Pete Leabo Computer Destroyed

DENVER (AP) - Pete Leabo (T-One computers company) says the case that held his $7,500 computer could have withstood just about anything.

But, then, it hadn't seen the likes of the infamous automated baggage system at Denver's airport, which is celebrating its one year anniversary. The airport opened a year ago, several months late, in part because the baggage system kept chewing up and ejecting suitcases.

The case and the computer - which have survived travels of more than 150,000 around the world - were badly mangled when they were unloaded there.

"You could have driven a plane over this case," says Leabo, who lives in Petaluma, Calif. "It wouldn't have suffered this much damage if they'd thrown it out of the cargo hold over Colorado."

Leabo, a marketing director for a computer company, was in Denver for a convention through today. He arrived Tuesday on a United Airlines flight, but his case never showed up on the baggage carousel at Denver International Airport.

He finally found it in a back room.

One corner of the empty case was demolished, and the cover was lashed on with tape. In a plastic bucket nearby lay the computer, its steel casing ripped away, wires dangling and the keyboard warped.

The case probably fell out of one of the automated baggage system's wheeled carts and was hit by another of the 250-pound carts, which move at high speed on elevated tracks, according to United spokesman Tony Molinaro.

Leabo says that during his travels, the case had passed safely through airports in Australia, Europe, North America and Malaysia.

United issued him a check for $1,200, the airline's maximum for any damaged bag.

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Fred Pardini Retires

KGO-TV photographer Fred Pardini was planning to retire in June, but he finished work early after slipping on some stairs at KGO in mid-January. Fred had earlier decided to finish work in March, take a few months of vacation and then end his career in June. But due to his ripped archilles tendon, Fred is out on disability in a cast and therapy for at least three months. He'll will still take his vacation and finally hang up his video camera as planned in June. Fred said, "This is a total pain in the ass and it's pretty sad" as he hobbles around his house in San Francisco in a cast from his groin to his toe. Fred is the only photographer to have won a Press Club Award for best newspaper photography and also a local Emmy for his television work. He worked for the Hearst Corporation's Call-Bulletin and Examiner in San Francisco for 11 years until 1956 and then worked at KGO-TV for the past 30 years. He started with a Speed Graphic to Rolleflex to Pentax switching over to television with a heavy Auracon film camera and finally to electronic camera. Fred is the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association's Press Parking Chairman for the past several years. He has neogotiated for years with the San Francisco Police Department for our parking press cards. Last year the police department refused to honor our press parking priviledges.

News Jobs, New Locations

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Brad Mangin Photos

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Flap Over AP Photo Contract – Free-lancers must give up all claims to work

Excerpts from San Francisco Chronicle edition Saturday, June 29

The battle over rights to intellectual property - a flash point with the emergence of the Internet - is drawing the attention and ire of Associated Press photographers. For the first time, the news organization is asking free-lance photographers to sign over all rights, electronics and otherwise, to all of their photos, even their unused ones. Those who don't could lose work. In addition, the nation's largest news wire service said it will not be liable for any injuries or claims against free-lance on assignment for the AP. The controversial contract, sent to photographers this month with a July 1 deadline, has triggered a storm of protest, prompting AP to re-evaluate the policy and extend the deadline. Meanwhile, angry photographers are organizing and in some cases threatening lawsuits to quash AP's seemingly strong-arm tactics. "AP is trying to bully people," said Brad Mangin, an AP free-lance photographer who lives in Union City. "The bottom line is that they don't care about quality, only the bottom line." Andy Kuno, who refuses to sign the contract, said AP simply wants to "hold rights to anything that appears on the Internet." Many, like Ben Margot of Alameda, who has worked for AP for more than 10 years, are town. "It's 80 percent of my salary," he said. "A lot of us have families and financial commitments."

AP reportedly is training inexperienced photographers to replace their stringers, sources said.

National photo organizations have moved swiftly to protest AP's prospective deal. The American Society of Media Photographers in Princeton, N.J. sent a strongly worded letter to AP's board of directors Thursday threatening legal action if the news agency goes through with its original contract. Meanwhile, the National Association of Freelance Photographers, a New York grass-roots organization formed over the Internet to protest the contract, is considering filing a lawsuit or injunction. "Frankly, we were surprised by the reaction; we value our photographers a great deal," said AP spokeswoman Tori Smith, who was unaware of potential suit. Still, sources said AP extended the contract because it is bowing to pressure from photographers and it is fearful of losing many of its best photographers during the Summer Olympics and the Democratic and Republican national convention. The impetus for the contract could be the introduction of a new on-line service called The Wire. This AP service, expected to debut this fall, would feature the work of AP photographers - who have signed the new contracts. "I think this is an issue not only for writers and photographers, but with any company that creates a Web site, " Smith said. "The Internet does not have a business plan." AP's Smith said the New York company, which is composed of national news organizations, is reviewing the contract and has no new deadline. But she said it was dead set on securing rights to its assigned work in writing. "(Free-lance photographers) are independent contractors," she said. "We hire them to shoot an assignment. They shoot three rolls of film, they bring the film back, we use it and we keep the negatives. This is no different from the agreement we've had for years. Now it's in writing." Vin Alabiso, AP's executive director of photography, said a number of newspapers including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and Hartford Courant are considering similar policies. "The whole industry is moving in this direction," he said. In addition, sources said Reuters, Gannett an UPI are pursing the same kinds of policies.