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West Side Market

The West Side Market is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland, Ohio. It is located at the corner of West 25th Lorain Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood. On December 18, 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places; the market began operating across the street from its current location. Josiah Barber and Richard Lord, prominent businessmen and both former mayors of Ohio City before it was incorporated into Cleveland, donated the tract of land to Ohio City's government, stipulating that the land be used for an open-air neighborhood market; the market space became a center of the Ohio City community for the following three decades, other benefactors donated adjacent lands that allowed the marketplace to expand. In 1868, a one-story, wooden framed building was erected on the site, the newly christened Pearl Street Market was opened. Thanks to brisk population growth in Cleveland and Ohio City in the latter part of the 19th century, the market outgrew its space yet again.

In 1902, lands were purchased across the street from the Pearl Market site, to allow for market expansion and eventual construction of additional indoor market space. Cleveland architectural firm Hubbell and Benes was contracted to create the new indoor space and, after nearly a decade of planning and construction, the current West Side Market building was finished in 1912 at a cost of nearly $680,000; the Neo-Classical/Byzantine building is a brick construct with a large interior concourse that provides nearly 100 stalls for sellers, an 85-stall outdoor produce arcade that wraps around the side and rear of the main building. In addition, the building has a large clock tower, visible from most of Ohio City in the building's early days. In 1915, the permanent building spurred sellers to establish the West Side Market Tenants' Association, a coalition founded to help maintain the market and organize for future improvements and additions; this organization still exists at the Market today. Periodic upgrades maintained and improved the overall conditions.

A fuller, $1.1 million modernization was undertaken in 1953 to add lower-level storage areas and upgrade stalls in the arcade. Another renovation, this one for $5 million, took place after the Market was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973; the market's profile rose in the latter portion of the 20th century. Politicians passing through Cleveland stopped in to sample the array of foods that the Market has on sale on any given day; the Market began sponsoring major food festivals in the neighborhood, which drew people from all corners of Cleveland and abroad. Despite the successes of the 1980s, the Market began to face financial straits as Cleveland itself was experiencing monetary struggles. A large portion of the Market's subsidies from the city dried up, leaving tenants of the Market to pay higher rents to keep the Market open, yet the Market was renovated throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century. A 2004 project enclosed the arcade portion of the market, adding space heating there, completed major interior and architectural renovations to the main building.

The market's centennial was celebrated in 2012. Most residents of the neighborhood, many Clevelanders in general, still do a large portion of their shopping at the Market; the market is open to customers Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m to 6:00 p.m. The market attracts tourists from all parts of the United States, who tour the market and learn about its history. Guided tours are offered, its national profile has been boosted in recent years by coverage on various programs produced by the Travel Channel and Food Network. Many stalls have remained under individual family control for much of the life of the Market, in a few cases dating back to its 1912 opening; the market's tenants and sellers reflect the cultural diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and Cleveland as a whole. The current roster of tenants includes those of Irish, Slovene, Hungarian, Polish and Middle Eastern descents, among others. In the September 2010 issue of Food Network Magazine, the West Side Market was named America's "Best Food Lovers' Market."

On January 30, 2013, the market was temporarily closed after a fire left soot damage. In 2016 city officials announced that starting April 3 of that year the market would add regular Sunday hours for the first time in its history. Official website City of Cleveland: West Side Market Profile Crain's Cleveland Business: Cleveland Landmarks Page West Side Market livecam

Marrecs de Salt

Marrecs de Salt is a group of castellers from Salt, Girona founded in 1995. They are to be considered as the local group in Girona, together with their university counterpart: Xoriguers de la UdG, they are one of the seven active groups in the province of Girona and since the dissolution of Castellers de l'Albera the oldest. Their best human tower is the 5 in 8 and their best performance was on 27 October 2013 for the performance of Sant Narcís in the city of Girona, were they completed the 4 in 8, the 2 in 8 with double base, the 3 in 8 and the pillar of 6, their shirt is blue standing for the river Ter, which flows through both Salt and Girona, as well as other regions of the province. The group was founded in 1995 influenced by a performance by Castellers de Terrassa and Castellers d'Esparreguera in Plaça del Vi, in Girona on the celebrations of Sant Narcís, their first public appearance was 5 January 1996 in Salt, where they crowned a pillar of 4 and completed a pillar of 4 raised. They got baptized on 14 April 1996 in Salt with Castellers de Terrassa and the disappeared Ganxets de Reus being their godparents.

On this day Marrecs completed the 4 in 6 with wedge, crowned the 2 in 6 and completed the 3 in 6, while their godparents completed various towers of 7 levels. The first years of the group, their rehearsals took place in public buildings with other uses such as La Farga school or the local sports pavilion and the first year they used cafè de Can Pep as their gathering social club; the group got better reaching basic structures of seven levels, but the 4 in 7 with wedge and the 5 in 7 were not reached until 1997, the first year to perform in the walking pillar of the cathedral performance. In 1998 they completed their first 3 in 7 raised; the 2 in 7 was completed in 1999, completing what was considered the full range of seven level towers. The first time they completed a tower of eight levels was in 2001 in plaça del Vi of Girona, where they completed the 4 in 8 and crowned the 3 in 8, so far being the only group that begins building towers of eight levels, building two in the same performance.

In 2002, Marrecs and Castellers de Sabadell became godparents of Xerrics d'Olot. This year saw a crowned pillar of 6 and until 2006 they did not succeed completing their first 3 in 8. In 2007, during the town's festivities of Salt, it was the first time they completed the 3 in 8, the 4 in 8 and the 2 in 7 together in a single performance. In 2011 the group moved to their current premises in Naus Guixeres, in Coma-Cros and in 2012 they built their first 2 in 8 with double base, which ended up being only crowned, together with completed 3 in 8 and 4 in 8, building three towers of eight levels together in the same performance for their first time; this performance was overtaken three times during 2013: completing the hat-trick by completing for the first time the 2 in 8 with double base in July, suming up the crowned pillar of 6 at the beginning of October, completing the pillar of 6 in the Diada de Sant Narcís, on 27 October. On 26 October 2014 on the Sant Narcís, they crowned their first 5 in 8.

Marrecs have baptized some other groups of castellers that were created: in 2013 they baptized Esperxats de l'Estany having Castellers de Figueres as co-godparents and in 2014 they baptized Vailets de l'Empordà together with Minyons de Terrassa and Castellers de l'Alt Maresme together with Capgrossos de Mataró. There's another pending godson group: Minyons de Santa Cristina, to be co-godparented with Sagals d'Osona. Marrecs have performed outside Catalunya in several occasions; the following table displays the performances that have been historical milestones for the group: The calendar Marrecs follow each year has five special highlights: two annual ones in Salt, two annual ones in Girona and the Human Tower Competition, held in Tarragona biannually every year and to which they have attended seven times until 2014. The Festa Major performance in Salt falls at the end of July and it marks the end of the first stretch of the season, it is the most important performance held in Salt. Colles de l'Eix is a brotherhood performance taking place each September and it always involves Marrecs with Tirallongues de Manresa, Castellers de Lleida and Sagals d'Osona performaing alternatively in Salt, Manresa and Vic, the respective home towns, which are united by the Eix transversal since this road was built in 1997.

Starting on its first edition back in 1999 in Manresa, it is a tradition to end the performance with a brotherhood 4 in 7, a tower build with a quarter of the base and one row of each of the participating groups, making with the different colors of the shirts, a colourful and unusual tower. Diada de Sant Narcís is starred by Marrecs and Minyons de Terrassa since 1996, since 2007 by Capgrossos de Mataró. Apart from the fact that Marrecs have reached some of their best performances in this festivity, it is specially remarkable some of the milestones by Minyons de Terrassa, which in 1998 comp`leted the first 4 in 9 with single base of the 20th century and their first pillar of 7 with double base and in 2008 their first pillar of 8 with triple base; the walking pillar of the cathedral takes place on 1 November, it is celebrated since 1997 in the cathedral of Girona and it is different to any other performance because Marrecs build a tower in the base of the stairway they walk a pillar of 4 along the 90 steps

2017–18 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team represented the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 49ers, led by interim head coach Houston Fancher, played their home games at the Dale F. Halton Arena as members Conference USA, they finished the season 2 -- 16 in C-USA play to finish in last place. They failed to qualify for the C-USA Tournament. On December 14, 2017, head coach Mark Price was fired after a 3–6 start to the season and was replaced by Fancher. Houston Fancher was named interim coach for the remainder of the season. On March 6, 2018, new athletic director Mike Hill fired Fancher. On March 19, the school hired Virginia associate head coach Ron Sanchez as their new head coach; the 49ers finished the 2016 -- 17 season 13 -- 7 -- 11 in C-USA play to finish in 10th place. They lost to UAB in the first round of the C-USA Tournament