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ih,dilq,hl.dl.,l,Jv,ljdj.ql,nlllllJllqdl,ljj,lvvl ********** ..... MIXED ADC 010 15 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 120- NO. 35 BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I-I'S, AUGUST 26, 2016 $.35 A COPY J A powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early morn- ing hours Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.2, while Italy's earthquake institute INGV regis- tered it at 6.0 and also reported 150 aftershocks in the next 12 hours, the strongest measuring 5.5. The quake struck a group of communities about 85 miles east of Rome and was felt as far north as Bologna and as far south as Naples, both about 130 miles away. Residents of Rome were awakened by the tremors, which rattled furniture and win- dows, and set off car alarms in most of central Italy. Italy sits on not one, but two fault lines, making it more seismically ac- tive than most other European countries. The last major earth- quake to hit Italy was only 7 years ago, when more than 300 were killed in L'Aquila. by Jeanne Brady First responders carry a man from the earthquake wreckage in central Italy. by Sal Giarratani Constitution Endangered Lately the United States has started looking less like a constitutional republic and more like a banana republic. If Hillary Clinton gets elected, many fear she will turn the U.S. Constitution into a single-ply roll of toilet paper. Louisiana Going Under in Flooding, but ... Our president is having one super government-paid (that means us) vacation on Martha's Vineyard. To date, nearly half his vacation has been golfing on the links, partying and eating up a storm. Speaking of storms, Louisiana is going through hell, maybe worse than Ka- trina, and we know how Democrats treated President Bush after his flyover back then, right? Homes are being destroyed. Bodies are floating in the flooded streets after rivers overflowed with all the rain. Massive destruction. Where is the president while all this is taking place? Not where he should be. Do you think it might have to do with Louisiana being a Red State and probably going for Trump? Thank God, this long nightmare of Obama in the White House is almost over. Who Were the Who Before the Who Back pre- 1963, The Who were known as The Detours, but I digress, huh? Jack Riley, Patient on the Old Bob Newhart Show, Dead at 80 As someone in the field of mental health for too many years, I remember watching the old Bob Newhart Show where Newhart played a psychologist and actor Jack Riley played a sourpuss, self-absorbed patient who made flxn of all the other patients in the group. Great acting. He was also the voice of Stu Pickles on (Continued on Page 14) At this writing, at least 120 and nearby Umbria was also people have been reported affected. The abundance of killed, most crushed by the centuries-old buildings in these debris of their ruined homesareas exacerbated the damage while they slept. Firefighters and casualties. The dead so far and volunteers are still search- are reported to be in Amatrice, ing for survivors in the rubble. Accumoli and other ~511ages in- Some are using helicopters to eluding Pescara del Tronto and get to remote villages cut off Arquata del Tronto. Given the to ground vehicles by land- beauty of these areas and time slides. The regions of Lazio and of year, many of those killed or Marche were hit the hardest,missing are visitors. The town of Armitrice was having a popular festival this weekend. The pres- ence of the summer vacationers is making it difficult to deter- mine how many are missing. As for the local survivors, in Ac- cumoli alone some 2500 people have been left homeless. Large sections of these small towns have been destroyed. The Italian Army, Treasury, and even the Vatican have provided emergency support in the form of manpower, special heavy duty equipment and vehicles, emergency funds, and part of the Holy See's tiny firefighting force dispatched by Pope Francis. Aid has also been pledged from all over the world as well, including the US, Israel, Germany and the rest of the European Union. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has visited the disaster: Before leaving Rome he promised: "No one will be left alone, no family, no community, no neighbor- hood. We must get down to work to restore hope to this area which has been so badly hit." The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has set up a fund to aid Italy's earthquake victims. You can donate at www. niaf. org/ clonate-info- form/. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Additional photos on page 6 i THE POST-GAZETrE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 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