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qlP,l..i,,p1,l.,,lllhllUUh,lh.v,lU,ll.Ull,Ud,q, ............... MIXED ADC  I8 SMALL TOWN PAPERS; iNC. PAUL IEFFKO 217WCOTAST ',,  , SHELTON WA g:,4-22e3  : THE Z'TALLa-LMERI[C_AI' VOICE O]6' ST LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 15 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 10, 2015 $.35 A COPY On Wednesday afternoon, April 8, 2015, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted in the Boston Marathon bomb- ing trial. Tsarnaev, 21, looked on, with arms folded at his defense table, listen- ing to one guilty verdict after another. In the end, he was found guilty on all 30 counts, 17 of which are punishable by the death penalty. Many court experts had predicted a long deliberation, but in the end the jury needed a little more than a day and a half to reach a ver- dict. The federal grand jury found Tsamaev guilty in the deaths of three spectators, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard, along with MIT police officer Sean Collier, shot In Cambridge on the following Thursday. The Boston Marathon has been forever changed by this No Leinance ... Only Justice Tsarnaev Guilty on All Counts heinous act of ter- ror and will always be a bittersweet day in our city. It was just an-other Mara- thon Monday on April 15, 2013 un- til two shrapnel- packed pressure cookers placed by Dzhokhar and his older brother Tam- erlan exploded near the finish line wounding over 260 spectators along with three mortally wounded victims. The annual Patriots' Day celebration in- stantly turned into a scene of mass carnage. Tamerlan, 26, died during a shootout in Cambridge, run over by Dzhokhar during his get- away attempt. Can there ever be closure to this? The answer is prob- Does Cruz Have a Strong Enough Primary Base? I like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas. I like his stances on the major issues facing America, but can he put together a coalition large enough to win the nomination, and if he does, how does he win in November 2016? There are four Republican wings: the evangeli- cals, the strongly conservatives, the somewhat conservatives and the moderates. Between 35-40 percent are somewhat conservative. If Cruz wants to win in 2016, it will take more than the Liberty University evangelical crowd. Otherwise, he could end up getting "Goldwatered" giving Democrats an undeserved landslide. Many political experts say the GOP lost in 2008 and 2012 because evangelicals stayed home, which is not quite the whole truth. For a Repub- lican to win, he must reach out to somewhat conservatives and moderates the way Ronald Reagan did in 1980. The Democratic Party has an ever-growing liberal progressive fringe alienating itself from the vast majority of voters in most red states and many blue states. Results matter and the Democrats are not producing good results lately, thanks to the inept leadership of Presi- dent Zero. (Continued on Page I0) by Sal Giarratani  7: ,iiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iiil,  ,  ,, : : ....... !i:!ii!i!!!!i!}:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!i! , iiiiiiii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:iii ably not. How can the many victims and their families move on from seeing loved ones die or maimed forever? The'jUry heard" the heart wrenching testi- mony of Bill Richard, who lost his son on that tragic day. Richard described in detail having to make the heart- breaking decision to leave his mortally wounded lit-tie boy to help his six-year- old daughter. We also will remember for- ever heroes who ran into the carnage and the first responders who aided victims. At the time of the bombings, I was two weeks away from re- tirement as a police officer and can remember the gen- eral panic over this attack and the massive shutdown and dragnet that ended in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home where Dzhokhar was hid-ing. Ev- eryone was relieved by his capture, but our sadness continued, as it does today. On this Wednesday, the younger Tsarnaev came in- creasingly closer to meeting his fate. Next week, the jury will determine the fate of the defendant; whether he will be executed or live out his life behind bars at the ex- pense of the people he and his brother wanted to exter- minate, Either way, justice will have been served, but closure likely will never come for those whose lives were ripped apart on an otherwise beautiful April Monday two years ago. We remain Boston Strong and we will persevere. ANNOUNCEMENT COMITES ELECTIONS The Consulate General of Italy informs all that the elections for the representatives of COMITES (Committees of Italians Abroad) will be held on April 17, 2015. Only eligible Italian citizens residing in this jurisdiction, who requested to be registered in the electoral list, may vote by mail for the April 17, 2015 elections. The Italian Consulate in Boston has mailed them a voting package which contains the ballot forms and the instructions. In case you requested to vote and did not receive the voting package, you should contact the Consulate in order to verify your electoral status and, if necessary, request a duplicate by contacting the Registry Office (617-722-9220 or elettorale.boston@esteri.it). In case you did not receive the voting package you can also reach the Consulate on the weekends of April 4 th- 5 th, April 11 th- 12 t and on Monday, April 6 t 2015 via telephone at 617-721-5435. Ballots must return to the Consulate no later than Friday, April 17th. For further information, please visit: www.consboston.esteri.it