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Matlock (TV series)

Matlock is an American mystery legal drama television series created by Dean Hargrove, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by Intermedia Entertainment Company, The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions aired from March 3, 1986 to May 8, 1992 on NBC; the show's format is similar to that of CBS's Perry Mason, with Matlock identifying the perpetrators and confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes. One difference, was that whereas Mason exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury. Since 1991, reruns of the show have been shown in syndication and on TBS, INSP, Hallmark Channel, CBS Drama, WGN America, FETV and MeTV; the show centers on widower Benjamin Leighton "Ben" Matlock, a renowned and popular though cantankerous attorney. At the end of the case, the person, on the stand being questioned by Matlock is the actual perpetrator, Matlock will expose him/her, despite making clear that his one goal is to prove reasonable doubt in the case of his client's guilt or to prove his client's innocence.

Matlock studied law at Harvard, after several years as a public defender, established his law practice in Atlanta, living in a modest farmhouse in a neighboring suburb. He is known to visit crime scenes to discover clues otherwise overlooked and come up with viable, alternative theories of the crime in question. Matlock has conspicuously finicky fashion sense. Matlock is noted for a fondness for hot dogs. In episode 158, hot dogs are revealed to have been his favorite dish. In contrast, after the series ended, his penchant for hot dogs was explained in the 1997 episode "Murder Two" of Joyce Burditt's Diagnosis: Murder. Matlock blames Dr. Mark Sloan for recommending a disastrous investment in 8-track cartridges, in which he lost his savings of $5,000 in 1969, forcing him into wearing cheap suits and living on hot dogs. Despite his thrift, Matlock's standard fee is $100,000 paid up front, but if he or his staff believe enough in the innocence of a client, or if the client is unable to pay he has them pay over time, or reduces the fee or waives it albeit reluctantly in some cases.

He reluctantly, takes a pro bono case occasionally. These traits, the demands he placed upon his investigators, are points of comic relief in the series. Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock Linda Purl as Charlene Matlock, Ben's younger daughter who became a partner to her father before she moved to Philadelphia to set up her own law practice Alice Hirson as Hazel, Matlock's secretary Kene Holliday as Tyler Hudson, Ben's first private investigator Kari Lizer as Cassie Phillips, Ben's young file clerk who desired to become partner after Charlene's departure Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas, an American lawyer living in London who becomes an equal partner to Matlock Julie Sommars as Julie March, a district attorney who becomes a good friend to Ben Matlock Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Conrad McMasters, Ben's second private investigator, a former deputy sheriff and a rodeo rider Brynn Thayer as Leanne MacIntyre, Ben's older daughter who works for her father after Michelle's departure Daniel Roebuck as Cliff Lewis, Ben's last partner and private investigator who graduated from law school, the son of Ben's childhood friend, Billy Lewis Carol Huston as Jerri Stone, Ben's last assistant and private investigator with a talent for singing lullabies James McEachin as Lieutenant Frank Daniels, Ben's contact on the Atlanta Police Department Michael Durrell as District Attorney Lloyd Burgess, chief district attorney for Fulton County David Froman as Lieutenant Bob Brooks, Ben's contact on the Atlanta Police Department Don Knotts as Les "Ace" Calhoun, Ben's next-door neighbor, once a client in season three Warren Frost as Billy Lewis, Ben's childhood friend and Cliff's father Originally, the series premiered with Ben Matlock having a law practice with his daughter Charlene.

Matlock employed Tyler Hudson, a stock market whiz, as a private investigator. Tyler would go undercover for Matlock in various guises to gather information. Matlock's most frequent prosecutorial adversary was Nebraska native Julie March. Although the two had a professional rivalry—with Julie being a prosecutor and Matlock a defense lawyer—their relationship outside of court was cordial and the two spent time together outside of court with occasional flirtations. Toward the end of the first season, Matlock took on Cassie Phillips, a cocky young law student, as an office worker. After the first season ended, Linda Purl departed from the series and lawyer-daughter Charlene was written out of the series by having moved to Philadelphia to start her own law practice. To begin

First Franklin Financial Corp.

First Franklin Financial Corp. was a San Jose, California-based home mortgage lender that specialized in subprime loans. It had been owned by two of the biggest casualties of the subprime mortgage crisis, National City Corp. in Cleveland and Merrill Lynch. First Franklin was founded in 1981 in San Jose, California, US, to serve the prime credit market, but in 1994 it switched to serve the nonprime lending market. In 1994, the company was purchased by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a unit of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. In 1999 First Franklin was purchased by National City Corp. from a subsidiary of Bank of America for $266 million. By 2003, the company helped. In December 2006, First Franklin was sold to Merrill Lynch for $1.3 billion, at a time when the shakeout in the subprime mortgage lending market had started to begin. Merrill Lynch acquired the company with the intent to create a pipeline of loans that it could package into mortgage-backed securities. During the fourth quarter of 2006, First Franklin ranked as the fifth largest subprime lender in the country.

On March 5, 2008 the company halted loan originations. The next month Merrill Lynch alleged that National City had misrepresented the condition of the company

Hajo Meyer

Hajo Meyer was a German-born Dutch physicist, Holocaust survivor and anti-Zionist political activist. Meyer was born in Bielefeld, the son of Therese and Gustav Meyer, a notary, who had fought in the First World War, his family was Jewish. Aged 14, he was sent by his parents from Nazi Germany to the Netherlands on 4 January 1939 as part of a Kindertransport convoy, settled in Holland on his own, their decision was made after Hajo was no longer permitted to attend school in the aftermath of Kristallnacht, His parents' maxim was:'We do not dote to death on children'. He was arrested after a year and spent ten months in Auschwitz. After Auschwitz he swore, he broke the rule at a scientific conference in Amsterdam after the war, when he happened to be speaking on a similar topic to that discussed by Hermann Haken. His parents had been deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, after his father succumbed to an illness on 15 May 1944, it was decided that there was no more reason to allow his widow Therese to stay on, that she should be deported to Auschwitz.

She had hidden a cyanide capsule in a piece of bread and chose suicide, knowing that the chances of survival there were non-existent. After the war, Meyer returned to the Netherlands, studied theoretical physics, he became director of the Phillips Physics Laboratory. After his retirement he took courses in woodwork and constructed violas. In his years, Meyer became politically active, including as director of A Different Jewish Voice, he wrote Het einde van het Jodendom in 2003. Which accuses Israel of abusing the Holocaust to justify crimes against the Palestinians. In the book he is reported to have used phrases such as the "Israeli Wehrmacht," and the "Jewish SS." In lectures he argued that "what is happening to the Palestinians every day under the occupation" was "almost identical" with "what was done to the German Jews before the'Final Solution,'" and maintained that Israel's demeanour is the main cause of the post-war re-emergence of anti-Semitism.'He was a member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

He participated in the 2011 "Never Again – For Anyone" tour. Meyer argued there are different interpretations of Judaism, that Jews ought to return to the principles of the Book of Leviticus and the rabbinical principles of figures like Hillel, avoid the'doomsday Judaism' he identifies in the Book of Joshua and the positions of Abraham Isaac Kook which have in his view underwritten Zionism. Meyer has argued that there are parallels between the Nazi treatment of Jews leading to the Holocaust, Israel's dehumanization of Palestinians. At one talk and hosted by the leader of the UK's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, in 2010, Meyer was reported to have likened Israel's actions against the people of the Gaza Strip to the mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust and likened the government of Israel to that of Nazi Germany. During the talk, Meyer said that "Judaism in Israel has been substituted by the Holocaust religion, whose high priest is Elie Wiesel." Corbyn said that "Views were expressed at the meeting which I do not accept or condone."Meyer claimed Zionism predates fascism, that Zionists and fascists had a history of cooperation charging, among other things, that Israel wants to foment anti-Semitism in the world to encourage more Jews to migrate to Israel.

Meyer spoke in favor of Boycott and Sanctions against Israel. In his last recorded interview, coinciding with the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, Meyer lambasted Zionists as Nazi criminals, asserted that German hatred of Jews was less grounded than Israeli-Jewish hatred of Palestinians, denounced PM Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks that demonstrations against the war were evidence of hatred of Israel, he was first signatory of a statement by 250 Holocaust and descendants of Holocaust survivors protesting that war. His correspondence with his parents while in exile during the war were published, his elder brother Alfred's autobiography dwells on their experiences during the war. Meyer developed a theory based on the work of Hans Keilson regarding "sequential traumatizing," according to which Jewish collective remembering in a ritual setting of numerous past traumatic events befalling the community. Meyer argues that the current government of Israel has used this re-traumatization of Jews with regard to the Holocaust, in order to indoctrinate and inculcate loyalty to Israel against its enemies.

He applied this to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arguing that Israel dehumanizes Palestinians the same way that Nazi Germany dehumanized Jews. He expanded on this sense of an analogy in the following terms:'I cannot help but hear echoes of the Nazi mythos of "blood and soil" in the rhetoric of settler fundamentalism which claims a sacred right to all the lands of biblical Judea and Samaria; the various forms of collective punishment visited upon the Palestinian people — coerced ghettoization behind a "security wall". Henryk Broder was sentenced in 2006 to a term in prison by a German court after he had publicly accused anti-Zionists like Meyer and Abraham Melzer for their putative "capacities for applied Judeophobia" because they had compared the Israel

Lois Lane (Smallville)

Lois Lane is a fictional character on the television series Smallville. Durance began as a guest star in season four but was promoted to series regular status beginning in season five; the character of Lois Lane, first created for comic books by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 to be the love interest for Clark Kent and his alter-ego Superman, was adapted to television in 2001 by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar—this is the fourth time the character has been adapted into a live-action television series. In Smallville, Lois comes to town to investigate the apparent death of her cousin Chloe Sullivan at the start of the fourth season. After finding Chloe still alive, Lois is forced to enroll in Smallville High to complete the remaining credits of high school she failed to achieve; as the series progresses, her interest in journalism grows, first writing a couple of articles for the Smallville High Torch in season four, landing a job at the Inquisitor in season six, being hired at the Daily Planet in season seven.

Throughout seasons four, five and seven, Lois's relationship with Clark Kent is depicted more as a brother/sister relationship, with the two characters butting heads. By season eight, Lois begins to realize that she is falling in love with Clark, by season nine the two become an official couple. During season ten the relationship goes through several milestones and midseason the pair get engaged. Series developers Gough and Millar had always envisioned bringing the character of Lois Lane to Smallville, but it was not until the end of season three that the creative team had the right storyline to bring her in. Erica Durance was hired to portray the iconic female reporter from the comic books. Smallville's interpretation of Lois was designed to embody similar traits to that of various leading female characters in the film. Described as "fiercely independent", critics have favorably compared this version of Lois Lane against the other live-action performances of the character in both film and television.

Lois Lane makes her first appearance in season four's "Crusade" when she comes to Smallville investigating the death of her cousin Chloe Sullivan. While investigating Chloe's death with Clark Kent in "Gone", the pair uncover the truth that Chloe is still alive, but in witness protection until Lionel Luthor's trial, the man she is testifying against with evidence that he orchestrated the death of his own parents. Lionel discovers the truth and sends someone to kill her, but Lois and Clark stop the would-be killer, allowing Chloe to testify. Before Lois can leave Smallville, her father informs her that she failed to achieve all of her high school credits and that he has enrolled her in Smallville High so that she can complete her twelfth-grade year. Staying with the Kents, Lois begins attending Smallville High. In "Faςade", Chloe convinces her to become a reporter for the Torch in an effort to help Lois earn some of her remaining credits. With Lex Luthor's help in the episode "Devoted", Clark manages to get Lois her remaining credits ahead of schedule so that she can attend Metropolis University, vacate his bedroom.

In season five's "Fanatic", Jonathan Kent, running for the state senate, asks Lois to be his campaign manager after witnessing her take charge against his former campaign manager, whom Jonathan fires when he published a statement that goes against Jonathan's values. In "Fragile", Lois continues her duties under Martha Kent, requested by the Governor to take Jonathan's place after he suffers a fatal heart attack. In season six's "Sneeze", Lois discovers an interest in journalism after she is struck by a barn door that falls out of the sky while she is jogging, her story is bought by a tabloid newspaper that gives her a job as a reporter. In "Wither", she begins a romantic relationship with billionaire Oliver Queen, unbeknown to her, masquerades at night as the vigilante Green Arrow. Queen's "job" as Green Arrow gets in the way of their relationship. In "Hydro", Lois deduces. Clark and Oliver are wise to her plan and Clark dresses up as Green Arrow to throw Lois off Oliver's trail; when Oliver is forced to leave Metropolis to track down all of Lex's experimental facilities, in the episode "Justice", his relationship with Lois comes to an end.

In season six's "Prototype", Lois discovers that Lex has been doing experimental research on army soldiers, one of, her best friend. As a result, Lois decides in "Phantom" to begin looking into Lex's LuthorCorp projects. In season seven's "Kara", while looking into Lex's research projects, Lois discovers an alien spaceship, her attempt to craft a news story out of the situation lands her a job at the Daily Planet—in the basement alongside her cousin Chloe. While at the Daily Planet, Lois begins a new relationship with her editor Grant Gabriel in the episode "Wrath", their relationship comes under scrutiny from Chloe and Lex in "Blue", with Chloe seeing it as a reason for co-workers to doubt Lois's true ability as a journalist, Lex believing it will jeopardize the secret of Grant's true identity. In "Gemini", the two agree to part ways. In the season eight premiere, Lois believes that Lex is responsible for Chloe's arrest by the Department of Domestic Security, goes to his mansion to search his files for her location.

She discovers Chloe's whereabouts and arrives, alongside Clark, to save her. In "Plastique", Lois takes Clark under her wing—teaching him how to be a re

Mike Buskey

Michael Thomas "Mike" Buskey is an American former professional baseball infielder, who played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977. Buskey threw right-handed. During his playing days, he stood 5 ft 11 in. Scholastically, Buskey attended Terra Nova High School in Pacifica and University of San Francisco, he led the Dons in batting average, with a.361 mark, hits, with 61, in 1971. Buskey was inducted into the USF Dons Sports Hall of Fame, in 1980. Buskey was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted amateur free agent, prior to the 1971 season. After spending five seasons in Minor League Baseball, where Buskey progressed through the ChiSox farm system, he was dealt to the Phillies, along with Jim Kaat, following the 1975 season. Buskey a shortstop, spent the entire 1976 and most of the1977 campaigns with the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City 89ers, he received the call to the big leagues on September 5, 1977, at the age of 28. This was to be Buskey's only MLB cup of coffee, as he made his last big league game appearance on October 1, 1977.

Buskey's MLB career statistical line reads: 6 games played, 7 at bats, 2 hits.286 batting average, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in, 1 hit-by-pitch.375 on-base percentage, and.571 slugging percentage. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet Mike Buskey at Baseball Gauge

James Bradley (Australian writer)

James Bradley is an Australian novelist and critic. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, he trained as a lawyer before becoming a writer. Bradley's novels, which have been published internationally, explore both future, his books include a book of poetry. He has edited two anthologies, Blur, a collection of writing by young Australian writers, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. Bradley writes as a critic, with reviews and articles appearing in Australian newspapers and magazines, blogs at City of Tongues. In 2012 he was named Australian Critic of the Year, he lives in Sydney with the novelist Mardi McConnochie. Bradley's novels explore both future; the first, Wrack explores questions about the nature of history and the imaginary origins of Australia, drawing together the story of the semi-mythical "Mahogany Ship", a Portuguese caravel wrecked on the southern coast of Australia, love stories and a murder-mystery. The second, The Deep Field, is set in a dystopic near-future and tells the story of a love affair between a photographer and a blind palaeontologist.

The third, The Resurrectionist, based loosely on the story of the Burke and Hare murders details the fall from grace of a young anatomist, Gabriel Swift. And the fourth, uses the story of three generations of a family to explore the possible effects of climate change over the 21st century. Wrack ISBN 0-09-183494-5 The Deep Field ISBN 0-7336-1140-0 The Resurrectionist ISBN 978-0-571-23276-5 Clade ISBN 9781926428659 The Silent Invasion ISBN 9781743549896 The Buried Ark ISBN 9781743549902 Beauty's Sister ISBN 9780143569657 Paper Nautilus ISBN 1-875604-21-9 Blur: Stories by Young Australian Writers The Penguin Book of the Ocean ISBN 978-1-926428-16-1 His novels have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian literary awards, including The Age Fiction Book of the Year, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award, the Aurealis Best Novel Award, the Adelaide Festival's National Fiction Award, the Fellowship of the Australian Writers Literature Award, the Australian National Book Council's'Banjo' Award and the Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award.

He was one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists in 1997 and 2000, on 16 June 2008 The Resurrectionist was included as one of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads for 2008. In 2012 he was named Australian Critic of the Year. Bradley's website Q&A with Bradley about Clade Read an extract from Clade James Bradley: Anatomy of Violence, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2006