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Vol. II No. 58 (218) Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia May 6, 2011
PUCCINIS CELEBRATED OPERA Tosca fills stage at Academy of Music. Seereview page 6.
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Rendell, Judges Clown It Up
Volunteer Judges and Attorneys dressed in costume and presented mock trials based on fairy tales to Philadelphia
grade-school students this morning and heard a presentation by former Gov. Ed Rendell.
The event was held in City Halls Courtroom 653 and was staged in honor of Law Week.
Toomey Backs Pipeline
US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) supported advancing the
Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act
(S.275) out of the Commerce, Science & Transporta-
tion Committee to the full Senate yesterday.
In the wake of pipeline accidents across the country like
the tragic explosions in Allentown and Philadelphia ear-
lier this year, the Pipeline Transportation Safety Im-
provement Act will help ensure the safety of our
pipelines and our citizens. The legislation increases fines
for violating safety regulations, requires new pipes to
have shutoff valves that can be controlled remotely and
increases public availability of pipeline information.
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I
was pleased to support this bill for consideration before
the full Senate, Toomey said. The bipartisan measure
takes important steps toward improving pipeline safety
and preventing future tragedies like those that unfortu-
nately took place in Philadelphia and Allentown. I will
continue working with members of the Commerce Com-
mittee and Senate Leadership to address any remaining
issues before the Senate votes on final passage.
Small-Biz Group Slashes At Philly Bar Over Tort Reform
Kevin Shivers, State Director of the
National Federation of Independent
Business, which represents nearly
15,000 small businesses in Pennsyl-
vania, issued a statement yesterday
in response to a resolution approved
by the Philadelphia Bar Association
urging lawmakers to defeat the Fair
It was as predictable as the sunrise
that the Philadelphia Bar Associa-
tion, whose members have achieved
for their city the grotesque title of
Americas Worst Judicial Hell-
hole, would ask the Legislature to
enshrine it by defeating the Fair
Share Act, Shivers said.
The Bar Association makes the
comically insincere argument that
lawsuit abuse is a service to justice.
It argues that civil defendants who
are not directly negligent, but who
are theoretically negligent accord-
ing to the elastic vocabulary of at-
torneys, should have to pay all of
the damages anyway because the
real guilty party has no money.
If any one of them were charged for
the cost of something that their secre-
tary shoplifted, they would proclaim
the arrival of totalitarianism in Ameri-
can. Yet, thats the sort of justice under
which they want the rest of us to live.
Some of the lawyers who sup-
ported that resolution are defense
attorneys. Many of them are paid by
small businesses. The overwhelm-
ing majority of small business own-
ers believe that the Fair Share Act is
in their interest. So whose interest
are the lawyers representing?
The fact is defense attorneys get
paid when their clients get sued.
Personal-injury lawyers get paid
when their clients win. So when it
comes to protecting their cash cow
Pennsylvanias upside-down legal
system all of the lawyers are sit-
ting on the same side of the table.
As a political interest group, they
have been extraordinarily success-
ful at defending the indefensible.
But the tide is turning against them,
and we are confident the new Legis-
lature will approve the Fair Share
Act and restore common sense to a
legal system that has turned Penn-
sylvania into a game preserve for
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Casey Announces $15 Million ForPhilly Schools To Boost Safety
US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced yesterday the
US Dept. of Labor has awarded $15,033,797 to seven
schools in Philadelphia to reduce violence and improve
Ensuring our children receive a quality education in a
safe environment is vital to the future strength of our
communities and our nation, said the Senator Casey.
The federal grants will be used to reduce violence and
support educational opportunities within these schools
through strategies such as anti-bullying education, peer
mentoring and crisis management. Expected outcomes
for the initiative include decreased dropout rates, a re-
duction in school violence and improved student be-
havior and academic performance.
Funds have been awarded to the following schools in
the School District of Philadelphia:
Germantown High School $2,312,892
John Bartram High School $2,312,892
Overbrook High School $2,312,892
Thomas FitzSimons High School $2,312,892
University City High School $2,312,892
West Philadelphia High School $2,312,892
Abraham Lincoln High School $1,156,445
Mayor To Create Poet LaureateProgram
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced he has directed
the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy to
create an official Poet Laureate program for the City of
Philadelphia. He first announced this effort on Tuesday
during Sonia Sanchez Live at City Hall, an event to
highlight poetry in Philadelphia that was presented in
partnership with Art Sanctuary. The planning commit-
tee for the Poet Laureate program will be chaired by
Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer of the Mayors Of-
fice of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
I am extremely excited and proud to announce that the
City of Philadelphia will create an official Poet Laure-
ate program. Poetry is an extraordinary and powerful
art form, and our great city is filled with an astonishing
array of poets who help us to understand better our
community, said the Mayor. Sonia Sanchez exempli-
fies the role a poet can play in helping to define a city
and helping its citizens discover beauty. I look forward
to receiving the recommendations of the planning com-
mittee and establishing, for the first time, a Poet Lau-
reate for the City of Philadelphia.
The other members of the planning committee are
Lorene Cary, author and executive director of Art Sanc-
tuary; Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the
Free Library of Philadelphia; Al Filreis, Kelly Writers
House at the University of Pennsylvania; Beth Feldman
Brandt, poet and executive director of the Stockton
Rush Bartol Foundation; and Greg Corbin, founder and
executive director, Philadelphia Youth Poetry Move-
Promoting the arts in Philadelphia includes creating
new institutions and programs that will showcase and
offer insight into our city, said Chief Cultural Officer
Gary Steuer. The work of renowned former national
Poet Laureates including Elizabeth Bishop, Robert
Frost, Richard Wilbur and currently W.S. Merwin offer
a unique perspective on America. I hope this initiative
will provide the same opportunity for Philadelphias
artists to explore what it means to be a Philadelphian.
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State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts
Senior Healthy Living Expo at Co-
lumbia N. YMCA, 1400 N. Broad
St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event.
Breakfast and lunch will be
served. For info (215) 227-6161.
State Rep. Michael McGeehan
hosts tour of Samuel Baxter Water
Treatment Plant celebrating Na-
tional Drinking Water Week at
9001 State Rd., 10 a.m. To join
tour call Nancy Hartey (215) 333-
9760. Need photo ID.
22nd Ward Democrat Committee
Spring Fundraiser at Gathering
Place, 6755 Germantown Ave., 6-8
p.m. Candidates $100, community
$50. Meet 8th Dist. City Council,
at-Large City Council and judicial
candidates. For info Ward Leader
Ron Couser (215) 817-6159.
AOH 40 names John McNesby
Labor Leader of Year at Ironwork-
ers Ha., 11600 Norcom Rd., 7-11
p.m. Open bar, dinner, music.
Tickets $50. For info Brian Cole-
man (215) 779-1330.
Cocktail fundraiser for 8th Dist.
Council candidate Verna Tyner at
Maias Fine Dining & Jazz, 5920
Greene St., 7-11 p.m. $5