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Serving Citywide Political, Labor, Legal and School Communities of Philadelphia “The good things we do must be made a part of the public record”

ALL SMILES are Bob Toporek, founder of TeamChildren which donates computers to schools and families in need, and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, who arranged computers be delivered to St. Martin De Porres and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Schools.

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TeamChildren Donates Computers For Kitchen Eighteen desktop refurbished computers have been donated to two Catholic Parishes in North Philadelphia. Making that possible was a linkup between State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and TeamChildren, a nonprofit that collects computers, refurbishes them and then donates them. Eight went to St. Martin De Porres Catholic School, 2300 W. Lehigh Avenue, and 10 to St. Rose of Lima School, 1522 N. Wanamaker Street. TeamChildren received a grant of $1,600 from the Friends of St. Martin De Porres and another for $2,500 from “its friends” to fund those destined for MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER St. Rose of Lima. According to Bob Toporek, execu- and City Controller Alan Butkovitz tive director and founder of Team- press General Assembly to approve Children, “Volunteers have distributed change to City pension fund that ove 18,000 low-cost refurbished com- can save $170 million in five years. puters to families, schools, and organizations throughout the region, reaching more than 30,000 children.” He added, “There currently exists a gap between people who enjoy the benefits of technology and those whose lives could be significantly imIf the State Legislature cooperates proved by it. In most cases, lack of access to existing and new technolo- by passing enabling legislation, the gies prevents these individuals City of Philadelphia could realize from truly taking advantage of com- $172 million in savings over the next (Cont. Page 2) (Cont. Page 2)

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10-STORY highrise hotel proposed for 40th & Pine Streets has stimulated debate on development planning in city.

by Tony West Is the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s longstanding role as the prime shaper of development on the way out? Will it be replaced by a new model with a new power center? A ZBA hearing today may give clues to the answer. A controversial hotel proposal in University City has helped spur Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration to rethink the City’s Byzantine method of regulating major building projects. (Cont. Page 2)

Can Arlen Do It Again? by Jon Delano H. John Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University Pennsylvania's senior US Senator is a unique piece of work. I have known him for nearly 30 years, and I have tremendous respect for the political skills of Arlen Specter, the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history. Just when people count him out, he emerges victorious, a phoenix among the political carrion. The 79-year-old Senator, first elected in 1980, has no intention of retiring next year, and barring some medical calamity Specter's name will be on the ballot for a sixth six-year term.

First, though, the Republican must navigate the shoals of his own unhappy party. Specter listens to his own drummer, which tends to march back and forth across the field rather than in any straight line. He is consistent in his unpredictability. So when he joined to two Republican Senators from Maine to enact President Obama's economic recovery plan, it was not particularly surprising. But it has emboldened a number (Cont. Page 27)

ALAN GREENBERGER … seeks central role for City Planning Commission in approving development.

Judge Removes Slain Officer’s Pictures In 35th Municipal Judge Craig Washington placed his ability to judge properly in jeopardy when he ordered the removal of slain Police Officer John Pawlowski’s photographs off the walls of his home district, the 35th Police Dist. at Broad & Champlost. When the District Captain and the Divisional Inspector refused his re(Cont. Page 2)


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Hotel Fracas May Spur New Zoning Channels (Cont. From Page 1) The project in question, the Campus Inn, would erect a 10story extended-stay hotel operated by the Hilton chain on a site at 40th & Pine Streets owned by the University of Pennsylvania. The site is occupied by a dilapidated, abandoned nursing home that is generally agreed to be an eyesore. There the agreement stops. The dispute has bedeviled several community groups, the Historical Commission and the City Planning Commission as well as the ZBA since June 2007. During this dizzying roundabout, the HC flip-flopped more than a fish on a pier; it was for the project until it was against the project, until it was for it and against it and for it. History played a trick on Penn. The university had bought the property in Spruce Hill, chiefly in self-defense, after its original owner was shut down by the State in the wake of a scandal in 2002. Little did it know, years before the property had been listed as “historic”. Half-buried behind lumpy additions lay an Italianate mansion that hearkened back to 150 years ago. For this reason, HC approval for demolition was needed. The developer, Campus Inn Associates, asked the HC to delist the property, arguing the building’s historic value had already been destroyed. CIA’s first plan was to demolish the structure and erect a wide lowrise hotel in its place. Its business target was the increasing flow of visitors drawn to Penn’s huge hospital complex nearby, many of whom need affordable temporary housing. Delisting was denied. The HC has never delisted a building unless it has already been torn down. That meant the developer had to spend an unexpected $3 million to restore the old mansion to external period specifications – and keep an open streetscape from which you can see it all. Since this stopped the developer from building out, the HC “agreed in concept” CIA could build up instead. So a highrise was born … and the trouble began. Fortieth Street is where Penn campus ends. Along its eastern side, highrise residences have long dominated the landscape. But to the west lies a large community zoned for 4-story hous-

ing, and within its boundary the Campus Inn would be located. Fierce opposition sprang up, splitting civic associations and neighbors, even Penn faculty. Magali Larson of the Woodland Terrace Association, a former Penn and Temple professor, sums up their concerns: “The massive scale of this building is on a lot that is too small. Our residential neighborhood would be ruined by noise, light and parking congestion. The design is out of character. And Penn’s consultative process has been manipulative and undemocratic.” In a neighborhood where Penn’s expansion has often roused protests in the past, Larson’s concerns ring true for many, 600 of whom have signed petitions against this project. CIA is not without strong community backing, though. Tom Lussenhop, one of its partners, a Spruce Hill resident who was once managing director at Penn’s division of facilities services & real estate, has the backing of area hospitals and businesses, as well as the owners of most nearby properties. With 300 signatories of his own and support in local polls, Lussenhop believes many neighbors see a case for growth on this business corridor. “This location right next to the Green Line trolley portal is ideal for denser, transit-based development,” he argues. Lussenhop states the project has received a $2 million Pennsylvania Builds loan and a $9.5 million Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. new-markets tax credit. The Campus Inn has promised to employ unionized permanent employees, winning an endorsement from UNITE HERE. “That project would also employ about 270 construction workers,” estimates Pat Gillespie of the Building Trades Council. “We’ve got a lot of guys out of work right now.” The Campus Inn project needed a pass from three separate City regulatory agencies – not an uncommon experience for developers here. In the past there was little coordination between the three as they barged off in different policy directions. Under the last administration, critics depicted the ZBA as rubbery, the HC as severe and the CPC as impotent. It may be fairer to say the

scope and process of the first two bodies were often opaque, their precedents unreliable and their decisions unpredictable. Nutter has made clear he wants Philadelphia to become friendlier to development. "If we continue to reform and break down barriers, if we take advantage of new investments, and if we leverage our incredible assets … Philadelphia will be one of the great global cities of the 21st century," he told the Chamber of Commerce last week. In August 2008, Nutter named as chair of the CPC Alan Greenberger. An owner of MGA Partners, Greenberger is also an architecture professor at Penn and Drexel. His mandate from the Mayor was reform – including a comprehensive overhaul of the City's zoning code. Greenberger also became, ex officio, chair of the Zoning Code Commission, which voters had called into being in the same May 2007 primary election that Nutter won in a fiveway race. In January 2008 Nutter had replaced the entire ZBA, which is now headed by Susan

Jaffe. The stage was set for a new broom. Philadelphia’s zoning has not been revised for 45 years. As a result, two-thirds of all large developments go through the ZBA variance process. Greenberger says that must change. “Zoning is a coarse tool that can never account for everything,” he asserts. “Piecemeal zoning overlays and variances have tended to come through the political process. That’s not how it’s handled in other cities.” The Nutter administration aims to wind down the ZBA’s role as a bazaar for design negotiations between developers, community groups and politicians. It would become a less active body, focused chiefly on economic-hardship adjustments. In its place, Greenberger has proposed a Design Review Committee under the CPC. Nutter’s reforms will try to shift zoning away from away from land-use governance toward a “form-based” model, which sets broad standards of appearance while allowing the DRC to

work out the details. Greenberger’s goal is to “craft zoning regulations that give developers more consistency and predictability.” Of Philadelphia’s cumbersome traditional regulatory route, he says, “These kinds of things are disincentives to money that has a choice of going elsewhere.” Zoning prescriptions should not be seen as commandments graven for eternity, Greenberger argues. “Cities evolve over time,” he says, “and zoning should be flexible enough to accommodate that.” Greenberger moved swiftly to consolidate the power of the CPC. Campus Inn cleared its last hurdle before that body in September 2008, before he even took office. In November 2008, the HC presented him with an early challenge when, under pressure from project foes, it revoked its approval in concept of the Campus Inn – a rare move in city planning – based on its clash in scale with neighboring buildings. At its December meeting, Greenberger appeared, bluntly to

tell the HC it lacked that authority. Its role, he asserted, was “to evaluate the proposal relative to the historic resources of the site. In this case, the only historic resource that exists at this museum is the mansion that is proposed to be repaired and brought back to a useful life.” The HC swiftly caved in. After months of observation, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell announced Tuesday she “cannot support this zoning application at this time.” She is troubled by the way historic designation has complicated this development. Appealing “for compromise on all sides,” she requested “all sides recommit to a solution we all can embrace.” After this hearing, the ZBA may confirm, deny or continue the debate. Now matter how this case is decided, the outcome may push the City to consolidate developmental regulations under Mayoral leadership, and stake out core principles for the zoning reform that is to come. Other politicians will surely seek to have their say.

(Cont. From Page 1) five years. Mayor Michael Nutter, City Controller Alan Butkovitz and the Pension Board have revealed a plan to reduce the City’s pension obligations, which would producd the savings. The pension-plan proposal includes lowering the assumed return on pension investments from 8.75% to 8.25%, increasing the period over which the unfunded liability is paid off from 20 to 40 years, and spreading out the fund’s earnings and losses from five to 10 years.

The pension proposal would decrease the financial burden on the City and increase its ability to fund existing liabilities in the long-term. But two components of the plan will require legislative action from the Pennsylvania Legislature. “If we are able to work with our partners in Harrisburg to pass the necessary legislation, the positive financial impact on our five-year plan would be significant,” said Nutter. Alan Butkovitz presented

this idea to the Mayor in an effort to help bridge the $1 billion budget gap confronting the City. He said, “The Mayor is to be commended for his courage in confronting this problem now and working with us to move quickly and put this plan on the fast track. This pension plan will not only save the City $170 million over the next five years, it will also avoid a looming pension-fund crisis that was likely

to occur in three years’ time if action was not taken now.” Both contend lowering the earnings assumption from 8.75% to 8.25% is fiscally responsible, making the assumed return more reasonable and aligning the assumptions with other jurisdictions. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority has recommended the Pension Board take this action.

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Judge Has A Problem (Cont. From Page 1) quest, the judge brazenly overturned two of Pawlowski’s pictures. FOP President John J. McNesby is asking Municipal Court President Marsha Neifield to remove Judge Craig Washington from the hearing from holding hearings in the 35th. McNesby added, “It’s bad enough Police officers are being murdered by violent repeat offenders released by the

SISTER Nancy Fitzgerald, principal at St. Martin De Porres Catholic School, and 6th-grade teacher Sandra Streeter demonstrate donated computer to State Sen. Shirley Kitchen.

Kitchen Gets Computers FOP chief John McNesby ….judge’s sense in doubt judiciary, we now have to face a direct threat from the bench.”

(Cont. From Page 1) puters and the Internet. Regardless of the reasons for this gap, there is a moral imperative to ensure everyone has equal access to information technology.” TeamChildren, he said, takes older, slower computers

and refurbishes them, bringing them up to date. Computers come from many sources, including Sanofi-Aventis, Genex Services, Syntehs, IKEA, and IBM as well as individuals, and local schools and colleges. Philadelphia

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Brady Gives American I Am Voters Key: Congressman Robert A. Brady, while lauding the passage of the stimulus package, promised this week to continue to insure Americans everywhere will be able to track the investments in the bill. “Congress has deliveried on President Obama’s historic plan to start to get the American economy back on track,” said Brady. “No mission is more critical to the American people, and the President and Congress got this done just three weeks after his inauguration. “This economic recovery plan will create American jobs now, provide one of the largest tax cuts in American history, including for 95% of American workers, and lay a foundation for long-term growth through clean energy, innovation and education.” Brady added “The legislation also has unprecedented State Rep.

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FRANCIS McGORRY, president and CEO of Phila. Coca Cola Bottling Co.; Mayor Michael Nutter and wife Lisa; along with Tracee Hunt, VP of Phila. Coca Cola joined in opening celebration of American I Am exhibit at National Constitution Center. Coca Cola was a local sponsor. accountability and transparency measures to help ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively — including no earmarked projects and a new website allowing Americans to track the investments. “America is facing an economic crisis greater than any since the Great Depression, with a staggering 3.6 million

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AMONG audeience were Ducky Birts, Glenn Ellis and Traffic Court President Judge Thomasine Tynes.

Many Things To See In Black History Philadelphia celebrates African American history 365 days a year, but things really heat up in February when the region's museums, arts and cultural organizations and historic sites recognize Black History Month. One of the highlights of the city's 2009 celebration is sure to be America I AM: The African American Imprint, Tavis Smiley's new show at the National Constitution Center that celebrates nearly 500 years of African and African American contributions to the US. Here are just a few of the month's highlights: Renewing Traditions - The

latest fabric and needlework creations made by the Friendly Quilters of Bucks County, an African-American quilting group, are on view alongside related African and African American cultural artifacts. The Mercer Museum show features 30 recently completed quilts. Through Mar. 1. 84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, Pa. (215) 345-0210, IYARE: Splendor and Tension In Benin's Palace Theatre - With nearly 100 objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology's collection of cast bronzes,

Senator Larry Farnese Salutes Black History Month District Office: 215-560-1313

carved ivories and wooden artifacts from the 16th to 21st centuries, IYARE (which translated means "May you come and go safely”) illuminates the many activities-cultural, religious, political and intensely social-that make up the experience of palace life for the Edo people of Benin. Through Mar. 1. Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era - This multimedia exhibition at The African American

Museum in Philadelphia examines the impact of the Vietnam War on African American life and culture. It explores Black Power, the draft, tours of duty, women in Vietnam, family life and more. Through Mar. 8. Black Hands, Blue Seas: The Untold Maritime Stories of African Americans - Expanding beyond the experience of captive Africans being shipped across the waters into slavery, Black Hands, Blue Seas at the Independence Sea-

port Museum highlights the seafaring heritage of African Americans, from inventors to naval heroes and explorers. Visitors can discover centuriesold West African fishing, diving and shipbuilding practices; learn about Philadelphia sailmaker and activist James Forten; and view artifacts heralding the role of AfricanAmericans in wartime. Through Mar. 22. 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655,

For over 26 years the African American United Fund has been the steward of resources it has consistently shared with hundreds of organizations that increase educational opportunities, increase access to social and human services, promote cultural development, raise awareness about health and wellness issues, provide youth leadership training, stimulate voter education and increase awareness of criminal-justice issues. Last year the Fund provided services to over 167,000 people. The value of AAUF is in its ability to quickly respond to emerging issues in this community. Its current motto, “A Call to Action”, represents the enduring spirit of the forbears to overcome barriers to freedom and equality under extraordinarily harsh conditions. You may join its endeavors by volunteering, participating in its programs and donating you time now to the organization. AAUF is seeking new board members to become stewards of the organization and to lend their expertise in the area of human resources, finance and fundraising. The Board is responsible for the management, supervision, evaluation and planning of the organization and its assets. The Board also determines policy and supervises all business affairs. Contact AAUF at (215) 236-2100 or

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PUBLISHER Robert Bogle addresses over 500 attending announcement of Phila. Tribune’s selection of Influential African Americans for 2009 at Convention Hall. They are Dr. Arlene Ackerman, A. Bruce Crawley, Sandra Dungee-Glenn, State Rep. Dwight Evans, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Carl R. Greene, Sharmaine MatlockTurner, J. Whyatt Mondesire, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Ahmeenah Young.

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GOV. ED RENDELL announces $3.5 million funding for Avenging the Ancestors Coalition. Rendell requested grant from Delaware River Port Authority to complete President's House on Independence Mall, where nation's first leader George Washington kept slaves. Money will renovate House, Photo by Donald Terry located at 6th & Market Streets.

ATAC members look on as DRPA Chairman John Estey and former Mayor John F. Street listen to Darla Sidles, Deputy Superintendent of Historical Park, tells history of President's House on Independence Mall. Photo by Donald Terry

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Straighten Out Zoning Philadelphia’s developmental policies have grown over time into a mare’s nest of unpredictable decision-makers. Too often, the system we now have leaves neither community members nor developers happy. Nevertheless, this traditional state of affairs is affordable when times are good. When times are tough, as they are now, it is time for change. One of Philadelphia’s greatest potential strengths in this downturn is its central location and its wealth of cheap real estate. As a city, we should figure out how to out-compete other cities by attracting developers. If our zoning code is noncompetitive – and experts say it is – then the sooner we fix it, the better. Exactly how it’s done is necessarily a political process that must elicit cooperative input freom all sides.

Feb. 19- Friends of Marian Tasco honor Council Majority Leader at Penna. Academy of Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets range $250-$2500. For info call (215) 843-8482. Feb. 19- 1st Ward Democratic Committee meets at Downey’s, Front & South Sts., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $125 ($35 for committee persons). Call Joe Hoffman (215) 833-1943. Feb. 19- Fundraiser for Dawn Tancredi at George Bochetto’s office, 1524 Locust St., 6-8 p.m. For info (215) 735-3900. Feb. 20- Phila. Chinatown Development Corp. marks Chinese New Year celebration, Year of Ox, at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., 6 p.m. For info John Chin (215) 922-2156. Feb. 21 - Benefit for Dan McCaffery at the Bogside Pub, 7540 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, 8-12 p.m. Tickets $30. Call (215) 690-3950. Feb. 22- Committee to Elect Judge Pat Dugan Benefit at Liberties Restaurant & Bar, 705 N. 2nd St., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $30. Call Brian (215) 779-1330. Feb. 22- Newly formed Democrats Of Oak Lane Team hosts candidates at 6521 N. Broad St., across from Oak Lane Diner, starting 3 p.m. For info call Marion Wimbush (215) 224-9410. Feb. 23- Malik Aziz’ Nat’l Exhoodus Council unveils Proposal For Peace & Jobs at Black & Nobel Conference Ctr., 1411 W. Erie Ave., 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24- Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Judicial candidate Ted Vigilante, U.R.C. Club, 3156 Frankford Ave., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tradi-

tional N’awlins cuisine, open bar (till 9:30) and entertainment. Park in lot across from club. Tickets $30. Call (215) 743-2000. Feb. 25- Friends Of Jim Roebuck throw State Rep a Birthday Party at Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donation levels $125-250-500. Please respond by Feb. 19 to Friends of Jim Roebuck, 435 S. 46th St., Phila., PA 19143. Feb. 26- Logan Community Development Corp. holds 1st NAC meeting at Davis Memorial Ch., 4500 N. 10th St., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Americans for the Year 2009. If we had the space, more names would be added. There is such a wealth of great concern, outstanding sensitivity and deep commitment emitting from the entire African American population, for which we owe a great deal of gratitude. We look forward to more milestones, more achievements, as their years progress.

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We could easily fill up this entire editorial page with pictures and the names of this city’s outstanding African Americans. Since we are a paper prone to carrying the activities of African Americans in politics and labor, we have placed the pictures of those who are in the forefront of making history daily from a Black perspective. On Page five of this issue, we carry the names of those selected by the Tribune as Outstanding African

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: Can past IRS taxes ever be discharged (wiped out)? Answer: This is a complicated area of the bankruptcy law and an attorney should be consulted. You can discharge (wipe out) debts for Federal income taxes in Chapter 7 bankruptcy only if all of these five conditions are met: 1) The IRS has not recorded a tax lien against your property. (If all other conditions are met, the taxes may be discharged, but even after your bankruptcy, the lien remains against all property you own, effectively giv-

ology, Drexel University/ Hahnemann Hospital, Prof. of Clinical Medicine

ing the IRS a way to collect.) 2) You didn’t file a fraudulent return or try to evade paying taxes. 3) The liability is for a tax return (not a Substitute or Return) actually filed at least two years before you file for bankruptcy. 4) The tax return was due at least three years ago. 5) The taxes were assessed (you received a notice of assessment of Federal taxes from the IRS) at least 240 days (eight months) before you file for bankruptcy. (11 U.S.C. §§ 523(a)(1) and (7).) Next week’s question: Are there other debts that are also non-dischargeable under the New Bankruptcy Law?

Cardiac arrest has dreaded complications. That’s because it’s critical no time be wasted in assisting an individual who has collapsed suddenly with loss of blood pressure and heart rate. The chances of an individual surviving a cardiac arrest strongly depends on their receiving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) within

five minutes. If an individual is resuscitated within those five minutes, the prognosis is excellent for a recovery. That is why casinos, airports, and other public facilities have defibrillators on hand. In the past, lay individuals were apprehensive about administering CPR, using the old mouth-to-mouth tech-

nique. That method is no longer recommended. What is best is the ability to administer chest compressions. Any individual can do this, but they need to perform the appropriate number and type. Witnessing a patient who collapses, one who is able to administer chest compressions effectively can be life-

MEDICAL RECORD saving until trained medical personnel arrives. You could be that lifesaver for a family member. Reach out to your local hospital or nearby Red Cross to find out where you can take basic CPR lessons.

Working To End Nurse Shortage Citing reports showing encouraging news regarding the state’s nursing shortage, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said she has reintroduced legislation intended to continue that success. “The two top concerns that I’m hearing from people right now are jobs and health care,” Tartaglione said. “This bill will ensure the continuation of a successful new program that should help launch great careers

and ease the shortage of healthcare workers.” SB 174 would ensure by law the future of the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers, a program launched by the State’s Dept. of Labor & Industry in 2004. The Department reported projections of nurse shortages have eased by as much as 10% since 2005. But the future remains uncertain, and more progress must be made,

Tartaglione said. “Even in this most difficult budget year, we must continue investments in job creation and health care,” Tartaglione said. “If we do not, we will pay more later and put lives at risk.” According to the Department, Pennsylvania will need 146,000 registered nurses in 2010, but would likely fall 510% short of that. The Center for Health Careers is advised by a diverse

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by Dr. Nicholas L. DePace, FACC, FCCP Associate Chief of Cardi-

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group of professionals representing the health-care industry, labor and government. The center keeps tabs on the health job market, develops strategies for nurse retention, and uses State investments to help nursing schools expand. The center has also determined aging populations will cause the need for licensed practical nurses to nearly double by 2010, leading to a shortage of as many as 8,000 LPNs.

Joe Hoffman Sr., Hosts His Famous Gala Attended By All Candidates Downey’s Restaurant & Bar Front & South Streets • Philadelphia

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Well fellow Trunksters, it’s official: The liberal “spendulus” bill was signed this week and Wall Street has responded with a resounding thud. A 300-point drop on the Dow to add to the 2000-point drop since PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA was elected. Do you think the media would be screaming about such a horrible performance if SEN. JOHN McCAIN had been elected? You all know the answer to that question, but nary a word from the mainstream press. Why? Because they sold you on this guy and now they are fully invested; journalism – shmernalism! One other fact: more Democrats in Congress voted against this “porkulous” scam than Republicans voted for it. And who voted for it, you ask? None other than our own SEN. ARLEN SPECTER. Locally, it looks like we have a DA candidate, despite some sage advice from this cellulite-ridden rock star. Former Democratic Sheriff candidate MIKE UNTERMEYER has thrown his hat in the ring and from all accounts is a good guy who is willing to put forth a strong effort. This puts our Controller candidate AL SCHMIDT in a tough spot. Traditionally, the Controller spot plays second fiddle to the DA candidate, who would steal precious time, money and resources from or man Al. Toss on top of this the fact Philadelphia Forward Executive Director BRETT MANDEL has decided to run against incumbent “yes man” ALAN BUTKOVITZ on the Donkey side of the house, and Schmidt finds himself in a much different position from just a few weeks ago. Not for nuttin’, but this two-ton terminator is throwing all his peanuts behind “Honest Al.” Is City Committee going to “rubber-stamp” Mr. U just to fill a slot like always? Nothing personal, but Mr. Untermeyer has to prove his conservative bona fides ASAP and show he’s not (Cont. Page 23)

Last Friday night, the City of Philadelphia lost another Police Officer, the fifth one killed since 2006. John Pawlowski was killed while trying to stop a gypsycab robbery in Logan. The dude that shot him, Rasheed Scruggs, is in Albert Einstein Medical Center with gunshot wounds. You see, he may have killed a cop, but he ended up with some lead in his own behind. Pawlowski was a five-year veteran, had asked to be transferred to the 35th Police Dist. (the late Officer Chuck Cassidy was also based there) and was about to become a father for the first time when he died. He had on a bulletproof vest, but the bullet Scruggs hit him with managed to nip a space just outside of the vest. When Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey talked to reporters on Saturday, he said of Scruggs, “These guys should not be among us, period. Lock ‘em up, throw away the key, build another prison, don’t let ‘em out. There are some people who are just not salvageable. Period. And he’s one of them.” But he didn’t stop there. When asked how many times Scruggs had been hit by bullets during his altercation with the police, Ramsey said, “He wasn’t hit enough. That’s the only thing that matters.” Now I understand he was speaking out of anger when he said that. If I were Charles Ramsey, I’d be more than a little angry too. Twenty-five years old is entirely too young to be dead. It’s especially too young for someone who is serving his city to be gunned down. However, when you go around saying that a suspect “wasn’t hit enough” when it comes to his being shot, you con(Cont. Page 23)

Yo! Here we go again with things you learn about when you live in Georgia. 1. A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road. 2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,997 of them live in Georgia. 3. There are 10,000 types of spiders; all 10,000 of them live in Georgia, plus a couple no one’s seen before. 4. If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha. 5. “Onced” and “Twiced” are words. 6. It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy! 7. “Jawl-P?” means “Did y’all go to the bathroom?” 8. People actually grow and eat okra. 9. “Fixinto” is one word. 10. There is no such thing as “lunch”. There is only dinner and then there is supper. 11. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. 12. “Backwards and forwards” means, “I know everything about you.” 13. The word “jeet” is actually a phrase meaning “Did you eat?” 14. You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see. 15. You don’t push buttons, you mash em. 16. “No. Jew?” is a common response to the question, “Did you bring any beer?” 17. You measure distance in minutes. 18. You switch from heat to A/C in the same day. 19. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal. 20. You know what a “dawg“ is. 21. You carry jumper cables in your car – for your own car. 22. You only own five spices: salt, pepper, barbecue sauce, Tabasco and ketchup. 23. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require six pages for local high-school sports, motor sports, and gossip. 24. You think the first day of deer season is a national holiday. 25. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit “a bit warm”. 26. You know all four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. 27. Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as “goin‘ Wal-Martin’“ or “off to Wally World.” 28. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken-stew weather. 29. Fried catfish is the other white meat. 30. We don’t need no dang driver’s education. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive, dagnabbit. Now you may not believe these sayings are genuine Georgia sayings. They are valid – I’ve been there.

Snooper Scooper: Hats off to those professionals of The 1st Judicial District’s WARRANT UNIT. Let me warn all you ‘deadbeats’ who owe enormous sums of monies on ALL your traffic tickets: They’re coming to get you. YES, I can tell ALL OF YOU these ‘pros’ don’t play, because they do mean business. I can tell all of you TRAFFIC DEADBEATS you will PAY, one way or another! What is really scary is these Warrant Officers can come any time, any day, and they may be at your front door right now. I suggest you let them in, because you’ll soon find out “THEY DON’T SELL WOLF TICKETS”. Call TRAFFIC COURT! Snooper’s Sports Extra: Here we go again with baseball and its STEROID PROBLEMS. Yes, now we have ALEX THE FRAUD, aka Alex Rodriguez of The New York Yankees. I can’t believe these players are so stupid as to ruin their oncegreat careers. Never mind a possible HALL OF FAME induction. Forget about it Alex, it will never happen. SHAME. Snooper Sighting: The gentleman we all saw recently on FOX NEWS, regarding a criminal who was shot and killed, was MR. PETER DACKO, a former Court Crier for the Municipal Court. He is now officially RETIRED, and he was quite upset, especially since it happened in his neighborhood. He stated, “This just doesn’t happen here where I live”. IT DID! Hey Pete, it’s happening everywhere. We live in bad times. Snooper’s UPDATE: Well, apparently The Mayor’s budget problems are for real. This City is in deep trouble, and we must all ‘pitch in’ and do whatever it takes to ‘bail’ us out. The Mayor has already stated, “There will be NO FEDERAL BAILOUT for Philadelphia.” He also stated, “There (Cont. Page 23)

NICHOLAS STAMPONE, a legend in Democratic Party politics, a former ward leader, State Senator and Sergeant at Arms of City Council, has passed on at age 82 after a long illness. He distinguished himself as the leader of the 41st Ward. Among his many accomplishments was accumulating a collection of political memorabilia, buttons, which is reputed to be one of the finest in the Commonwealth. His recreation room is covered with buttons from political campaigns of bygone years to the present. He is survived by his wife of many years DELORES, his daughter KATHY and his son-in-law TONY RADWANSKI, who is a former chief of staff in the City’s Controllers Office under JONATHAN SAIDEL. Tony has a fine singing voice in the style of Frank Sinatra. He and his father-in-law, who was a gifted harmonica player, performed at many ward affairs and in neighborhood bars. He was succeeded as ward leader by his good friend MIKE McGEEHAN, who is a State Representative. His wake at the Galzerano Funeral Home, next to the rectory of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was extremely well attended. The crowd extended outside the parlor and around the building. Among those in attendance were the Chairman of the Party BOB BRADY; STATE SEN. MIKE STACK; Supreme Court JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY; COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANNA VERNA; COUNCILWOMAN JOAN KRAJEWSKI; and Municipal Court JUDGE FAY STACK and her husband MIKE. Common Pleas Court JUDGE EUGENE MAIER and his charming wife LANA celebrated President’s Day with a buffet dinner at their townhouse in the Fairmount part of Philadelphia. It was a night of laughter and good conversation. Among those in attendance were AL DRAGON and his wife BARBARA; JERRY SCHANIE and his wife BETTY; Senior Common Pleas JUDGE RICARDO JACKSON; and well-known Philadelphia printer GENE JACOBS and his wife PHYLLIS. This week marks the start of the first week for circulating nominating petitions for the various court vacancies, including the District Attorney’s office. Among those running for the office of district attorney are SETH WILLIAMS, DAN McCAFFERY, MICHAEL TURNER, DAN McELHATTON and BRIAN GRADY. There is just, roughly speaking, one week left in February and three weeks to go in March. Soon the first day of spring will be upon us; nevertheless, be careful outdoors for black ice.

NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333

NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700 PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322

Michael T. McKeever Attorney for Plaintiff Goldbeck McCafferty & McKeever, PC Suite 5000, Mellon Independence Center 701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-1532 215-627-1322

TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF LINDA F. SIMPKINS, DECEASED, MORTAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 7808 Woolston Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19150. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff PERSONAL INVESTMENT, INC., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 081202357 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 7808 Woolston Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19150 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

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TO: Unknown Heirs of Angelo Rossillio, , MORTAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 204 North 65th Street Philadelphia, PA 19008. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 081003353 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 204 North 65th Street Philadelphia, PA 19139 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.


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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS PHILADELPHIA COUNTY CIVIL ACTION - LAW July Term 2003 No. 003150 NOTICE OF ACTION IN MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION Plaintiff vs. JOHN DOE and SUNG KIM Mortgagors and Real Owners Defendants TO: JOHN DOE, MORTAGOR AND REAL OWNER, DEFENDANT whose last known address is 1624 South 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19148. THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT OWED TO OUR CLIENT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM YOU WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING THE DEBT. You are hereby notified that Plaintiff FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, docketed July Term 2003 No. 003150 wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 1624 S 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19148 whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County.

NOTICE You have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW. THIS OFFICE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HIRING A LAWYER. IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER, THIS OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT AGENCIES THAT MAY OFFER LEGAL SERVICES TO ELIGIBLE PERSONS AT A REDUCED FEE OR NO FEE. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION One Reading Center Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-6333 COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES, INC. Law Center North Central 3638 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700

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Sheriff Green’s Important Steps to Saving Your Home Step 1: Assemble your current financial information, and call your lender.

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Visit to learn more about borrowers’ rights, loss mitigation and abusive servicing practices. Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 215-686-3525 for more information

Step 3: If you feel uncomfortable handling mortgage negotiations, consult a professional housing Counselor

Step 4: Take time to carefully investigate the offers you receive to avoid becoming a fraud victim Sheriff John D. Green Philadelphia

Primary Dates It’s primary time again. If you didn’t know, Feb. 17 was the first day to circulate and file nomination petitions, with last day being Mar. 10. The earliest candidates can circulate and file nomination papers is Mar. 11 while the last day for a candidate to withdraw those nominating petitions is Mar. 25. The last day to register before primary is Apr. 20. Also, the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is May 12. The last day County Boards of Elections can receive voted civilian absentee ballots is May 15. Election Day is May 19, 2009.

WITH JAMIE FOXX, Oscar-winning actor, waiting to speak at City Hall press conference, Sharon Pinkenson confers with Mayor Michael Nutter. Pinkenson is director of Greater Photo by Bonnie Squires Philadelphia Film Office.

Crime Fighters

THIS CITIZENS ACTION group, including Gregg Bucceroni and C. B. Kimmins, has attended prayer vigils on behalf of slain Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski. Active in daily night street vigils in high-crime drug areas, they promote community-police harmony and better understanding in partnership with each other.

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted a Black History Month celebration Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda. State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, chairman of the caucus, opened the celebration, entitled “Honoring Accomplishments of African Americans in Pennsylvania.” The prayer was offered by State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, former PLBC chairman. Dr. Olin Harris Sr., founder and executive producer of “Gospel Cavalcade Live” on The Touch 95.3 FM, was honored at the celebration. The program also featured a tribute to Octavius Catto, a Cheyney University graduate, teacher, equal rights advocate and leader of the Negro Baseball League, who was assassinated in October 1871 defending the newly won right of Black men to vote in the United States of America.

City Tourism Czars Eye African Americans The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. is marketing a new strategy designed to promote the region’s strong African American cultural heritage and contemporary creative scene. The integrated campaign — set to debut in summer 2009 — will focus on expanding the destination’s current visitor base by attracting a new core group of travelers who are younger, technologically savvy and driven to an urban destination based on its history, mainstream attractions and underground culture. Development for the newest phase of GPTMC’s multicultural marketing effort began in December 2008 when the tourism organization convened nearly 50 of Philadelphia’s African

American thought leaders, cultural entrepreneurs, marketers and other stakeholders. So enthusiastic about the enormous amount of creativity happening in the region, the group dubbed themselves the Philly 360 Coalition — a name that reflects their commitment to giving potential African American visitors a 360 view of the city’s modern and historic tourism offerings. Philadelphia’s current marketing strategy has long proven to be successful in attracting African American visitors to the region. Today the city draws twice the national average of African American overnight travelers (10.5% versus 4.9%), according to Longwoods International.

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The Committee of 70 may not have realized it, but it stepped on the toes of ward leaders of both the city’s Republican and Democratic City Committees when it sent out an advertisement seeking voters to file for “Election Officer Positions.” From day one, whenever the present system was set up, looking for and filing candidates for the election-officer positions of Judge of Election and Majority and Minority Inspectors has been the responsibility of the ward leaders. They, in turn, give that responsibility to their committee persons. For who knows their neighborhood better than the elected committee persons? The Committee of 70 is calling attention to the fact there is just a small window within which to get a petition for an elected position, gather the necessary signatures and then turn in the petitions, notarized, to the City Commissioners by Mar. 10. Failing to do that, the prospective candidate’s name won’t appear on the May 19 ballot. It’s also petition time for candidates for the State’s Supreme Court, Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court. That’s why at any moment during the day, someone could well come up to you and ask you to sign a petition. Every political event will see a flock of petitions lying at the entrance hoping to get signatures. The Philadelphia Public Record’s 10th annual Birthday Party will have a dedicated space for Democratic and Republican petitions at its party at Swan Caterers. Candidates are invited to bring them. The event starts at 7 p.m. The Committee of 70 hosted a “workshop” last night at Charles Santore Branch Library for those who expressed an interest. Its next one is at the Joseph Coleman Library, 68 W. Chelten Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

PLBC Hosts Black History Celebration

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PGW Audit Shows Big Improvement President and CEO Thomas E. Knudsen reported the Philadelphia Gas Works was pleased over the results of its most recent audit by the Public Utility Commission. The Audit analyzed and evaluated PGW’s management performance in all major areas and broadly approved that performance. The audit was conducted as part of the PUC’s regular reviews of all regulated utilities under its jurisdiction. The audit was conducted by Schumaker & Co. on behalf of the Commission from October 2007 through September 2008. The final report to the Commission was filed in December 2008. That report followed an intensive review that included over 100 interviews of PGW staff, 850 requests for written data, as well as numerous group discussions. “This audit has been helpful to PGW in identifying areas that need further improvement,

Baby Boom In N.E. His Pals Stick By Judge Lynn

MUSTERED at Italian Bistro for Judge Jimmy Lynn’s campaign fundraiser were, from left, Michael Brady, distinguished attorney John Elliott, Lynn and C. J. Ray.

COMMONWEALTH Court, here comes Judge Jimmy Lynn! That’s hope of Judge’s friends who gathered to back him in Center City: from left, Jack Snyder, Richard Strohm, Guy Sciolla, Walter Ludwig and Annie Coughlin with Lynn.

Three Bills Make Voting Easier HARRY T. LEECH, photographer for Democratic Ward Leaders Bob Dellavella of 55th and Bill Dolbow of 35th, holds his fourth grandchild, Colin John Leech, born last Wednesday. He came in at 8lb 6oz. Congratulations to Photo by Kevin Leech Harry and his family! but also in providing independent corroboration of PGW’s continued progress and improvement,” said Knudsen. In most areas in which the Audit recommended change,

he added, PGW had already identified the need for change through its own internal processes and has made and continues to make improvements. Other recommendations

Voting will be made easier in Pennsylvania if three bills introduced by five State lawmakers, including Philadelphia Reps. Babette Josephs and Mike McGeehan, this week make it into law. Other sponsors include suggest new areas for improvement which PGW readily embraces. PGW has fully accepted 88 of the findings, accepted three in part, and rejected two others which are beyond the control of management. Founded in 1836, PGW is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural-gas utility, serving half a million residential, commercial and industrial customers, something it continues to do in good fashion.

State Sens. Michael O’Pake and Daylin Leach, along with State Rep. Eugene DePasquale. Two of the bills would allow for voting before Election Day in the Commonwealth, and permit “noexcuse” absentee balloting, which would allow registered voters to apply for and cast an absentee ballot without having to present a reason. The third proposal would pursue an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to specifically guarantee the absentee voting rights of military voters and allow the General Assembly expand by law the excuses for voting by absentee ballot. The bills are being introduced in response to similar

initiatives in other states that have been successful in increasing voter turnout in elections, as evidenced in the balloting of this past November. Voters in 34 other states already have access to some form of “no excuse” early voting and Maryland will soon join them after voters in November approved a ballot question by a nearly 3–1 margin. Early voting could reduce long lines at the polls in years, such as in 2008, when turnout is especially heavy. Long lines can affect the concentration and endurance of poll workers and discourage people from voting, especially those trying to cast a ballot before work or during their lunch hour.

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Laborers’ District Council Health and Safety Fund

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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. Laborers District Council sponsors LDC Health and Safety Fund 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, Business Manager; Laborers’ District Council; Business Manager; Ryan N. Boyer Samuel Staten, Sr. Business Manager Emeritus Of Laborers’ District Council and Local 332

Administrator, Richard Legree, Sr. Director, Juan Bacote Management Trustees: James Vail and Steve Whiney


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Backing Up The Controller

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Donna Fends Off Foreclosures

It’s Time To Learn Port Lingo

INTERESTED CROWD listens to how to survive mortgage-foreclosure efforts hosed by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller. Chief of staff Michelle Lewis and Speaker Tamika Teffern field questions from crowd.

ASSURING Controller Alan Butkovitz, 2nd from left, of their support for his reelection campaign are labor leader Mike Fera, Gene Cohen and DC 47 chief Cathy Scott.

DA Abraham Honored PUBLICIST Tommie St. Hill and George Pomerantz discuss upcoming campaign with Controller Alan Butkovitz at Vesper fundraiser.

DA LYNNE ABRAHAM was honored by American Jewish Committee with Judge Learned Hand Award at Rittenhouse Hotel at event co-chaired by Eleanor Dezzi and Michael Sklaroff, Esq. From left are Sklaroff, Al Dezzi, DA, Eleanor & Chris Dezzi.

ALL SMILES is Controller Alan Butkovitz as he welcomes Sheriff John Green’s Chief of Staff Barbara Deeley to his fundraiser at Vesper Club.

With dredging of the Delaware River getting started, looking at green lights all the way, Urban Engineers, inc., a Philadelphia firm long involved in Port expansion, has released the definitions of some familiar port-related terms for the average citizen. Michael J. Gabor, Director of Marine Engineeering Services, said, “Most Port people take for granted the words and phrases they use to describe activity on the Delaware are known to all. That not being the case, we picked out some for non-Port users to remember, since the Port of Philadelphia will be growing in importance as the year progresses.” Dredging is one of those words. That means digging out muck and silt from the bed of the river’s deep navigating channel. Restricted Channel is a relatively narrow, natural, or dredged water course. The Delaware River Course location is identified and restricted.

Channel Line describes the limits of a dredged or natural channel. In the Delaware River, the width of the channel can vary from 400’ to 800’. The location of the channel and its width are depicted on nautical charts (maps). Anchorage is an open area in the river, outside of the demarcated channel, which is of suitable depth and width for vessels to wing about at anchor. The several anchorages in the Delaware River in Philadelphia are used for vessels awaiting approval to proceed to a berth or standby for repair, inspection, fuel and supplies. Berth is a location where a vessel can be safely moored, such as alongside a pier, within a slip between piers or at a fixed berthing structure, such as dolphins or ferry racks. Pierhead Line is located inshore of the channel and denotes the limit to which a fixed waterfront facility may be constructed.


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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James T. McDermott, Jr. Executive Director

Robert C. Blackburn

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Deputy Executive Director Administrative Offices: 3460 N. Delaware Ave. 2nd Fl., Phila., PA 19134 (215) 426-2600 • Fax (215) 426-6800

PRESIDENT Barack Obama supporters crowded in Sadiki’s Restaurant in N.W. Phila. as they saluted inauguration of our 44th Commander and Chief.

‘YES WE DID’, cheers crowd of Barack Obama supporters at Edgar Howard’s inauguration party in Cedarbrook.

Dan Kicks Off DA Campaign

DISTRICT ATTORNEY candidate Dan McCaffery started circulating petitions Tuesday at kickoff party at Ancient Order of Hibernian Division 39 in N.E. Phila. Among many joining were Ed Sweeney from Iron Workers Local 401 and Dan Santosusso from Teamsters Local 830.


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WARD LEADER Edgar Howard hosts inauguration brunch at the Sadiki’s Restaurant in N.W. Phila. Joining him are Jimmy Heinz, Judge Jimmy Lynn, Howard, Bob Coleman and Matt & Ozzie Myers.

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Howard Hosted Last Of Sadiki’s Parties




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DA CANDIDATE Seth Williams officially opened campaign headquarters in N.W. Phila. at Germantown & Mt. Pleasant Avenues. Williams said the office “will help reach out to a community that needs and deserves change.” From left are Lana Felton Ghee, State Rep. Cherelle Parker, Williams, 22nd Ward Leader Vernon Price and J. Wyatt Mondesire.




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NEWLY ELECTED State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, center, and Kenyatta J. Johnson, back row, right, stand with employees of Keystone Mercy Health Plan who live in their districts. Brown and Johnson came to Keystone Mercy's offices because of their concern for 1.9 million Pennsylvanians – almost half of them children – on Medical Assistance (Medicaid). During their visit, they got to see how Medicaid program works and to ask questions of Keystone Mercy staff who work directly with Medicaid recipients. Keystone Mercy, a member of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, is a Medical Assistance managed-care health plan serving more than 300,000 people in Southeastern Penna.

Tartaglione Warns Scholarship Deadlines Are Near State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione urged highschool seniors and others hoping to attend college this fall to begin the process of applying for financial aid. “Spring can be a very hectic time for high school seniors and their families, so it’s important to get a head start on aid applications,” Tartaglione said. “With tax season and final exams coming up, applicants shouldn’t

REENACTING Martin Luther King’s famous march, this time on Woodland Avenue, S.W. Phila. community activist Paul “Earthquake” Moore leads youths – aided by bannerbearer Seth Williams.

wait until the deadline.” May 1 is the deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The deadline applies to all new applicants who plan to enroll in an undergraduate baccalaureate-degree program, those in college-transfer programs at two-year public or junior colleges, as well as all renewal applicants regardless of their educational program.

Students can begin filing the applications now, Tartaglione said. Students and their families can find more information on financial aid for college – including links to file the application on-line – at Tartaglione’s website, Students who are firsttime applicants planning to enroll in a business, trade or

technical school, a hospital school of nursing, or a terminal (nontransferable twoyear degree) program at a community, junior or fouryear college have until Aug. 1 to file the FAFSA to qualify for a State Grant award. Students with general questions about completing the FAFSA or the State Grant Program can also call PHEAA at 1 (800) 6927392.

HOPES AND DREAMS. On MLK Day, over 25 PGW employees help to prepare 100 KIPP Philadelphia Charter school students, including visiting students from KIPP in Houston, Texas, for their historical journey to Washington, D.C. to view the Presidential Inauguration. Pamela Thompson, PGW employee working with KIPP Charter School stuPhoto Credit: Martin Regusters dents.

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*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on February 25, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Julia DeBurgos School 401 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19133 B- 026 IT of 2008/09*

Mechanical Contract - Various Locations $700,000.00 New IT Core Site Room throughout the School District


*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on February 25, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Julia DeBurgos School 401 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19133 B- 026 IT of 2008/09*

Mechanical Contract - Various Locations $1,100,000.00 New IT Core Site Room throughout the School District


*A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held on February 25, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Julia DeBurgos School 401 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19133 Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-4005225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia.

ADVANCE NOTICE Auction-Real Estate and Antiques Sunday March 8th - 10 AM on Site

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Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 191304015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B- 025 IT of 2008/09* General Contract Various Locations $150,000.00 $200.00 New IT Core Site Room throughout the School District

ADVANCE NOTICE Wednesday March 11, 2009 10 Commercial Real Estate Property Camden 18 Large Home Center Auction March 19 N. E. Phila Corner Property

The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

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Ringside With The Shadowboxer Police Vs. Fire Bout on the Boulevard

It will be the Philadelphia Police vs. Philadelphia Firefighters in charity boxing matches this Sunday at the Penna. National Guard Armory on Roosevelt Boulevard. First bout is at 1 p.m. and a post-fight party will follow at the Veteran Boxing Association Clubhouse (2733 E. Clearfield Street – Just off Richmond Street). SHADOWBOXER’s sources say both teams have engaged in intense training sessions, so fans could be in for some re-

ally entertaining bouts. SHADOWBOXER wants to extend his congratulations to Tony Wolfe on being elected to another four-year term as President of the Middle Atlantic Association for USA Boxing. This past Thursday, SHADOWBOXER attended a social gathering for fivetime women’s boxing Champion Jacqui Frazier-Lyde at the Bottom of the Sea Restaurant on South Street. The daughter of “Smoking” Joe

Walk In’s Welcomed A.J. Sbaraglia & Toni

Frazier had the room filled with family and friends, including her husband “Big” Pete Lyde. Also in attendance were Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and numerous members of Labors Local 332 who are longtime supporters. Frazier-Lyde continues fighting but in a different arena. She now fights for judicial justice as one of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court Judges. SHADOWBOXER just got done checking out the brand new Joey Giardello Statue Project website at and recommends all of you do too. Thanks to the partnership formed between the Veterans Boxers Association, Harrowgate Boxing Club, and the website, the legendary Middleweight Champion’s legacy will continue on for future generations.

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STATE REP. Vanessa Brown joins Faith Based of the 190th Legislative Dist.: from left, Rev. Paul Lyon, Rev. Brown, Joyce Abernathy, Imam Jamil and Rev. William Hamilton.

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Would you believe $35 for dinner at Le Bec Fin? by Len Lear If there is such a thing as a silver lining to the current disastrous economic cloud, it is the fact lots of businesses, particularly those selling non-essential commodities, have dropped their prices precipitously. For example, I would have said just a few weeks ago you’d have as much chance of seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra perform a concert with spoons, forks and accordions as you would have of getting a fullcourse dinner at Le Bec Fin for $35. I guess it must be time to buy tickets to the spoons, forks and accordion concert at the Kimmel Center, though. That’s because last week Georges Perrier, inter-

nationally renowned chef/owner of the iconic treasure, Le Bec Fin, 1523 W a l n u t Street, which for decades has been the city’s most expensive restaurant, introduced a three-course, pre-fixe menu for $35 per person. The only requirements are you be seated before 6:30 p.m. for dinner Monday through Thursday or between 9 and 10 p.m. According to Georges, selections on the menu will change every day, and there will be choices for each course. In addition to the new $35 menu, Le Bar Lyonnaise, which is located in the below-ground floor underneath Le Bec Fin, now offers free hors d’oeuvres and cocktails or glasses of wine for just $5, way below the usual prices, between 5 and 7 p.m. nightly. And there is now an express lunch for

$15.23. Whenever I think of Le Bec Fin, I am reminded of a bet I made in 1979 with a friend, Jesse Shelmire, who was then a recent MBA grad from Penn and stock broker for Smith-Barney and today runs his own real estate firm in Dallas. I’m not even sure what we bet on, but we agreed whoever won the bet would take the other person and a companion to dinner at any restaurant of their choice in Philadelphia — and pick up the tab. Well, I was lucky enough to win the bet and quickly told Jesse, “We want to go to Le Bec Fin,” which at the time was $60 per person plus wines for a six-course menu. (The restaurant was at 1312 Spruce Street where Vetri is today.) Mind you, I had never in my life been to a fancy restaurant up until that point and had never drunk any wine other than the cheapest jug available (usually about $1 or $2 a bottle).

Len Lear When my wife and I ate out, it was at a pizza shop or a cheap Chinese place (“one from column A and two from column B”). When I was growing up in a West Oak Lane rowhouse, my family would celebrate a birthday or holiday with dinner at the Oak Lane Diner. So when I told Jesse where we wanted to go, he exploded, “You must be kidding! I meant that the winner of the bet would pick some normal, regular restaurant, certainly not Le Bec Fin.” “But you agreed that it would

be any restaurant in the city! There were no other conditions or limitations,” I replied. “Are you trying to welsh on this bet?” Well, Jesse reluctantly took us there, and that dinner basically changed our lives. I never knew anything about reduced sauces, dry-aged beef or decanted wine, and the food did not taste like anything I had ever put in my mouth before. On the basis of the server’s recommendation, I ordered a bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1969, for $100 (it would be well over $1,000 today), and although Jesse was in shock, the taste was sheer heaven. With this awakening of my taste buds, I knew I had to find a way to beg, borrow or steal so we could enjoy this type of food and wine again. In a circuitous way, that culinary epiphany led to my becoming a food writer, starting in 1982. The last time I looked at a Le Bec Fin menu about a year ago, the

multi-course pre-fixe that cost $60 in 1979 was $135, or much more for a chef’s tasting dinner where the chef, not the customer, selects all the dishes. Now, however, not only has the three-course dinner for $35 been introduced, but there is also a six-course pre-fixe menu for $55 per person and an à la carte menu with options ranging from $13 to $30. So although I have nothing but rage for the greedy Wall Street lowlifes (and members of Congress who basically deregulated the finance industry) who caused this depression, at least they made it possible (not intentionally) for ordinary consumers to have dinner at Philadelphia’s palace of gastronomy, Le Bec Fin. Valet parking is available for $17 per person, or about half of the $35 pre-fixe dinner. For more information, call (215) 567-1000 or visit

Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 10) just a fence jumper. Speaking of conservative bona fides, don’t miss the opportunity to hear great American ED TURZANSKI give a speech entitled “Hey Republicans, Stop Your BellyAching, Snap Out of It and Get to Work!” this Saturday at 10 a.m., 1500 Walnut Street. 2nd floor Conference

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Mayor’s Team Briefs Council

AT UNPRECEDENTED budget briefing session for City Council, Council President Anna Verna speculates about Nutter Administration analyses with Mayor’s Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister.

COUNCIL Majority Leader Marian Tasco chats with Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Terry Gillen as two prepare for budget briefing.

Room. The event is already packed with Elephant RSVPs but MARC COLLAZZO and the Loyal Opposition will make room for you. Speaking of Marc, did you catch his Open Letter blasting GOV. ED RENDELL about the DRPA pet projects that cost you and me tens of millions? This guy has the right stuff! Give him a pat on the back next time you see him. Until next time, my “large and in charge” brothers and sisters. citizens. If this mistrust continues, murders won’t get solved, crimes will continue to go up, and Police will continue to be killed or shot at. I know that bringing that up may be unpopular, but it’s the truth. Maybe it’s something that the Commissioner Ramsey needs to think about before getting in front of a live microphone and wishing for a suspect’s death.

(Cont. From Page 10) tribute to the attitude that leads to things like Officer Pawlowski’s death. If people believe the police are out to get them, guess what they’re going to do? Shoot to avoid getting shot. Right now, there is some serious mistrust between the Police and many of the city’s

DON’T-OWN-THEHOUSE! Please be very careful. Check with City Hall’s Records Dept. to find out who is the LEGAL OWNER of the property you are about to purchase. Remember, don’t give C-A-S-H! Snooper’s BIG STORY: Last week we all experienced winds up to 50mph, and guess what? Your TV, especially all those who have DIGITAL, had terrible trouble. Those of you who still have ANALOG transmissions HAD NO PROBLEMS. This is why DIGITAL TV makes no sense. Keep ANALOG!

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(Cont. From Page 10) will be more ‘cuts’ coming, as our budget problems keep growing.” Wake up Philadelphians, we are in serious trouble. Now the shame of it all is we still have Council People who don’t care! Snooper’s LATE NEWS Bureau: Word has come to us a very good friend and former State Senator, HON. NICK STAMPONE, died. He was so proud of The Great Northeast and all the wonderful people up there. He enjoyed The Councilwoman, Hon. Joan Krajewski, who was always there to help him. He was a professional HARMONICA PLAYER who just loved playing in the area’s local CLUBS and BARS. Tony Carmen, local KARAOKE SINGER, said, “Nick Stampone was a great harmonica player and I enjoyed being on stage with him.” The Senator will be missed by many of his political friends. The Public Record and The Snooper will also miss him. TO: Kathleen, Richard and Nick, Jr.: God Bless. Snooper Updates (3-1-1): Hey Boss, apparently I was correct when I told you and all our readers this system STINKS. I am confused why The Mayor still defends this

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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET B- 029 (C) of 2006/07* Electrical Contract Martha Washington School $250,000.00 Fire Alarm Replacement 766 N. 44th St.

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who lives in suburban Pittsburgh and founded a business-to-business internet firm called FreeMarkets. Now a venture capitalist and conservative talk show host, Meakem has caught the political bug. After Specter's embrace of Obama's economics, Meakem quickly circulated a statement, boldly predicting, "There will be a Republican primary fight for Specter's Senate seat in 2010, and I am going to be actively involved in electing someone who will do what's right for Pennsylvania taxpayers, not the Washington lobbyists." I've known Meakem for a number of years, and he would be an impressive candidate. Although a solid pro-life conservative, he served as campaign chair to Bill Scranton during Scranton's short run for Governor in 2006 because he liked Scranton's conservative business views and because he thought Scranton would make a stronger opponent against Ed Rendell than local Steelers star Lynn Swann. Right now, Meakem – who is Harvard-educated and served in the 1991 Iraq War – says he's not a candidate, but much will depend on whether better-known and better-funded conservatives step forward to challenge Specter in the months ahead.

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area members of Congress: the aforementioned Schwartz and Congressman Patrick Murphy, from the 8th Dist., which is primarily in Bucks Co. Schwartz is no stranger to statewide politics. In 2000, she ran for the Democratic nomination for Senate to take on Santorum, making a lot of friends along the way. With 26% of the vote, the pro-choice Schwartz came in second to the pro-life Congressman Ron Klink of Pittsburgh who got 40% of the vote. It didn't help that four other candidates on the ballot that year came from the East. Schwartz is an unapologetic advocate for women's rights and an indefatigable fundraiser, and if she gets in the race will be formidable. Murphy is a relative newcomer to politics, having just won his second term in Congress in suburban Philly. The 35-year old lawyer is the only Iraq War veteran serving in Congress, and he was the only Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary last year. During his first term, Murphy was a consistent critic of President Bush's handling of the war, and his close ties to the Obama administration could help him if he chooses to make a run for Senate. As if three Philadelphians weren't enough, there's a fourth potential candidate from that region, State Rep.

Marking Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

THIS Manayunk delegation joined Councilman Bill Green at City event honoring 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. With Green, from left, are Mike Rose of Manayunk Brewhouse, Dave Armstrong of Navy League and Wally Littlewood of Littlewood & Sons Textiles.

With Arlen Specter under attack in his own party, there's no shortage of Democrats eyeing the 2010 Senate race. MSNBC's Chris Matthews would have been the most colorful of the bunch, but he has taken himself out of the race. I've known Chris since my Congressional days and I think he could have brought national visibility to the race, to say nothing of an incredible wealth of knowledge of government and politics. That leaves the field to others, including State Auditor General Jack Wagner of

Pittsburgh, who many think is well-positioned for the contest. A Vietnam veteran, wounded in combat, the generally conservative Wagner has a statewide pulpit to preach fiscal responsibility. Wagner is still toying with the Governor's race, and that has encouraged others to step forward for Senate. But in a crowded Democratic field for Senate, Wagner has got to be considered a strong candidate. Joe Torsella, a 45-yearold Philadelphian best known for leading the effort to construct the marvelous National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, is hardly a household name outside of Southeastern Pennsylvania. But earlier this month he became the first Democrat to declare his interest in running for the US Senate. Torsella is no stranger to politics, serving as thenMayor Ed Rendell's deputy mayor for policy and planning while still in his 20s. A Rhodes Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Torsella has taken one stab at electoral politics, losing by just 2100 votes in the Democratic primary against Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz in the 13th Congressional Dist. in Montgomery Co. and Northeast Philadelphia. While Torsella seems intent on running, other Dems are toying with the idea, including two Philadelphia-

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(Cont. From Page 1) of Republicans who say, as they did in 2004, that it's time for Specter to retire – and if he won't, it's time to defeat him. Could 2010 be the year of Specter's demise? Maybe, and maybe not. The 2004 Republican primary showed both strength and weakness in Specter's base within his own party. Pat Toomey got 513,693 votes to Specter's 530,839 that spring, with Philadelphia and its suburban counties putting Specter over the top. The key that year was also strong support for Specter from his then-colleague, US Sen. Rick Santorum, who encouraged his conservative supporters to back Specter over Toomey. It was enough for Specter to win the nomination, and then to go on to defeat Congressman Joe Hoeffel by 10 points and nearly 600,000 votes. Specter has always been a stronger General Election candidate than he is in his own party. Specter's support for Obama has spiked renewed interest among conservative Republicans to take him on next year. Toomey would be the obvious candidate, but he seems to be more interested in running for Governor than Senator. That leaves the field open to others like Peg Luksik, a conservative activist from Johnstown, who is no stranger to Pennsylvania politics since she first made the scene by nearly defeating then-Republican Barbara Hafer for the GOP nomination for Governor back in 1990. In 1994, she ran as an independent for Governor and, again in 1998, she was the Constitutional Party candidate for Governor. This past year, she was the campaign manager for William Russell, a newcomer who took on Congressman John Murtha in the 12th Congressional Dist. Another interesting candidate is Glen Meakem, a millionaire entrepreneur

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