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T Ihh,h.h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh,,h,ii ........ : ....... 141XED ADC 010 Sf'f P3 PAUL JEFFKO SML TOWN PERSo iN 562 CALORMA AVF_ SW SEATTLE WA 136-120t THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 2 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 8, 2010 $.30 A COPY DOUBLETAKE: Obama Team Puts Flying Safety Ahead of Fedings? But You Can't Please Everyone by Kelly Anderson Wright In a surprising move, the Obama Administration has put the flying safety of mil- lions of Americans ahead of the potential hurt feelings of people worldwide. Can I get an "amen?" Officials announced Sun- day that citizens of 14 na- tions, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, will now be subjected to in- tensified security screening at airports in 2010, but American citizens will not. Terrorists? Here? What? The administration's new global security system inten- tionally treats non-Ameri- cans differently, based on what country they are from. The new security measures are the result of an at- tempted "boxer bombing" by a Nigerian citizen, who at- tempted to detonate explo- sives in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, officials said. Citizens from the following countries will go through increased airport security procedures: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, because of potential threat to Americans, based on recent political activities in those countries. Passengers with passports from these nations, or tak- ing flights that originated or passed through any of these countries, will be required to undergo a full-body pat down and have their carry-on bags searched before they can board a plane flying to the United States. In countries with the equipment, these passen- gers will also be required to pass through a whole body scanner that can spot hid- den explosives or weapons, or be checked with a devir that can find minute traces of explosives. American citizens, and most others who are not flying through these nations (Continued on Page 14) News Briefs ! by Sal Giarratani Get Well Wishes Go Out to Angela Angela down at Contrada's has been under the weather for a while. Everybody down at the store hopes to see her back behind the counter real soon. Get well soon and Happy New Year from the whole gang at Contrada's. Bunker Hill Florist is Tops The best flower shop in Charlestown and all District l has to be Bunker Hill Florist located at One Thompson Square. You can never go wrong with them and the prices are always right. A BIG Hi to Joe, Larry, Tom, Katherine, Nate and Christine from this corner of the paper. Upcoming Communuity Meetings The next North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting will be Monday, January 11 at 7pm at the Nazzaro Community Center ... The next North End/Waterfront Residents Associa- tion meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 at the Nazzaro°Community Center. Stall Looking for Baby Items The Saint Anthony Society is supporting a drive to obtain baby items for the St. Anthony Arch Street Baby Center which provides assis- tance to over 900 families and children. For more information, give Jerry Moretti a call at 617-723-8669. {Continued on Page 15) MAYOR MENINO Inaugurates "New Era of Shared Innovation" "Let Us Show the World that in Boston, History is Just a Prelude. That Here, We Don't Lay Capstones, We Lay Foundations. "" In front of a packed audi- ence of local leaders and dignitaries, Mayor Thomas M. Menino took the oath of office at historic Faneuil Hall on January 4, 2010 to begin his Fifth term as Mayor of the City of Boston. In a ceremony that also included the swearing-in of the Boston City Council, Mayor Menino delivered his inau- gural address, pledging that this term will be marked by a new era of shared in- novation that draws on the progress of the past and sets the stage for Boston's continued growth and suc- cess. With a renewed sense of urgency, the Mayor called on the people of Bost6rf to help the new administra- tion accomplish sweeping transformation over the next four years, emphasized by innovation in public edu- cation, economic develop- ment, and public-private partnerships. Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston It was the privilege of a lifetime ear- lier this week to take the oath of office to begin my fifth term as Mayor of the City of Boston. As we turn the page on a new decade, we also open a new chap- ter in Boston's history. The challenges we face are great, but our uniquely Boston combination of ingenuity and perseverance still remains and will take us into this new decade, the best as we approach our city's fourth cen- tury. Knowing that our potential today remains stronger than ever before, we inaugurate a new era of shared innovation. The next four years will be guided by the idea that we will reinvent ourselves to create an even stronger city. At the top of our shared agenda are four goals: Transforming education, delivering on the promise of our waterfront and cre- ating new jobs, making over basic city services, and bringing our city closer together across diverse backgrounds. As a city of innovators, no where is in- novation more critical than in educa- tion. In order to achieve transformative progress, fixing around the margins won't be enough. We must have the capacity to reinvent ourselves. As state legislators debate a reform bill that could provide turnaround authority for local districts and position the Common- wealth to compete for more than $250 million in federal funding, the right bill for our children increases the charter cap, but also provides turn- around capacity for districts in three places: One, the authority to create in- district charter schools. Two, the flex- ibility to assign the best teachers where they are needed most. And three, the ability to bypass lengthy arbitration at persistently under-performing schools. I thank the devoted leaders on Beacon Hill who have worked hard to shape a bill that provides this mix. Real reform is within our grasps, and to those who plan to block, or weaken it, I say make no mistake: It's not progressive to be middle of the road on education, the civil rights issue of our time, and it's cer- tainly not right to put adult interests before kids' needs. Emphasizing the same spirit of inno- vation, we'll unlock the potential of our (Continued on Page 15)