sprinters in the world, winning the Scurry Stakes, Coral Charge and King George Stakes before ending the season with an emphatic win in the Prix de l'Abbaye. In 2018 he recorded a second victory in the King George Stakes; as a five-year-old he won a second Temple Stakes and a third King George Stakes before producing his best performance of the season to take the Nunthorpe Stakes. Battaash is a bay gelding bred in Ireland by the County Limerick-based Ballyphilip Stud. In October 2015 the yearling colt was put up for auction at Tattersalls and was bought for 200,000 guineas by Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Company. Battaash was sent into training with Charles "Charlie" Hills at Lambourn in Berkshire.

His sire Dark Angel won four races including the Mill Reef Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes as a two-year-old in 2007 before being retired to stud at the end of the year. Dark Angel's other offspring have included Lethal Force, Mecca's Angel and Persuasive. Battaash's dam Anna Law showed no racing ability, finishing at the rear of the field in all four of her races in 2012, her grand-dam Noirmant was a half-sister to Braashee and Adam Smith and, as a female-line descendant of Pelting related to several other major winners including Moon Ballad, Bassenthwaite and Awzaan. Battaash made his first appearance in a maiden race over five furlongs on good ground at Bath Racecourse on 18 May and started a 14/1 outsider in a nine-runner field. Ridden by the apprentice jockey Michael Murphy he started poorly but took the lead a furlong from the finish and went clear to win "readily" by four lengths; the colt was stepped up in class for the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He became agitated prior to the race and reared up in the starting stalls before finishing unplaced behind Ardad.

Shortly after the race he was gelded. Battaash recovered from his operation and returned to the track on 9 September in a minor race at Doncaster in which he led for most of the way before hanging to the right in the closing stages and finishing third behind Lost At Sea and Dream of Dreams. Two week under top weight of 133 pounds, he ran third in nursery handicap at Haydock Park. On his final appearance of the season, the gelding was stepped up to Group 3 class for the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket on 7 October, he took the lead approaching the final furlong before being overtaken and beaten into third place by the fillies Mrs Danvers and Clem Fandango: as at Doncaster he compromised his chances by hanging badly to the right. On his three-year-old debut, Battaash was partnered by Dane O'Neill and started at odds of 11/1 for the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown Park on 17 June, he started but went to the front a furlong out and won from Koropick and the favourite Copper Knight despite displaying his old tendency to drift right in the closing stages.

O'Neill was again in the saddle when the gelding was matched against older horses in the Group 3 Coral Charge over the same course and distance on 8 July. On this occasion he started 5/2 favourite against nine opponents including Goldream, Muthmir Mirza and Tis Marvellous, he took the lead soon after the start, opened up a clear advantage, won in "impressive " style by three and a quarter lengths from Mirza. Battaash was moved up to Group 2 class for the first time when he contested the King George Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse on 4 August in which he was ridden by Jim Crowley, he went off at odds of 9/2 in an eleven-runner field which included Profitable, Priceless, Take Cover, Washington DC and Ardad. Battaash tracked the leaders before accelerating into the lead a furlong out and winning by two and a quarter lengths from Profitable. After the race Charles Hill commented "He's a three-year-old who's improving and going through the ranks and this is another step up today. He's up against some proper sprinters there and he just travelled with such ease."The Nunthorpe Stakes at York Racecourse on 25 August featured a much-anticipated clash between Battaash and the American filly Lady Aurelia.

Battaash was among the leaders from the start but was unable to quicken in the closing stages and came home fourth behind Marsha, Lady Aurelia and the outsider Cotai Glory. In October the gelding was sent to France to contest the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye over 1000 metres at Chantilly Racecourse and started favourite in a thirteen-runner field which included Marsha, Queen Kindly, Signs of Blessing, Finsbury Square and Son Cesio. Crowley sent Battaash into the lead soon after the start and the gelding increased his advantage to win "unchallenged" by four lengths from Marsha. Crowley commented "It was an unbelievable performance, he broke well and was winging. I ended up taking it up after a half. With Battaash you're just a passenger, it's as simple as that."In November, Battaash underwent an operation to correct a potential breathing problem caused by a trapped epiglottis. In the 2017 World's Best Racehorse Rankings, Battaash was given a rating of 123, making

Soft drink

A soft drink is a drink that contains carbonated water, a sweetener, a natural or artificial flavoring. The sweetener may be a sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, a sugar substitute, or some combination of these. Soft drinks may contain caffeine, preservatives, and/or other ingredients. Soft drinks are called "soft" in contrast with "hard" alcoholic drinks. Small amounts of alcohol may be present in a soft drink, but the alcohol content must be less than 0.5% of the total volume of the drink in many countries and localities if the drink is to be considered non-alcoholic. Fruit punch and other such non-alcoholic drinks are technically soft drinks by this definition, but are not referred to as such. Unsweetened sparkling water may be consumed as an alternative to soft drinks. Soft drinks may be served chilled, over ice cubes, or at room temperature soda, they are available in many container formats, including cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles. Containers come in a variety of sizes. Soft drinks are available at fast food restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, casual-dining restaurants, dedicated soda stores, bars from soda fountain machines.

Soft drinks are served in paper or plastic disposable cups in the first three venues. In casual dining restaurants and bars, soft drinks are served in glasses made from glass or plastic. Soft drinks sipped directly from the cups. Soft drinks are mixed with other ingredients in several contexts. In Western countries, in bars and other places where alcohol is served, many mixed drinks are made by blending a soft drink with hard liquor and serving the drink over ice. One well-known example is the rum and coke, which may contain lime juice; some homemade fruit punch recipes, which may or may not contain alcohol, contain a mixture of various fruit juices and a soft drink. At ice cream parlors and 1950s-themed diners, ice cream floats, root beer floats, are sold. Examples of brands include Coca-Cola, Sprite, Sierra Mist, Sunkist, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, 7 UP. While the term "soft drink" is used in product labeling and on restaurant menus, in many countries these drinks are more referred to by regional names, including carbonated drink, cool drink, cold drink, fizzy drink, fizzy juice, lolly water, seltzer, coke, soda pop and mineral.

Due to the high sugar content in typical soft drinks, they may be called sugary drinks. In the United States, the 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey tracked the usage of the nine most common names. Over half of the survey respondents preferred the term "soda", dominant in the Northeastern United States and the areas surrounding Milwaukee and St. Louis; the term "pop", preferred by 25% of the respondents, was most popular in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, while the genericized trademark "coke", used by 12% of the respondents, was most popular in the Southern United States. The term "tonic" is distinctive to eastern Massachusetts. In the English-speaking parts of Canada, the term "pop" is prevalent, but "soft drink" is the most common English term used in Montreal. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the terms "fizzy drink" is common. "Pop" and "fizzy pop" are used in Northern England, South Wales, the Midlands, while "mineral" or "lemonade" are used in Ireland. In Scotland, "fizzy juice" or simply "juice" is colloquially encountered.

In Australia and New Zealand, "fizzy drink" or "soft drink" is used. In South African English, "cool drink" and "cold drink" are used, but in South African Indian English, "cool drink" is most prevalent. Older people use the term "mineral". In other languages, various names are used: descriptive names as "non-alcoholic beverages", equivalents of "soda water", or generalized prototypical names. E.g. Bohemian variant of Czech language uses "limonáda" for all such beverages, not only for those from lemons. Slovak language uses "malinovka" for all such beverages, not only for raspberry ones; the origins of soft drinks lie in the development of fruit-flavored drinks. In the medieval Middle East, a variety of fruit-flavored soft drinks were drunk, such as sharbat, were sweetened with ingredients such as sugar and honey. Other common ingredients included lemon, pomegranate, jujube, musk and ice. Middle Eastern drinks became popular in medieval Europe, where the word "syrup" was derived from Arabic. In Tudor England,'water imperial' was drunk.

Another early type of soft drink was lemonade, made of water and lemon juice sweetened with honey, but without carbonated water. The Compagnie des Limonadiers of Paris was granted a monopoly for the sale of lemonade soft drinks in 1676. Vendors dispensed cups of the soft drink to Parisians. In the late 18th century, scientists made important progress in replicating carbonated mineral waters. In 1767, Englishman Joseph Priestley first discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide to make carbonated water when he suspended a bowl of distilled water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds, England, his invention of carbonated water (also known as soda w