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* SALT LAKE CITY (12/16/10)--Mark Kennedy, Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) new chief of staff, was not Hatch's first choice for the position. His first choice was actually Scott Simpson, president of the Utah Credit Union Association. Simpson was a former Hatch staffer. Simpson told The Deseret News (Dec. 14) that he respectfully declined the position. "Fundamentally, it just came down to a family decision--a personal decision--displacement," he said … * BETHPAGE, N.Y. (12/16/10)--Bethpage FCU has agreed to pay $2.1 million for the naming rights to a minor league baseball stadium that is home to the Long Island Ducks. The 10-year-old 6,000-seat stadium was first called Citibank Park and then Suffolk County Sports Park. Last year, the county failed to sell the naming rights and the park was nameless. The $3.9 billion asset credit union has named the park "Bethpage Ballpark." Bethpage FCU owns the naming rights until 2020 (Newsday.com Dec. 15) … * PENSACOLA, Fla. (12/16/10)--David White, former general manager of the Pensacola (Fla.) Federal Employees CU (now Pensacola FCU), died Dec. 9 at his home in Pensacola. He was 80. White was a federal examiner for the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions for five years before becoming general manager of Eglin FCU, a position he held for 17 years. He retired in 1995 after serving 16 years as general manager of Pensacola Federal Employees CU. He is survived by his wife, two children and a grand-daughter (Pensacola News Journal Dec. 15) …


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