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A look to the sky would reveal a typical morning in Honolulu, Hawaii, mostly clear skies, some scattered clouds here and there, otherwise a beautiful day. As soldiers went about there Sunday morning none could suspect that in just a few short moments they would be a part of an even that would change the world in a dramatic and mournful way. It was 6 am on December 7th 1941 when the Japanese military forces launched their first wave of 181 bombers of their carriers into the sky. In less than 2 hours, just before 8 am Japanese bombers began their attack on the us striking American vessels and military installations in Oahu. They attacked military airfields at the same time they launched their attack on us vessels anchored in Pearl Harbor. The Navy air bases at Ford Island and Kaneohe Bay, the Marine airfield at Ewa and the Army Air Corps fields at Bellows, Wheeler and Hickam were all bombed and strafed as other elements of the attacking force began their assaults on the ships moored in Pearl Harbor. The purpose of the simultaneous attacks was to destroy the American planes before they could rise to intercept the Japanese.

Of the more than 90 ships at anchor in Pearl Harbor, the primary targets were the eight battleships anchored there. Seven were moored on Battleship Row along the south-


east shore of Ford Island while the USS Pennsylvania (BB38) lay in drydock across the channel. Within the first minutes of the attack all the battleships adjacent to Ford Island had taken bomb and or torpedo hits. The USS West Virginia (BB-48) sank quickly. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) turned turtle and sank. At about 8:10 a.m., the USS Arizona (BB-39) was mortally wounded by an armor piercing bomb which ignited the ship's forward ammunition magazine. The resulting explosion and fire killed 1,177 crewmen, the greatest loss of life on any ship that day and about half the total number of Americans killed. The USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS Nevada (BB-36) also suffered varying degrees of damage in the first half hour of the raid.

There was a short lull in the fury of the attack at about 8:30 a.m. At that time the USS Nevada (BB-36), despite her wounds, managed to get underway and move down the channel toward the open sea. Before she could clear the harbor, a second wave of 170 Japanese planes, launched 30 minutes after the first, appeared over the harbor. They concentrated their attacks on the moving battleship, hoping to sink her in the channel and block the narrow entrance to Pearl Harbor. On orders from the harbor control tower, the USS Nevada (BB-36) beached herself at Hospital


Point and the channel remained clear.

When the attack ended shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, the American force has paid a fearful price. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships USS Arizona (BB39), USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Oklahoma (BB-37), USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS West Virginia (BB48); cruisers USS Helena (CL-50), USS Honolulu (CL-48) and USS Raleigh (CL-7); the destroyers USS Cassin (DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Shaw (DD-373); seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4); target ship (ex-battleship) USS Utah (AG-16); repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4); minelayer USS Oglala (CM-4); tug USS Sotoyomo (YT-9); and Floating Drydock Number 2. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before the had a chance to take off. American dead numbered 2,403. That figure included 68 civilians, most of them killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.

Japanese losses were comparatively light. Twenty-nine


planes, less than 10 percent of the attacking force, failed to return to their carriers.

The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

More than 7 decades later the sound of the warning alarms, bombs exploding and screams and cries still ring in the hearts of Americans all over the world. This December 7th at 8 am will mark the 71st anniversary of this dreadful day that will be remembered for another 70 years and longer to come.

Info and articles gathered from varies sites including but not limited to history.com, accuweather.com and others. A look to the sky would reveal a typical morning in Honolulu, Hawaii, mostly clear skies, some scattered clouds here and there, otherwise a beautiful day. As soldiers went


about there Sunday morning none could suspect that in just a few short moments they would be a part of an even that would change the world in a dramatic and mournful way. It was 6 am on December 7th 1941 when the Japanese military forces launched their first wave of 181 bombers of their carriers into the sky. In less than 2 hours, just before 8 am Japanese bombers began their attack on the us striking American vessels and military installations in Oahu. They attacked military airfields at the same time they launched their attack on us vessels anchored in Pearl Harbor. The Navy air bases at Ford Island and Kaneohe Bay, the Marine airfield at Ewa and the Army Air Corps fields at Bellows, Wheeler and Hickam were all bombed and strafed as other elements of the attacking force began their assaults on the ships moored in Pearl Harbor. The purpose of the simultaneous attacks was to destroy the American planes before they could rise to intercept the Japanese.

Of the more than 90 ships at anchor in Pearl Harbor, the primary targets were the eight battleships anchored there. Seven were moored on Battleship Row along the southeast shore of Ford Island while the USS Pennsylvania (BB38) lay in drydock across the channel. Within the first minutes of the attack all the battleships adjacent to Ford


Island had taken bomb and or torpedo hits. The USS West Virginia (BB-48) sank quickly. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) turned turtle and sank. At about 8:10 a.m., the USS Arizona (BB-39) was mortally wounded by an armor piercing bomb which ignited the ship's forward ammunition magazine. The resulting explosion and fire killed 1,177 crewmen, the greatest loss of life on any ship that day and about half the total number of Americans killed. The USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS Nevada (BB-36) also suffered varying degrees of damage in the first half hour of the raid.

There was a short lull in the fury of the attack at about 8:30 a.m. At that time the USS Nevada (BB-36), despite her wounds, managed to get underway and move down the channel toward the open sea. Before she could clear the harbor, a second wave of 170 Japanese planes, launched 30 minutes after the first, appeared over the harbor. They concentrated their attacks on the moving battleship, hoping to sink her in the channel and block the narrow entrance to Pearl Harbor. On orders from the harbor control tower, the USS Nevada (BB-36) beached herself at Hospital Point and the channel remained clear.


When the attack ended shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, the American force has paid a fearful price. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships USS Arizona (BB39), USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Oklahoma (BB-37), USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS West Virginia (BB48); cruisers USS Helena (CL-50), USS Honolulu (CL-48) and USS Raleigh (CL-7); the destroyers USS Cassin (DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Shaw (DD-373); seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4); target ship (ex-battleship) USS Utah (AG-16); repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4); minelayer USS Oglala (CM-4); tug USS Sotoyomo (YT-9); and Floating Drydock Number 2. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before the had a chance to take off. American dead numbered 2,403. That figure included 68 civilians, most of them killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. There were 1,178 military and civilian wounded.

Japanese losses were comparatively light. Twenty-nine planes, less than 10 percent of the attacking force, failed to return to their carriers.


The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II.

More than 7 decades later the sound of the warning alarms, bombs exploding and screams and cries still ring in the hearts of Americans all over the world. This December 7th at 8 am will mark the 71st anniversary of this dreadful day that will be remembered for another 70 years and longer to come.

Info and articles gathered from varies sites including but not limited to history.com, accuweather.com and others.


AIDS AWARENESS

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) has been a huge concern for the population for a very long time. AIDS is now the sixth leading cause of death among people ages of 25 to 44 years. Many have misconceptions on how the disease is passed. So here are some facts about AIDS for better knowledge of the disease.

*HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is what actually causes AIDS.

*HIV has been found in: saliva, tears, nervous system tissue, spinal fluid, blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. The only fluids that will transmit the disease are: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.

*HIV is transmitted by: intercourse (oral, vaginal, or anal); blood (transfusions or needle sharing); and mother to child (shared blood circulation or breast milk).

*HAART (Highly Active Antiretrovial Therapy) is not a cure. It is a treatment that prolongs life for a bit longer.

*Side effects from HAART are: collection of fat on the back or abdomen, diarrhea, general sick feeling, headache, nausea, and weakness.


My mom grabbed me and placed me under the table. I saw the fear in her eyes as we heard the screams outside of the hut. She looked at me with her pale blue eyes and pleaded with me in silence to stay hidden. I fought her on it. My place was to protect the coven in any way that I could. She sat me back down under the table and this time used her voice. “Jenna, I need you to stay hidden. You will be no good to us if they find you,” she said in her lilting voice that was stricken with fear. It wasn’t fear of her own death, I sensed, it was fear of mine. She kissed me upon my forehead and stroked my cheek and then got up. She looked back once, a silver tear streaking her face and then she left the hut, her dagger drawn. I covered my ears to try and shut out the screams of my people. I sat there under that table like a coward. Someone came crashing through the side of the hut and I could only look away. I was so scared that they were going to find me. I sensed a presence inching closer to the hut. A presence that was not anywhere near good. That is when I heard the low growl that could not be denied as my mother. I heard the clinking of metal and then a bright light surrounded the hut and it felt like I was engulfed in it. Where voices screamed that the light burned, I felt the light comforting and felt like it was one of those summer days that I use to play by the river chasing pixies. A pair of arms pulled me out of my reverie. I was carried briskly away from the hut after being hidden under a dark cloak to match the color of the night sky. I was given to a rider who was told something in a language that I could not understand. The rider rode for three days with the


other following us. The destination, when I awoke from my slumber, was beautiful. It was covered in green fields, had a waterfall, and ancient ruins. The other rider took me from the arms of my companion and lowered their hood. I saw my beautiful mother’s face and she smiled upon me. She carried me into a building that I did not see. She handed me to an Elven creature and looked at me again. “I have to go back Jenna. There might have been survivors. I need to save them and bring them here.” “Momma, please, don’t go,” I sat there pleading with her in the Elven man’s arms. “I have to Jenna. If I do not return, then know I love you always. I will never be truly away from you. You will know where to look when it is time,” With those words, she kissed my forehead and turned away from me. She got on her horse, looked back to wave sadly, and kicked the horse to ride off in haste. The Elven man took me to the highest tower in the building, one where I could over look the lands and be closest to the stars. I looked around my surroundings and felt truly alone. Not one person that I loved was there. Not one thing of our people was there. Only me. The Elven man did not bother me too much for the next few days to come out of my room. I sat there on my little chair, next to the window, starring up at the stars. I knew that everything happened for a reason, but this was agony waiting for some word of my mother and my people. Why was I so important to save?


It was two weeks before anyone came to see me in my room. I was like a zombie when I came down for meals. I ate in silence and quickly so I could return to my room. This night that the Elven man came to see me, he brought a visitor. A silver dragon. I looked at her quickly and then back to the night skies. “Jenna?” The silver dragon spoke to me. I looked again at her and saw the look on her face. I knew at that moment my mother was not going to return. A single silver tear fell down on my face and into my hand. I placed the tear on a dying plant and stared back into the sky. A star in the Draco constellation started shining brightly. “I am sorry Jenna. Everyone in your village was killed. There were no survivors,” The silver dragon continued, “It was your mother’s wish that you were brought here and taught by me. I hope that you will follow these wishes.” All I could do was nod to the dragon. I didn’t want to think of continuing on right now. I was the only survivor of my people. The High Priestess of the lost Wiccan coven. Doomed to now walk the earth to try and find my way. “Do you wish for us to leave?” The Elven man asked. I shook my head and looked up to the stars. Of course I didn’t want to be alone. I had been alone enough these past few weeks waiting for some kind of word on the fate of my mother and my people. Now that I know, I had to know what was to be expected of me now. I looked to the silver dragon and she smiled as warmly as she could. “Your training will begin tomorrow. There is much that you do not


know that you will need to know.” I simply nodded. I had no words. “We will leave you Jenna,” The Elven man said, “Seek us when you wake in the morn.” The pair turned to walk out and I noticed that the silver dragon hung back a little with a sad look upon her face. She then silently headed out the door. I laid my arms on the window sill and rested my head upon them and stared at the stars. The star that shone so brightly seemed to be dancing in the sky. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I smiled thinking of my mother dancing around the bonfire during one of our story nights. Her radiant black hair flowing as she twirled in her white dress, her bare feet barely touching the ground as if she were floating high above all the others. I could see the twinkle in her blue eyes as she danced. I glanced at the plant before laying down on my bed. The plant had grown into a radiant purple flower. I smiled softly and sad- ly as I faced a night full of nightmares.

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IsabellaNoctem: Hello, Josef. I am Isabella. josefDeLassio: Hello IsabellaNoctem: So, Josef. How long have you been roleplaying for? josefDeLassio: Well about 2 or 3 years maybe 4. Depending on what style you’re looking at. IsabellaNoctem: Ah, nice. IsabellaNoctem: And what made you want to start Manhattan? josefDeLassio: -Chuckles grinning- Well some people in the City of Newark decided to try to whack me and then kicked me out of their city for standing up for my fiancé and myself so I thought ok well then I'll start my own city. It took a while at first to actually follow through but with the motivation of a couple people I decided to take a shot and with the help of Mr. Thomas Feretti we ended up getting supporters into the city and have expanded greatly. IsabellaNoctem: Can you tell us more about Manhattan? josefDeLassio: Well basically it’s a role-play city obviously but it is also open to modeling agencies and just normal people to join. We actually just got a new modeling agency in Manhattan that’s in the 18- section of IMVU run by a Miss AngieDis. It was originally named after the city in New York but how I originally got the name was from "The Manhattan Project". Newark was supposed to be the next big thing and supposed to be a city of promise but it had a few problems. They have their own rules when it comes to RP and the people who judge whether or not a fight is voided are also the people who rp along with


eachother and have a fixed leader. Manhattan is the opposite. I see the faults and political syster Newark had and capitalized on it Manhattan can at any point when enough people want elect a new mayor same as every 4 months. We also use the same standard RP rules that everyone else uses so say Johnny fights Sally and Sally loses she can’t take the chat log to a friend in the city and ask if its right they can both take it to actual judges in the city and see if it is valid. It is based to help others and for that reason it has become more of an Idea than a physical state. IsabellaNoctem: How long have you had Manhattan? josefDeLassio: About a month it became one month fully on the 5th of November IsabellaNoctem: Would you say you're successful as of only being a one month Rp? josefDeLassio: I'd like to think Manhattan is successful yes. Even with little activity at the moment we have many who are willing to join and being part of us faster than we can keep up with. However I wouldn’t say I'm the only one to give credit to. There are a lot of people in the background as well. IsabellaNoctem: Is there anything else you'd like to add? josefDeLassio: not that I can think of at the moment no. IsabellaNoctem: Okay. It was a nice interview, Mr. DeLassio.


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