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Thursday, November 12, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Management Approves Naming Leasing News Wine Reviewer
    Kevan R. Wilkinson, Digital Content Manager, Balboa Capital
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    Now Hiring in Sales & Operations
New Searches- Q4/Q1
    The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    November 1 to November 5
Companies Who Utilize Evergreen Clauses
    for Extra Lease Payments
U.S. Faces Long Climb Back from
    Pandemic Travel Lull Graphic
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    All Virtual: One in November/One in December, January, and April
IRS Financial Report available on
    IRS Newswire
Vehicle Leasing Surges at Credit Unions
     as CULA Marks Leasing Milestone
Classics on Line: High Sierra, The Incredible Shrinking Man
  Devi, La Strada, Onibaba (with subtitles)
    With Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Collie Mix
    Norfolk, Connecticut   Adopt-a-Dog
Join the Fight Against Fraud Webinar
    Wednesday, November 17 - 3:00pm ET
News Briefs---
Cities with empty offices see new room
    to expand housing
Rare Apple-1 computer made by Jobs and Wozniak
    sells for $500,000
Sweetgreen Seeks $312.5 Million IPO
    The company would be valued as much as $2.7 billion
Krispy Kreme Aims for Top Status in Sweets Segment
    more than 10,000 points of access across the world
Element reported net income of $84.9 million
     “We expect our great company to have a great year."
GE to Split into Three Public Companies
     "Once the world’s largest company by market size"
FAA slaps passenger on Colorado-bound flight
     with $23,000 fine for hitting flight attendant
Rivian rockets past GM to become
     second most valuable carmaker
Redfin CEO explains how its iBuyer home buying program
     avoided pitfalls that sunk Zillow Group
Largest tech companies by market cap companies:
     570 total market cap: $25.769m  Author: Qamar Zia
Homes Now Typically Sell in a Week
     Forcing Buyers to Take Risks

You May have Missed---
Waning vaccine effectiveness:
   What we know so far

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists
| Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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 California Nuts Brief---
   Wine Reviews
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
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Management Approves Naming Leasing News Wine Reviewer
Kevan R. Wilkinson, Digital Content Manager, Balboa Capital

For readers of "Wine Reviews" in the Leasing News editions, he has been contributing "finds" and reviews. I thought it time to name him. He asked management for permission to do so.

Kevan has been at Balboa Capital for ten years, He previously held a lengthy tenure at a large ad agency where he worked on campaigns for clients in the retail, healthcare and consumer goods sectors. He says, "First off, I am not a sommelier or wine aficionado by any means. That said, I have enjoyed collecting wines since the mid-1990s and have developed a pretty good palette and knowledge of wine, particularly those from California."

He has also learned from his father-in-law, who has quite a wine collection, as well as his brother-in-law, a restaurateur, who has appeared on the Food Network many times.  He admits his wife Ana, since their marriage. buys most of the wine as she is the cook and likes to pick the wine that goes with what she prepares. His hobby is photography, where they both travel the California Coast and wine counties in the state.

"We made many road trips to Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Paso Robles, and had lunch in Templeton and Cambria by the Sea; great spots to relax and enjoy life.”

As editor, what I like most about his reviews: anyone with a lot of money can buy expensive wine and brag about how good it is, but Kevan is like I am; the real talent is finding inexpensive wine that tastes as good, and sometimes better, than an expensive bottle.

- Kit Menkin, Editor


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Randy Anderson, CLFP, was promoted to Product Owner, Originations, LTi Technical Solutions, Omaha, Nebraska. He is located in Modesto, California but will shortly be moving to Tennessee. He joined the firm February, 2002, as Client Service Account Manager. Previously he was B2B eCommerce Implementation Specialists, Capital Stream (June, 1995 - December, 2000) (He was our specialist who set the system, trained the staff on our computer, and was very helpful during his time with the company. Editor). Certifications: CLFP Foundation. Education: University of Hard Knocks. Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Computer and Information Science and Support Services (1981 - 2013).

Abby Dallmann was hired as Equipment Finance Credit Analyst, Channel (formerly Channel Partners), Minnetonka, Minnesota. "She is based in the Marshall, Minnesota and is and responsible for credit review for potential customers.”  Prior to Channel, Dallmann spent 14 years at US Bank where she worked in both the documentation department and credit division.

Carl Frasse was hired as Vice President, Business Development, Eastern US, Channel (formerly Channel Partners), Minnetonka, Minnesota. He is located in Tampa, Florida. Previously, he was Program Manager, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation (June, 2011 - October, 2021); Funding Director P3 Financial Services (September, 2009 - June, 2011); General Manager, Suncoast Division, Ervin Leasing Company (January, 1998 - September, 2009).

Ryan Freitas was hired as Vice President, Sales and Partnerships, FundCanna, San Diego, California. He joined National Funding January, 2012, as Sales Representative, promoted October, 2012, National Sales Manager, promoted January, 2016, Director of Sales, promoted January, 2021, Vice President of Acquisition Sales, January, 2021. Previously, he was Account Manager San Diego Torrey Hills Capital, Inc. (March, 2011 - January, 2012); Account Manager, MD7, Inc. (June, 2010 - March, 2011): Founder/President, DebtzEnd, Inc. (June, 2009 - 2010); Account Manager, Five Point Capital (June, 2002 - June, 2009); Account Specialist, Fastenal Company (June, 2000 - March, 2002). Education: San Diego State University, BA, Communicative Disorders (1999 - 2002).  San Joaquin Delta College, AA (1996 - 1999).  Activities and Societies: 2 years on Baseball team. Most Inspirational Award (Baseball Team) 1998.

Katie Larson was hired as Documentation Manager, Alliance Funding Group, Tustin, California. She is located in Whittier, California.  Previously, she was Documentation Manager, MB Financial Bank (April, 2008 - November, 2021).  Education: La Habra High School.

Kylie Link was hired as Loan Lease Servicing Specialist 1, as First Foundation Inc., Irvine, California.  She is located in Mission Viejo, California. "Kylie will be providing excellent customer service, while also processing title, insurance and documentation work.  Kylie will be reporting to Bree Johnson, CLFP, our VP/Operations Manager. “Previously, Kylie Linke was Accounts Payable Specialist, DISA Global Solutions, Inc. (February, 2021 - September, 2021); Operations Support Technician, The Cheesecake Factory (August, 2016 - February, 2021),

Greg Minsky was hired as Managing Director, Craft Brew Finance. He is located in Fairfield, Connecticut.  He remains as Managing Director, Pelagic Capital Corp (April, 2014 - Present) as well as Success Coach for Finance Managers (February, 1999 - Present).  Previously, he was Vice President, Dealer Finance Group, North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC, formerly Equilease Financial Services, Inc. (February, 1999 - April, 2014). He joined Equilease Financial Services, Inc. February, 1999, as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, promoted 2020 as Vice President     , Asset Management and Operations. Volunteer: Past President, Vermont Reggae Festival (1989 - 1991). Education: University of Vermont, BS, Education (1985 - 1989). Activities and Societies: SA Concert Bureau, Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  Staples High School.

Shane T. Rice was hired as Marketing Consultant, Specificity, Inc., Greater Philadelphia.  He is located in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Previously, he was Senior Funding Manager, Business Expansion Services (June, 2014 - November, 2021); Regional Sales Manager, Macquarie Equipment Finance (August, 2014 - August, 2015); Business Development Manager, Unifi Equipment Finance (November, 2013 - June, 2014); Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Services (July, 2010 - November, 2013); Account Representative, Canon Financial Services (October, 2005 - June, 2010).

Lee Witter, CLFP, was hired as Director of Sales for the West Region at Channel (formerly Channel Partners), Minnetonka, Minnesota. He is located in Walled Lake, Michigan. "(He) will lead a team and hold responsibility for establishing and executing sales strategy, growing partner relationships, and expanding Channel product penetration across the equipment finance industry. Previously, he was Regional Finance Manager, Stryker, April, 2019 - October, 2021).  He rejoined Lease Corporation of America January, 2017, as Vice President, Business Development Officer. Previously, he was Business
Development Executive, LSG Insurance Partners (September, 2016 - January, 2017). He joined Lease Corporation of America October, 2012, as Account Executive, promoted January, 2015, Vice President, Business Development Officer. Prior, he was Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman,  Air National Guard (April, 2002 - March, 2015); Business Development Manager, Complete Capital Services, Inc. (April, 2012 - September, 2012); Assistant Branch Manager, Huntington National Bank (2009 - April, 2012); Account Executive, Pulsar IT Consulting (June, 2008 - August, 2009); Financial Services Associate, Prudential Financial  (October, 2007 - May, 2008); President/Owner, World Lending, Inc. (May, 2006 - September, 2007); First Officer, Gulfstream International Airlines, Pilot for 121 Airline flying a Beech 1900D (2004 -2005). Licenses and Certifications: CLFP Foundation, Issue August, 2019). Commercial Pilot Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land, Federal Aviation Administration, Issued December, 2004). Life, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance.  Education.  Siena Heights University, BS, Aeronautical Science (2004). Rochester Adams.


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New Searches- Q4/Q1

The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

As we are moving into the last part of the year, many companies are looking to add some strong talent between now and the end of the year so that they are ready to capitalize on 2022.

Below are the list of searches that we have been retained to fill- if you think you could be a fit or know anyone that could be, feel free to reach out to me at klubin@zrgpartners.comBusiness

  1. Development-Equipment Finance- (direct and vendor). A top tier storied credit player in the market. “There is no such thing as a bad credit, just a bad structure”. If you are an expert in doing storied credits or are missing the boat on deals your company won’t do, this is the place for you.
  2. A top tier Bank Owned Equipment Finance company is looking for a number of key hires: 1. BD Municipal Finance, 2. BD Clean Tech/Renewable, 3. Clean Tech Sr. Underwriter 4. BD- 3rd Party Originations. They have become a one of the strongest players in the industry.
  3. President.  New subsidiary of a leading FinTech. Looking for someone with extensive experience as a lead gen aggregator. It is one of the coolest businesses I have seen in a while with a team that is open to new ideas and developing into one of the leaders in the market.
  4. VP of Enterprise Sales for a game-changing player utilizing AI and Machine learning to drive revenue in the CRM/Contact Center Space You will be on the cutting edge for technology in this space.
  5. Head of Operations for a blockchain based FinTech in the consumer lending space. They are looking for leader in ops to help them with the next step in their business.  Very Exciting-fast growth- Blockchain- Fintech:  this is where you need to be.
  6. Director of a Zero Emissions Finance business. A Global Investment bank is looking for a leader build and grow a Zero Emission vehicle and infrastructure project finance business. If you are an EV Person who is looking among the first few entrants to invest in the space, this is the place to do it.

 The time is now to make a change going into 2022

If you have any questions and would like to chat, email me at

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Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
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Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
November 1 to November 5

(1) Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
Correction: One Past President Not Included:

(2) Most Influential Women in Leasing and Finance
Request for Nominations

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

 (4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

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

(6) Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
Many Work with Third Party Originators

(7) What’s This All About?

(8) A Guide to Putting Your Clock Back This Sunday

(9) Companies Who Notify Lessee
in Advance of Lease Expiration - Updated

(10) Scientists discover the adorable reason
why dogs tilt their heads at you


Companies Who Utilize Evergreen Clauses
for Extra Lease Payments

These companies use language in their lease documents regarding purchase options to confuse, perhaps to deceive, resulting in an automatic continuation for an additional twelve months of payments. Often, they win transactions with lower monthly payments because the lessee does not carefully read and prepare for the end-of-lease notification requirement (many are on ACH payments).  In addition, they don't write certified letters or DocuSign in advance of the expiration.  Several also require both parties to agree, which leaves the lessor basically able to decide what they will accept as "fair market value."

There are three common terms on what is “fair market value, according to Edward Castagna, CEO InPlaceAuction, LLC:

The 3 terms we use are:
FLV (Forced Liquidation Value)
OLV (Orderly Liquidation Value)
FMV (Fair Market Value)

"The inherent difference of each value is "time to sell." Forced is immediate, orderly has more time, and fair is all the time in the world.

"To my experience, the term most used for a true leases and capital leases, Purchase Options is Fair Market Value.

"I'd like to review before I quote a price if the request involves an official appraisal report or list of assets to be appraised."

Edward Castagna CEO
InPlaceAuction LLC.
(516)-297-7775 Mobile (best)
(516)-500-2345 Direct
(516)-229-1968 Main

Coda: Ed has been extremely helpful in resolving Bulletin Board complaints received by Leasing News regarding the actual “fair market value” of the purchase option quoted by the leasing customer to the lessee. Editor.

Complaints on Extra Payments

ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah
De Lage Landen, Wayne, Pennsylvania
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois
Jules and Associates, Los Angeles, California
LEAF Financial Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marlin Business Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Marquette Equipment Finance, Midvale, Utah
Mazuma Capital Corporation, Draper, Utah
Onset Financial, South Jordan, Utah
Pacific Western Equipment Finance, Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Partners Capital Group, Santa Ana, California
Republic Bank, Bountiful, Utah
Tetra Financial Group, Salt Lake City, Utah
Winthrop Resources, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Full Article:


Aside from the obvious benefits of people finally being able to reunite with their loved-ones, the resumption of international travel is also a major milestone in the economic recovery from COVID-19. After all, international tourism is a large contributor to U.S. exports, supporting millions of jobs across several sectors. According to the International Trade Administration, international visitors spent $233.5 billion in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 9.2 percent of all U.S. exports and 26.7 percent of U.S. services exports.

Prior to the pandemic, the U.S. would welcome between 70 and 80 million international visitors per year, with travel activity usually peaking in the summer months of July and August. In 2020, the number of visitors dropped below 20 million, as most non-essential travel was halted for large parts of the year. As the following chart shows, international arrivals gradually picked up over the past one and a half years but remained far below pre-pandemic levels until now. In July 2021, which is the most recent available figure including arrivals from Mexico and Canada, international arrivals were still 74 percent short of the July 2019 total, illustrating the long climb back from the pandemic travel lull.

By Felix Richter, Statista


Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
All Virtual: One in November/One in December, January, and April

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. A trend has begun in having virtual online sessions.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth. On the third day, the exam is offered but is not mandatory and may be taken on another day.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.
November 17 - 19, 2021
This online ALFP will require attendees to have access to WebEx
(Note that times are Eastern)
Wednesday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exam may be taken at any time!

Hosted by Smarter Equipment Finance, LLC
Dec 9 – 10, 2021
Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  (Pacific)
Exam is proctored online, therefore, it may be taken at any time

To Register:

Ascentium Capital
January 6-7, 2022
Private ALFP

Hosted by Arvest Equipment Finance
April 20 - 23, 2022
Private ALFP

About Academy

If you are interested in attending, please contact Reid Raykovich, Executive Director:


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IRS Financial Report available on
IRS Newswire

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service published its Financial Report on today. This new report provides the American people with a comprehensive view of the IRS’s financial activities as well as the accomplishments of its finance management community.

In fiscal year 2021, the IRS managed more than $4.1 trillion in tax revenue, $1.1 trillion in refunds and $658 billion in unpaid assessments, as well as the resources that support its mission. In addition, Congress and both Administrations entrusted the IRS with $2.4 billion in supplemental funding to support the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teresa Hunter, IRS Chief Financial Officer, said, “The IRS disbursed an unprecedented $1.1 trillion to Americans in fiscal year 2021,” said. “To implement legislative requirements resulting in the expedient roll out of Economic Impact Payments, COBRA, Premium Tax Credit changes and the advanced Child Tax Credits, we overcame significant barriers. I’m proud of the finance management community’s hard work and dedication,” she said. “We strive for excellence in reporting and will continue to ensure taxpayer dollars are managed with integrity and accuracy.”

For more information about the IRS FY 2021 Financial Report visit

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Vehicle Leasing Surges at Credit Unions
as CULA Marks Leasing Milestone

Leader in indirect vehicle leasing for credit unions marks 100,000 active leases, worth nearly $3.8 billion, as credit union members increasingly opt for leasing’s flexibility and affordability

SAN DIEGO, CA - Credit Union Leasing of America (CULA), the leader in indirect leasing for credit unions, announced today that its portfolio has exceeded 100,000 active leases through its credit union partners, and is worth nearly $3.8 billion, a milestone in the company’s 30-year history.

That portfolio has nearly tripled in five years, as credit unions increasingly embrace indirect vehicle leasing. Offering consumers increased auto loan flexibility and affordability, leasing provides substantial benefits for credit unions as CULA is seeing record originations this year. With more than 30 active credit unions, CULA’s credit union partnerships are at their highest number to date, and the company has expanded their dealer network across the country by 22% over the past 3 years.

Ken Sopp, President of CULA, said, “These are tremendous milestones for our organization. With all the upcoming credit unions in the pipeline, these numbers are sure to rise. It’s exciting to see that the industry is embracing the value that leasing brings to the credit union marketplace.”

CULA pioneered indirect vehicle leasing for credit unions with its analytically driven, high-value leasing program and handles the intricacies of leasing for its clients, including analytics, insurance, operations, compliance and more.

In further evidence of the increasing value of vehicle leasing to credit unions, in recent months CULA has grown its national footprint into four more states. CULA already works with many of the industry’s most innovative credit unions, including nine of the top 10 leasing credit unions, and continues to help current partners extend their leasing programs into new states. For example, this year, CULA helped partner Alliant Credit Union expand leasing into six new states.

Current market conditions have driven new and used vehicle prices to all-time highs. The new vehicle transaction price exceeded $45,000 in September 2021, with used-vehicle retail prices averaging more than $25,000.(1) In this car-buying climate with rising car prices, and constrained vehicle inventory and shortages, leasing has proved to be a better / best option for many car buyers, with industry analysts arguing that leasing offers cheaper monthly payments, the opportunity to explore makes or models not previously considered(2), and getting into a new model for two or three years until the industry’s manufacturing problems settle down and prices stabilize(3).

Mark Chandler, CULA’s VP of Business Development, commented, “At a time when inventory challenges remain, and new car prices continue to skyrocket with no exact end in sight, leasing could very well save the day for many consumers.

“Not only can leasing offer credit union members more financial control, but it can also help grow membership, diversify lending options, and increase yield.”

Chandler noted that because CULA is backed by experience and expertise, it is well positioned to help credit unions be a key part of the auto finance solution during the COVID-19 recovery, providing leasing programs that encapsulate all that credit unions are known for: sterling customer service, creative financing solutions and process flexibility.

About Credit Union Leasing of America
Credit Union Leasing of America (CULA) has been the leader in indirect vehicle leasing for credit unions for over 33 years. Founded in 1988, CULA provides best-in-class program assistance, analytics reporting, compliance support, dealer management tools and member services. The CULA indirect vehicle leasing program empowers credit union innovators to diversify their existing loan portfolios, improve yield and expand member services. Visit to learn more.

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Watch at Home:
Fernando's Reviews

A treasure trove of classic cinema, the latest batch of Criterion releases touches many genres and nations, from gangsters and science-fiction to whimsical poets and wicked demons.

Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960): Revered by cinephiles for his great Apu Trilogy, Indian master Satyajit Ray continues his study of the clash between tradition and modernity in this exquisite drama, set in 19th-century Bengal. The son of a wealthy landlord (Chhabi Biswas), Umaprasad (Soumitra Chatterjee) one day leaves for Calcutta for his English studies. While he's away, his father has a vivid dream in which Umaprasad’s wife, Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore), is an incarnation of the goddess Kali. Soon, he’s worshipping her and attracting other followers, with people starting to believe in miracles after a man’s sick son is supposedly healed by the wife’s presence. Alarmed by the situation, Umaprasad tries to escape with Doyamoyee—but is she beginning to believe her own powers? A beautiful, ironic, sensual gem. With subtitles.

High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941): Humphrey Bogart had one of his strongest roles in this gritty gangster classic, directed by robust action master Raoul Walsh. He plays Roy “Mad Dog” Earle, a career criminal who, just out of prison, embarks on what is supposed to be one final robbery. Saddled with inexperienced accomplices, he longs for a simple life and tries to romance a farmer’s young daughter, Velma (Joan Leslie). With time running out, he realizes that his one true companion may be a fellow outcast, Marie (Ida Lupino). Superbly capturing his characters’ weariness as well as his streak of hope, Bogart is perfectly matched with Lupino’s own mix of toughness and tenderness. Building to a memorable climax, this is a genre landmark. Disc bonus: The rare, excellent remake, “Colorado Territory.”

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957): The maestro of Fifties science-fiction, Jack Arnold (“Creature from the Black Lagoon”) had one of his most poetic visions in this atom-age classic. While vacationing on a boat, suburban adman Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is exposed to a mysterious radioactive cloud. In the months that follow, he realizes that he’s becoming smaller and smaller, eventually having to live in a dollhouse and escape from a hungry cat. Finding himself stranded in the basement, he must make his way through a dangerous terrain of nails and spiders. Though making creative use of special-effects, Arnold’s movie remains first and foremost a thoughtful exploration of man’s place in the universe,memorably imbuingthe miniature with a sense of the cosmic.

La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954): Legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini had his international breakthrough with this whimsical tragicomic classic, which scored a Best Foreign Language Oscar. The road of the title is the winding journey taken by the two protagonists, Gelsomina the naïve waif (Giulietta Masina) and Zampano the circus strongman (Anthony Quinn). Bound together like gentle spirit and brutish muscle, their union is made more volatile by the appearance of The Fool (Richard Basehart), an irrepressible trickster who provides Gelsomina with a sense of cosmic purpose. But can poetry survive in a harsh world? Filled with symbols and metaphors for life and beauty, Fellini’s poignant film weaves a memorable spell. The actors’ performances add to the unique atmosphere, which mixes location filming with a tone of enchantment. With subtitles.

Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo, 1964): Whether it's “Ugetsu” or “The Ring,” Japanese cinema has always shown a remarkable affinity for supernatural stories. One of its most chilling entries is this stark morality fable set in medieval times, when war and samurai warriors ravage the land. In an isolated swampy area, an older woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) survive by selling the valuables from deceased soldiers. Jealous with the attention the younger woman gets from a neighbor (Kei Sato), the mother hatches a plan to terrify them by using the grotesque mask of a dead samurai. Things take a decidedly macabre turn, however, when the mask turns out to have a demonic force of its own. Jagged imagery and bottomless pits abound in this wicked, savagely poetic vision. With subtitles.


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News Briefs---

Cities with empty offices see new room
    to expand housing

Rare Apple-1 computer made by Jobs and Wozniak
   sells for $500,000

Sweetgreen Seeks $312.5 Million IPO
   The company would be valued as much as $2.7 billion

Krispy Kreme Aims for Top Status in Sweets Segment
    more than 10,000 points of access across the world

Element reported net income of $84.9 million
    “We expect our great company to have a great year."

GE to Split into Three Public Companies
    "Once the world’s largest company by market size"

FAA slaps passenger on Colorado-bound flight
     with $23,000 fine for hitting flight attendant

Rivian rockets past GM to become
     second most valuable carmaker

Redfin CEO explains how its iBuyer home buying program
     avoided pitfalls that sunk Zillow Group

Largest tech companies by market cap companies:
 570 total market cap: $25.769m  Author: Qamar Zia

Homes Now Typically Sell in a Week
     Forcing Buyers to Take Risks


You May Have Missed---

Waning vaccine effectiveness:
   What we know so far



Sports Briefs---

How can the 49ers break their curse
   at Levi’s Stadium? Fans offer their suggestions

2021 NFL expert predictions, odds and spreads: Picks for Week
10, including Saints at Titans and Browns at Patriots

Panthers agree to terms with Cam Newton

Russell Wilson: Injured finger 'feels
pretty dang close' to 100 percent

The NFL's Most Dangerous Losing Teams
to Watch in the 2nd Half

Bleacher Report's Expert Week 10 NFL Picks

Cal's football team was 99% vaccinated before
a big COVID-19 outbreak. What happened?


California Nuts Briefs---

Biden administration blocks billions in California
    transit money, citing pension law

California bans insurance companies from dropping
homeowners in 2021 wildfire zones



Wine Reviews

2019 Trader Joe’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma County “Lot 215”
"I have enjoyed collecting wines since the mid-1990s and have developed a pretty good palette and knowledge of wine, particularly those from California. My latest find is the 2019 Trader Joe’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County “Lot 215.” This cabernet was produced by a “mystery” winery in Sonoma, California, and it’s excellent. Trader Joe’s advertises this wine as full-bodied, but I think it is more medium-bodied, which is not a bad thing. It has a deep, dark hue and lots of fruit flavor without being overly powerful, which, in my opinion, is typical of many Sonoma cabernets (St. Francis, Arrowood, Amapola Creek, and Jordan). Priced at $9.99, I bought four bottles of this wine at my local Trader Joe’s, and I left one remaining bottle for another lucky wine shopper. I hope they get more in stock because this is a keeper. It will only get better as the years go by."
Kevan Wilkinson, Digital Content Manager, Balboa Capital            


A Bottle of Wine Made by a Healdsburg Winemaker
Just Sold for $1 Million

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     1602 - The Vizcaino expedition held Mass on the feast day of San Diego de Alcala. He named the California landing port after the saint.
    1701 - The Carolina Assembly passed a Vestry Act making the Church of England the official religion of the Carolina Colony. Strong opposition by Quakers and other resident nonconformists forced the colony's proprietors to revoke their legislation two years later.
    1751 - Margaret Molly Corbin (d. 1800) birthday, Franklin County, PA.  Revolutionary War hero who was near her husband at a battle when he was killed (women were on the battlefields of the war both as participants and as water, food, and munitions suppliers) and she immediately took over the cannon until she was wounded by enemy fire. Disabled, she lost the use of her left arm.  She was granted a soldier's half-pay as a pension and she was considered a full member of the military until mustered out in 1783. In 1926, the Daughters of the American Revolution had her remains moved from an obscure grave and re-interred with other soldiers behind the Old Cadet Chapel at West Point where they also erected a monument to her. Near the place of the battle, in Fort Tryon Park in New York City, a bronze plaque commemorates Margaret Corbin "the first American woman to take a soldier's part in the War for Liberty".
    1775 - General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks who were not “free men.” He later rescinds this as many blacks enlist in the British Army to earn their freedom from slavery.  Washington was from Virginia and was one of the largest land owners and slave owners in the state. As a side note, his best friends included the father of Robert E. Lee, who was to become a Confederate general. Henry Lee was to be the main drafter of the Declaration of Independence as he was very popular, very well respected and educated, but due to a family emergency at his farm, he suggested Thomas Jefferson fill his stead. Coda: In the 1800's, Washington freed many of his slaves, who continued to work the land as “free men” and after his death granted land to those remaining.
    1815 - Birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton (d. 1902) at Johnstown, NY. American woman suffragist and reformer.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” she said at the first Women's Rights Convention, in 1848, “that all men and women are created equal.” For 54 years, she was the women's rights movement's principal leader, organizer, theorist, and writer. She preserved the early women's movement  and her story in the first three volumes of the monumental “History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922)”, written along with Susan B. Anthony and Joseyln Gage. You can read some of Stanton's works in the WiiN Library:
    1864 - Union General William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea.  When Sherman captured Atlanta in early September, 1864, he knew that he could not remain there for long. His tenuous supply line ran from Nashville, Tennessee, through Chattanooga, then one hundred miles through mountainous northern Georgia. The army he had just defeated, the Army of Tennessee, was still in the area and its leader, John Bell Hood, swung around Atlanta to try to damage Sherman's lifeline. Of even greater concern was the Confederate cavalry of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a brilliant commander who could strike quickly against the railroads and river transports on which Sherman relied. During the fall, Sherman conceived of a plan to split his enormous army. He sent part of it, commanded by General George Thomas, back toward Nashville to deal with Hood while he prepared to take the rest of the troops across Georgia. Through October, Sherman built up a massive cache of supplies in Atlanta. He then ordered a systematic destruction of Atlanta to prevent the Confederates from recovering anything once the Yankees had abandoned the city. By one estimate, 37 percent of the city was ruined. This was the same policy Sherman would apply to the rest of Georgia as he marched to Savannah. Before leaving on November 15, Sherman's forces had burned the industrial district of Atlanta and left little but a smoking shell. In retaliation, the Confederates attempt to burn New York City on November 25.  As a side note: Historians believe much of the destruction of Atlanta was also caused by Confederate soldiers leaving no supplies for the invading Union Army, causing fires in residential areas.
1889 – DeWitt Wallace (d. 1981), American publisher who co-founded “Reader’s Digest,” was born in St. Paul, MN.
1892 - William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first generally-acknowledged professional football player when he was paid $25 for expenses and a cash bonus of $4500. It was the cash bonus that made him professional. Scoring the winning touchdown for the Allegheny Athletic Association, he helped his team beat the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, 4-0.
    1898 - Birthday of Flora Belle Ludington (d. 1967), Huron County, MI.  Innovative librarian of Mount Holyoke College who advanced the cooperative inter-library system that allows students and researchers use of the entire library system of the United States.
    1906 - The mercury soared to 106 degrees at Craftonville, CA, a November record for the U.S.
    1910 – The first movie stunt saw a man jump into Hudson River from a burning balloon.
    1911 - Trumpet player Buck Clayton, born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton (d. 1991) birthday, Parsons, KS.
    1912 – Explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s dead body and diary were found in Antarctica.  He was an English Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic: the Discovery Expedition (1901–04), and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition (1910–13). On the first expedition, he set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S and discovered the Polar Plateau, on which the South Pole is located. During the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian Expedition. On their return journey, Scott's party discovered plant fossils, proving Antarctica was once forested and joined to other continents. At a distance of 150 miles from their base camp and 11 miles from the next depot, Scott and his companions died from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold.
    1915 - Harvard University's Theodore W. Richards became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry. He was given his award in Stockholm, Sweden.
    1917 – Jo Stafford (d. 2008) was born in Coalinga, CA.  A traditional pop music singer and occasional actress, whose career spanned five decades through the early 1980s, her 1952 song "You Belong to Me” topped the charts in the United States and United Kingdom, the record becoming the first by a female artist to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart.
1920 - In the wake of the growing scandal surrounding accusations that members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to fix the 1919 World Series, baseball owners appointed Federal Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, the game's first commissioner with extremely broad powers. Landis replaced the National Commission, a three-man governing board, to a seven-year term from 1921 to 1928. He received a salary of $42,500 a year plus $10,000 for expenses to rule the 16 American and National League baseball clubs. He was re-elected three times and died in office on November 24, 1944.
1920 - An underwater highway tunnel with twin tubes was started this day to run from New York City to Jersey City under the Hudson River. It was named after its chief engineer, Clifford Milburn Holland. It was opened on November 12, 1927 by President Calvin Coolidge, who gave the signal from the presidential yacht Mayflower, anchored in the Potomac River off Washington, DC. In that first hour, 20,000 people walked through the tunnel from shore to shore. Vehicular traffic was allowed through on November 13, 1927.
    1921 - The first conference of great powers to be held on American soil and affecting American interests was the Conference on the Limitation of Armaments, which was assembled at Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, DC, from this day to February 6, 1922. Nine nations took part in this conference: The United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, China, Holland, Belgium, and Portugal. The American delegation was headed by Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes.
    1925 - Louis Armstrong Hot Five makes their first recording,
Chicago, IL, Okeh
    1928 – SS Vestris sunk approximately 200 miles off Hampton Roads, VA, killing at least 110 passengers, mostly women and children who die after the vessel was abandoned.
    1929 - Birthday of Grace Kelly at Philadelphia, PA.  American award-winning actress (“Rear Window,” “To Catch a Thief”) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married that country's ruler, Prince Rainier Ill, in 1956.  She died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, Sept 14, 1982, at Monte Carlo, Monaco.
    1930 – Bob Crewe (d. 2014) was born in Newark, NJ.  A prolific songwriter, dancer, singer, manager, and record producer, he was known for producing and co-writing with Bob Gaudio, a string of Top 10 singles for The Four Seasons.  He also had hit recordings with The Rays (“Silhouettes”), Diane Renay (“Navy Blue”), Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (“Devil With the Blue Dress”), Freddy Cannon (“Tallahassee Lassie”), Lesley Gore (“California Nights”), Oliver (“Jean”), Michael Jackson, Bobby Darin, Roberta Flack, Patti LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade”), Barry Manilow, and his own Bob Crewe Generation (“Music to watch Girls By”).  1985 inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
    1933 - First Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal).
    1933 – The first known photo of the Loch Ness Monster was taken.
    1936 – The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened across San Francisco Bay, linking the two cities.

    1939 - The youngest of the three DiMaggio brothers, Dominic, was bought for $40,000 by the Boston Red Sox from the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
    1941 - Madame Lillian Evanti, opera singer, founds the National Negro Opera Company.
    1942 - The naval battle of Guadalcanal began between Japanese and American forces during World War II. The battle lasted until November 15. The U.S. scored a major victory, inflicting heavy losses on a Japanese task force and preventing Japanese reinforcements from reaching the island. The early TV series “Victory at War” captures much of the famous battle.
    1943 – Singer Brian Hyland, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was born in Woodhaven, NY. 
    1944 – Booker T. Jones, of Booker T. and The MGs, was born in Memphis.
    1945 - Singer Neil Young, of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was born Toronto, ON, Canada.
    1946 - Drive-in banking service was instituted by the Exchange National Bank of Chicago, IL. Ten tellers' windows protected by heavy bulletproof glass and impregnable corrugated steel were equipped with automatic slide out drawers to enable motorists to transact business without leaving their cars.
    1948 - Japanese premier Hideki Tojo was sentenced to death with several others by an international war crimes tribunal.   
    1951 - Top Hits
“Because of You” - Tony Bennett
“Sin (It's No)” - Eddy Howard
“And So to Sleep Again” - Patti Page
“Slow Poke” - Pee Wee King
    1953 - U.S. District Court Judge Grim ruled in favor of the NFL, allowing the TV blackout of home games.
    1954 – Ellis Island was closed as a US immigration port
    1955 - Billboard began its "Top 100" chart, with the first Number One listed as "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" by the Four Aces. The magazine wouldn't combine all its pop charts into one until 1959.  
    1955 - The worst recorded attendance to a football game occurred in the Washington State vs. San Jose State game at Pullman, Washington. The game was played as scheduled, despite high winds and a temperature of 0 degrees F. The total paid attendance was 1.
    1957 - "Jamboree," the first movie starring Jerry Lee Lewis, previews in Hollywood. Among those featured in the flick are Fats Domino (with whom Lewis shares top billing), Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Slim Whitman and Connie Francis.  Perkins rejects a song called "Great Balls Of Fire" that Jerry Lee has already recorded, and Lewis' version, released along with the film, becomes a hit. Perkins instead opts to sing a song called "Glad All Over" in the film, which goes nowhere.
    1958 - A team of rock climbers led by Warren Harding completed the first ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Mack the Knife” - Bobby Darin
“Mr. Blue” - The Fleetwoods
“Don't You Know” - Della Reese
“Country Girl” - Faron Young
    1959 - Between Noon on the 11th and Noon on the 12th, a winter storm buried Helena, MT, under 21.5 inches of snow, which surpassed their previous 24 hour record by seven inches.
    1964 - Shirley Ellis records "The Name Game" as a follow-up to her #8 hit, "The Nitty Gritty". Her latest effort would reach #3.  “…if the first two letters are ever the same drop them both, then say the name…like Bob, Bob, B, O Ob…”
    1966 - Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" is released and begins its climb to #2 in the US. It was long rumored that the song is about smoking dried banana skins, which was believed to be a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960s, but this rumor has since been debunked. The song's title actually refers to the fact that Donovan had suffered from liver disease in early 1966 and had become severely jaundiced. He originally says it refers to his trip in the Greek Isles and remembers Sapho the poetess and safron in the food making it yellow.
    1967 - On Broadway, Pearl Bailey took over the lead role in the musical, "Hello Dolly." "Pearlie Mae," as Bailey was called, was a hit.
    1967 - The Detroit Lions set an NFL record by fumbling the football 11 times and losing 5.
    1967 - Top Hits
“To Sir with Love” - Lulu
“Soul Man” - Sam & Dave
“It Must Be Him” - Vikki Carr
“You Mean the World to Me” - David Houston
    1967 - BARNES, JOHN ANDREW III, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, 12 November 1967. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 16 April 1945, Boston, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Barnes distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while engaged in combat against hostile forces. Pfc. Barnes was serving as a grenadier when his unit was attacked by a North Vietnamese force, estimated to be a battalion. Upon seeing the crew of a machine gun team killed, Pfc. Barnes, without hesitation, dashed through the bullet swept area, manned the machine gun, and killed 9 enemy soldiers as they assaulted his position. While pausing just long enough to retrieve more ammunition, Pfc. Barnes observed an enemy grenade thrown into the midst of some severely wounded personnel close to his position. Realizing that the grenade could further injure or kill the majority of the wounded personnel, he sacrificed his life by throwing himself directly onto the hand grenade as it exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted a probable loss of life and injury to the wounded members of his unit. Pfc. Barnes' extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1967 – In the final season of Vince Lombardi as coach of the Green Bay Packers, Travis Williams returned 2 kickoffs for TDs against the Cleveland Browns, setting the largest margin of a Browns defeat (48), winning 55-7.
    1968 - Supreme Court voids Arkansas law banning teaching of evolution in public schools. Alabama continues warning high school students that evolution is 'controversial', putting stickers on biology books.
    1968 - A severe coastal storm produced high winds and record early snows from Georgia to Maine. Winds reached 90 mph in Massachusetts, and ten inches of snow blanketed interior Maine.
    1969 - U.S. Army announced its investigation of Lt. William Calley for the alleged massacre of civilians at the village of My Lai, Vietnam.  Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story.
    1971 - President Nixon set February 1, 1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from Vietnam as part of his “Vietnamization” of the war.
    1972 - Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins became the first NFL coach to win 100 regular season games in only 10 seasons as the Miami Dolphins defeated the New England Patriots, 52-0.
    1974 - A great Alaska storm in the Bering Sea caused the worst coastal flooding of memory at Nome, AK with a tide of 13.2 feet. The flooding caused $12 million damage, however no lives are lost.
    1974 – South Africa was suspended from the United Nations General Assembly over its apartheid racial policies.
    1975 – New York Mets P Tom Seaver won his third Cy Young Award.  He posted 243 strikeouts with a 2.38 ERA and led the NL with 22 victories.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Island Girl” - Elton John
“Lyin' Eyes” - The Eagles
“Who Loves You” - Four Seasons
“I'm Sorry” - John Denver
    1979 - Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin's rock opera "Rock Justice" opens a four-day run at San Francisco's Old Waldorf night club. Balin stars in and co-directs the musical, about a rock star who dreams he's on trial for not having a hit record.
    1979 – Kenny Rogers began filming the CBS-TV movie, ”The Gambler,” based on his 1978 smash tune of the same name. It will spawn four sequels.   
    1979 – Responding to the taking of American hostages, President Jimmy Carter announced the immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil.
    1980 – NASA space probe Voyager I made its closest approach to Saturn and took the first images of its rings.
    1981 - The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the second time; it was the first space vehicle to be used more than once.
    1983 - Lionel Richie started the first of four consecutive weeks at #1 on the music charts as "All Night Long (All Night)" became the United States most popular song.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Islands in the Stream” - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
“All Night Long (All Night)” - Lionel Richie
“One Thing Leads to Another” - The Fixx
“Somebody's Gonna Love You” - Lee Greenwood
    1984 - Madonna releases the "Like A Virgin" LP.
    1986 - For the first time in the history of the NBA, both head coaches were absent from the game when coaches K.C. Jones and Don Nelson were too sick to be at the Boston-Milwaukee game. The Boston Celtics had their 44th straight home victory as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 124-116.
    1986 - Red Sox Roger Clemens becomes only the second American League pitcher to unanimously win the Cy Young Award. Denny McLain was the first to accomplish the feat in 1968.
    1987 - Heavy snow spread across much of New England. Totals in Massachusetts ranged up to 14 inches in Plymouth County. The seven-inch total at the Logan Airport in Boston was their highest of record for so early in the season, and the 9.7-inch total at Providence, RI was a record for November. Roads were clogged with traffic and made impassable as snowplow operators were caught unprepared for the early season snowstorm.
    1988 - "Rattle and Hum," the album by U2, started a six-week run at the top of the U.S. album charts. Hum along now, as we list the tracks on the "Rattle and Hum": "Helter Skelter", "Van Diemen's Land", "Desire", "Hawkmoon 269", "All Along the Watchtower", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Freedom for My People", "Silver and Gold", "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "Angel of Harlem", "Love Rescue Me", "When Love Comes to Town", "Heartland", "God Part II", "The Star Spangled Banner", "Bullet the Blue Sky", "All I Want is You".
    1989 - Thirty-three cities reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 70s and 80s from the Southern and Central Plains to the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast Region. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Scottsbluff, NE was a record for November, and highs of 76 degrees at Rapid City, SD and 81 degrees at Chattanooga, TN were the warmest of record for so late in the season.
    1990 – Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
    1991 - Top Hits
“Cream” - Prince & The N.P.G.
“Can't Stop This Thing We Started” - Bryan Adams
“Real, Real, Real” - Jesus Jones
“Someday” - Alan Jackson
    1995 - Miami quarterback Dan Marino passes Fran Tarkenton (47,003 yards) to become the NFL's all-time passing yards leader on a 9-yard toss to Irving Fryar in the Dolphins' 34-17 loss to New England. Marino finishes his career with 61,361 yards passing.  As of 2021, Marino is now 7th all-time; Tom Brady is still playing and has amassed over 81,000 yards.
    1996 - Reverend Jesse Jackson threatened to lead a potentially crippling boycott against Texaco if the oil giant failed to settle a lingering racial- discrimination lawsuit. Six Texaco employees initially filed the $520 million suit in 1994; the ensuing years saw the case mushroom into a complaint backed by some 1,400 workers. Despite growing pressure, Texaco was slow to respond to the case. However, Jackson's involvement, coupled with the revelation of a "secret" audio tape that captured Texaco executives making racial slurs and plotting to derail the lawsuit, helped bring the case to a close. On November 15, Texaco announced what was believed to be a $ 175 million settlement to the case, which included a one-time salary boost for minority employees, as well as the establishment of "diversity training and sensitivity programs".
    1997 – Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.
    1997 – Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World trade Center.
    1998 - Top Hits
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” - Lauryn Hill
“Lately” - Divine
“The First Night” - Monica
“One Week” - Barenaked Ladies
    2001 - American Airlines flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor, New York, just after takeoff from Kennedy Airport and mere weeks after 9/11, killing 265.
    2001 – Seattle Mariners RF outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who led the AL with a .350 batting average, was named Rookie of the Year. Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria, OH Chronicle-Telegram voted for C.C. Sabathia, the only one not for Ichiro, stating the nine years of professional experience in Japan made Suzuki less of a rookie than Sabathia.
    2002 - Miguel Tejada, who receives 356 points from the Baseball Writers' Association, including 21 first-place votes of the 28 cast, is selected as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The A's shortstop joins countrymen Sammy Sosa and George Bell as Dominican Republic natives to win the award.
    2007 – The Yankees re-signed C Jorge Posada for $52.4 million over four years. This made Posada the highest-paid catcher in Major League history, edging out Mike Piazza’s $13 million average from 1999-2005.
    2014 – The US and China agreed to cut greenhouse gases with President Barack Obama setting a goal of at least a 26% reduction over 2005 levels by 2025.
2018 - Former Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed the team secretly “stole signs” via camera from visiting teams.  Communications between opposing pitchers and catchers intercepted and relayed to Astros batters. For years, some individuals on other teams had suspected the Astros of stealing signs but there was no public reporting on the subject until November 2019, when reporters Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich at “The Atlantic” published an article detailing the team's activities. Fiers, who played for the Astros in 2017, told “The Atlantic” that the organization used a video camera in the center field seats to film the opposing catcher’s signals to the pitcher. Astros players or team staffers watching the live camera feed behind the dugout used various audio cues, such as banging on a trash can, to signal to the batter what type of pitch was coming next. MLB investigated the allegations and confirmed in January 2020 that the Astros illegally used a camera system to steal signs during the 2017 regular season and postseason, during which they won the World Series, as well as in part of the 2018 season. MLB found no evidence of illicit sign stealing in the 2019 season, in which the Astros lost in the World Series to the Washington Nationals. As a result, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and field manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the entire 2020 season for failing to prevent the rule violations. The Astros were fined the maximum allowable $5 million and forfeited their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. No players were punished because they had been given immunity by MLB in exchange for their cooperation. The Astros subsequently fired both Luhnow and Hinch on the day their suspensions were announced.  MLB's investigation also determined that Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora helped mastermind the Astros' sign stealing while serving as Hinch's bench coach in 2017. The Red Sox and Cora mutually parted ways the following day and MLB suspended him through the 2020 postseason, although the Red Sox rehired Cora after his suspension ended. Carlos Beltran was the only Astros player from 2017 who was specifically named in the report; he had been hired to manage the New York Mets in November 2019 but parted ways with the team after the results of MLB's investigation were announced.



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