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October 18 Wikipedia featured article

Michael Lark, artist

Michael Lark, artist

Lazarus is a dystopian science fiction comic book series created by writer Greg Rucka and artist Michael Lark (pictured). Image Comics released the first monthly issue on June 23, 2013. A six-issue spin-off limited series, Lazarus: X+66, was released monthly in 2017 between issues 26 and 27 of the regular series. Rucka and Lark began developing the series in 2012 and partnered with colorist Santi Arcas to finish the art. Other creators were brought in later to assist with lettering and inking. In the series, the world has been divided among sixteen rival families, who run their territories in a feudal system. The main character is Forever Carlyle, the military leader of the Carlyle family. The major themes of Lazarus are the meaning of family and nature versus nurture. Critics have given it mostly positive reviews and have praised its worldbuilding. The series has also been collected into paperback and hardcover editions. (Full article…)

October 17 Wikipedia featured article

Oryzomys couesi

Oryzomys couesi, Coues’s rice rat, is a semiaquatic rodent occurring from southernmost Texas south to northwestern Colombia. It is usually found in wet habitats, such as marshes, but also lives in drier forests and shrublands. It is a medium-sized to large nocturnal rat with coarse fur, usually brownish to reddish above and whitish below, although there is much geographic variation in size, proportions, color, and skull features. An excellent swimmer and diver, it builds nests of vegetation suspended among reeds. Its diet includes seeds and insects. It probably breeds year-round, and females give birth to about four young after a pregnancy of 21 to 28 days. This species may be infected by parasites and hantaviruses. It was first described in 1877, and related forms were eventually merged into a single species. This rat is common, and even locally considered a pest species, but some populations are threatened. (This article is part of a featured topic: Oryzomys.)

October 16 Wikipedia featured article

The Iver M. Olson home was the town's first house.

The Iver M. Olson home was the town’s first house.

Manganese is a ghost town and former mining community in the U.S. state of Minnesota that was inhabited between 1912 and 1960. Built in Crow Wing County on the Cuyuna Iron Range about 2 miles (3 km) north of Trommald, Minnesota, it was named after the mineral found near the town. The Trommald Formation beneath the town and the adjacent Emily District constitutes the main ore-producing unit of the North Range district of the Cuyuna Iron Range and the largest resource of manganese in the United States. At its peak around 1919, Manganese had two hotels, a bank, two grocery stores, a barbershop, a show hall, and a two-room school, and housed a population of nearly 600. After World War I, the population of Manganese went into steady decline as mining operations shut down; the community was abandoned, and in 1961 the town was formally dissolved. In 2017 some of the land was redeveloped for primitive campsites. (Full article…)

October 15 Wikipedia featured article

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892–1988) was an English composer, music critic, pianist and writer whose music, written over a period of seventy years, ranges from sets of miniatures to works lasting several hours. One of the most prolific 20th-century composers, he is best known for his piano pieces, notably nocturnes such as Gulistān, and large-scale, technically intricate works like Sequentia cyclica. He had a lifelong tendency to seclusion and felt alienated from English society by reason of his homosexuality and ancestry; his mother was English and his father a Parsi businessman and industrialist from India. After playing his music publicly between 1920 and 1936, Sorabji imposed restrictions on its performance, which he lifted in 1976. He has been likened to the composer-pianists he admired, including Franz Liszt and Charles-Valentin Alkan, and his harmonic language and complex rhythms anticipated works from the mid-20th century onwards. (Full article…)

October 14 Wikipedia featured article

Doug Ring

Doug Ring

Doug Ring was a member of the Australian cricket team that toured England in 1948. Ring played under captain Donald Bradman, whose 1948 team went undefeated in their 34 matches, earning them the sobriquet “The Invincibles”. A leg spinner, Ring was not prominent in the series, playing in only the Fifth Test, taking one wicket for 44 runs and scoring nine runs in his only innings. Ring took 60 first-class wickets at a bowling average of 21.81, the most expensive among Australia’s frontline bowlers. As England agreed to have a new ball available at intervals of 55 overs after the start of each innings, fast bowling dominated over spin in the Tests, and Ring was used primarily in the non-Test tour matches. Ring scored 150 first-class runs at a batting average of 16.66 during the tour, and a top-score of 53 was his only effort beyond 50. (This article is part of a featured topic: Australian cricket team in England in 1948.)

October 13 Wikipedia featured article

18th-century map showing Bergerac and its defences

18th-century map showing Bergerac and its defences

The Battle of Bergerac was fought between Anglo-Gascon and French forces at the town of Bergerac in Gascony, in August 1345 during the early phase of the Hundred Years’ War. In early 1345 Edward III of England launched a major attack on the French from the north. He sent smaller forces to Gascony, which was economically important to the English war effort, and to Brittany. Henry of Grosmont, Earl of Derby, arrived in Gascony in August; breaking with the previous policy of cautious advance, he struck directly for the largest French concentration at Bergerac. He took French forces under Bertrand I of L’Isle-Jourdain and Henri de Montigny by surprise and defeated them. The French suffered heavy casualties and the loss of the town, a significant strategic setback. This defeat, along with the Battle of Auberoche later in the year, changed the military balance of power in the region and led to the collapse of the French position. (This article is part of a featured topic: Gascon campaign of 1345.)