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KING LIVES HERE MURAL at 40th & Lancaster Avenue commemorates history-making rally in 1965 where Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. ignited civil-rights movement. It is one of many ways in which this city was transformed by him. Other Mural Arts Program salutes to King Page 28.

3 Other Kings Arrive MARKING Epiphany and distributing of gifts at Concilio on Fairmount Avenue, according to Hispanic tradition, were the Three Kings Mike Garcia, Jose Mota and Phillies’ Kenny Johnson. More pics Page 34.

43 years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is still alive and active in Philadelphia. The face – and faces – of this city were transformed by him and the movement for diversity and empowerment he sparked. In this special Commemorative Supplement, beginning Page 3, we look at a mass movement of social service that honors Dr. King’s legacy – and at other ways in which his spirit still drives us.

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’70 Explains ‘Prerogative’ Submitted by the Committee of 70 City Council members praise its virtues. Newspaper editorials cast it as bad provincial politics. You may not be familiar with the term, but chances are you’ve seen it in action. Important building projects in Philadelphia – like the SugarHouse Casino and the Barnes Museum – were impacted by Councilmanic Prerogative. So even if you don’t know what it means, you already know what it does. In a nutshell, Councilmanic Prerogative refers to the nearabsolute powers wielded by City Council members over land-development projects in their districts. Each of the 10 District Council members can help advance these projects or halt them in their tracks. Though this practice is not written into any law or rule book, each District Council

member receives full deference from their Council colleagues when making these decisions about their own district. It’s their prerogative. Soon, Councilmanic Prerogative may become a household word (or words). One reason could be Philadelphia’s new zoning code, which was signed into law last month. This 21st-century upgrade seeks to improve the world of Philadelphia development, but it sidesteps Councilmanic Prerogative. Another reason for increased attention about Councilmanic Prerogative is Mayor Michael Nutter’s interest in rehabbing thousands of blighted properties across the city. And the new President of City Council, Darrell Clarke, has proposed “Development Districts” where you can buy land for well below market rate. As these efforts move forward, Councilmanic Pre-

Workforce Bodies Are Merged The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, which sets the strategic direction for the City’s public workforce-training system, has welcomed 10 new members to its board. The new members were appointed between September and December by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. PWIB is currently merging with the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp. to form Philadelphia Works, Inc., a new workforce organization that will serve both employers and employees. The merger is expected to be complete in June 2012. “The Philadelphia WIB has an important role to play in the months and years ahead, and I am excited that our newcomers will add energy and a fresh perspective as we shape our city’s workforce policies and strategies,” said WIB Chairman David Donald, CEO of PeopleShare. “The merger of the WIB and PWDC into Philadelphia Works, Inc. is a seminal moment in our city’s workforce-development his-

tory.” “It is an ongoing goal and priority of our Administration to improve opportunities for Philadelphia’s workers,” the Mayor said. “A growing, educated workforce is the engine of our city; the more we invest in our talent pool, the more likely it is that businesses will grow, thrive and expand in the city. I would like to thank the new board members for accepting this call to public service.” PWIB provides the city with strategic and policy guidance to guarantee opportunities exist for all Philadelphians to become productive members of the workforce. This board also helps ensure Philadelphia’s businesses will have the human resources necessary to flourish in an evolving economy. The board is business-led, with a majority of the 32 board members representing the private sector. The new members listed below represent a wide range of professional and civic experiences to help the WIB meet its goals in the coming

years. They are Anthony S. Bartolomeo, president and CEO, Pennoni Associates, Inc., resident of Washington Township, N.J.; Ryan Boyer, business manager, Laborers District Council Philadelphia & Vicinity, resident of Philadelphia; Joseph Frick, vice chairman and managing partner, Diversified Search, resident of Newtown Square; Rev. Terrence Griffith, 1st VP, Black Clergy of Philadelphia, resident of Philadelphia; Dan Kuba, special assistant to the secretary, Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor & Industry Workforce Development Partnership, resident of Harrisburg; Debra Malinics, president/owner, DMA Advertising, resident of Chestnut Hill; Joseph M. Parente, principal, KPMG LLP, resident of Bryn Mawr; Ajay Raju, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia; Dr. Judith Renyi, executive director, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia; and Myrna Toro, president, Synterra, Ltd., resident of Clementon, N.J.

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Mayor Launches Free Emergency IDs Mayor Michael A. Nutter, ICEdot CEO Chris Zenthoefer and representatives of Philadelphia’s Police and Fire Depts. launched Yellow ICEdot, a free emergency identification service. It is designed for motorists and provides identification, emergency contact information and critical health information at the scene of the accident. Participants in the program place a yellow ICEdot sticker on their car that alerts first responders to pertinent information in the car’s glove compartment. Philadelphia is the first American city to offer this service to residents at no cost. “As the new year begins, I encourage every Philadelphian to protect themselves and their loved ones by signing up for ICEdot,” said the Mayor. “Should you or a

loved one be involved in an accident, first responders can access valuable medical and personal information with ICEdot that could save your life. The City of Philadelphia’s Fire and Police Depts. are working very closely with ICEdot on the launch of this program, and all of the city’s first responders are being trained to look for the Yellow ICEdot sticker at the scene of an accident. I’m proud to offer the Yellow ICEdot program here in Philadelphia.” Philadelphia residents will receive a Yellow ICEdot sticker and registration information in their January water bill. Residents can also secure a sticker at their neighborhood fire station or library and can register for and participate in the Yellow ICEdot program by following these

steps: Secure a Yellow ICEdot sticker in your January water bill or at your neighborhood fire station or library. Log onto the ICEdot website at icedot.org to create your free emergency response profile. Print out the profile and place it in the glove compartment of your car. Place the Yellow ICEdot sticker on the lower-left driver’s-side corner of your car’s rear window. “Philadelphia is a city that can really benefit from the Yellow ICEdot program,” said Zenthoefer. “Accident statistics show a need for quick and accurate medical attention and having the yellow sticker placed prominently on your car can mean the difference between life

and death for individuals involved in an automobile accident. We are happy to be able to offer this new service to Philadelphia residents.” Residents who don’t own a vehicle can still benefit from the Yellow ICEdot program. Individuals can also place the yellow sticker on the front door of their home and post the emergency response profile on their refrigerator. This can be especially helpful for senior citizens involved in a medical emergency. In addition to the Yellow ICEdot program, ICEdot also offers a premium emergency identification and notification service for a $10 a year membership. Additional ICEdot identifiers include the ICEdot Snap which attaches to clothing, as well as stickers, key fobs, wristbands and

bracelets. ICEdot identifiers utilize the internet, mobile applications and SMS technology to quickly identify a patient, relay important medical information, provide and notify emergency contacts in the case of any accident or medical incident. Founded in 2009 as Invisible Bracelet, ICEdot offers a full range of emergency identification and notification services. ICEdot, which stands for In Case of Emergency, utilizes the Internet, mobile applications and SMS technology to quickly identify a patient, relay important medical information and provide emergency contacts in the case of any accident or medical incident. For more information about ICEdot and its services, visit icedot.org or call (918) 592.3722.

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Over 85,000 volunteers will mark Martin Luther King Day Monday by working at projects through the threestate area. Founder and director of the Martin Luther King Day of Service Todd Bernstein, who is also president of Global Citizen, announced this number sets a national record for volunteers, honoring the memory of the civilrights crusader. Volunteers have signed up to participate in 1,300 community-service projects throughout the region on this federal holiday. That represents an increase of some 10,000 volunteers and 100 projects from last year’s turnout.

Organizers, sponsors, and community partners met in a ceremony at Girard College to announce plans for the upcoming 17th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Girard College will serve as the region’s signature project site. The Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service includes projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Participants will include students of all ages from public, private, and parochial schools and colleges, senior citizens, community, religious, civic and nonprofit organizations, businesses, military veterans, AmeriCorps members, elected officials and families.

The national King Day of Service was created in 1994 through federal legislation authored by former Pennsylvania US Sen. Harris Wofford, a veteran of the civil-rights movement with Dr. King. Hunger and food insecurity will be a focus of this year’s signature project. Volunteers will be packaging some 100,000 meals through a partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international relief program. A canned-food drive is also being held to help restock local food banks, including the Salvation Army, Philabundance and the Johnson Community Center. For the first time, the King Day of Service will host a Jobs & Opportunity Fair, pre-

sented by the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp., Clear Channel, Global Citizen, Target, Comcast and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Up to 500 prospective employees will be choosing among 20 local employers and several AmeriCorps national-service programs. Participants must pre-register at www.mlkdayofservice.org for one of two sessions – 9-10:30 a.m. and 11-12:30 p.m. Those who do not have access to the internet can register at any Free Library of Philadelphia branch or by calling 311 to locate one of 75 Freedom Rings Partnership computer centers. As part of the Jobs & Op-

portunity Fair, Drexel University, the Freedom Rings Partnership, the Urban Affairs Coalition and the Fathers Day Rally Committee will be presenting soft-skills workshops, including résumé writing, interviewing skills, restoring credit and a path to work for ex-offenders. “Dr. King may be most remembered for his efforts to achieve civil rights and social justice, but he also fought for jobs, particularly in the latter years of his life.” said Bernstein. “If Dr. King were alive today, he would no doubt be working for greater economic justice.” Girard College President Autumn Graves said, “Hosting this event not only pro-

vides the Girard College Community with an opportunity to serve the Philadelphia region, it honors the legacy of King, the Freedom Marchers, and many other Philadelphians who fought for this historic institution to educate boys and girls of all races.” Fifty King Day of Service sponsors are led by Target. They are an honor roll of leading public and private institutions in the region. Some 150 King Day of Service projects, workshops, and presentations will be held at Girard College. Sports equipment will be collected leading up to the King Day of Service. Volunteers will be sorting and packing the equip(Cont. Page 5)

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dozens more organizations providing expert advice, health testing and screening. Target will present a Kid’s Carnival for children ages of 5-12, which will include story-reading about Dr. King, “I Have A Dream” mobile making, testing voting machines, science demonstrations, skits on Dr. King and civil rights, entertainment and more. Vanguard will present a Philadelphia Mural Arts Program civil-rights mural coloring project. In an expanded effort to reach out to include children, the King Day of Service will make its coloring and activity book available to help kids learn about Dr. King’s ideals of civil rights and civic responsibilities. The King Day of Service will distribute bookmarkers with suggested readings on Dr. King for children and adults. The City Commissioner’s office will help future voters try out the first responsibility of citizenship in a

AFTER unveiling of King Day of Service mural by students from six area schools, one student representative from each school speaks about their individual mural. demonstration of voting City Year Greater Philadelbooths used in real elections. phia corps members will facilPNC will present the After itate reflection discussions at School Activities Program the end of each service projchess- and scrabble-mentors ect. Boar’s Head will donate lunches for volunteers at Gitraining. Thousands of students rard College, along with throughout the area have been WaWa and Herr’s. reading three different books There will be projects at as part of the “One King Day, dozens of Philadelphia public One King Book” project to schools and hundreds of other encourage children to read, schools throughout the region. write, and discuss essays Volunteers will beautify some about Dr. King. 25 city recreation centers. Target and AT&T will The Philadelphia Fire Dept. is present project registration. (Cont. Page 6)

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MAYOR Michael Nutter addresses 200 community and business leaders who attended conference at Girard College announcing details of Monday's 17th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service in Phila., largest King Day event in the nation. training Graduation Coaches (Cont. From Page 4) ment, which will be distrib- to ensure every Philadelphia uted to the Philadelphia Dept. public-school student has a of Parks & Recreation and the mentor, to encourage and supYMCA and Campbell Center port their success in high in Salem Co., New Jersey. school, college, and in a caCradles to Crayons will be reer. New Conversation on Race sorting donations of winter clothing, which will be dis- and Ethnicity will lead a distributed to homeless families. cussion – “The Conversation Volunteers from the US Mint of Kings: Post-King America will be making Valentines & the State of Race in Philadelphia”. Day cards for seniors. The Cecil B. Moore Workshops will include

Philadelphia Freedom Fighters, the group of men and women who demonstrated in the 1960s for the end to the discriminatory admissions policies at Girard College, will hold a workshop to share, first-hand, their experiences in the civil-rights movement. Students from the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy and the Perelman Jewish Day School will volunteer together for the 11th straight year in an interfaith dialogue. Global Citizen, the HandsOn Network, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service and Sunoco will present a “MLK365 Civic Engagement Expo”, which will provide information on more than 50 local community organizations and the opportunity to volunteer with these groups throughout the year. McNeil Consumer Healthcare will present a Health and Wellness Fair, which will feature an American Red Cross blood drive, CPR training and

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Social Media Will Tweet ‘King’ (Cont. From Page 5) organizing neighborhood-outreach projects on fire safety through all 63 fire stations. Habitat for Humanity volunteers will renovate houses throughout the region. Over 1,000 veterans, active-duty military, and military family members will serve throughout the region, including volunteers with

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House and several American Legion posts throughout Philadelphia. Several projects will serve veterans, active-duty military members and their families. Other King Day of Service volunteers will prepare food at homeless shelters and dis-

tribute meals to homebound seniors, organize health fairs and legal clinics, and perform plays about Dr. King. Volunteers will be painting a second King Memorial-themed mural on Jan. 16 at Girard College, also led by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Social media will be an important focus of the King Day of Service to increase aware-

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ness and volunteer participation. Updated information on service opportunities is available on Facebook – facebook.com/phillykingday and Twitter – twitter.com/mlkdayofservice. A free King Day of Service iPhone application – PhillyKingDay – has been developed by the Freedom Rings Partnership and Drexel University. The iPhone application lists over 100 King Day of Service project opportunities, along with links to Facebook and Twitter so volunteers can update their friends on their King Day of Service experiences. The 2012 King Day of Service is chaired by Sen. Harris Wofford; Jill Michal, president and CEO of the

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PHILA. FUTURES helps low-income, first-generation-tocollege students reach college and earn degrees. Two-hundred public high-school students participate in its comprehensive college-access and retention program, Sponsor-A-Scholar. Over 500 members of Phila. Futures community attended annual conference at Drexel Saturday. United Way of Southeastern Philadelphia Police Dept.; Pennsylvania; Rev. Terrence Lloyd Ayers, commissioner Griffith, 1st VP of the Black of the Philadelphia Fire Clergy of Philadelphia & Dept.; Judge Ida Chen; SharVicinity; Leroy Nunery, act- main Matlock-Turner, presiing superintendent of the dent of the Urban Affairs School District; Sherrie Coalition; and Rev. Bonnie Savett, president of the Jewish Camarda, president of the Federation of Greater Hispanic Clergy of PhiladelPhiladelphia; Charles Ram- phia. Mayor Michael Nutter sey, commissioner of the serves as honorary co-chair.

King Association Marks 30th Day The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. will host its 30th annual Awards and Benefit Luncheon this Monday, Jan. 16, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City located at the 17th & Race Streets at 12:00 p.m. The Awards and Benefit Luncheon is a living representation of Dr. Martin Luther

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Paul “Earthquake” Moore continues his lifelong campaign to promote peace in neighborhoods, and to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community cleanup 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It will be followed by an historical reenactment march starting at 4:00 p.m. from 65th & Woodland Avenue, ending at the New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 7001 Woodland Avenue. “It is my desire to keep alive the ideals and dream of Dr. King and break down racial barriers that divide people not only in Philadelphia and throughout our country,” explained Moore. For more information, call Paul “Earthquake” Moore at (215) 386-2696 or email him at earth_quake1@hotmail.com.

King’s Dream of a Beloved Community. It honors a virtual Who’s Who of Drum Majors – persons and organizations whose deeds are exemplary of the fostered by Dr. King. This has been the largest luncheon in honor of Dr. King in the country. Mrs. Coretta Scott King, chair for the King Federal Holiday Commission, envisioned having the holiday commence each year with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – a worldwide symbol of freedom, justice, and equality—echoed by bells throughout the world. Thus, she charged the King Association with ringing of the Liberty noon which officially inaugurates the King holiday, just prior to the luncheon. The 2012 Drum Major Honorees include: DRUM MAJOR FOR GLOBAL RIGHTS, Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; DRUM MAJOR FOR INT’L AND NATIONAL AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; DRUM MAJOR FOR INT’L AND NAT’L HUMANITARIANISM, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actress/Activist for the cure for HIV/AIDS; DRUM MAJOR FOR CORPORATE COOPERATION, Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO, Independence Blue Cross; DRUM

MAJOR FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT, Judge Renee Caldwell Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross of Southeastern Penna.; and DRUM MAJOR FOR EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, Rosalee Smith, civilrights activist. Participants at the Liberty Bell Ceremony include the 2012 Honorary Luncheon Chairs, Hon. Tom Corbett, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Hon. Robert Casey, US Senator, Pennsylvania; Hon. Pat Toomey, US Senator, Pennsylvania; Hon. Chaka Fattah, Congressman; Hon. Vincent Hughes, State Senator, Pennsylvania; Hon. Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia; Dr. William Tucker, President, Philadelphia Martin Luther King Association for Nonviolence, Inc.; Herman “Pete” Matthews, President, District Council 33 and King Association Board Member, as well as others. The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. is the sole affiliate commissioned by Mrs. Coretta Scott King to promote and perpetuate the nonviolent legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is committed to addressing pertinent social issues to reduce tension and violence in the Delaware Valley community.


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Tonight, two local leaders who are following in the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at the White House as Champions of Change. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities. Todd Bernstein is the president of Global Citizen and the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. In 1996, Bernstein launched the first King Day of Service in Philadelphia. For the last 17 years, the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service has drawn some 760,000 volunteers. This year, on Jan. 16, more than 85,000 volunteers will serve in some 1,300 projects in the 17th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service. What started in Philadelphia has become a national movement, with projects taking root in hundreds of cities across the nation. Bernstein also founded MLK365, which transforms the King Day of Service into a yearround civic engagement initiative. Rachel Turner is the outreach & programs manager at Global Citizen, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that coordinates the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the country’s largest King Day of Service event. She manages the outreach and registration process for the thousands of volunteers and hundreds of organizations that participate. Beyond the Day of Service, she creates and manages year-round volunteer and service learning programs for MLK365 and corporate volunteer groups. She serves as the President of the Philadelphia AmeriCorps Alums Chapter and is a member of Women’s Way’s Young Women’s Initiative. She is an alumna of Temple University’s College of the Liberal Arts and began her career in public service through the AmeriCorps program.

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by Joe Shaheeli The big question is will we get a Democrat candidate from Eastern Pennsylvania or Western Pennsylvania in the high-stakes Attorney General race? The next two questions automatically follow. Will either Dan McCaffery or former Congressman Pat Murphy or Lackawanna’s Kathleen Kane get the nomination when the Democrat State Committee meets Jan. 14 to decide? The State’s Democrats from west of the Susquehanna always seem to be united when it comes to decisions such as this, though none of them has announced as of now. Obviously a powerful draw, Dan McCaffery showed he had the blessings of the Democrat City Committee and big labor support, which includes a solid push from the building trades, at his announcement before 150 in City Hall late last week. The audience included elected City and State leadership, led by Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady and union leaders. In addition, he had the endorsement of the Philadelphia Black Clergy, a powerful getout-the-vote force, with its

leader Rev. Terrence Griffith, adding comments to the event. Assuring him of Bucks Co. Democrat support was its Chairwoman Diane Marseglia. A split in Philly support, though not much of one, came when Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz announced the same day her support for former Congressman Pat Murphy. She endorsed this Iraq War veteran and former prosecutor for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Schwartz, the highestranking woman elected official in Pennsylvania, said, “Murphy has fought to ensure women get equal pay at work. He has been a champion for children who need access to a doctor. He has cracked down on shady financial institutions that rob our seniors. Patrick will always stand up for working families and the values we all hold dear. His record makes that very clear. That’s what Pennsylvania needs in its next Attorney General.” She added, “As a combat veteran, he showed his commitment to public service by putting his life on the line for our country. He’s demonstrated his ability as a prosecutor overseas and here at home. He has the experience and tenacity necessary to protect Pennsyl-

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vania families.” Along with Congressman Robert A. Brady, others at the McCaffery announcement included IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Col. Harris Brooks (US Air Force, Ret.), Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby, Fire Fighters Local Union 22 President Bill Gault, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, Councilman Bobby Henon, Montgomery Co. Commissioner Leslie Richards, Unite Here Business Mgr. Lynne Fox, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, State Reps. Louise Bishop, Brendan Boyle and Michelle Brownlee, President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Tom Duffy and attorney Tom Klein of the law firm of Klein & Specter. The fly that could upset the ointment for of McCaffery and Murphy is Lackawanna Co.’s Kathleen Kane. She may be able to fund much of her campaign herself if she so desires, since her husband has the financial muscle that goes with operating a major trucking firm. The Republicans are looking for the time being at State Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Dauphin Co.

DA David Freed, related to former Attorney General Leroy Zimmerman. The State GOP will make that decision when it meets Feb. 28. All three Democratic candidates — Kathleen Kane, Dan McCaffery and Patrick Murphy — will address the Pennsylvania Summit in Philadelphia the weekend of Feb. 10-12. The State Democrats will meet at Penn State Hotel, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College tomorrow. A candidates’ forum will be presented in Room 207 at 6 p.m. to kick off events. Endorsement meeting will be held around 1 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t expect any of the candidates from both parties seeking the Attorney General nomination to blink. Should enliven what may be otherwise a dull primary.

ATTORNEY Dan McCaffery announces his candidacy for Democrat Attorney General in primary at City Hall. Looking on are MC Jonathan Saidel and Col. Harris Brooks.

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In the expected-to-be-busy GOP primary for US Senate race to become the candidate to challenge incumbent Bob Casey, Tom Smith has picked up the support of four commissioners. They are Lebanon Co. Commissioner William Ames, Armstrong Co. Commissioner David Battaglia, Indiana Co. Commissioner (Cont. Page 10)

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You can’t fight a recession by throwing more workers on the unemployment line. You can’t improve economic growth and recovery by continuing to redistribute the wealth to the top 1% of America. As the Legislature gets back to work, their first order of business should be passing transportation funding legislation to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Gov. Corbett’s own experts put the bill at nearly $3 billion, which would just cover the most urgent and needed repairs to our bridges, roads, and mass-transit systems. If it is done right, this will be a real job-creator for Pennsylvania. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction and manufacturing workers living here in Pennsylvania would be back to work in a matter of months. Not only would this be an immediate boost to local economies, but improving our roads and bridges will make us even more productive and (Cont. Page 13)

Mark Your Calendar Jan.12- “Men Only” Mtg. at Dobbins HS, 22nd & Lehigh Ave., 6 p.m. to address crime in neighborhoods. For info Irvin Shannon hvcorder@hotmail.com. Jan. 12- State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts town hall meeting at Society Hall, Simpson Hse., 2101 Belmont Ave., 7 p.m. For info (215) 482-8726 or (215) 879-8533. Jan. 18- Port Richmond W. Community Action Network meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Ch., Frankford Ave. & Cambria St., 7-9 p.m. Guest: L&I Commissioner Fran Burns. For info Jason McDermott (267) 650-6168. Jan. 20- ACE Women’s Forum presents Professional Women’s Roundtable Political Forum, “From Your House to the White House”, on political impacts on business, at ACE USA, 436 Walnut St., 5th fl., 8-10 a.m. Continental breakfast. For info Leigh Ann Campbell (267) 287-8497) or

leighann@seamlesseventsinc.co m. Register by Jan. 17. Jan. 21- State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas hosts Weatherization & Energy Workshop at New Pathways for Women, Germantown Ave. & & Cumberland St., 10 a.m. Participating agencies include Energy Coordinating Agency of Phila., Phila. Corp. for Aging, PGW, PECO and Public Utilities Commission. Feb. 9- Steve Aldrich of IBEW Local 269 invites all to reception in honor of State Rep. Tina Davis at Bailey’s Bar & Grille, 6922 Bristol Emilie Rd., Levittown, Pa. Host $1,000, Patron $500, Friend. $250, Supporter, $50. RSVP Seth Skversky (215) 550-1186. Feb. 10- Arthur Green presents 14th Ward Pre-Valentine’s Day Cabaret at Barber’s Ha., Broad & Oxford Sts., 9 p.m.??? Donation $10. For info Arthur Green (267) 986-7948. Apr. 26- 2012 Centennial Pk. Celebration honoring Joseph Manko, Ryan Howard and Vanguard at Phila. Horticultural Ctr., Montgomery Ave. & N. Horticultural Dr., 6 p.m. For tickets, etc. Arthur (215) 988-9341.

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Almost 50 years have passed since the civil-rights movement ignited the fires of change in American society. It began in the South, where Black Americans suffered under grievous legal and extralegal persecutions. Soon, though, it spread to Northern cities, where many Southern Blacks had immigrated a generation earlier. Although no laws discriminated against them here, they were largely poor and were viewed as outsiders by most Philadelphians. They were given only scraps when big business deals went down and they had their hands on few3 of the levers of power. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to this city to change all that. Today, it has changed in many ways. A vibrant African American professional and business community has blossomed to provide top-level urban leadership. No longer is it possible for an African American candidate for public office to electrify the community by becoming the “first Black” this or that. It is no longer possible to imagine a city where Blacks or other ethnic minorities do not make decisions for other people to follow. King’s work is not finished. Many Philadelphia communities remain mired in poverty, cursed by violent crime and low educational attainment. But the hope for improvement has not been lost. All Philadelphians want a better life for themselves and their children. Increasingly, all Philadelphians realize their hopes for better futures depend on each other. A city cannot offer dynamic prospects to some if others are shut out. Increasingly this is a city whose inhabitants, diverse though they are, are used to working with each other. Barriers still stand and suspicions still exist between ethnic groups. But that’s the nature of city life. Protestants rioted when poor Irish immigrants settled here in the 1830s. There goes the neighborhood! said others when floods of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe settled here. Today, the beat continues. Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners and Russians are remaking our ethnic map once more. In fact, it is probably impossible for this city ever again to have a “racial majority”. We are all minorities – 44% Black, 39% white, 5% Asian – and a complex assortment of Others in the remaining 12%. In a city like this, the only way any group can gain power is by sharing it. Which is actually a good recipe for urban vitality and success. Can we grasp this challenge and rise to it as a community? Time will tell. But if we follow the direction Dr. King’s footsteps were leading in, we might just get there. Yet, too many of our elected leaders haven’t shared this urgency. Our recovery remains threatened by irresponsible budget cuts in Congress, states, and cities across the nation. Record numbers of home foreclosures, high levby Rick Bloomingdale, who outsource American jobs els of consumer debt, and a President, PA-AFL-CIO or manipulate their workers, weakened middle class also New Year’s resolutions make corporations pay their plague this nation. But instead of stepping up generally conjure up good in- fair share, and create new to the plate with commontentions to lose weight, spend jobs. The time to act is now. more time with family and The not so “Great” Reces- sense solutions to grow our friends or reorganize. But for sion officially ended in the economy, many politicians millions of Americans, this summer of 2009, but with have harnessed the jobs crisis year’s resolutions are more more than 13 million people to pursue a political agenda urgent: Find a job. Make unemployed, it’s clear the that rewards the wealthy while demanding deep cuts enough money to cover gro- struggle isn’t over. ceries and rent. Afford to Over the last year, our for working people. In Harrisburg, we are send kids to college. Save for country has continued to suffighting cuts in public and retirement. fer through a jobs crisis unlike It’s the American Dream anything since the great de- higher education, cuts in pub— but one that’s slipping fur- pression. Communities all lic safety, privatization of ther and further out of reach across the country are strug- public education, cuts in for the middle class. As the gling with long-term jobless- wages for building and constate Legislature starts a new ness. Nearly half of all struction workers, cuts in care session, our lawmakers in unemployed workers have for the elderly and disabled, Harrisburg have an opportu- been without a job for more and privatization of one of nity to help Pennsylvanians than six months. Nearly one Pennsylvania’s most valuable keep their New Year’s resolu- in four young workers is un- public assets – Pennsylvania’s tions by coming together and employed. In Pennsylvania, Wine & Spirits shops, which making jobs a No. 1 priority. over a half million workers provide over 5,000 good, The solutions are simple: are unemployed in any given family-sustaining jobs for working people in this state. Stop rewarding companies month.


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Three State Rep Fights Brewing (Cont. From Page 8) Rodney Ruddock, and Snyder Co. Commissioner Joseph Kantz. Tom Smith of Armstrong Co., has $4.4 million in cash in his campaign coffers. Most of it — $4.25 million — is his own money, with $125,000 he raised in the last quarter of 2011. Another major player, Steve Welch, is showing he’s in the primary to stay with a staff and a million dollar war chest in place. His Western Pennsylvania Finance Co-Chair is Jeff Kendall, who hosted fundraisers for Sen. Toomey and the Keith Rothfus for Congress Campaigns. Eastern Pennsylvania Finance Co-Chair Wayne Woodman has raised big bucks for Toomey and Congressman

Charlie Dent. He is reported to have the support of Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, and the chairs of Lancaster and Lehigh Co. Key to where the GOP may go at their meeting is the fact Brian Nutt, political advisor to Gov. Corbett’s campaign, is on board. Marc Scaringi, another candidate for the Republican nomination to the US Senate, won last week’s Blair/Bedford/Huntingdon/Centre Co. Straw Poll. The vote came following a candidates’ forum sponsored by Republican County Committees of these four counties in Altoona. Addressing the audience were Scaringi, Steve Welch, Sam Rohrer, Tom Smith and Tim Burns. Scaringi scored the highest with 32% of the votes cast.

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The Irish betting company Paddy Power last week refunded just over $6,422 to customers who placed a bet on Rick Santorum to win the Iowa caucus, after the former Pennsylvania Senator lost to Mitt Romney by 8 votes. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said, “Having lost by only 8 votes, the Rick Santorum supporters had every reason to be disappointed, but as far as we’re concerned, the margin for error is just too small and we’ve decided to refund the money.” Mitt Romney was the clear favorite at 1/25 with Paddy Power to win next week’s New Hampshire primary. He was followed in the betting by Rick Santorum at 16/1 and Jon Huntsman at 18/1. Paddy Power is Ireland’s largest bookmaker and a leading provider of gaming services in the UK, Australia and Ireland. Chris Freind, a wellknown conservative online

columnist, hopes Santorum’s “previous arrogance” won’t lead to his downfall again. Good advice for Rick’s campaign team to heed. DePasquale Hands Down For Dem Auditor General

York lawmaker Eugene DePasquale is expected to have the Democrat State Committee endorsement for Auditor General. He was in the audience at the McCaffery press conference and Congressman Bob Brady announced his presence with kind words. State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.), who had indicated a while back he would seek the seat, is definitely ruling out a run. He is rumored to be focusing on a major goal four years hence. Allegheny Co.’s Dan Onorato, who had considered a bid, has endorsed DePasquale. Eugene is working the phones and traveling all corners of the state,” said DePasquale campaign manager

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Liz Wagenseller. “We’re getting great feedback, especially in the west.” DePasquale was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where his grandfather was a City Councilman. Locally, Devon Cade said he would seek the seat. He’d best forget it, especially since he has no financing and did very poorly when he challenged State Rep. Jim Roebuck (D-W. Phila.), getting only 17% of the vote in that primary. Through it all, Democrat Bob Casey is viewed by many political experts as having a relatively safe ride to reelection this year. He has a campaign chest of about $4 million, with more coming in. Knives Are Drawn In 186th Primary

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Brewing in South Philadelphia is a struggle to claim control of 186th House Dist. Seat which was just vacated by Kenyatta Johnson in order to take a City Council District office. On one side is the team of State Sen. Anthony Williams, whose protégé Johnson is. Williams has pressed forward another of his younger aides, Jordan Harris, to run for this seat, which represents parts of Center City, South of South, Point Breeze and Southwest Philadelphia. Kicking off his campaign at the Dixon House on Saturday, Harris was flanked by an intimidating bevy of backers. Williams was his fiery lead-off speaker. Also there to show their support and lay on hands were Johnson, City Controller

Alan Butkovitz, Legislative Black Caucus head State Rep. Ron Waters (D-W. Phila.) and State Reps Michelle Brownlee (D-N. Phila.) and Tony Payton (D-Kensington). Meanwhile, 2nd Ward Leader Ed Nesmith is also putting his hat in the ring for this slot. Many supporters and citizens of South Philadelphia believe this is long overdue. “Ed Nesmith is the people’s politician, not the politician’s politician,” said former 2nd Ward Committeewoman Wanda Davis. “He fights for us, not them.” Nesmith has a long track record in community and constituent service. Nesmith will be looking for support from fellow Ward Leaders. He may already have some. At a Dec. 13 dinner for Afro-American Ward Leaders of Color, then-Sheriff-Elect Jewell Williams moved that group endorse Nesmith for the 186th. The motion carried unanimously. Broadsiding both these candidates will be Fawwaz Beyha, owner of a string of barbershops and a major housing provider in Point Breeze. “Our main connections are not political, but with the community,” Beyha said. “We consider ourselves to be machine-busters.” He counts Universal Cos.’ Kenny Gamble as a “close friend and supporter.” A Dem. Primary In the 170th?

Political newcomer Al Simpson, who says, “I’m not a politician,” plans to challenge State Rep. Brendan (Cont. Page 14)


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The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is coming up next week and the folks at the King Center here in Philly and at Global Citizen are putting the final touches on the annual King Day luncheon and the all-important Day of Service in which thousands of people in the Delaware Valley participate in projects designed to help the greater good. Notice I said nothing about merchandising, marketing, or finding a great deal on a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, or a new pair of jeans. Now if someone would tell that to the folks at Sears, Kmart, Ultra Diamonds, and all of the other places that seem to have forgotten that the King Holiday isn’t about a good bargain, but about good works. When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first African American honored with his own holiday, the idea behind it, at least to the folks who were advocating for it, was to create a space to celebrate King’s legacy and to propel it forward. King, who also became the first African American to have his own monument on the Mall on Washington last summer, was a man of service. He marched through some pretty tough Southern towns to try and make it so true equality became the law of the land. He endured a lot of crap along the way. From jail, to dogs, to fatigue and even good old-fashioned haters, King took it all in and ignored it as he tried to reach his goal. While he didn’t get to see the fruits of his labors realized in full, his achievements have made things better for all of us. In the early days of the King holiday, everyone remem(Cont. Page 30)

The New Year has been rung in with all the new faces on City Council. The swearing-in at the Academy of Music was a who’s-new extravaganza. BOB HENON was finally sworn in to succeed legendary JOAN KRAJEWSKI. His lovely wife and children were by his side as he raised his hand. MARK SQUILLA officially stepped into the substantial shoes of FRANK DiCICCO. The Inquirer recently praised DiCicco as visionary that steered the city into achieving its development potential. It is typical of the Inquirer to praise public officials it has driven from office. Their relentless criticism of DiCicco’s status as a DROP participant overshadowed DiCicco’s far more-numerous achievements. The newspaper did a similar hatchet job on COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO, probably costing her the City Council Presidency. She could have been the first African American woman to lead that body, but the relentless attacks regarding her DROP status hurt her standing with other Council Members. The winner of the President’s post, COUNCILMAN DARRELL CLARKE, seems capable but comes to the post with baggage from his political alliance with JOHN STREET. Tasco would have been able to build bridges better. Former STATE REP. KENYATTA JOHNSON left a safe seat in the State Legislature to join City Council. His knowledge of how Harrisburg works may have provided him with valuable inside moves. CINDY BASS comes from the Chaka Fattah camp, but could be a fresh voice if she can show independence. On the Republican side, former SPEAKER DENNY O’BRIEN joins DAVID OH as the two Republican at-Large council members. How will all of these new kids play with the veterans? It should be interesting and healthy. Veteran member BRIAN O’NEILL will now be working side by side with the man he has been confused with for decades. Northeast voters have often referred to Denny O’Brien when they meant Brian O’Neill and vice versa. Apparently all these Irish names sound alike. At least previously, one could point to O’Brien as the guy in Harrisburg and O’Neill as the guy in City Hall. The other difference is Denny has been an independent Republican while Brian has been a Party stalwart. Haven’t the Republicans had enough problems with Democrats, and now they have to worry about their own Northeast Republicans? What about the newly elected COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT? Will he continue his (Cont. Page 30)

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Yo! Here we go with these cute thoughts sent to me by Ralph, a reader who calls it “Kids in church”. According to Ralph, they were actually overheard in Sunday school. They seem to be blasphemous, but I think they just show a little bit of confusion by the children. But they are the real thoughts children have. For example: Reese, a three-year-old, said while he prayed, “Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.” Another little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.” After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.” One particular four-year-old prayed, “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.” A Sunday-school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because some people may be sleeping.” A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, five, and Ryan, three. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait’.” Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!” A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. “Daddy, what happened to him?” the son asked. “He died and went to Heaven,” the dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, “Did God throw him back down?” A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?” “I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied. “Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?” And if you don’t tell this to at least eight people – who cares! Peace, love, happiness, and I hope this made you smile just a little.

SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES were a great pleasure this year, as superb citizens took office in the courts, City Council, and row offices. It was a mixture of youth and wisdom, and new blood for our City. DARRELL CLARKE was Master of Ceremonies, and impressed all assembled. The jurists selected by the voters will dispense even-handed justice, ever aware of the importance of not making our town a city of unemployables. Sheriff WILLIAMS is off to a good start with a cleanup of the department operations smartly dealt with. REGISTER OF WILLS Ron Donatucci is a super-competent fellow. The City Commissioner Chair, Stephanie Singer, took office with humility. It is an office which runs elections, which are sacred to our way of life, so it is important to be out of sight. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to COUNCILMAN BOB HENON! We are lucky to get him. Our city will benefit from his many decades of caring and loyal service…. ROSEANN PAUCIELLO has a birthday this month. This top ward leader is much involved in civic life. REP. MYERS’ retirement could bring on Chris Kinsey as his successor. The announcement is coming on the 14th…. FIRE COMMISSIONER LLOYD AYERS’ year-end report shows most fire deaths are still due to having no smoke detector. Don’t be shy on this issue – the Commissioner wants to help. CANCER FOUNDATION For Personal Appearance was founded by Dr. Joseph Minniti, and offers free wigs and cosmetics to chemo patients. For more data call DON (Cont. Page 30)

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The herd was somewhat but not totally surprised that the conservative Philadelphia-area Independence Hall Tea Party endorsed MITT ROMNEY this week. PAC co-founder TERI ADAMS argued Romney is an embodiment of conservative Republican values, and also the sole GOP candidate who has polled successfully or on an even par with PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Because of this sentiment, we believe the second-place showings of former Pennsylvania SEN. RICK SANTORUM in the Iowa Caucuses and CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL are indications the herd is looking for an alternative to Romney, because he is deemed to be too moderate and to have flip-flopped on issues. However, this elephant believes Paul and Santorum will fade because they have views many mainstream Republicans do not share. Paul’s libertarian views of foreign policy, which border on isolationism, are deemed extreme by many. Some of the socially conservative comments made by Santorum in the past and documented in his book It Takes a Family cost him his bid for reelection to the US Senate in 2012 and will, in this elephant’s opinion, cause him to continue to fade in this primary season. He came in a weak fifth in the first presidential primary in New Hampshire this week. In New Hampshire, we saw another non-Romney candidate gain traction. JON HUNTSMAN, who had been in the low single digits in most polls, came in a solid third with 17% of the votes behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. The New York Times noted earlier this year it believed that Huntsman would be the most-formidable candidate among the Republicans against Obama. Huntsman, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, is the former ambassador to China (Cont. Page 30)


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Black Legislators Blast Daily News Cartoon

Both the chairman and the vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are blasting the Philadelphia Daily News for a cartoon depicting five hooded individuals with smoking guns protruding from the hoods in place of faces. The words “Occupying Black Philadelphia” accompanied the cartoon. Chairman State Rep. Ron Waters (D-W. Phila.) said as “a Pennsylvania lawmaker and

concerned resident, I, along with Vice Chairwoman Vanessa Lowery Brown, charge the Daily News with treating Philadelphia’s gun-violence epidemic as a laughing matter. “It is time to move forward in this effort and attack the larger problem: the proliferation of illegal guns. Our No. 1 priority of government is to protect its citizens. Too many innocent lives have been lost in the crosshairs of gun violence.

It is a sad fact that within the city of Philadelphia the majority of homicides are committed with hand guns and by minors, as well as offenders with previous criminal backgrounds. “Easy access to guns has cost us hundreds and hundreds of lives and replaced safety with fear. It’s time we reclaim the streets of the Philadelphia area and replace fear with determination. As legislators, we need to collaborate with each other to bring about tangible

solutions to this problem. “I have been calling on Gov. Tom Corbett and the General Assembly to create a task force on gun violence and trafficking in the Commonwealth. The task force should be composed of law-enforcement officials, including the Pennsylvania State Police, as they are equipped with surveillance capabilities and the manpower to handle the influx of illegal weapons in the neighborhoods within our state.

“The task force would be charged with investigating the use and transport of illegal guns and assault weapons across the state and how to take them off the street and out of the hands of people with bad intentions who will use them to commit crimes. By creating such a task force, Pennsylvania can be turned into a leader on crime reduction. “I also am requesting for a special session known as a Committee of the Whole to invite the entire General Assembly to meet in a bipartisan fashion to address the concerns of public safety. How do we show our constituencies across the state we are working together under the common goal of increasing public safety? We must be tough on crime, but also right on crime. “We also need to invest in programs with proven track records of reducing violence and the number of repeat offenders, such as Weed and Seed. Funding for the program was eliminated under the Republican-controlled budget and I am also calling on the Governor to reinstate it. “The Weed and Seed program is a law-enforcement/ community-revitalization effort targeting medium-sized communities whose inner

cities are plagued by crime, violence and social deterioration. It is a great example of the State doing right by citizens who live in inner cities, as it has been responsible for reducing crime and delinquency, and has enabled police to work with the community, the private sector and social service agencies to revitalize communities. “Currently I believe we are placing too much emphasis on the stick and not the carrot; we are way too strict on punishment and not on prevention. It is clear these guns are not in our neighborhoods by mistake. Many of the people who use these guns use them to commit crimes within the inner city against their neighbors and other community members. Let’s become more proactive on crime rather than reactive. We should be mindful that creating safer neighborhoods should be the true publicsafety goal. When resources are drained from neighborhoods where unemployment and poverty levels are high, the opportunities to gain a valuable education are low. Making the statement of ‘Occupy Black Philadelphia’ with a negative image depicting hooded individuals and guns is speaking to a symptom, but does not address the cause.”

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(Cont. From Page 9) competitive in moving products and services to customers in the future. There is a reason we are called the Keystone State. Pennsylvania is the hub for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, and we should be taking more advantage of our position. It’s a win/win for both labor and business. The Governor and the legislature should pass legislation that gives preference in government purchases and

and care for the elderly and disabled. It also means closing the corporate-tax loopholes that are unfair to workers and small-business owners who do pay their fair share. We are asking our lawmakers to commit to a real jobs-creation agenda in the New Year, not more phony attacks on workers that are cloaked or marketed as being job creators. It is time to make good on the promises made to Pennsylvania’s working families in the last election. It is time to put Pennsylvania Back to Work!

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(Cont. From Page 10) Boyle (D-Northeast) in the Democrat Primary in the 170th. He adds, “I am a former teacher and a small-business owner. I will bring these experiences and values to the legislature.” “I didn’t go to Harvard like Rep. Boyle. I have my degree from the school of hard knocks,” said Simpson. “After redistricting the 170th Dist. is now a solidly Democratic seat. So running in the Democratic primary against Boyle is the best way to get in there and work for real change.” Simpson’s first hard knock may be when his petitions are challenged, usually the first stumbling block for ‘political greenhorns.’ In 190th, Nibbling At A Challenge

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With redistricting now set, an emerging name is being talked about in the 190th House Dist. Ordained minister, media personality and political consultant Micah Sims

is being talked to by a few groups to run against incumbent Vanessa Brown, a former Republican candidate years ago. The district includes his residence and his home church, St. Matthew AME. Raised in Wynnefield and the 1st Dist. Plaza, where his grandfather sat on the board, that’s a solid base for a campaign. With strong political friends, existing face and name recognition plus a strong church base, Sims could be the new face for the newly structured 190th Dist. Until it was redistricted, it was a solidly working-class district. Reapportionment stripped some of the neighborhoods which had been Lowery Brown’s base while adding middle-class voters in Wynnefield, Parkside and Powelton Village where she is unfamiliar. In districts like these, which have been radically redrawn for a junior legislator,

Montco Hoopla Casey Gets Training About Meth Labs ward leaders ome into their own as power brokers. The 52nd Ward Leader will be pivotal. His name is Michael Nutter. Locals Grace Montco Democrat Celebration

At least half a dozen Philadelphia Democrats were among many enjoying the Montgomery Co. Democrat luncheon, with Rep. Tony Payton and Derek Green, Rep. Daylin Leach, Larry Curry, Josh Shapiro, Joe Hoeffel and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz among them. They showed their appreciation, along with attorney Hal Rosenthal, for doing a great job in his 18 years as Montgomery Co. Chair. Pat Murphy worked the room in his chase for the brass ring of Attorney General candidacy. Alan Butkovitz Takes On Watchdog Label

A new promotional piece labeled Philly Watchdog urges citizens to report on fraud, waste and abuse. It’s from City Controller Alan

Butkovitz and invites all to join him in protecting tax dollars. He is offering an app software enabling direct contact to his office with photos, videos, etc. Check his website www.philadelphiacontroller.o rg for more info. Sims Campaign Raises $72,000

Congratulating his supporters for helping raise $72,000 since his declaration to oppose State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-S. Phila.) in the 182nd Democrat primary is Brian Sims. His campaign manager Matt Goldfine said he expects to have a strongenough treasury to make a very noticeable campaign, up to and including primary day.

US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) fought successfully to secure a methamphetamine lab awareness training for local law enforcement at the National Counterdrug Training Center in Fort Indiantown Gap. The volatile chemicals used to produce meth make busting labs perilous for law enforcement. As the number of meth labs uncovered in Pennsylvania continues to rise, an urgent need exists to prepare local officials for the unique dangers these labs pose. “To combat meth labs and the corrosive effects they have on our communities, law-en-

forcement officials put their own safety at risk and need to be prepared for the array of dangers the labs present,” said the Senator. “I am gratified the skilled Guardsmen and women at the NCTC will host and help facilitate this training to help local law enforcement, emergency-management officials and firefighters gain the skills they need to take these dangerous labs out of our communities.” The 2011 NDIC National Drug Threat Assessment noted abuse of meth is increasing, particularly among young people.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Lives On Philly’s Walls

IMAGE on Lancaster Avenue is based on Polaroid snapshot taken at actual rally on this site in 1965. Bronze bust and plaque also mark history here.

Scaringi Calls To End Drug War

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Marc Scaringi, a Pennsylvania attorney with some political history under his belt, has finally called for the federal government to end its “War on Drugs.” He’s doing so while campaigning for the Republican nomination to the US Senate from Pennsylvania. It’s a cry that has been resonating among Americans everywhere as they see the escalating cost of that lost war and the continued inability of the feds and state and local authorities to stem the flood of drugs into this country. Scaringi has made that statement as one of his key planks. He states, “Like the prohibition of alcohol during the Roaring 1920s, the War on Drugs has caused an explosion in crime, violence, gang warfare, incarceration

for nonviolent behavior, civil disobedience and the loss of our civil liberties and Constitutional rights. “As the federal government has been ratcheting-up its failed War on Drugs, many state governments in recent years have been moderating their own drug laws, including legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. But, the experimentation by these states in different levels of regulation that best comport with the interests of their citizens, has run up against contrary federal drug law. Because the federal government has wrongly assumed the authority to regulate drugs and refuses to give it back to the states, we now have 16 states including Delaware, New Jer-

sey and California that have legalized medical marijuana while it remains a crime under federal law. “Thus, as a member of the US Senate, I will vote to remove from the federal government its assumed authority to regulate drugs and return that power to the individual state governments. “As a father of three small children, I do not want my children to use drugs and will encourage them not to use drugs even if drugs are decriminalized or legalized. Nevertheless, as someone who is committed to the Constitution and to restoring the Constitutional Republic created by our Founding Fathers, I recognize the regulation of drugs is a power reserved to the states, and not granted to the federal government.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING has inspired several artists in Mural Arts Program. This soaring image greets people entering Strawberry Mansion on Ridge Avenue.

MORE ABSTRACT is this dreamlike façade that adorns Cheltenham Avenue.


Also! Here’s Your Chance To Meet And Greet This Year’s Primary Candidate From Both Parties! As You All Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Public Servant 2012 March 8th, 2012

Register of Wills Ronald Donatucci has set the hall mark for Row Office holders in this city and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his over three and half decades as this city’s custodian of family estates, marriage licenses, and a host of other court related responsibilities that impact on the lives of all Philadelphians, his office has never suffered a deficiency in any of the audits made by the City Controller or other city or state agencies. When he first took office, he had over 80 full time employees. Despite the increasing demands made on his office since then, he’s reduced personnel by 25%. His self effacing demeanor has earned him the plaudits of all who know him, as evidenced by the fact he recently was elected President of the Board of City Trusts, Chairman, Wills Eye Hospital, Board of Trustees, Temple University and Temple University Health System, among the many other trusts and board positions he holds. A dynamic political leader, many of this city’s elected officials owe their elections to his committed support as Democrat leader of the 26th Ward, a position he has held for 37 years. He heads a family which has contributed its members to public service in the House of Representatives and City service. He served as a State Representative prior to assuming his present elected position. His pro-Labor posture has earned him the support of the major Labor Unions in this city. These are the tip of the iceberg as to the many reasons why Ronald Donatucci has been named to be The Philadelphia Public Record’s “Servant of the Year”, an honor reserved for those whose influence has benefitted all Philadelphians in every walk of life and occupation.

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Walk (Cont. From Page 11) McDONOUGH at (856) 4274009…. LOOK FOR THE PRICE OF GAS TO SPIKE every time Iran blusters. Partly because oil flow could slow, and secondly because investors want to get more per barrel. THE ROBING CEREMONY is a time-honored tradi-

tion. This week Judges Dianna ANHALT and Judge Maria McLAUGHLIN were robed. Judge Mike ERDOS was a superb wry wit in the Anhalt event. At McLaughlin’s, Congressman Bob BRADY, John DOUGHERTY, and DA Seth WILLIAMS spoke well of the jurist. And of course, the awaited talk by JON SAIDEL was an apex for him, and from the heart…. LOOK FOR THE

In The Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County Civil Action – Law No. 111004727 Notice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., for the Benefit of Bank of America, NA, Plaintiff vs. The Unknown Heirs of Catherine B. Carolina, Deceased & Eleanor Teagle, Solely in Her Ca-

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pacity as Heir of Catherine B. Carolina, Deceased Mortgagors and Real Owners, Defendant(s) To: The Unknown Heirs of Catherine B. Carolina, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defendant(s), whose last known address is 2425 North Sydenham St. Philadelphia, PA 19132. 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, Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., for the Benefit of Bank of America, NA, 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. 111004727, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortgage secured on your property located, 2425 North Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132, 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 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 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215981-3700. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Center, Phila., PA 19104, 215-238-6333. KML Law Group, P.C., Attys. for Plaintiff , Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322.

ROBE CEREMONIES of Judges Ehrlich, Foglietta and Nichols in February, after the judicial schools and conference. THE WORD IS TRAFFIC COURT brought in some $26 MILLION in revenue to the Court System and Common-

Elephant (Cont. From Page 11) and Governor of Utah. While his views and record are truly conservative, he has been viewed as a moderate, which has hurt him in the polls. He reduced spending and taxes while Governor of Utah. He probably has the best foreign-policy credentials of any candidate, including the incumbent currently in the White House. Huntsman has been endorsed by former Pennsylvania GOV. TOM RIDGE and former Florida GOV. JEV BUSH. One of his major fundraisers is former Austrian Ambassador and Cozen O’Connor attorney, DAVID GIRARD-DiCARLO. Huntsman had said that if did not do well in New Hampshire, he would consider leaving the race. Apparently his showing on Tuesday was sufficient in his

wealth. Sounds like a solvent side of the court system. And it remains the human side of the courts here – A PEOPLE’S COURT. I sense a secret plan afoot by DETRACTORS. ALL THE CONUNDRUM of a judge-elect missing three quesmind to soldier forward. This elephant received an email at 12:34Wednesday morning announcing plans to go to South Carolina for the next primary and, of course, asking for a donation. New Hampshire showed us also how desperate former CONGRESSMAN NEWT GINGRICH and Texas GOV. RICK PERRY have become. Both have attacked Romney for being a good capitalist. Romney, who headed the financial house of Bain Capital in addition to being the Governor of Massachusetts, is believed by many in the herd as having the best understanding of the economy among the Republican contenders. As Obama’s weak performance on this front is expected to the key concern in the general election, Romney may be the Republican Party’s ace of trumps.

Superior Court of Arizona In Maricopa County - Case# JS 506837 In the matter of Jaylee Jenai Davis-Wallace. Notice of initial Hearing on petition for termination of parent-child relationship. Notice is hereby given that the petitioner Rena A. Wallace has filed a Petition for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship with the Juvenile Court in Maricopa County regarding the above named child or children and Rachanna Davis & John Doe. An initial hearing has been set to consider the petition on February 7, 2012 at 9:00 a. m. before Judge David K. Udall at the Maricopa County Court located at: Southeast Facility; 1810 S. Lewis Street; Mesa, AZ 85210. • You have a right to appear as a party in this proceeding. • Request for reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities must be made to the office of the Judge or commissioner assigned to the case, at least ten (10) days before your scheduled court date. • The failure of a parent to appear at the initial Hearing, the Pretrial Conference, the Status Conference or the Termination Adjudication Hearing may result in a court order terminating the parent-child relationship of that parent. • Failure to appear at the Initial Hearing, Pretrial Conference, Status Conference or Termination Adjudication Hearing, without good cause, may result in a finding that the parent, guardian or Indian custodian has waived legal rights and is deemed to have admitted the allegations in the Petition. • The hearings may go forward in the absence of the parent, guardian or Indian custodian and may result in the termination of parental rights based upon the record and evidence presented

tions on an exam due to spending too much time on the essay portion of the exam. Let all the journalists who missed exams by less than three questions throw the first stone. The journalists did not do their HOMEWORK on this. THE CURIOUS THING about the attacks on Traffic Court and Councilwoman

Out & About (Cont. From Page 11) bered that. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, who was among those who marched with King during the Civil Rights Movement, would get on the air to tell us about the whole idea behind the holiday. It also became a chance to honor those who were continuing King’s legacy and for communities that needed help but couldn’t always get it to get the assistance they craved. But as we approach the 17th anniversary of the King Holiday, I see more and more evidence everyone’s worse fears are being realized: it’s becoming another day exercise our right to unbridled capitalism. Man, does that miss the point! I understand, Sears and Kmart, that you’re having serious financial problems. I know that you’re about to close stores and put folks out of work. (Maybe you should hire Mitt Romney to help you out with that. He apparently likes firing people.) But advertising a “Martin Luther King Day Sale” is be-

TASCO in the press is that the attack writers were MEN!!!! It took a LOT OF COURAGE for them to stand up to these ladies from AFAR. One attacker must have had his car towed or something and went after the entire Democratic Party (?). Could he stand eyeball to eyeball with the party Chairman and say what he wrote? yond uncool. In fact, it’s downright disrespectful to the man, his memory, and what the day is supposed to be about. I’m guessing you know that already. It just appears you don’t care. Unfortunately, you’re probably not going to be the last corporation to try this. My guess is that three years from now, the 20th anniversary of the King Holiday will be awash in sale circulars … meaning that it’ll be just another holiday. And that will be quite sad.

City Hall (Cont. From Page 11) battle with MICHAEL MEEHAN and VITO CANUSO? He just knocked off JOE DUDA to take over the seat. Will Denny and Brian join with Al or just live with him? The possibilities are endless. Speaking of getting along, Council’s high-profile mavericks BILL GREEN and MARIA QUINONES SANCHEZ will likely have to make room for the new progressives on City Council. It should be fascinating to see if the progressives clash or mesh.

The Family Court of the State of Delaware, In and For New Castle. Notice of Termination of Parental Rights Action. To: Unknown Father “Octavio”, From: Confidential Clerk of Family Court Adoptions from the Heart, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition number 11-37421) against you to terminate your parental rights of your minor female child, born: 10/27/2011. A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington Delaware, on 1/27/2012 at 9:30 a.m. If you do not appear at the hearing, the Court may terminate your parental rights without your appearance. If you wish to be represented by an attorney in this matter but cannot afford one, you my be entitled to have the court appoint an attorney to represent you for free. For more information, please contact the confidential clerk at family court, (302) 255-0244.


bankruptcy and won’t become completely destitute. Determining which set of exemptions to use, however, can be a little frustrating. Under current law, you can use the exemptions of the state where you are domiciled; if you have lived there for 730 days (two years). If not, you have to use the exemptions of the state you lived in for the 180 days before the last 730. And if there is no state that meets those criteria, then you use the exemptions of the state you lived in for the longest portion of that 180 day period. Clear? This is confusing at best, and to make matters worse, some states don’t allow you to use their exemptions unless you are a resident. In those cases, you can use the Federal exemptions. (These are laid out in the Bankruptcy Code at Section 522.) Filing bankruptcy is traumatic enough without taking the chance you could be giving up more property than you legally need to. Find a competent bankruptcy attorney to help. Next Week’s Question: How long can the IRS collect from me?

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alarming,” said Lighthouse Network founder and executive director, psychiatrist Karl Benzio, MD. “Pot has become nearly as accepted as cigarette smoking in our society, and the dangers of it are grossly underestimated, especially for young people. As high-schoolers smoke more pot, they are drawn to other drugs — drugs with devastating effects.” The “Monitoring the Future” report also found that: • The proportion of young people using any illicit drug has risen steadily in recent years, primarily a result of the increase in marijuana use. • 50% of high school seniors reported having tried an illicit drug at some time. • 40% of seniors had used one or more drugs in the past year. • 25% of seniors had used one or more drugs in the past month. The survey also reported that, while alcohol use and binge drinking have gradually declined, the use of “synthetic marijuana” products, such as K2 and Spice, as well as the drug Ecstasy, are growing and can have harmful and even fatal consequences to users.

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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, February 7, 2012. 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 psit.org. All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-013C of 2010/11 Electrical Central High School $4,365,550.00$200.00 Relighting and Electric Service Upgrade 1700 West Olney Ave. *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on January 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. 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 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. 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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Marijuana use among American teens rose for the fourth straight year, according to results from the annual “Monitoring the Future” survey released last month in Washington, D.C. The survey also found daily marijuana use is at a 30year peak among high-school seniors, with 6.6% using pot daily. The report, which surveyed 47,000 teens in grades 8, 10 and 12, stated fewer teens perceive the drug as harmful and that disapproval of marijuana use is dropping. The annual survey is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan and is considered one of the leading indicators of trends in substance use among the nation’s teens. Many drug-abuse experts and counselors, including those at Lighthouse Network, an addiction and mental-health referral program, say marijuana is a gateway drug that will lead teens to experiment with other harder, more dangerous drugs. Lighthouse Network also provides the Lighthouse Addiction Helpline, a free, 24-hour counseling helpline. “This rise in marijuana use among teens is particularly

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by Michael A. Cibik, Esq. American Bankruptcy Board Certified Question: How do bankruptcy exemptions make the system work? Answer: When a bankruptcy is filed, the debtor can keep anything that is “exempt.” That always includes household goods and personal effects, and, most of the time, provides a homestead exemption that protects the debtor’s home. But why? Actually, bankruptcy exemptions are absolutely necessary to a fair and forgiving economic system. If filing bankruptcy meant losing everything, we would create a community of destitute, starving people who would have to live off of welfare or government aid unless we sentenced them to a Dickens’ debtor’s prison! Further, studies show the more liberal the bankruptcy exemptions, the greater the state’s economic growth. States with generous exemptions, like Texas and Florida, attract more entrepreneurs and businesses. The owners know if their business should collapse, they can file

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Sheriff Jewell Williams Reviews His Deputies Jewell Williams, newly elected Sheriff of Philadelphia, has reinstituted a monthly review and roll call of deputies on duty at the Criminal Justice Center, Family Court at Ludlow and Market, and Philadelphia Traffic Court. His first review of sheriff deputies in full uniform began last Thursday.

This is the first time in 25 years an elected Sheriff has done this type of review — in or out of uniform — for those men and women charged with securing the transportation of prisoners to the courts, and the safety and security of the judges and courtrooms. “I want to reassure these hardworking deputies that what they do is vitally important and appreci-

ated, and to emphasize to the judges, clerks, and all employees of the court system the Sheriff’s office is dedicated to providing the best protection and security possible,” said Williams. The review of approximately 45 deputies — all in uniform — will continue at different courthouses across the city over the next several months.

SHERIFF Jewell Williams arrives with Special Assistant Alan Kurtz at Family Court offices at 11th & Ludlow manned by deputy sheriffs.

SHERIFF Jewell Williams checks out areas where his deputies’ offices are located. With him are Harriet Lessy and Alan Kurtz.

SHERIFF Jewell Williams returns salute to Sgt. Paris Washington as he toured facilities guarded by his deputies.

CAPT. Peter Lavini of Sheriff’s detail at Traffic Court welcomes Sheriff Jewell Williams prior to review of deputies on duty there.

SHERIFF WILLIAMS is welcomed to Family Court by Capt. Domenic Saia prior to reviewing deputies on duty at that facility.

WATCHING Sheriff Jewell Williams as he tours Criminal Justice Center is Peter Carrea of Winners Auto Valet Service.

$10 For 10 Trees

Residents of Pennsylvania can ring in the New Year and receive 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2012. By becoming a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, you will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenrain trees.

“These beautiful trees will give your home in Pennsylvania lovely flowers with pink, yellow and white colors,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.” The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for

America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree

Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and to receive your free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE FLOWERING TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, 2012. Pennsylvania residents can also join online at arborday.org/January.


in the three months ending Sep. 30, led by a 3.7% decline in imports from Asia. For the full year, preliminary estimate numbers show US imports from Asia growing a scant 0.1%. The 3.7% gain in overall US international ocean container volume follows an 11.8% year-over-year increase in 2010. But that gain also followed a steep drop in 2009, including a 15.1% decline in import volume. In sluggish economies, different ports compete ever harder with each other for slices of the pie. Philadelphia, in practice, will be glad to hold its own this year.

The only factor that will fundamentally reduce the price of oil is the wholesale introduction of other competing transportation fuels. This alone will finally force OPEC to its knees — and deliver a massive blow to worldwide Islamic terrorism. A bill is being introduced in Congress that can do this. It is called the Open Fuel Standard Act (HR 1687 in the House and S1603 in the Senate). This bill does not support ethanol, methanol, or any other specific alternative transportation fuel source. The OFS Act doesn’t support any one particular transportation fuel. But if passed, it only opens up the market to competition and finally allows the American consumer to choose from a variety of fuels for their cars and trucks. Additionally, there are no subsidies tied to the OFS leg-

projected fuel-cost savings would be approximately $1,000 per year per car! Brazil has already reached this point. That country no longer imports oil.

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Contrary to what some believe, Canada does not supply the largest share of America’s imported oil. OPEC does. Even if we could purchase largely from our own domestic supplies and our northern neighbor, it will not destroy OPEC’s monopoly on the world-wide price of oil, nor will it decrease the terrorism that is funded through OPEC oil funds. Why? Oil is fungible. Fungibility is the property of a good or a commodity whose individual units are capable of mutual substitution, such as crude oil, wheat, precious metals or currencies. For example, if someone lends another person a $10 bill, it does not matter if they are given back the same $10 bill or a different one, since currency is fungible. If someone lends another person their car, however, they would not expect to be given back a different car, even of the same make and model, as cars are not fungible. As long as OPEC controls enough of the worldwide oil market (and they certainly do), when they want the price to rise, they simply cut back slightly on their supply. Only a 2-3% drop in supply will typically create a dramatic rise in price. Therefore, even if the US.and Canadian markets are able to generate a 10 to 15% increase in the overall supply of world oil, OPEC would simply cut back their portion of the supply accordingly for a net zero result in order to maintain the level of current pricing. The fact is domestic oil suppliers have shown little stomach for increasing supply. Why? They like the prices OPEC’s strategy generates! This is why Gov. Sarah Palin had to file suit in Alaska just to get movement on additional drilling and production. US oil companies have a tendency for sitting on inventory, especially if it is likely that future pricing will be higher.

islation and there is absolutely no cost to the federal government or taxpayers. New cars would cost approximately $100 more for the alcohol fuel capability, but the resulting

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US international containerized trade grew about 3.7% in 2011, a sharp slowdown from the double-digit from the year before. This has been reflected in the total gross of container tonnage in the Port here. The improvement over 2010 was led by an estimated 5.8% year-over-year gain in export volume, according to the figures.. Containerized imports, measured in 20-foot-equivalent units, grew only 2.2% in 2011 over the year before, and most of that growth came early in the year. Final figures through the third quarter showed import volume contracted 1.6%

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Irish Honor Famine History

Kingly Gifts STATE REP Angel Cruz hosted “Three Kings” party over weekend. Joining Cruz at packed party are Ward Leader Emilio Vazquez, Sheriff Jewell Williams and his daughter Jewel Williams, and Lucy Rodriguez. Photo: McGlasson Photography

SIOBHAN LYONS, executive director of Irish Immigration Center of Phila., joins Board Member Judge Joe Waters at statue honoring Great Famine of 1845-52, which drove millions of Irish into exile.

FATHER Ed Brady assists two lads in lowering Irish flag at Irish Memorial on Front Street in Old City. Both Irish and SHOWING YOUTHS proper way to fold US flag American flags are changed there three is Judge Joe Waters, a former Marine and former months before St. Patrick’s Day. policeman.

STANDING IN for Joseph at Concilio’s celebration of Epiphany was John Dougherty. Irina Valentin was Mother Mary and Mayla Camacho performed role of Baby Jesus. Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior were glad to bestow precious royal gifts on this child. Photo: Harry Leech NUTCRACKER SUITE was performed by Grupo Fuego for delight of largely Hispanic audience. Epiphany is traditionally a major celebration in Hispanic communities, when children receive “Christmas” gifts. Photo: Harry Leech

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COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones, Jr. hosted Black Out party fundraiser in Manuyunk. Council President Darrell Clarke and Passaic Co. Surrogate, Bernice Toledo, were among many guests in attendance.

CANDIDATE for Penna. Attorney General Dan McCaffery joins host Councilman Curtis Jones.

WARD LEADER Lou Agre, Councilman at Large LABOR LEADER SAM Staten, Jr. Bill Greenlee, 4th Dist. Councilman Curtis Jones, congratulates Councilman Curtis Jr. and Councilman At Large Bill Green enjoy party Jones, Jr. on his reelection. in Manayunk. Photos: McGlasson Photography

STATE REP. Dwight Evans called for a Group Hug to celebrate reopening of Cheltenham ShopRite and FastCare Clinic. Flanking Evans are, from left, Wendell Young IV, president, United Food Workers Local 1776; Sandy Brown and her husband Jeff Brown, who head Brown’s Super Stores; Mayor Michael Nutter; State Rep. Cherelle Parker; Councilwoman Marian Tasco; Councilwoman Cindy Bass; and District Attorney Seth Williams. Photo: McGlasson Photography

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JUDGE MARIA McLAUGHLIN was given a traditional “Robe Ceremony” in City Hall. Event saw over 400 well-wishers attend. Judge McLaughlin expressed thanks to all as Judge Frank Brady, who Photo: Joe Stivala spent many years in District Attorney’s Office working with Maria, looks on.


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JUDGE PAMELA DEMBE and State Rep. Babette Josephs were among crowd of luminaries congratulating Chancellor John Savoth.

MICHAEL SCULLIN, ESQ., Honorary French Consul, congratulates newly installed Chancellor John E. Savoth at Phila. Bar Reception in Savoth’s honor last night. Scullin brought with him legal intern from McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, Céline Cardosy, from Lyon, France.

NEWLY MINTED City Councilman Denny O’Brien, 2nd from left, is congratulated at a reception in his honor at Vesper Club by Ted Kirsch, president of AFT of Penna.; Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell; and Jerry Jordan, president of AFT of Phila. Photos: Bonnie Squires

CHANCELLOR-ELECT Kathleen Wilkinson and her husband Tom Wilkinson, Esq., greeted Chief Justice Ron Castille in receiving line at Bar Association reception. NEW COUNCIL colleagues Jannie Blackwell and Bill Green showed up to congratulate newly installed Councilman Denny O’Brien.

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COUNCILMAN Councilman Denny O’Brien welcomes Pat Eiding to O’Brien’s inaugural reception at Vesper Club.

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HEADING receiving line at last night’s Chancellor’s Reception of Phila. Bar Association at Park Hyatt Bellevue ballroom were, from left, newly installed Chancellor John E. Savoth and his wife Nancy, and immediate past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. Hundreds of attorneys, judges and City officials lined up for hours to greet Chancellor Savoth.

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AMONG well-wishers at Denny O’Brien inaugural event were, from left, Bill Sasso, Esq., O’Brien, Hon. Gene Cohen and Realtor Myron Berman.

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TRIBUTE to Judge Sean Kennedy was held in Finnigan’s Wake Pub. Many celebrants were eager to congratulate judge. Seen above, from left, are Ward Leader John Sabatina, Esq.; State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr.; Mike Boyle (Judge Erdos look-alike); Joe Russo; Plymouth Township Councilman Vincent Gilliam; Judge Kennedy; Ward Leaders Pat Parkinson, William Dolbow, John Connelly and Rosanne Pauciello; Irving Vaughn; and Ward Leaders Shawn Dillon and Robert Dellavella, Esq. Photo: Joe Stivala

DOMINICK CIPOLLINI of Keystone Outdoor Advertising; Realtor Myron Berman; Councilman Denny O’Brien; and Joseph Felici, Keystone Outdoor Advertising. CONGRESSMAN Chaka Fattah is joined by his family at City Hall, where he heaped praise on his mother, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.

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SURPRISE! City officials, friends and family celebrated 80th Birthday Party of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah at City Hall. Fattah, founder of House of Umoja, Inc is joined here by husband David.

COUNCILPEOPLE Bill Green, Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones, Jr. present Queen Mother Falaka Fattah with City citation on her 80th birthday. Photos: McGlasson Photography

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B U D G E T WATCHDOG Brett Mandel gathered his family and followers at his Fitler Square home for a holiday party doubled as a campaign event. Mandel says he is “walking, not running” for City Controller, a post he sought in 2009.


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by Len Lear • A few months ago I ran into Paul Roller on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Roller has been chef/owner of a catering firm and restaurants (currently Roller’s Express-O and Roller’s Flying Fish) in Chestnut Hill for three decades. He is known as a no-nonsense boss and a guy who hates pretension and restaurants that charge lots of money for flash and not substance. In the course of the conversation, he mentioned his choice for the city’s best bargain restaurant. It was Modo Mio (“My Way”), a BYOB at 161 W. Girard Avenue on the edge of Northern Liberties, which is packed every night (despite its cash-only policy), largely

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because of its prix fixe menu — four courses for $34. Based on Roller’s strong recommendation, we checked out Modo Mio after reading rave after rave from customers on yelp.com, menu pages.com and urbanspoon.com. The funny thing is owner/chef/dining room entertainer Peter McAndrews (he goes around the dining room making customers laugh, as the late Gene Gosfield used to do at Under the Blue Moon in Chestnut Hill), who grew up in Southwest Philly, is not even Italian; he is Irish, but he spent a year studying traditional, rustic cooking in 1996 at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Torino, Italy, “because I wanted to learn real Italian cooking, not the bastardized version you get at most Italian-American restaurants.” Whatever he learned is working. We can’t wait to go back. More information at (215) 203-8707. (The website, www.modomiorestaurant.com, is currently out of order.) •Albert Paris, a South Philly guy (born Albert Parisi) and one of Philly’s most peripatetic chefs (he has been a chef at Mantra, City Tap House, Public House, Guru, Rococo, Oberon, Circa, City Grille and others), opened Heirloom, a 50seat BYOB, in a former Middle Eastern food market in mid-December at 8705 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, next door to a State Store (perfect for a BYOB). His partner is Robert Bynum, a Mt. Airy native who was Paris’ boss at Zanzibar Blue and Warmdaddy’s. The transformation was impressive. Comfortable banquettes, hanging candles and greenery, reclaimed wood tables, caned chairs, bamboo flooring, vintage reproduction fabrics, soft music, etc., make for a cozy, romantic

setting. And Paris’ regional New American Cuisine features all American ingredients, including many that are locally sourced. All baking, curing, smoking, preserving, etc., is done in-house. Appetizers are all in the $10 range with entrees mostly in the $20s. Based on our “practice” dinner and comments I’ve heard from several customers, Heirloom has a very (Cont. Next Page)

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Thank Mr. Reagan "Take out all the music." -- Russell Simmons, Ethnocentric Promoter Part 57/60 “DON’T BLAME HIP-HOP, I’M SICK and tired of hearing people equate hip-hop music with murder.. .1 think with the recent rise of “black on black crime” in Philadelphia, most people think it makes sense to point the finger at the one thing that runs through this community, its love of hip-hop... So, why is this violence so prevalent in the African-American community?.. .hoplessness, distrust, lack of unity and poor education that has lead to this environment of violence didn’t happen by accident. So please, stop blaming hip-hop for black-on-black crime.” —Tara Cupit, The Phila Daily News, February 17, 2006

BUSINESS OF HIP-HOP: Hip-hop “culture could not have survived and thrived without the people who funded, promoted and sold it.. (Rap promoter) Russell Simmons’ key innovation, when he made Run-DMC’s first record, was to basically order his producerpartner Larry Smith to take out all the music - RUSSELL SIMMONS I just want to hear a beat.” —Dan Charnas, Author, “Fresh Air.” Dec 9, 2010 “OCCUPY ST. BARTS, HIP-HOP mogul and Occupy Wall Street supporter, RUSSELL SIMMONS, was spotted far from Zuccotti Park this week, strolling the beach in front of super-luxurious Hotel Isle de France on St. Barts. Simmons—the vocal OWS supporter and author of “SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All”— annually spends the holiday season on the island... (Said Simmons) ‘I need to continue to fuel

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) bright future in 2012. Some of the dishes that blew us away were the warm Carolina rolls, amazing cornbread, butternut squash bisque and roasted king salmon with bacon and pepper cream. More information at (215) 242-2700 or www.heirloomdining.com. •Two years ago Philly’s nonpareil chef/entrepreneur/ wunderkind, José Garces, who, according to one wag, “keeps proving that there is no limit to his talent for assimilation,” joined forces with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and opened Garces Trading Co., a cafe, wine shop and on-site bakery at 1111 Locust Street. In addition to a full-service restaurant, customers can purchase topquality cheeses, cold cuts, breads, baked goods and other gourmet foods that are sold under Garces’ label. Garces’ competitors, none of whom are allowed to have a wine shop in their restaurants, are not too thrilled about the fact you can buy a bottle of wine at the usual retail price at Garces Trading Co. (instead of the usual 300% restaurant markup) and then drink it with your dinner. Quite a competitive advantage. Or you may even BYOB.

And you basically cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. Some dishes we loved during a recent visit were the funghi pizza with several different types of mushrooms ($16), the muscular Tuscan fusilli alla carbonara pasta ($13), the feather-light sauteed cod entree ($18) and the naughty chocolate mousse with chocolate pretzels and peanut butter center ($7). More information at (215)5741099 or www.garcestradingcompany.com. •If Modo Mio has the city’s best bargain prices for topquality dining, then the best bargain in the suburbs has to be the weeknight three-coursefor-$33 option at the Old Guard House Inn, 953 Youngsford Road in Gladwyne. The price is amazing, considering the fact some of the entrees on the regular menu are higher than $33. “It (the $33 menu) serves a great purpose,” insists Albert Breuers, owner/chef for the last 33 years. “It fills in the seats on weekdays, and we don’t mind doing it because not everybody can afford these (regular menu) prices. Of course, every chef and restaurant owner wants to see as many people as possible enjoying his food, and not just on weekends. It’s also a great learning tool for some of our young chefs.” At Old Guard House Inn, you can dine like millionaire Main Liners at rowhouse prices. More information at (610) 649-9708 or www.guardhouseinn.com.

“Hey,” I said, “you know George Washington had wooden teeth.” Finally I saw a spark of interest across the eyes of my oldest. I took it and ran. For the next 20 minutes, we discussed how silly it is that someone would judge their life or another by how white their teeth are! I tried my best to convey in their language how commercials are meant to force emotions on us that will trigger our unconscious to associate the product with that emotion. One of the saddest contradictions is how these seemingly soulful messages have a soulless cause. How is it that selling laundry detergent makes us better mothers or how picking the “right” car insurance leaves us with a

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commercials regarding teeth whitening! How is it that having white teeth causes you to smile bigger? Does having whiter teeth make your life better? Well, you and I can discern these advertising absurdities from reality, but unfortunately our innocent children cannot. It was at that moment I muted the commercials (much to my eight-year-old’s dismay) and had a discussion with my children about the marketing of teeth whiteners. Most of the time I got blank stares until I had an epiphany,

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by Adele Lam Like the rest of you, I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to rolling my eyes at useless commercials. I am amazed at how many times I find myself muttering under my breath, “You’ve got to be kidding me,” or “Oh please” after being subjected to some effort to pull on my heartstrings just to sell car insurance or the latest medicine. The other night, while the children and I were having some TV time together, I was appalled that in a short frame of time we had watched seven

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