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MAYOR Michael Nutter and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson urge Graduate Hospital neighbors to be “patient” as the City assesses the scope of the water-main break near 21st & Bainbridge LEGENDARY Irish Boxing coach Gerry Storey will Street. cross the Pond again when he brings his boxing club to the States to compete against Harrowgate Boxing Club at the annual Irish boxing matches that will kick off Wildwood’s Irish weekend festivities. Irish boxing committee members Fred Druding, Jr. and Charlie Sgrillo took Gerry Storey & his famed Holy Family Boxing Club to Passyunk Avenue to see Joey Giardello Statue during last year’s visit.

Second Dist. Councilman Johnson and Mayor Nutter toured the area on Monday, meeting disgruntled neighbors, and local business owners -- perplexed at the damage caused by the gas break.

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by Maria Merlino HUNDREDS of car enthusiasts revved their engines and parked along Passyunk Avenue at the seventh annual car show on Sunday. (Cont. Page 3)

HUGE SINKHOLE from a broken water main near 21st & Bainbridge Streets caused neighbors to evacuate last week. City officials told resident and business owners Monday it’s going to take City longer than Photo by Rory McGlasson first thought to fully assess the damage.

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Neighbors, Business Owners Staring At A Sinkhole (Cont. From Page 1) “In a situation like this, we have to be as patient and as deliberate as possible to make sure we don't have to come back down here again,” said 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who went to a doorto-door meeting with concerned constituents on Monday. Neighbors better get used to the giant sinkhole at 21st & Bainbridge, though. The damage caused by a major gas break last week is going to take longer to fix than originally thought, according to Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug. The gas break caused flooding and power outages in Southwest Center City, resulting in evacuation of three blocks last Sunday evening.

After a transmission gas pipe blew, Jul. 23, water surged, and amassed to a staggering 48 inches in diameter -- before ripping through the concrete, creating a sinkhole at 2100 Bainbridge Street. Most neighbors’ gas and electricity is back on now, though, but the cleanup and damage is just beginning. Residents were told by city officials, it would take “days” to clean up the damage. However, after further assessing the damage, the City found complications related to major utilities, such as PGW. Johnson said his office is working closely with the Water Dept., PGW and PECO to help “keep the line of communication with residents open.” Neighbors, however, are slowly coming to terms with their respective losses -- some having their photographic memories quite literally washed away. “I have lost personal belongings,” said James McLaughlin of Pemberton Street. “The insurance company will not pay for the damage either, because it’s flood-related, and we don’t have flood insurance,” he said. McLaughlin invited Mayor Nutter and Councilman Johnson into his Pemberton Street home on Monday evening.

Inside, McLaughlin showed the politicians the damage the water had left in his basement. McLaughlin said four inches of water gushed inside his basement. Neukrug, who accompanied Mayor Nutter and Johnson on Monday, said he blamed the gas break on “poor infrastructure” and on an outdated (100year-old) piping system. No timeframe has been set on when the damage will be fixed, Neukrag said. Neighbors with water issues, or those seeking claims MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER checks out piping lifted from adjusters, can contact the Water sinkhole at 21st & Bainbridge, with Water Commissioner Dept. at (215) 685-6300. Photos by Rory McGlasson Howard Neukrug.

CITY WORKERS assess damage inside sinkhole at 21st & Bainbridge Streets.

Making Sure Voters Have ID COUNCILMAN KENYATTA Johnson, Mayor Michael Nutter and Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug survey sinkhole at 21st & Bainbridge. “We are doing all that we can to make sure this situation is rectified for our constituents,” said Johnson. “It’s important everyone comes out of this satisfied, considering the circumstances. We will do our best to put my constituents at ease.”

JAMES McLAUGHLIN of Pemberton Street gave Mayor Michael Nutter and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson tour of his home after water from the water-main break at 21st & Bainbridge flooded his basement.

JOINING together for a voter-ID education seminar were PennDOT’s Scott Sherk, State Sen. Anthony Williams, State Reps. Babette Josephs and Harold James, and legislative candidate Jordan Harris. Event was held at Dixon House in South Philadelphia. Photo by Donald Terry

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soon. Here we are, just an hour into the festival, and we estimate at least 4,000 people are here. This has become a destination event and, as you can see, there is a diverse crowd of car enthusiasts. We’ve added a lot more stuff for the kids, such as a moon bounce and a coloring contest. The music is very varied, with Mariachi bands,

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(Cont. From Page 1) The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District held its annual Street Festival, formerly known as the Doo Wop & Street Festival Car Show, with more live bands — and more muscle cars than ever. I really didn’t know where to begin as there were more than 140 trucks, cars and motorcycles gleaming along Passyunk Avenue from McKean Street to Dickinson Street. And then I saw it — a 1931 Ford Model A with green hubcaps, running boards, interior vases and suicide doors. Wowe! I could just picture Eliot Ness chasing after Al Capone driving and Frank Nitti riding shotgun. I had to find the owner. It turns out 80-year-old Billy Young, the son of an auto mechanic and a Bok HS graduate, was sitting just a couple of feet away. “I’ve had this car for 14 years,” he told me. When I bought it, there was plenty of work that needed to be done, a whole lot of restorations. It’s all original and only a year older than me!” There was an easel set up in front of the car with an original page from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The car originally sold for $590. “In today’s market,” said Young, “that translates to

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SOUL SHIFTERS: Jeff Bellino, Julian Bellino, Billy Young, Mustang, Charles Boller, Tommy Hazel, Wiley, Zeb Thomas Jr., Chub Thomas and Harry Brooks. Photo by Maria Merlino formed. “We lost a lot of members over the years, but in 1966 we started The Soul Shifters.” Renee Gilinger, executive director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, was running around in a golf cart when I caught up to her. “This year’s show has been unbelievable!” she enthused. “The cars started lining up around 8 a.m. and the people started to arrive just as

Frank Sinatra impersonators, and blues, funk live bands and a DJ. Plus we have food from our great restaurants, a big carshaped cake and a craft show. There is also a high-wire walker from The School of Circus Arts. Even without all the hoopla, I encourage everyone to visit Passyunk Avenue. If you haven’t been here a few years, you’ll be amazed at all the positive changes.”

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GOP Lawyers Lack PR Sense by Joe Shaheeli With politicians looking for good exposure whenever they can get it, one wonders why the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association would email to the press an evening reception honoring Congressman Patrick Meehan, and then bar the press from attending? It is being billed as “not a fundraiser”. Maybe they were worried Special Guests Lee Rudofsky, national director of election day operations and deputy general counsel for the Romney presidential campaign and Republican Pennsylvania Director of Election Day Operations Joe DeFelice might leak out a campaign strategy secret or two. Despite the efforts of 5th Ward GOP Leader Mike Cibik to gain us entry, they held fast to their “long-standing tradition” of no press coverage. In any event, we’ll still do them a favor by mentioning the event is scheduled for Aug. 9 at Blank Rome LLP,

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Pa. Labor Wants Audit Of Voter-ID Costs Top state federation of labor officers are calling for an audit of number of voters affected, associated costs and Dept. of State procedures regarding the newly passed voter photo-ID law. In the letter signed by Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, the labor lead-

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Dunbar Keeps Busy Canvassing In 177th Democrat Candidate William F. Dunbar has been canvassing the 177th Legislative Dist. in his effort to unseat long-time Republican State Rep. John J. Taylor. Located in the heart of Port Richmond, Dunbar has set up an effective serviceoriented campaign, handling problems brought to his attention by voters. “The voter-ID bill has created a new obstruction to thousands of voters within the district,” says Dunbar. “I want to make sure anyone who wants to vote will not be hindered by the obstacles in the bill.” Dunbar and his staff have been working diligently to make sure people in the district are not only registered

DC21’s Joe Ashdale shares this happy moment with STATE REP. John Taylor is joined by Pastor Richard Har- Councilman Mark Squilla at ris and young congregation members of Firm Hope Baptist- 7th annual Glaziers’ Day bChurch to mark annual Fun Day Celebration on 2300 gathering at Keenan's in Wildwood. Block of E. Auburn Street last Saturday. to vote, but that they are equipped with the necessary tools needed to overcome the bill, including birth certificates and Social Security cards.

Court To Decide Fate Of DeWeese On Ballot The Commonwealth Court will hear arguments to remove former State Rep. Bill DeWeese from the November ballot on Aug. 8. The court granted the application to fast-track the case, and will hold arguments with attorneys participating by conference call. The Democrat State Party, which initiated the suit against DeWeese and Secretary of State Carol Aichele, has been ordered to file a brief in support of its contention that DeWeese be removed by Jul. 30. DeWeese and Aichele

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Senior Judges Make Way For Appointees Reported relinquishing senior-judge status are Judges Four Alfred Dibona, Ricardo Jackson, William Mazzolla and Esther Sylvester. Their vacancies were filled by appointments to the court made by Gov. Tom Corbett recently.

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(Cont From Prev. Page) These numbers show a slight bump for the Dem candidates for Treasurer and Auditor since the PPP poll in late May, which had McCord and DePasquale up 1 point each over their competitors, 35% to 34%. McCord, of Montgomery Co., is nearing the end of his first term as Pennsylvania Treasurer. Irey Vaughan is a five-term Commissioner in Washington Co. DePasquale of York Co. and Maher of Allegheny Co. are both State Representatives.

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STATE REP. Maria Donatucci was one of Congressman Bob Brady’s guests on his monthly WURD Radio show, broadcasting this time from Penrose Diner.

PENROSE DINER owner Pete Dovas enjoyed flood of dignitaries who showed up for Congressman Bob Brady's monthly appearance Photos by Joe Stivala on WURD Radio.

VIPs gathered around Congressman Bob Brady to be interviewed by Bob and WURD DJ Bill Anderson. From left are Councilmen Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Jim Kenney and, standing, Ducky Birts, Penrose Diner’s Pete Dovas and Democrat legislative candidate Jordan Harris.

(Cont. From Page 5) Tucker led a delegation to view the Fear of a Black Republican documentary and meet director, writer and producer Kevin J. Williams. With him were Prince Muhammad and Sheldon Kilbey, Republican activists. The event was hosted by Chris Stigall of WPHT and attended by former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Corbett Falling Under Sandusky Shadow? Ten thousand signatures have been gathered by Keystone Progress on a petition calling for an investigation of Gov. Tom Corbett’s actions regarding the Sandusky case, both during his tenure as Attorney General and then as

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Deeley Hosts Fundraiser For Henon

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the Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School, which in 2010 was caught running an after-hours club in the school cafeteria. Last Friday, the School District’s overseer of charter schools Thomas Darden was forced out after a steamy School Reform Commission meeting -- a move the School District kept secret for three days. The time has come to start asking hard questions about an educational revolution which may have gone sour. Fifteen years ago, Act 22 authorized charter schools in Pennsylvania. Its goal was to shake up staid, creaky, monolithic school districts whose pupils were underperforming by allowing independent schools to open shop on the public dime. It was driven by deep frustration with the School District of Philadelphia in particular, whose outcomes had been dismal for generations. Many people were looking for a halfway step toward

breaking up the government school monopoly, since tuition vouchers for independent schools were not in reach politically at that time. School-district money would fund these new charter schools; but they would be free of its cumbersome central bureaucracy and rigid teaching rules, subject only to minimal oversight. Charter schools would experiment and innovate; they would find new ways to reach deprived students which the public-school system could never think of. Let a hundred flowers bloom…. Bloom they did: 142 in Pennsylvania, of which 80 are in Philadelphia. But it’s clear now they don’t all smell like roses. In case after case, “freedom” has meant the freedom to skim taxpayers’ money and run scams. That hasn’t stopped school reformers from pushing to spread charter schools even farther. This winter the SRC, newly reconstituted after a

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pervasive habits that point to fraud. The unlucky Brown’s behavior was among them, leading shortly after to her indictment. Stinky real-estate deals abounded. School founders were being compensated like royalty. Shady interlocking nonprofit corporations were set up to make schools hard to scrutinize. All might yet be forgiven, if charter schools were producing better students. But they’re not. After a dozen years of experiment upon experiment, it’s not clear charter schools are in fact delivering positive educational outcomes. In 2011, 40 out of 73 city charter schools (55%) made Adequate Yearly Progress on state tests. That’s better than city public schools, of whom 110 of 258 (42%) made AYP; but is it $207 million worth of great? Bear in mind, charterschool families are self-selected. They have the motivation to seek out educational alternatives and apply for them. They should be above average. It’s disappointing to many reformers that charterschool test scores have beenlackluster in Pennsylvania. The problem is not just here. Across the nation, charter schools have struggled to produce results which are believably better than their Board of Education competitors. Meanwhile, problems with corruption and fraud are rife. And no wonder. If you put a pot of government money on the sidewalk, while ordering the government not to oversee its spending, because government can’t possibly know what it’s doing – then don’t be surprised if a lot of that money walks off. According to a March 2010 report, the US Dept. of Education Office of Inspector General has seen a steady increase in charter-school fraud complaints. Since January 2005, the OIG opened more than 40 charter-school criminal investigations resulting in 18 indictments and 15 convictions and $4.3 million in criminal restitution, and it continues to pursue criminal prosecutions in 24 cases, gen(Cont. Page 17)

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clean sweep by Gov. Tom Corbett’s Administration, gave a $2.7 million contract to the Boston Consulting Group for advice on how to slash costs. (The money came from the United Way and the William Penn Foundation, not from public funds.) BCG is a topdrawer management-consulting agency where Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu, among many other leaders, cut their teeth as youngsters. When it comes to school systems, its chief tool is privatization. Subcontracting troubled urban schools to private managers, many of them working for profit, is one favorite move of BCG’s. Charter schools are another. Today, 25,872 tax-supported students attend Philadelphia charter schools, as opposed to 184,560 in the public-school system. That’s 14% of the city’s governmentfunded students. But the city’s elite, trained by SRC’s consultants, now aims to push that figure up to 43% by 2017. Critics of charter schools are plentiful at both national and local levels. Diane Ravitch, an education professor at New York University, who supported charter schools when the idea was first being floated, has changed her mind after seeing them in action and wages a relentless campaign against them. In town, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, led by its President Jerry Jordan, is skeptical and bitter about the charter-school movement as a whole. PFT believes most charters short-change teachers as part of their business model (although it has organized three of them in this city, to be sure). This week, Jordan called for a moratorium on new charter schools, which he said are a destructive drain on the school budget. “We have seen overwhelming evidence this money is not being well spent in too many cases,” he said. Jordan said across-the-board cutbacks in school nurses, arts and music programs and world languages have been caused by the diversion of funds to charters. But SRC is sticking to its

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by Tony West Last week the FBI charged one of the pioneers of the charter-school movement, June Hairston Brown, and four colleagues with defrauding $6.5 million from three Philadelphia schools she had founded: Agora Cyber Charter School, Planet Abacus Charter School and Laboratory Charter School of Communication & Language – all taxpayers’ money. In April, the School Reform Commission terminated the charters of three more city schools – Truebright Science Academy, Arise Academy and Hope Charter School – citing poor academic performance and unqualified personnel. One of them, Truebright Science Academy, turned out to be a disguised unit in a national chain of charter schools run by a secretive Turkish Muslim preacher, Fethullah Gulen, whose “science” teachings include creationism. Trouble was brewing in other charter schools even earlier – literally, in the case of

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CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady congratulates President Dan Grace on upcoming 70th birthday of his Teamsters Local 830, which will be celebrated Sep. 9 on lawn at headquarters, Townsend & Southampton Rds., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. KEYSTONE MERCY’s annual Healthy Hoops sports gathering at St. Joe’s University brought out several hundred young asthmatics who learned how to handle their problem and still enjoy sports under watchful guidance of local famous coaches Speedy Morris, Sonny Hill, Bill Foxx and Photos by Leona Dixon Jimmy Baker.

SEPTA has been honored by the American Public Transportation Association with the 2012 “Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award” for efforts to enhance service, efficiencies and overall effectiveness. APTA, which has more than 1,500 member organizations, awards the honor annually to agencies that demonstrate leadership and help advance public transportation. SEPTA was singled out for recognition by APTA in a category that includes dozens of North America’s STATE REP. LOUISE BISHOP chats with Sister2Sister major transit operators. magazine Publisher Jamie Foster Brown at Healthy Hoops “It is my honor to announce expo. that SEPTA has won the 2012 Outstanding Public TransStore Hours: Tue.-Sat.: 10-5 portation System Achievement 2024 S. 10th St. Award in the category of more than 20 million trips annu215-468-5363 ally,” said APTA President We Accept Food Stamps - Free Delivery! and CEO Michael Melaniphy. “This means that SEPTA is being recognized as the best large public transportation system in North America. SEPTA’s many accomplishments and achievements are models for the rest of the public transit industry.” SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey said the award is a testament to the hard work of the Authority’s employees. “We are thrilled to receive this award, and honored that our peers in the transit agency have singled out SEPTA’s

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MICHAEL P. MELANIPHY, president and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, left, congratulates SEPTA on its 2012 “Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award”. With him are Deputy Mayor & SEPTA Board Member Rina Cutler; SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr.; and SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey. APTA announced SEPTA won for its efforts to enhance service, efficiencies and overall effectiveness. achievements for recognition,” Casey said. “I am so proud of the members of the SEPTA team, who are committed to serving our customers, and fulfilling our mission to improve the environment, facilitate economic growth, and sustain the quality of life in our region. This recognition is a testament to their dedication, enthusiasm, and innovative spirit.” These efforts are also being recognized by SEPTA customers, who continue to use the system in increasing numbers.

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MUNICIPAL COURT Judge Fay Stack attended 90th birthday party for Nick Forgione at Boulevard Diner in Somerton. Forgione, former police officer who became a champion bicyclist and charity fundraiser after being diagnosed with cancer in 1983, is a 58th Ward Democratic committeeman and active parishioner at St. Christopher Church.

Dredging Gets A Green Light Gov. Tom Corbett will lead a delegation including US Sen. Bob Casey and Congressmen Bob Brady and Pat Meehan at a press conference at Packer Terminal Tuesday afternoon. The conference is expected

to touch on the continuing progress involving the deepening project of the Delaware River Main Channel and commitments toward that end from the federal and state governments.

The Family Court of the State of Delaware, In and For New Castle. Notice of Termination of Parental Rights Action. To: Unknown Father, From: Confidential Clerk of Family Court Adoptions from the Heart, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition number 12-13276) against you to terminate your parental rights of your minor female, born: 1/10/2012. A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington Delaware, on 8/30/2012 at 11:00 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.


The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has a special incentive intended to help buyers of new homes with a more-affordable mortgage option, tailored specifically to the needs of buyers purchasing newly constructed homes. Buyers of new homes can apply for a closing-cost assistance loan of up to $6,000. That is significantly higher than the maximum closingcost assistance loan of $4,000, or 2% of the sales prices, available through PHFA for buyers of existing homes. Additionally, PHFA continues to offer no-cost homebuyer education, so that buyers make better-informed home purchase decisions. The PHFA’s Homebuyer Hotline is (800) 822-1174. Information also is available on the agency’s website at www.phfa.org; look under the blue “Homebuyer” header.

by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. You may have read or heard news reports stating that the solvency of the Social Security program is in doubt. While some reforms are needed to ensure future recipients receive full payment of benefits, the program is in no immediate danger of running out of funds. Social Security benefits are funded by payroll taxes on workers and employers, and are not part of the regular federal budget. So long as these taxes continue in place, current and future retirees and disabled beneficiaries will continue to receive their payments. According to SSA, the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds would become exhausted between 2036 and 2041 using varying sets of economic and demographic assumptions. “If no legislative change is en-

revenue for the Social Security program is removing the cap on payroll taxes. Only the first $110,100 of salary is subject to withholding (the self-employed pay both the employee and employer shares). Raising or eliminating the cap could bring in substantial revenues that would ensure future recipients receive full benefits, without placing an undue burden on working- and middle-class wage-earners.

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in court for months or even years. The trustee can subpoena records from the people who may have information about assets of a bankruptcy estate, and they can also depose or sue to

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Re Adoption of Baby Girl P, (DOB: 2/8/12), No. 2012-A0057 in the Orphans' Court Division, Ct of Com Pleas, Montgomery Cty, PA. To: Unknown Birthfather and/or "Disco". A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, Baby Girl P. Baby Girl P was born 2/8/12 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, PA. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Courtroom No. 14, 4th Floor, One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown, PA on August 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. before the Honorable Stanley Ott. Your presence is required at the hearing. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. 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 to find out where you can get legal help. Montgomery County. Lawyer Referral Service,100 West Airy St, PO Box 268 Norristown, PA 19404-4321, Phone: 610-279-9660. PA. Act 101 of 2010 further permits court enforceable agreements for continuing contact after adoption between adoptive parents, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, upon written agreement and court approval. For more information, please contact Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack, Attorney for Petitioner Adoptions from the Heart Adoption, P.O. Box 56182, Philadelphia, PA 19130. 215-763-5550.

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acted, scheduled tax revenues will be sufficient to pay only about three-fourths of the scheduled benefits after trust fund exhaustion.” See http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/so lvency/index.html. Some have proposed “entitlement reform” as an answer to the burgeoning federal deficit. As noted earlier, Social Security is funded Participate in solely by payroll taxes, not general federal taxes. Cutting benefits to retirees and the disabled and their families Special Salute will not reduce the federal Call John David budget deficit. 215-755-2000 Some in Congress have proposed raising the retirement age to 70 as a means of addressing long-term funding issues. This seems rather extreme, given that the retirement age now stands at 67 for Michael A. Cibik, Esquire those born after 1959. One measure that could American Bankruptcy Board significantly help raise more Certified Question: If you don’t have information about an asset, can In The Court of Common Pleas you just put down “unknown”? Philadelphia County Answer: The short answer is Civil Action – Law you can file your bankruptcy No. 120402090 case without all your informaNotice of Action in Mortgage Foreclosure tion, meaning it is possible to do Midfirst Bank, Plaintiff vs. Henrietta Cannon, Known Heir to the Estate of Freeman Fletcher, it; however, I don’t recommend Deceased & The Unknown Heirs of Freeman Fletcher, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real it under most circumstances. Owner, Defendant(s) First and foremost, filing To: The Unknown Heirs of Freeman Fletcher, Deceased, Mortgagor and Real Owner, Defenbankruptcy without having all dant(s), whose last known address is 160 West Spencer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120. This the information you need could firm is a debt collector and we are attempting to collect a debt owed to our client. Any inforget you into a lot of trouble or mation obtained from you will be used for the purpose of collecting the debt. You are hereby complicate your case, dependnotified that Plaintiff, Midfirst Bank, has filed a Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint endorsed ing on the circumstances, why, with a notice to defend against you in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, and how it is done. You don’t Pennsylvania, docketed to No. 120402090, wherein Plaintiff seeks to foreclose on the mortwant your case to turn into a gage secured on your property located, 160 West Spencer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120, train wreck, but sometimes you whereupon your property will be sold by the Sheriff of Philadelphia County. Notice: You don’t have a choice. have been sued in court. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following Problems you might face pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after the Complaint and notice are may be something as simple served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with (but humiliating) as being verthe court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that bally reprimanded by a Trustee if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against at a creditors meeting for not you by the Court without further notice for any money claimed in the Complaint for any having the information on the other claim or relief requested by the Plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other bankruptcy petition; or it might rights important to you. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have involve more serious problems a lawyer or cannot afford one, go to or telephone the office set forth below. This office can like motions, litigation, conprovide you with information about hiring a lawyer. If you cannot afford to hire a Lawyer, tempt/sanctions, and to being this office may be able to provide you with information about agencies that may offer legal taken to court to have the judge services to eligible persons at a reduced fee or no fee. Phila. Bar Assoc., One Reading Cendetermine what to do. ter, Phila, PA 19104, 215-238-6333. Community Legal Services, Inc., Law Center North Unresolved issues in a bankCentral, Phila., PA 19140, 215-227-2400 or 215-981-3700. Michael T. McKeever, Atty. for ruptcy case can drag out the Plaintiff, KML Law Group, P.C., Ste. 5000, Mellon Independence Center, 701 Market St., bankruptcy proceedings for a Phila., PA 19106-1532, 215.627.1322. long time, and tie up the debtor

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This Tuesday ANITA McBRIDE, chief of staff to FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH, was the keynote speaker at a Commonwealth Club luncheon at the Marriott in Conshohocken. McBride is currently at American University’s Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies, focusing on the history and contributions of our First Ladies. In addition to working for Laura Bush, McBride was with the administrations of the first PRESIDENT BUSH and PRESIDENT REAGAN. Some members of the Philadelphia herd thundered up the Schuylkill Expressway to this well-attended event. MIKE CIBIK, Republican leader of the 5th Ward and member of the Board of the Commonwealth Club, and 5th Ward Committeewoman MONIKA CZAPLA sat at the head table. Other Philadelphians in attendance included candidate for State Representative DAVID KRALLE, former candidate for District Attorney ED SCHWARTZ, Committeewoman DENISE FUREY and ROBERT MANSFIELD’S (US Congressional candidate 2nd Dist.) Campaign Mgr. NED GREENE. McBride entertained the crowd with her experiences working with the Bushes and Reagan. Her most-touching story concerned a visit by her father to her office in the White House when she was the head of Human Resources for the Reagan Administration. Her father, an immigrant from Italy with the equivalent to a third-grade education, was awed by his daughter’s private office with her name on the door. The rise of the daughter of a working-class immigrant to a managerial position in the White House is a testament to American exceptionalism. She emphasized the importance of Pennsylvania in the upcoming election. She noted three Pennsylvania congressional seats are among those most watched (Cont. Page 16)

When we last left the characters in the drama known as Pennsylvania’s voter-ID law, all of the interested parties were headed to Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg to have their say on the measure that requires all voters to have a picture ID in order to make their voices heard at the polls on Election Day. (You can vote provisionally, but if you don’t have a copy of your ID to the appropriate voting official within six days, it’s as if you never dropped by the polling place.) Before Tuesday’s session, the highlight of the hearings before Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson was the testimony of 93-year-old Vivian Applewhite of Philadelphia. Applewhite is the lead plaintiff in this lawsuit and she testified to the court this law would prove a hardship to her and anyone else who would have problems producing the birth certificate needed to procure state-sanctioned ID. But on Tuesday, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele made herself the center of attention by admitting something Gov. Tom Corbett had admitted to reporters earlier in the week: While it is her job to see the voter-ID law is followed, she doesn’t know exactly what’s in it. Aichele also admitted under oath she didn’t know how many people actually needed state IDs, and that the state’s previous estimate of 759,000 was something she came up with because she was told to produce a number. In an interview after her testimony last Wednesday, Applewhite she said she used to carry her birth certificate in her purse with her at all times. The nightmare began when she was the victim of a purse-snatching and her birth certificate, along with her Social Security card, was taken, Applewhite said. (Cont. Page 17)

Yo! Here we go again with some stories of the older crowd. A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?” “Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering, then, just how serious is my condition; because this prescription is marked ‘No Refills’.” An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son. “Yes, Dad, what is it?” “Don’t be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if the operation doesn’t go well and something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife.” Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth – think of Algebra. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is a change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is different. First you forget names, and then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. It’s worse when you forget to pull it down. Two guys – one old, one young– are pushing their carts around Walmart when they collide. The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” The young guy says, “That’s OK, it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too – I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.” The old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?” The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom, wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?” To which the old guy says, “Doesn’t matter. Let’s look for yours.” And this final one especially for me: Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!

The Brady Bash at the shore was once again a big smash. The big shots and power brokers of the Philadelphia power organization convened at Keenan’s Pub in North Wildwood, N.J. Among the well-wishers to the Chairman were Ward Leader and power broker JOHN DOUGHERTY and his dad “MR. DOC”, STATE REP. ED NEILSON, SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS, STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS and COUNCILMEN MARK SQUILLA, BOB HENON and BILL GREENLEE. Also in attendance were other WARD LEADERS MATT MYERS, BOB DELLAVELLA, BILL DOLBOW, MIKE McALEER, SHAWN DILLON, JOHN SABATINA, JR., CONNIE DOUGHERTY PAT PARKINSON and EMILIO VAZQUEZ. Many from this group were also seen in attendance at a fundraiser the night before at the seashore home of former SHERIFF BARBARA DEELEY. The seabreeze cocktails flowed generously and the sea breezes flowed gently as the crowd gathered at her comfortable retreat in Angelsea, N. Wildwood to honor Councilman Bob Henon. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY attended the event accompanied by his executive consultant KEN SMUKLER. Ward Leader John Sabatina, Sr. also hosted a party at his Wildwood Crest home. His lovely wife LISA was a generous host and all of the guests left completely full. Among the attendees were former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER and many of the aforementioned VIPs. All roads head to Wildwood in August with political and union locals hosting fundraisers. Among the unions, the same (Cont. Page 17)

TRAFFIC COURT PHONES: Does a Judge of Traffic Court have to go down the hall to call her daughter or husband? Maybe, in the case of Judge Christine SOLOMON. The judge, so zapped with the triple-headed monster investigation team, turned in her City phone, and cannot get messages on her cell. How petty must the probers be that they fish for minnows! To pick on this diminutive little lady judge and GRANDMOTHER is less than honorable and maybe not too masculine. And hey, prober gone fishing, HOW MUCH ARE YOU COSTING US?? JUSTICE CASTILLE AND JUDGE HERON – you can end your portion of this LONG NIGHT now! Are you waiting for September, when vacations are over, to announce revelations? And to what useful end? Taxpayers are TIRED of costly “reform”; which often means replacing a worker wearing shirt and slacks with a MORE-EXPENSIVE and coifed person in a three-piece suit and Gucci shoes – and a fancy job title.... TRAFFIC COURT personnel – always remember you are allowed to have your lawyer with you if probers want to talk with you. (You might be told you do not need one.) POLICE OFFICER Heather BERNARD alerts all to the FACEBOOK page for the late officer SGT Joseph LE CLAIRE, Jr. Check it out.... BOILERMAKERS Local 13 has joined the BIG TOP mailings. Welcome! WORKERS STAND FOR AMERICA events start at the Sheet Metal Workers HQ on Columbus Boulevard at 9 a.m. and end at a labor rally in Eakins Oval on the Parkway 11 a.m. Write this date: Aug. 11. Ward Leader and Labor Supporters Louis AGRE and Harry ENGGASSER, along with civic leader Danny BAUDER, will be there!... TEAMSTERS Local 830, headed by Dan GRACE, will celebrate its 70th Birthday on Sep. 9 with a gala picnic on its HQ lawn at Townsend & Southampton Roads, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 42nd WARD Committeeman David RODRIGUEZ will expand his youth athletic programs to include wrestling and boxing. Once again, committeepersons are doing good as part of the few civic leaders that are elected... SHEAMUS BONNER, popular former soldier and St. Patrick’s Observance leader, continues his quest to be State Representative in the 163d. Help him. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LISA DEELEY, Assistant to Councilman Bobby HENON. “Lisa helps more citizens in her sleep than others do awake,” says Teamster Mike KATES, and so true!... Birthday greetings to STATE REP. Babette JOSEPHS and 36th Ward Committeeman Kevin HANNAH. Lovely Rita DONATUCCI celebrates her b-day as well. (Cont. Page 17)


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Our Opinion ... Voter ID Challenge City Council President Darrell Clarke understood the challenge offered by the new state voter photo-ID law. He’s risen to it. While proponents and opponents shot off media releases and emails for and against the legislation, posturing was the order of the day. Now it seems both sides are finally settling down to let the legality of the legislation be tested in the courts. But, not waiting to find out how the courts rule, Clarke rallied his Council peers to do what needs to be done: Get the word out, check the neighborhoods, knock at doors, and help those without photo voter IDs get them. He understood the challenge and the opportunity this controversy presents to add to and energize the voter base.

Wildwood Days Summer calls for seashore fundraisers and gatherings. We’ve seen our fair share of them and happily cover and report them for our readers who wonder what political and union leaders do in the summertime. Though it seems these events are dedicated to fun and frolic, be aware each has an undercurrent that runs strong. For in attendance are those who influence election outcomes, those who seek help with their elections, and those who hope to be noticed as they plan political careers. The premier of all events is the Brady Bunch Beach Party and we invite you to attend by checking Page 15.

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We give a cursory glance on Page 14 of this issue into what has become a growing concern for the public-school systems in this city and around the state. The charter schools, considered a way out for underserved children to get a better education, have overall failed to live up to that billing. Charter schools are

costing us millions of dollars, all coming from the School Districts, which in turn cry for more funding. So you and I pay more in taxes. The growing question is, “Should charter schools be considered a failed experience and should the legislation that cre-

ated them be overhauled, bringing them under tighter supervision by the public school districts?” We invite your thoughts and your personal experiences. Email them to Editor@phillyrecord.com.

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LUCKY Jim Harrity enjoys GERI HACKER and Anne PLEASED at turnout STATE REP. MARK COHEN aide Sonja company of Ward Leader Jan- Marie Coyle were among happy were event manager Tom Thomas and old-timer committeeman Bill ice Sulman and Cookie Keefus. Brady Bunch attendees. Johnson and Ducky Birts. Kelly shared this photo.

PLEASED at garnering one of few tables at crowded Keenan’s were Kathy Huggins, Holly Harris, Dolores Jones Buler and Bill Durham.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady welcomes Bill Dolbow and Danny Grace to beach gala.

SHARING MOMENT with Congressman Bob Brady were Steve KENNY GIUSINI, left, discusses DISCUSSING N.E. politics with MEET some of Brady bunch who attended Lauer, John Dougherty, Sr. and judicial aspirations with his brother State Congressman Brady were Rep. gala at Keenan’s in Wildwood. Vince and Janice Sulman. John Sabatina, Jr. and Joe Mulvey. Photo by Joe Stivala John & Mary Griffith.

STORK news! Ward Leader colleague Janice Sulman his wife is carrying, maybe a future ward leader. Photo by Joe Stivala

CATCHING up at Brady gathering were 43rd Ward Leader Emilio Vazquez and 42nd Ward Committeeman David Rodriguez. Photo by Joe Stivala

LAWYERS and Ward Leaders Bob Dellavella and Michel Boyle appreciate being in company of Mike’s wife, Delores. Photo by Joe Stivala

CHECKING political end of Brady Bunch gathering were Frank Canty and Michael Youngblood.

AMONG attendees at Brady Bunch gathering were Jay McCalla and Brett Mandel.

WARD LEADER Ron Clouser, left, is joined by Teamsters Leader Dan Grace, Councilman Mark Squilla and Mary Francis Fogg.

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BRADY Bunch movers included Ward Leader Tom Johnson, DCC’s Charlie COUSINS Mike McKenna and Bill Dell ENJOYING Brady Bunch gala were FOP Bernard with granddaughter Annie, DCC’s flank Congressman Bob Brady for this pic- President John McNesby, Ken Adams and Photo by Joe Stivala Jim Crumlish. ture. Lou Farinella and Bill Kelly.

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Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 12) nationally: 6th Dist., held by GOP incumbent JIM GERLACH; 8th Dist., held by GOP incumbent MIKE FITZPATRICK; and the 12th, held by Democrat MARK CRITZ, who is opposed by Republican KEITH ROTHFUS. She believes Romney can win Pennsylvania and TOM SMITH can prevail over incumbent Dem-

ocratic SEN. ROBERT CASEY. She asked those in the room to work hard to maintain the party’s control of the House and to take the Senate and the White House. Last week there was a fundraiser for Smith at the Union League. SEN. PAT TOOMEY was there to support Smith. FRED ANTON, chairman of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, was the master of ceremonies. Other attendees included Delaware

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River Port Authority CHAIRMAN WILLIAM SASSO and one of Smith’s opponent’s in the primary, businessman DAVID CHRISTIAN. Local WARD LEADERS MATT WOLFE (27th) and LINDSAY DOERING (8th) were there as well as Smith supporters from Lower Merion CHRISTIAN PETRUCCI, RICK BROWN and KAREN ASH. Both Toomey and Smith addressed the crowd. Toomey focused on the failed policies of the Obama administration. Smith’s opponent Casey has voted 95% of the time with the President. Toomey noted the President cannot campaign on his record and has resorted to zeroing in on issues that appeal to discrete segments of the left base. In particular, Toomey expressed his concern with a President who has a problem with success. The President recently stated successful businesses should be aware that

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, August 28, 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.

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BUDGET FEE B-016C of 2010/11 Electrical $289,750.00 $100.00 Emergency Generator and Lighting William Dick ES 2498 W. Diamond Street Philadelphia, PA 19121 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on August 10 2012 at 12:00 p.m. BUDGET FEE B-049C of 2009/10 Electrical $3,143,000.00 $200.00 Electrical Service and Lighting Upgrade Frankford HS 5000 Oxford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124 * A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on August 09, 2012 at 10:30 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 215-400-4730. 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.

they did not get there alone without government assistance and further elaborated the government paved the roads their goods travel on and the government “gave them teachers.” Toomey noted the funds to pay for the roads and teachers came from taxing the private sector. Toomey applauded Smith’s desire to run. Smith does not want or need a job in D.C. He wants to help put our country back on track. Smith noted he has lived the American dream and wants to help others. He grew up on a modest family farm in Western Pennsylvania and recently quasi-retired when he sold the coal-mining business he built from almost nothing. He focused on this admiration’s penchant for regulating. Smith had first-hand experience with vagaries of overregulation. His coal mine dealt with numerous agencies regulating the same issues in differing and conflicting ways that did not improve the safely or effectiveness of his operations, but took resources away from him that could have been directed to more useful purposes, including job creation.

PPA To Refund Fines Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Vince Fenerty has notified leaders of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Mayor Michael Nutter, the PPA will be refunding all red-light camera fines paid on violations issued between Feb. 11, 2012 and Apr. 13, 2012 at the intersection of Island Avenue & Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia. The PPA failed to post the required warning signs at this location when the red-light cameras were first activated on Dec. 13, 2011. The warning signs were not installed until Feb. 13, 2012, starting the official 60day warning period on Feb. 14, 2012. The Parking Authority’s review of compliance issues at this intersection was triggered by an email inquiry that the PPA received on Friday afternoon, Jul. 20, 2012 from a citizen who was issued a violation at this intersection. “While the cameras and all other aspects of the pro-

gram were all functioning properly, the Parking Authority does not believe the red-light cameras at this intersection can be considered to have been ‘in use’ under the law because of the warning sign oversight, until Feb. 14, 2012, the beginning of the official 60-day warning period,” Fenerty said. Any citizen with questions regarding a violation notice they received or a fine they paid for tickets at this intersection for the period in question, should contact Deborah Clayton at (215) 683-9772 or dclayton@philapark.org. Fenerty said, “Red Light Camera Enforcement in Philadelphia has been a tremendous life-saving program since its inception. As a result, there have been an increasing number of requests from citizens, neighborhood civic associations and elected officials who want these cameras installed at dangerous intersections in their neighborhoods and districts.”


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(Cont. From Page 12) weekend, were the Glaziers and Operating Engineeers. Most of the events are held at Keenan’s, which over many summers has grown into a blocklong operation able to handle several gatherings at the same time. Helping pack Keenan’s was a turnout of North Catholic, Norcoms, alumni, reliving a cherished history that is no longer.

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(Cont. From Page 9 erally against multiple subjects in each case. Remember how loud was the outcry when Superintendant Arlene Ackerman’s salary cracked $500,000 and her golden parachute topped $600,000? Yet she was running more than 200 schools, whereas her charter colleague Hairston Brown was running just four – for about the same money. What’s more, Ackerman’s pay, while obnoxious to many, was at least legal. Charter-school scandals reek of lawlessness. Fourteen other Philadelphia charter schools have been under federal investigation in recent years. Officials of two charter schools have been sentenced to prison. DEP’s OIG only investigates when there are allegations of misused federal funds, rather than just state or local funds, and additional scandals have come to light since the report, so these numbers may just be the tip of the iceberg. They certainly have been growing in Philadelphia. It is time to ask if an educational model that seems tailor-made

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(Cont. From Page 12) While her personal hardship was the result of someone committing a crime, Applewhite believes that this will be a hardship for people of color in particular. “There’s a whole lot of [people unable to access their birth certificates],” she said. “A whole gang of them, believe me when I tell you. And it’s going to cripple a whole lot of people in the Black race because they don’t have it.” In the interview with ThompsonMediaman Communications, Applewhite echoed the sentiments of a growing number of people who believe that the sole purpose of this law is to ensure the United States gets a new President in November. Thanks to proclamations like the one State Rep. Mike Turzai made to the Pennsylvania Republican Convention promising the law would help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney defeat Pres-

ident Barack Obama in Pennsylvania this November, Applewhite believes the purpose for the law is to make sure a certain segment of the population is kept from the polls. Applewhite said, “I think when they made this law they did it to cripple the black race so that [President] Obama can’t get back in there. I don’t think it’s got a thing to do with voter fraud. This is all to get Obama out of the White House.” There was a time I might have agreed with Applewhite this is the case in Pennsylvania, but now I’m not so sure. Why? Because most conspiracies require planning and intelligence. And if what Aichele said under oath on Tuesday is any indication of the mindset of the folks who put the voter-ID thing together, these are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. When asked under oath for details of the law that she is not only championing, but is telling folks is necessary thanks to her consternation at the debacle that was Florida

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(Cont. From Page 12) STATE REP. MARIA DONATUCCI commended Commonwealth Court for declaring portions of the Shale Oil Law unconstitutional! The court is hearing the VOTER I.D. case brought by the ACLU. How about the state official who said the state will start a voter education drive on the I.D. AFTER LABOR DAY. That is TOO SHORT a time to reach all those needing reaching and costly! What happened to BEFORE Labor Day and MEMORIAL DAY?? My ratings of some government offices are: CORBETT: He should step down. Supreme Court: 9%, Commonwealth Court 67%, GOP Legislative leaders: 15%.... REP. DONATUCCI marched on CITY HALL with City Firefighters. ROB DUBOW, finance director, said the City cannot afford to pay their small pay increase. Yet the Probation officers got their raise? Local 22 did endorse Milton STREET for Mayor. Is this a factor?? IS IT TRUE the City will try to declare Judge Leon

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