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THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETT ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 11 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 14, 2014 $.30 A COPY # Happy Patrick' . s Day from the Post-Gazette Even Democrats Turned on Cop-killer's Lawyer Advocate It is always nice to see Democrats turn on Presi- dent Obama, as seven Democrats did last week when a majority in the U.S. Senate said NO to the president's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Divi- sion inside the U.S. Justice Department. This is the second time the president has failed to nominate NAACP lawyer Debo Adegbile. In 2011, Obama nominated him for a federal judgeship and when he realized it wasn't going to fly, withdrew his name. In November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the filibuster rules and Obama brought his nominee lawyer back again. In February, the Senate Judiciary Committee rubber-stamped the nominee and his confirmation appeared a no- brainer. However, on a very recent full Senate floor vote enough Democrats joined the Republicans in handing Obama a rare defeat in the Democrat- controlled Senate. The NAACP lawyer lost another federal position, mostly due to Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted decades ago of killing a Phila- delphia police officer in cold blood. Attorney Debo Adegbile has been a longtime supporter of this convicted cop killer. (Continued on Page 5) L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore A Week of Spring Holidays by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Spring has blossomed all around ust Yes, I groaned about losing an hour of sleep because of Daylight Savings this past weekend, but then instantly forgot my misgiv- ings when lovely streaks of butter-pale sunlight poured in through the windows at 6:30 in the evening. In front of my workplace, I noticed strong yet tender shoots of thick green stems peeking out above the damp soil, ready to burst into golden daffodils in a few weeks. The temperature has gotten warmer, and the balmy breezes of mid-March beckon me outside, calling me to enjoy the days of late sunshine and new life. We are definitely in the throes of spring, no matter what sort of unpredictable weather may follow. This arrival of the springtime has instilled in me a spring fever, a desire to revel in the vege-tation and bright- ness surrounding me. I know that my excitement has roots in ancient times, when peoples all around the world celebrated spring with holidays that gave St. Joseph - a proper welcome to the season and sought to thank Mother Earth: This upcom- ing week, in particular, is filled with three wonder- ful spring holidays that emphasize the rebirth of nature in our world. St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17 th, quickly followed by St. Joseph's Day on the 19 th and the spring equinox on the 20 Ch. Collectively, these feasts instill in us a desire for joy and celebration to honor the renewal of springtime. It is hard to miss any signs of St. Patrick's Day in Bos- ton, due to the city's proud Irish-American culture and its love for this festive cel- ebration. All around my town I see houses decorated with grinning leprechauns, Irish flags, and glittering sham- rocks like the ones adorning the wreath on my own door. As I do with most holidays, I honor St. Patrick's Day with food -- a delicious soda bread studded with caraway seeds, a pasta dish made with Dubliner cheese and stout, a salad of spring greens mixed with glazed pecans, beets and goat cheese. My father-in-law even makes a traditional boiled dinner replete with soft and tender carrots, turnips, and pars- nips. However, St. Patrick's Day is so much more than the gastronomical treats that have come to symbolize this festival. It is a day in honor of St. Patrick, or San Patrizio in Italian, a Roman- British man who was at first (Continued on Page 4) North End Youth on BC High's Award-Winning Robotics Team and his teammatesspent nearly six weeks designing and building the Cat. After a day .of fierce battle, team spirit and camaraderie, Team 3958 was overjoyed when the judges announced that the BC High team won the Imagery Award. This award is selected by the judges for attractiveness in engineer- ing and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to team appearance. BC High boys celebrate victory. Michael Laposata of the North End, a sophomore member of Boston College High School's FIRST Robot- ics team, traveled to Nashua, N.H. on March ]st to compete in the Granite State District event against 3,8 other New England Robotics teams. FIRST stands for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a program developed to promote science and technology to today's youth. The BC High team named their Robot FRC 3958, "Schrodinger's Cat." Laposata Boston College High School is a Jesuit Catholic, college- preparatory school for young men in grades seven to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit http: / / www. bch! THE POST.GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTONSTREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II:(X) AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 61 7-227-8929 for more information 1