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OUR THANKS to attorney Hal Rosenthal and his wife Sue, both longtime Freedom Fighters, for this picture he took in August 1963 of the crowds gathered to hear Rev. Martin Luther King’s climactic “I have a dream” speech. Rosenthal recalls, “It was taken from the stage set up on the Lincoln Memorial where I had no right to be. How I got there and off is another story.”


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City’s Best Bet PHL Local Gaming Casino’s Early Opening PHL Local Gaming LLC, one of six bidders for the available casino gaming license, in Philadelphia, showed community leaders and press in its latest tour why it can boast of an opening date six months earlier than its competitors. Its huge site, located at Front Street & Pattison Avenue, contains a major warehouse ready for retrofitting into a full-blown casino without the need for new construction. PHL Local Gaming’s VP, community relations John O’Riordan said, “The casino will be delivering 600 jobs, $51.9 million in state/city taxes and direct payroll, $22.8 million in indirect/induced payroll; and $15 million in purchases of goods and services during those six months.” If successful in its bid for the available casino-management license in Philadelphia, PHL Local Gaming LLC plans to open “Casino Revolution,” a $428-million, four-star quality “destination-caliber,” 250room hotel and gaming facility. The casino will offer 2,400 slots, 105 table games, a steak house, a coffee/espresso bar, an Italian restaurant, a 300-seat buffet, a 156-seat café and a covered, 1,600-car garage. O’Riordan also emphasized, in addition to the early revenues and economic impact, the availability of the 25-acre site would enable PHL Local Gaming to expand, over time, from 2,400 slots, in its first full year of operation, to the Commonwealth’s legally permissible 5,000-slot maximum. This would be welcome news to cash-starved city and school budgets and unlike most of the other five bidders. “At that level,” said O’Riordan, “PHL Local Gaming would increase its total city and state tax payments by $180.9 million and also produce a commensurate increase in casino-related jobs, as compared to other bidders.” PHL Local Gaming’s tour confirmed the pledges as press

JOSEPH PROCACCI, CEO and chairman of PHL Local Gaming, LLC, confirmed proposed Casino Revolution will be located in this 84,000-square-foot warehouse, on 25-acre parcel of land owned by Procacci Brothers Sales Corp. Because of this existing facility, his casino would open six months earlier than any other bidder, and produce 600 jobs before any other bidder could do so.

and community bill toured the huge complex by bus. The tour also drove through surrounding South Philadelphia neighborhoods. Company officials emphasized the casino’s lack of intrusiveness on residential areas, the closest of which is 0.8 miles from the PHL Local Gaming site. They also described, during the tour, the proposed casino’s exceptionally convenient access to I-95 and I-76. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will take public testimony from city officials at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sep. 24 to hear their views. Its consensus will be the city welcomes a second casino, wherever the site. This meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Room 108 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and can be seen live from the Gaming Board’s website at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. Another date will be set for the Board during which the six applicants will appear to answer questions from the board. Written comments on the remaining license or the bidders can be made through Sep. 30. The other casino bids come from: Market8, Market East Associates, 8th & Market Streets; Hollywood Casino Philadelphia, PA Gaming Ventures, 700 Packer Avenue; The Provence, Tower Entertainment, LLC, 400 N. Broad Street; Wynn Philadelphia, Wynn PA, Inc., 2001 Beach

GETTING hands on tour of proposed Casino Revolution site were Whitman Council board members. From left are PHL Local Gaming CEO and chairman Joseph Procacci, and board members Ed McBride, Laura McColgan, Barbara Leifest Ginnetti and Ryan Schmidt.

Street and 2001 through 2005 Richmond Street; Live! Hotel and Casino, Stadium Casino LLC, 900 Packer Avenue. At the Procacci-Lomax site, tour visitors were shown precisely how the existing warehouse facility would be retrofitted for casino operation. PHL Local Gaming’s architect Richard Gardner, of Hnedak Bobo Group, unveiled nine renderings that reinforced the company’s commitment to “four-star-quality” hotel ac-

commodations and casino amenities. At one point in the presentation, PHL Local Gaming’s CEO Joseph Procacci pointed out that another advantage of the existing warehouse facility is that it is environmentally clean, having cleared all environmental auditing prior to its purchase by Procacci Brothers, in 1986. “Often,” said Procacci, “unanticipated environmental issues can lead to costly delays

in construction schedules. Our warehouse, we’re confident, presents no such problems. We and our construction management company, L.F. Driscoll, firmly believe we can have our casino open within nine months of final approval, six months earlier than other bidders would be able to do. Given the importance of job creation in our area, that should be good news for the Commonwealth and for the City.”

Philadelphia’s five-decadelong practice of appointing people to oversee the city’s school system has failed, charges State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast), who is now calling for Philadelphians to elect school board members. his SB 913 would return a locally elected school board to Philadelphia. “Each reiteration of the Board of Education was supposed to increase accountability, transparency, and improve fiscal oversight. Instead, we have had year after year of dysfunction, fiscal crises, and schools that fail our students,” Stack told the City Council Committee on Education recently. Stack said the School Reform Commission needs drastic reform itself. “The SRC fails the accountability and transparency test because it is not elected by the taxpayers. Therefore, it is not accountable to parents, stu-

dents, and certainly not the taxpayers. It is only accountable to the Governor or Mayor who appoints them,” Stack said. Stack said evidence is overwhelming for filling the city’s school system with publicly elected directors – the district’s failure in 2011-2012 to reach target graduation rates and overall academic performance to its crippling deficit. “The school board would be unpaid, nonpartisan, and locally elected from nine districts throughout the city,” Stack explained. “Every 10 years, the districts would change based on the census. Members of the school board would serve 4year terms.” Stack said he believes replacing the SRC with an elected school board would get people to the table in the Philadelphia School District who truly care about public education. If the measure is adopted,

the Senator said Philly’s Mayor and City Council would still play a significant role. “The Mayor will appoint the School District Superintendent,” Stack said. “The Mayor would also be able to fire the Superintendent at any time and for any reason that does not violate state law.” Additionally, Stack said the elected school board would be allowed to pass a resolution of no confidence on the superintendent. The Mayor, however, would decide if that resolution would be fulfilled. Taxing authority and the ability to incur debt would continue as powers of City Council and the Mayor only, under the legislative proposal. However, the school board would be required to write an annual budget plus a five-year spending plan. And, the board would have the authority to approve labor, service and other contracts.

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CITY COMMISSIONERS welcome Monica H. Dutko, chairperson of the Association of Eastern Penna. County Election personnel. With her at opening session are City Commission Chair Anthony Clark and Vice Chair Al Schmidt. Conference started Tuesday.

SHARING solutions to insuring everyone gets to vote were City Commission staffers and Commissioners. Checking over common problems facing every County Commission office with Monica H. Dutko are Joseph Lynch, Commissioner Anthony Clark, Dutko, Commissioner Al Schmidt and Tim Dowling.

98 Hosts Rank And File At Clementon Park

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DISCUSSING plans for 50th commemoration of MLK’s March to Washington are State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Martin Luther King III. Boyle remarked, “Just as our society is shown in the Great Seal as an unfinished pyramid, so too is Dr. King’s dream; it is a neverending effort, one that we must continue to strive for.”

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Welcoming Penna. County Commissioners

MLK 50th Anniversary

RANK AND FILE and politicos turned out for annual IBEW Local 98 summer CITY COUNCILMAN Bobby Henon joins Local 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty to LOCAL 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty joins IBEW gathering at Clementon Park. Among thank Local 98 team which organized a very successful picnic for members. Highlight members and their families at annual outing to Clemen- them were Doug Nesmith and Kevin Price of event was a massive tug-of-war contest which the “Doc” forces won. Photo by Joe Stivala flanking Local 98’s Brian Stevenson. ton amusement park in N.J. Photo by Joe Stivala

63rd Ward Pool Party

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POOL PARTY was given by Bernice Hill, Ward leader of the 63rd Ward, for her committee persons. City Controller Alan Butkovitz (in hat) was one of the VIP attendees. Bernice grew up at 13th & Dickinson Streets.

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It’s ‘Back To The Future’ For School

ANTI-DRUG & Alcohol Crusaders, who ran summer camp, turned out in full force at Family & Education Reunion at HS of the Future in Parkside. Photos by Leona Dixon

FACE-PAINTING made these sisters Amaya and Nashea Jenkins merry at well-attended back-to-school fair.

Ruth Williams, Ja-Quane Allen, Tanya Register, Moses Cotton and Tracy Daniels giving out bookbags stuffed with pencil, pads, crayons, markers, coupons for discounts at FM.

SCIENTIST “Grand Hank” Ragsdale, STEM expert, with his family Tyraine, Georgina, Tyrina and Justin provided finale for program.

FOREMAN MILLS, which sponsored Family & Education Reunion, gave out coupons for free school uniforms.

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PROVING her prowess as a disc jockey as well was Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, encouraged by Tumar Alexander, Monica Burch Brown and Will Carter. She headlined charity event for Philadanco.


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Northeast Democratic Ward Leaders Reorganized by Joe Shaheeli The burgeoning Northeast, often ignored by city programs, in part because it is so far from City Hall, has motivated its Democratic ward leaders to set up a caucus for the common purpose of increasing city and state services to this farflung area. Chairing the organizational meeting was Lou Farinella, of Democratic City Committee, who attended as Party Chairman Bob Brady’s surrogate when the group met at Randi’s Restaurant on Grant Avenue. Farinella chaired the meeting, which was addressed by DCC Secretary Sonny Campbell and State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) commending their efforts and promising support. Representative

Vanessa Lowery Brown 190th Legislative District

Heading the new group as chair is 66B Ward Leader Mike McAleer. 25th Ward Leader Tom Johnson is vice chair; 63rd Ward Leader Bernice Hill, recording secretary, and 35th Ward Leader Bill Dolbow, treasurer. Attending as well were several judicial candidates whose names will appear on the November ballot. These included: Joe Fernandes, Marty Coleman, Anne Marie Coyle, Timika Lane, Sierra Street, Henry Lewandowski, and Dan McCaffery, as well as Controller Alan Butkovitz, also leader of the 54th Ward. Missing due to other schedules were Ward Leaders Councilman Bob Henon and State Sen. Mike Stack. Adding to this impressive gathering was the good news Stack (D-Northeast) and Christine “Tina” Tartaglione (D-Kensington) had mended

DEMOCRATIC City Committee’s Lou Farinella, right, congratulates new executive board of N.E. Democratic Ward Leaders. From left are Chairman Mike McAleer, Recording Secretary Bernice Hill, Vice Chair Tom Johnson and Treasurer Bill Dolbow. fences, at the urging of Chair- city’s organized unions. man Bob Brady. The two Sen- Though she expects primary ators had split over a opposition, Tina will have the Congressman leadership vote in the Senate. support of The two will give added Brady (D-Phila.) and the weight to the group’s efforts Democratic City Committee. to keep the needs of their area Also running in the next prion the front burners in the mary for reelection will be General Assembly and City State Sens. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) and AnCouncil. Tartaglione’s efforts to en- thony Williams. Name Endorsements sure decent living standards Enter 13th District for workers have already enWe keep posting candidates’ sured her the support of this

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Please join me for two great community events. First, I will host a free shredding event on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at my 12361 Academy Road District Office. You can bring up to three boxes of old documents, bills and receipts and my staff will unload them from your car and shred them. The second event is my annual Senior Expo. It is scheduled for Friday, October 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the PA National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (Corner of Southampton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard). Many businesses, health and housing agencies will be on hand for the Senior Expo. Refreshments will be served. Parkwood Shopping Center 12361 Academy Road, Phila., PA 19154, 215-281-2539

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SPEAKING before NE Democrats were these judicial candidate primary winners, flanked by Lou Farinelli and visiting 6th Ward Leader Pete Wilson. From left are Dan McCaffery, Timika Lane, Henry Lewandowski, Joe Fernandes, Anne Marie Coyle, Sierra Street and Donna DeRose. endorsements in major races, Arkoosh, who isconsidered a many now popping up in the member of Schwarz’s inner 13th Congressional Dist. Since circle. Boyle has a key heavyCongresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) is not run- weight endorsement from ning for another term, there is Philadelphia Democratic competition and with it en- Chairman Bob Brady, and endorsements as each challenger dorsements from 18 powerful seeks to muscle out the others. trade unions in the city. He Those include former Con- expects to have the support of gresswoman Marjorie Mar- most of the ward leaders in his golies, State Rep. Brendan district. Boyle (D-Northeast), State However, he’s got to be Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Mont- disappointed ward leaders and gomery) and Dr. Valerie (Cont. Next Page)

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8TH WARD Republican Leader SHOWING off new campaign vehicle was GOP Controller TERRY TRACY, left, drew warm sup- Lindsay Doering came all the way W. PHILA. Republican Ward Leader hopeful Terry Tracy outside port from veterans advocate Joe East- from Center City to Fox Chase to Matt Wolfe chats with Karen Chizeck Loudenslager American Legion man and retired police officer Lou back candidacy of Terry Tracy and and Jeff Arkin at Controller candidate Terry Tracer’s American Legion funder. Lanni. his charming wife Lynsey. Post in Fox Chase. none of its divisions are any- worked to her advantage ac- in a race, it could become a sioner Mark Smith, Harris- paign is not taking a break, cording to a fresh poll. She may classic East-versus-West battle. burg official Brenda Alton, even though Congress skipped where near the 13th. The only pressing immedi- State Sens. John Wozniak (D- out for the summer. Last Perhaps the name game be the lady to beat. Dems Eying Run ate goal for Morganelli is to Blair) and Larry Farnese (D- week, they adjourned for five without notes has an effect For Lt. Governor raise enough funds to make it a S. Phila.), and State Reps. weeks on a taxpayer funded here, though we can’t feel it. Lehigh Co. District Attor- race. He ran twice for State At- Brandon Neuman (D-Wash- vacation that has left many us Leach lists endorsements from former Congressman Joe ney John Morganelli an- torney General. If the flow isn’t ington) and John Galloway (D- wondering whether it is deBucks). served. Hoeffel and State Rep. Brian nounced he is running for there, he may forgo the run. Democratic nomination for It looks, though, to become Don’t worry. Our camSims (D-S. Phila.). (Cont. Page 9) Hoeffel was Schwartz’s Lieutenant Governor. He’s a crowded field nevertheless. predecessor in the US House emailing friends throughout the Announced are Harrisburg STATE SENATOR City Councilman Brad Koplinand the 2004 Democratic state to circulate his petitions. He’ll have company. For- ski, Bradford Co. Commisnominee for US Senate against then-Republican incumbent mer Congressman Mark Critz, from Johnstown, hasn’t made it Rep. J. P. Arlen Specter. Margolies’ high profile has “official”. If only those two are DISTRICT OFFICE

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) State Sens. LeAnna Washington and Shirley Kitchen, whose districts interface in part with the 13th Congressional Dist. have announced they are backing Margolies. But he gets good news from Council President Darrell Clark, whose district includes several divisions that are within the 13th, announcing he was definitely committed to Boyle’s campaign. Clarke explained, “Boyle cares deeply about our city and our region. He will do a great job for us in D.C.” No impact comes from the endorsement of 8th Council Dist. Councilwoman Cindy Bass for Margolies, with whom she has a long working relationship. But her name recognition and popularity don’t translate into votes from her councilmanic district since

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(Cont. From Prev. Page) the borrower has no personal liability for the loan and (2) the loan is not due until the borrower dies. After death, the lender simply forecloses on the home, and there is no deficiency balance assessed against the probate estate of the borrower. If the borrower’s devisees (those named in his will) or heirs (those who would take if he doesn’t have a will) desire to retain the home, they may pay the balance due on the reverse mortgage. In most cases, that simply means the children have the right to surrender the home or to pay off the mortgage balance owing. Next week’s question: What are your chances of getting a student loan after a bankruptcy discharge?

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COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson joins State Rep. Maria Donatucci at fundraiser for Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, held at Independence Seaport Museum. See more coverage in next week’s edition.

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WARD LEADER Bill Dolbow and Deputy Fraud Dir. HANDSOME turnout for State Rep. John for Controller’s Office Bill READY for a lucky day on Frankford-TorSabatina, Jr. boosted his successful fundraising golf tournament. Joining Sabatina, 3rd from left, resdale links were, from left, Ward Leader Rubin were glad to spend a was a host of friends including Bill Taylor, Tom John Sabatina, Sr., Mike Driscoll, Jim day on the greens with State Rep. John Sabatina, Jr. Kilkenny, Anthony Gallagher and Terry Visconto. O’Malley and Pete McDermott. bers of the State House, col- and leader of the 1st Ward, lected more than $10,000 in per John J. Dougherty, Jr., a coudiems during the first half of ple weeks later, Kenney was discussed as the candidate who 2013. Kenney Main Dish can turn the city around as On Shore Menu Mayor. Some of the ward No need to guess if Coun- leaders present indicated cilman Jim Kenney has inten- they’d be happy to support tions to run for Mayor. It’s Doc’s choice. Others had their obvious he can’t announce it, “ifs” and “buts”, since some but those close to him are im- are in Anthony Williams’ dispressed at the amount of sup- trict and are beholden to him. port pushing him in that Second Motive Behind direction. He ran a successful Obama Bus Tour To Pa. FIRE Dept., Police from 25th Dist. and their staffs helped fundraiser in Margate recently President Barack Obama Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez present a huge gathand, lo and behold, at a dinner understands the need to win ering for her National Night Out at St. Hugh’s in Kensinghosted by IBEW Local 98 boss (Cont. Page 20) ton.

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Voters will be asked this fall to cast a “yes” or “no. Names on the column to the right of the voting machine will be those seeking retention. Though they worry, The following CP Judges are up for retention in 2013. RETENTION: Judges Joseph D. O’Keefe, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Allan L. Tereshko, Genece E. Brinkley, Webster Keogh, Jacqueline F. Allen, Rayford A. Means, Holly J. Ford, Nina Wright Padilla, Lori A. Dumas, Ramy I. Djerassi, Doris A. Pechkurow, Joel S. Johnson, Paula A. Patrick, Jeffrey P. Minehart. Appointed Judges – Up for reelection in 2013: Judges Roger F. Gordon and Kenneth J. Powell, Jr.

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makes good campaign fodder;but it just won’t happen, no matter how you cut. Yet credit is still due to House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson), who understands the need to shrink the General Assembly. An effort failed last session, but he has a new tactic: Have two bills introduced. One trims the Senate from 50 to 38, and the other the House, 203-153. A single bill containing both reductions didn’t move in the Senate by the end of the 2010-12 session. In tough economic times, elected officials need to show they are aware of the financial impact on their voters and set some example of frugality. So news like the amount of per diem dollars state legislators have been earning with meetings that mainly exploit an issue doesn’t sit well with voters. The report by the Pennsylvania Independent, a political website, found $1.2 million in per diems were collected by lawmakers in the first six months of 2013. A total of 32 lawmakers, all mem-

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Local #401 Ironworkers In Wildwood

EVERYONE seeks photos with Joe Dougherty, longtime leader of Local 401 Ironworkers (“Bridgemen”). Local rank and file gathered in Anglesea, Wildwood, for annual member “Thank You” event in Anglesea. Flanking Joe is Marnie Aument-Loughrey and Plasterers Chief Joe Ashdale. Local 401 is most viable in their current work to Photo by Joe Stivala make Walt Whitman Bridge safer.

... Also Operating Engineers!

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OPERATING Engineers parked their heavy equipment to pause long enough to hold a summer member party in Anglesea, N.J. Happy band of brothers included Tom Danese, recording secretary; Rob Walsh, business agent; Buddy Evans; past president, Hon. Michael Sullivan; Charles Priscopo, assistant business manager; Joe O’Donohue; John Hearn; Den Murphy and Jim Beaumont. Photo by Joe Stivala

CITY COMMITTEE Executive Dir. Joseph DeFelice joins Annie Havey at ReCITY GOP Chairman John Taylor welcomes new -- and older -- Republicans to publican City Committee office opening party. brand new office opening at 3535 Cottman Avenue.

REPUBLICANS Mike Barkovich, Ella Butcher and William Pettigrew were among CARMELA FITZPATRICK shows delight at new GOP office space at JUDICAL CANDIDATES Anne Marie those attending new office in N.E. Phila., Coyle and Judge Ken Powell talk shop. which they hope will boost party fortunes. 3535 Cottman Avenue.


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A New Way To Fund Schools

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Ha., 6208 Lancaster Ave., 7p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets $85, $160 for 2. Aug. 25- Republican City Committee hosts Billy Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 48 p.m. Chaired by Commissioner Al Schmidt. Tickets $100 either in advance or at door. For info josephjdefelice@gmail.com or (215) 561-0650. Aug. 27- Terry Tracy, GOP candidate for City Controller, conducts town-hall meeting at Commodore Barry Cl., Emlen & Carpenter, 7:30 p.m. For info John Katrina (215) 252-6918. Aug. 31-Sep. 2- 48th annual Polish American Festival at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd., Doylestown, Pa., 12-8 p.m. each day. $10 admission includes all events and rides. Polish dance groups, etc. For info (215) 345-0600. Sep. 2- Phila. Council AFLCIO holds Tri State Labor

Aug. 22- Juniata and Kensington 33rd Ward Leader Lou Vega hosts Wine & Cheese Fundraiser for City Controller candidate Terry Tracy at 128 Alexis La., 6:30-8:30 p.m. For info mr.louvega@yahoo.com. Aug. 23- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood holds Back-ToSchool Bookbag Giveaway at 310 W. Chelten Ave., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Must call to register child; while supplies last. For info (215) 849-6426. Aug. 24- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. hosts Block Captain Boot Camp at Salvation Army Kroc Ctr., 4200 Wissahickon Ave. RSVP Morgan Cephas (215) 686-3416, -3417. Aug. 24- 51st anniversary Jamaican Independence Dinner Dance at Calabash Banquet collection agencies (not to mention citizens’ tax-preparers). If nothing else, property-tax records are fairly stable, public and easily tracked (except in Philadelphia, it appears … but that’s another story.) But our traditional way of paying for education isn’t working well – especially for Philadelphia, whose property-tax base is

Day Parade & Family Celebration starting from Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 8:30 a.m., with rally to follow; parade to Penn’s Landing, 10 a.m.;. Family Celebration at Penn’s Landing at 11 a.m., featuring food, make-and-take crafts, live music, games, kids activities, and more! Sep. 7- Birthday Bash for Sheriff Jewell Williams at Sheraton Downtown in Horizon Roof Top Ballroom, 201 N. 17th St., 9-11:30 p.m. $125-$1,000. Checks payable to Citizens for Jewell Williams, P.O. Box 22341, Phila., PA 19110. For info (267) 702-0450. RSVP before Aug. 30. Sep. 9- Veterans Golf Outing at Indian Valley C.C., Telford, Pa. to benefit Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Education Ctr., Registration 11 a.m. Registration $125. For info (267) 255-5851. Sep. 9- Fundraiser for Sharon

Giamporcaro for Common Pleas at home of Susan Satkowski, 1907 Spruce St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets $100. RSVP Denise Furey (215) 266-4121 or Denise.Furey@Wolfe.Org. Sep. 13- Al Stewart hosts 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10. For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Sep. 29- Dr. Gerard Vernose hosts Vendemmia Italian Harvest Festival at Girard Pk., 21st & Porter Sts., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $45 in advance, at gate $55. For info (215) 551-3859 or www.vendemmiafestival.com. Oct. 3&5- King of Prussia Beerfest Royale held outdoors at The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, parking lot adjacent to Mall Blvd. Thursday Donnerstag: Happy Hour. Live music by The Hoppin’ John Orchestra. Get tickets from KOP Beerfest Royale website: http://kopbeerfest.com.

in no shape to deal with the extra costs of educating children most of whom live in poverty. You can’t squeeze blood from a stone. Our General Assembly delegation must take a close look at the Argall-Brewster legislation to see if it offers an escape hatch from some of our School District’s woes.

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A pair of bills now making the rounds of the General Assembly may revolutionize Pennsylvania’s schools and Pennsylvania’s taxes. They would bag the historic tradition of funding education with a mix of local property taxes and largesse from the Commonwealth’s General Fund. In their place, school districts would draw from dedicated income and sales taxes – some at a statewide level, others voted in locally. In one stroke, the most-contentious issue dominating politics and policies across the state would be transformed, with new winners – and new losers. Would this change be for the better? SB 76 is authored by the chairmen of the Urban Affairs & Housing Committee, David Argall (R-Schuylkill) and Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny). These leaders claim 22 cosponsors in the 50-member Senate – 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats. A companion bill, HB 76, has been introduced by State Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks). Touted as the “Property Tax Independence Act”, this bold measure would do two things, each of which is remarkable by itself. First, it would provide a way for municipalities to cease taxing property entirely. If they willed it, they would be empowered to raise revenue entirely by voting for local income and sales taxes to fund schools – or any other local-government purpose. The burden of taxation would shift from owners and dwellers, to earners and consumers. At the state level, new income and sales taxes would also be imposed which would be dedicated solely to fund k-12 education. The new income tax (1.27%) and sales tax (1%) would be placed in a new Education Stability Fund. This ESF is designed to take the place of the present Basic Education Fund, which delivers the core of the state component of school spending. But the BEF has no guaranteed income of its own. Each fiscal year it must do battle with a hundred other hungry mouths clamoring for a piece of the budget. In recent years it has often come up sucking the short straw. So SB 76 might just as well be called the “School Funding Independence Act”. Under its provisions, all school districts could engage in stable long-term planning around their state funding base, free from political vagaries in Harrisburg. How money is collected matters. But how much is collected matters more. An initial check of SB 76’s language suggests that had it been in effect in the last fiscal year, it would have boosted basic education spending from $5.5 billion to $6.7 billion. That extra $1.2 billion would fill a lot of holes in many school budgets – not the least of them Philadelphia’s. Among other things, SB 76 would change the entire dynamic of the brutally contentious AVI debate in Philadelphia. Of your property tax, 55% goes to support the School District. If that money were to come through other channels, then the widespread increases in many homeowners’ taxes (sometimes doubling) which are scheduled to bite in next year – would go away! None of this means this radical reform is a good thing. The devil lies in the details of this 137-page piece of legislation. The BEF does not account for all state education spending today. If the ESF is used to replace useful supplementary funding programs, schools will not see net gains. And shifting the pain of taxation does not eliminate it. Voters will be asked to choose whether they’d rather see their home, or their paycheck and their checkout-counter receipt, taxed. In addition, vastly expanding taxation options at the schooldistrict level would pose “taxing” new demands on local tax-


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Tuesday the Eagle Forum held its annual Philadelphia-area dinner at the Aronimink Golf Club. Conservative activist PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY founded the Eagle Forum. The proceeds will go to the 2014 campaigns of the Republican Pennsylvania congressional delegation. Master of ceremonies was commentator COLIN HANNA. US SEN. PAT TOOMEY was the first speaker. Philadelphia WARD LEADER LT. COL. KEVIN KELLY led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Delaware Co. attorney and Irish American activist THERESA MURTAGH led a rendition of “God Bless America”. Republican candidate for Superior Court VIC STABILE spoke about how important it was that judges not legislate from the bench. A number of the Pennsylvania US Congressmen spoke, including JOE PITTS, MIKE FITZPATRICK, SCOTT PERRY and PAT MEEHAN. Meehan spoke of the current congressional investigations. He is most involved in determining what happened in Benghazi, Libya last year when four Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya, CHRISTOPHER STEVENS, were killed by terrorists. The Obama Administration and then-SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON claimed the assault was caused by a spontaneous response by locals to a US video blaspheming the PROPHET MOHAMMAD. Subsequent disclosures indicate senior-level personnel at State and the possibly the White House knew early on that it was an act of terrorism. Meehan emphasized we must get to the bottom of this issue, as well as the alleged political use of the IRS in stopping certification of tax-exempt status to conservative groups. (Cont. Page 21)

I have a confession to make. I haven’t had cable for the last two years. Now to be honest, that has made my job as a newsperson hard to do at times. I can’t see what’s going on in real time all that often. If a hearing or a news conference that I can’t be present at is being broadcast live, I still can’t get it. And we’re not even going to talk about the impact not having cable has had on my Significant Other the sportswriter ... not being able to channel-surf every sports network on cable is giving him hives. But while the thought of having to give Comcast my hardearned coin doesn’t make me too happy, I’ve spent the last few days at my parent’s house discovering a reason why I’m going to have to change my mind about that. That reason? Al Jazeera America. Al Jazeera America is the new, American version of the best cable-news network American cable systems didn’t want you to see. It’s a network owned by the Emir of Qatar, which means that as long as oil and natural gas continue to flow through that country, the money will continue to flow to the network. Which is why Al Jazeera tends to do things that tick off American officials ... like report all sides of a story with no fear of reprisal from advertisers. In fact, at the beginning of the Gulf War, Al Jazeera wasn’t always allowed to cover Allied news conferences because of its willingness to broadcast Osama Bin Laden’s videos in addition to the Allied view of things. Network journalists were also (Cont. Page 22)

It is incomprehensible when the Governor balks at helping schools open on time. People can feel like they have been told to do an impossible act.... It is FRESH AIR to hear talk of KATHLEEN KANE for Governor amidst the school issue. Like the American Flag still flying, during the cannon fire at Fort Mc Henry, from which sprang our “Star-Spangled Banner. “ Please take us “Home again. Kathleen” – to common sense! OPPOSING the firefighter contract has the feel of mean-spiritedness. An outgoing Mayor will leave this as part of his legacy?... The high-court decision on voter ID was a great one! The state praised their voter-ID education campaign. It was BLEAH! To me, ID is a WAR on Democrats. How about the expert who said, “I think” that voter ID is best. He “thinks?” As City Council and the Mayor look at new rules for demolitions – let’s hope the outcome WILL NOT put small contractors OUT OF BUSINESS and make it too expensive for owners to hire them. This move could have a SERIOUSLY bad effect on the quality of life in Philly!... Calling attention to the need for working elevators and escalators on PATCO is good, but SEPTA needs more of them, and the City Hall escalator operation is a disgrace for the main stop in the 5th-largest city! 39th Ward Leader Roseanne PAUCIELLO quashed rumors she would step down... The crew that assured me they are NO LONGER attempting to oust a ward leader – are BACK at it. That ward leader took over a stagnant ward and rebuilt it, but stands accused of disrespect for fellows who appear pure on the exterior. It reminds me of Goodman Brown in the “Old Manse” tales where darkest truths take over. Perfect PEACE to John “Jake” BRADLY, who passed. Lovely wife WINNIE was at his side. We will see Jake again one day, before God.... Former DA Lynne ABRAHAM paid tribute to the late Ward Leader Frank DILLON. She said he was a “legend and very smart.” ABRAHAM noted Francis was “a straight shooter”... ED COMLY passed away. His family lived so long in the Northeast, that Comly Road was named for them. Ed, a WW2 Vet, was one the three motivators who pushed for building the Southampton Road State Veterans Home.... And George Washington HOWE, last of the BUFFALO soldiers, had a service at Mt. OLIVET. So great a man lay there with nary a mourner (?). AUG. 23 will be a great day for BIRTHDAYS: Linda HALL, now retired from the (Cont. Page 21)

Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts on things that now require showing a valid photo ID when requested to do so: Driving a car, boarding an airplane, traveling to another country, at the doctor’s office, being admitted as a patient in a hospital, visiting a patient in the hospital, when applying for a job, getting your prescription drugs at the pharmacy, all bank transactions, applying to enroll in a school, applying for store credit, establishing a utility account in your name such as gas, electricity or telephone, purchasing a car on credit and then registering that car, applying for Medicare or Medicaid. You must have photo ID when opening a retirement account, donating blood, buying a firearm, requesting Social Security services, dealing with pawn shops, cashing a check in a bank, using a credit card, buying car insurance, buying train tickets, buying annual tickets to amusement parks, volunteering to work at volunteer organizations, applying for a professional license, buying a house, apartment rental application. If you are stopped by the police, you better have photo ID to show. I do not know of anyone that has to use any of these services complain about having to have a photo ID or possibly even two photo IDs to use the service. I do not know if anyone who uses these services does not have some form of photo ID – do you? Have you heard any public complaints about possibly being denied these services? To ask for valid photo identification to vote is not racist, political or intrusive, or singling out senior citizens. Can anyone give a valid reason for all the hubbub – if there is one?

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER bit the bullet and stepped up to the plate for Philadelphia public-school students. The Mayor was able to borrow $50 million so that the kids can start school on time. He resolved the situation without the assistance of legislators such as APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN VINCE HUGHES, STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS or STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER. In years past, Mayors have asked for the assistance of legislators like STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS or STATE SEN. VINCE FUMO. But without those two players, nothing seems to have gotten done over the years. Speaking of Vince Fumo … he was released for house arrest and now resides in his Green Street mansion. He also works during the day at his attorneys’ office. COUNCILMAN BOB HENON, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, STATE REPS. KEVIN BOYLE and MIKE McGEEHAN, and COUNCILMAN DENNY O’BRIEN and others will attempt to raise money to pay for the legal costs of fighting a methadone clinic that is attempting to open in Mayfair. The public officials have been fighting the methadone clinic known as Healing Way every step of the way. Now they must fight in court. CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY once again has shown that he thinks outside the box. His plan to have the City attempt to get a gaming license is cutting edge. Brady also believes any such gaming revenues could be used to solve the pension problem. He is the only elected official so far to come up with an actual plan on pensions that appears to work. Public hearings on this plan and the other six casino applications will take place within the next several weeks. Let’s see what happens. Former State Sen. and AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER is now contemplating a run for Governor. Wagner was defeated resoundingly for Mayor of Pittsburgh just a few short months ago. But perhaps he believes voters like to continue to see your name on the ballot before actually voting for that candidate. Wagner would be the only western candidate in the race. He would join a field which currently consists of CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, JOHN HANGER, KATIE McGINTY, MAX MYERS, TOM WOLF, State Sen. Mike Stack and State TREASURER ROB McCORD. But the list could continue to grow as Corbett continues to make one error after another.


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Philadelphia Hoops Legend Sonny Hill joins Maria Pajil Battle and Joyce Daniels of Amer- BUSY COACHING youngsters at various iHealth Caritas Partnership Basketball Clinic, sports events were Philly legends, Jim MurBROTHERHOOD of Huntingdon Street successfully hosted at Healthy Hoops health fair in northwest ray, Sonny Hill, and Speedy Morris. Photo by Leona Dixon. 6th Annual Stop the Violence & Health Fair with 10 evenly Philadelphia. matched young boxers wowing 300 spectators. Elected official on hand was State Rep. J.P. Miranda, who remained for entire event, and presented group with state citation for their community work. FRIENDS of Horatio B. Hackett ES hosted jampacked fundraiser at Cedar Point Bar in Fishtown. Cedar ALL SMILES greeted youngPoint donated $ 1 for every sters as these caregivers helped beer sold during the event to them along. From left are Anorganization. Fishtown Beer ALSO lending coaching tips to abella Roig, Salvation Army PLEASED to help give Runners were a major supKeystone First members from chief Bonnie Camardo, a Key- out t-shirts commemoporter of event, sending 50points throughout Phila. and stone staffer, and Senior VP of rating event is threeplus of their members to Chester were Brian Daly, Bill Marketing for Keystone Priscilla year-old Kayla Green. fundraiser, among them Fox and Charles Monroe. Photo by Leona Dixon Photo by Leona Dixon Brown. Colleen Baillie, Jill Pundy, Mike Ellis, Fred Druding, Jr., Jennifer McConaghie and Mark Dane. Photo by Michael Hayden

Pilgrimage to Holy Land HAPPY YOUNGSTER leaves Healthy Hoops Basketball and Health clinic with a commemorative shirt.

JOINING Judge Jerome A. Zaleski and his wife Eileen, right, on tour through Christian religious sites in Israel and West Bank were Therese Tayoun and her granddaughter Therese D’Allegro who left last week for year of volunteer work with Jesuits in North Carolina.

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CHILDREN and their families enjoy healthy food and Healthy Hoops basketball clinic.

HEALTH was big topic and asthmatic youngsters found themselves getting Photo by Leona Dixon various tests.

RETIREMENT and birthday party was held for Connie Little, former mayoral and sheriff aide, in the park at 11th & York Streets. Enjoying event are Common Pleas nominee Sierra Street; Little; Committeeman Jesse Crosby; 37th Ward Chair Dianne Bridges; 37th Ward Leader El Amor Brawne; and Pete Wilson, 6th Ward leader. Photo by Joe Stivala

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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES learn about asthma prevention and awareness from health professionals at Health Hoops basketball and health clinic.

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In an effort to improve asthma management and reduce childhood obesity, AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, in collaboration with Keystone First, a Blue Cross Medical Assistance (Medicaid) product and the largest Medical Assistance product in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is once again bringing its award-winning Healthy Hoops® program to the Philadelphia area. Held at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Avenue, the annual event drew a record crowd. According to a study published in the Journal of Asthma in 2012, more than 26% of Philadelphia children were found to have asthma, nearly three times the national average. Healthy Hoops aims to help children and their families learn how to better control their asthma and otherwise adopt healthy lifestyles. It included hands-on asthma education, health screenings and basketball clinics led by Philadelphia basketball legends Sonny Hill and Speedy Morris, along with plenty of other fun activities.

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(Cont. From Page 9) friends and help political allies, which we believe, is a major reason why he will stop in Scranton in addition to three cities in New York. Further details are not yet available. Even with the 2012 election behind him, President Barack Obama is not done campaigning in Pennsylvania. The President will swing through Pennsylvania, as well as New York, as part of a bus tour this Friday and Saturday. The tour’s public purpose is to show his concern for the middle class. Yet Pennsylvania is the one state where it might be possible to unseat a Governor and put a Democrat in that office. Gov. Tom Corbett is still considered a vulnerable candidate. He should be squeezing in time with announced Democrat candidates to assess their winnability and maybe commit some campaigning time to the one he likes best. But Corbett continues to win friends and influence people under the radar screen. The past week he signed SB 5 into law which provides $4 million in the

2013-14 state budget to fund community health centers and additional medical services in rural and underserved areas of the state. That’s in his heart land. SB 5 or Act 10 of 2013, sponsored by State Sen. Edwin Erickson (R-Chester), establishes the Community-Based Health Care program. It supports the creation of new community-based health-care clinics and expands services at existing clinics that serve lowincome clients. This includes facilities such as nonprofit certified rural health centers, free or partial-pay health clinics, nurse-managed health clinics, nonprofit hospital health clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC lookalikes. Also a Corbett campaign theme could be more jobs created than ever. One needs to know for the third consecutive month, the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.5%. It is the state’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. Just over “4,000 private sector jobs added,” said Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Dept. of Labor & Industry. “Pennsylvania has now added 131,100 private-sector jobs since Gov. Corbett took office in 2011.”

Oh, Blackwell Not Running – Like These Guys! COUNCIL MEMBERS Jannie Blackwell and David Oh present welcome citations to seven Army officers taking part in a 500-mile run from Duke University to New York’s Ground Zero, as part of “America 500” program which encourages employers to hire veterans.

Alvarez At Nazario Tourney DANNY ALVAREZ, candidate for District Attorney, his son, Jesse Bermudez and Miguel Ortiz were seen at Philly Stars Tournament at Lighthouse Field. Tournament was dedicated to memory of Police Officer Isabel Nazario with donations collected for autism.

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PASSING of N.E. Ward Leader Frank Dillon brought hundreds to his viewing. Frank’s career included Navy service in WW2 and Marine duty in Korea, as well as a key voter in the selection of thencandidate Bob Brady. Telling happy Dillon stories are Joe Russo, consultant; Linda Matthews, retired City Committee manager; Charlie Bernard, City Committee CEO; retention Common Pleas Judge Holly Ford; 53rd Ward Leader Janice Sulman, Esq.; and Fire Photo by Joe Stivala Chief Bill Dell.

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(Cont. From Page 18) Hanna noted LOIS LERNER, the IRS official who headed the group responsible for these politicized actions, has the best job in D.C.: She is on paid leave. Given civil-service rules, she may be on paid leave for years despite her apparent complicity. In the private sector, an employee that took the Fifth (as did Lerner) would be fired. Driving home that night, I heard a radio ad in which a Philadelphia teacher lambasted MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER for joining GOV. TOM CORBETT in “gutting” Philadelphia schools. Yes, once again the Governor is the bogeyman. We have heard time and time again he cut spending on k-12 education from what his predecessor GOV. ED RENDELL budgeted. It does not matter these claims are false, because few in the media are correcting the inaccuracies. The State’s 2013-2014 budget allocates $9.83 billion in

“state funding” to supporting public education. This is $1.25 billion more than Rendell’s last year in office of roughly $8.6 billion. However, the teachers’ unions and others claim the State budgeted roughly $10.0 billion in Rendell’s last year. They do not know, or conveniently forget, that package in fiscal 2010-2011 included $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money. STATE SEN. DOMINIC PILEGGI sent letters to every school district in the commonwealth reminding them this increase was a one-time benefit. Did the letter to the Philadelphia School District get

lost in the mail? Did School SUPERINTENDENT DR. ARLENE ACKERMAN fail to share the letter with the teachers’ union and others? We are also told Harrisburg – namely Corbett – has “gutted” the schools. Gutting suggests the State’s contribution was cut. This year, the State increased what it sent Philadelphia. We in Philadelphia seem to forget the School District’s new budget is roughly $2.4 billion, up slightly from last year. Also, some of us forget that 55% of the district’s funding comes from Harrisburg.

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(?). Are the FOUNDING FATHERS rolling in their graves? Enough time has passed to learn if any of the TRAFFIC COURT probers, at the investigation’s OUTSET, intended to bring Traffic Court down BEFORE THEIR WORK began (?). This was the John DOUGHERTY TRIPLEHEADER WEEK, with the Local 98 leader hosting a breakfast for Councilman Jim KENNEY, and a Rep. Bob Brady fundraiser, with support of Candidates Comedy Night of Stu Bykofsky. Stu likes covering I-95 between Walnut and Chestnut – Stanhope Brown’s old idea.... Drag racing used to be big in the South Philly Food Center. Mayor TATE considered a city drag strip to break it up, but insurance costs were too high. Legendary Ron DONATUCCI’s summer event at the Seaport Museum was tops. On Sep. 12, a gala Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day parade benefit will be held in Sugarhouse Casino!... That neat bookstore on Richmond Street below Allegheny has a big section on IRISH literature. I even walked in on a meeting of the FRIENDLY SONS of Saint Patrick there.

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(Cont. From Page 18) Tax Review Board, celebrates. So does State Rep. Ed NEILSON, who is pro-manufacturing in Philly; as well as Kenlyn BROWN, Chief Advocate of Pine Forge School. Best of birthdays to 9th Ward Leader John O’Connell, who loves camping out in a ’30s trailer pulled by a ’60s Pontiac.... Bernie STRAIN at the State Treasury Dept. has a b’day on the 28th. BEST WISHES to all from the Public Record!! Local 420 Steamfitters held a dandy Beef & Beer to help member Andy Mozyka fight Leukemia in the union hall. A good deed.... Another of the prime movers for building the current Philly VETS Home was WW2 and Korea Vet Harold FISHER. Harold and lovely “a-shana-madel” wife Harriett celebrated 67 wonderful years of marriage, and service to the Jewish War Vets. Thanks 100 times!! When the liberal US Attorney Eric HOLDER said America has too many people in jail, he echoed conservative Texas Gov. Rick PERRY. The largest number in jail in the WORLD, surpassing China with five times more people (One in 107 adults). Many on

small charges or “conspiracy”. The DA’s office needs to push for MORE diversion programs. You CAN still get reelected. The worst RIPPER, to me, of the Constitution is the Confidential Informant vs. the Founding Fathers’ right to face your accuser. I heard testimony of a “reliable” confidential informer. Does that mean the “CI” is NOT always RELIABLE – with reliable ones used often? I called the DA Forfeiture Program to talk to a human, but got voicemail. The program was hailed when it began years ago, but when you read of the family that had to sleep in the woods, you can wonder if the defendant was convicted TWICE, (once by the judge) (?). CHANGE IT!.... When the State House Judiciary Committee met in Philly on the two Traffic Court bills, it was felt they would vote to report the bill to the floor for a vote. Instead, they set a hearing date to meet again around the date of the Primary Election. This could EASILY be MISREAD by candidates who then expended funds to run for the office. The winners must feel their nomination was STOLEN by a flaw in the legislation not considering them


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IBEW LOCAL 98 Business Mgr. John Dougherty, right, joins Chris Rupe, Marita Crawford and Councilman Bobby Henon at breakfast fundraiser honoring Councilman Jim Kenney at Famous Deli yesterday. Photos by Maria Merlino

Out & About (Cont. From Page 18) questioned and branded by some as al-Qaida collaborators. The Emir made former Vice President Al Gore, the owner of Current TV, an offer he couldn’t refuse and bought the network earlier this year. With it, he bought all of the mustcarry space that came with it. (Hopefully it gave the former VP the money he needed to pay off Keith Olbermann – Current’s lone big-ticket anchor. Personally, I think Current’s sale was a direct result of the lawsuit that followed Olbermann’s departure....) The network premiered this

week and the show that I caught is called “Consider This”. It discussed solitary confinement and its mental impact, as well as attacks on freedom of the press. Other shows talked about spending in Haiti and other topics you’re not going to get on your standard American television news. I like it already. You see, I’ve always believed that because of the fear of advertiser reprisals, American news networks run scared when it comes to certain topics. When that fear is removed, we get the real scoop about what’s being done in our names as Americans. That’s why networks like the BBC and Al Jazeera America are so valuable.

LOCAL 22 Firefighters President Joe Schulle has been pledged organized-labor support for his plan to change city charter to force Mayor to accept arbitration decision.J. POLITICAL CONSULTANT Billy Miller joins Councilman Bobby Henon, District Attorney Seth Williams and guest of honor Councilman Jim Kenney at breakfast fundraiser held yesterday at Famous 4th Street deli.

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