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.:  : ,,,:.. ,i i--i,, ,,!ii: , ' i:1 "!'! ' * THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 $.30 A COPY t Richard Bull from "Little House on the Prairie" Passes Away Actor Richard Bull who played henpecked hus- band and shopkeeper, Nels Oleson, on TV's "Little House on the Prairie' has died at age 89. What a great TV series it was. PG-13 all the way. It was a great TV show the whole family could watch together like "The Waltons" which also aired during the same period of time. Michael Landon went straight from one TV hit to another with- out missing a beat. "Bonanza" was on the air from 1960 to 1972 and then Little House began its run in 1973. You can still catch episodes of "Little House" on some channel every day. Forty years later it is still packed with lessons to be learned Not So Wonderful World "In a world where Woody Allen can get a life- time achievement award at the Golden Globes at the same time his adopted daughter accuses him of sexually abusing her when she was a child (Allen has repeatedly denied it), and where a film "The Wolf of Wall Street" sets a record for the use of the F-word." Not a wonderful world, huh? -- Cal Thomas Sam Cooke's Not So Wonderful World Back in my younger days growing up in Roxbury, I loved good soul music. Sam Cooke was one of my favorite recording stars. I could play his recording of "Knock on Wood" over and over again on the record player. Fifty years ago after being denied a hotel room in Louisiana, he sat down and wrote "A Change is Gonna Come" just as the walls of segregation began to crumble. His song captured both the weariness and hope- lessness of folks trying to overcome a culprit named Jim Crow. Sadly, he was killed months (Continued on Page 14) 2014 Winter Olympics Begin by Ivanha Paz Team USA proudly displays .the American Flag during the 2014 Winter Olympies Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia. litical climate and recent suicide bombings in the host country. Some worried that American athletes that had been training their whole lives would opt not to partici- pate, but it is precisely be- from Freeway and the Post-Gazette This year the sporting event that takes place every four years has finally begun in Sochi, Russia The start of the Winter Olympics has been surrounded by contro- versy, given the current po- I know it is February when, despite the blankets of crusty snow on the ground and bare branches whistling in the wind, signs of spring bloom out of seemingly no- where, gracing every ang!e like snowdrops Winter jack- ets, while still readily on hand for these frigid days, get pushed to the clearance racks in department stores, making way for jaunty pas- tel-colored skirts and breezy windbreakers. The produce aisle of grocery shops and farmer's markets begins to acquire a greener hue, as the citrus fruits of winter cede their way to the tender artichokes and early peas of spring. If you are still having trouble finding any hope of spring during this bitterly cold and stormy winter, I urge you to look no further than this Friday, which is St. Valentine's Day. This hol- iday, ostensibly dedicated to (Continued on Page 4) Feeling the Love by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz cause of all the effort they have invested that none of them were deterred President Vladimir Putin has publicly emphasized (Continued on Page 6) THE POST-GAZEI"IE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information J ]