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dhhU,lldiqh,qm,i,,,llllulqlqd,i,ulla,H,,,,.Jn ....... MIXED ADC 07099 20 PAUL JEFF'KO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTP. ST SHELTON ~ 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 34 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 22, 2014 $.35 A COPY What Happened to Justice in America? by Sal Giarratani I write this commentary as both a journalist and a retired police officer. By now, it is clear that some media outlets are rush- ing to judgment over the shooting that took place two weeks ago in Ferguson, Missouri. The fact finding continues, but the specula- tion is rampant. The worst coverage is MSNBC, where the network isn't even try- ing to appear impartial in its reporting. Then, there's CNN where I expected bet= ter but they actually went out to the police officer's community and not only showed his residence, but gave his address. Impartial- ity apparently is not the media's forte. I was shocked at the re- cent statement by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon trying to pressure the prosecutor to get a quick indictment on the police officer. Then, don't get me started on Attorney~ General Eric Holder person- a11y showing up in Ferguson at the president's request to take charge. The shooting is a local issue no matter how the media plays up national implications. The family and supporters of the shooting victim state distrust with the local folks handling the Grand Jury, but this isn't a federal case, it is a local one. Only when all the facts are known could an indictment of an alleged crime demand Grand Jury action. Right now all the facts aren't in and passions are running wild thanks to both media over- saturation and statements by both the state governor and President Obama, re- portedly saying he would be keeping his eyes on the prosecutor's actions. The latest facts coming in are putting doubt that the young man killed was sim- ply a victim of an unjustified police shooting. Latest news from hosPital report's on the extent of injuries to the young police officer is shed- ding new light on the whole incident. There have already been three autopsies and they all basically say the same thing about how many shots were fired and injuries to the dead man, but none can say what really happened when things went down at the scene. As a police officer for 27 years, I think the media and race hustlers, like Rev. AI Sharpton, rushed to a conclusion without wait- ing for any facts at all. It is (Continued on Page II) Holder: Obama Treated Differently On one of those many boring Sunday morning news shows, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he thought President Obama and himself were being treated differently than those who came before them. How so? How did the liberal media treat A.G. John Ashbrook? For heaven's sake, how did the liberals everywhere treat President George W. Bush? Holder says, race is a component, but so too is ideology. He is playing the blame game. It is either racism or those fanatical tea baggers. Holder also doesn't like it When folks say they want to take back their country. I want to too, from the failure America is experiencing. America seemingly has forgotten that here the people rule through their representatives. We have a Republic not mob rule. The Bloody Rio Grande Apparently, as of late, a number of dead chil- dren have been washing ashore from the Rio Grande onto both public and private Texas land. Can you imagine what the liberal drive-by news media would be calling George W. Bush ff he were currently president? Yet on Obama, the media just says keep moving along, nothing to see here. (Continued on Page 12) 104th Annual Fisherman's Feast by Christian A. Guarino 2014 Flying Angel Serina D'Amico. The 104th annual Fisher-man's Feast in hqnor of the Madonna del Soccorso (Ollr Lady of Help) took place last weekend on North, Fleet and Lewis Streets in the North End. The festival is sponsored by the Fisherman's Club, a society founded in 1910 by immigrants from Sciacca, a city on the west coast of Sicily. The tradition of honoring La Madonna del Soccorso dates back to the 16th century. The festival culminated with the traditional flight of the angel was held on Sunday evening. A young girl, normally a descendant of an origi- nal member of the society, was lowered from a third story window and recites prayers and a greeting to the Madonna. This year's Flying Angel was Serina D'Amico, with side angels Haley Graffeo-Dufresne and Angelina Palazzolo. The fes- tival also featured Italian-American entertain- ment with Boston's own DooWop Acappella Group Street Magic on Thursday and Sunday evenings, The Bronx Wanderers on Friday, Saturday night's performance was by Angelo Venuto and the Voices on the main stage and Lynda Rose on Sunday afternoon. The North End's own DJ Sal Bartolo provided entertainment throughout the weekend. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) (Additional photos on Page 3)