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Deathstroke

Deathstroke is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is a mercenary and assassin who serves as the archenemy of the Teen Titans Dick Grayson. Over the years, writers have developed him as an adversary of other superheroes in the DC Universe as well, such as Batman and Green Arrow. Deathstroke has been ranked as the 24th Greatest Villain of All Time by Wizard magazine, as the 32nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time by IGN; the character has been adapted from the comics into other media, including several Batman-related projects and the Teen Titans animated series, voiced by Ron Perlman in the latter and his solo animated series, Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, with his voice provided by Michael Chiklis. In live action, he has been portrayed by Manu Bennett on The CW's television series Arrow and Esai Morales in the second season of DC Universe series Titans. Joe Manganiello portrayed the character in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with a cameo in the 2017 film Justice League.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, the character was introduced as "Deathstroke the Terminator" in The New Teen Titans #2 in December 1980. Christopher J. Priest said: ot only was Marv’s Deathstroke a villain, he was kind of an asshole, which I thought was unique, he wasn’t some misunderstood anarchist. I read that and went, “Whoa"; this was beyond The Joker, well beyond Lex Luthor. Marv created the first modern supervillain, he broke every rule by making Deathstroke three-dimensional and giving him internal conflicts while maintaining a level of skeeve we weren’t used to seeing from a typical 2-dimensional bad guy. Due to his popularity, Deathstroke received his own series, Deathstroke the Terminator, in 1991, it was retitled Deathstroke the Hunted for issues #0 and #41–45. The series was cancelled with issue #60. In total, Deathstroke ran for 65 issues. Following his injury in DC Universe: Last Will and Testament, Deathstroke appears in one of the four Faces of Evil one-shots, written by David Hine.

Hine has explained that the series is part of the set-up for future stories: "All of the characters in this ‘Faces of Evil’ series were selected for their potential as major players in the coming year."Even though the character of Deathstroke the Terminator predates James Cameron's film The Terminator by four years, the Slade Wilson character is now called Deathstroke by characters who had called him the Terminator for decades. The full title has not fallen out of use, having been referenced as as Justice League Elite. Slade Wilson was 16 years old. After serving a stint in Korea, he was assigned to Camp Washington where he had been promoted to the rank of major. In the early 1960s, he met Captain Adeline Kane, tasked with training young soldiers in new fighting techniques in anticipation of brewing troubles taking place in Vietnam. Kane was amazed at how skilled Slade was and how he adapted to modern conventions of warfare, she fell in love with him, realized that he was without a doubt the most able-bodied combatant that she had encountered.

She offered to train Slade in guerrilla warfare. In less than a year, Slade mastered every fighting form presented to him and was soon promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Six months Adeline and he were married and she became pregnant with their first child; the war in Vietnam began to escalate and Slade was shipped overseas. In the war, his unit massacred an event which sickened him, he was rescued by SAS member Wintergreen, to whom he would return the favor. Chosen for a secret experiment, the Army imbued him with enhanced physical powers in an attempt to create metahuman super-soldiers for the U. S. military. Deathstroke became a mercenary soon after the experiment when he defied orders and rescued his friend Wintergreen, sent on a suicide mission by a commanding officer with a grudge. However, Slade kept this career secret from his family though his wife was an expert military combat instructor. A criminal named the Jackal took his younger son Joseph Wilson hostage to force Slade to divulge the name of a client who had hired him as an assassin.

Slade refused. He killed the kidnappers at the rendezvous. Joseph's throat was slashed by one of the criminals before Slade could prevent it, destroying Joseph's vocal cords and rendering him mute. After taking Joseph to the hospital, Adeline was enraged at his endangerment of her son and tried to kill Slade by shooting him, but only managed to destroy his right eye. Afterwards, his confidence in his physical abilities was such that he made no secret of his impaired vision, marked by his mask which has a black, featureless half covering his lost right eye. Without his mask, Slade wears an eyepatch to cover his eye. Slade has a long history as an enemy of the Teen Titans, beginning when his other son Grant received superhuman enhancements from the H. I. V. E. Dubbed himself Ravager, accepted a contract from them to kill or capture the Teen Titans. However, Grant's enhancements proved fatal, Slade agreed to complete the contract, his first mission involved stealing the element Promethium from S. T. A.

R. Labs and selling it as the ultimate weapon, he kidnapped the Titans and placed them in the path of a Promethium bomb to test his device for the buyers killing two bird

All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains

In August 1999, the United States Postal Service issued a set of 33¢ postage stamps entitled All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains to "pay tribute to American industry and design, to the heritage of our railroads." Artist Ted Rose created five watercolor images depicting the following celebrated American named passenger trains from the 1930s and 1940s: the Congressional of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Descriptive text regarding each of the trains was listed on the gummed side of each stamp. At the same time, the USPS offered for sale a booklet of "20 U. S. Postal Service Ready-To-Mail Stamped Postal Cards" which contained four sets of the five paintings. All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains 1999 USPS Stamp Program Anthony J. Bianculli. Railroad History on American Postage Stamps. Astragal Press, 2004. 1931626200

Christmas Vol. II

Christmas Vol. II is the second Christmas album of country music band Alabama, it was released on September 17, 1996. "The Blessings" - 4:35 "Christmas in Your Arms" - 3:23 "Christmas Is Love" - 3:24 "When It Comes to Christmas" - 2:51 "I Was Young Once Too" - 3:32 "The Night Before Christmas" - 4:13 "O Little Town of Bethlehem" - 3:11 "Happy Birthday Jesus" - 3:08 "The Christmas Spirit" - 4:12 "Hangin"Round the Mistletoe" - 2:19 "The Little Drummer Boy" - 4:40 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - 2:21 "New Year's Eve 1999" - 2:45 AlabamaJeff Cook - fiddle, electric guitar, background vocals Teddy Gentry - bass guitar, background vocals Mark Herndon - drums Randy Owen - acoustic guitar, lead vocalsAdditional Musicians AlbumSingles

The Nun (2013 film)

The Nun is a 2013 French drama film directed by Guillaume Nicloux. It is based on the 18th-century novel La Religieuse by French writer Denis Diderot; the film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. It received two nominations at the 4th Magritte Awards, winning Best Actress for Pauline Étienne, a nomination at the 39th César Awards; the young Suzanne Simonin is forced by her parents to become a nun. She learns, her abbess treats her kindly, but when the abbess dies and another takes her place, Suzanne considers breaking her vows. Due to the maltreatment she undergoes, she is thrown into a world of punishment, it is not until a friend gives Suzanne some hope that she may not have to remain a nun forever that Suzanne's punishment lifts. Pauline Étienne as Suzanne Isabelle Huppert as Abbess Saint Eutrope Louise Bourgoin as Abbess Christine Martina Gedeck as Suzanne's mother Françoise Lebrun as Madame de Moni Agathe Bonitzer as Sister Thérèse Alice de Lencquesaing as Sister Ursule Gilles Cohen as Suzanne's father Marc Barbé as Father Castella François Négret as Maître Manouri Nicolas Jouhet as clergyman Sainte Marie Pascal Bongard as Archdeacon The Hollywood Reporter's Jordan Mintzer highlighted that director Nicloux and his co-writer Beaujour breathed new life into the classic story by making the protagonist "much more of a fighting spirit" and by adding a "revised ending".

He said this film was "held together by a terrific lead performance". Variety's Boyd van Hoeij certified the film was "slickly assembled" and provided a "painting-like" cinematography. Cine Vue's Patrick Gamble judged The Nun suffered from an "inability to deviate from absurdity". Isabelle Huppert on screen and stage Official Press Kit The Nun at UniFrance films The Nun on IMDb

Rossmore, New South Wales

Rossmore is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is bound to the east by Kemps Creek, the west by South Creek, the north by Fifteenth Avenue, the south by Rileys Creek in the southwest and a non natural border from there; the main road through the centre of the suburb is Bringelly Road. Rossmore was known as Cabramatta after the parish of Cabramatta, it was the subject of a novel called The Cabramatta Store by Mary Theresa Vidal, believed to be the first novel published by a woman in Australia. In 1856, the railway line was extended from Granville to Liverpool and a station was established at what is now the modern-day Cabramatta. There was a horse stud in the area called Rossmoor Stud, believed to have been named after Rossmore Lodge, a famous horse stud in Kildare, Ireland. To avoid confusion with the new station of Cabramatta, the old town of Cabramatta became known as Rossmore. Rossmore Post Office opened on 22 March 1897. Rossmore has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 130 Rossmore Avenue West: Church of the Holy Innocents According to the 2016 census, Rossmore had a population of 2,286 people with a median age of 39, higher than the national median age of 38.

The majority of people were born in Australia, with the other most common countries of birth being Italy, China and England. About half of people only spoke English at home, with Arabic, Cantonese and Serbian forming the top responses for other languages spoken at home; as at the 2016 census, Rossmore had a total of 716 private dwellings, of which 99.4% were detached houses. Of these occupied private dwellings, 45.0% were owned outright, 30.5% were rented and 19.6% were owned with a mortgage. The Church of the Holy Innocents in an Anglican church situated in Church Street, just off Bringelly Road, its foundation stone was laid on Holy Innocents Day. It is a parish church in the Gothic Revival style and was designed by Richard Cromwell Carpenter and Edmund Blacket, it features steep roofs covered with shingles, an open timber porch, a nave, chancel and vestry. The church is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register and on the Register of the National Estate; the suburb is home to two Buddhist temples: the Lin Ying temple in Clementson Drive and the Vat Ketanak Khmer Kampuchea Krom in Wynyard Avenue.

Bringelly Road connects Rossmore to Liverpool and the Westlink M7, a pay road providing quick connection to Sydney CBD and other parts of greater Sydney. The only public transport in the area is the Route 855/856 bus service connecting Bringelly to Liverpool via Rossmore, Hoxton Park and Cartwright. In 2015, a stabling facility opened in Rossmore as part of the South West Rail Link, though the terminus station is located at Leppington

Ricepaper

Ricepaper was the only Canadian literary magazine with a focus on Asian-Canadian arts and culture, but has become an online ezine. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, it is published quarterly and features articles, poetry and photography written by or written about writers and artists of Pacific Asian and mixed Asian descent, it was in circulation between 1995 and 2016. Ricepaper was created in 1995 by Jim Wong-Chu, founder of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, as a newsletter for its members. Much of the early editorial content explored the marginalized Asian experience in Canada. Over time, the newsletter has grown into a full-fledged magazine which has evolved along with its reader base to provide a forum for creative works, interviews and reviews of the contemporary Asian-Canadian community; the content of each issue is informed by a "theme". Recent issues have focused on space/culture/place, aesthetics and cities. In April 2016 the magazine went on online. Prominent artists that have been featured include Wayson Choy, Joy Kogawa, Kid Koala, Sook-Yin Lee, as well as cultural producers and figures such as David Suzuki, Bing Thom and Roy Miki.

Ricepaper supports emerging artists. Asian Canadians and Asian Americans featured in Ricepaper include Tommy Chong, Wayson Choy, Lixin Fan, Ann Marie Fleming, Joy Kogawa, Larissa Lai, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Joyce Lam, Evelyn Lau, Sook-Yin Lee, Harvey Lowe, Roy Miki, Lily Hoy Price, Andy Quan, Tetsuro Shigematsu, David Suzuki, Bing Thom, Adrian Tomine, Terry Watada, Milton Wong, Rita Wong, Tobias Wong, Norman Yeung. Ricepaper magazine website