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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Hey! Guys! Take a walk to prevent pros- tate cancer! Regularly walking from three to six hours during a week slashes men's chances of developing prostate cancer by nearly 70 percent, says a study reported in a recent issue of the journal Urology. Fur- mas decora- tions up too long, or walk- ing down the street with your shoe- I 0 0 0 thermore, just stepping out for one to three hours each week reduced men's chances of developing aggressive, fast-growing prostate tumors by a whopping 90 percent. The study confirms the results of previous research that revealed how regular exercise has been tied to lower levels of testosterone and other cancer-causing hormones in the blood. Exercise has also been shown to enhance the body's immune system. More healthy news! Is water really good for skin? It's long been held that drinking eight glasses of water a day makes your com- plexion glow. But that's pure bunk, claims a new report. The British Nutrition Founda- tion says there's no evidence whatsoever that consuming lots of water keeps your face looking young. However, eating plenty of vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables, and applying sunscreen regularly CAN improve the skin's elasticity and protect it from age- related damage. Kissing game! A woman visiting a prisoner is accused of passing him a balloon filled with marijuana during a long, passionate kiss. Guards at Pennsylvania's State Cor- rectional Institution became suspicious when they saw the convict swallow some- thing after a prolonged smooch with the 41-year-old woman. They put him in a restricted cell and kept a close eye on his bathroom activities until the damning evi- dence appeared three days later. Now, the woman and her kissing inmate are due to stand trial for conspiracy to smuggle con- traband and other charges. Honestyl Stephen Foster, a supermarket clerk in Birtley, England, returned $1.3 mil- lion that was accidentally deposited into his bank account by his employer. As a reward, Foster was given a crate of Budweiser beer. Ah, honestyI Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Most men would be willing to earn their money honestly if it didn't take so long. The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham thinks it is a mistake to trust a man with an honest face. "After all, that may be the only honest part of him." "Mona" Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston thinks the world will be a better place to live when the "found" ads in the newspapers begin to outnumber the "lost" ads. Steven Walsh, who enjoys assisting cus- tomers at Spinelli's in East Boston, reminds us that the most important person to be honest with is yourself. God help him! A newly-elected council member in Asheville, North Carolina, is under fire because he doesn't believe in God. Cecil Bothwell, 59, calls himself a "posttheist," and opponents say they may ask a court to enforce an 1868 provision in the state constitution that disqualifies those who "deny the being of Almighty God" from public office. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, says, "Some think God is like medicine; you don't need Him when you're feeling well." Carlo Scostumato thinks it's pretty hard for the Lord to guide a man ff he hasn't made up his mind which way he wants to go. The pious Robyn Waters of Swampscott, reminds us we increase our ability, stabil- ity, and responsibility when we increase our sense of accountability to God. The astute Steven Sebestyen asks, "What do atheists do with their money? Surely they wouldn't carry around anything that says, "In God We Trust." Steven's brainy and adorable wife Theresa, says, "We cannot do everything we want to do, but we should do everything God wants us to do." Forbidden knowledge: In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is a "simple assault," but if you have false teeth you will be charged with "aggravated assault." Having a pizza delivered to someone with- out their permission will hit you with a $500 fine. Maine prohibits leaving your Christ- lace untied. In Iowa, kisses may not last longer than five minutes, and a man with a moustache may not kiss a woman in public. In Colorado, a woman can only wear a red dress on the streets before 7 P.M. Also, you can't drive a black car on Sunday in Den- ver. In Massachusetts, you are breaking the law if you get a tattoo or body piercing, eat more than three sandwiches at a wake, or wear a goatee beard without paying for a li- cense. And Indiana disallows bathing dur- ing the winter, or attending a cinema or the- ater or riding a public streetcar within four hours after eating garlic. All hotel sheets must be exactly ninety-nine inches long and eighty-one inches wide. New study! Snoring is good for your health! Snoring happens when sleepers relax the muscles in their noses, mouths and throats. Heartburn can ruin your life! An over-acid stomach can cripple your love-making, keep friends and do your job, says a new study. In brief, heartburn suffers should quit smok- ing, use over-the-counter antacids, sleep with their heads propped up, eat smaller meals and avoid foods that stimulate the stomach to produce acid, says noted life coach Kelley Moore. And to relieve neck pain use fish oil. Yes, fish oil is good for cardio- vascular health. Giuseppina, la coscia storta claims this must include Baccala's oil? You read it here! Thanks to a new state- sponsored plan, French youth between the ages of 18 and 24 will be provided with a free year-long subscription to the daily news- paper of their choice in an effort to "encour- age the renewal of readership of the daily press." French Minister of Culture Frederick Mitterand proposed the $7.4 million initia- tive to both encourage readership of print media and provide open access to culture for the country's youth. The service affords a wide range of publications from which to choose from, including nearly 60 popular dailies. They should also include a subscrip- tion to the Post-Gazette. Questions people ask: How many members are there in the U.S. Senate? There are two from each state for a total of I00. Who was Richard M. Nixon's running mate in 1960? Our own Henry Cabot Lodge. What are the last words of A Christmas Carol? "And so Tiny Tim observed, 'God Bless Us, Every One! When do scientists believe the earth formed? 4.6 billion years ago. Why is the seventh in- ning stretch in baseball held in the seventh inning? The practice, which takes place be- fore the home team comes to bat, became popular in 1860 because the number seven is considered lucky. What play was Lincoln viewing at Ford's Theater when he was as- sassinated? He was watching Our American Cousin, by Tom Taylor, on the evening of April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth entered Lincoln's private box and fired his one-shot derringer. Lincoln's bodyguard had stepped away for a drink of water. Show business news from the noted mae- stro and musicologist Albert Natale. Sultry Sigourney Weaver says she feels sexier than ever. "I like my body now," says the 60-year- old actress, who stars in the blockbuster new sci-fi flick Avatar. "I have my curves. They come from age, but I don't care. I'm just glad they're there." She's also happy about her face and is against plastic surgery and Botox that has left many an actress with a tight, unreal look. A brainy, 5-foot- 11 beauty who attended Stanford and Yale Universities, Sigourney has flaunted her leggy charms in flicks like Ghostbusters and Working Girl. In real life, Sigourney and her theater- director husband Jim Simpson, 53, are an old married couple. They wed 25 years ago and have a 19-year-old daughter Charlotte, who wants to be a costume designer. Thanks to those of you who sent me Christmas cardsI Deeply appreciated! ACCEPTING Advertisements AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MAMA'S RICOTTA CHEESE GNOCCHI (Pasta) 3 cups unbleached flour (preferably King Arthur or Gold Medal) 1 beaten egg 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound ricotta whole milk cheese 4 quarts boiling salted water In a bowl mix ricotta cheese, beaten eggs and salt. Add flour gradually to the mixture, mixing by hand, until dough is soft. Remove dough from bowl and place dough on a floured pastry board to knead. If dough sticks to your fingers or hands, add a little flour and continue kneading until the dough is soft, smooth and pliable. Cut and roll portions into long 8- or 10-inch rolls of about one-inch thickness. Place in bowl and cover. Taking one roll at the time, flatten roll slightly with your hand or a rolling pin. Cut into one-inch portions. With index and middle fingertips, press into each piece of dough and roll fingers forward in the dough. This will curl the dough into gnocchi. Continue until all dough is used. For cooking gnocchi, boil about 4 quarts of salted water. After dropping gnocchi into the boiling water, stir and cover. Watch carefully because water boils over quickly. Gnocchi will float to the top as they cook. They cook rapidly. Check for consistency desired. Drain and place in a bowl. Add your tomato sauce and serve. Serves four. NOTE: I love the memories of watching my parents make homemade macaroni in our home. They didn't seem to have a written recipe. It was all stored in their minds. Through the years, I decided their recipes should be written out. I watched Mama measure out the flour, add the water or beaten eggs and all the necessary ingredients for gnocchi. Papa kneaded the dough. Mama always took out her extra-long wooden rolling pin when the dough had to be rolled into thin round portions before Papa could fold it and then cut it into linguine. For gnocchi, Papa cut up the dough after kneading it. Mama, with her fingers, patiently formed the small portions of cut-up dough into gnocchL Before my brother Peter and I knew it, the home- made macaroni was ready to serve at noontime for Sunday dinner. They always made it seem that it was such a pleasure serving homemade macaroni, and it was! Get Well Wishes .... ' ..... from the Post-Gazette to Vita Sinopoli POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE Is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 MON. and TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. 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