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In 1950, with the Cold War in full force, an international Bach festival and competition was held in the city of Leipzig in what was then the German Democratic Republic. The winner was a 26-year-old Russian pianist, Tatiana Nikolayeva.

Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the jurors, and he was sufficiently taken with Nikolayeva's playing that he wrote a collection of 24 preludes and fugues -- reminiscent of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier series -- especially for her.

ULA Atlas V 421 with NROL-61 satellite
Uninted Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-064, will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

July 28, 2016 | 8:37 am EDT
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 41

The Great Sea Turtle Race

Jul 25, 2016

Was it pre-race jitters? Dash was feverishly thumping her flippers at the wooden sides of her beach corral. An attentive volunteer placed a white towel atop the sea turtle's head to calm her down. Meanwhile, the countdown was on for the 2015 Tour de Turtle.

Sporting a 27- inch long curved shell, Dash was going loggerhead-to-loggerhead with Myrtle (with a 43-inch shell). Close to a 2,000 spectators turned up last July at the Barrier Island Center located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Melbourne Beach to cheer on the two competitors.

The solo exhibition of 140 portraits from California artist Ray Turner at Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum will close on Saturday, July 30, one week earlier than previously announced.

The Brevard Community has partnered with local businesses such as Millikens Reef Port Canaveral, Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill and all of the other restaurants at Port Canaveral to host a benefit for the Victims and the Victim's Families of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Victory Casino, Southeast Petro and A&B Graphics are contributing to the event as well.
 

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