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Steve Geller Not Held Hostage in London

"You may have seen the email about me being held hostage in London and to send money.  Of course, it is untrue.  Could you post for me asap a request that any email to me should only be sent to  Thanks - Steve

Steve Geller, CLP
755 Route 340, Palisades, New York 10964
tel: 845-362-6106   fax: 815-642-0837 
cell: 914-552-0842 

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Documentation Administrator
Los Angeles, CA
Mininum two years experience, competitive salary,
plus benefits, click here for more information
Jules and Associates, Inc. has been in
business for over 20 years.

Friday, March 25, 2011

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Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Alert---Looking for Information
  Correction---Date Corrected on line
   Classified Ads---Sales
 BBB: Rating Leasing Companies
  Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
   “Funder” “Looking for Broker List”
     Dakota Capital added to “Story Credit List”
      Classified Ads---Help Wanted
 How's Business? ---Readers Tell Leasing News
   Placard----You know you're an e-mail junkie when...
    Companies on Leasing News Bulletin Board Complaint
 Black Swan/Tangled/Topsy-Turvy
  Limitless/Potiche--Movie/DVD reviews by F. Croce
    Beverly Hills, California ---Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
 FDIC files $10.4 Million lawsuit regarding three leasing co's
  FDIC pushes for Gateway documents in St. Louis
   Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices CEO stands to win big when deal closes
     Cleveland schools CEO proposes nearly $74MM in budget cuts

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

   G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether
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     Sports Briefs---
      California Nuts Brief---
       "Gimme that Wine"
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            Weather, USA or specific area
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######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release” and was not written by Leasing News nor information verified, but from the source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “by line.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer. It is considered “bias” as it is the writer’s viewpoint.


Alert---Looking for Information

Looking for information and experience regarding:
Scientific Imaginetics is at 124 S. Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca. 90212.

Telephone: 310-278-3355
Official Correspondent Name: John Crosson
(According to on line Yellow Pages)
Main Product: Scientific Imaginetics Model TMR 1000

Video: TMR Treatment (5:56)

According to Lease Police, "We have found no Assumed Name filing in Los Angeles County or Corporate filing with the Secretary of State-California. However a check of U.S Trademark records found that the above name was registered by New Life Sciences, LLC on 5/18/07 by New Life Sciences, LLC. That firm has also not registered with the Secretary of State-California."

Bernie Boettigheimer CLP
Lease Police, Inc
1400 Preston Rd.
Suite 400
Plano,Tx. 75093


Correction---Date Corrected on line

The correct date is Wednesday, March 30, and was corrected on line…for those who may have missed it, here is correction:

Next Wednesday, March 30 --Lunch New Brunswick, NJ

Linda Kester, author of “366 Marketing Tips for
Equipment Leasing” is the guest speaker.

The subject "Using content marketing, social media, and lead nurturing."

Noon to 3:00pm
The Frog and The Peach Restaurant
29 Dennis Street at Hiram Square
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901
(732) 846-3216


Further Information:
Steve Geller, CLP

"366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing” by Linda Kester Kindle edition at Amazon for $9.95 or $29.95 paperback


Classified Ads---Sales

(These ads are “free” to those seeking employment
or looking to improve their position)

Cherry Hill, NJ
College grad seeking entry level sales position for equipment leasing and financing in small to mid-size ticket markets. Have 6 months experience in the industry and self-motivated. Contact Matt at 609-280-2178 or
email at

Aggressive, competitive self-starter with vendor/direct equipment
leasing and asset-based lending experience. Success in business banking sales and financial planning.
Email: | Resume

South Central, FL
Years of exp in mid-ticket niched leasing. Not currently in leasing. Seek entry or other position with direct lender.
Garfield, NJ
15 years experience small to large ticket sales exp. All types of equipment industries. Vendor & direct. Self motivated. Work with leasing company or broker.
Tony Lio
Marlton, NJ
Over 25 years successful experience, sales and sales management, equipment leasing.  Captive, vendor, bank-oriented.  Mainly mid-ticket.  Willing to travel. phone: 856.985.6400

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

Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker. 334-590-5133

Orange County, CA
20+ years in leasing sales & sales management.
Have estab. existing remote office with Lessee /Vender following.
Looking for a partnership w/funding source.

Northeast/East Coast - Are you looking to expand into the Healthcare Industry? I will train/mentor your sales team and develop a strategy for them to follow. Extensive Healthcare and finance experience. Contact
Philadelphia, Pa
16 years small to large ticket sales exp., variety equip. w/vendor & direct. Top performer, building new and existing territories.
Email at
Pittsburgh , PA
Aggressive self starter looking for leasing position w/10 plus yrs sales exp., plus banking experience 814-227-4592

San Francisco Bay Area:
Business Development “Hunter” with transferable book of business in multiple segments: commercial construction, technology, fitness, etc. Years of managerial experience: can also be a “player/coach”.

Tampa, FL
13 years experience in all aspects of small ticket.  Interested in position with direct source or captive.  Resume and references upon request.
15 year lease vet looking for plact to take business.great references. all major equipment types. open to compensation. please contact if interested.

Free Posting for those seeking employment in Leasing:

All “free” categories “job wanted” ads:


BBB: Rating Leasing Companies

These are leasing companies who have appeared recently in Leasing News. The list is up-dated quarterly.

In recent months there have been reports in various newspapers about BBB district managers allegedly manipulating records (if you are a member, they gave a better rating. I can state that ratings did go up for a number of those on the list after they joined. Editor)

In addition, there appears to be a new listing as well as not listing whether the company is a member of BBB. It states this is a “BBB Business Review-Beta” headlining that the company is not “BBB Accredited."

Although many with positive ratings, it states the company has to make a commitment for good faith effort in resolving complaints, plus “BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

(CSI Leasing for instance. Editor)

“BBB Accreditation
C S I Leasing Inc is not BBB Accredited.

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

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

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

This list will note a BBB “Accredited Business


21st Century Leasing, San Diego, California

(BBB states the company is “out of business,” but a telephone call told it was quite the opposite, doing very well and will look into why BBB states they are no longer in business. No complaints were listed. Interesting indeed.)

Advantage Leasing Corporation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Allegiant Partners, San Rafael, California

Arvest Bank Leasing, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Axis Capital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Bankers Capital, Northborough, Massachusetts

BSB Leasing, Englewood, Colorado

Charter Capital, Scottsdale, Arizona

CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri

De Lage Landen Financial Services, Incorporated, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California

Great America Leasing, Cedar Rapid, Iowa

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

Key Equipment Finance aka KeyBank
Headquarters Location

Mar Vista, Villa Park, California

Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington

Steelcase Financial Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Southern California Leasing Inc., Tustin, California

Strada Capital Corporation
Laguna Hills, California

Summit Funding Group, Cincinnati, Ohio

TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota

TimePayment Corporation

United Leasing, Evansville, Indiana

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



American Capital Group, Inc., Irvine, California

Celtic Leasing, Irvine, California

iFinancial Group, San Clemente, California

Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan

Mazuma Capital Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah

Pawnee Leasing, Fort Collins, Colorado


Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington

Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Providence Capital Funding, Brea, California

Tristar Capital, Santa Ana, California


Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

LEAF Financial Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Main Street Bank


Balboa Capital, Irvine, California


Barklay Capital, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA

Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, California

Business Leasing NorthWest

NOT Rated Any More:

Jules & Associates, Los Angeles, California

(Note: In 2010, this company was an A+. The site states “We have received no complaints against this company.” This franchise area was in the Los Angeles Times regarding management manipulating ratings for membership.”)

This company has a help wanted ad running in Leasing News and is well respected in the industry. No explanation is given as to why it is not rated.

Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut

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

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

Better Business Bureau leader resigns amid pay-for-play scandal

Can You Trust the BBB?

Head of Local BBB reacts to corruption scandal


Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
“Funder” “Looking for Broker List”

"Allegheny Valley Bank has provided leasing as an alternative to commercial equipment financing since 1994. In 2001 our Leasing Director, Brad Bekampis, joined Allegheny Valley Bank after 16 years working with national leasing companies."

"Paul Poljak is the Managing Director of Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing. AVB has provided equipment leasing services since 1994. Paul's extensive background in both tax and non-tax oriented transactions will allow Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing to deliver tailored structures to suit our customer's needs."

Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Pittsburg, Pennyslyvania
Paul M. Poljak, Managing Director
P. 412.781.1465
C. 412.475.1727
(click here for further description)
2 (plus bank assistance)
PA, OH, WV, MD, Western NY
$5K to $50K
" app only"

Over $50k to $3M full financials

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program"| E - Also "in house" salesmen

"We are looking for some new business avenues. We are like everyone today… cautious yet we are somewhat optimistic about the future. We presently have 6 approved regional brokers and a 4 direct vendor programs. 2 small ticket and 2 larger ticket (average ticket size of $250k). We like medical business of all types and can be very responsive to brokers / vendors that work with us closely. We are looking for relationships not just transactions."

"Out of Market transactions must be at or near Investment Grade."

Full Funder List “A:”

Full “Funder Looking for a Broker List:”

John Kenny Receivables Management

• End of Lease Negotiations & Enforcement
• Fraud Investigation
• Credit Investigations
• Asset Searches
• Skip-tracing
• Third-party Commercial Collections

The Solution to Your Credit & Accounts Receivable Needs
John Kenny
315-866-1167 |

(Leasing News provides this ad as a trade for investigations
and background information provided by John Kenny)


Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Marketing Genius
Riverside, California

Create, Design, Coordinate convention/trade shows marketing calls, remarketing assets/website
Send resume:
A-Z Resources captive affiliate to a major business distributor founded in 1975, join our staff, generating over $120 million in combined sales.

Documentation Administrator
Los Angeles, CA
Mininum two years experience, competitive salary,
plus benefits, click here for more information
Jules and Associates, Inc. has been in
business for over 20 years.

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.


Dakota Capital added to “Story Credit List”

Dakota Financial
Mae Philpott
310.696.3030 x122
fax 310.696.3035
$10,000 to $1MM

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen

Full “Story Credit List:”

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports

Financial Pacific Leasing
Terey Jennings CLP,

Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Gary H. Souverein President
(800) 864-4266 ext. 222
(Click here for further description)

$1,000 - $30,000

Does Subprime Leases

Advantage Funding
Edward P. Kaye

Vehicles Only

$10,000 - $1,000,000

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

NFS Leasing, Inc.
Beverly, Massachusetts
Dean Oliver

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

$100,000 to $1,500,000

Does Subprime Leases

BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres.
Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President 800.945.3372 ext. 306
Randy Propect, East Coast
Vicki Shimkus,CLP
West Coast Brokers
TEAM Funding Solutions
Ted Reynolds – Owner and President
Jeff Deskins - Credit Manager
Lynn Smith - Broker
Development Manager
888-457-6700 x115,
App Submittal
Martin Lacayo - Broker Development Manager 888-457-6700 x106,
App Submittal
Mike Wright - Broker Development Manager
888-457-6700 x108,
App Submittal
Stephen Stuesser – CFO
Jessica Green - Marketing and Relationships Manager
888-457-6700 x109, Enrollment
Fax: 512-258-2322
512.692.0500 fax

All 50 States


Calfund, LLC
Harry Saghian
Western States


Does Subprime Leases

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

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

$50,000 to $3MM

$250,000 average transaction

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

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

Does Subprime Leases


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

$5,000 - $50,000

Does Subprime Leases

Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
Nationwide - 50 States

$25,000 +

Cobra Capital LLC
Dale Kluga, President

$50,000 to $1MM

$250,000 average transaction

ABCO Leasing, Inc.
Brad Christensen
Most States

$50,000 - $450,000

Agility Solutions
Hal Hayden
(928) 541-0771

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

Does Subprime Leases

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

$35,000 - $500,000

Mesa Leasing, Inc.
Jeff Macdonald

$10,000 - $100,000

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

$10,000 - 250,000

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

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

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

Does Subprime Leases

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports

Business Reports: Companies listed may make any netiquette comment about their company or reports or other information in the footnote section of their listing. Leasing News recommends readers also view the footnote as well as the section itself or searching reports on the business.

It also should be noted that if a BBB report listing is found by a reader, as there may not have been one when this was last up-dated, please send the link to so Leasing News may up-date this section.

BBB - Better Business Report | CBB - Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board
| CNI - Current News Information

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How's Business? ---Readers Tell Leasing News

(Leasing News Chart)

Ed Castagna, President, Nassau Assets Management

"Two years ago a large percentage of our clients stopped originating and went into wind down mode,” Ed Castagna. President of Nassau Assets Management. "Now I see some new independents growing staff, and others securing new lines. New smaller players are filling in the voids left by the large ones who left the market."

Bruce Lurie, President, Douglas-Guardian Services

"Our total business volume has been amazingly steady given the volatility in our markets," Bruce Lurie, President of Douglas-Guardian Services, said. “What we have seen is a continuing change in the make up of our business. On the leasing side, we're seeing some improvement on the front end, but the real activity has been on the back end.

"On the floor plan side of our business, we've experienced a higher number of smaller inspections as the increased frequency of inspections has been partially offset by the smaller inventory values the dealers are flooring."

Phil Dushey, President, Global Financial Services

“Our company has switched our focus from an equipment leasing company to a full service financial company," Phil Dushey, President of Global Financial Services, said. " In addition to equipment leasing we offer all types of loans to provide probably the most sought after financing which is 'Working Capital." By diversifying to these various types of loans we have been able to maintain our client base for a long time and are not be at affect of the changing market conditions."

"By diversifying to these various types of loans we have been able to maintain our client base for a long time and are not being at affect of the changing market conditions."

Rosanne Wilson, CLP,
1st Independent Leasing

“Things are really popping for me...This is going to be a great year" said Rosanne Wilson, CLP, 1st Independent Leasing. “I deal mostly with small businesses who enjoy 'app only' small ticket leases to 100K, I write more Equipment Finance Agreements than leases now. Regardless of the accounting changes coming our way, businesses will continue to buy equipment. They held off for two years and they cannot stay in that holding pattern any longer and expect to remain competitive or efficient. They need to upgrade their equipment. They still are excited about the ability to write off their purchase at the end of the year. "

“Demand for healthcare equipment financing in the beginning of the year has been softer than anticipated, but we believe that growing pipelines, combined with an increase in new construction and renovation, indicate that demand is picking up,” said James Cress, Director of Operations, Stryker Finance, Kalamazoo, Michigan (Stryker is a world wide medical equipment and supply provider.)

“The abundance of cash in the marketplace, along with continued uncertainty tied to regulation, healthcare reform and the global economy, is creating increasing pressures on finance companies. However, these challenges are driving more innovation of financial products by the industry to meet the needs of our customers in more creative ways.”

Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP,
President, Lease Police

"In January 2011 we signed over 20 Unlimited Usage contracts with banks and leasing company funders," said Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP, President of Lease Police. “However, in February the number of inquires dropped 29% from those in January. That downward trend has even continued this month where there is 23 working days versus 19 in January. I would have thought that our usage would have taken a large jump in February as we had increased our staffing to handle the expectant surge. The opposite happened!

"Credit investigations are out in front of funding and the mix of our subscribers could be an issue. Weather may also have been a factor but January was no walk in the park either. Nevertheless, we will continue to plot incoming credit inquiries and see if we can take some understanding from future data."

The news from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) was both good and not-so-good. Their MFLI-25 report for February showed a 28% increase compared to the previous year, but compared to January, it was down slightly; more important, not going up.

MLFI-25 New Business Volume
(Year Over Year Comparison)

(ELFA New Business Chart)
click image for larger view

Note: First quarter 2009 was $4.16 billion and 2008 was $5.59 billion. The Month of February, 2010 saw the lowest dip in the last two years to $3.2 billion, so compared to this February, there was an increase, but in reality the trend (leaving the December "traditional anomaly out") is not as favorable as expected.

Credit Approval Ratios As % of all Decisions Submitted
(Year Over Year Comparison)

(ELFA Chart)
click image for larger view

Average Losses (Charge-offs) as a % of net receivables
(Year Over Year Comparison)

click image for larger view
(ELFA Chart)

MLFI-25 New Business Volume
(Year Over Year Comparison)

click image for larger view
(ELFA Chart)

Total Number of Employees
(Year Over Year Comparison)

click image for larger view
(ELFA Chart)

Full ELFA February, 2011 Report:

Previous Leasing News ELFA MFLI-25 Reports



Companies on Leasing News Bulletin Board Complaint


Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California

ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

American Equipment Finance, Warren, New Jersey

Balboa Capital, Irvine, California

Barklay Capital, Costa Mesa, California

Benchmark Financial, Aliso Viejo, California

Bridge Capital, Lake Forest, California

Dimension Funding, Irvine, California

Harold Bishop, Inc., Summerville, Georgia

Bridge Capital Leasing, Mission Viejo, California

Business Direct Capital, Carlsbad, California

GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida

Gibraltar Financial, Southern California

IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois

iFinancial Group, San Clemente, California

Lease* Alliance, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Lease Capital/Martin J. Barteske, Southern California

Matrix Business Capital, Long Beach, California

Omega Capital Partners, Austin, Texas

Parker Leasing, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Phoenix Alliance, Dana Point, California

Ramsgate Leasing Systems, Bergenfield, New Jersey

SouthWest Credit, San Antonio, Texas

Snowflake Financial, Southern California

Structured Business Capital, Huntington Beach, California

Tibex Capital, Irvine, California

Titus Holding, Eureka, Montna

Union Capital, Irvine, California

Vector Services, Granite Bay, California

Universal Capital Services, Springhill, Florida

U.S. Capital, Santa Barbara, California

Complete List with Complaints:

In 1996, the policy was changed after a poll of readers to allow companies to return the advance payments they kept and then be removed from the list. To date there have been 20, including one for $50,000.

The record number of complaints received was CapitalWerks, Irvine, California: 50; all were resolved and the company never made the Bulletin Board Complaint. The founders of the company, Mark McQuitty and James Rader have made pleas in Operation Lease Fleece and the company is reportedly in a “wind down” mode. Editor


Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

“The intriguing “Limitless” and the frothy “Potiche” hit theaters this week, while DVD releases offer Oscar-winning performances (“Black Swan”), colorful animation (“Tangled”) and tuneful period pieces (“Topsy-Turvy”).

In theaters:

Limitless (Relativity Media): After dealing with 19th-century magicians in “The Illusionist” and Iraq War vets in “The Lucky Ones,” offbeat director Neil Burger tries his hand at brainy action with this intriguing, fast-paced thriller. “The Hangover’s” Bradley Cooper stars as Eddie Morra, an aspiring writer who, after having his novel rejected and being dumped by his girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish), takes drastic measures to change his life. That’s when he experiments with a new form of medicinal drug, and is suddenly rocketed to the top of the business world. It’s not long, however, before his newfound powers attract mysterious, ominous forces led by a financial mogul (Robert De Niro), who’s got plans of his own. Well-acted and exciting, this is the rare action movie that dishes out thrills without sacrificing intelligence.

Potiche (Music Box Films): Fans of Catherine Deneuve will be delighted by Francois Ozon’s light and colorful comedy, which gives the grand dame of French cinema her most elegantly funny role in years. Deneuve stars as Suzanne, the trophy-wife of Robert (Fabrice Luchini), an industrialist who in the 1970s rules over his employees with an iron fist while openly cheating on Suzanne. After Robert is taken hostage during a strike, however, she must take control of the factory and, to everybody’s surprise, finds a new vocation in dealing with business affairs. Shot in a candy-colored style and featuring a poignant appearance by Gerard Depardieu as the heroine’s former lover and political rival, the film offers infectious fun for fans of Ozon’s earlier and equally frothy “8 Women”. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: Two of modern French cinema’s national treasures, Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu have graced the screen together several times before “Potiche.” In Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro” (1980), they appear together as members of a theatrical company during Nazi occupation, and developed a chemistry that would shine just as brightly when they teamed up more than two decades later in Andre Techine’s highly affecting “Changing Times” (2004). Both are available through Netflix—check them out.


Black Swan (Fox): After exploring the wrestling ring in "The Wrestler," Darren Aronofsky takes his wild camera to another arena, a New York City ballet. Natalie Portman delivers an Oscar-winning performance as Nina, a fragile, hard-working young ballerina who yearns to play the main role in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." As Nina catches the eye of the company's imperious boss (Vincent Cassel) and the production's former diva (Winona Ryder) bows out, it looks as though her dreams of fame seem within reach. However, increasingly disturbing visions and a new rival (Mila Kunis) unsettle the heroine to the point where reality and fantasy become dangerously blurred. Bold and inspired in its excesses, the film is as much of a visual and emotional thrill ride as Aronofsky's earlier movies.

Tangled (Walt Disney Pictures): Taking notice of the digital fantasy send-ups being made at fellow animation studios Pixar and DreamWorks, Disney offers its own fractured fairy tale with this funny and charming tale of princesses, magical elixirs, and 3-D thrills. Blowing the dust off of the old Rapunzel chestnut, it follows its long-haired heroine (voiced by Mandy Moore) from baby to young woman as she gazes down from the castle tower where she’s imprisoned. Instead of a prince, she gets a likable bandit named Flynn (Zachary Levi), who becomes her main ally in Rapunzel’s escape plan from wicked Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy). Brimming with colorful animated sequences, catchy tunes, and quotable life lessons, it’s solid family entertainment to give the best “Toy Story” and “Shrek” movies a run for their money.

Topsy-Turvy (Criterion): Though known for gritty portraits of modern British society, director Mike Leigh (“Secrets and Lies,” “Another Year”) has frequently delved into comedy and period pieces. This remarkable 1999 movie weaves both areas together in a joyous tapestry life of and music. Set in the world of 19th-century London theater, it follows the famous songwriting team of W.S. Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) and Sir Arthur Sullivan (Allan Corduner) as they scramble to follow their critically lambasted last work with the musical that would be known as their all-time masterpiece, “The Mikado.” But with a galaxy of cranky producers, temperamental performers and creative squabbles standing in their way, getting to opening night is half the fun. A tuneful, visually lush, and beautifully acted feast of a movie worth revisiting.


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to help support the growth of Lease Police)

News Briefs----

FDIC files $10.4 Million lawsuit regarding three leasing companies

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    1584 - Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer, courtier, and writer, renewed Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America. He went on to settle the Virginia colony on Roanoke Island, naming it after the virgin queen.
    1609 - Henry Hudson embarked on an exploration for Dutch East India Co.
    1634- Lord Baltimore arrived in Maryland.
    1655 - Puritans jailed Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the colony of Maryland.
    1751-New Year's Day was celebrated in Great Britain and its North American colonies this was the beginning of the new year up through 1751, when with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar the beginning of the year was changed to Jan 1.
    1775- George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson, who had planted a few pecan trees from the southern US at Monticello, VA. The pecan, native to southern North America, is sometimes called "America's own nut." First cultivated by American Indians, it has been transplanted to other continents but has failed to achieve wide use or popularity outside the US.
    1813 - The first U.S. flag flown in battle was on the frigate Essex in the Pacific. USS Essex takes Neryeda, first capture by U.S. Navy in Pacific. Early in 1813, the USS ESSEX, under the Command of Captain David Porter, USN, rounded Cape Horn and became the first Navy ship to carry the American flag into the Pacific Ocean. The ESSEX began operating in Pacific waters and captured a British commerce raider, several British merchantmen, and several large British whaling ships.
    1843 - Seventeen Texans, who picked black beans from a jar otherwise filled with white beans, were executed by a Mexican firing squad. After months of raiding, captivity and escapes in Northern Mexico, Mexican president Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered the execution of one tenth of the 176 Texas freebooters of the Mier Expedition.
    1843 - A second great snowstorm hit the northeastern U.S. The storm produced snow from Maine all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Natchez MS received three inches of snow, and up to 15 inches buried eastern Tennessee. Coastal Maine received 204 inches of snow that winter. 1950- Eileen Barton's "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" hits #1
    1848-News item in the "California Star" about the discovery of gold did not stir excitement in San Francisco.
    1856 - A.E. Burnside patented the Burnside carbine.
    1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee makes Fort Stedman his last attack of the war in a desperate attempt to break out of Petersburg, Virginia. The attack failed, and within a week Lee was evacuating his positions around Petersburg. For nine months, Petersburg was under siege by the Army of the Potomac and the overall Union commander, General Ulysses S. Grant. The two great armies had fought a bloody campaign in the spring of 1864, and then settled into trenches that eventually stretched for fifty miles around Petersburg and the Confederate capital of Richmond. Lee could not win this war of attrition, but his men held out through the winter of 1864 to 1865. Now, Lee realized the growing Yankee army could overwhelm his diminishing force when the spring brought better weather for an assault. After a desperate battle, the rebels could not overun the Union soldiers, who not only were in superior number, but continual reinforcement. The Rebels were unable to hold the captured ground, and they were driven back to their original position. The Union lost 1,000 men killed, wounded, and captured, while the Lee lost probably three times that number, including 1,500 captured during the retreat. Already outnumbered, these loses were more than Lee's army could bear. Lee wrote to Confederate President Jefferson Davis that it would be impossible to maintain the Petersburg line much longer. On March 29, Grant began his offensive, and Petersburg fell on April 3. Two weeks after the Battle of Fort Stedman, Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
    1872- Dr. Zabdiel Boylston inoculated his six year old son, Thomas, and two African-American servants with human smallpox pustules. He then went out to inoculate 247 individuals. The public acceptance in his area of acceptance of the inoculation was due in large measure to the efforts of Cotton Mather, the Boston minister and scientist, who persistently advocated it. Small pox as a dreaded disease around the world. In 1800, Dr. Edward Jenner of England introduced to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Cambridge, MA, professor of theory and practice of medicine at Harvard University, who inoculated his son, Daniel, three children, and three servants, with smallpox using cowpox. It was not until this day in 1802, that a smallpox clinic was open and free distribution of the vaccine to the poor. This was started by Dr. James Smith in Baltimore, Maryland. This is a major event as small pox was the epidemic of the new world.
    1880-Birthday of Aline Bernstein - U.S. stage and costume designer, author and unofficial agent for Thomas Wolfe. After doing costumes and scenery for the Henry Street Settlement for almost ten years she applied for membership in the brotherhood of Painters, Decorator and Paperhangers of the AFL but was turned down until 1926 when she became the first female member of the union. For the next 20 years she worked as resident designer for Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in New York. At age 71 she won the Tony for her costume designs for the opera Regina (1949). Following their well-known affair, Thomas Wolfe based the character of Esther Jack in two of his novels on her. She supported Wolfe who was 20 years younger, helped turn him into a novelist, found a publisher - and he left her.
    1894 -- Coxey's Army of ragtag bums (Common-Wealth Army) heads for Washington DC, demanding economic reform. Coxey, a well-to-do businessman who was a Populist and quite untypical of his class in other ways, proposed a plan of federal work relief on public roads to be financed by an issue of Treasury notes--thus ending the depression of 1893 by means of monetary inflation and work relief for the unemployed. When Congress refused to pass this bill, Coxey stated, "We will send a petition to Washington with boots on." Thus Coxey's Army marched peacefully from Ohio to Washington, D.C. where they were cheered by crowds, but Coxey & his lieutenants were arrested by police & about 50 people were beaten or trampled. Library of Congress.John M. Blum et al, The National Experience, Part Two: A History of the United States since 1865 (New York: Harcourt, BraceJovanovich, ., 1981), p. 515.
    1898 - Assist. SECNAV Theodore Roosevelt proposes Navy investigate military application of Samuel Langley's flying machine, beginning naval aviation. Langley had been experimenting for over a decade with steam powered flying machines and was attempting to adapt a working steam model to an internal combustion powered design.
    1906—birthday guitarist Curley Weaver, Covington, GA
    1911- at about 4:30 PM, fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company at New York, NY, minutes before the seamstresses were to go home. Some workers were fatally burned while others leaped to their deaths from the windows of the 10-story building. The fire lasted only 18 minutes but left 146 workers dead, most of them young immigrant women. It was found that some of the deaths were a direct result of workers being trapped on the ninth floor by a locked door. Labor law forbade locking factory doors while employees were at work, and owners of the company were indicted on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter. The tragic fire became a turning point in labor history, bringing about reforms in health and safety laws.
    1913 - The Palace Theatre opened its doors in New York City. Ed Wynn was first on the vaudeville bill. Some 20 years later, Wynn would be named as radio's top entertainer. He later became popular on early television, as did his son, Keenan Wynne.
    1914 - Society Hill, SC, was buried under 18 inches of snow, establishing a state record.
    1916-Ishi dies, last of his California-based Yahi Yana, his Native American tribe in Northern California. Captured in 1911, he had escaped from settlers who exterminated the rest of the Yahis, along with the elk they had hunted, only to spend his last years in captivity, studied by anthropologists as a freakish curiosity.
    1917—birthday of drummer Armand “Jump” Jackson, New Orleans, LA
    1918-Howard Cosell, broadcaster, born at New York, NY. After earning a law degree, Cosell began his broadcasting career as the host of "Howard Cosell Speaking of Sports." He achieved national prominence and a great deal of notoriety for his support of Muhammad Ali's stand against the Vietnam War and then as co-host of ABC's Monday Night Football. Died at New York, Apr 23, 1994.
    1931- Scottsboro Boys arrested, Point Rock, Alabama
    1933—birthday of guitarist Clarence “Swamp Blues” Edwards, Lindsay, LA

    1934 - Horton Smith won the first Masters golf tournament under the magnolia trees of Augusta National in Georgia.
    1938—birthday of guitarist/songwriter/actor Hoyt Axton, Duncan, OK
    1942- singer Aretha Franklin born Memphis, TN
Mrs. Murphy: Help you two?
Elwood: Do you have any white bread ma'am?
Mrs. Murphy: Yeah.
Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that, honey?
Elwood: No ma'am, dry.
Jake: Do you have any fried chicken ma'am?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damned chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Elwood: And some dry white toast please.
Mrs. Murphy: Ya'all want anything to drink with that?
Elwood: No ma'am.
Jake: A Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: Be right back. 
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    1943 - A second great snowstorm hit the northeastern U.S. The storm produced snow from Maine all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Natchez MS received three inches of snow, and up to 15 inches buried eastern Tennessee. Coastal Maine received 204 inches of snow that winter.
    1945 - After 35 days of bitter fighting, the amphibious assault on the rocky fortress of Iwo Jima finally appeared over. On the night of 25 March, however, a 300-man Japanese force launched a vicious final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the fanatical Japanese force till morning but suffered heavy casualties --more than l00 killed and another 200 American wounded. Nearly all of the Japanese force was killed in the battle.
    1946-the first “Jazz at the Philharmonic”. One of the most influential solos of jazz alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker's career was his rendition of “Lady Be Good,” performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium. Every aspect of the performance became part of the language of modern jazz. There are many albums of the various years produced by Norman Granz on Emarcy records.
    1946-Woody Herman band premiers Igor Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto at Carnegie Hall.
    1947—singer/composer Elton John Birthday
    1948 - For the second time in less than a week airplanes were destroyed by a tornado at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City OK. A March 20th tornado destroyed fifty planes at Tinker AFB causing more than ten million dollars damage, and the March 25th tornado destroyed another thirty-five planes causing six million dollars damage. The first tornado struck without warning, and caused more damage than any previous tornado in the state of Oklahoma. The second tornado was predicted by Fawbush and Miller of the United States Air Force, and their accurate tornado forecast ushered in the modern era of severe weather forecasting
    1952-Bill Mosienko of the Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record by scoring three goals in 21 minutes in a game against the New York Rangers. Mosienko scored at 6:09, 6:20 and 6:30 of the third period against goalie Lorne Anderson. Chicago won 7-6.
    1954 -- RCA manufactures the first COLOR television set.
    1954 –26th Annual Academy Awards, RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Actor/singer/dancer Donald O'Connor and actor Fredric March (in New York) kept the audience informed on who won what. "From Here to Eternity" (Buddy Adler, producer) won best picture of the year, also picking up the Oscar for Best Director for Fred Zinnemann, Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra and Best Supporting Actress for Donna Reed, in addition to Best Writing/Screenplay (Daniel Taradash); Best Cinematography/Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey); Best Sound/ Recording (John P. Livadary, Columbia SSD); and Best Film Editing (William A. Lyon). The Best Actor award for the films of 1953 went to William Holden for "Stalag 17" while the Best Actress award went to Audrey Hepburn for "Roman Holiday". "Secret Love" from "Calamity Jane" was the Best Music/Song of the Year (Sammy Fain, music, Paul Francis Webster, lyrics). An interesting note: The Best Writing/ Story and Screenplay went to the 1953 version of "Titanic" (Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard L. Breen). Other memorable movies that year (some Oscar winners, some not): "The Robe", "Shane", "Mogambo", "The Moon is Blue" and "Hondo". ". .
    1955-U.S. Customs confiscate 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" as they enter the U.S. It will then be published by City Lights publishers in San Francisco, leading to the arrest of publisher (and prominent poet) Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Customs also seized and destroyed another shipment of Ginsberg's poetry sent from Canada in the 60s.
    1956---Top Hits
Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
A Tear Fell - Teresa Brewer
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
“Here's That Rainy Day,” Los Angeles,CA.
   Collector of Customs Chester McPhee confiscates 520 copies of a volume of poetry titled "Howl and Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg with an introduction by William Carlos Williams. "The words and the sense of the writing is obscene," MacPhee declares "You wouldn't want your children to comer across it."
    1958- Reporting to Ft. Chaffee, AK by bus for his induction into the service, Elvis Presley has his famous hair shorn off by an Army barber. The media follows close behind. The pop icon is assigned to Second Medium Tank Battalion, Second Armored Division, the "Hell on Wheels" division once led by General George S. Patton. Elvis, however, receives an assignment as a jeep driver. Within days, manager "Colonel" Tom Parker receives 5,000 pieces of mail addressed to the singer at Fort Chaffee.
    1960-Ray Charles records "Georgia on My Mind"
    1961-Elvis Presley appears in concert at a benefit for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial in Hawaii. Following his 17 song set, the King would not play another live date for the next eight years.
    1964---Top Hits
She Loves You - The Beatles
Fun Fun Fun - The Beach Boys
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell
    1965 -- US: Martin Luther King Jr., leads 25,000 into Montgomery, completing civil rights march begun in Selma. After a weeks-long struggle against local police, the civil rights march ends triumphantly with a 50,000 person demonstration in Montgomery.
    1966-Poll taxes were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on grounds that they represented an economic barrier to voting.
    1967-The Doors debut album, featuring "Light My Fire", enters the Billboard LP chart. 
    1967-Although they had cracked the Top 40 on three previous occasions, The Turtles enjoyed their first and only Billboard number one hit with "Happy Together."
    1967-- The Turtles' "Happy Together" hits #1
    1968-The Monkees 58th and final TV episode was broadcast, ending a two year run. The Fabricated Four would soon start to dissolve as Peter Tork left the group later that year, leaving just Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones on the cover of the group's next album, "Instant Replay".
    1969--*DOANE, STEPHEN HOLDEN Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 March 1969. Entered service at: Albany, N.Y. Born: 13 October 1947, Beverley, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. First Lt. Doane was serving as a platoon leader when his company, engaged in a tactical operation, abruptly contacted an enemy force concealed in protected bunkers and trenches. Three of the leading soldiers were pinned down by enemy crossfire. One was seriously wounded. After efforts of 1 platoon to rescue these men had failed, it became obvious that only a small group could successfully move close enough to destroy the enemy position and rescue or relieve the trapped soldiers, 1st Lt. Doane, although fully aware of the danger of such an action, crawled to the nearest enemy bunker and silenced it. He was wounded but continued to advance to a second enemy bunker. As he prepared to throw a grenade, he was again wounded. Undaunted, he deliberately pulled the pin on the grenade and lunged with it into the enemy bunker, destroying this final obstacle. 1st Lt. Doane's supreme act enabled his company to rescue the trapped men without further casualties. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer were an inspiration to his men and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army .
    1971 - Tom Jones went gold with his single, "She's a Lady"
    1972 - The group, America, rode to the top of the pop music charts with their LP, "America", and the single (included on the LP), "A Horse with No Name". "A Horse With No Name" would be the group's only gold record and one of two number one songs (the other was "Sister Golden Hair", 6/14/75). America placed 11 tunes on the pop music charts between 1972 and 1983.
    1972---Top Hits
A Horse with No Name - America
Puppy Love - Donny Osmond
Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
My Hang-Up is You - Freddie Hart
    1972-Roberta Flack started a five-week run to the top of the Billboard album chart with "First Take". 
    1975 - The town of Sandberg reported a wind gust to 101 mph, a record for the state of California
    1977--After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, "Night Moves" goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: "Night Moves", "Mainstreet" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets".
    1980---Top Hits
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl - Spinners
Him - Rupert Holmes
Why Don't You Spend the Night - Ronnie Milsap
    1982-“9 to 5 ” premiered on TV. This half-hour sitcom was based on the 1980 movie of the same name about three working women in dead-end jobs in a larger corporation. The three women were played by Rita Moreno, Valerie Curtin and Rachel Dennison ( in the role her sister Dolly Parton had played in the movie.”
    1982-"Cagney & Lacey" premiered on TV, breaking new ground as the first TV crime show in which the central characters were both female. The series was based on a made-for-TV movie that aired Oct 8, 1981, starring Loretta Swit and Tyne Daly. Meg Foster played Swit's character, Chris Cagney, but after one season she was replaced by Sharon Gless. Daly and Gless won six Emmys together for their roles. The last telecast aired on Aug 25, 1988.
    1983--- Motown tapes an all-star concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California in order to celebrate the label's anniversary. Performers include Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Martha Reeves, and Jr. Walker. Also appearing, in what would be his last TV performance, is Marvin Gaye. A very brief Supremes reunion and a Jackson 5 performance top off the night, but when the show is broadcast on May 16, 1983, it is Michael Jackson's solo performance of his new single "Billie Jean" -- complete with moonwalk -- that would steal the show, kicking off the Thriller juggernaut and turning Michael from a superstar to a megastar overnight
    1985 - 57th Academy awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, no less. Host for the big show was actor/director Jack Lemmon .. The Best Picture of 1985 was "Amadeus", produced by Saul Zaentz. T It also won Oscars for Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. The film also won top honors for Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Peter Shaffer); Best Costume Design (Theodor Pistek); Best Sound (Mark Berger, Thomas Scott II, Todd Boekelheide, Christopher Newman); and Best Makeup (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith). Sally Field was pronounced Best Actress for "Places in the Heart", Best Supporting Actor was Haing S. Ngor for "The Killing Fields", and the Best Supporting Actress Oscar was given to Peggy Ashcroft for "A Passage to India". Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from "The Woman in Red" took the honors for Best Movie/Song. And the Academy gave an honorary Oscar to Jimmy Stewart in recognition of more than 70 films in his 50-year career. Stewart earned one Oscar for Best Actor in "Philadelphia Story" (1940), and nominations for Best Actor in "Mr. Smith Goes to ". Washington", "Harvey", "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Anatomy of a Murder". ".
    1988---Top Hits
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle
Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
Life Turned Her that Way - Ricky Van Shelton
    1988 - An early season heat wave prevailed in the southwestern U.S. The high of 93 degrees at Tucson AZ was a new record for March. Windy conditions prevailed across the central and eastern U.S. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Minneapolis MN, and reached 120 mph atop Rendezvous Peak WY
    1990 - Temperatures dipped below zero in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. Hardin MT was the cold spot in the nation with a morning low of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing drizzle was reported in the Southern Plains Region, with afternoon highs only in the 30s from the Southern High Plains to Missouri and Arkansas.
    1991- the World League of American Football, part of the marketing attempt by the National Football League to extend the game's popularity in Europe, made its debut as the London Monarchs defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy, 24-11.
    1991 – 63rd , Academy Awards Celebration, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Host was Billy Crystal, wearing an Armani tuxedo as did actors Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hanks, Dennis Hopper, Steve Martin and Denzel Washington. Also clad in Armani ... gowns ... were Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts and Jessica Tandy, prompting "Women's Wear Daily" to refer to the occasion as the “Armani Awards”. Best Picture of the year (1990) was "Dances with Wolves" (Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner, producers). Costner also won for his Best Direction of "Dances with Wolves". The Best Actor Oscar went to Jeremy Irons for "Reversal of Fortune". Best Actress was Kathy Bates for "Misery". The prize for Best Supporting Actor was claimed by Joe Pesci for "GoodFellas" and Best Supporting Actress was Whoopi Goldberg for "Ghost". The Best Music/Song was presented to Stephen Sondheim for "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" from "Dick Tracy". ".
    1995----Top Hits
Take A Bow- Madonna
Candy Rain- Soul For Real
Creep- TLC
Red Light Special- TLC
    1998-The National Football League awarded an expansion franchise to the City of Cleveland. The team, to be called the Browns, as was Cleveland's former team, now the Baltimore Ravens. Dwight Clark and Carmen Policy left the San Francisco to help manage the new franchise. Many local fans were glad to see them go.
    2000---Top Hits
Say My Name-- Destiny s Child
Maria Maria- Santana Featuring The Product G
Breathe- Faith Hill
Amazed- Lonestar
    2001-Steve Martin hosts the Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. Gladiator wins the best picture, Russell Crowe for the Gladiator,Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich,
Benicio Del Toro best supporting actor for Traffic, Best supporting actress Marcia Gay Harden 
for Pollock, Steven Soderbergh best director for Traffic, Best Writer Stephen Gaghan for
Traffic,Bob Dylan wins the Best Original Song Oscar for "Things Have Changed" from the movie Wonder Boys.

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