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Westgate Las Vegas

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is a hotel and timeshare resort in Winchester, Nevada. Located near the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, it is owned by Westgate Resorts and operated by Paragon Gaming, it opened in 1969 as the International Hotel, was known for many years as the Las Vegas Hilton briefly as the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, until taking its current name in 2014. From 1981 to 1990, it was the largest hotel in the world; the Westgate is located on a 64-acre site on the east side of Paradise Road 0.4 miles east of Las Vegas Boulevard. It is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center to the south and Las Vegas Country Club to the east; the hotel has 2,956 rooms. The hotel tower is 375 feet tall, with 30 floors; the top floor consists of three "Sky Villas" geared towards "high roller" customers, each with a private swimming pool and at least 12,000 square feet of space. The casino has 54,923 square feet of gaming space as of 2017, with 576 slot machines, 38 table games, 10 poker tables, a race and sports book.

The casino's sportsbook, the SuperBook, is billed as the largest in the world. The Westgate has various eateries, including fine dining restaurants, a buffet, a food court. Benihana Village, opened in 1974, is a Japanese-themed area with streams and gardens, with several restaurants centered around its namesake teppanyaki grill; the Westgate's convention center has 225,000 square feet of event space, including the 70,000 sq ft Paradise Event Center and the 43,000 sq ft Pavilion. Recreation amenities at the Westgate include a 5-acre pool deck, a fitness center, a 10,000-square-foot spa, six tennis courts; the hotel has several retail shops, a wedding chapel, a business center. The Westgate station of the Las Vegas Monorail is located at the front of the property; the hotel site was part of the grounds of Las Vegas Park, a defunct racetrack. In 1965, the 400-acre track site was purchased by National Equities, a real estate development firm chaired by Marvin Kratter. Kratter announced development plans for the site to include a 40-floor, 1,500-room hotel, as well as a golf course and private homes.

Meanwhile, Kirk Kerkorian, the chairman of Trans International Airlines and landlord of Caesars Palace, began formulating plans to build a 1,000-room casino hotel in Las Vegas. After considering several potential locations, he selected the racetrack site, reasoning that it was natural to put a hotel next to the Convention Center. Kratter had decided not to build a hotel himself, in 1967, National Equities sold a 65.5-acre portion of the site to Kerkorian for $5 million. Kerkorian announced that he would build a 30-story hotel at a cost of $50 million; some believed it was risky to build such a property away from the Strip, but Kerkorian believed that it would spark the development of a "second Strip" along Paradise Road. Kerkorian's hotel would be named the International Hotel, matching the name of Kratter's International Country Club, he hired airline executive Fred Benninger to oversee the development, Martin Stern, Jr. who had designed several noted Las Vegas high-rises, as the hotel's architect.

Construction began with an elaborate groundbreaking ceremony in February 1968. With planning for the hotel underway, Kerkorian purchased the Flamingo casino, to serve as a training ground for the International's staff. During the International's construction, Kerkorian formed the publicly traded company International Leisure to own the two casinos. Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire who had purchased several Las Vegas casinos, saw Kerkorian as a rival and the International as unwelcome competition, he attempted to deter Kerkorian from building the project, first by making a sham announcement of a major planned expansion of his Sands Hotel, by conveying false claims to Kerkorian about damage to buildings from nearby nuclear tests. When these ruses failed, Hughes schemed to buy the project from Kerkorian and halt its construction, but this plan came to nothing. Hughes decided to compete head-on with the International by purchasing the unfinished Landmark Hotel and Casino, located across the street.

Hughes opened it one day before Kerkorian's hotel. The International Hotel opened on July 2, 1969. At the time, it was largest hotel. Entertainment director Bill Miller signed Barbra Streisand to open in the showroom, along with Peggy Lee performing in the hotel's lounge. In keeping with the hotel's name, rooms were furnished with different international decors, with each floor featuring either a Spanish, Italian, or French theme. There was a complex of international restaurants, offering Bavarian, Italian and Mexican cuisines. Employees were outfitted in costumes from different cultures, such as Scottish kilts, Slavic shirts, French gendarme uniforms. On July 31, 1969 following Streisand's engagement, Elvis Presley performed the first show of what would become a seven-year run at the hotel, encompassing 636 consecutive sold-out shows. Presley's appearances became a major part of the hotel's identity, an iconic chapter in the history of Las Vegas entertainment. Late in 1969, Kerkorian made plans to raise $29 million through a secondary offering of International Leisure stock.

He needed the money to help pay off loans that he had taken out to purchase major stakes in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Western Airlines. The offering was rejected, however, by the Securities and Exchange Commission, because the company was unable to provide five years of fi

Henry Wolfe

Henry Wolfe Gummer, known professionally as Henry Wolfe, is an American musician and actor based in Los Angeles, California. Henry Wolfe is the son of sculptor Don Gummer, he grew up in Los Angeles and Connecticut, with his younger sisters, actress Grace Gummer, actress Mamie Gummer and model Louisa Gummer. Wolfe graduated from Dartmouth College in 2002. Wolfe first made his mark as a musician as co-founder of the New York indie pop band Bravo Silva. Bravo Silva released an EP entitled'July' in 2004 and an eponymous full length album in 2005. Following Bravo Silva's dissolution, Wolfe moved to Los Angeles and began to perform as a solo act under his current moniker. In 2009, Wolfe released two EPs: The Blue House, composed of original material, Wolfe Sings Field, made up of songs penned by Portland-based writer Peter Field. Wolfe’s full-length debut, entitled ‘Linda Vista’ was released in 2011 on Wolfe’s own Undermountain Music label. Produced by Aaron Older and Nico Aglietti of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and featuring members of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Linda Vista was received positively by music critics such as Rolling Stone Magazine and led to Wolfe being named as an "artist to watch" by the Los Angeles Times.

On March 2, 2011, Wolfe made his network television debut as a musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing "Someone Else" and "Stop the Train" from his Linda Vista album. He gave an in-studio performance for WNYC Soundcheck with John Schaefer in May 2011. Wolfe's songs have been licensed in major motion pictures with "Someone Else" being featured in the film Terri directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring John C. Reilly, an early version of "Stop the Train" appearing in Julie and Julia. Azazel Jacobs directed the music video for "Someone Else". Wolfe has appeared in numerous films, including the 2006 film Lying and the 2011 film The Wait, both directed by M Blash. Wolfe had a small role in The Good Shepherd and appeared in a film titled Wolfe with an E, directed by David Louis Zuckerman. July EP – as a member of Bravo Silva Bravo Silva – as a member of Bravo Silva The Blue House Wolf Sings Field Linda Vista Encino Asilomar

John Keep

Rev. John Keep was a trustee of Oberlin College from 1834 to 1870. Keep and William Dawes toured England in 1840 gathering funds for Oberlin College in Ohio, they both attended the 1840 anti-slavery convention in London. Keep was born, 20 April 1781, in Longmeadow a precinct of Springfield, Mass. Of a family of nine children he was the seventh, he graduated from Yale College in 1802. For a year after he was graduated he taught a school in Bethlehem, Conn. reading theology at the same time with the pastor, Rev. Dr. Azel Backus, he continued his theological course for another year with Rev. Asahel Hooker, of Goshen, Conn. and was licensed by Litchfield North Association, 11 June 1805. The next Sunday he preached in the Congregational Church in Blandford, Mass. and received an invitation to settle, which he accepted. Here he remained for 16 years. In May, 1821, he removed to the Congregational Church in Homer, N. Y. and was installed November 7. In 1833 he resigned in consequence of disaffection caused by his sympathy with the "new measures" of revivalists.

For the following year he preached in the Presbyterian Church in Cleveland and organized the First Congregational Church in Ohio City, became its pastor. This article incorporates public domain material from the Yale Obituary Record. In 1834, Keep was elected a Trustee of Oberlin College. Keep was renowned for championing the values that Oberlin College became renowned for, he championed rights for black students and missionary zeal. Keep was the person who cast the deciding vote in 1835 that allowed black students to enter Oberlin College in Ohio. Keep and William Dawes both undertook a fund raising mission in England in 1839 and 1840 to raise funds from sympathetic abolitionists. Oberlin College was co-educational colleges in America at that time; the appeal was written and supported by leading American abolitionist like William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Grew, Henry Brewster Stanton and Wendell Phillips. Both Keep and Dawes are credited with helping to start the collection of African Americana at Oberlin College which inspired other writers.

Keep appears in the large painting by Benjamin Robert Haydon, on permanent display at London's National portrait gallery although he is obscured by other convention attendees. The people that Keep corresponded with, John Scoble, Joseph Sturge and George Thompson, who welcomed them in London are in the picture; when Keep returned to Oberlin they had raised $30,000. Keep became the "father" to the girls at the college. Keep died in 1870 and in 1889 the house was bought by the college, his house was used as a dormitory for female "indigent" students until it was rebuilt in 1912. The rebuilding was funded by Keep's granddaughter who commissioned Normand Patton to design Keep Cottage to sleep 80 women with room for 110 to dine. In 1966 the rules were changed to allow co-educational dormitories. John Keep at Find a Grave

Lagonda Taraf

The Lagonda Taraf is a four-door full-sized luxury car manufactured by Lagonda, a marque owned by British automobile manufacturer Aston Martin since 1947. The name "Taraf" means ultimate luxury in Arabic. Only 120 cars were built, each of, priced at US $1 million; the Lagonda marque was founded in 1906 by Wilbur Gunn. It won the 1935 Le Mans 24 Hour race with a Lagonda M45R driven by John Stuart Hindmarsh and Luis Fontés; the Lagonda Rapide V12, introduced in 1939, was the most expensive car in the United States at the time of its launch. The company soon filed for bankruptcy however due to failing customer interest in luxury and sports cars brought on by the Great Depression and the onset of the Second World War; the marque was bought by Alan Good. In 1947, Lagonda was bought by David Brown, who had bought Aston Martin; the brand came back in 1976 after decades of being inactive with the introduction of the Aston Martin Lagonda luxury saloon, badged as an Aston Martin model. However the model was discontinued in early 1990 killing off the brand name as well.

Aston Martin decided to revive the Lagonda brand in 2009 in order to expand outside its traditional sporting realm into untapped segments of the market such as luxury saloons and to celebrate Lagonda's centenary. The resulting four-wheel-drive, four-seater concept saloon, unveiled in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, met with mixed reviews; this led to the prioritising of plans to introduce the Taraf, with Aston Martin beginning work on Project Comet. Project Comet was undertaken by Aston Martin's Q division which specialises in commissioning bespoke cars and the customising of existing models to customer specifications; the final, full-sized model was completed within 8 months of the first studio sketches in January 2014. Marek Reichman attributed to the swift execution to lessons learnt from the production of the One-77, which took two years to complete from design to conception; the car was intended as a homage to the Lagonda, produced between 1976 and 1990. A total of 645 of those cars were produced, each of.

The Taraf is powered by a 48-valve 6.0-litre V12 engine, generating a maximum power output of 540 PS at 6,650 rpm and 630 N⋅m of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine was assembled at Ford's bespoke Niehl engine facility in Germany; the engine transfers power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission mounted between the rear wheels. The chassis utilises the Aston Martin VH Generation3 platform, underpinning the DB9 and the Rapide, with a stretched wheelbase; the body panels are made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, which receive a seven-layer paint finish and final polishing. The main aim of using the material was to keep the weight low due to the added luxury components in the car; the interior included elements borrowed from other Aston Martin models the Rapide, features console-mounted push-button transmission controls, info-tainment system, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system and premium quality leather upholstery. The interior had various choices of trims. A long wheelbase gave increased legroom for rear seat passengers.

The Taraf has a claimed 0 -- a maximum speed of 314 km/h. Top Gear reported that the Taraf was undergoing hot weather testing in Oman in September 2014; the car was put through 14,000 miles of testing in four weeks in temperatures ranging between 30–50 °C in order to test the air-conditioning system, the drivetrain and the interior trim. The car was subsequently unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show; the car commenced production in 2015, with the company stating that only 100 cars would be built and the car was intended for the Middle-East. The Taraf was manufactured in Aston Martin's plant in Warwickshire; when Andy Palmer took over as the CEO, he had the car's potential markets expanded to include Europe, USA, Singapore and South Africa. He had the number of cars to be produced increased to 200; as of 2015, only 40 cars were produced. The car was the most expensive four-door saloon in the world as of April 2016; the Taraf made an appearance at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Production ended with 120 cars being sold.

The car received positive reviews on release, with most reviewers citing the steep price as the biggest downside. Angus MacKenzie, in his review for Motor Trend, wrote the following: "This $1 million saloon, hand-built by Aston Martin, costs more than five times as much as a Mercedes-Maybach S600, yet it matters little to the people who will buy the Taraf that the Maybach is technically the more accomplished ultra-luxury saloon." Autocar was critical of the price, saying "Without context that price tag looks ridiculous. For the same money you could buy both a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and a Bentley Mulsanne plus a fully-loaded Range Rover SV Autobiography on the side." Lagonda Taraf on

Cloverleaf Local School District

The Cloverleaf Local School District is a public school district located in southern Medina County, United States. It includes three facilities, all located in Westfield Township, between the villages of Lodi and Westfield Center: Cloverleaf High School, Grades 9-12 Cloverleaf Middle School, Grades 6-8 Cloverleaf Elementary School, Grades Pre-K-5 Cloverleaf Local School District was formed in 1960 as a consolidation of the independent local schools of Lodi, Seville and Lafayette, as well as the vast rural areas between them. Cloverleaf Senior High School graduated its first class in 1961. At one time, the Cloverleaf Local School District comprised the largest geographical school district in the State of Ohio. In the 2005-2006 school year, the district switched from individual K-6 elementary schools in each town to the current "elementary center" configuration. At that time, Cloverleaf High School transitioned from a semester schedule to a trimester schedule in an effort to reduce expenses; the school district received the highest rating given in the state of Ohio,'Excellent' for three consecutive years from 2003-2006.

However, the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 report cards lowered the district one rank to'Effective. The school district once again returned to an'Excellent' rating in 2009-2010 school year. In 2012 the Cloverleaf school district was the only Ohio school district to be in fiscal emergency and ranked "Excellent with Distinction". Official website


The tityras are passerine birds in the genus Tityra of the family Tityridae. They are found from southern Mexico, through Central America, to northern and central South America, including Trinidad; these are medium-sized birds around 20–25 centimetres long, with large bills. The adult males are greyish-white above and white below, except for the wings and tail which are at least black; the males of all three species have black head markings. The females are duller, with browner or greyer head markings; the black-tailed and the masked tityra both have base of the bill. These species are found in forest clearings and edges, second growth and other semi-open habitats such as plantation shade trees; the eggs are laid in a bed of dry leaves in a tree hole an old woodpecker nest. The female incubates alone. Fledging takes up to 25 days. Tityras are seen alone or in pairs, perched conspicuously as they feed on medium-sized fruits, large insects and sometimes small lizards, they have unmusical nasal buzzing calls.

The genus Tityra was introduced by the French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1816 with black-tailed tityra as the type species. Tityra was the name of a shepherd in Virgil’s poem Eclogues; the tityras have traditionally been placed in the cotinga or the tyrant flycatcher family, but evidence suggest they are better placed in Tityridae, where now placed by South American Classification Committee. The black-crowned tityra is sometimes placed in a separate genus Erator; the genus contains three species: Another species, the white-tailed tityra, is considered a variant of the black-crowned tityra, but recent evidence suggests it may be a valid species restricted to the Brazilian Amazon near the Madeira River. Hilty, Birds of Venezuela ISBN 978-0-7136-6418-8 ffrench, Richard. A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Comstock Publishing. ISBN 0-8014-9792-2. Stiles and Skutch, A guide to the birds of Costa Rica ISBN 978-0-8014-9600-4