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Holiday (comics)

Batman: The Long Halloween is a 13-issue American comic book limited series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale. It was published by DC Comics in 1996 and 1997, it was the follow-up to three Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials by the same creative team. The entire series has been collected in trade paperback, part of the DC Comics Absolute Editions and the DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection; the series' success led to Loeb and Sale to reteam for two sequels, Batman: Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome, which are set concurrently. Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month, while attempting to stop the crime war between two of Gotham City's most powerful families and Falcone.

This novel acted as a re-introduction to the DC Universe for one of Batman's most elusive foes, Calendar Man, who knows the true identity of the Holiday killer but refuses to share this with Batman. He instead gives Batman hints from his Arkham Asylum cell; the story ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's enemy, Two-Face. Enemies such as Scarecrow, the Joker, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, among others make appearances. In continuity terms, The Long Halloween continues the story of Batman: Year One, it revolves around the transition of Batman's rogues gallery from simple mob goons to full-fledged supervillains. It tells the origin of Two-Face, incorporating elements of the story in Batman: Annual #14; the project was sparked when group editor Archie Goodwin approached Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale at the San Diego Comic Convention and asked if the two of them wanted to do more Batman work. Jeph Loeb has stated that the genesis of the story was influenced by writer Mark Waid, when told that Loeb was working on a story set in the Year One continuity, suggested focusing on Harvey Dent's years prior to becoming Two-Face, as that had not been depicted in depth since the original Year One story.

At a wedding in June, Gotham City mob boss Carmine "The Roman" Falcone tries to pressure Bruce Wayne to help launder money, but Bruce refuses. Bruce leaves the party with his quasi-girlfriend Selina Kyle, but they find Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, beaten by some of the Falcone mob, help him escape. Bruce, as Batman, finds Catwoman investigating as well. Batman is called by the Bat-Signal to police Captain Jim Gordon; the three agree to enter a pact to end Falcone's reign, bending but never breaking the law. Bruce, on the board of the Gotham City Bank, uses his sway and his influence as Batman to oust the current president, Richard Daniel, take over as to rid the bank of the Falcone money it has. Falcone orders his nephew Johnny Viti to fix the problem. Viti is killed on Halloween by an unknown assailant, leaving behind an untraceable pistol, a nipple from a baby bottle used as a crude silencer, a jack-o-lantern. Batman and Dent discuss the murder when Batman sees Catwoman lurking nearby.

She leads Batman to a warehouse. Batman and Dent agree to destroy the money. Falcone hires "The Irish", a gang of hitmen, to get revenge on Dent, promoted to district attorney; the Irish destroy his home, though his wife Gilda survive. On Thanksgiving, the Irish are killed by an unknown agent, but leaving the same type of pistol and silencer behind along with a Thanksgiving decoration. Milos Grappa, Falcone's bodyguard, is killed in a similar manner on Christmas; the unknown assailant is given the name "Holiday" and believed to be a Falcone rival. On New Year's Eve, Batman stops the Joker from using deadly laughing gas to kill everyone in Gotham Square, as the Joker believes Holiday will be among them, asserts that there is not enough room for two homicidal maniacs. Meanwhile, Dent's assistant Vernon Fields finds evidence linking Falcone to Wayne. Aboard the Falcone yacht, Falcone's son Alberto is killed by Holiday and pushed overboard, his body recovered on Little Christmas. Over the next few months, Holiday's targets change to that of the Maronis, a rival crime gang in Gotham.

A war between the Falcones and Maronis breaks out, Falcone is forced to turn to Gotham's "freaks" like the Riddler and Poison Ivy to hold his ground. The Riddler becomes the first target, spared by Holiday on April Fool's Day, which Batman comes to suspect is a message from Holiday to show Falcone wants to bring in Holiday. Meanwhile, the pistols left by Holiday are traced to a Chinatown neighborhood, but they find the gunmaker dead, Holiday's victim on Mother's Day. On the following day, Dent follows up from Vernon's investigation and has Bruce arrested, claiming that as Bruce's father Thomas Wayne saved Falcone's life after he was shot, that Bruce is loyal to the Falcones. Bruce's butler Alfred testifies that Thomas' report never came to light due to police corruption, embarrassing the prosecution and declaring Bruce innocent. Maroni, having been captured earlier, offers to testify against Falcone after Holiday kills his father. During the trial, he throws a vial of acid, given to him by Vernon while in transit to the courtroom, at Dent, disfiguring half of Dent's face.

Dent is rushed to a hospital, but stabs a doctor and escapes to the sewers, calming Solomon Grundy when he encounters him. Gordon deduces Dent may be Holiday, b

Monsec

Monsec is a former commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. On 1 January 2017, it was merged into the new commune Mareuil en Périgord. Generalities In the Northwest of the Dordogne Department, the county seat of the new commune is Maureil en Périgord; the town is situated along a tributary of the Lizonne river. The town of Monsec is situated on the border of the departmental road 939 which connects Périgueux and Angoulême. Neighboring Municipalities In 2016, the year preceding the creation of the commune of Maureil en Périgord, Monsec was neighbored by five counties; the counties are: Champeaux-et-la-Chapelle-Pommier, Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont, Saint-Félix-de-Bourdeilles, Léguillac-de-Cercles, Vieux-Mareuil Communes of the Dordogne department

Interac

Interac is a Canadian interbank network that links financial institutions and other enterprises for the purpose of exchanging electronic financial transactions. Interac serves as the Canadian debit card system. There are over 59,000 automated teller machines that can be accessed through the Interac network in Canada, over 450,000 merchant locations accepting Interac debit payments; the network was launched in 1984 through the nonprofit Interac Association, a cooperative venture between five financial institutions: RBC, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD, Desjardins. The group founded a for-profit counterpart organization, Acxsys, in 1996, which launched additional Interac-branded services including e-transfers. Following several aborted merger attempts which were either blocked by the Competition Bureau or by some of the co-owners between 2008 and 2013, Interac and Acxsys were combined into a single for-profit organization, Interac Corporation, on 1 February 2018. Interac's head office is located at Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto.

Interac is the organization responsible for the development of a national network of two shared electronic financial services: Interac Direct Payment is Canada's national debit card service for purchasing of goods and services. Customers enter their personal identification number and the amount paid is deducted from either their chequing or savings accounts; as of 2001, the number of transactions completed via IDP has surpassed those completed using physical money. Beginning in 2004, IDP purchases could be made in the United States at merchants on the NYCE network. IDP is similar in nature to the EFTPOS systems in use in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Interac Direct Payment is a PIN-based system where the information entered on the PIN pad is encrypted and verified at a central server, rather than being stored on the card itself; because of this, it is more secure than traditional signature or card-based transactions. Despite these security features, there are ongoing fraud concerns when debit cards are duped or skimmed — a compromised automated teller machine or point-of-sale terminal will record the account information contained in the magnetic strip of the card, allowing for duplicate cards to be created at a time.

The owner of the card is secretly video taped or observed entering their PIN, allowing a criminal to use duplicate cards to make fraudulent purchases. In 2007, Interac announced; the main benefit to this technology over the existing magnetic stripes is that the chips are impossible to copy due to high levels of encryption. Shared Cash Dispensing: cash withdrawals from any ABM not belonging to a cardholder's financial institution; this Canada-specific service is similar to international systems like Cirrus. Every ABM in Canada is on the Interac system; the Interac e-Transfer service is offered by CertaPay. It allows online banking customers to send money to anyone with an e-mail address and a bank account in Canada. Prior to February 2018, this was an Interac-branded service operated by Acxsys Corporation; the Interac Online service allows customers to pay for goods and services over the Internet using funds directly from their bank accounts. Because no financial information is shared with the online merchant, the Interac Online service is more secure than online credit card payments.

This service, an Interac branded service operated by Acxsys Corporation prior to February 2018, began in 2005 and is expanding as more merchants choose to participate. Since November 2007, the service has been available to customers of four of the five largest Canadian banks: RBC, BMO, TD Canada Trust. CIBC, the sole outlier, uses Visa Debit for online payments from bank accounts; as of February 2009, the service is offered by 300 merchants including two large universities, two major wireless carriers, provincial lottery corporations, a wide variety of retailers. Interac Online is an Online Banking ePayments service similar to iDEAL in the Netherlands, Giropay in Germany, Secure Vault Payments in the United States. ATM usage fees White-label ABMs Interac Association. At the Merchant 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2006, from https://web.archive.org/web/20060717152738/http://www.interac.ca/en_n2_11_howitworks.html Interac Association. At the Merchant 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2006, from https://web.archive.org/web/20060721144717/http://www.interac.ca/en_n2_12_benefits.html Interac Association.

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Mill of the Stone Women

Mill of the Stone Women is a 1960 horror film directed by Giorgio Ferroni. The film stars Scilla Gabel. Released on 30 August 1960 in Italy, the film became the first Italian horror film shot in color. Writer Hans van Arnhim travels to a remote island in Holland to research a story about the fabled Mill of the Stone Women, a carousel of female statues created by art professor and sculptor Professor Gregorious Wahl. Hans falls in love with Elfie, the professor's attractive but ailing daughter. Hans pieces together clues that Professor Wahl and Dr. Loren Bohlem are conducting experiments in a secret lab to cure Elfie's mysterious illness. All the while there are reports. Pierre Brice as Hans von Arnim Scilla Gabel as Elfie Wahl Wolfgang Preiss as Dr. Loren Bohlem Dany Carrel as Liselotte Kornheim Herbert A. E. Böhme as Professor Gregorius Wahl Liana Orfei as Annelore Marco Guglielmi as Ralf Olga Solbelli as Selma Alberto Archetti as Konrad The opening credits of Mill of the Stone Women claim the film's plot is based on a short story by Pieter van Weigen in the book Flemish Tales.

This is fiction by the film's publicity department as there is no book by that title or Flemish author by that name. Shot by director of photography Pier Ludovico Pavoni, this was the first Italian horror film shot in color. Mill of the Stone Women was released in Italy on 30 August 1960; this made it the third locally based horror film released in Italy in August of that year after Black Sunday and Atom Age Vampire. The film grossed higher than both Black Sunday and Atom Age Vampire in Italy with a total of 164 million Italian lira. Roberto Curti, author of Italian Gothic Horror films, 1957–1969, described this gross as disappointing in its home country but more successful abroad where it was distributed by Galatea. From contemporary reviews La Stampa, stated that Ferroni directed the film with skill and technique, but the film resorts to cliches of coffins and screams that make any scary moments less frequent than expected; the Monthly Film Bulletin stated that the "flat countryside of Holland, with its windmills, provides some unusual, if rather neglected settings for this macabre, Grand Guignol piece", while the review concluded that "apart from the grandstand finish, unusually good within its melodramatic limits, the pace is dreadfully sluggish and monotonous."In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul praised the visual appearance of the film, inspired by Flemish and Dutch painters.

And while critiquing the rhythm of the film, he noted its "memorable images". French films of 1960 Italian films of 1960 List of horror films of 1960 Curti, Roberto. Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969. McFarland. ISBN 1476619891. Paul, Louis. Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3. Hughes, Howard. Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. Mill of the Stone Women on IMDb

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Metropolitan News-Enterprise known as MetNews or Met News, is a small daily legal newspaper published in Los Angeles, California. The Enterprise newspaper was founded in 1901 and the Metropolitan News in 1945; the two newspapers merged to become Metropolitan News-Enterprise in 1987. The newspaper's co-publishers are a husband-and-wife team. MetNews is well known for its thorough coverage of judicial campaigns in the Los Angeles area. For example, in 2008 the newspaper determined that William Daniel Johnson, a candidate for Los Angeles County Superior Court, was "a white supremacist who has advocated the deportation of non-whites from the United States."The newspaper began honoring selected legal professionals as “Persons of the Year" in 1983. Since honorees have included Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Steve Cooley, George Deukmejian, Ronald M. George, Mildred Lillie, Dan Lungren, Stanley Mosk, Deanell Reece Tacha. In 1992, the newspaper filed a lawsuit against the presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that the judge falsely imprisoned three employees for distributing a parody memorandum signed by the judge.

In turn, the judge countersued the newspaper for defamation. After appeals, the lawsuit by the judge was decided in favor of the newspaper. MetNews sued the Daily Journal Corporation, whose chairman is Charlie Munger, in 1997 for predatory pricing. In specific, the allegation was that the Daily Journal sold legal notices by companies such as Fannie Mae at a price below cost. In 2000, the case was resolved in favor of the Daily Journal. In 2002, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley obtained a search warrant to locate evidence at the newspaper's offices that a law firm had paid for an advertisement concerning a recall petition; the search closed the offices for three hours. Experts on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution characterized the situation as "troubling" and "inappropriate." Editor & Publisher magazine used terms such as "boneheaded" and "inexcusable" to describe the "newsroom raid." The newspaper filed a lawsuit against Cooley, settled with a payment of $40,000 and an agreement that Cooley's office would take measures to comply with the Privacy Protection Act of 1980.

To fill vacancies in California courts of appeal, the Governor of California submits names to the State Bar of California for confidential evaluations prior to formally nominating them. In August 2009, the newspaper reported that the State Bar had rated Chuck Poochigian "not qualified" for a state appeals court because he lacked legal experience; the leak occurred before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Poochigian, the State Bar was unable to determine the source of the leak