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  • TOLEDO, Ohio (8/8/13)--Toledo-based Directions CU announced the winners of its 2013 MyLife@DCU Don't Text and Drive Video Contest. MyLife@DCU is a financial option for members under age 24 that helps them master good financial habits and achieve financial independence. The contest was on the MyLife@DCU Facebook page and open to members and non-members under 24. Participants submitted a video explaining why they choose not to text and drive. Viewers voted on the submissions for two weeks. Those who got the most votes won prizes. First place/grand prize winner of $1,000 was Matthew Corbrett of Perrysburg; second place $500 went to Shelby Schaffer of Willard; and third place $250 went to Matthew Kubiak of Toledo.  Corbrett said of the Don't Text and Drive message:  "It's very significant. I wish it was something I would see more."  He plans to save most of his winnings ...
  • BERKELEY, Calif. (8/8/13)--Gary Bell, president of Cooperative Center FCU in Berkeley, Calif., and a longtime local leader who was elected to the Richmond Calif. City Council in November, died Aug. 1. He was 54. He was hospitalized days before his election for a severe bacterial sinus infection and slipped into a coma after two neurosurgeries in November (Contra Costa Times Aug. 1 and 2). He served as CEO of CCFCU from 2000 to 2002. In 2008, he returned and served as CEO/president until he fell ill. Bell also served on the Credit Union Advisory Council to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bell served on the Richmond City Council from 2001 to 2004. He also served on the Wichita, Kan., City Council for two years. He was the second African-American in the history of Wichita--and the youngest member--to serve on that council, said the Wichita Eagle (Aug. 7). He is survived by his wife Shelley Ross-Bell and two sons, Gary Jr. and Germaine. Funeral services were Wednesday ...


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