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Friday, July 10, 2015

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

---Wrong Michael Witt Article
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CLFP Foundation Breaks Record, Plus 18 New Members
   Membership Number All Time High Now 268
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
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Estate of Bank Chairman/CEO Sued to Recover
  $17.3 Million Investment in TARP Bank
Stewart Abramson added: Top 25 Most Influential List
   of Attorneys in Equipment Finance and Leasing
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl/A Pigeon Sat on a Branch
Reflecting on Existence/'71/Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  The Killers---Film/Digital Reviews by Fernando Croce
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---Wrong Michael Witt Article

The incorrect article to match the headline was corrected in Wednesday’s early edition. Leasing News was informed of the error by several readers. Here is the article that matches the headline:

Advanced Execution of Acceptance Certificates
Don't Do it!
by Michael J. Witt, Esq.

You’ve been warned many times before: don’t allow delivery and acceptance certificates to be signed before actual delivery. The reason is well-known: if the equipment is defective and the lessee stops paying and can prove that the certificate was pre-signed, then the lessee could argue that the Hell or High Water clause in the lease is unenforceable, even though the lessee is partially complicit in the “lie.”

But now here’s a second and far more pragmatic reason for not allowing the advanced execution of acceptance certificates: Sooner or later you're going to make a mistake. Shortcuts never work 100% of the time, and even an error rate of 1% can cost you plenty.

Here’s a case in point, a true story: Vendor ABC prides himself on being efficient. “Minimal human touch” is his driving principle. A new leasing customer is in Vendor’s office on June 5 to sign the lease . . . . so why not just have the Lessee sign the acceptance certificate too, even though delivery can’t be scheduled until June 28? That’s the efficient thing to do, right? Everyone else in the business does it. It's a little “white lie.” No one gets harmed.

Delivery goes forward on June 28. Lessor funds Vendor on June 29 and files its UCC-1 financing statement the same day. Lessee files for bankruptcy the following year. Unrelated Creditor, who has a blanket lien on all of Lessee’s assets, convinces the court that the lease is not a true lease but a secured loan instead. The Uniform Commercial Code requires a purchase-money lender to file its UCC within 20 days of equipment delivery in order to take priority over a blanket lien holder. Therefore, since Lessor filed its UCC-1 within 20 days of the actual delivery, Lessor takes priority over Creditor, right?

Wrong. Unfortunately for Lessor, Vendor was a little too efficient, too expeditious, in having Lessee sign the acceptance certificate in advance. He forgot to tell Lessee to leave the date on the certificate blank, and when he submitted the documents to Lessor, he didn't notice that Lessee filled in the true date on which he signed all the papers—June 5. Therefore, the Court ruled that Creditor had priority over Lessor because the acceptance certificate was dated more than 20 days before the Lessor filed its UCC.

“But wait a minute,” Lessor pleaded with the judge. “The truth of the matter is that the equipment was delivered on June 28, not June 5. I can prove this to you, judge, by this other receipt I have here. Surely you won’t let this little error overrule the real truth.”

The judge would hear none of it, and probably rightly so. He said, in so many words, that it was too late to tell the truth.

Michael J. Witt
(515) 868-1067
4242 Oakwood Lane
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Member, LEAN
Lease Enforcement Attorney Network


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CLFP Foundation Breaks Record, Plus 18 New Members
Membership Number All Time High Now 268

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation recently held its second Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP). The three-day event was hosted by Ascentium Capital LLC and sixteen out of the eighteen individuals who sat for the exam were successful. Two more took the exam afterwards.

Melissa Biebel, CLFP
Business Development Manager
Huntington Technology Finance

Nick Bionda, CLFP
Sales Director
Second City Leasing, LLC

Rochelle Bishop, CLFP
– Credit Analyst
Ascentium Capital LLC

John Bradford, CLFP
– Equipment Finance Specialist
Arvest Equipment Finance

Jodie Cain, CLFP
Accounting Manager
Ascentium Capital LLC

Tina Cawthorn, CLFP
Business Development Manager
Orange Commercial Credit

Alex Depping, CLFP
Vice President of Sales
Ascentium Capital LLC

Lara Hernandez, CLFP
Vice President of Credit
Ascentium Capital LLC

Scott Jankowski, CLFP
CBI Equipment Finance
(Commerce Bank)

Pat Kistler, CLFP
Senior Vice President of Sales
Ascentium Capital LLC

Tim Miller, CLFP
Regional Sales Manager
Ascentium Capital LLC

Brian Nave, CLFP
Vice President - Equipment Finance Specialist
Arvest Equipment Finance

Niki Ogunyomi, CLFP
Assistant Vice President of Credit
Ascentium Capital LLC

Joe Quintero, CLFP
Assistance Vice President of Credit
Ascentium Capital LLC

Nicole Romeo, CLFP
Senior Account Executive
Xcēd Aviation Services

Stephen Stuesser, CLFP – President
Bravo Capital

Shortly after the ALFP, two additional individuals successfully completed the eight-hour exam and they are:

Bill Mulder, CLFP
Sales Support Manager
CBI Equipment Finance
(Commerce Bank)

Jill VanDeWalle, CLFP
– Portfolio Officer
First American Equipment Finance

The next two day Academy, followed by a third day for the test offered, but not mandatory, is August 13th -15th at First American Equipment Finance, August 13th -15th.  For more information:

Companies with two or more foundation members
(# of CLFPs)

First American Equipment Finance 41
Financial Pacific Leasing 21
Ascentium Capital 13
Allegiant Partners 13
Orion First Financial 8
Arvest Equipment Finance 8
ECS Financial Services 7
Banc of California 5
Great American Insurance 5
Bank of the West 4
Maxim Commercial Capital LLC 4
Northland Capital 4
FSG Leasing 3
Huntington Equipment Finance 3
Innovative Lease Services 3
LeaseTeam Inc. 3
Pacifica Capital 3
Alliance Funding Group 2
BSB Leasing 2
Canon Financial Services 2
CBI Equipment Finance 2
Finance Capital 2
GO Capital 2
GreatAmerica Financial Services 2
Padco Financial Services 2
Pinnacle Business Finance 2
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company 2
Providence Capital Funding, Inc. 2
TEQlease 2

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 268 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world.

For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit


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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Michael T. Amalfitano, Sr., was hired as Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director, Stonebriar Commercial Finance LLC, Plano, Texas. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer, Business Aviation Advisors, LLC, since May, 2015; Managing Director, Executive Head, Global Corporate Aircraft Finance (Retired); Bank of America Merrill Lynch (December 1992–April 2015); SVP, Division Executive, Banc of America Leasing (December 1992–March 2008); Senior Vice President, Fleet Capital Leasing (1992–2004); Regional Sales Manager, GE Commercial Finance (July 1982–December 1992). Honors & Awards: 2005 Bank of America Award of Excellence; 2006 Bank of America Award of Excellence; 2007 Bank of America Award of Excellence: 2006 World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation, International Tournament, 1st Place Masters Form Champion, 2nd Place Masters Sparring; 2010 Achieved 6th Degree Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do with Black Tiger Karate. Organizations: National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), President of Board of Directors (2 yrs.), Board of Directors (5 yrs.); Active Member National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); Leadership Council, Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC); Board of Directors, Member, Active Member National Aircraft Resellers Association (NARA); Past Chairman, Associate Member Advisory Council; Board of Directors, Active Member European Business Aviation Association (EBAA); Active Member, Helicopter Association International (HAI) ; Active Member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA); Active Member, Black Tiger Karate (BTK) ; Master Instructor, Active Member World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation; Past Member YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; Past Member, Equipment Leasing Professionals; Active Member, Private Jet Specialists; Active Member, Capital Equipment Leasing. Education: Fairfield University, BA/Masters, Economics/Financ (1978–1982). Activities and Societies: Track and Field, Cross-Country

Toni (McCurry) Egan was hired as VP, Federal Leasing Officer at Key Government Finance; based in Reston, Virginia. Previously, she was VP, Federal Finance Officer, TD Bank (April 2013–June 2015); Vice President, Relationship Manager, Sun National Bank (February 2011–February 2013); VP, Account Manager, Insight Investments (February 2010–August 2010); VP, Regional Sales, US Bank, Technology Finance (October 2008–February 2010); Vice President, Senior Account Manager, GE Healthcare Financial Services (September 2006–July 2008); VP Finance- Sr. Account Mgr., GE Commercial Finance (1993– September 2006). Organizations: NJHFMA, Education Committee.

Crystal Garside was promoted to Sales, Large Transaction Facilitator at US Bank Equipment Finance, Marshall, Minnesota. She joined the firm March, 2006 as Senior Financial Analyst; promoted to Project Manager, November, 2012. Education: University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Accounting and Finance (2001–2005).

Joe Lane was named Managing Director, Napier Park Financial Partners, New York. "He is a Funding Principal of Sinter Partners. He served as chief executive officer of GE Technology Finance, created when GE Capital acquired the business of Bay4 Capital where he was an Owner and Vice Chairman. Joe was also an owner, chairman and CEO of Hyphos360, a database management provider. Previously, Joe was president of IBM Credit Corporation, group executive, IBM Global Financing, and senior vice president of IBM. As head of the world’s largest information technology financing business, he was responsible for a $40 billion enterprise operating in over 40 countries. He was a member of IBM’s Operations Committee, Worldwide Management Council and Senior Management Group. For nearly 20 years, Joe was with GATX Capital Corporation where he ultimately served as Chief Executive Officer. He was Chairman of Sun Financial Corporation and chairman of Centron, DPL - providers of technology solutions and hardware, and a Director of Oxford Finance - a provider of capital to early-stage life sciences companies. He has served on boards of directors and advisory boards in Europe, Asia and North America. Joe currently serves on the boards of Accruit – a Qualified Intermediary for Like-Kind-Exchange programs, and Sun Print Management, LLC, the pioneer of Managed Print Services. He is Chairman of OnePak, Inc., an innovative provider of cloud-based logistics services, Chairman of InGo - enhancing events through social media, and Vice Chairman of US Inspect - America’s leading property inspection company. He serves on the boards of the South Bronx Educational Foundation and the Inner City Foundation. Joe is Director of the Mentor Network for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and an associate fellow of Davenport College at Yale University where he earned his BA in American history. Joe has been a Director, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), and Trustee and Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation." Education: Yale University, BA, American History & Economics (1971–1975).

Tom Partridge was promoted to head Fifth Third Bank Equipment Finance Service, Louisville, Kentucky.  Prior, he was President and CEO Fifth Third Bank Kentucky affiliate (August 2010–July 2015); serving in prior positions as Market President (July 2009–August 2010); Executive Vice President Senior Commercial Banker (July 2007–July 2009); Sales Manager Commercial Real Estate (December 2002-March 2004); Vice President Relationship Manager (July 1997-February 1999); Previously, he joined PNC Bank as Credit Analyst, June, 1998; promoted to Senior Credit Analyst, June, 1992; Relationship Manger (February, 1994-July, 1997), He is very active in the Louisville, Kentucky community, member of seven boards. Education: Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Master of Business Administration, Finance and Human Resources (1990–1992). Xavier University, Bachelor of Science, Economics (1984–1988).






Estate of Bank Chairman/CEO Sued to Recover
$17.3 Million Investment in TARP Bank

Bank Chairman/CEO Layton Stuart

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the U.S. Department of Justice  announced that the United States is suing the estate and trusts of the late Layton P. Stuart, Chairman and CEO of  One Financial Corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary, One Bank & Trust N.A., both based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a TARP recipient, alleging that Stuart made misrepresentations to induce the U.S. Department of the Treasury to invest $17.3 million of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds in One Financial as part of Treasury's Capital Purchase Program (CPP).

Layton "Scooter" Stuart, 62, passed away March, 2013. 

According to the United States’ complaint, Stuart, on behalf of One Financial, applied in late 2008 for a TARP investment totaling $17.3 million. The complaint alleges that Stuart knowingly made false statements about the financial condition of One Bank and its intentions for the use of the TARP funds. In particular, the statements and TARP application allegedly concealed serial frauds that Stuart and other One Financial directors and bank executives had been committing and intended to continue committing on One Bank.

As set forth in the complaint, the schemes involved Stuart’s diversion of funds from One Bank for personal use including, within 30 days of receiving the $17.3 million in TARP funds, the diversion of more than $2 million into personal accounts for his own use.


Stewart Abramson added: Top 25 Most Influential List
of Attorneys in Equipment Finance and Leasing

New to be added to the List

Stewart Abramson has been a leading lawyer in the Equipment Finance industry for more than thirty years during which time he has been General Counsel of North American Corporation/National Equipment Rental, General Counsel of Charter Financial, Inc. and Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo, leading the legal group that supports all of Wells Fargo’s equipment finance businesses. He is a past chairman of the ELFA Legal Committee, has been an active member of numerous ELFA committees for many years, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has written articles on industry related topics. However, beyond his expertise, industry activity and experience the key indicator of his influence is the frequency of which both lawyers and business people across the industry seek his advice on equipment financing matters. From providing advice about regulatory issues to sharing his thoughts on structuring transactions to providing market intelligence, Stewart is a frequent and influential counselor to the industry.

Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing
Andrew Alper
Thomas V. Askounis

Joe Bonanno, CLFP

James Coston
Jonathan Fleisher
Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq.
Michael A. Leichtling
Malcolm C. Lindquist 
Barry Marks, Esq.
David G. Mayer
Frank Peretore
John G. Sinodis 
Ellen Michelle Stern
Kevin Trabaris
Michael J. Witt
Irwin Wittlin

Biographies of Past Nominees

"Influential" as "a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events." "Preeminent" is "eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:" {Online Dictionary}

When the list exceeds 25, there will be a point when the top 25 on the list will be finalized. Nominations will appear in two parts: New Nominations/The Top List to Date (alphabetical) Again, this is not a popularity contest and those making the nomination will not be named.



Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A quirky Sundance hit ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl") and a Swedish tragicomedy ("A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence") come to theaters, while new DVDs serve up a historical thriller ("'71"), a wry drama ("Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"), and a noir double-bill ("The Killers").

In Theaters:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight Pictures): A favorite with many critics at this year's Sundance, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's comedy-drama has the eccentricity and flourishes viewers associate with that indie film festival. The story follows the offbeat friendship between high-school senior Greg (Thomas Mann), his aspiring-director partner Earl (Ronald Cyler II), and troubled fellow student Rachel (Olivia Cooke). The two guys spend most of their time filming ragtag parodies of classics, though, as Rachel grows sick with leukemia, Greg and Earl decide to use their movie camera on their friend, leading to a series of emotional flares. Can their relationship survive the bumps of adolescence and the hurdles of illness? Going for a combination of laidback humor and heart-tugging emotion, Gomez-Rejon's movie will charm audiences seeking out quirky indie fare.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Magnolia Pictures): Nobody makes films quite like Swedish director Roy Andersson, whose blends of profound melancholia and deep humor have captivated art-house audiences. In his newest movie, which won the top award at the Venice Film Festival, Andersson serves up another memorable panorama of human nature, with surprising shifts into surrealism and slapstick. Structured as a series of small vignettes illustrating life’s tragicomedy, it skips from married couples to dance instructors to historical figures. Traipsing through it all is a pair of hilariously incompetent salesmen, a sort of depressed Abbott and Costello who give this outlandish film its soulful center. A bold balancing act of puzzlement and laughter Andersson’s comedy-drama is a film as unique as its title. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: After marveling at the uniqueness of "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence," check out Roy Andersson's similarly acclaimed previous features, which include "Songs from the Second Floor" (2000) and "You, the Living" (2007).


'71 (Liongs Gate): A chapter in history is vividly revived in this stirring drama, set in 1971 Northern Ireland. Unfolding in the midst of the Belfast riots, the narrative centers on Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell), a young British soldier dispatched to help the Army control the volatile protests in the city. As his platoon searches streets and houses and conflicts grow more brutal, Gary finds himself left behind to fend for himself in hostile territory. As he grows familiar with the locals, the soldier gets a closer look at the struggles that make up a war zone--but can he make it out of there alive by morning? Following in the footsteps of true-story specialist Paul Greengrass ("Bloody Sunday," "Captain Phillips"), director Yann Demange strives for a combination of historical analysis and present-tense intensity. Coupled with another strong performance by rising-star O'Connell, he crafts a terse and intelligent thriller.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Anchor Bay): A hit at last year's Sundance Film Festival, this offbeat indie drama is a memorable combination of despair and wry humor. Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel") stars as Kumiko, a young woman whose lonely life in Tokyo consists of little more than pressure from family and colleagues. Her only joy comes from repeatedly watching the American film "Fargo," and she becomes increasingly obsessed with its story of crime gone awry and buried loot. Convinced about the realness of the movie, Kumiko ventures across the Pacific and finds herself in the Minnesota wilderness, determined to find the money hidden in the snow. Paying homage to the acclaimed Coen Brothers classic while casting its own distinctive magic, David Zellner's film offers a striking view of the borders separating reality and fantasy.

The Killers (Criterion): Ernest Hemingway's short story about underworld hitmen and doomed palookas is so evocative that more than one director has taken a crack at filming it. So in this exceptional release by Criterion we have two contrasting adaptations, equally fascinating in their different visualizations of noir drama. The first, made in 1946 by German director Robert Siodmak, stars Burt Lancaster in his debut performance as Swede, a punch-drunk boxer whose life takes a tragic turn after he gets involved with the glamorous Kitty (Ava Gardner). The second, made in 1964 by pulp specialist Don Siegel, turns the fugitive pugilist into a teacher (John Cassavetes) and focuses equally on the pair of killers (played by Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager) on his trail. Atmospheric and gritty, this double-bill of hard-hitting crime stories is a must-have for serious cinephiles.


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Baseball Poem

Casey at the Bat 

by Ernest L. Thayer

The Outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that -
We'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped-
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand;
And its likely they'd a-killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two."

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.




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This Day in American History

          1629 – The first non-Separatist Congregational Church in the U.S. was founded, at Salem, MA.
    1775 - Horatio Gates issued orders excluding blacks from serving in the Continental Army.
    1795 - President George Washington issued the first “presidential amnesty”, extending a full pardon to participants in the Whiskey Rebellion who were willing to sign an oath of allegiance to the United States. This is studied in school as it was not only about a 25% tax imposed on whiskey, but defined the relationship and powers of the federal government and individual states.
    1797 – The first U.S. frigate, the "United States," was launched in Philadelphia.
    1834 - Birthday of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was born at Lowell, MA.  American painter, especially known for painting of his mother.  When a woman declared that a landscape reminded her of Whistler's paintings, he reportedly said, ”Yes, madam. Nature is creeping up.”
    1851 - California Wesleyan College was chartered in Santa Clara, under sponsorship of the Methodist Church. In 1911, its name was changed to the College of the Pacific, then became the University of the Pacific in 1961 and is located in Stockton, CA.
    1861 – President Lincoln wrote to Kentucky's militia and said the Union troops will not enter that state
    1862 - The first Medal of Honor to a Marine was presented to Sergeant John Freeman Mackie (1835-1910) by Commander Henry Rolando under authorized of General Order No.17. During the attack on Fort Darling at Crewry’s Bluff, James River, VA, on May 15, 1862, Mackie rallied the Marine Guard on the U.S.S. Galena after the entire 3rd Division was killed or wounded. He cleared the deck and resumed the action without awaiting orders. “As enemy shellfire raked the deck of his ship, Corporal Mackie fearlessly maintained his musket fire against the rifle pits along the shore and, when ordered to fill vacancies at guns caused by men wounded and killed in action, manned the weapons with skill and courage".
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    1866 - Edson P. Clark of Northampton, MA obtained a patent for an indelible pencil. It had a “filling composed of silver, black lead, calcined gypsum and lamp-black or asphaltum” that was shellacked to the groove in the wood.  a: that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased b: making marks that cannot easily be removed <an indelible pencil>
    1869 - Birthday of John Arnold Heydler, baseball executive born at Lafargeville, NY. Heydler was president of the National League from 1918 to 1934. He helped to found the Baseball Hall of Fame and, in 1929, suggested a rules change that became known as the designated hitter. Died at San Diego, CA, April 18, 1956.
    1875 - Birthday of African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), Mayesville, South Carolina. In 1904, with $150 of her own money, she opened the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls in Daytona Beach, Florida, with five girls paying 50 cents a week; in those days a lot of money for families steeped in poverty. In less than two years, she had 250 pupils, and within 12 years, eight buildings. Most of the pupils were girls because she knew from experience that girls were held back from improvement by not only the white culture but also the Black patriarchy.  She hunted the trash sites for broken furniture that could be repaired enough to be used by those who had nothing. She used charcoal sticks because there was no money for pencils. She tramped the bypaths of the Daytona countryside for any sort of materials. It was a feat that gained her world-wide attention for she taught her girls to be fine human beings and she educated them far better than most girls of her era could ever dream of.  In 1936, she was appointed Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She was a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, which enabled her to act as a special adviser to President Roosevelt. She was an official observer for the U.S. at organizational meetings of the United Nations. She founded the National Council of Negro Women, served as president of the National Association of Colored Women, and the Florida Federation of Colored Women, and was vice-president of the NAACP, 1940-1955. For 30 years, she was the most influential Black person in the nation, advocating education as the way out of poverty and prejudice - especially for Black women. Her philosophy was conciliation rather than confrontation, urging Blacks to become active in politics as the one sure way of progress. Her influence went beyond just committee meetings and schools. She was a symbol - a first - that marched first into the White House, the first into luncheon meetings, the first into government hearings - the first black person to take a majority role in U.S. politics.  At nine, she picked 250 pounds of cotton a day. She finally learned to read when a school for blacks opened about five miles away. Being the youngest and the one who could be spared from the fields, she walked both ways and taught other members of her family at night. When Mary Crissman, a white Denver, Colorado, dressmaker, offered to pay for the education of a worthy girl, Mary was chosen. No more worthy a student could have been chosen. MMB shared her education with other black children by teaching school in several locations and then, after marriage, settled in Daytona Beach, where a large black population stayed after the building of the railroad into Florida. In 1923, her school was amalgamated with a Black men's college from Jacksonville, Florida, and became the Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona. She was the president until 1942 and then president emeritus until 1947. Under her direction, the enrollment exceeds 1,000 and attained full accreditation.
    1885 - Mary O'Hara (1885-1980) birthday in Cape May, NJ.  U.S. novelist and screenwriter whose “My Friend Flicka” (1941) was a runaway best seller. It also became a very popular movie as did several of her other books. As a screenwriter, her most noted film adaptation was that of “Prisoner of Zenda”. Leaving Hollywood, she ran a dairy farm in Wyoming single-handedly.
    1886 - Captain George Wellington Streeter's scow, the "Reutan" ran aground on a sandbar in Lake Michigan on the Chicago waterfront. The wreck caused the sandbar to grow, marshland filled it in, and Streeter proclaimed it a free district open to the poor, homeless, tramps, etc.
    1889 - Birthday of songwriter, bandleader Noble Sissle, Indianapolis, IN
    1890 - Wyoming became the 44th state. After the adoption of the constitution, Wyoming became the first state to grant voting rights to women. Women had voted in Wyoming from the beginning of its existence as a territory. The first territorial legislation extended the vote to women on December 10, 1869. The 44th state was named after an Algonquin Indian word meaning ‘large prairie place'. The Indian paintbrush that covers much of the large prairie is the state flower and the meadowlark, frequently seen circling the prairie land, is the state bird. Another Indian term, Cheyenne, is also the name of the state capital. Wyoming is called the Equality State because it is the first state to have granted women the right to vote (1869).
    1892 – The first concrete-paved street was built, in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
    1905 - Singer Ivie Marie Anderson’s (1905-1949) birthday in Gilroy, CA. She was discovered in the famed Cotton Club revues in Harlem and became the featured singer with the Duke Ellington band 1931-42.
    1907 - Birthday of guitarist Blind Boy Fuller (1907-41), born Fulton Allen in Wadesboro, NC
    1910 – The Chicago White Sox opened their new home, Comiskey Park, but lost to the St. Louis Browns, 2-0.
    1911 – Sherry Magee, star OF for the Phillies, knocked out umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called third strike. He was suspended for the season, but upon appeal he will be reinstated after five weeks and 36 games. The Phils won, 4-2, behind Grover Cleveland Alexander, who struck out 9.
    1913 - The mercury hit 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading of record for the North American continent. Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129 degrees, following a morning low of 93 degrees.
    1914 – The Boston Red Sox purchased 19 year-old Babe Ruth from the Baltimore Orioles.
    1915 - Pianist/Organ player Milt Buckner’s (1915-77) birthday in St. Louis.
    1919 – President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate.
    1922 - Jean Kerr birthday (1922-2003), born Bridget Jean Collins in Scranton, PA.  U.S. playwright and humorist. She became a best-selling author with “Please Don't Eat the Daisies”. (1957).
    1925 - The famous 'Scopes Monkey Trial' began in Dayton, TN, after high school biology teacher John T. Scopes, 24, was charged with teaching evolution to his students.
    1926 - Lightning set off an ammunition magazine in Lake Denmark, NJ, causing a red ball of fire and triggering a series of explosions destroying all buildings within 1/2 mile radius. Debris from the explosion fell as far as 25 miles away. 16 people were killed and property damage set at $70 million
    1929 - The dollar bill actually got smaller as $823 million bills were printed to replace the older large-size currency; $4,997 million was in circulation.
In addition to the above, for more trivia, the size of computer cards, used by IBM and others came about due to the size of dollar boxes that the inventor Hollerith used for his machine to calibrate the census (the US was growing so fast that by the time the census was completed, often four to five years or longer with many errors, a tabulating machine was used, invented by Hollerith, which lead to other computing type machines. The card measures 3.25 by 7.375 inches, the same size as the 1887 US paper currency because Hollerith used Treasury Department containers as card boxes (US banknotes were reduced in size by about 20% to their present dimensions in 1929).
    1929 - In a game between the Pirates and Phillies, 9 home runs were hit, 1 in each inning.
    1932 – Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Burnett collected a record nine hits in 11 at-bats in an 18-inning game in which the A’s outscored the Tribe, 18 - 17. Jimmie Foxx hit 3 home runs, and has 16 total bases and 8 RBI for the A's. After Philadelphia starter Lew Krausse was knocked out in the 1st inning, Eddie Rommel was forced to hurl 17 innings in relief as manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, has brought only two pitchers; Rommel gave up a record 29 hits in the longest relief stint in MLB history.
    1933 - The first police radio system connecting headquarters to patrol cars, and from patrol cars to other patrol cars, was installed in Eastchester Township, NY. The cars were placed in operation on July 10 and were under the direction of Sergeant William E. Robinson.
    1933 - Birthday of vocalist Jumpin' Gene Simmons (1933-2006), Tupelo, MS
    1934 - In baseball's second All-Star game, National League pitcher Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession. All five were later inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hubbell gave up only two hits in three innings, but the American League won the game, 9-7.
    1936 - Afternoon highs of 112 degrees at Martinsburg, WV, 109 degrees at Cumberland, MD, and Frederick, MD, 110 degrees at Runyon, NJ, and 111 degrees at Phoenixville, PA, established all-time record highs for those four states. It was the hottest day of record for the Middle Atlantic Coast Region.
    1936 - 111ø F (44ø C), Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
    1936 - Billie Holiday recorded "Billie's Blues" for Okeh Records, along with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw and Cozy Cole.
    1936 - Outfielder Chuck Klein of the Philadelphia Phillies became the fourth player in Major League history to hit four homes runs in one game. He completed the feat in a 10-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Forbes Field. The Phillies won, 9-6.
    1938 - Birthday of trumpet player Lee Morgan (1938-72) in Philadelphia, PA.
    1938 – Howard Hughes completed his flight around the world in 91 hours.
    1941 - Trumpeter Bobby Hackett joins the Glenn Miller Band (“String of Pearls” and many other “historic” jazz solos, also a great Dixieland trumpet player, plus was featured in the great Jackie Gleason Orchestra recordings. Outstanding).
    1941 - Normally we only salute birthdays, but since the Library of Congress notes this, we also note the death of pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), who claimed he invented jazz, died in Los Angeles at age 50. Morton, born Ferdinand La Menthe in New Orleans, claimed he invented jazz. Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz's first arranger, proving that a genre rooted in improvisation could retain its essential spirit and characteristics when notated.  His composition "Jelly Roll Blues" was the first published jazz composition, in 1915.  Among the other jazz classics that flowed from Morton's pen were "Wolverine Blues" and "King Porter Stomp." Morton's peak years of popularity were from 1917 to 1922, when his Red Hot Peppers Band played college and hotel dates and recorded for the Victor Company. But with the coming of the swing era in the 1930's, Morton's combination of ragtime and blues was considered old-fashioned. He recorded his music and his life story for the Library of Congress three years before his death.
    1943 - *PARLE, JOHN JOSEPH, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve. Born: 26 May 1920, Omaha, Nebr. Accredited to: Nebraska. Citation: For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the U.S.S. LST 375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled, Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
    1943 - “Operation Husky” began.  The Allied infantry attacked Italy on the island of Sicily. The British entry into Syracuse was the first Allied success in Europe. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied Commander in Chief, described the invasion as “the first page in the liberation of the European Continent.”
    1943 - Birthday of tennis legend Arthur Ashe (1943-93) in Richmond, VA.  Also the first male African-American tennis player of any renown. He was chosen for the US Davis Cup team in 1963 and became captain in 1980. He won the US men's singles championship and US Open in 1968 and, in 1975, the men's singles at Wimbledon. Ashe won a total of 33 career titles. In 1985, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. A social activist, Ashe worked to eliminate racism and stereotyping. He helped create inner-city tennis programs for young and wrote the three-volume “A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete.” Aware that USA Today intended to publish an article revealing the he was infected with the AIDS virus, Ashe announced, April 8, 1992, that he probably contracted HIV through a transfusion during bypass surgery in 1983. He began fund-raising activities and during his last years, campaigned for public awareness regarding the AID epidemic.
    1947 - Singer Arlo Guthrie was born in Coney Island, New York, the eldest son of famed folk singer Woody Guthrie. Arlo is best known for the underground favorite, "Alice's Restaurant," released in 1967, and the 1972 hit "City of New Orleans." One of Arlo Guthrie's first professional appearances was on the CTV network show "Let's Sing Out" in 1966.
    1948 - Reliever Satchel Paige got his first Major League win as Larry Doby hit a two-run homer and the Indians beat Philadelphia, 8-5.
    1950 - The Victor Talking Machine Company, later to become RCA Victor and the world's first great record label, trademarked its slogan "His Master's Voice," which referred to the iconic image of the Victor dog, Nipper, cocking an ear to the gramophone as if his master were actually in the room.
    1950 - The nation's favorite popular music countdown, "Your Hit Parade," gets its own home on NBC TV to match its longtime radio counterpart.
    1951 - Top Hits
“Too Young” - Nat King Cole
“Mister and Mississippi” - Patti Page
“On Top of Old Smokey” - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
“I Want to Be with You Always” - Lefty Frizzell
    1954 - New York radio station WINS announced the hiring of pioneer rock disc jockey Alan Freed to be the host of their "Rock 'n' Roll Party." As he did on his earlier "Moondog's Rock 'n Roll Party Show" on WJW in Cleveland, Freed programmed records by black R'n'B artists that many white teenagers had never heard before. Freed is often credited with coining the term rock 'n' roll.  Freed would move across town to WABC two years later, where he would eventually be fired for his participation in the "payola scandal."
    1954 - Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate of Elvis Presley singing "That's All Right" to DJ Dewey Phillips at Memphis radio station WHBQ. After Dewey played the song on the air around 9:30 that evening, listeners flooded the phone lines, requesting to hear the song again.
    1955 - SCHOONOVER, DAN D., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 8 to 10 July 1953. Entered service at: Boise, Idaho. Born: 8 October 1933, Boise, Idaho. G.O. No.: 5, 14 January 1955. Citation: Cpl. Schoonover, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He was in charge of an engineer demolition squad attached to an infantry company which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill. Realizing that the heavy fighting and intense enemy fire made it impossible to carry out his mission, he voluntarily employed his unit as a rifle squad and, forging up the steep barren slope, participated in the assault on hostile positions. When an artillery round exploded on the roof of an enemy bunker, he courageously ran forward and leaped into the position, killing 1 hostile infantryman and taking another prisoner. Later in the action, when friendly forces were pinned down by vicious fire from another enemy bunker, he dashed through the hail of fire, hurled grenades in the nearest aperture, then ran to the doorway and emptied his pistol, killing the remainder of the enemy. His brave action neutralized the position and enabled friendly troops to continue their advance to the crest of the hill. When the enemy counterattacked he constantly exposed himself to the heavy bombardment to direct the fire of his men and to call in an effective artillery barrage on hostile forces. Although the company was relieved early the following morning, he voluntarily remained in the area, manned a machine gun for several hours, and subsequently joined another assault on enemy emplacements. When last seen he was operating an automatic rifle with devastating effect until mortally wounded by artillery fire. Cpl. Schoonover's heroic leadership during 2 days of heavy fighting, superb personal bravery, and willing self-sacrifice inspired his comrades and saved many lives, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the honored traditions of the military service.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Lonely Boy” - Paul Anka
“Dream Lover” - Bobby Darin
“Bobby Sox to Stockings” - Frankie Avalon
“The Battle of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
    1959 - One of the most popular Fifties "rock and roll movies," Alan Freed's Go, Johnny, Go!” opened nationwide, featuring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Sandy Stewart, the Cadillacs, Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows, Jimmy Clanton, and -- in his one and only film appearance -- Ritchie Valens, who died in February in the Iowa plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
    1961 – “Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis topped the charts and stayed there for 7 weeks.
    1962 - The "Telstar" communications satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. "Telstar" would usher in a new age of communication via telephone and TV, with voice and picture transmission from Europe to America and back. Signals were picked up by a 38-ton antenna in Andover, Maine. To commemorate the event, an instrumental hit by the Tornadoes, an English surf-rock group, made it to number one for three weeks in November, 1962. It was titled, "Telstar", of course.
    1963 - Martha and the Vandellas release "Heatwave", which will reach #4 in the US by mid-August.
    1965 - Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" is released, as is Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe".
    1965 - The Rolling Stones, who took their name from a Muddy Waters song, hit the top spot on the "Billboard" chart. It was their first time at the top.  “Satisfaction" stayed at number one for 4 weeks. Considered by many to be the greatest rock band in the world, "Satisfaction" remains the Stones' signature.
    1967 - Top Hits
“Windy” - The Association
“Little Bit o' Soul” - The Music Explosion
“Can't Take My Eyes Off You” - Frankie Valli
“All the Time” - Jack Greene
    1966 - Cat Stevens cuts his first record, "I Love My Dog" at Decca Records' studio in London. It would peak at #28 in the UK the following November.
    1967 - Kenny Rogers and several other members of the New Christy Minstrels quit to form the First Edition. The new group received their first national exposure on the Smothers Brothers TV show, and went on to have such hits as "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" in 1968, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" in 1969 and 1971's "Something's Burning." Kenny Rogers began his solo career in 1974. 
    1967 - Bobbie Gentry records "Ode to Billie Joe", which will top the Billboard chart by next August.
    1968 - Guitarist Eric Clapton announced the breakup of Cream, the power rock trio he had formed with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Cream played a farewell concert in London in November, and Clapton and Baker then formed the short-lived Blind Faith.
   1968 - Democratic National Convention (July 10-14) nominated Senator George S. McGovern of South Dakota for President and Senator Thomas F. Eagleton of Missouri for Vice-President. On July 25 Eagleton confirmed rumors that he had received psychiatric treatment three times from 1960 to 1966 for nervous exhaustion and fatigue. On July 31, Eagleton withdrew from the campaign. On August 8, R. Sargent Shriver, former head of the Peace Corps, succeeded Eagleton on the ticket. Richard M. Nixon went on the win the greatest Republican landslide in history with Spiro T. Agnew re-elected Vice-President. The electoral vote was Nixon, 521; Senator George S. McGovern, 17. The popular vote was Nixon 45,767,218 to McGovern 28,357,668. The landslide victory of President Richard M. Nixon was interpreted by some as a vote of confidence in the Nixon administration's policies; however, in 1973, the Watergate burglary brought about an investigation and call for copies of the tapes of conversation. In August, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew revealed he was under investigation in connection with official corruption in Maryland that took place when he served as Baltimore County executive and governor of Maryland, including payments brought to his desk at the White House. By the year's end, his administration was in deep trouble and Nixon was under great pressure by those in his cabinet to resign, which he did on Aug. 8, 1974, the only President to do so.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Love Will Keep Us Together” - The Captain & Tennille
“The Hustle” - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
“Listen to What the Man Said” - Wings
“Lizzie and the Rainman” - Tanya Tucker
    1975 - After being married for only ten days, Cher petitioned for divorce from Greg Allman.
    1976 - The Starland Vocal Band, the first act to be signed to John Denver's new Windsong label, had the top tune on the Billboard chart with "Afternoon Delight".
    1980 - Ayatollah Khomeini releases Iran hostage Richard I Queen, US Vice-Consul, due to his illness.    1980 - The temperature in downtown Kansas City, MO, hit 109 degrees, following a sultry overnight low of 89 degrees. The daily low of 89 degrees was the warmest of record for Kansas City, and overall it was the hottest July day of record. It was the seventh of a record seventeen consecutive days of 100 degree heat, and the mean temperature for the month of 90.2 degrees was also an all-time record for Kansas City.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Every Breath You Take” - The Police
“Never Gonna Let You Go” - Sergio Mendez
“Too Shy” - Kajagoogoo
“Highway 40 Blues” - Ricky Skaggs
    1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that the former (regular) Coke was coming back to share shelf space with the New Coke, after a consumer furor. The original formula was renamed Coca-Cola Classic.  It remains one of history’s marketing disasters.
    1986 - Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia lapsed into a diabetic coma in Greenbrae, California. He recovered, and was released from hospital three weeks later - on his 44th birthday.
    1989 - One of the northeast's largest severe weather outbreaks with at least 15 tornadoes.  Severe thunderstorms spawned seventeen tornadoes in the northeastern U.S.  A powerful (F-4) tornado struck Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT, causing 100 million dollars damage at Hamden, and another 20 million dollars damage around New Haven. Forty persons were injured in the tornado. Seventy persons were injured in a tornado which traveled from Watertown, NY to Waterbury, CT, and another powerful (F-4) tornado touched down near Ames, NY, injuring twenty persons along its 43.5 mile track. It was the strongest tornado of record for eastern New York State. An F3 tornado ripped through Montgomery, Schoharie, Albany and Greene counties in New York causing $20 million in damage and injuring 20 people. Another F3 tornado nearly wiped out the town of Bantam, CT. $100 million damage was done by another tornado, rated an F4 over Hamden, CT. Other tornadoes struck New York City, northern New Jersey, central and eastern Massachusetts Oxford, CT had over 4.4 inches in just 30 minutes from the same complex that spawned the tornadoes in New York and Connecticut. That complex in the first 5 hours produced well over 12,500 lightning strikes
    1991 - Top Hits
“Rush, Rush” - Paula Abdul
“Unbelievable” - EMF
“Right Here, Right Now” - Jesus Jones
“Don't Rock the Jukebox” - Alan Jackson
    1991 - President George Bush lifted US trade and investment sanctions against South Africa. The sanctions had been imposed through the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, which Congress had passed to punish South Africa for policies of racial separation.
    1993 - "Weak" by SWV topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1998 - "Lethal Weapon 4" premiered, garnering $34.05 box-office bucks its opening weekend. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are on the hit list of the nasty Chinese Triads. Riggs and Murtaugh are joined by Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) and Lee Butters (Chris Rock). Lorna Cole (played by Rene Russo) is Riggs' sweetie this time around.
    1999 - The Yankees' winning streak of 124 consecutive games when they led entering the ninth ends as pinch-hitter Matt Franco singles off Mariano Rivera giving the Mets a dramatic come-from-behind Subway Series inter-league victory, 9-8.
    2001 - In his final All-Star appearance, Cal Ripken is named the MVP of the game. His home run along with consecutive dingers from Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez power the AL to its fifth victory in a row beating the National League at Seattle's Safeco Field, 4-1.
    2002 - Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, Ted Williams' oldest daughter, in an open letter, urges former Senator John Glenn and President Bush to help in preventing her half-brother, John Henry, from freezing the body of their dad at a cryonics lab in Arizona. She believes it her father's wish to be cremated and not frozen.
    2013 - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears for the first time in court since his arrest April 19; he pleads not guilty to 30 charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction.



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