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A LOCAL electrician thought his time had come to an end. He even had his special green suit ready for his burial.

ONE WEEK before he flat-lined, Joe Sickman, center, was with friends Kevin Rankin, and Councilman Mark Squilla at SugarHouse Casino. Photo by Maria Merlino

by Maria Merlino KING's Music presents talented lineup: Tyler Burk, Joe King, from the Eagles Pep Band, Brian Saunders, Fran DeNardo and Samantha King. Photo by Maria Merlino

NOT TOO many music stores have a consultant working that wears a NFC Championship ring, but Kings Music on Passyunk Avenue does. Brian Saunders, who plays sax for the Eagles Pep Band (Fly Eagles Fly), is also a recording engineer who brings 40 years of musical talent and experience to the public. (Cont. Page 2)

Deputy Sheriff Helps Panepinto Jewelers Disarm Teenager On Broad St. Subway

However, the voice of his son in the emergency room managed to spark Joe Sickman back to life. Sickman, 56, claims he cheated death. “Wake up and open your AN OFF-DUTY city worker eyes to life,” Sickman said. caught a teenager with a handYou’re only here to see it for a gun on the Broad Street subway minute.” Sickman came back to life line on Sunday. At approximately 3:30 p.m. (Cont. Page 2)

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THERE is an intensity about attorney Joseph Q. Mirarchi that is obvious and sincere. He’s married to his profession

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and it shows. He moves through the average lawyer’s work day and then adds to his schedule night visits to clients at their homes or in hospitals, wherever else duty calls, whenever it arises. He is devoted to being a lawyer who seeks to help those around him.

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today Deputy Sheriff Deputy Sheriff Antonio Tabita of South Philadelphia on his way home from work at courtroom security at the Criminal Justice Center, disarmed a 16-year-old carrying a gun on the southbound Broad Street Subway at the Federal SHERIFF Jewell Williams lauds Street stop. Deputy Sheriff Antonio Tabita. (Cont. Page 2)

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Teenager Disarmed On Broad St. Subway (Cont. From Page 1)

Tabita was in full uniform with his weapon when he was nervously approached by an elderly man on the train who whispered to him that one of two young people in the far end of the subway car was carrying a gun. “I didn’t believe him at first,” said Tabita, “but he kept whispering that he saw him (the youth) taking his hand in and out of his pocket and saw the gun several times.” “When I decided to walk down there to check it out,” he continued, “the guy begged me not to do it without backup, but I didn’t have my radio to call anyone.” Officer Tabita, 39, and an 11-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, decided to go anyway. “I saw they (the two individuals) were nervous, but I didn’t see a gun,”

said Tabita. “But it just so happened that the next stop (Federal) was my stop, and it was also where these two individuals got off.” He went on to explain that as they walked in front of him he noticed the back of a handgun in the front pocket of one of the individuals who went to reach for it when they noticed Tabita behind them. “That’s when I laid my hand on my weapon and told them to stop and yelled at one of them to lay down on the ground with his hands over his head while I cuffed the other one with my one set of cuffs.” Shortly thereafter, SEPTA police arrived and thanked Tabita before arresting the two 16-year-old youths. “Our deputy sheriff’s live and work in this city and are part of the community,” said Sheriff Jewell

Williams. “They are always doing their part to fight crime wherever and whenever. “I applaud both Deputy

Sheriff Tabita, and the unidentified civilian who came up to him to warn about what could have turned into a very bad situ-

Making Sure Voters Have ID 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 STATE REP. Vanessa Brown, center, spoke at Dixon House seminar, finds herself flanked by wellwishers Tennilla Hannah and Sharon Hampton. Photo by Donald Terry • 215-755-2000

Back To Life With A Mission (Cont. From Page 1) after he flat-lined in an ambulance in the middle of a summer heat wave late July. “I had bronchial problems stemming from my work as a main operating engineer at TastyKake. I was trained and certified in firefighting. I gave my all to TastyKake. The company was non-union for 93 years. "With the help of IBEW Local 98’s Eddie Foy and Brian Stevenson, we organized the operators and maintenance workers. I’m really proud of that work. We had some bad fires and with smoke inhalation, I had to go

out on disability with occupational asthma, emphysema and COPD." Sickman uses inhalers, nebulizers and other medications for his lungs, but a few weeks ago he was feeling off his feed. “Look, I’m a hard-head. I kept my pain to myself,” he said. But it wasn’t funny when he became too weak. After texting his son, who still did not know his father was ill, to come by and get him, “I was getting worse,” his anxiety level rose and he still tried to fight it. But his son, Bob, saw the look in his eyes and tried to rush him to the hospital.

ation for the people on the train, the officer, and even the two young people who were arrested,” added Sheriff Williams.

“I’m not going to make it,” he told, Bob. They pulled up to an Engine company down the street, but they were on a job. “I needed oxygen. I couldn’t get air.” Due to a weekend brownout, the second ambulance was not available. After dialing 911, they waited 20 minutes for help to arrive. By the time the EMTs arrived, Sickman was a goner. “‘I’m done,’ I said, but the words didn’t come out. My heart stopped beating. I was foaming at the mouth. The next thing I knew, two guys were trying to put me in my green suit.”

A green suit? “I have a special suit I want to be buried in,” Sickman said. “It’s cut up the back so no one can wear it. Well, when these two guys started to fit the suit on me I heard my son shout ‘Dad! Dad! Dad!’ I woke up in the hospital with my son telling me that I died.” Sickman realizes not too many people get an encore in life. "After my near-death experience, I look at life in a whole different perceptive. I’m only 56. I want to be here for my grandchildren and their children.”

New Music Store Rocks (Cont. Page 2) Store owner Joe King is proud of Saunders' work but also emphasizes, "All our salespeople have expert knowledge. We carry a full line of instruments, music and accessories.” I asked King why he chose E. Passyunk Avenue to open his store. “It’s was because of my daughter Samantha. She loves the Avenue and thought it would be the perfect location for a music store because so many musicians are beginning to move to the area.”

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businesses and young lawyers to enjoy the full benefits of a major office facility in Center City at little cost. It even provides a perfect office location for out-of-county law firms and businesses to set up a satellite office in Center City. Mirarchi went through that beginning phase himself, operating on a shoestring. “Over my years of practice, I realized how difficult it was for young attorneys and smallbusiness operators to get a foothold on working in Center City,” he explains. “My clients felt better represented if they could call my office, or sit with me in that office at a conference table where I was able to put my hands on their files immediately. I found that to be the same with other entrepreneurs, especially startups, who needed to show they are for real and have a base of operations from which they can be reached.” While growing his own practice, Mirarchi scouted for such a facility and found it in a 2,400-square-foot suite in the historic North American Building located at the corner of Broad & Sansom Streets. He actually worked on the suite with various contractors, “configuring it in an elegant and distinguishable way so the office suite conforms in appearance to the needs of my

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tenants and not just that of my own,” he said. “Virtual Office Professional Services, Inc. affords other people with the luxury of complete office space and base of operations, in the heart of the city, at fees tailored to each person’s budget.” There exists a huge need for the services provided by Virtual Office Professional Services. Mirarchi discovered “many lawyers work from home and still wish they could afford an office in Center City. But today’s ever-fluctuating economy just does not allow that business option for them.” The convenience of having an office near the courthouses was obvious for them. By implementing this Company in the form of a time-share concept, Mirarchi allows lawyers and other business persons to meet clients before and after court or other meetings, and have a place to pick up their mail from combination secured mailboxes and store files. In addition, Mirarchi noted, those using the Virtual Office can drop in anytime for daily access, where there is a business room with cubicles to work, a kitchen area to take a break with complimentary coffee and pastries, and private, distinguishable office space and conference room to meet with clients for presentations, meetings and depositions. Other professional services are also available in the suite. These include but are not limited to secretarial, paralegal and investigative services. Monthly rates, with the first month free, range from $75 to $350 depending on the number of services needed. Mirarchi and his Virtual Office Professional Services “offer the most unique office share experience in Center City Philly without the Center City cost for rent.” For additional information, one can call Mirarchi at (267) 428-1100 or take a virtual tour to see what the Office offers at www.VOPSINC.Net.

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(Cont. From Page 1) His own personal vision has evolved in his 10 years of practice into one that promotes the same vision for other law firms and businesses. The 45-year-old South Philadelphian is an all-around attorney. His practice covers the full spectrum of law. He can be found in court daily, handling probate and estate cases, criminal and family law (Dependency Court and Domestic Relations Court) cases or engaged at lengthy conference debates on behalf of his clients in personal injury, firstpart insurance and corporate claims, and in lengthy civil-litigation cases. Name the problem, he’s ready to handle his client’s side of that problem. He represents clients on either side of the litigations tables. He’s licensed in Federal Courts as well as in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mirarchi is a solo practitioner – a rare commodity among the thousands of lawyers in this City who, overwhelmingly, attach themselves to law firms, small and large. That dedication is the one reason behind his founding of the Virtual Office Professional Services Co. located within in his office suite in Center City. It opens the doors for startup

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Pushing To Get Biden Off Ticket Vice President Joe Biden has gotten himself into trouble with Black Republicans – and potentially with Black Democrats as well. At least one top Black Democrat, former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, has been expounding on national television Biden must go. The local Chair of the City’s Black GOP ward leaders, Lewis Harris, Jr., says the Veep owes Black voters an apology. What set up the tempest was Biden’s remarks at a Virginia campaign stop where he told the overwhelming majority of Black voters in the audience Republicans were going “to put you all back in chains.” Biden critics voiced similar opinions, saying he failed to respect the intelligence and power of minority communities. Some Black elected congressional leaders have begun to push for an Obama consideration he be dropped from the ticket. They feel Black Republicans could capitalize on his remarks. The Obama campaign is reported as defending Biden’s remarks as just one more metaphor used by both sides, calling for “unshackling.” Though Black Republican

voters are very much in the minority in this city, Harris and his colleagues believe they can make a dent among Black Democrat voters. “We no longer as a people walk in any polling place as a people like cattle and be misled into pushing the one lever,” Harris said. The Obama campaign has said Biden’s remarks were a continuation of an ongoing metaphor used by both sides. Republican leaders – including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan – have called for “unshackling” the private sector from regulations, Stephanie Cutter, Obama for America deputy campaign manager, said in an emailed statement. Cutter claims Biden’s words were “a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middleclass families.” Philly Republicans Of Color Communications Director Eric Quick said Biden’s comment had racial overtones because of its context. “It was the way he said it – he said it in a Southern drawl because he was in Virginia, and he referenced it as ‘you all.’ And in the Black community,

Melvin “Prince” Johnakin to serve as interim co-chairs. Tucker, who is also a ward leader and delegate to the Republican National Convention, believes this year is an opportune time to engage the African American community in a dialog about local choice.

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LEWIS HARRIS and PhillyROC group held protest in N. Philly respond to Joe Biden’s “chain” remarks. that’s something we identify with,” said Quick, GOP leader of the 37th Ward. “The whole thing with slavery and the chains, that’s inappropriate.” PhillyROC member Robert Allen Mansfield turned Biden’s rhetoric against him at the conference. Mansfield, a retired Army sergeant who is challenging Democrat Congressman Chaka Fattah (DPhila.), drew parallels between slavery and government regulations. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said he made “ab-

solutely nothing” of Biden’s remarks at the campaign event Tuesday in Danville, Va. He said, on CNN, “It makes absolutely no sense that some kind of a little throwaway line is now being used to make Vice President Biden appear to have been throwing out these words in order to somehow attract dumb African Americans who, if they hear the word ‘chains’, are going to automatically vote for him and President Obama.” Some Black Republicans, in the meantime, have formed a “Philadelphia Black Republican Council”. Its members elected Calvin R. Tucker and

State Rep. Ronald Waters (D-W. Phila.) says, “The law does allow for the restoration of voting rights to the previously incarcerated, so I want to help familiarize people with the language so that nobody forfeits his or her right to vote out of ignorance of the law.” The following people can register and vote: pretrial detainees (individuals confined in a penal institution awaiting trial on felony or misdemeanor charges); convicted misdemeanants (individuals confined in a penal institution for a misdemeanor conviction); individuals who have been released, or will be released by the next election, from a correctional facility or halfway house upon completion of their prison term for a misdemeanor or felony conviction; individuals who are on probation or parole, including parolees who are livState Rep.


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Smart Pols Heading Toward Polish Fest Look for Republican and Democrat statewide candidates to make a beeline Labor Day weekend to the 47th annual Polish American Festival at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. The Festival draws thousands since the $10 admission includes all events. It runs from Saturday, Sep. 1 to (Cont. Next Page) State Rep. Harold


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ing in a halfway house; individuals who are under house arrest, regardless of their conviction status or the status of their confinement. Those who cannot register or vote are: individuals currently confined in a penal institution for conviction of a felony, even if they are also incarcerated for one or more misdemeanor offenses, and who will not be released before the next election; individuals in a halfway house or other alternative correctional facility on pre-release status for a felony conviction and will not be released before the next election; individuals who have been convicted of violating any provision of the Pennsylvania Election Code within the last four years.

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Unemployment Key To State Elections? Little impact is expected on the makeup of the General Assembly at the close of this general election. What may change are three to six seats, traditionally considered swing districts, voting Democrat in Presidential elections and swinging to Republican in offyear elections. But the state’s unemployed could have a bearing on the statewide and, possibly, the presidential election, depending on how those not working blame which party for their predicament. Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9% in July, up threetenths of a percentage point from the revised June rate of 7.6%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was below the US rate of 8.3%, and has been below the US rate for 51 consecutive months, and at or below the US rate for 69 consecutive months. Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 10,000 in July to 6,478,000. Resident employment was down 10,000 to 5,969,000, and the number of unem-

work due to the lack of jobs.

Conventioneers Need Deep Pockets If you are a young Democrat and on your way to the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte, you will get a break in lodgings. Young Democrats of America President Rod Snyder says his group has secured a block of dorm rooms in the Charlotte area for members who are still looking for accommodations. Rooms are $123 per night with a maxi-

mum of two people per room. There is a four-night minimum, which means reservations must be made Monday through Thursday nights. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. How about setting aside a park for a tent city?

Feds Looking At Some Judges Where there is smoke, there may be a fire, according to a legitimate source who indicates the FBI has assigned staff to look into allegations

RECEPTION for Councilman Mark Squilla was held at Keenan’s in Anglesea. DC 21 Painters’ and Glaziers’ Union came out in force to thank Councilman for his epic first 100 days in office. Matt Myers, leader of Ward 39B, joined Joe Ashdale and his members in saluting Squilla and his lovely wife Bridgett. Photo by Joe Stivala STATE REP. JOHN

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Please join me on Friday, September 21 for my annual Senior Expo. The event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road). Many health care organizations, government agencies, and private businesses will be on hand to provide information to senior citizens. Refreshments will be provided. Parkwood Shopping Center 12361 Academy Road, Phila., PA 19154, 215-281-2539 8016 Bustleton Avenue Philadelphia PA 19152 215-695-1020 Open Mon. - Fri. 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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On Jun. 16, William Dunbar set the lofty goal of knocking every street in the 66 divisions that make up the 177th State House Dist. in just 66 days – his “66 Divisions in 66 Days” initiative. On Sunday, Aug. 19, he achieved that goal

with two days to spare. “Getting out in the neighborhoods and talking with the residents is the only way to really get the pulse of the community,” the candidate asserted. Many of the residents Dunbar met while canvassing expressed that his visit was the first time a politician had knocked on their door and that they appreciated the fact he came to their neighborhood himself. Dunbar, however, is not satisfied. He plans to revisit each home twice more before the election. “You can win a local race by simply meeting the voters again and again. That is my plan.” Dunbar is targeting the job of Philadelphia’s last sitting Republican legislator, State Rep. John Taylor (RKensington). Democrat state campaign leaders say demographic changes make Taylor vulnerable as they strive to regain ground lost in the Republican sweep of Harrisburg in 2010.

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filed against some of the local judiciary. The source said that investigation is independent from what the Courts are doing themselves.

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ployed residents was up 21,000 to 509,000. Pennsylvania’s labor force was 110,000 above its July 2011 level. Nationally, the youth unemployment rate for 18-29year-olds specifically for July 2012 is 12.7%. The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.715 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by US Dept. of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning those young people have given up looking for

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Operating Engineers Host

The lovely ladies who “operate” Local 542 Operating Engineers offices are flanked with distinguished attendees at their annual beach event: Judge Michael Sullivan; Ed McBride, EOM Club president; Judges Sean Kennedy, Kenneth Powell and Angelo Foglietta; Tom DeNise, 542 recording secretary; and Dan Sullivan, public affairs. Photos by Joe Stivala

‘Iron’ Down The Shore

JUDGE Joseph Waters, right, with his lovely daughter attended Local 542 event with Mike Driscoll, Ashburner Inn owner; Councilman Bobby Henon; and Bob Bark, Local 542. JOE DOUGHERTY, Leader of Local 401 Ironworkers, held his annual Ironworkers’ Reunion in Flip Flops Pub in Anglesea. Joe, in sunglasses and cap, is one of most-respected labor leaders in Phila.





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your bills, make sure you pass the means test, account for any non-exempt assets, and away you go. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it’s easy to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy – you can do it hundreds of times. The real question, however, is

you first filed Chapter 7 until you can get a second Chapter 7 discharge. If it is too soon to get another Chapter 7 discharge, an option is to file Chapter 13. You are eligible for a discharge in Chapter 13 as soon as four years after filing Chapter 7. Filing Chapter 13 can help you reorganize your finances and repay debts over a 3-5 year period depending on

your financial situation. Though you’ll be required to repay a portion of your debts through the Chapter 13, it’s better than being enslaved to overdue bills. There are, however, some times when filing a Chapter 7 is a good idea even if you don’t qualify to receive a discharge. For example, if you’ve got a large non-exempt asset and don’t want to be bothered with selling it off

time the civil action was filed, and you must be a prevailing party. 28 U.S.C.A. section 2412 (d)(2)(B). To get paid under EAJA, your attorney must, within 30 days of final judgment in the action, submit to the court in writing an application for fees and other expenses which shows that you are a prevailing party. Your attorney must list the actual time she spent

litigating your case and the rate at which fees were computed. 24 U.S.C. section 2412 (d)(1)(B). The rate is $125 per hour plus cost of living adjustments (current rates are about $183 an hour in the Philadelphia region). Your attorney must allege the position of the United States was not substantially justified. Whether or not the position of the United States was substantially justified shall be determined on the basis of the record before the court. Your attorney will likely ask you to sign a form assign-

ing your EAJA fees to her. The US Supreme Court ruled attorney fees under EAJA belong to the prevailing party, not to his attorney. Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521 (2010). Ratliff held that attorney fees under EAJA will be paid directly to the prevailing party, unless that party executes a written assignment of fees to his attorney. Even then, any EAJA fees awarded are subject to an offset to satisfy a party’s pre-existing debt to the federal government. If you owe an unpaid student loan, delin-

quent taxes, or child support arrearages, the government can take the EAJA fees and apply them toward these debts. Before agreeing to take your case to federal court, your attorney will ask you to sign a form that permits the Treasury to disclose whether you have any such debts.

for long periods of time can lead to some damage if not maintained. We have a few tips for you. Make sure your parents garage is clean, bug- and rodent-free before you store it. (You don’t want anything chewing at wires or creepycrawling around your car.) Check the oil and gas in your car. The oil should be clean and recently changed; gas should be run down to about half a tank and have some preservatives added (available at auto supply stores). Have someone take it for a spin about every three weeks or so. This will allow all fluids to flow through their lines, prevent moisture and contaminant buildup in the oil, and help keep seals tight and leak-free. We hope these tips help

and you have a great time at school! Tom has been serving automotive customers in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as a salesman and then General Manager of Pacifico Auto Group. Rocco is a top automotive consultant.

store it? Is it bad if it just sits in my parent’s garage? Answer: Wow. It’s time for back to school already? Where did the summer go!? We are so glad you asked, reader. Leaving your car undriven and sitting in a garage

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I’ll be writing next week’s column from a Starbucks in Tampa, Fla., the spot where Republicans from around the country will be gathering for the Republican National Convention. Starting this weekend, folks will be flying in, checking into really fancy hotels, and getting ready to party, eat in fancy restaurants, be engaged by lobbyists and nominate the standard-bearers for their party in the 2012 presidential election. It’s like a fraternity and sorority party, without all that nasty fun. While as a political geek this stuff excites me, it’s hard to know how much it’ll excite the average Joe (even Joe the Plumber) that sits down to watch next week. You see, most of the good stuff that used to happen at the political conventions happens during the primaries, in debates, and in the platform-committee hearings that C-Span broadcasts leading up to these hootenannies. That’s because covering the conventions the way television used to during the good old days of political convention coverage doesn’t exist anymore. Also, convention coverage during prime time is heavily scripted. There’s no way we as Americans can miss the reality shows that we live on by actually watching the one reality show we need to keep an eye on. (C-Span is the best way to watch the conventions, by the way. What gets shown during prime time isn’t nearly as interesting as what you can see via C-Span during the day.) Now, the fact I’m covering the Republican National Convention is something that has made my friends look at me a little funny. I mean, I write for papers in Philadelphia and to say Philly isn’t the most Republican-friendly place in the (Cont. Page 18)

JOHNNY DOC continues to draw the power players. His recent beach party at Keenan’s in North Wildwood attracted some interesting big shots. Among the big shots attending the party was CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE. Clarke likely made a special trip to the shore to visit with his newfound best friend, John Dougherty. The speculation continues that MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER may leave to join the Obama Administration. It bears repeating that if that happens, Clarke will ascend to the Mayor’s Office. A friendship between Clarke and Dougherty should bear fruit for both. JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY also attended the party. Depending on who wins the next Supreme Court Justice election, McCaffery could become Chief Justice. His brother, DAN McCAFFERY, has been a fantastic campaigner on behalf of KATHLEEN KANE, his former rival for Attorney General. Kane has a strong chance of winning for Attorney General. She would be the only Democrat to ever win the office. Once again. Dougherty knows how to make friends in high places – or how to get his good friends into high places. Other VIPs in attendance were 56th WARD LEADER JOHN SABATINA, JUDGES JOE WATERS and KEVIN DOUGHERTY, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, STATE REP. BILL KELLER, COUNCILMAN BOB HENON and State Rep candidate WILLIAM DUNBAR. Seen lunching at the Capital Grille recently were the lovely TONYA STACK and FAYE DUNBAR…. VINCENT POGGIO won the St. Christopher’s writing scholarship, with his salute to TIM TEBOW. Vincent’s essay lauded Tebow’s strength of faith. The scholarship was delivered by BRIAN HAMELL of the Andy Wallace Foundation. On hand was MSGR. JOE GARBAN. CARIOL POGGIO, president of the Philadelphia Quartette Club, cannot contain her pride for her son. SHARI WILLIAMS, the statuesque and beautiful wife of mayoral hopeful STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS, was hired by the Marcellus Shale Coalition. She previously was a community relations director for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Shari will be independent of her husband and will do a wonderful job for the natural-gas interests of Pennsylvania. Mayor Nutter recently made a substantially poor political calculation by proposing cuts in firefighter services in order to pay for the recent firefighter arbitration award. The proposal was taken as a slight against the firefighters, who continue to be a group that receives substantial public backing. If Nutter continues to choose a straight-up fight against the heroes that run towards danger, he will lose. And this is true regardless of the Mayor’s self-titled “fiscal soundness”. • 215-755-2000

Yo! Here we go again with some more loony lawsuits. College student injured by jock sues the college dean A college student who was attacked by a student-athlete sued the dean of judicial affairs for negligence. The student-athlete had previously attacked two other people and, because of this, the victim claimed the dean should have known of the athlete’s violent tendencies. The Appeals Court ruled the trial court was correct in dismissing the case because there is no existing special relationship between athletes on scholarship and an associate dean of student judicial affairs. The Court stated the defendant was entitled to costs and attorney fees since the victim’s lawsuit was “vexatious and without any reasonable basis for a belief in its merit.” Basketball player trips on rocks, sues homeowner During a pickup basketball game, a man tripped and fell over decorative rocks along a driveway where the basketball net was located. He then sued the homeowner. The injured man’s friend testified he had not only noticed the rocks but also pointed them out. The man denied seeing the rocks but admitted if he had looked up he would have seen them. The trial court judge found that the property owner was not at fault since the rocks were open and obvious. The Court of Appeals agreed. Woman in wheelchair rolls into parking gate, but her lawsuit gets wheeled out of court While an employee of Hutzel Hospital was being pushed in a wheelchair through an entrance ramp that was not intended to be used by people in wheelchairs, she was struck in the head by a parking gate. The woman sued the makers of the gate for causing her closed head injuries and shoulder and neck pains. Other employees of the hospital stated the ramp was not meant for wheelchairs and there was a walkway next to the parking lot that accommodated wheelchairs. The jury found the maker of the gate not to be at fault. Trespasser tripped up in court When a man let his two dogs out of his house, they began chasing something and ran across neighbor’s property. When the dog owner chased his dogs over the neighbor’s property, he injured himself when he stepped into a snow-covered fencepost hole and fell. He sued the property owner for negligence. (Cont. Page 18)

BIRTHDAY BEST WISHES, John DOUGHERTY, SR. and Maureen DOUGHERTY, both greetings a wee bit belated. BEST WISHES to Beverly MULDROW, Esq., who cares about kids in Family Court; Linda Chambers HALL, who we wish would go back to work and fix the Finance Dept.; ED NEILSON, who is sure to make a good legislator – help him; KENLYN BROWN, tireless advocate of Pine Forge Academy; and Leader of Ward 9 JOHN O’CONNELL celebrating his 39th, while savoring the 38th! Former Police Commissioner Joe O’NEILL had a birthday on the 7th. He always looks the same and has a grand sense of humor, though only half Irish. BRAVO to Frank KEEL of Keel Communications, whose masterful work for the Stand Up for AMERICA rally will be long remembered.... BRAVO ZULU to Pat GILBERTI who, as a constituent-service worker for Councilman Mark SQUILLA, performs flawlessly and keeps the taxpayer informed. Philadelphian MEL HEIFITZ donated $1M to the OBAMA Campaign. Yes!!!!!... Poor Gov. CHRISTIE won’t be the vice presidential pick. I guess he now stays in N.J. for a while. Still, ROMNEY might have done better to pick him. For Christie to be a Vice Prez candidate in four years, Romney needs to lose the election. We do not know if Romney or Ryan paid ANY income tax. If they did not or hide the returns (except for a few irrelevant years), then is this WHAT WE WANT in the White House? The search team picking Ryan actually consulted with Dick CHENEY! Ahhhhhhh!... A VERY SAD FAREWELL to Judge WILLIS BERRY, who is retiring from the bench this month. BERRY suddenly came under withering media (Cont. Page 21)

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Monday evening a fundraiser for JOE ROONEY, candidate for US Congress (PA 13th), was held at the home of TERRI & KEVIN SUPKA. The host committee included Montgomery Co. businessman and member of the Republican National Committee BOB ASHER as well as current CONGRESSMEN JIM GERLACH (PA 6th), PAT MEEHAN (PA 7th) and CHARLIE DENT (PA 15th). Each Congressman spoke to the crowd about the importance of adding Rooney to the Philadelphia delegation to Congress. CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK, who had planned to attend, sent his regards. The presence of three Congressmen at the event as well as the involvement of Asher indicates the party is taking Rooney’s run seriously. This elephant believes while Rooney is the underdog in the race, his opponent CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ is vulnerable. His biggest opponent is not Schwartz herself and certainly not her voting record, but her sizable war chest. The crowd in addition to the three Congressmen included local Republican luminaries. Former Montgomery Co. Commissioner and candidate for Lieutenant Governor JIM MATTHEWS and former CONGRESSMAN JON FOX were in attendance. Candidate for this seat on 2010 DEE ADCOCK was there as well as Republican 2010 primary candidate and Philadelphia firefighter BRIAN HAUGHTON. While the crowd mostly hailed from the suburbs, there was a Philadelphia contingent including WARD LEADERS MIKE CIBIK (5th) and PHIL INNAMORATO (65th), as well as COMMITTEEPERSONS DAVID THOMSON, MONICA CZAPLA and DENISE FUREY. DAVID KRALLE, candidate for the Pennsylvania House (169th Dist.). which is in (Cont. Page 21)

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PARENTS AND STUDENTS line up at Mantua Square community office to take part in Phila. Housing Authority’s book-bag giveaway. Agency is handing out 5,000 bookbags MEET the people who brought fun, games, good food, and music to hunNO FOOLING! State Sen. Anthony Williams’ as part of its “Back to School” initiative that promotes shot did make basket as he played with young- dreds attending Fun Day. Staffers include Yvonne Morgan, Eddie Mack, school attendance and achievement. Start of school year Don Cave, Ali Robinson, Ashley Cotton, Timika Lane, Desaree Jones, Marsters attending his annual Fun Day at Vare often squeezes parents’ pocketbooks because kids need new lene Henkin, State Sen. Anthony Williams, El Ali and Rhonda Liggins. Rec Center in S. Phila. Photos by Leona Dixon clothes as well as school supplies.

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(Cont. From Page 17) country is an understatement. But if you’re gonna cover politics, you’ve gotta cover all of it. I could just cover the Democratic National Convention and the renomination of President Barack Obama, but it’s not covering all of it. I want to be in the room when Republican after Republican justifies their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. I want to see the pro-life Republicans explain to me what “legitimate” rape is. I want to hear about the economic plan. I want to see what kinds of hats the Tea Party members will wear and whether or not Herman Cain will be serving Godfather’s Pizza in one of the lobbying suites. I’ll be there for all of it …

because Don King said it best: ”Be there! We must have you there!” So starting on Sunday, you can follow me at @denisethewriter on Twitter, or hop on my website, The Mad (political) Scientist at for coverage of the RNC. I’ll be checking out the Pennsylvania delegation and everything else. Should be fun.


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LOCAL 98 IBEW annual picnic offers John Dougherty, business manager, an opportunity to thank membership for their hard work. Part of picnic team making it possible are Tara Chupka; John Dougherty; Claire Mc Grail; Brian Stevenson; Lisa Ketterlinus; Jim Bennett; Councilman Bobby Henon; Joe Foy; Ed Coppinger; Mark Bennett and Joanne Neill.

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burgh judges? Who will pay for the expensive show? Y-OU. Speaking of PAYING higher real-estate tax, a current chant of AVI protestors is, “Don’t let PHILLY become Detroit.”... DA SETH WILLIAMS wants to push for stronger cases. What is wrong with that? It is overdue. It means fewer cases in a clogged system. ALSO too many citizens languish in jail to await hearings, or ankle bracelets – costing Y-O-U. 6,000 INMATES IS TOO MANY.... And what of “legally innocent” federal prisoners who may soon be released – by the dozens. Heed the command of Isaiah: “Loose thy bonds and hampering economic growth. Last Sunday the annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake was held at Cannstatter. The weather was obliging and the food was abundant. US Congressman (NJ 3rd) and former Philadelphia Eagle JON RUNYON was there representing the Romney/Ryan campaign. A number of candidates made personal appearances, including Tom Smith and most of the Southeastern Pennsylvania candidates for Congress.

let the oppressed go free.” VOTER-ID court decision. It was seen as political, and right after the ruling, the State halted a planned online voter program, that was offered as a way to show the State wants to help voters needing ID. Hmm. And is the ruling not enough,

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rent accomplishments. The probe of Traffic Court seems concerned about jurists and others who once served as ward leaders or committee persons. To this I say: SO WHAT? It is not germane. American success is the ability to climb the ladder. There is NOTHING DIRTY about those posts, where you were elected by the people, and serve for no pay, on call 24/7. Contrasted to well-paid, appointed investigators. HOW MUCH is the Traffic Court investigation going to cost? Rumors say over $3 million (non-federal). How can Justice CASTILLE condone this when he worried over funds to seat competent Philly and Pittsjoyed his profits; however, he stated he wants to go to Washington to ensure that his grandchildren have the same opportunities he had. Rooney likewise believes he has lived the American Dream. Unlike Smith, he grew up locally. Rooney returned to Ardsley after 23 years in the military. He was a marine pilot who now is a captain with Delta Airlines. His wife BETH was a Navy pilot. He, like Smith, wants to go to Washington to help get the US’s fiscal house back in order and to roll back some of the onerous regulations that are

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(Cont. From Page 17) fire regarding his real-estate holdings when he ran for a state court post. A reporter I had not heard off led the charge. Accused as alleged maintenance man was his court officer HENRY REDDY, despite the fact Reddy lost an arm as a teenager (?). The detractors threw all the mud they could, and never dented the honest jurist! Judge, your service to your country in the AIR FORCE and as a jurist is an American SUCCESS STORY. There can be nothing but profound, professional respect for you and Mr. Henry Reddy. Enjoy retirement, and Go Ea-

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