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Thursday, May 30, 2019

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Help Wanted Display Ads
   Centra Funding/Gamma Funding Corporation
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
    Taking Control
Back Office Companies
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The World's Largest Car Manufacturers - Chart
   Based on 2018 Unit Sales by Felix Richter, Statista
How to Get to "Groups" in LinkedIn
   It's Easy
FDIC-Insured Institutions Report Net Income
    of $60.7 Billion in First Quarter 2019 – Up 8.7%
BitX Funding and Pelagic Capital
    Announce Strategic Partnership
Paasolini/Charlie Says
 Glass/Destroyer/Night on Earthy
  Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Yellow Lab
   San Bernardino, California Adopt a Dog
NEFA’s Annual Baltimore Crab Feast
   Thursday, June 13, 2019  Baltimore, MD
News Briefs---
Subway Restaurants Plotting to Close Franchises
  By deBanked Staff
May Car Sales to Slip, Ford Set to Plunge
  Ford Motor Co.’s sales are expected to fall the most
NAFTA freight experiences largest monthly increase
     in two years
The Bond Market Is Giving Ominous Warnings
    About the Global Economy
Illinois Senate votes to legalize marijuana
   one of several controversial bills being considered
GE Plans to Cut Up to 1,044 Jobs in France
    as Power Woes Deepen

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

David Blassingame, CVLE, was promoted to Special Project Coordinator, Autoflex Leasing. He joined the company June, 1985, as Senior Vice President, Leasing Specialist, June, 1985, serving as Managing Partner until, February, 2018. Previously, he was Body Shop Manager, Sewell Automotive Companies (December, 1979 - May, 1985); Service Manager, Late Chevrolet (November, 1977 - November, 1978); New Car Sales, Ray Adams Ford (February, 1977 - November, 1977).  He joined Steakley Chevrolet June, 1972, serving as Cashier, Dispatcher, Shop Foreman; promoted January, 1974, Body Shop Estimator. Prior, he was a Patrolman, Galveston Municipal Police Department (December, 1968 - January, 1972).  Community Service:  Host: The Saturday Morning Test Drive, 105.3 The Fan Entercom Communications (June, 2004 - Present); Retired from the National Vehicle Leasing Association Board (2009 - 2018). Resource Witness, Federal Trade Commission.  President, Whispering Hills Neighborhood Association (January, 2013 - December, 2014).

Anthony Bowen was hired as Equipment Finance Manager, Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, California.   He is located in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Previously, he was Senior Account Executive, Kinetic Leasing, Inc. (August, 2018 - April, 2019). Prior, he was at Engs Commercial Finance Co., starting May, 2016, BDM, Professional Referral Program (Equipment Leasing and Finance); promoted, March, 2018, Territory Manager,  Construction Division (Midwest);  AVP, Equipment Leasing, Banker's Bank (2014 - 2016); Business Development Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (2011 - 2014). Licenses: Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP).  Education: Northwest Missouri State University, Bachelor's Degree.

Scott Chait was hired as Vice President and Counsel, In-House Legal Support for the Equipment Finance and Leasing Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, New York, New York. He previously was at Societe Generale Equipment Finance, SGEF, starting October, 2016 as Operations Consultant; promoted April, 2017, Operations  Associate; promoted August, 2018; Principal, Bridgetower Capital (July, 2016 - September, 2016); Associate Attorney, Equipment Leasing and Finance,  Peretore & Peretore, P.C. (May, 2009 – June, 2016); Associate, Wagner Davis P.C. (April, 2008 – October, 2008); Attorney, Shiboleth LLP (September, 2007 – April, 2008); Operations Director, Amcha (July, 2003 – April, 2004); Marketing Manager, TMP Directional Marketing (July, 2000 – July, 2003); Legal Assistant, Milberg LLP (June, 1999 – July, 2000). He has written and served as co-author for many finance and leasing magazines, newspapers, including Leasing News. Education: Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2004 – 2007). Recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law (Notes & Comments Editor). Moot Court Honor Society (Bankruptcy Appellate Team). Internships: BLS Legal Services Corporate & Real Estate Clinic (Spring, 2007); General Counsel's Office, Housing Partnership Development Corporation (Spring, 2006); Kings County D.A.’s Office (Fall, 2005); The Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Summer, 2005). Education: New York University-The Gallatin School, B.A., Creative Writing & Literature (1996 – 1999). Recipient of the Rubin Creative Writing Award for Best Short Story. Phi Theta Kappa Society Scholarship Recipient. University Honors Scholar. The Frisch School, High School.

Bill Conrad was hired as Vice President of Business Development, North East Trailer Service, Columbus, Ohio Area. Previously, he was National Account Executive, Star Leasing Company (February, 2008 - May, 2019) serving as Columbus, Ohio, Branch Manager (June, 2012 - August, 2014), Charlotte, NC, Branch Manager March, 2009 - June, 2012); Area Manager, EXTRA Lease LLC (October, 2002 - January, 2008); Business Owner, Steel City Sales, Inc. (December, 2000 - October, 2002); Sales Representative, Penske Truck Leasing (July, 1992 - April, 1999). Education: Marietta College, BA, Business Communication (1991 - 1995).  Activities and Societies: Varsity Lacrosse and Ice Hockey Club.  Minor in Finance.  Certificate for Public Speaking.

Candace Horvath was promoted to Senior Product Manager, LeaseAccelerator, Reston, Virginia.  She is located in Johnstown, Colorado.  She joined the company in 2011 as Account Associate/Support Specialist.  Community Service: Volunteer: Serve Team Resurrection Fellowship, City of Loveland (July, 2016 - Present).  Education: Red Rocks Community College, Associate of Science (A.S.), Physical Sciences.  University of Colorado at Boulder, Environmental Science.

Stuart Papavassiliou was hired as Creative Copywriter, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of People's United Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Previously, he was Independent Insurance Agent, Bankers Life (June, 2018 - May, 2019); Self Employed, Freelance Writer (January, 2017 - May, 2019); Executive Editor, Equipment Finance Advisor (September, 2012 - December, 2016); Executive Editor, ABL Advisor (2012 - 2016); Senior Editor, ABF Journal (July, 2002 - August, 2012); Xander Media Group, Director of Editorial Content, Monitor, Inc. (February, 2002 - August, 2012); Director of Editorial Content, Xander Media Group, Publishers of the Monitor & ABF Journal (February, 2002 - August, 2012); Relationship Manager, Chase Manhattan Trust Company of Pennsylvania (December, 1998 - November, 2001); Trust Officer, AVP, PNC Bank; Bond Interest Specialist, First Pennsylvania Bank (1985 - 1988).  Community Service: Board Chairman, End Violence (2010 - Present). Program Leader, Landmark Education (May, 2998- Present). Education: Indiana University, Bloomington. Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance (1977 - 1982). Activities and Societies: National Merit Scholar. Voce pupil of Jean Deis and Rei Grist. Graduated with Academic Distinction.  High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (1974 - 1977) Landmark Education.

Matt Siemer was hired as Vice President, Rail Leasing, Heartland Rail, LLC, Heartland Companies, Columbia, Illinois. He is based in Mason, Ohio.  Previously, he was Vice President, Railcar Leasing, CIT Rail (November, 2014 - April, 2019); Regional Manager, Raid Equipment Group, The David J Joseph Co. (March, 2011 - November, 2014); Account Executive, AirWay Technologies (October, 2000 - June, 2011); Account Executive, MCI WorldCom (1998 - October, 2000); Customer Service Representative, Lenscrafters  (1997 - 1998).  Education:  Indiana University, Bloomington.  BA, Journalism (1992 - 1996). Activities and Societies: Alpha Tau Omega, Little 500, Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Doug Slagle was hire as Vice President Originations, Radius Bank, Boston, Massachusetts.  He is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Previously, he was Vice President, Equipment Financing, Sentry Financial (November, 2018 - May, 2019); Vice President, GrowthFunding Equipment Finance, a Division of People's Utah Bankcorp (May, 2016 - October, 2018); Vice President, VFI Corporate Finance (September, 2001 - May, 2016). Education: California State University, Sacramento. Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management.

Peter Steger was hired as Senior Vice President, Operations, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is located in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Operations, MB Equipment Finance (June, 2012 - April, 2019); Vice President, Business Banking Group, Banc of America Leasing (2007 - 2008); Vice President, LaSalle National Leasing (2002 - 2007); Vice President, AT&T Capital Corporation, Automotive Services (1992 - 2002); Vice President, AT&T Capital Corporation (1985 - 2002).  Education: Fairfield University, Bachelor of Science (BS). (1980 - 1984).

Yasmin Vargas was hired as Client Support Administrator, Platinum Resource Group, Irvine, California. Previously, she was at Partners Capital Group, starting August, 2018, Office Administrator; promoted October, 2018, Documentation Specialist. Debate Coach, CL Academy (December, 2017 - August, 2018) and internship January, 2018 as student Assistant Director of Forensics); Attraction Hostess, Disneyland (October, 2015 - June, 2017); Guest Services Associate, Target (August, 2014 - October, 2015).  Education: California State University, Fullerton. Bachelor of Arts, BA, Human Communication Studies (2014 - 2018). Activities and Societies: Forensics (speech and debate).  California State University, Fullerton. Minor, Cultural Anthropology (2014 - 2018).



Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Taking Control

Originators in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry are busy funding transactions. But, who is controlling the process? Are they reacting to the market or being pro-active participants in the market?

An originator recently explained how his daily activities are dependent upon the emails he receives first thing in the morning and again when he returns from lunch. He believes he is servicing the needs of his clients. He admits that the client that "barks the loudest - gets the bone." "The squeaky wheel gets the oil." This originator is an average producer. He works hard. His clients love him. But, he needs to take control of his business in order to move to a higher level of production and to become a top producer. He needs to become more than a reactionary service provider. He admits that prospecting is just not a priority. He is living in a confined bubble and if (when) the bubble bursts, he has no plan B.

At the same company, in the cubicle next to the reactionary originator, sits a top producer. She is well organized; she pro-actively solicits business that aligns with her long-term objectives and personal strategy. She spends time enhancing her value proposition and her industry knowledge. She is methodical and deliberate in her approach. She picks the types of transactions she prefers to work on and politely eliminates transactions with a low probability of actually funding. She is never frazzled or haphazard. She is a professional originator and new business developer. She controls her own destiny with good time management and industry knowledge.

Choose Your Path


Order via Amazon:  
Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

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Back Office Companies

Advance Property Tax Compliance Group 88 Systems, Inc.  
Barrett Management Corp. Haws Consulting Group Phoenix Leasing Portfolio Srvcs., Inc.
Bank of the West JDR Solutions Portfolio Financial Servicing Co.
ECS Financial Services Lease Broker Assistant, LLC LeaseDimensions, Inc.
RPC Property Tax Advisors, LLC Madison Capital, LLC
GreatAmerica Portfolio 
Services Group LLC
Orion First Financial, LLC

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has submitted a proposal for a merger with the Renault Group that would create the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world. According to the proposal, the newly formed group would be co-owned by FCA and Renault shareholders at a 50-50 split and feature a balanced number of seats on the Board of Directors.

Fiat Chrysler, the group behind popular brands such as Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Alfa Romeo, was the seventh largest automobile group in the world last year, selling 4.8 million vehicles in total. Adding Renault’s 3.88 million cars sold in 2018 to that total would create the third largest player in the industry led by Volkswagen and Toyota.

According to FCA’s proposal, the merger could result in synergies of more than €5 billion annually, not predicating on plant closures. “Combining the businesses will bring together complementary strengths”, the proposal reads, referring to geographic and segment coverage as well as to FCA’s capabilities in autonomous driving and Renault’s expertise with respect to electric vehicles. Renault’s Board of Directors is scheduled to discuss the proposal on Monday, after which the company will issue a press release. Shareholders reacted positively to the news, with both companies’ shares up more than 10 percent in European trading on Monday.

By Felix Richter, Statista



How to Get to "Groups" in LinkedIn
It's Easy

Group postings are no longer on the tool bar, but they are still accessible.

In the section called "Work," upper right, click on it and you will see the groups icon to click. It will bring you to "My Groups" and Groups.


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FDIC-Insured Institutions Report Net Income
of $60.7 Billion in First Quarter 2019 – Up 8.7%

  • Net Income Rises 8.7 Percent from a Year Earlier
  • Net Interest Margin Rises to 3.42 Percent
  • Community Banks’ Net Income Increases 10.1 Percent from a Year Earlier
  • Total Loan and Lease Balances Increase 4.1 Percent from First Quarter 2018
  • Number of “Problem Banks” Drops to 59

“The banking industry reported another positive quarter. The FDIC continues to encourage banks to maintain prudent risk management in order to support lending through this economic cycle.”
— FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams

Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $60.7 billion in first quarter of 2019, up $4.9 billion (8.7 percent) from a year earlier. The increase in net income was mainly attributable to a $7.9 billion (6 percent) increase in net interest income. Financial results for first quarter of 2019 are included in the FDIC’s latest Quarterly Banking Profile released Wednesday.

FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams, said, “The banking industry reported another positive quarter,” Growth in net income was mainly attributable to higher net interest income.  Net interest margins improved, asset quality indicators remained stable, and the number of ‘problem banks’ continued to decline.  Community banks also reported a strong quarter, with annual loan growth and a net interest margin surpassing the overall industry.”

“With a historically low interest-rate environment and strong competition to attract lending, some institutions have ‘reached for yield,’ which limited net interest margin expansion.  With the recent stabilization of interest rate hikes, some institutions may face new challenges in lending and funding.

Therefore, banks must maintain prudent risk management in order to support lending through this economic cycle.”

Highlights from the First Quarter 2019 Quarterly Banking Profile
Net Income Rises 8.7 Percent from a Year Earlier: The aggregate net income for the 5,362 FDIC-insured institutions increased by $4.9 billion (8.7 percent) from a year ago to $60.7 billion, led by higher net interest income.  Almost two-thirds of all institutions reported annual increases in net income and less than 4 percent of institutions were unprofitable.  The average return on assets increased to 1.35 percent, up from 1.28 percent a year earlier.

Community Banks Quarterly Net Income Increased 10.1 Percent from a Year Earlier: The 4,930 insured institutions identified as community banks reported net income of $6.5 billion in the first quarter, up $596 million (10.1 percent) from a year earlier.  The increase was driven by higher net interest income (up $1.1 billion, or 6.4 percent), higher securities gains (up $110 million, or 206.7 percent), and lower provision expense (down $137 million, or 17.3 percent).  Lower noninterest income (down $84 million, or 1.9 percent) and higher noninterest expense (up $585 million, or 4 percent) partially offset improvements to net income.

Net Interest Income Rises 6 Percent Over 12 Months: Net interest income totaled $139.3 billion in the first quarter, up $7.9 billion (6 percent) from first quarter 2018.  Nearly four out of five banks (79.3 percent) reported an improvement in net interest income from a year earlier.  The average net interest margin rose to 3.42 percent, up from 3.32 percent a year ago.

Total Loan and Lease Balances Increase 4.1 Percent from First Quarter 2018: Over the past 12 months, total loan and lease balances increased by 4.1 percent, a slight decline from the 4.4 percent annual growth rate reported last quarter. Growth among major loan categories was led by commercial and industrial loans, which increased by $37.7 billion (1.7 percent), but was offset by credit card balances, which fell by $43.5 billion (4.8 percent).  Total loan and lease balances fell by $4.8 billion from fourth quarter 2018, with commercial and industrial loans registering the largest dollar increase from a year ago (up $155.6 billion, or 7.6 percent).

Asset Quality Indicators Remain Stable: The amount of loans that were noncurrent – 90 days or more past due or in nonaccrual status – increased by $461.6 million (0.5 percent) during the first quarter.  Noncurrent balances declined for residential mortgages (down $2.2 billion, or 5 percent), but increased for commercial and industrial loans (up $3.3 billion, or 22.8 percent).  The average noncurrent loan rate remained unchanged from the previous quarter (0.99 percent).  Net charge-offs increased by $667.8 million (5.5 percent) from a year ago, but the average net charge-off rate remained unchanged (0.50 percent).

The Number of Banks on the “Problem Bank List” Declines to 59: The FDIC’s Problem Bank List declined from 60 to 59 during the first quarter, the lowest number of problem banks since first quarter 2007.  Total assets of problem banks declined from $48.5 billion in the fourth quarter to $46.7 billion.  During the first quarter, merger transactions absorbed 43 institutions, one new charter was added, and no failures occurred.

The Deposit Insurance Fund’s Reserve Ratio Remained Unchanged at 1.36 Percent: The Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) balance increased by $2.3 billion from the previous quarter to $104.9 billion.  The increase was mainly driven by assessment income, interest income, and unrealized gains on securities held by the DIF.  The reserve ratio remained unchanged (1.36 percent) from the previous quarter, as strong seasonal growth in insured deposits offset the growth in DIF.

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BitX Funding and Pelagic Capital
Announce Strategic Partnership

Greg Minsky, Managing Director, Pelagic Capital shaking hand of
 Todd Rowe, President, BitX Funding

FAIRFIELD, Conn./ -- BitX Funding and Pelagic Capital are pooling resources to expand their offerings for business financing with combined decades of experience, strong alliances and an exceptional range of lenders.  United in their objective to broker the ideal match for their respective clients, the sophisticated funding network of online marketplace BitX is strategically aligning with the comprehensive leasing and dealership universe of Pelagic.  With core competencies that complement one another and their customer base, the seasoned entities will build on the opportunity they have reputably created for local business within the non-bank niche between captive and subprime lending.  Individually, BitX and Pelagic help to push valued clients through the borrower bottleneck and streamline access to working capital.  Together, they will amplify lending and leverage the business lifecycle to include equipment financing that can broaden their collective range and take clients to the next level in any economic environment.  

Todd Rowe, President of BitX Funding, said, "We're excited to blend our expertise with long-standing relationships across business categories to offer more products and services.

 "Process, procedure and a deep bench of lenders and dealers will allow our clients to gain access to the asset funding needed to grow their business."

For over 35 years, Pelagic Capital Corporation has been providing financial solutions for a wide range of commercial assets, specializing in transportation.  Direct-lending expertise and well-cultivated collaborations with dealers nationwide add value to their offerings that secure non-bank lending and financing for income producing equipment.

Greg Minsky, Managing Director at Pelagic Capital, commented,
 "We want the bankers and lenders to look at us and realize we are doing something that not everybody can procure. We understand the hard asset side of the business, what it takes to get transactions closed and how to get to the yes."  

Whether you are a first-time buyer looking for credit or an established business that is seeking growth, Pelagic secures the financial match for asset-based investment.   

Since 2013, BitX Funding has generated over $10 million in financing for small businesses nationwide by breaking down barriers within traditional banking through an online marketplace that pairs small-business owners with optimal lenders offering startup loans, business lines of credit, short-term loan, mid-term loan, SBA loan and merchant cash advances.  Todd Rowe, President of BitX Funding, is an experienced non-bank lender within the fintech universe whose corporate initiatives support his mission of galvanizing the economy of small business.

Founded in 1991, Pelagic Capital Corporation is a transportation equipment finance company that offers a suite of value-added services and structures tailored for transportation companies and other non-transportation industries using trucks.  Rounding out its role as a boutique funding source, the company offers a competitive advantage in underwriting, deal structuring, collateral evaluation and remarketing to deliver the optimal package of financial products, debt financing and leasing across a broad spectrum of general equipment categories including the transportation, construction, material handling, manufacturing, machine tools, food service, IT, printing and medical industries.  A long-standing member of the UTA (Used Truck Association) and a venerable partner with dealerships across the country, Pelagic integrates industry enhancements and support services designed to increase the operational success of drivers and corporations.

Equipment leasing has proven to be one of the most resilient financial services, and the fastest growing form of business investment in the U.S.  Eight out of ten companies lease for optimization of cash flow, protection from equipment obsolescence and tax advantages.  BitX Funding and Pelagic Capital can now empower clients with more to adapt and thrive in varying economic conditions.  "The time is right for offering small business owners more funding options based on their needs," said Todd Rowe. "The partnership will fortify transactions by providing the best product, term, and rate."

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Thoughtful portraits of controversial subjects (“Pasolini,” “Charlie Says”) come to theaters, while new DVD releases offer ambitious fantasy (“Glass”), brooding drama (“Destroyer”), and eccentric comedy (“Night on Earth”).

In theaters:

Pasolini (Kino Lorber): Better known for his uncompromising portraits of the American underworld, Abel Ferrara (“The Bad Lieutenant”) mines an unexpectedly tender streak in this sincere, sensitive look at the last day in the life of controversial Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. While working on his final film, Pasolini (beautifully played by Willem Dafoe) deals with critics and family, struggling to harmonize his ferocious ideals with his lifestyle. Weaving subversive fantasies, he finds the mix of sensitivity and harshness that characterizes his work reflected on his own life. Examining the man’s art as well as his quotidian existence, Ferrara’s unconventional biopic moves in impressionistic fragments that richly blend light and darkness. The result is a moving portrait of a provocateur who always lived on the edge of the abyss.

Charlie Says (IFC Films): “American Psycho” director Mary Harron serves up another intelligent exploration of the nightmarish side of history with this lucid account of the Manson family. Unfolding in the wake of the grisly murders that brought the cult infamy, the story follows Karlene Faith (Merritt Weaver), a feminist activist who, determined to get to the bottom of the tragedy, interviewed a trio of “Manson girls” in jail. As she talks to Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon) and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendon), a complex view of their toxic bond with Charles Manson (played by Matt Smith) gradually emerges. Can her inquiry break through their brainwashed façade? Keeping a tone of thoughtful, compassionate calm, Harron’s film takes a humanistic look at a volatile era.

Nextflix: Actress, singer and activist, Doris Day (1922-2019) was a shimmering icon of classical Hollywood. So check out Netflix for this legend’s best roles, which include “Calamity Jane” (1953), “Love Me or Leave Me” (1955), “The Pajama Game” (1957), and “Pillow Talk” (1959).


Glass (Universal Pictures): Oscar-nominated filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan dives into the world of comic-book mythology with this caustic, distinctive tale, which brings together several characters from his previous movies. On one side are the protagonists from “Unbreakable,” reluctant superhero David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and his nemesis, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). On the other is Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy), last seen in “Split” as a mass of murderous personalities. Dunn and Crumb find themselves headed toward a brutal confrontation, but how much of their conflict is being orchestrated by the nefarious Mr. Glass? Trading the nonstop action from the Marvel blockbusters for a self-reflexive, corrosive study of modern cults, this is an ambitious fantasy that benefits from Shyamalan’s eccentric style, not to mention the commitment of his actors.

Destroyer (Annapurna Pictures): Nicole Kidman delivers a strong performance in this broodingly grim drama, directed by tough-girl specialist Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”). Kidman stars as Erin Bell, a police detective making the rounds of the shadiest parts of Los Angeles. Her latest assignment puts her on the trail of a gang leader, who she tracks down by making her way through his underworld cohorts. As she continues obsessively, flashbacks reveal an old secret involving stolen money and a relationship with her former partner (Sebastian Stan). Combining guilt and hunger for revenge, Erin soon finds herself running out of time as her stern exterior begins to unravel. With a hard-boiled surface and a tragic center, Kusama’s character study provides Kidman with a tough, glamour-free showcase simmering with bleary fury.

Night on Earth (Criterion): The hipster soul of American indie cinema, director Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise”) goes international in this delightful 1991 comedy, which follows wildly contrasting taxi drivers in different parts of the planet. In Los Angeles, a scrappy cabbie (Winona Ryder) fascinates a Hollywood agent (Gena Rowlands); in Paris, an African immigrant (Isaach De Bankolé) drives in the night with a mysterious blind woman (Beatrice Dalle); in Rome, a cheerfully depraved driver (Roberto Benigni) drives a priest crazy with his impromptu confessions. And so it goes throughout the globe, with the director finding humor in the oddball characters, as well as poignancy in the way they fleetingly cross paths and forge connections before continuing to drift away. Clever, accessible, and rewarding. With subtitles.


Yellow Lab
San Bernardino, California Adopt a Dog

This Dog

“I am an unaltered male, yellow Labrador Retriever. I have been at the shelter since May 22, 2019.”

For more information about this animal, call:
San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number A524035

City of San Bernardino
Animal Control
333 Chandler Place
San Bernardino, Ca 92408

Animal Shelter Visiting Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00am - 5:0)Pm
Closed: Sunday, Monday

Note that the last adoption will start at 4:30 pm.

Adopt a Pet


NEFA’s Annual Baltimore CRAB FEAST
Thursday, June 13, 2019  Baltimore, MD

Hot Steamed Crabs with vermicelli

Unlimited Crabs, Fun & Networking!


Just Two Weeks Away...
Over 50+ people have already registered...why not join them?

"I've been attending the Baltimore Crab Feast since the early 90's. It's a Baltimore tradition for local participants in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry. We're always thrilled to share our crab eating techniques with our friends that journey to Baltimore from all corners of the country."
     —Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 5PM – 8PM
Location: Captain James Crabhouse

Questions? Contact one of your event hosts:
Kim King: NEFA | (847) 380-5053
Patty McDevitt: NEFA | (847) 380-5052
Nancy Pistorio, CLFP: Madison Capital, LLC | P: (443) 796-7325
Scott Wheeler, CLFP: Wheeler Business Consulting | P: (410) 877-0428


News Briefs----

Subway Restaurants Plotting to Close Franchises
  By deBanked Staff

May Car Sales to Slip, Ford Set to Plunge
  Ford Motor Co.’s sales are expected to fall the most

NAFTA freight experiences largest monthly increase
     in two years

The Bond Market Is Giving Ominous Warnings
    About the Global Economy

Illinois Senate votes to legalize marijuana
one of several controversial bills being considered

GE Plans to Cut Up to 1,044 Jobs in France
    as Power Woes Deepen



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10 predictions Steve Jobs made about the future of tech
   that came true — and 2 he got totally wrong


Fast Break

In Memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984
Edward Hirsch

A hook shot kisses the rim and
hangs there, helplessly, but doesn't drop,

and for once our gangly starting center
boxes out his man and times his jump

perfectly, gathering the orange leather
from the air like a cherished possession

and spinning around to throw a strike
to the outlet who is already shoveling

an underhand pass toward the other guard
scissoring past a flat-footed defender

who looks stunned and nailed to the floor
in the wrong direction, trying to catch sight

of a high, gliding dribble and a man
letting the play develop in front of him

in slow motion, almost exactly
like a coach's drawing on the blackboard,

both forwards racing down the court
the way that forwards should, fanning out

and filling the lanes in tandem, moving
together as brothers passing the ball

between them without a dribble, without
a single bounce hitting the hardwood

until the guard finally lunges out
and commits to the wrong man

while the power-forward explodes past them
in a fury, taking the ball into the air

by himself now and laying it gently
against the glass for a lay-up,

but losing his balance in the process,
inexplicably falling, hitting the floor

with a wild, headlong motion
for the game he loved like a country

and swiveling back to see an orange blur
floating perfectly though the net.



Sports Briefs---

2019 NBA Finals: Schedules, news, odds and more

Price tag for Raiders stadium to climb,
  which is a good thing, project official says

Why Derek Carr will benefit from second season
     in Jon Gruden's offense


California Nuts Briefs---

Feds return $13 million to Sacramento Kings
    after bizarre theft by top team executive

California insurance commissioner calls on insurers
   to give North Bay fire victims another year of rental assistance

‘The time to do something is today:’
  California police use-of-force bill wins bipartisan backing



“Gimme that Wine”

New Statistics Confirm It: European Wine Is Conquering Canada

Ten Top Wine Destinations
  Okanagan Valley, British Columbia #1

Wine on Wheels:
   A Mobile Tasting Room Rolling Into Wine Country

Fire, smoke damages Windsor winery warehouse,
  300 barrels of wine

Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019:
   Full results announced

Despite Eye Rolls, Good Sancerres Rise Above the Sniping

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in History

     1498 - Christopher Columbus set sail with six ships from Sanlucar in Spain on his third voyage of exploration to the Americas. In reality, he never discovered the mainland, only a group of islands in the Bahamas that he thought were islands off of India, thus he gave to the natives he found the name Indians. The scuttlebutt of the time was that these natives were the lost tribe of the Hebrews (I am not making this up. Read your history.) Historians have also proven that Cristo Colombo was Jewish, as was his navigator who actually is the one who sited the land. Also, Queen Isabella never financed the journey (this was made up by children's story tellers). He actually was financed by two Jewish merchants. 
    1539 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers in search of gold. Hernando de Soto returned to the New World at the head of a 1,000-man expedition into North America. He proceeded through what is now Alabama and Tennessee, making treaties with some Indians, viciously fighting with others.
    1734 - Benjamin Franklin published the first American Masonic Book. The Masons were a strong movement for several centuries in America.
    1783 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first daily newspaper published in the US. The paper was published at Philadelphia, PA, by Benjamin Towne.
    1806 - Dueling was common in early America. Future president Andrew Jackson shot and killed Charles Dickson at Harrison's Mills on the Red River, Logan County, KY. The combatants stood 24 feet apart. Dickinson fired first. The shot broke a couple of Jackson's ribs and grazed his breastbone. Despite the injury, Jackson fired and killed Dickinson. It was one of a hundred duels and brawls in which Jackson is said to have participated. Jackson served as President of the United States from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1837.
    1848 - William G. Young of Baltimore, MD patented the “ice cream freezer.” A record of a purchase for a “cream machine for ice” is contained in George Washington's expense ledger under date of May 17, 1784, and there were such machines dated earlier, but this is the first patent and production manufacturing of it followed for two centuries.
    1854 - The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established. The governor of the Kansas Territory was James William Denver. Pres. Pierce kept appointing proslavery governors. The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise and opened the north to slavery. This period of Kansas history was incorporated into the 1998 novel “The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton,” by Jane Smiley. 
    1868 - Memorial Day was observed for the first time in the United States, at the request of General John A. Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first called Decoration Day because the General had seen women decorating graves of Civil War heroes.
    1879 - A major outbreak of severe weather occurred in Kansas and Western Missouri. Tornadoes in Kansas killed 18 persons at Delphos and claimed 30 lives at Irving where two twisters struck within minutes of one another, reducing the small community to rubble. The second tornado was perhaps two miles wide and exhibited multiple vortices.
    1886 - Seeing eye dog creator Dorothy Wood Eustis (d. 1946) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a widow, she moved from the U.S. to Switzerland where she continued her experiments in breeding German Shepherd dogs of great intelligence and easy dispositions. Her dogs were soon in great demand all over Europe for police work. A school was developed in Europe to train the intelligent dogs for what we know today as the seeing eye dogs for the blind. She returned to the U.S. to establish the seeing eye dog movement, setting up a training school for dogs and owners. At her death, her school had trained more than 1300 guide dogs for the blind - all based on her breeding acumen.
    1894 – Bobby Lowe of the Boston Beaneaters became the first player to hit four home runs in one game, in a 20-11 win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader. Lowe hits two of his homers in the 3rd inning. 
    1902 - Birthday of actor/comedian Stepin Fetchit, born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (d. 1985), Key West, FL.  Perry parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career and became a millionaire. He was the first black actor to do so. He was also the first black actor to receive featured screen credit in a film.  Perry's film career slowed after 1939, and after 1953, nearly stopped altogether. Around that time, the actor and the character began to be seen by black Americans and Americans at large as an embarrassing and harmful anachronism, echoing and perpetuating negative stereotypes.,+Stepin
    1903 - Birthday of African-American poet Countee Cullen (d. 1946), Baltimore, MD
    1905 - Birthday of trumpet player Sidney DeParis (d. 1967), Crawfordsville, IN
    1909 - Benny Goodman (d. 1986) birthday, Chicago.  Known as the "King of Swing," in the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by the critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."  Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major jazz artists. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed nearly to the end of his life.  In July 1935, a record of the Goodman band playing the Fletcher Henderson arrangements of "King Porter Stomp" backed with "Sometimes I’m Happy" was released by RCA Victor, to ecstatic reviews.  Reports were that in Pittsburgh at the Stanley Theater some of the young members of the audience danced in the aisles, but in general these arrangements had little impact on the band's tour until August 19, when they arrived at McFadden’s Ballroom in Oakland, CA.  There, Goodman and his band, including Gene Krupa, Bunny Berigan, and the singer Helen Ward, found a large crowd of young dancers, raving and cheering the hot music they had heard on the Let's Dance radio show.  Herb Caen wrote that "from the first note, the place was in an uproar."  At the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, Goodman and his band began a three-week engagement. On top of the Let's Dance airplay, Al Jarvis had been playing Goodman records on KFWB radio and Los Angeles fans were primed to hear him in person.  Goodman started the evening with stock arrangements, but after an indifferent response, he began the second set with the arrangements by Fletcher Henderson and Spud Murphy. According to Willard Alexander, the band's booking agent, Krupa said, "If we're gonna die, Benny, let's die playing our own thing."  The crowd broke into cheers and applause. News reports spread word of the exciting new music and the enthusiastic dancing to it.  The Palomar engagement was such a marked success it is often described as the beginning of the swing era.  According to Donald Clarke, "It is clear in retrospect that the Swing Era had been waiting to happen, but it was Goodman and his band that touched it off."
    1909 - A very narrow but intense F4 tornado cut across the sleeping town of Zephyr, Texas shortly after midnight. 34 people were killed and 70 were injured. Many homes were literally swept away with nothing left on the sites, just vacant lot after vacant lot.
    1910 - Birthday of Ralph Metcalfe (d. 1978), Olympic gold medal sprinter born at Atlanta, GA. Metcalfe set world records in the 100 yards, 100 meters and 200 meters between 1932 and 1936. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he finished second to Jesse Owens in the 100 meters and won a gold medal as a member of the 400-meter relay team. After World War II, Metcalfe was very active in Democratic politics, serving as a convention delegate; first Illinois Athletic commissioner; elected four times to the US House of Representatives. He founded the Ralph H. Metcalfe Youth Foundation which provided athletic and educational programs for youth. He was named a member of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports in 1975. The federal building at 77 W. Jackson in Chicago was named for him when it was dedicated in 1991.
    1911 - The first Indianapolis 500 took place. The race was created by Carl Fisher, who in 1909 replaced the stone surface of his 2.5-mile racetrack with a brick one—hence the nickname “The Brickyard.” The first long-distance race was won by Ray Harroun, 29 years old, who drove a 16-cyclinder Marmon Wasp over the 2.5-mile oval course for a distance of 500 miles in 6 hours, 41 minutes, 8 seconds, an average of 74.7 miles per hour. Only 38 of the 44 cars entered completed the race. One contestant was killed in an accident. The race was witnessed by 85,000 spectators.
    1912 - During the second running of the Indianapolis 500, driver Ralph Mulford was told he would have to finish the race to collect 10th-place money. Mulford did so, but it took him eight hours, 53 minutes, more than 2 ½ hours longer than the winner. He stopped for fried chicken several times along the way, and the rule was changed the following year.
    1922 - Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. If you haven't seen it in person, it is well worth the trip. The memorial is made of marble from Colorado and Tennessee and limestone from Indiana. It stands in West Potomac Park at Washington, DC. The outside columns are Doric, the inside, Ionic. The Memorial was designed by architect Henry Bacon and its cornerstone was laid in 1915. A skylight lets light into the interiors where the compelling statue “Seated Lincoln,” by sculptor Daniel Chester French, is situated between the north and south chambers was carved of Georgia white marble by the Piccirilli Brothers under French’s direction and took four years to complete. The statue is 19 feet tall from head to foot, the scale being such that if Lincoln were standing, he would be 28 feet tall.   It is open to the public 24 hours a day.  Since 2010, approximately 6 million people visit the memorial annually.
    1923 - Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic," premiered.
    1927 - Birthday of actor Clint Walker, born Norman Eugene Walker, Hartford, IL. (d. 2018). My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes of TV show “Cheyenne” in which Clint Walker was the star.
    1927 – Walter Johnson threw the last of his 110 career shutouts in a 3-0 win over the Red Sox.
    1935 – Babe Ruth played in his final Major League game, for the Boston Braves.  Phillies pitcher Jim Bivin retired Ruth on a groundout in the Babe's final at-bat. 
    1935 - Tommy Dorsey splits from Jimmy after disagreement on tempo on “I'll Never Say Never Again Again” at the Glen Island Casino, New Rochelle, NY. They would not talk to each other until the 1950's, playing only one more time together on a television special.
    1940 – Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants threw a one-hitter and 87 pitches for the 7-0 win over the Dodgers.  
    1943 - Battle of the Aleutian Islands. The islands of Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska were retaken by the US 7th Infantry Division. The battle (Operation Land Grab) began when an American force of 11,000 landed on Attu May 12. In three weeks of fighting, US casualties numbered 552 killed and 1,140 wounded. Only 28 wounded Japanese were taken prisoner. Their dead amounted to 2,352 of whom 500 committed suicide.
    1943 - Birthday of Gale Eugene Sayers, pro Football Hall of Fame running back, Wichita, KS.  Sayers spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971, though multiple injuries effectively limited him to five seasons of play. He was known for his elusiveness and agility, and was regarded by his peers as one of the most difficult players to tackle.  Nicknamed the "Kansas Comet," Sayers played for the University of Kansas where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. In his rookie NFL season, he set a league record by scoring 22 total touchdowns and gained 2,272 all-purpose yards en route to being recognized as the NFL's Rookie of the Year.  Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 and, aged 34, remains the youngest person to receive the honor. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame the same year. His jersey number is retired by both the Bears and the University of Kansas. In March 2017, Sayers' wife, Ardythe, revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia four years prior.  She stated that a Mayo Clinic doctor confirmed it was likely caused by his football career.
    1950 - Top Hits
“My Foolish Heart” - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
“Bewitched” - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
“It Isn't Fair” - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
“Birmingham Bounce” - Red Foley
    1956 - African-Americans in Tallahassee began a bus boycott in that city. They were protesting the system of segregation that required non-whites to ride in the back of busses.
    1956 – In what will be his Triple Crown year, Mickey Mantle of the Yankees almost hit the first fair ball out of Yankee Stadium.  Within a foot-and-a-half clearing the façade on the roof, it hits the upper deck in right field, 370 feet from home plate and 117 feet in the air. Mantle also becomes the first player in Major League history to hit 20 home runs by the end of May as the Yankees beat the Washington Senators, 4-3. 
    1958 - Top Hits
“All I Have to Do is Dream” - The Everly Brothers
“Return to Me” - Dean Martin
“Do You Want to Dance” - Bobby Freeman
“Just Married” - Marty Robbins
    1963 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "It's My Party," Lesley Gore.
    1964 - Wynonna Judd birthday, Ashland, KY.  U.S. country western singer who won the Grammy 1985, ‘86, ‘87, ’89. She was voted top female country artist award in 1994 Judd.  Daughter of Naomi Judd and sister of actress Ashley.
    1964 - The Beatles' "Love Me Do" hits #1 
    1966 - Top Hits
“When a Man Loves a Woman” - Percy Sledge
“A Groovy Kind of Love” - The Mindbenders
“Paint It, Black” - The Rolling Stones
“Distant Drums” - Jim Reeves
    1967 - Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles lined together in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, Georgia.
    1970 - Ray Stevens' "Everything Is Beautiful" hits #1 
    1971 - The spacecraft Mariner 9 was launched in the direction of Mars. It became the first craft to orbit another planet, returning many images of Mars. The images revealed what appear to be riverbeds on the surface, suggesting the presence of water on Mars at some point in the past. Mariner 9 photographed the entire surface of Mars.
    1971 - 36 Grateful Dead fans treated for hallucinations caused by LSD they unwittingly ingested from a spiked apple drink served at San Francisco's Winterland. Although group members are suspected of supplying the drug, they are not accused.
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "My Love," Paul McCartney & Wings. The song is McCartney's first No. 1 song with Wings, a group he formed after the breakup of the Beatles.
    1974 - Top Hits
“The Streak” - Ray Stevens
“Dancing Machine” - The Jackson 5
“The Show Must Go On” - Three Dog Night
“No Charge” - Melba Montgomery
    1975 - Alice Cooper received a gold record for the romantic album, "Welcome to My Nightmare." Alice's real name was Vincent Furnier. He changed his name to Alice Cooper in 1966 and was known primarily for his bizarre stage antics. He appeared in the film "Prince of Darkness" in 1987 and had 11 hits on the pop/rock charts in the '70s and '80s, including a pair of million-selling singles: "I Never Cry" and "Poison.”
    1977 - "In company with the first lady ever to qualify at Indianapolis -- Gentlemen, start your engines." So began the 1977 Indianapolis 500, and the lady in question was the American race car driver Janet Guthrie.

    1982 - Top Hits
“Ebony and Ivory” - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
“Don't Talk to Strangers” - Rick Springfield
“I've Never Been to Me” - Charlene
“Just to Satisfy You” - Waylon & Willie
    1982 – Cal Ripken, Jr. began his record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive games played.  
    1985 - ABC-TV announced that every game of the baseball World Series would be played under the lights for the biggest baseball audience possible.
    1985 - The temperature in Oklahoma City reached a sizzling 104 degrees, making it the highest ever for so early in the season. Also, this marked the very first time the temperature had reached the 100-degree plateau in the month of May at Oklahoma City.
    1986 - Hanford, Washington hit a scorching 104 degrees, breaking the all-time record high temperature for May for Eastern Washington. Yakima, Washington hit 102 degrees, a record high for the month of May for Yakima. Records also fell at Boise and Reno.
    1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "One More Try," George Michael.
    1990 - Top Hits
“Vogue” - Madonna
“All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You” - Heart
“Hold On” - Wilson Phillips
“Walkin' Away” - Clint Black
    2001 - Barry Bonds hits career homer No. 522 passing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams to move up to #11 on the all-time list, and making him the number one lefty home run hitter in National League history. The round tripper is the 17th hit by the Giant outfielder in May breaking the record set by Mickey Mantle (1956) and Mark McGwire (1998).
    2002 - World Trade Center Recovery and Cleanup Ends. A solemn and mostly silent ceremony marked the symbolic end of recovery operations at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The last standing steel girder was cut down on May 28. An honor guard carried an empty stretcher draped with an American flag to represent those victims who were not recovered from the ruins. Members of the NYPD, NYPD and city, state and federal workers, as well as family members and Ground Zero recovery teams, participated in the ceremony.
    2009 - Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and B.B. King gather for a benefit concert to raise money for New Orleans public schools struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Though too ill to perform, Katrina survivor Fats Domino attends as a special guest.
    2011 - Executing its final mission, Space Shuttle Endeavor successfully undocked from the International Space Station to return to earth.
    2013 - President Barack Obama appointed James Comey as the new director of the FBI. Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump in May, 2017.
    2014 - Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, revealed the latest Dragon space capsule.  The craft is reusable and will allow astronauts to control re-entry and landing.  The development suggests that full commercialization of space will soon be a reality. 
    2014 – Shelly Sterling, wife of recently barred Donald Sterling, and co-owner with him of the LA Clippers, revealed plans to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, pending approval from the NBA and her husband.  Both were secured shortly thereafter.



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