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Sunday Bulletin Board: Does this remind you of your family vacations? ‘Get out of the way! I’m taking a picture!’

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Sunday Bulletin Board: Does this remind you of your family vacations? ‘Get out of the way! I’m taking a picture!’

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Photography Division

PAPAGENO writes: “Much has been said about our selfie-obsessed culture, but I thought I’d add some perspective.

“I’ve been scanning my parents’ photos and 8-millimeter movies. (Both of them passed some years ago.) I just went through more than a hundred photos from their 1987 trip to China. And I kept exactly three — because those were the only ones that had my mother in them. None of them had my father. The rest were endless discardable shots of landmarks and scenes that meant nothing to me.

“If we were traveling today, we would take landmark shots, perhaps, but we would know that you could always find better photos of Tiananmen Square or the Forbidden City on the Internet. It may be a subject for ridicule, but it’s actually much more interesting for our friends and especially our children to see pictures of us enjoying those trips.

“‘Would you like me to take one of you two together?’ Nobody would have ever offered that in 1987, yet now it happens all the time. Say what you will about modern times, but that has to be a plus. (Bulletin Board says: That offer might well be more common nowadays, but it was surely not invented after 1987.) My travel photos now have as many shots of me and my partner as they have discardable scenery shots that will mean nothing to anyone else.

“I wish I had more photos of my dad. And I wish I could tell him: ‘Move in closer! I want Mom to fill the frame!’ So many people shots have a fingernail-sized person so tiny you can barely make them out with a magnifying glass.

“I sometimes joke that on family trips, Dad would say: ‘Get out of the way! I’m taking a picture!’ Of all the thousands of family-vacation photos and movies I’ve been going through, how I wish more of them actually contained family.”

BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: Perhaps just coincidentally, we recently ran across this fine article about Anatol Josepho, the man who invented that original selfie generator, the photo booth: tinyurl.com/photo-booth.

Then & Now

Just a Coincidence? Division (Architectural Subdivision)

GREGORY J. of Dayton’s Bluff reports: “Subject: A tale of two churches.

“I’ve been doing research into the history of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which is located in the Lowertown area of St. Paul.

“As sometimes happens when digging up the past, something unusual turned up. This is a very brief version of the story of two churches separated by 10 miles and a hundred years, and how they are connected.

“The first St. Mary’s Church was built in 1865 in the fashionable residential area of Lowertown, at Ninth and Locust (now Lafayette). It was an impressive building constructed of blue limestone, with an 80-foot bell tower and an attached chapel. At its dedication, it was declared to be ‘the handsomest church in the city’ and ‘a gem of architectural beauty.’

“It was a sturdy church, and it survived, with only some damage to its roof and windows, a tornado which in 1904 blew down a nearby church, many houses and trees, and destroyed the High Bridge. However, the church could not survive the growth of the city of St. Paul. Its neighborhood began to change from residential to industrial as railroad tracks and businesses displaced homes. In 1921 a new church was built to the west at Eighth and Rosabel (now Wall). It is still in use today. The old church was sold to a lumberyard in 1922 and eventually was torn down.

“One of St. Mary’s very loyal and active parishioners was Mary T. Hill, wife of James J. Hill — yes, the James J. Hill. James wasn’t Catholic, but Mary was. During the summer, the Hills would move way out into the country to escape the heat of the city, to a farm they owned called North Oaks. Mary, her children and grandchildren would then attend Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Lake Church in nearby White Bear Lake. Mary died in 1921, just as her own St. Mary’s Church was being replaced with a new one.

“At about the same time, St. Mary of the Lake was planning to build a new church. Three of Mary Hill’s very wealthy daughters decided to honor their recently departed mother by providing the funds for the new St. Mary of the Lake Church in White Bear Lake. But as we very well know, the rich can be an eccentric and quirky class of people — so the girls also stipulated that the new church would have to be an exact replica of their mother’s beloved St. Mary’s in St. Paul.

“Money talks, and thus it came to be that in 1926, an identical St. Mary’s Church came into existence in White Bear Lake, where it still stands today, a century after the original St. Mary’s ceased to be a church.”

Exterior of church

The Permanent Family Record

Including: Then & Now (responsorial)

CHEESEHEAD BY PROXY, “back in Northern Minnesota”: “I enjoyed the stories from READS THE FUNNIES FIRST (Sunday BB, 1/16/2022), whose dad spent time with them when they were little.

“We used to play a similar vehicle game from the car while on road trips. Our kids would choose a low number and take turns as cars drove by on the opposite side, seeing which car was ‘theirs.’ One time my husband played along, and his car was a real junker, with smoke billowing out of the engine as it rumbled along. We all went into hysterics about ‘Dad’s car.’

“This was over 30 years ago, and I can still laugh about it!”

Random harvest?

RAMBLIN’ ROSE: “Subject: What Are the Odds?

“I don’t consider myself a particularly lucky person at games of chance. If there is a raffle, I know my ticket purchase is going to charity; I won’t be going home with anything new. I was once at an event where 25 door prizes were given out to about 150 attendees. You’d think my odds would be pretty good at being awarded one of those beautiful new books or lush plants, but no. Every ticket number within 10 numbers of mine was called, and there I sat, smiling for all of the cheering winners, and wondering if I had done something terrible in my childhood that caused me to be fated this way. And yet, perhaps luck is all in the perception.

“I got an envelope in the mail the other day. I knew instantly that I’d won a drawing, and I admit I wasn’t totally happy. Nope, this was the drawing for jury duty, and I’d won again. Now, our constitution guarantees you a trial by a jury of your peers, and I think that’s certainly better than what happens in other parts of the world. It is our civic duty to participate when called upon, and I will answer this summons. But really, I might have won this drawing too many times. This is the sixth time I have been chosen and summoned.

“The first time, I was in college in another state. I had taken up residence there, so I was in the pool of potential jurors. I was excused, though, as classes were in session at the time; I thought that was reasonable. They didn’t call me again.

“However, Minnesota seems stuck on me. I was called within a year of returning to our great state. They will deny it, but deep in my brain is the idea that new residents are somehow given their own special pool. Just saying. Anyway, I served. And I served again several years later when I was called by the U.S. Federal District Court. Just a couple of years later, my county called me, but excused me when they saw how recently I’d served. But they later called again, and once again I served. They’ve learned how to space it out so they don’t have to excuse you. And now I’ve won again. I will serve, but I am not looking forward to sitting in a room full of strangers during a pandemic.

“I wanted to calculate the odds of being called so many times in a 30-year period. The pool, or universe, is made up of registered voters, licensed drivers, and those with a state ID card within your county. My county has about 266,000 residents; I couldn’t find data on how many licensed drivers and registered voters we have, although I’m sure it’s out there. There are several more variables that would come into play, and I don’t have that information. The Math Nut happily assures me that being called repeatedly, while others are never called, is an indication that the process is truly random. OK, that’s a good thing. He, though, has been called only once in his life, and never in this county. He was called while in college, and Hennepin County didn’t excuse him even though classes were in session; he missed several days of school. I hope that process has changed.

“So, the moral is to do your civic duty and to be happy that the opportunity exists in this country. But really, I’d be happy to share.”

TRIMMABLE IN WHOLE OR IN PART:

This ’n’ that ’n’ the other ’n’ the other ’n’ the other

AL B of Hartland: (1) “I sat at a table with friends. As we ate breakfast, I noticed I had an elbow on the table, one man wore a hat and another looked at his cellphone. I wondered what my mother would have said. ‘No elbows on the table.’ ‘Take off that hat!’ ‘What in the world is that thing you’re looking at?’”

(2) “The feeders were bustling. ‘You eat like a bird,’ an aunt was fond of telling me when I picked at my food when I was a boy. I was trying to locate and disarm anything that might have been good for me. But I didn’t eat like a bird. A chickadee may eat 35 percent of its weight in food each day, and a blue jay might eat 10 percent of its weight. Generally, the smaller the bird, the greater percentage of its body weight is its daily food intake. They need more calories in cold weather.”

(3) “A fox squirrel found its way to the roof of our house. It began running laps and sounded like something between an immense buffalo herd and wingtip shoes in the dryer.”

(4) “I watched through my binoculars as a crow flew down to a rural road and picked up a McDonald’s bag and flew away with it. I hoped it was a gift-wrapped French fry.”

(5) “I was on stage at a storytelling festival far from home when an audience member asked how I’d become a storyteller. I told her the story of a neighbor’s barn fire that occurred during my boyhood. The frightened cattle scattered. One male calf was found 30 miles away. I learned a little bull goes a long way.”

Now & Then

Leading to: The highfalutin pleasures

RANCID BEEF of South St. Paul: “Subject: Can you play ‘Mr. Jaws’?

“Growing up in the 1970s, I listened to music on AM radio. WDGY and KSTP and KDWB are the stations I remember listening to most often.

“When my young friends and I called a radio station to request a song, the DJ would ask how old we were. We always said 14. The rumor was that radio stations wouldn’t play your request if you were under 14.

“I wonder sometimes how many requests the radio stations received back then from squeaky-voiced ’14-year-olds.’”

Unstuck in time

Everyone’s a Copy Editor Division

Email from DONALD: “Subject: NFL time-travel.

“From the ‘ON THE AIR TODAY’ section in Monday’s Sports section of the paper west of St. Paul:

“‘FOOTBALL’

“‘NFL playoffs: Arizona at St. Louis 7:15 Ch. 5, ESPN’

“Someone, alert Roger Goodell!”

BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: Roger Goodell? We’re going to alert Paul Tagliabue!

Hmmmmmmmm

Here’s The Mighty Wickard, “hailing from Blaine, where the driveways seem to grow longer each winter”: “Subject: Now Hear This.

“Today’s random thought: How come all the people who ‘hear voices’ that tell them to do bad things never hear stuff like ‘Go Shovel The Mighty Wickard’s Driveway’?”

Band Name of the Day: Hearing Voices

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Tim Anderson’s 3-run homer punctuates the Chicago White Sox’s doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees

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Tim Anderson’s 3-run homer punctuates the Chicago White Sox’s doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees

Johnny Cueto was terrific in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

Michael Kopech was even better in Game 2 as the Chicago White Sox swept the twinbill, beating the Yankees 3-1 and 5-0.

“What a day,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Cueto allowed six hits in six-plus scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium but did not factor in the decision. The Sox gave up a late lead only to respond with two in the ninth for the Game 1 win.

Kopech retired the first 17 batters in Game 2. Rob Brantly broke up the perfect game with a two-out double in the sixth.

“I felt like everything was working today,” said Kopech, who lowered his ERA to 1.29. “The first time this season that’s been the case. It was nice to go out there and feel confident with every pitch I threw.

“I try to be perfect every time and I know that’s never going to be the case, but I feel like if I can hold on to that little bit as deep as I can into the game, then I’ll be in a good position. And I was able to do that for a lot of the day.”

Kopech — who returned from the paternity leave list after the birth Friday of his second son, Vander — allowed one hit with six strikeouts and two walks in seven scoreless innings.

“Kopech made so many great pitches and mixed them up great,” La Russa said. “He had so much command. When you see that, I don’t care how good the hitters are, they’re going to have a tough time.”

The Sox scored five with two outs in the eighth on RBI hits by Andrew Vaughn and Reese McGuire and a three-run home run by shortstop Tim Anderson — his third hit of the game.

“This guy is as good as anybody playing at that position and one of the best players in baseball,” La Russa said of Anderson.

Vaughn came through with two outs, singling to center against Jonathan Loáisiga to bring home José Abreu. McGuire followed with another single, bringing in Adam Engel.

Anderson — who was booed throughout the night by Yankees fans after Saturday’s words with Josh Donaldson and a bench-clearing incident — then homered against Miguel Castro.

“Tim’s going to show up every day ready to play and lead this team,” Kopech said. “And he did that again tonight.”

In the first game, AJ Pollock put the Sox ahead in the ninth with a leadoff homer to left on a 1-0 fastball from Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman.

“You’ve got to stay short to him,” Pollock said. “He’s got some good velocity, good cut on his fastball, so just trying to hit a line drive and it worked out.”

Vaughn drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball before scoring on a double by Engel, making it 3-1. Liam Hendriks struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

It was a nice bounce-back performance by the Sox after the Yankees tied the score at 1 in the eighth when Aaron Judge homered to left on an 0-2 sinker against reliever Kendall Graveman.

The Yankees put two on with one out in the inning, but Graveman rebounded to get Donaldson to fly out to center and Aaron Hicks to pop out to third.

“Most times when you do that, (you) lose your concentration and there is another run on the board,” La Russa said of Graveman. “He got the zero afterward, gave us a chance to win.”

Cueto put the Sox in an excellent position early.

“I had good command of all my pitches today and they had very good movement and I was able to locate them up and down the zone,” Cueto, who was receiving fluids in the aftermath of Game 1, said in a statement. “That was the key to keep the Yankees off-balanced today.”

The Sox went ahead 1-0 on an RBI single by Yasmani Grandal in the fourth.

And Cueto kept “dealing,” as Pollock said. He struck out five and walked two in the 95-pitch outing.

“He’s been awesome for us,” Pollock said. “Works fast and has all sorts of pitches to get them off-balanced. Shimmy shake (delivery). It’s awesome to play behind him. It’s great having him out there for the first game of a doubleheader because of the tone he just set for us.”

Cueto has pitched 12 scoreless innings, the third-longest streak for a Sox starter at the beginning of his tenure with the team since 1974, according to STATS. Ken Brett pitched 17 scoreless innings in 1976 and Jack McDowell went 13 innings in 1987.

Cueto allowed two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings against the Royals.

“He’s an artist,” La Russa said. “It’s fun to watch him pitch a game. And that’s what he’s been, an outstanding starting pitcher, because he gives you a different look four times in a game.”

Cueto exited after allowing two singles to begin the seventh. Joe Kelly struck out Marwin Gonzalez, picked off Hicks at second and struck out Jose Trevino to maintain the one-run lead.

“Kelly was just perfect,” La Russa said.

The Yankees got the run in the eighth, but Pollock came though with the big hit in the ninth to give the Sox what La Russa called a “hard-earned” victory.

The Sox made it two-for-two Sunday with more stellar pitching and clutch hitting.

“It just shows we have that in us,” Vaughn said, “and we’ve just got to keep going and keep building off of it.”

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With St. Paul community center ailing, Keith Ellison’s office demands reforms at Cameroon Community organization

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With St. Paul community center ailing, Keith Ellison’s office demands reforms at Cameroon Community organization

With high hopes and no small amount of fanfare, leaders of the Twin Cities’ Cameroonian community pooled their resources in late 2013 and purchased a 57,000-square-foot, two-level office building in St. Paul’s Bandana Square for the bargain price of $200,000.

It was a deal by any stretch of the imagination. The future MinCam Community Center off Energy Park Drive carried an assessed market value of $3 million, at least on paper, though it came with a requirement that the association pay off some $100,000 in outstanding property taxes.

But the community center has been rife with infighting and dysfunction, involving legal action and public accusations of mismanagement.

Last week officials with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office announced they had stepped into the fray as the state’s charity regulator.

The attorney general’s new 16-page “assurance of discontinuance” agreement, signed by a representative of the Minnesota Cameroon Community and filed in Ramsey County District Court, seeks to hold the association accountable for “inattentiveness and governance violations” that have “allowed this important community asset to fall into disrepair,” according to a statement from Ellison’s office.

According to documents from the attorney general’s office, the property tax debt ballooned to $172,000. A broken boiler went unattended for months, causing what some fear is irreparable building damage over the course of a winter. Water mains burst in February 2021. The building’s property insurance lapsed in 2017, and energy bills mounted.

Community center leaders can’t account for all of the funds collected for property tax payments and building repair, according to the attorney general’s office. Questions over who truly leads MinCam — its board of directors, its president, the representative assembly, the general assembly or the community center management team — flared into a legal dispute over who had the right to call elections in the summer of 2020.

Among the requirements imposed under the agreement with the attorney general’s office, MinCam cannot solicit further donations without first registering as a charity with the attorney general’s office, which leaders had failed to do.

MinCam must restructure its leadership so that a singular board controls the business and affairs of the organization. It must also maintain and comply with internal financial management practices developed in consultation with professionals, and adopt a conflict-of-interest, whistleblower and document-retention policy.

“MCC’s directors and officers are further required to properly maintain all books and records of the organization and adopt policies to ensure that funds are properly spent on the purposes for which they were given,” reads a statement from Ellison’s office.

A request for comment was not returned Friday by an attorney for MinCam. The listed phone number for the community center’s was out of service Friday.

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Yankees drop pair of games in doubleheader with White Sox

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On an uncomfortably hot and sticky day for the Yankees’ and White Sox’s Sunday doubleheader in the Bronx, the home team played two fittingly lethargic games. The Yankees dropped both of them, losing back-to-back games for the first time since April 10 and 11, their third and fourth games of the year.

The second game of the doubleheader saw Tim Anderson get revenge on a fan base that had puzzlingly booed him all game. On Saturday, Anderson was mockingly called “Jackie” by Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson. On Sunday, he hit an opposite field home run to bring the White Sox a 5-0 victory.

Anderson’s three-run silencer left no doubt that the Yankees would go to bed winless, and many of their fans would hit their pillows with a palpable rage over their number one enemy of the day having the nerve to play well amid their hatred.

Aaron Judge stepped to the plate in the eighth inning of game one and with one wave of his mighty bat, briefly gave the Yankees some hope. Judge’s solo home run tied the game, incited M-V-P chants at Yankee Stadium, and helped his team get off the mat, but AJ Pollock matched him with a solo shot of his own in the next inning. Pollock’s jack gave the White Sox a late lead that blossomed into a 3-1 Chicago win and, with the game-clinching shot coming off Aroldis Chapman, invited more questions about who the Yankees’ closer should be moving forward.

In addition to giving up a poorly timed home run, Chapman also threw a pitch to the backstop, had to be visited by the training staff after throwing a pitch, and failed to get a single swing and miss on his once untouchable fastball. When he left the game after Adam Engel put an RBI insurance run double into the left field corner, Chapman was serenaded by boos on his way to the dugout, where Judge was waiting for him at the top step with an encouraging pat on the butt.

“He’s not been as fine with his command,” Boone said of the struggling southpaw. “He’s just not quite as sharp as we’ve seen him. He was getting some treatment on his Achilles. When he was moving around, he wasn’t moving around great. But he wanted the ball. Today, to me he didn’t look great on his legs, so I think that was probably an issue today.”

The Yankees started their double dip by getting blanked by Johnny Cueto, a wonderful pitcher who’s also years removed from his prime. Cueto twisted and turned his way through six innings, five strikeouts and roughly one million different wind ups. The Yankees mustered six hits against him — all of which were singles — and got zero runs.

The final two of those singles did knock Cueto out of the game with no outs in the seventh inning. Trailing by one run at the time, the Yankees were very much still in the game. Cueto’s replacement, the fiery Joe Kelly, shut that down fairly quickly.

Kelly struck out his first hitter, Marwin Gonzalez, on four pitches. During the next at-bat, he picked Aaron Hicks off of second base. Hicks tried to make a break for third while Kelly wasn’t looking, likely anticipating that the reliever would start his delivery during the mad dash. Instead, Kelly simply stepped off the mound, realized that Hicks was in no man’s land, and tossed the ball to second base for an easy out. Hicks was the second Yankee to get picked off, joining Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who Cueto picked off of first in the second inning.

“Almost had him timed up,” Boone lamented after the game.

The squandered opportunity in the seventh looked like it would be the Yankees’ best scoring chance of the day, but Judge’s ability to transform things in a single swing changed that pretty emphatically before the White Sox landed their counter punches.

Hicks’ rally-killing pickoff brings more ammunition to the people calling for him to be benched. Entering Sunday’s action, Hicks was hitting .200 with an on-base percentage much higher than his slugging percentage. His 20 hits included just one double and one home run, and in his previous 15 games coming into Sunday, he was in a vicious 3-for-40 (.075) slump. In the first game of the doubleheader, he did go 2-for-4, but also popped up on the infield with the game tied in the eighth inning.

While he’s still taking a lot of walks, and is tied for the team-lead in stolen bases, Hicks is a tough sell for many fans, especially the ones advocating for the Joey Gallo-Aaron Judge-Giancarlo Stanton outfield to be a more regular occurrence.

White Sox’s closer Liam Hendriks, who was very critical of Donaldson in some pregame comments, had no trouble at all during his Sunday outing.

The Yankees cannot relate.

In the second game, White Sox’s starter Michael Kopech skated comfortably through the first five innings. He maintained perfection until Rob Brantly — the catcher who was added to the active roster on Sunday morning and arrived at the stadium during the first game — doubled with two outs in the sixth to become the Yankees’ first base runner of the game. Kopech finished his night with seven eye-popping innings, one hit, and no runs on his ledger.

Luis Severino displayed admirable problem solving skills all night. He allowed hitters to reach base in every inning from the second to seventh, but kept any of them from reaching home plate. His final line showed eight hits in seven innings of work but zero runs. It wasn’t until Jonathan Loaisiga entered in the eighth that the dam finally broke. Andrew Vaughn and Reese McGuire’s two-out singles gave Chicago their first two runs, and Anderson provided the final three off of Miguel Castro.

At the end of the unbearably hot day, the Yankees had two losses, a smarting wound from Anderson and multiple questions about their bullpen, as both Chapman and Loaisiga have been less than stellar all year and did nothing to rectify that on Sunday.

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