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Updated 8-25-2016

Adios: Sam Lumpe, 1940-2016
The César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer and retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 26/AFL-CIO, passed away in Reno on Aug. 24. A complete obituary will be posted here soon. At his request, there will be no memorial service. He is the second hall-of-famer to pass this summer. Requiescant in pace.

Adios: Librado Chávez muerto
Librado "Lee" Chávez, brother of César Chávez and frequent participant in Nevada César Chávez Day activities, has passed away in California. This comes two months after the passing of Mrs. César Chávez, Helen. Details as they arrive. Requiescant in pace.

Happy Anniversary Barbwire Fencers
On 8-12-1988, Barbwire by Barbano found a permanent home in the newly-Daily Sparks Tribune. Quaff a beer of good cheer against softshoe fascistista fear.

Mark Twain declares presidential candidacy

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Adios: George "Battling" Nelson, 1932-2016

Labor Day Parade
6 September 2010 Virginia City, Nev.

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George's obituary
Reno Gazette-Journal 7-9-2016

SPARKS, NEV. (16 JUNE 2016) — Our brother and César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer George "Battling" Nelson, 83, passed away this morning at his home. He was diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks ago and faded a couple of months faster than doctors predicted. We were able to get his second-to-last wish fulfilled in his lifetime. (The last, a posthumous pardon for former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, may happen before President Obama leaves office. Please contact your senators, congressmembers and the White House.)

I got George on tape one week before his death and asked him to say "be well, raise hell" one last time.

He did it his way: "Be well. Raise hell. Have fun."

That's my man, George.

Rest in peace, great warrior, we are richer for your having passed this way.

See you in the next round, champ.

With love and laughter, in eternal solidarity and forever your friend,

Andrew "Bruiser" Barbano

—>Condolences to his family. Details here as they become available.

George's Adiós Union Meeting (he wanted it run like one) took place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 350 Training Center, 1150 Greg Street, Sparks NV 89431. STAY TUNED for photos and details. It was tremendous.



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Reno News & Review remembers George Nelson's battles
By Dennis Myers 6-23-2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST — 1969: George "Battling" Nelson stood with UAW President Walter Reuther and César Chávez at the dedication of the United Farm Workers headquarters in Delano, California

In case you wondered: The original Battling Nelson was world lightweight champion

Grand Marshal George Nelson, 2010 Virginia City Labor Day Parade

LABORING FOR LABOR DAY (6 Sept. 2010)Union members prepare for the 2010 Virginia City Labor Day Parade, the only such soirée in Nevada. Left to right are Penny Bueno (holding the yellow UAW banner) and Bob Bueno, current president of UAW 2162/AFL-CIO (with the American flag). Holding the white banner behind the Chevy are Glenda Gravelyn, left, and Rudy Viola, right, in the Indiana Jones hat. Rudy is immediate past-president of the local. Doing his best impression of Uncle Sam on steroids is Robert "Tuna" Townsend, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World union (aka "The Wobblies").

Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal George "Battling" Nelson, President of the Reno United Auto Workers Retirees, is seated in the 1957 Chevrolet behind driver Mike Murray of UAW 2162.

UNO MAS, 2013 — Brother Nelson reported that the UAW entered three General Motors products in the Monday 2 September 2013 Labor Day event: a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali and a 2013 Cadillac XTS. In July 2013, the Impala received surprising rave reviews from Consumer Reports, a legendarily tough crowd. (UAW 2162 photo)

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Psychographic testing biases police application exams
By Patricia Gallimore and Andrew Barbano / 7-14-2016 / Reno Gazette-Journal 7-17-2016

Top 10 cures for what ails us: Better late than never
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-12-2016 Sparks Tribune

When public interest is secondary to public relations
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 7-5-2016 Sparks Tribune

Who owns Nevada's PBS TV 5-and-10-cent store?
Who shot JR? Ralston show axed without notice.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-28-2016 Sparks Tribune

Donald Trump, Charles Manson and Mother Theresa
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-21-2016 Sparks Tribune

Rent control, damage control and butt control
Donald Trump's VP running mate exposed
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-14-2016 Sparks Tribune


Requiescata in pace
Helen Chávez, widow of César Chávez, dies at 88
Elena Chávez muerta
Associated Press 6-7-2016

Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016

Sahara Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada (21 November 1972) — In what would be his only northern Nevada match, Muhammad Ali squares off against world Light-Heavyweight Champion Bob Foster for the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight title. The referee is future Washoe County DA and District Judge Mills Bee Lane in his first championship fight. Former Golden-Glover Lane (20-1) achieved his own world fame, officiating at dozens more championship bouts. He starred in his own nationally-syndicated television show, Judge Mills Lane, for three years. Ali knocked out Foster in the eighth round but not before Foster became the first opponent to open a cut on the prettiest one's face. For many years thereafter, Lane gave away copies of TV reporter and now-retired attorney David Kladney's above photo.

Irony Alert: Muhammad Ali's funeral on 6-10-2016 was held 70 years to the day of Jack Johnson's death in a 1946 North Carolina car crash

Nevada was a co-conspirator in blacklisting Muhammad Ali
Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 6-9-2016
Muhammad Ali: Winning against earthquakes
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the Tuesday 6-7-2016 Sparks Tribune
The day Muhammad Ali & Sir David Frost faced off here
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 9-5-2013 Sparks Tribune

From Amy Roby 6-3-2016:
For its final showing,
Always Lost will be displayed in the Main Gallery of Western Nevada College-Carson City from June 3-July 29, 2016. Gallery hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery will be closed in honor of Independence Day on July 4, 2016.
2014 Nevada Press Association Award Winner
Hopelessly trying to win an earthquake
I publicly wept when they looked at me.

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-18-2013 Daily Sparks Tribune

Nevada utilities continually consume consumers
POOR COMMUNICATION: Construction worker dies for his cel-phone
ALSO: THE BIG 8-0 — Bedridden Hall of Fame former Nevada Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas/IBEW 357, turns 80