The LuLac Edition #881, July 19th, 2009
PHOTO INDEX: SCRANTON MAYOR CHRIS DOHERTY AND AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER.
Henry Stubbs, convicted killer wants another chance. Stubbs is acting as his own attorney filing an appeal on a double murder conviction. Judge Peter Paul Olszewski in a ruling that was much fairer than Stubbs deserved indicated that Stubbs had filed a required appeal notice before deadline, even though court officials said they did not receive the document until a few months later. The out of town thug who we are supporting in prison for the rest of his sorry ass life is serving back-to-back life sentences for killing Elena Herring, 33, and her daughter, Viktoria Ivanova, 6, To be clear, Stubbs killed the mother and then gutted the 6 year old girl like a deer. At his trial, Stubbs said he was invited into the woman’s home because she was having an affair with him. Yeah, right. And the tooth fairy is coming to see me tonight with a million bucks in a sack. Stubb’s is serving as his own attorney which brings the old adage that any person who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client to an entirely new level. Remember this, he lives and breathes while the two lives he snuffed out are gone forever. I guess there’s some garbage that just never rots.
Auditor General Jack Wagner has a solution to the budget impasse in Harrisburg. Why not go after the back taxes of Commonwealth tax cheats and use that money and penalties to make up the deficit. That makes way too much sense but that might be one reason to vote for Wagner for Governor. And on a side note here, why is it that restaurant owners who drive Jaguars and owe thousands of dollars in back taxes seem to skate around here? I heard on the street that a now defunct restaurant chain owes more than $900,000 in back taxes. How does that happen? How did it get that out of hand? This is rapidly becoming the land of no accountability.
THE BUZZ ON SHADOE
Buzz Aldrin that old moon walker himself was featured on Shadoe Steele’s Saturday Night Live At the Oldies at 8PM on KRZ FM, 98.5. Aldrin talked to the intrepid radio host about that famous day in world history when men walked on the moon.
Summertime Soiree at the Tiki Bar for the candidacy of Margie Moyle. Here are the details:
"Margaret Bisignani Moyle for Lackawanna County Judge"
Host: Margaret Bisignani Moyle for Lackawanna County Judge
Start Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Where: Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Social Club
DOHERTY FOR GUV?
That nugget, Doherty for Governor first appeared on a blog. The site, http://www.pa2010.com. written by Dan Hirschhorn touted Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty as one of the top 5 Democratic contenders for the 2010 Governor’s race. The piece was at first met with guffaws from the traditional media but the recent movements by Doherty with State Chair T.J. Rooney seem to indicate the blogger was right on track. My personal thought on this is Doherty looked at the field including Auditor General Jack Wagner, western Pa. politico Dan Onorato and Philadelphian Tom Knox and just didn’t see anyone who stood out. Doherty is a good campaigner and has in place a dedicated, almost fanatically loyal organization. However, on the down side, will Pennsylvanians be willing to replace a two term Democratic Governor who served as a Mayor of a major city with another Mayor of a smaller city? Doherty will have to embrace and separate himself from Governor Ed all at the same time. No small feat.
40 YEARS AGO
4 decades ago today, the political fortunes of Senator Ted Kennedy took a dive. (Sorry for the pun). On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick, a small island connected via ferry to the town of Edgartown on the adjoining larger island of Martha's Vineyard. The party was a reunion for a group of six women, including Kopechne, known as the "boiler-room girls" who had served in his brother Robert's 1968 presidential campaign. Also present were Joseph Gargan (Ted Kennedy's cousin), Paul Markham (a school friend of Gargan's who would become United States Attorney for Massachusetts under the patronage of the Kennedys. Charles Tretter (an attorney), Raymond La Rosa and John Crimmins (Ted Kennedy's part-time driver). The next morning, July 19th, Gargan came to Kennedy's room inquiring as to Kopechne's whereabouts. It was then that Kennedy, many hours after the accident, related the story of the ill fated drive. The case came to Luzerne County when prosecutors in the Bay State wanted the body of Mary Jo Kopenche exhumed. Nearly 200 newsmen and spectators jammed into Judge Bernard Brominski's courtroom in Wilkes-Barre to hear arguments on whether Mary Jo's body should be exhumed from a nearby Larksville cemetery for an autopsy. Kennedy (wearing a neck brace) and his wife Joan also attended the funeral. Kennedy was found negligent and lost his license for a year. The damage to his political career was lasting prohibiting him from runs for President in 1972 and ’76.