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Okay. It’s Friday fairer place out of the markets in Europe profitably and number this morning three point nine billion dollars. Sales for the holiday quarter topped analysts’ estimates and Austria. JC Penney’s client a successful holiday season same store sales were up over 4%. Shares though are down because Penney’s profits. Flat everyone I’m Dan Cutler and New York here are some more. On JC Penney store Mike Sadler from Yahoo! finance on Friday so might it take a look at this in mean sales good obviously profits flat what happens. Discounting is within one word is really what happened JC Penney’s really returned. To its roots as a you know just kind of mid level run of the mill departments are very heavily promotional that’s what these CEO mr. Ullman has brought back to two JC Penney and he got some responses you mentioned store traffic was pretty good people are coming into the stores. And topple and spending was was relatively good to better than anticipated in the fourth quarter. But there really operating kind of at a breakeven level and they told investors for the remainder of the year that’s probably going to more or less be the case they’re gonna have flat cash flow. For 2015. So that as this one does have to things where you he’s sort of who. Not really identify but you’ve gone back to your roots like that is it gonna take a couple of quarters that for investors find bill to settle it doesn’t say okay this is the strategy this company is going with now. We’re going on two years installments returns so so clearly this is the company you have what was interesting actually though is that it JC Penney executives did try to. Blame Ron Johnson a formal apple executive who had. Really revamp the strategy. And sort of said that they had some self inflicted wounds from that period that we’re still hurting the company so they tried to still say hey look we’re we’re still in the process of recovering from that they have alienated a lot of customers is the idea. And they still have not won all that loyalty back. And so it’s still continues to be an issue of exactly how much does does the current management alone. The do the penny situation and really. How much of a growth future can be for this very old retailer the tough part of the business it’s okay be characterized as any kind of a turnaround are now. Well it’s a turnaround in the in the sense that pearl while it was not clear that JC Penney really had a financial future. People really did think that they might not be able to continue as a going business at least anything near the scale their that’s gone they’re basically able to pay the bills are able to do if they have to do. But it’s not it’s a matter of not. Having a whole lot of growth to expect if you look at some of their competitors Macy’s Kohl’s those stocks are up 50% in the last two years while JC Penney is down about percent. Wieger taught us on this competitors there was some good track in this past quarter at Wal Mart target Kohl’s of those lower and retailers as well is that whole sector malls than they can’t come back. I wouldn’t say it’s a matter of malls making a comeback I think the demise of malls was very much you know overplayed for a long time and it’s just been. You know that if they’re still very viable the parking cut still fill up. During the holidays it’s much more a matter of the economy the consumer economy has done better and it’s not because people decided to spend more there are three million more people working today that were a year ago. That goes into the stores obviously lower gasoline prices is part of the mix too but I just think in general you have a healthier tone. To the household. Economy and that’s been reflected in those kind of basic brought no retail. Adding one more factor this last before it’s ago might what about the the that the process than about. Wal Mart TJ Max raising its entry level and wages. They have to do so essentially what’s going on is this the way the economic cycle always works overtime the job market tightens as things get better. And companies have to pay. Their workers more it used to happen in a more one off way but now since it’s become such a spotlight a political issue the private sector saying okay we’re gonna set a floor. We are going to basically raise the that the wages across the board. And I do think it’s an acknowledgment that the that the economy’s doing better it certainly doesn’t hurt if these. Workers are going to have a little bit more money to spend themselves on some level it it’s more or less reflective of affirming town in the overall economy. Mike’s until it from Yahoo! fund has Mike thank you have written again thank you. You’re watching the big number I’m Dan York.

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GLOUCESTER Back in 2010 when his Main Street mainstay Mark Adrian Shoes turned 35, Mark Adrian Farber said that “customer service and satisfaction is in my DNA.”

In that case, now that he’s retiring, the self described perfectionist has certainly chosen the right fellow to pick up where he leaves off.

Like his father, Adam Farber has shoes in his genes. Descended from four generations that have successfully owned and managed multiple shoe shops in Greater Boston, this fifth generation son seems naturally born to the biz. Yet the 35 year old former Sony Music executive said he never really considered himself a shoe in to take it over.

“I lived in New York for 16 years,” he said. “I was working in product development for major artists like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. I loved it, I had no thoughts of leaving.”

But marriage and a family changed that, recalled the father of two. “There’s such beauty and family and community here in Gloucester,” he said. Then, too, there are all those shoes millions of them sold through the decades that were, no getting around it, in his genes.

“From day one, the store was in my life,” he said. So, leaving New York in November 2014, he returned to that life and, after learning the business from his father, stepped into his shoes officially on the last day of January. Then, in homage to the generations that came before, father and son visited the graves of those family members in separate family plots at cemeteries in West Roxbury and Woburn.

“It was a very moving day, it conjured a lot of memories,” said Mark Farber, recalling how, 40 years earlier, his own father had worked with him, coming out of retirement and up to Gloucester to help get the new shoe shop off on a good foot.

“He worked with me for two and a half years,” said an emotional Mark Farber, who, with his wife, Amy, spent the rest of those 40 years building a stellar line up of premium priced performance brands that, to an ever expanding customer base of outdoor loving Cape Anners, made the name Mark Adrian a premium brand in and of itself.

For Adam Farber whose hands on product development for Sony left him with an eye for packaging marrying that brand with the introduction of a smart, new signature shopping bag (in retail, the equal of outdoor advertising) is the only change he’s made since returning to Gloucester.

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is that the Birkenstocks, Dansko clogs, Merrell sandals, Ugg boots and other comfort classics that typically fill Mark Adrian’s showcase windows have themselves changed their packaging, increasingly reflecting a new found fusion with fashion that began when runway designers, led by major American trendmeister Michael Kors, retooled Birkenstocks for a younger, more eclectic market of globe trotting millennials.

In a classic case of the ugly duckling becoming a swan, Birkenstocks became beautiful. And chic. In all kinds of colors, textures and takes on the comfort classic, including luxe metallics. In time, even Manolo Blahnik, architect of the sky high stiletto, was himself wearing Birkenstocks, and Vogue ran a story titled: “Pretty Ugly: Why Vogue Girls Have Fallen for Birkenstock.”

Predictably, the rest of the formerly functional brands have followed fashionable suit, and sales at the shop have never been hotter.

Birkenstocks, however, are not just hot, but “on fire,” said father and son. “And when something pops like that, demand can be hard to fill.” So last summer, they made a “major (buying) commitment to the brand” something which, with 6,000 square feet of inventory space, the shop is unusually well suited to do.

That space “allows us to operate and micro manage stock like a tiny, micro model of a cutting edge, online mass marketer,” said Mark Farber. And that, said his son, opens the way for more of the sort of newly fashion forward footwear that is landing on couture catwalks from places like the Australian outback birthplace of Uggs where 19th century Blundstone farm boots have been restyled for just about anything you can think of. And out of rural Germany birthplace of Birkenstocks where the 19th century Reiker brand has been retooled as the “antistress” shoe for the 21st century foot.

Both these brands, as well as “incredibly comfy” flip flops by Olukai from Hawaii, will soon join the Mark Adrian brand “curated out of thousands” of shoes evaluated for what Adam Farber calls his “footwear trifecta” of “comfort, performance and style.”

They are, say father and son, a perfect fit.

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ATHENS, Alabama Sometimes, you just need a shopping day with your girlfriends. I totally understand. You bored with the shopping mall scene. You looking for something local and unique. Huntsville has much to offer in that department.

To get you away from department stores, we have compiled a series of crawls. Each shop crawl is a list of locally owned boutiques and shops, conveniently located in the same neighborhood. We also included some of our favorite places to eat, so you can shop and grab some lunch, all in one place.

Crawford Gifts, located at 203 West Washington Street, is a great place to get a personalized gift. With sizes for all ages of children, you find clothing brands such as Amanda Remembered, LeTop, Zoodles, Baby Lulu and Kate Mack Swimwear. Grasshopper Fashions also carries a variety of toys and dolls, as well as baby gifts.

Is your shoe collection running a bit low? Stop by Shoe Gallery 2, located at 109 South Marion Street. Clarks, Merrells, Aerosoles and Pierre Dumas are all brands you can find at the shoe boutique. You can also find other accessories, such as jewelry and handbags.

Michelle Blansit of Athens, Ala. browses through Trinity’s Vera Bradley selection. Trinity is the only store in Athens to carry a full line of Vera Bradley products. This adorable shop also carries personalized gifts, indoor and outdoor decoration and accessories such as jewelry and scarves. White Mercantile, you find basically everything but the kitchen sink. White isn necessarily a boutique, we had to include it in this shop crawl because it necessary that you stop by, just to check it out. On the bottom floor, you find kitchenware, camping supplies, old fashioned candy, birdfeeders and much more. Walk up the stairs and you find clothing for both men and women. White carries brands such as Patagonia, Woolrich, Mountain Hardware and Stormy Kromer. Here you find frames, Spartina 449 handbags,
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For southern style and class for the whole family, visit Bennett located at 215 West Washington Street. Women, men and kids can find dressy and casual southern brand name clothing, such as Southern Marsh, Vineyard Vines, Columbia, Coastal Cotton, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bird Dog Bay, North Face and Patagonia. You can also find classic shoes such as Sperry Top Siders, UGG Boots, Chacos and Rainbow Sandals. Don forget to check out the cute accessories by Kavu, Ray Ban and Costa.

For a coffee break, visit Pablo on Market, located at 216 Market Street. This book store/coffee shop offers a resting spot while shopping on the square. Enjoy some coffee, tea or a smoothie while looking through the wide variety of books.

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For a quick sweet treat, you have to stop by Kreme Delite, located at 401 West Washington Street. Enjoy the classic ice cream, shake and sundae selection that easy on your wallet. But make sure you have cash; Kreme Delite does not accept credit cards.

Village Pizza, located at 222 West Market Street, is an Athens favorite. Enjoy a wide assortment of made to order, never frozen pizza and breadsticks. Village Pizza also serves wings, subs and salads.
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All great point guards know to keep their heads up in search of the next big moment, and Syracuse University sophomore Tiana Mangakahia is quickly working herself into that category.

So shortly after she set a program record with 17 assists in a win over Vanderbilt on Friday, Mangakahia pondered if and when she could break her own mark.

“I was just telling one of the girls (teammate Miranda Drummond) yesterday, ‘Man, I’m going to try and beat my own record,”’ Mangakahia said earlier this week. “But I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that. I guess we’ll just wait and see.”

And in the meantime, oh what fun Mangakahia could be to watch.

After two years of sitting out at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Mangakahia is making up for lost time with a vengeance in Syracuse. Stepping in for all time great playmaker Alexis Peterson, Mangakahia is pacing Division I with an average of 11.8 assists per game and is also chipping in 13.3 points per game.

Her aggressiveness and strong cardio capabilities (she’s averaging nearly 33 minutes per game) have been a perfect and necessary fit for a Syracuse team that’s cranked the tempo to a 6 0 start and No. 25 ranking in the latest USA Today coaches poll.

“I love playing like this. This is the style of play that I love,” Mangakahia said.

“She has really made a great transition from not playing to being, I think, one of the top point guards in the country,” said Orange coach Quentin Hillsman. “She’s a tough guard, and she’s really tough to keep in front of you. She’s doing a magnificent job for us.”

Mangakahia hails from near Brisbane, Australia, and she carries a crisp accent from her homeland. She said at the start of the semester classmates constantly asked her where she’s from, but now that she’s settled most people know her backstory

She’s a couple years removed from her roots, after two idle seasons at Hutchinson (eligibility issues kept her from playing there). Still, she greatly misses her hometown and proudly displays an Australian flag in her SU apartment.

“I get homesick here. I got homesick in Kansas. It’s just a part of life, I feel like. But I wake up every day and come here. I try to talk to my parents as much as possible,” she said. “It’s hard because of the time difference. On the weekends is usually when I get to speak to them.

“Everywhere I go it’s an adjustment because it’s new people, new things, new coaches. So far it’s been great. The girls have really helped me get used to the culture here and the different kinds of foods. I didn’t have much snow clothes so the girls helped me with that. I just bought my first pair of Ugg boots, some snow boots. That helped me. I really don’t like the snow. But I’ll get used to it.”

While Mangakahia (pronounced Mon ga ka hee a) transitions to Syracuse, the Orange figures to benefit from the basketball culture she exported from Down Under.

Growing up in Australia, she understandably idolized home country basketball stars Penny Taylor and Lauren Jackson. Although at 5 foot 6 Mangakahia is considerably shorter than both those greats, she tried to reshape their attack mode style of play into her more compact game. While Mangakahia can finesse her way in and out of traffic, she seems to be comfortable and effective with a more direct approach of seeking crowds and contact.

“I just love the way they play and their aggressiveness and tenacity,” Mangakahia said. “I think just growing up, my natural ability is just to attack the rim and cause the defenders to collapse. And then I’ll always look for the open player. I try and envision it before I’m in the key. As I’m bringing the ball up the floor I try and envision what I’m going to do or I just do what the defense gives me. If they go one way, I’ll go the opposite.”

But potential is one thing, productivity under the glare of the demanding Hillsman is another. Peterson, Mangakahia’s predecessor at the point, ranks second in school history with 1,978 career points and is first on the all time assists list with 590.

Mangakahia may not ever be in Peterson’s league as a dynamic scorer. But Hillsman sees in her the ability to take over games with her dishes.

“I think they’re the same, but they are a bit different,” Hillsman said, comparing the two. “Alexis was just a very explosive scorer. I think that Tiana has the same impact, the other way. She’s a very explosive passer. They are both very effective for us.”

Mangakahia’s debut for SU takes on an even brighter shine because she’s jumped straight into a high level of Division I ball after more than two years away from serious competition.

“I trust my ability. And Coach Q has really helped and he has confidence in me, so it’s helped myself,” Mangakahia said. “But at the start, the scrimmages were a little bit edgy. But just getting back into the flow of things has helped a lot. I’m feeling great and I feel like I can take on anything.”

Hillsman makes sure to gird her for those challenges. Both coach and player have pointed out how loud and demanding he can be, and Hillsman’s scrutiny will only become greater as she keeps proving she can respond to pressure.

“He’s still tough sometimes. Sometimes when I make passes that I shouldn’t have he will tell me and let me know how he feels about that,” she said.

“The better she gets the better I want her to play. She’s doing great,” Hillsman said. “She’s a very mature player. So I’m able to just kind of watch her play and try to give her input as needed. But she’s doing a good job of running our team and getting all of our players involved.”

Mangakahia would love to share the fun with her parents. She said that they might be planning a trip to the United States, but, alas, they have their sights set on Las Vegas. It’s tough for Syracuse to compete with that.

Still, they want to see her playing in an Orange jersey and inquired about an in season visit.

Wait until the NCAA Tournament, Mangakahia said she told her folks. There could be a lot more drama and excitement at that time of the season.

It still might not match what Las Vegas can offer, but at the clip she’s started the flashy show Mangakahia puts on for SU once she really finds her way around her new court could be a main event in itself.
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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. Situated between two gravestones inside Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta is a bright green patch of grass no gravestone, no name, no date.

“I’m just not ready to see her name on a headstone with an end date. I’m just not. I’m not ready to do that,” Katara Hamm said, with tears streaming down her face, about her daughter’s grave site.

“Headstones just make it so final like, that’s it; that’s over. I’m just not ready to see her name on a headstone. It’s hard enough for me to have to come to her grave and just. you know that’s your child under there and you can’t do anything about it.”

In the shadow of downtown Atlanta, a secret is tucked inside a quiet Fulton County community.

Just behind the front door of her grandparents’ College Park, Ga., home in an easygoing neighborhood hanging on the edge of a wooded backdrop, 17 year old Randisha Love was murdered.

Hamm, 40, found her daughter when she came home, shot five times in the face and torso on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Without closure, answers and an arrest, it’s a sight she is haunted by every single day.

The ending to Love’s story remains a mystery for police since nothing was taken; she was not sexually assaulted; there were no signs of forced entry no obvious motive for her murder.

“This pain is an explainable pain that I feel every day and I just can’t even explain the way I feel because I’m just so hurt; and I’m angry because they felt the need to take my daughter’s life and there’s no reason that they could tell me why they did it. And I will never understand it. Never. Never.

In her mom’s phone, as “Pookie,” Love said: “Im on the bus.”

“Ok love you the have a great day,” followed by dozens of heart, crown and kissing emojis.

“Love you too.”

More colorful emojis close out their conversation.

Love taught her mom how to use emojis, she giggled. It was almost like a secret language between them adding that extra touch of love and hugs and kisses. Hamm looked forward to getting those text messages from her teenage daughter each day.

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now, every day that her phone remains silent, sans pings to indicate she’s received a new text message, is a day that her heart breaks a little more.

That day in 2016 that started with heart emoji filled text messages, would end in a way that would shatter her mother’s world and baffle detectives.

Love was the second oldest of four children and her mother’s only daughter. She and her family had just moved with her grandparents in College Park that meant a new school, new neighbors and new friends for Love and her two of her three brothers one was already in college. She was a junior at Westlake High School.

But one staple in her life was ROTC. She could not wait to join the military, especially because she knew it would save her mom money for college.

“She was like, ‘Well, when I join the Air Force, I’m going to go because they say it will help me pay for my college as well as for my younger brother. So, mom, you won’t have to worry about what you just went through with my brother, with sending him to college.’ She said, ‘Don’t worry, I got you.’ And those words will forever stick with me because I know that all she wanted to do was help people,” Hamm said. They talked for a few minutes and shared a giggle or two.

“We were laughing with each other, and I’m happy it was a laughing conversation. I had bought her a burger or something to eat when she got out of school the next day, but my son ate it and she was like, ‘I’m gonna get him,’ and that’s what we were laughed about. because he would always eat her stuff.”

The call ended with, “Love you, mommy.”

“I love you too,” Hamm remembered saying into her phone.

But, Hamm could have had no idea that that would be the last time she would ever talk to her daughter.

She called Love, but with no answer.

It wasn’t too strange for her daughter not to answer, however, because she had been known to listen to her music with ear buds in and would not hear her phone ring, Hamm said.
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