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Ernie Pyle

Ernest Taylor Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent, best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during World War II. Pyle is notable for the columns he wrote as a roving, human-interest reporter from 1935 through 1941 for the Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate that earned him wide acclaim for his simple accounts of ordinary people across North America; when the United States entered World War II, he lent the same distinctive, folksy style of his human-interest stories to his wartime reports from the European theater and Pacific theater. Pyle won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his newspaper accounts of "dogface" infantry soldiers from a first-person perspective, he was killed by enemy fire on Iejima during the Battle of Okinawa. At the time of his death in 1945, Pyle was among the best-known American war correspondents, his syndicated column was published in 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. President Harry Truman said of Pyle, "No man in this war has so well told the story of the American fighting man as American fighting men wanted it told.

He deserves the gratitude of all his countrymen." Ernest "Ernie" Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, on the Sam Elder farm near Dana, Indiana, in rural Vermillion County, Indiana. His parents were William Clyde Pyle. At the time of Pyle's birth his father was a tenant farmer on the Elder property. Neither of Pyle's parents attended school beyond the eighth grade. Pyle, an only child, pursued a more adventurous life. After graduating from a local high school in Bono, Lawrence County, Indiana, he enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve during World War I. Pyle began his training at the University of Illinois at Champaign–Urbana, but the war ended before he could be transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for additional training. Pyle enrolled at Indiana University in 1919. However, IU did not offer a degree in journalism at that time, so Pyle majored in economics and took as many journalism courses as he could. Pyle began studying journalism in his sophomore year, the same year he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and began working on the Indiana Daily Student, the student-written newspaper.

During his junior year Pyle became its news editor. Pyle's simple, storytelling writing style, which he developed while a student at IU became his trademark style as a professional journalist and earned him millions of readers as a columnist for Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate. In March 1922, during his junior year at IU, Pyle and three of his fraternity brothers dropped out of school for a semester to follow the IU baseball team on a trip to Japan. Pyle and his fraternity brothers found work aboard the S. S. Keystone State. During its voyage across the Pacific Ocean, the ship docked at ports such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, as well as in Japan before returning trip to the United States. Pyle's interest in traveling and exploring the world would continue in his years as a reporter. After his trip across the Pacific, Pyle returned to IU Bloomington, where he was named editor-in-chief of the Indiana Summer Student, the summer edition of the campus newspaper. During his senior year at IU, Pyle continued his work at the Arbutus.

He joined Sigma Delta Chi, the journalism fraternity, was active in other campus clubs. In addition, Pyle was selected as a senior manager of IU's football team, making him a letterman along with the other members of the team in 1922. Pyle left school in January 1923 with only a semester remaining and without graduating from IU, he took a job as a newspaper reporter for the LaPorte Herald in LaPorte, earning $25 a week. Pyle worked at the Herald for three months before moving to Washington, D. C. to join the staff of The Washington Daily News. Pyle met his future wife, Geraldine Elizabeth "Jerry" Siebolds, a native of Minnesota, at a Halloween party in Washington, D. C. in 1923. They married in July 1925. In the early years of their marriage the couple traveled the country together. In Pyle's newspaper columns describing their trips, he referred to her as "That Girl who rides with me." In June 1940 Pyle purchased property about 3 miles from downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, had a modest, 1,145-square-foot home built on the site.

The residence served as the couple's home base in the United States for the remainder of their lives. Ernie and Jerry Pyle had a tempestuous relationship, he complained of being ill, was a "heavy abuser of alcohol at times," and suffered from bouts of depression made worse from the stress of his work as a war correspondent during World War II. His wife suffered from alcoholism and periods of mental illness, she made several suicide attempts. Although the couple divorced on April 14, 1942, they remarried by proxy in March 1943, while Pyle was covering the war in North Africa, they had no children. Newspapers reported that Jerry Pyle "took the news bravely", but her health declined in the months following his death on April 18, 1945, while he was covering operations of American troops on Ie Shima. Jerry Pyle died from complications of influenza at Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 23, 1945. In 1923 Pyle moved to Washington, D. C. to join the staff as a reporter for the Washington Daily News, a new Scripps-Howard tabloid newspaper, soon became a copy editor as well.

Pyle was paid $30 a week for his services, beginning a career with Scripps

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is an action-adventure platform video game developed and published by LucasArts. It is the second installment of The Force Unleashed multimedia project, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed; the game was released in the United States on October 26, 2010, throughout Europe on October 29 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii consoles, as well as Windows and the Nintendo DS and iOS portable devices. The game takes place six months after the events of the first game, a year before the film A New Hope; the Force Unleashed II is described as the "dark entry" in the series, a more personal story for the game's protagonist than the first game. Players control a clone of Starkiller, who himself was a secret apprentice to Darth Vader in The Force Unleashed. After escaping from Vader's clutches, the clone embarks on a quest to find his identity and the original Starkiller's love interest, Juno Eclipse, but is soon forced to join the Rebel Alliance and help them bring down the Galactic Empire and Vader, who has captured Juno to lure the clone back to him.

Following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the game was made part of the Star Wars expanded universe and is no longer considered canon. Production for The Force Unleashed II transpired over an approximate period of nine months. Sam Witwer again provides the voice and likeness for Starkiller, several cast members return to voice and provide likeness to their respective roles; the Force Unleashed II produced varying responses from critics who praised the graphics and sound design, but criticized the repetitive gameplay and underwhelming story. Aggregate scores range from the 40–70% range at websites GameRankings and Metacritic. During the first few weeks after its release it placed fifth or higher in sales for several regions; the Force Unleashed II is a third-person action game in which the player's character's weapons are the Force and a lightsaber. The game has a combo system for stringing lightsaber attacks and for combining lightsaber attacks with Force powers. Like the original Force Unleashed, experience points earned by killing enemies and finding artifacts can be used to increase Starkiller's powers and traits.

The Force Unleashed II refines gameplay elements from the first Force Unleashed, adds more variety with such features as puzzle solving. Combat was modified to include the ability to wield dual lightsabers, which can dismember or decapitate enemies; the game adds more Force powers, such as "Mind Trick" and "Force Rage". According to lead producer Vinde Kudirka, the goal of the game across all platforms is to make the player feel like "a super-powerful Jedi". Executive producer Julio Torres said that while the story is consistent across platforms, gameplay decreases in style across platforms to reflect each platform's uniqueness and strengths; the Wii's control scheme is focused on being able to control Starkiller's Force powers and saber combos. The Wii exclusive "Force rage" power puts the game's protagonist, into a bullet time mode exclusive to that platform; the Wii version has a multiplayer mode, inspired by The Outfoxies, in which four players can challenge each other in a fighting-style combat game.

The Wii game has an extra story-based level, on Dagobah, not present in the HD version of the game, making the plot of the Wii game different from the HD version. The PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 versions feature new Force powers, new skins for Force powers that appear in The Force Unleashed, an improved rendering system providing richer colors, a new audio system; the gameplay highlights the potential to "destroy" the game environment. Neither of the PC, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions of the game include multiplayer; the Nintendo DS version features the same Force powers as the console versions, but was designed for shorter play sessions due to its mobile nature. At an Imperial facility on the planet Kamino, Darth Vader observes the training of a renegade clone of his former apprentice Starkiller, who Vader considers a failure in his quest to create a perfect apprentice. After a vision of Darth Vader killing him due to his inability to kill a test droid, which had taken the form of Juno Eclipse, the original Starkiller's love interest, the clone escapes from captivity.

After eliminating numerous stormtroopers and other Imperial forces standing in his way, Starkiller escapes from Kamino aboard Vader's personal ship and embarks on a quest to understand his identity and find Juno. Meanwhile, Darth Vader hires the bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down Juno and bring her to him, in order to lure Starkiller out of hiding. Starkiller arrives on the Imperial-controlled planet Cato Neimoidia to rescue Rahm Kota, the original Starkiller's blind Jedi mentor, being held captive by the planet's ruler, Baron Merillion Tarko, forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena to the death. At his arrival, Starkiller is welcomed by Tarko, but he becomes suspicious and dispatches numerous Imperial forces to kill him. Fighting his way through all of them, Starkiller arrives at the arena and rescues Kota; the Gorog manages to escape its untested restraints and destroys the entire arena, devouring Tarko in the process before grabbing Kota as they both fall off the platform they are standing on.

Starkiller jumps after them and manages to rescue Kota, killing the Gorog before they are both saved by the Rogue Shadow, the original Starkiller's ship, which rem

After Ashley

After Ashley is a 2004 play written by Gina Gionfriddo. The play was a hit at the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky where it received its world premiere in March 2004; the play was commissioned by Philadelphia Theatre Company and received staged readings at the 2003 O'Neill Playwrights Conference of the Euguene O'Neill Theatre Center. It was produced Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, from February 11, 2005 to April 3, 2005; the run had been extended "in response to strong audience and critical support." This production was directed by Terry Kinney and starred Kieran Culkin, Anna Paquin, Dana Eskelson, Grant Shaud. For his performance as Justin, Culkin won an Obie Award in 2005; the play was produced by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D. C. in September 2005 to October 2005, directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner. The play was presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Plays & Players Theatre, Pennsylvania in February to March 5, 2006, with direction by Pam MacKinnon.

The play received a reading at the PTC STAGES series in Fall 2003. In 1999, Justin Hammond lives with his mother and father and Alden, they endure trials and tribulations of being a dysfunctional family due to Alden's passive-aggressive nature and Justin's desire to want to be able to grow up without having to talk to his mother about topics such as sexual intercourse or drug usage. An argument ensues when Alden informs Ashley that he has hired a homeless man to do some finishing touches on their long postponed yard work; as a result, the homeless man murders leaves her body in the basement for Justin to find. Justin makes a call to 911 to inform them of his mother's murder. Three years in 2002, Alden and Justin have been invited to appear on a talk show in Central Florida with TV producer David Gavin to talk about Alden's best selling book, entitled After Ashley. Alden makes certain that everyone knows of the pain he and Justin have endured since losing a wife and mother, but Justin continuously gives unhelpful and insulting answers to all of David's questions, protests that because someone has died, doesn't mean that all their recognition should be directed on only the good qualities of their character, not only that, but Alden is lying about his wife to make the two of them look good.

That night, Justin sneaks into a bar where he meets Julie, a girl with a gothic image who recognizes him as the "911 Kid". At first, Justin talks about his "love" for Jesus Christ, which he shortly thereafter admits he was only lying to be funny. During this conversation, he attempts to "figure her out" so that she'd be more interested in having sex with him, which as it turns out, is why Julie initiated a conversation at all. So they go to Justin's apartment that night; the following day, Alden comes in and is surprised by Julie's presence, but decides to tell Justin that he has news: David has decided to produce a new show depicting crimes similar to Ashley's murder and unresolved cases, he has put a demo of an episode on a VHS tape that they plan to screen the next day. To add on to the problem, David shows up shortly after that and announces that he is opening a homeless shelter entitled "Ashley House", which will open on the same evening. Justin, disgusted by this news, employs the help of a sex cult leader named Roderick Lord to help in any way he can to ruin the premiere.

With the aid of Roderick, Justin is able to swap the demo episode for a sex tape that Ashley had made with Roderick when she was still alive, only in exchange for his making a sex tape with Julie. The screening happens the next day, beginning with an introduction from David, a statement read by Alden, an excerpt from a poem read by Justin, as Ashley's sex tape premieres, Justin lashes out at a painting, created for the premiere by slashing it. Appalled by this, Alden leaves the screening and cuts off Justin financially. After the exposure and Julie sit on the edge of a lake and talk about their relationship, or lack thereof, they resolve that in the end, it would be best for them to be together due to some of the hardships that Justin has had to endure and because his need of a female companion whom he wasn't uncomfortable with, their relationship would be an ideal solution. As this conversation is happening, Ashley's ghost is standing behind them, they are both oblivious to her presence, as she looks at their union disapprovingly.

Justin Hammond Ashley Hammond, Justin's mother, a part-time art-teacher. Alden Hammond, Justin's father, he is an education reporter when the play opens, but becomes an author and a television host. David Gavin, television personality and producer. Julie Bell, student at the University of Central Florida Roderick Lord, sex cult leader Dr. Bob The play was a finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award in 2005; the play was one of three nominees for the Outer Critics Circle Award, John Gassner Playwriting Award. The play was nominated for Outstanding Play. After Ashley, Internet Off-Broadway Database