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West Blocton, Alabama

West Blocton is a town in Bibb County, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,240; the current mayor is Daniel Sims. On 7 November 2016, mere moments after his inauguration during a meeting with two absent council members, Sims announced the reappoints of all town officials except for the police chief. Jay Cromer, was named new chief at a specially called meeting of the city council in late 2016, it was built on land once owned by Uriah Smith, near the company town Blocton. Many of its non-native residents were immigrants from various European countries, with Italians being the largest, as they came to do mining in the area. West Blocton has a neighborhood named "Dago Hollow" and now called Little Italy. West Blocton is located in northern Bibb County at 33°7′7″N 87°7′22″W, at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, it is on a midway point between Tuscaloosa. Alabama State Route 5 passes through the town, west of the town center, leading north 7 miles to Woodstock and south 12 miles to Brent and Centreville, the county seat.

The community is 7 miles south of Interstate 20 and Interstate 59. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.6 square miles, of which 4.6 square miles is land and 0.039 square miles, or 0.52%, is water. West Blocton Coke Ovens Park blends history with nature, providing a place to relax and learn about the history of the industrial era of Alabama and how the Coke Ovens supplied the steel of the South; as of the census of 2010, there were 1,240 people, 494 households, 341 families residing in the town. The population density was 271 people per square mile. There were 576 housing units at an average density of 125.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 85.6% White, 13.2% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% from other races, 0.6% from two or more races. 0.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 494 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.0% were non-families.

29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.10. In the town, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $34,844, the median income for a family was $59,875. Males had a median income of $37,384 versus $31,167 for females; the per capita income for the town was $22,224. About 11.3% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over. The community's original economy was coal. By 2002 industry left the town. Robert Dewitt of the Tuscaloosa News stated that the community remained active despite the lack of jobs, that "While downtown West Blocton is a shell of its former self, the place isn’t a ghost town."

Mel Allen, broadcaster for the New York Yankees, was a frequent visitor to West Blocton, where his grandfather, Julius Israel, resided as a boy. Another member of the Israel family was Mel Allen's first cousin, Elmo Israel Ellis, pioneer radio broadcaster, WSB/ Cox Broadcasting Corporation in Atlanta, GA. Ellis was Valedictorian of West Blocton High School, Class of 1936. Sammie Lee Hill, drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, was born in West Blocton in 1986, he is a graduate of West Blocton High Stillman College. Debra Marshall, known from her days with the WCW and WWE, was raised in West Blocton. Frank Pratt, former baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, was born in Blocton, a town to the east of West Blocton that no longer exists. Mildred Lee Scudder, author of children's books, was born in Blocton on February 19, 1908. Colonel James B. Swindal, U. S. Air Force, pilot of Air Force One during the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Children's book author and artist Melinda Logan resides in West Blocton. She created a poster in honor of the 2017 Cahaba Lily Festival; the poster featured her children's book character Victor Viola. Rufus Parker, a well known Inventor who has created and patented inventions such as a carbon steel wheel lock for 18 wheelers, His most noted invention was an "oil jaw lock" after an oil company commissioned his help after a string of crude oil thefts. Mr. Parker was born and raised in West Blocton, leaving in 1949 staying in Chicago IL and Cleveland OH. Unable to find satisfaction in either town, Mr. Parker enlisted in the US Army where he served in Korea, earning medals along the way. Upon his return to the states and discharge from the Army, Mr. Parker became the first individual in United States history to receive a small business loan, acquiring a Peterbuilt 18 wheeler with it. Growing tired of highway runs, Parker sold his Peterbuilt and went into business with blues legend Albert King, buying a nightclub in St. Louis.

Bibb County School District operates West Blocton High School. West Blocton is known for its historic beehive ovens, built in the late 1880s for coke production. A feature-length documentary, West Blocton: Small Town, Big Heart, was made in 2012 by Michael J. Logan, an independent filmmaker whose family is from the town; the film covers the history of West

List of heads of state of Mauritania

This is a list of heads of state of Mauritania since the country gained independence from France in 1960 to the present day. A total of eight people have served as head of state of Mauritania. Additionally, one person, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has served on two non-consecutive occasions; the current head of state of Mauritania is the President of the Republic Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, since 1 August 2019. 1960–1961: Acting Head of State 1961–1978: President of the Islamic Republic 1978–1979: Chairman of the Military Committee for National Recovery 1979: Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Recovery 1979–1992: Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation 1992–2005: President of the Islamic Republic 2005–2007: Chairman of the Military Council for Justice and Democracy 2007–2008: President of the Islamic Republic 2008–2009: President of the High Council of State 2009–present: President of the Islamic Republic Political parties Other factions Status Mauritania List of prime ministers of Mauritania List of colonial governors of Mauritania Politics of Mauritania Lists of office-holders World Statesmen – Mauritania

Mishkal Mosque

Mishkal Mosque is a medieval mosque located in Calicut on Malabar Coast, southern India. The mosque, one of the few surviving medieval mosques in Kerala, is regarded as an important cultural and architectural monument of Kerala; the mosque was built by the eponymous Muslim merchant-shipowner in the 14th century. Mishkal - active in Calicut in the 1340s - possessed "great wealth" and a fleet of ships for "the trade with India, China and Persia". Ship-owners known as the nakhudas were among the wealthiest merchants of medieval Indian Ocean world. Mishkal Mosque is located in a part of Thekkepuram beach in Calicut. In 1510, the mosque was burned in a Portuguese attack on Calicut; the top floors of the mosque still display some of that damage. Mishkal Mosque had five stories, it now has four stories. Typical for similar medieval mosques in Kerala, it has no cupolas and minarets and employs timber. A large tank known as the Kuttichira tank is attached to the mosque; the mosque has 47 doors, 24 carved pillars and a big prayer hall that can accommodate around 400 people.

The prayer hall is well ventilated and there is a wooden mimbar with beautiful motifs. Muslim Architecture of South India Routledge, 2011

Austin Catholic Preparatory School

Austin Catholic Preparatory School was an all–male, non–residential college preparatory school in Detroit, Michigan. Austin was "one of the city's most respected schools." The school was operated by the Roman Catholic Order of Augustinians. Its first class graduated in 1956. Austin was closed in 1978 due to declining enrollment and a desire by the Augustinians to sell the school's property. Throughout its existence, Austin functioned in an unremarkable, cinder block and brick building on an eleven-acre site at the corner of East Warren Avenue and Canyon Street on the far east side of Detroit, adjacent to the Grosse Pointes, its spartan facilities included a gymnasium and chapel, but no auditorium, swimming pool, track, or football stadium. Drawing most of its students from Detroit and the eastern suburbs, by its closing Austin had graduated 3,212 young men. Austin's insignia displays a bishop's mitre at the top, referring to the episcopal status of St. Augustine of Hippo, patron of the Augustinians.

Below the mitre are the words TOLLE LEGE, from an incident described by Augustine in his Confessions leading to his conversion to Christianity. The middle of the shield is divided into two halves: the right half showing a lily and the year 388 A. D. and the left half a pelican and the year 1250 A. D; the lily and pelican are borrowed from the crest of Corpus Christi College, which stands on the site of the 13th-Century priory of the Austin Friars. A pelican, which in medieval legend fed her young with her own blood and so came to represent the Holy Eucharist appears in the crest of the Augustinian saint, Thomas of Villanova; as to the years in the insignia, St. Augustine arranged a community of prayer at his North African estate in 388, 1250 is the approximate year that the Austin Friars were established in England, thus in the English-speaking world. 1952-1954 Rev. John Fitzmaurice, O. S. A. 1954-1965 Rev. John Galloway, O. S. A. 1965-1967 Rev. John McLaughlin, O. S. A. 1967-1974 Rev. Albert Hillebrand, O.

S. A. 1974-1978 Rev. Lawrence P. Dore, O. S. A. According to a study by the University of Michigan, Austin sent more than 90 percent of its graduates on to college. Austin was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, had chapters of the National Honors Society and Quill and Scroll. Austin's Yearbook, shared a title with one of St. Augustine's treatises, De Magistro. Austin's teams played in the Central Division of the Catholic High School League, along with five other all-boys schools: Brother Rice, De La Salle, Catholic Central, University of Detroit High School, Notre Dame High School, its main rival was De La Salle, the Catholic League Detroit school closest to it in size and location. League rivals from the 50s and 60s included Detroit's St. Joseph's High School, Detroit Cathedral High School, Salesian High School. Austin offered a range of varsity sports, including football, baseball, tennis and field, ice hockey; the Friars won the state of Michigan boys tennis championship in 1966 and 1974 in Class A, in 1976 in Class B. Austin did not have its own football stadium but played home games at the capacious and well-kept field of nearby Grosse Pointe South High School.

Fielding football teams between 1954-1977, Austin's all-time record was 66-105-6. Austin was barred from fielding any level of football for the 1965 season, after a number of players and coaches were caught in an illegal pre-season practice in Sarnia, Ontario, in violation of Catholic High School League rules; the head coach was dismissed, a lawsuit brought by a number of parents to save the season was unsuccessful. Austin's varsity football team enjoyed an 8-1 record in its best year. Austin's basketball program was successful, resulting in eight league championships, a statewide Class-A championship in 1958. Led by Dave DeBusschere a professional basketball player, Austin's 1958 record was 10-0. DeBusschere may have started the "White Shirted Legion" at Austin: the tradition of wearing white shirts to the school's games, so as to make fans more visible. From 1955-1978 Austin's all-time basketball record was 146-76. Austin's fight song was The Glory of the White. Published in 1954, it was composed by H. O'Reilly Clint, who wrote the music to the official state anthem My Michigan.

The lyrics of Austin's song were: Let's root for dear old Austin, to ev'ry Friar let our hearts be true. Three cheers and three cheers again. Victory belongs to you. Rah! Rah! Rah! Give all you have for Austin. Hold that line with all your might. Let ev'ry rafter ring as united we sing of THE GLORY OF THE BLACK AND WHITE. Austin had The Victory Song! by Robert ver Haeghe Austin fight with all your might: Lead us on to victory Black and White, we'll win tonight. We shall be loyal to you Our light will shine thru. So Austinites, let's fight with all our might: lead us on to victory! Detroit's loss of population accelerated after the city's 1967 race riots; this lessened the demographic pool of Catholic boys in a large segment of Austin's east-side catchment area. Excellent public high schools in the neighboring Grosse Pointe communities siphoned away boys who would otherwise have attended Austin; as late as July 1977, Austin was advertising in a metropolitan-Detroit-wide newspaper for applicants for grades 9-12, touting its college prep curriculum and art and music programs, among other attractions.

At the start of the 1977-78 academic year, Austin had an enrollment of 427 boys and charged tuition of $900

Helmut Dähne

Helmut Dähne is a German former motorcycle racer, active not in Grand Prix races, for which the rather tall Dähne is not well suited, but in endurance racing with production machines, comparable to touring cars and rallying with automobiles. From the 1970s to the 1990s, he was active on the longest circuits of motorcycle racing, the over 20 km long Nürburgring Nordschleife, the over 60 km long Snaefell Mountain Course of the Isle of Man TT, he started his career in 1961 as a teenager began working for BMW motorcycle department as a mechanic since 1976 developed motorcycle tyres for German brand Metzeler and provided service at race tracks to customers, is now a PR manager, a Works BMW motorcycling legend and known for his trademark red and white leathers. He entered off-road contests from 1965 to 1971, starting road racing in 1968 with a hillclimbing win at Sudelfeld in the Bavarian Alps. From 1972 to 1986 he started 23 events at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. In 1976, he and partner Hans-Otto Butenuth were the fastest finisher in the Production TT with a 900cc BMW R 90 S.

Being one of the few non-British riders who could keep up with the locals, Dähne came second twice, in 1986, in 1984 by only 2 seconds. He entered in the German "Seriensport" championship, a series of contests for road legal machinery, where he could test and showcase the products of his employers. In 1973 he won the first of these Rally German Championships in the 1000cc class, 15 in total, the last in 1993; the 1000 km Hockenheimring, an Easter Saturday event for a team of two riders doing a long-distance reliability run concluded with a timed raced, was won by Dähne and his partners 18 times in 26 entries, the last success coming in 2001. Dähne entered more competitive series, like the Endurance world championship series, in which he finished 3rd in 1980, riding a Honda tuned by Eckert. In the 8 Hour race at the Nürburgring still 22.8 km long, he and partner Alois Tost finished second behind a factory-entered Honda RCB. The last Grand Prix races on the long and dangerous circuits took place in 1976 at the Isle of Man, in 1980 at the Nürburgring.

The German track was shortened from 22.8 to 20.8 km in 1983, the modern 4.5 km GP track was opened in 1984, in order to host competitive racing in a safe environment. For enthusiasts still willing to ride the Green Hell of the Nordschleife, timed contests were offered as the Seriensport Zuverlässigkeitsfahrten, which contained a single lap time trial run from standing start, thus eliminating at least the danger of riders colliding when racing for position. Street legal bikes and tyres were required to keep costs and speed down, he set the first of his record there in August 1988 with a Suzuki GSX-R at 7:55.07. With a 750cc Honda RC30 VFR750R, he subsequently lowered it to 7:53.08 in July 1990, to 7:50.71 in June 1992, on 23 May 1993, using Metzeler ME Z1 tyres, set yet another record, with 7:49.71. After the 1993 event, an onboard-video was produced in which Dähne did another lap, about 10 secs slower, carrying camera equipment on his back. On 2 July 1994, Dähne did not take part in the Zuvi as he instead returned to the Isle of Man TT for his 24th, 25th and 26th TT races.

He scored a personal best of 19:45, but fell and shattered his lower leg, causing a one-year break. In 1994, not only Ayrton Senna was killed, but riders were fatally wounded on the Nordschleife. No motorcycle contests on the Nordschleife were held after 1994, with the track homologation for motorcycles not being renewed, no organizer can offer sanctioned contests there anymore. Thus, Dähne, holding the track record since 1988, will "forever" be the holder of the official record of 7:49.71 he had set in 1993. Dähne, while riding for a magazine report, crashed in 1996 at the fast Fuchsröhre section of the Nordschleife, he continued to be a front runner in circuit racing, but finished only 3rd in the championship standings in 1997 and 1998, dropping further down the order later. While he won two more victories in the 1000 km Hockenheim in 2001 and 2002, another crash in 2004 ended the competitive career of the 60-year-old. Helmut Dähne has appeared in several other videos or magazine articles, comparing bikes to other bikes or cars, still is active in public relation events.

Nordschleife Nordschleife fastest lap times classic-motorrad.de bio with photos autobild.de Dähne vs. Walter Röhrl Dähne jumping with a RC30 on the IoM Dähne in his red-white leathers, doing a wheelie - Website of the German Stock Sport series

North Fork, Arizona

North Fork is a census-designated place in Navajo County, United States, on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The population was 1,417 at the 2010 census. North Fork is located at 33°59′47″N 109°57′33″W. According to the United States Geological Survey, the CDP has a total area of 61.62 square miles, 61.61 square miles land and 0.01 square miles water. As of the 2010 census, there were 1,417 people living in the CDP: 705 female. 548 were 19 years old or younger, 289 were ages 20–34, 280 were between the ages of 35 and 49, 226 were between 50 and 64, the remaining 74 were aged 65 and above. The median age was 27.2 years. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.6% American Indian, 5.3% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Black or African American, 0.1% Other, 0.6% two or more races. 2.1 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 364 households in the CDP, 310 family households and 54 non-family households, with an average household size of 3.89. Of the family households, 179 were married couples living together, while there were 34 single fathers and 97 single mothers.

The CDP contained 396 housing units, of which 364 were occupied and 32 were vacant