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Brainiac (character)

Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics as an adversary of Superman. Brainiac is Superman's second-deadliest archenemy after Lex Luthor, a frequent enemy of the Justice League. Brainiac is depicted as an extraterrestrial cyborg or android, he is responsible for shrinking and stealing Kandor, the capital city of Superman's home planet Krypton. In some continuities, he is responsible for Krypton's destruction. Due to multiple revisions of DC's continuity, several variations of Brainiac have appeared. Most incarnations of Brainiac depict him as a green-skinned being in humanoid form, he is bald, with a set of linked electrode-like objects protruding from his skull. His name is a portmanteau of the words maniac. In 2009, Brainiac was ranked as IGN's 17th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Brainiac first appeared in Action Comics #242, was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. First appearing in Action Comics #242, Brainiac is a bald, green-skinned humanoid who arrives on Earth and shrinks various cities, including Metropolis, storing them in bottles with the intent of using them to restore the then-unnamed planet he ruled.

He was notable only for having shrunk the bottle city of Kandor with his shrinking ray and for using a force field. In subsequent appearances in this early period, Brainiac was used as a plot device rather than as a featured villain of the month. Brainiac's next appearance was behind the scenes, when he tried to kill Lois Lane and Lana Lang, prompting Superman to give Lois and Lana superpowers, but the villain remained unseen except as a plot twist at the end of the story. Brainiac's next appearance was in "Superman's Return to Krypton" in Superman #141, in which the villain stole the bottle city of Kandor, the only city on Krypton that believes Jor-El's warning of doom for the planet, which had built a space ark within the city to save the population. Brainiac's next present-day appearance was in Action Comics #275, which showed the villain planning to defeat Superman by exposing him to both red and green kryptonite, giving Superman a third eye on the back of his head, forcing him to wear various hats to hide it.

Superman soon sent him off into the distant past. This was the first in-story appearance of Brainiac's iconic red diode/electrode-like objects atop his head, which had appeared on the cover of his first appearance in Action Comics #242, but were not shown in the actual story. In "Superboy" #106, an infant Superman meets Brainiac, it is explained that Brainiac looks the same due to his 200-year life span. In superman issue #93, Brainiac regenerates himself, it is revealed that he came from a planet called Bryak and, after a voyage in space, he returned to find everybody dead from a plague. He intended to get people from other planets to repopulate Bryak. Brainiac's legacy was revealed in a Legion of Super-Heroes back-up story; this story introduced a green-skinned, blond-haired teenager named Querl Dox, or Brainiac 5, who claimed to be Brainiac's 30th-century descendant. Unlike his ancestor, Brainiac 5 used his "twelfth-level intellect" for the forces of good and joined the Legion alongside Supergirl, with whom he fell in love.

His home planet was given variously as Yod or Colu. In Superman #167, it was retconned that Brainiac was a machine created by the Computer Tyrants of Colu as a spy for them to invade other worlds, for which he was given a non-computer appearance. Brainiac's distinctive gridwork of red diodes across his head are explained, he was created with visible "electric terminals of his sensory'nerves'" that he required to function. Luthor discovers that the Computers could have given him a twelfth-level intellect, but gave him a tenth-level, the same as them, so he would not try to dominate them. Luthor increases his intelligence. However, Brainiac tricks Luthor by making a device that hypnotizes Luthor, who removes the timer and forgets Brainiac is a computer. Explaining the 1961 introduction of Brainiac's descendant Brainiac 5, his biological disguise included an adopted "son", a young Coluan boy, given the name "Brainiac 2". In the same issue, the letter column contained a "special announcement" explaining that the change in the characterization of Brainiac was being made "in deference" to the "Brainiac Computer Kit", a toy computer created by Edmund Berkeley and based on the Geniac that predated the creation of the comic book character.

The boy, whose name was Vril Dox, went on to lead a revolt against the Computer Tyrants destroying them. Brainiac sees a monument to this. At some indeterminate point in time, Brainiac fled into the 30th century. Developing the ability to absorb and manipulate massive amounts of stellar energy, he remade himself as "Pulsar Stargrave", he became a powerful enemy of the Legion of Super-Heroes, once masqueraded as Brainiac 5's biological father. In current continuity, Brainiac's connection to Pulsar Stargrave remains an open question, one Brainiac 5 has yet to resolve. In the 1980s, DC Comics attempted to re-define several aspects of its Superman series in order to boost sagging sales. At the same time as Lex Luthor acquired his green-and-purple Lexorian battlesuit, Brainiac was re-envisioned

Gregory, Oklahoma

Gregory is a census-designated place in Rogers County, United States. The population was 150 at the 2000 census. Gregory is located at 36°9′56″N 95°34′27″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2000, there were 150 people, 54 households, 46 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 49.8 people per square mile. There were 55 housing units at an average density of 18.2/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.33% White, 10.00% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 6.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population. There were 54 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 13.0% were non-families. 9.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,865, the median income for a family was $71,154. Males had a median income of $36,731 versus $31,875 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $22,116. There were none of the families and 2.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64


WHNT-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 19, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Huntsville, United States and serving North Alabama's Tennessee Valley. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Florence-licensed CW affiliate WHDF; the two stations share studios on Holmes Avenue Northwest in downtown Huntsville. The station operates three news bureaus: Decatur, Sand Mountain, Shoals. WHNT began operations on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1963, it has been a CBS affiliate for its entire existence, is the only Huntsville-area station to have never changed its affiliation. The Federal Communications Commission licensed the frequency for WHNT to the city of Fort Payne some 40 miles to the southeast; the station was founded by a former employee of Birmingham station WAPI, Charles Grisham, now deceased, who added two other Southern stations, WSLA in Selma, Alabama and WYEA in Columbus, Georgia, to his portfolio. WHNT-TV first used 16 mm film for most of its news gathering.

In 1979, it switched to the ¾-inch video tape format. WHNT used this system until 1998 when new Panasonic DVC cameras were purchased. In 1980, Grisham sold WHNT to The New York Times Company, which operated it for over a quarter century. WHNT's facilities were moved from Monte Sano Mountain to downtown Huntsville in 1987; the move was prompted by a fire that destroyed rival WAFF-TV's studios on Governors Drive, five years earlier. The transmitter and tower remain on Monte Sano because the mountain provides the highest elevation in the immediate area. WHNT is the only major station in Huntsville to operate from a facility constructed for broadcasting purposes. WAAY-TV operates from a former gas station, WAFF-TV from a former jewelry store, WZDX from an office building. In 2003, WHNT allowed competing stations WAAY and WZDX to use space on its tower after both stations' towers used on WAAY's property collapsed, killing three men. In September 2006, The New York Times Company announced that it would put its nine television stations, including WHNT, up for sale.

On January 4, 2007, the company sold its television stations in a group deal to Local TV, a holding company operated by private equity group Oak Hill Capital Partners, for $530 million. In October 2010, the station stopped using videotape. All cameras now record on digital memory cards and video playback for all newscasts comes off a digital server. WHNT's archives, the most extensive in Huntsville television, go back to 1973 and include a mix of film and videotape; the film library had been stored at the University of North Alabama in Florence, but has been returned to Huntsville. On July 1, 2013, the Tribune Company acquired the Local TV stations for $2.75 billion. On May 8, 2017, Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group entered into an agreement to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt held by Tribune. On July 18, 2018, the FCC voted to have the Sinclair–Tribune acquisition reviewed by an administrative law judge amid "serious concerns" about Sinclair's forthrightness in its applications to sell certain conflict properties.

Three weeks on August 9, Tribune announced it would terminate the Sinclair deal, intending to seek other M&A opportunities. Tribune filed a breach of contract lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that Sinclair engaged in protracted negotiations with the FCC and the U. S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over regulatory issues, refused to sell stations in markets where it had properties, proposed divestitures to parties with ties to Sinclair executive chair David D. Smith that were rejected or subject to rejection to maintain control over stations it was required to sell. On December 3, 2018, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group—which has owned Fox affiliate WZDX since December 2014 and CW affiliate WHDF since November 2018—announced it would acquire the assets of Tribune Media for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar was precluded from acquiring WHNT directly or indirectly while owning WZDX, as FCC regulations prohibit common ownership of more than two stations in the same media market, or two or more of the four highest-rated stations in the market.

As such, Nexstar decided to sell either WZDX to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict. On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Nexstar would keep WHNT and WHDF, sell WZDX to Tysons, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Tegna and the E. W. Scripps Company in separate deals worth $1.32 billion.

Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka

Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka is an urban-rural gmina in Sokółka County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland. Its seat is the town of Dąbrowa Białostocka, which lies 30 kilometres north of Sokółka and 61 km north of the regional capital Białystok; the gmina covers an area of 263.95 square kilometres, as of 2006 its total population is 12,755. Apart from the town of Dąbrowa Białostocka, Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka contains the villages and settlements of Bagny, Bity Kamień, Brzozowo-Kolonia, Brzozowy Borek, Grabowo, Grzebienie, Harasimowicze, Harasimowicze-Kolonia, Jaczno, Jałówka, Kirejewszczyzna, Krugło, Lewki, Łozowo, Łozowo-Kolonia, Małowista, Małyszówka-Kolonia, Miedzianowo, Mościcha, Nierośno, Nowa Kamienna, Nowa Wieś, Olsza, Osmołowszczyzna, Ostrowie-Kolonia, Ostrowo, Pięciowłóki, Prohalino, Reszkowce, Różanystok, Sadowo, Sławno, Stara Kamienna, Stara Kamienna-Kolonia, Suchodolina, Trzyrzeczki, Wesołowo, Wiązówka, Wroczyńszczyzna, Zwierzyniec Mały and Zwierzyniec Wielki. Gmina Dąbrowa Białostocka is bordered by the gminas of Janów, Nowy Dwór, Sidra and Sztabin.

Polish official population figures 2006

Thomas M. Eaton

Thomas Marion Eaton served as a U. S. Representative from California in 1939. Born on a farm near Edwardsville, Eaton attended the public schools, he graduated from the State Normal School in Normal in 1917. He served as principal of a grade school in Clinton, Illinois, in 1917 and 1918. During the First World War served in the United States Navy as an ensign, he engaged in the automobile sales business. Eaton was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 1934, he was reelected in 1936, was unanimously chosen mayor by the council. Eaton was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Long Beach, September 16, 1939. Eaton's seat remained vacant until his elected successor, William Ward Johnson, took office in January 1941, he was interred in Sunnyside Mausoleum. List of United States Congress members who died in office United States Congress. "Thomas M. Eaton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; this article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website


Balaguier-d'Olt is a commune in the Aveyron department in the Occitanie region of southern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balaguiéroises. Balaguier-d'Olt is located some 12 km south-west of Figeac just east of Ambeyrac; the whole north-western border of the commune is the Lot river, the departmental boundary between Aveyron and Lot. Access to the commune is by the D86 road from Ambeyrac which follows the river through the village and continues north-east to Capdenac-Gare; the D38 branches off the D86 and crosses the only bridge in the commune across the Lot to Saint-Pierre-Toirac. The D647 goes south-east to Foissac. Apart from the village there is the hamlet of Vernet-le-Bas in the north of the commune; the commune is mixed farmland. Geologically the commune is divided into two parts: first the Lot valley which consists of Toarcian marl and secondly the limestone plateau overlooking it; the Ruisseau de Bournac flows from the north-east and the Ruisseau de Fréjéroque flows from the east both joining in the commune and flowing into the Lot.

List of Successive Mayors. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year; the Romanesque Church of Vernet-le-Bas has a bell tower dating from the 12th century and has Romanesque capitals on three sides. Inside the church the Romanesque Altar is still preserved in one of the side chapels, it presents interlacing. It is registered as an historical object. Communes of the Aveyron department Christian-Pierre Bedel, Capdenac Los Aures Asprièras, Bolhac, Causse-e-Diege Foissac, Salas, Sonnac / Christian-Pierre Bedel e los estatjants del canton de Capdenac, Mission departmental culture, coll. "Al Canton", 1996, ill. Cov. ill. 28 cm, 240 pp. ISBN 2-907279-23-8, ISSN 1151-8375, BNF No. FRBNF36688708 Balaguier-d'Olt on Lion1906 Balaguier-d'Olt on Google Maps Balaguier-d'Olt on Géoportail, National Geographic Institute website Balaguyer on the 1750 Cassini Map Balaguier-d'Olt on the INSEE website INSEE