This week's featured content
This Signpost "Featured content" report covers material promoted from 24 to 30 January.
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Eight featured articles were promoted this week.
- Palmyra (nominated by Attar-Aram syria) is an ancient Semitic city in present-day Syria. Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period and the city was first documented in the early second millennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires, before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. Its destruction by the Timurids in 1400 reduced it to a small village.
- Union Station (nominated by Niagara) is an Amtrak railroad station and mixed-use commercial building in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The station's ground floor has been redeveloped into commercial spaces, including a brewpub. The building itself is privately owned by the global logistics and freight management company Logistics Plus and serves as its headquarters.
- Temperatures Rising (nominated by Jimknut) is an American television sitcom that aired on the ABC network from September 12, 1972 to August 29, 1974. During its 46-episode run, it was presented in three different formats and cast line-ups. At the beginning of the second season the series was re-titled The New Temperatures Rising Show, ran for 13 episodes before being placed on hiatus in January 1974 due to poor ratings. It returned in July with the original title, and seven episodes were aired, before it was cancelled permanently.
- Killer Instinct Gold (nominated by Czar) is a 1996 fighting video game based on the arcade game Killer Instinct 2. The game was developed by Rare and released by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. As in other series entries, players control characters who fight on a 2D plane set against a 3D background. It includes the arcade release's characters, combos, and 3D, pre-rendered environments, but excludes its full-motion video sequences and some voiceovers due to restrictions of the cartridge media format. The Gold release adds a training mode, new camera views, and improved audiovisuals.
- In 1703 composer George Frideric Handel took up residence in Hamburg, where he remained until 1706. During this period he composed four operas, of which three have been lost (nominated by Brianboulton). The music for Nero is lost, while only short orchestral excerpts from Florindo and Daphne survive.
- Juan Manuel de Rosas (nominated by Lecen and Astynax) (1793–1877) was a politician and army officer who ruled Buenos Aires Province and briefly the Argentine Confederation. In December 1829, Rosas became governor of the province of Buenos Aires and established a dictatorship backed by state terrorism. In 1831, he signed the Federal Pact, recognizing provincial autonomy and creating the Argentine Confederation. The Platine War, which he declared in August 1851, ended with his defeat and flight to Britain, where he died in exile.
- Allah jang Palsoe (nominated by Crisco 1492) is a 1919 stage drama in six acts written by the ethnic-Chinese author Kwee Tek Hoay. Based on E. Phillips Oppenheim's short story "The False Gods", the Malay-language play follows two brothers, one a devout son who holds firmly to his morals and personal honour, the other who worships money and prioritises personal gain. Over more than a decade, the two learn that money is not the path to happiness.
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (nominated by Darkwarriorblake) is a 2014 role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios and published by Ubisoft for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the American adult animated television series South Park, The Stick of Truth follows The New Kid, who has moved to the eponymous town and becomes involved in an epic role-play fantasy war involving humans, wizards, and elves, who are fighting for control of the all-powerful Stick of Truth. The game was released to positive reviews, which praised the comedic script, visual style, and faithfulness to the source material. It received criticism for a lack of challenging combat and technical issues that slowed or impeded progress.
Five featured lists were promoted this week.
- The Rugby World Cup is an international rugby union competition established in 1987. It is contested by the men's national teams of the member unions of the sport's governing body, World Rugby, and takes place every four years. The Rugby World Cup final (nominated by NapHit) is the last match of the competition. The winning team is declared world champion and receives the Webb Ellis Cup. New Zealand are the most successful team in the history of the tournament, with three wins. They are also the only team to have won consecutive tournaments, with their victories in 2011 and 2015.
- The 80th Academy Awards (nominated by Birdienest81) ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2007 and took place on February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. During the ceremony awards in 24 categories were presented. No Country for Old Men won the most awards of the ceremony with four including Best Picture. The telecast garnered under 32 million viewers, making it the least watched Oscar broadcast in history.
- Taylor Swift (born 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed a record deal with Big Machine Records in 2005 and released her eponymous debut album a year later. Since then she recorded more than 100 songs (nominated by FrB.TG), and won 239 awards from 525 nominations.
- Katy Perry (born 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has received 85 awards from 297 nominations. (nominated by FrB.TG and SNUGGUMS) She is the recipient of awards like the American Music Award, the ASCAP Pop Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. She also has been nominated for the ARIA Music Awards and the Grammy Awards. Perry currently also holds four Guinness World Records.
- The World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (nominated by PresN) is one of the categories of the World Fantasy Awards, which are awarded by the World Fantasy Convention. It's given each year to individuals for their overall career in fields related to fantasy fiction and art. Unlike the other World Fantasy Award categories, the nominees for the Life Achievement award are not announced; instead, the winner is announced along with the nominees in the other categories. During the 41 nomination years, 63 people have been given the Life Achievement Award. Multiple winners have been awarded eighteen times, typically two co-winners, though five were noted in 1984.
One featured portal was promoted this week.
- Bristol (nominated by Rodw) is a city, unitary authority and county in South West England with an estimated population of 437,500 in 2014. People from the city are known as Bristolians. It is England's sixth and the United Kingdom's eighth most populous city, and the second most populous city in Southern England after London.
Six featured pictures were promoted this week.
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