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'~ . :" ....... = I~:~ ~ :~..r ~ THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m ~J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 16 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 22, 2011 $.30 A COPY Pamela Donnaruma Publisher and Editor and the Staff of the Post- Gazette Wish a Happy Easter All our Advertisers and Readers by Sal Giarratanl II slam: [ Are Muslims Getting Unfair Treatment? l am a big fan of Investors Business Daily which holds a very conservative stance on its editorial pages. I've been reading this national paper for close to two years. I found it by accident and am thankful that I did so. Recently, over the course of two qays, it ran commentaries by both Richard Cohen, a member of the liberal media, and L. Brent Bozen III, who was a brother-in-law of the late William F. Buckley, Jr. On March 8, in an op-ed piece, Cohen implied that Muslims were getting unfair scrutiny from U.S. Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and his congressional hearings. According to Cohen, the hearings are about Pete King. Cohen also opined, a University of North Carolina expert says there has been a drop in attempted or actual terrorist activity by Muslim Americans, 47 in 2009 and only 20 last year. As Cohen has stated, "In fact, the threat from non-Muslims is much greater." He includes that crazed pilot who aimed his plane in the IRS building in Downtown Austin a few blocks from where one of my nieces works. However, was this guy a terrorist or just plain you-know-what? You can't compare ordinary violent crime against the violence of those who have a jihad with Araerica, can you? Is the American Muslim commulaity enablers of religious terrorism? I say not. However, too often Muslims in America seem to not understand the real terror being inflicted upon the world by radicals. Coheri even went so far as to compare Radical ::::: Muslims with the Roman Catholic Church's abuse scandal that first hit the headlines right here in Boston back in 2002. This is comparing i :i (Continued on Page I0) Boston Gets an ian Soccer Team Thomas DiBenedetto and AS Roma representatives held a press conference in Boston on Friday, April 15. hinting at the possibility of soon closing the deal that would put the Italian soccer team in the hands of Ameri- can owners. "The deal is done," said DiBenedetto. "we just have to receive approval from the stock exchange and antitrust regulators." Details of the deal were not disclosed, but DiBenedetto pointed out he was "determined to over- come any obstacles." Once regulatory approval is granted. DiBenedetto's group will own 67% of AS Roma, for a value of approxi- mately $100 million. The DiBenedetto consortium's share will then be broken down as follows: 60% held by the group led by DiBene- detto himself and 40% by UniCredit, ~he Italian bank currently holding a majority stake in AS Roma. DiBenedetto. a successful banker and president of the Boston International Group, has vowed to elevate the Italian team to the glory days of the past. "The objec- tive is to be as success- ful as Mr. Berlusconi has been with his Milan," said by Nicola Orichuia Thomas DiBenedetto (right) talks to reporters saying, "A Roma deal is done." (Photo by Nicola Orichuia) DiBenedetto. referring to the warm welcome the Italian prime minister reserved for the American tycoon. AS Roma has won three Italian championship titles in the past (1942. 1983 and 2001), and came close to winning its fourth last year, when it finished second overall, only two points behind Internazionale. As an Italian American himself (his family's roots are in the Abruzzo region), DiBenedetto admitted his heritage had some part in pursuing the deal. "It was business first of all, envi- sioning what success Roma could obtain," he said. "but being an Italian American and being very proud of my heritage clearly had very much to do with it. My father was a staunch supporter of all things Italian." DiBenedetto is also a part- ner of New England Sport Ventures, the investment firm founded in 2OO1 along- side John W. Henry and Tom Werner, which currently owns the Boston Red Sox. The firm also recently be came a majority stakeholder of British soccer team Liverpool. man oats Opon for 2011 Soason The 135th annual launch of the Swan Boats in the Public Garden lagoon was held on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Mayor Thomas M. Menino accompanied by his grand- children enjoyed the first ride of the season. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2"00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information