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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 21,2011 News Briefs (Continued from Page I) mum on Cinelli's release, January 4) that Governor Deval Patrick has of yet nei- ther watched the taped Pa- role hearing or looked at Dominic Cinelli's criminal record. He says he will wait until the undersecretary of public safety's review is completed and then, I guess, do his job. In 2009, Cinelli was serving three life sen- tences when the six-mem- ber parole board released him back into society. On December 26 he gunned down Officer Jack Maguire during a jewelry heist in Woburn. The parole board is currently made up of three Patrick appointees including the board chairman, who was the governor's former campaign driver. I also read the Boston Her- ald editorial the same day (Parole No Model) in which the idea proposed by Patrick to move both Probation and Parole into the Executive Branch's control was shot down for obvious reasons. I agree with the editorial that both departments need to "be married to the judicial branch, which it serves." Politics has seemingly caused a big scandal for pro- bation and the release of a future murderer by the pa- role board. Issues dealing with both parole and proba- tion need to placed in a poli- tics-free zone. There was no excuse for the county dis- trict attorney's office to be overlooked when it came to a parole hearing. The criminal justice sys- tem is apparently ill-served when former campaign workers decide who stays in prison and who is let out. Let the judiciary branch of state government be held respon- sible for the entire process from the courtroom to the parole board. Do We Say Happy Anniversary? January 4 th marked the 16 th anniversary of Whitey Bulger's fugitive status and the FBI re-affirms that the worldwide hunt for Bulger continues. The last con- firmed sighting of Bulger, who turned 81 last Septem- ber, was in London in 2002, according to the FBI. Kevin Weeks, a former Bulger associate who's com- ing out with a book called "Where's Whitey" in June says, Bulger will never be caught and outside of the Boston area, nobody cares or even knows who Whitey Bulger is. As Weeks says, "No one is worried about an aging criminal from America." FBI agent Richard Teahan who heads up the Bulger Task Force disagrees say- ing, "We just think it's im- portant not to give up and to keep pushing." Bulger re- mains on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list with an FBI $2 million reward still out there for his capture. If I was a betting man, I'd say Weeks is right about Bulger never being caught. Anne Francis, a/k/a Honey West Dead at 80 As a Baby Boomer, I re- member Anne Francis quite well. Back in 1956, when I was 0nly 8 years old, she co- starred with Bobby the Robot in the sci-fi thriller "Forbid- den Planet" but it was from her mid-Sixties TV show "Honey West" in which she played a sexy private eye that I mostly remember her. I'll also remember her with that black turtle-neck sweater and leotards and that sexy mole on her cheek. I can't believe she was eighty years old but then again I can't believe that I'm as old as I am today either. The Price of Poverty Goes Up Too The number of folks living in poverty in the United States is now I in 6 Ameri- cans, most of them 65 or older. They're all struggling due in great part to rising health care costs. The over- all poverty rate is now 15.7 percent, or 47.8 million people. Older Americans, 65 or older now have a 16.1 per- cent poverty rate. America is still a great country but these numbers of citizens struggling to survive is scan- dalous, isn't it? Back in 1964 when Presi- dent Lyndon B. Johnson launched his War on Poverty in his vision of a Great Society, the percentage of poor folks was much lower. Things have only gotten worse with all the big spend- ing plans of liberals to make America heaven on earth. Tombstone Territory Still in Arizona? What happened at that Safeway Supermarket on Saturday, January 8 was more than a horrific murder- ous spree at a shopping mall, it was a personal tragedy for 20 families, six of whom lost a love one to someone bent on killing that morning. The liberal media quickly jumped on the story blaming conser- vatives for a climate of hate indirectly responsible for the gunman's actions. No one waited for the facts. I lis- tened to several liberal talk- ers on the radio, who basi- cally were shooting (can I still say "shooting") from the hip over the reasons for this latest tragedy. One liberal host wondered why this gun- man was called crazy when a Black or Muslim shooter would be called a terrorist. Talk about mixing apples and oranges? What hap- pened at Fort Hood in Texas was a horrible shooting. How- ever, liberals need to recall they as a group never blamed radical Islam for that shoot- ing. In this case, the more we know about the shooter, the more he looks like he may have had a psychotic break and possible a schizo- phrenia episode. Blaming right wing radio for some- one's voices within his head makes no sense. He wasn't listening to Limbaugh, Beck or Fox News for his opinions. More likely his commands came from within his own head. Sarah Palin did not use a step ladder and climb up into his head. The shooter was on his own with a fully- loaded semi-automatic Glock in his hand. Fox News Net- work didn't pull the trigger. Political discourse in this country may very well be too loud but it isn't toxic. It would be nicer if both sides could lower the volume of their respective arguments but that op-ed piece written in the NY Times on Monday, January i0 was all wrong in blaming right wing hate speech for the shootings and deaths at a strip mall in Arizona. More likely than not when this case is completed, the shooter may very well be declared criminally insane and spend the rest of his life in custody where the voices in his head can do no more harm. Jerry Brown Back at State House Remember hat Eagles hit, "Hotel California?" And that line that said, "You can check out anything you lie but you can never leave?" Well, on November 2 out in California, former 2-time governor Jerry Brown won a third term and is now once again the Governor of California. Brown is the son of former 2-term governor Pat Brown and Jerry Brown was also a former 2-term governor. In 1974, Jerry Brown was elected as the youngest gov- ernor in a state history. Last year in 2010, he became the oldest governor elected in state history. He is also the only three-term governor in state history. Said Brown, "I got to follow in my father's footsteps once again and 36 years after my first inauguration as gover- nor, even follow in my own." Once sporting dark brown hair, whatever is left of it now is quite white at age 72. Back in the seventies, he was a liberal's liberal. Today, he is much more a centrist. Between his first election as governor in 1974 and this latest election, he has his first election as governor in 1974 and this latest election, he has served as both Mayor of Oakland and as the state's attorney general. In his inaugural speech, he promised a "painful" bud- get without any "smoke and mirrors." Said Brown, "At this stage of my life, I have not come here to embrace delay and denial." Good luck to Governor Brown, Califor- nia state government is no real prize at the moment. Evergreen Never More? Evergreen Solar Inc. has announced it will be elimi- nating 800 Bay State jobs and shutting down its new factory at the former Ft. Devens site after it opened the facility with both fanfare and $58 mil- lion in taxpayer subsidies. The plant will be closing in March, calling itself a vic- tim of weak demand and cheaper suppliers in China. This news is bad news for Governor Deval Patrick try- ing to make Massachusetts the capital of the clean en- ergy industry. Patrick was a featured speaker in Devens at the company's ribbon cutting in July 2008. Once again the debate is on over whether or not state funds should be used to help pri- vate firms under economic development programs. As Senator Jim Eldridge, D-Avon stated, "I really hope the Legislature and the Governor take a hard look at these tax-break strategies for big corporations." F a by bob morello 12 ax reviewing the bost the rest THE DILEMMA SOUNDTRACK Chop Shop-Atlantic Director Ron Howard's much-anticipated film, The Dilemma, opened in theatres across North America, fea- turing an outstanding motion picture soundtrack. The hilarious comedic antics of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James provide the visuals, and a host of musi- cal gems fill the sound por- tion. Check out efforts as, "Chelsea Dagger" from The Fratellis; "Detroit Rock City" (KISS); a brand new track "Just Saying" (The Hold Steady), a Brooklyn-based band, with a song written specifically for this film; also including "She's Long Gone" (The Black Keys); and "Cos- mic Egg" (Wolfmother). The explosive "Bomb" (Band of Skulls); trailed by "Ready, Aim, Fire" (The Unknown); the rapid delivery of "Neon Invasion" (Neon Plastix); the daily dose of "One Week of Danger" (The Virgins); and from The Band, a 2005- Remaster version of "Don't Do It." Damien Jurado slows the pace with "Everything Trying," and Ray Charles' "Stick and Stones" is the icing on the cake, and a tasty soundtrack! MARVIN GAYE LET'S GET IT ON (Rarities) Motown Motown, a division of UMG releases Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, as part of their "Rarities" series. With 20 unbelievable tracks of strong material, listeners can get it on with a true feel of the legendary artist's formula in building classics. Opening with "Let's Get It On" (Demo" and "Let's Get It On (Part II) -- a/k/a Keep Gettin It On;" alternate mixes of "Come Get To This" and "Distant Lover;" three exciting ver- sions )f "Just to Keep You Satisfied;" along with "I'm Gonna Give You Respect;" "Try It, You'll Like It" and "We Can Make It Baby." Additional tracks have two instrumental cuts of "Run- ning From Love," staying in the instrumental mode with "Mandota," and "Come Get To This (Live from Oakland)." Outstanding col- lection of the musical blue- prints of Marvin Gaye's music! TRON: LEGACY COMPOSED BY DAFT PUNK Walt Disney Records Tron: Legacy is a 3D high- tech adventure set in a digital world, unlike any- thing previously seen on the big screen. The original motion picture score was composed and produced by the critically acclaimed French duo Daft Punk in their first dabble at sound- track scoring. Punk was an early admirer of Disney's Tron when the original ver- sion was released in 1982 -- this inspired the duo to grasp the opportunity to score the next chapter of the story, reflecting with thought and precision. Punk spared no expense in creating this soundtrack, assembling a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London, and then recording the orchestra at Britain's premier scoring facility -- AIR Lyndhurst Studios. The 22-slice soundtrack features electronic pieces that are finely created to enhance the film's moments, and with the exception of "The Grid," you won't hear any vocals -- either human or electron- ica. The result is a truly rewarding score! EUROPEAN QUARTET LIVE TOOTS THIELEMANS Challenge Jazz With a lineup that boasts Toots Thielemans on harmonica, Karel Boehlee: piano and synthesizer; Hein Van de Geyn: double bass; and Hans van Oosterhout on drums, the European Quartet is about to make noise -- "live." The band has existed for many years and performed worldwide, and now they perform a dozen tracks of music described as warm, full and generous. Digest Toots' live perfor- mances capture the joy, the risks and interaction of his majestic melodies. Gems include, "I Love You Porgy," the seasonal "Summer- time," the classic "The Days of Wine and Roses," the "Theme from 'Baantjer ' m Circle of Smile," and hits the midpoint with the popular "'Round Midnight." The quartet's second half is just as entertaining with, "Les Feuilles Mortes," saddling up for "Theme from Midnight Cowboy," trailed by "On Green Dolphin Street," the over 40-year-old Thielemans 1962 composition "Blue- sette," and ends with the memorable "For My Lady." Toots breathes life into every tune he plays! WELCOME TO THE RILEYS  MUSIC BY MARC STREITENFELD Lakeshore James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart star in the motion picture Welcome to the Rileys, with a music score composed and arranged by Marc Streitenfeld. The first dozen tracks on this 18-slice album contain Streitenfeld's musical score -- followed by six additional songs. Kitty Davis and Lewis deliver a cover version of Canned Heat's '60s hit "Going Up the Country," plus the encourag- ing "Go Down Sunshine" performed by Odetta, while Joe Simon delivers the nos- talgic "Teenager's Prayer" -- a hit for Joe back in the mid- 60s, and the Shiny Toy Guns fire off their 2006 sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll tune "Le Disko." The Kills run up the temperature via "U.R.A. Fever," and Ying Yang Twins make their moves with the rap slice of "Jigglin." A diver- sified soundtrack with a little something for every- one!