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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 16, 2015 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Are you awake? Well, a Florida man called police to observe him spanking his daugh- ter to make sure he didn't violate any law. Dale Garcia wanted to discipline his 12-year old after she got into "a heated argument" with her sister, so he called police. "I stood by as he spanked her four times on her but- tocks, "the officer wrote in his report. "No crime has been committed." Low expectations, after a Pew Research Center survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries found that people in poorer nations in Africa and South America were more likely to say they were having "a good day than people in Europe, Asia, or even the U.S. Not a good week! Harvard University's fac- ulty, which reacted in outrage when the university announced that partly as the re- sult of the Affordable Care Act reforms , they will have to share more of the cost of their very generous health care coverage. "It's equivalent to taxing the sick!" complained one professor, Be aware, too much sugar is a primary cause of obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, and new guidelines from the World Health Organization call for a sharp reduction in the amount added, or "free," sugars in the typical diet. "The key point is that we are consuming way too much added sugars for good health," says Rachel Johnson of the American Heart Association. Reminder, pot smoking can damage developing brains. Today's more potent strains, in fact, can cause structural changes in a key region of the brains of people younger than 26, especially if they smoke daily. How do we relax? By reaching for the cookie jar. 91% of Americans munch at least one snack a day, and 7% of us squeeze in five snacks or more. Our waistlines reflect that taste for treats: 51% of us want to lose weight but only 26% are seriously trying to do so (Gallup). But there might be little point in shedding those extra pounds. 49% of Americans think the severity of recent natural disasters, such as California's record-breaking drought, is a sign that we're entering the biblical "end times" (Public Research Institutes). Our paesano Sal Locascio has spent 57 years driving a New York cab, according to Corey Kilgannon in The New York Times. At 83, he is the city's oldest yellow-cab driver with his own medallion-the prized permit that gives drivers the right to operate a taxi and pick up street hails. Locascio, a World War II veteran, started driving cabs in the 1960s and got a fast education in the quirks of the city's inhabitants. "I had a passenger who came in as a guy and got out as a girl," he recalled. "And I said to myself, "Ok, this is New York." He also became accustomed to driving around the rich and famous, and picked up scores of celebrity passengers, including Judy Garland ("She said I was go- ing too fast"), Gregory Peck ("It was so hot in the cab, the poor guy was turning colors.') "Now they're all gone, except me." Locascio lost his wife last year and describes his driv- ing as *slow and getting slower." But he has no plans to retire. "What matters to me now is to keep myself going," he says. "You're a short time alive and a long time dead." Our show biz informant Al Natale, reports, just seven months after they began dating, actress Cameron Diaz and rock musician Benji Madden were married in a ceremony at Diaz's Beverly Hills home. Among the guests were Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Ronson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Drew Barrymore. It was the first marriage for both Diaz, 42 and Madden, 35. A wealthy father didn't know what to give his daughter as a wedding present, so he promised to pay for her divorce. Carlo Scostumato claims some men be- lieve in dreams until they marry one. The attractive, astute, Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "We've had adult education for several thousand years. It's called marriage. Steven Sebestyen claims there's one point at which both husband and wife are in r , perfect agreement -- she thinks nothing is too good for her, and so does he. I ! ! o o o L ,i Steven's great wife Theresa thinks a typi- cal marriage is where the husband keeps his mouth shut and his checkbook open. My dear readers let me be honest about my marriage. The day before our wedding, September 13, 1953, I told my wife-to-be I had some rules regarding our marriage. Thou shall be in charge of money. Thou should never ask me what I want for din- ner. Whatever you cook, I'll eat. And thou will bb in charge of our home. It worked! Just remember, women are better manag- ers than men! We are all alive only because our mothers were good managers! They kept us healthy, clean and they always gave us good advice. We can add much, much more to why women are good managers. Gee, Hillary Clinton will be a great president! Weird! An Illinois man who went to the hospital complaining of arm pains was shocked to discover that a 7-inch metal turn signal from a Ford Thunderbird had been embedded in his body since 1963. When Arthur Lampitt crashed the car five decades ago, doctors treated his broken hip but missed the lever in his arm. The object didn't trouble Lampitt, 75, until a few weeks ago, when his arm swelled up. Doctors removed the rusty lever in a 45-minute operation, and presented it to Lampitt. "I was surprised how corroded it is," he said. The naked truth! California firefighters spent two hours extracting a naked woman from a chimney after she tried to sneak into her ex-boyfriend's home at 5 a.m. The 35- year old took off her clothes in the hope it woUld help her fit down the 1-foot-wide chim- ney. But halfway down, she became wedged and called the ex on her cell phone, "I said, Where are you at'?" said Tony Hernandez. "And she said, "I'm trapped in the chimney." Firefighters freed her by breaking the chim- ney open, and she was treated for minor in- juries. The chimney will have to be rebuilt. To think the future belongs to the English language, said John Mc Whorter, English is rapidly becoming what the creators of Espe- ranto had envisioned: a language spoken on every continent, and the primary me- dium for communications among different nations. Today, almost 2 billion people speak English to some degree, and soon one out of three people on Earth will be able to con- verse in it. Ah, the Italian-Americans. To the estab- lished Americans whose family had been here for awhile, the Italian immigrants were trespassers to be looked down upon with distrust and dislike. Italians were given degrading "slang" names like "Wop," "Dago," and "Guinea," insults shared by all immi- grants at one time or another. The term "Wop" supposedly originated in the Neapoli- tan dialect word guappo, which Americans trimmed and adapted to refer pejoratively to anyone of Latin or Mediterranean origin. "Guinea" is derived from early American ref- erence to the dark-skinned natives of Brit- ish Guiana. It was later bestowed upon the swarthy, dark-eyed Italian immigrants. The Italian-American fared no better than the American Negro in being stereotyped. Most Americans considered the strange Italian as "dark foreigner," ignorant, dirty, loud- mouthed, and smelling of garlic and cheap wine. It became necessary, then, for Ital- ian-Americans to form fraternal organiza- tions, like the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, to protect themselves against at- tacks of intolerance and its effects upon their self-esteem. Ah, Thomas Aquinas, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Dante, Galileo, Giribaldi and Verdi. Roman civili- zation, along with that of the ancient Greeks, permeates every part of our lives today. It would require many, many pages to cover the greatness of Italians! We will never for- get being called a Guinea! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando-Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Cabbage & Pork Chops 4 pork chops I medium onion chopped 3 ripe plum tomatoes or 8 oz. canned crushed tomatoes 2 dry bay leaf sprigs 2 small garlic cloves chopped (optional) 1 small head of cabbage 3 carrots 3 potatoes 1 cup of water 1/3 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil Salt and pepper In a twelve-inch saucepan, heat oil and carefully add pork chops. Brown chops lightly on both sides. Remove them from saucepan and set aside on a platter. Add chopped onion to the saucepan and simmer until onion is about to brown. Add bay leaves, garlic and cut-up or crushed tomatoes. Stir and cover. Simmer over low heat for about fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, clean and wash carrots. Cut carrots into four- inch lengths and set aside. Peel potatoes and wash. Cut into wedges of one-inch thickness and set aside. Remove soiled or spoiled outer leaves of cabbage. Wash and cut into four or five portions. Set aside. After tomato mixture has simmered for fifteen minutes, add one cup of water and stir. Add the chops and carrots. Cover and bring mixture to a slow boil. After ten minutes, add the cabbage. Ten minutes later add the potatoes. Additional water may be added if needed. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium/low heat until vegetables are tender. PEM (Continued from Page 5) he has been working on a wearables technology product launch for a New England- based startup. 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LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 200 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P6541EA Estate of LINDA R. LOPEZ Date of Death November 5, 2007 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Regina Lopez-Gamez of Moreno Valley, CA. Regina Lopez-Gamez of MorenoValley, CA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Cede without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infer- real procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/16/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The TriaL Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 200 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 708-5800 Docket No. MI14P6527EA Estate of FREDERICK W. GREAVES Date of Death September 15, 2008 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Robeda Greaves of Copiague, NY. Robeda Greaves of Copiegue, NY has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Cede without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be ! filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration, interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders : terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, it any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/16/15 _ T