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Page2 "[ .... L POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of ou r ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. i i It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Edmund Turiello has passed away. Professor Turiello gave his collection of Stirpe Nostra articles to the Post-Gazette and we will continue to publish them weekly. Pamela Donnaruma, Editor~Publisher of the Post-Gazette and Staff offer their condolences to the Turiello Family. CLAUDIUS' ROMAN PAYOLA for some unexplainable rea- son hailed him as the new emperor. Claudius was then taken to the other soldiers who were present in the pal- ace and because of uncer- tainties they took him off to their camp. The following day he permitted the Praetorian Guard to swear allegiance to him and promised each man a large sum of money. Con- sequently, Claudius became the first of the Caesars who resorted to bribery to obtain the support of the troops. As soon as his power as emperor was firmly estab- lished, Claudius took steps to obliterate the memory of any objection to his ascent. His respectful attitude towards the poPulace won him the love and devotion of most Ro- mans. An erroneous report of his murder while on a trip to Ostia almost started a civil war. Claudius was not without his share of conspiracy and treachery. A man was appre- hended near the royal bed- chamber in the middle of the night with a dagger in his hand. Members of the eques- trian order were caught at- tempting an ambush at vari- OUS times. Rebellious groups planned to overthrow him cases Where he felt that judges overstepped their bounds, but prisoners who were convicted of dreadful crimes were thrown to the wild beasts. His most com- mon trait while judging cases was an inconsistency which ranged all the way from shrewd to downright silly or even nutty. One man desired jury duty even though he could claim exemption be- cause of the number of his children. He was disqualified because it was felt that the man had a "passion for jury duty. Whenever one party to a suit was absent he usually found in favor of the one who was present regardless of the reason for absence. A woman refused to recognize a youth as her son and gave conflict- ing testimony and the truth was soon extracted from her when she was ordered to marry the young man. An example of the severity or harshness of some sen- tences is noted in his order to amputate the hands of a man who was convicted of forgery. An example of his silly decisions was one which degraded some people be- cause they left Italy without first consulting the emperor to obtain a leave of absence. by David Trumbull ,i many times but were always. There was also the trial of a stopped in time. He was a conscientious ad- Cleared for Take-off and Landing: man charged with Stabbing According to that February Congressional Research Service himself. The man stripped off Report: "On November 16, 2010, Massachusetts Represen- ministrator of justice but tended to modify the sever- ity of the laws according to Ms own attitudes toward justice. He permitted new trials in his clothes in court to show his body without a scar. NEXT ISSUE, Claudius' Patronage Joanne Bonura tative Edward J. Markey introduced the. Air Cargo .Security Act (H.R. 6410, 1 l lth Congress)to require screening of all cargo transported on all-cargo aircraft, including U.S.-bound international shipments, in a manner commensurate with the screening requirements for passenger checked baggage. On November 17, 2010, Senator Bob Casey, Jr., of Penn- sylvania introduced a similar measure (S. 3954, 111th Congress) in the Senate." cill Both those bills were referred to, and died in, committee. Announces Candidacy - Revere Ward 5 Coun or Let's hope the 112th Congress can move this important issue forward. by Marie Matarese By the way, I'll be in Washington on Tuesday for another She's smart, aggressive, boulevard from 10 p.m. to meeting, so just maybe I can pop in for part of the COAC and committed and, if 12 a.m. That was just about meeting. elected, Jeanne Bonura in- a year ago. The time is over- tends to fulfill her commit- due for Ward 5 voters to re- David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three ment to the voters! examine and weigh in who Republican Committee. Boston s Ward Three includes the North Ward 5 has a new candi- will best represent them in End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfro.q~nt, date willing to run for elec- the coming years. Chinatown, and part of the South End. " Lion of the seat. Remember Ms. Bonura, an activist i LUCIA 1 when John Powers, Revere with a lot of stamina and City Councillor tried to getbrains, has stepped to the the night time parking plate and is willing to per- ban rolled back along the form that job for Ward 5 resi- RISTORANTE & BAR -dents if elected to the Revere 1 Italian Cuisine | cameCity Cuncil" Bnura said' "I/On the scene and / Donoto Frofforoli 1/ madeseek electionmY final afterdecisinmucht / 4] 5 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02]13 t thought. The lack of cam-/ 617,367.2353 | munication by Mr. Powers to his constituents over impor- J| -- Open for Lunch end Dinner Doily -- | | taut issues, and the recent aboutlack ofthe communicatiOnparkingmeter || Private dining rooms for any occasion |/ proposals along the beach in the Municipal Home l donoto@lucioboston.com ] Rule Petition to the State, www.luciaboston,com (Continued on Page 10) L J Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Caesar Germanicus, 10 B.C. to 54 A.D., more com- monly known by his histori- cal name of Claudius, suc- ceeded to the Roman Empire on the death of Caligula. He was the second son of Drusus and Antonia, the grand nephew of Augustus, and a cousin to Caligula. He was neglected, treated as a buffoon, and was constantly ridiculed during the reign of Caligula. It is said that he became emperor of Rome by a freak of fortune, or as we would say today -- by the fickle finger of fate. As soon as Caligula was murdered his assassins closed off the area and announced that the emperor did not wish to be disturbed. Claudius was among those who were excluded, so he went off to another part of the palace. When the assassination was made known, the guards attempted to massacre all who had participated in the murder. Several persons who exposed themselves became the first victims, while others sought refuge in any conve- nient hiding place. Claudius ran off to an obscure corner of the palace and hid behind some curtains or drapes, but didn't realize that his feet were exposed. When he was discovered by a member of the Praetorian Guard he im- mediately threw himself at the guard's feet begging for his life to be spared. The sol- dier recognized Claudius and The Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection ("COAC') will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public. This committee advises the Secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS') on the commer- cial operations of Customs and Border Protection and related DHS functions. The Committee has a full agenda for the meeting, with eight items, any one of which could be the subject of con- siderable discussion. One item caught my eye, number five: Enhancing Air Cargo Security. According to a February 1, 2011, Congressional Research Service Report for Congress titled Transportation Security: Issues for the 112th Congress, "Inbound international cargo poses a particular chal- lenge ... While all cargo traveling on domestic passenger flights is now being screened, full compliance for inbound international flights may not be achieved until August 2013." Yup, that's right, cargo coming to the U.S. from~ foreign countries -- or at least some of it -- is not examined in anything like the way that your personal bags are screened at the airport. I'm pleased to see that air cargo security is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting. But I wonder what will be the quality of advice this committee can give our government on this topic, i checked out the membership of the committee and see little representation from entities for which homeland security is a top priority. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owners of the destroyed World Trade Center, New York, is on the Committee and surely has a keen interest in air traffic security. However the rest of the Committee membership is made up of entities whose interests are importing goods into the U.S. as quickly and cheaply as possible with no slowdowns or added cost related to security measures. In addition to the Port Authority, COAC is made up of six companies that import manufactured goods and ten entities (freight handlers and logistics providers and law or con- suiting firms) that: serve .companies seeking to maximize imports at the lowest cost. These are not the best experts to consult if the question is how to make us safer. What is needed is clear Congressional direction to the Department of Homeland Security requiring 100% screen- ing of cargo, just as we do 100% screening of passengers. for Terror Threats - Incoming Air Freight Still Not Screened