February 1943 (2)

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"Warm Reception" by Jim Dietz of the Guadalcanal Cactus Air Force. “Warm Reception” by Jim Dietz of the Guadalcanal Cactus Air Force.

7-18 February – Chiang Kai-shek agreed to use his forces in the Burma campaign, but as usual, this was in exchange for a promise of even more US financial aid.  Mahatma Gandhi started his 21-day hunger strike in India in his non-violent opposition to British policies in his country.

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The 47th and 55th Indian Brigades were beaten back at Donbaik in the Arakan peninsula.  The Chindits opposed the enemy for the first time on the 18th in Burma and advanced.  They managed to cut the Japanese railroad line between Mandalay and Myitkyina.

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12 February – the Allies initiated the Elkton Plan; a campaign designed by MacArthur to eject the Japanese from New Guinea, New Britain and the Solomons.  This would isolate the enemy headquarters at Rabaul.  (The original plan included capturing Rabaul, but was scrapped…

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Drone takes tour of NYC’s 2nd Avenue subway line

We have been providing a lot of coverage of New York’s Second Avenue Subway. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

We have also been covering DRONES like Amazon’s drone and the drone shot down by a property owner.

28 Oct 2014, Leipzig, Germany --- A drone with an Amazon package floats in front of the Amazon logistics center in Leipzig, Germany, 28 October 2014. The drone symbolically brings a labor contract to the strikers. The Verdi trade union is striking against this and four other Amazon locations in Germany. Photo: PETER ENDIG/dpa --- Image by © Peter Endig/dpa/Corbis

Now the two are coming together!

Recently a drone flew the length of the under-construction Second Avenue Subway.

Utica Comets, Travis Green Ready For Season

With training camp underway and the 2015 regular season looming just days away, on and off-the-ice preparations are in full swing for the Comets.

This week the Comets unveiled its new slogan for the upcoming season. This year’s slogan challenges all of us. From the players and coaches to the front office and the fans; now is the time to “Raise the Level.”

Last season was incredible, magical even. But there is still more to strive for. The competition, the motivation, the noise, the fun, and the experience will all reach new heights this season. Year three is when we, as a collective group, #RaiseTheLevel and show everyone that we are more than capable of continuing and growing upon our momentum from the past two seasons.

Travis Green returns for a third season as head coach of the Utica Comets after leading the team to a 47-20-7-2 regular-season record and an appearance in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Finals last season.

The Utica Comets have released their 2015 training camp roster in advance of practice at the Patinoire Charlemagne Arena in Lyon, France.

The Comets Training Camp Roster consists of 23 players (14 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies):

8 – Alex Friesen
9 – Hunter Shinkaruk
12 – John Kurtz
13 – Tyler Shattock
14 – Michael Zalewski
16 – Joseph LaBate
17 – Nicklas Jensen
21 – Ludwig Blomstrand
22 – Blair Jones
23 – Dane Fox
24 – Cole Cassels
32 – Mackenze Stewart
34 – Carter Bancks
36 – Wacey Hamilton


2 – Travis Ehrhardt
4 – Evan McEneny
5 – Anton Cederholm
6 – Ashton Sautner
7 – Jordan Subban
11 – John Negrin
37 – Andrey Pedan

31 – Clay Witt
35 – Joe Cannata

The Utica Comets and the Syracuse Crunch are in Lyon, France for training camp until Oct. 6. The Comets will play three preseason games, two against the Crunch and one against the Dragons de Rouen.

Charlemagne Skating Rink home to the LHC since 1967, is one of the largest arenas in France with a capacity of 3,175. The arena draws some of the largest crowds in the country each weekend for it’s LHC home games, hosting an average of 3,000 fans per game.

Patriot Day – 9/11/2001

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Some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the Pentagon

AFTER FLIGHT 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11, the following incident occurred:

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that never made the news:
“A daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.

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“There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed…

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Florida’s East Coast in WWII

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When WWII came to the east coast of Florida, it wasn’t in the form of grainy newsreel footage – instead, smoke and flames polluted the sea and filled the horizon.  Beaches were strewn with oil, boat parts and drowned and charred bodies.  The residents watched and wondered if the German U-boats would turn toward them.  And then later in the war, see the German POWs working in the sugar fields not far from unnerved homemakers.

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In the first weeks after Pearl, the enemy subs began their deadly missions.  A US Navy report read: “Nowhere else in the world could Germany find such a concentration of ships in such a small area.”  Within 4 months, 24 ships, 16 from Cape Canaveral to Boca Raton, were sunk, sometimes hours apart.


The number of military bases jumped from 8 to 172, seemingly overnight.  Hotels and other facilities were…

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