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FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. He and his siblings Greg Golodoff and Elizabeth Kudrin are the last three surviving Attuan Aleuts of the Japanese occupation of the island. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, a photo of Martha Hodikoff Woods is on display beneath her Attu family tree as Luanna Greybear collects genealogical information on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, two of the last three surviving Attuan Aleuts, brothers Greg Golodoff, center, Nick Golodoff, center right, and George Kurdin, center left, representing the Golodoff’s sister, Elizabeth Kurdin, pose for a group photo on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, cultural anthropologist Rachel Mason, standing center, addresses participants on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. He and his siblings Greg Golodoff and Elizabeth Kudrin are the last three surviving Attuan Aleuts of the Japanese occupation of the island. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, a photo of Martha Hodikoff Woods is on display beneath her Attu family tree as Luanna Greybear collects genealogical information on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, two of the last three surviving Attuan Aleuts, brothers Greg Golodoff, center, Nick Golodoff, center right, and George Kurdin, center left, representing the Golodoff’s sister, Elizabeth Kurdin, pose for a group photo on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT 14 2012 AND THEREAFTER In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, cultural anthropologist Rachel Mason, standing center, addresses participants on the first day of the Attu Reunion at the National Park Service building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association hosted the event, where survivors and descendants of survivors of the Japanese invasion and occupation if Attu are meeting some for the first time. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Erik Hill) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU TV, KTVA TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

The Japanese rounded up the residents and put them under martial law. A few months later, Golodoff and 41 other Attuans were shipped to Japan as prisoners.

Half would die before they returned to America. None would ever see their village again.

Today Golodoff, his younger brother Greg and sister Elizabeth Kudrin are the last survivors of Attu, the only people alive who had homes on American soil that were occupied by a hostile force, the only living Americans to have been taken forcibly from their cou ntry by an invading army.

This week the National Park Service and Aleutian Pribilof Island Association are hosting “The Attu Reunion.” Survivors and descendants of survivors are meeting some for the first time.

Activities began on Tuesday in Anchorage as Golodoff and others looked over old photos of Attuans and tried to identify them in a race to record the village’s past before the last memories vanish.

“No one knows anything about us,” Golodoff said in an interview this week. . “That’s why I wrote the book.”

Golodoff’s “Attu Boy,” published by the National Park Service earlier this year, includes historical photographs, commentary by NPS Senior Cultural Anthropologist Rachel Mason and additional first person recollections from Attuans who have since passed away. It recently received the Alaska Historical Society’s annual award for Contributions to Alaska History.

The Japanese occupied two Alaska islands in World War II as part of a sprawling militar y action that included the pivotal Battle of Midway. A few Navy men were the sole inhabitants of Kiska, southeast of Attu. But Attu itself consisted entirely of civilians, mostly Alaska Natives.

In 1943, Attu Island became the scene of the bloodiest land battle in North America since the Civil War. Total losses of American and Japanese troops is calculated between 2,500 and 3,000 or more, a number on par with Pearl Harbor or the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Americans are even less aware of the wartime fate of Attu village and its people, something Golodoff wants to rectify.

As a child in Attu, Golodoff lived in a small, uninsulated home and, with his family, subsisted mostly on local fish and game. He spoke the island dialect of Unangan, the Aleut language; adults also spoke a mix of English and Russian. He picked up Japanese while interred but didn’t use English until after the war was over. He never graduated from high school, but admits to being an avid reader.

“In most of the books I have read about World War II in the Aleutian Islands, there is some truth, but there is a lot of dishonesty in the books. I know this because I have been through it,” he writes. “I’m talking about my own experiences so people will know what happened to me. I don’t remember everything about my childhood but I do remember well my experience during World War II.”

He recalls how the Japanese soldiers bunked in the Orthodox church and how a sentry gave him candy, how he accompanied his mother to dig clay while in Japan, how disease and hunger cut down the villagers one by one.

“I used to get a quarter of a bowl of watery rice a day and sometimes oats and water,” he writes. “The Attuan boys stole food at night.”

He remembers American planes dropping food to the POWs wh en the war ended and his first taste of Coca Cola.

The Japanese treated the Alaskans somewhat better than civilians taken from China or Korea, Mason says. But the Attuans nonetheless endured three and a half years of malnutrition, illness and, at times abuse at the hands of their captors.

Other Alaska Natives were treated almost as badly by their own government. After the capture of Attu, officials ordered Aleuts to internment camps in Southeast Alaska. Poor food, lack of heat in the wet, cold climate and inadequate medical care killed many.

When the war ended, some had no homes to return to. Soldiers had looted churches and towns. Whole villages had been dismantled by combatants.

Among the so called “lost villages” was Attu, leveled during the build up to the great battle. Today only a lonely memorial marks the old village site.
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A fast moving seven alarm fire in the Van Nest section of the Bronx on Tuesday morning injured more than a dozen people, the city fire department said.

“I woke up my husband and the kids and said, ‘Put on clothes, let’s go, let’s go,” said a resident. “‘There’s a fire somewhere in this building.’ Now I’m starting to smell smoke coming up from my bathroom.”

It took firefighters about eight hours to put out all the flames at the building on Commonwealth and East Tremont Avenues. The bitter cold was an extra challenge for crews. Tuesday in a furniture store and quickly spread to the apartments above.

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The city buildings department said inspectors are evaluating if the four story building is stable.

“We are concerned about a possible collapse,” FDNY Assistant Chief Roger Sakowich said. “We do assume some of the second floor collapsed into the first floor. So, there is quite a bit of damage.”

People who rushed out of the building were kept warm on MTA buses.

The Red Cross said it is helping more than three dozen people who the fire has displaced.

The blaze occurred just five days after a dozen people were killed by a fast moving fire on Prospect Ave. in the Bronx, the city’s deadliest fire in more than 25 years.
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The place known for jet ways featured a runway Sept. 29.

“Fly 2014: An Invitation to Fashion Flair With Altitude” showcased the latest styles from the Airmall shops. The fashion show was the first event of this kind for the airport since it opened in 1992.

The show helped introduce new retail stores at the Airmall, including several international luxury brands. store in the Airmall. Other stores include Furla, Lacoste, Armani Jeans, Hugo Boss, Tumi, Desigual, Collezioni the Beauty Gallery and Bottega dei Sapori, an Italian specialty foods store.

“The frequent traveler will see these stores and, because so many are not local, they will shop at the Airmall,” said Darieth Chisolm, former news anchor and owner of Fullbody Fitness in Brentwood, who emceed the fashion show. “The Airmall has redefined the airport experience and the saying ‘arriving at your destination in style. ”

Eight scenes were created by Tara Rieland, fashion show director. The event began with a look from Radio Road, a women store that offers jackets and tops, jewelry, handbags and luggage.

Scene 2 showed men how they can be classic and sexy when wearing items from Brooks Brothers, America oldest men clothier. The third scene introduced the 150 guests to Desigual, a casual clothing brand based in Barcelona, Spain. It is known for its patchwork designs, intense prints, innovative graffiti art and flamboyant splashes of color.

Preppy prevailed at Lacoste with its look of cotton sweaters, refined cardigans and polo shirts and dresses in scene 4.

Footwear was the focus next from Johnston Murphy, known for premium shoes and accessories, as well as tweeds, velvet and corduroy clothing.

Straight from Milan and onto the Airmall runway was Pinko. This clothing line for women explodes with bright, modern accent colors set against the elegance of basic black skirts,
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Hugo Boss Men boutique showed slim fit jackets and skinny ties in a modern minimalism. Rounding out the show was Armani Jeans with leather, fur and cashmere ensembles for women and the cozy and casual chic looks for men.

The Airmall renovation was designed to reconfigure the layout of retail units to address changes in passenger traffic and put stores squarely in the path of millions of travelers every year.

“I spend most of my life in airports, and I always look for great stores, and beauty products,” Bowyer said. “So when I saw Collezioni The Beauty Gallery, I thought, I use all the brands in that store, as well as my own makeup products.”

The one obstacle is you can only shop at these stores if you have a ticket, but the Airmall is working with the federal government in regards to that, said Jay Kruisselbrink senior vice president development for Airmall.

“An airport is often the first and last impression you have of a city,” he said.

Tami Tunno, manager for Airmall shops, says they see passengers shop who have a layover or a delay or who have arrived early for their flight.

“There are people who schedule to fly through Pittsburgh just so they can shop at the Airmall,” Tunno said.

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Officials are now investigating whether the shots fired report originated as a misunderstanding, such as confusion over a loud noise, or if it was a deliberately false report.

The whole thing may have been inadvertently caused by a nerf gun battle at the prep school. Our partners at The Gazette say several sources told them a couple of people mistook the innocent fun as real life danger and called 911. 11 News received a similar tip from an anonymous parent, who also cited the nerf gun war and said they believed that may have been what the initial 911 caller was hearing.

A Snapchat video purporting to have been taken on the AFA late Friday night does show students darting around a stairwell pelting each other with nerf guns.

This has not been confirmed publicly by the academy, who have said they are still looking into the incident.

“The academy officials will continue to investigate the situation to determine the source for these allegations, but for now, everyone is safe and the academy is all clear,” Herritage said.
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Breaking 50 points against No. 2 Virginia has represented a small victory this season for some of the Cavaliers’ ACC foes. might be demanding.

Clemson forward Donte Grantham, who is second on the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg), will sit out the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee Saturday against Notre Dame. (18 1, 7 0 ACC) will seek its 11th straight win and will try to win its first eight ACC games since the 1980 81 season, when the Cavaliers started 12 0 in conference play. (Clemson, Saturday at No. 4 Duke, Jan. 31 against Louisville, Feb. 3 at Syracuse, Feb. 7 at Florida State),

Despite its success this season, No. 18 Clemson (16 3, 5 2) doesn’t have many ways to fill the shoes left behind by Grantham, a 6 foot 8 senior.

“You don’t get to 50 against those guys,” said Brownell, whose team was seventh in the ACC in scoring (77 ppg) heading into Monday night. has won six straight games against Clemson, which incidentally has been held under 50 points just twice during that span. is 73 2 in Tony Bennett’s nine seasons as coach when holding opponents under 50 points,
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Without Grantham on the floor, Brownell said he’ll rely more on 6 7 freshman forward Aamir Simms (2.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg), who may start for the first time Tuesday, and 6 8 redshirt junior forward David Skara (2 ppg, 2.1 rpg), who has averaged over 14 minutes per game in his last seven appearances, but who has scored just six points combined in those games. redshirt freshman De’Andre Hunter, a 6 7 guard, has guarded power forwards off the bench over the last five games since the Cavaliers have utilized more of a four guard look.

Grantham’s absence is obviously a significant blow for Clemson, which is coming off a 67 58 win against Notre Dame, but has split its past four games after opening the season 14 1. Still, Clemson is well stocked with scoring potential behind guards Marcquise Reed (16 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Shelton Mitchell (12.3 ppg) and Gabe DeVoe (11.7 ppg) and center Elijah Thomas (11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg).
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Arvind Group has decided to step into the USD 5.2 billion footwear retail industry with the store name ‘Stride’ and plans to open five footwear stores in the next one and half years.

In an interview with CNBC TV18, Rajiv Mehta, CEO of the company said that currently the fit out cost for the stores is coming at Rs 2,200 per sq ft and each footwear store building should cost around Rs 50 70 lakh.

Prashant: The brand is called Stride as we understand it and you have opened the first store, could you tell us a little bit about what you are trying to do, how aggressive are you going to be here and how much money are you planning to spend on this?

A: Stride is our multi brand format. We will be coming out with three five stores in the next one year. When I say one year, it is still March of 2018 because March 2017 is about to finish. So in the next one and a half years, I would say, five stores is what we would expect to open for Stride.

The beauty of Stride as a concept is that we have a very varied offering to the consumer. We will be able to play around with the brands in terms of what we offer to the consumer, how wide the range of offering is.

Within Stride, we have currently seven brands in offer. All these seven brands are our exclusive arrangements with international brands. We have US Polo, Arrow and Flying Machine from our own stable. We also have signed exclusive deals with Cole Haan from New York, Johnston Murphy from USA, Heatwave from Singapore and Bugatti from Europe.

These seven brands currently will be available from Stride. That is a unique platform according to me to the consumer because there is no other format in multibrand footwear retail, which is offering you a wide variety of price points in terms of categories whether it is formal or casual as well as genders both men and women.

Reema: What will be the investment you will be making in this year as well as next year as well as the margins you will enjoy?

A: Since these are exclusive tie ups with brands and these are all brands within our portfolio. We would enjoy the entire value chain from the factory price that we source at or the price that we import these goods at to the end retail price. So that is a challenge that a lot of multi brand retailers have been facing because they are typically selling someone else’s brand and hence enjoy a limited margin compared to us because these are our seven brands.

In terms of investment, currently the fit out cost is coming out to be Rs 2,200 per sq ft and a little bit in terms of inventory, so that is the amount that we plan to invest in the next one and a half years to open five stores.

Prashant: That Rs 2,200 is per sq ft, what is the total cost? If you are talking about five stores, how much money would you spend on these five stores?

A: Typically a store would cost including inventory anywhere between Rs 50 lakhs and Rs 70 lakhs depending on the size of the store, a small store of 1,200 sq ft would cost closer to Rs 50 lakhs and a store which is close to 2,000 sq ft can go as high as Rs 75 80 lakhs in terms of investment.

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A: I would say that they are mid premium, I would say a notch below premium. The pricing starts at Rs 1,200 for an open footwear, which is flipflops and chapals and that goes up to Rs 4,500 for shoes. So I think it is pretty affordable given the fact that footwear in general for quality and design is more acceptable from an Indian consumer’s viewpoint for people to pay a slightly higher price than apparel.

If you were to compare it to a US Polo shirt, footwear is more expensive but if you were to compare it to Aldo or Clarks, it is 20 30 percent cheaper than what is available out there.

Reema: Will you look to tie up with some of your competitor channels, a Bata or an Aldo and provide their products as well in Stride?

A: We would want to expand the offering that is available to the Indian consumer or rather that is not available to the Indian consumer. So Bata with their more than 1,200 stores or Aldo having been in India for more than 10 years, we will look at brands, which are new in the market and which are not yet available to the Indian consumer. We will look at categories, which are not yet available in Stride for example, sports is a category we would look at, so these are the kind of tie ups we would like to do.

Exposing the Indian consumer to the same brands available already may not give us an advantage to draw in new consumers to the store.

A: We would love it to be in metros, but all of us know the number of malls that you would want to be in is limited. The locations and the space available in the mall is always limited. So we are trying to be present in the metros but it also depends on locations. I have certain locations in Chandigarh and certain areas. If that works out then that might be before any of the metros.
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Precautionary air quality advisory issued for northeast central zone

Due to wildfires burning in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, air quality is expected to be variable across many areas in the northeast section of the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) over the coming days.

Air quality in the northeast area of the Central Zone is forecast to worsen over the weekend. Individuals living in or traveling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions. In smoky conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can:

Reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments:

Close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors

Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light.

If you have an air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Avoid running fans, such as fans or air ventilation systems that bring more smoky outdoor air inside.

Switch all floor registers to closed position

Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces.

Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke producing appliances or features, including candles.

If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fans on re circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.

Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.

Do not smoke tobacco smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms, due to the current air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke related illness.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds.

Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools).

Drink plenty of water and other non alcoholic, non caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.

Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle.

Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label).
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