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[[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to labor in particular and seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Copyright © 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Dennis Myers. More Myers.]]
Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013: The Barbwire's Silver Anniversary
Barbwire by Barbano moved to the Daily Sparks (Nev.) Tribune on Aug. 12, 1988, and has originated in them parts ever since.
How a hall-of-famer's hunch birthed the Barbwire in 1987
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Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
Warring tribes battle the great black whale
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-26-2013 Sparks Tribune
Sparks Community Profile: Sheet Metal Workers Local 26 Business Manager Matt Doehring
Sparks Tribune / 12-26-2013
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Celebration of the life of Nevada Assemblymember and Washoe Medical Center Trustee Vivian Freeman set for Saturday, January 18, 2014
Memories of Madiba
Mandelas magnificent struggle
By Prof. Jake Highton
Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune
Remember Mandela's Values
By Dr. R. Grant Seals / Reno Gazette-Journal Guest Commentary / 12-17-2013
The Mandela Barbie
Poor Mandela. When he's not a doll, he's a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa and in the USA.
By international investigative journalist Greg Palast / 12-13-2013
2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-19-2013 Sparks Tribune
They don't do anything until somebody dies
UNR and downtown Reno theater firetraps show how little was learned from the Las Vegas Hilton and MGM disasters
Remembering Sen. Joe Neal's landmark high-rise fire sprinkler law
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-12-2013 Sparks Tribune
UPDATED 12 DEC. 2013 12:38:05 a.m. PST/08:38:05 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT >Poor Denny's Almanac
Columnist Jack Mann/December 12 1993: The really dumb non-sequiturs of the second half of this century are routinely attributed to Yogi Berra, who never actually had much to say. They are largely attributed (and often coined) by columnists and television sportscasters who werent around when Yogi wasnt saying them.
On this date in 1098 in the first crusade battle of Maarra (Maarrat al-Numan), Christian soldiers conquered the town, slaughtered its Muslim inhabitants, boiled and ate them (in the case of Muslim children, the Christian soldiers put them on spits and broiled them); in 1911, the Exempt Firemans Association of Virginia City, formed on November 26 1876 with a membership of 150, held its first meeting since 1900 and only six members attended; in 1932, operators of the Depression-troubled Reno Golf and Country Club said they would ask the city council to take it over, operate it, and enlarge it with a $75,000 loan from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (a Hoover administration economic recovery agency); in 1943, Renos Junior Chamber of Commerce asked members of the public to report their neighbors (to the Junior Chamber) who spread Axis-aiding rumors; in 1969, a 1,350-person Philippine force sent to Vietnam in 1966 (entirely paid for by the U.S.) as part of Lyndon Johnsons effort to make his war seem like a multi-national cause, was withdrawn over an eight-day period; in 1977, Huey Johnson, California Governor Jerry Browns secretary of resources, said Lake Tahoe should be made a national recreation area because regulating the area under the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Agency meant that everybody loses.
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UPDATED 9 DEC. 2013 7:10:42 p.m. PST/03:10:42 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT DEC. 10>Poor Denny's Almanac
On this date in 1843, the first holiday card (idea by Henry Cole, design by John Collcott Horsley) went on sale in London; in 1885, the Territorial Enterprise reported that tobacco grown on the Truckee River ranch of George Alt in Glendale had been sent to Virginia City, and that the plant also grew wild all over Nevadaon the plains, in the ravines and on the mountain sides among the sagebrush, naturally without any artificial irrigation It may yet prove to be an important and lucrative industry among the undeveloped resources of Nevada; in 1922, the Nevada Supreme Court ordered state district judge Thomas Hart to explain his decision overturning on constitutional grounds a state law guaranteeing a trail by jury for violations of court orders, in a case in which farmers were fined for disobeying a Hart injunction; in 1942, the U.S. government launched a germ warfare program that continued operating for three decades after World War Two; in 1957, a sale of the troubled Nevada State News fell through (the newspaper, formerly the Nevada State Labor News, had served as a labor voice during ballot battles over right to work); in 1966, a day after the Lybrand, Ross financial firm told the Nevada Legislative Commission that the state would have to impose new taxes or face a $45 million deficit by 1976, Assemblymember Bud Garfinkle of Washoe County called for a study of a state-run lottery for Nevada; in 1970, Pat Hart, the popular owner of Virginia Citys Brass Rail Saloon and landlord of Dutch Myerss one-day-a-week barber shop, was killed in a car wreck between Carson City and the Comstock; in 1991, the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn., took effect, leading to the creation of the internet.
UPDATED 6 DEC. 2013 12:01:26 a.m. PST / 08:01:26 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT > Poor Denny's Almanac
On this date in 1864 in his state of the union report, President Lincoln mentioned Nevada three timesas the newly admitted state, as part of the completed portion of the transcontinental railroad, and as a source of more bodies and resources if the war wore on; in 1913, one-time suffrage leader Phoebe Couzins, who was bribed by the U.S. Brewers Association to change her position on the womens vote, died in St. Louis (she had received a monthly payment and promised an annuity, but died in poverty); in 1918 with the world war ended, the U.S. Department of War (now cynically called the Department of Defense) abolished torture and other brutal treatment of U.S. military prisoners (U.S. conscientious objectors had been manacled against prison walls and at least two religious objectors died in prison); in 1935, meat cutters in Boulder City and Las Vegas formed a union; in 1943 Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 6 (AP) Dinah Shore, she of the auburn hair and seductive radio voice, is honeymooning with Corp. George Montgomery, Montana-born former cowboy who once was betrothed to Hedy Lamarr and who shelved a promising screen career in June, 1942 to become a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The singer and the soldier, who met 13 months ago in the Hollywood canteen, were married in a double ring ceremony in the pre-dawn hours here yesterday by Justice of the Peace Paul OMalley.; in 1956, the Hungarian water polo team, which was isolated at a mountain training camp above Budapest and then traveled to the Melbourne olympics without learning much about the Hungarian uprising and the Soviet invasion until they reached Australia, defeated the Soviet team in a brutal match that drew blood and prompted police to clear the arena when the crowd became enraged (the Hungarians did not return to their nation, where the uprising was suppressed); in 1963, Harold Gibbons, Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffas executive assistant, and four other Teamster officials resigned in protest against Hoffas actions and statements after the assassination of President Kennedy; in 1973, U.S. Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan became vice-president of the United States; in 1997, with rumors flying that the Reno Sparks Indian Colony clinic was closed because of a gas leak or a budget shortfall, colony officials declined to confirm or deny anything; in 2006, Megan McClung was killed at Ramadi, the 64th and highest ranking U.S. woman killed in Iraq.
RENO, Nev. (12-5-2013) Former Nevada Assemblymember and hospital trustee Vivian Freeman died this morning at her home in Reno. She was 86 years old.
Lamenting the loss of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-5-2013 Sparks Tribune
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