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Dorgon

Dorgon, formally known as Prince Rui, was a Manchu prince and regent of the early Qing dynasty. Born in the Aisin Gioro clan as the 14th son of Nurhaci, Dorgon started his career in military campaigns against the Ming dynasty and Koreans during the reign of his eighth brother, Hong Taiji, who succeeded their father. After Hong Taiji's death in 1643, he was involved in a power struggle against Hong Taiji's eldest son, over the succession to the throne. Both of them came to a compromise by backing out and letting Hong Taiji's ninth son, become the emperor. Dorgon served as Prince-Regent throughout the Shunzhi Emperor's early reign. In 1645, he was given the honorary title "Emperor's Uncle and Prince-Regent". Under Dorgon's regency, Qing forces occupied Beijing, the capital of the fallen Ming dynasty, conquered the rest of China in a series of battles against Ming loyalists and other opposing forces around China. Dorgon introduced the policy of forcing all Han Chinese men to shave the front of the heads and wear their hair in queues just like the Manchus.

He died in 1650 during a hunting trip and was posthumously honoured as an emperor though he was never an emperor during his lifetime. A year after Dorgon's death, the Shunzhi Emperor accused Dorgon of several crimes, stripped him of his titles, ordered his remains to be exhumed and flogged in public. Dorgon was posthumously rehabilitated and restored of his honorary titles by the Qianlong Emperor in 1778. Dorgon was born in the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan as the 14th son of Nurhaci, the Khan of the Later Jin dynasty, his mother was Lady Abahai. Ajige and Dodo were his full brothers, Hong Taiji was one of his half-brothers. Dorgon was one of the most influential among Nurhaci's sons, his role was instrumental to the Qing occupation of Beijing, the capital of the fallen Ming dynasty, in 1644. During Hong Taiji's reign, Dorgon participated in many military campaigns, including the conquests of Mongolia and Korea, he fought against the Chahar Mongols in 1628 and 1635. After Hong Taiji died in 1643, Dorgon became involved in a power struggle with Hong Taiji's eldest son, over the succession to the throne.

The conflict was resolved with a compromise – both backed out, Hong Taiji's ninth son, ascended the throne as the Shunzhi Emperor. Since the Shunzhi Emperor was only six years old at that time, Dorgon was appointed regent and became the de facto ruler. In 1645, Dorgon was conferred the title "Emperor's Uncle and Prince-Regent". In 1649, the title was changed to "Emperor's Father and Prince-Regent", it was rumoured that Dorgon had a romantic affair with the Shunzhi Emperor's mother, Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, secretly married her, but there are refutations. Whether they secretly married, had a secret affair or kept their distance remains a controversy in Chinese history. On 17 February 1644, a capable military leader but appeared uninterested in managing state affairs, willingly yielded control of all official matters to Dorgon. After an alleged plot by Hooge to undermine the regency was exposed on 6 May of that year, Hooge was stripped of his princely title and his co-conspirators were executed.

Dorgon soon replaced Hooge's supporters with his own, thus gaining closer control of two more banners. By early June 1644, he was in firm control of its military. In early 1644, just as Dorgon and his advisors were pondering how to attack the Ming Empire, peasant rebellions were dangerously approaching Beijing. On 24 April of that year, rebel forces led by Li Zicheng breached the walls of the Ming capital; the last Ming emperor, the Chongzhen Emperor, hanged himself at a hill behind the Forbidden City. Hearing the news, Dorgon's Han Chinese advisors Hong Chengchou and Fan Wencheng urged the prince to seize this opportunity to present themselves as avengers of the fallen Ming Empire and claim the Mandate of Heaven for the Qing Empire; the last obstacle between Dorgon and Beijing was Wu Sangui, a former Ming general guarding the Shanhai Pass at the eastern end of the Great Wall. Wu Sangui was caught between the Li Zicheng's forces, he requested Dorgon's help in restoring the Ming Empire. When Dorgon asked Wu Sangui to work for the Qing Empire instead, Wu had little choice.

Aided by Wu Sangui's elite soldiers, who fought the rebel army for hours before Dorgon chose to intervene with his cavalry, the Qing army won a decisive victory against Li Zicheng at the Battle of Shanhai Pass on 27 May. Li Zicheng and his defeated troops looted Beijing for several days until they left the capital on 4 June with all the wealth they could carry. After six weeks of mistreatment at the hands of rebel troops, the residents of Beijing sent a party of elders and officials to greet their liberators on 5 June, they were startled when, instead of meeting Wu Sangui and the Ming heir apparent, they saw Dorgon, a horse-riding Manchu with the front half of his head shaved, present himself as the Prince-Regent. In the midst of this upheaval, Dorgon installed himself as Prince-Regent in Wuying Palace, the only building that remained more or less intact after Li Zicheng had set fire to the Forbidden City on 3 June. Banner troops were ordered not to loot. Yet, at the same time, as he claimed to have c

Dennis Hopson

Dennis Hopson is a retired American professional basketball player and until the end of the 2013-14 season was an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University. A prolific scorer while playing at Ohio State University, Hopson's stellar shooting skills placed him in second for the NCAA Men's Basketball Division I scoring title during the 1986–87 season and in first on Ohio State's all-time men's basketball career points record; the All-American and 1987 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year was selected as the third overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, playing a total of five seasons in the league. Hopson spent the majority of the 1990s playing basketball overseas before retiring at the close of the decade. A six-foot five-inch shooting guard and small forward, Dennis Hopson was a standout at Toledo's Bowsher High School before enrolling at Ohio State University, he began his collegiate basketball career with the Ohio State Buckeyes on a quiet note, averaging 5.3 points per game as a freshman and 9.8 points per game during his sophomore campaign.

Hopson began to blossom during his junior year when he more than doubled his scoring average to 20.9 points per game. The star Buckeye swingman entered a new phase in his game when the school installed Gary Williams as their new head coach in 1986. Williams implemented a quicker offensive tempo that complimented Hopson's preference for a running game, which subsequently allowed Hopson to further increase his production on offense. Hopson's gifted jump shot and extraordinary scoring abilities placed him as the second leading scorer in Division I during the 1986–87 season and earned him the 1987 Big Ten Player of the Year award, he was considered an all-around athlete as a senior: His point guard-like passing touch helped him record 3.6 assists per game and despite his size Hopson nonetheless lead the Buckeyes in rebounds, averaging 8.2 rebounds per game during his final season. He completed his tenure at Ohio State with All-American honors and became the school's all-time leader in points and steals.

Hopson was made the third overall selection in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. New Jersey's performance wilted earlier in the season when its solid backcourt became plagued with injuries and contract disputes. Looking to re-establish a stable backcourt for the upcoming 1987–88 season, the Nets selected Dennis Hopson along with five other guards in the 1987 draft. Hopson was unable to live up to the organization's expectations after three seasons in New Jersey though he led the team in points in 1989–90, he played for the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings, winning a championship with the Bulls in 1990–91 though he had little playing time in either the 2nd half of the season or the playoffs. His last NBA game was in the 1991–92 season. Hopson ventured overseas after departing from the NBA in 1992, stopping first in the Spanish Liga ACB before heading north to France two years later. Hopson went from crossing countries to crossing continents when he joined the Philippine Basketball Association in 1996, though his stay in the league was cut short by an injury.

He resurfaced in the year with the Turkish Basketball League's Galatasaray club roster for the 1996–97 season and departed mid-season to sign with the Hapoel Eilat basketball club of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The following season Hopson reunited with former college teammate Brad Sellers as members of Israel's Maccabi Rishon Lezion basketball club. Hopson was considered one of the league's top players; the seasoned globetrotter was called up to play for the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League's Gaiteros del Zulia club in 1999 and retired a year playing out the remainder of his professional career for Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel and Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin back in Israel. Hopson retired from basketball in 2000 and returned to his homestate to run a trucking and recruiting company in Columbus, Ohio; however it wasn't long before Hopson returned to the game, assuming the duties as head coach of the ABA's Toledo Royal Knights until the team folded in December 2006. Several years he resettled in Florida to accept an assistant coaching position at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, where he served under head coach Rollie Massimino.

In September 2009, he became an assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green State University. He was let go when Louis Orr was not retained as head coach in 2014. In 2014, Hopson received the head coaching job at Bedford High School in Temperance and resigned after one season. On May 2, 2019 it was announced that Lourdes University will name him as their new Men's Basketball Coach. College & NBA stats @ basketballreference.com "For Hopson, hoops success takes backseat to degree" published April 16, 2006 @ toledoblade.com NBA Draft Busts - No. 5

Boys and Girls in America

Boys and Girls in America is the third studio album by The Hold Steady, released on October 3, 2006 by Vagrant Records. On August 18, 2006, first single "Chips Ahoy!" was released as a free download from music site Pitchfork Media. The second single, "Stuck Between Stations" began to appear on campus radio playlists in November 2006. Backing vocals for the track "Chillout Tent" are provided by Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner and The Reputation's Elizabeth Elmore. Dana Kletter contributed backing vocals to "Chips Ahoy!", "You Can Make Him Like You", "First Night". The album title is a line taken from the opening lines of the song "Stuck Between Stations", which in turn refers to a quote from American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel On the Road and its narrator, Sal Paradise; the title is repeated in the lyrics in "First Night." Boys and Girls in America has sold 94,000 albums as of April 2010. The album received a metascore of 85 out of 100 on Metacritic, making it tied with four other albums for the 12th best-reviewed album of 2006.

Magnet and The Onion's AV Club named it the best album of 2006. Pitchfork rated Boys and Girls in America 9.4 out of 10, named it the fifth-best album of the year. They ranked it as the 64th best album of the decade. Yahoo! Music ranked the album #9 on their list of the top 25 albums of 2006; the song "Stuck Between Stations" was ranked #12 on Pitchfork's list of the top 100 songs of 2006 and #63 on the best of 2000's list. "Chillout Tent" was ranked #33 in Rolling Stone's list of 100 best songs of 2006. The song "Massive Nights" was always used at the Beginning of Colin Murray's Radio 1 Show, after the words, "New music, Alternative Classics, Drums" due to the drum roll introduction to the song; the song "Girls Like Status" was featured on the album Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack. All songs written by Tad Kubler and Franz Nicolay. "Stuck Between Stations" - 4:10 "Chips Ahoy!" - 3:09 "Hot Soft Light" - 3:53 "Same Kooks" - 2:47 "First Night" - 4:54 "Party Pit" - 3:56 "You Can Make Him Like You" - 2:48 "Massive Nights" - 2:54 "Citrus" - 2:44 "Chillout Tent" - 3:42 "Southtown Girls" - 5:10 "Against the Wind" - 5:17 "Stuck Between Stations" - 4:13 "For Boston" - 3:17 "Girls Like Status" - 3:08 "Arms and Hearts" - 3:51 "American Music" - 3:47 "Girls Like Status" - 3:08 "Arms and Hearts" - 3:51