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Georges Simenon

Georges Joseph Christian Simenon was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret. Simenon was born at 26 rue Léopold in Liège to his wife Henriette. Désiré Simenon worked in an accounting office at an insurance company and had married Henriette in April 1902. Although Simenon was born on Friday 13 February 1903 superstition resulted in his birth being registered as having been on the 12th; this story of his birth is recounted at the beginning of his novel Pedigree. The Simenon family traces its origins back to the Limburg region, his mother's family being from Dutch Limburg, his mother had origins from both the Netherlands and Germany while his father was of Walloon origins. One of her more notorious ancestors was Gabriel Brühl, a criminal who preyed on Limburg from the 1720s until he was hanged in 1743. Simenon would use Brühl as one of his many pen names. In April 1905, two years after Simenon's birth, the family moved to 3 rue Pasteur in Liège's Outremeuse neighborhood.

Simenon's brother Christian was born in September 1906 and became their mother's favorite child, much to Simenon's chagrin. In February 1911, the Simenons moved to 53 rue de la Loi in the Outremeuse. In this larger home, the Simenons were able to take in lodgers. Typical among them were apprentices and students of various nationalities, giving the young Simenon an important introduction to the wider world. At the age of three, Simenon learned to read at the Saint-Julienne nursery school. Between 1908 and 1914, he attended the Institut Saint-André. In September 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War, he began his studies at the Collège Saint-Louis, a Jesuit high school. In February 1917, the Simenon family moved to a former post office building in the Amercoeur neighborhood. June 1919 saw another move, this time to the rue de l'Enseignement, back in the Outremeuse neighborhood. Using his father's heart condition as a pretext, Simenon decided to put an end to his studies in June 1918, not taking the Collège Saint-Louis' year-end exams.

He subsequently worked a number of short-term odd jobs. In January 1919, the 15-year-old Simenon took a job at the Gazette de Liège, a newspaper edited by Joseph Demarteau. While Simenon's own beat only covered unimportant human interest stories, it afforded him an opportunity to explore the seamier side of the city, including politics and cheap hotels but crime, police investigations and lectures on police technique by the criminologist Edmond Locard. Simenon's experience at the Gazette taught him the art of quick editing, he wrote more than 150 articles under the pen name "G. Sim." He began submitting stories to Le Matin in the early 1920s. Simenon's first novel, Au Pont des Arches, was written in June 1919 and published in 1921 under his "G. Sim" pseudonym. Writing as "Monsieur Le Coq", he published more than 800 humorous pieces between November 1919 and December 1922, he stopped writing for the Gazette in December 1922. During this period, Simenon's familiarity with nightlife, prostitutes and carousing increased.

The people he rubbed elbows with included anarchists, bohemian artists and two future murderers, the latter appearing in his novel Les Trois crimes de mes amis. He frequented a group of artists known as "La Caque". While not involved in the group, he did meet his future wife Régine Renchon through it. From 1921 to 1934 he used a total of 17 pen names while writing short stories. Simenon's father died in 1922 and this served as the occasion for the author to move to Paris with Régine Renchon, at first living in the 17th arrondissement, not far from the Boulevard des Batignolles, he became familiar with the city, its bistros, cheap hotels and restaurants. More important, he came to know ordinary working-class Parisians. Writing under numerous pseudonyms, he found his creativity beginning to pay financial dividends. Simenon and Tigy returned to Liège in March 1923 to marry. Despite his Catholic upbringing, Simenon was not a believer. Tigy came from a non-religious family. However, Simenon's mother insisted on a church wedding, forcing Tigy to become a nominal convert, learning the Catholic Church's catechism.

Despite their father's lack of religious convictions, all of Simenon's children would be baptized as Catholics. Marriage to Tigy, did not prevent Simenon from having liaisons with numerous other women most famously, Josephine Baker. A reporting assignment had Simenon on a lengthy sea voyage in 1928. In 1929, he decided to have a boat built, the Ostrogoth. Simenon, their cook and housekeeper Henriette Liberge, their dog Olaf lived on board the Ostrogoth, travelling the French canal system. Henriette Liberge, known as "Boule" was romantically involved with Simenon for the next several decades and would remain a close friend of the family part of it. In 1930, the most famous character invented by Simenon, Commissaire Maigret, made his first appearance in a piece in Detective written at Joseph Kessel's request; this first Maigret detective story was written while boating in The Netherlands in and around the Dutch town of Delfzijl. A statue of Maigret in Delfzijl is a perpetual reminder of this. 1932 saw Simenon travel extensively, sending back reports from Africa, eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

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California Court Case Management System

The California Court Case Management System is the court case management system intended for use by the several courts of the judiciary of California, which includes the Supreme Court, 6 Courts of Appeal, 58 Superior Courts. Pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.506 and Government Code Section 68150, courts may impose fees for the costs of providing access to its electronic records. Several superior courts do so, including Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego, the fees have been criticized by Thomas Peele as exorbitant and extraordinarily high, with the Alameda County Superior Court fees being the subject of a MoveOn.org petition. Five Superior Courts—in Orange, San Diego, San Joaquin, Ventura Counties—use CCMS version 3 to process civil cases; this represents 25 percent of the civil case volume in California. Fresno is the only Superior Court still using version 2 of CCMS. In August 2013, the Judicial Council approved funding for a system that will replace CCMS version 2 in Fresno.

In 2002, the California Administrative Office of the Courts started the Second-Generation Electronic Filing Specification project. After a $200,000 consultant's report declared the project ready for a final push, the Judicial Council of California scrapped the program in 2012 after $500 million in costs; the 2GEFS Court Filing 2.0 specification was based on experiences with the Legal XML Court Filing 1.0. On 10 December 2012 it was announced that the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court would use the Odyssey® court case management system from Tyler Technologies. Case Management/Electronic Case Files, the case management and electronic case files system for most of the United States Federal Courts New York State Courts Electronic Filing System, the e-filing system for New York MassCourts, the case management system for Massachusetts PACER, an electronic public access service of United States federal court documents California Court Case Management System

Isuzu Rodeo

The Isuzu Rodeo is an automotive nameplate, used by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Isuzu between 1988 and 2004. Isuzu has utilized the "Rodeo" name on two different vehicles—a compact pickup truck sold in Japan—and a midsize SUV offered in North America. Prior to its establishment as a stand-alone model, the "Rodeo" title had suffixed four-wheel drive versions of the Japanese market Isuzu Faster pickup from 1978; these vehicles, titled "Isuzu Faster Rodeo" spanned two generations. It was not until the third iteration, offered between 1988 and 1994, that the firm simplified the name of four-wheel drive models to "Isuzu Rodeo". Moreover, in Japan from 1981, the name "Isuzu Bighorn Rodeo" was used on the SUV that Isuzu shortly abbreviated to "Isuzu Bighorn"—known as the "Isuzu Trooper" in most international markets. Isuzu in North America deployed the "Rodeo" name in 1990 for the 1991 model year to a five-door SUV sold in the Japanese market as the Isuzu Wizard. Isuzu North America offered a three-door version under the name Isuzu Amigo, sold as the Isuzu MU in Japan.

A second generation of the SUV was released in 1998 for the 1998 model year, with the three-door Amigo becoming the "Rodeo Sport" in 2000 for the 2001 model year. Production of both SUVs concluded in 2004. Altered rebadged versions of the Rodeo were sold as the Honda Passport in the United States market. Isuzu Japan had Yokohama Motor Sales manufacture from 1990-1993 a 4 berth camper on the TFS55H chassis platform; this was the popular 4WD version which gave offroad comfort. This option only came in the 2.8 litre 4JB1T engine option and 5 Speed manual with low/high transferbox. There was no automatic options offered