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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

What’s This All About?
No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
   plus Leasing Companies Out of Business
What I learned at the ELFA and NEFA Conferences
   Wheeler Business Consulting
Leasing Industry Ads
   Choice Sales Positions Available
What Are Best and Worst States for Electric Vehicles?
   By Automotive Fleet Charged Fleet Staff
Harley says EU Tariff Deal Will Save Company
   Up to $225 Million in 2022
These Countries Still Strongly Committed to Coal
   While Global Climate Talks and Talks and Talks
Ascentium Capital LLC Reports $390M
    in Third Quarter Funding Volume
Trinity Capital Inc. Enters into New $300 Million
   Credit Facility with KeyBank
Amerisource announces $40 million
   in new credit facilities in Q3
FTC Returns Nearly $60 Million to Drivers
   Whose Tips Were Illegally Withheld by Amazon
Labrador Retriever Mix
   Stratham, New Hampshire  Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Zillow to shutter home buying business and lay off
    2,000 employees as its big real estate bet falters
US to make large firms give paid time off for vaccinations
    plus sick leave to recover from any effects of the shots
From Boeing to Mercedes, a U.S. worker rebellion
    swells over vaccine mandates
Lyft says drivers are coming back
    but disappoints on active riders
U.S. Insurance Pricing Rises 14% in Q3
    a 96% surge in cyber insurance
CNA cyberattack in March exposed personal information
    of more than 75,000 people, filings reveal
Tariffs to Tackle Climate Change Gain Momentum
    The Idea Could Reshape Industries

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No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
plus Leasing Companies Out of Business

From the list that follows, the following companies Leasing News was not able to locate their website or verify current activity, leading to believe they are no longer in business.  If a reader has information any of them are still in the leasing and finance business, perhaps under a new name or new website address, please email information to

American Leasefund Inc.
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc.
Standard Professional Services, LLC

In addition any company on the list that is now accepting broker business, please contact to remove them from this list.

Companies with an * are no longer in business. The others are companies that were taking broker business, but announced that they no longer are accepting broker business. Many have also down-sized or are managing an existing portfolio.

More details are available in this list by company name:

*ABCO Leasing Inc., Bothell, WA
*ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah
Advantage Business Capital, Lake Oswego, Oregon
AEL Financial, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
(No longer taking new broker business)
Agility Solutions Corp., Prescott, Arizona
Allegiant Partners, Bend, Oregon 
Alliance Financial, Syracuse, New York
Allstate Leasing, Towson, Maryland
*Alternative Capital, Apollo Beach, Florida
*AMC Funding, Charlotte, North Carolina
*American Bank Leasing, Alpharetta, Georgia
*American Equipment Finance, Warren, New Jersey
American Leasefund, Tigard, OR (no longer a funder)
Bank of Ozark Leasing/Finance, Little Rock, Arkansas
*Bank of West Indirect Leasing, Dublin, California
*Bank of the West Leasing Indirect, San Ramon, California
*Bank Midwest Leasing, Overland Park, KS
Bankers Healthcare Group, Weston, FL
*BBVA Compass Equipment Leasing, Houston, Texas
*Blackstone Equipment Financing, Orange, California
* (on line aggregate funder)
*Business Leasing NorthWest, Seattle, WA
*Capital One Equipment Finance, Towson, Maryland
*CapitalSource Healthcare Finance, Chevy Chase, Maryland
*CapNet, Los Angeles, California
*C and J Leasing Corp, Des Moines, Iowa
*Carlton Financial Corporation, Wayzata, Minnesota
*Chase Industries, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Chesterfield Financial, Chesterfield, Missouri
CHG-MERIDIAN U.S. Finance, Ltd, Woodland Hills, CA
(Sales Management focuses very selectively on certain brokers.)
*Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
CIT Group (limited)
Citizens Business Bank, Ontario, CA
Columbia Bank Leasing, Tacoma, WA
*Columbia Equipment Finance, Danville, California
Commercial Equipment Lease, Eugene, Oregon 
Concord Financial Services, Long Beach, California
*Court Square, Malvern, Pennsylvania
*Creative Capital Leasing Group, LLC, San Diego, CA
Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
Diversified Financial Service, Omaha, NE
*Dolsen Leasing, Bellevue/Yakima, Washington
Equipment Finance Partners, a division of Altec, Birmingham, Alabama 
Evans National Leasing, Inc., Hamburg, NY
*Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, WA
Enterprise Funding, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Enverto Investment Group, LLC, West Los Angeles, California
*Evergreen Leasing, South Elgin, Illinois
*Excel Financial Leasing, Lubbock Texas
*First Corp.(IFC subsidiary), Morton Grove, Illinois
First Federal Financial Services, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
First Republic Bank, San Francisco, CA
Fora Financial, New York, New York
Frontier Capital, Teaneck New Jersey 
*GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida 
GE Capital, Conn (limited)
Global Funding LLC., Clearwater, FL
*Greystone, Burlington, MA
*Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, CA
*Hillcrest Bank Leasing, Overland Park, KS (Parent bank sold)
Huntington Equipment Finance, Vendor Finance Group, Bellevue, Washington
*IFC Credit Corp., Morton Grove, Illinois
Irwin Financial (Irwin Union Bank), Columbus, Indiana 
Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. (Louisville, Kentucky)
Lakeland Bank, Montville, NJ
LaSalle Systems Leasing
*Latitude Equipment Leasing, Marlton, New Jersey
*Leaf Specialty Finance, Columbia, South Carolina
*LEAF Third Party Funding, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan
Lombard, part of Royal Bank of Scotland, worldwide
*M&T Credit, Baltimore, Maryland (Merged with M&T Bank)
Note: M&T Bank | Commercial Equipment Finance, Baltimore, MD
(accepts broker business)
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
*MarVista Financial, Villa Park, California
*MericapCredit, Lisle, Illinois
*Meridian Healthcare Finance, San Diego, California
Merrill Lynch Financial
Midwest Leasing Group, Livonia, Minnesota
*Mount Pleasant Capital, Wexford, PA
National City, Cleveland, Ohio
*Navigator (Pentech subsidiary) San Diego, California
*Northwest Leasing Company, Clyde Hill, WA
OFC Capital, Roswell, Georgia
Old National Bank, Evansville, Illinois
*P&L Capital, Omaha, Nebraska 
*Pentech Financial, Campbell, CA
*PFF Bancorp, Inc, Pomona, CA
Pinnacle Business Finance, Fife, Washington
*Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas
PredictiFund, a subsidiary of Capital Access Network, Inc
*Podium Financial Group, Inc.,Costa Mesa, CA
Popular Finance, St. Louis, Missouri
Puget Sound Leasing, Seattle, Washington
Radiance-Capital, Tacoma, WA
Rapid Finance. Bethesda, Maryland
Rational Technology Solutions, Rolling Meadows, IL
*Reliant National Finance, Jacksonville, Florida
Sandy Springs, Olney, MD
*Securities Equipment Lsg. (SEL, Inc.), Glendora, CA
*Select Equipment Leasing Co., Concord, CA
* Sharpe Financial Network, Phoenix, Arizona
Sovereign Bank, Melville, New York
*Snider Leasing, Sacramento sold to Financial Pacific Leasing
Specialty Funding, Albuquerque, NM
Sterling National Bank, Montebello, New York
*Studebaker-Worthington Leasing, Corp., Jerico, NY
(part of sale from Main Street Bank to Ascentium Capital)
*Summitt Leasing, Yakima, Washington
Sun Trust Equipment Finance & Leasing, Baltimore, Maryland 
*SunBridge Capital, Mission, Kansas
Suncoast Equipment Funding Corp., Tampa, Florida
TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota 
TechLease, Morgan Hill, California
*Tennessee Commerce Bank, Franklin, Tennessee
Textron Financial
*Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc., Boise, Idaho
*TriStar Capital, Santa Ana, California
*Union Capital Partners, Midvale, Utah
US Bank, Manifest Funding, Marshall, Minnesota
(new requirement: large yearly funding) 
US Bank, Middle-Market, Portland, Oregon 
Velocity Financial Group, Rosemont, Illinois
VenCore, Portland, Oregon (former company Len Ludwig)
*Vision Capital, San Diego, California
Vision Financial Group, Inc. (VFG Leasing & Finance), Pittsburg, PA
Wachovia Bank Leasing
*Warren Capital, Novato, California
*Washington Mutual Financial
Western Bank, Devils Lake, ND
*Westover Financial, Inc., Santa Ana, California
*Your Leasing Solution, Las Vegas, Nevada

(Note: Should a company policy have changed, please contact


What I learned at the ELFA and NEFA Conferences
Wheeler Business Consulting

Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Over the past few weeks, I have attended both the NEFA and ELFA conferences. The over-all feeling in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry, across all sectors, is that business activity is strong, portfolio performance is record breaking, and short-term expectations are all positive. The industry is moving forward, and it was exciting to be back in-person with so many old friends and new acquaintances. Industry professionals were actively conducting business together and sharing their knowledge, expectations, and enthusiasm for the future.

The lessons learned from this year's conferences were extensive. I would like to share just few items from both conferences:

  • Associations are a vital part of our industry and provide professionals with the necessary tools and relationships to grow their careers and businesses.
  • Data and technology are essential for industry sustainability. Participants throughout the industry were forced to adopt new technology during the pandemic and are now positioned to leverage their technology to gain efficiencies and capture competitive advantages.
  • The market is changing and, as always, the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is adapting to change. It is in the forefront of assisting economic growth throughout the U.S. economy by providing needed capital to small, medium, and large businesses.
  • Veterans in the industry are cautiously optimistic. They are well aware of past euphoria stages which were followed by corrections. The cautious discussions revolved around supply chain disruptions, equipment valuations, and several unknowns (rates, inflation, geo-political influences).
  • The next generation of industry professionals is influencing the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. It is refreshing to see so many younger individuals embrace the industry and its associations. The next generation will dominate the industry within five years. These creative minds will bring new innovations, talent, and services to a dynamic industry. The future is limitless because of the involvement of Generation Y.

The 2021 association conferences, once again, confirmed the reasons why so many have had long, enjoyable careers in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. The participants are hardworking, dedicated professionals who aggressively compete with one another each day, but who can come together as life-long friends, truly support one another, and share best practices on a regular basis.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
Phone: 410-877-0428
Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.



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What Are Best and Worst States for Electric Vehicles?
By Automotive Fleet Staff

Top 10 States to Own an EV: Massachusetts, Vermont, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maine, Colorado and Maryland.

Worst 10 States to Own an EV: Louisiana, Kentucky, Idaho, Arkansas, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

While many Americans dream of driving an electric vehicle and fleets are moving toward electrification, with many under mandates, buyers still may hesitate to purchase EVs because of costs, range anxiety, or charging port inaccessibility.

New research by Jerry, an automated compare-and-buy insurance shopping app, shows that purchasing and driving an EV can be a great financial and logistical decision but that highly depends on where you live. Drivers in East or West Coast states like Massachusetts, Vermont, and California have numerous financial incentives to purchase EVs, and more access to charging ports. Drivers in Louisiana, Kentucky, and Idaho are not so lucky.

The study ranked states based on three factors: EV charging port density, gas savings, and government incentives. East and West Coast States comprise nine of the 10 best states to own an EV; Southern and Midwest states cover nine of the 10 worst states to own an EV.

Charging Station Availability

EV charging port distribution varies widely across states. Vermont and California top the list at 133 and 89 EV charging ports per 100,000 people. But there’s a significant drop from there. Maryland has the third-most EV charging ports at 59 ports per 100,000 people, but that is less than half the amount Vermont has. The bottom three states -- Alaska, Kentucky, and Louisiana -- have 8-9 charging ports per 100,000 people (0.009% charging station density).


State governments encourage EV adoption with various tax and subsidization incentives. California, Massachusetts, and Maryland have more than 10 local government incentives to support EV purchase and/or leasing. This includes EV purchase rebates of up to $7,500, charging port rebates, EV purchase income tax credits, electric charging cost rebates, and more. This is over 10 times the incentives that states like West Virginia, North Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, and others have, ranging from 0 to 1.

Now, 46 states and Washington D.C. incentivize EV adoption. Consumer incentives include HOV lane exemptions, EV purchase rebates, vehicle inspections/emissions test exemption, parking incentives, utility rate reductions, and more. For example, utility providers often reduce EV charging prices during off-peak hours. This can save drivers hundreds of dollars per year. Tax credits and rebates often offer several thousand dollars in savings the year a driver purchases their EV. States also have business-facing incentives. For example, California, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and nine other states require manufacturers to sell a certain amount of zero-emission vehicles per year.


Harley says EU Tariff Deal Will Save Company
Up to $225 Million in 2022

By Arthur Thomas,

The trade deal between President Joe Biden and the European Union will save Harley-Davidson up to $225 million in tariff costs next year, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker said in a securities filing.

Harley’s motorcycles were the target of increasing EU tariffs following the U.S. imposition of tariffs on European steel and aluminum in 2018 by President Donald Trump. The tariff on Harley’s motorcycles increased from 6% to 31% and was set to increase to 56% in December.

The company had sought to avoid the tariffs by moving assembly of European motorcycles to Thailand, a move that led to Trump accusing Harley of waiving “the White Flag.” European regulators initially signed off on Harley’s plans to use its Thailand facility to avoid the tariffs but later reversed course and imposed tariffs on those bikes

The deal will suspend the increased tariffs. Harley will save around $3 million in additional tariff costs for the remainder of 2021 as a result. The company is also still pursuing an appeal the EU decision on its bikes assembled in Thailand.

It also allows duty-free import of steel and aluminum from the EU at historical levels and calls for the two parties to develop an agreement that promotes trade in steel and aluminum produced at lower emission levels.

Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, called the agreement “a big win for Harley-Davidson, and our customers, employers and dealers in Europe.”

“We are excited that this brings an end to a conflict that was not of our making, and in which Harley-Davidson had no place. This is an important course correction in U.S.-EU trade relations, that will allow us to further Harley-Davidson’s position as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world,” Zeitz said.

The additional tariff had added around $2,000 to the cost of a Harley and the company opted to cover the increase itself rather than passing it on to dealers or customers. Executives said passing the costs along would have priced Harley’s product out of the market.

Europe is an important market for Harley. Combined with the Middle East and Africa, it has accounted for around 20% of worldwide retail sales in recent years, a figure that is primarily made up of sales in Europe.

The company’s market share in Europe has slid in recent years from nearly 9% in 2019 to 7.7% in 2020 and 6% through the first three quarters this year.

The increased costs of the tariffs have been adding up for Harley. The company had $44.3 million in additional costs in the first three quarters of 2021 and is now expecting $61 million for the full year. It estimated the additional costs would total $200 million to $225 million in 2022.

For 2019 and 2020, the company had spent $97.9 million and $24.5 million respectively on increased tariff costs. Those figures also include increased costs on components imported from China under a separate tariff action implemented by the Trump administration in 2018.



The already ambitious global carbon emission reduction goals were dealt a significant blow this week as China, having recently pledged to end all future foreign coal power projects, announced that they would be further committing to domestic coal expansion - likely pushing back the year the country expects to reach peak emissions (currently 2030), referencing a new “phased timetable and roadmap for peaking carbon emissions”

As data from “Global Energy Monitor” above shows planned and under construction coal plants in China already totaled 238 projects in July 2021, equating to an expected 260,017 megawatts of capacity. This new output accounts for over half of the entire world's currently under construction coal energy capacity and puts China firmly ahead of all other countries still investing in the fossil fuel.
In a statement after a meeting of Beijing’s National Energy Commission, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang said: “Given the predominant place of coal in the country’s energy and resource endowment, it is important to optimize the layout for the coal production capacity, build advanced coal-fired power plants as appropriate in line with development needs, and continue to phase out outdated coal plants in an orderly fashion. Domestic oil and gas exploration will be intensified.”

By Martin Armstrong, Statista


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Ascentium Capital LLC Reports $390M
in Third Quarter Funding Volume

KINGWOOD, Texas –  Ascentium Capital LLC, a national commercial lender, announced continued growth during the third quarter of 2021. Financing volume increased $82 million, up 26% from the prior-year period. Strategic execution and ongoing economic recovery resulted in strong performance this quarter.

Tom Depping, Executive Vice President and Ascentium Group Manager said “Ascentium remains focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience supported by operational efficiencies, service excellence and competitive financing products. These core competencies are resonating with our clients and contributing to our positive momentum going into the fourth quarter,”

Ascentium Capital offers specialized equipment financing and business loans to commercial entities nationwide. The company also provides customized finance programs for equipment manufacturers and distributers with simplified application procedures to help businesses in a broad array of industries including commercial vehicles, energy, franchise, healthcare, industrial, and technology.

David Lyder, Senior Vice president of Ascentium Sales and Marketing commented “Quarter-over-quarter originations growth remains steady as we continue to satisfy our customers’ demands,” added. “We are recruiting additional sales resources and refining existing products to keep pace with, and anticipate, our customers’ needs. Our top priority is helping our customers grow their businesses.”

About Ascentium Capital LLC

Ascentium Capital LLC, a subsidiary of Regions Bank, specializes in providing a broad range of business equipment financing, leasing, and loans across the United States. The Company’s offering is designed to benefit equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as direct to businesses nationwide. For additional information about Ascentium and its business financing products and services, please visit

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $156 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates more than 1,300 banking offices and approximately 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at

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Trinity Capital Inc. Enters into New $300 Million
Credit Facility with KeyBank

Enhances financial flexibility and diversifies capital resources following its recently completed offering of $125 million of 4.375% Notes Due 2026

PHOENIX,  -- Trinity Capital Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIN) ("Trinity"), a leading specialty lending company that provides debt, including loans and equipment financing, to growth stage companies backed by technology banks, venture capital and private equity firms, today announced that it has entered into a new $300 million credit facility led by KeyBank N.A. ("Key Bank"). KeyBank is leading the credit facility with a commitment of $75 million, and the facility can accordion to $300 million as additional lenders are added to the lending syndicate, subject to the facility's credit agreement.

The credit facility has a term of five years, comprised of a three-year revolving period and a two-year amortization period. Borrowings under the facility will bear interest at a rate equal to the one-month London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") plus 3.25%, with the ability to scale down to one-month LIBOR plus 2.85% based on certain factors, including the number and composition of the loans in the collateral pool. The credit facility features variable advance rates of up to 60% on eligible loans and up to 64% on eligible equipment finance loans. In addition to KeyBank serving as administrative agent and syndication agent, Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will serve as collateral custodian and paying agent.

The announcement of the new KeyBank credit facility comes as Trinity continues to diversify its capital structure and enhance financial flexibility to support continued portfolio growth. In addition to the KeyBank credit facility, Trinity recently completed a public offering of $125 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.375% Notes due 2026.

David Lund, Chief Financial Officer of Trinity, said: "Together, this new credit facility and the oversubscribed bond offering serve as proactive steps towards continuing to strengthen Trinity's balance sheet, improving our long-term financial liquidity and lowering our overall cost of capital. Teaming with KeyBank will allow us to continue growing our investment portfolio while driving returns for our stakeholders with a partner who demonstrates an understanding of the opportunity of lending to venture backed companies."

Matt Taylor, Managing Director, Group Head at KeyBank, commented, "KeyBank is pleased to work side-by-side with the team at Trinity Capital, providing financing options and opportunities for growth," said Matt Taylor, managing director, group head at KeyBank. "Considering the strength and experience of the management team, Trinity is an excellent addition to our lending portfolio."

About Trinity Capital Inc.
Trinity (Nasdaq: TRIN), an internally managed specialty lending company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, is a leading provider of debt, including loans and equipment financing, to growth stage companies, including venture-backed companies and companies with institutional equity investors. Trinity's investment objective is to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation through investments consisting primarily of term loans and equipment financings and, to a lesser extent, working capital loans, equity and equity-related investments. Trinity believes it is one of only a select group of specialty lenders that has the depth of knowledge, experience, and track record in lending to growth stage companies.

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Amerisource announces $40 million
in new credit facilities in Q3

Amerisource is one of the largest independent finance companies in the nation, having provided over $8 billion in capital to over 1,600 companies across the U.S. 

Bill Herrington, EVP for Amerisource, stated: “We closed nine transactions in Q3 including a $12,000,000 senior credit facility for a well integrity solutions firm, a $9,000,000 revolver and real estate term loan for a water services firm, and seven other credit facilities for manufacturing, transportation and instrumentation firms.

“We continue to see a lot of activity across a broad range of industries.  We expect to finish the 4th quarter with another record year for both our existing portfolio and new business.”

About Amerisource Business Capital | Amerisource Funding
Founded in 1984, Amerisource is a direct lender and capital provider to growing businesses throughout the United States with borrowing needs up to $25 million.  Amerisource is one of the largest independent finance companies in the nation, having provided over $8 billion in capital to over 1,600 companies across the U.S.  Our deep experience and expertise in complex situations allows us to deliver creative solutions that maximize liquidity and flexibility for our clients.  Amerisource has clients and offices located throughout the United States:

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FTC Returns Nearly $60 Million to Drivers
Whose Tips Were Illegally Withheld by Amazon

The Federal Trade Commission is sending nearly $60 million to more than 140,000 Amazon drivers. The funds will serve as reimbursement for tips that Amazon allegedly illegally withheld from drivers between 2016 and 2019.

In 2021, the FTC brought a suit against Amazon and its subsidiary, Amazon Logistics, alleging that the company failed to fully pay tips that drivers in its Amazon Flex program had earned. Amazon Flex drivers deliver goods and groceries ordered through programs like Prime Now and AmazonFresh. The complaint alleged that the company secretly kept drivers’ tips over a two-and-a-half year period and only stopped the practice after becoming aware of the FTC’s investigation in 2019.

Amazon agreed to settle the case and surrender all the money it withheld from its drivers. The settlement also prohibits Amazon from misrepresenting any driver’s likely income or rate of pay, how much of their tips will be paid to them, as well as whether the amount paid by a customer is a tip. Amazon also will be prohibited from making any changes to how a driver’s tips are used as compensation without the driver’s express informed consent.

The FTC will be sending 139,507 checks and 1,621 PayPal payments to Amazon Flex drivers. Drivers who had more than $5 withheld by Amazon will receive the full amount of their withheld tips. The highest amount going to a single Amazon Flex driver is more than $28,000, while the average amount is $422.

People who receive checks should deposit or cash them before January 7, 2022, as indicated on the check. Recipients who have questions about their checks should call the refund administrator, Rust Consulting, at 1-800-654-8874. The FTC never requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash a refund check.

Drivers whose payments total more than $600—19,980 drivers in total—will receive an IRS Form 1099 with their payment and should report this income on their tax return.

The FTC’s interactive dashboards for refund data provide a state-by-state breakdown of FTC refunds. In 2020, FTC actions led to more than $483 million in refunds to consumers across the country, but the United States Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the FTC lacks authority under Section 13(b) to seek monetary relief in federal court going forward. The Commission has urged Congress to restore the FTC’s ability to get money back for consumers.

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Labrador Retriever Mix
Stratham, New Hampshire  Adopt-a-Dog


52 lbs.
5 years, 2 months old
Yellow/Secondary Color White
Vaccinations up-to-date

Meet Shinobe

Is he a dog? Is he a horse? No he's Shinobe! This guy loves to strut his stuff and by strut we mean trot! Yes, this handsome and energetic guy is looking for an amazing home! He is a medium sized dog but with a big personality! He knows his manners and basic commands. Shinobe was brought to our shelter due to his previous owner moving and could not bring him along. His ideal home would be an adult-only household and no other pets. Shinobe is a sweet and loyal dog who loves cuddles and pets. If you would like to know more about this special guy please email Please note that the NHSPCA is open by appointment only due to construction.

Primary Color: Yellow Secondary Color: White Weight: 53.5lbs Age: 5 years/ 2 months. Animal has been neutered

New Hampshire SPCA
104 Portsmouth Avenue
P.O. Box 196
Stratham, NH 03885


News Briefs---

Zillow to shutter home buying business and lay off
    2,000 employees as its big real estate bet falters

US to make large firms give paid time off for vaccinations
    plus sick leave to recover from any effects of the shots

From Boeing to Mercedes, a U.S. worker rebellion
   swells over vaccine mandates

Lyft says drivers are coming back
   Shares surge after report

U.S. Insurance Pricing Rises 14% in Q3
    a 96% surge in cyber insurance

CNA cyberattack in March exposed personal information
    of more than 75,000 people, filings reveal

Tariffs to Tackle Climate Change Gain Momentum
     The Idea Could Reshape Industries


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NFL 2021 trade deadline winners and losers:
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Raiders’ Henry Ruggs facing DUI charge after fatal crash

Oakland A’s send relocation survey to Las Vegas
baseball fans days after positive Alameda Co. vote

49ers acquiring pass rusher Charles Omenihu
from Texans in trade

How the 49ers are developing Trey Lance

Rams acquire linebacker Von Miller from Broncos

Tanner McKee beat cancer at age 16.
Now, he's thriving as Stanford's quarterback

High school football: Why 106-0 Southern California
score is a teaching lesson for all


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San Francisco East Bay, Silicon Valley Home Prices
Soar with Suburban Demand

Tanner McKee beat cancer at age 16.
Now, he's thriving as Stanford's quarterback



“Gimme that Wine”

Lohr 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Seven Oaks”
    Trader Joe's $9.99 (a steal at the price)

Our neighbor Jerry Lohr's wine. Leasing News wine reviewer recommended this Cab.

This Cabernet Sauvignon also received high marks at Wine Spectator and was reviewed in Leasing News Wine News when it
first came out.

Our wine reviewer emailed, "This gem from Paso Robles, California is available at a number of grocery stores, wine shops and at Trader Joe’s. At $9.99/bottle retail (it costs $17/bottle at the winery), it serves up quality that you will find in wines that cost double or even triple that price point. Strong oak and fruity currant on the nose, very fruit forward and balanced, and a pleasant, smooth finish. Really dark and inky, too. I became a fan of J. Lohr wines back in the mid-1990s and their wines just keep getting better, and their prices have stayed quite reasonable. This 1998 cabernet is well worth the purchase!."

Trader Joe's Syrah at $8.99
Normally sells for $30 - $35

Leasing News wine reviewer wrote, "I picked up these 2 bottles yesterday at Trader Joe’s. $8.99 each and the wine guy there said they are very good. He is not sure what winery in Paso Robles they came from, but he said they would normally sell for $30-35."

After tasting that evening with his wife, he emailed, “The Paso Robles “mystery” Syrah was really good. 

“Paso Robles 2019 Syrah “Lot #100”

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This Day in History

     1493 - Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Dominica. Also on this day, the country became independent in 1978.
    1655 - Penobscot Indians in Maine are declared to be "enemies, rebels & traitors" to His Majesty, & bounties are offered to colonists for scalps: £40 British pounds for a male, £20 for females, and male children under 12. Girls under 12 were apparently worthless. On the side of the English it was a war of extermination, with standing bounties for scalps (or heads), increasing from five pounds in 1675 to forty pounds in 1703 for every scalp of a male above ten years, and at last, in 1744, one hundred pounds for the scalp of every male above twelve years of age and fifty for that of a woman or child. Prisoners were sold as slaves (see Williamson). In 1706, Governor Dudley reported that he had not left an Indian habitation or planting field undestroyed. Shortly afterward it was estimated that one-third of the Abnaki had been exterminated by war, disease, or exposure within seven years
    1718 - Birthday of John Montague (d. 1792), born at London, England.  The inventor of the sandwich, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, England's first lord of the admiralty, secretary of state for the northern department, postmaster general and the man after whom Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands in 1778. A rake and a gambler, he is said to have invented the sandwich as a time-saving nourishment while engaged in a 24-hour-long gambling session in 1762.
    1741 - The Augusta County Regiment was organized on this date. Men from this regiment would fight under Lieutenant Colonel George Washington during the French and Indian War (1755-1763); again under Washington during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783); and under General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson during the Civil War, where the regiment earned the nickname “Stonewall Brigade” it still carries today. Its descendant unit, the 116th Infantry, became part of the 29th Infantry Division in 1917 and saw heavy fighting with it in both world wars, including leading the assault wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day. In the War on Terror different battalions of the 116th Infantry, still part of the 29th Division, have served on missions ranging from guarding the perimeter (but not the prisoners) of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to teaching soldier skills and combat tactics to the members of the newly organized Afghan army.
    1793 - Birthday of Stephen Fuller Austin (d. 1836), born at Wythe County, VA. A principal founder of Texas, for whom its capital city was named, Austin first visited Texas in 1821 and established a settlement there the following year, continuing a colonization project started by his father, Moses Austin. Thrown in prison when he advocated formation of a separate state (Texas still belonged to Mexico), he was freed in 1835, lost a campaign for the presidency of the Republic of Texas to Sam Houston in 1836, and died shortly thereafter while serving as Texas secretary of state.
   1794 - Birthday of William Cullen Bryant, (d. 1878) American Poet (Thanatopsis), born at Cummington, MA.
    1796 - John Adams was elected president. Adams's ascension to the presidency was neither automatic nor unanimous. Before achieving that high office, had to emerge victorious from America's first contested presidential election. Eight years earlier, in September 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had considered numerous plans for choosing a president.
     1813 - American troops destroy the Indian village of Tallahatchie in the Mississippi Valley. US troops under Gen Coffee destroyed an Indian village at Talladega, Ala. The Creeks having assembled at the town of Tallahatchie, thirteen miles from the camp, the commander-in-chief dispatched Coffee, now promoted to the rank of brigadier-general, with one thousand men, with one-half of whom he was directed to attack the enemy, and with the other half to scour the country near the Ten Islands, for the purpose of covering his operations. Richard Brown, with a company of Creeks and Cherokees, wearing on their heads distinguishing badges of white feathers and deer's tails, accompanied the expedition. Fording the Coosa at the Fish Dam, four miles above the islands, Coffee advanced to Tallahatchie, surrounded it at the rising of the sun, and was fiercely met by the savages with whoops and the sounding of drums--the prophets being in advance. Attacking the decoy companies, they were soon surrounded by the troops, who charged them with great slaughter. After a short but terrible action, eighty-four women and children were made prisoners, while the bodies of one hundred and eighty-six warriors were counted upon the field, where some women also perished.
    1840 - The first dental college was the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, organized in Baltimore, MD, in 1839 and opened this day with five students. The faculty consisted of H. Willis Baxter, MD., professor of anatomy and physiology; Thomas E. Bond, Jr. M.D, professor of special pathology and therapeutics; Chapin Aaron Harris, MD, professor of practical dentistry, and Horace Henry Hayden, MD, professor of dental physiology and pathology.  The college is now the School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
    1841 - Isabella MacDonald Alden (d. 1930) birthday, Rochester, NY.  Author of nearly 75 religious books, mainly for children. At her peak, she sold more than 100,000 books a year. She was a staff member of several magazines.
    1845 - Edward Douglass White (d. 1921), Ninth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, born at La Fourche Parish, LA. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army after which he returned to New Orleans to practice law. Elected to the US Senate in 1891, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by Grover Cleveland in 1894. He became Chief Justice under President William Taft in 1910 and served until 1921.
    1868 - Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.  Schyuler Colfax was elected vice president. Grant's popular majority was a scant 306,000 out of 5,715,000 votes, although his margin in the electoral college count was 214 to 80. The black vote, which totaled over 700,000, decided the election for Grant.   
    1887 - Nathaniel S. “Nat” Fleisher (d. 1972), sportswriter born at New York, NY. Fleischer founded “The Ring” magazine in 1922, a publication generally regarded worldwide as “The Bible of Boxing.” He served as editor and publisher, produced a record book and wrote over 50 boxing biographies and histories.
    1892 - In Laporte, Indiana, the first successful automatic telephone system was introduced. It was invented by Almond Strowger, who came up with the idea because non-automatic systems allowed his competitor to intercept his customers calls. Strowger's job? He ran a funeral parlor.
    1890 - The temperature at Los Angeles, CA, reached 96 degrees, a November record for 76 years.        
    1896 - African American John W. Hunter patents the portable weighing scales.
    1907 - Birthday of pianist Joe “Stride” Turner (d. 1990), Baltimore, MD.
    1903 - Artist Lois Mailou Jones (d. 1998) born Boston, Mass.
    1903 - Walker Evans, (d. 1975) American photographer, born St. Louis, MO.
    1908 - Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan. James S. Sherman was elected vice-president. The electoral vote was Taft, 321: William Jennings Bryant, Democrat of Nebraska, 162. The popular vote was Taft, 7,679,006; Bryan 6,409,106; Eugene V. Debs, Socialist candidate, 420,820; Eugene W. Chafin, Prohibition candidate, 252,682; Thomas L. Hisgen, Independence Party, 83,562; Thomas E. Watson, Populist, 28,131; August Gilhaus, Socialist Labor Party, 13,825.  In congressional elections the Republicans held a 61-32 majority, the Democrats gaining one seat. In the House, which added five new seats, the Republicans lost three seats but maintained a majority, 219-172.
    1908 - Birthday of Bronislau “Bronko” Nagurski (d. 1990), born at Rainy River, Ontario, Canada. College Football Hall of Fame and charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he played football at the University of Minnesota, earning All-American honors at both tackle and fullback, and for the Chicago Bears. After retirement from football, Nagurski wrestled professionally.
    1911 - The first Continuation school for adults established by a state government was the Racine Continuation School, Racine, WI, which opened this day to offer evening instructions to adults, as well as to children from 14 to 16 years of age who had permits to work.
    1914 - Nevada's men vote in women's suffrage six years before the national franchise was ratified, thanks in great part to Anne Henrietta Martin, who headed the history department at the University of Nevada. She took the leadership role in the campaign which gave Nevada women the vote. AHM was president of the militant National Woman's party but joined Carrie Chapman Catt and Janna Addams in their Woman's Peace party. Her writings were published in the leading magazines of the day.   Martin had been active with Emmeline Pankhurst in London, England, and was arrested for demonstrating there in 1910. Returning to Nevada, she led the state suffrage amendment to victory.
    1916 - The experimental playwrights theater opened in New York. The premiere featured three short plays: The Game, by journalist and social activist Louise Bryant; King Arthur's Socks, a comedy by Floyd Dell; and Bound East for Cardiff, a one-act play by then unknown playwright Eugene O'Neill.  The November 3 production marked the New York debut of one the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. O'Neill, who wrote more than twenty full-length plays over the course of the next two decades, is credited with transforming American theater into a literary medium which, in its artistry, rivaled the best in American fiction and painting. He won four Pulitzer Prizes for his plays and remains the only American playwright to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    1918 - CHILES, MARCELLUS H., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and date: Near Le Champy Bas, France, 3 November 1918. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. Birth: Eureka Springs, Ark. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919. Citation: When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital.
    1918 - Birthday of Robert William Andrew “Bob” Feller (d. 2010), Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born Van Meter, IA.  Feller played 18 seasons for the Cleveland Indians from 1936 to 1941 and from 1945 to 1956, interrupted by a four years in the US Navy during World War II. In a career spanning 570 games, Feller posted a 266–162 record, 279 complete games, 44 shutouts, and a 3.25 ERA.  Feller heard about the Pearl Harbor bombing while returning from a visit to his terminally ill father at Des Moines to Chicago where he was to sign a new Indians contract.  Two days later, he volunteered for the United States Navy, becoming the first American professional athlete to enlist. Historians conservatively estimated that his military service cost him nearly 100 wins.  A prodigy who bypassed the minor leagues, Feller first played for the Indians at the age of 17. His career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, during which time he served as Chief Petty Officer aboard USS Alabama. In his first game back, in 1946, he tossed a four-hitter to defeat the Detroit Tigers.  Feller became the first pitcher to win 24 games in a season before the age of 21. During his career, he threw 3 no-hitters and 12 one-hitters (his no-hitters and one-hitters were records at the time of his retirement). He helped the Indians win the 1948 World Series and an AL-record-record 111 wins and the pennant in 1954. Feller led the AL in wins six times and in strikeouts seven times. In 1946, he recorded 348 strikeouts, a total not exceeded for 19 years. An eight-time All-Star, Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was named the publication's "greatest pitcher of his time." He was a finalist for the MLB All-Century Team in 1999 and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. 
    1926 - Tenor sax player Billy Mitchell (d. 2001) born Kansas City, Mo.
    1927 – Somerset, VT was deluged with 8.77 inches of rain to establish a 24 hour record for the state.        
    1928 - Birthday of harmonica player/bassist Timothy “Little” Cooper, Prattsville, AR.
    1933 - Michael S. Dukakis birthday, former Governor of Massachusetts (D),  1988 presidential candidate, born Brookline, MA.
    1936 - President Roosevelt was re-elected in a landslide that carried every state except Maine and Vermont over Republican challenger Alfred M. “Alf'' Landon. John Nance Garner was elected vice president. Congress became more than three-quarters Democratic in both houses. The electoral vote was Roosevelt, 523: Gov. Alfred M. Landon of Kansas, 8. The popular vote was Roosevelt, 27,751,612; Landon, 16,687,913; William Lemke, Union Party, 891,858; Norman Thomas, Socialist, 187,342; Earl Broder, Communist, 80,181; Dr. D. Leigh Colvin, Prohibition candidate, 37,609; John W. Aiken, Social Labor Party, 12,729. The campaign was bitter. About 80% of the press opposed Roosevelt.  In congressional elections, the Democrats gained seven Senate seats, for a 76-16 majority, with four seats going to minor parties.  In the House their majority was 331-89, with 13 seats going to minor parties.
    1941 - The Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the classic Jerry Gray arrangement of "String of Pearls" on Bluebird 78s. The recording had Bobby Hackett featured on trumpet.
    1936 - Woody Herman debuts as a bandleader at Roseland, Brooklyn.
    1940 - Birthday of guitarist Sonny Rhodes, Smithville, TX
    1945 - Irvin Charles Mollison was sworn in and inducted as a judge of the U.S. Customs Court, becoming the first judge on the federal bench who was African American.
    1946 - MOWER, CHARLES E., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Capoocan, Leyte. Philippine Islands, 3 November 1944. Entered service at: Chippewa Falls, Wis. Birth: Chippewa Falls, Wis. G.O. No.: 17, 11 February 1946. Citation: He was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly defended enemy positions on both sides of a stream running through a wooded gulch. As the squad advanced through concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sgt. Mower assumed command. In order to bring direct fire upon the enemy, he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by this time was churned by machinegun and rifle fire, but he was severely wounded before reaching the opposite bank. After signaling his unit to halt, he realized his own exposed position was the most advantageous point from which to direct the attack, and stood fast. Half submerged, gravely wounded, but refusing to seek shelter or accept aid of any kind, he continued to shout and signal to his squad as he directed it in the destruction of 2 enemy machineguns and numerous riflemen. Discovering that the intrepid man in the stream was largely responsible for the successful action being taken against them, the remaining Japanese concentrated the full force of their firepower upon him, and he was killed while still urging his men on. Sgt. Mower's gallant initiative and heroic determination aided materially in the successful completion of his squad's mission. His magnificent leadership was an inspiration to those with whom he served.
    1948 - “Dewey Defeats Truman” read this headline in the Chicago Tribune.  Notwithstanding, Harry Truman defeated Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey for the US presidency.  The results were not in until this day, but the election held on November 2 where Harry S. Truman was reelected president of the United States in a major political upset. Alvin W. Barkley was elected vice president. Political analysts and polls had predicted that Truman's Republican opponent, Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York would win.  The electoral vote was Truman 304, Dewey 189. The popular vote was Truman 24,104,836; Dewey 21,969,500; Strom Thurmond, States Rights Democrat, 1,169,312; Henry A. Wallace, Progressive,1,157,172; Normal M. Thomas, Socialist 132,138, and Claude A. Watson, Prohibition Party, 103,343.  In congressional elections, the Democrats gained nine Senate seats for a 54-42 majority.  In the House, they gained 75 seats for a 263-171 lead, with one seat going to a minor party
    1950 - Top Hits
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
All My Love - Patti Page
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
I'm Moving On - Hank Snow
    1952 - Frozen bread was offered to stores by Arnold Bakers, Port Chester, NY. It was an invention of a local baker using the quick-freeze technology developed by Clarence Birdseye for frozen food. The father of my good friend Frank Dorsa, who owns many car washes and makes wine “La Rusticana,” was the inventor of frozen waffles, pancakes and other products under the Eggo label, using the same process.
    1953 - Birthday of saxophonist Azar Lawrence, Los Angeles, CA,,457074,00.
    1956 – “Love Me Tender,” recorded by Elvis Presley, rocketed to the Number 1 slot on Billboard's pop charts, and stayed there for 5 weeks.
    1956 - Phillip “Phil” Sims, sportscaster, former New York Giants QB, born Lebanon, KY.
    1957 - Sun Records released Jerry Lee Lewis's “Great Balls of Fire,” backed with “You Win Again.” It became his biggest hit, reaching Number 2 on the pop charts, Number 3 on the rhythm and blues charts, and Number 5 on the country and western charts
    1958 - Top Hits
It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Topsy II - Cozy Cole
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
City Lights - Ray Price
    1960 - On Broadway, the play, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," opened. It would go on to become a theater standard in the United States and launched the career of its star Shirley MacLaine.
    1962 - "He's A Rebel" topped the Billboard Hot 100, credited to The Crystals. The song was actually recorded by a trio known as the Blossoms, featuring lead singer Darlene Love. Phil Spector had hastily put the song together while The Crystals were out of town and put their name on the label because they had already had two top twenty hits with "There's No Other" and "Uptown."
    1962 - James Baldwin's "Letter from a Region in My Mind" (later titled in book form, “The Fire Next Time,” published in "The New Yorker." Baldwin warns that if Americans "do not now dare everything" to eradicate racism, the fulfillment of that Biblical prophecy would occur. "God gave Noah the rainbow sign/ No more water, the fire next time."
    1964 - Citizens of the District of Columbia voted in a presidential election for the first time.  They went to the polls to choose between Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson and Republican Barry Goldwater.  Johnson received 85.6 percent of their votes.
    1964 - Lyndon B. Johnson was elected United States president by a huge margin over Barry Goldwater.  Sen. Hubert Horatio Humphrey was elected vice president. The electoral vote was Johnson, 486; Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, Republican, 52.  The popular vote was Johnson, 43,126,506; Goldwater, 27,176,799. In congressional elections, the Democrats gained one Senate seat for a 68-32 majority and 37 House seats for a 295-140 majority.
    1964 - Philadelphia voters approve $25 million dollars to build a new sports stadium.  Ten years after the Athletics moved to Kansas City and with Connie Mack Stadium aging quickly, voters okayed what would become Veterans Stadium to house the MLB Phillies and the NFL Eagles.
    1965 - In a unanimous vote, Sandy Koufax (26-8, 2.04, 382) wins Cy Young Award. The Dodger southpaw also received the honor in 1963 and will be named again next season.
    1966 - Top Hits
96 Tears - ?(Question Mark) & The Mysterians
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
    1969 - Public Television debuts: a string of local educational TV channels united under the Public Broadcasting System banner.  PBS is funded by a combination of member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Datacast, pledge drives, and donations from both private foundations and individual citizens. All proposed funding for programming is subject to a set of standards to ensure the program is free of influence from the funding source.  PBS has more than 350 member stations, many owned by educational institutions, nonprofit groups both independent or affiliated with one particular local public school district or collegiate educational institution, or entities owned by or related to state government.
    1974 - U.S. Representative Harold Eugene Ford Sr. became the first African American from the state of Tennessee to be elected to Congress and served from 1975 until his retirement in 1997.  His son Harold Ford, Jr. was also the first African-American in U.S. history to succeed his father in congress,8816,397281,00.html
    1974 - Top Hits
You Haven't Done Nothin’ - Stevie Wonder
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin' - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Jazzman - Carole King
I Overlooked an Orchid - Mickey Gilley
    1977 - By an act of the U.S. Congress, women who trained airmen in World War II and transported planes to England (unarmed) were finally granted veteran's benefits after seeking them in vain for 34 years.   The air force considered them civilians and blocked any veteran benefits for the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) headed by the undisputed greatest pilot of them all, Jacqueline Cochran.  In 1974, the National Organization for Women (NOW) joined in the campaign to get full military honors and benefits for the WASPS who flew 50 million miles during World War II. Thirty-nine lost their lives on duty. The women, among other things, towed the targets that rookie flyboys used live ammunition to shoot at. They weren't always accurate. The women received no military benefits and even their burial expenses were paid for by their families.
The women received no military retirement, medical, or educational benefits that all men in World War II received, even those men who never left the U.S. or were in safe posts and never in any danger.  On May 22, 1979, the surviving WASPS - fewer than 800 - finally received official military status from the Defense Department.
    1981 - African American Thurman L Milnet elected mayor of Hartford CT
    1982 - Top Hits
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - Michael McDonald
Close Enough to Perfect – Alabama
    1987 - Twenty-one cities, mostly in the Ohio Valley, reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Columbus, OH was their warmest reading of record for so late in the season. Showers and thundershowers associated with a tropical depression south of Florida produced 4.28 inches of rain at Clewiston in 24 hours.
    1987 - The growing acceptance of women as political leaders was indicated by the re-election of Kathy Whitmire as mayor of Houston, TX, and the elections of mayors Annette Strauss of Corpus Christi, TX, Betty Turner of Charlotte, NC, and a black woman Carrie Saxon-Perry of Hartford, CT.
    1989 - Cold weather prevailed in the central U.S. Six cities in Texas, Minnesota, and Michigan, reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 7 above zero at Marquette, MI was their coldest reading of record for so early in the season.
    1990 - Top Hits
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
Giving You the Benefit - Pebbles
You Lie - Reba McEntire
    1992 - Bill Clinton was elected as the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President Bush.  Sen. Al Gore, Jr. was elected vice president.  Clinton defeated Bush by 370 to 168 electoral votes.  Independent candidate H. Ross Perot received no electoral votes. The popular vote was Clinton, 43,728,375; Bush, 38,167,416; and Perot, 18,237,237.  The Democrats held their 57-43 majority in the Senate.  In the House the Democrats lost nine seats but retained a majority of 259-175, with one independent.
    1992 - Carol Mosely Braun, a Democrat from Chicago, IL became the first African-American woman to be elected a US Senator.
    1995 - Hootie and the Blowfish reach an out-of-court settlement with Bob Dylan for an undisclosed amount after courts rule the adult alternative powerhouse group lifted lyrics from Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" for their recent hit "Only Wanna Be With You."
    1996 – SF Forty Niners wideout Jerry Rice became the first in history to catch 1,000 passes.  He finished his career with 1,549.
    1997 – California law ends affirmative action.
    1997 - Bill Shoemaker, the winningest jockey in history and a successful trainer, after his riding career ended, retired from horse racing at the conclusion of the Oak Tree meeting at the Santa Anita race track. Shoemaker rode 8,833 winners and won over $41 million in purses. After his last ride on Feb 3, 1990, he turned to training. This second career was interrupted by an automobile accident in 1991 that left him paralyzed from the neck down.  He returned to work after five months of rehabilitation and landed in the winner's circle just two days later.
    1998 - Minnesota elected former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura as its governor.
    2001 - In Game 6, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the first six innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The previous record of 20 was established by the 1921 Giants (Game 3 vs Yankees) and the 1946 Cardinals (Game 4 vs Red Sox).
    2010 – A sophisticated tunnel used by drug smugglers between Tijuana and Otay Mesa, CA was discovered by the US Border Patrol.
    2014 – One World Trade Center opened 13 years after terrorists destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center.  The tower is one of 5 to be built on the same site and, at 1773 feet high, is now the US’ tallest building.



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