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Jeff Taylor Passes Away


From his wife Toby:

Dear Friend:
I write to you today to share some very sad news. On Father's Day, June 19, 2011, my beloved husband, Jeffrey passed away very suddenly. He was my heart, my love, and my best friend. I would give anything to have him back. I know that Jeffrey meant a lot to each of you, too. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations, in his name to, North Scottsdale Fellowship Club, 7119 E Shea BLVD, #273 Scottsdale, Az 85253
Thank you for your prayers and support during this time.
Yours truly,

Jeff Taylor in the Hospital

Jeff Taylor photos

Medical app only to 200k, Commercial app only to 150k Superior COF’s-Superior Buying window-Superior back office Please contact Steve Schachtel at 973-339-9900 ext. 101
or email at


Friday, July 8, 2011

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Up-Date—Loni Lowder of ACC Capital
  Classified Ads---Asset Management
   Story Credit List—Up-date
     BBB: Rating Leasing Companies
      Classified Ads---Help Wanted
 CLP July Spotlight: John G. Rosenlund, CLP
  Possible Crocodiles by Barry Marks
    How Much Can A FREE Repossession Cost?
     by Ray Crocker
   Larry Crowne/Terri--two good reviews by
     Fernando Croce--and recommends three DVD's
      Rango, Of Gods and Men, 13 Assassins (subtitles)
       Free Leasing Sales “Teleseminar” Series
        Birmingham, Alabama Adopt-a-Pet
         Classified ads—Job Search
News Briefs---
 DAE crisis worsens: order cancellations
  JP Morgan close to beating BofA as largest bank
   CEOs reap huge payouts in 2011
    Sweden says yes to Saab deal
     Apartment rents increase as vacancies fall
      What Happened in Room 2806: Three Possibilities

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

All About Artificial Sweeteners
You May have Missed---
   California Nuts Brief---
      "Gimme that Wine"
        This Day in American History
          Daily Puzzle
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Up-Date—Where in the World is Loni Lowder of ACC Capital?
by Christopher Menkin

(Loni Lowder photo from Stalwart Contract Finance Web Site)

The first two paragraphs were “expanded” after a telephone call from Loni Lowder as well as four “exhibits” added on line and are brought to readers attention in this issue:

Reportedly ACC Capital, Salt Lake City, Utah is in a form of receivership, with the bank collecting payments, residuals, and any other income to pay off debts. This was the word Loni Lowder used in an interview regarding the Genesis complaint on not being paid their residual. He said there were more liabilities than assets and doubted that there would be any assets left, and even all those with claims, may not be paid. He said the banks were acting as "creditors" and I asked him if this was like receivership where the banks collect the money, and he said, yes, that describes it. Today he says it is not a bankruptcy receivership and the word is not a good description.

He also says today about ACC Capital, “I expect all debts to be paid.”

ACC Capital Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah, where he says today he is 100% the owner, does have a long history of principals and name changes, including Sudhir Amembal, was originally founded by Loni Lowder as PFC Group, 1979. (1) Although the former staff now is working as Stalwart Contract Finance, Lowder said he was the manager of ACC Contract Finance, and changed the name to Stalwart Contract Finance. The Utah Department of Corporation shows he is the manager of ACC Contract Finance, but not the manager of Stalwart Contract Finance, although the web site shows he is the manager, but the point is he is not a principal and therefore Stalwart is a member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. (2)

Photo’s on the Facebook page may indicate the principal of Stalwart Contract Finance. (3)

  1. 25 Year Anniversary

  1. Utah Department of Corporation Registration

  1. Photos from Stalwart Contract Finance Facebook

Bulletin board Complaint:

Up-Dated Wednesday Story:
Where in the World is Loni Lowder of ACC Capital?


Classified Ads---Asset Management

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16 years leasing experience from micro to large ticket market, variety of equipment. Most recently calling on vendor telecom dealers in Upper Midwest.

Santa Barbara CA (will relocate)
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Story Credit List—Up-date

This list is in the process of being up-dated and companies continuing
their qualification for this page.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker/Lessor" or "Super Broker/Lessor", along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

While there is the qualification of being a funder, proving 50% of all leases are full recourse, there are no other criteria to be listed.

Other companies also must fit their category such as broker-lessor, and the others on the main list:

All lists are free. There is no charge to be listed.


Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details
ABCO Leasing, Inc.
Advantage Funding
Agility Solutions
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
American Leasefund, Inc.
Bankers Capital

Black Rock Capital
Boston Financial & Equity
BSB Leasing, Inc
Calfund, LLC
Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Mesa Leasing, Inc.
Maxim Commercial Credit
National Machine Tool Financial
NFS Leasing, Inc.
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions
In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Gary H. Souverein President
(800) 864-4266 ext. 222
(Click here for further description)

$1,000 - $50,000

Does Subprime Leases

Advantage Funding
Edward P. Kaye

Vehicles Only

$10,000 - $1,000,000

National Machine Tool Financial Corporation
Chris Chiappetta, Robert Lang, Susan Adamatis
800-669-7527 (CC)

NFS Leasing, Inc.
Beverly, Massachusetts
Dean Oliver

US and Canada
$50,000 to $3MM
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
Debbie Monosson

$100,000 to $1,500,000

Does Subprime Leases

BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres.
Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President 800.945.3372 ext. 306
Randy Propect, East Coast
Vicki Shimkus,CLP
West Coast Brokers
TEAM Funding Solutions
Ted Reynolds – Owner and President
Jeff Deskins - Credit Manager
App Submittal
Lynn Smith – Senior Broker Development Manager 888-457-6700 x115,
App Submittal
Martin Lacayo - Broker Development Manager 888-457-6700 x106,
App Submittal
Norm Malkowski, CLP -
Broker Development Manager
888-457-6700 x108,
Funding Stephen Stuesser –
CFO Jessica Green - Marketing and Relationships Manager
Phone: 888-457-6700 x109,
Enrollment Fax: 512-258-2322
(click here for further description)
All 50 States


Calfund, LLC
Harry Saghian
Western States


Does Subprime Leases

Allegiant Partners Incorporated
Scott Enbom
(415) 257-4200, x207
Nationwide, including Alaska & Hawaii
$20,000 to $275,000
Dakota Financial
Mae Philpott
310.696.3030 x122
fax 310.696.3035

$10,000 to $1MM
Black Rock Capital
George Booth
US Canada (F)

$50,000 to $3MM

$250,000 average transaction

Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972-690-9444 ext. 225
275 West Campbell Road
Suite 320
Richardson, Texas 75080
Fax: 972-690-9464

$50,000 to $1.0 million. Our average size transaction is $250,000.
Preferred Range
$100,000 to $500,000

Does Subprime Leases


American Leasefund, Inc.
Tom Davis
800.644.1182 - PH
503.244.0845 - FX
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

$5,000 - $50,000

Does Subprime Leases

Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
Nationwide - 50 States

$25,000 +

Cobra Capital LLC
Dale Kluga, President

$50,000 to $1MM

$250,000 average transaction

ABCO Leasing, Inc.
Brad Christensen
Most States

$50,000 - $450,000

Agility Solutions
Hal Hayden
(928) 541-0771

$50,000 - $1,000,000
(Master Lease)

Does Subprime Leases

Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
Doug Houlahan, CLP
Shervin Rashti, CLP

$35,000 - $500,000

Mesa Leasing, Inc.
Jeff Macdonald
Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington

$10,000 - $100,000

Standard Professional
Services, LLC
Mr. Raphael Lavin, CLP
Nationwide & some offshore

$10,000 - 250,000

($25,000 - $150,000 desired)

Gonor Funding
Norman J. Gonor
Jason Gonor
818.402.6999 (Y)

$10,000 to $100,000 with an average of $25,000 - $35,000

Does Subprime Leases


Northwest Leasing
Company, Inc.

Bellevue, Washington
Tad Rolfe 425-827-8386
(more info)

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

$10,000 to $75,000 (Avg. $25K)

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports



BBB: Rating Leasing Companies

Since the March 25 edition, these are the changes:

Celtic Leasing from A to A-
Pawnee Leasing from A to A-
Ability Capital Solutions from A- to A
Alliance Funding Group from A- to A
Providence Capital Funding from A- to A+
Direct Capital from B- to A+
Balboa Capital from D- to B-
Jules & Associates from not rated to A+

Definition of “Accredited,” according to Better Business Bureau.

“Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

“To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.”

(CSI was chosen as they have an excellent reputation and are one of the largest companies under one major principal. There are others, such as BSB Leasing, rated A+, but with a bold warning at the top that the company is not “BBB Accredited” Editor.)

Note: Many bank leasing companies are included in the bank’s ratings, and therefore not included. If you would like your company on the list please send email to:

This list will note a BBB “Accredited Business


21st Century Leasing, San Diego, California

Advantage Leasing Corporation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Allegiant Partners, San Rafael, California

Arvest Bank Leasing, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Axis Capital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Bankers Capital, Northborough, Massachusetts

BSB Leasing, Englewood, Colorado

Charter Capital, Scottsdale, Arizona

CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri

De Lage Landen Financial Services, Incorporated, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California

Great America Leasing, Cedar Rapid, Iowa

Innovative Leasing Services, Inc, Carlsbad, California carlsbad-ca-10008827/

Key Equipment Finance aka KeyBank
Headquarters Location

Logicalease, East Dundee, Illinois 60118

Jules & Associates, Los Angeles, California

Mar Vista, Villa Park, California

Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington

P&L Capital, Omaha, Nebraska

Providence Capital Funding, Brea, California

Steelcase Financial Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Southern California Leasing Inc., Tustin, California

Strada Capital Corporation
Laguna Hills, California

Summit Funding Group, Cincinnati, Ohio

TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota

TimePayment Corporation

United Leasing, Evansville, Indiana

US Bancorp Manifest Funding Services aka Lyon Financial Services, Inc.



Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

American Capital Group, Inc., Irvine, California

iFinancial Group, San Clemente, California

Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan

Mazuma Capital Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah


Celtic Leasing, Irvine, California

Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington

Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Pawnee Leasing, Fort Collins, Colorado

Tristar Capital, Santa Ana, California


Balboa Capital, Irvine, California

LEAF Financial Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Main Street Bank


Barklay Capital, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA

Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, California

Business Leasing NorthWest

NOT Rated Any More:

ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah

Closed, lenders running off portfolio residuals, according to Loni Lowder, president.

Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut

(This company was an A- in 2010. The site lists no complaints in the last 12 months or last three years. No explanation is given as to why it is “not rated.”)

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Equipment Leasing Opportunities throughout the U.S. Controller: West Coast • Copier Sales Reps: Florida
• Producing Healthcare Leasing Mgr: Midwest
• Truck / Trailer Leasing Rep: Southwest
• Vendor Sales Team: Anywhere U.S.

Medical app only to 200k, Commercial app only to 150k Superior COF’s-Superior Buying window-Superior back office Please contact Steve Schachtel at 973-339-9900 ext. 101
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For information on placing a help wanted ad, please click here:

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.

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$595 four lines (a space is a line)
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Design work is free. Logo is free as well as company description not to exceed the number of lines of the ad.
Also free: click to a click to a web site or a full description of the position.

Ads are placed in the "Help Wanted' section by category, alphabetical, with the ad with the most lines first in the group. They appear on the web site and in each news edition at the top in a rotation basis per issue.

* Help Wanted” ads  appear in each issue on a chronological basis above the top headline as a courtesy. This position is not available as a paid position, but is generally on a rotation basis.  At the same time, the ad continues in the classified help wanted section in the news edition and web site, so in effect appears twice.

Leasing News reserves the right to refuse advertising, particularly to a company that has appeared in the complaint bulletin board



CLP July Spotlight: John G. Rosenlund, CLP

John G. Rosenlund, CLP
Director – Risk Management
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company

Can you tell us a about your background in the industry?

Most of my career has been spent in Risk Management and began in consumer finance at Beneficial where I worked my way to a Branch Manager before I was 21. I spent the next 5 years in Alaska as a Commissioned Officer of the Superior Court and was the process server for most of SE Alaska and also was part owner of a collection agency. After returning to Oregon, I spent several years in retail financing. I entered equipment leasing in 1981 at IFG (remember them?), then 17 years at Colonial (learning the business from experts such as Joe Woodley, Jim Merrilees, Peter Mellon, Jack Stewart, Bill Grohe – a pretty good group along with my mentor and best friend, Ken Hague and CLP/Education committee partner Jim McCommon), several interim stops at First Portland, T&W; 7 years at Financial Pacific and three years at Radiance Capital. I moved to PFSC in mid-2010.

What is one of your favorite things about the equipment finance industry?

Through my work and involvement in the various associations and foundations, I have met some fascinating and incredible people. Our industry prides itself on hard work and outside the box thinking which creates the dividing line between success and failure.

The core competencies in our industry have not significantly changed in 30 years. The care and quality of how you originate is directly proportionate to how well the portfolio performs. When you deviate, that is where people have gotten into trouble.

I have made a lot of good friends and colleagues in my almost 30 years in the industry. There a lot of people not mentioned here who have a big “thank you” due them, and I want to be sure they are acknowledged. I have learned a lot from all of these people and I would not trade the experiences and friendships I have made for anything!

What are some of the biggest challenges in your day?

Many of my colleagues would be surprised to learn (or maybe not) I do not have a college degree. I know there are others like me out there who have achieved success by hard work, making mistakes and learning from people who have created successful operations. I have tried to learn from and follow these people and earning my CLP in 2000 has been one of the highlights of my professional life.

After 30 years in the Lessor/Funder arena, I shifted last year to the service provider sector and joined PFSC as Director of Risk Management. This has required a total shift in perspective and procedure from what I am accustomed to. As we service a variety of portfolios (loans, leases, consumer contracts and structured finance to name a few, remembering which client, which deal and which access environment to find the information—let alone providing the best service available has been interesting and challenging. In any 15 minute time span I may speak with several clients, their customers, and other service providers. My long term background in finance has been a huge help in assisting our clients with analysis, advice and instituting new services for them.

How do you enjoy spending your time away from the office?

I enjoy golf, spending time tinkering with my various collections and finding ways to spoil my 2 year old granddaughter.

What is the last book you read and what did you think?

Tapestry of Hope—by Alice Kern

A well written, personal biography about her experiences in a Nazi Concentration camp, during WW II. The author, who I had the pleasure of meeting recently passed away and was the mother-in-law of one of my best friends. I highly recommend it.

If you won 50 million dollars in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Aside from set up trusts and foundations for my kids, grandkids and future generations, I would donate a portion to the Humane Society to help our 4 legged friends and the Boy Scouts of America to continue work with today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. For myself, I would complete the bucket list that still has nothing crossed off of it.

In the movie about your life, who would you cast to play you?

Brad Pitt. (We have been mistaken for brothers) and it would be a comedy/action-romance/science-fiction film. It would be a cross between True Lies/Inglorious Basterds and Star Trek.

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)


Possible Crocodiles by Barry Marks

Possible Crocodiles
is published
by Brick Road Press

Barry Marks is a CLP and attorney (Marks & Weinberg, P.C.) who enjoys writing poetry, short fiction and essays in his spare time. Over the last three decades Barry’s work has been in hundreds of journals, magazines, and periodicals. Barry has been honored as Alabama State Poetry Society Poet of the Year, won the 2003 Morris Chapbook Competition and his book Possible Crocodiles has been named the 2010 Book of the Year by the Alabama State Poetry Society.

The book can be purchased online:


How Much Can A FREE Repossession Cost?
by Ray Crocker
American Locators & Recovery

I have been in the repossession business over 26 years. Over those many years I have repossessed just about everything that can be leased or financed. From Engineering Companies to Liposuction Clinics to Excavators and Mining Equipment.

Remarketing companies have advertised Free repossessions. Please believe me nothing is free. The companies who advertise the FREE service will have the ability to sell your collateral, Recondition it and collect anywhere from 10% or more.

I know your thinking this is a good deal. It is until the bad thing happens. The debtor is hurt or killed or the collateral is damaged while being repossessed. The courts have awarded Millions of dollars to the debtor and the client (the leasing company or finance company) has to pay.

The Repossession Industry has changed and the laws have changed along with it. The Red Flag Rules were first introduced in 2009 and consist of 97 pages of required training and specifically address privacy issues from the Gramm Leash Bliley act to HIPPA (Personal Health Information) Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, (FDCPA). In 2010 the Red Flag Rules were updated to a total of 347 pages.

Law requires the client (The Leasing Company or Finance Company) to verify the recovery company they use are compliant. If the finance company or leasing company fails to verify the recovery company is in compliance can mean the Leasing or Finance Company can or will be fined. Having the Recovery company sign a form that they are in compliance is not verifying they are in compliance.

Unlike the television shows “Operation Repo” and “Lizard Lick”) the Repossession Industry has changed greatly. National Certification is now required by all major finance companies and banks. Each year more states are considering the licensing of Repossession Companies. Most recently Illinois passed a law requiring licensing of repossession companies. California and Florida have required license for repossession companies over 20 years or more. Both states will and have sanctioned companies for using unlicensed repossession companies.

In several cases involving the death of the debtor because of the actions of the Recovery Company has cost the client (Finance Company, Bank or Leasing Company) millions in court awarded judgment against the Client. Their reasoning is the client is the contractor and the recovery company is the Subcontractor. One such case in New Mexico cost the client in excess of fifteen million dollars.

Auctions and Remarketing companies have decided to get into the repossession business. In order to increase their sales. Over the years they have taken away a great number of clients and use transport companies to repossess their collateral. Ninety-eight percent of the time nothing will happen and the repossession goes off without a hitch. However it is the two percent that have proved to be costly.

These auction forwarders and remarketing companies are in the business of selling the repossessed collateral. They normally use transport companies or their own employees to recover the collateral. How much training is provided to their transporters is unknown. So these companies will have their transporters sign a form stating they are compliant.

According to law they must verify the company is compliant and not simply have a transport company or Remarketing Company sign a form they are compliant.

Insurance for the act of repossession and transport and storage of the repossessed collateral. It is a fact that insurance for transport or wrecker service will exclude repossessions and repossession activity. Insurance for the Repossession Company will exclude a towing service or transport company.

If a towing company / transport company is sued for wrongful repossession, their insurance could and in most cases will decline the claim. If the collateral is damaged while towing or transporting after the repossessing the collateral then their insurance could decline the claim.

How do you know the Recovery Company you use is property insured and with the correct insurance. How do you know if they are a Professional Recovery Company or just a transporter doing repossessions? How do you know if the company used is properly trained? How do you know if they have the right insurance?

Trade association such as Time Finance Adjusters (TFA) provides the ongoing training for their members. Each year they will inform their members of any laws that have changed that impact their business. TFA has provided the actual Red Flag Rules to all of their members to insure they are in compliance.

Companies who provide insurance to repossession companies will provide an Accord Certificate of insurance stating the amounts of coverage for wrongful repossession, Garage Keepers and transport of repossessed collateral. If the Accord Certificate does not state that the insured is insured for wrongful repossession then there is no coverage.

The days of the neighborhood Repoman are long gone. Professional Recovery agents are available all over the United States. For a complete listing you can order a directory from Time Finance Adjusters.

Ray Crocker, Founder of American Locators & Recovery, Inc. in Nashville, TN. A private investigation company has been in business since 1985.  American Locators & Recovery, Inc. and Ray Crocker are licensed as a private investigator and a private investigation company.  Ray is a member of the National Fraud Investigators.  With over fifteen years in the finance and banking industry American Locators has a reputation as one of the most professional companies in the recovery industry specializing in the recovery of all kinds of collateral.

Mr. Crocker serves on the Executive Board of Time Finance Adjusters.  TFA provides on going training for laws that impact the recovery industry.  He is the original founder of Recovery Specialist Insurance Group.  A purchasing group that provides insurance for the recovery industry.  Mr. Crocker has provided consulting, risk management and skip tracing seminars to the recovery and finance and banking industries.  He was instrumental in helping to establish the Collateral Asset Recovery Specialist Program.  The program is National Certification Program for the Recovery industry. He is a published author of numerous articles in the Professional Repossessors Magazine, World of Special Finance Magazine.

Just for the heck of it Google, Ray Crocker Repoman.

Thank you,
Ray Crocker
800 755 1968


(Leasing News provides this ad “gratis” as a means
to help support the growth of Lease Police)


Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

In theaters, “Larry Crowne” and “Terri” offer uplifting portraits of outsiders struggling with their troubles, while striking animation (“Rango”), inspiring drama (“Of Gods and Men”), and fierce action (“13 Assassins”).

In theaters:

Larry Crowne (Universal Pictures): Tom Hanks not only stars in, but also directs this gentle and crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. Hanks plays the titular Larry, an amiable, divorced ex-marine who lives a simple life as the much-beloved main shift leader at a box company. When he finds himself suddenly unemployed, however, Larry decides to better himself for future opportunities by heading over to the local college and updating his education. There he meets a group of recession-weary colleagues, and develops a crush on Mercedes (Julia Roberts), a teacher who’s lost her passion for both teaching and romance. A tale of personal rejuvenation in hard times, the movie (co-written by “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star Nia Vardalos) is a warm-hearted fable that should be a hit with fans of the two megastars.

Terri (ATO Pictures): Stories about high-school misfits are common in movies, but few of them could match the sensitivity and personal style of this affecting, low-budget sleeper. Terri (Jacob Wysocki) is an overweight teenager who lives with his ailing uncle (Creed Bratton) and is often teased in class by other students. While taking afterschool advice from a well-meaning assistant principal (John C. Reilly), Terri befriends other outsiders, including hyperactive Chad (Bridger Zadina) and ostracized Heather (Olivia Crocicchia). But is their new friendship strong enough to survive their troubles, or will each slide back to the path of adolescent loneliness? Directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker Azazel Jacobs (“Momma’s Man”), the movie often plays like a John Hughes comedy-drama from the 1980s, but with a more unique sense of humor and compassion.

Netflix Tip: As “Larry Crowne” star and director Tom Hanks already proved in his 1996 directorial debut “That Thing You Do,” actors becoming filmmakers is nothing new in Hollywood. Other stars who have stepped behind the camera include Charles Laughton (“The Night of the Hunter”), Marlon Brando (“One-Eyed Jacks”), John Cassavetes (“Shadows”), and George Clooney (“Good Night and Good Luck”). Check them out at Netflix.


Rango (Paramount): Taking a break from his rollicking Jack Sparrow character, Johnny Depp delivers an inspired vocal performance in this imaginative and colorful animated adventure shot, coincidentally, by “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski. Depp lends his voice to Rango, a bumbling chameleon who’s forced out of his sheltered existence as a household pet and ends up in Dirt, a Wild West town full of outlaws and desperadoes. A case of mistaken identity leads the townspeople to welcome the cowardly lizard as the new sheriff, a role Rango gladly plays until he’s faced with such villains as Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy) and Bad Bill (Ray Winstone). Boasting a striking visual palette and a delightfully eccentric sense of humor, this is one-of-a-kind animation easily enjoyed by kids and parents alike.

Of Gods and Men (Sony): Overlook by this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Picture, director Xavier Beauvois’s account of the real-life plight of a group of monks in volatile territory makes for deeply stirring viewing. Based on controversial events that took place in 1996, the movie takes place in and around a Christian monastery in a small Moroccan village, where eight French monks lead a peaceful life with the Arab locals. Their idyll comes to an end, however, when an organization of Muslim extremists starts conducting terrorist acts in the area, forcing them to make a decision that might cost them their lives. Full of wrenching moments and strong acting by Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, the film is a powerful tribute to the strength of human faith. With subtitles.

13 Assassins (Magnolia): Takashi Miike, the prolific Japanese filmmaker responsible for some of the most hair-raising movies of the last twenty years (“Audition,” “Ichi the Killer”), goes classical with this straightforward, rousing adventure set in 19th-century Japan. Depicting a world of corrupt noblemen and wandering warriors, it builds up to the titanic confrontation the group of fighters hired by a samurai (Koji Yakusho) and the 200 bodyguards of a bloodthirsty feudal lord (Goro Inagaki). The sprawling battle is a marvel of cinematic mayhem, though Miike has enough unpredictable tricks up his sleeve to ensure that getting there is only half the fun. Full of action, mood and panache, this tribute to the sagas of Akira Kurosawa (“Seven Samurai”) might be the unique director’s breakout film with mainstream audiences. With subtitles.



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This Day in American History

      1584-In a letter dated this date from Giovanni da Verrazano, the Florentine explorer, to Francis I, king of France “...took a Native American) childe from...(an) olde woman to bring into France, and going about to take...(a) young woman which was very beautiful and of tall stature, they could not possibly, for the great outcries that she made, bring her to the sea; and especially having great woods to pass through and being farre from the ship, we purposed to leave her behinde, beareing away the childe only.”
  The diaries and letters of the day describe encounters with Indians, capturing them for slaves, describing Native American life.
    1775- Representatives of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Providence, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina signed a petition from the Congress to the King (George III), a final attempt by moderates in the Second Continental Congress to avoid a complete break with England. After the American Revolutionary War over 300,000 loyalist citizens to King George returned to England ( more than a third of the population was “loyal” to the king.) Many also elected to remain in the United Colonies, as it was then called.
    1776- the first public reading of the Declaration was given by Colonel John Nixon to
  the assembled residents at Philadelphia's Independence Square. He had been chosen
by the sheriff of Philadelphia ( in those days, the highest ranking citizen of
a town as per English tradition ). The next day the Declaration was read before George Washington's troops in New York City.
    1844- Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln birthday - teacher at the Boston Cooking School who authored the great Boston Cook Book which contained the daringly innovative recipe measurement methods as well as explaining the how's of cooking, hygiene, and nutrition.
   Most publishers frowned on such books because women were thought to be born with the innate knowledge of cooking. Publishers thought such directions were unnecessary and women would refuse to buy the "insulting" books. The Boston Cook Book became an instant best seller.
    1846-U.S. Annexes California. San Francisco had a town of 96 votes
with fifty dwellings.
    1850-The overland gold rush to California through Fort Laramie, Wyo., involved 42,300 emigrants and 9720 wagons between January 1 and July 8.
  Over 90% of the population of California was male.
  Nine years later men still outnumbered women six to one.
    1853-Admiral Perry and US Navy “visit” Japan
    1856-Charles E. Barnes of Lowell, MA, obtained a patent on an “improved automatic cannon.”
  It was operated by a crank, the speed of firing depending upon the speed with which the crank was turned. It was primitive and before
the “metal gun cartridge.”
  Richard J. Gatling of Indianapolis, Indiana obtained
a patent on November 4, 1862, on “ an improvement in revolving battery guns.” The first gun, which fired 250 shots a minute, was made in Indianapolis. Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling, a medical doctor with numerous patents in farm equipment to his credit, devised the famous Model 1862 “Revolving Battery Gun” now simply referred to as the Gatling gun.
  Although not first to manufacture a multi-fire weapon, he was the first to produce a reliable, rapid fire, “machine gun.”
  The rest, as they say, is history. The Gatling gun was a hand-crank-operated weapon, comprised of six barrels revolving around a central shaft. The original gun was actually designed to fire the standard military issue paper cartridge of the day, .58 caliber.
  The paper cartridge was placed inside a steel or brass chamber with percussion nipple on the back end just like muzzle loading rifles and pistols of the time.
  The cartridges were gravity-fed through a hopper mounted on the top of the gun. Six cam-operated bolts alternately wedged, fired, and dropped the bullets, which were contained in steel chambers. Gatling used the six barrels to partially cool the gun during firing. Since the gun was capable of firing 600 rounds a minute, each barrel fired 100 rounds per minute.
  Major General Benjamin F. Butler purchased 12 Model 1862 Gatling guns for $1,000 each, in 1863 and employed them
  at the battle of Petersburg. (We wrote about the seven day battle last week)
Butler is the same fellow hated in New Orleans for his actions while he occupied the city.
  I could find no information about the first use of the Gatling gun, except : “His failure to act decisively with the Army of the Potomac against Petersburg, and following his ability to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory during the first expedition against Fort Fisher, North Carolina in December 1864, led to General Butler's forced resignation from the Army.” As an interesting side note, what we see in movies today and usually displayed or shot is not the original model 1862.
  Most probably, it is a model 1873 or later version.
  All in all, the 1862 Gatling gun is one of the greatest design achievements in military armament ever created ranking up with breech loading weapons and metallic cartridges in significance to modern warfare.
In January of 1865, Gatling proposed is his improved model 1865 gun to the U.S. Government, which was subsequently tested by the Ordnance Department. This model was adopted officially in 1866.
  It served the frontier, enabling the Union Calvary to be of small number in domineering the West.
  After receiving government approval, Gatling began to sell his guns throughout the world, where they achieved world-wide fame.
  Twenty five countries, twenty nine calibers, and 55 years later, the hand-crank Gatling gun was finally retired from U.S. military service just months prior to the U.S. entered World War 1.
  Even then, it remained deployed into the middle 1920's stateside.
  Tucked away in storage for over 30 years, an original model 1883 in 45-70 caliber, was able to successfully fire 5,600 rounds per minute by hooking it up to an electric motor.
  This ultimately became the forerunner of today's Vulcan system capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute of 20 mm cannon shells.
    1861-Winfield Scott, general in chief of the Union army, announced that the Washington telegraph office would not longer carry “dispatches concerning the operations of the army not permitted by the commanding general.” All stories
had to be cleared first with the Army as “press accounts of the activities in Washington, DC, might prove helpful to the enemy.
    1863- JEB Stuart At The Battle of Gettysburg
Taken From” The Life and Campaigns of Major-General JEB Stuart"
By H. B. Mcclellan, A.M. Late Major, Assistant Adjutant-General.
From the 8th to the 12th of July Stuart covered the front of Lee's army, which had now taken a strong position, and was securely entrenched while waiting for the waters of the Potomac to fall. These days were occupied by severe fighting between Stuart's command and the divisions of Buford and Kilpatrick, at Boons-boro', Beaver Creek, Funkstown, and on the Sharpsburg front. The cavalry fought mostly dismounted, and was aided on either side by small bodies of infantry. It would be tedious to enter into all the details of these battles, in which both parties claim the victory, and with apparent sincerity. Stuart reports an aggregate loss of 216 in these engagements, while Generals Buford and Kilpatrick and Colonel Huey report a loss of 158. Stuart accomplished the object he had in view, which was to delay the advance of the enemy until General Lee was secure in his chosen position. On the 12th of July Stuart uncovered Lee's front, against which the Federal army advanced, but found it so strong that it declined to make an attack. These days will be remembered by the members of General Stuart's staff as days of peculiar hardship. Scanty rations had been issued to the men, but nothing was provided for the officers. The country had been swept bare of provisions, and we could purchase nothing. For four or five days in succession we received our only food, after nightfall, at the hands of a young lady in Hagerstown, whose father, a Southerner, sympathized with the Confederacy. But for the charity of this lady, whose name we shall always gratefully remember, we would have suffered the pangs of severe hunger. The attention of students of psychology is called to an incident which occurred at this time. After a day of incessant fighting Stuart and his officers reached the house of this friend about nine o'clock in the night. While food was being prepared Stuart fell asleep on the sofa in the parlor. When supper was announced he refused to rise. Knowing that he had eaten nothing within twenty-four hours, and that food was even more necessary for him than sleep, I took him by the arm and compelled him to his place at the table. His eyes were open, but he ate sparingly and without relish. Thinking that the supper did not suit him, our kind hostess inquired:--
 "General, perhaps you would relish a hard-boiled egg?" 

       "Yes," he replied, "I'll take four or five." 
This singular reply caused a good deal of astonishment on the part of all who heard it, but nothing was said at the time. The eggs were produced; Stuart broke one and ate it, and then rose from the table. When we returned to the parlor I sat down at the piano, and commenced singing, "If you want to have a good time, join the cavalry." The circumstances hardly made the song appropriate, but the chorus roused the general, and he joined in it with a hearty good will. During all this time he had
    1863-Confederate General Lee decided to take the war to the enemy, specifically Washington,DC, which he hope to capture and thus have the war ended.. On June 13, he defeated Union forces at Winchester, Virginia, and continued north to Pennsylvania. General Hooker, who had been planning to attack Richmond, was instead forced to follow Lee. Hooker, never comfortable with his commander, General Halleck, resigned on June 28, and General George Meade replaced him as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
  On July 1, a chance encounter between Union and Confederate forces began the Battle of Gettysburg. In the fighting that followed, Meade had greater numbers and better defensive positions. He won the battle, but failed to follow Lee as he retreated back to Virginia. Militarily, the Battle of Gettysburg was the high-water mark of the Confederacy; it is also significant because it ended Confederate hopes of formal recognition by foreign governments. The days following Lee's retreat saw major battles won by the Union Army is General Grant's long time plan to cut off supplies to Confederate troops. On November 19, President Lincoln dedicated a portion of the Gettysburg battlefield as a national cemetery, and delivered his memorable "Gettysburg Address."
Photographs of the battleground began immediately after the battle of July 1-3. This group of photographs also includes a scene of Hooker's troops in Virginia on route to Gettysburg.
    1889-John L. Sullivan, heavyweight champion of the world, defeated Jake Kilrain in the 75th round of a fight in Richburg, MS. This was the last bare-knuckles title fight after which boxing was governed by the Marquess of Queensbury rules.
    1908-July 8, Louis Jordan Birthday
    1908- jazz alto saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan, whose records in the 1940's with his Tympany Five helped shape the R'n'B of the following decade, was born in Brinkley, Arkansas. After playing with several big bands, Jordan formed his combo in 1938. For the next decade, they produced blues and novelty records such as "Caldonia," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," a million-seller in 1946. Jordan's 1943 hit "Five Guys Named Moe" became the title of a 1990's Broadway musical based on his songs.
  Many blues and R'n'B artists grew up listening to Jordan's music, and among those acknowledging his influence are Chuck Berry and Ray Charles.
  Louis Jordan died on February 4th, 1975.
    1911- Nan Jane Aspinwall rode into New York City carrying a letter to Mayor William Jay Gaynor from San Francisco Mayor Patrick Henry McCarthy, becoming the first woman to cross the US on horseback. She began her trip in San Francisco on Sept 1,1910, and covered 4,500 miles in 301 days.
    1914- birthday of Billy Eckstine, bandleader and bass-baritone
  After performing with the Earl Hines band for almost 20 years,
Eckstine formed his own band in 1944.
  At one time or another in the band's
ranks included Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro,
Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Art Blakey and vocalist Sarah Vaughn---some
of the greatest bebop musicians of all time.
  Among Eckstine's hits were
“Fools Rush In,” “ Everything I Have Is Yours,” “ Blue Moon,”
“Body and Soul.”
  Billy Eckstine died March 8, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
the city where he also was born.
    1932-The stock market fell to its lowest point in the Great Depression.
  The Great Crash had begun in 1929, and this was the darkest day. Dow Jones Industrial Average, 41.22
    1933—Birthday of author James Giblin.
    1935-Birthday of Steve Lawrence ( Sidney Liebowitz) pop singer born in Brooklyn, New York. His "Go Away Little Girl" was a number-one hit in 1962. Lawrence, who got his start as a singer on the "Tonight" show in 1954, had more than 20 chart records. He and his wife, Eydie Gorme, often recorded and performed together.
    1941- With a dramatic two-out, bottom of the ninth inning, three-run home run by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the AL All-stars beat the National League at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, 7-5.
    1949—Top Hits
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha'i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold
    1949- Hank Thompson, the first black to play with the St. Louis Browns, also becomes the New York Giants' first African-American player. The former Kansas City Monarchs' standout broke in to the majors 12 days after Larry Doby's American League debut with the Indians in 1947.
    1953--SHEA, RICHARD T., JR. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company A 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 6 to 8 July 1953. Entered service at: Portsmouth, Va. Born: 3 January 1927, Portsmouth, Va. G.O. No.: 38, 8 June 1955. Citation: 1st Lt. Shea, executive officer, Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On the night of 6 July, he was supervising the reinforcement of defensive positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical superiority. Voluntarily proceeding to the area most threatened, he organized and led a counterattack and, in the bitter fighting which ensued, closed with and killed 2 hostile soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men, checking positions, steadying and urging the troops to hold firm, he fought side by side with them throughout the night. Despite heavy losses, the hostile force pressed the assault with determination, and at dawn made an all-out attempt to overrun friendly elements. Charging forward to meet the challenge, 1st Lt. Shea and his gallant men drove back the hostile troops. Elements of Company G joined the defense on the afternoon of 7 July, having lost key personnel through casualties. Immediately integrating these troops into his unit, 1st Lt. Shea rallied a group of 20 men and again charged the enemy. Although wounded in this action, he refused evacuation and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting element was pinned down by heavy machine gun fire, he personally rushed the emplacement and, firing his carbine and lobbing grenades with deadly accuracy, neutralized the weapon and killed 3 of the enemy. With forceful leadership and by his heroic example, 1st Lt. Shea coordinated and directed a holding action throughout the night and the following morning. On 8 July, the enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. 1st Lt. Shea's inspirational leadership and unflinching courage set an illustrious example of valor to the men of his regiment, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service. 
    1957-"Teddy Bear" became Elvis Presley's eighth US number one hit in the past fifteen months. 
    1957—Top Hits
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Over the Mountain; Across the Sea - Johnnie & Joe
Four Walls - Jim Reeves
    1958 - The first gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded. It went to the soundtrack LP, "Oklahoma!". The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first gold single issued by the RIAA was "Catch a Falling Star", by Perry Como, in March of 1958. A gold single also represents sales of one million records. 
    1958-The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, "Oklahoma". The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como in March of 1958. A Gold single represented sales of one million records. 
    1958-Hank Ballard records a self-penned tune called "The Twist" at Vee-Jay Records' studios in Gary, Indiana. A re-recorded version released by King Records would make a modest splash on the R&B charts in 1959, but it would take Chubby Checker to make a giant hit out of it in 1960. 
    1960 - Storer Broadcasting Company purchased WINS radio in New York City for $10 million. It was the highest price paid for a radio station (to that time). Many great radio personalities including Murray the K, Bruce Morrow and Alan Freed were stars on WINS Radio. WINS, under Storer ownership, also aired some very clever promotions, including the time they drove the New York media crazy. It was a discovery (thought to be a rare find) in the back seat of a New York taxicab: a clay tablet that looked to be Egyptian and had carvings on it. Upon closer examination, it read, “Everybody's mummy listens to 10-10 WINS!” 
    1963-James Brown went to #2 on the US album chart with "Live At The Apollo". The LP spent a total of 33 weeks on the chart. 
    1963-Freddie and The Dreamers record "I'm Telling You Now", which would climb to number 2 in England. When it was released in the US the following year, during the height of the British Invasion, it made the Top Ten. 
    1965-The Dave Clark Five followed the Beatles onto the silver screen with a movie of their own called Catch Us If You Can. The film was renamed to having a Wild Weekend for its US release and featured the group performing "Catch Us If You Can", "Having a Wild Weekend" and "I Can't Stand It". 
    1965—Top Hits
I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Before You Go - Buck Owens
    1965-Roy Wilkins becomes executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
    1967—Tennis player Billie Jean King of the United Sates won three titles at Wimbledon.
  She beat Anny Haydon Jones for the singles title, teamed with Rosie Casals for the women's doubles title and joined with Owen Davidson to capture the mixed doubles title.
    1968-the first movie directed by an African-American director to be released in the United States was “Story of a Three Day Pass,” directed by Melvin Van Peeble,
   His story of an African-American serviceman on leave in France, based on his book of the same name, led to his being signed by Columbia Pictures to make more files for African-
American audiences.
    1970-The Everly Brothers Summer TV series debuts on CBS-TV for the first of a ten week run. 
    1970 - The San Francisco Giant's Jim Ray Hart hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple and home run in one game). Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted in (RBI) during a single inning. The Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 13-0. 
    1972-34 year old Bill Withers had the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lean On Me", his second US Top Ten hit after "Ain't No Sunshine" in September 1971. The song reached #18 in the UK. 
    1973—Top Hits
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Why Me - Kris Kristofferson
    1978-Following in the disco footsteps of his older Bee Gee brothers, Andy Gibb gets into the act with "Shadow Dancing." The album peaks at #18, while the title track reaches number one
    1978- Bjorn Borg of Sweden won 3rd consecutive title at Wimbledon
    1978-After a six month stay, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is finally knocked out of the top spot on the Billboard album chart by Gerry Rafferty's "City To City", which contained the single "Baker Street".
    1981—Top Hits
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
All Those Years Ago - George Harrison
The One that You Love - Air Supply
I was Country When Country Wasn't Cool - Barbara Mandrell
    1984 - John McEnroe made short work of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Connors managed to win only four games and tied for the second lowest number of games won by a Wimbledon men's singles finalist since 1922. McEnroe won the event in just 1 hour 20 minutes. 
    1985 - Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Lambert of the Pittsburgh Steelers announced his retirement on this, his 33rd birthday. A 1974 second-round draft choice from Kent State University in Ohio, Lambert played 11 seasons with the Steelers. He racked up several awards including the NFL's Rookie of the Year [1974], Defensive Player of the Year [1976]; and nine consecutive Pro Bowls [1975-1983]. Jack Lambert was a major chunk of the Steel Curtain and owns four Super Bowl rings to prove it. 
    1985--Both "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna
    1987 –The Iran-Contra hearings began, covered live on television.   While Lt. Col. Oliver North was being interviewed, contrary to internet mailings, Senator Al Gore was not on the committee, nor did Osa Bin Laden name come up, as this was over fifteen years ago. 
    1987 -Kitty Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who was the following year to become the Democratic candidate, revealed addiction to amphetamines for 26 years 
    1988 - Thirty cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Beckley, WV, equaled their all-time record with a high of 93 degrees. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms spawned seven tornadoes in Adams and Logan counties of eastern Colorado, and hail caused 2.3 million dollars damage in Adams, Logan and Washington counties
    1988-singer/composer Stevie Wonder announces he will run for mayor of Detroit in 1992
    1989-—Top Hits
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash
    1989 - Sixteen cities in the central and western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 103 degrees at Denver, CO, equaled their record for July, and a 110 degree reading at Rapid City, SD, equaled their all-time record high. Denver reported a record five straight days of 100 degree heat, and Scottsbluff, NE, reported a record eight days in a row of 100 degree weather.
    1990- Germany beats Argentina 1-0 for soccer's 14th World Cup at Rome 
    1990- Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbledon title
    1994- Elton John and Billy Joel kicked off a 14 city tour in Philadelphia. They shared vocals on each other's hits, including John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and Joel's "Piano Man" and "New York State of Mind."
    2000 --The Yankees sweep their cross-town rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical scores, 4-2 in an afternoon tilt at Shea and 4-2 in an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. It proves to be quite an interesting day in New York as Mike Piazza is hospitalized after being beaned by Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden gets first Shea win since 1994 and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets' first baseman Todd Zielle causes the first game to be played under protest.
    2000 ---After Jose Cruz Jr. hits #20 in a 6-3 win over the Expos, the Blue Jays become the first team in major league history to have four batters to hit 20 or more homers before the All-Star break.
    2005 - In Singapore, the International Olympic Committee takes a secret vote on the approval of the 28 current summer Olympic events scheduled to be played at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Baseball and softball are eliminated making it the first time since polo was dropped in1936 that sports have been cut.
    2010 - Using an on-line ballot, fans select Nick Swisher of the Yankees and Reds' first baseman Joey Votto to fill the last two roster spots in this year’s All-Star game. The New York outfielder, who edged Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot, used his Twitter account to campaign for votes and to thank his fans for their support.





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