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h,qq,,i,li,,,,qi,,,nlhMil,,ll,i,llqhnql,h,n",i,hi ............... MIXED ADC 07099 18 SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. PAUL JEFFKO 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 $.35 A COPY News Briefs by Sal Giarratani i ] Romney Decides to Exit '16 Race Recently, Mitt Romney decided to not seek the GOP presidential nomination next year. Big deal. I wasn't for him anyway. With Jeb Bush pushing forward on his own, Romney knew when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em and he folded 'em. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is right, if the GOP went with Romney or goes with Bush the Third, then the Democrats win. I like Cruz, but he isn't quite presidential material yet. I like Sarah Palin, but the media would destroy her. She has lots of fight in her and if she ran I would be very tempted to help her campaign. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is similar to Cruz, as it's not his time yet. Chris Christie would not the best choice, but I think he could actually take on Hiilary. There is no perfect candidate out there who can actually win. I would love to see former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton run for president, but like another outsider, Dr. Ben Carlson, his chances aren't that great. Very qualified doesn't mean bean- bag in politics. New Republican Majority Means Nothing It would appear that with the Republicans con- trolling both branches of Congress, that they haven't exactly acted like gangbusters. They seem to be backpedaling, compromising quickly and acting like Democrats. They were elected in a landslide not to hide, but to stand up. Look at some of these sad Republican types, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, they are making me sick over immigration and Obamacare. To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate? Right now, the Washington liberal elite and media like the Huf_fington Post ai-e trying to bash Republicans as the anti-science party. Recently, (Continued on Page 14) Ah, Valentine's Day/I/ FedEx Makes a Special Delivery for Valentine's Day: A Rare Northern Fur Seal Commander Will Meet Ursula at the New Commander Commander, a rare northern fur seal, was delivered to Bos- ton via FedEx to meet his fu- ture mate for Valentine's Day at the New England Aq A couple of special northern fur seals will: have an unforgettable Valentine's Day this year with a little help from FedEx Corp. Commander, a nearly 300- pound 11-year-old male northern fur seal, was trans- ported via a donated FedEx flight from Seattle to Boston. Commander will soon meet Ursula, a 16-year-old female northern fur seal, one of the species' last reproductively viable females in an Ameri- can zoo or aquarium. The number of northern fur seals in U.S. aquariums has dwindled to just nine, and the rendezvous, just in time for Valentine's Day, is part of a breeding collaboration between the Seattle Aquar- ium and the New England Aquarium designed to in- crease the population. "Sustaining a population of northern fur seals in high profile facilities like the Seattle Aquarium and the New England Aquarium al- lows visitors to learn more about this amazing species, and creates the human/ani- mal bond necessary to inspire conservation," said Traci Belting, curator of mammals and birds at the Seattle Aquarium. "Biological data collected from northern fur seals in human care contrib- utes to the development of conservation plans for north- ern fur seals in the wild." Commander was trans- ported by FedEx in a specially designed enclosure, and he was accompanied by his veterinarian and one of his trainers throughout his journey. Commander will make his new home at the New England Aquarium, where he will be introduced to a community of fur seals, including Ursula. "Commander will be intro- duced to our colony of fur seals well before breeding season, which begins in the summer," said Kathy Streeter, New England Aquarium ma- rine mammal's curator. "This will give him enough time to adapt to his new home and engage in courtship behav- iors with Ursula. Ursula has successfully raised two pups in the past. Hopefully, she and Commander will mate and contribute to the genetic diversity of northern fur seals in the U.S." Commander will not be able to be seen by the public until early March. "FedEx is committed to sustainability, and is grate- ful for the opportunity to play a role in this important initiative," said David J. Bronczek, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Express. "We wish the best for Commander and Ursula and t v from Freeway and the Post-Gazette England Aquarium Ursula commend the work of the Seattle and New England Aquariums in this effort." The Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and the New York Aquarium are also part of the nationwide breeding effort. Northern fur seals, which have some of the thickest fur of any animal in the world, were once hunted for their peks, but are now protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as a depleted species. It is estimated there are about 666,000 in the wild, but that number is decreasing. They can be found throughout the north- ern Pacific Rim, and their main breeding colonies are in the Pribilof and Com- mander Islands in the Bering Sea. 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