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|| News Item: Posted 2001-01-23

Sports Shooter News & Notes
By Robert Hanashiro

- Jody Grober passed along this frightening incident:. This is just weird enough that I thought we should pass it along to other photojournalists who use the Kodak DCS 520 batteries:

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One of our photographers, Elizabeth Armstrong, was shooting a marching band practice when she smelled smoke. After several minutes of noticing the smell, she was shocked to see flames shooting out of her fanny pack.

She rolled on the ground and was able to disconnect the pack from her waist without getting burned, though she definitely came close.

It turns out a new, fully charged Kodak Premium gold camera battery had come in contact with the metal spiral binding of a reporter's notebook in the pack. (See attached photos). We're assuming the spiral wires must have been a perfect fit and caused the battery to short. The fire burned an inch and a half wide hole in the pack.

Have you heard of any similar incidents? I know Kodak puts safety warnings on the battery, but I didn't realize how flammable the plastic casing really is. I know there can be overheating in battery chargers, but I didn't every think a charged battery could short out so violently.

We'll definitely be taking care in the future to store these batteries in such a way that they can't come in contact with anything else in the camera bag. We've learned our lesson.

Rich Shulman
Director of Photography and Graphics
The Everett Herald


Photo by Jose Luis Villegas

Photo by Jose Luis Villegas
Jose Luis Villegas is the newest photographer to be featured in the Guest Gallery at Mangin

Jose is a photojournalist at the Sacramento Bee. Jose has spent a good part of 10 years researching and documenting legendary blues musicians. This selection of black and white and color photographs is Jose's contribution to the Legendary Blues people who keep the music alive.

Jose joins an ever-growing list of talented folks who have allowed me to showcase their work in my Guest Gallery. Past exhibitors include: Eric Risberg, Russell Yip, Tom Gallagher, Bob Larson, Fred Larson, Karl Mondon, Jean Dixon, Michael Zagaris, Dino Vournas, Arleen Ng, Joe Gosen and Jim Gensheimer. All of these wonderful Galleries are archived and available to enjoy at all times.

To visit the Gallery please go to: and click on the Guest Gallery link. This will take you to the Gallery index page where you can link to Jose's Gallery as well as all of the above-mentioned selections.


Some changes at the Associated Press:

The big news is staffer Eric Draper was named by President Bush as the new White House photographer. "As I assume the Presidency, I am very pleased Eric Draper will be capturing the images of my administration from the beginning," said President Bush. "He is an exceptional photographer."

Susan Ragan has resigned from her post at the San Francisco bureau to freelance and also do some stringing for Reuters. Brian Horton, senior picture editor for sports announced he is stepping down from that position effective in early April. Jodie Steck, the senior national photo editor for the Associated Press, has been named the Florida photo editor. She replaces Phil Sandlin, who retired after a 26-year career with the AP.


David Bergman, long-time staffer at the Miami Herald, is headed to the Big Apple to try his hand at freelancing. "Basically, Alice and I have always wanted to live in NYC. It wasn't easy to leave the Herald, but we're still (relatively) young and don't have any kids yet so now is the best time to do it,' said Dave. His final assignment for the Herald is Super Bowl XXXV. An appropriated and fitting end to his career at the Herald.

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