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San Francisco, CA – The month of May was extraordinary for the Giants. They recorded eight shutouts last month, all of which came here at AT&T Park. San Francisco was the only team in the National League to tally at least eight shutouts at home in one calendar month. Despite two recent losses the Giants still won 13 of their last 17 games and 16 of their last 23.

 

 

 

But tonight their skid continued as they fell 4-3 to the Pirates. San Francisco lost their third consecutive game to start the month of June. Many would refer to the month as “June Swoon”. The Giants have been known to play bad baseball in June but it’s too early to give San Francisco the moniker. There’s still a lot of baseball left to turn things around.

 

“I just made too many mistakes in the fifth,” said Ryan Vogelsong. “They’re always great (when asked about the defense tonight). You kind of get used to it. [Angel] Pagan made an unbelievable catch. [Hunter] Pence made an unbelievable catch.”

 

Andrew McCutchen was robbed of two opportunities to record multiple RBI’s because the Giants defense shut him down. Both Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence denied McCutchen extra runs in the third and fifth innings. Pagan lunged for McCutchen’s fly ball that looked like it would sail to score in a few runs with the bases loaded. As a result his sacrifice fly drove in only one run.

 

Pence picked up speed to outrun McCutchen’s fly ball to right field in the fifth resulting in another sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2. Chris Stewart led off the inning with a double, Gerrit Cole reached first on a fielder’s choice and Harrison was hit by pitch. Vogelsong issued a free pass to Gregory Polanco to load the bases again. McCutchen drove in Cole, and Walker followed with a double to score in both Harrison and Polanco giving Pittsburg a 4-2 lead.

 

“A lot of good things happened. We had two plays in the outfield. Angel, saved some runs along with Pence’s play,” said San Francisco’s manager Bruce Bochy. “We made one mistake there. Against a guy like we faced tonight, you have to execute. We just couldn’t quite do it but our defense saved us from letting that game get away.”

 

The Giants got on the board early. Brandon Belt cleared the bases in the first giving San Francisco a 2-0 lead. Nori Aoki lead off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Pence reached first safely on a throwing error by shortstop, Jung Ho Kang. With two on, Cole struck out Buster Posey but gave up a double to Belt to drive in two runs before forcing Brandon Crawford to fly out.

 

Cole yielded a pair of unearned runs before shutting down the Giant’s offense. He was named the National League’s Pitcher of the Month for April and has thrown six or more innings allowing two-or-fewer runs in each of his last five starts, posting a 1.53 ERA during that span. His eight wins are tied for the most in the Majors. Cole scattered five hits over seven frames, striking out nine.

 

“He’s having a great year, and he’s got the stuff to pitch out of that jam in the sixth,” Bochy said. “That was pretty much our undoing. We had two good hitters up, and he made the pitches to stop it.”

 

San Francisco had a chance to tie the game in the eighth but a Pirates fan interference robbed the Giants of a potential run. Pittsburgh challenged that a fan interfered with outfielder Polanco’s attempt to catch Posey’s fly ball in foul territory.

 

Prior to that play, Pence grounded out and Aoki scored to cut the lead down to one. With two outs in the inning, the call was reviewed and overturned ending the frame. By MLB rules, if a fan interrupts play, that’s an automatic out and the fan is ejected. The fan was ejected before helping his team end the inning nixing any possibility for the Giants to score.

 

“How about the irony that the game has and the guy had a Pirate jersey on,” said Pittsburgh’s manager Clint Hurdle. “I don’t know if he thought he could make the catch and hand it to Gregory or maybe help Gregory. It was the right call.”

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The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post for the week of January 26 – February 1, 2022

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Black History

Alexandre Dumas: The French Author of ‘The Three Musketeers’

Alexandre Dumas wrote plays, both comedies and dramas. Scholars describe his writing as having a “heavy emphasis on plot; his primary skill as a writer consisted of his capacity to imagine and execute tales of breathtaking adventures that cause the reader to experience feelings of excitement.”

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Alexandre Dumas.Wikipedia.org image.
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By Tamara Shiloh

Best known for having penned the historical adventure novels “The Three Musketeers” (1844) and “The Count of Monte Cristo,” (1846) Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) established himself as one of the most popular and prolific authors in France.

He wrote essays, short stories, volumes of romantic novels, plays, and travelogues, many having been translated into more than 100 languages and adapted for numerous films. But Dumas’ own story begins with his father, Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie.

Thomas-Alexandre adopted the Dumas name from his Haitian grandmother. He did so just prior to enlisting in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. He rose to the rank of general, the highest rank of any Black man in a European army. He would separate from the military after clashing with Bonaparte over his Egyptian Campaign.

The elder Dumas left Egypt in 1799 traveling on what was known to be an unsound vessel. The ship’s troubles forced it to put aground in Naples, a city in southern Italy. There Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was arrested, thrown into a dungeon, and held for two years.

After his release, he returned to France. The following year, Alexandre was born. Thomas-Alexandre died when his son was four.

Dumas’ mother, Marie Louise Labouret, took on several jobs to ensure that her son was educated. He attended Abbé Grégoire’s school, but later quit to take a job assisting a local notary.

He held such a great interest in reading and books that he relocated to Paris at age 20 to immerse himself in literature. There he met the duc d’Orléans (later named King Louis Philippe) and began working for him as a scribe. It was then that Dumas dreamed of publishing his own works.

He wrote plays, both comedies and dramas. Scholars describe his writing as having a “heavy emphasis on plot; his primary skill as a writer consisted of his capacity to imagine and execute tales of breathtaking adventures that cause the reader to experience feelings of excitement.”

Dumas’ style is often compared to that of his contemporary and rival Victor Hugo.

It is estimated that all his published writings, if placed in one document, would span about 100,000 pages.

Dumas did well financially, but his spending rivaled his earnings. He spent much of his life in debt because of his extravagant lifestyle. He built a home in the country himself (now a museum), but after two years of lavish living, financial difficulties forced him to sell it. Another downfall was that he kept several mistresses.

Dumas married actress Ida Ferrier (1840) yet continued to have relationships with other women. According to scholar Claude Schopp, Dumas entertained about 40 women and fathered at least four children outside of the marriage.

To escape creditors, Dumas fled to Belgium, then to Russia. Still, he published his work, including travel books on Russia. He continued to take on mistresses, including much younger women in his old age. He remained married to Ferrier until his death in 1870.

Suggested reading: “Alexandre Dumas: Genius of Life,” by Claude Schopp.

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Collaboration Key to Anti-Trafficking Efforts

According to District Attorney Lori Frugoli, community education is paramount in the work of the coalition. Student, parent, and teacher education is also something that MCCEHT strongly supports through the PROTECT program, coordinated with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). MCCEHT member Marlene Capra has worked with MCOE and the 3 Strands Global Foundation to keep efforts to stop human trafficking in the spotlight and teach residents and school educators about the realities of human trafficking.

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Many human trafficking victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family.
Many human trafficking victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family.

Local work t stop human exploitation coordinated through DA’s Office

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the North Bay region and San Francisco are among the top sex trafficking areas in the United States. As the co-chair organization of the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking (MCCEHT), the Marin County District Attorney’s Office is addressing the problem and working with partnering nonprofits and agencies to increase public awareness, prosecute those who commit the crimes, and put a halt to all types of slavery.

On Jan. 11, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to proclaim the month of January as National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Jan. 11 happened to be Human Trafficking Awareness Day as well. Video of the presentation is on the County website (skip ahead to agenda item #4, Consent Calendar A).

The DA’s staff has worked closely with key stakeholders to make sure the red-flag warnings of human trafficking are widely known, even using advertisements at bus stops to urge people to speak up and report potential exploitation.

According to District Attorney Lori Frugoli, community education is paramount in the work of the coalition. Student, parent, and teacher education is also something that MCCEHT strongly supports through the PROTECT program, coordinated with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE). MCCEHT member Marlene Capra has worked with MCOE and the 3 Strands Global Foundation to keep efforts to stop human trafficking in the spotlight and teach residents and school educators about the realities of human trafficking.

A new nonprofit created by Capra arose from her community work. SpeakSAFE, with SAFE meaning Save Adolescents from Exploitation, assists with local fundraising for educational efforts and has provided online learning opportunities during the pandemic.

“With our coalition, the DA’s Office [has] been extremely supportive and helpful in partnering on our work and connecting us with law enforcement, service providers and community members,” Capra said. “It really is all hands on deck, and their involvement has been pivotal. Our work has always been a priority with them in supporting our youth.”

Frugoli said human trafficking is difficult to detect and rarely reported. Many victims are moved from county to county or state to state, making the trafficker harder to follow and the victim feel isolated and unfamiliar with surroundings.

“Many victims are reluctant to report the crime as they are genuinely in fear for their life or that of their family,” Frugoli said. “Our coalition’s mission is to develop our regional collaborative approach to end all forms of human trafficking. We’ve focused our efforts on education and outreach advocacy. We have turned several cases over to state and federal authorities because the conduct occurred over multiple jurisdictions.”

Cecilia Zamora, Executive Director of the Latino Council and Co-Chair of MCCEHT, emphasized the need to have the coalition’s work be grounded in multicultural best practices, ensuring that the messaging and resources are shared with our thriving Latino communities across the county.

“We do this,” she said, “by successfully utilizing our nonprofit members as partners in the education and outreach to their own constituents.”

The Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act (AB 1227) became California law in 2017 and provides a basis for localized anti-trafficking work. The MCCEHT Steering Committee meets monthly. MCCEHT’s quarterly online meeting on Jan. 19 will feature guest speaker Antonia Lavine of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and County Supervisor Judy Arnold. The videoconference begins at 11 a.m., Spanish translation will be provided. Participation details are on the MCCEHT website.

Learn more about local anti-trafficking efforts via the PROTECT website or call the DA’s Office at (415) 473-6450.

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