WWE SmackDown referred to as SmackDown Live or SmackDown, is a professional wrestling television program that debuted on April 29, 1999. The show's name refers to the SmackDown brand, to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform. SmackDown is broadcast live on Tuesday nights on USA Network, it will return to over-the-air broadcast television on October 4, 2019, filling the entirety of the Fox Friday night schedule. The show was broadcast on Thursday nights, but moved to Friday on September 9, 2005, before returning to Thursdays on January 15, 2015. On July 19, 2016, it was moved to a live broadcast on Tuesday night. SmackDown! debuted in the United States on the UPN television network on April 29, 1999, but after the merger of UPN and the WB, SmackDown! began airing on The CW in September 2006. The show was moved to MyNetworkTV in October 2008, to Syfy on October 1, 2010 and to USA Network on January 7, 2016, it complements Raw as the second of WWE's two main weekly programs. As of March 3, 2017, all archived episodes of the show are available for on demand viewing via the WWE Network.
SmackDown has been broadcast in 148 cities and towns, in seven countries. Prior to switching to the current live format, taped episodes premiered a few hours earlier in Ireland and the United Kingdom and a day earlier in Australia, Canada and Philippines than the United States, due to time differences. For international broadcast listings, see below; the show celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 10, 2014, the 1000th episode on October 16, 2018. WWF SmackDown! was set up to compete against WCW's Thursday night show, Thunder. In the spirit of the WWF's Attitude Era, the show was planned to be two hours of WWF Divas in primetime TV. However, this did not work out, instead SmackDown! became a complementary show to augment Raw is War. SmackDown! First appeared on April 29, 1999 using the Raw set as a single television special on UPN. On August 26, 1999, SmackDown! Officially debuted on UPN. Like WCW Thunder, SmackDown! was recorded on Tuesdays and broadcast on Thursdays. The new WWF show was so popular that WCW moved Thunder to Wednesdays in the hope of holding on to fans rather than losing them to the WWF.
SmackDown!, like Thunder, made heavy use of the color blue, earning it the nickname "The Blue Show" amongst wrestling fans. Throughout the show's early existence, The Rock called SmackDown! "his show", in reference to the fact that the name was derived from one of his catchphrases, "Layeth the smacketh down". In March 2002, WWE underwent the "brand extension", a process in which WWE divided itself into two branches; the two divisions and SmackDown!, would compete against each other. The brand extension was made public during a telecast of Raw on March 18, 2002, became official on the April 1, 2002 episode of Raw. On the August 29, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that performers from Raw and SmackDown were no longer exclusive to their respective brand, thus dissolving the brand extension; the October 14, 2011, episode made SmackDown the second-longest-running weekly episodic television series of American television history. On January 18, 2013, SmackDown celebrated its 700th episode. On October 10, 2014, SmackDown celebrated its 15th Anniversary.
The 15th season premiere opened with a new theme, "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy. To help celebrate the 15th anniversary, Stephanie McMahon came out first Laurinaitis and Long the latter of which kept one-upping each other for the main event of the night until McMahon decided to keep the 15-man tag team match that Long suggested, on the condition Laurinaitis and Long be the captains of each team like at WrestleMania XXVIII. Long's team won the match. On December 16, 2014, SmackDown aired its 800th episode, which aired live on USA Network, featuring the main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins. On May 25, 2016, as part of the re-implementation of the brand extension and split between Raw and SmackDown, it was announced that SmackDown would become a live program on Tuesday nights. On the July 11, 2016 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the commissioner of SmackDown. Next week on Raw, Daniel Bryan was revealed as the new SmackDown General Manager. On July 22, 2016, General Manager Daniel Bryan revealed the new SmackDown logo on his official Twitter page.
On April 10, 2018, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Daniel Bryan was back as a full-time WWE wrestler and named Paige the new General Manager. From the show's inception in 1999, SmackDown was aired on UPN. WWE's "lame duck" status with Viacom on Spike TV may have prompted it to move SmackDown! to the Friday night death slot for the fall 2005 season. UPN received better ratings on Fridays. In addition, UPN had been able to hold on to the ratings from Thursday nights, most notably with comedian Chris Rock's sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. In January 2006, UPN renewed SmackDown' for two more years. After Star Trek: Enterprise had been canceled, SmackDown moved into Enterprise's former timeslot. WWE promoted this move with the tagline "TV that's changing Friday nights." SmackDown! made its season premiere on September 9, 2005. On September 22, 2006, Friday Night SmackDown! debuted on The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. On April 20, 2007, SmackDown!
Celebrated its 400th episode. SmackDown debuted on MyNetworkTV in the Uni
The Adam Carolla Show (podcast)
The Adam Carolla Show is a free podcast hosted by comedian and radio-television personality Adam Carolla. Its first episode went online on February 23, 2009; the show is the flagship program of Carolla Digital. In May 2011, the show became the Guinness World Records holder for the most downloaded podcast after receiving 59,574,843 unique downloads from March 2009 to March 16, 2011, overtaking the previous record set by The Ricky Gervais Show, a podcast hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais; the first episode of the show, at the time titled The Adam Carolla Podcast, was released on Feb. 23, 2009 — just days after his terrestrial radio program on KLSX ended. The format of the podcast was different from that of the radio show; the podcast, while released each weekday, featured a minimal amount of production and was less structured. Episodes were a dialog between Carolla and one or more guests. While there were no regular co-hosts, regular guests from the radio show, including Drew Pinsky, Teresa Strasser, Dave Dameshek and Bryan Bishop, began making frequent appearances.
Listener call-in was added to the show and Carolla began using language that FCC restrictions prohibit on terrestrial radio. In its first 24 hours of release, the premiere episode was downloaded over 250,000 times; as of the third episode, the show was the number one podcast on the iTunes Store in both the U. S. and Canada. During the debut week, the podcast recorded 1.6 million downloads. In the second week it recorded 2.4 million downloads. By the second week of the show, the fourth episode of the podcast featuring former radio show sidekick Dave Dameshek was downloaded over 500,000 times. In its first year, The Adam Carolla Podcast was selected as the Best Audio Podcast of 2009 by iTunes. In 2010, the show was restructured to more resemble the format of Carolla's radio show while still retaining full creative control and freedom from FCC restrictions. Several production members and on-air talent from the radio show returned. Included among these were producer Angie Fitzsimmons, co-hosts Teresa Strasser and Bryan Bishop, announcer Mike Dawson.
Regular news segments returned to the program with comedic commentary. Featured segments returned, such as "What Can't Adam Complain About?", "Totally Topical Tivo Trivia", "Blah Blah Blog". Shows continue to feature a celebrity guest, with the guest participating in the featured segments and joining the commentary on the news; the change in format premiered on May 2010 with guest voice actor Billy West. Along with the change in format, the title of the show was changed to The Adam Carolla Show. On August 19, 2010, Strasser joined the Peter Tilden Show on KABC Radio and reduced her role on the Adam Carolla Show. With Strasser's occasional absence, Carolla began returning to the podcast's original host-and-guest-only interview style, beginning with episodes featuring Morgan Spurlock and David Cross. In early 2011, Alison Rosen formally replaced Strasser as co-host and took over responsibility of the news desk. In early 2012, Carolla's founding partner, Donny Misraje, was terminated by Carolla. Misraje subsequently filed a lawsuit against Carolla.
On January 5, 2015, Adam Carolla announced that Alison Rosen would no longer be a part of the show, explaining that she was a good comic lead, but not a good sidekick. Rosen was replaced by terrestrial radio personality Gina Grad, whom Adam considers a good sidekick and not a separate comedic voice. Remarking on the differences between Rosen and Grad, Adam said, "I think Alison Rosen is talented and funny. I think she’s a great writer and I think she’s a great comedic voice, but I don’t think she’s a great sidekick... I don’t think that’s her calling... she's better as a lead than a sidekick." About Grad, Carolla said she's great because, "I don't need that much out of that role, I don’t, I just need them to... be there... in a good mood funny is nice... but it’s not something that I’ve really needed, I think fits in perfectly.”As of 2018, each show is split into two parts in an effort to increase downloads and ad revenue. The Adam Carolla Show features recurring guests. Comedians Larry Miller, Jo Koy, David Alan Grier, Dana Gould, Greg Fitzsimmons are recurring guests with their own characters and improvised comedy situations that are featured.
Examples include David Alan Grier singing as Teddy Pendergrass and Larry Miller's hypothetical road trip. Dana Gould and Adam Carolla go back to similar comedic subjects such as impersonating Huell Howser clips from his show on PBS; the podcast opens with Carolla telling anecdotes about his personal life. These stories turn into one of Carolla's many characteristic rants about the California Highway Patrol, turning left against red lights, passion fruit flavoring, or the stupidity of people he deals with; these rants are sometimes fueled by things. But not always, around the middle of the show they have another segment. During live gigs these are games like "Blah Blah Blog" or "Totally Topical Tivo Trivia". Sometimes Bald Bryan will do a film review in his Baldywood segment. Dave Dameshek will come in and do sports news ending in some rant or riff between him and Adam. Dave Dameshek has become a regular feature with Adam in a segment called Good Sports. After this Adam brings in the guest if he hasn't already.
Sometimes this segment will be a more formal interview and other times it will be one of the recurring guests or comedians improvising or conversing with Adam. Guests vary from actors, comedians and politicians who will sit
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
State University of New York at Oswego
State University of New York at Oswego known as SUNY Oswego and Oswego State, is a public college in the City of Oswego and Town of Oswego, in the U. S. state of New York, on the shore of Lake Ontario. It has Metro Center in Syracuse, New York. SUNY Oswego was founded in 1861 as the Oswego Primary Teachers Training School by Edward Austin Sheldon, who introduced a revolutionary teaching methodology Oswego Movement in American education. In 1942 the New York Legislature elevated it from a normal school to a degree-granting teachers' college, Oswego State Teachers College, a founding and charter member of the State University of New York system in 1948. In 1962 the college broadened its scope to become a liberal arts college. SUNY Oswego has over 80,000 living alumni. Oswego State offers more than 100 academic programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, certificates of advanced study, it consists of four colleges and schools: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Communications and the Arts.
In 2011, SUNY Oswego marked its 150th anniversary with a sesquicentennial celebration campaign to honor its rich tradition and heritage. SUNY Oswego is the only SUNY campus to offer a degree in Software Engineering. Founded in the city of Oswego by Sheldon to train teachers to meet pressing educational needs, the college moved to its current location on the shore of Lake Ontario in 1913 after Sheldon Hall was constructed; the current campus is located on 690 acres along Lake Ontario. Development of the campus was planned by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who designed the major buildings; the campus today consists of 46 buildings with classrooms, laboratories and athletic facilities. Recent years have witnessed the launch of a $700 million campus-wide renovation and renewal program, with the new Campus Center acting as the social hub of campus; the college's new social hub, known as the Marano Campus Center Complex, which opened in the fall of 2007, includes new construction and renovation of the existing Swetman/Poucher complex.
The $25.5 million 111,492-square-foot Marano Campus Center portion, the new construction, includes a convocation hall and ice arena, food court, box office, fireplace lounge, breakfast nook and reservable spaces. The renovated portions of the building house The Compass, The Point, a student media center with WNYO, WTOP and The Oswegonian newspaper, Copy Center, Freshëns Cafe. Academic departments in the Campus Center include English and creative writing, modern languages and literatures and philosophy, while the Office of Learning Services stands ready to assist students who need help outside the classroom. In addition, the College Honors Program is located in the Campus Center. Within Tyler Hall is the Tyler Art Gallery; the gallery showcases local and traveling exhibitions, exhibitions of faculty work and student exhibitions. Tyler Art Gallery has a mission as a teaching gallery, which means that it is used by the students and faculty at SUNY Oswego as the interface for direct encounters with original works of art of professional quality.
The gallery serves as the training base for the museum studies program and allows students to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the gallery. The Student Art Exhibition Committee curate and have sole responsibility for the annual exhibition of student work. Tyler Art Gallery's permanent collection comprises European and American drawings, paintings and sculpture that date from the 18th century to the present, including several works by artist Sasha Kolin. One subsection of the permanent collection, the Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints, contains over 500 prints by American printmakers from the first half of the twentieth century. Tyler Hall is in the process of significant renovations, with the first phase completed for a fall 2016 reopening. Physically separate from the main campus, on the other side of New York State Route 104, is the south campus, consisting of Laker Hall, Romney Fieldhouse and several athletic fields. In addition, more than 400 acres of Rice Creek Field Station are on the South Campus.
A variety of living options are available through 11 residence halls: Lakeside Area: Scales, Waterbury and Johnson Halls. Riggs, Scales and Johnson were renovated. West Campus called "New Campus": Cayuga, Seneca and Onondaga Halls. Onondaga Hall was constructed in a suite style, allowing communal living of up to six students per dormitory. Main Campus: Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center, Funnelle Hall Mackin Complex: Lonis and Moreland Halls, located in the city of Oswego across the street from Sheldon Hall. Lonis consists of single occupancy rooms for upperclassmen, while Moreland is the traditional double occupancy dorm style for all class standings. West Campus, along with Laker Hall, Hewitt Student Union, Tyler Hall, Culkin Hall, Penfield Library, Lanigan Hall and Mahar Hall are all built in the Brutalist style and date to the early 1970s. Due to a shortage in residential rooms in fall 2008 caused by greater enrollment and on-campus living requests than expected, several rooms were offered in renovated conference/hotel space in Sheldon Hall.
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Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U. S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County. With a land area of 71 square miles and water area of 26 square miles, Kings County is New York state's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city's five boroughs. Today, if each borough were ranked as a city, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous in the U. S. after Los Angeles and Chicago. Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city until January 1, 1898, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities and counties to form the modern City of New York, surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs.
The borough continues, however. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn's official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch as "Unity makes strength". In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases, a decrease in housing affordability. Since the 2010s, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms, of postmodern art and design; the name Brooklyn is derived from the original Dutch colonial name Breuckelen, meaning marshland. Established in 1646, the name first appeared in print in 1663; the Dutch colonists named it after the scenic town of Netherlands. Over the past two millennia, the name of the ancient town in Holland has been Bracola, Brocckede, Brocklandia, Broikelen and Breukelen; the New Amsterdam settlement of Breuckelen went through many spelling variations, including Breucklyn, Brucklyn, Brookland, Brockland and Brookline/Brook-line.
There have been so many variations of the name. The final name of Brooklyn, however, is the most accurate to its meaning; the history of European settlement in Brooklyn spans more than 350 years. The settlement began in the 17th century as the small Dutch-founded town of "Breuckelen" on the East River shore of Long Island, grew to be a sizeable city in the 19th century, was consolidated in 1898 with New York City, the remaining rural areas of Kings County, the rural areas of Queens and Staten Island, to form the modern City of New York; the etymology of Breuckelen may be directly from the dialect word Breuckelen meaning buckle or from the Plattdeutsch Brücken meaning bridge. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle Long Island's western edge, largely inhabited by the Lenape, an Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribe who are referred to in colonial documents by a variation of the place name "Canarsie". Bands were associated with place names, but the colonists thought their names represented different tribes.
The Breuckelen settlement was named after Breukelen in the Netherlands. The Dutch West India Company lost little time in chartering the six original parishes: Gravesend: in 1645, settled under Dutch patent by English followers of Anabaptist Lady Deborah Moody, named for's-Gravenzande, Netherlands, or Gravesend, England Brooklyn Heights: as Breuckelen in 1646, after the town now spelled Breukelen, Netherlands. Breuckelen was located along Fulton Street between Smith Street. Brooklyn Heights, or Clover Hill, is where the village Brooklyn was founded in 1816. Flatlands: as Nieuw Amersfoort in 1647 Flatbush: as Midwout in 1652 Nieuw Utrecht: in 1657, after the city of Utrecht, Netherlands Bushwick: as Boswijck in 1661 The colony's capital of New Amsterdam, across the East River, obtained its charter in 1653 than the village of Brooklyn; the neighborhood of Marine Park was home to North America's first tide mill. It was built by the Dutch, the foundation can be seen today, but the area was not formally settled as a town.
Many incidents and documents relating to this period are in Gabriel Furman's 1824 compilation. What is Brooklyn today left Dutch hands after the final English conquest of New Netherland in 1664, a prelude to the Second Anglo–Dutch War. New Netherland was taken in a naval action, the conquerors renamed their prize in honor of the overall English naval commander, Duke of York, brother of the monarch King Charles II of England and future king himself as King James II of England and James VII of Scotland; the English reorganized the six old Dutch towns on southwestern Long Island as Kings County on November 1, 1683, one of the "original twelve counties" established in New York Pro
Benjamin Jeremy Stein is a conservative American writer, lawyer and commentator on political and economic issues. A graduate of Columbia University, Stein began his career in law, graduating as valedictorian from Yale Law School, he attained early success as a speechwriter for U. S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He entered the entertainment field and became an actor and Emmy Award-winning game show host, he is most well-known on screen as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and as Dr. Arthur Neuman in The Mask and Son of the Mask. Stein is a filmmaker, he co-wrote and starred in the 2008 documentary Expelled, which portrays intelligent design as a scientifically valid alternative to Darwinian evolution and alleges a scientific conspiracy against those promoting intelligent design in laboratories and classrooms. Stein said that his aim was to expose "people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t touch God."Stein has written commentaries on economic and social issues, along with financial advice to individual investors.
He is the son of economist and writer Herbert Stein, who worked at the White House under President Nixon. His sister, Rachel, is a writer. While as a character actor he is well known for his droning, monotonous delivery, in real life he is a public speaker on a wide range of economic and social issues. In comedy, he is known for his deadpan delivery. Stein was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Mildred, a homemaker, Herbert Stein, a writer and presidential adviser. He grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1962 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein. Actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School, he went on to major in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating as valedictorian in June 1970, he was first a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D.
C. before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission. Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D. C, he subsequently taught classes at University of California, Santa Cruz on political and civil rights under the United States Constitution. At Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects, he was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School, from about 1990 to 1997. Stein writes on a variety of topics, including politics and economics, he writes a regular column in the conservative magazines The American Newsmax. He has written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Barron's Magazine, where his discussion of the Michael Milken Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond situation, as well as the ethical dimensions of management buyouts, attracted heavy US national attention in the 1980s and 1990s.
He wrote a regular biweekly column for Yahoo! Finance online, with his last article dated August 7, 2009, his bestselling books include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably, Can America Survive?, Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of The Real Stars. Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at The New York Times in August 2009, due to a policy prohibiting writers from performing product endorsements or advertising. Stein had become an advertising spokesman for credit information company Freescore.com, according to a Times statement, had assumed there would be no conflict provided that he did not discuss credit scoring in general or FreeScore.com itself in his column. However, the publication felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising, terminated his contract. Writing in The Spectator, Stein states his belief that the real reasons for his firing were budget cuts at the Times, his criticism of President Obama, pressure from those critical of Expelled, who "bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest".
Stein is an in-house journalist at Newsmax Magazine, a magazine by the conservative media group Newsmax Media. Stein began his political career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, for President Gerald Ford. On May 3, 1976, Time magazine speculated on the possibility of Stein having been Deep Throat. Stein responded over the years by not only denying he was Deep Throat, but by going further and accusing journalist Bob Woodward of falsifying the famous secret source. In the May 14–21, 1998 edition of the Philadelphia City Paper, Stein is quoted saying, "Oh, I don't think there was a Deep Throat; that was a fake. I think there were several different sources and some they just made up." After Mark Felt's identity as Deep Throat was revealed, Stein stated that Richard Nixon would have prevented the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge if he had not been forced to resign. For his actions leading to that resignation, Stein said: If there is such a thing as karma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life or the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth.
And Bob Woodward
2015 National League Championship Series
The 2015 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The Mets swept the Cubs four games to none for their fifth National League pennant in franchise history; the series was the 46th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Game 1 was played on October 17; this was the first postseason meeting between the Mets and Cubs, first NLCS in which the losing team never had a lead during a game. It was the first since 2007 to end in a sweep and the third best-of-seven NLCS to do so; the Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games. The Chicago Cubs finished the 2015 season with a 97 -- the third best record in the majors. With new manager Joe Maddon and the great play of pitcher Jake Arrieta and hitters Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the Cubs experienced their best season since 2008 when they won 97 games.
Despite their record, the Cubs only received the second Wild Card bid and had to travel to play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game, where they won 4–0. They advanced to the NLCS by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3 games to 1 in the NLDS; this was the first time. It is their first appearance in the NLCS since their fourth appearance overall, it snapped the Cardinals' NLCS appearance streak at four. The New York Mets made their first playoff appearance since 2006 with help from their starting pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard as well the late season acquisition of hitter Yoenis Céspedes; the Mets finished 2015 with a 90–72 record, clinching the National League East on September 26 with a 10–2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the 2015 NLDS, their first playoff series played at Citi Field since its opening in 2009; this is the second straight NLDS in which the Mets clinched in L. A. advancing to the NLCS for the first time since 2006 and their eighth appearance overall.
During the 2015 regular season, the Cubs won all seven games against the Mets. This was the first time since 2008 that this series did not feature the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, or St. Louis Cardinals. New York won the series, 4–0. Having used aces Jake Arrieta and Jacob deGrom late in their respective Division Series, the Cubs turned to Jon Lester and the Mets to Matt Harvey for Game 1 of the Championship Series. Daniel Murphy, fresh off a Division Series in which he hit three home runs, jumped Lester early on with a home run in the first inning. Lester would settle down, only allowing that lone run through four innings, but Harvey was better, throwing four perfect innings as he blew away the Cubs hitters. After getting ahead of Anthony Rizzo on an 0–2 count, Harvey came inside with a fastball and plunked the Cubs first baseman on the arm, allowing Rizzo to reach base as the first Cubs baserunner of the night; the next batter, Starlin Castro, jumped Harvey for a double that eluded the reach of Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares in center field that scored Rizzo and knotted the game at one.
Harvey would retire the following batter, Jorge Soler, on a groundout to third, forcing Castro to hold at second, but subsequently allowed a base hit to left by Javier Báez. Testing the strong arm of left fielder Yoenis Céspedes, Castro attempted to score on the hit by Báez, but was thrown out at the plate by Céspedes in plenty of time, helping Harvey escape the inning having only allowed the one run. In the bottom of the fifth, Wilmer Flores and Lagares would both reach on one-out singles against Lester, bringing up Harvey with runners on first and second; the Met starter attempted to move the runners over with a sacrifice bunt, but did so right towards the first baseman Rizzo who fired over to third to force out Flores for the second out of the inning. The third baseman Kris Bryant attempted to make a return throw to first base which may have forced out Harvey for a double play, but Bryant fumbled the ball from his glove hand to his throwing hand, allowing the inning to continue; the next batter, Curtis Granderson blooped a single into center field to score Lagares and help the Mets regain the lead.
Once again with the lead Harvey would regain control and blank the Cubs in the top halves of the sixth and seventh, while the Mets would add runs off of Lester. Travis d'Arnaud hit a home run in the sixth inning off of Citi Field's Home Run Apple in center field; the Mets would manufacture another run in the seventh after a Lagares leadoff single. After Harvey sacrificed Lagares to second, the Met center fielder stole third with one out, setting up a Granderson sacrifice fly to make it a 4–1 game. With Harvey still pitching into the eighth, Kyle Schwarber smoked a home run deep into the Cubs bullpen in right center, ending Harvey's night after 7⅔ innings, having allowed only two runs and four hits to go along with nine strikeouts. Mets closer Jeurys Familia came on for the 4-out save, would finish it off for Harvey, getting help from a Murphy diving play for the last out of the game. Looking to rebound and tie the series, the Cubs turned to ace Jake Arrieta in a matchup against Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard.
Much like in Game 1, the Mets got on the board in the first inning after a Curtis Granderson single, a David Wright RBI double, a Daniel Murphy two-run home run to give the Mets a 3–0 lead through three batters against Arrieta. For Wright, it was his first hit and RBI since Game 1 of the NLDS. Murphy's home run extended his streak of consecutive postseason games with a