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    Charges brought down on 13 alleged mob members, cancer-stricken teenager sets example at high school

    Welcome to week two of NewsWorks Tonight. There’s no shortage of news today, given the announcement of 13 mob-related arrests and a hearing for the Fort Dix Five. We’ve got coverage of both, as well as some other stories for you.

    Thirteen member of mob organization “La Cosa Nostra” have been charged with various counts of gambling, extortion and conspiracy. We’ll hear from reporter Susan Phillips about the charges against alleged mob boss “Uncle Joe” Ligambi, who was formerly sentenced to prison for murder before having that charge overturned in 1997. Ligambi reportedly took over for the organization when “Skinny Joey” Merlino went to jail in 2001 for racketeering.

    Gary Keller went to his prom. It’s what most high school students do, but Keller’s battle with cancer has made him somewhat of an inspiration at Upper Perkiomen High School. We’ll hear from Lizz Fiedler about Keller’s big night. NewsWorks was there as he headed off in a red limo.

    Dance classes aren’t just for pros and kids. We’ll talk more about Roxborough retirees who are finding new purpose in a senior tap class.

    With the local primaries less than a week out of mind, things are already heating up for the 2012 presidential election. NewsWorks’ National Interest blogger Dick Polman will review who’s lining up for the 2012 GOP race.

    We’ll have more information for you on a looming Red Cross blood drive worker strike and beach access in the Jersey Shore towns.

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    Catch the show at 6 p.m. on 90.9 FM.

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