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Runaways (comics)

Runaways is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The series features a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization known as "Pride". Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, the series debuted in July 2003 as part of Marvel Comics' "Tsunami" imprint; the series was canceled in September 2004 at issue eighteen, but due to high numbers of trade collection sales, Marvel revived the series in February 2005. The series featured a group of six kids whose parents met every year for a charity event. One year, the kids spy on their parents and learn they are "the Pride", a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants; the kids steal weapons and resources from their parents and learn that they themselves inherited their parents' powers. The kids band together and defeat their parents and atone for the sins of their parents by fighting the new threats trying to fill in the Pride's void.

They are joined by cyborg, Victor Mancha, shape-shifting Skrull and plant-manipulator Klara Prast. Since the original groups' introduction, the Runaways have been portrayed as a somewhat dysfunctional yet loving family. Series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona left the series at issue 24 of the title's second volume; the series was cancelled in November 2009 after issue 14 of Volume 3, but the characters have been seen in other comics. On June 1, 2017, it was announced that Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka would be the new creative team in a revival of the series, which debuted in September of the same year. A live-action adaptation of the series was in development for several years, leading to the Runaways television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it debuted on Hulu in 2017. Series creator Brian K. Vaughan pitched Runaways in 2003 as a part of Marvel's Tsunami imprint, the goal of, to attract new readers young readers and the manga audience. Marvel editorial staff agreed to it prompting Wizard Magazine to name the series as "one of the best original concepts from Marvel in thirty years."

The Tsunami imprint turned out to be unsuccessful, the series ended at issue #18. After the series' sales in digests, Vaughan pitched the idea again to Marvel. Writer Brian K. Vaughan has claimed that he had only planned to write Runaways for six months, but because of the popularity of the series and new ideas from Vaughan, Marvel decided to continue issuing it on a monthly basis. In 2007, Brian K. Vaughan announced his departure from Runaways, deciding to leave the series at the top of its game. Longtime Runaways-fan Joss Whedon was hand-picked by Vaughan to write an arc and finish the second volume. In 2008, writer Terry Moore, alongside artist Humberto Ramos became the new creative team for the third volume. In Blair Butler's "Fresh Ink" segment on the cable television station G4 show Attack of the Show Marvel revealed that Kathryn Immonen and Sarah Pichelli were the new creative team, they started with issue #11 of Volume 3, which will "start with a prom and end with a death". To be honest, no offense to Joss or Terry, I hadn't felt this way since Gert died."

The story ended with a major cliffhanger, resolved in other comics. After three years the Runaways returned in the story arc "Pride Comes Before It", in issues 17 to 19 of Daken: Dark Wolverine, they appeared in Avengers Academy #27-28. Since Victor Mancha became a regular character in the robot-themed comic Avengers A. I. while Nico Minoru and Chase Stein became part of the cast in Avengers Arena, its sequel Avengers Undercover. In February 2015, it was announced that a new Runaways series would be launching during Marvel's Secret Wars crossover, featuring a new cast set on Battleworld, a Parallel universe; the lineup of the new team included all new members. Additionally, Nico Minoru was featured in A-Force. Nico was used on a second run of A-Force, this time based in the mainstream Marvel Universe, but was cancelled after ten issues. In May 2017, Marvel released teasers with the characters of the Runaways. In June 2017, it was announced that Marvel will release a new Runaways series written by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Kris Anka.

The new series was released in September 2017. When Alex, Gert, Karolina and Nico witness their parents sacrifice a girl in an occult ceremony, the group runs off; as the story progresses, the children learn of their heritage and abilities, steal resources from their parents, including futuristic gauntlets, a dinosaur, a mystical Staff. Using these resources, they manage to remove their parents, who were aided by their benefactors, the Gibborim, from their criminal hold of Los Angeles. Alex, concealing his true loyalty to his parents, betrays the other Runaways to the Pride. With the Pride defeated, Nico becomes the de facto leader, the other Runaways now vow to prevent other villains from filling in the void left by their parents; when an older version of Gert time travels to the present, she begs the Runaways to find a boy named Victor Mancha and stop him before he grows up to become a villain in her time named "Victorious". He betrayed her an

Stephen L. Braga

Stephen L. Braga is an American lawyer, best known for his pro bono representation of Martin Tankleff and the West Memphis Three, he represented Michael Scanlon, the number two target in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. Braga is the Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition, he chairs the national white collar practice at Bracewell LLP. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. referred to in the media as the West Memphis Three, had been incarcerated since 1993 in Arkansas for the murders of three young boys. In the 18 years that followed, DNA testing, jury misconduct, other new pieces of evidence raised doubt about the involvement of the three men in the crime. In 2009, Braga took the lead on efforts to retry the three men. Braga developed a strategy involving a legal compromise: the Alford plea; as he explained to the National Law Journal:'"What is the middle ground between insistence on guilt by the prosecutors and insistence on innocence by the defendants?"

He concluded: "The thing that seemed logical, the only safe harbor, was the Alford plea." His efforts were successful. After entering their Alford pleas, each of the defendants' sentences were deemed as time served, the men were released from prison on August 19, 2011. From 1995 to 2008, Braga served as lead counsel on a team of volunteer lawyers and investigators which sought reversal of the 1990 conviction of Martin Tankleff for the murder of his parents. Tankleff had confessed to the murders after being falsely told by Detective James McCready that physical evidence implicated him and that his father had awoken at the hospital and identified Tankleff as the attacker. Tankleff recanted the confession; the investigation team interviewed a long series of contacts uncovering evidence from more than 20 witnesses that two other people had admitted to the murder. Braga argued the new evidence appeal. Braga is representing Michael Scanlon's appeal to the United States Supreme Court to allow amendment to his plea bargain in 2010 with regard to the Abramoff Indian Casino lobbying scandal.

Braga is asking that Scanlon's agreement to renege on his agreement to reimburse the affected Indian tribes US$20 million, arguing that Scanlon had no fiduciary duty to the tribes. Braga received his B. A. cum laude, from Fairfield University in 1978 and his J. D. magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1981, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Braga began his legal career clerking for one year for The Honorable Thomas A. Flannery of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, he has practiced law at Miller, Larroca & Lewin, Baker Botts, Ropes & Gray. In 2019, Braga joined Bracewell LLP to chair the firm's national white collar defense practice. Braga taught law as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. University of Virginia School of Law profile

Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero. This was the final film of director Gary Winick; the film was released theatrically in North America and other countries on May 14, 2010. The idea for the film was inspired by the 2006 non-fiction book Letters to Juliet, by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman, which chronicles the phenomenon of letter-writing to Shakespeare's most famous romantic heroine. Sophie is a young American woman, she goes on a pre-honeymoon with her chef fiancé Victor to Italy. Victor is unmoved by the romance of Italy and uses his time to research his soon-to-open restaurant neglecting Sophie. Sophie discovers that thousands of "letters to Juliet" left in Juliet's Verona courtyard are answered by the "Secretaries of Juliet". Sophie asks to join them and accidentally finds an unanswered letter by a Claire Smith from 1957, she answers it and within a week the now-elderly Claire Smith arrives in Verona with her handsome barrister grandson Charlie Wyman.

Claire and Sophie take an instant liking to each other. Following the advice in Sophie's reply, Claire decides to look for her long-lost love, Lorenzo Bartolini. Sophie, thinking Claire's story might help her with her writing career and has genuine interest in the story, helps Claire; the two find out. After many days of searching for the right Lorenzo, they find. Charlie blames Sophie for his grandmother's sadness, he accuses her of not knowing. Claire, witnessing the dispute, tells Charlie that he was wrong and that Sophie's mother had walked away from her when she was a little girl; the following day, Claire insists. After dinner, Sophie talks to Charlie about love, still believing Claire's Lorenzo is still alive, the two kiss; the following morning is their last day of searching for Lorenzo. On a whim, Claire points out a vineyard to Charlie and asks if he could stop so they can have a farewell drink for Sophie; as Charlie drives down the road, Claire sees a young man who looks like her Lorenzo.

They discover the man is Lorenzo Bartolini's grandson, Claire and the elder Lorenzo reunite. When Sophie heads back to Verona, Claire pushes Charlie to pursue her, but he backs off when he sees Sophie with Victor. Back in New York, Sophie breaks up with Victor before returning to Verona to attend Claire and Lorenzo's wedding, she finds Charlie with another woman and runs out crying. Charlie comes out to find her, she admits she loves him but tells him to go back to Patricia. Charlie tells Sophie he loves her, he climbs up the vine to the balcony, recreating the original famous scene from Romeo and Juliet, but accidentally falls down, they kiss as he lies on the ground. Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Hall, a fact checker living in New York. Christopher Egan as Charlie Wyman, Claire's grandson, who has trouble coming to terms with his grandmother loving anyone other than his late grandfather, his parents died in a car accident. Vanessa Redgrave as Claire Smith-Wyman, the girl who wrote the letter to Juliet 50 years before, is hoping to find her Lorenzo.

Franco Nero as Lorenzo Bartolini, Claire's love interest. Nero is Redgrave's real life husband. Roger Ebert, having interviewed both Nero and Redgrave on the set of Camelot, noted how much of the love story between their characters is nearly autobiographical. Gael García Bernal as Victor, Sophie's chef fiancé, preoccupied with anything having to do with food and the opening of his restaurant. Luisa Ranieri as Isabella, the most important of the four original Juliet's secretaries in the film and a friend of Sophie's. Marina Massironi as Francesca, one of Juliet's secretaries. Lidia Biondi as Donatella, one of Juliet's secretaries. Milena Vukotic as Maria, one of Juliet's secretaries. Oliver Platt as Bobby, the editor of The New Yorker who wants Sophie to remain a fact-checker. Daniel Baldock as Lorenzo Jr. the older of Lorenzo's sons. Stefano Guerrini as Lorenzo III, grandson of Lorenzo. Ashley Lilley as Patricia, Charlie's cousin who has the same name as his ex-girlfriend. Fabio Testi as Count Lorenzo.

Luisa De Santis as Isabella's mother. Letters to Juliet received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 41% based on 154 reviews, with an average score of 5.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads "Letters to Juliet has a refreshingly earnest romantic charm, but it suffers from limp dialogue and an utter lack of surprises." Metacritic gives it an average score of 50 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called the film "cheerfully ridiculous", pointing out the differing accents from both Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Egan, but gave praise to Vanessa Redgrave for a "likably, if not quite intentionally mad performance." Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle was positive towards Redgrave, describing her performance as being "elegant, clear-eyed and nurturing" and noting that she "commands the corniest dialogue to stand up and sound like poetry." Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News praised both Redgrave and Seyfried, saying the former brings "a lovely gravity to the lightweight proceedings" and the latter displays "an unusually levelheaded presence."

Roger Ebert was aware of the film's genre and how it operates but that he didn't care about that: "I know the ending is preordained fr

Milwaukee, Minnesota

Milwaukee, Minnesota is a 2003 American drama film starring Troy Garity, Alison Folland, Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid. Troy Garity as Albert Burroughs Alison Folland as Tuey Stites Randy Quaid as Jerry James Bruce Dern as Sean McNally Hank Harris as Stan Stites Debra Monk as Edna Burroughs Josh Brolin as Gary Holly Woodlawn as Transvestite The film has a 38% rating with 34 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Nick Schager of Slant Magazine awarded the film one star out of four. Nev Pierce of the BBC awarded it two stars out of five. Allan Mindel won the New American Cinema Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Young Critics Award for Best Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Milwaukee, Minnesota on IMDb Milwaukee, Minnesota at Rotten Tomatoes

Stratford, New Zealand

Stratford is the only town in Stratford District, the seat of the Taranaki Region, in New Zealand's North Island. It lies beneath the eastern slopes of Mount Taranaki/Egmont halfway between New Plymouth and Hawera, near the geographic centre of the Taranaki Region; the town has a population of 5,740, making it the 47th largest urban area in New Zealand, the fourth largest in Taranaki. The Stratford District has a population of 9,750, a land area of 2,163.35 km², divided between the Manawatu-Wanganui Region and the Taranaki Region. Stratford is at the junction of State Highway 3 and State Highway 43. On State Highway 3 New Plymouth is 39 km north, Inglewood 21 km north, Eltham 11 km south and Hawera 30 km south. On State Highway 43 Taumarunui is 146 km to the east; this road is known as "The Forgotten World Highway", due to the scarcity of settlement along the road in contrast to its earlier history. A sign reads "No Petrol for 150 km". Stratford railway station is the junction of the Marton -- Stratford -- Okahukura lines.

The Stratford District takes in about one quarter of the Taranaki Region, includes four major geological features: the Taranaki volcanic cone, its associated ring plain, the Patea River catchment, the eastern hill country. The south-eastern face of Mount Taranaki is in the Stratford district, the north-westernmost point of the district being the 2518 m high peak. From the peak the boundaries run due east and due south. Pembroke Road winds up the mountain slope from Stratford to a carpark and lookout at "The Plateau", at 1172 m. Manganui skifield is a short hike from the carpark, across the Manganui Gorge. On the south-eastern face of the mountain, Manaia Road gives access to Dawson Falls and the Konini Lodge, at 890 m altitude; the natural Wilkies Pools are a short hike above the lodge. The Taranaki volcanic ring plain provides a steady contour with a subtle gradient, upon which Stratford and its environs have been settled; the easy gradient and rich volcanic soils and the high level of rainfall provide high quality pasture and agricultural land.

Within this area the ring plain is drained by three river catchments: the Manganui River catchment to the north, the Waingongoro River catchment to the south, the dominant Patea River catchment. The headwaters of the Patea River are above Stratford. From there the river flows eastwards, its upper catchment taking in a narrow area of land between the Manganui River catchment to the north and the Waingongoro River catchment to the south. Stratford is on the banks of the Patea River, at the junction of the Patea River and Paetahi Stream 15 km east of the headwaters. Due to the narrow width of the catchment, the southern boundary of the town is on the Patea/Waingongoro divide, while 4 km to the north Midhirst is on the Patea/Manganui divide. Beyond Stratford the catchment widens to include a number of ancient swamps, including Ngaere and Toko, the Kahouri and Piakau ring plain streams; the river takes in the expansive eastern hill country catchments of the Toko, Mangaehu, Mangaotuku and Makahu Streams, before winding its way southwards through the hills of the South Taranaki district, to its mouth at Patea.

Beyond Stratford the district extends 45 km to the east, between the Waitara River to the north and the Matemateāonga Range to the south, with the Whanganui River and Heao Stream constituting much of the district's eastern boundary. This area is dominated by steep sandstone and mudstone hills and winding valleys. Much of the steep and isolated hill country is in exotic forestry; the remainder of the district beef pastoral farming. Much of the eastern hill country falls within the catchment of its tributaries. However, to the north the district takes in Waitara River and its tributaries, including the Makara, Matau and Mangaowata catchments. At its northernmost point the district includes the Mt Damper Stream and its associated swamp and falls, which feed into the Tongaporutu River. In the east the district takes in the Whangamomona River catchment, most of the Tangarakau River catchment, both of which feed into the Whanganui River; this area is separated from the west by the densely forested Whangamomona Saddle, making it an isolated and distinctive part of the district, the area once had its own county council.

To the south-east the district takes in the upper reaches of the Waitotara River catchment, within the Matemateāonga Range and the Waitotara Conservation Area. Stratford is surrounded by a number of small settlements. To the north on State Highway 3 are Midhirst and beyond that Waipuku, to the south is the locality of Ngaere. Cardiff, Mahoe and Pembroke are beneath the mountain to the west, Wharehuia, Tuna, Te Popo and Kupe are to the north-east. To the east, along State Highway 43 and the Stratford-Okahukura railway, lie settlements that in their heyday were bustling villages. Toko and the renowned Whangamomona have retained their character as villages, while the settlements of Douglas, Huiakama, Te Wera, Marco and Tahora now consist of no more than a few houses. Along roads off State Highway 3 are a number of other settlements, some of which were once bustling villages. Huiroa, Matau and Mt. Damper are to the north and west of the highway, Huinga, Puniwhakau, Makahu and Tangarakau are to the south and east.

Stratford is the gateway to two National Parks - Egmont

DB Class 120

The DB Baureihe 120 is a class of electric locomotives operated by DB Fernverkehr in Germany. The locomotives' prototypes, delivered in 1979, were one of the first electric locomotives with three-phase motors, they were based on experiences made in the 1970s with diesel-electric test platforms. In Norway, a new four-axle Locomotive, Mark El-17, was launched during 1983 with top speeds up to 93 miles per hour; the design was intended to be the first universal locomotive, capable of pulling fast passenger trains as well as heavy freight trains. While the electric equipment exceeded expectations, the mechanical part suffered from its lightweight construction necessitated by the heavy electronics of the time. After extensive tests, a series of 60 locomotives were ordered in 1984 and delivered in 1986–1988. Original plans to build up to 2,000 machines were ended by DB's privatisation; the 120s went to DB Fernverkehr, the other divisions of Deutsche Bahn ordered locomotives that featured technologies from the 120, but were not direct successors.

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