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Italian Museum Honors Senator Larry Farnese At its inaugural dinner at Paradiso on E. Passyunk Avenue last Tuesday evening, State Sen. Larry Farnese was honored as the Italian Museum of Philadelphia’s Italian-American of the Year. The Senator’s grandfather, Andrew Farnese, a former head of the Philadelphia School Board, was one of the city’s earliest advocates of the idea of an Italian museum in Philadelphia. Today, the Senator and his family continue to be committed to education, the arts, and culture in Philadel-

phia. Museum President Michael DiPilla said, “In addition to advocating for his constituents, he is the embodiment of a strong Italian American leader and stands as a prime example of the success, dedication, and service that comes from his rich Italian heritage.” Philadelphia has the 2nd largest population of Italians in the United States. It’s also home to many ethnic heritage museums, such as Polish, German, Swedes, AfricanAmerican, and Irish but has

no Italian Museum. “The Italian American Museum is a dream of mine and many other Italians,” said DiPilla. “The museum should be a living museum to hand down our culture from generation to generation and to educate visitors about how we cook, and how we have a wedding, and how we celebrate Christmas. We want classes and hands-on activities.”

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same day in South Philly!” His dad was a teen angel. “My parents met at a young age. They both married at 16, but then my father was killed in a car accident shortly after. I had male role models that filled some of the void of not having a father.” They included his uncle, Tom McGarrigle, a highly cited Assistant DA, and attorney Steve Kaplove, whom he met at Little League Baseball. Both had points of view Lewandowski found appealing. “My uncle told me he helps people by going after bad guys and prosecuting them,” he said. “And Kaplove always had time for his sons and daughter and could be there for the family. I liked the prosecutorial slant, to help people stay safe and the flexibility of time.” Lewandowski is qualified to run for judge be-

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by Maria Merlino Henry Lewandowski III Esq. is a judicial candidate running for Municipal Court. His ballot number is in the top three and he was just endorsed by Democratic City Committee. But he has a bit of a dilemma. “Nobody ever calls me Henry. Everybody knows me as ‘Hetsi’. It was my grandfather’s and then my father’s nickname.” Trying to find the origin for the name Hetsi has been a challenge for Lewandowski. “We’ve checked with the Second Street Polish Society and it’s not a Polish name. But I can tell you my wife Michelle and I named our son Colin, so I’ll be the last Hetsi in the family.” Lewandowski also remembers the exact date of his wedding anniversary. “It was May 22, 1999, he divulges. “On that day, I graduated law school in Carlisle, Pa. and then got married that

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Meet Henry ‘Hetsi’ Lewandowski

BuUSINESS AGENT for IBEW Local 98, Brian Stevenson, spokesman Frank Keel and judicial candidate Henry “Hetsi” Lewandowski at Pirates NYA hall for a fundraiser. Photo by Maria Merlino cause of his arbitration skills, his extensive community involvement, his

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by Joe Shaheeli We laud members of the Philadelphia Legislative Caucus who did their best to slow down the rush to judgment, a crisis created by State Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s (RDelaware) legislation to down-

size the three seats under contention this primary by their testimony before the House Judiciary Committee here in Philadelphia. This particular bill is one of his two pieces of legislation aimed at destroying the

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Fighting A Rush To Judgement Philadelphia Traffic Court. If it passes the General Assembly, Traffic Court is dead. It is the torpedo and needs to be outmaneuvered by Philadelphia’s legislative caucus in the General Assembly. This bill would remove the three vacancies now being sought by a score of candidates who have survived petition challenges and are pressing their campaigns to win one of the three seats open in Traffic Court in the Democratic and Republican primaries. This is the Terminator. The other bill would eliminate Traffic Court. But it needs to win approval of the General Assembly in two successive sessions and then await Commonwealth voters’ decision on the 2015 ballot. So the line needs to be drawn with Pileggi’s Bill seeking to eliminate the three vacancies. It is deadlier than the other. Adding fuel to the fire in the effort to eliminate Traffic Court was the fact Warren Bloom got the number-one slot, though he wasn’t there to do the picking. He isn’t in line

for consideration by the Democrat City Committee to get an endorsement. Nor does he have the resources to field a convincing campaign, a factor that has hurt his efforts in other campaigns. The possibility he could win because of his top position on the ballot riled up the main media, which used the opportunity to tear apart Bloom on his inability to pay taxes to the City, among other charges. The Judiciary Committee may vote out the legislation, since it has become a “motherhood bill” in the media and a Holy Grail to good-government groups, always salivating when they see the possible elimination of this people’s court. However, look for our legislative representatives to do what they must. They poked holes in the reasons behind the legislation and actually picked up support from non-Philadelphians on the Committee. Take a look at the column “Walking The Beat” on Page 12. State Reps. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.), Ron Waters

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PHILA. legislators testifying before the full House Judiciary Committee on the need to preserve Traffic Court were State Reps. Curtis Thomas, Ron Waters and Mark Cohen. Photo by Joe Stivala

(D-W. Phila.) and Mark Cohen (D-N. Phila.) spent their time opening the eyes of House Judiciary Committee leaders State Reps. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) and Tom Caltigirone (D-Berks) and their members to some of the massive repercussions of the bills proposed by Pileggi to eliminate Traffic Court. Thomas said, “I saw their eyes open when I told them the City had a 10-year lease on the Court Building and an eight-year contract for the computer network being used in the Traffic Court. If we abolish this unique Court, we put the city on the hook for millions of dollars they need

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to pay out to fulfill those contract terms.” Another point he made was the heftier cost for taxpayers, when judges replace the laypersons now in Traffic Court. Those salaries climb to $160,000 from $90,000. He added, “We don’t have enough Municipal Court judges for the overwhelming number of cases they have to handle and already they are plagued with innumerable delays. Imagine adding the thousands of cases now handled by Traffic Court. What is created is chaos in the Municipal Court.” All three legislators queried: Why single out non-lawyers (Cont. Next Page)

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Back in the early ’80s, a hard-working, well-known State and then City Council employee filed to run in the Democrat primary for City Council, along with about 30 plus others. The lady’s chance of winning one of the seven at-large seats looked good to those who didn’t understand the power of the Democratic City Committee. She wasn’t among their endorsed candidates for a similar position. But if she drew number one or two or three, her chances would be better. The reason is the Democrat City Committee, though it has the ability to get out the necessary votes to make its endorsed candidates winners, sometimes falls short of a clean sweep, falling victim to the fact some of its ward leaders stray from the fold. They do so because some of them have lost sight of their prime mission, which is to ensure all endorsed candidates, regardless of the office or the many challengers for the same positions on the ballot, finish at the top in their wards. Since money talks, independent candidates have been

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The Democratic City Committee’s Policy Committee met Monday and came up with a list of candidates it suggested for some of the primary ballot openings. It is expected the ward leaders will make it official when they meet this week. This endorsement is seen as a balanced ticket, including every interest in the party. The Policy Committee picked a diversified ticket. Endorsed for Municipal Court are Robert Coleman, Henry Lewandowski and Fran Shields. Endorsed for Common Pleas Court were Judge Roger Gordon, Timika Lane, Sierra Street, Giovanni Campbell, Dan McCaffery and Dawn Tancredi.

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they filed challenges against over 20 petitions filed for Traffic Court. They had two good reasons: Ed’s brother is running and so is Donna’s daughter. The second was to try to eliminate those candidates who really were in it for the lottery, such as was Bloom. He drew the first ballot position and instantly became the focus of a derogatory story in the main media, The facts revealed about his tax debt added fuel to the efforts to eliminate Traffic Court. The number of candidates has now been whittled down.

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(Cont. From Page 4) on Traffic Court as the problem, when all other counties have non-lawyer judges handling criminal and civil matters, while the Philadelphia Traffic Court judges only handle traffic-related infractions? They asked, “Why impose this on Philadelphia Co.?”, warning if the Philadelphia Traffic Court is made to require judges be lawyers, it won’t be long before this same requirement is imposed on all district judges. Traffic Court can be truly referred to as the people’s court, where we can represent ourselves without having to find lawyers and pay them. Curtis has introduced HB 1025, which would keep the court the same and change the title of its officers from judges to Traffic Court Masters, with final decision being approved by a supervisory judge. He admits this may slow up the process, but not clog it up. Also the bill raises educational requirements to include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Waters called the Pileggi effort “another attack on the electoral process. Why not allow the people elected to be accountable to voters and instead of specially appointed Selection Panels?” Cohen testified, “In the rush to judgment we are

throwing the baby out with the bath water.” All three supported rigorous background checks, educational requirements, and additional training for judicial candidates to Traffic Court. If the second of Pileggi’s bills to eliminate the Court in its entirety passes this session, Traffic Court will continue until at least 2017. A constitutional amendment would be needed to eliminate it. In the end, only the State’s voters will have the say, should this legislation make it through two successive sessions. All three told the committee they believe those running in the primary for the Traffic Court’s three vacancies should be allowed to fill their terms if elected and vehemently oppose the Pileggi bill aimed at immediately wiping out the three vacancies. Propelling all this is the State Supreme Court. Clearly Pennsylvania’s top court is in need of an in-house investigation of the activities of some of its justices. Only months ago, the Chief Justice was asked to resign by a bold Inquirer editorial because of his personal involvement in a public building now undergoing construction at 15th & JFK. Yet he remains. Trying hard to eliminate Traffic Court candidates via challenges were Democratic Ward Leaders Donna Aument and Ed Thornton. Together


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(Cont. From Page 5) to try their hand at the game. Complicating even the efforts of these ward leaders to circumvent the party-endorsed slate are the huge numbers on the ballots ... a sign more and more have become aware elections provide an opportunity to step up to the judiciary and a comfortable seat for a minimum of six to 10 years. No hassle, no running for office every other year or every four. This year, look for the endorsed slate to come on strong. But maybe one or two of the more-repeat challengers will make it this time. It’s a strong possibility Anne Marie Coyle, who pulled number one for Common Pleas Court for this primary, though not endorsed, will survive. She’s run twice already and lost, but each time gained more votes and more vote-getter friends. She’s been a gracious loser, earning her more popular support. Her

Irish smile earns a smile back from everyone. For sure, the luck of Irish favors her to win this time around. Will STEB Muddle AVI Even More?

STEB, the State Tax Equalization Board, has been placed under the oversight of the State Dept. of Community & Economic Development. STEB will remain a three-person board, but no longer an independent entity. The shift to the DCED is expected to provide greater support services for STEB staff. State Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), said STEB has suffered from a variety of problems in the past. That means the move will help move standardize reassessment processes throughout the Commonwealth’s 67 Counties. Some of those improvements include the creation of a new property-valuation databases, reassessment manuals, property-valuation training pro-

grams and contracting standards that supporters say will streamline the reassessment process and make it fairer and accountable to taxpayers. Thus, the formula used by Mayor Michael Nutter resulting in the AVI assessment on each property, now creating a furor among property owners, may be ruled out, with the City Administration having to start all over again. Women Politicos Honored With Roxanne Jones Award

In honor of Women’s History Month, 16 women received the inaugural “A Woman of Roxanne Jones” from Pastor Herbert Lusk III and People For People at The View Tuesday morning. They were recognized for conscious advocacy and community service. The award was named after former State Sen. Roxanne Jones. Honorees included 8th Dist. Councilwoman Cindy Bass, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) and State Rep. Michelle Brownlee (D-N. Phila.) and Deputy City

Commissioner Tracey Gordon. The awards ceremony was organized by State Rep. J.P. Miranda (D-N. Phila.). Top Court Won’t Fill Melvin’s Seat

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin told a Philadelphia Bar Association Appellate Courts Committee luncheon, though he thinks the high court would have the power to appoint an interim justice to fill the spot of suspended Justice Joan Orie Melvin, he does not think the court will do it as a “separation-of-powers issue.” Such a move would preempt Gov. Tom Corbett from appointing a justice with confirmation by the Senate. This happened when the Supreme Court appointed Senior Justice Frank Montemuro, Jr., to replace Justice Rolf Larsen temporarily, bringing up charges of illegality. Corbett announced on Tuesday he will submit a nominee to the Senate as soon as practical within the time scheduled. The Governor has

90 days from May 1, the date the vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court, to submit a nominee to fill the vacancy. This nominee, upon confirmation by two-thirds of the Senate, will serve until Jan. 5, 2016.

tions/default.php?a=candidates or by sending an email request to shapsj@comcast.net. To be considered, the questionnaires must be returned by the end of the day on Monday, Apr. 8.

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For more information about AVI, property owners can call the Office of Property Assessment hotline at (215) 686-9200 or go online towww.phila.gov/opa. Neighborhood Networks Has Candidate Questionnaire

Primary candidates are invited by Neighborhood Networks to fill out a questionnaire if they wish to be considered for the groups’ endorsement, according to its Vice Chair Stan Shapiro. This applies to Traffic Court, Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court, and for City Controller. Candidates may obtain the questionnaire by going to the following web page: http://www.phillynn.org/elec

A New York Times article reports a Pennsylvania study has revealed its halfway houses do little for inmates returning to society. It quoted John E. Wetzel, the Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary, who said the State should not be paying operators of halfway houses “to let inmates watch Jerry Springer.” The report has Gov. Tom Corbett drastically overhauling state contracts with the companies that run the 38 private halfway houses in Pennsylvania at a cost of $110 million annually. The State now plans to link payments to the companies to their success at rehabilitating the thousands of inmates who go through halfway houses in Pennsylvania annually.


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by Michael P. Boyle, Esq. I’m sure you’re aware of the mandatory budget cuts imposed on federal spending as of Mar. 1, 2013 due to sequestration. This process applies to every department of the federal government, including SSA. While payment of benefits is not affected by sequestration, you can expect this process will exert a negative impact on SSA’s ability to provide services, and will affect the agency’s daily operations.

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Union Labor… Building it right for a better and stronger community! Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and vicinity is comprised of four unions: Local 332, Samuel Staten, Jr., Vincent Primavera, Jr. Business Manager/Co-Chairman L.E.C.E.T. Co-Chairman Local 135, Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Damian Lavelle Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 413, James Harper, Jr., Fred Chiarlanza Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Local 57, Walt Higgins Harry Hopkins Business Manager L.E.C.E.T. Management Trustee Laborers District Council, Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager.

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SSA is already significantly underfunded due to Congress’s failure to implement the President’s proposed budget. This failure has resulted in district offices having to reduce the hours in which they are open to the

Laborers’ District Council promotes a safe work environment, jobs completed on time and on budget, and represents union members, who are well trained, productive, professional, and take pride in their work. Union labor…building better and safer communities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

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Question: Can I discharge tax on late-filed returns? Answer: Bankruptcy can discharge income tax if certain conditions are met. One required condition is that returns must have been filed. The court said to qualify as a “return”, all elements of nonbankruptcy law must be satisfied. Since tax law requires filing by a specific date, if not filed by that date any tax that is due will be exempt from discharge. The process for involuntary assessment made by the IRS under IRC §6020(b) is commonly called “substitute for return”. Tax assessed in this way has long been considered exempt from discharge. The IRS will generally accept a return that has been prepared voluntarily by the taxpayer whenever it is filed. This is true even after the substitute for return process has resulted in an assessment. However, these delinquent voluntary returns, if filed after the involuntary IRS assessment, may reduce the amount of tax due but do not render the tax dischargeable in most federal circuits. Once the substitute for return process is complete, the situation cannot be reversed and the tax cannot be made dischargeable by a subsequent voluntary filing. It appears you can discharge tax due on a late-filed return if you file a return before the IRS makes an involuntary assessment and the tax meets any other requirements for discharge of tax in bankruptcy. Next Week’s Question: Can bonuses paid to debtor after Chapter 7 filing be taken by bankruptcy trustee?


for public testimony at City Hall, Council Chamber, Rm. 400, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Apr. 9- Penna. Soc. Luncheon at Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pa. Apr. 10- 53rd Ward Leader Janice Sulman hosts Candidates Meet & Greet at Nick’s Roast Beef Banquet Rm., 2212 Cottman Ave., rear, 7 p.m. Donation $35. Light refreshments. Apr. 13- State Rep. John Taylor promotes “Give Kids Sight Day” at Jefferson Univ. Hosp. Alumni Ha., 10th & Locust Sts. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free eye exams & glasses to children under 18 if they have not been examined or have failed an eye test. Apr. 13- Elaine Tomlin hosts Democratic 42nd Ward candidates Night Out at Portuguese American Rosary Soc. Ha., 4900 bl. N. Palethorpe St., 711 p.m. Donation $25, $30 at door. Evening attire. Music, food, dancing, cash bar, street orchestra, DJs. Apr. 15- Fundraiser for Controller candidate Brett Mandel at Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., 6-8 p.m. $40 ticket includes one drink. Checks payable to

Committee to Elect Brett Mandel. RSVP Hilary Parker (215) 300-2618 or hilrpark@gmail.com. Apr. 16- City budget hearing for public testimony at City Hall, Council Chamber, Rm. 400, 5-7 p.m. Apr. 16- Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club holds Spring Fundraiser at Knock, 225 S. 12th St., 6 p.m. Support: Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250, Host Committee $100, at door $20. To register email Eric Cheung at epcheung@email.com. Apr. 16- 61st & 49th Wards host Candidates Night at Community College of Phila., 12th & Godfrey Ave., 7 p.m. Apr. 18- Ethical Humanist Soc. hosts candidates Night at 1906 Rittenhouse Sq., 6:308:30 p.m. Candidates RSVP Aissia Richardson (215) 2361878. Apr. 20- State Sen. Anthony Williams hosts Helping Hands conference for older caregivers at W. Phila. HS, 4900 Chestnut St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. To register Brenda Rich (215) 870-4955. Apr. 20- 52nd Ward Democrats host bipartisan Candidates

Meeting at Pinn Memorial Ch., 54th & Wynnefield Ave., 9:30 a.m. For info Steve Jones (215) 879-6049. Apr. 20- Ducky Birts Foundation Medallion Scholarship Banquet at 1st Dist. Plaza, 3801 Market St., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $75, 2 for $125. For info (215) 242-1220. Apr. 20- Women Organized Against Rape hosts Take It All Back Community Walk & Speak Out in Center City to bring awareness about the fight to end sexual violence. For details www.woar.org or (215) 985-3315. Apr. 23- City budget hearing for public testimony at City Hall, Council Chamber, Rm. 400, 6-8 p.m. Apr. 23- Coalition of Fire Protection Professionals hold Dinner to benefit Burn Foundation. Keynote speaker is former Gov. Mark Schweiker. For tickets John Morley (215) 389-1768. Apr. 25- Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting for Rep. John Taylor at Colonial Dames of Phila., 1030 Latimer St., 5:307:30 p.m. For info (215) 5452244. Apr. 27- Ducky Birts hosts an-

nual Health Fair & Gospelrama at Mt. Zion Baptist Ch., 3600 N, Broad St., 12-5 p.m. Apr. 27- 10th Ward hosts Spring Fling at Platinum Grill, 7719 Crittenden St., 2-5 p.m. Tickets $30. Apr. 30- City budget hearings for public testimony at City Hall, Council Chamber, Rm. 400, 10 a.m.-12 m. and 1-4 p.m. May 3- Contest & Open House sponsored by Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Committee at its Training Facilities, 10401 Decatur Rd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Family fun. For info Charles T. Brock (215) 824-2300. May 8- 21st Ward GOP hosts Reception at Finnigan’s Wake, 3rd & Spring Garden Sts., 6-9 p.m. Donation $40. For info Walt Vogler (215) 482-2834. May 13- Democratic City Committee Jefferson Jackson Cocktail Party at Sheet Metal Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Tickets $150. For info (215) 241-7804. May 14- Republican City Committee holds Primary Election gala at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd, 5 p.m. Tickets $125. For info (215) 561-0650.

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employment and more. For info (215) 978-2540. Apr. 4- Cocktail Reception for judicial candidate Scott O’Keefe at McGillin’s Olde Ale Ho., 1310 Drury St., 5-8 p.m. Hosted by Jack McMahon, Esq. Honorary co-chairs Congressman Bob Brady, John Dougherty and Edgar Campbell. ContributionsPlatinum $1,000Gold $500Silver $250Friends of J. Scott O’Keefe1500 Walnut St., Su. 1100Phila., PA 19102. RSVP JudgeJSOKeefe@gmail.com. Apr. 4- Friends of Marian B. Tasco hosts Reception at Estia, 1405 Locust St., 5:30 p.m. Host $1,000; Friend $500; Patron $250; Young Professional $100. RSVP by Mar. 27 (215) 437-3294, ext. 209. Apr. 4- Commissioner Al Schmidt hosts Big Al’s BowlA-Rama at North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contributions $100. Apr. 4- 8th Ward Leader Larry Farnese hosts election Fundraiser at Corner Foodery, 1710 Sansom St., 7 p.m. Donation $75, payable to 8th Ward Democratic Executive Committee. For info Ted@8thwardphilly@gmail.co m. Apr. 4- Philly For Change hosts Candidates Night at Tattooed Mom, upstairs, 530 South St., 7 p.m. RSVP PFCJudicialForum@gmail.co m. Apr. 6- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell co-hosts Community Wellness Day at 4508 Chestnut St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. For info (215) 898-4998. Apr. 6- Vivian Miller hosts 51st Ward Candidates Night at 5521 Chester Ave., 1-3 p.m. For info Vivian (215) 4743097. Apr. 7- All Star Labor Classic Basketball at Northeast HS, 9 a.m. Free admission. Apr. 9- City budget hearing

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Mar. 28- Col. Kevin Kelly speaks on “Staying A Leader After The Military” at Great American Pub, Conshohocken, Pa., 5:30-8 p.m. Mar. 28- Hon. Tim O’Brien hosts Salute to Gov. Tom Corbett at FOP Ha., 11630 Caroline Rd., 6-8 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, buffet. Business attire. Tickets $250. For info Kristie (267) 235-0905. Mar. 30- Nina Ahmad hosts Fundraiser for judicial candidate Giovanni Campbell at 405 E. Gowen Ave., 4-6 p.m. Contribution levels $1,000$100. RSVP Nina (267) 3041670 or prymejenomix@gmail.com. Mar. 30- Harrowgate Boxing Club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at Glaziers Ha., 2980 Southampton Rd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $30 Dollars. For info Fred Druding, Jr. (215) 2212374. Apr. 1- Fundraiser For WW 2 Veteran at Tazia’s Restaurant, 101 N. 11th St.(across from Convention Ctr.), 6-8 p.m. Cash bar, complimentary food. Donation $20. Make check to Ray White and send to: Ray White, c/o Joe Eastman, 2514 S. 10th St., Phila., PA 19148 or call (609) 290-8803. Apr. 2- Matt Myers hosts 39B Ward Spring Fundraiser at Chickie’s & Pete’s, 1526 Packer Ave., 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets $50. For info Matt Myers (215) 467-4643. Apr. 4- State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Senior Expo at Neumann S. Sr. Housing Ctr., 1601 E. Palmer St., 10 a.m.12 m. Seating limited so RSVP by Mar. 26 at (215) 952-3121. Apr. 4- State Rep. J.P. Miranda presents “Serving You” Constituent Fair at Triumph Baptist Ch., 1648 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 3-7 p.m. Taxpayer clinics, advice on small games of chance. Meet government agencies, seek youth summer

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Last Saturday, BISHOP LEONARD GOINS held a breakfast meeting for the Pentecostal Clergy Political Awareness Committee which he founded. The group usually supports Democrats but made headlines when it switched its endorsement from JOHN STREET to SAM KATZ for Mayor. Since that time, it has backed other Republicans, including DAVID OH for City Council and TOM CORBETT for Governor. However, the group later took issue with the Corbett Administration over the state’s voter-ID law. Republican candidates were still welcome to speak at the breakfast. ANNE MARIE COYLE for Common Pleas, DANIEL ALVAREZ for District Attorney and ELLA BUTCHER for Traffic Court were there. JOHN KATRINA spoke for TERRY TRACY, candidate for City Controller, who was unable to be there. Other Republicans in attendance included WARD LEADERS CONRAD FULLER, MATT WOLFE and TOM MATKOWSKI. Republican activist JIM DiVERGILIS was also there. DiVergilis, an attorney, had considered to run for a judicial position but dropped out of the race. Last Thursday, the Philadelphia Republican Leadership Council hosted another of its “In A Red State of Mind” breakfast speaker series. The speaker was Philadelphia-area native and St Joseph’s University grad GENE BARR. Barr is president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry (“the PA Chamber”), the state’s largest broad-based business-advocacy body. Previously he worked for BP America and the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania. He also served as a local elected official in the Philadelphia area for almost 10 years. (Cont. Page 16)

In case you’ve been under a rock somewhere, the folks at Philadelphia magazine have published a piece called “Being White In Philly” in which reporter Robert Huber tells the story of how intimidated white folks are when it comes to talking about race here in the city by taking a tour of Fairmount, yet another neighborhood here in Philly that’s slowly being gentrified right out of reach for most of us. Apparently, white folks are under the impression that expressing their true feelings on the topic will result in their being branded racists, being misinterpreted, or worse yet, meeting with physical harm. Obviously, they’ve never spent one moment on Philly.com. Because we must pay a visit to what I call Philadelphia magazine Fight Club every couple of years, it stood to reason we’d have not one, but two nights of discussion on “Being White in Philly”. One happened at the National Constitution Center, the other with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News building. Both were kind of instructive….in a way. The first thing that struck me was how wide the gap was between what Huber wanted to write and what actually came out of his computer. He claimed he didn’t want to write an article that, as he put it, opened the door for whites to say some really mean things about Blacks. He wanted to start a conversation about the income inequalities that are in some cases as close as a (Cont. Page 16)

Yo! Here we go again with this story. Imagine if you had to do it. Jesse was a chicken-plucker. He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. It wasn’t much of a job. But at the time, Jesse didn’t think he was much of a person. His father was a brute of a man. His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and treated Jesse roughly all of his life. Jesse’s older brother wasn’t much better. He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up. Life was anything but easy and he thought life didn’t hold much hope for him. That’s why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job darn few people wanted. In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head. He was a small child, skinny and meek. That sure didn’t help the situation any. When he started to school, he was the object of every bully on the playground. He was a hypochondriac of the first order. For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something he looked forward to, but, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist. He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with sock puppets and saved his hardearned dollars until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy. When he was old enough, he joined the military and even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the military did recognize his talents and put him in the entertainment corps. That was when his world changed. He gained confidence. He found he had a talent for making people laugh, and laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes. Yes, little Jesse had found himself. You know, the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of who didn’t “overcome” it. Instead he used his paranoia to make a million dollars! Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred his nerves into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmys given in a single category. The wonderful, gifted, comedian who brought us “Barney Fife” was Jesse Don Knotts. There is a street named for him and his statue stands in Morgantown, W.V., his place of birth. It honors Jesse Donald “Don” Knotts (Jul. 21, 1924-Feb. 24, 2006). Gone but not forgotten.

ALL HAIL State Reps. Mark COHEN, Curtis THOMAS and Ron WATERS for their courageous testimony before the State House Judiciary Committee on the PILEGGI Bills S333 & S334 to eliminate Traffic Court in three years, and to move it into Municipal Court now! (See “Pols on the Street”, page 2)…. Judge Gary Glaser had kind words for the employees. He mentioned progress with the workers who were demoralized (is that the reason for the suit over a heavy-hand investigation?) and said they are “teachable.” (?) He said the court would go back to old ways in an hour when he left. (How can it with good workers?) Glaser found no evidence of money taken for favors, but he shuddered to think what he missed (but that is hearsay). He gave a good report on TC income: $24.1 MILLION AND INCREASING. (And they say the City lost money from favors.) Glaser seemed late in starting Ethics courses under questioning by State Rep. Vanessa BROWN. State Rep. Hackett (Delco) favored the “People’s Court”, that is, the current TC. So did State Rep. Madeline DEAN (Montco). PILEGGI has not offered legislation to “reform” courts in his own county after a TC judge from Delaware Co. pled guilty – WHY NOT, SIR?... There is no dedicated FUNDING for MC to take over TC offered by Pileggi. Plus POLICE would be called to testify in MC, taking hundreds of cops off street patrol; will PILEGGI pay for the overtime? WHEN I HEARD the 12-minute shrill protest by labor at the Mayor’s budget address, I thought you really have to work at generating that much frustration among ordinary people. I (Cont. Page 16)

The mad rush for Democratic City Committee endorsements has culminated in the picking of the ballot positions for the primary. Dozens of would-be judges circulate petitions, sought support of ward leaders and began raising funds. But one of the key features of a low-turnout election in Philadelphia is ballot position. Ballot position separates literally the men from the boys and the contenders from the non-contenders. Interestingly, among those men separated from the boys are several women. SIERRA STREET drew a respectable ballot position and was endorsed. But it did not hurt she has a famous name and she is a young, attractive, minority candidate. Drawing a very bad down position (last) was CHRISTINE HOPE. As of this report she was still considering remaining in the race for and running on the slogan “Hope at Last”. She will require additional fundraising to help overcome her bad position. Most politicians and those who support politicians are chalk players. And the perception over positive ballot position can help candidates gain support, raise money, and crush their competition. City CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ is already front-running against three lesser-known opponents. Not only does he have momentum, he has incredible luck. He drew the number-one ballot position for his office. Another Northeast Philadelphia Candidate, attorney DAN McCAFFERY, drew the seventh spot as a candidate for the Court of Common Pleas. Dan also has a famous name. His brother is Supreme Court JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY and Dan has experience running citywide. He ran an aggressive yet unsuccessful campaign for District Attorney against SETH WILLIAMS. Dan began to run against KATHLEEN KANE and PATRICK MURPHY for State Attorney General but suspended the campaign and threw his support to Kane. He is now in the catbird seat in the race for judge. Speaking of judicial positions, the resignation of convicted Supreme Court JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN leaves a vacancy on Pennsylvania’s high court. The question will be what deals can be made for the candidate who fills the vacancy. Currently the court is three Democrats to three Republicans. CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE has stated the court can carry on its business even with the vacancy, but he would prefer to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. Among the names floated on the Republican side are power attorney BILL SASSO and possibly former Montgomery (Cont. Page 16)


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EVERY Public Record Public Servant of Year carries with it check to be used by awardee for his or her own favorite charity. Here Publisher Jim Tayoun and Advertising Dir. John David present $1,000 check to this year’s Public Servant of Year State Photo by Bonnie Squires Sen. Anthony Williams.

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SHARON POWELL-LEE, of Comcast NBC Universal, meets up with Ducky Birts, long-time friend at Public Record annual celebratioin.

SHARING a moment were Daine Grey, Dan Pellicciotti, Carolyn Nichols, Judge Angelo Foglietta, Dawn Tancredi and Omar Sabir.

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DUCKY BIRTS announced Peter Lyde and his wife Judge Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will be among those honored at his annual Medallion Awards banquet. With them at Public Record event were Democratic City Committee’s Charlie Bernard Photo by Joe Stivala and Fire Chief Bill Dell.

SHORT AND TALL were judicial candidate Donna Laws and man of the hour State Sen. Anthony Williams.

PUBLIC SERVANT of the Year State Sen. Tony Williams and his friend and advisor Marty Weinberg, Esq., seen with John Sabatina, Sr., made it known Sen. Williams will be seeking mayoralty priPhoto by Bonnie Squires mary.

ENJOYING moment at Phila. Public Record's Public Servant celebraPPA Executive Dir. Vince Fen- tion were Congressman Bob Brady erty congratulates State Sen. and former Councilman Leland Anthony Williams. Beloff. Photo by Bonnie Squires

BONNIE SQUIRES, of Public Record, greets Congressman Bob Brady, who took train up from Washington just to be at celebration. Photo by Bonnie Squires

OMAR Sabir and Robert Coleman flank Katie Scrivner at gala. Both men were endorsed by Democrat City Committee.

COMCAST sent representatives to Public Record’s annual gala, bring- FORMER State Sen. Joe Rocks tells ing together again Kathleen Sulli- State Sen. Anthony Williams some of van and Congressman Bob Brady. his history with Senator’s dad back in Photo by Bonnie Squires Photo by Bonnie Squires his day.

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CHARLES HANNAH and young lady share moment with Ward Leader Edgar Campbell, head of Coalition of Ward Leaders of Color, among many VIPs attending Public Record Photo by Bonnie Squires gala.

MEMBERS of Carpenters’ Union share moment with Congressman Bob Brady at Phila. Public Record’s annual gala at Galdo’s Catering. Congressman is cardcarrying, dues-paying member of that union.

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PUBLIC RECORD Editor and Publisher Jim Tayoun, left, and Congressman Bob Brady, right, present State Sen. & Mrs. AnTAKING THEIR debut political photo for Public Record readers were these 19 candidates in the May Primary, all well known. thony Williams with coveted Public Servant of Year award.

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KENSINGTON’S top tire dealer Kaz Nabavi found he shared much JIM CRUMLISH, Vincent Guisini in common with Public and Fred Druding discussed judicial Servant of Year Sen. Anthony Williams. campaign at gala.

ENJOYING gala were PRPA’s Executive Dir. James McDermott, attorney James DiVergilis and Ward Leader Walt Vogler were among VIPs at gala.

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BRUCE CRAWLEY, Charles Hannah and Republican Counsel Mike Meehan, Esq., discuss turnout by both Republicans and Democrats at Public Record gala.

TRACEY Gordon, right, discusses advantages of Casino planned by Dr. Walter Lomax, Jr., his son Charles and Chairman Joseph G. Procacci. Dr. Lomax and Procacci are bidding together for a casino site in S. Phila. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FORTY-EIGHTH Ward Leader Lee Schwartz was in attendance with members of his ward committee. Photo by Bonnie Squires

JUDGE Joseph Waters, the endorsed Democrat for Superior Court and president of Brehon Law Society, hoists American and Irish flags over Irish LAYING WREATH at Irish Famine Memorial were labor and Memorial during 10th Ward Leader John Dougherty, Mayor Michael Nutter and State anniversary celebration. Photo by Joe Stivala Sen. Mike Stack. Photo by Joe Stivala

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We Will See You Again in 2015 Congratulations To All Of The Endorsed Candidates For All Judicial Positions AMIABLE top restaurateur Mike AMONG VIPs at Irish Memorial commemoration Driscoll checks in with Councilman were Councilman Jim Kenney and Judges Pat Dugan Bill Green. As Irish as it gets. Photo by John J. Kline and Joe Waters. Photo by John J. Kline

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T.G.I.Friday’s was honored for its hiring of people with intellectual disabilities who are reliable employees. Seen from left are Tim Hampton, regional marketing manager for T.G.I. Friday’s and his wife Diane; Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc/Arc/PDDC; and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, who was also honored with a Brighter Futures award.

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AT 21st Annual MyCity, MyPlace Brighter Futures Awards, Kathy L. Sykes, left, director of Phila. INtellectual disAbility Services (IDS); Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, Commissioner of Phila. Dept of Behavioral Health; and Loraine Ballard Morrill, ClearChannel, receive citation from Councilwoman Cindy Bass, congratulating IDS and its 21st Brighter Futures award-winners.

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THIS is plan for Ducky Birts Foundation Educational Center, which he hopes to see set up in N. Phila. get little information in of the Delaware River because schools today,” he says. of his interest in politics. The The youngsters will have rest is history. He’s been a the opportunity to engage in special aide to Congressman sports activities. Monday to Brad for over 13 years now Friday, they will also get tu- and continues to host and plan toring in reading, math, and events and fundraisers decomputers, and have the op- signed to aid youngsters in afportunity to enjoy basketball fording them educational and other sports at the Insti- opportunities by providing tute. them with scholarships. Birts is hosting his 7th annual Medallion Scholarship Banquet Apr. 20 at the 1st District Plaza, 3801 Market Street. That will be followed a week later with a Health Fair and Gospelrama at Zion Baptist Church on the 27th of April. It is cosponsored by Keystone Mercy Health Plan and Brown’s ShopRites. Tickets for this day-long event can be had by calling (215) 2421220 or emailing Duckybirts1@yahoo.com. HOT-DOG carts like this will Ducky, 76, is an author of afford inmates returning to a biography called Risk Taker. society a chance to make It details his life growing up in good, with a basic salary and Camden and then his crossing commissions.

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Donald “Ducky” Birts, special assistant to Congressman Bob Brady since the Congressman first took office, has enjoyed an historic career. He was a star basketball player, an innovative businessman, a busy assistant to a very-busy Congressman who is this city’s Democrat Party Chairman. Through those years, he has constantly spent his extra time working to better the future of underprivileged youngsters. Now Ducky has moved back into the business limelight with his announcement that Ducky’s Doogz, all-beef franks, and Ducky’z Peachee Weechy juice drink will be available to Philadelphia shoppers at eight Brown ShopRites throughout Philadelphia beginning the first week of April. In addition, Births said he will introduce his line of Ducky’s Cups, containing water ice in various flavors. Whatever proceeds the sale of his products will net Birts, they will go toward his Foundation’s Building Fund drive for the creation of an education center for youngsters in grades 4, 5, and 6 to “teach them government relations and economics. These are the two major factors affecting their lives and for which they


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Out & About (Cont. From page 12) block away in some of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, Huber said. Now if he had done that, the two nights I spent hearing about this story could have been spent in another way. That story wouldn’t have ticked anyone off and might even have started some serious policy discussions. Unfortunately, that’s not the story he wrote. The second thing that struck me was Philadelphia magazine might need to hire some new folks in their human-resources department. You see, the magazine has no staffers of color, at least on the editorial side. When asked about that, McGrath gave an answer I’ve heard far too many times in my career when news managers

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get asked this question: We can’t find anybody. So let’s take a look at some of the journalists he said this in front of over the two nights of the “Being White in Philly” discussion: • Award-winning former Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall; • Daily News reporter Regina Medina, also an award winner; • Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong; • Award-winning author, columnist (and former Philadelphia magazine writer Solomon Jones; • Award-winning Philadelphia Tribune reporter Bobbi Booker; • Award-winning Philadelphia Sun sports columnist Chris Murray; • And, of course, me. So you might want to rethink

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your answer, Mr. McGrath, because even Stevie Wonder could make at least one or two hires among this group. But the main thing that struck me is Philadelphia magazine is a lot like the Republican Party in a way. For a long time, the Republicans were able to win elections without appealing to people of color. And then they couldn’t anymore because demographics changed. But instead of trying to work within these new demographics, they’ve spent an inordinate amount of time trying to negate said demographics.

While Philadelphia magazine currently able to thrive with its current readership demographic, what it needs to understand is that this time, Black folks weren’t the only ones that got mad about their annual racist story about racism. This time, white folks got mad too. And that’s because the white folks who are moving into Philly are different from the ones that have been here awhile. And they’re only going to continue reading your glossy for so long if you keep doing this kind of reporting.

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sion, which offered numerous recommendations that were basis for our enhanced environmental and impact-fee laws. Fracking fluid does not impact underground drinkingwater, said Barr. The few problems that have occurred came from handling of fracking fluid after it was removed from the well. There has been some spillage at well sites. A real area of concern was shipping of the fluid to municipal water-treatment centers that had no business accepting the brine. New state environmental regulations now mostly prohibit this practice. Barr discussed govern-

(Cont. From page 12) While Barr represents nonpartisan PA Chamber, many of his comments were music to the ears of this Republican crowd. Barr started his comments by noting his function and that of the PA Chamber is essentially to lobby on behalf of Pennsylvania’s businesses. His definition, for the amusement of the crowd, was “a lobbyist is the person you hire to protect yourself from the people you elected.” Barr was a member of the Governor’s roughly 30-member Marcellus Shale Commis-

Walk The Beat (Cont. From page 12) was pleased to note the sign “$20 million in Deputy Mayors” with the protest. Ten $100k managers in a department equals $1 million. Polls show a dislike for CEO pay, but what of City’s upper-level pay?... I remember when Nutter was standing with a member of the Pew Trust, and a roofing truck halted at the light and shouted cordial greetings to the Mayor. Now, the national AFSCME magazine is referring to a “1% NUTTER.” Councilman ment-employee pension-plan reform. Dealing with it now is sound policy, he believes, but may not be politically popular. He suspects, however, in the next few years it will be addressed as municipalities will be asking residents for more taxes to pay for pension plans for municipal employees. The privatization of the state’s liquor stores was also discussed. Barr pointed out the initial intent of the system, after the repeal of Prohibition, was to curtail the use of alcohol. He believes the government should not be in the business of selling products the private sector can sell more efficiently.

Jim KENNEY’S quote on mayoral lack of coalition-building seems spot on. It is good news Council President DARRELL CLARKE will enter negotiations with labor. City-Labor relations are at their WORST!!

City Hall Sam (Cont. From page 12) Co. DA BRUCE CASTOR. Castor has indicated he may want to take on GOV. TOM CORBETT in the Republican primary. Appointing Castor to the Supreme Court vacancy might reduce the chances to nil of that primary challenge. Sasso is respected by both Democrats and Republicans and is chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon. Could Sasso afford to leave the large firm, even for a short amount of time to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court? Probably not, but the pressure is not to be underestimated. Back to the subject of the Court of Common Pleas, another surging female candidate was DAWN TANCREDI. Although Tancredi is youthful, she has paid her dues to the Democratic Party in Philadelphia. She has represented a number of constituents with ties to the Democrats in a pro bono capacity. This gave her the inside track to receive the party’s endorsement.

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Dear Sir: In George Soros's two-page personal message ("Why We Must Not Re-Elect George Bush," Sept 29, 2004), he uses the terms "vicious circle," "favorable spin," and "cacophony" to illustrate some of his points. As a musician (and former member of "The President's Own," U.S. Marine Band) who is conditioned to the medium of sound, I have a keen awareness of, and an unequivocal belief in, its importance. After the reading, I was reminded of an excerpt from President Reagan's second Inaugural Address: "History is a ribbon, always unfurling. History is a journey ... It is the American sound.. . That's our heritage, that's our song." In the almost 20 years that have passed since those words were first delivered, America has adopted a new sound. I now wonder if this shift from the old to the new had not come back to haunt us on September 11, 2001.

Wouldn't it be better to have an American culture that other countries would willingly embrace?; instead of one that needs to be insidiously forced upon them by pandering to the least common denominator — all done under the guise of globalism! The title of Mr. Soro's new book is The Bubble of American Supremacy. Perhaps the powers-that-be believe the time is not right to burst Mr. Redstone's own "supremacy bubble." As it stands, We-the-People continue to pay — through the support of presidents #40, #41, #42, and #43 — an extremely large price for Mr. Redstone's exports. Nicola Argentina Philadelphia, Penna. Footnote: The above is an unpublished letter to The Wall Street Journal, dated October 28, 2004. “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2013

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at PA01ArtComp @mail.house.gov. These submissions will be uploaded periodically to Brady’s Facebook page. All entries must be submitted by Monday, Apr. 22.

Philadelphia public-school students will be able to take part in the competition via the School District of Philadelphia’s annual student art exhibition at School District headquarters.

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Thanks to MTV, under the auspices of its first president and CEO, Drew Lewis (Secretary of Transportation under Reagan), and its present Bush-like president and CEO Sumner Redstone (both he and Bush seem to have a predilection for conquest), the American sound circles the globe with its sometimes vicious and immoral examples of U.S. culture and values. Everyday, "Pied Piper" Redstone attempts to expand his customer base by exporting American pop music to the vulnerable youth of other countries. (Not so difficult, considering how easy it is to manufacture, and get young people excited about, this mass-produced musical junk.) This creates turmoil within these countries which, in turn, fosters resentment — if not out-and-out hatred towards the United States. Plato observed, "When the earth rumbles, the city shakes." Eventually, all hell breaks loose and Sir Newton's principle, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction," takes hold. After terrorists attacked us we now have over 1,000 dead U.S. soldiers, spent 150 billion dollars, and are stuck in the quagmire that is Iraq.

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Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-Phila.) is inviting aspiring young artists attending high schools in the 1st Congressional Dist. to take part in the 32nd anniversary of the Congressional Art Competition. The nationwide art competition, “An Artistic Discovery”, provides Members of Congress with the opportunity to TRANSPORT Workers Union Local 234 President John Johnson showcase the talents of cretells reporters his union wants to start contract-renewal talks early ative young artists in their with SEPTA at news conference held at Northern Liberties HQ on Monday. Five-year deal with transit agency doesn’t expire until districts. Information about how to March 2014. However, union wants to start talks now to avoid a repeat of 2009 six-day transit strike. SEPTA officials indicated will- apply for the competition are ingness to hold talks with union, which represents drivers, mechanics being sent to public, Photo by Rory McGlasson parochial, charter and priand train operators. Advertisement vate high schools in the 1st Congressional Dist. One

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