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Iceman (Marvel Comics)

Iceman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The X-Men #1. Iceman is a mutant born with superhuman abilities, he has the ability to manipulate cold by freezing water vapor around him. This allows him to freeze objects, as well as turn his body into ice; the character received widespread media attention when it was revealed that he was gay in All-New X-Men #40. Iceman is notable for being one of the most prominent gay characters in comic books. Despite being created in 1963 and being known as a womanizer, it was revealed decades in the pages of Uncanny X-Men that he had been repressing his true self. Although struggling with coming out to the world, Iceman accepted himself and has been a figurehead for diversity in comics; the character has been present in X-Men and Spider-Man-related comics, video games, animated series, movies.

Shawn Ashmore portrayed Iceman in the X-Men films, voices the character in The Super Hero Squad Show. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in X-Men #1. Lee admitted that Iceman was created as a copy of the Human Torch, only using the opposite element for his power. Iceman was featured in two self-titled limited comic book miniseries, one in 1984-85 written by J. M. DeMatteis and another in the 2000s by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett, with art by Karl Kerschl. DeMatteis said. I'll just say that it was a mistake and if the series made any sense whatsoever it was due to Bob Budiansky; that was a case where the editor's input was needed—and Bob was a big help."A mainstay in most X-Men titles, Iceman has been a main character in both Uncanny X-Men and the second volume of X-Men and was featured in The Champions from 1975 to 1978 and The New Defenders from 1983 to 1986 as a member. He was a main character in the first volume of X-Factor, a star in flashback stories when he was a teenager in X-Men: The Hidden Years and X-Men: First Class.

In April 2015, in issue 40 of All-New X-Men, a time-displaced version of the teenaged Iceman was revealed as gay by his teammate, Jean Grey, who discerned this with her telepathic ability. This raised questions, because the character's adult, present-day counterpart had been portrayed dating women. In Uncanny X-Men #600, published in November that year, the young Iceman confronts his older self, who confirms that he is gay as well but repressed his true self, not wanting to be both gay and a mutant. In 2017, Iceman received his first ongoing solo series, which focused on the adult Bobby Drake coming to terms with life as an out gay man, his Omega-level superpowers, his legacy as a hero and fighting some of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe; the book had been cancelled, with its last issue being in early 2018. However, Marvel reversed the decision and announced that a new book written by original writer Sina Grace will be a part of their Fresh Start initiative and will be released in 2019.

Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake was born in Floral Park, Long Island, New York, to William Robert Drake and Madeline Beatrice Bass-Drake. His father is Irish-American Catholic, his mother is Jewish. Bobby's powers first manifested when he was on a date with Judy Harmon, a local bully by the name of Rocky Beasely tried to take Judy away for himself. Knowing Judy could not put up a good fight, Bobby pointed his hand at Beasely and encased him in a block of ice; the local townspeople, having heard of the incident, came looking for him in the form of an angry mob. The local sheriff had no choice but to put Bobby in jail for his own "protection". While Bobby sat in his cell at the sheriff station, the outer wall was blown open, a young man named Scott Summers walked in and offered to take Bobby with him. After Bobby turned him down, the two mutants got into a short battle, soon ended by the arrival of Professor Charles Xavier. After Xavier spoke with Bobby and his parents, Bobby's parents suggested that he go with Professor Xavier to his "school for gifted youngsters".

Bobby took the suggestion and left with Professor Xavier and Cyclops to become the second member of the X-Men. He is joined by Henry "Hank" McCoy, Jean Grey, Warren Worthington III as the founding members of the X-Men. Drake remains self-conscious regarding the fact. Appearing in his original snow covered form, he first battles Magneto along with the rest of the team, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Bobby Drake's first girlfriend is Zelda. Not long after, he takes on a new ice-covered form, he teams up with the Human Torch for the first time. The two would become close friends. With the X-Men, he meets Ka-Zar for the first time, he battles the Juggernaut, is badly injured in his first battle against the Sentinels. He next battles Magneto by himself, he visits Subterranea for the first time. He and Beast battle the Maha Yogi. During his original stint with the X-Men, Drake pursues a relationship with Lorna Dane, although the relationship does not last. Iceman is among the original X-Men captured by Krakoa, leading to a new incarnation of X-Men of which he is not a member.

With most of the original team, he quits the X-Men. Iceman moves to the American west coast to attend UCLA and becomes a founding member of The Champions of Los Angeles. However, the Champions soon dissolve. Iceman is abducted by Master Mold, alongside Angel, he encounters the Hulk. Ice

The Love Ban

The Love Ban is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Hywel Bennett, Nanette Newman and Milo O'Shea. It was based on a play by Kevin Laffan, it is known under the alternative titles of It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World and Anyone for Sex?. It was shot at Shepperton Studios with sets designed by the art director Anthony Pratt. A married couple with six children experience marital difficulties. Wife Kate refuses to sleep with husband Mick until he uses birth control, while their live-in au-pair falls pregnant. Hywel Bennett as Mick Goonahan Nanette Newman as Kate Goonahan Milo O'Shea as Father Andrew Angharad Rees as Jackie Nicky Henson as Baker Georgina Hale as Joyce Madeline Smith as Miss Partridge Peter Barkworth as Bra Factory Director John Cleese as Contraceptives Lecturer Marianne Stone as Customer In Chemists Nina Baden-Semper as Skyline Waitress Cheryl Hall as Pregnant Woman Jacki Piper as Pregnant Woman David Howey as Barber Tommy Godfrey as Barber James Leith as Policeman Tony Haygarth as Policeman The film was based on a 1969 play by Kevin Laffan, It's a 2'6" Above the Ground World.

Laffan was one of 14 children from a devout Roman Catholic family and his critical view on the Church's stance on birth control was a recurring theme of his work. The play starred Prunella Scales in a production at the Bristol Old Vic, was a hit, moving to the Wyndham's Theatre; the Love Ban on IMDb


Martese is a "frazione" in the commune of Rocca Santa Maria in the Province of Teramo, Italy. The village sits at an elevation of 3,270 ft above sea level; the distance by car to Rocca Santa Maria is less than one mile. The infrequently used road between these two towns is rather primitive, it can be found just off the provincial highway that leads from Teramo to Ceppo via Rocca Santa Maria and Bosco Martese. The old town center is composed of a small cluster of houses; as was the custom of the day a small church sits off to itself. Martese can be found at the top of a promontory overlooking the high Tordino Valle and lies in the heart of the Abruzzo territory known as Monti della Laga within the Italian Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. From the town center one can see the two mountain chains. In the waning days of feudalism, the Bishopric of Teramo came to have a great many land holdings in the area which were collectively known as the State of Bisegno; these church holdings were divided into thirteen communes, each of which at the time referred to as a Università.

One of these was Rocca Santa Maria. The Rocca Santa Maria commune was composed of 16 small villages: Canili. In 1804 Martese had 62 inhabitants. In 1813 the village part of the feudal holding of Rocca Santa Maria, remained under the jurisdiction of Rocca Santa Maria when it became a commune in the Province of Teramo. By 1841 the population of Martese had fallen to 55. Today the village awaits revitalization. Martese today is one of three villages chosen by the Province of Teramo as sites for future touristic development; as part of this large-scale project, data related to the architectural and touristic aspects of more than 50 nearby villages and locals were systematically gathered and painstakingly analyzed before deciding upon the exact locations to be developed. These three villages were chosen for their authenticity, representativeness, overall potential with regard to the criteria, established by the provincial authorities. Luigi Ercole, Dizionario topografico alfabetico della provincia di Teramo, Berardo Carlucci e Compagni, Teramo, 1804, p. 109.

Timothy J. Corrigan

Timothy J. Corrigan is an American lawyer and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Corrigan was born in 1956 in Florida, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 1981. Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1981 to 1982, he was in private practice in Florida from 1982 to 1996, served as an adjunct instructor at the Duke University School of Law from 1985 to 1996. Corrigan served as a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1996 to 2002, was an adjunct professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law in 1999. President George W. Bush nominated Corrigan to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on May 22, 2002, to a new seat created by 113 Stat. 1501. Confirmed by the Senate on September 12, 2002, he received his commission the next day.

In June 2013, Judge Corrigan was the victim of an assassination attempt. A bullet fired by Aaron Richardson into Corrigan's home missed him by less than two inches. In June 2016, Richardson was sentenced to 343 years in prison for related charges. Timothy J. Corrigan at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center

Thomas Hatch

Thomas Hatch is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Hatch attended Jenks High School in Oklahoma; as a junior, he went 7-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He was not drafted out of high school in the 2013 MLB draft, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University and pitched for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. In 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League, he did not pitch in 2015 due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow, which did not require surgery. He pitched extensively in 2016. In 2016, his junior year, Hatch went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 19 starts, winning the Big 12 Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year Award. Hatch was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the third round, with the 104th overall selection, of the 2016 MLB draft, he signed with the Cubs. He did not pitch in 2016 after signing, he made his professional debut in 2017 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, posting a 5-11 record with a 4.04 ERA in 26 starts.

Hatch spent the 2018 season with the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League, earning Southern League All-Star honors and compiling an 8-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 26 starts. He returned to Tennessee to start the 2019 season. On July 30, 2019, the Cubs traded Hatch to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for David Phelps, he was assigned with whom he finished the year. Over 27 starts between Tennessee and New Hampshire, he pitched to a 6-13 record with a 4.12 ERA. Hatch was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster after the 2019 season. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference Oklahoma State Cowboys bio

Daniel Kumler Flickinger

Daniel Kumler Flickinger was an American Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, elected in 1885. He was the twenty-fifth Bishop of this Christian denomination, the first elected to the office of Missionary Bishop. Bishop Flickinger was born 25 May 1824 near the village of Seven Mile, Butler County, the sixth of the fourteen children born to Jacob and Hannah Flickinger. Jacob's ancestors were Swiss Mennonites. Hannah was the daughter of Henry Kumler Sr, a Bishop and influential leader in the early years of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Henry's son Henry Kumler Jr was elected Bishop. Bishop Flickinger was therefore a grandson and a nephew of U. B. Bishops, his mother, was the daughter and mother of U. B. Bishops. Flickinger's parents were married in Franklin County, there establishing their first home. In 1818 they moved to Ohio; the next year Hannah's parents followed. Jacob became a prosperous farmer and a zealous local preacher in the Miami Annual Conference of the U. B.

Church. As was true of many of the pioneers of that day, he believed in rigid economy, he was known for his deep-seated prejudice against higher education not unusual in that day. The itinerating pioneer preachers always found a welcome in the Flickinger home. There they held services and found lodging and board as long as they wished to remain in the community. Jacob Flickinger was generous in supporting these preachers. For example, it is said that on one occasion a preacher arrived with his clothes tied in a cotton cloth, it was evident he needed a pair of saddle bags, having no money with which to purchase them, however. His host told him to stop at a certain saddle shop, buy the saddle bags, have them charged to him; the preacher, doing as instructed, continued to use those same bags for nearly a half century! Flickinger's youth was marked by experiences common to the pioneer children of his day. Much work and little time for play was the lot of most every one of them. Daniel took advantage of every opportunity.

His deep religious interest dated back to when he was eight years old. Having heard a relative tell his father that many children were dying in a community about four miles from their home, the boy became fearful that he would die and that he would go to perdition; this morbid condition continued throughout the years of his boyhood. In November 1839 Daniel became a member of the U. B. Church, he made it a rule thereafter to pray four times a day and to take part in public services whenever possible. Flickinger married Miss Mary Lintner 25 February 1847; the newlyweds established themselves on a good farm near the parental home. All seemed to go well until about a year and one half when his wife fell victim to an affliction from which she never recovered. In the autumn of 1848 she and their child went to live with her mother, while Flickinger taught school. In the spring of 1849 he rented his farm. At that time he owned 317 acres of fine farming land in Butler County in the Miami Valley of Ohio. If his wife's health had not broken, he would have become known as a prosperous and progressive farmer.

But the course of his life was soon to take a different turn. Flickinger continued studying, he taught another school term the winter of 1849-50. Meanwhile, his Pastor, the Rev. John Coons, who had served as Bishop for one quadrennium, asked the local congregation to recommend Daniel Flickinger for quarterly conference License to Preach; this was done without his knowledge, the license was granted April 1849. In the next year and a half the young minister tried to preach five times, he received his Annual Conference License to Preach at the Conference session of October 1850, signed by Bishop J. J. Glossbrenner. From there Rev. Flickinger was sent as the Junior Preacher to the Mt. Pleasant Circuit, including nine preaching places all located near the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Determined to enter college and take a full course of study, Rev. Flickinger purchased a home in Oxford, planning to enter Miami University; this was in the autumn of 1851. However, in September he was called away from the conference session to find his sick wife's condition so grave that she died a few days leaving him with two children.

This changed his plans entirely. Rev. Flickinger, took appointment to the Lewisburg Circuit consisting of six preaching places, serving there 1851-52. During this year he raised a far larger sum for missions than had been raised on that field before. Being in poor health himself, Rev. Flickinger decided not to accept a pastoral appointment in 1852. Instead, he accompanied Bishop Glossbrenner on his rounds to conference sessions; this took him to the Indiana, Wabash and Illinois Annual Conferences. Rev. Flickinger gave to the needy preachers he met along the way all the money he had not necessary for his own expenses, plus his watch besides, he spent part of the following winter in the Glossbrenner home in Virginia. While there he became married to the Bishop's daughter, Miss Catherine Glossbrenner, 9 January 1853. During the latter part of that conference year, Rev. Flickinger served as a colporteur for the American Tract Society, as a City Missionary in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the 1853 autumn session of the Miami Conference, Flickinger was ordained by Bishop David Edwards.

He was appointed as Junior Preacher on the circuit consisting of Dayton, Miami Chapel, B