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i **'****AUTO*"MIXED AJ)C 07099 61 14 # PALn,- JEFFKO SM =,.L]_ TC%I,, ., pAPERS,. ,,.'C. 217 WCOTA ST i . SHELTON  9-,.4-2263   " T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 17 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 26, 2013 $.30 A COPY BOSTON STRONG by Ivanha Paz The Boston Bruins held their annual "Shirt Off Our Backs" ceremony on Sunday, April 21st which is actually an annual promotion for fans. But Bruins season-ticket holders asked instead for first responders to be the recipients. The Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Over a week has passed since the Boston Marathon Bombings on Monday, April 15 u. The bombers have been captured; one is dead, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the other, his 19 year 01d brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains in custody. Exemplary events have taken place since the bomb- ings. Boston has come to- gether as a city and America as a whole has shown its support. Lifetime rivals to the Red Sox, the New York Yankees, played Sweet Caroline in their stadium, showing that when it mat- ters, any animosity is put aside and opposing teams band together. All other Ma- jO r Leagu e baseball teams followed sult; Times of crisis bring people together and the at- mosphere around Boston is one of solidarity and the spirit to move forward. Other Boston teams such as the Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics have all paid tribute to the bombing victims before their games. Mr. Neff Dia- mond came to Boston's first home game since the bomb- ing and sang the Fenway classic for hundreds of sur- prised fans. :,. The night DzhOIhar Tsarnaev was captured, Fri- day, April 19 m, hundreds of college students gathered and celebrated in the Boston Common. Tsarnaev was in critical condition and many were opposed to the celebra- tion. What happened was a tragedy, lives of loved ones were lost, others were ir- reparably injured. However, this was the students' way of saying, "we are with you." Students were celebrating America. They were cel- ebrating the efficiency of law enforcement; they were cel- ebrating the fact that they felt safe after a week of be- ing on lockdown. The people gathered at the Boston Com- mon were jubilant because the city where they reside is strong, Boston is strong. Today, Wednesday, April 24 th there is no doubt that Boston is bouncing back, with force. Buses dis- play their route and then flash to the words "BOSTON STRONG" back and forth, a reminder to citizens of their own resilience. Politi- cians have spoken of their pride in their city and its police. In the words of Boston Mayor Tom Menino, "Today is the time to move forward, move the city for- ward." Funding Syria's Islamic Rebels? As Syria's Islamic freedom fighters merge with al-Qaida, Secretary of State John Kerry is still mulling more U.S. support to these rebel forces. Who can explain what President Obama is doing over in the Middle East? Remember the Arab Spring and all that hopey changey stuff?. Obama went to the University of Cairo in 2009 and spoke of "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." In Egypt, Mubarak has been replaced by the Muslim Broth- erhood and in Libya, Gadhafi has been replaced by Islamic rebels. Syrian rebels have now pledged allegiance to al-Qaida and its current leader Ayman al-Zawahri has announced a union with Syrian militants to form "The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." A vast region continues to speed onward toward anti-American, Islamic and Kerry is mulling more aid? Next They'll Be Banning Louisville Sluggers Too A Chicago store owner named Luis Quizhpe, an Ecuadorean immigrant was unarmed but brought a baseball bat to his fight when two armed bad guys entered his store to rob him. (Continued on Page 14) A PRESIDENT, AT LAST (And Maybe a Government, Too) by Stefano Salimbeni So, Italy finally has a presi- dent: not a brand new one, but at least it has one. And after two months of total stalling the, re-election (an unprecedented fact in Ital- ian history) of 88 year-old Giorgio Napolitano to an- other seven year mandate as Head of State, is a defi- nite step ahead for a parlia- ment that since the Febru- ary 25 th vote has not man- aged to agree on anything at all, and a country which, in the midst of its worst crisis since World War II, is in des- perate need of a functioning executive government. Now, the fact that there is a President does not auto- matically mean there will soon be a government. Espe- cially considering the fact Napolitano already tried un- successfully in this past 56 days to form one. In fact, due to a byzantine and inefficient electoral sys- Giorgio Napolitano tem, the vote two months ago created a parliament (espe- cially in the Senate) evenly split in three: Silvio Berlusconi's center right party - People of Liberty (PDL), Pierluigi Bersani's center left party - Demo- cratic Party (PD) and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S); these three political forces were so far from each other (more ideologically, really, than in terms of programs) to the point of aprioristically refusing to govern in coali- tion with any of the other two. After consulting with all the forces in the field, as pro- vided by the Constitution, Mr. Napolitano tried anyway to make something happen, by giving Mr. Bersani as the leader of the party that came out of the election with a razor thin yet relative ma- jority, the mandate to form some kind of a government. However, after running his own round of consultations and meetings, the head of PD could not come up with the necessary number of senators (50% +1) needed to grant a confidence vote to a (Continued on Page 5} , , ,