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The Filene's site was put up for sale months ago but the Downtown Crossing site still is facing an uncertain future since the New York owners refuse to unload the property at a big loss. Many of the bids have been around $450 million but that is about one-quarter of the pur- chase price that Vornado Realty Trust and its partners paid for the former Filene's Department Store. City Hall is far from satisfied with the lack of information coming from the owners. A BRA spokesperson reported that Vornado has not provided any updates in months. Said the B.R.A's Susan Elsbee, "We have been talk- ing with other people inter- ested in the property, but nothing has materialized. We're a long way from the goal line." Among the bid- ders is Robert Druker, a luxury property builder. Druker presently owns the Corner Mall, the former Gilchrist building right On ObamaCare (Continued own decisions about health care and health insurance rather than a bureaucrat, and they would allow the free market system to bring down the costs of both. ObamaCare does not do that, which is why over 1,300 companies have asked for and received waiv- ers from the law. It may shock the liberals out there in la-la land, but if ObamaCare would have saved those businesses money, they would have implemented it in a heart- beat. It won't! Answering Sylvia's ques- tion probably would have an- swered the same question that millions of Americans were asking. But I could not squeeze the answer in dur- ing the presidential sound- ally more a matter of the price, but it's too good a site to sit there. One of the prin- cipals on the project is his nephew J'ohn B. Hynes Ill who is aggressively trying to sell the site. City Hall officials are say- ing that several retailers have expressed interest in the site, including Target, Whole Foods, Au Bon Pain and Nordstrom Rack. Even Filene's Basement is still interested in its former site. File this one under: Build on the Big Hole in the Ground; Downtown Crossing Borders to Close Downtown Crossing will be losing the downtown Bor- ders bookstore site at the corner" of Washington and Bromfield streets leaving another empty storefront in the suffering business district. The city keeps try- ing to revitalize Downtown Crossing which has be- come a shadow of its former self. However, Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Boston Downtown Business Improvement District stated that nearly $200 million in investment have been thrown into the area since 2010 near the bookstore site proving the area is not in decline. Two months ago, Mayor Tom Menino celebrated the from Page 1) bite derby. The health care question was not the only question that did not get answered during the presidential de- bate that night, because the format for questions and an- swers left a lot to be desired. Nevertheless, I will be right back in there slugging it out at the next debate also. Next time, I hope we get a genuine chance to express our respective points of view on the big issues. In that way, viewers are able to learn something, and dis- cover the differences that distinguish the candidates from one another. John King's last question to all of us was a good one and unexpected one. "What did we learn from the debate site to Borders said, "You never want to have a space where a tenant has diffi- culty. Sometimes (a closure) can be an opportunity and sometimes not." Susan Elsbee, BRA spokes- man says, "The district hasn't looked better." Now, there's a positive spin on bad news, huh? Taps Never Stops for this Guy A.J. "Buddy" Madden stands proud as he plays the 24 haunting notes of "Taps." At 92 years old, he has played the tune over 3,500 times at funerals, ceremo- nies and endless cemeter- ies. He says, "I still get emo- tional." He had a 27 year ca- reer in the US Army that ended in a 1971 retirement ... Along the way, he played or led 19 Army bands in countless parhdes. Madden said the highlight of his career happened in 2010 when he was invited to Arlington National Cemetery to play during a memorial honoring the 3 d Infantry. He became the oldest bugler to ever play there. He currently lives in Massachusetts down on the Cape with his wife and says, "We have a won- derful life." Sounds like his wonderful life has no final chapter yet as the bands play on and he toots that horn of his. tonight?" I learned that the field of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president is not a weak field as some people have tried to convince the public. When six of the seven can- didates on the stage that night hold or have held a major public office, along with one problem-solving businessman, most people do not consider that a weak field. With six of the partici- pants having held the posi- tion of Speaker, Senator, Governor or Representative, that's not a weak field. And I was just happy to be there as Mister Cain. Maybe that's why I wanted to answer the questions. Reprinted with permission from Northstar National North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT to Benefit the North End Athletk AssociatJon MONDAY, AUGUST 1,2011 7:30 a.m. SHOT GUN start ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tournament annually. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us on Monday, August I st. golf, lunch and raffle prizes... Money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing program. The North End Athletic Association is a 50-year-old organization, which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Boston. For further information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/SeP,,ice Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St. Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 BRATZ: BFF (BEST FRIENDS FOREVER) (DVD) Lionsgate Celebrate BFFs with the Bratz! Cloe, Sasha, Yasmin and Jade discover that true friends are forever in four super-amazing, all-new ani- mated episodes packed with friendship and fun! From of- fering up a little constructive criticism when a friend loses her way, to helping a new friend build conference to herself, or realizing it's best to say true to yourself. The Bratz always put their friends first! Includes four adorable episodes titled -- Extremely Madeover, te Cloe Life, The Great Melting Pot, and Bye Bye Burdine. (1 hrs; 28 mins.) GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS (Blu-ray Combo Pack + DVD) Warner Home Video Enjoy six legendary Green Lanterns on one ground- breaking film. Explore the rich mythology of the Green Lantern universe through six interlocking chapters. While awaiting a battle with Krona, and ancient enemy of the Guardians of the Universe, Earth's Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Sinestro and other mem- bers of the Green Lantern Corps, recount their great- est adventures to new recruit Arisia. Everything from tales of the first Lan- tern to the ominous events that led to the Corps' Black- est Night! (1 hrs. 24 mins.) BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (3-Blu-ray & DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Winner of two 2010 Emmy Awards, including 'Out- standing Lead Actor in a Drama series for Bryan Cranston and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Aaron Paul, Break- ing Bad: The Complete Third Season returns with 13 epi- sodes. Season Three finds Walter White (Cranston) fighting for survival. Aban- doned by his wife (Anna Gunn), feuding with his reckless partner (Paul) and hunted by a Mexican cartel, teacher-turned-meth-cook Walt faces an impossible choice: make a fortune working for a dangerous kingpin or walk away and risk everything he cares about. (10 hrs. 12 mins.) PROS AND EX-CONS (DVD) Lionsgate Two ex-cons working for Fink, a powerful crime lord, are assigned to a highly se- cretive job. After completing the job, they are quickly in- formed that they have as- sassinated the wrong indi- vidual. With the stakes high, they must quickly cor- rect their mistake before covers are blown and inno- cent lives are lost. Starring Sam Worthington, Steve Bastoni and Jonathan Sweet. (I hr. 28 mins.) AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (2-D%rD) BBC American: The Bill Hicks Story brings to life the amaz- ing true story of one of mod- em culture's most iconic fig- ures. Much more than just a comedian, Hicks has be- come an inspiration to mil- lions around the. world. As a rebellious teenager, he dis- covered that comedy was a way to break all the rules, but then found is could also open people's minds. Hicks' comedy challenged the in- justices of life head on, but his uncompromising ap- proach met with conflict in America, and it was instead on the international stage where he found fame. Sadly, in 1993, on the verge of wider success he fell ill with terminal cancer. His time- less material has lived on, as the man who changed comedy forever. (I hr. 41 mins. and 5+ hrs. of extras). THE BIG C: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (3-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Laura Linney stars as Cathy Jamison, a 42-year- old schoolteacher who has always played by the rules. That is until she receives a life-changing diagnosis. But instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it upt Nothing and no one is safe, includ- ing her self-absorbed family, her cantankerous neighbor and her smart-ass students. Oliver Platt and Gabourey Sidibe shine in this talented ensemble. Brutally honest, unapologetically funny and perfectly profound, The Big C is a surprisingly different comedy that reminds us that life is always worth living on our own terms. (6 hrs. 3 rains.) LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN (Blu-ray + DVD) Well Go USA Entertainment In 1920s China, the nation is divided by infight- ing. Japan has become the most powerful force in Asia, taking over Northern Shanghai. With the city torn in half by international con- flict, the popular nightclub Casablanca has become a hotbed of spies, mobsters, English officials and the Japanese military -- all looking to gain control of the country, with little regard for its citizens. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen), who has returned to China after fighting alongside the allied forces in Europe. During the day he's known as "Ku," and appears to be just another wealthy playboy, but at night he takes to the streets as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion. A film that com= bines today's martial arts and a spy thriller. (1 hrs. 46 mins.) "1 ..... --., ....... .',:,+T',m,]:+: +l+'::"', t] U:: : ], e, r f q:iTlT:']'[ rl::l;Ti ri+;I:+' T:'!G]I!.IYY':+"IIIntT,IIIll!IITII IFIl+|TlIT1F!TlIi