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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Indianapolis Colts Football Quarterback Peyton Williams Manning born March 24, 1976 New Orleans, Louisiana. 2005 Pro Bowl MVP, Super Bowl MVP (XLI)# Fastest ever to reach 10,000 yards passing, # Fastest ever to reach 30,000 yards passing. Prior to each play in a football game, the offensive team generally huddles; however, Manning and the Colts occasionally skip the huddle, instead using a hurry-up offense with numerous audibles at the line of scrimmage. It is also said when he gets in the groove, he can foresee the defense planned moves.


Worldwide Financial Group, California and Nevada
 Bulletin Board Complaint
  Classified Ads---Senior Management
 Southern California Leasing Gypsies
  by Christopher Menkin
   Trucking Repos Decline, But Why? Castagna Explains
 Leasing is at least not going down as fast as before
  by Christopher Menkin
   Cartoon---Cruise Line Ship
 Orion First Financial Joins the “Back Office” list
Sales makes it Happen---by a Successful Salesman
 7 Reasons to Do Business With me
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
   Body Language Speaks Volumes on a Job Interview
 Frontier Bank, Everett, Washington in Trouble
  Reward Available as IRS Tackles Return Preparer Fraud
   (wrap-up of tax preparer convictions)
 Braintree, Massachusetts---Adopt a Dog
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 Court papers place Arrow Truck assets at $8.55 million
  Mack ranks as 2009’s top truck exporter
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Worldwide Financial Group, California and Nevada
Bulletin Board Complaint

January 12, 2010 Sanel Seremet of DSL Express Trucking, Riverview, Florida signed a lease for a White, 2006 Volvo VNL 670 Sleeper truck, costing $35,000 with Worldwide Financial Group, 45 Encantado Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, California (which Google shows as a condominium) and also provided a cashiers check for $2,462.54 which was first and last and $125 processing fee, cashed by Worldwide Financial Group by their Nevada Bank. The company also has a 9041 Sunny Hills Court, Las Vegas, Nevada 89147 address (which Google shows as a residential house.)

February 22, 2010 Leasing News tried to reach Mr. Rodney Kim, listed by the BBB as president, and also communication from DSL showed as the only contact.

March 8, 2010 Mr. Kim told Leasing News he was waiting for financial statements, didn't know the DSL Express wanted their money returned, and said he would send them a check right away.

March 18 the check was not received, and two telephone calls were made on each day of March 18, 19, 20 and 22, with no response.

Worldwide Financial Group
45 Encantado Canyon
(714) 580-0721
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Worldwide Financial Group
9041 Sunny Hills Court
(714) 580-0721
Las Vegas, Nevada 89147

Rodney Kim - President
License for finance leasing in California or Nevada not found
Does not appear to belong to a leasing association.


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(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of columns. Opinions
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Southern California Leasing Gypsies
by Christopher Menkin

This is not fiction but can be collaborated as Leasing News has received complaints about two of the operations, and also was aware of the parent operation, who settled complaints.

Two of these companies are members of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers.

Last year the owner of a Southern California leasing company had a meeting with the sales reps explaining they were going out of business soon because of lack of cash flow. He explained the lenders were no longer approving their deals and cutting them off as a broker. He instructed all the sales staff to close as many deposit checks as they could in the remaining few months until they were going to be kicked out of the office space.

The owner explained he would give 40% of the deposit to the rep knowing they would be able to file BK and the client would not have a chance to request or receive the refund. There were 12 reps in this meeting and within 2 months they had gathered over $150,000 in deposit checks.

According to one of the sales reps who was present, "The owner then closed the doors and once the company was closed the owner stiffed all the reps and explained he needed the money for future legal fees. He is now operating a different corp. out of his home and got away with the 150k in deposits.

"From this company at least 5 other small broker shops were opened by the former reps of this company. Southern California is now full of these companies that know full well they call get away with not returning large 10k plus deposit checks from clients all over the country. These reps simply use a PO Box as their physical address and use fake names on the phone so that they can deflect any issues or complaints. They do not register with the BBB so that the clients have no way of complaining. They also use fax marketing under a fake company name so they can avoid marketing lawsuits."

Two of the members belong to the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers.  Several have incorporated and believe if it gets too hot, they can move on to another corporation and address.

They all get together for beers and to trade war stories such as who was able to obtain the highest documentation fee, and how they tricked various leasing companies, likening their lifestyle to Gypsies.  Several have been called by local police, a district attorney, but there has been no action as almost all the victims are out of state.

Leasing News was told, "These brokers all know the police, the BBB, the FBI, and their banks can do nothing to force them to return the funds."

Many of the tactics are similar to what brought down Jim Raeder and Mark McQuitty's CapitalWerks, as well as Adam Zuckerman of Brickbanc, but the different is aiming more toward obtaining first and last rather than a disguised "sale/leaseback."

There are other Southern California leasing companies who specifically target credits that will not go forward, but obtain first and last and a processing and documentation fee over $500, sometimes approaching $795, which is never returned as per the conditions of the proposal.

The intention was never to get the lease approved, but collect the documentation and proposal fee.  One such company was recently expelled from the National Association of Equipment Leasing


Trucking Repos Decline, But Why?
Castagna Explains


Trucking repos are down 55% from the previous year.

Ed Castagna, president Nassau Asset Management states that trucking repos have fallen from 2008 levels and ponders if this is an early indicator that the health of the trucking industry is starting to improve.

Mr. Castagna is quoted as saying: “These numbers indicate some relief for the battered trucking and machine tool verticals of the equipment leasing sector, but that relief has yet to spread to other important sectors.”

"Now while I do agree that we may be at the bottom of the cycle and hope that we will see used truck values increase, and orders for new trucks also increase...Is this a sign that things are improving or is this an indication that the used market has fallen so far that lenders don't want the equipment back."

Castagna sites the Freight statistics:

"To me this statistics reflect the way things feel  - Not getting worse or much better," he adds." The improving trend is so slight and gradual  you can barely notice it. Most sources will agree this is the way it’s going to be for a while."

It is true most banks and finance lenders are shying away from not only new trucks, but especially used trucks.

A reader points out the market has a lot of "pent-up" demand, as evidenced by the bankrupt Arrow Truck auction last Friday: articleid=20100319_11_A1_Thetop596745&rss_lnk=11 


Leasing is at least not going down as fast as before
by Christopher Menkin

(Leasing News Chart)

Despite the effort to be positive about the change in equipment leasing, the trend continues down, not up. It went from $3.4 million in January to $3.2 million in February. Regrettably that is far below any of the four quarters in 2009, let alone 2008.

So while the recession appears to be technically over, there is no joy in Mudville as leasing is still striking out.

Banks remain tight and concerned about their own liquidity and seem to be more active in purchasing banks in trouble from the FDIC (some are being arm twisted). These failing banks the FDIC are closing mostly have not had a profit in two years, some in three years, equity has really decreased, Tier 1’s are a mess, some even negative, and the main culprit from Bank Beat observation are commercial real estate and development loans, and individual loans, not just foreclosed residential mortgages that are plaguing the major financial mortgage industry. Until the banks are more “comfortable,” look for securitization and even private money to remain “conservative” for use of perhaps a better street description.

The quote in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) February MLFI-25 report from Thomas Jaschik, President, BB&T Equipment Finance, Towson, MD., who is also on the ELFA board of directors, basically sums up the MLFI-25 report findings very well plus expresses what those in the industry also are feeling:

“The fact that February new business volume is down compared to February 2009's anemic numbers tells you that we still have a long way to go in the economic recovery,” he said.

“Businesses continue to lack the confidence to make substantial investments in capital equipment. The increase in delinquencies and charge-offs from January to February has a seasonal factor associated with it, but is not a trend you like to see given the run up in these two items in 2009.”

Ralph Petta, ELFA interim President. said: “Hopefully, as we move in to the second quarter of the year and beyond, this growth trend continues and is sustainable."

New business volume is February data showing a noticeable increase in delinquencies.

Receivables over 30 days rose significantly when compared to both the prior month and year-earlier period.

(ELFA Chart -click image for larger view)

Charge-offs increased to 1.89 percent, up from 1.68 percent in the prior month.

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Credit approvals decreased to 69 percent in February, up from 65.0 percent in the same period the prior year. Almost half of participating organizations reported submitting fewer transactions for approval during the month.

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Total headcount for equipment finance companies decreased by one percent in the January-February period.

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And, once again, the construction and trucking transportation industries led the underperforming sectors.

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As reported in Monday's edition, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI), for March was down slightly to 60.1, compared to February 2010 index of 60.6:

ELFA MLFI-25 Participants

ADP Credit Corporation
Bank of America
Bank of the West
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
De Lage Landen Financial Services
Dell Financial Services
Fifth Third Bank
First American Equipment Finance
Hitachi Credit America
HP Financial Services
John Deere Credit Corporation
Key Equipment Finance
Marlin Leasing Corporation
National City Commercial Corp.
RBS Asset Finance
Regions Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc.
US Bancorp
Tygris Vendor Finance
Verizon Capital Corp
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance



Joins the “Back Office” list


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Additional Services Offered

Yearly Volume


Major Clients

Orion First Financial, LLC
David Schaefer

David T. Schaefer, President
Lease & Loan invoicing, payment processing, sales & property tax reporting, collections, workouts, repossessions & remarketing as well as credit underwriting, portfolio valuation, credit/loss analysis and due diligence procedures
United States
Contact us for client list

Complete “Back Office” List:


Sales makes it Happen
by a Successful Salesman

7 Reasons to Do Business with me

The great majority of our leases are referrals, some from vendors, and some from direct advertising and mailing.

Sixty-five percent of our business is repeat. We must be doing something right, wouldn't you agree? We get a lot of referrals (most likely the person we are addressing has been referred).

We have experience in advising you on accepting equipment, making sure it is what you ordered and what you wanted. What appears to be simple is often not as simple as it appears.

We have been in business for 10 years. We mention previous customers, tell them to call for referral, etc.

We are there after the equipment is paid for. We make sure there are no extra payments made. We don't charge for early payoffs or termination fees, and if you sell the business or experience late charges or insurance problems, we will be there for you. We want your business. We want you to come back to us. We want you to refer us to others. Our attitude is we will treat you the way we would like to be treated and should be treated.

We are competitive. You are not paying extra for this. We want to give you the best we can. We want you to come back. We look at this as a long term relationship, not just a one time sale.

We like to collect financial statements so we can set up a larger lease line of credit, and you won't have to go through this all the time. All you need to do is call us on the telephone. We know you. We want to understand your business. The majority of our customers come back to us because we make leasing easy for them. We don't give you any hassles.

Previous Sales Makes It Happen articles:

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


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Body Language Speaks Volumes on a Job Interview

By Karl Rozemeyer

Actors know that body language speaks volumes, and the good ones use it subtly to persuade the audience.

Poses, positions and postures tell the audience what to think about the character.

A job interview is no different, said Jodie Bentley, owner and co-founder of The Savvy Actor, a firm that coaches actors on the business of acting and teaches them how to market themselves. Your body language tells the interviewer things about you.

"I think it is important to have body awareness before you go into an interview," she said. There are many actions and habits that we should consider doing or avoid doing to tell the right story during the interview setting.

Actor John Treacy Egan, featured in such Broadway hits as "The Producers" and "The Little Mermaid," demonstrates some of the body-language tricks he uses and avoids on stage.

"Practice these, and you will take it over," he said. "It's like muscle matter."

Full Article with Photo's of Body Language:


Frontier Bank, Everett, Washington in Trouble

Frontier Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FTBK), the financial holding company for Frontier Bank, announced that Frontier Bank has received from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a Supervisory Prompt Corrective Action Directive (Directive) due to the Bank's critically undercapitalized status.

The Directive requires that within 30 days of the effective date of the Directive, or by April 15, 2010, the Bank must either recapitalize by the sale of shares or obligations so that the Bank will be adequately recapitalized, or accept an offer to be acquired by another institution.

The Directive also reiterates a number of restrictions already imposed on the Bank by the regulators, prohibiting the Bank from accepting or renewing brokered deposits, increasing assets, paying dividends, increasing compensation or paying bonuses to directors or officers, opening, relocating or selling new offices, and requiring the Bank to comply with certain restrictions on interest rates and transactions with affiliates. The Bank was already subject to these restrictions prior to the issuance of the Directive, and key elements of the Bank's strategic plan have included the reduction in its asset base and brokered deposits.

Last week, Frontier restated its 2009 financial results, increasing its loss to $295.1 million from the $258.8 million it initially reported. The higher loss occurred mainly because the FDIC ordered Frontier Bank to put aside an additional $30 million to cover the expected future cost of bad loans.

Frontier Bank's Tier 1 is 1.65%. The bank may make this Friday’s list as more local banks find themselves in the same position.

Frontier states it has been aggressively reducing its concentration in real estate acquisition, development and construction loans and nonperforming loans. Frontier is attempting to raise additional capital which began in the fourth quarter of 2008, when an investment banking firm was retained to assist in raising capital and deleveraging its balance sheet. In view of the recent FDIC action, raising the capital does not seem likely.

vendor fraud:

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Reward Available as IRS Tackles Return Preparer Fraud

(Here also is a wrap-up of tax preparer convictions. editor)

LOS ANGELES – While most tax return preparers provide excellent service to their clients, the Internal Revenue Service urges people to be very careful when choosing a return preparer this filing season.

"Income tax return preparers occupy a unique position in our system of taxation. Their position is unique in that they are trusted by their clients to help them pay the least amount of tax allowed under the law and they are trusted by the IRS to follow the law," said Leslie P. DeMarco, Special Agent in Charge of IRS - Criminal Investigation's Los Angeles Field Office. "The key is the law. Those return preparers that violate the law, for their own benefit or for the benefit of themselves and their clients, will be prosecuted. As a part of its national strategy, IRS - Criminal Investigation is committed to identifying, investigating, and prosecuting those income tax return preparers who exploit our nation's tax laws and violate the public trust for their own personal financial gain."

Helpful Hints When Choosing a Return Preparer

  • Be cautious of tax preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.

  • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund. Use a reputable tax professional who signs the tax return and provides a copy.

  • Consider whether the individual or firm will be around to answer questions about the preparation of the tax return months, or even years, after the return has been filed.

  • Check the person’s credentials. Only attorneys, certified public accountants (CPAs) and enrolled agents can represent taxpayers before the IRS in all matters, including audits, collection and appeals. Other return preparers may only represent taxpayers for audits of returns they actually prepared.

  • Find out if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization that provides its members with continuing education and resources and holds them to a code of ethics.

Reputable preparers will ask to see receipts and will ask multiple questions to determine whether expenses, deductions and other items qualify. By doing so, they are trying to help their clients avoid penalties, interest or additional taxes that could result from an IRS examination.

Recently, a Gardena return preparer was sentenced to spend 72 months in federal prison after being convicted of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, causing a loss to the government of more than $2.7 million. Additionally, a National City return preparer was sentenced to 65 months in prison for preparing false tax returns.

The following are summaries of recent return preparer investigations in the greater Southern California area:

Gardena Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison

Los Angeles – On Monday, February 22, 2010, in United States District Court in Los Angeles, James Otis Swift, a Gardena tax return preparer was sentenced to spend 6 years in federal prison after being convicted of aiding and assisting others in the preparation of false income tax returns.

According to his plea agreement, from 2003 through 2008, Swift willfully prepared hundreds of false income tax returns for clients for the tax years 2002 through 2007, claiming inflated deductions for charitable contributions, unreimbursed employee and business expenses, personal property taxes, and home mortgage interest payments. Swift specifically inflated deductions for home mortgage interest, which his clients claimed on their tax returns, by more than $12.5 million.

The resulting tax loss to the government, based upon the falsified mortgage interest deductions and the tax loss from one client’s fraudulent charitable contribution deduction, totals more than $2.7 million.

National City Owner of Fe’s Tax Service Sentenced to Serve 65 Months in Federal Prison
Prepared False Return for IRS Undercover Agent

San Diego – On March 1, 2010, Fe S. Garrett, a resident of National City, Calif., was sentenced to serve 65 months in prison and ordered to pay $377,468 in restitution by U.S. Judge M. James Lorenz in San Diego. In August 2009, Garrett was convicted of filing false individual tax returns, failure to pay taxes, and multiple counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns following a nine-day trial.

For tax years 2001 and 2002, Garrett prepared at least 18 federal income tax returns for her clients that were false as to material matters in that the tax returns claimed fraudulent itemized deductions, child care expenses and Schedule E real estate rental expenses in amounts that she knew her clients were not entitled to claim.

Additionally, Garrett was a licensed tax return preparer and licensed real estate broker who operated a tax return preparation and bookkeeping business and a real estate financing business. Garrett failed to report over $300,000 of her business gross receipts from those businesses on her federal income tax returns for tax years 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

Garrett also prepared a false tax return for an undercover IRS agent that included false items similar to those on her client’s returns. In a recording presented at trial, Garrett was heard describing her “style” of preparing tax returns using “loopholes” for claiming deductions on income tax returns.


Daughters of Rialto Tax Return Preparer Each Sentenced to 72 Months in Federal Prison
Father previously sentenced to serve 108 months in prison

Riverside, California – On October 5, 2009, the daughters of the patriarch of an income tax preparation business were sentenced in United States District Court in Riverside to spend 72 months in federal prison.

Karen Denise Berry of San Bernardino and Carla Denine Berry of Rialto were each sentenced to serve 72 months in federal prison followed by 36 months supervised release. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen G. Larson also ordered both Karen and Carla Berry to pay $14,000,000 in restitution to the IRS.

Their father, Matthew Carl Berry, a Rialto tax return preparer was previously sentenced to serve 108 months in federal prison, 36 months on supervised release, and ordered to pay over $15 million in restitution to the IRS, after having been previously convicted at trial on charges that he conspired with others to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and filed false personal income tax returns for the years 2001, 2002, and 2004.

Co-conspirators Ivan Taylor Johnson and Valerie Madel Dixon also pleaded guilty to charges contained in the indictment. Johnson was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $19,034,901. Valerie Dixon was sentenced to five years probation, including 10 months home detention, and was also ordered to pay restitution to the IRS of $19,034,901.

According to court papers, the false returns prepared for clients by Matthew Berry, in conjunction with the returns prepared by Karen Berry, Carla Berry, Ivan Johnson, and Valerie Dixon, caused losses of more than $45,000,000 in tax revenue to the IRS.

Chula Vista Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Tax Evasion
Faces 25 years in prison and fines totaling $350,000

San Diego – On March 8, 2010, tax return preparer David Canales pled guilty before United States District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion in connection with a scheme to defraud his clients out of more than $1 million.

According to the plea agreement, between 2001 and 2008, Canales operated a tax preparation and bookkeeping business in Chula Vista, California. Canales admitted that he controlled two bank accounts in the fictitious business names, “International Recovery Systems/IRS” and “Freight Transport Brokers/FTB."

Canales further admitted that he falsely represented to his clients that they owed substantial amounts of tax to the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board and directed his clients to write checks to “IRS” and “FTB.”

In his plea, Canales admitted that instead of forwarding these checks and the tax returns to the IRS and FTB, Canales deposited the checks into his own “IRS” and “FTB” bank accounts and either did not submit the clients’ returns to the relevant taxing authority or submitted different returns showing little or no tax due and owing.

Canales admitted that he caused losses in excess of $1,000,000 and willfully evaded payment of income taxes on $457,653 in income he earned for the tax years 2003-2007.

Other recent cases in the Southern California area include:

- Christopher Daniel Laza, in conjunction with co-defendant Robert Dean Larsen, worked for Larsen’s Tax Pros at various locations in San Bernardino County and operated Laza’s Tax Service in Apple Valley. As a part of their scheme to defraud the IRS, Larsen and Laza prepared income tax returns for clients that contained one or more false statements. The items on the returns that Larsen and Laza prepared for clients that contained false statements included taxes paid, mortgage interest paid, charitable contributions, unreimbursed employee business expenses, business losses, and investment losses. In total, Larsen’s and Laza’s scheme resulted in more than 2,500 false tax returns being prepared for clients, resulting in a tax loss to the United States of at least $3.5 million. If convicted of all the charges contained in the indictment, both Larsen and Laza face 62 years in federal prison and fines totaling $2,150,000

- Haroon Amin, of Upland, faces a statutory maximum 5 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 after pleading guilty to charges that he conspired to defraud the United States in connection with an income tax preparation scheme in which more than $2 million in income tax refunds were claimed. His co-conspirator, Ather Ali, of Diamond Bar, who also pleaded guilty in this scheme, similarly faces 5 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

- Pablo Amesquita, a self-employed tax preparer doing business as “Tax & Weddings,” located in San Ysidro, California, faces a maximum of 6 years in federal prison and fines totaling $200,000 when sentenced later this year. Amesquita previously pled guilty in federal court in San Diego to two felony counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false tax returns for tax years 2005 and 2006. Amesquita admitted in his guilty plea that in preparing tax returns for his clients for the 2005 and 2006 tax years, he knowing and willfully falsified and exaggerated itemized deductions claimed on the returns in an attempt to defeat a total of approximately $65,096 and $80,227 in additional taxes due and owing to the United States in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

- Rosa Isela Naranjo, 34, of San Fernando, operator of Irma’s Tax Service, admitted in her plea agreement that she falsified information on her clients’ tax returns in order to generate fraudulent tax refunds and to under report her clients’ tax liability to the IRS. Naranjo also admitted that, with respect to ten of her clients, she stole their tax refund payments by advising them that they did not qualify for a tax refund and showing them tax returns that did not claim a refund. When sentenced, Naranjo faces a statutory maximum 30 years in federal prison and fines totaling $1,000,000 or more

- Henry W. Johnson, a resident of Hesperia, and Jesse A. Felix, of Monterey Park, were sentenced on August 17, 2009, for one count each of willfully assisting or advising another person in the preparation of an income tax return that was false, in violation of Title 26 U.S.C. Code section 7206(2). Johnson was sentenced to serve 5 years probation, 3 months home detention, 300 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a fine of $3,000; Felix was sentenced to serve 5 years probation, 3 months home detention, and ordered to pay a fine of $8,000.

In related cases, Estella Ruiz was sentenced to serve one year probation and pay a fine of $3,600; Eric V. Carino and Dina O. Carino were both sentenced to serve 12 months probation for their role in criminal tax fraud; Albert Luna entered his guilty plea and was sentenced Patrick J. Walsh, to serve 18 months probation.

- Arnold C. Libman, of Rosemead, a licensed CPA since 1973, was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison followed by 1 year supervised release, and ordered to pay a fine of $250,000 and restitution of $100,000 to the IRS, after pleading guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.

- Maria Ophelia Pinzon-Virula, of Paramount, a Long Beach tax preparer, was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal custody and one year of probation for preparing and filing false income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Pinzon-Virula was also ordered to pay approximately $223,709 in restitution.

- Tu Ky Huynh, aka Tiffany Huynh, of Westminster, California was sentenced to serve 16 months in federal prison and to spend three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and making false statements to the IRS. Huynh agreed to make full restitution in the amount of $100,545.00 in losses caused by her fraudulent activities.

About the IRS’ Return Preparer Program
The IRS Return Preparer Program focuses on enhancing compliance in the return-preparer community by investigating and referring criminal activity by return preparers to the Department of Justice for prosecution. The IRS can also assert appropriate civil penalties against unscrupulous return preparers.

Additional information on return preparer fraud can be found on the internet at the following link:,,id=217788,00.html and at the IRS’ Return Preparer Compliance and Enforcement link at,,id=217928,00.html

Where Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?
If you suspect tax fraud or know of an abusive return preparer, you can report the subject directly to IRS – Criminal Investigation in person at one our local offices or over the phone. In the Los Angeles area, you can call (213) 576-3232 and in San Diego (619) 615-9079 to report suspected tax fraud.

Additionally, you can report suspected tax fraud online using IRS Form 3949-A, Information Referral. You can download Form 3949-A from the Web site at or call 1-800-829-3676 to order the form by mail. Send the completed form, or a letter detailing the alleged fraudulent activity, to Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888. Please include specific information about who you are reporting, the activity you are reporting and how you became aware of it, when the alleged violation took place, the amount of money involved and any other information that might be helpful to an investigation. Although you are not required to identify yourself, it is helpful to do so. Your identity can be kept confidential. You may also be entitled to a reward.

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Braintree, Massachusetts---Adopt a Dog

Breed: Great Pyrenees Mix
Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
Color: White
Sex: Male
Age: Young

already neutered
good with kids
good with dogs
good with cats
up to date with shots

LUTHER's story...

"Luther is a full bred Great Pyranese that is approximately 10 months old and weighing 104#. He was surrendered into rescue as an Owner surrender (he liked the chickens on the farm TOO much). So we think a fowl-free home would be better for him. He is now living the life of luxury and awaiting his forever home.

“ In his current foster home he has full access to a doggie door and uses it to do his business outside. He doesn’t seem to mind the resident cats but will occasionally chase the birds that land to try and “steal” his snacks in his kennel. He is super friendly and loves attention. His favorite thing to do is go for walks with his foster dad through the woods and enjoy the sights.

“He holds true to the Gentle Giants that this breed is known. Other traits of this breed are the tendency to keep an eye on their family. They will walk around to make sure everyone is where they should be before settling down for his own comfort.

“Luther has a brother who he loves very much and what a wonderful thing it would be if they could be placed together. However, this is not a requirement for Luther's adoption. His adoption fee is $425 and he will be microchipped before going to his new home. Luther is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and current on flea/tick and heartworm preventatatives."

Contact this rescue group to adopt LUTHER ...
Rescue Group: Rescue Angels, Inc.
Contact: Vickie
Phone: Please email this shelter below!
(They don't list their phone number here)

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Today's Top Event in History

1919-Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, author (Coney Island of the Mind), founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, born Yonkers, NY. Perhaps best known for opening a bookshop called the City Lights Pocket Book Shop. He described City Lights "as a place you could go in, sit down, & read books without being pestered to buy something." The store became a home for the Beat Generation of poets & writers, & Ferlinghetti also turned it into a publishing house -- the first to publish Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl. City Lights published it in 1957 and Ferlinghetti was immediately arrested on obscenity charges. He won the trial and went on to publish William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac & Paul Bowles. He wrote a pair of novels, two volumes of plays and over 10 books of poetry. Some say it was the birth of “Beatniks,” a term coin by the late columnist Herb Caen. Today it is a popular tourist attraction in North Beach. * Baseball Canto (at end)
(Also see Baseball Poems—here)


This Day in American History

    1663 - Charles II of England awarded lands known as Carolina in America to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration.
    1664 - Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.
    1765 - Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to 10,000 British soldiers in public and private buildings.
    1776- one week after the British troops under General William Howe evacuated Boston, General George Washington wrote a letter to the Continental Congress. General Washington expressed his "surprize and disappointment" that the British fleet had not departed the harbor and described its various exploits while still in the region.
    1788-In a popular referendum, Rhode Island rejected the new Constitution by a vote of 2,708 to 237. The state later (May 29, 1790) ratified the Constitution and ratified the Bill of Rights June 7, 1790.
    1825- American colonization of a new state was authorized by a law passed by the new Mexican state of Texas-Coahuila. In 1823, Stephen Austin had been given authorization by law and decree to bring settles into the region, but in 1924 ,a new republic was established in Mexico and a new constitution enacted. The new law gave the states conditions for colonization. This was the start of “Texas.”
    1837-Canada legally recognizes Black suffrage, thus begins one of the Underground Railroads final destination toward freedom.
    1852 -the Susquehanna River ice bridge at Havre de Grace, Maryland began to break up after 40 days of use. A total of 1738 loaded freight cars were hauled along the rails laid on the ice.
    1855-Andrew W. Mellon, American financier, industrialist, government official (Secretary of the Treasury), art and book collector born at Pittsburgh, PA. Died Aug 27, 1937, at Southhampton, NY.
    1874-Harry Houdini, Magician and escape artist. Born at Budapest, Hungary, died at Detroit, MI, Oct 31, 1926. Lecturer, athlete, author, expert on history of magic, exposer of fraudulent mediums and motion picture actor. Was best known for his ability to escape from locked restraints (handcuffs, straitjackets, coffins, boxes and milk cans). Anniversary of his death (Halloween) has been the occasion for meetings of magicians and attempts at communication by mediums.
    1883 - Long distance telephone service began between Chicago and New York.
    1898 - The first United States automobile was sold. Mining engineer Robert Allison paid $1,000 for a Winton.
    1898-Dorothy Constance Straton, Dorothy Constance Stratton, born at Brookfield, MO, was instrumental during WWII in organizing the SPARS, the women's branch of the US Coast Guard (authorized Nov 23, 1942). Under Lieutenant Commander Stratton's command some 10,000 women were trained for supportive noncombatant roles in the Coast Guard. SPARS was dissolved in 1946 after the war had ended. Stratton worked with many women's organizations, including the Girl Scouts as national executive director in the '50s.
    1900-Birthday of trumpet player June Clark, Long Ranch, NJ.
    1904-Pianist Pete “Boogie-Woogie” Johnson Birthday
    1912 - Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. By late February of that year Kansas City had received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas.
    1919-Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, author (Coney Island of the Mind), founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, born Yonkers, NY. Perhaps best known for opening a bookshop called the City Lights Pocket Book Shop. He described City Lights "as a place you could go in, sit down, & read books without being pestered to buy something." The store became a home for the Beat Generation of poets & writers, & Ferlinghetti also turned it into a publishing house -- the first to publish Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl. City Lights published it in 1957 and Ferlinghetti was immediately arrested on obscenity charges. He won the trial and went on to publish William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac & Paul Bowles. He wrote a pair of novels, two volumes of plays and over 10 books of poetry. Some say it was the birth of “Beatniks,” a term coin by the late columnist Herb Caen. Today it is a popular tourist attraction in North Beach. * Baseball Canto ( at end)
    1902-John Wesley Powel, American financier, industrialist, government official (Secretary of the Treasury), art and book collector born at Pittsburgh, PA. Died Aug 27, 1937, at Southhampton, NY.
    1905 -the temperature at Valley Head, Alabama fell to 18 degrees below zero. This was the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alabama until January 1966.
    1912 - Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. By late February of that year Kansas City had received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas
    1922-Singer King Pleasure born Oakdale, Tenn. Best known for his 1953 hit, “Moody's Mood for Love.” Died 1992.
    1922-- Birthday of Dave Appell, Arranger for big bands: Benny Carter, Earl ‘Fatha´ Hines; TV music director, record producer, singer, songwriter, musician with Dave Appell and the Applejacks.
    1928-Birthday of tenor sax player Evelyn Young, Memphis, TN
    1929-Dr. Roger Bannister born, distance runner, broke the 4-minute-mile record in 1954, born Harrow, Middlesex, England, Mar 24, 1929.
    1930 - The recently discovered ninth planet was given the name Pluto.
    1932-Birthday of piano player Dave Mackay, Syracuse, NY

    1936-The Longest NHL Game. Mud Bruneleau of the Detroit Wings scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period to end the longest game in National Hockey League history. The goal gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Montereal Maroons in a Stanley Cup semifinal game. Detroit won the series, three games to none, and went on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leaves in the finals.
    1941 - Glenn Miller started work on his first film for 20th Century Fox, "Sun Valley Serenade".
    1942-Birthday of Jesus Maria (Jay” Alou, former baseball player, born Haina, Dominican Republic.
    1944 - The first Civilian Exclusion Order issued by the Army is issued for the Bainbridge Island area near Seattle. The forty-five families there are given one week to prepare. The island's oldest, continuously operating farm -- established in 1928 -- is owned by 75-year-old Akio Suyematsu, who grows strawberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. World War II brought one of the saddest chapters of island history -- the nation's first forced evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them American citizens. On President Roosevelt's authority the army forced some 240 people, including Suyematsu's family, to leave -- mainly for California internment camps. They received a week's notice in March 1942 to dispose of their property.By the end of October, 108 exclusion orders would be issued, and all Japanese Americans in Military Area No. 1 & the California portion of No. 2 incarcerated.
mass escape of WWII occurs at Stalag Luft III when 76 allied airmen tunneled out. Only 3 made it home.
    1945-Billboard magazine, the music trade publication, began the pop music record chart this day in No. 1 hit in the pop chart was Nat King Cole's “King Cole Trio.”
    1949- the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave Oscars to who were father and son,the only time this has happened: Walter Houston, who won the best supporting actor award, and his son, John Huston, who won the award for the best director, both for “The Treasure of Sierra Madre. The film also received the award for the best screenplay. Ironically, the first time a husband and wife win Oscars, this has happened, the same year, Oscar winners who were husband and wife: Sir Laurence Oliver for his performance in “Hamlet”, beating out Humphrey Bogart, and his wife, Vivien Leigh, who received hers on February 29, 1940, for her performance in “Gone with the Wind.” On March 20, 1952, she received a second Oscar for her part as Blance du Bois in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
    1949- Steve Lang, bass guitarist with the Canadian rock group April Wine, was born. Lang joined the band in 1975, replacing Jim Clench. Lang was with April Wine when they shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo nightclub in Toronto in 1977. April Wine was Canada's leading touring band of the 1970's, but the band failed to have much of an impact in the U.S.
    1951-Brithday of 49er Coach Dennis Erickson, born Everett, WA.
    1954-Birthday of cello player Hank Roberts, Terre Haute, IN.
    1955---Top Hits
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup - Nat ‘King' Cole
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
    1955 - On Broadway, Tennessee Williams's Southern drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, staged by Elia Kazan, debuted to mixed reviews; 694 performances.
    1958 - In Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley reported to local draft board 86, where he became US 53310761. Since Elvis was now ‘government property' as he served his time in the Army, Uncle Sam stood to lose approximately $500,000 in taxes each year Private Presley was in the Army. After receiving the standard GI haircut, he was quoted as saying "Hair today, gone tomorrow." Presley had actually received his draft notice the previous December, but was granted a 60- day deferment to complete the movie "King Creole." Some say rock 'n' roll died when Presley entered the service. Certainly, after he was discharged in March 1960, Presley himself was no longer a rock 'n' roll performer. He became primarily a movie star and middle-of-the-road singer, not touring, but performing mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    1959- The re-formed Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" is released on Atlantic Records. Not only is it the group's first disc with new lead singer Ben E. King replacing the departed Clyde McPhatter, but joining the production team are Herry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
    1960 - A United States appeals court ruled the novel, "Lady Chatterly's Lover", was not obscene and as such, could be sent via the mail.
    1962-Birthday of pianist Renee Rosnes Saskatchewan Canada
    1963---Top Hits
Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics
The End of the World - Skeeter Davis
He's So Fine - The Chiffons
Still - Bill Anderson
    1967--SINGLETON, WALTER K.  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1967. Entered service at: Memphis, Tenn. Born: 7 December 1944, Memphis, Tenn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Singleton's company was conducting combat operations when the lead platoon received intense small arms, automatic weapons, rocket, and mortar fire from a well entrenched enemy force. As the company fought its way forward, the extremely heavy enemy fire caused numerous friendly casualties. Sensing the need for early treatment of the wounded, Sgt. Singleton quickly moved from his relatively safe position in the rear of the foremost point of the advance and made numerous trips through the enemy killing zone to move the injured men out of the danger area. Noting that a large part of the enemy fire was coming from a hedgerow, he seized a machinegun and assaulted the key enemy location, delivering devastating fire as he advanced. He forced his way through the hedgerow directly into the enemy strong point. Although he was mortally wounded, his fearless attack killed 8 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the hedgerow. Sgt. Singleton's bold actions completely disorganized the enemy defense and saved the lives of many of his comrades. His daring initiative selfless devotion to duty and indomitable fighting spirit reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and his performance upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969-BRYANT, WILLIAM MAUD  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1969. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Born: 16 February 1933, Cochran, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Bryant, assigned to Company A, distinguished himself while serving as commanding officer of Civilian Irregular Defense Group Company 321, 2d Battalion, 3d Mobile Strike Force Command, during combat operations. The battalion came under heavy fire and became surrounded by the elements of 3 enemy regiments. Sfc. Bryant displayed extraordinary heroism throughout the succeeding 34 hours of incessant attack as he moved throughout the company position heedless of the intense hostile fire while establishing and improving the defensive perimeter, directing fire during critical phases of the battle, distributing ammunition, assisting the wounded, and providing the leadership and inspirational example of courage to his men. When a helicopter drop of ammunition was made to re-supply the beleaguered force, Sfc. Bryant with complete disregard for his safety ran through the heavy enemy fire to retrieve the scattered ammunition boxes and distributed needed ammunition to his men. During a lull in the intense fighting, Sfc. Bryant led a patrol outside the perimeter to obtain information of the enemy. The patrol came under intense automatic weapons fire and was pinned down. Sfc. Bryant single-handedly repulsed 1 enemy attack on his small force and by his heroic action inspired his men to fight off other assaults. Seeing a wounded enemy soldier some distance from the patrol location, Sfc. Bryant crawled forward alone under heavy fire to retrieve the soldier for intelligence purposes. Finding that the enemy soldier had expired, Sfc. Bryant crawled back to his patrol and led his men back to the company position where he again took command of the defense. As the siege continued, Sfc. Bryant organized and led a patrol in a daring attempt to break through the enemy encirclement. The patrol had advanced some 200 meters by heavy fighting when it was pinned down by the intense automatic weapons fire from heavily fortified bunkers and Sfc. Bryant was severely wounded. Despite his wounds he rallied his men, called for helicopter gunship support, and directed heavy suppressive fire upon the enemy positions. Following the last gunship attack, Sfc. Bryant fearlessly charged an enemy automatic weapons position, overrunning it, and single-handedly destroying its 3 defenders. Inspired by his heroic example, his men renewed their attack on the entrenched enemy. While regrouping his small force for the final assault against the enemy, Sfc. Bryant fell mortally wounded by an enemy rocket. Sfc. Bryant's selfless concern for his comrades, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1971---Top Hits
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
She's a Lady - Tom Jones
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
I'd Rather Love You - Charley Pride
    1972- Twelve years after it was first a #2 hit for Paul Anka, "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond climbs to #3 and goes gold. The tune also inspires lots of wisecracks about Osmond.
    1973 - Professional track debuted as Kip Keino beat Jim Ryun in the mile run at the International Track Association meet in Los Angeles, California.
    1973-The O'Jays followed their Billboard #3 hit, "Back Stabbers" by topping the chart with "Love Train".
    1974 - North Carolina State beat Marquette to win the NCAA basketball championship.
    1979---Top Hits
Tragedy - Bee Gees
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Heaven Knows - Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams
I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray
    1982 Five congregations in the eastern San Francisco Bay area became the first to declare themselves publicly as sanctuary churches, in an effort to help refugees from Central America establish themselves in the U.S. during political and military unrest in their native countries.
    1985 - The Golden Raspberry Awards, a parody of the Oscar Awards were presented. The movie, "Bolero" took home the top honors, for John and Bo Derek; who won for worst director and worst actress, respectively.
    1986- The 58th Academy Awards show was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. It took three hosts (Alan Alda, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams) to handle the MC duties this time. The Best Picture was "Out of Africa" (Sydney Pollack, producer). It also won Best Director (Sydney Pollack); Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Kurt Luedtke); Best Cinematography (David Watkin); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Stephen B. Grimes, Josie MacAvin); Best Sound (Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, Peter Handford); and Best Music/Original Score (John Barry). But "Out of Africa" didn't win everything. Other Oscars went to "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (Best Actor: William Hurt); "The Trip to Bountiful" (Best Actress: Geraldine Page); "Cocoon" (Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - his first Oscar) and "Prizzi's Honor" (Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston). The award for Best Music/Song was given to Lionel Richie for "Say You, Say Me" from "White Nights". Other memorable movies in 1985 (some Oscar winners, some not): "The Color Purple" (11 nominations - no Oscars), "Back to the Future", "Ladyhawke", "Rambo: First Blood Part II", "Agnes of God", "Silverado" and "Witness
    1987 - A winter-like storm in the central U.S. produced blizzard conditions from South Dakota to western Kansas. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at Neligh NE, with 19 inches at Winner SD. Winds gusting to 60 mph created twelve foot snow drifts in Nebraska stranding thousands on the highways
    1987---Top Hits
Lean on Me - Club Nouveau
Let's Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
I'd Still Be Loving You - Restless Heart
    1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to northeastern Texas. The thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured five persons near Raymondville MO
    1989-The tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground at Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of oil into one of nature's richest habitats.
    1989 - Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians. Cape Hatteras NC was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph at New York City.
    1990 - The storm system which produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley the previous day, spread heavy snow across parts of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Snowfall totals of 2.2 inches at Philadelphia PA and 2.4 inches at Atlantic City NJ were records for the date. Up to six inches of snow blanketed southern Ohio. In the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, snow coated the blossoms of cherry trees which had bloomed in 80 degree weather the previous week.
    1992 - Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.
    1992 -as of 2:45 am CST, International Falls, Minnesota had recorded 29.5 inches of snow for the month with snow still falling. This set a new monthly snowfall record for February. The old record was 29.0 inches set back in 1911. A new record was also set for winter season snowfall (Dec-Feb) with 68.5 inches. The old record was 67.9 inches set in 1990-91.
    1992 - On this date, a Chicago county circuit judge approved a settlement that meant refunds for thousands of fans of Milli Vanilli. Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, the dred-locked German pop duo, had admitted earlier that they had not sung on their Grammy Award-winning album, My Girl. They also confessed to lip-synching during their concerts. The two "singers" moved their lips and bodies in music videos and live concerts, while the recorded voices of unknown singers did the actual vocals. Under the settlement, buyers of Milli Vanilli compact discs would be entitled to $3 refunds, and cassette buyers could collect $2 refunds. It was estimated that the settlement could affect as many as 10 million people.
    1994--the Crystal Mountain ski resort in Washington State recorded 65 inches of snow in a 24 hour period, the state record for 24 hour snowfall.
    1996-The first astronaut who was a woman to live in a space station was biochemist Dr. Shannon W. Lucid, 53, of Bethany, OK. This day she transferred from Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir for a planned five-month stay. It was the first time the shuttle returned to earth with lone less person aboard than had been present at the launch. Lucid remained on the station for 188 days, the longest space sojourn by any American and any woman until that time. Her return was delayed more than six weeks by emergency repairs to the booster rockets of the Atlantis and by hurricane. She came home in the Atlantis, which touched down at Edwards Air Force Base, Uroc, CA, on September 26, 1996.
    1997 – At the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awarded prizes for the best of the movie biz in 1996. Comedian/actor Billy Crystal hosted this 69th awards show. Let's rip into the envelopes and get on with it. Best Picture: "The English Patient" (Saul Zaentz, producer); Best Director: Anthony Minghella for "The English Patient"; Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush for "Shine"; Best Actress: Frances McDormand for "Fargo"; Best Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding, Jr. for "Jerry Maguire"; Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient"; Best Music, Song: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics) for "You Must Love Me" from "Evita". And the Oscar goes to ... "The English Patient", "The English Patient", "The English Patient" ... for a total of 9 Oscars.
    2001- During an exhibition game against the Giants, Diamondback hurler Randy Johnson's fastball hits and instantly kills a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird appears to explode as the National League Cy Young winner's pitch sends it over catcher Rod Barajas' head.

NCAA Basketball Champions This Date

    1956 San Francisco
    1962 Cincinnati
    1980 Louisville


Baseball Poem

Birthday of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Baseball Canto

Watching baseball, sitting in the sun, eating popcorn,
reading Ezra Pound,
and wishing that Juan Marichal would hit a hole right through the
Anglo-Saxon tradition in the first Canto
and demolish the barbarian invaders.
When the San Francisco Giants take the field
and everybody stands up for the National Anthem,
with some Irish tenor's voice piped over the loudspeakers,
with all the players struck dead in their places
and the white umpires like Irish cops in their black suits and little
black caps pressed over their hearts,
Standing straight and still like at some funeral of a blarney bartender,
and all facing east,
as if expecting some Great White Hope or the Founding Fathers to
appear on the horizon like 1066 or 1776.

But Willie Mays appears instead,
in the bottom of the first, and a roar goes up as he clouts the first one
into the sun and takes off, like a foot runner from Thebes.
The ball is lost in the sun and maidens wail after him
as he keeps running through the Anglo-Saxon epic.
And Tito Fuentes comes up looking like a bullfighter
in his tight pants and small pointy shoes.
And the right field bleachers go mad with Chicanos and blacks and Brooklyn beer-drinkers,
"Tito! Sock it to him, sweet Tito!"
And sweet Tito puts his foot in the bucket
and smacks one that don't come back at all,
and flees around the bases like he's escaping from the United Fruit Company.
As the gringo dollar beats out the pound.
And sweet Tito beats it out like he's beating out sury,
not to mention fascism and anti-Semitism.
And Juan Marichal comes up, and the Chicano bleachers go loco again,
as Juan belts the first ball out of sight, and rounds first and keeps going
and rounds second and rounds third,
and keeps going and hits pay dirt
to the roars of the grungy populace.
As some nut presses the backstage panic button
for the tape-recorded National Anthem again,
to save the situation.

But it don't stop nobody this time,
in their revolution round the loaded white bases,
in this last of the great Anglo-Saxon epics,
in the territorial libre of Baseball.





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