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Vol. III No. 56 (424)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

March 26, 2012

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Out With The Old...

NO MORE SAILORS live at old US Navy Base in S. Phila. Down, then, came their former housing as Phila. Regional Port Authority Executive Director James McDermott. Left, tours State Sen. Larry Farnese, 2nd from right, and members of Senator’s staff to show where deepwater Southport terminal will be developed instead.


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Mar. 27Arlen Specger discussses his new book “Life Among the Cannibals”. Chief Cannibal for 30 years hosts free meeting at Central Library at 7:30 p.m. For info call 215-5674341. Mar. 29City Council will honor Vietnam Veterans Day today at 9:30am in City Hall with 82nd Airborne Honor Guard, recognizing 25th anniversary of Phildelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mar. 27-29 AFL-CIO State Convention hosted by Phila. Council AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding at Sheraton Downtown Hotel, 17th & Race Sts. Mar. 28: COPE Dinner.

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Mar. 29Ed Neilson, Democrat candidate for 169th legislative district opens campaign headquarters at 3356 Grant Avenue, from 4 to 6:30 pm. Mar. 2966A Ward Leader Shawn Dillon hosts fundraiser for Ed Neilson, Democrat State Rep candidate, at Bridgeman’s Ha., 11600 Norcom Rd., 7-9 p.m. Tickets $30. Beef and beer. For info Shawn Dillon (215) 637-6360.

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Mar. 29State Rep. Rosita Youngblood hosts fundraiser at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 7-9:30 p.m. Dinner, open bar, dancing. Tickets $75. For info (215) 745-4306. Mar. 29Fundraiser for State Rep. Pam DeLissio at All Seasons Wash & Lube, 6722 Ridge Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info (215) 808-9167. Sponsor: $150, Friend: $75. Bring checks or send to DeLissio State House Campaign, POB 46-606, Phila., PA 19127. Mar. 30Fish Fry fundraiser for State Rep candidate James “Scoot” Clay at Wilson Amer. Legion Post, 2006 Orthodox St., 6-9 p.m. Food, wine and beer. Tickets $20. Mar. 30Retirement Party for Jimmy Lewis, School District, at Philadelphia Ballrm., 2041 Hornig Rd., 7 p.m. Open bar, Dinner, Music. $45. Make checks payable to J. Lewis Retirement. For info Bob DeVincent (215) 651-8009 or Fran Kelly (215) 964-4775. Mar. 3138th Ward Family Style Cookin’ Party at 3521 Bowman St., 1-5 p.m. $20.


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Blondell Decries Trayvon Martin’s Death Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown released the following statement Friday regarding the shooting of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, a case that has ignited outrage in Philadelphia and around the nation: “I have been following the Trayvon Martin case from day one, and today President Obama stopped me in my tracks with his simple but profound statement: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.’ It stopped me in my tracks, because, quite frankly, the same is true for me. “It is regrettable that too often African American boys are immediately put in the category of

perpetrator or suspect. This hurtful, sad and avoidable tragedy is a woeful reminder that all parents of African American boys have to have ‘that conversation,’ called ‘existing while Black’ in America. This story should not only make us shake our heads, but remind us to revisit ‘the conversation’ with our sons and boys in our lives; and revisit it often. “‘Existing while black’ for African American boys means that everywhere they go there are hidden landmines that could go off at any given moment at unexpected times and places. For Trayvon Martin, he unknowingly stepped on one of those landmines on the way home to watch

an NCAA basketball game like so many of his peers. Think about how many students around the country were doing the exact same thing, at the exact same time and yet they made it home. My heart aches for the family of Trayvon Martin, and for families everywhere that are once again forced to revisit these painful, but necessary conversations. “Dr. King famously said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I want his family to know I agree wholeheartedly. Philadelphia is with them and they are with us in thought and prayer.”

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Pa. Senators Urge EPA To Ease New Steel Rule US Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a proposed rule that would negatively impact domestic steel production. “Many significant employers in

small towns struggling to recover from the economic downturn are affected by these rules, so we have to strike a balance that reduces emissions and does not unduly burden Pennsylvania companies,” said Casey. “I urge the EPA to revise these rules so

our manufacturers can maintain their efficiency and remain competitive in the global market.” “EPA’s new rules affecting the industrial boilers used by many steel mills and other manufacturers are a direct threat to our na-

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THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD tion’s global competitiveness and undermine job growth,” Toomey said. “I have strongly advocated manufacturers be given more time to comply with this rule, at a minimum, and have urged the agency to consider the unintended consequences of making American steel producers less energy efficient.” Iron and steel manufacturers recycle gases from coke ovens and blast furnaces to fuel plant boil-

ers. Recycling these gases as a fuel is important because it allows the recovery of energy that would otherwise be wasted, which increases the efficiency of iron and steel plants while decreasing their emissions. The EPA’s proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule would have the unintended consequence of forcing these plants to flare gases that they could otherwise use as fuel, wasting energy and raising the

overall emissions level of the plants. “The efficiency gains available from enhanced process gas combustion are essential to ensuring the competitive position of our U.S. steel industry in a challenging global market,” the Senators wrote to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “We believe the additional changes that are needed can be accomplished as you take steps to finalize the rule.”

Labor & Industry Dept. $$ To Help Refinery Staff Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway announced the department has received a $5 million National Emergency Grant from the US Dept. of Labor to serve the workers affected by the Sunoco, Inc. and ConocoPhillips refinery closings. “Gov. Corbett has been very active working to provide assistance to the individuals affected by the closing of the ConocoPhillips and Sunoco refineries, Hearthway said. “These funds will help connect affected work-

ers with the training and resources they need to return to the workforce, and the Department of Labor and Industry will provide employment services and assistance to help them return as quickly as possible.”

critiquing, labor market information, veterans’ benefits and services, GED classes, basic computer usage, and short-term training opportunities for local, high-demand occupational fields.

The grant will allow the department to establish a permanent transition center serving the affected workers. Services at the transition center will include workshops, presentations and training on job search and interview skills, resume writing and

The Delaware Co. Office of Employment and Training will be the project operator. The grant will cover Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Cos.

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Two Petitions Pass Challenges, Are Appealed A challenger in one State House District, and an incumbent in another, both turned in faulty petitions but survived tests in Common Pleas Court and remain on the ballot. Both their opponents have vowed to appeal to the State Supreme Court. In the 180th Dist. in Kensington, State Rep. Angel Cruz has filed a Supreme Court appeal in an effort to knock contender Anthony P. Johnson off the ballot after being shot down by the lower court two times. 6|

In West Philadelphia’s 192nd Dist., two-time insurgent Will Mega stated Friday, “Today my attorney officially submitted the motion to appeal with the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Justice in the matter where my opponent admitted to committing fraud and four of her supporters testified in court against her, yet the Commonwealth Court dismissed the case. Pray for Justice this time, because clearly justice can rarely be found in our courts.”

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High-Stakes Rumble Develops in 188th

Zzzzz FIERCE CONTEST is emerging in W. Phila.’s 188th State House Dist., fueled by a split over school choice. Veteran incumbent Jim Roebuck, Democratic House Education Committee, opposes publicly funded school vouchers while his young challenger Fatimah Muhammad, a protégée of State Sen. Anthony Williams, is a proponent of them. Above: lining up beside Roebuck are a host of community leaders including, from left, business leader Thelma Peake of Peake’s Little Angels, 46th Ward Committeewoman Lynn Williams, State Rep. Curtis Thomas, 27th Ward Leader Carol Jenkins, Roebuck, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell of 46th Ward, 51st Ward Leader Vivian Miller, Friends of Malcolm X Park President Gregorio Cojulun of Garden Court and 46th Ward Committeeman Shawn Kelly. Below: However, supporters of Muhammad fanned out across district this weekend, working crowds wherever they found them, as they did here at Clark Park Farmers’ Market. • PHILADELPHIADAILYRECORD.COM

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Gambone Plans Hard Run Against Farnese In 1st

GEARING UP for his bid to unseat 1st Dist. State Sen. Larry Farnese, South Philly attorney Alfonso Gambone drew a broad coalition of Democrats and Republicans together for a major fundraiser at IATSE Union Hall in South Philly. Among those who came out to support Iraq War veteran were, from left, South Philly Community Activist Fred Druding, Jr., Mrs. & Mr. Bill Pettigrew, GOP leader of 23rd & 54th Wards, and Councilman David Oh. Large crowd spanned both wings of GOP intraparty dispute, as Chairman Vito Canuso and insurgent 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik were both in attendance.

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