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Platanaceae

The Platanaceae are a family of flowering plants belonging to the order Proteales. This family has been recognized by all taxonomists, is sometimes called the "plane-tree family"; the family consists of only a single extant genus Platanus, with eight known species. The plants are tall trees, native to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere; the hybrid London plane is planted in cities worldwide. The plane-tree is referenced in Pliny the Younger's letter to Domitius Apollinaris as part of his description of his Tuscan Villa located somewhere in Tuscany in the first century. Large, deciduous tree, speckled bark that sheds in large irregular sheets, leaving a smooth surface, mottled and pale, persistent bark at the base of the trunk, indumentum with large glandular hairs and uniserrate or short with uniserrate ramification, in stellate fascicles. Petals number three to four eight, truncated-spatulate or vestigial, scarious absent in the female flowers, male flowers with androecium haplostemonous, oppositisepal, with number three to four eight, gynostemium short or vestigial, anthers basifixed, not versatile, tetrasporangiate, connectivum apically widened, dehiscence along longitudinal valves.

The heads that sustain the fruit shed the year after they have matured, during the autumn. Dispersion of the individual fruiting bodies, with their thistledown, is anemochorous; the plants grow in cool situations in temperate climates and are found on the banks of rivers and streams. They are absent from dry or excessively cold areas, they contain cyanogenic glycosides derived from tyrosine, flavonoids belonging to the proanthocyanidins group and flavonols, in addition to triterpenols. They lack ellagic acid and sapogenins; the main use for a number of the species is to provide shade in pedestrian areas in temperate regions the London plane-tree, distributed throughout Europe and North America. It is resistant due to so-called hybrid vigour, although its use requires caution due to their allergy-producing thistledown; the parent species are grown for the same effect, but with poorer results as they are less resistant to contamination, among other reasons. The wood is used in cabinetmaking and other interior work, is prized for its long burn time.

A large number of fossils of this family have been recorded from the Lower Cretaceous. The examples from that time had small pollen and a developed perianth and they lacked hairs at the base of the nucule, it is thought to have had entomophilous pollination. During the mid Cretaceous, the fossilized forms with platanoid leaves became mixed with pinnate leaves or pedatisect leaves, these forms lasted until the Eocene; the leaves with typical stipules belonging to the sub-genus Platanus are common in Palaeocene formations. It is thought that the only modern genus, Platanus, is a relict that can be considered a living fossil

Walter Winchell

Walter Winchell was a syndicated American newspaper gossip columnist and radio news commentator. A vaudeville performer, Winchell began his newspaper career as a Broadway reporter and columnist for New York tabloids, he rose to national celebrity in the 1930s with Hearst newspaper chain syndication and a popular radio program. He was known for an innovative style of gossipy staccato news briefs and Jazz Age slang, he found both hard news and embarrassing stories about famous people by exploiting his exceptionally wide circle of contacts, first in the entertainment world and the Prohibition era underworld in law enforcement and politics. He was known for trading gossip, sometimes in return for his silence, his outspoken style made him both admired. Novels and movies were based on his wisecracking gossip columnist persona, as early as the play and film Blessed Event in 1932; as World War II approached, he attacked the appeasers of Nazism in the 1930s, in the 1950s aligned with Joseph McCarthy in his campaign against communists.

He damaged the reputations of Charles Lindbergh and Josephine Baker as well as other individuals who had earned his enmity. However, the McCarthy connection in time made him unfashionable, his style did not adapt well to television news, he did return to television in 1959 as narrator of the Twenties crime drama series The Untouchables. Over the years he appeared in more than two dozen films and television productions as an actor, sometimes playing himself. Winchell was born in the son of Jennie and Jacob Winchell, a salesman, he left school in the sixth grade and started performing in Gus Edwards's vaudeville troupe known as the "Newsboys Sextet", which included George Jessel. He began his career in journalism by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards, he joined the Vaudeville News in 1920 left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, where his column was named Mainly About Mainstreeters. He was hired on June 10, 1929, by the New York Daily Mirror, where he became the author of the first syndicated gossip column, entitled On-Broadway.

The column was syndicated by King Features Syndicate. He made his radio debut over WABC in New York, a CBS affiliate, on May 12, 1930; the show, entitled Saks on Broadway, was a 15-minute feature that provided business news about Broadway. He switched to the NBC Blue in 1932 for the Jergens Journal. By the 1930s, Winchell was "an intimate friend of Owney Madden, New York's no. 1 gang leader of the prohibition era", but in 1932 Winchell's intimacy with criminals caused him to fear he would be murdered. He fled to California and "returned weeks with a new enthusiasm for law, G-men, Uncle Sam, Old Glory", his coverage of the Lindbergh kidnapping and subsequent trial received national attention. Within two years, he befriended the no. 2 G-man of the repeal era. He was responsible for turning Louis "Lepke" Buchalter of Inc. over to Hoover. His newspaper column was syndicated in over 2,000 newspapers worldwide, he was read by 50 million people per day from the 1920s until the early 1960s, his Sunday night radio broadcast was heard by another 20 million people from 1930 to the late 1950s.

In 1948, Winchell had the top-rated radio show when he surpassed Jack Benny. One example of his profile at his professional peak was being mentioned in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's 1937 song "The Lady Is a Tramp": "I follow Winchell and read every line." Winchell was Jewish and was one of the first commentators in America to attack Adolf Hitler and American pro-fascist and pro-Nazi organizations such as the German-American Bund its leader Fritz Julius Kuhn. He was a staunch supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal throughout the Depression era, served as the Roosevelt Administration's mouthpiece in favor of interventionism as the European war crisis loomed in the late 1930s. Early on, he denounced American isolationists as favoring appeasement of Hitler, was explicit in his attacks on such prominent isolationists as Charles Lindbergh, whom he dubbed "The Lone Ostrich", Gerald L. K. Smith, whom he denounced as "Gerald Lucifer KKKodfish Smith". Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Winchell was an outspoken supporter of civil rights for African Americans, attacked the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups as supporting un-American, pro-German goals.

After World War II, Winchell began to denounce Communism as the main threat facing America. During World War II, he attacked the National Maritime Union, the labor organization for the civilian United States Merchant Marine, which he said was run by Communists. In 1948 and 1949, he and influential leftist columnist Drew Pearson "inaccurately and maliciously assaulted Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in columns and radio broadcasts." During the 1950s, Winchell supported Senator Joseph McCarthy's quest to identify Communists in the entertainment industry, but his popularity and influence began to decline as the public turned against McCarthy. His weekly radio broadcast was simulcast on ABC television until he ended that association because of a dispute with ABC executives in 1955, he starred in The Walter Winchell File, a television crime drama series that aired from 1957 to 1958, dramatizing cases from the New York City Police Department that were covered in the New York Daily Mirror. In 1956, he signed with NBC to host a variety program called The Walter Winchell Show, canceled after only 13 weeks—a bitter failure in view of the success of his longtime rival Ed Sullivan in a similar format with The Ed Sulliv

QGC

QGC Pty Limited was part of the international BG Group before BG was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell in 2016. QGC is one of the largest of several Australian coalbed methane companies developing methane reserves within the Bowen and Surat Basins of Queensland; the company has an estimated value of around A$13 billion. Anthony Nunan is the current Vice President for Australian operations and a member of the Shell Australia Leadership team. BG Group acquired Queensland Gas Company in November 2008. Royal Dutch Shell acquired BG Group, QGCs previous parent company, in February 2016. Coal seam gas extraction within the Surat and Bowen Basins of Queensland, Australia forms the basis of the company's main operations. QGC has constructed a coalbed methane liquefaction plant on Curtis Island off the coast of Gladstone in Central Queensland; the company has built a 540-kilometre, 42-inch diameter pipeline from Miles to Gladstone, making it the longest buried pipeline of its type in Australia. Work was delayed.

About 20% of Queensland's natural gas was produced by QGC in 2009. The company has a gas plant called Kenya, located near Tara, Queensland. Three coal seam gas fields Lauren and Kate are associated with the Kenya plant. Leakage testing conducted in April and May 2010 found more than half of the wells in these gas fields were leaking low level concentrations of methane. In 2011, Bob Irwin the Australian environmentalist and founder of Australia Zoo, was arrested after protesting against QGC and refusing to obey an order from police to move on; this was part of a long running protest by Tara protestors to disrupt the gas infrastructure being forced on them without their consent. ABC's Four Corners current affairs program did several investigative reports on what has been described as the great Australian land grab and the environmental dangers of coal seam gas. Official website

Larry Wilson (American football)

Larry Frank Wilson is an American former professional football player, an eight-time Pro Bowl free safety with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League, he played his entire 13-year career with the Cardinals and remained on the team's payroll until 2003, long after the team moved to Arizona in 1988. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, his first year of eligibility, was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 and was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019. Born and raised in Rigby, Wilson attended Rigby High School, where a plaque now hangs noting his accomplishments. After graduation in 1956, he played college football at the University of Utah, where he was a two-way starter at halfback and cornerback for the Utes under head coaches Jack Curtice and Ray Nagel. Despite his skill and adaptability, Wilson's small size resulted in him not being selected until the 7th round of the 1960 NFL draft by the Chicago Cardinals.

The draft was held in November 1959, the franchise moved to St. Louis before the start of the 1960 season. Shortly before Wilson's signing, defensive coordinator Chuck Drulis crafted a play that called for the free safety to take part in a blitz; the play was code-named "Wildcat", but Drulis didn't think he had anyone with the skills and athleticism to run it until Wilson's arrival. Drulis was impressed enough with Wilson that he persuaded the Cardinals to convert him to free safety; when the Cardinals first ran the safety blitz, the pressure was severe since most teams did not expect a defensive back to take part in a pass rush. This single play helped to set up today's defenses where a blitz can come from anywhere. Wilson became so identified with the play. Wilson was named All-Pro six times in his career and represented the Cardinals on eight Pro Bowl teams. During 1966, he had at least one interception in seven consecutive games, en route to a 10-pick season that led his league. Fellow Idahoan Jerry Kramer, a guard for the Green Bay Packers and author of Instant Replay, called Wilson "the finest football player in the NFL."

Kramer described Wilson's play during an October 30, 1967 game, "...he fired up their whole team... is enthusiasm was infectious." Wilson is renowned for not only playing, but intercepting a pass, with casts on both hands due to broken wrists. On the September 18, 2006 edition of SportsCenter, Mike Ditka challenged Terrell Owens' toughness by not playing for 2–4 weeks due to a broken finger, he cited Wilson's interception with casts on both hands as proof of a tougher football player. He ended his career with 52 career picks for five touchdowns. Wilson retired after the 1972 season, he is one of the few players to have played in the NFL for at least 10 years without having taken part in an official playoff game. The closest he came to postseason play was in 1964, when the Cardinals played in and won the Playoff Bowl, a postseason third-place game, it was one of only five winning seasons. Following his retirement as a player, Wilson was named secondary director of scouting, he stepped down as secondary coach after the 1973 season.

In 1977, he was named a post he would hold for the next 17 years. He served as interim head coach in 1979 after the dismissal of Bud Wilkinson. Wilson added the title of vice president after the team's move to Arizona, he stepped down as GM in 1993, but remained as vice president until his retirement after the 2002 season. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978, making him one of the few Hall of Famers to have never played in the postseason. In 1999, he was ranked number 43 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, making him the highest-ranked player to have played a majority of his career with the Cardinals; the team has retired his uniform number 8. In 2007, NFL Network ranked him ninth on its list of the "Top 10 Draft Steals" in NFL history. Wilson was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994 and was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019. Larry Wilson at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro-Football-Reference ·

Quatro (album)

Quatro is Suzi Quatro's second album released in October 1974 from Rak Records as SRAK 509. With the exception of the United States and Canada where the record was released under Bell Records, in Japan the album was released under EMI Records, in several territories in Europe it was released from Columbia Records; the album achieved success in several territories, topping the Australian charts and remained in the charts there for six weeks. The album entered into the US charts, reaching the top 150. "Devil Gate Drive" became a major hit, reaching the No. 1 spot in the UK and Australian charts, becoming her second number one in both countries. The singles "The Wild One" and "Too Big" achieved commercial success, with the former reaching the top 10 in both the UK and in Australia, the latter reaching the top 20 in those same territories. "The Wild One" was featured in Floria Sigismondi's 2010 film, The Runaways, a coming-of-age/biopic about Cherie Currie and the 1970s all-girl rock band, The Runaways.

Suzi Quatro was a major influence both musically and for The Runaways and Joan Jett, so the film makes several references to her. "Devil Gate Drive" was included on the album in most countries but was omitted from the UK first pressing. "Friday" was omitted from the original US release of the album. In some territories including the UK and US, the album contained a slow arrangement of "The Wild One" in replacement of the single version on the album; the fast rock version of the song was not made available in the US upon its initial release and remained unacknowledged in that region until several compilations were released years later. Both versions of the song were arranged by Phil Dennys. Suzi Quatro – lead vocals and bass guitar Len Tuckey – guitar and backing vocals Alastair McKenzie – keyboards and backing vocals Dave Nealdrums and backing vocals The album contained three songs that were major hits on the UK singles chart. "Devil Gate Drive" reached No. 1 in February 1974.