Coats (center) receives the award from Grant Monahan of Indiana Retail Council and Steve Thomas, Senior Vice President for Kohl’s Department Stores.WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) has been named a 2014 Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation for advocating federal policies that support the growth of local retailers.“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Indiana’s economy, and we need to encourage them through the right federal policies,” said Coats. “Creating a climate where Main Street can grow and expand will benefit all Hoosiers.”The award is based on voting record, bill sponsorship and efforts to reform the Affordable Care Act and U.S. Tax Code.
In commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, USC’s Armenian Students’ Association and the Shoah Foundation hosted the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk at Tommy Trojan on Thursday.Remembrance · Stephen Smith, the executive director of the Shoah Foundation, served as one of the guest speakers at the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk, which was held Thursday at Tommy Trojan. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanAccording to the Armenian National Institute, the genocide officially began on April 24, 1915, when over 200 Armenian community leaders were apprehended and later executed in Turkey during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next eight years, approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed. The political party in power in Turkey during this time, commonly referred to as the Young Turks, carried out the killings.The event included two guest speakers — Executive Director of the Shoah Foundation Stephen Smith and criminal defense attorney RJ Manuelian — and music including the bands VIZA, Armenian Public Radio and R-Mean, as well as art installations and food displays. The gathering served as a moment to remember those who were killed in the genocide and reflect on the genocide as a whole.Smith spoke about the world’s reluctance to acknowledge the Armenian genocide.“The world has been in denial,” Smith said. “We owe those who have fallen recognition, not only by the U.S. but by the world.”He continued to speak directly to the students in the audience about how they must carry on the torch.“The obligation is now passed on to the diaspora of Armenians to remember the genocide,” he said. “The obligation is now passed on to all of you.”Haig Aintablian, president of the Armenian Students’ Association, spoke about his personal experience with the genocide, in which some of his family were victims.“My [great-grandmother] was personally in the Armenian Genocide,” Aintablian said. “I heard stories of it from my grandma, very very horrific stories. I didn’t realize it was something that would affect me until I joined the board of the USC ASA.”Aintablian continued to speak about how awareness of the genocide is highly limited.“Historically it’s so sad not to see it widespread and people don’t know about it,” Aintablian said. “The main thing is for USC students to know about what happened. We’re all going to be the next generation of politicians, the next generation to impact the United States. It’s important that we ourselves are knowledgeable on these important events, especially things like genocide.”Those in attendance found the event to be an important medium for increasing awareness.“This is the largest turnout I’ve ever seen,” said Silva Sevlian, a USC alumna and now full-time employee of the Shoah Foundation. “There is actually a substantial Armenian population here at USC. It’s really an important event for them and the community as a whole.”Mariam Mosinyan, a junior majoring in communication, stressed the need to be privy to the past and present.“It’s part of my heritage and my history — it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the community and contribute in any way,” Mosinyan said. “If me being here and bringing a couple of my friends who aren’t Armenian to learn about the issue helps in any way, then that’s what I am going to do.”Manuelian, the final speaker, discussed USC’s involvement in the remembrance of the genocide as an important responsibility.“This is a place of learning, where denial cannot take place,” Manuelian said. “Today we are here to remember … Remembrance is the first act of knowledge and knowledge is the first act of ensuring that the denial does not continue.”
“If he’s making them, he can take 13,” Scott said, smiling. “What we talked about earlier is to get to those three spots – the post, mid post and elbow area – a little bit more. He can be more effective down there.”Bryant mostly agreed with Scott before resorting to playful sarcasm.“A lot of it was timing and getting a rhythm down,” Bryant said. “Thirteen 3’s are a lot of 3’s. But everybody [complains] when I don’t shoot enough 3’s. A lot of players shoot 15 or 13 3’s. But I’m held to a different standard.”Talking smackLakers forward Julius Randle saw an imposing figure that remains consumed with physically and verbally taunting his opponents. That man also represents one of Randle’s childhood idols. It was Kevin Garnett.But instead of the second-year player cowering under Garnett’s intimidation, Randle confronted the Minnesota forward.“I’m not scared of anybody. That’s what he does, try to get in people’s heads,” Randle said. ““I liked that, though. It gets me going.”Randle’s actions and words sounded pleasant to the Lakers’ ears.“He responded like a grown-ass man. KG has a lot of respect for him because of it,” Bryant said. “He’s laying the foundation. He wants to build his reputation around the league. He’s certainly doing that. He’s not intimidated by anybody.” “I wouldn’t say it took me away from my game,” Russell said. “I just adjusted from being the point guard and then playing off the ball is not foreign to me. I can do that. But in practice, I gained the chemistry with playing with guys on the ball.”Still, Russell obviously prefers playing at point guard. He excelled in that position in his lone season at Ohio State last year where he averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.“It’ll give me the opportunity to control the game a little bit more and let guys like Jordan and Kobe play off the ball,” Russell said. “They can attack when they get the ball. They don’t have to get a rebound or something and push it and make their job harder than what it is.”Live by 3, die by 3Scott took issue with Bryant going 3 of 13 from 3-point range against Minnesota. That marked the most 3-point attempts Bryant took since March 28, 2008. The five men convened at half-court. Lakers coach Byron Scott and guard Kobe Bryant began talking. Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell, second-year guard Jordan Clarkson and second-year forward Julius Randle listened intently. All of which presumably entailed something they had discussed earlier in Thursday’s practice.Scott’s experiment to feature Russell as an off-ball guard will become a one-hit wonder. Russell will start at point guard and assume ball-handling duties when the Lakers (0-1) visit the Sacramento Kings (0-1) on Friday at Sleep Train Arena.“The one thing I have to get D’Angelo to get better at is pushing the tempo,” Scott said. “He’s probably a better decision maker even at 19 years old and it’s his rookie year. So we’ll have him on the ball right now.”Bryant noted “that’s what we brought him here to do” after the Lakers drafted Russell at the No. 2 overall pick. But Scott wanted to lessen Russell’s workload. Yet, Russell posted four points on 2-of-7 shooting and recording more turnovers (three) than assists (two). Russell also did not play in the entire fourth quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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