hi skool dummies

West Mifflin, PA

#22 Jan 18, 2014
anyone even watch that IQ show on KDKA on Saturday mornings?

well they have 3 different schools competing in a quiz type show, each school district select 3 kids from each school to compete as questions are asked and the 3 schools buzz in with the right answer....... well on Jan 18. 2014... Mckeesport was one of the schools there, and these schools usually send their cream of crop there to win with the most points scored at the end of the show. Well Mckeesport got blown away, the kids were totally lost and didnt know too many answers. The one scholl that won was ver impressive and that school was Elizabetrh Forward. Mckeesport should be ashamed of their kids for being so dumb to miss so many answers. new schools dont produce better students. these kids on the show for mckeesport were 'deer in the headlights' look the whole game. while people are more concerned about sports and gambling in the that town, the kids get the back seat when they should be ahead of the line. Stupid kids dont go too far in life.
if i were mckeesport citizens it'd address the kids IQ's and grades before going after politicians and gangsters. honestly the kids were a joke and totally lost on that show. shame the citizens arent up in arms over that.
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#23 Jan 18, 2014
hi skool dummies wrote:
anyone even watch that IQ show on KDKA on Saturday mornings?
well they have 3 different schools competing in a quiz type show, each school district select 3 kids from each school to compete as questions are asked and the 3 schools buzz in with the right answer....... well on Jan 18. 2014... Mckeesport was one of the schools there, and these schools usually send their cream of crop there to win with the most points scored at the end of the show. Well Mckeesport got blown away, the kids were totally lost and didnt know too many answers. The one scholl that won was ver impressive and that school was Elizabetrh Forward. Mckeesport should be ashamed of their kids for being so dumb to miss so many answers. new schools dont produce better students. these kids on the show for mckeesport were 'deer in the headlights' look the whole game. while people are more concerned about sports and gambling in the that town, the kids get the back seat when they should be ahead of the line. Stupid kids dont go too far in life.
if i were mckeesport citizens it'd address the kids IQ's and grades before going after politicians and gangsters. honestly the kids were a joke and totally lost on that show. shame the citizens arent up in arms over that.
Keep in mind that all teachers, school administrators, majority of the school board members, all vendors, etc. must be approved by PA Senator Jimmy Brewster. It's not a good thing to have your educational policies set in stone by one person, especially if that person is a crook.
Barely Know Them

Mckeesport, PA

#24 Jan 18, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
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Keep in mind that all teachers, school administrators, majority of the school board members, all vendors, etc. must be approved by PA Senator Jimmy Brewster. It's not a good thing to have your educational policies set in stone by one person, especially if that person is a crook.
Good point Mike. The root problem is as you exposed it - but of course he barely knows any of the school administrators, board members, union controlled teachers and Mr. Melocchi.

You just gotta believe him!
Barely Knows Them

Mckeesport, PA

#25 Jan 18, 2014
Mike Ference wrote:
<quoted text>
Keep in mind that all teachers, school administrators, majority of the school board members, all vendors, etc. must be approved by PA Senator Jimmy Brewster. It's not a good thing to have your educational policies set in stone by one person, especially if that person is a crook.
Thanks Mike!

And the esteemed one accomplishing such and Barely Knows Them?
Paul S

West Mifflin, PA

#26 Jan 18, 2014
anyone even watch that IQ show on KDKA on Saturday mornings?

well they have 3 different schools competing in a quiz type show, each school district select 3 kids from each school to compete as questions are asked and the 3 schools buzz in with the right answer....... well on Jan 18. 2014... Mckeesport was one of the schools there, and these schools usually send their cream of crop there to win with the most points scored at the end of the show. Well Mckeesport got blown away, the kids were totally lost and didnt know too many answers. The one scholl that won was ver impressive and that school was Elizabetrh Forward. Mckeesport should be ashamed of their kids for being so dumb to miss so many answers. new schools dont produce better students. these kids on the show for mckeesport were 'deer in the headlights' look the whole game. while people are more concerned about sports and gambling in the that town, the kids get the back seat when they should be ahead of the line. Stupid kids dont go too far in life.
if i were mckeesport citizens it'd address the kids IQ's and grades before going after politicians and gangsters. honestly the kids were a joke and totally lost on that show. shame the citizens arent up in arms over that.
It is what it is

Rochester, PA

#27 Jan 18, 2014
I guess you have his number like a lot of others He says one thing then votes another thing. He will not receive the support that he thinks
Facts Scream Out

Mckeesport, PA

#28 Jan 18, 2014
It is what it is wrote:
I guess you have his number like a lot of others He says one thing then votes another thing. He will not receive the support that he thinks
There are at least few of us that read Topix that can not and will not be fooled. He contributed absolutely nothing to City government except a sure yes vote for Serepko's programs.

He seems to follow much better than lead.
SOC

Rochester, PA

#29 Jan 18, 2014
Facts Scream Out wrote:
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There are at least few of us that read Topix that can not and will not be fooled. He contributed absolutely nothing to City government except a sure yes vote for Serepko's programs.
He seems to follow much better than lead.
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We need alot of help getting our city out of debt We need people who will be strong when needed NO MORE YES MEN
Too Soon To Call

Mckeesport, PA

#30 Jan 18, 2014
As they always announce on election night on TV - TOO SOON TO CALL!

The obese lady has not serenaded yet on the final act of the AG and PSP 16 indictments and especially the unexpected fall outs from plea bargains, 3 confidential informants, 1 known sting operation, and an unknown number of tipsters, if any, and secretive grand jury testimony

And, let us not overlook that the feds have been mysteriously quiet on this one. The RICO act and income tax code violations and DEA could be the after shock to AG convictions and there should be more that one AG conviction. IMO this could be an political eruption of volcanic proportions.

Any thing unexpected from the above could have significant influence on the future political landscape of the Mob Valley.
It is what it is

Mckeesport, PA

#31 Jan 19, 2014
SOC wrote:
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We need alot of help getting our city out of debt We need people who will be strong when needed NO MORE YES MEN
I agree that the yes men and women have a very deleterious effect on honest and transparent government.

These yes persons are not the primary detriment to the feel good propaganda campaign of HOPE, RESPECT, LOVE, DIGNITY.

The sources of primary harm to the City are cover ups, political spoils, and no apparent law enforcement interest by MPD, DA, County Police and Federal Government, at this time.

Fortunately, the AG and PSP are doing an excellent job on the illegal gambling devices matters and corrupt organizations. Let us hope and pray that they uncover the covered up wrong doings, like were the number of City machines confiscated consistent with the City administered mechanical device license ordinance.

Did the City cut Mr. Melocchi a big discount because he owned the City, MPD, and MASD? This would be a good place for the AG and PSP to investigate.

Wow! Mr. Melocchi on the Recreation Committee and he does even live in the City? Obviously, with the consent of the senator who barely knows him and does not seem to know who appointed him?

The honest citizens of the City commend and thank the AG and PSP for their professional investigations, state grand jury, 16 indictments, sting scheme, and proceeding to scheduled trials. We wish them success in extracting incriminating evidence from the anticipated plea bargain encounters.

It is not a secret that gambling monies and contributions by Mr. Melocchi influenced elections and jobs and appointments. The Porkster said it on the intercepted communications. The Porker said he owned the City, MPD and MASD. Why was the Porkster permitted to install his video machines on public property behind the fire hall and years ago alleged in the Palisades? This was under a previous mayorÂ’s reign who accepted Porkster financial help.

Mr. Melocchi owning the City is a tough one for the Mayor to honestly refute with words when actions by the Porkster are to the contrary as evidenced by events. He operated his illegal gambling devices consortium with impunity from City Hall or the County. The Porkster contributed well over $3000 to the mayor..

Only time will tell if AG Kane and the PSP culminate with 16 indictments only?
Mike Ference

Pittsburgh, PA

#32 Jan 19, 2014
http://www.ipsn.org/pittsburgh/t2000-08t-03-9...

The mob is everywhere and does no good. The mob is almost as bad as Senator Jimmy Brewster and his gang.

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Mckeesport, PA

#33 Jan 22, 2014
Former VA. governor, wife indicted on federal charges

Jan 22nd 2014 6:10AM

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Indicted
RICHMOND, Va.(AP)--

Bob McDonnell had just been elected governor of Virginia when a wealthy businessman who had donated the use of his private jet during the Republican's campaign requested a meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York.

The governor-elect obliged and brought along his wife, Maureen, who during the meeting told Jonnie Williams she needed a dress for the inauguration the following month, according to a federal indictment of the McDonnells.

Williams agreed to buy her an Oscar de la Renta gown, but a Bob McDonnell aide said it would be inappropriate and nixed the idea, according to the indictment returned by a grand jury Tuesday.

Peeved, the former Washington Redskins cheerleader and future first lady fired off an email to the staffer.

"I need to talk to you about Inaugural clothing budget," the email said. "I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I'm charging up in credit card debt. We are broke and have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already and this Inaugural is killing us!! I need answers and I need help, and I need to get this done."

She ultimately told Williams, then the CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scientific Inc., she could not accept the dress but would take a "rain check."

That scenario played out in December 2009, according to the indictment, and was allegedly the start of a four-year pattern of Virginia's first couple squeezing gifts and loans out of a benefactor who expected them to promote his company's products in return.

The indictment suggests the McDonnells cashed in that first rain check many times over: shopping sprees for designer clothes for Maureen McDonnell, a vacation stay at Williams' multimillion-dollar Smith Mountain Lake retreat,$70,000 in loans for a family real estate venture,$15,000 in catering expenses for a daughter's wedding, golf outings for the governor and family members.

The day after the Smith Mountain Lake vacation, which allegedly included use of Williams' Ferrari, Williams was in a meeting with the McDonnells and a senior state health official, pitching Star Scientific products and even suggesting that government employees could serve as a control group for research studies, according to the indictment.

Also that day, the indictment said, Maureen McDonnell persuaded Williams to buy a $6,500 Rolex watch that she presented to her husband as a gift with "71st Governor of Virginia" engraved on the back.

The government alleges there were other instances of the McDonnells using their influence to help Williams' company, including hosting an Executive Mansion reception for Star Scientific to launch it signature product with university researchers in attendance.

Twelve of the 14 counts in Tuesday's indictment are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, two by up to 30 years. Possible fines range from $250,000 to $1 million.
I Barely Know Him

Mckeesport, PA

#36 Feb 6, 2014
Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin takes stand in his bribery trial
Feb 6th 2014 3:35PM

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enters Federal Court in for jury selection and possible opening arguments for his corruption trial in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Nagin is charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work. The charges in his 21-count indictment, including bribery and wire fraud, are the product of a City Hall investigation that already has resulted in several convictions or guilty pleas by former Nagin associates.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By KEVIN McGILL
NEW ORLEANS (AP)- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told a jury Thursday that he didn't know a one-time city vendor paid for his family's vacation to Hawaii in 2004, a trip that prosecutors have cast as one of several bribes Nagin accepted in exchange for awarding city work during his two terms in office.

Nagin's testimony came a day after prosecutors rested their case, having called more than two dozen witnesses, including five who said they were involved in bribing the former mayor. Nagin's 21-count indictment accuses him of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes - including money, trips and truckloads of free granite for his family business - for helping contractors secure city business.
"If anything, Greg said he was paying for" the trip, Nagin said, referring to Greg Meffert, his former technology chief.

Meffert has pleaded guilty in the Nagin corruption case and is awaiting sentencing. He testified last week that Nagin was aware that Mark St. Pierre and his NetMethods company paid for the Hawaii trip. St. Pierre was convicted of bribery and other charges in 2011.

Nagin served as mayor from 2002 to 2010. Prosecutors allege that his corruption spanned the two terms and included the period after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, when contractors sought to benefit from potentially lucrative rebuilding jobs in the devastated city.
Defense attorney Robert Jenkins began by walking Nagin through various aspects of the government's case with testimony that, early on, touched on the Democrat's one-time image as a reformer and political outsider when he was elected to succeed Marc Morial.

Nagin outlined executive orders he issued providing for a committee to evaluate professional service contracts for the city and said he had no role in the committee's decisions.

"I wanted to avoid complaints like the previous administration had had, that you got work based on who you knew," said Nagin, who appeared calm and comfortable on the stand.

Nagin sought to put a more innocent spin on what prosecutors have tried to establish as evidence of his corruption. He accepted a free private plane ride to Chicago for a Saints playoff game in early 2007 because flights out of New Orleans were still hard to arrange in the months after Katrina hit. He insisted that no business was discussed on the private plane of Frank Fradella, nor was it discussed in Chicago.
"Everybody was excited about the Saints," Nagin said.
Nagin's indictment says the flight was a "payoff" from Fradella, who has pleaded guilty in the case and testified that he bribed Nagin with cash and free granite for a foundering Nagin family granite business, Stone Age LLC.

Stone Age also figured in the testimony of the prosecution's first witness, Rodney Williams. He told jurors when testimony began last week that he was first approached by Nagin's two sons, and later by Nagin himself, about paying the money to help support the Nagin's family-owned granite company.

While Williams said the $60,000 he paid constituted a bribe that led to more than $2 million in city business, Nagin said it was an investment made by Williams after Stone Age did high quality work on Williams' home.
Ray N

Homestead, PA

#38 Feb 6, 2014
Let me guess..........Nagin was a Democrat?
RSC Locks Changed

Mckeesport, PA

#39 Feb 6, 2014
Ray N wrote:
Let me guess..........Nagin was a Democrat?
Did Ray N change the locks on his Senior Center?

Give us the new keys before you go to the slammer Ray N.
McK Housing Authority

Mckeesport, PA

#40 Feb 9, 2014
Will the student mayor reappoint his mentor to the MHA or follow in his mentor's footsteps and appoint himself?

Did the former mayor create a political monster who will not default the mayor's seat next election to the senator's offspring?
Trouble In Paradise

Dravosburg, PA

#41 Feb 10, 2014
McK Housing Authority wrote:
Will the student mayor reappoint his mentor to the MHA or follow in his mentor's footsteps and appoint himself?
Did the former mayor create a political monster who will not default the mayor's seat next election to the senator's offspring?
Word on the street is that the student Mayor was supposed to step down and return to his teaching post so that the former Mayor's daughter could become McKeesport's first woman Mayor. Now the student may be receiving detention because he's announced he's running for re-election.
John

Pittsburgh, PA

#42 Feb 10, 2014
I would not and don't know why anyone would vote for either unless your one of the people that don't deserve what he promised or has given you for your vote. What have they done besides ruin that town?
Karma is Alive

Mckeesport, PA

#43 Feb 10, 2014
Trouble In Paradise wrote:
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Word on the street is that the student Mayor was supposed to step down and return to his teaching post so that the former Mayor's daughter could become McKeesport's first woman Mayor. Now the student may be receiving detention because he's announced he's running for re-election.
It might be a little more than detention as I hear rumbling on the street.

The student mayor may be out running his cover up coverage provided by the senator. The senator now knows he unleashed a bombastic bully that is only loyal to himself and DUI solicitor
.
I will bet on the senator on this one.
Perry Mason

Pittsburgh, PA

#44 Feb 10, 2014
Trouble In Paradise wrote:
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Word on the street is that the student Mayor was supposed to step down and return to his teaching post so that the former Mayor's daughter could become McKeesport's first woman Mayor. Now the student may be receiving detention because he's announced he's running for re-election.
Never trust a Peeping Tom.

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