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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 17, 2014 Ray 13arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Are you ready for this? A cup of cocoa might do more than warm you up: A new Harvard University study found that drinking two cups of cocoa a day for 30 days significantly improved memory in older adults. Lead researcher Farzaneh A. Sorond, M.D., says her team found cocoa drinking boosted blood flow to the brain, particularly in those whose flow was impaired. Gee, time for me to take another swig of cocoa. The reason people can remember the "good old days" is that there were so few of them. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Three things indicate we are getting old. First, the loss of memory -- and we can't remember the other two. Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "A woman always remembers where and when she got married; a man sometimes forgets why! Remembering some of the notables who died in 2013. Annette Funicello, Jonathan Winters, Esther Williams, James Gandolfini, Peter O'Toole, Eydie Gorme, Lou Reed, Margaret Thatcher, Patti Page and Patty Andrews, last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters vocal trio, who died Janu- ary 30 th, age 94. Jailed football star O.J. Simpson is under- going secret medical tests for a cancerous brain tumor! The shocking details of the 66-year-old former football great's devastat- ing illness -- and how, stuck in a Nevada prison, he's made the most explosive con- fession ever -- the brutal slaughter of his ex-wife Nicole Brown. Furious at a prison buddy who asked one too many times if he killed his wife, O.J. blurted out: "Yes, I killed the b -- and I'd do it again if I had the chance!" Now, as Simpson faces a lingering death in a prison hospital, the desperate fallen star has taken a final stab at winning his freedom -- begging President Obama for a pardon so he can die in peace at home. "O.J. says his memory is slipping and he gets painful headaches and other symptoms," according to a close source. He wrote to Obama, "Mr. President, I know my life is coming to an end. Please, don't let me die in prison." She's such a good motherY Retiring ABC newswoman Barbara Waiters has her heart set on a big new goal for the coming year -- healing the rift with her only child. Sources say the 84-year-old TV legend is desperate to steer her 45-year-old daughter Jacqueline Danforth away from substance abuse and reckless behavior -- and to make sure she is fit to inherit her $150-million fortune. "Barbara wants to reconcile with Jackie and live out her retirement having a good rela- tionship with her daughter," revealed a close source. "She's amassed quite a fortune and will let Jackie know if she doesn't clean her- self up for good, her inheritance could be in trouble." Jacqueline, who was adopted by Barbara and her second husband Lee Guber, has a past history of substance abuse. It's about time/ More than 20 years after Oprah Winfrey became engaged to Stedman Graham, he's determined to finally get her to walk down the aisle, reveal insiders. It's the ultimate birthday present for the TV titan, who turns the "Big Six-O" on Janu- ary 29 th. The handsome Stedman, who first got engaged to Oprah in 1992, decided to pop the question again after accompanying her to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's Decem- ber 15 th funeral. So will it happen? With his dream of a political career ruined by his latest tirade, hothead Alec Baldwin has been down in the dumps, pals say. The Emmy-winning actor -- new dad to a baby girl with second wife Hilaria Thomas -- is a "shell of himself' after the ugly outburst cost him his cable TV talk show, said a friend. "Alec looks like he's aged five years in the past month," said a friend. Behind bars! Domestic diva Martha Stewart, 72, found her own goose cooked when she was convicted in March 2004 of lying to the Feds about a stock sale and was shipped off to the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia. Martha joked that her prison moniker was "M. Diddy" but, she added: "It was terrible -- I lost a fortune." Joseph Ramos got all choked up over his criminal career because he swallowed the evidence! Cops say that I 0 0 0 the 21-year-old alleged thief made off with two necklaces from a Clearwater, Florida home and got himself into a gem of a jam after he was busted on December 11 th in a stolen car. While officers processed him into the holding cell, Ramos was taken to a full- body scanner that had recently been in- stalled at the Pinellis County Jail to screen inmates and prevent them from sneaking contraband into the lock-up. The high-tech scanner -- similar to ones used in airports -- can detect pills, plastics, metals, drugs and other objects. Ramos' scanner X-ray revealed a large mass in his stomach area. The "mass" turned out to be the two stolen neck- laces! To think, with the scanner, the long arm of the law can reach anywhere! Yes! In- vestigators saw right through him! One more time/The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made the remark that the statue looked like her uncle Oscar and the name stuck. We learned Samuel Clemens, a/k/a Mark Twain, smoked 40 cigars a day for the last years of his life. He was born in 1835 when Halley's Comet appeared. He died in 1910 when Halley's Comet returned, Charles Dickens never finished his schooling. He was also an insomniac, who believed his best chance of sleeping was in the center of a bed facing directly north. The wide-awake Tom Analetto of Medford suggests if you count sheep two at a time you'll fall asleep twice as fast. Reminder/ Tom Bergeron of America's Phnniest Home Videos is a native of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Bergeron began his broad- casting career in 1972 at WHAV in his home- town Haverhill. His rise to popularity began at WBZ-TV in February of 1982 as host of a children's show. He hosted WBZ-TV's award- winning talk show, Rap Around from 1987 to 1989. He was also host of WBZ Radio morn- ing program. At that time, Bergeron was residing in Belmont with his wife and two daughters. Yes, we knew him. The brilliant Kyle Waters, of Swampscott, says, "Be aware, the first motto that appeared on U.S. coins was not "In God We Trust," It was "Mind Your Own Business." These cop- per cents were authorized on April 21, 1787. Winter is the worst time of the year for the skin around your eyes -- in fact, experts say the lack of sunlight and bitter cold can actu- ally make eyes look five years older! But a remarkable product, called Hylexin, can help banish the puffiness and dark circles that come with the coldest season. What? In 1903, A.H. Longino, the first Ital- ian-American governor of Mississippi, over- sees the completion of his dream, the stately "New Capitol" building, recognized as one of the grandest structures in the nation. Upon the death of Governor Longino in 1942, re- spected journalist Frederick Sullens writes in the Jackson Daily News: "The Longino ad- ministration was a masterpiece of good citi- zenship." Unbelievable, an Italian-American as governor of Mississippi. We joined the noted stately musicologist Albert Natale in discovering what was being said among Hollywood stars about their friends. Robert Cummings said, "I was teamed with Lizabeth Scott. A stunning blond, she'd been pegged as the new Lauren Bacall. Personally, I liked her. We got along. Unlike Bacall, she never found her Bogey ... and I don't think she and I had very much chemistry in any film. Nor did she generat.e chemistry with any of her leading men besides me, so her career stalled. Of course, there was another reason: A magazine article in 1950s indicated that she had no chemistry with men, period. Unlike today, in those days looking fabulous wasn't enough -- your image intruded even more on your private life than now. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ROAST TURKEY THIGHS ITALIAN STYLE 4 turkey thighs 4 medium potatoes 2 medium onions 2 fresh tomatoes 2 cloves garlic 1 chicken bouillon cube 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt Peel potatoes, garlic and onions. Cut each into quarters and set aside. Wash tomatoes and cut into quarters. Place washed and dried turkey thighs in a roasting pan (skin up). Distribute potato, garlic, and onion portions around the turkey thighs. Place cut-up tomatoes over the thighs, potato and onion portions. Add the bouillon cube, lemon juice and water to the roasting pan. Spread the olive oil over the vegetables and turkey. Cover with aluminum foil and place in preheated 350F oven. Check after forty-five minutes. Baste contents with liquid in the roasting pan. Salt to taste. Return to oven and bake an additional twenty minutes. A portion of water may be added if needed. Baste contents and return to oven uncovered. Allow cooking until fork tender and browned to your liking (approx. 10 to 20 additional minutes). OPTIONAL: Add sliced green peppers or mushrooms to the recipe. Note: For years, turkeys were available only during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today the large bird is made available to consumers in cut-up portions. As an alternate for cut-up chicken, my husband and [ enjoy turkey thighs. Turkey legs andor wings can be added to the thighs in the above recipe. Vita can be reached at voswriting @ 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighul recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Baly" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN WWW. BOSTO N PO STG AZ ETTE.COM