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Friday, March 26, 2010

Singer/Actress Diana Ross (Diane Earle) born March 26, 1944 Detroit, Michigan. She has sold over 100 million records, and was nominated for best actress for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues." She was a close friend and longtime mentor of Michael Jackson, with whom she co-starred in the 1978 film version of the Broadway musical, The Wiz (a remake of The Wizard of Oz). After Jackson's sudden death on June 25, 2009, Ross was named in his will as the custodian of his children in the event of the death of his mother, Katherine Jackson.


Clarification: Southern California Leasing Gypsies
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 The Chuck Brazier-Gordon Roberts Connection
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Clarification: Southern California Leasing Gypsies

The story is NOT about Southern California Leasing, Tustin, California, owned and operated by Barbara Griffin for 18 years.

The story centered on a company that closed and before doing so, the owner told his “commission only” salesmen to go after "advance rental deposits" regardless whether they could do the lease and split the commission with 40% to the salesmen. When the company folded, the owner never made the split, left to form a new company and the salesmen went their separate ways to continue the plan to go after advance rentals. There is more to this story, but I will leave it out as certainly it will give away who the company was.

#1 Southern California Leasing, Tustin, California is still in business,
#2 The owner never was mentioned to be a female.

Two of the “companies” were in for consideration for a Bulletin Board Complaint and one has been resolved with their returning the Advance Rental. It was the original complaint that lead to discovering the “Gypsy Operation” and the salesman who left the group. A good portion was also confirmed with several of the individuals, and perhaps as important, the company that went out of business was well known to Leasing News and had also settled several complaints by returning Advance Rentals.

The concept of the Complaint Bulletin Board: if the complaint is resolved, it is not posted. The winner in the last ten years is CapitalWerks, who had over 50 bulletin board complaints, all money being returned and therefore none of the complaints were posted.

Leasing News has been criticized for signaling out Southern California leasing companies; however, it all started here with Amplicon, who taught a group of salesmen what to do, they formed other companies, and from there, formed others companies as did Jim Raeder and Mark McQuitty now awaiting a sentencing trial in Operation Fleece. They learned how to change purchase options, Evergreen Leases, and keeping Advance Rentals, even when they knew in advance the lease would never go forward, and promising “sale/leasebacks” for working capital. It was the interstate faxing that brought this group down with the majority turning state evidence for a reduced sentence (these sentence hearings most likely will be heard this year, sooner than you think.)

Leasing News was also given the names of the three main leasing funders deals they thought could go together were being sent to. More than likely, these deals are being looked at closely and it is not implied that the senders don’t have the experience to know what may be acceptable or not. The question that they are being supported by leasing companies who pass what they submit may be brought to the table, but the main purpose of the Bulletin Board Complaint is to act as an “action line” or “ombudsman,” and achieve a “settlement” or “conclusion,” and if posted, to give both sides to the issue.

Here is the basis of the article:
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."


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"Complaints" Bulletin Board
Customer Complaints ( These are postings for informational purposes. Any response, correction, addition, will be posted. We reserve the right to edit or delete any opinion that is not in good taste)

YEAR 2010
Ability Capital Solutions (“ACS” formerly “Matrix”) Long Beach, California
Bulletin Board Complaint
Matrix Business Capital, Long Beach, California
Bulletin Board Complaint
YEAR 2009
Benchmark Financial Groups, Aliso Viejo, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Benchmark Financial Groups, Aliso Viejo, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Benchmark Financial Groups, Aliso Viejo, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Benchmark Financial Groups, Aliso Viejo, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
Bulletin Board Complaint
Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Bulletin Board Complaint--Up-Date
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois
Bulletin Board Complaint--Up-Date
IFC Credit Corp. dba First Corp
Bulletin Board Complaint--Up-Date
IFC Credit Corp. dba First Corp.
Bulletin Board Complaint
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois
Bulletin Board Complaint
Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo , CA
Bulletin Board Complaint
Enterprising Capital Partners, Inc. dba
Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington

Bulletin Board Complaint
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois - Update
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois
American Capital Group, Inc. Irvine, California
YEAR 2008
Southwest Credit, San Antonio, TX
Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California
Omega Capital Partners, Austin, Texas
YEAR 2007
YEAR 2006

Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
American Equipment Finance, Warren , NJ

YEAR 2005

Ramsgate Leasing Systems, Bergenfield, NJ
Bridge Capital Leasing, Mission Viejo, CA

YEAR 2004

2nd Bulletin Board Complaint --- Phoenix Alliance, Dana point, Ca.
Alert---Harold Bishop, Inc. Summerville, Georgia
Lease *Alliance, Bloonfield Hills, MI. 10/4/2004
Titus Holding, Eureka, Montana 9/21/2004
Phoenix Alliance, Dana Point, Ca 9/16/2004
Union Capital, Irvine, California
Dimension Funding, Irvine, California
Bridge Capital, Lake Forest, California --- Third Bulletin Board Complaint
Bridge Capital, Lake Forest, California---Two Complaints

YEAR 2003

Avalon Southwest, Ken Hartley, Dallas Texas
Aventura Funding Corp. Dania, Florida 11/11/2003
Abacus Leasing --- 2/10/2003

YEAR 2002

Triangle Financial Services 12/3/2002
Precom “Rescinds” Acquisition of Saddleback Financial's Assets 8/21/2002
The Funding Tree Stories
---also see Bad Boys
Photoshop Owner: Open Complaint 7/16/2002
Saddleback Financial, Orange, CA-Salesmen/ Vendors Not Paid   7/3/2002

MSM Capital, Irvine, California 5/23/02---also see Bad Boys
Molloy and Associates/MonitorDaily Complaint 5/20/2002
Flex Lease, Plano, Texas Complaint 1/10/2002

YEAR 2001
Tribex Capital Resume Fraud 11/05/2001
Regional Sales Manager for Saddleback Financial  11/05/2001
Parker Leasing, Ft. Lauderdale,FL 10/08/2001
Fraud Alert Telecom Management Washington Communications 7/20/01
Ted Pierce---Colonial Pacific/GE Lament 7/11/01
Fraud Alert: Vector Services, Granite Bay, Ca. 7/3/01
U.S. Capital, Santa Barbara, California 2/14/2001
Lease Capital/Martin J. Barteske Complaint 1/06/2001
YEAR 2000
NAELB Expels Lease Capital Corporation/Principal Martin J. Barteske 11/16/2000
FMC Leasing Confirms Gibraltor Financial Complaint 10/05/2000

Gibraltor Financial Complaint 10/04/2000
Leasing Network Purchase Option Problems 7/26/2000

Universal Capital reported by Citation Financial 7/19/2000
Universal Capital Service 7/5/2000
Universal Finance/Manufacturing 6/12/2000
Metropolitan Group Question 6/1/2000

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BBB: Rating Leasing Companies

Companies, who are a division of a larger company, such as LEAF Specialty-Finance or Bank of the West Leasing or US Bank Manifest, often do not have a separate Better Business Bureau listing, or if a company has moved from one BBB area to another, there may not be a listing. Most ratings work by complaint, and if no complaint, and the leasing company has not registered, there will not be a BBB rating.

In addition, ratings are based on 36 months, but they do rate the last six months for the category.

Many BBB reports also show if the leasing company is licensed, as well as who to contact.

Here are some examples:


21st Century Leasing, San Diego, California

Allegiant Partners, San Rafael, California

Axis Capital, Grand Island, Nebraska

CharterCapital, Scottsdale, Arizona

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California

Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan


American Capital Group, Inc., Irvine, California

CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington

Northland Capital Financial Services, St. Cloud, Minnesota

United Leasing, Evansville, Indiana


Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

Jules & Associates, Los Angeles, California

Matrix Business Capital, Long Beach, California

Matsco Financial, Emeryville, California

Tristar Capital, Santa Ana, California

Southern California Leasing Inc., Tustin, California


Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

Great America Leasing, Cedar Rapid, Iowa

Providence Capital Funding, Brea, California

Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut


Balboa Capital, Irvine, California

Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington

Pawnee Leasing, Fort Collins, Colorado

TimePayment, Woburn, Massachusetts


Celtic Leasing, Irvine, California

TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota


Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey


Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, California (69 reports)

GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida (27 complaints, Florida AG story)

Find your company's BBB listing by going to and using your zip code first for the right division


True Story on Documentation Errors:
What Might Seem “Good Enough” Probably Isn’t

We’re all guilty of it, in both our personal and professional lives. We find what seems like a small, trivial mistake in a document we’re asked to sign or accept, and rather than taking the time to ask the other party to correct it, we simply accept the mistake and move on to something that seems more important. “The document seems good enough,” we say dismissively. “There’s almost no chance this tiny error could ever mean anything bad to me.”

Well consider the following real-life war story. I’ll use fictitious names to protect those who might otherwise be embarrassed:

Sloppy Assignor Corporation (SACORP) is a very small, one-man corporation who originates small-ticket leases and sells them almost immediately out of the gate. The owner of SACORP has another corporation it uses for various (unknown) other reasons. This second corporation has a very similar name: Sloppy Assignor Company (SACO).

SACORP writes a number of leases over time and sells them to a larger leasing company, which I’ll call Hasty Assignee Corporation (HAC). The leases name SACORP as the lessor, but by mistake (made in good faith), the documents of assignment use the name SACO as the seller. There is no question that HAC, sooner or later, noticed this error in the assignment documents, but it kept on buying the leases anyway, never asking for a correction. Apparently, to HAC, the assignment documents were “good enough.” The two different corporate names were “close enough.” The error was merely “technical.”

But eventually SACORP and SACO go out of business. Therefore HAC has no recourse back to SACO. Some of the lessees stop making payments, and HAC files simple collection lawsuits against them. Two of the lessees retain attorneys who catch the error in the assignment documentation. They claim that the assignments were defective and therefore that HAC has no interest in the leases and, thus, no right to sue.

The trial court ruled, essentially, that the assignment documents were “good enough.” But the intermediate appellate court disagreed. Chain-of-title in document is important, said the appellate court. This is not merely a “technicality,” said the appellate court in so many words. And just this past week, the state Supreme Court agreed. Too bad for HAC.

So lease purchasers remember: The name “John Doe Corp.” can’t pass for “John Doe Company” or “John Doe, Inc.” or any other string of alphabet

Michael Witt was Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo & Co and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Advanta Leasing Corporation. He is now in private practice in Iowa.
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The Chuck Brazier-Gordon Roberts Connection
by Christopher Menkin


When the Brican America, Miami, Florida advertising payments stopped, many of the dentists and optometrist attempted to cancel their leasing contracts as per the arrangement made with Brican where allegedly the lessors were aware of the arrangement.

Many things happened when this occurred. While this alleged Ponzi Scheme, as charged by Attorney Ron Gossett, representing at this time perhaps 300 dentists in a class action case, and it is growing, stopped cold to as many as 2,500 doctors, most of this happened in January, there were doctors who stopped making payments in November and December because to them the advertising payments stopped first. These were lessees with Brican Financial, an arm of Brican America with Chuck Brazier serving as president.

It was reported earlier that Brazier was the one attempting to sell a portfolio of leases. To fully understand how this was working and the involvement of M&R Leasing, Colorado, operated by Pat and Gordon Roberts, it goes back to in April when PFSC Financial, an arm of Professional Solutions, a major vendor of medical products in Clive, Iowa cut off Brican Financial with 1782 leases.

According to three ex-salesmen interviewed separately, they had gone from 200 to 300 leasing sales a month to 100 and then much less as Brazier could not find a home as news of a lawsuit between PFSC and Brican became public knowledge.

During this time, the salesmen guessed there were at least 40 leases not placed (a salesman who left in December gave this number.)

If 2,500 units were leases, the gross profit was $50 million, which perhaps some went to the spa’s and laser surgery centers that were being built and advertised on the monitors in the doctor’s office, and supposedly were paying the monthly lease payments.

Another salesman said it was about $1500 for the monitor and computer. The CD was already made, so very little cost, then there was the salesman’s commission as well as employee and officer overhead, as there were four IT technicians supporting the software and computer operation.

The problem was that there was only then $20,000 a month in lease payments coming in after the leases could not be sold off. As expressed by several doctors, instead of payments going to Brican America, they went to M&R Leasing. It appears some doctors reported not receiving advertising payments as early as September of last year. In February and March of this year, the doctors began hiring attorneys, starting a blog,sought and joined class action suits, and not only stopped payments to other leasing companies, but now also to Brican Financial.

Doctors reported on the blog they were recently then told by Gordon Roberts they can make monthly payments to M&R Leasing or Brican Financial; that Gordon Roberts basically told one doctor he was a "collection agency" for Brican America, although also a leasing company.

Brazier worked for Gordon Roberts at Centerpoint Leasing, Colorado, and the company was closed for several reasons, but mainly after Gordon Roberts was convicted for theft from the company. He now is offering discounts on the Brican Financial leases.

Stephen G. Blank, DDS, Port St. Lucie, Florida who started the BricanViso Blog on Google, reported on the blog, March 22, 2010:

"I just got a call from Mr. Brazier, very nice conversation. Verbally he told me they could offer to reduce the payment by the amount of the Viso lease to $258 a month for 58 months.

 "I advised him that I was concerned signing a lease with a company that may not be there very soon and then I would have a $14,964 TV set.

"The retainer check is in the mail."

The latest has a filing against Brican Financial by Ronald Gossett, Hollywood, Florida, who also has retained Michael Witt, Des Moines, Iowa as his co-counsel. (1).

He stated on the BriconViso Blog:

“ALL victims share most of the facts as alleged in my complaint. The only differences between the Brican/Brican lessees and the Brican/PSFS lessees are: (1) the complicity of PSFS in the fraud (which is immaterial in the Brican/Brican leases); and, (2) whether the PSFS leases were actually sales with security interests, thereby exposing PSFS to the Little FTC Act claims (again, immaterial to Brican/Brican leases).

“I have included all lessees in my group. As we get to the point for a summary judgment on the Brican/Brican leases, if the court grants a summary judgment, then the Brican/Brican clients will be through, and out of the group. In the meantime, all of the motion practice (motions to dismiss the complaint, etc.) and discovery will benefit both groups, and the cost of litigation will be spread over a larger group (with the Brican/Brican group you have compiled consisting of only 65 people benefiting from spreading the cost over many more).

“In my opinion, there is no need for a separate suit (which will be ultimately more expensive for the Brican/Brican lessees).”

Gossett’s main group already has over 300 professionals who have signed agreements, including presenting a $1,000 retainer fee. He is reportedly preparing another addendum for the next group of professionals.

As the BriconViso blog grows to 1,000, these are attorneys who also are filing cases representing their area of expertise, such as

David H. Charlip
1930 Harrison Street,  Suite  208
Hollywood, FL  33020
 1-800-773-1955     or    954-921-2131

There are also two attorneys out of California, one from New Jersey and one from Illinois. The number who have signed up is not known at this time.

In the meantime, the group has assigned calls to other blogs, dental associations, and is dividing up telephone lists to contact those lessees who have joined the legal action.

Calls and/or emals to attorneys and spokesman for Brican America and Professional Solutions have not been returned.

  1. Brican Financial Complaint:

Gordon R. Roberts Convicted of Theft

Brican America articles


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View on the Economy
by Brad Harmon, CLP – President, First Star Capital

(This originally appeared in a First Star Capital Newsletter and with permission is printed here)

The first quarter of the New Year is nearly complete and the proverbial green shoots continue to show themselves. Although the economy is showing clear signs of recovery, the banking sector may not fully recover to pre-recessionary levels anytime soon. It’s possible that the continued problems in the banking industry will substantially outlast the recession, resulting in a significantly suppressed availability of credit in a recovering economy.

I recently attended an Economic Forecast featuring Dr. Robert T. Parry, the previous President and CEO of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Here are a few highlights from Dr. Parry’s presentation:

  • The US Economy technically ended the great recession in July or August of 2009

  • The GDP increased by an impressive rate of 5.7% in the 4th quarter of 2009

  • Dr. Parry is expecting the US economy to continue to improve at the rate of 2% - 3% during 2010

  • Unemployment will remain stubbornly high through 2010

  • Business conditions will continue to improve, but at a much slower pace than we would like to see

Many of us in attendance commented on the recession obsession that seems to be prevalent in the media and the need to divorce ourselves from this mentality in order to collectively increase our economic forward momentum. Most people agree that history offers valuable lessons and nobody should discount the validity or relevance of our recent experiences. However, if our thoughts are focused on the past and what has already happened then we are invariably handicapping our ability to look forward and focus on opportunities that are taking shape and going to become available.

Over the last several months, First Star has been very encouraged by the trends in our portfolio of outstanding leases and loans as well as the amount of application activity in terms of new requests for equipment financing. Small and medium sized businesses have largely stabilized and have clearly begun to enter the next phase of the economic cycle – an upward phase. We have been continually approving and funding equipment financing requests that are thorough and compelling.

In last month's Newsletter we touched on the stricter credit granting guidelines that are in place and what it takes to receive an approval in today’s lending environment. This message was well received and can be accessed in our newsletter archives.

First Star is a healthy independent commercial lender and we are actively funding equipment acquisitions for small to medium sized companies in all 50 states. Because equipment leases provide some of the most flexible commercial financing terms available today many financial experts agree that equipment finance firms will spark the commercial lending turnaround in 2010 and beyond. Due to increasing demand and the positive trends that we expect to continue to experience this year we have added two more National Account Managers to our team. Tom Serio and David Allen are both established industry veterans that bring a wealth of experience and bright eyed optimism to First Star Capital.

Brad Harmon, CLP
(800) 604-4817

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ING Lease's German broker strategy on test
Brian Rogerson

ING Lease's reported plan to introduce UK-style broking into Germany has raised some eyebrows in the European leasing industry. Many observers point to the fact that locally-based finance brokers are largely a UK phenomenon - and that German lessors have traditionally preferred other routes to market.

John Howland-Jackson, chief executive of ING Wholesale Banking UK and the Middle East, has described the creation of an intermediary-led business in Germany as "a huge opportunity" which will come about as a result of "fundamental change in the German market" caused by funding constraints and "increased administrative demands due to new regulations".

Some ducked out

The decision comes after ING Lease loyally stood by its UK brokers whilst most other funders ducked out of the sector during the height of the current recession. As result of this continued support, ING Lease in the UK will be uniquely placed to source new business when the upturn comes, whilst its erstwhile competitors will struggle to regain the confidence of the broking sector.

However, in Germany broker activity has been limited by the very structure of the leasing industry. There are around 1,000 lessors in the country, mainly small in size, with the 190-member German leasing Association (BDL) contributing around 90% of all German leasing business. As a result, German lessors and lessees make little use of finance brokers although intermediation by brokers does play some role in the German middle-ticket market. One notable exception, however, is Suedleasing which customarily uses brokers as a new business source.

Experienced professionals

Historically UK finance brokers evolved from the market need to place new business proposals that initially were rejected by prime lenders. They were, and still are for that matter, staffed and invariably led by experienced ex-finance company professionals in possession of a sound entrepreneurial spirit. Once established, they became fleet of foot andere often able to out maneuver the far larger, less nimble, captives and bank-owned independents in terms of decision making and payment enabled certain volumes of prime business to be obtained - some of which was written on their own books. But at the end of the day they always depended upon the availability and support of their funding sources.

During the decade prior to the current recession, the trend was for UK lenders to reduce their branch networks in more or less direct proportion to their recruitment of locally-based brokers. As a result the broker model flourished and expanded.

A chance of success

One German lessor, however, believes that ING Lease has a fair chance of success in the broker arena. He told Asset Finance Europe: that although brokers traditionally play a small role in overall lending, and are often viewed as low-credit players (except where they have a definable specialist market niche such as in medical equipment), this could be about to change.

"The new regulations will have some impact on smaller lenders," he said, "with the result that many will struggle to comply and will possibly stop lending. At the end of 2008 there was virtually no regulation for German lenders - but by 2009 this had changed and BAFIIN (the German Regulator) had introduced many changes including the increased need for reporting and greater attention to risk management."

He added: "At the same time, funding is still a crucial issue for German lenders and the smaller ones are finding it difficult to leverage sufficient funds. These two elements, taken together, will possibly cause structural changes to German leasing. It has, however, yet to happen."

What has happened recently is that some German lessors are reported to be using broker-introduced business to augment their lending volumes. This had led to a changing, more accepting, view towards brokers. At the same time, as in the UK, many large German lessors have shed staff during the recession and some of these are likely to try their hand at starting their own broking operations.

"Although German brokers have not traditionally been particularly relevant so far as lessors have been concerned," the lessor concluded, "the time may have come for this to change and for ING Lease's strategy to succeed."

This article was reprinted with the permission of assetfinance/Europe.

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Fernando’s View
By Fernando F. Croce

Both “Greenberg” and “The Girl on the Train” offer mature, thoughtful entertainment for movie audiences, while “Sherlock Holmes,” “An Education” and “Red Cliff” give DVD watchers plenty of thrills, charm, and epic sweep.

Greenberg (Focus Pictures): Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) continues his string of bittersweet comedy-dramas with this caustic story of struggling romance between Southern California neurotics. Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is a fortysomething bachelor who, trying to rebuild his life after a nervous breakdown, gets a job as a housesitter and encounters old friends. Things start looking up when he meets Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer who works as his brother’s assistant and feels attuned to Greenberg’s feelings of confusion. But can the two stick together, or will their hang-ups and emotional quirks push them further apart? Humor and heartbreak are mixed in Baumbach’s customary mordant way in this droll and humane look at lost souls looking for happiness in an uncaring world.

The Girl on the Train (Strand Releasing): With several films together, director Andre Techine and screen legend Catherine Deneuve have formed one of the most respected artistic collaborations of the past decades. In their latest drama, Deneuve plays Louise, a widow who runs a nanny business out of her Paris home. She lives with her daughter Jeanne (Emilie Dequenne), who tries to get a job with a famous lawyer. However, Jeanne’s volatile relationship with a small-time hood and a lie that snowballs into a political scandal complicate things for both mother and daughter. An elegantly updated version of the old boy-who-cried-wolf story, it’s a film of savory performances, subtle story twists, and sharp cultural insights. With subtitles.

Netflix tip: As highly acclaimed as Martin Scorsese’s numerous collaborations with Robert De Niro, Andre Techine’s exceptional films with Catherine Deneuve are worth a look. Check out their previous works together on Netflix, including “Scene of the Crime,” “My Favorite Season” and “Changing Times.”

New on DVD:

Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.): Director Guy Ritchie, better known for his violent and darkly comic British undercover sagas (“Snatch”), takes a change of pace with this snazzy, engaging retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary 19th-century detective. Holmes (played with twitchy inventiveness by Robert Downey Jr.), with his trusty partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law) by his side, uses his remarkable deducing skills to track down criminals plaguing London. But will this Victorian-era dynamic duo triumph when faced with their most fearsome foe yet, a calculating mastermind (Mark Strong) with unsavory connections to secret societies? Full of fast-paced showdowns and witty comic moments, this is the rare kind of period drama that will appeal to action-movie audiences (and hopefully lead a few of them to read the original novel).

An Education (Sony): Carey Mulligan delivers a Oscar-nominated turn in this nostalgic look at a girl’s coming of age. Set in suburban London during the early 1960s, it follows Jenny (Mulligan), a quick-witted teenage student who, following her father’s wishes, is bound for Oxford. Her plans get changed, however, after she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), a charming and cultured older man who regales her with gifts and trips. The impressionable Jenny is fascinated by him, but revelations along the way place her at an awkward crossroads between old-fashioned values and the exciting new world that’s been opened to her. In addition to Mulligan’s star-making performance, director Lone Scherfig’s movie also features sharp dialogue by Nick Hornby and an exceptional cast that includes Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson.

Red Cliff (Magnolia): It’s been a while since an epic adventure like John Woo’s sweeping chronicle of Chinese history. Weaving together the narratives of a power-hungry general (Fengyi Zhang) and of alliance of the two rival warlords (Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro) in A.D. 208, the film offers a remarkably fluid procession of deals, vendettas, betrayals, and power struggles for control of a burgeoning nation. A master of cinematic action, Woo (better known for his violent Hong Kong thrillers) creates a gorgeous and exciting fresco of shifting alliances, stirring sacrifices and eye-filling battlegrounds. Long without ever becoming boring, the film has some of the sweep of “Lawrence of Arabia” but with a cultural resonance all of its own. With subtitles.


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Federal Charges Brought Against Riverside Couple for
Filing False Claims for Refunds With the
Internal Revenue Service

Los Angeles – A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging a Riverside couple with conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax charges related to a scheme in which they filed false claims for refunds with the Internal Revenue Service.

Abelardo and Dora Argote, of Riverside, who were previously indicted in April 2009, are charged in a scheme in which they used their own names, as well as the personal identifying information obtained from others, to prepare false individual income tax returns that they filed with the IRS.

According to the indictment, beginning in early 2002 and continuing through June 2007, the returns the Argote’s filed with the IRS falsely claimed that they and the individuals whose personal identifying information they obtained were entitled to tax refunds based upon falsified income and withholding amounts. The Argote’s falsified IRS Forms W-2 and W-2G, detailing fictitious income and withholdings, in their own names and the names of those whose personal identifying information they had obtained to substantiate the refunds claimed.

Typically, the falsified Forms W-2 and W-2G’s were submitted by the Argote’s to return preparers for preparation and filing of tax returns with the IRS. In total, the Argote’s submitted claims for refunds for more than $325,000 to the IRS.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

If convicted of all the charges specified in the indictment, both Abelardo Argote and Dora Argote face a statutory maximum 100 years in federal prison and fines totaling $1,750,000.

Abelardo Argote, who has been detained since his arrest last April, and Dora Argote, are both expected to be arraigned on the charges sometime before their trial. Currently, their trial is scheduled to begin on August 10, 2010, before United States District Judge A. Howard Matz.

The investigation and prosecution for Abelardo and Dora Argote was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

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Pre-Emption state/Local Menu Label Good for Franchise Restaurants

WASHINGTON, —Federal government pre-emption of state and local menu labeling regulations included in the health care reform legislation will provide more regulatory certainty to franchise chain restaurants and offer consumers consistent nutritional information from location to location, the International Franchise Association said today.

“Franchise restaurants that are part of chains with 20 or more units nationally will no longer face a patchwork of state and local menu labeling mandates under this provision,” said IFA Vice President of Government Affairs David French. “While the IFA lobbied strongly in opposition to the health care reform package, the one bright spot of the bill is that the federal government will for the first time take the lead regulatory role in how restaurants provide nutrition information to their customers.”

French said the new menu labeling law mirrors the federal regulation for packaged food and gives flexibility in the manner that information is provided. The provision, which was based on the IFA-endorsed Labeling Education and Nutrition (LEAN) Act, also offers liability protection for restaurants, recognizing the variation in the nutritional content of food that is hand prepared.

The new national structure for restaurant menu labeling applies to restaurant systems of 20 or more units throughout the country and sets requirements for various, pertinent nutritional information.

“In the face of multiple and conflicting menu labeling requirements at the state and local levels, this national solution will provide consumers with the full range of information they desire to make an informed dining decision,” French said.

About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs. Through its awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the 21 million jobs and $2.3 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in over 90 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.

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Today's Top Event in History

1872- African-American Thomas J Martin awarded patent for the “modern” fire extinguisher. The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane in 1863. In the 1850’s, baking soda and chemicals were used. It was not uncommon in textile mills to have pipes with many holes in the ceiling to spurt water in case of a fire. Dr. Percy Julian, another prominent African-American, invented the aero-foam extinguisher (for use against gas and oil fires) during World War II.


This Day in American History

   1602—Cape Cod named
    1701 - The English Board of Trade advises the king to create royal colonies of all of the American charter colonies.
    1760-Birthday of famous African-American Richard Allen, AME Church Bishop
    1847-Capt. John L. Folsom arrived as quartermaster of Stevenson's regiment in San Francisco. Folsom St. was later named for him.
    1858-Jane Arminda Delano, dedicated American nurse and teacher, superintendent of the US Army Nurse Corps, chairman of the American Red Cross Nursing Service and recipient (posthumously) of the Distinguished Service Medal of the US, was born near Townsend, NY. While on an official visit to review Red Cross activities, she died Apr 15, 1919, in an army hospital at Savenay, France. Her last words: "What about my work? I must get back to my work." Buried at Loire, France, her remains were reinterred at Arlington Cemetery in 1920.
    1872- African-American Thomas J Martin awarded patent for the “modern” fire extinguisher.. The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane in 1863. In the 1850’s, baking soda and chemicals were used. It was not uncommon in textile mills to have pipes with many holes in the ceiling to spurt
water in case of a fire. Dr. Percy Julian, another prominent African-American, invented the aero-foam extinguisher (for use against gas and oil fires) during World War II.
    1874-birthday of Robert Frost, American poet who tried his hand at farming, teaching, shoemaking and editing before winning acclaim as a poet. Pulitzer Prize winner. Born at San Francisco, CA, he died at Boston, MA, Jan 29, 1963
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
    1874- Publisher Conde Nast born New York City, died 1942, setting the world of fashion alive
and building a publishing empire.
    1882--Young Oscar Wilde arrives by train in San Francisco. He had been the center of a maelstrom of scandalous incident and publicity from the moment of his arrival in early January 1882. There was a sudden exaggerated vogue of sunflowers, lilies, and Japanese parasols–all of which were said to evoke Wilde's enthusiasm. Newspaper reporters outdid themselves in ridiculing the twenty-eight-year-old "lecturer"; cartoonists pounced upon him with a fervor less brutal than gleeful; women draped themselves about the new "lion"; and the few men who found something sensible and telling in Wilde's advice and pronouncements on art and decoration were unheard for the most part in the paen of masculine denunciation. The costume adopted by young Wilde, which included short breeches, long silk stockings, and a shoulder-length haircut, was hailed with horror and amazed contempt by young dandies educated to long tight trousers, high stiff collars, and full mustaches.
    1885- Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company of Rochester, NY, began manufacturing of movie film. The company was also the first to produce, manufacture, and market films in continuous strips on reels, thus making motion picture films possible.
    1892-Walt Whitman passes on in Camden,NJ
Here is Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” tribute to Walt Whitman:
    1911- Tennessee Williams was born at Columbus, MS. He was one of America's most prolific playwrights, producing such works as The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire, which won a Pulitzer Prize; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which won a second Pulitzer; Night of the Iguana, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo and Sweet Bird of Youth, among others. Williams died at New York, NY, Feb 25, 1983.
    1913 -the Miami river in Ohio reached a record flood crest after 10 inches of rain deluged a wide area of the Ohio River Basin. Severe flooding killed 467 people drown and total damage was 147 million dollars. This flood was the second most deadly of record for the nation.
    1916 -- Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary, for giving a guard the bird.
    1920 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book, This Side of Paradise published; it sells 20,000 copies in a week. At 23 he is the youngest novelist ever published by Scribner's.
    1920 -- American poet & leading member of the Beats, Gregory Corso, lives New York. Convicted of theft at 17, he discovers literature in prison & later meets Allen Ginsberg & publish his first book, The Vestal Lady on Brattle in 1955.
conditions in Russia.
1921 Jimmy Blanton Birthday
    1923 -- Bob Elliot (of Bob & Ray) born, one of the great radio personalities, especially
in broadcast journalism.
    1930--- Sandra Day O'Connor birthday, the first woman to be appointed an associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court was an Arizona lawyer and judge. She served in the state Senate from 1969 until 1974, becoming majority leader - the first woman to hold such a position. She was elected an Arizona Superior Court judge 1974, and appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals 1979.
President Ronald Reagan, under great pressure from women's groups as well as his own party, appointed O'Connor and she was sworn in 09-25-81. Expected to be a strict Republican right-winger and seen as the deciding anti-choice vote, she amazed everyone by being the deciding vote to uphold a woman's right to choose and confirm that an embryo or fetus is not a child.
    1930 -19.2 inches of snow fell at Chicago, Illinois in 2 days. This is greatest modern snowfall on the record books at Chicago.
    1931- Dr. Spock of “Star Trek” and noted actor/writer Leonard Nimoy born Boston, MA.
    1931-guitarist Jerry Silverman born, New York City, NY
    1937-the first monument to a comic-strip character was the Popeye statue in Popeye Park, Crystal, Texas, unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival. It was six feet tall, made of concrete, and colored to represent Elzie Crisler Segar's cartoon character, "Popeye." If anyone knows that the statue still exists, please let me know.
    1937- William Hastie, first Black federal judge, appointed
    1937 - Joe DiMaggio said he’d take Ty Cobb’s advice and use a 36 or 37-ounce baseball bat instead of a 40-ounce stick during that season. The result? ‘Joltin’ Joe’ hit .346 during the season with 46 home runs -- the most he ever hit in a single year. In the words of Yankee broadcaster Mel Allen, “How about that!” During his 13-year career with the Yankees, DiMaggio connected for 2,214 hits, 361 homers, batted a .325 average, played in 1,736 total games and came to the plate to bat 6,821 times.
    1941 - Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra recorded the tune, "Battle Axe", for Decca Records. Lunceford began with the Chickasaw Syncopaters, a 10-piece band, in the late 1920s.
    1943 - Battle of Komandorski Islands, prevents Japanese reinforcements from reaching Attu. An American squadron of 2 cruisers and 4 destroyers (under the command of Admiral McMorris) meets a Japanese squadron of 4 cruisers and 5 destroyers (under the command of Admiral Hosogaya) off the Komandorski Islands. A traditional gun engagement begins and a cruiser on each side is badly damaged. Hosogaya decides to break off at this point although he has a clear superiority which is beginning to tell.
    1943—Birthday of journalist Bob Woodward (All the President’s Men with Carl Bernstein),
born Geneva, IL.
    1944-birthday of singer Diana Ross, Detroit, MI She came to prominence in the 1960's as lead singer of the Supremes, Motown Records' most popular act. Ross left the group in 1969, and the following year had a hit with her first solo single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her next release, a remake of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's hit, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," shot to the top of both the pop and rhythm and blues charts. Ross's other number-one hits during the 1970's included "Last Time I Saw Him," "Do You Know Where You're Going To?" and "Love Hangover." In 1981, Diana Ross duet with Lionel Richie on the number-one theme from the film "Endless Love." It was the year's most popular song, selling more than two-million copies. She is fighting drug rehabilitation after being picked up for drunk driving. She stayed only five days in a rehabilitation home, and also has been violating her parole requirements.
    1945-MARTIN, HARRY LINN  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 4 January 1911, Bucyrus, Ohio. Appointed from. Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as platoon leader attached to Company C, 5th Pioneer Battalion, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 March 1945. With his sector of the 5th Pioneer Battalion bivouac area penetrated by a concentrated enemy attack launched a few minutes before dawn, 1st Lt. Martin instantly organized a firing line with the marines nearest his foxhole and succeeded in checking momentarily the headlong rush of the Japanese. Determined to rescue several of his men trapped in positions overrun by the enemy, he defied intense hostile fire to work his way through the Japanese to the surrounded marines. Although sustaining 2 severe wounds, he blasted the Japanese who attempted to intercept him, located his beleaguered men and directed them to their own lines. When 4 of the infiltrating enemy took possession of an abandoned machinegun pit and subjected his sector to a barrage of hand grenades, 1st Lt. Martin, alone and armed only with a pistol, boldly charged the hostile position and killed all of its occupants. Realizing that his few remaining comrades could not repulse another organized attack, he called to his men to follow and then charged into the midst of the strong enemy force, firing his weapon and scattering them until he fell, mortally wounded by a grenade. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds, 1st Lt. Martin permanently disrupted a coordinated Japanese attack and prevented a greater loss of life in his own and adjacent platoons. His inspiring leadership and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
    1945-During World War II, the last few hundred Japanese defenders of Iwo Jima are killed in a final suicide attack against the US forces who invaded the strategic island five weeks before. On February 19, 1945, after three days of heavy naval and aerial bombardment, the first wave of US Marines storm Iwo Jima, a tiny Pacific island located in bomber-range of the Japanese home islands. The Japanese garrison on the island numbered only 22,000 men, but their commander, General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, who had been expecting an Allied invasion for eight months, had used the time to construct an intricate and deadly system of underground tunnels, fortifications, and artillery that withstood the initial Allied bombardment. By the evening of the first day, the 30'000 US Marines commanded by General Holland Smith had managed to establish a beachhead. Over the next few days, the Marines advanced inch by inch under heavy fire from entrenched Japanese artillery and suffered suicidal charges from the Japanese infantry. While the Japanese kamikaze flyers slammed into the Allied naval fleet around Iwo Jima, the Marines on the island continued their bloody northern advance across the island, responding to Kuribayashi’s lethal defenses with remarkable endurance.
On February 23, 1945, the Twenty-Eighth Marine Division took the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s only peak and most strategic position. The image of the soldiers raising the American flag on this peak, taken by photographer Joseph Rosenthal, is one of the most famous photographs of World War II. By March 3, US forces controlled all three airfields on the island, and, by March 26, the last Japanese defenders on Iwo Jima had been wiped out. Six thousand Americans died taking Iwo Jima and 17,200 were wounded. Almost all of the 22'000 Japanese defenders perished.
    1945 - US naval forces (TF58 and TF52) continue air strikes on Okinawa. US Task Force 54 (Admiral Deyo), with 10 battleships, 10 cruisers and 33 destroyers, begin the main bombardment of Okinawa. The US 77th Infantry Division (General Bruce) lands on Kerama Retto and overruns the small Japanese garrison. The British Pacific Fleet (Admiral Rawlings) also designated Task Force 57, with 4 fleet carriers, 2 battleships, 5 cruisers and 11 destroyers, attacks airfields and other targets on Sakashima Gunto. Japanese submarines make unsuccessful attacks on the Allied ships. Coast Guardsmen participated in the landings at Geruma Shima, Hokaji Shima, and Takashiki in the Ryukyu Islands.
    1948 - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (Steven Tallarico) is born in New York City.
    1949—Top Hits
Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)
Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting
Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight
Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley
    1950-Birthday of Comedian and perform Martin Short, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
If you get a chance to see his one man show, it is hilarious.
    1950 - Singer Teddy Pendergrass is born in Philadelphia. An auto accident in 1982 leaves him partially paralyzed. He tops the R&B chart with the songs ``Joy'' and ``Close the Door.''
    1951 - The U.S. Air Force flag was approved on this day. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
    1951-During a spring exhibition game against the University outfielder Southern California at Bovard Field, Mickey Mantle hits a home run which is estimated to travel 650 feet. The rookie's performance, which includes a single, triple and another homer, is one of the highlights of the Yankees' first ever west coast trip.
    1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine -- to prevent poliomyelitis.
    1954 - The temperature at Allaket AK plunged to 69 degrees below zero.
    1954 - The U.S. set off the second H-bomb blast in four weeks in the Marshall Islands at Bikini Island. The 15-megaton device was 750 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The blast contaminated the neighboring island of Rongelap and nearly 100 people on the island and other downwind atolls.
    1956 - Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in a presentation of "Studio One" on CBS television.
    1956-After Bob Neal's management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley's earnings.
    1957-Ricky Nelson records his first tunes for the Verve label, "A Teenager's Romance", which will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and "I'm Walkin'", which will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs on the chart.
    1957—Top Hits
Young Love - Tab Hunter
Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
Party Doll - Buddy Knox
There You Go - Johnny Cash
    1957- Yankee manager Casey Stengel is arrested and is released on $50 bail after he allegedly curses at and kicks a newspaper photographer during an exhibition game in St. Petersburg.
    1958 - The RKO Pantages Theater, Los Angeles, was the scene of 30th Annual Academy Awards celebration. The show was hosted by Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Bob Hope and Donald Duck (on film). There were several memorable films produced in 1957, but two blockbusters shot it out this night, "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Sayonara". "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (Sam Spiegel, producer) took Oscars for Best Picture; Best Actor (Alec Guinness); Cinematography (Jack Hildyard); Director (David Lean); Film Editing (Peter Taylor); Scoring (Malcolm Arnold); and writing (Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson). Meanwhile, "Sayonara" (William Goetz, producer) won for Best Supporting Actor (Red Buttons); Supporting Actress (Miyoshi Umeki); Art Direction (Ted Haworth); Set Decoration (Robert Priestley); and Sound Recording (George Groves). And, lest we forget, Joanne Woodward won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Three Faces of Eve". The prize for Best Music/Song went to James Van Heusen (music), Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for "All the Way" (the classic Sinatra song)from "The Joker Is Wild".
    1960 - The University of Southern California (USC) captured the NCAA swimming title, becoming the first Pacific Coast school to do so.
    1960-birthday of former football player and now TV commentator Marcus Allen, San Diego, CA. Kansas City Chiefs running back; LA Raiders: Super Bowl XVIII; Heisman Trophy Winner [1981]: holds record for number of games rushed 200 yards+ [5] for USC]) [5] for USC])
    1961-Gene McDaniels' "One Hundred Pounds of Clay," his first and biggest hit, enters the pop chart. It peaks at #3.
    1961-Elvis Presley sets a British chart first: Number One with three straight releases: "It's now or never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Wooden Heart."
    1964 - Edward Clark set the fastest speed record by an American swimmer. He was timed at 4.89 miles-per-hour at the Yale University pool.
    1964 - Barbra Streisand opens on Broadway in ``Funny Girl.'' She wins a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film version. (She ties for the award with Katharine Hepburn)
    1965—Top Hits
Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes
The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail - Buck Owens
    1967--DICKEY, DOUGLAS E.  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, 3d Marine Division (Rein). Place and dale: Republic of Vietnam, 26 March 1967. Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio. Born: 24 December 1946, Greenville, Darke, Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While participating in Operation Beacon Hill 1, the 2d Platoon was engaged in a fierce battle with the Viet Cong at close range in dense jungle foliage. Pfc. Dickey had come forward to replace a radio operator who had been wounded in this intense action and was being treated by a medical corpsman. Suddenly an enemy grenade landed in the midst of a group of marines, which included the wounded radio operator who was immobilized. Fully realizing the inevitable result of his actions, Pfc. Dickey, in a final valiant act, quickly and unhesitatingly threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing with his body the full and complete force of the explosion. Pfc. Dickey's personal heroism, extraordinary valor and selfless courage saved a number of his comrades from certain injury and possible death at the cost of his life. His actions reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1969 - "Marcus Welby", a TV movie, was seen on AB. Ratings showed the program to be so popular that it was turned into a long-running series starring Robert Young.
    1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their ``Bed-in'' at the Amsterdam Hilton.
    1971 - William Conrad starred as "Cannon" on CBS-TV. This also was a one-time TV event that became a popular series that year.
    1972 - The Los Angeles Lakers broke a National Basketball Association record by winning 69 of 82 games
    1973-"The Young and the Restless" premiered on television . Tom Selleck, David Hasselhorf, were among the actors who started here. The show expanded to one hour in 1980. Its theme music is now well known as "Nadia's Theme," as it was played during Nadia Comaneci's routine at the 1976 Olympics.
    1973---Top Hits
Love Train - O’Jays
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Deodato
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild
    1974-Dionne Warwick and The Spinners record "Then Came You". Although Warwick doesn't have much faith in the song, it will become her first hit in nearly four years when it tops the Billboard chart next October.
    1974 The Red Sox release veterans Orlando Cepeda and Luis Aparicio as well as pitcher Bobby Bolin.
    1975 - "Tommy", the film based on the rock opera by the group, The Who, premiered in London.
    1977 After thirteen years in Boston, infielder Rico Petrocelli is released by the Red Sox.
    1979-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David peace treaty, ending 30 years of war between their two countries. The agreement was fostered by President Jimmy Carter.
    1979 - Michigan State and Indiana State met in the all-time highest rated basketball telecast. The NBC coverage earned a 24.1 rating. Indiana State’s unprecedented 33 consecutive-win streak came to an end as the Spartans of Michigan State won 76-34. A pair of future NBA Hall of Famers played against each other that night: Larry Bird, later of the Boston Celtics, scored 19 points while Magic Johnson, even later, of the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 24 points.
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Tragedy,'' Bee Gees. The song is the fifth No. 1 single in a row for the Bee Gees.
    1981---Top Hits
Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon
Woman - John Lennon
The Best of Times - Styx
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground - Willie Nelson
    1983 -a heavy snowstorm struck from eastern Nebraska to southwestern Minnesota. A general 10 to 20 inches of snow fell. Lyons, Nebraska recorded 24 inches. The 13.3 inches that fell at Omaha, Nebraska set a new record for the heaviest spring snowfall on record.
    1985-Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder's records after he dedicated the Oscar he had won the night before at The Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.
    1988 -20 cities in the southwest reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 73 degrees at Flagstaff, Arizona, 90 degrees at Sacramento, California, 95 at Santa Maria, California, 95 degrees at Los Angeles, California, 99 at Tucson, Arizona, and 100 at Phoenix, Arizona were records for March.
    1989 - The "Easter Bunny" brought record warm temperatures to the central U.S. while such records were still welcome. A dozen cities reported record warm readings, including Dodge City KS with an afternoon high of 88 degrees. Strong southerly winds gusted to 51 mph at Dodge City, and reached 55 mph at Salina KS.
    1989---Top Hits
The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
Eternal Flame - Bangles
Girl You Know It’s True - Milli Vanilli
New Fool at an Old Game - Reba McEntire
    1990 - Host Billy Crystal kept us smiling for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, staged at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members voted "Driving Miss Daisy" the Best Picture of 1989 (Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, producers). The Best Director Oscar was won by Oliver Stone for "Born on the Fourth of July". Best Actor was Daniel Day-Lewis for "My Left Foot" and Best Actress was Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy" (the 80-year-old actress was a favorite to win). Oscars for Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role went to Denzel Washington ("Glory") and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot"), respectively. Best Music/Song winners were Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics) for "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid". You’re probably still humming this tune from that full-length animated film from Walt Disney Studios. Other popular 1989 films that were honored as nominees or winners include: "Field of Dreams"; "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"; "Back to the Future Part II"; "Lethal Weapon II"; "Batman"; "Dead Poets Society"; "When Harry Met Sally"; and "Sex, Lies, and Videotape".
    1993- Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., was officially named chairman and chief executive of IBM, effective April 1. Gerstner, former president of American Express and chairman of R.J.R. Nabisco, was the first chairman to come from outside IBM.
    1996 - The 68th Annual Academy Awards show was held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg was the hostess. The Best Picture (of 1995) was "Braveheart" (Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr., Bruce Davey, producers). Mel Gibson also won the Oscar for Best Director ("Braveheart"). The Best Actor was Nicolas Cage for "Leaving Las Vegas". The Best Actress award went to Susan Sarandon for "Dead Man Walking". Best Supporting Actor was Kevin Spacey for "The Usual Suspects" and Best Supporting Actress was Mira Sorvino for "Mighty Aphrodite". The cartoon "Pocahontas" was a winner in the tunes categories: Best Music/ Original Musical or Comedy Score to Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Best Music/Song: Alan Menken (music), Stephen Schwartz (lyrics) for "Colors of the Wind" from the animated film.
    1996 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country further transform its economy.
    1996- A day after CompuServe's WOW service for families started, H&R Block announces its plans to sell off a large stake of CompuServe in a public offering. The IPO in April sold off about 17 percent of the company. Block's plans to rid itself completely of CompuServe, however, would be stymied by the failure of the WOW service and the increasing struggles of proprietary online services to hold onto their membership despite the growing appeal of the World Wide Web. In February 1998, H&R Block sold the company to WorldCom, which then sold most of CompuServe's Internet businesses to America Online.
    1997 - The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found in Rancho Santa Fe, California, after killing themselves in a mass suicide; they said they hoped they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.
    2000 – 72nd Annual Academy Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. "American Beauty", captured Best Picture (producers: Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks) at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards presentation, hosted by comedian Billy Crystal. The picture, nominated in eight categories, received four more Oscars: Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screen Play (Alan Ball), Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). Although Hilary Swank received the award for Best Actress in "Boys Don’t Cry", Annette Bening, nominated for her performance in "American Beauty", gave birth to her fourth child, a girl, sixteen days after this Oscar ceremony, congratulated her husband, Warren Beatty, who was presented with the Irving Thalberg Award for his career as a movie-maker. Angelina Jolie, received the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in "Girl, Interrupted". Michael Caine gave the most beautiful acceptance speech of the night (Best Supporting Actor: "The Cider House Rules"). The film, a seven-time nominee, also won for Best Screenplay Adaptation (John Irving). "The Matrix" was also a big winner (Best Film Editing: Zach Staenberg, Best Sound: David E. Campbell, David Lee III, John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff; Best Sound Effects Editing: Dane A. Davis; Best Visual Effects: Steve Courtley, John Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, Jon Thum). Costumes (Lindy Hemming) and makeup (Christine Blundell) in "Topsy-Turvy" earned the film two Oscars, while the statuette for Best Art Direction was presented to Rick Heinrichs and Peter Young for "Sleepy Hollow".Phil Collins captured the Oscar for Best Original Song: "You’ll Be in My Heart" ("Tarzan")
    2000-- In 17.6 seconds the Kingdome is demolished into a mound of rubble over 65 feet high thanks to 21.6 miles of detonation cord and 5,800 holes filled with gelatin dynamite.

NCAA Basketball Championshis This Date

    1946 Oklahoma A&M
    1949 Kentucky
    1952 Kansas
    1973 UCLA
    1979 Michigan State


Basketball Poem

Basketball Practice
Justin G.

Basketball Practice

I sprint to the end of the court
my legs cutting through the oppressive air,
desperately trying to reach the endline.

I take off, this time not as fast
wondering why I bother to give up
two hours each night to be commanded
like a remote control car.

I walk slowly to the line
happy for the time to catch my breath.
I pick up the ball and begin.

Again I sprint to the end of the court
mouth wide open
sweat dripping from my face.

As I run up the court
for what I hope will be the last time tonight,
I glance over my shoulder
to see my coach, red-faced and grinning,
remote control
gleaming in his hand.

by J. G., Houlton, ME




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