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Picket Fences

Picket Fences is an American family drama television series about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin and produced by David E. Kelley; the show ran from September 18, 1992, to June 26, 1996, on the CBS television network in the United States. It sometimes struggled to maintain a stable primetime audience and had fluctuating ratings, due in part to its Friday night time slot. In its first season on the air it placed 80th in the prime-time Nielsen ratings and in its second season it moved to 66th; the show's exteriors were shot in the L. A. suburb of Monrovia, with many of the townspeople appearing in the background of episodes. The series follows the lives of the residents of the small town of Rome, where weird things happen, including cows' udders exploding and a spate of people turning up dead in freezers; the show dealt with unusual topics for the primetime television of the period, such as family and careers. Illustrative of the subject matter is that the regular cast included a judge, two lawyers, a medical examiner.

Religious issues were discussed, the town's Roman Catholic and Episcopal priests were recurring characters, as well as lawyer Douglas Wambaugh's relationships in his local Jewish temple. Struggling to maintain order in the community is Sheriff Jimmy Brock. Sheriff Brock is a 52 year old, married to the town doctor, his second wife, they attempt to raise their three children, Kimberly and Zachary. Maxine'Max' Stewart and Kenny Lacos are impulsive and immature sheriff's deputies. Kelly Connell played medical examiner Carter Pike and Zelda Rubinstein portrayed police dispatcher Ginny Weedon. Bombastic lawyer Douglas Wambaugh irritated Judge Henry Bone. Wambaugh refused to hear any confessions of guilt from his clients as he feared that it would only stand in the way of adequately defending them in court. After several prosecutors came and went, Don Cheadle joined the cast as John Littleton. Other actors who were in the cast included Marlee Matlin as Mayor Laurie Bey / The Dancing Bandit, Richard Masur as Ed Lawson, Roy Brocksmith as elementary school principal Michael Oslo, Jack Murdock as ethically challenged city councilman Harold Lundstrom, Roy Dotrice as Father Gary Barrett, a Catholic priest, Dabbs Greer as Reverend Henry Novotny, minister of the local Episcopal church.

The town changed mayors, who met strange fates: Mayor Bill Pugen: spontaneous human combustion after his murder conviction Mayor Rachel Harris: hounded from office for starring in an adult film Acting Mayor Howard Buss: suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, fatally shot by his son Acting Mayor Jill Brock: jailed, dropped out of bid for re-election Mayor Ed Lawson: entombed in a freezer by his wife decapitated Mayor Laurie Bey: mayor at end of third season, despite bank robbery convictions as "The Dancing Bandit." She was offered the job as part of her 3,000 hours community service sentencing Acting Mayor Maxine Stewart: shot and wounded by a shock jock's fan. Mayor Laurie Bey: returns as mayor at series' end. Tom Skerritt as Sheriff James "Jimmy" Brock Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock Lauren Holly as Officer Maxine Stewart Costas Mandylor as Officer Kenny Lacos Holly Marie Combs as Kimberly "Kim" Brock Justin Shenkarow as Matthew Brock Adam Wylie as Zachary "Zack" Brock Fyvush Finkel as Douglas Wambaugh Kelly Connell as Carter Pike Zelda Rubinstein as Ginny Weedon Don Cheadle as D.

A. John Littleton Marlee Matlin as Mayor Laurie Bey Ray Walston as Judge Henry Bone Picket Fences had a total of 88 episodes and four seasons; the series had two crossover episodes with another David E. Kelley series, Chicago Hope, one occurring in each series. In the first, on Picket Fences, Dr. Jill Brock accompanies Douglas Wambaugh to Chicago Hope Hospital over concerns of his heart. In the second, Wambaugh is back at Chicago Hope Hospital causing trouble for the doctors. Lauren Holly joined the cast of Chicago Hope as Dr. Jeremy Hanlon and Tom Skerritt appeared in a different role as a guest star; as the story goes, David E. Kelley and Chris Carter were talking in a parking lot on the Fox lot one day and thought it might be interesting to have Mulder and Scully visit Rome, Wisconsin for an X-Files episode; the two shows would be shot with different viewpoints– one from the X-Files perspective and the other from Picket Fences'. The official approval was never given by Fox and CBS, so the only remnants remaining of this effort are the X-Files episode "Red Museum" and the Picket Fences episode "Away in the Manger" having similar plotlines involving cows.

While every reference to Picket Fences has been purged from the X-Files episode, there still are some small winks left in the Picket Fences episode referring to the happenings at the X-Files and some minor characters there. On June 19, 2007, 20th Century Fox released the first season of Picket Fences on DVD in Region 1. On August 20, 2014, Season 1 was released in Australia. Season 2 was released in Australia in December 2014. Season 3 was released in Australia in March 2016; the complete series was released through ViaVision in 2016. The collection is considered a Region 0 DVD, playable on all DVD

USS Clarion River

USS Clarion River was an LSM-401-class medium-type landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for the Clarion River in west central Pennsylvania, she was the only US Naval vessel to bear the name; the ship was laid down on 26 January 1945 at the Charleston Navy Yard. Launched on 18 February 1945 and commissioned as USS LSM-409 on 16 May 1945 with Lieutenant Herbert H. Boltin, USNR, in command, she was decommissioned on 6 February 1947 at San Diego and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. LSM-409 was recommissioned on 5 October 1950 for Korean War service, she was assigned to LSMR Squadron Five and participated in the following campaigns: Blockade of Wonsan Communist China Spring Offensive UN Summer-Fall Offensive Third Korean Winter Korean Summer-Fall During her Korean War service, enemy aircraft attacked her in 1953, but did not damage her. Renamed USS Clarion River on 1 October 1955, the ship was again decommissioned on 26 October of that year at Astoria and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group.

Clarion River was recommissioned on 18 September 1965 at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point. Reclassified as an "Inshore Fire Support Ship" USS Clarion River on 1 January 1969, she participated in the following campaigns: Vietnamese Counteroffensive Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III Tet Counteroffensive Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI Tet 69/Counteroffensive Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Decommissioned for the last time on 8 May 1970 at Yokosuka and struck from the Naval Vessel Register, she was sold for scrap in November 1970 to the Nissho-Iwai American Corporation of Sasebo, Japan. Navy Unit Citation Meritorious Unit Commendation Combat Action Ribbon with gold star World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal with star Korean Service Medal with four battle stars Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars Korean Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross United Nations Korea Medal Korean War Service Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal List of United States Navy LSMs This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

"LSM / LFR-409 Clarion River". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved July 6, 2007. Muir, Malcolm, Jr. Sea Power on Call: Fleet Operations June 1951-July 1953. Washington, D. C.: Department of the Navy Naval Historical Center, 2005. ISBN 0-945274-53-X. The USS Clarion River LSMR - 409 NEW SITE LOCATION

Dendritic filopodia

Dendritic filopodia are small, membranous protrusions found on dendritic stretches of developing neurons. These structures may receive synaptic input, can develop into dendritic spines. Dendritic filopodia are less-well studied than dendritic spines because their transient nature makes them difficult to detect with traditional microscopy techniques. Sample preparation can destroy dendritic filopodia. However, it has been determined that filopodia on dendritic shafts are distinct from other types of filopodia and may react to stimuli in different ways. Dendritic filopodia are hairlike, they are defined as having a length, at least twice the width, they do not display the bulbous head found on dendritic spines. Filopodia are devoid of most cellular organelles, are composed of actin cytoskeletal elements. Synaptic contacts may occur along the length of the filopodia, not only at the end. Dendritic filopodia may be the site of synapses in certain regions of the nervous system. In some neuronal cell types, such as in rat retinal ganglion cells, dendritic spines are not present, suggesting that in these cases, synaptogenesis occurs on dendritic shafts or on filopodia themselves.

Filopodia may synapse with neighboring axons both at the tip. Synaptic activity on dendritic filopodia may alter their morphology, or induce their transformation into dendritic spines In the early stages of neural development, dendritic shafts are overwhelmingly populated by dendritic filopodia; the number of filopodia begin to decline concordant with a rise in spine number. Spines become the dominant structure on dendritic shafts with only a few filopodia present. Filopodia seem to grow in response to localized pulses of glutamate, suggesting that they may play a role in directing dendritic branching. Dendritic filopodia can be observed transforming into dendritic spines, it has been proposed that filopodia may represent the precursors to dendritic spines and that their transience and motility may allow for selection of synaptic partners. Selection of synaptic partners may be dependent on detected synaptic activity in the vicinity of the filopodium. Localized glutamate signaling in the area of dendritic filopodia causes an increase in filopodial length, whereas blocking glutamate receptors reduces numbers of dendritic filopodia.

Therefore, dendritic filopodia may be used by post-synaptic cells to detect passing axons. After contact between dendritic filopodium and a neighboring axon has been established, the filopodium retracts and the head begins to swell, taking on a more spine-like morphology. At this stage, the synapse is considered to be matured, is perceived as more stable. Although dendritic filopodia have been observed becoming dendritic spines, the process through which this occurs is unknown. Studies have reported that filopodia may undergo more than one stage of development before becoming spines, that clustering of certain proteins such as Drebrin may be used to identify the maturity of filopodia. Mature spines contain enrichments of PSD95 protein at their spine heads, PSD95 is used as an indicator of spine maturity. However, dendritic filopodia can take on spine-like morphologies without post-synaptic density proteins, pointing to actin remodeling as the primary process responsible for the development of spines from filopodia.

Cytoskeletal analyses of spines versus filopodia have found that a spine-like morphology is associated with higher numbers of branched actin filaments. Therefore, proteins that interact with the arp2/3 complex as well as F-actin are under investigation for involvement in this process; because filopodia are sensitive to local concentrations of glutamate, proteins that interact with NMDA receptors in dendritic filopodia are candidates for regulation of this process. Studies have shown that on mature dendritic stretches, NMDAR-mediated synaptic activity can spur the outgrowth of new filopodia, which can develop into mature spine synapses; this finding represents a possible role for dendritic filopodia in synaptic plasticity because filopodia may serve as precursors to mature synapses in mature neurons. Although dendritic filopodia do not play a clear role in any particular disease, abnormally high numbers of filopodia have been found in the brains of patients with Autism spectrum disorders; this high-filopodia, low-spine phenotype may be due to failure of the filopodia to mature properly into spines.

Mutations in the gene SHANK3 have been shown to elicit similar phenotypes to those seen in the brains of patients with these disorders

Roy John (footballer)

William Ronald "Roy" John was a Welsh international footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Manchester United, Newport County, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Swansea Town and Walsall as well as the Wales national team. Born in Briton Ferry, John began his career with Briton Ferry Athletic before joining Swansea Town in 1927. At this time he was an outfield player a full-back before moving forward to play as a half-back, where he gained a reputation as "a resolute tackler with a useful kick", he left Swansea in May 1928. He joined Walsall, where he played for the reserve side as a half-back. Following the departure of Fred Biddlestone to Aston Villa in January 1930 and an injury to the reserve goalkeeper, manager Sid Scholey asked John to try out for the custodian's shirt. John did so well in a practice match that he was promoted to first-team goalkeeper. Within months he made his international debut, when he played for Wales against Ireland on 22 April 1931, his debut match ended in a 3–2 victory to the Welsh.

One writer of the time described him as "dashing and daring – a gay cavalier who laughs fortune in the face". After 88 league games for Walsall, he was transferred to Stoke City in April 1932, where he was part of the team which won the Football League Second Division title in 1932–33; the local media described John's performances during that season as "simply brilliant". He struggled though in the First Division and was sold to Preston in the summer of 1934. After six months at Preston North End, John moved to Sheffield United in December 1934, for a transfer fee of £1,250, he made 29 League appearances for the Blades, before he was sold to Manchester United in June 1936, for a fee of £600. His debut for the club finished in a 1–1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 August 1936, he transferred to Newport County in March 1937. He moved back to Swansea Town four months after joining Newport. In 1938, he helped Swansea reach the final of the Welsh Cup, where they were defeated by Shrewsbury Town in a replay.

He remained at the Vetch Field club. He retired on 11 November 1939, when he became a hotel manager. During the war, John guested for several clubs in the north-west of England, including Southport, in September 1942 he played for a Wales XI against the R. A. F. John made 14 appearances for Wales in full internationals, helping Wales win the British Home Championship in 1933 and 1934. During his time as the Wales goalkeeper, he alternated with Len Evans. Source: Source: Stoke CityFootball League Second Division champions: 1932–33Swansea TownWelsh Cup finalists: 1938WalesBritish Home Championship: 1933, 1934 Profile at International career details

Grace Wilson

Grace Margaret Wilson was a high-ranked nurse in the Australian Army during World War I and the first years of World War II. Wilson was born in Brisbane, completed her initial training as a nurse in 1908. After the outbreak of World War I she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service and subsequently transferred to the First Australian Imperial Force. From 1915 until 1919 she was the principal matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital, she served as the temporary matron-in-chief in the AIF Headquarters, London from late 1917 until early 1918. Wilson left the AIF to work in civilian hospitals, she was appointed the matron-in-chief of the AANS in 1925, in September 1940 joined the Second Australian Imperial Force. She served in the Middle East until August 1941, she left the Army the next month, but from September 1943 worked in the Department of Manpower Directorate's nursing control section. Grace Wilson was born in South Brisbane on 25 June 1879, she attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School, began her training to become a nurse at Brisbane Hospital in 1905.

She completed this qualification in 1908. During her period at Brisbane Hospital, Wilson became the first winner of the prestigious Gold Medal for nursing excellence, she subsequently travelled to London for training in midwifery at the Queen Charlotte's Lying-in Hospital. Wilson subsequently worked at the National Hospital for the Epileptic in London, she arrived back in Australia during July 1914, became the matron of Brisbane Hospital. Following the outbreak of World War I, Wilson joined the Army Nursing Service Reserve in October 1914 and became the principal matron of the 1st Military District, she enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 April 1915 and was appointed the 3rd Australian General Hospital's principal matron. She and the rest of the 3rd AGH departed Sydney bound for Europe on 15 May 1915; the 3rd AGH arrived in England at the end of June and was intended to be deployed to France. Instead, it was decided to send the hospital to Lemnos island in the Mediterranean to treat casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign.

The 3rd AGH arrived at Lemnos on 8 August. The ship carrying the nurses stopped at Alexandria during this voyage, where Wilson learned that one of her brothers had been killed at Quinn's Post in Gallipoli. Conditions at Lemnos were difficult, there were few facilities to care for the many soldiers who were being evacuated there from Gallipoli. Wilson led efforts to improve the situation, earning praise from both her subordinates and superior officers. In January 1916 the 3rd AGH moved to Abbassia in Egypt. Wilson was mentioned in despatches on three occasions during the year, was awarded the Royal Red Cross in May. Wilson was offered the post of Matron in Chief at AIF Headquarters in either late 1915 or early 1916, but turned it down as she wished to remain with the 3rd AGH. In October 1916 the 3rd AGH was transferred to Brighton in England, remained there until April 1917 when it moved to Abbeville in France. Wilson was temporarily appointed the Matron in Chief at the AIF Headquarters, London in September 1917 while Evelyn Conyers was on leave in Australia.

She remained in this position until April the next year, rejoined the 3rd AGH. Following the war, Wilson was mentioned in despatches again in December 1918, was appointed to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1919; the 3rd AGH was disbanded in May 1919, Wilson was posted to England to serve in the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital. She returned to Australia in January 1920 and formally ceased to be a member of the AIF in April of that year. From November 1920 to 1922 Wilson was the matron of the Children's Hospital in Melbourne. During this appointment she sought to improve her nurses working conditions, secured a minimum wage for trainees. In 1922 she opened her own hospital in East Melbourne, she was appointed the matron-in-chief of the AANS in 1925, received the Florence Nightingale Medal four years later. Wilson became the matron of The Alfred Hospital in January 1933. In this role she oversaw the first Commonwealth scheme for training nurse tutors. Wilson travelled again to London in 1937 to lead the AANS contingent at the ceremonies which marked the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Upon the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Wilson was called up to a full-time position in the Army and resigned from her position at The Alfred Hospital. She served on the staff of the Director-General of Medical Services, Major General Rupert Downes, in Army Headquarters as the Army's matron-in-chief, she became a member of the Second AIF in September 1940, served in the Middle East as the matron-in-chief of its nursing service. Wilson remained in this position until May 1941, when she was forced to return to Australia due to health problems, she left the AIF the next month. Annie Sage replaced her as the AIF's matron-in-chief. Wilson was subsequently attached to the Australian Red Cross Society and oversaw an expansion of its activities, she was appointed the executive officer of the Department of Manpower Directorate's nursing control section on 15 September 1943. In this role she controlled the staffing of all hospitals in the state of Victoria, had a personal staff of four trained nurses and eleven office workers.

Wilson retired following the end of World War II, but continued to work on a voluntary basis for a number of organisations. These included the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses' Assoc

Bruce Marshall (ice hockey)

Bruce Turner Marshall was an American ice hockey coach, – at his death – the head coach at Franklin Pierce University. He was the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies ice hockey team. Marshall took over for Ben Kirtland prior to the start of the 1988–1989 season. In his 24 years as the coach since he has transitioned them to Division I status. Just ten years in 1998–1999, the Huskies began Division I play. In their first year at the highest level, Connecticut went 20–10–4; the next year was successful as well, with a 19 -- 16 -- 1 record overall. However, that success was short lived, as Marshall and the Huskies have finished with a losing record every year since rating near the bottom of the RPI ratings. Marshall's 2010–11 season was his best in recent history, when he did manage to reach the 2011 AHA semifinals in Rochester. On January 7, 2013, Marshall resigned as head coach for health reasons, he had been on a medical leave of absence since November 6, 2012. Assistant coach David Berard was named head coach for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.

Following a nationwide search, Mike Cavanaugh was named as Marshall's replacement after serving 18 years as an assistant at Boston College He died on October 15, 2016 at the age of 54. † Marshall stepped down on November 6 2012 Official biography, Franklin Pierce Ravens