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USC Stays on Script in Season Opener

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USC 49 Hawaii 10

Trojans’ offense flexes its muscle early with 49 points in the season opener

By Gary Montgomery

BVN Staff

Los Angeles – The 2012 USC Trojan football season is without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated seasons in the last five years for USC football fans. Not since the days of Marcus Allen and Charles White has there been so much to be excited about.

USC returns with one of the most talented offensive units in the country led by a four-year starter at quarterback who came in 6th in the Heisman balloting last season. Just having a four-year starter at the helm is exciting in itself but when you add two 1000-yard receivers in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee that nobody in the conference could cover last season you have something really special.

Barkley and Lee wasted no time in giving the 93,607 Trojan fans what they came to see. On the first play from scrimmage Barkley flipped a short pass to Lee who slipped a defender and raced 75-yards for USC’s first touchdown. Saturday’s season opener also included a tribute to the late Junior Seau who took his own life in May. Junior’s parents and his children gathered on the Coliseum grass during a timeout for a tearful ceremony.

Also, adding to the excitement, USC former offensive coordinator, Norm Chow made his head coaching debut with Hawaii. Chow was the Trojans Offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2005 where he helped Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart each win Heisman trophies. Ironically, when Chow left USC for Nashville and a chance to coach rookie quarterback Vince Young his replacement was none other than Lane Kiffin. Chows return was definitely not as amicable as he would have liked. The Warriors remained winless against the Trojans and advanced their head to head record to 0-8 lifetime against USC. USC’s overall offensive performance was not far off last year’s pace but not flawless. Certainly nothing like the season ending barrage they unleashed against UCLA. “I would give us a grade of ‘C’,” said wide receiver Robert Woods when asked about his team’s performance. “We did some good things tonight but overall it was not our best performance and we will play much better,” continued Woods.

Woods tough critique of his team’s performance was based on several obvious rough spots during the game. Normally sure handed Marqise Lee had a couple of drops on easy attempts. “It’s frustrating; you practice these things over and over every day. When you do that you expect to make those plays in the game and when you don’t it’s frustrating,” said Lee. Barkley threw for 372-yards, Marqise Lee had 10 catches for 197-yards but Woods was held to only 42-yards receiving. Although he caught two touchdowns, the Hawaii defense was able to take away one of USC’s big guns.

The other concern for USC should be the running game. The trio of Silas Redd, D.J. Morgan and Curtis McNeal only produced 98 total rushing yards. The Trojans will likely need a more balanced attack at some point in the season. The defense’s performance was solid but will need a better opponent to determine its level of improvement.

G. Montgomery can be reached at HYPERLINK "mailto:sports@blackvoicenews.com"sports@blackvoicenews.com

SB Bankruptcy Plan Would Slash 100 Jobs, Cut Services Heated discussion highlights dysfunctional history

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By Black Voice News Staff Report

The fight over a dramatic austerity plan for bankrupt San Bernardino continues. It escalated at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council when city officials weighed a plan that would slash jobs, close libraries, and contract out some key services to private companies.

The plan would shave $22.4 million off the city’s $45.8 million general fund budget deficit. “We have no choice. We don’t have sufficient funds, Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller told the council. “We have to make the deep cuts.”

The proposed plan would eliminate more than 100 jobs, including 41 non-sworn positions in the Police Department and other department including managers, clerical staff and janitors. Twenty positions were slated to be cut from the Fire Department, triggering demotions but no layoffs. Several council members took issue with the proposal calling it “ill conceived”. “I think we should vote on a plan that relies on experts. Not members of this City Council.” Rikke Van Johnson said referring to an alternate plan proposed by Councilman Chas Kelly. Councilwoman Wendy McCammack refused to support a plan to outsource key city services including trash – a long running point of contention between Mayor Pat Morris and some members of the council. The discussion erupted into finger pointing and outbursts from the audience when Morris refused to call for a vote on the plan until all department heads weighed in. There were loud boos directed at City Attorney James F. Penman, who openly accused Morris of packing City Hall with his supporters.

Unable to agree on a proposal to guide the city through bankruptcy, the council adjourned and decided to reconvene Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 3 p.m. A proposal by councilman Chas Kelley, on the table late Tuesday night, failed by a vote of 4-3.

Girl Scouts Meet to Discuss Diversity, Inclusio

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By Jordan Brown

The San Gorgonio Girl Scouts took the time to meet with troop leaders, former scouts, and scout parents about diversity and inclusion of scouts of color. One hundred people, mostly women, gathered this last weekend for a Diversity Summit with San Gorgonio Girl Scouts Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Harnisch Breunig.

The Summit is a continuation of an over half-century conversation about how girls and women of color fit in scouting. The first scouts were admitted in the early 1940’s in the southeastern United States. Racial inclusion was not national scouting policy until many years later. In the Inland Empire, there were various board members of the Boys and Girls Scouts who encouraged the development of scouting efforts on the Westside of San Bernardino, the area’s Black mecca. Cheryl and Hardy Brown, co-owners of Brown Publishing Company that publishes the Black Voice News, were among those who started troops and encouraged scouting in the area.

Ms. Brown addressed last weekend’s gathering with the story of how her eldest daughter, Lynn, first joined her father at Boy Scout events because none were available for girls in her neighborhood. It was not until Ms. Brown helped form Troop 252 at Rio Vista Elementary School that girls and their families had opportunity to engage the leadership development and programming of this lauded organization. Additionally, she shared how she was impressed enough with scouting to remain a troop leader for over a decade and being honored as a “Green Angel” for dedicated service to the organization. She was also a missionary ambassador to Cuernavaca in Morelos, Mexico on behalf of the City of San Bernardino and the Girl Scouts.

The Cuernavaca visit was an opening for other Mexican cities to become sister cities of San Bernardino and help foster understanding and respect across cultures. Ms. Brown constantly made the point that the Girl Scouts were in unique position to promote tolerance and affirmation irrespective of background.

The meeting was a positive step in reminding all involved with the Girl Scouts to honorably try to serve God and country, help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

RUSD Leads Healthy Changes to School Lunches

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By Ashley Jones

Under First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids (HHFK) Act of 2010, Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) has implemented major improvements to their nutritional programs in hopes of promoting better nutrition and reducing childhood obesity. RUSD currently serves 43,000 students and has 47 school sites.

Childhood obesity in California is a growing epidemic with 17 percent (approximately 12.5 million) of children ages 2-19 suffering from this disease. In response, RUSD will now offer both fruits and vegetables every day; increased offerings of whole grain foods; fat-free or low-fat milk; limited calories based on your child’s age; and decreased saturated fats, trans fats, sugars and sodium in school meals.

Prior to recent regulations, RUSD began to transform their nutrition services in 2002 with the implementation of salad bars. The first salad bar appeared seven years ago at Jefferson Elementary School in Riverside. The salad bar concept was introduced and led by Rodney Taylor, RUSD’s current Director of Nutritional Services. Mr. Taylor has served in school nutrition for 16 years and joined RUSD in 2002. Upon his arrival, RUSD had a debt of $3.1 million in the food service fund. Through the salad bar revenue, he not only resolved the budget, but also profited greatly.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that serving nutritional meals in schools are too expensive,” said Taylor. “Here I am, 16 years into this, and I still have people telling me that this model cannot work. I stand before crowds and say, why are you telling me you cannot do what I have been doing for 16 years? Why do you not tell them the truth? Tell them you do not want to work that hard. This is hard work, and it is for those that are committed to children,” said Taylor.

For a while, Taylor faced great opposition with the salad bar concept. Principals and employees did not want them. Taylor was fortunate to find Jefferson Elementary, the right school to adopt the concept. In its first day, 675 students ate from the salad bar. After that, about 300 salad bar meals were sold a day. The success of the salad bars grew and soon enough, 29 of the 31 elementary schools adopted the concept. Today, all of the elementary schools have the salad bar. In the last 7 years, Taylor said kids’ eating habits and their attitudes toward food have evolved. Children are now consuming more fruits and vegetables.

In 2010, RUSD introduced Fresh Express to its high schools and middle schools. Fresh Express includes a variety of specialty salads and sandwiches such as the Wally (Waldrof salad), mandarin salad, fruit parfait, and the fajita chicken on ciabatta. The Fresh Express menu was established by the Executive Chef and Catering Supervisor, Ryan Douglas.

Chef Douglas was a former Culinary Operations Manager at UC Riverside. “We have to be way more creative on how we present our food to the students. The creativity aspect bumps up against the wall by what we can give [the students] because our menu has to meet federal guidelines,” said Douglas. Chef Douglas is also working with the Riverside County Department of Social Services to produce a video program that aims to help low income families prepare healthy meals and enroll in CalFresh, the federal food stamp program. Reportedly, millions of dollars in food stamp benefits go unclaimed in Riverside County annually. The videos, produced by RUSD high school students, will be shown in lobbies of WIC offices (both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties), county offices, senior centers, community centers, and health clinics.

RUSD will continue to transform its nutritional services by furthering the reduction of processed foods, expanding the use locally grown fruits and veggies and continuing to establish the district’s wellness policy. More information about RUSD’s Nutrition Services can be found by visiting HYPERLINK "http://www.rusdlink.org"www.rusdlink.org or by calling the Nutrition Services Department at 951-352-6740.

San Manuel Hosts Transcontinental Prayer Run For Peace And Dignity

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Indigenous Runners Relay Message of Protecting the Waters From Alaska to Guatemala

San Manuel Indian Nation –The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted a leg of the Peace and Dignity Journeys 2012 intertribal run that joins the American continent in a prayer for peace for all peoples, dignity for the Native Nations and awareness of water and indigenous water rights.

San Manuel leadership greeted and led 20 runners onto the San Manuel Indian Reservation at dusk on the evening August 28, welcoming them to spend the night and share in cultural observances tied to the land and water. The San Manuel Indian Reservation, located along the steep foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, presented the runners with a physical challenge as they completed their run for the day.

The group is running to raise awareness about water and indigenous water rights including diminishing access to good sources among tribes in Central and South America. The run is held every four years and began in 1992, to bring awareness to the indigenous history of the American Continent as a counterpoint to the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ landing. Runners begin on opposite ends of the continents (Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) and run for six months through hundreds of Indigenous communities. The run is broken up into legs with runners relaying prayer staffs among groups of runners with select runners continuing on to Guatemala.

Upon leaving San Manuel runners continued on to Sherman Indian High School in Riverside before embarking for Soboba, Cahuilla and the Quechan Indian Nations. Additional information and routes can be found on: HYPERLINK "https://pmail.sanmanuel.com/PoliteMail/default.aspx?page=JJNh_cbpT0Wxng7GYF92YA&ref_id=UA5rIfqTcEuAHEO3XebnUQ" \t "_blank" www.peaceanddignitysocal.net

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