The Farsider

May 7, 2015

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.


 

MAY THEY BE RESTING IN PEACE
 

 
 

21st Annual Fallen Officers’ Memorial at the San Jose Police Dept.  
 


 

FALLEN OFFICERS HONORED AT CALIFORNIA MEMORIAL IN SACRAMENTO

Ceremony comes one week prior to National Police Week, May 10-16, 2015

The growing list of our former friends and coworkers who have passed
on will appear in next Thursday's Farsider during National Police Week.

KCRA.com TV’s website in Sacramento included an article and embedded video about Monday’s California Memorial Dedication Ceremony. Click HERE to view it.


 

 

THE TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD

Sad to say, it looks like it’s SJPD’s turn in the barrel. Are you as happy to be retired and looking at the inside from the outside as we are?

Arrest Footage Spurs Outcry

—Police contend cellphone video shows only part of violent S.J. encounter—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — May 7, 2015

SAN JOSE — The cellphone video, taken last weekend, shows a disturbing but all-too-familiar scene: Police surround a man, beating him with a baton and fists. The person who posted it online added a comment that further outraged its wide online audience, saying the man had died as a result of the beating.

 

Click HERE to view the video.

In fact, the man was booked into jail, very much alive. And now police are pointing to the incident and resulting online storm as an example of how exposure on social media sometimes muddies public understanding of police tactics rather than bringing injustice to light. In this case, they say, the man attacked officers with a bottle before the camera started recording and continued to struggle and fight even after he was pinned to the ground and handcuffed.

“All we’re seeing here is a small portion,” San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia said. “We have nothing to hide about this particular incident. An investigation will be conducted, and this will be presented in court. That’s the process people should respect instead of trying to make a judgment before all the evidence is introduced.”

Law enforcement officials are finding such arguments difficult to make in the current national context, amid highly publicized cases — some recorded, some not — that seem to point to gross abuses of police power.

The most notorious of those, the infamous April 4 shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, led to a murder charge against Officer Michael Slager after a bystander’s cellphone video helped convince prosecutors that Slager lied about Scott taking his stun gun, the purported threat he asserted to justify fatally shooting Scott in the back as he ran away.

But other times there may be more to an incident than a video reveals. In December, a cellphone video showed police swarming a fan during the Arizona-Oregon football game at Levi’s Stadium as bystanders chanted, “He’s not fighting back.” But Santa Clara police later said that before the portion of the incident caught on video, witnesses in the stands reported the man was drunk and belligerent, and he refused to cooperate with stadium staff and police.

The most recent San Jose incident started as two officers patrolling together in the area of Story Road near South White Road about 8:45 p.m. Saturday spotted a man who, upon seeing them, ran toward some bushes and ducked down. The officers thought they saw the man throw something away, so they got out of their car and approached him.

The man ran, and the officers chased him into the intersection, where they say he tried to hit one of them with a bottle, sparking a fight that ended with the officers calling for backup.

The video captured by a bystander — and posted on Facebook by a relative of his and subsequently shared by more than 7,000 users as of Tuesday afternoon — starts as two officers hold the man on the ground, and they’re soon joined by several other officers. At one point, an officer hits the man with a baton, and another hits him with a fist.

Garcia said the man fought with officers during the entire encounter, tried to keep them from handcuffing him and was violent when initially put in the back of a patrol car, prompting them to enlist paramedics to strap him to a gurney. The man, identified as 22-year-old San Jose resident Juan Manuel Moreno-Lopez, was taken to the hospital, treated for bruises and scrapes and released to authorities. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, being under the influence of a stimulant, possessing methamphetamine and destroying evidence.

One officer sprained a knee, and another sprained a hand, Garcia said.

Police did not recover anything from the spot where Moreno-Lopez was thought to have tossed something in the bushes, Garcia said.

The Rev. Jethroe “Jeff” Moore, president of the San Jose chapter of the NAACP, saw the video and was not swayed by the police explanation.

“It was still excessive. After you have the guy down on the ground, why are you still hitting him?” Moore said. “The video is really important. What they’ve been telling us and what the video is showing is different. In every case, we’re told, ‘he was resisting.’ We’re tired of hearing that.”

LaDoris Cordell, the city’s independent police auditor, said she received at least two formal complaints about the encounter, which have been forwarded to the Police Department’s Internal Affairs division for an investigation. She declined to comment specifically on the case but said it was an example of how video is altering the police landscape and bolsters her push for the department to adopt body-worn cameras.

“Ordinarily, there would not be any documentation,” Cordell said. “We don’t know what preceded it, but what we do know is what happened on the ground. Had officers had body cameras on, we would have seen it up close and personal.

“Police should welcome any videos people take of them when they’re in public. If they’re behaving, it’ll just confirm that.”

Dennis Kenney, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an expert in police training, agreed that police perception is suffering because of the visceral images produced by the interactions.

“Police are coming to grips with a world where everything’s being videotaped, and their brand is being hurt pretty badly at this point. They’re guilty until proven innocent, and that’s really problematic,” he said.

But Kenney also said citizens recognize the need for police use of force, as long as the conduct is accompanied by openness.

“The problem comes not in the application of force but whether it’s done correctly,” he said. Garcia, the police spokesman, said officers often are being judged by only what is seen in video snippets, without a full appreciation of what they have to account for. “The average citizen will comply with an officer’s request or lawful order. If someone is under the influence, such as this person, the public doesn’t always understand what we have to deal with,” Garcia said. “If he’s willing to take on police, who else is he going to injure? Then that could be seen as our failure to take action."
 

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Raise your hand if you are getting tired of seeing Cordell’s name and photo appear in the paper again. Whoa. That’s a lot of hands…

Police Openness Necessary



By Scott Herhold, Columnist <sherhold@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — May 1, 2015

Over the years, I’ve found plenty of chances to disagree with LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s independent police auditor. The judge, as she is known universally at City Hall, is a woman of strong opinions.

For all that, I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Cordell on her latest suggestion for improving transparency into charges of police misconduct.

Here’s the situation: San Jose has two parallel systems of investigating internal affairs complaints. One deals with complaints originated by the public, which are eventually summarized and passed on to Cordell’s office.

The second system, a more sensitive domain, deals with so-called Department Initiated Investigations, which are complaints brought forward by officers themselves. Last year saw an uptick in these complaints — to 47 from 13 in the year before. For various reasons, the departmental complaints are accompanied by much more secrecy than the 300-plus originated by the public. The department summarizes the number, categories and outcomes of violations, but gives out nothing specific about misconduct.

(An example from Cordell’s latest report illustrates the power of detail from a publicly generated beef. Believing her car was improperly towed from her apartment complex even though she had a parking permit, a woman called police. The cop seemed uninterested. Woman: “I’m telling the truth, I’m being honest.” Officer: “Yeah, just like the pedophile I arrested last night.” The department upheld a finding of discourtesy.)

End dual system

Cordell, who is stepping down in July, has asked that this opaqueness end for department-originated complaints. She says that names can be omitted to avoid embarrassing officers, just as they are for publicly generated complaints. “There is no justification whatsoever for why there should be two different systems,” she said.

Police Chief Larry Esquivel, however, has said he believes privacy laws protect the police officers. He insists that his department handles the internal beefs in the same way that it does the complaints generated by the public. Essentially, the cops are saying this: We’ll let you scrutinize the chaff from the public. We’ll throw a blanket over the stuff we originate, which is probably more serious.

Cordell notes that in investigating internally generated complaints in 2013 and 2014, the police sustained 18 findings of “conduct unbecoming an officer,” a very serious charge. “I think the public has a right to know what those 18 officers did,” she told me by email. The judge is right. There might be some cases where the department needs to protect the identity of whistle-blowers — and compromises should be made to do that (though in most cases, police officers already know who has brought a complaint against them.) But it’s time to end the dual system. Transparency is a powerful cure. There’s no reason why one domain of complaints should remain beyond its reach. The cops might just show that they know how to police their own.
 

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Is this good news for the POA and other City employee unions? The third paragraph from the bottom of this story from yesterday’s paper infers that it is…

Council Appoints New City Manager

—Dueñas, who had the interim title, hired permanently—

By Ramona Giwargis <rgiwargis@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — May 6, 2015

SAN JOSE — Mayor Sam Liccardo said Tuesday he’d rather focus on San Jose’s future under the leadership of newly appointed City Manager Norberto Dueñas than the turmoil last year that led to three top city officials heading for the door. After a closed-door discussion Tuesday, the City Council unanimously appointed Dueñas to the permanent city manager role. Councilman Raul Peralez was absent.

Dueñas, 55, had been interim city manager since former manager Ed Shikada resigned in December ahead of what was expected to be a vote to oust him before his contract expired in July. That month, Deputy City Manager Alex Gurza and former Assistant City Manager Pam Antil also resigned. Liccardo chalked up the changes to a new city government wanting its own leadership to run the nation’s 10th-largest city. “There was an expectation certainly by me and by others that with a new mayor and a new council, we would be appointing a new city manager,” Liccardo said.

Applauding Dueñas’ performance over the past fourth months, Liccardo bypassed a nationwide city manager recruitment in favor of promoting his pick.

“With national searches, we know there could be a lot of costs and disruptions,” the mayor said. “Going through the cost and disruption of a national search is always an option, but too often we spend our time gazing at the far-off vistas and neglecting the beautiful gardens right underneath our window.”

Dueñas started his city career in 1985 as a council assistant and chief of staff for former councilman Jim Beall, now a state senator, and later as a senior budget and policy analyst for former Mayor Susan Hammer.

Vice Mayor Rose Herrera commended Dueñas’ “calm” management style, especially during the city’s turbulent shake-up.

“We’re all in agreement that he possesses the qualities and abilities to do this job — and we’re grateful that he wants to,” she said.

Dueñas, who has been a favorite among city employee unions, said he looks forward to “rolling up his sleeves” and continuing ongoing labor negotiations. And in a city where the last two new mayors changed city managers, Dueñas said he’s looking forward to making a long-term difference at San Jose City Hall.

“I will stay on as long as I feel I am contributing and making a difference for my new bosses, the community and the organization, “ Dueñas said, “ and as long as they feel I’m doing a good job.”

Dueñas will continue earning the $250,000 he has received as interim city manager.

 

POA UPDATES



May 5th

We have free ticket vouchers for the San Jose SaberCats vs. Las Vegas Outlaws game on Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 PM. Each voucher is good for two general admission tickets, which you can get at the game.

If you are interested, please come to the POA office to pick up your free ticket vouchers during normal business hours (8 AM - 5 PM).

We will not be holding any ticket vouchers as we have plenty available, so there is no need to call.

 

MAIL CALL


This missive about a significant donation to the Michael Johnson Family Fund from Farmers Insurance is worth a read…

April 2015

Britannia Arms
5027 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Attn: John McCay

Dear John,

Dave Clayton, a Farmers Agent based in Pleasanton, Calif. and a former San Jose Police Officer, recently wrote to me about the good work you have been doing in the San Jose community. More specifically, he let me know about the fundraiser you organized and hosted to benefit the family of San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson.

On behalf of Farmers Insurance, I want to join you in offering our sympathy and support to Officer Johnson's family. I also want to say thank you for demonstrating such a strong commitment to your community and going above and beyond to support the men and women who protect us all. It is a point of pride for me to hear that the businesses and individuals we do business with are making a real difference in their communities.

In support of the great work you are doing, Farmers is making a $10,000 contribution to the Johnson family fund.

Thank you again for everything you do. All of us at Farmers could not be more proud to do business with the Britannia Arms.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dailey
Chief Executive Officer
Farmers Insurance

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May 2nd

Bill,

I don’t think all Muslims are radical, just as not all Christians are radical, but what’s in their book is for all to read. Here’s one for next week.

Mike
(Young) <jecasmi@gmail.com>

For context, Mike (he’s the son of retiree Sharon Lansdowne) is a contract worker who lives in Saudi Arabia with his family. The video he sent in is of Pat Condell, a British conservative whose views have appeared in past editions of the Farsider. If you listen closely, we suspect you will agree wholeheartedly with what he has to say about Muslims and Islam. Click HERE to play the video. (4:33)




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May 4th

Bill,

Here’s an interesting question: Does the 1st Amendment protect a person who threatens to kill police officers on Facebook? There’s a link to a video below that deals with that question.

Talking Points <Talking.Points@comcast.net>

We know you can go to jail for threatening to kill the President. Likewise for yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater. It seems strange the courts haven’t ruled on threats to kill police officers on Facebook. For the case sent in by TP, click HERE. (3:29)

 

PAYING IT FORWARD

Several positive comments are being received on Facebook for this post authored yesterday by Pete Salvi...

May 6th

Time to honor a volunteer: My mother-in-law has cancer and is undergoing treatment. We were unable to take her on a recent occasion because we were out of town. When we contacted the American Cancer Society we were told they have volunteers who transport patients to treatment. Lo and behold, look who showed up: Ernie Vallecilla. He began volunteering to transport patients after Peggy was diagnosed with cancer and continues doing so to “pay it forward.” Ernie does this quietly and without fanfare.

I mention this because there was an article in yesterday’s Mercury News stating that the program is expanding and that there is a need for more volunteers. It’s a good opportunity to “pay it forward” along with Ernesto Vallecilla.



 

A FEW MOMENTS WITH JUDGE JEANINE

Like her or not — and most people fall on one side or the other — Judge Jeanine Pirro of Fox News has the back of the nation’s cops. Listen to her Opening Statement from her show a few days ago by clicking HERE — or read the transcription of her statement below. (5:15)

Judge Jeanine: Cops Across the Country Demonized Because of Baltimore

Tonight, cops across the nation are being demonized for the alleged actions of some in Baltimore.

But imagine the 25-year-old running from the police is your son. Your son arrested and thrown in that police van, your son buried.

I want you to take race, family, preconceived notions for or against law enforcement out of this.

This is about the facts - pure and simple. I've been there. The elected DA in a tough spot, charging police - the investigative agency that you work with every day.

That you need to testify to put criminals behind bars with a crime that could land them behind those same bars. The issues are hard, the problems fast and furious.

Now there's no question that Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby is articulate, passionate and believes in the charges she has brought and believes she can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt. But I’m not so sure.

“The manner of death deemed homicide by Maryland state medical examiner is believed to be the result of a fatal injury that occurred while Mr. Gray was unrestrained by his seatbelt in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department wagon.” – Mosby on Friday

But she is also inexperienced, never having tried a murder case. New at the job - in office for four months - just recently leaving her insurance company job.

Granted, the medical examiner ruled this a homicide. But any experienced prosecutor knows that is nothing more than a classification, meaning it's not an accident, it's not a suicide and it's not undetermined. So why on the same day the autopsy findings are released to her does she file charges?

There is no question that Freddie Gray was healthy enough to run from the police but almost dead when he was taken off that police van.  And in a case as unusual and unique as this, why not seek out pathologists for insight into what the defense will try to show?

And who to charge? Were Freddie Gray's injuries the result of the bicycle cops putting him in a prone position? Were they due to his then being put in a seated position after finding the knife? Or when they put him stomach down on the ground? Or when he was put in a leg lace? Or when he was placed in the police van without a seatbelt? Or when he was removed from the van and flex cuffs placed on his wrists and then leg shackles on his legs? Now, Mosby believes the critical neck injury occurred during the ride to central booking. How does she know that?

Maybe we all need to step back and let the justice system take its course. And whether they're guilty or not guilty, whether they should have been charged or are overcharged, the passion surrounding this case and arguments to render cops powerless or call for the removal of their guns is nothing short of lunacy and putting all of society at risk.

When cops commit crimes, they are prosecuted and jailed. I know - I prosecuted cops.  But it's time for us to recognize the importance and necessity of maintaining and respecting the men and women in blue. And to suggest that all cops are the enemy is absurd.

To those who hate cops and don't want them around: start defending yourself!

The truth? These cops are not paid anywhere near enough to put their lives on the line every day. They're not paid enough to be abused and ridiculed and blamed for society's ills, spit on by murderers, waste thrown at them by prisoners.

Cops are the one line of defense - indeed the last line - that separates us from a barbaric and chaotic society. They live on the battlefield, where the fight between good and evil unfolds every day. And often, they quietly die on that very battlefield. And left behind are grieving families, children without parents because someone chose to stand for law and order against chaos.

And after their deaths, there are no marches, no burning of businesses and no looting when they're killed. Maybe it's time to recognize and respect the role of men and women [in blue] in our society.

 

THE PLAN…

This is for those of you who have an Apple (IOS) or Android smartphone. First, read the two short articles below about the new ACLU app designed for capturing police abuse and automatically sending the video to the ACLU…

ACLU Creates App for Filming Potential Police Abuse

By Hamed Aleaziz <haleaziz@sfchronicle.com>
San Francisco Chronicle — April 30, 3015

Think the police are violating someone’s civil rights? Want to record it and keep the video on file? The ACLU of California has an app for that.

As protests over police violence spread across the country, the ACLU of California announced a new smartphone app Thursday that allows Californians to record videos of police officers they believe are violating civil rights and send them directly to a local branch of the group for review.

“We’ve seen incidents of uses of force, of police abuse that likely would have gone unnoticed but have instead become the subject of national attention because a member of the public pulled out a phone and started video recording,” said Peter Bibring, director of police practices at the ACLU of California.

Bibring pointed to now-infamous video incidents, such as one in April when a bystander took video of a police officer in South Carolina shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott, to death as he fled. The officer who shot Scott was later charged with murder.

“Video is an enormously important part of documenting police misconduct and holding not just the individual officers accountable but our law enforcement institutions accountable,” Bibring said.

The group began developing the app before nationwide protests over police violence began last year after a police shooting in Ferguson, he said.

The app — which captures video and audio — works like this: Users can open the app, called Mobile Justice CA, hit a record button and start capturing a potential incident. Once the recording is stopped, the video goes directly to the local ACLU branch and is preserved. The app is key, Bibring said, because it allows the videos to be preserved on the organization’s servers even if the phone is destroyed or seized by law enforcement.

Don’t stop now. We’re about to disclose “The Plan.” This second short article and accompanying video is from the Engadget.com website…

California ACLU Chapter Unveils Police-Monitoring Video App

By Andrew Tarantola — April 30, 3015

In an effort to reduce police abuses that have occurred with frightening regularity throughout the US, the Southern California branch of the ACLU has just released a new smartphone app designed to securely record your next interaction with law enforcement. Sure, you could simply snap photos and take video using your on-board camera. But what happens when the cop smashes your phone (as one did in South Gate, California) or tries to delete the data (as another attempted in Virginia Beach, Virginia)?

Instead of simply saving a copy to your local drive, the Mobile Justice CA app automatically forwards a copy of your video directly to the ACLU for review. Not only that, but it also alerts nearby users that also have the app installed that an incident is going down. The app is available on both iOS and Android, but is only for California residents. ACLU chapters in Oregon, Missouri and New York have already released similar apps.

Click HERE to watch the 31 second video that shows how the app works. 

 

The Plan

The last thing we want to do is suggest something that might clog the ACLU’s server or cause its staff to spend a lot of time going through videos looking for police abuse where it doesn’t exist, but we thought that since the ACLU seems to believe that police abuse is rampant, perhaps we should use the ACLU app to show that the police do good work as well. That’s why we are suggesting that active and retired cops and their friends who have Apple (IOS) and Android smartphones download the app and use it to record the good work that cops perform on a daily basis, such as patrolling the streets, interacting with citizens, performing traffic control, parking their patrol vehicles outside restaurants while the officer(s) interact with the employees and customers over a cup of coffee, and/or any other aspect of police work that shows the police performing the public service citizens expect. And if, as stated, the videos take up an extraordinary amount of space on the ACLU servers and cause staff to spend an undo amount time going through each video looking for abuse cases that don’t exist, well, that’s not our problem. At least the videos will show the ACLU that the police don’t spend most of their time abusing the public.

To have an impact and show the ACLU the good work the police perform, of course, this information will have to be received by other LEOs in the state via email and social media such as Facebook. If you would like to participate by passing this along to your friends in law enforcement, simply copy and paste this article as you would with any email and send it on.

To download the Mobile Justice (Calif.) app for IOS or Android, click on the link below. The website includes an FAQ section with several questions and answers if you would like additional details.

https://www.mobilejusticeca.org/


Let’s show that police abuse is a minuscule issue by sending the ACLU videos showing the cops serving the public.


 

KEITH KELLEY NEWS

 

REMINDER FOR THE 10th ANNUAL BOBBY BURROUGHS MEMBERSHIP FOLSOM BBQ

 

Dear Members,

We are now taking sign-ups for our annual Association Folsom BBQ and membership
meeting. Details are below. You can sign up on-line by clicking THIS link.

We will need a count of Retirees and Spouses who
will be attending the BBQ, by May 14, 2015.  

Place:
The Lew Howard Pavilion
7100 Baldwin Dam Rd.  
Folsom, CA 95630
 
When:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Lunch at 12:00 PM
Meeting right after lunch.

Food Choices:

Tri-tip or Chicken - Please make your selection when signing up.

Cost:
Free for Members
$5 for Spouses
$10 for Non-Members

Directions:

FROM I-80 in Roseville, CA

I-80 to Douglas Blvd., east on Douglas Blvd. Go approximately 5.1 miles to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Turn right and go 4.1 miles to Oak Ave. in Folsom (there is a McDonalds fast food on the corner). Turn right on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles (the road ends). Turn right on Baldwin Dam Rd. You will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Go under the Arch and drive to the top of the hill where the picnic grounds are (approximately 0.3 miles). You have arrived.

FROM I-50 in Folsom

I-50 to Folsom Rd. Exit. Take Folsom Rd. 2.4 miles and cross the American River Bridge. At this time the road name changes to Folsom Auburn Blvd. Continue 0.8 miles to Oak Ave. You will see a McDonalds fast food restaurant on the left corner. Turn left on Oak Ave. and go approximately 0.4 miles to Baldwin Dam Rd. Turn right and you will see the Lew Howard Memorial Park Arch. Drive straight through to the top of the hill and you have arrived.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

April 29th - May 5th

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to announce tomorrow that he is running for president, making him Hillary Clinton’s only Democratic challenger so far. Or as Hillary put it, "Oooo, appetizers!"

There is a new reality show on CBS where a family must decide whether to keep $100,000 in a briefcase or give it away to another family. The show's called, “We'll Keep the Briefcase.” It's the first 10-second-long show in history.

A 91-year-old woman in the U.K. recently got engaged to her 102-year-old boyfriend, which would make them the oldest newlyweds in the world. They're really happy and said they can’t wait to spend the rest of their week together.

Floyd Mayweather said he will make around $200 million for his fight on Saturday against Manny Pacquiao. Meanwhile, the horse that wins the Kentucky Derby will get an extra carrot.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attended a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York City this week. Hillary told them, “Good luck with the reboot of your '90s show.” And they said, “Thanks. Good luck with yours.”

“Furious 7” just became the highest grossing movie of all time in China. Of course in China, “Furious 7” is about seven dads who just found out their kids aren't going to medical school.

The NFL recently agreed to give up its tax-exempt status. It sounds like a big change, but on the bright side, the Philadelphia Eagles can still write off Tim Tebow's salary as a charitable donation.

Of course, tomorrow is the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby! Yeah, it's that special time of year when people use a two-minute event as an excuse to drink for 12 hours.

The Kentucky Derby is a race that lets rich people throw money at a bunch of weird sounding names — which is another way of describing the presidential race so far. Do I want to bet on Jeb? Rand?

Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, has banned the use of selfie sticks this year. Officials say that if you want to block someone’s view of the race, just do what everyone else does and wear an insanely giant hat.

And as you might expect, there's been a lot of trash-talking leading up to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. In fact, in a recent interview, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said that he thinks Mayweather may not even show up. When asked why, Roach said, “He only clicked 'Maybe' on the Facebook invite.”

On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao to keep his undefeated record. That's actually something I have in common with Floyd Mayweather. Neither of us has ever lost a boxing match.

Actually, a lot of people were complaining about the fight, because they thought it was boring and failed to live up to the hype. Fans were hoping for the “Fight of the Century,” but got something slightly less dramatic than a fight on the “Real Housewives.”

Today Carly Fiorina announced that she is running for president. Someone else bought “CarlyFiorina.org” and posted 30,000 sad emoticons to represent all the people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard. I haven't seen that many sad, blank faces in one place since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

Congrats to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. The royal baby weighed eight pounds — or around 12 American dollars.

Everyone’s celebrating Cinco de Mayo. In fact, earlier I saw Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pretending to hit a piñata.

Today is Cinco de Mayo. Although if you're really excited by that, the chances of you being at home watching "The Tonight Show" right now are pretty slim.

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that it raised over $1.5 million in the 24 hours after he announced his bid. Meanwhile, a 12-year-old on Kickstarter just raised $7 million in five minutes after announcing his idea for juice box water guns.

I read that as marijuana legalization becomes more popular, it could affect the jobs of drug-sniffing dogs. Or as those dogs put it, “Thanks, Bo Obama.”

In Baltimore, the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox played a game today in a completely empty stadium. It was the first major sporting event to be played in an empty stadium, unless you count every professional soccer game in America.

Tomorrow is the start of the NFL draft. This year it will be simulcast on ESPN and Court TV.

A new presidential poll reveals that Democrats have the edge among voters under 30. The good news for Republicans is that there's only six people under 30 who actually vote.

Ford has recalled almost 600,000 vehicles for steering problems. Owners are being told to bring their cars in as close to the dealership as they can get it.

Ford just recalled almost 1 million cars for steering problems and because the doors fly open. This explains Chevrolet's new slogan: "Ford just recalled almost 1 million cars for steering problems and because the doors fly open."

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un reportedly has had 15 of his top officials executed. So the lesson here is when Kim Jong Un comes to work with a new haircut, you tell him, "Looking good, Un."

In Oregon, a number of brewers are competing to turn sewer water into beer. The brewer said, "Hey, if Bud Light can do it, we can do it."

I had an amazing weekend. First I caught up on some sleep by watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

Back home in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao is a congressman — which may explain why he didn't do much of anything the other night.

I would have definitely paid $100 to watch someone beat up my congressman.

A Florida man is suing a hospital for throwing his right leg away after it was amputated. The hospital says they're not worried about the lawsuit because the man does not have a leg to stand on.

The 89-year-old queen of England met her new great-granddaughter for the first time. Both cried a little, burped, and then fell asleep.

In New Hampshire, a 95-year-old World War II veteran successfully defended himself against a mugger by hitting him with his cane. The veteran will now face Floyd Mayweather next Saturday on pay-per-view.

Yesterday Chris Brown was accused of assaulting a man in Las Vegas. Boxing fans are glad that at least somebody got punched in Las Vegas this week.

Kim Kardashian was at a Barnes & Noble in New York signing copies of her new book of selfies. Extra security was on hand in case any real books tried to get too close to Kim Kardashian.

It's a beautiful day in New York City. It's sunny and 73, like me.

In Baltimore today, the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox played a baseball game. Nobody was allowed in the ballpark. It was eerily quiet. The players had to heckle themselves.

Even though no one was allowed inside the Orioles ballpark, parking was still a problem.

Our guest tonight is Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States. She's here to announce her run for president.

This will be Michelle Obama's last opportunity to try to get me to eat kale.

The issue of gay marriage has reached the Supreme Court and observers are analyzing every detail to predict how each justice will vote. Experts say Chief Justice John Roberts is likely to rule in favor of gay marriage based on the fact that he spent Tuesday's hearings watching the Tony Award nominations.

Donald Trump is talking about running for president. He hasn't made an announcement, but I want to tell you something. The fake suspense is killing me.

I can hardly wait until Donald Trump announces his celebrity cabinet.

Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby. Did you fill out your brackets?

The thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it's usually won by the horse from Kenya.

Happy Cinco de Mayo. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, mayor Bill de Blasio is filling all New York City potholes with guacamole.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday for all of the people that we're trying to keep out.

Kim Kardashian has published a book of photographs that she has taken of herself. This solves the problem of the Kim Kardashian photo shortage.

A family cleaning out their grandparents' attic in Florida found a wooden box containing a mummified pirate's hand on a map with gold coins. It really kills the romanticism of the whole pirate thing for me, when the treasure isn't under an "X" on the beach, but in the attic of a two-story condo in Florida.

A treasure chest full of gold pirate coins may be cool, but do you know what I have in my attic? Family heirlooms and pictures of all my loved ones — and isn't that the real treasure? No, no it isn't. The real treasure is a treasure chest full of gold pirate coins.

It was a huge weekend for sports. And of course the event everybody was talking about was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. I mean, we're calling it a fight. To me, it seemed more like a couple of guys having a cuddle every now and then.

You know you're not in for a vintage fight when at the end of every round, Mayweather goes back to his corner and says, "What is that guy's problem? He keeps trying to hit me in the face.”

I'll tell you what the problem was. It was the ref. Every time they started to box, he would say, "Whoa, guys, I'm sensing some tension here. Calm down. Someone might get hurt. All right, come on now, hug it out.”

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Today is the day Americans celebrate Mexicans beating the French in the Battle of Puebla by getting blind drunk, listening to mariachi music, and then vomiting in a cab. Or as we call it in Britain — Tuesday.

I just moved to the states and I've learned that Cinco de Mayo is just a reason to drink. Until now I thought Americans had to fall back on St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July, Fat Tuesday, Halloween, Hanukkah, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, President's Day, any sporting event, any barbecue, Thanksgiving, or Christmas if they needed an excuse to get drunk on a weekday.

The Internet has spoken and it said that girls love "dad bods." But the examples they used for dad bods were Jon Hamm and Leonardo DiCaprio. OK, one, they don't have kids so they aren't dads. Two, they are among the most handsome men the world has to offer. That article shouldn't read "Girls love dad bods." It should read, "Girls love millionaire movie stars."

Somehow, millionaire movie stars have always gotten women to find them attractive. If you're a millionaire movie star I don't think you'll ever hear, "I'd like you a lot more if you had your dad's body."

Saturday in Las Vegas is Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. They estimate that the fight will be seen by more people than any fight in history that did not take place between Jay-Z and his sister-in-law in an elevator.

No matter who wins, both fighters will walk away with a large chunk of money. They agreed to split the purse 60/40. Mayweather could make $180 million. You would think for that much he could pay somebody to fight for him.

The World Cup is three years away and the Russian government is asking people to come up with ideas for a cute mascot to put on merchandise. Why would a Russian mascot be anything other than a bottle of vodka? A little bottle of vodka that plays soccer.

Kim Kardashian is here tonight because she has a new book out. It's called "Selfish." It is 400 pages of pictures she took of herself. You know how you can't judge a book by its cover? This one you can.

I was in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight. Manny was on the show recently and I asked if I could be his Justin Bieber. Bieber always walks in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. But Manny doesn't have a sexy teen idol in his camp so I offered myself.

Manny Pacquiao is a congressman in the Philippines. It must be weird to see one of their congressmen fight on TV. I wish our congressmen would do that. I'd pay $100 to see John Boehner fight somebody.

Tom Brady went to the Kentucky Derby in the afternoon and to the fight in Vegas that night. Even Tom Brady and Gisele need a break from time to time. That should make us feel good about ourselves.

Despite the fact that the fight was on Saturday night, the new movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron" made $191 million over the weekend. By the way, Floyd Mayweather made $200 million — more than the movie, and he doesn't have to split it with Iron Man and The Hulk.

Hillary Clinton gave a speech at Columbia University this afternoon. She ended it the way Clintons always end their speeches, by saying, “That’ll be $200,000.”

It was such a nice day today that President Obama left the White House and went for a walk around the neighborhood. Even more amazing, THIS is the first the Secret Service is hearing about it.

A company is working on a new selfie stick shaped like a human arm so users won’t look like they’re alone in pictures. Instead you’ll just look like a completely normal person who’s carrying around a human arm.

Saturday is as big a sports day as you can have, with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Kentucky Derby, NBA and NHL playoffs, and the NFL draft. This according to a group of bummed-out dads at a toddler's birthday party.

The NFL draft runs from tonight through Saturday. So tune in and watch a young millionaire pretend to be excited about moving to Tampa.

Bruce Jenner will reportedly make a return to motivational speaking. And it's going to be a little tougher, because now he's only going to make 77 cents on the dollar.

Starbucks will now offer cookie straws. And they come in a variety of flavors, like type 1 and type 2.

Did anybody watch the big fight this weekend? I mean, besides the two boxers?

The fight had so much clinching. If those guys had been hugged that much as children, they wouldn’t have grown up to be boxers.

Today is Cinco de Mayo. Interesting fact: Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the fifth of May because most white people can only count to five in Spanish.

In an episode of "The Price is Right" this week, a contestant in a wheelchair was awarded a treadmill. Well, the show isn’t called "The PRIZE is Right."

According to Forbes, the wealthiest rappers of 2015 are Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay Z. While the least wealthy rapper is Li’l Gambling Problem.

A Brooklyn man has become an overnight celebrity for his uncanny resemblance to Vincent Van Gogh. Said the man, "What?"

 

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Let’s get started with THESE three firecrackers (technically they are grandmas) who are intent on showing those of us in our sixties and seventies that there is still a lot of living ahead of us. (4:24)




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Most of us are aware that when we fly Southwest we are sometimes treated to a humorous pre-flight safety briefing, and THIS is one of the best we’ve seen and heard. (3:05)

That video generated so many views on YouTube (over 2 million) that Ellen DECIDED to have the flight attendant appear on her show…




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Watch THIS Channel 5 video that dates back to Sept. and you will see how body cameras can be beneficial for cops accused of racism. It involves an Oakland firefighter who accuses a rookie Oakland cop of racism and how he was discredited by the cop’s body camera. We would wager that when the story first broke, Al Sharpton was in the process of buying a first-class ticket to Oakland, only to say “Never mind” after he heard the audio from the officer’s body camera. (4:52)




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I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of modern dances that are popular with today’s youth, but I’m happy to make an exception with THIS performance by Keone and Mariel Madrid who are choreographers at the Urban Dance Camp. (The shoes that are thrown them at the end of the performance means that the spectators liked what they saw.) (2:03)




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Never mind the card trick in THIS clip received from Chuck Blackmore, it’s what the guy does with several cigarettes and napkins that’s amazing. (OK, the card trick is pretty amazing, too.)  (9:08).




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You may recall that there have been two recent failures of the Space X reusable rocket to land safely on a barge in the ocean. THIS video of a prior test flight will show you how it was supposed to return to earth after making a delivery to the ISP. (1:29)




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How angry can the seas be? Probably more angry than THIS compilation video because video cameras were normally absent when the oceans were having a bad day. We’re not sure which is scarier, the images in this clip or the musical soundtrack. (3:59)



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Here’s a HI-DEF Vimeo contribution from Dirk Parsons for you aviation aficionados who want to ride along with these guys while they try to put out a ground fire in Spain using a Bombardier 415 Water Bomber. To fill their tanks they touch down on the water at approach speed, open the fill scoops and the tanks fill up as power is applied. Note how the turbulence from the fire rocks the aircraft at low altitude and forces the pilot to go lock-to-lock on the hand and foot inputs. (4:36)




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Dirk also sent in THIS clip, saying he remembers playing with slot cars when he was a kid but that they were nothing compared to this. (4:52)




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Those of you with an interest in the history of WW II may find THIS rare color film footage of Berlin in the summer of 1945 of interest as it was shot a month or two after the end of the war in Europe. The uniforms worn by the soldiers will likely tell you whether they are American, British or Russian, while virtually all of the people in civilian clothes with the less-than-happy faces are German. (7:05)




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Speaking of Berlin, leaders of the Allied nations (U.K., U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.) made provisions after the war ended for the post-war military occupation of Germany by Allied troops. This involved setting up distinct zones, each administered to by troops of one of the Allied nations.

With tensions between the Soviets and the Western powers rising, it was essentially split in two: West Germany (U.S.A., U.K., France) and East Germany (a/k/a German Democratic Republic or G.D.R.). Berlin, deep inside G.D.R. territory, was a special case that was again divided into East and West Berlin and separated by the infamous Berlin Wall.

The Wall went up around 1961, though barriers and barbed wire were already in place as early as 1952. Defecting from the G.D.R. was punishable by death, and 136 people died trying to cross into West Berlin. Still, life was hard enough that many were willing to take that risk, like the people shown in THIS clip. (1:56)

 

East German patrol boat tries to capture
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This video comes from the front of a German ambulance, where paramedics responding to an emergency had to get through dense TRAFFIC. The other drivers do everything they can to make room on the packed highway, which is something you are unlikely to see in the U.S. given the same amount of traffic. (2:37




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If you were a long-haul trucker, THIS clip about a turbine-powered concept 18-wheeler received from Alice Murphy would probably have you salivating. (6:02)




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For those who want to get away from the homestead but don’t want to maneuver a large motorhome down the road, the engineers at Volkswagen have produced a modern-day version of the Volkswagen camper called the Doubleback that looks like an ordinary van. Click HERE for a tour of the innovative camper. There are only two things that make it a deal breaker for me. 1) It sells for 55,000 British pounds (roughly $87,000), and 2) It’s not available in the U.S. (3:39)



This one is more my speed…

 

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Many of you have probably seen still photos of THIS upside down truck. Here is the story of the unique conversation piece along with the details of how it came to be. (3:34)




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There are bad mornings, and there are BAD mornings. Take a half-minute and watch what happens to this poor guy. (0:36)




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He's at the White House because he's an honorable man who has integrity
and has worked very hard to make something decent and respectable of
himself. The other one is a race baiting buffoon known as Al Sharpton!


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This is the amazing story of Derby, a dog that was never able to run around and play like other pups because it was born with deformed front legs. Even with a set of wheels, Derby still had limited mobility. But foster-owner Tara Anderson of 3D Systems was determined to change that. With the help of designers from 3D Systems and an orthotist specializing in animals, they decided to CREATE a custom pair of prosthetics to help Derby move around. (3:03)




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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to put a hummingbird in a wind tunnel? Neither have we, but that doesn’t make THIS clip any less interesting. (Not to worry; none of nature’s mini-helicopters were harmed in the shooting of this video.) (3:25)





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Speaking of Hummingbirds, watch as a father and son rescue this little fella who is unable to fly. It may have you second-guessing the scale of damage that something so simple can cause to THESE fragile creatures. (1:39)





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“Skip the Meow Mix and pass the popcorn.” It’s not every day you see a cat watching “Star Wars” with his owners, but THIS short video is evidence that it can happen, at least in the Ukraine. (1:36)





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Ever see a mouse pay for its snack? THIS clever little critter named Cindy has no problem putting up some cold hard cash for a treat. (0:33)





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This is Kimchi the Chinchilla enjoying a massage. Note how she carefully adjusts her head and neck to soak up the affection. Their use for fur led to the extinction of one species and put serious pressure on the other two. Though it is illegal to hunt wild chinchillas, the animals are now on the verge of becoming extinct because of continued illegal hunting. Domesticated chinchillas, however, are still bred for their fur. We hate to think of THIS little guy winding up as part of a sleeve on some woman's fur coat. (1:13)
 





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What the flock? THIS scene is like something out of a dream, or perhaps it’s a case of counting sheep that has gone wrong. Thousands of sheep overrun the road in Vina del Mar, Chile. This is footage of the strange occurrence that was taken while slowly driving through and parting the sea of sheep. Try counting them and we guarantee you will go mad. Or fall asleep. (2:48)





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Joe Suske’s email said THIS is what Wisconsinites do for entertainment on Sunday afternoons. Note how the audience paid rapt attention to the music and that nary a one walked away during the concert. (2:04)






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Have you ever swam through a school of a million fish? On a dive in Grand Cayman, THIS diver got a once-in-a-lifetime experience when he swam through a cave teeming with countless Atlantic Silverside, a small silver-colored fish that likes to use a "strength in numbers" strategy as defense against predators. This footage was filmed using a GoPro camera mounted on a selfie stick. (1:52)





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This is the most AMAZING Giraffe performance we have ever seen. Whoever trained these graceful animals should be applauded for a job well done. (5:27)





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We’re gratified to see that our cousins across the pond employ the same procedure as many cops in the U.S.

A London motorcycle police officer stops a driver for shooting through a red light. The driver is very hostile. He steps out of his car and comes striding toward the officer, demanding to know why he is being harassed by the “Gestapo!”

The officer calmly tells him of the red light violation.

The motorist instantly goes on a tirade, questioning the officer's ancestry, sexual orientation, etc. in rather explicit offensive  terms.

The tirade continues on without the officer saying anything.

When the officer is nearly finished with the citation he writes "AH" in the lower right corner of the narrative portion of the ticket. He then hands it to the 'violator' for his signature.

The bloke signs the ticket angrily, and when presented with his copy points to the "AH" and demands to know what it stands for.

The officer says, "That's so when we go to court, I'll remember that you were an Arse Hole!"

Two months later they're in court. The 'violator' has a bad driving record with a high number of points and is in danger of losing his license, so he hired a big gun lawyer to represent him.

On the stand the officer testifies to seeing the man run through the red light.

Under cross examination the defense attorney asks; "Officer is this a reasonable facsimile of the ticket that you issued to my client?"

Officer responds, "Yes, sir, that is the defendant's copy, his signature and mine, same number at the top."

Lawyer: "Officer, is there any particular marking or notation on this ticket you don't normally make?"

"Yes, sir, in the lower right corner of the narrative there is an "AH" that I underlined."

“And what does the "AH" stand for, officer?"

"Aggressive and Hostile, Sir."

"Aggressive and Hostile?"

"Yes, Sir.”

"Officer, are you sure it doesn't stand for Arse Hole?"

“Well, sir, you know your client better than I do.”

And that is how a cop gets a defense attorney to convict his own client.

 

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Talk about being in the right place at the right time and having your camera running, check out THIS footage of Mount Tavurvu off the coast of Papua New Guinea popping its cork and sending ash and smoke into the air. And hold tight to your chair for the shock wave. (1:03)





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Here is an extremely well-edited video for bike enthusiasts featuring Chris Akrigg, a professional mountain biker whose EXPLOITS off the trail have to be seen to be appreciated. He leaves the city and gets into the mountains at the 1:40 mark. (8:27)





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Adrenaline junkies need to make their way to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates because the latest event held there is only the first of many. Dubbed "Dream Jump Dubai" and hosted by Skydive Dubai in association with Never Before Events, it was part of the "Dream Walker Around the World in 80 Jumps" expedition and is the first outside of Europe. The event was held at the Princess Tower in Dubai, where participants PLUNGED from the 99th floor.  2:18)





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Have a fear of heights? Want to conquer them? There’s no better way than to travel to Toronto and participate in the EDGE WALK at the CN tower like these folks.  (12:36)





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THIS clip that dates back to the 2013 World Series was posted on Facebook by Pete Salvi, but its age doesn't make it any less profound. Watch and listen as Sgt. Dan Clark, (USMC Ret.) sings “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch. (2:06)



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We found the perfect closer for this week’s Farsider given that this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. WATCH as a real mom who lives in Moreno Valley, CA receives the gift of a lifetime from her son Ryan, a Navy Commander stationed in Japan. If your eyes well up at the end, well, that’s OK. Ours did. (4:09)

 

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Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
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Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
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Klein, Lou Anna
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Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
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Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
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Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
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Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
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Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
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Lucarotti, Jim
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Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
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Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
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Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
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McCall, Lani
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McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
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Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
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Moorman, Jim
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Polanco, Mary
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Robertson, Harry
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Robison, Rob
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Rosso, Ron
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Royal, Russ
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Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
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Salewsky, Bill
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Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
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Sekany, Greg
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Seymour, Jim
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Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
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Sly, Sandi
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Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
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Sugimoto, Rich
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Tate, Bill
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Thompson, Mike
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Tietgens, Don
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Williamson, Kathleen
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Wittenberg, Jim
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