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These Arizonans were charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection; here’s where their cases stand a year later – KPNX01.12.22

At least a dozen Arizonans have been charged for their roles on Jan. 6th, 2021. Some have already been sentenced.

PHOENIX More than 700 people have been charged after the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year, and at least a dozen have ties to Arizona.

Stefanie Lindquist, a professor of law and political science at ASU, is concerned about the precedent this historic breach may set for elections to come.

The facts are clear that violence took place that day. And that must be punished otherwise well see it happen again," Lindquist said. Whether or not ultimately of course the prosecutions, trials, sentences have an impact remains an open question.

Hundreds of people forced their way into the building that day. They tore through the offices of members of Congress, causing millions of dollars in property damage, injuring law enforcement officers and crushing fellow protesters -- several people lost their lives.

Here is a look at the defendants with ties to Arizona and where their cases stand now.

Jacob Chansley

Jacob Chansley became the face of the insurrection, donning a memorable headdress and horns. He also received one of the harshest penalties yet.

Chansley pleaded guilty to obstructing Congress' certification of the 2020 vote. He was sentenced to 41 months in prison and expressed guilt during his hearing.

Chansley, who was referred to as the "QAnon Shaman" is now appealing his case.

Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez told investigators he recently moved to California from Arizona. He's been charged with assault.

Recorded interviews with the FBI show he believed President Trump called him to Washington D.C. that day.

We thought that we were going to save America, and we were wrong," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez apologized to investigators for tasing an officer. His case is still underway.

"It was so fast. I was a good guy and then, instantly, I became a bad guy," Rodriguez said.

Micajah Jackson

Micajah Jackson of Laveen was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Jackson took a plea deal and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25.

James McGrew

James McGrew was arrested in Glendale after authorities recognized his King James stomach tattoo.

McGrew is accused of aggressively approaching law enforcement officers and yelling that they would be entering the Capitol "whether you like it or not." Documents say McGrew "lunged forward to strike a law enforcement officer."

He is charged with assaulting an officer, obstructing an official proceeding, act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings and more.

He has a status conference scheduled for Jan. 28.

Felicia and Cory Konold

Tucson siblings Felicia and Cory Konold are charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and more.

Federal records allege they forced their way past metal gates at the Capitol and inside, helping the large crowd behind them follow.

Documents claim Felicia Konold later bragged about the influence she had on the day's events on Snapchat. She also claimed she had been recruited into the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys and flaunted a challenge coin she had been given.

Both cases are still underway.

Nathan Entrekin

Cottonwood's Nathan Entrekin is accused of storming the Capitol wearing a gladiator-like costume.

He told investigators he was dressed as a Book of Mormon figure, Captain Moroni.

He is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building.

He has a plea agreement hearing on Jan. 14.

Andrew Hatley

Andrew Hatley was arrested in Eloy.

He has been sentenced to 36 months of probation for demonstrating inside the Capitol.

Anthime Gionet aka "Baked Alaska"

Anthime Gionet, known online as "Baked Alaska," was seen in his livestreamed videos inside Nancy Pelosi's office.

He is still awaiting his fate. He has a status conference scheduled for Feb. 17.

Lisa Anne Homer

Lisa Anne Homer is charged with entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct.

She released a statement to 12 News saying she had been to two previous protests. She said she did not commit any crimes and is guilty by association.

Her statement reads in part:

"There are many facts I cant talk about since my case is on going, yet things arent always as they seem or your taught to believe. People are asking why I was in protective gear? I wasnt at first until a Capitol police officer warned me of the imminent danger coming from pepper bullets. So I put a mask and gator on. After I was under the scaffolding and was hit in the head by rubber bullet I put on my helmet, since I have a traumatic brain injury from my ex husband trying to crush my skull. I did not commit any crime; I did not assault or break anything. I was just psychically present. Guilty by association. This is an attack on our Constitutional rights to express our opinions and I pray that for all who have been wrongfully accused that they will be exonerated."

Joshua Knowles and Marsha Murphy

Marsha Murphy, 50, formerly of Tucson, and Joshua Knowles, 31, of Gilbert, were arrested for allegedly violating D.C.s curfew and trespassing on federal property.

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Womens traditional chin tattoos are making a comeback in …12.28.21

More and more Inuit women are getting face tattoos.

The traditional practice dates back centuries but was banned by 19th and 20th-century missionaries. Now its coming back. Though the techniques and customs were nearly lost, a new generation is using tattoos to reclaim what it means to be a Native woman in the 21st century.

In the backroom of a small Anchorage tattoo parlor, Maya Sialuk Jacobsen uses a thin needle to pull an inky thread through the skin on her friends wrist.

I use the exit hole as the entrance for the next stitch, Jacobsen explained, bent over her work as a small crowd observed.

The friend is Holly Mititquq Nordlum, organizer of a weeklong series of tattoo-related events called Tupik-Mi. Compared to the sting of a tattoo gun, the stitches hardly register, and Norldum looks unfazed, greeting and bantering with observers cycling in and out of the cramped room.

Its loose, Nordlum said, nodding at the flesh on her arm. I put on a few pounds so shed have something to work with.

Her skin is so much better than my husbands skin, Jacobsen laughed. She has really lovely skin to tattoo.

Jacobsen is one of the few Inuit women who knows how to give tattoos through traditional methods like sewing and poking in dabs of dye. Shes candid about the fact that the equipment has changed. Instead of whale sinew, she uses cotton thread; rather than coloring with soot, she uses tattoo ink. But much like rifle hunting compared to harpooning, she sees her modern tools simply as superior means towards traditional ends: inscribing the skin with meaningful marks.

Jacobsen has spent years cobbling together a body of knowledge about what the practice meant before Danish colonization in her native Greenland almost three centuries ago.

There is no short answer, Jacobsen says, adding, its also a very Western, academic way of thinking.

Outsiders have looked at Inuit tattoos as having legible meanings embedded within stable rituals, like clear markers signifying marriage or adulthood. But not only did those cultural foreigners import concepts of their ownlike marriagebut also a sense of fixity to a practice Jacobsen says was much more fluid and interpretive. I cant tell you a triangle means an iceberg, she explained dryly. Thats partly because the historical record is unreliable, but also because symbols were not nearly so firm.

You cant understand tattooing, she believes, without understanding the lives of Inuit women.

While working as a tattoo artist in Europe, Jacobsen was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which made it difficult to wield the heavy, vibrating drill that is the trades standard instrument. So she started poking, and from there stitching. But as she tried learning more about how Inuit women had traditionally been marked, the few historical accounts all came from European adventurers and missionaries.

I assure you, they did not really know what tattooing was, Jacobsen says with a wry smile.

But then came the mummies. A group of 15th century Inuit women discovered during 1972 at the Qilakitsoq (little sky) grave-site in Greenland, preserved tattoos and all. Jacobsen found a book about them, studied the designs, and realized the marks on their foreheads, cheeks, and chins were similar to the tight stitches shed learned as a girl. It was her first primary source.

I have, like, literature, and then I have, what I call from the horses mouth, Jacobsen says, and that is the mummies.

Tupik-Mi, Jacobson and Norldums project, is part of an effort within the Urban Interventions series in the Anchorage Museums Polar Lab.

Tupik means tattoo, explained Nordlum, who is Inupiaq, and then mi is a shortened version of muit, which means people. In Kotzebue, we say Qikiqtarumuit which means, Were the people from Kotzebue.

Nordlum was introduced to Jacobsen over Facebook after she couldnt find anyone to give her a traditional tattoo in Alaska. A friendship blossomed, and they arranged the first in what they hope will be yearly Tupik-Mi events.

In addition to a lecture and live tattooing demonstration, the women also hosted a light explanation of traditional tattoos for high schoolers before letting them apply tube after tube of henna to their appendages.

Nordlum squeezed a tight formation of dots and lines onto the back of an 11th graders wrist.

Shes making my initials with the Inuit designs, says Ben Hunter-Francis.

The West High junior says he has plenty of time to decide whether or not hell get a tattoo. But if he does, hed like it to be attached to his Yupik roots in the Lower-Yukon community of Marshall.

Just to make my heritage proud, and make my family proud, Hunter-Francis says, that Im connected with my heritage in some way.

Traditionally, tattooing was the province of women. They were the ones who wore them, and exclusively the ones to administer them. But as Nordlum finished Hunter-Franciss wrist, she explained that the practice isnt bound in place by history.

In modern culture, men getting tattoos is not a rarity. We are contemporary people working in modern times, so although it was a rarity traditionally, now it isnt, Nordlum says, not letting up her hold on Hunter-Franciss arm.

Culture is not a set thing, it is a living breathing thing that changes as time goes, and were just adapting like skin.

If plans go ahead, Tupik-Mi will expand next year to train a handful of Alaskans in traditional tattooing methods. By the third year, the hope is to hold workshops in Canada and Greenland, growing tattooing capacity across the high north.

The idea, Nordlum explains, is for Iupiaq, Inuit, Yupik women to feel proud of who they are. To feel strong. To create a sisterhood. To belong to something bigger than yourself, so that youre safe and youre supported by all these other women.

Nordlum was a few days away from getting lines tattooed on her chin, one of the most visible and common styles across a wide array of indigenous Arctic communities. She says more women in Alaska are opting for chin tattoos, to the point where she brushed off the suggestion it was a bold decision to get one

I dont feel very brave here because theres so many of us, Nordlum says.

Permanence is part of why tattoos carry so much weight, and Nordlum sees the resurgence in womens chin tattoos as putting forward a permanent, proud Native identity for all to see.

Jacobsen had her own chin lines laid down by her partner just two months ago. Soon after the process began, she felt a visit from her late mother.

My mind was just wrapped around all of these thousands of fore-mothers I must have had that had tattoos, Jacobsen says, her words growing softer. My heart was beating so hard, and I cried, and I was shaking.

Four thin lines that would have normally taken a few minutes took hours. It was definitely very, very emotional, she says.

Jacobsen is sharing that intimate experience with Nordlum, dot-by-dot, as she pokes a tattoo into her friends chin.

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Lydia Jacoby Gets Olympic Tattoo from Same Artist as Another Famed Olympian – SwimSwam12.28.21

In swimming, there is a certain bond felt by American swimmers who achieve superstar status prior to college. A kindred spirit at the ups-and-downs of trying to ride through everything that goes along with high school in addition to juggling this status as the best in the world at what you do.

For two such stars,Missy Franklin andLydia Jacoby, there is now an additional bond via their Olympic rings tattoos.

The 17-year old Jacoby, who won Olympic gold over the summer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, got her Olympic rings tattooed on Sunday at Think Tank South in Littleton, Colorado by tattoo artistChris Collinsworth. More than 9 years ago, Collinsworth also did the tattoo of a then-17 year old Franklin after her first Olympic Games in London where she won 4 gold and 1 bronze medal.

While Franklin opted for a small multi-colored tattoo on her hip, Jacoby went with a larger set of rings, in all black, on her side/mid-back.

I was so happily surprised when Lydia texted me telling me the amazing coincidence of us having the same tattoo artist for our Olympic rings tattoo, Franklin told SwimSwam. We all know what a small world the swimming community can be, and its so special when these moments happen. I will never forget getting my rings tattoo with Kara (Lynn Joyce), and to see Lydia getting hers just filled my heart with so much inspiration and joy.

It was unbelievably well deserved.

Franklin, now 26, retired from swimming in December 2018, wrapping one of the most-decorated careers in American swimming history. In addition to 6 Olympic medals, she has 11 World Championships and 18 total World Championship medals in her career.

Collinsworth usually creates large, brightly-colored tattoos, and while Jacobys was considerably more tame and simple than his usual showpiece designs, Collinsworth still posted about what an honor it was on his Instagram story.

I had the honor of tattooing an [Olympic medalist] today, Collinsworth said. Thank you again Lydia for letting me take a little part in your amazing journey that you have gone through. Congratulations again Ill be watching and cheering for you in the upcoming Olympics in Paris.

Jacoby is from the small town of Seward, Alaska, which shot her to fame this summer when she won her Olympic gold medal in upset fashion. She was in the Denver area visiting family after returning from the Short Course World Championships last week in the UAE, where she withdrew from the meet early after a close contact exposure to COVID-19.

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Board of Barbers and Hairdressers – commerce.alaska.gov12.15.21

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The Board of Barbers and Hairdressers is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The Board consists of one barber; one person licensed to practice body piercing, tattooing, or permanent cosmetic coloring; two persons licensed as hairdressers, one of whom is also licensed as an esthetician; one public member; one person licensed to practice manicuring under this chapter; and one person licensed to practice any activity licensed under this chapter. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the legislature.

The Board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of barbering, hairdressing, esthetics, tattoo and permanent cosmetic coloring, and body piercing. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws. The Board meets three times a year and offers a public comment period at each meeting. Meeting agendas and minutes are available from the licensing examiner and will be posted to this website once prepared.

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Effective December 2020 the Practical Examination component for licensure was removed and replaced with a Proficiency Examination. Proficiency examinations must be administered by the school or Instructor (apprenticeship) at the conclusion of training in accordance with 12 AAC 09.050.

Documentation of passing a proficiency examination must be documented on Completion of Training forms; updated forms were posted to the web December 2020.

Students/apprentices who completed training prior to December 2020 still must provide proof of passing a Proficiency Examination by requesting their school/Instructor complete and submit an updated Completion of Training form.

Applicants are required to take and pass a written examination to complete the licensure process.

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National organizations may provide information on the regulation of the practice of barbering, hairdressing, and cosmetology in other states.

Wanda Whitcomb, Licensing ExaminerPhone: (907) 465-1158Email: BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.GovPOBox 110806Juneau AK 99811-0806

Cynthia Spencer, Records & Licensing SupervisorPhone: (907) 465-6246Email: BoardofBarbersHairdressers@Alaska.GovPOBox 110806Juneau, AK 99811-0806

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Sailor Jerry – Wikipedia12.15.21

Sailor Jerry

Norman Keith Collins

Norman Keith Collins (January 14, 1911 June 12, 1973), known popularly as Sailor Jerry, was a prominent American tattoo artist in Hawaii who was well known for his sailor tattoos.[1]

Norman Keith Collins was born on January 14, 1911 in Reno but grew up in Northern California. As a child he hopped freight trains across the country and learned tattooing from a man named "Big Mike" from Palmer, Alaska, originally using the hand-pricking method. In the late 1920s he met Tatts Thomas from Chicago who taught him how to use a tattoo machine. He practiced on drunks brought in from Skid Row.[2] He later sailed the Pacific Ocean before settling in Hawaii in the 1930s.[citation needed]

At age 19, Collins enlisted in the United States Navy. During his subsequent travels at sea, he was exposed to the art and imagery of Southeast Asia. During his career as a tattoo artist, he worked as a licensed skipper of a large three-masted schooner, on which he conducted tours of the Hawaiian islands.[citation needed]

In addition to sailing and tattooing, he played the saxophone in his own dance band and frequently hosted his own radio show, where he was known as "Old Ironsides".[1][3][4][5]

Sailor Jerry made significant contributions to the art of tattooing. He expanded the array of colors available by developing his own pigments. He created custom needle formations that embedded pigment with much less trauma to the skin. He became one of the first artists to utilize single-use needles. His tattoo studio was one of the first to use an autoclave to sterilize equipment.[6]

Collin's last studio was at 1033 Smith Street in Honolulu's Chinatown, then the only place on the island where tattoo studios were located.

Among Sailor Jerry's most well known designs were:

Sailor Jerry's influence on the art of modern tattooing is widely recognized.[7]

Sailor Jerry wanted at least one of three protgs/friends Ed Hardy, Mike Malone, or Zeke Owen to take over his shop (or else burn it) when he died.[8]

Since 2015, an annual independently produced event now takes place in Hawaii every June called the "Sailor Jerry Festival" to honor Collins's legacy and Chinatown roots on Oahu. The multi-venue event includes live music, DJ's, cabaret performances, an art show - featured artists have included Sailor Jerry's great-grand niece Madison Thomas, local artists, and Masami Teraoka, movie screenings, a pin-up fashion show where models wear outfits designed from Sailor Jerry flash, neighborhood tours, and tattoos available at three area shops, including Sailor Jerry's last location.[9]A portion of the proceeds from the event is donated every year to the Collins family by the festival founder (Jason Miller of Express Records) and his co-host 'Josh86' (a popular musician and entrepreneur).

Examples of merchandise from Sailor Jerry Ltd.

In 1999, Ed Hardy and Mike Malone partnered with Steven Grasse from the Philadelphia-based creative agency, Quaker City Mercantile, to establish Sailor Jerry Ltd.[10][11] The limited company, which owns the commercial rights to Collins' letters, art, and flash (tattoos), uses his designs on clothing and items such as ash trays, sneakers, playing cards, churchkeys and shot glasses. As an anti-sweatshop company, Sailor Jerry Ltd. produces nearly all its items in the United States and sells them from the company's web site. The company also showcases rising talents within the Tattoo industry in its "Artist Series" which it describes as a way to "keep Sailor Jerry's legacy alive and kicking".

Sailor Jerry Ltd. produces a 92proof spiced Navy rum featuring a quintessential Sailor Jerry hula girl on the label. As the bottle is emptied, additional pin-up girls designed by Sailor Jerry are visible on the inner side of the label. The rum is distilled in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It takes its influence from Caribbean rum, which sailors would spice with flavors from the Far East and Asia. In 2010, the 40% ABV formula being sold in the United Kingdom was changed to include a less sweet taste in a move that was described as more "vanilla and caramel flavours".[12]

None of Collins' family profit from his creations or the things that have come from them since. There is a legal disagreement as to his naming rights.[13]

Sailor Jerry was married more than once and his widow Louise still resides in Hawaii, as do several of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, a military cemetery located in Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu.[1]

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Guest column: Tales from the library | Opinion | – Tillamook Headlight-Herald11.02.21

It is time for part two of our staff's earliest recollections of the library. First up is Librarian Kelsey's memories of coming to the Tillamook County Library as a child. For her, it was "really about the memory of sitting down for storytime. I can still see the shape of the room and the little raised box of carpet around all the shelves, a shade of orange, and then I remember getting book recommendations from Kathy when it was over and the kids and parents were milling about." Kelsey also fondly remembers the special days when library employee Judy was the saran wrap expert for post-storytime treats. "Judy was always in charge of wrapping the cookies or treats for storytime, and I remember this because it was actually kind of difficult for my child hands to get her saran wrap packages open, trying to figure out where the end was and not having lots of patience when a cookie was at stake."

Speaking of Judy, she still works for our library and she has some memories of her own. "Back in the good ole days we had a great neighborhood of families with kids that always interacted with each other. It was a big deal to get our very own library card. I remember we would all walk the four or five blocks to the library and were so excited with the books we could take home with us. I loved the smell of new books, and it was a special treat if we went to story time. In those days they used a check out punch card machine. When they punched our card, it had a metal strip and if you were fast enough you could tattoo your hand with the ink."

Courtney, who works at the library in Pacific City, has great memories of her elementary school library. "I found my favorite childhood books at the school library, Scrub Dog of Alaska and Gentle Ben by Walt Morey. I loved these books so much that I had my mom find the rest of the other books Walt Morey wrote so I could read those as well. And then I was hooked." She credits those early years in the library as being instrumental in helping her decide to pursue a career as a librarian.

For Laurie, her best memories are associated with the feel of a real book in her hands. "While I understand the appeal of E-books, for me to hold the book in my hand and smell the scent of the paper, turning the pages as a rite of accomplishment, will always be my first love." Laurie also is very appreciative of how much the librarians helped her children feel special when they went to the library.

Kealani also mentioned the smell of library books as something she associates with childhood visits to the library. "Its the smell of thousands of old books, books written on paper that no one uses any more, with covers that have been hand bound with actual thread. Its slightly musty, but not moldy. Its cozy, like being swaddled in an old afghan made by your grandma." One of Kealani's best memories from childhood was the day she was handed her first library card. "I still remember the feeling I had when the woman handed me my very own card, complete with my own signature on the back. I was so proud, so excited. I felt like a real grown-up. A plastic card, with my name on it. Its the little things in life, truly."

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Jia Announces July 2021 Opening in South of Fifth Neighborhood – Miami’s Community Newspapers06.29.21

Modern Chinese Dinner Club Brings Elevated Cantonese-Style Cuisine and Eclectic Elegance to SoBe

Local restaurant veteran and hospitality entrepreneur, Ken Ray, is thrilled to announce the upcoming debut of Jia, a brand-new modern Chinese Dinner Club concept, nestled in the very heart of Miami Beachs South of Fifth neighborhood. The highly-anticipated dining destination will be the first to introduce elevated Chinese cuisine to the area, spearheaded by award-winning internationally renowned Executive Chef Weng Choon William Lai, with notable expertise in the Modern Cantonese Culinary Arts. Jia will extend the ultimate upscale South Beach dining and nightlife experience, in a relaxed and welcoming setting that fuses high-style design with an edgy yet sophisticated ambiance. The new neighborhood dinner club hotspot is slated to unveil, mid-July 2021.

We are beyond thrilled to finally be able to open the doors to Jia and bring such a unique experience to the South of Fifth area a genuine synergistic fit,says Ken Ray, Ownerof Jia.From the very start, we let the neighborhood and space dictate the Jia concept. The South of Fifth community has the heart of a small island in the Pacific, and the vibrancy of an exceedingly electric city. There couldnt be a more ideal spot for Jias introduction in Miami.


Jias menu presents an elevated combination of authentic Cantonese-style Chinese dishes with a contemporary spin on the classics, that exudes an elegant fusion of ingredients and flavor profiles. The restaurants executive chef, Weng Choon Wiliam Lai, boasts a long and distinguished history of experience that has earned him many awards, including the Gold Award at theChinese Cuisine World Championship Competition(2016), the Gold Award at the19th FHC China International Culinary Arts Competition(2017), and theAsian Gourmet Chef Individual Special Gold Award(2017). Having held lead roles in multiple prestigious restaurants in Beijing, Thailand, Cambodia, and Macau, including the Michelin guide-listed Pak Loh Chiu Chow restaurant in Macau, Jais culinary focus is poised to raise the bar for modern Chinese cuisine standards, beyond that of just South Beach. One of Jias standout dishes guests can look forward to is Chefs Master Char Siew, an iconic honey-roasted pork dish representative of authentic Chinese BBQ culture, that has long been a staple of tradition in Chef Weng Choons hometown. Chef adds his own creative take to the dish by infusing white wine as the star ingredient, to replace the norm Chinese Rice Wine. There will also be a specialty late-night menu available Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11PM-1AM, featuring an array of delectably curated Dim Sum platters.

Jias menu fuses authentic Chinese delicacies with a contemporary twist that emboldens each dish witha variety of seasonings and spices to create that strong depth of flavor,says ChefWeng Choon William Lai, Executive Chef of Jia.Its a really exciting menu that doesnt fall short on offerings for guests to enjoy from Jias Crispy Mushroom Salad, to Black Truffle Sticky Rice, Short Rib Dumplings, Pekin Duck, Alaska Crab Cream Egg, and so much more!


Jias cocktail program will be led by acclaimed local bartender and internationally-recognized Bartender of the Year Finalist at the 2013 United States Bartenders Guild and DIAGEO World Class U.S. Bartender Competition, Michael Parish. Having worked alongside some of the citys top bartenders at two of Miamis locals favorite establishments, Broken Shaker and Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., Parish has designed a uniquely elevated cocktail menu to perfectly complement Jias signature Chinese cuisine. One of the menus headliner cocktails is the delicately craftedJungle Bird, made with Baijiu, Mezcal, Strawberry-Infused Apertivo, Grilled Pineapple, and Fresh Lime. Jia will also feature a tableside cocktail service and an extensive champagne pairing program, available by the glass and bottle.


Jias ambiance embodies the playfully polished vibe of its South of Fifth neighborhood home, with a design that reflects Jias bold personality and inherent cultural definition of appreciation and affection. An inspired fusion of Chinese, Art Deco, and Tropical Flair, merge to emit a high-energy spirit that reflects edgy modern elegance throughout the 2,500 sqft. space. International design consultation firm, Casa Conde & Associates, worked hand-in-hand with Jias founder, Ken Ray, to conceptualize every minute detail of the venue, from the Chiang Mai Dragon veiled walls to the rustic natural wood accents and focal bamboo chandeliers. At the heartbeat of the enchanting dining room area lies an inviting 12 person seated wrap-around marble bar. Here, Ray tapped famed Miami Ink tattoo artists, Ami James and Morgan Pennypacker to create custom hand-painted Asian tattoo-styled murals to complement the bars Raffia backdrop adorned with vibrant detailed Chinoiserie decorative art. Chicly distressed wooden partitions are fitted throughout the venue to create a flow of intimate spaces within. The restaurant features a glamorously decorated private dining lounge and spacious outside dining patio. The private lounge area/dining room lives in the back of the restaurant, with seating for up to 25 guests, offering a closed-off space for exclusive dinner parties and elevated entertainment scheduling such as Karaoke night, which will soon roll out as one of Jias weekly night programs. The music component will also play a fundamental role in catering to Jias overall dinner club element, with nightly LIVE music activations and music programming by LA-based artist advisor, Hayes Bradley.

In the movie industry, Im accustomed to eventized films and experiences that bring audiences together, so I feel right at home partnering on Jia and delivering a memorable experience in an entirely new way,says Jason Cloth, Jia Partner.Ken has created a wonderfully unique dinner club that people will absolutely love, in the absolutely perfect location.

Jia is open Mondays-Wednesdays, 5:30PM-12AM | Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30PM-2AM | Sundays, 5PM-11PM.

A specialty late-night Dim Sum menu is available Thursdays-Saturdays, 11PM-1AM.

Jia is located at 808 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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Larry Stone: As Lou Gehrig Day nears, here’s what he meant to the fight vs. ALS, and what baseball means to those with it – Colorado Springs Gazette05.31.21

SEATTLE In baseball, Lou Gehrig's name remains synonymous with Hall of Fame-caliber performance and astonishing durability. But it was after his career and life ended that Gehrig achieved another kind of immortality: as the face, and namesake, of the terrible disease that struck him down.

It's sobering to think that decades after his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1939, this disease remains as devastating and deadly for current patients as it did for Gehrig. As Phil Green, a former University of Washington football player who has lived with ALS since 2018, said in an interview recently, "If Lou Gehrig were diagnosed today, he would have pretty much the identical prognosis that he did 80 years ago. Just think about that. We put men on the moon and rovers on Mars, yet this disease still seems to baffle some of the smartest scientists in the world."

Those scientists are still working hard on finding treatments that will hold ALS at abeyance, and ultimately for a cure of this progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and is 100% fatal.

There have been promising breakthroughs in the past decade, but as the research continues, raising awareness for ALS is of paramount importance.

With that goal in mind, it was a long overdue but cosmically perfect decision for Major League Baseball to throw its heft behind a day honoring Gehrig, the famed "Iron Horse" of the Yankees who played in 2,130 consecutive games (the long-standing record until Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed it in 1995) before his skills mysteriously diminished.

Lou Gehrig Day will take place Wednesday around MLB, including at Seattle's T-Mobile Park as the Mariners face the A's. There are layers of significance to the June 2 date. That was when Gehrig became the Yankees' starting first baseman in 1925, replacing Wally Pipp, and the day he died in 1941, about two years after he was diagnosed with ALS.

Significantly, this is not a one-off tribute. Lou Gehrig Day will become an annual commemoration, with Gehrig joining Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente as the only baseball players celebrated annually with dedicated, leaguewide days.

That decision by MLB, which came after a long and well-organized campaign from a committee of ALS advocates (including Green), is a cause of great joy within the ALS community at large, and those locally as well. The Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association serves 700 people with ALS in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The hope is that this turns into as much of a boost for ALS awareness and fundraising as the Ice Bucket Challenge, which became an internet sensation in 2014 and helped raise about $115 million in donations to the ALS Association.

"It's a natural celebration, because as soon as you talk about ALS, people will stop you and say, 'You mean Lou Gehrig's Disease,' " said Pauline Proulx, executive director of the ALS Association's Evergreen Chapter. "So there was always this tie, this connection."

The links between baseball and ALS go beyond Gehrig and Jim "Catfish" Hunter, another Hall of Famer who died of the disease. Pete Frates, who became the public face of the Ice Bucket Challenge after being diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at age 27, was a baseball star at Boston College. He was serving as Director of Baseball Operations at the school when he befriended a freshman pitcher named Justin Dunn. Now a Mariners starter, Dunn is heavily involved in ALS causes. He dedicates his efforts to Frates, who died in 2019 at age 34.

Dunn's current teammate, catcher Jacob Nottingham, was deeply touched by ALS, losing a grandmother and aunt to the disease as well as other family members. In 2018, he enlisted tattoo artist Wes Hogan of Artistic Element in Yucaipa, Calif., to make a large tattoo on his upper left arm of his grandmother, Nancy Nottingham, and his aunt, Laurie Nottingham, with Lou Gehrig depicted above them looking down.

"It was something I've always wanted to do for my dad," Nottingham said. "I found the right tattoo artist, and he came up with the idea of having my aunt and my grandma walking up the stairway to heaven to Lou Gehrig. I couldn't be happier with the art on my arm. I know my dad loved it, and I love looking at it every day."

Lou Gehrig Day is extremely meaningful to Nottingham, and he's grateful he'll be around for it after spending much of the season in limbo between the Mariners and Brewers.

"It's a big day," he said. "My dad lost his mom and his sister to (ALS). I know it's really special to him. It hits home for our family. We lost a couple more aunts and an uncle. It's a crazy disease in what it does to you, so anything we can do to spread the awareness to help this means a lot to me and my family and a lot of people across the world."

The daily drama of baseball can become a welcome beacon of normalcy for ALS patients as their symptoms progress. ALS gradually prohibits the ability to speak, swallow, walk, grasp objects, move and eventually breathe. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years. It tends to be an extremely isolating disease, and baseball can be savored while mired at home.

Just ask Jean Gronewald of Enumclaw, whose husband, Ken, was diagnosed with ALS in 2009, one year after he retired as an Alaska Airlines pilot. They were both avid Mariners fans, and as they dealt with the progressive worsening of his ALS symptoms, Mariners baseball became a lifeline. Ken Gronewald lost his speech within a year. When the muscles in his neck weakened precipitously, he moved to a wheelchair. Eventually, Ken needed a feeding tube. Fatigue, a massive problem for ALS patients, became debilitating.

"Having that fatigue issue the last two years, he was pretty isolated at home," Jean Gronewald said. "We had always been Mariners fans, but those last two years during baseball season, those Mariners announcers became our family."

That included Dave Niehaus, who died in 2010, as well as Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, Dan Wilson and others who were on the call. One special memory together was watching Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012.

"They are storytellers," Gronewald said of the announcers. "We had hours and hours at home, and a lot of time when he couldn't really do anything. And it's really hard, especially for people like him that are active. And so those Mariners games filled our evenings, those six months of the year.

"For us, it was calming. It was like having company because we couldn't have very much."

Ken Gronewald died on July 24, 2013, at age 65. After becoming immersed in the disease, Jean started volunteering for the Evergreen chapter of the ALS Association, where she is now board chairperson. Her primary role is advocacy, including an annual trip to Washington, D.C., for legislative visits.

"I didn't plan on doing this in my 70s," she said. "When he retired, I thought we were going to travel together and do all this stuff. And then not so much. ... It has been an absolutely wonderful experience, kind of like having a second vocation."

Valerie O'Mara will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday, which is fitting because she and her husband were Mariners season-ticket holders for more than 30 years. She happily worked in what she called her "dream job for a lifetime" as a physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Overlake Hospital-Kaiser Permanente Valve Clinic.

But O'Mara was heartbreakingly forced to retire after being diagnosed with ALS in March 2017. Now she's wheelchair-bound and dealing with a decline in motor skills, though her voice, and attitude, remain vibrant.

"When you're inside that curve of a two- to five-year life expectancy, and you're already at three-plus years, it kind of stares you in the face," she said. "ALS sort of takes your life and turns it upside down. And you have to figure out how to go ahead."

O'Mara, a board member of the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association, faces her plight with remarkable strength, courage and optimism. In researching this column, I discovered that to be a common trait of ALS patients.

"I have come to the conclusion in the 10 years that I've been involved in this that being a nice person, a really good person, is a tremendous risk factor for ALS," Gronewald said. "They're just very remarkably brave and good people who get ALS. I don't know why."

Dr. Ileana Howard works extensively with ALS patients as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and co-director of the ALS Center of Excellence, which is at the Seattle campus of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She, too, marvels over the selfless response of those afflicted with the disease.

"ALS is a frustrating diagnosis, because it seems to impact some of the most productive and most benevolent members of our society," she said.

Researchers have long been baffled by the fact that veterans are twice as likely to get ALS. That holds true regardless of whether they served in peacetime or war, and doesn't vary by branch of service. There are several theories for why this is so, but no definitive conclusions.

It's one of the many mysteries of ALS that researchers are trying to unravel. Yet Dr. Howard is encouraged by the progress being seen.

"I think we're living in one of the most exciting times in terms of specific treatments that could be effective to slow progression of ALS," she said.

She points to huge recent breakthroughs in the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy in children, a motor neutron disease. For ALS, she said, there are treatments that can significantly prolong life expectancy.

"I feel really confident that in our lifetime, we will see effective treatment or a cure for ALS," she said. " ... We have the tools now, and we are at the point with the science that we're poised to make some incredible breakthroughs."

In the meantime, advocates such as Phil Green, 51, who has lived with ALS for three years, will continue to fight tirelessly for patients for as long as he can. Green is particularly concerned with improving the quality of life for those with ALS, making care more affordable, and facilitating their ability to partake in clinical trials and continue the treatment after the trial ends.

"There's a whole spectrum of ALS that people can only see part of," Green said. "Because once things get really difficult, people don't go out. So you never see the really tough times that people have to deal with when they have ALS. We want to introduce more people to this disease so they understand how it slowly and progressively takes away functionality that most people take for granted."

And fighting that progression can be prohibitively expensive. While veterans are benefitted by the fact that ALS is considered a service-connected disability because of their higher prevalence of the disease, the average out-of-pocket cost for the care of a person with ALS is $250,000.

Too often, Green said, "people (must) choose to stay alive, which can bankrupt your family, or pass away and not leave your loved ones in financial ruin. We shouldn't have to make those kinds of decisions."

With more awareness of the devastation of ALS and the attendant costs, "there would be more of an outcry that this isn't right and we need to change that. We are screaming that every day. But our voices are only so loud. I believe that Lou Gehrig Day will be a megaphone for us to help our voices reach more people so they can get behind our causes and demand change."

Green, now confined to a wheelchair, traces his grit and perseverance to his days as a walk-on kicker and eventually a backup safety on the Washington football team that won the shared the national title in 1991 and won the Rose Bowl in 1992. Green said the highlight of his Husky career was an interception in the 1992 spring game. But the lessons he learned lasted a lifetime.

"Me being a walk-on having to fight my way into positions and be recognized, I'm a fighter," he said. "In my battle with ALS, I'm going to fight, and it's going to be relentless. I think I'm able to carry a lot of what I learned from Coach (Don) James and those days into what I'm doing now."

It's reminiscent of O'Mara's attitude. When she was diagnosed with ALS, she said to one of the cardiologists she worked with, "I've always envisioned myself to be a bad-ass. I'm afraid this is going to change that."

The doctor waved a finger in her face and assured O'Mara she would always be a bad-ass. And that mindset has been evident as she fights the disease which she says, "pulls out the raw emotion in everyone."

O'Mara believes a quote by Maya Angelou sums her up: "I come as one, but stand as 10,000."

On Wednesday, around the major leagues, tens of thousands will be standing for Lou Gehrig, and for all the bad-asses who bravely cope with the horrific disease that bears his name.

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The pandemic did define 2020 but there were quite a few other events that made a mark as well

As 2020 faded into history, many heaved a sigh of relief, hoping it would also mean leaving behind the deadly coronavirus. The pandemic had humanity in a spin during the year. But as people recalibrated and started living with the virus, there were many other significant events that perhaps did not catch the attention that it deserved, as we all were busy finding ways and means to navigate a world disrupted big by the novel coronavirus.

Racial injustice brought shook our conscience after the killing of Black American George Floyd and the World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley warned of food pandemic with its report highlighting that in 55 countries, 135 million people faced crisis-level food insecurity and that too without counting the pandemic impact.

If the US desired a political change and voted against Donald Trump, New Zealanders reposed faith in Jacinda Ardern by choosing her liberal Labor Party for the second term with a landslide majority. In her victory speech, Ardern said her party had gotten more support from New Zealanders that at any time in at least 50 years and promised to govern for all New Zealanders.

We are living in an increasingly polarised world, a place where, more and more, people have lost the ability to see one anothers point of view, she said. I think in this election, New Zealanders have shown that this is not who we are.And then, she unveiled an incredibly diverse cabinet, which includes New Zealands first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo.

As 2021 gets off the block, here is a look at the other many first-ever events of the year gone by.

First Heat Wave in Antarctica

Scientists recorded Antarcticas first heat wave between January 23 and 26. Australian Antarctic Program researchers recorded the heat wave event at Casey research station in East Antarctica during the 2019-20 southern hemisphere summer. They warned that the changes could affect global weather patterns and have a drastic impact on plants and animals. During the period, minimum temperatures were higher than zero degrees Celsius while the maximums peaked above 7.5 degrees. On January 24, 9.2 degrees Celsius was recorded, 6.9 degrees higher than the stations mean maximum.

Arctic on Fire

Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low of 1.4 million square miles in September. Arctic sea ice reaches its low point in September and its high in March after the winter.

This years melt is second only to 2012, when the ice shrank to 1.3 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which has been keeping satellite records since 1979. In the 1980s, the ice cover was about 1 million square miles bigger than current summer levels. Data centre director Mark Serreze said a Siberian heat wave last spring and a natural Arctic climate phenomenon were at play as well as the warming from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas. Temperatures for much of the year were 14 to 18 degrees (8 to 10 degrees Celsius) above normal in the Siberian Arctic. The Arctic is feverish and on fire. And thats got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world.

Argentina legalises abortion

Argentina became one of only a handful of South American nations to legalise abortion. Hundreds of thousands of illegal abortions are carried out every year in the nation of 44 million, and pro-choice campaigners have long urged authorities to put an end to dangerous backstreet terminations by legalising the process. It becomes law, said Senate president Cristina Kirchner, after more than 12 hours of debate, legalising voluntary abortions at any stage up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Sudan criminalises Genital Mutilation

Sudan ratified a law criminalising female genital mutilation (FGM), a widespread ritual in the African country. The reform comes a year after longtime president Omar al-Bashir was toppled following months of mass pro-reform protests in which women played a key role.

The mutilation of a womans genital organs is now considered a crime, the justice ministry said, punishable by up to three years in prison. Nearly nine out of 10 girls in Sudan fall victim to FGM, according to the United Nations. In its most brutal form, the barbaric practice involves the removal of the labia and clitoris, often in unsanitary conditions and without anaesthesia. The wound is then sewn shut, often causing cysts and infections and leaving women to suffer severe pain during sex and childbirth complications later in life.

Peace Prize to Air Strikes

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power promising real democracy, promoting women and feverishly planting trees, snapping up the Nobel Peace Prize along the way. Yet Abiy sent troops and warplanes into Ethiopias Tigray region, a move analysts fear could push Africas second most populous country into a long, devastating civil war.

Abiy (44) announced the campaign on November 4, saying it came in response to an attack by Tigrays ruling party, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, on two federal military camps, an accusation the party denies. A communications blackout in Tigray made it difficult to verify competing claims on the ground. Officials said hundreds of people had been killed. World leaders called for an immediate halt to fighting and for dialogue, but Abiy repeatedly insisted on the need to preserve the countrys sovereignty and unity and reestablish law and order.

It is a remarkable turn of events for a leader who less than a year ago travelled to Oslo to accept the Nobel for ending a two-decade stalemate with neighbouring Eritrea after a brutal 1998-2000 conflict that left some 80,000 people dead and achieved little. Abiy declared in his acceptance speech that war is the epitome of hell for all involved, and his office still insists that this remains his position.

Beirut Explosion

On August 4, approximately 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, ignited and set off a blast that destroyed large parts of the ancient city. According to WHO, the blast killed over 178 people, left more than 6,500 injured and 3 lakh people homeless. The explosions came at a time when Lebanon is suffering itsworst economic crisis in decades, which has left nearly half of the population in poverty.

Biggest IPO suspended

The Chinese giant Ant Group was likely to pull off the largest IPO in history, hoping to raise $34.4 billion. If successful, it would have overshadowed the IPO debut of Saudi Aramco in December 2019, which had raised a then-record $29.4 billion.

Ant Financials IPO would have valued the company at about $315 billion, bigger than JPMorgan Chase & Co, the largest bank in the United States. It was also set to be larger than payment rival Paypal Holdings Inc, and media giant Walt Disney Co.

But the planned stock market debut of the worlds biggest online finance company was suspended on Nov 3, disrupting a record-setting $34.5 billion IPO. The Shanghai stock exchange cited regulatory changes in Ants industry and a possible failure to meet disclosure requirements but gave no details. Ant operates Alipay, the worlds biggest financial technology company and, along with Tencents WeChat Pay, is one of two dominant electronic payment systems in China.

UFO Sightings

In April, the Pentagon officially released three videos grainy black and white, taken by US Navy pilots showing mid-air encounters with what appear to be UFOs. In one, the weapons-sensor operator appears to lose lock on a rapidly moving oblong object, which seconds later suddenly accelerates away to the left and out of view. In another video tracking an object above the clouds, one pilot wonders, if it is a drone. A task force under the US Navy is to investigate.

Oil prices below zero

Oil prices plunged below zero in April as demand for energy collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders didnt want to get stuck owning crude with nowhere to store it. Demand for oil collapsed so much due that facilities for storing crude became nearly full.

36 species extinct

The International Union for Conservation of Nature confirmed the extinction of 36 animal and plant species, which have not been seen for decades.

The great conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn reached the closest to each other on December 21. The last time the planets were this close was in 1623 and the next time this happens will be 2080.

Messi beats Peles record

The Argentine star beat the Brazilians record of goals for a single club when he netted his 644th career goal for Barcelona in December.

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