Keeping ‘Em Flying At Saint Martin’s University: Preparing For World War…

first_imgFacebook54Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jennifer Crooks, Saint Martin’s University intern to ThurstonTalkFlight classes met at the Olympia Airport. Notice the Buroker/Hicks Flying Service sign on the building. Photo courtesy Olympic Flight Museum.Saint Martin’s University was founded in 1895 in what is now  Lacey, Washington. Originally known as Saint Martin’s College, it became a University in 2005. The only private Benedictine institution of higher education west of the Rockies, this school has been host to a wide variety of programs over the years. One of the more unusual of these was an aviation program.As the United States prepared for World War II, the need for more American pilots became apparent. With the Civil Pilot Training Act of 1939, the federal Civilian Aviation Agency funded flight training at various schools around the nation, including Saint Martin’s College.At first, both female and male applicants were equally accepted into the program, and when classes started at Saint Martin’s College that summer several women were in attendance. At this time, Saint Martin’s was an all-boy’s school run by an all-male faculty, mostly clergy members. These women flight students were the first “co-eds” at Saint Martin’s.The Buroker-Hicks Flying Service provided teachers for the flight program. This Service was a business partnership between Gwin Hicks (1910-2000), Herbert “Herb” Buroker (1895-1973), and Herb’s wife Gladys  Dawson Buroker (1914-2002). Gwin Hicks, the manager of the municipal Olympia Airport, was coordinator and promoter of the program. Herb Buroker, a World War I pilot, served as repairman at the Airport and was also a licensed flight instructor. Gladys Buroker, by teaching in the flight program, became the first female instructor at Saint Martin’s College. She was not the first woman to work at the school. For example, nuns from St. Gertrude’s Priory of Cottonwood, Idaho served in the kitchen from 1904 to 1959.Several Saint Martin’s College students are among the flight students in this image taken at Weeks Field, Idaho. They are standing in front of the College’s “Rangers” bus. Photo courtesy Saint Martin’s University, Ted Yearian photo.Originally from Ferndale, Washington, Gladys was trained to be a pilot by Herb Buroker, her future husband. She quickly fell in love with flying. A unique individual, Gladys excelled in a field dominated by men. She could fly many types of planes, and would later learn how to fly  gliders and even hot air balloons. Barnstorming across Washington in the 1930s, she was also a parachutist. Despite only having received flight instructor certification the year before she came to Saint Martin’s, she eagerly took to the job and proved herself an excellent instructor. She would later recall that her male students accepted her fairly easily.As the program expanded into the fall, Congress passed rules banning women from applying to the civilian fight training program, because graduates were expected to be commissioned into the military. In the fall, the now all male class numbered twenty students. Both Burokers and Hicks served as flight instructors at the school. The Buroker/Hicks Flying Service offered ground school classes at the College on topics like flight theory and navigation with flight instruction at the Olympia Airport.With the declaration of war against Japan in December 1941, civilian aviation was limited on the West Coast as a matter of security. So during the Christmas holidays, the aviation school moved from Olympia inland to Pasco, Washington. They had to move again in January 1942  to Weeks Field near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho when the Navy took over the Pasco airport. Several Saint Martin’s students went along to Idaho to continue their training, accompanied by Father Desmond, (the dean of students) and Father Robert Wippel.In spring 1942, the military took over the Civilian Pilot Training Program nationwide and notified Buroker/Hicks that their contract would terminate when their current students finished the program. After this, another contract was made and War Training aviation students were sent to Weeks Field for Buroker/Hicks for instruction. With the direct connection severed with Saint Martin’s College, Father Desmond returned to Lacey. The Buroker/Hicks partnership amicably dissolved in 1944 after their license with the military expired.Gladys Buroker (pointing at plane model) teaching several students at Saint Martin’s College. Photo courtesy Saint Martin’s University, Ted Yearian photo.The Burokers remained in Idaho and active in aviation. They owned Idaho’s first municipal airport and worked together until Herb’s death in 1973. Gladys became a nurse and remained a flight instructor. She received much recognition for her pioneering work in female aviation before her death in 2002. Gwin Hicks also remained active in aviation. He helped form Zimmerly Airlines in Lewiston, Idaho (later merged with West Coast Airlines), served on various government aviation boards and was a proponent of Lacey history until his death in 2000.Saint Martin’s College offered flight classes into the 1950s. The Buroker/Hicks Flying Service left an impressive record. From 1939 to mid-1942 they taught over 400 students. Many of these pilots served in World War II, participating in combat and support services. Moreover, Gladys Buroker was the first female instructor at the College and some of her students were the first female students at the school.Further ReadingGladys Buroker with Fran Bahr, Wind in My Face: Autobiography of Gladys Dawson Buroker, Pioneer Pilot. (Coeur d’Alene, ID: Action Printers, 1997).Scott, John C.. This Place Called Saint. Martin’s, 1895-1995: A Centennial History of Saint Martin’s College and Abbey, Lacey, Washington. (Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co.Publishers, 1996).last_img read more

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Drip Espresso Bar Celebrates One Year

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Drip Espresso BarSummer has begun and here at Drip Espresso Bar we are quickly approaching our one year anniversary. Make sure to join us on Wednesday, June 29 for our one year anniversary party. We will be celebrating with free coffee samples, pastries, prizes and more.We could not have done it without our amazing, supportive customers.  It has been such an honor to meet and learn about our community through quick coffee breaks. Our staff enjoys coming to work because of the relationships they have with our customers. Just a quick minute or two getting to know about each other’s day, that’s what we are here for.Drip Espresso celebrates their 1-year anniversary serving hand-crafted coffee in downtown Olympia.Our house made syrups have been a real hit! Our most popular is the honey vanilla syrup. It is simply that. No added sugar. Just honey and our house-made vanilla bean extract simmered to perfection. And, also on our menu, is the house-made vanilla bean syrup. Each season we provide a special, uniquely flavored beverage. This summer we are showcasing a “S’more Mocha”, which is a delicious as it sounds. Our most unique drink to date is perfect for the spice lover and called, “Fire in the Hole!” It is made with a cayenne infused, honey cinnamon syrup.Our baker Callie Robello has spent a lot of energy creating delicious, fresh pastries for our customers (and us too!). Her dedication to developing seasonal treats has been remarkable and continues to impress. Seasonal, hand-made pastries are a signature at Drip Espresso like these Spooners Strawberry Gallettes.If you haven’t had a chance to try one of our fresh pastries, perhaps trying one for 50% off would do the trick? Every Friday from 2-5pm it’s happy hour and ALL of our pastries are half off! Make sure to come snag one after your long work week and start the weekend right.You can’t leave out our amazing staff who show up at the crack of dawn every morning with smiles and greetings for all our customers.  They are the cornerstone of Drip’s success.  Here’s what some of our customers say about them:“I love the atmosphere the baristas create.  It is a fun place to hang out, chat and get a great cup of coffee.” –Sue“Every morning I look forward to my visit at Drip.” –John H.  “I always leave with a smile and a caramel latte.” –-Nathan R.Drip invites you to join them on June 29 to celebrate.A special thanks to our partners at Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters. Their quality coffees, teas and sincere customer service have made this first year fun, educational and smooth.Drip Espresso Bar is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m.to 5:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Thurston County COVID-19 Update: Dr. Yu Letter to Community

first_imgFacebook1.1kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community: June 16, 2020Many of you have asked the question about Thurston County moving to phase 3, and I want to let you all know I will be recommending that our county applies to move to phase 3. I made this decision because so many of us are impacted by the three months of staying home, staying healthy. COVID-19 is here to stay and we need to be able to function as safely as possible, knowing exposure to the disease is a possibility. As a public health practitioner, my job is to prevent disease transmission. If an exposure occurs, I need to respond, identify early, and contain the spread of the disease to avoid complications or deaths. I cannot do this alone. Everyone who is able to, should wear a face covering when out in public and stay at least 6 feet away from others.Our public health workforce is very good, but we cannot do the prevention for you. We can respond to reports of cases and outbreaks and help to contain the spread. The case numbers have risen lately because we had an outbreak in a long-term care facility and another cluster of cases among a group of friends/co-workers. Hospitals have the capacity to take care of sicker patients. We have testing available in our community. For the most part, people who are sick are staying home and limiting contacts. If only they kept their 6 feet of distance and wore face coverings before they got sick, we would not have exposure and more cases!Preventing disease is always better. It is something you can do. I am concerned because people continue to ignore wearing face coverings when they are in public. People are gathering in groups and not keeping their physical distance. I know you are eager to get back to seeing your friends and enjoying your activities but please keep that 6 feet of distance and use a face cover if you are within 6 feet of others. The three months of imposed restrictions is not a strategy I want to repeat but I will not hesitate to recommend that we return to a previous phase if the prevention steps are not being taken. We do not have the resources to enforce the face covering directive, but that does not mean you should ignore it. You need to be responsible and protect your family and friends. Highly vulnerable folks are better off continuing to limit their outings and social contacts. As we saw with the long-term care facility outbreak, we have an increase in hospitalizations and deaths when the elderly and high risk become infected. Our ability to contain this disease relies heavily on every citizen doing their part. We need to continue to prevent the spread of this disease.Seven ways YOU can prevent the spread of COVID-19: I need all 290,000+ Thurston County residents and the thousands who visit us to follow this advice!Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 6 feet away from other people.Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when you are in public. Cover your cough and then wash your hands.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without cleaning your hands first.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.Avoid crowds.Thank you for your diligence and staying healthy!Diana T. Yu, MD, MSPH, Acting Health Officer, Thurston Countylast_img read more

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Two avalanches triggered in West Kootenay

first_imgThe Nelson Daily staffAlthough there have been no reports of human-triggered avalanches in the West Kootenay region, explosive control at 2,000 metres produced two avalanches on steep southwest to southeast slopes. The Canadian Avalanche Centre said the backcountry avalanche conditions in the West Kootenay region are fair with around 100 centimetres of snow existing at tree line elevations — with crown depths in the region of 20-25 cm. The top 20 cm. is new snow but it sits on variable old wind slab surfaces. Pockets of old and new wind slab exist where the wind has drifted the snow. “A rain crust exists at or very near the ground,” said a release from the CAC. “At present, the bond between the rain crust and the overlying snow appears good, although this could change in the future if the snowpack remains thin and the cold temperatures return.” Sunday will be dry with light winds in the backcountry with tree line temperatures around -8 degrees C. There are some flurries predicted for Monday night with light southerly winds, but there is still some uncertainty regarding the timing and intensity of the next pacific frontal system approaching the coast on Monday night. Terrain to watch Immediate lee of steep ridgelines where wind-drifting is evident. Flanks of steep gullies and unsupported sections of convex rolls. Travel advice Start the day on smaller slopes and build up from there if there are no signs of instability. Watch for early-season obstacles, such as stumps and rocks and open creeks.  To get bulletins by email, register in CAC’s new system at: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/subscribe.The Canadian Avalanche Centre needs data from the backcountry in the West Kootenay. Send to forecaster@avalanche.ca or call 250-837-2141 ext 230.last_img read more

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Ceres-Negros tries to scale Home United wall in Singapore

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ SINGAPORE—With its title on the line, Ceres-Negros faces a daunting challenge of overcoming a team that it has yet to beat this year in the AFC Cup Asean zonal final on Wednesday night here.Held to a 1-1 draw last week by Singapore’s Home United in the first leg in Bacolod City, the Busmen face another long night of figuring out ways to break down what has been an almost impenetrable defense by the Singaporeans at Jalan Besar Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Perez sparks late run as Pirates turn back Blazers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ceres took the lead when Blake Powell scored an eighth minute penalty, but Home United grabbed a vital away goal at Panaad through Isaka Cernak, which meant that Ceres needs to score in the second leg.A 1-0 win will be enough for the Busmen to win on aggregate, but a 2-2 draw will also mean the Bacolod side goes through on away goals. Another 1-1 result sends the game into extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s a final and nobody can expect an easy game,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “The players will give everything to win this game, to win the final, to get the title, and there are no doubts about that.”Ceres made history last year when it beat Home over two legs in the zonal finals, but the second leg was played at Panaad where the Busmen scored a 2-0 victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk But it has turned out to be a different scenario this year as Ceres remains in search of its first win against Home in five meetings this season.Disciplined and well-drilled defensively, the Singapore club is one of the few teams that have stifled the Ceres attack, despite the Busmen owning plenty of possession in their matches.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Ex-Policeman shot dead while escaping from custody

first_imgAn ex-Police Officer, who was accused of robbery on Monday morning made attempts to escape from custody, but was shot by former colleagues while driving away.After he was shot, he continued to drive and crashed his motor car into a trench at Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Dead is Ryan Vaux, 36, of Norton Street, Lodge. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to information received, at 01:10h, ranks of a mobile Police patrol along Broad Street, Montrose, East Coast Demerara recognised a man running behind a motor vehicle with registration number PSS 6835. He was reportedly shouting that he had beenThe mangled car in the trench after the accident surrounded by Policerobbed of a sum of money by persons in the vehicle.The Police subsequently intercepted the motor vehicle with one man at the steering wheel and a male passenger. A search was conducted on the men and $21,000 in cash was found.The male passenger and the robbery victim, Deryck Persaud, 46, of Cummings Lodge, ECD, were placed in the Police vehicle and the motor vehicle driven by Vaux was escorted to the Sparendaam Police Station.While on their way there, Persaud informed the Police that he had been robbed by the two men who were armed with a handgun and a knife.Upon arrival at the Police Station, the ranks approached Vaux, but he brandished a firearm and drove off in the vehicle in an attempt to escape during which the Police discharged a round hitting him to the body.Still bent on escaping, Vaux continued driving for a short while before crashing in the vicinity of Vryheid’s Lust Access Road, ECD. Police have since retrieved a pellet gun from the mangled car. The other suspect is in Police custody assisting with the investigations.When Guyana Times visited the dead man’s home at Lot 80 Norton Street, Georgetown, his relatives were reluctant to offer a comment. One group of young ladies explained that they were not related to the ex-Police rank and directed media operatives to another house.While this publication was there, a woman was on her mobile phone relating the incident to the person on the other end of the line, but she refused to give a comment.She, too, directed media operatives to another house claiming that the dead man’s wife would be there, but it turned out not to be so.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the matter was being investigated by members of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).last_img read more

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Fort St. John Wrestlers competing at Nationals

first_imgRepresenting the Fort St. John Wrestling Club at the national tournament will be Roylene Oliarny, Devon Shelkie, Conner White, and Taylor McLeod, accompanied by head coach Paul Kalas.The adventure for our five local competitors begins Thursday with weigh-ins, medicals and time to hit the mat for some practice sessions.Preliminaries begin the morning of Friday, April 5, with competition running all day Friday and culminating early Saturday evening with the bronze and gold medal matches.- Advertisement -Recently, the local wrestlers earned their opportunity to compete at the national level by having successful outings at the Western Canadian Age Class competition in Kamloops.last_img

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Cal State jobs are a tough sell

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! High housing costs have made it difficult to recruit and retain veteran professors for the nation’s largest university system, forcing the California State University to fill out its faculty with less-experienced educators, officials say. Administrators said they hope more applicants will be attracted by a four-year contract tentatively approved last week that would raise salaries by 20percent. But they concede it’s still a tough sell because of the high price of living in the Golden State. “The CSU had been running on goodwill in terms of California being a desirable place to live. But what’s happened in the last few years is that the economy has become so bad that whatever benefit that we had – like the weather, the orange trees we have on campus – has been washed out,” said James David Ballard, president of the California Faculty Association chapter at California State University, Northridge. Ballard said CSUN has seen a declining number of applicants for tenure-track positions since 2002, and contract negotiations that dragged on for two years contributed to the problem. The campus has filled about one-third of the 65 vacancies for the fall semester. While retirements created some of the vacancies, the Cal State system also is a frequent target of “poaching,” with faculty being lured to other colleges that promise more pay, a lighter workload and more time for research. The CSU system – the nation’s largest with 417,000 students on 23 campuses – filled 720 of the 971 searches for open positions in 2005, the last year for which complete data are available. Among those who refused the offer of a CSU job, 42percent said they received better offers elsewhere, and 15percent said the salary available just wasn’t good enough. As a result, Ballard said, the administration will hire a less-experienced instructor – and that candidate may not always be the first choice to fill the job. “You hire a new professor at the cheapest rate possible, as opposed to hiring someone with experience you would have to pay more,” he said. “Before, our first choices were saying, `I can go to Nebraska and buy a home for those wages,”‘ Ballard said. “Then it was our second or third choices saying that. Now those are gone, too. Now, we’re finding ourselves hiring our fifth and sixth choices. You’re still getting good people but not the best people.” According to the recruiting report, 38percent of the instructors hired at CSUN in 2005 had less than four years’ experience, and 25percent had not yet completed their doctorate. At Cal State Los Angeles, 33percent of new hires had less than four years’ experience, while that number soared to 58percent at Long Beach. Recruiting and retention problems are not unique to CSUN, said Harry Hellenbrand, campus provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I don’t want to downplay what we’re going through here, but if you’re teaching in similar institutions such as in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., or Seattle, all the coastal cities are seeing this high cost of living,” Hellenbrand said. “The main thing is the cost of living is such that the people cannot afford to live here, particularly if they don’t have housing. “We’re hoping the new contract will give us equity with other institutions over the next few years.” Heavy workload Ballard, who teaches in CSUN’s sociology department and is widely regarded as an expert in terrorism trends and counterterrorism tactics, has received offers from three competing universities that would allow him to teach three classes a semester instead of four. “For a young faculty member, that’s a very attractive lure,” Ballard said. “You can get a home. You can get a middle-class lifestyle. It’s not just working less, but you can do more of what you like.” He said he stayed in California because he has family in the Los Angeles area. But instructor Amir Hussain left CSUN two years ago to teach religious studies at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches three classes instead of four, and he recently published a book, “Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God.” “It really was a frustration over salary and workload issues that caused me to leave,” Hussain said, adding that he stayed at CSUN for eight years because he grew up in a working-class family and wanted to teach students with whom he could relate. But when he didn’t get a pay raise to accompany his promotion from assistant to associate professor, he decided it was time to move on. “I was teaching four classes per semester, publishing and doing scholarly work and community service,” he said. “And here I was, a specialist in the Muslim community in America, and after 9-11 I was speaking at various lectures. But I was not getting any economic compensation.” He said he may have been persuaded to stay at CSUN if he had received a raise and if there were a housing subsidy. “Housing would have been a good deal,” he said. Living to teach Recognizing that housing is a problem for tenure-track instructors, CSUN administrators have included faculty residences in a plan for developing the north end of campus. It shows that about 850 homes could be built there by 2035, for those earning $40,000 to $100,000 a year. “Housing is the biggest factor in why people don’t come here, and there’s not much being done about that, except subsidized housing,” said Bob Stern, president for the Center for Government Studies in L.A. Neighboring Cal State Channel Islands, which opened in 2002 in Camarillo, has built 658 faculty housing units, most of them apartments. But there have been mixed reviews statewide about faculty housing, said Craig Flanery, associate secretary for the American Association of University Professors. “Some universities provide either good housing on or near campus, such as UCIrvine, which really attracts good faculty,” Flanery said. “UCLA attempted the same thing a few years ago, but a bit less successfully. They bought housing too far from campus, and faculty didn’t buy them.” Flanery, an adjunct professor at Cal State Los Angeles for 13 years, said he left that position because he, too, found it difficult to make ends meet, and he found himself driving long distances to teach. “What can happen is faculty end up living 20 to 40miles away from campus, spending more of their time on the road and away from the classroom, so there’s some serious work-performance concerns,” he said. But others such as Ballard of CSUN do not like the idea of faculty housing. “To me, it comes across as dorms for faculty,” Ballard said. “You’re going to work on campus, you’re going to live on campus. It’s going back to that company town mentality, where a company owned the house, the store and everything else. “That economic model was abandoned 70 years ago by most of corporate America.” Housing aside, many are hopeful that the latest contract agreement, which is expected to be ratified in the next few weeks, will help CSUN lure more qualified candidates. “Now that people can see some stability in their future earnings, something that is tangible as opposed to the last few years, those people will look at this as more of a potential than in the past,” Ballard said. “There’s some stability in the salary progression.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664last_img
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‘Godfather’ of South L.A. rebuilding

first_imgThey call Danny Bakewell the godfather of South Los Angeles, and indeed there was a time when the real-estate developer and longtime civil-rights activist was the most feared man in the city. In the months after the 1992 riots, as the scarred city began to clean up the debris and ashes from businesses burned to the ground, Bakewell would occasionally shut down work sites for not using African-American workers, employing a level of drama befitting mythical television Mafia don Tony Soprano. “Danny Bakewell was there at ground zero, and his vision became a beacon to help guide us through very difficult days,” says John Bryant, founder and chairman of Operation Hope, which helped spur the economic recovery of South L.A. Adding to the drama of the repeated shutdowns were the advance calls to the news media from the Brotherhood Crusade, the African-American charity Bakewell headed. That ensured the camera shutters were snapping and the TV video rolling when a silver Rolls Royce cruised into view and a nattily dressed Bakewell stepped out, a menacing glare in his eyes. “And they’re happening today.” Bakewell, who was a close friend of the late celebrated lawyer Johnnie Cochran, is among those who look back and wonder what was learned from the riots and what was gained by all the federal and private pledges of rebuilding. “Did the rebuilding effort fail?” he asks rhetorically. “If I were to define the ingredients that should have been in the rebuilding effort, I would say, yes. It’s kind of like we needed a pound cake which was very heavy and got everybody involved in it, and what we got was an angel food cake. “You had a lot of people crunching statistics, but at the end of the day something got rebuilt but did the people rebuild it? Did people get jobs? Did they get trained? Do we have people who once were out of work who are now carpenters, bricklayers, brickmasons? Do they operate heavy-equipment machines? “We didn’t have any depth to what we were doing because the only thing anybody was trying to do was put out the fire.” Even Bakewell’s own crusade of demanding the hiring of more African-American workers was unable to meet its raised expectations – that, like Rebuild L.A., city and federal officials, he was overwhelmed by the scope of the rebuilding challenge. “People would call me and say, `You’ve got to come and close down this site.’ It was more than I could physically handle, in spite of the fact that I was happy to do it. But while I’m responding, something else is going awry.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I created this mantra: If black people aren’t going to work, nobody works,” recalls Bakewell, a 60-year-old multimillionaire who lives in Pasadena and is one of the wealthiest African-Americans in Los Angeles County. “Here we were in our own community, which had been burnt and smoldering. Everybody was talking about how we have to rebuild our community and allow the community to participate in the rebuilding. But when you looked at the things that were being rebuilt in the African-American community, there were no African-Americans working.” Because of his single-minded activism, Bakewell is looked upon today by many in his community as having been the catalyst for the transformation South Los Angeles has experienced in the last 15 years. “I’m the godfather of right, of doing something that was positive because you can’t say you’re operating in the best interest of the community and allow these things to happen,” he says. He pauses, then shakes his head. last_img
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Klopp says Liverpool are best team he has taken to a final

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp speaks to the press at Liverpool’s training ground © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 28 – Jurgen Klopp says his current Liverpool team are the strongest side he has taken to a final as he plots Champions League glory against Premier League rivals Tottenham on Saturday.Liverpool are preparing for their second successive Champions League final after a run that included an incredible comeback to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the semi-final by winning 4-0 at Anfield. It will be Klopp’s fourth European final as a manager, having been a Champions League runner-up with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, before losing the Europa League final with Liverpool in 2016.Their run to Madrid this year has been marked by a never-say-die spirit, with Klopp suggesting that his team of 2019 is better than those that have lost his three previous European finals.“I don’t like to blame my other teams (for the European final defeats),” said Klopp, whose side lost out to Real Madrid in the final last year.“I love them all. They all gave everything but I have never been part of a final with a better team than this.“I am not so surprised by this because our boys mix our potential with attitude in the best way I have witnessed. That is brilliant.”However Klopp, speaking at Liverpool’s training ground Tuesday, made clear that he has yet to surpass his first major achievement as a manager, leading minnows Mainz into the Bundesliga for the first time in their history 15 years ago, on a minimal budget.– Career highlight? –Asked if Saturday’s final marked the pinnacle of his career, the manager, whose side finished a single point behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League, said: “If I win it, yes. It would be different to the last finals.“Is bringing the team to the Champions League final (in itself) the biggest moment in my career? No, that was 2004, getting promoted with Mainz. If you had known the money we had, the circumstances we had… and the fact was that nobody needed us in the first league.“If I win the Champions League, though, I will have to think about this question again.”Klopp is hopeful that forward Roberto Firmino will be fit to play a part in Saturday’s final, having missed the final three matches of the season with a muscle issue.Midfielder Naby Keita, however, will not recover from his adductor injury in time to face Tottenham.“No chance for Naby,” Klopp said. “Naby is really progressing well. We will see how it will work out for him for the Africa Cup of Nations.“Bobby was part of training last week, really good, everything looked fine. He will be fine, I am pretty sure.”Klopp expects a close contest against a Tottenham side that Liverpool beat home and away in the Premier League during the season, winning 2-1 on both occasions.He said: “It will be very tight. The quality of Tottenham and us is pretty similar. The distance between us is consistency.“Emotions will be completely different. You have to use the emotions but in the right circumstances. Bringing ourselves in the right mood is the job we have to do.“We know about Tottenham a lot but after three weeks (without a game to prepare), I would have known the name of the groundsman of Barcelona if they had been the opponent.“We know it is difficult, Tottenham know it is difficult, so let’s play a difficult game and let’s win it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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