Political watchdog group

seeks election volunteers

The Committee of Seventy is looking for volunteers for the May 15 primary - what could be one of the city's most exciting Election Days in memory.

The nonpartisan watchdog group is recruiting volunteers to help observe voting at the polls and to serve at its headquarters to answer voters' calls.

Training will be provided.

Register online at www.

seventy.org/joinus/volunteer.html or call Ahmed Abassi at 215-557- 3600, ext. 112.

Pact to give city more leeway

at airport gets initial OK

City Council yesterday gave committee approval to a new four-year agreement between the city and the airlines using Philadelphia International Airport. A final vote could come May 24.

Charles Isdell, the city's director of aviation, told Council members that the new agreement would give the city more flexibility in assigning gates to new airlines wanting to operate here. Isdell said the proposed agreement, which defines how much the airlines must pay to use the airport, is "assignable" to another entity should the city decide to lease the airport.

Missing Kensington woman

found dead in South Philly

Asuncion Quilao, 80, who disappeared from her Kensington neighborhood on April 13, has been found dead.

Her remains were discovered next to an abandoned factory on Oregon Avenue near Columbus Boulevard in South Philly Sunday afternoon.

Police officials said they are waiting for a medical examiner to determine how she died and are unsure if foul play was involved.

Quilao had been last seen going for a stroll in her neighborhood.

Camden police think man

was shot dead by a robber

Eugene Jones, 49, was shot to death near 10th and Central streets, Camden, early yesterday in an apparent robbery.

Jones was shot multiple times shortly after midnight near the Branch Village public-housing complex, where he lived. He was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital.

Approval of Gov. Corzine

higher since his accident

Gov. Jon S. Corzine's approval rating climbed after he suffered serious injuries in an April 12 car accident, according to a new poll released yesterday. The poll also found that the man who replaced Corzine while he recovered remains extremely popular.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll found that 58 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Corzine, up from 53 percent in March, and 28 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him, compared with 30 percent in March. *

- Staff and wire reports