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. :.., , .  :: : : ,., :, , ,  : , 9i!7, ' :' . i iii' i: ',i '  ,' T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTR .,m. .,i., animJ'/ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 15 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 13, 2012 $.30 A COPY Santorum Clears Way for Romney by Sal Giarratani This past Tuesday, Rick Santorum held a news confer- ence to announce that he is suspending his presidential campaign which brings to a close this year's bruising Re- publican president primary season. Frontrunner Mitt Rom- ney can set his sights on November and President Barrack Obama in the general election. Many think Santorum suspending his campaign gives him a way to bow out gracefully from this year's fight. The up- coming April 24 Pennsylvania primary looked like it was tilting toward Romney and a defeat there for that state's former U.S. senator would only most agreed hurt Santorum's future GOP prospects. He is still young enough to seek the presidency again. If Romney were to lose in November, Santorum might become the next Mitt Romney of 2016. In an address from Gettysburg in his home state, he looked anything but a loser. He stated, "We weren't out there thrash- ing anybody." Santorum's uphill battle surprised many Re- publicans; he stayed right in there fighting for his conser- vative principles. Romney stated in reaction to the announcement which caught many by surprise that Santorum had made an im- portant contribution in this year's presidential primary cam- paign and reportedly the two Republicans will be meeting with each other soon. Newt Gingrich has said, "I am com- mitted to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real ,choice." Meanwhile, Gene Chandler, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives said that "Romney is planning more trips to the Granite State." In reaction to the president's many trips to that state, Chandler stated, "... he'll have time to campaign against the President, and on a local level I'm excited. He'll be spend- ing money campaigning and helping local Republicans here." The exit of Santorum concludes the presidential playoffs and starts the main event: Obama versus Romney. If this were wrestling, it would be Obama-Romney Hell in a Box. The gloves come off and America will decide the winner. ...... i Martha Coakley Strikes Against the Evil Empire? Lately, A.G. Martha Coakley has just been sit- ting around as other people seemingly do what she should be doing. She just launched her latest attack against corruption at former state Trea- surer Tim Cahill indicting him on ethics charges during his run for governor two years ago. Person- ally, I think Cahill gamed the system like every- one else from President Obama down seemingly do all the time. What did Coakley think of Gov. Deval Patrick's "listening tour" as his re-election campaign was starting up? What does she call President Obama's "presidential visits" to high schools and colleges in Iowa and New Hampshire just as the primary season begins? Most politicians do what Cahill is accused of doing and for most of the time prior to an impending election. I wonder Coakley is preparing for another state- wide election in 2014 and if she's tired of getting outplayed as a prosecutor by the U.S. Attorney's Office? Cahill will have a chance to defend himself and Coakley will have to prove her case in court. As a friend of mine told me about this latest Coakley move, "Who did Cahill %8# off to get into this kind of trouble." (Continued on Page 14) TITAN"C I912 Titanic, a British passen- ger liner that sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking caused the death of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in his- tory. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. Titanic was designed to be the most luxurious of her time. She had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of pas- sengers as well as for opera- tional use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compart- ments and remotely acti- vated watertight doors, she lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all on board. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she car- ried only enough lifeboats for I, 178 people -- a third of her total passenger and crew capacity. After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland before heading towards New York. On April 14, 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfound- land, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm. The collision caused Titanic's hull plates to buckle inwards in numer- ous locations on her star- board side and opened five of her sixteen watertight com- partments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacu- ated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partially full. A disproportion- ate number of men -- over 90% of those in Second Class -- were left aboard due 2012 Front page of the Trenton Evening Times printed Tuesday, April 16, 1912. to a "women and children first" protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. At 2:20 am the Titanic broke apart and sank bow-first into the Atlantic with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia. The 710 sur- vivors were taken aboard by the Carpathia a few hours later. The disaster was greeted with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life and the regulatory and operational failures that had led to it. Public inquiries in Britain and the U.S. led to major improvements in maritime safety. One of their most important legacies was (Continued on Page 2) Mayor Menino Submits FY 2013 Budget to City Council Prioritizes Community Engagement, Investing in People as Well as Infrastructure "Our relationships, both established and those we seek to create, are at the heart of the FYI3 budget. " - Mayor Menino Mayor Thomas M. Menino presented his $2.4 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 and five year $1.8 billion Capital Plan, includ- ing $217 million in new FY 2013 project authoriza- tions. These projects rein- force the Mayor's priorities to build a comprehensive youth development strategy, enhance government's per- sonal connection to the neighborhoods and foster job creation by emphasizing collaboration among govern- ment, business and non- profit leaders. "We are perhaps the stron- gest city in the nation right now - our finances are stable, our economy is grow- ing, and our neighborhoods are vibrant. The FY 2013 budget supports what got us here and pushes us to go further," Mayor Menino said. "We will continue to invest in our strengths, build rela- tionships, and engage our partners in a way that helps expand access to quality schools, empower neighbors to engage in their commu- nities, promote healthy liv- ing, and ensure Boston's prosperity for years to come." The 82.4 billion recom- mended FY 2013 Operating Budget features a 2.5-per- cent growth over last year's budget, an increase of $60 million. Property taxes con- tinue to be the City's larg- est source of revenue, along with hotel, meals and other excise tax revenue. The City's second largest source of revenue, net state aid from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is expected to decline by nearly $8 mil- (Continued on Page 10)