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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Come tutti sappiamo la Regiome Emilia-Romagna fu sconvolta da un terremoto circa un anno fa' (2012). Ma solo adesso abbiamo appreso che il sisma fu preceduto da strani fenomeni. Alcuni contadini osservarono il mais crescere tre volte piu' alto del solito, in soli tre giorni, per poi crollare e morire il giorno prima del sisma. Altri contadini avevano notato che le galline avevano cessato di fare uova all'improvviso, solo tre giorni prima del terremoto. Altri contadini ad un tratto avevano scoperto che l'acqua dei pozzi era divenuta bollente e quindi non adatta ad irrigare l'orto. Fu osservato pure che alcuni terreni si erano riscaldati prima del sisma. Nei torrenti e nei laghetti i pesci sono morti all'improvviso, solo pochi giorni prima del terremoto. Ricercatori hanno raccolto dati sui fenomeni avvenuti prima delle iniziali scosse sismiche, e cercheranno di monitorare gli strani fenomeni che sembrano dover anticipare scosse imminenti. Alcuni dei fenomeni notati in Emilia-Romagna si erano verificati in Giappone, nella zona della citta'di Kobe, nel 1995, dove avvenne un disastroso sisma che causo' la morte di migliaia di cittadini. Forse in futuro sara' possibile rilevare dati di monitoraggio e dare l'allarme immediato di un sisma imminente. Si potranno cosi' salvare esseri umani, anche se solo in parte. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... As we are all aware the Region Emilia-Romagna suffered a disastrous earthquake about a year earlier (2012). How- ever, we have recently learned that the earthquake was preceded by strange phenomena. Some farmers observed that corn grew higher than usual in only three days, then suddenly collapsing and dying, just before the earthquake. Other farmers observed that the chickens suddenly stopped producing eggs, three days before the earthquake. Other farmers suddenly discovered that the water in the wells had become hot, not suitable to irrigate the vegetable gar- den. Other people noticed that the land itself had become hot just before the earthquake. Both in the torrents and in small lakes the fishs died only days before the earthquake. Some researchers have collected data on the strange phe- nomena observed just before the earthquake struck and will try to monitor any strange phenomenon that may occur just before an earthquake. Some of the phenomena observed in Emilia-Romagna also occurred in Japan, around the City of Kobe which suffered the disastrous effects of an earthquake in 1995, that killed thousands of citizens. In the future, perhaps, it will be pos- sible to detect and monitor the early signs of an earthquake and sound an earlier alarm of a forthcoming disaster, sav- ing the lives of many human beings, albeit even partially. On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19,95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA News Briefs (Continued from Page i) governors are trying to im- pose the Missouri Plan for state appellate and Supreme Court justices. Former Gov- ernors Ed Rendell, Tommy Ridge and Dick Thornburgh on a conference call with the George Soros-funded Justice at Stake group stated they all believe that judicial selections be taken from voters and given to a judi- cial nominating commission. Penn State's current system said Ridge "casts a dark shadow, a heavy cloud over the integrity and indepen- dence of the judicial sys- tem." Why two Republicans like Ridge and Thornburgh would support such a plan is weird since the Judicial Commission when used in states using the Missouri Plan almost always pick lib- eral judges. These three ex- governors support the idea of having a 15-member ju- dicial nominating commis- sion under the influence of the state bar. Basically, Thornburgh thinks voters are too stupid to pick judges. No method of judicial selec- tion is perfect but I would rather see electoral account- ability rather than leave it up to politicians and lawyers. Rocky Home Sale Want to live like Rocky Balboa? The Italian Stallion's movie house is on the block. The house in South Philly was featured in the 1979 movie "Rocky II." The three bedroom place was listed at a lightweight $139,000. California, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago Going Under Liberal politicians and pub- lic employee unions are driv- ing all the above into the ground over reckless poli- cies, excessive spending and labor deals that put state and local government into Cyprus-like conditions. Cali- fornia continues to go finan- cially from bad to worse for its taxpaying residents. Phil- adelphia has had to plan for the closing of up to 40 per- cent of their schools in order to save cash and use its limited resources wisely. The same was recently done in Chicago and in the end most who suffer are poor and working folks and mi- norities groups who will now see their children spread all across the city for their education. As bad as all this sounds, Detroit is in worse shape. We have already heard and seen those Internet images of whole sections of the city abandoned to rot by citizens who escaped this hellhole, walking away from their homes and many times even their pets. Look this up on the Internet and you can see entire streets and whole neighborhoods turned into ghost-towns where the grass on the lawns and bushes have grown taller than a two- story house. You can also read about the up to 50,000 dogs let loose as home- owners fled the city. Cops have to go out hunting them down. Whole neighborhoods have had their electricity shut down including street lights. Governor Rick Snyder has had no alternative but to appoint an outside expert to take over control of this near-bankrupt city. The gUY Snyder put in charge is Kevin Orr, a high-powered Beltway black attorney who has experience in munici- pal financing, public infra- structure, public pensions and litigation. Sounds like the right man for the job but reportedly both A1 Sharpton and Rev. Charles Williams Ill have called Orr an "Uncle Tom." When it comes to the nation's top ten poorest cit- ies, Detroit is number one and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now in jail awaiting sentencing after his conviction on 24 counts of running an illegal enter- prise out of City Hall. It took a hurricane to wake up the City of New Or- leans. Mayor Ray Nagin was blaming everyone but him- self for the debacle left be- hind by Katrina. Now, Mayor Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of corruption. The public schools were turned over to a charter school op- erator and since then a number of the city's public schools are no longer failing students and test scores have risen. There is a cancer rotting away our large cities being metastasized by liberal poli- ticians and their public employee union allies where self-interest has seemingly been put ahead of the public interest. He Called Them What? Stupid news from a Repub- lican elected official. U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, was being interviewed by a PBS radio station in his home state and during the interview reportedly spoke of growing up on his father's farm while many Mexican farm workers were employed. Only he didn't call them Mexicans or even Latinos, he called them "wetbacks." Another firestorm was cre- ated by a brain-dead con- gressman who stuck his foot up his you-know-what. He has since apologized but it was too late once that word was uttered from his mouth. The Debate Over Gay Marriage Continues "God made them male and female, and said ... a man shall be joined to his wife." -- Mark 10:6-7 "There's a revolution going on in the states. We either adopt the revolution or push it along a little, or we just stay out of it." -- Justice Stephen G. Breyer U.S, Supreme Court Ruling on Police Drug Dogs the Right Decision As I previously stated right here, I was hoping the U.S. Supreme Court would limit the use of drug-sniffing dogs. The Highest Court upheld the 2011 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court suppressing all evidence uncovered with the help of "Franky," a choco- late Lab with a strong record of sniffing out drug stashes. This decision was important because it both upheld the 4 th Amendment and helped ensure the right of privacy. Speaking for the 5-4 majority, my favorite U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated it is one thing for a police officer to approach a home and knock on the door without a warrant but another thing all together different to bring along a drug-sniffing police dog onto the property looking for incriminating evidence. When that gets done, they call it "the fruits of the poi- sonous tree." By the way, for good reason. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. LEGAL NOTICES For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Patriots" Day (Continued from Page i) Concord's North Bridge fea- turing British and Colonial reenactors including Min- utemen from Acton and Lincoln. Among the most important patriots remembered on this day is Paul Revere, famous for his midnight ride to warn Samuel Adams that the British were on their way. His ride is reenacted on Pa- triots Day at 10 AM, starting in Hanover Street in Boston's North End with stops at Charlestown's City Square, Somerville's Foss Park and Gaffey's Funeral Home in Medford. The big- gest parade begins in Con- cord Center and it includes all the Minutemen and Militias from Concord, Westford, Acton, Sudbury, Lincoln, Wayland and other Massachusetts communi- ties. Another Patriot's Day event in the North End takes place in the evening the Sunday before, at 8 PM. It is a lantern-lighting service at Old North Church, which commemorates the hanging of the lanterns signaling the British route to Concord. It also includes a reading of the famous poem, Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow. Traditionally, other excit- ing, but unrelated events, such as the Boston Mara- thon and a scheduled home game for the Red Sox are also held on this day. How- ever, it is important to re- member the historical sig- nificance of the holiday.