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Obama Owes Pa. Unions Big Time CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY, welcomes Presidential candidate Barack Obama to W. Phila. rally as Congressman Chaka Fattah adds to Photo by Bonnie Squires applause.

by Joe Shaheeli If Pennsylvania goes into the Barack Obama column on election night, credit will go to this city’s labor movement. It has pumped several million dollars into the Obama for President campaign chest and turned out thousands of man-hours in campaigning by hundreds of rank-and-file members. Locally, stressing the importance of herding the state into the Democratic column, the leadership of every union located here has taken to the streets, leading rallies all over the city and walking informational lines at many of the city’s industrial sites in the wee hours of the breaking dawn. Unions have sponsored the opening and staffing of Obama campaign offices around the city. Proof of all this was the way the Obama campaign’s four major stops in the city Saturday were staged. Credit had to go to organized labor, whose members turned out by the thousands to insure the candidate had the kind of crowds that smelled (Cont. Page 18)

IN ELECTION street gear at Mayfair rally for Barack Obama Saturday were Controller Alan Butkovitz, Bldg. Trades President Pat Gillespie, AFLCIO President Pat Eiding, Democratic City Committee Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty and Councilman Bill Green.

PPA: An Authority That Admits Blame Impounds 200,000 Illegal Vehicles PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority and Philadelphia Police take 200,000 illegal vehicles off city streets.

A government agency that does its work well and admits when it makes an error is more the exception than the rule. That is the case with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. When it was discovered traffic-light cameras could have caused over 4,000 motorists to be given $100 fines in error, PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty announced he would be returning over $440,000 to those fined.

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munity Organizations for Reform Now? ACORN is bragging it has just completed “the largest, most successful nonpartisan voter registration drive in US history.” That is the claim of one of its spokesman Brian Kettenring, who said, “We helped 1.3 million low-income, minority and young voters across the country register to vote.” But its efforts have raised howls from registration commissions charged with making the voting apparatus function smoothly while insur(Cont. Page 2)

He left nothing to chance. Fenerty presumed most of those fined were innocent and ordered the restitution of the $100 fines, while insuring the cameras’ errors were immediately corrected. This week the PPA reached a hallmark in its responsibilities to rid the city’s streets from uninsured, unregistered, uninspected vehicles and those with unlicensed drivers at the wheel. The Authority impounded its 200,000th illegal vehicle in the LiveStop progam it operates in cooperation with the Police Dept. (Cont. Page 2)

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Few Philadelphians realize a $5 billion widening of the Panama Canal will have a positive impact on the Port of Philadelphia. New locks will double the Canal’s capacity, allowing a major increase of traffic from Far East ports looking for East Coast destinations. That widening makes Philadelphia a probable destination. Insuring the Port of Philadelphia (Cont. Page 16)


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ACORN Headache (Cont. from Page 1) ing everyone who is legally registered gets an opportunity to cast a vote. Also crying foul, with charges of fraud thrown in, are Republican Party stalwarts in those states where the drives were conducted. Kettenring says, “Any large voter-registration operation will have a small percentage of workers who turn in bogus registration forms, Their goal clearly is not to cast a fraudulent vote. It is simply to defraud their employer, ACORN, by getting a paycheck without earning it. ACORN is the victim of this fraud, not the perpetrator." Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Robert A. Gleason, Jr. is appalled that groups such as ACORN, which the Obama campaign hired to do registrations, submitted thousands of bad Democratic voter-registration forms to county boards of elections. “ACORN describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan social-justice organization,” Gleason said. “However, this ‘nonpartisan group’ has been picketing at McCain headquarters all across the state and at our Philadelphia Victory 2008 campaign office. One member of this organiza-

tion even went as far to say, ‘Hi, we’re ACORN, and we are gonna beat McCain down.’ I think many Pennsylvanians are probably asking themselves: Is this the type of work nonpartisan community organizers are up to?” He added, “Counties are wasting postage, materials and valuable manpower sorting through these bad registration forms. “Between Mar. 23 and Oct. 1, various groups, including ACORN, submitted over 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia Co. Election Board, which rejected 57,435 for various reasons.“ Bob Lee, voter registration administrator, said, “Most were rejected for legitimate reasons. Approximately 16,000 of these could be candidates for a fraudulent charge.” The GOP charges ACORN’s claim to be an unbiased group is false. Gleeson reported Obama paid ACORN, which has endorsed him for President, $800,000 to register new voters, payments his campaign failed to accurately report. “They were disguised in his FEC disclosure as payments to a front group called Citizen Services Inc. for ‘advance work.’“ Glee-

son fumed. He also listed a long history of Obama’s personal involvement with ACORN. ACORN President Maude Hurd responed to a McCain campaign ad claiming, among other things, ACORN caused the mortgage crisis: "For almost a decade, ACORN, a community organization of 400,000 families in neighborhoods across the country, has been fighting against the predatory lending practices that have robbed our members of their homes, destabilized neighborhoods, and roiled the

PPA Does Its Job (Cont. from Page 1) “The aim of the Live-Stop program is to make our streets safer by removing hundreds of thousands of uninsured or unregistered vehicles – or vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers,” Fenerty said. “Live-Stop has always been a highly successful cooperative venture between the Parking Authority and the Philadelphia Police Dept. In addition to removing thousands of dangerous vehicles from our streets, Live-Stop has also resulted in the apprehension of numerous criminals on outstanding warrants, and the

confiscation of countless illegal weapons over the years.” Live-Stop was created through the enactment of Act 93 which became law in 1996, amending Chapter 63 of Title 75 (Vehicle Code) to establish a two-tier vehicle impoundment program. The Live-Stop program was not fully implemented until July of 2002, when it was expanded into a citywide operation beyond its initial pilot-program target of a few localized neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The 200,000th vehicle was targeted because its driver

Your Own Cable Show Soon It has taken 20 years to come to fruition, but Philadelphians will soon have a choice of five channels that will present whatever they bring to the screen themselves. The first meeting of the newly appointed Philadelphia Public Access Corp. Board of Directors was held in City Hall last week. Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Anna Verna welcomed the members of the board, which is tasked with establishing public-access television, from readying a physical studio space to developing

programming policies and soliciting content and fundraising on behalf of public access. The appropriate Articles of Incorporation establishing PPAC have been filed, and by-laws have been ratified and adopted by the board. The PPAC board consists of three Class I directors: the President of City Council, the Commissioner of Public Property and a director appointed by the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition, and 12 additional interim board members, six each by the Mayor and Pres-

ident of City Council. Nutter appointed Keith Brand, Denise Brown, David Haas, Beth McConnell, Louis Massiah and Angel Ortiz. Verna appointed Inja Coates, Terry Johnson, Rev. Adan Mairena, Patricia Mattern, Nadine Patterson and Jonathan Stein. Commissioner of Public Property Joan Schlotterbeck, Danielle Redden and Anthony Radwanski will be Class I Directors. Massiah accepted the position of acting chair. Redden will be secretary.

was stopped for running a red light and did not have a valid license to operate the vehicle. Any motorist driving a vehicle in the city that is stopped by police for a violation must have a valid license and up-to-date vehicle registration and insurance. Anyone without these three items will have their car impounded by PPA. Fenerty noted, “In addition to removing thousands of dangerous vehicles from our streets, Live-Stop has also resulted in the apprehension of numerous criminals on outstanding warrants, and the confiscation of countless illegal weapons over the years. “Live-Stop goes hand in hand with the PPA’s mission to enhance the overall quality of life for city residents,” Fenerty emphasized. “The PPA seeks to encourage and supplement the region’s economic vitality through the provision of world-class parking – combined with regulatory and transportation services that focus on improving access, greater mobility and increased vehicular and pedestrian safety in the city of Philadelphia.”

NAACP Awards Given At Its Annual Freedom Fund Gala

AMONG ATTENDEES were Greg Cojulun, Leroy Howell, Mariska Bogle, NAACP Chapter President Jerry Mondesire and PFT President Jerry Jordan.

JOINING Mayor Michael Nutter at NAACP gala were Joseph DiOrio and Sid Booker.

UNDERSHERIFF Constance Little receives Mae Howard Award from Jerry Mondesire at NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.

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ENJOYING annual Freedom Fund Banquet hosted by NAACP were Ducky Birts, Judge Dan Anders and Bob Muse. All photos by Donald Terry

HOST NAACP President J. Whyatt Mondesire congratulates Angeles Roca on confirmation of her appointment to a seat on Court of Common NAACP GUEST newly confirmed Judge Joyce is escorted into gala by WURD ProPleas. gram Director Thera Martin Connelly.

GARY BELL of BEBASHI receives Extraordinary Citizen award for his fight to stem AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

SHARING this photo were PFT President Jerry Jordan and his lady, Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Judge Jackie Frazier Lyde.


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October 1, 2008 Dear Union Members & Friends of Labor: Without a doubt, the November 4, 2008 Presidential Election will mark a turning point in history for the Union Labor Movement as well as the Middle Class Workers of America! While it is always important for the citizens of our Country to exercise their right to vote, it has never been more important then it is today! Just take a look around… our Country is changing right before our eyes! Never has the United States of America been so indebted to foreign nations of the world. Never have there been so many American workers displaced from their jobs! Never have there been so many American families put out of their homes! Never have there been so many American people suffering in illness because of the lack of health insurance! And, NEVER has there been such a devastating decline in the ‘union workforce’ which has dropped to only twelve percent (12%) of all American workers; while, simultaneously our National Trade Deficit is skyrocketing at the rate of sixty two (62) billion dollars per month. All of which are the result of ‘corporate greed’ due to the outsourcing of good American manufacturing jobs. Because American construction jobs can not be outsourced, the ‘Union Construction Industry” on which we depend to provide a decent living for our families is in serious jeopardy of becoming extinct because the current Republican Administration has refused to enforce our Country’s existing Immigration Laws. Thereby, permitting illegal Mexican immigrants to be hired (and exploited) by unscrupulous non-union construction contractors, in turn, causing an unfair disadvantage to the Union Construction Industry. Please believe me, this is not happening unintentionally! The Republican Party, especially on the national level, has never been a friend to Organized Labor. They have always been anti-union… and essentially, anti–labor! Make no mistake about it; they would like nothing better than to bust our Construction Trade Unions. As they share the same philosophy as their corporate supporters… the less they spend on labor, the more they make in profits; thus the reason that the Republicans have consistently challenged American Labor Unions. The fact that our Country’s minimum wage workers had to wait ten (10) years until the Democratic Party acquired the majority in both the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate before they could receive a wage increase is proof that the Republican Party is against American workers. The fact that George W. Bush, immediately after he and his Republican cohorts had stolen the Presidential Election from Al Gore in 2000, outlawed “Union Construction Project Labor Agreements” proves that the National Republican Party is not a friend of Union Labor. The fact that the Republican Candidate for President of the United States of America, John McCain, has vowed to defeat the “Employee Free Choice Act” is proof again that the Republicans staunchly support Corporatism over the American workers. And, the fact that John McCain’s Senate voting record on legislative issues that would benefit America’s workers is only seven percent (7%), is yet another example of the Republican Party’s ignorance towards problems that affect the working class people in our Country. McCain even wants to tax individual workers on the amount an employer contributes into group health plan coverage. Despite the fact that John McCain is a blue blooded Republican, even he admits that we must make drastic changes in Washington, D.C. The irony of his call for “change” is the fact that “change” is only necessary because of the blunders of his own party. We can’t change anything by replacing a Republican with a Republican! Think about it! George W. Bush’s Republican Administration took the helm of a prosperous nation in January of 2001. By the end of that same year, we experienced a crash in our stock markets, from which our union’s Pension Funds have yet to recover… and, now

we are witnessing the most disastrous decline in our country’s economic structure since the ‘Great Depression of 1929’. Every union pension fund in America is being severely affected by the current economic crisis! Just imagine if George W. Bush and his Republican friends on Wall Street had been successful in privatizing our Social Security Retirement Funds which, John McCain still wants to do. On September 11, 2001, none of us will ever forget the terroristic attacks on America’s World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon Complex in Arlington, Virginia, which resulted in the incineration of thousands of innocent American citizens. Incidentally, we recently marked the seventh (7th) anniversary of those horrid attacks on our homeland. Meanwhile, the murderous pig responsible for masterminding them is still walking the face of this earth. This is an absolute disgrace! It portrays a sign of weakness to other countries; as well as embarrassment to the proud and patriotic people of the United States of America. While Osama Bin Laden goes unpunished, and defiantly celebrates the anniversary of his atrocious acts against our Country. Instead of hunting him down, our soldiers find themselves being killed and mutilated in a senseless and unwinnable conflict where they never come face to face with the enemy. And, in a country (Iraq) that had nothing to do with the terrorists who committed those attacks against us. Never before have the American people been so deluded by our Government to make us believe that the war in Iraq was necessary. It was not necessary and it is not even a war! It is an unwarranted occupation of a country whose people are composed of various sects of religious “fanatics” who have been killing each other for centuries. That entire country is not worth the life of one American soldier! Yet, John McCain voted with George Bush to send the young men and women of the U.S. military to fight an eternal war that can not be won, a war against an invisible enemy that will not show its face and for a people whose religion does not believe that we should even exist. What the hell are we doing there? Would you send your son or daughter there to die for no good cause at all? Is it worth the squandering of our Nation’s economic security at a cost of ten (10) billion dollars per month, especially at a time when our National Debt is fast approaching the eleven (11) trillion dollar mark? Is it for the oil that is so plentiful in Iraq? Are we sending our young soldiers to die while protecting the “black gold” for the same corporate “oil mongers” that are swindling our people at the gas pumps while reaping billions of dollars in profits? If not, then again, why are we there? How much longer are the working class people of America going to allow themselves to be exploited by the National Republican Party? What more can they do to us and our Country before we realize that they do not share our American Dream? When are we going to pull together to break their choke-hold on the poor and middle class citizens of America and stand up to their tyranny and reverse Robin Hood tax policies? What ever happened to our forefathers’ ideal of “a Government of the People, By the People and for the People”? Brothers and sisters, it is time for America’s people to speak out and say enough is enough! It is time to say that we are tired of the lies and deceit and that we will no longer tolerate a Government of the Corporations, By the Corporations and for the Corporations! It is time to give our Country back to its people! And, most important of all… it is time for We, the People, to outsource the National Republican Party and send Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Washington, D.C. along with the mandate that We, the People of America, want America to be America again!!! Sincerely & Fraternally yours, Joseph J. Dougherty, Business Manager Financial Secretary / Treasurer Ironworkers’ Local Union No. 401


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The remark by GOV. SARAH PALIN before the start of the Vice Presidential debate directed at SEN. JOE BIDEN, “Do you mind if I call you Joe?”, was not a casual throwaway. It was a calculated move in the overall strategy of the JOHN McCAIN campaign, devilish devious and quite Machiavellian. She hoped to elicit from Biden an inappropriate response (such as calling her Sally), to make him seem like a big butter-and-eggs man from Wisconsin. Fortunately, Biden saw through the move and referred to her throughout the debate as “Governor.” That McCain strategy had been a good one until he damaged it permanently by selecting as his running mate Palin, who, of all the recent candidates for Vice President, has the least amount of Federal-government experience. BILL MEEHAN, the sagacious longtime leader of the Republicans in Philadelphia, used to make a distinction between sprinters and long-distance runners. Those who were in politics for one election or two elections and then got out, he described as sprinters. Those who were there year after year on behalf of the Republican Party, he described as longdistance runners. BILL BARRETT, the former Congressman from South Philadelphia, who was a keen observer of the passing parade, said, “There are no long-term friends in (Cont. Page 13)

Snooper’s PERSONS OF THE WEEK: I must give these two outstanding gentlemen their ‘day in the sun’. I was so proud of both these gentlemen, especially Police Officer Patrick McDonald’s Commissioner CHARLES patrol car RAMSEY. I can still hear him at the funeral mass for P/O PATRICK McDONALD, especially when he told the many thousands of people who were there that both he and The Mayor had agreed to promote this Officer to SERGEANT. I can tell you every Police Officer who was there, both inside and out, gave The Commissioner well-deserved, enthusiastic applause. This was truly an “ACT OF CLASS” by Mayor Nutter and him! Snooper’s QUOTE OF THE WEEK: This one comes from a good friend whom I met recently at The Highway Patrol Headquarters. I got to meet one of “The Best”, ANDY from The Captain’s Office. I mentioned Sgt. McDonald and he promptly told me, “McDonald was a true HIGHWAY POLICE OFFICER. He loved doing what he did, and caught a lot of the ‘bad guys’ too. Yes, to be a little more specific, A DEDICATED POLICE OFFICER.” Andy took me down to (Cont. Page 13)

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Think small, my floppy-eared friends! Some of the most interesting and important political action in town now is happening at a very local level. In the Great Northeast, MATT TAUBENBERGER, the heir apparent to retiring STATE REP. GEORGE KENNEY, is locked with perennial challenger BRENDAN BOYLE in a heart-stopping thriller for the 170 Dist. House seat. While the masses are fascinated by all the fussing at the top of the ticket, this little patch of 58,000 voters may wind up determining who actually runs the State of Pennsylvania for the next two years. That’s because the House of Representatives is so closely divided, just this one seat may be enough to flip its reins from Democrat to Republican hands. By rights it should be a Republican District, but Boyle has been working it like a dog for years and he has more money than the Wall Street bailout. Still, Taubenberger is a workhorse too and he’s long been serving it as Kenney’s chief aide. Between these two young pols there’s a lot of experience. Toiling at the grass-roots level are some unsung heroes for the GOP such as Congressional candidate ADAM LANG and State Senatorial candidate JACK MORLEY. Together with others, they’re taking nothing for granted and working hard to reach out in areas like South Philadelphia where quiet discomfort with BARACK OBAMA has shaken lots of straight-ticket Donkey voters. The more those areas are hit by busy bottom-of-the ticket candidates like these, the more ticket-splitting we’ll see. So head out to the city streets where the action is, and start a stampede. See ya next week!!

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Yo! Here we go again. When was the last time you played a 45-rpm record in a jukebox? Thomas Edison accidently invented the “Edison Speaking Phonograph” in 1877. It was supposed to have been, of all things, a telephone-answering machine – but it didn’t work as such. So he suggested another use for it – a dictation machine for business executives. In 1899, Louis Glass bought an Edison machine, installed a coin slot in it and set it up in a saloon in a San Francisco, Cal. It had only one wax cylinder and four listening tubes for four patrons. It was quite a novelty and brought in $15 in just one week – at a penny a play! Glass bought and set up more machines and raked in the profits. The reason it was so popular was most people had never seen a record player. Pretty soon dozens of saloons copied the idea and a whole industry sprung up. In 1916 the true jukebox was introduced. It played a variety of the new 10-inch disks instead of just one wax cylinder. It also had a 40-inch horn instead of listening tubes and could even tell the difference between a “slug” and a real nickel. It had to be cranked by hand. Its most impressive feature was its record-changing mechanism. Patrons gawked at it while it operated and were so amazed they kept playing it just to see the records being changed. In 1927, the first electronically amplified music-playing machine was introduced. It could entertain large groups of people for a nickel and was a vast improvement over previous machines. Radio in the late 1920s and early 1930s was the rage, but Prohibition brought on speakeasies and they needed entertainment. Jukeboxes were the perfect solution. They were better than a solo piano player and cheaper than a big band. Juke joints were the original slang for the speakeasy and prostitution houses. “Juke” came to mean “dance.” In 1939, 30 million records went into jukeboxes and by 1942 almost one-half of all records produced – about 60 million records – were used in jukeboxes. (Cont. Page 13)

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Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Business Manager Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager Local 413, James Harper, Sr., Business Manager Local 57, Richard McCurdy, Jr., Business Manager Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager.

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Will I ever get credit again after filing a bankruptcy? Answer: Yes! A number of banks now offer “secured” credit cards where a debtor puts up a certain amount of money (as little as $200) in an account at the bank to guarantee payment. Usually, the credit limit is equal to the security given and is increased as the debtor proves his or her ability to pay back the debt. Two years after a bankruptcy discharge, debtors are eligible for mortgage loans on

terms as good as those of others, with the same financial profiles, who have not filed bankruptcy. The size of your down payment and the stability of your income will be much more important than the fact you filed bankruptcy in the past. The fact you filed bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 10 years. It becomes less significant the further in the past the bankruptcy is. The truth is that you are probably a better credit risk after bankruptcy than before. Next week’s question: Can my boss fire me for filing bankruptcy? Attorneys are both board certified by the American Bankruptcy Certification Board. Chapters 7/13 & Stop foreclosures, creditors harassments, lawsuits, garnishments, and sheriff sales.

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Tina Hails Cap On Overtime State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione praised bipartisan cooperation on a pair of bills intended to keep nurses working in Pennsylvania. The Senate Labor & Industry Committee unanimously approved a measure to limit mandatory overtime for health-care workers and another bill to formally establish a government effort to recruit and retain new ones. “We are facing a critical shortage of nurses and other health-care professionals,” Tartaglione said. “These bills are intended to recruit, train and retain competent professionals. The result will be better and safer patient care.” The mandatory-overtime bill is similar to a version authored and sponsored by Tartaglione. The Health Care Careers bill is designed to put the resources of State government behind the effort to recruit and train new health-care workers. It formally establishes, through legislation, a program begun by the Rendell administration. The Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers has published a supply/demand report for nurses, predicting a shortage of 16,000 RNs in Pennsylvania within three years, and a 4,100 shortfall of LPNs during the same period. Tartaglione is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee.

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Our Opinion ... ‘70’ Misses Mark

Pity Pennsylvania Docs

The General Assembly passed many bills as it headed to what essentially is adjournment. But it failed to act on passing the reauthorization of the Mcare abatement fund, handing Pennsylvania doctors a major financial setback. Since the Mcare program expired last Apr. 1, doctors have paid the portion of their monthly malpractice-insurance premium that was State-subsidized. They had hoped that needed money would be returned once the abatement was extended. It did not happen. This lends impetus to the exodus of doctors, with their practices, to neighboring states and to the lessening of quality emergency service to those who need it.

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The Committee of 70’s efforts to get the City Commissioners to split several huge election divisions is well intended, but way off the mark. Its criticism of Philadelphia’s City Commissioners is totally out of order. The Committee of 70 wants 16 divisions, which exceed the State-mandated maximum of 1,200 registered voters, to be redrawn. To place blame on the Commissioners for not reacting to their request made in mid-August indicates it does not fully understand the complexity involved in splitting divisions. The affected divisions are located in Center City, North and West Philadelphia around the Temple, Drexel and Penn campuses, and in the Far Northeast. The City Commissioners are empowered by Pennsylvania’s Election Code to initiate the process for splitting divisions, which must then get court approval. Voters within the affected division can also initiate the process. Saddled with the massive task of insuring the record turnout of registrations are accurately recorded, then guarantee polling places are found suitable for those physically disadvantaged and adequate to meet the long election lines expected, the Commissioners are right not to move on division-splitting at this time. It is obvious they will begin that process – once this election is held and the results certified. Then plans will be laid to ready the machinery for another election. Oct. 16- Matt Myers’s 39B Fundraiser, Chickie’s & Pete’s, 1526 Packer Ave., 5:308 p.m., $50. Order tickets by writing Kevin Carroll, 141 Ritner St., Phila. PA 19148 or calling (215) 467-4643 or (215) 334-3691. Oct. 16- Kenyatta Johnson Cigar Reception Fundraiser at Mahogany, 1524 Walnut St., 6-9 p.m. $50 Supporters, $100 Change Agents. For info Kenye Yokley (267) 3425563. Oct. 16- 41st anniversary Self

Oct. 18- Congressional candidate Adam Lang, many others host Get Out The Vote rally at Marconi Plaza, Broad & Oregon Ave., 12-1 p.m. Oct. 18- Democratic 9th Ward Get Out The Vote Fundraiser at Venetian Club, 8030 Germantown Ave., 711 p.m. Tickets $40. RSVP to John O’Connell (267) 312-1925. Oct. 20- DA Lynne Abraham receives Bella Vista United Civic Association award at LaFourno, 636 South St. Dinner 6:30 p.m., ceremony 8 p.m. Free food, discounted drinks. $25 donation to BVUCA at door. Oct. 20- Annual Autumn Co-

It is eye-opening that only one-third of the funding is going to the improvements themselves, with two-thirds to the University City District's overhead costs. This should make anyone nervous, but from my standpoint I am particularly apprehensive. In the last Mayoral primary the UCD helped run and fund a rally for Democratic candidate Tom Knox at a nearby park. This is illegal for a nonprofit. It appeared they also utilized personnel assigned to them by the courts to fulfill community service requirements.

They have admitted their culpability in this effort but have never publicly accounted for the money they improperly expended, or made any effort to recover any funds from the politicians who benefitted. They are, in effect, accepting public subsidies in not being responsible for tax payments and using that money to fund Democratic politicians. Will any of this high cost of overhead be used to further UCD's political agenda? We should not give it the chance. J. Matthew Wolfe West Philadelphia

Letters • Letters • Letters • Letters He Agrees With Joe Dougherty I fully agree with most of what Joseph Dougherty says in his address (Oct. 9 advertisement), and I believe only an Obama administration will put into action a wide-ranging program of economic development in this country. Large-scale investments, like the new wind farm off the coast of New Jersey and the new Rotem railcar plant at the Navy Yard, will accomplish two major goals: They will provide the basis for a new, low- to

no-carbon economy and create thousands of good-paying union jobs across many sectors. When people can live without the worry of the price of crude oil – due to clean, renewable energy and efficient, reliable public transportation – we will be on an excellent footing to regain our lost economic prosperity. Mike Cooper South Philadelphia

Saints At Work It was sure a delight to read in the Aug. 14 edition a news report which referenced the

great St. Sharbel. As readers know, it told the story of Nohaid All-Shamy, a woman who was cured of a terminal illness at an advanced age by the intercession of St. Sharbel. The great saints of the Middle East are often not well recognized by us Americans. This report helps. J.P. Stanton

Poor Spending The plan to help businesses along Baltimore Avenue improve their facades has a laudable goal but has been poorly executed.

cktail & Buffet Party by Democratic City Committee at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets $150. For info (215) 241-7804. Oct. 20- Fundraiser for State Senatorial candidate Robert Nix at Blue Ox Bistro, Oxford Ave. & Rhawn St., 6:30-9 p.m. For info call (215) 9204NIX. Oct.22- Fundraiser for State Rep. John Sabatina hosted by Arnold Silverstein, Pat Gillespie, and Wayne Miller at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 5:30-8:30 p.m. For info (215) 7428600. Oct. 23- 66A Ward Democratic Executive Committee annual pre-election gala at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 11100 Roosevelt Blvd. $35. For info Shawn Dillon (215) 637-6360. Oct. 26- Ceremony commemorating 25th anniversary of Beirut bombing in which 8 Phila. Marines were killed, at Korean War Memorial / Purple Heart Memorial, Dock & Columbus Blvd., 10 a.m. Oct. 28- Fall Fundraiser for Republican City Committee, reception and cocktail party at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $125. Call Carmella Fitzpatrick (215) 561-0650.

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Help Movement, Inc., dinner at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., 6 p.m. For info call Dr. Joseph Ruggiero (215) 677-7778. Oct. 16- 26th Ward GOP Fall Festival, Waterfall Rm., Front & Snyder Ave., starting 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17- State Rep. John Taylor’s Senior Expo at Cohocksink Rec Ctr., Cedar & Cambria, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct.17- Farewell Party for State Rep. Harold James at Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 610 p.m. Community tickets $50, businesses $100. For info Blondell Parsons (215) 370-5756.


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LDC HEALTH AND SAFETY FUND Laborers’ District Council Health and Safety Fund Of Philadelphia and Vicinity 319 N. 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 Telephone: 215-925-5327 Fax: 215-925-5329 Web: www.ldc-phila-vic.org UNION LABORERS WE DON’T JUST DO IT WE DO IT SAFE Our mission is to promote and enhance Contractor competitiveness And to protect the occupational health And safety of Laborers and their families.

Impending High Electric Rates Stir General Assembly Action Roaring down on PECO users – and that’s everyone in Philadelphia – are rate hikes that make a tsunami look like a ripple when consumers get their bills. Those rates will roll out with a vengeance when electric rates expire in 2010. Beginning to face the fact they are the only dike between those rates and consumers is the General Assembly, which passed an energy bill to help them as they grapple with PECO. “Pennsylvanians are flinching at the possibility of a major shock when the rate caps come off and our electric bills soar,” said State Sen. Michael Stack, commenting

on the bill. “This legislation is a good first step toward keeping electric costs under control, but we need to do more to find energy-efficient solutions that keep costs down and benefit our environment.” The legislation (HB 2200), which awaits Gov. Ed Rendell’s approval, offers several significant measures that would reduce energy consumption and change the way utilities buy power. Specifically, it requires electric companies to file a plan for energy efficiency and conservation, as well as obtain power for customers that would cost the least over time, rather than at the market rate. The legislation also includes a

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Local 135, Daniel L.Woodall, Jr., Business Manager; Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager; Local 413, James Harper, Business Manager; Local 57, Richard A. McCurdy, Jr. Business Manager; Laborers, District Council, Building Better and Safer Communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties Laborers, District Council of the Metropolitan area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Samuel Staten, Sr., Business Manager Laborers’ District Council and Business Manager of Local 332, Emeritus

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phase-in of smart meters, which monitor energy consumption in order to help consumers be more energy efficient, and other energy efficient tools in households and businesses. “We are all cutting back these days, so these new requirements will keep our electric bills in check for now,” Stack said. “However, the legislature must continue to find a solution for the shock we’ll all feel once the electric rate caps come off. Talks must resume as soon as the General Assembly reconvenes in January.”

Obama Drew Big Cowds by Bonnie Squires The crowds seemed to grow at each of the four stops during Sen. Barack Obama's campaigning in Philadelphia on Saturday. As Obama described it, he traveled north, south, east and west across the city. The estimated 20,000 people who jammed West Philadelphia streets in the vicinity of 52nd & Locust Streets for the fourth and last rally of the day also represented the largest audience of the day. For blocks and blocks, a happy, respectful crowd lined up in all directions to gain entrance to the huge outdoor rally. Dignitaries on hand to greet Obama included Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Ed Rendell, Congressmen Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah, State Representatives Jim Roebuck, Tony Williams and Ron Walters, and Mayor Michael Nutter. The enthusiastic greeting from the thousands gathered was even livelier than the piped-in music. Dozens of Obama campaign staffers and volunteers criss-crossed the crowd, gathering names for volunteer assignments between now and Election Day. Obama himself charged everyone within reach of his voice to vote and to bring everyone else they knew to the polls on Nov. 4.


TRANSIT WORKERS UNION leader Jeff Brooks, right, was looking forward to day of golf with friend Jack Patton at State Rep. John Taylor’s outing at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club.

DIANE BRIDGES and Ward Leader El Amor M. Brawne Ali congratulate Chef Ronnie Hank on his culinary efforts as he managed to insure enough food was available for a hungry crowd.

STILL able to do a line dance is 37th Ward Leader Ali who joins some of those attending on Lehigh Avenue stage.

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PLASTERERS turned out in force to swing clubs with State Rep. John Taylor: from left, Tom & Jim Kilkenny, Bill Romano and Bill Taylor.

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WARD LEADER El Amor M. Brawne Ali enjoys playing hostess to hungry guests at her annual get-out-the-vote rally at busy intersection of Germantown, Lehigh & 11th St. With her are Anthony Gordon, Shawn Rhodes, Wayne Kennedy and Stephen Brown, all members of Masonic Order of St. Luke #59.

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JAMES O. ELLIS III, nationally renowned swimming instructor and inspiration for the 2007 movie Pride, delivers keynote address to capacity audience of more than 200 attendees at Nile Swim Club 50th Anniversary Gala. Proceeds from gala will contribute to initial seed capital for the Nile's $5 million expansion project.

STATE REP. Ronald Waters, right, presents Thomas M. Gary, president, Nile Swim Club, with a check for $10,000 from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to assist in construction of the "new Nile," scheduled to break ground this fall.

Meghan Campaigns For Dad McCain

GOP PRESIDENTIAL candidate John McCain’s daughter Meghan visited her dad’s Center City headquarters at 1008 Arch Street. Meghan, seated extreme right, answers questions from McCain’s 5th Ward volunteers. Photo by Mike Cibik

CONGRESSIONAL candidate Adam Lang shares this photo with Meghan McCain at GOP Presidential campaign office.

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(Cont. From Page 7) One of the most famous designs was the Wurlitzer 1015, better known as “the bubbler” because of its famous bubble tubes. Introduced in 1946, within two years 60,000 of these machines were sold. In 1948 Seeburg Co. introduced a jukebox with 100 selections, surpassing the 20-record, 40song machine. The market for jukeboxes grew through the 1960s and 1970s. Then for many reasons demand started for decline. By 1992, fewer than 180,000 jukeboxes were in use. Compact-disk technology is now the standard and there is talk of a digital jukebox. Most of the Wurlitzer 1015 and its peers are now just collector’s items. But if you want to see a genuine 1015 in action, go to the nearest “NiftyFifty’s” restaurant. and issues change.” Long-distance runners try to avoid damaging relationships with members of the other party. By “calling him Joe,” Palin sought to minimize his contri-

(Cont. From Page 7) by 5:30 a.m. Saturday and felt Frankford Avenue should have been filled. After she finished tearing up the current President and the Republican ticket, I asked her if Obama had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting votes in the Northeast. “If people actually stop and think about what’s going on in the world, they’ll vote for him,” she said. “We’re in tough times economically and we need him so much. I ask my neighbors who say they’re voting for McCain, ‘Is your reality the same as mine?’” Whether or not Obama can win in the Northeast is an open question, despite the crowd at Saturday’s rally. He’s going to need places like this if he’s going to win, according to all the pundits. If he does manage to pull it off, it’ll be because, as a friend of mine puts it, the lack of “green’ in people’s wallets will trump Obama’s skin color. butions to national wellbeing. When this Presidential election is over and Palin is asking herself, “Where to now?” it may well be the answer is back to Alaska, Sally.

City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 7) politics and no long-term enemies. Today’s enemy is tomorrow’s friend as candidates

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Snooper (Cont. From Page 7) ‘The Batcave’ and showed me Pat’s motorcycle, also his patrol car. His cycle was actually painted with his face on the visor, and his car had his name on it. Snooper Sightings: Hey Chief, guess whom I saw on The Parkway? “The Boss” himself, SIR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. He was there performing on behalf of the Barack Obama campaign. Question: Tell me, who paid for his appearance, and how did they get to do it on The Parkway so fast? I believe you must apply a week ahead of time to get a permit to do whatever you do on The Parkway. Yes, this was definitely a ‘political affair’ and there’s no way of getting around this one. Did the Obama campaign funds pay for everything, or did The City get stuck once again for the bill? I know these political affairs have cost us in the past!

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Ringside with the SHADOWBOXER. Philadelphia is a city rich in boxing history. We have produced numerous boxing champions, are home of the Blue Horizon, are known for our legendary gym wars, and our fans have a reputation as some of the most knowledgeable in the business. That’s why the Philadelphia Public Record and its sister publication the South Philadelphia Public Record have asked the SHADOWBOXER to give a weekly report on the world of boxing. Approximately 70,000 copies are delivered free of charge every Thursday across the city. So whether it’s happening down in South Philly at Joe Hand’s Gym, up in West Philly at the James Shuler Memorial Gym, sitting ringside at a local fight card, you won’t know who he is, but the SHADOWBOXER will be there reporting on the world of boxing. Let’s begin with a SHADOWBOXER FLASHBACK. Twenty-

six years ago today, Southwest Philly’s Frank “The Animal” Fletcher KO’d James “Hard Rock” Green in the 6th round to defend his USBA Middleweight title in Atlantic City. Boxing returns to the legendary Blue Horizon tomorrow night with USBA Northern Regional Champion Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson in the main event. Female boxer Christina Leadbeater will also be on the card. Local fans will probably most be interested in the all-Philadelphia battle between undefeated Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante and South Philly’s Simon “One Punch” Carr. First bout is 7:00 p.m. Speaking of the Blue Horizon, a man who made numerous appearances at the famous fight club on his way to winning the Super Middleweight Championship of the World, Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer, turned 39 years old yesterday. Happy Birthday Champ! SHADOWBOXER FEATURE: On Apr. 3, 1979, Emanuel Steward brought a tall young undefeated Welterweight from Detroit to fight at the Philadelphia Spectrum. Most boxing fans outside of Detroit had never seen this young boxer at that time. However, whispers were starting in the boxing community about this up-andcoming, lanky, devastating puncher out of the Kronk gym. That

young pugilist in the Spectrum that night turned out to be Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns. Almost two decades later, a lanky, young, undefeated, devastating puncher of a Welterweight is in the stable of Philadelphia promoter Russell J. Peltz. He is Mike Jones. And Jones’ potential, like Hearns’ back then, is triggering whispers in the boxing community. At this stage in his career, SHADOWBOXER isn’t about to say Mike Jones is going to be the next Tommy Hearns. We all know the North Philly Welterweight has some pretty big shoes to fill just to be mentioned with the legendary “Hitman.” However ... you read it first here.

Daniels To Lead CBTU

NEW BOARD of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is sworn in by outgoing President Henry Nicholas of Hospital Workers Local 1199C, rear. They will serve under leadership of new President Mike Daniels, right. MIKE DANIELS, who has won esteem for his leadership of Laborers Local 57, makes maiden address as President of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

MEET the whole team, flanking incoming President Mike Daniels and outgoing President Henry Nicholas: From left are Stanley Sanders, Gwynn Johnson, Kenneth Kinsey, Michelle Cooper, Stephen Gibbs, Gabe White, Anne Brown, Linda Fields and Vanessa Smith Doughty.

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Honoring Rep. Kirkland

HONORING State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, chairman of Penna. Black Caucus of State Legislators, at annual Leroy K. Irvis Banquet were Michael Days, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Corey Coleman, Mellanese Shaw, Tom Knudsen and wife Lynn, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Dr. Joi Spraggins, Wade Colclough and wife Vernita, Patricia Fennell of PECO and Michael Photo by Martin Regusters, Leaping Lion Photography Walker.


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Paxia’s $25 dinner one of the best bargains around Paxia, which means “peace” in Spanish, uses the vivid colors of Mexico both on the walls and tablecloths. Large enough to seat 100 guests, it has a cozy feeling with hardwood floors, adobe pottery, woven Aztec tapestries and Mexican figurines. A small shop in the back of the restaurant sells Mexican imports — glassware, bowls, artifacts and artwork. They also offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a help-yourself Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Sangría bar for $8 per person. (You provide the alcohol, and they provide the rest.) But the bargain I mentioned in the first paragraph is Paxia’s $25 meal deal! You select an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert as well as the house Margarita mix (you bring your own tequila), all for $25 per person. Here are some of the menu items you can choose from: Appetizers — tres

crepas, guacamole, tostadas de tinga, ensalada Caesar. Entrees — pollo a la parrilla, calabazas rellenas, salmon con salsa pasilla y frijoles, arrachera. Desserts — banana crepes, rompope flan, vanilla cheesecake, chocolate tres leches cake. Paxia is open Sunday through Thursday, 510 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Weekend brunch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with the dinner menu starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call 215-413-0171 or visit www.paxiaphilly.com. (The website may not be completed by the time this article comes out.) Another great bargain Speaking about bargains in these days when almost everyone is looking for them, Michael and Connie LaRussa also have one of the best at Dante & Luigi’s, 762 S. 10th St. (at Catherine). At 109 years of age, this is the oldest

Len Lear Italian restaurant in the Delaware Valley, beating out Ralph’s at 760 S. 9th St., one block away, by just one year. In keeping with its storied tradition (and because of the economy), the LaRussas recently initiated “Old School Sunday,” which offers pasta fagioli (hearty pasta and bean) soup for just 85 cents, less than half of the price of a can of soup that’s been sitting on a supermarket shelf for a few

weeks. And there is always one special entree that might cost less than it would for you to make it at home from scratch, such as pasta with homemade marinara sauce for $1.95 or sauteed chicken livers with marinara sauce over spaghetti for $3.25. And every Tuesday through Friday night, there is one “Old School” complete dinner special that includes a salad, an entree like beef bracciole over spaghetti and a glass of chianti, all for $12.95. At these prices, why cook at home? When the restaurant opened in 1899, owner Michael DiRocco called it Corona di Ferro (“crown of iron”) in honor of Italian king Victor Emmanuel. Above the restaurant was a boarding house for new immigrants who worked at the restaurant or in the nearby Italian Market, which was then 10 years

old. After Michael DiRocco died, his sons, Dante and Luigi, took over the restaurant and put their names on the marquee. Four generations of their descendants continued to run the restaurant until 1996, when Connie and Michael LaRussa bought Dante & Luigi’s and continued the restaurant’s unique tradition. For more information, 215922-9501 or visit www.danteandluigis.com Burger heaven If burgers are your thing, then Sketch is your restaurant. The new eatery at 413 E. Girard Ave. at the northern edge of Northern Liberties might wind up in the Guinness Book of World Records. It offers more than 400 burger combinations. And believe it or not, co-owner Megan Roberts is a vegetarian, so there are several veggie options. For more information, call 215-634-3466.

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by Len Lear In these atrocious economic times, almost everyone is looking for bargains in food and virtually every other purchase. One of the best I have found in recent months is at Paxia, a Mexican BYOB which opened Jul. 8 at 746 Christian St. in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia, formerly home to another Mexican eatery, Molcajete Mixto. Paxia serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a focus on the flavors of Mexico City. The menu was created by coowner Chef Dionicio Jiménez and executed by co-owner Chef Ismael Torrez. Dionicio is also the co-owner and executive chef at Xochitl, 408 S. 2nd St., one of the hottest tickets in town (and much more upscale than Paxia). Paxia’s menu offers Mexican classics as well as popular street food items.

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TREMENDOUS rail service is what makes Philadelphia stand out as Port in eyes of shipping lines and terminal operators. Southport will enhance that access.

Port Gets Piece Of Navy Yard

(Cont. from Page 1) becomes a port to be taken seriously, the State Senate last week delivered a major grant of land to the Philadelphia Port with its passage of SB 740. The bill contained an amendment which included State Rep. William Keller’s bill to authorize the Dept. of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, “to grant and convey to the

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority certain lands situate in the 39th Ward of the City of Philadelphia; and providing for Commonwealth ownership of submerged land.” Keller has been the point person in the State House for the dredging and land acquisition sought by City and Port officials. His counterpart in the State Senate is Sen. Michael Stack and on the

Federal level, Congressman Bob Brady. In essence, the eastern side of the old Philadelphia Naval Yard, when the bill is signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell, will be transferred to PRPA for incorporation in its planned expansion of “Southport”. The bill comes at an opportune time, following the passage of funding and approval for the dredging of the Delaware to another five feet. The Port is ready to take on the competition from southern East Coast ports which have already committed to refurbishing and deepening their ports for the anticipated increase in Far East shipping. Giving it a leg up is the fact PRPA is overseeing the dredging and expansion of the port’s shipping facilities. It enjoys the support of the Port unions and the shipping and terminal operators who work the port. Transfer of the eastern portion of the 1200 acres that

make up the Navy Yard from Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. to PRPA frees up the rest of the base for commercial development. The old base will retain its capacity to build ships as well as to invite more industrial and other commercial businesses to take over its huge building complex. The transferred acreage includes a railhead that services the country’s top major rail lines, giving the Port the ability to tout fast turnaround and shipping schedules. These rail lines include CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Canadian Pacific. Southport will run adjacent to the Packard Terminal, which is the busiest of the City’s terminal operations, curving westward to take advantage of the shore line created by the merging of the Delaware with the Schuylkill River.

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Philadelphia Regional Port Authority A Promising Future By Championing the Channel-Deepening Project And Substantial Port Expansion

Once Again, We Thank Gov. Ed Rendell For Giving Our Port A Great Opportunity And

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Unions Give Obama Edge Here And In State (Cont. from Page 1) a winner before the covering television stations. Saturday proved to be a busy day for them as they joined Democratic Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady along with his peers Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz at each of the events. Much of the Democratic elected leadership was in evidence. At every event, union labor leaders were prominent, including AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council President Pat Eiding and Building Trades Joint Council President Pat Gillespie. Laborers District Council 332 and its leadership were everywhere as well. One labor official watching the day’s events said, “We have convinced the overwhelming numbers of our membership they owe their families a vote in this election.” Another cautioned, “The general commitment to the Democratic top of the ticket does not carry over with it complete allegiance to the rest of the Democrats on the ticket. Some of our unions are supporting Republican State candidates.” In addition to their efforts to effect a change in the Presidential election, unions are also pushing Senate and Congressional candidates they know will support the Employee Free Choice Act, which creates a level playing field for union efforts to sign up non-union employees. The bill passed the House, but failed to clear the US Senate this session.

IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty tells hundreds of union workers gathered outside Perelman Medical Center at Building Trades rally why a Barack Obama victory is essential to labor movement.

PENNSYLVANIA State Teachers Union President Ted Kirsch made Obama rally a family event.

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the Zealot, with whom he is usually connected. The Maronite Rite, which is in communion with the Church of Rome, is practiced by a community of Lebanese Christians and their far-flung emigrants, including those in Philadelphia who worship at St. Maron’s. Sometime after his death, St. Jude's body was brought from Beirut to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica which is visited by many devotees. The dedication will be followed by a banquet at St. Maron’s Church Hall, adjacent to the Church. Tickets for adults are $35, children $20. For information call (215) 389-2000.

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