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. . , , . . , Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 21,2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Che puzoI U.S. high school students are in- creasingly reluctant to shower after gym class and sports, school officials report. Sensitized by the general erosion of privacy in the Internet age, most students douse them- selves in body spray and shower at home. Group showers are "way too weird," said Adrian Alequin, 16, of Florida. "I don't want to see another guy like that." Scornato! A Pakistani man was publicly beaten by two of his three wives, who accused him of having a secret fourth wife and plan- ning to marry a fifth. "I am willing to swear on my life that I only have three wives," said Mian Ishaq. Carlo Scostumato reminds us, two fools make a moron, two morons make an imbe- cile, two imbeciles make an idiot, and two idiots make a marriage. Wow Harold Camping, leader of a nation- wide Christian radio ministry, announced that "without a shadow of a doubt," May 21, 2011, will be the day of judgment and the Rapture. Billboard signs in several cities are warning that The End is near. Well, let's see ff he's right on May 21, 2011. Women are finally gaining a foothold on political power through the Americas -- ex- cept in one nation, said Stephanie McNulty. That nation is the United States. Brazil just swore in its first female President, Dilma Rousseff- the fifth woman to head a Latin American nation in the past two decades. But in the U.S. no woman has even been nomi- nated for president by a major party, and af- ter the recent congressional elections the number of women holding seats actually de- clined to 16.4 percent. We now rank 72 nd in female legislative representation -- below such paragons of modernity as Cambodia, Ecuador and Uganda. Does it matter if 50% of the population is fairly represented in office? It sure does. Female leaders are more likelyto fos on issues important to women, such as. women s healt h sexual harassment arid ihd we!l-being of children and farhilies, America needs to ask itself why so few Smart, ambitious WOmen get elected here, or: even dare to seek office. "As long as they are por- trayed primarily as witches, bitches or bimbos, we will continue to fall behind our neighbors in this crucial aspect of a healthy democracy." So stated, Stephanie McNulty of The Philadelphia Inquirer. We agree with Stephanie! Remember, women are better managers than men! Most women are office managers! Our mothers managed to bring us into this world, fed us, kept us healthy, educated us, made sure we took bathes, did our homework, etc. Yes! YesI Yes[ Our mothers, a woman, managed the home, the family, and more! Moron! A New York City man who tried to kill himself by jumping from a ninth-story window landed, alive, in a pile of uncollected garbage bags. Vangelis Kapatos, 26, landed on his back in the garbage bags -- which were piled much higher than usual after a snow- storm interrupted garbage collection -- and was taken to the hospital for surgery. "Maybe it was lucky we had this snow," says Katharina Kapatos' aunt. Ugh! Snowstorms! According to Paul Waters of Swampscott, snow is beautiful -- when you are watching the other fellow shovel it. A Gallup Poll claims 70% of Americans say religion is losing its influence on Amrican life. 61% say they're a member of a church or synagogue, the lowest percentage ever recorded in polls. Another Gallup Poll revealed after the pas- sage of several major pieces of legislation in December, President Obama's job approval rating has risen to 50%. His approval rating sank to the mid-40s for much of the latter half of 2010. Fishy news! Fried fish may be a primary cause of the high death rates from stroke among residents of America's "stroke belt," which runs from Arkansas to North Carolina. A study at Emory University in Atlanta found that stroke-belt residents are 30% more likely than citizens elsewhere to eat two or more servings of fried fish a week and less likely to at non-fried fish. The American Heart Association recommends that people r- eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a O O O week, but  urges it be baked or grilled, not fried. And African-Ameri- cans, who face a higher stroke risk regard- less of location, were more than 3.5 times more likely than whites to eat two or more servings of fried fish a week. The study is "well done," stroke neurologist Daniel Labovitz, who was not a part of the research team, tells USA Today. But he says further study is needed to tease out whether the cook- ing method is really to blame. "In other words, is fried fish a problem, or is it another red herring?" Fish is supposed to be good for the brain, but fishing is even better for the imagina- tion. The astute Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "Sometimes a fisherman doesn't catch anything until he gets home." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "To some wives, a fishing rod is a pole with a worm at each end." Headline medical newsI Miracle 10-cent pill to beat cancer -- Aspirinl Take an aspirin a day to keep cancer away. At a cost of about 10 cents a pill, the phenomenal painkiller ranks as the best drug bargain in the world ever since researchers recently discovered that it can stave off several common cancers. By taking aspirin every day, for five years, people significantly reduced their chances of contracting cancer of the brain, lungs, pan- creas, prostate, esophagus, stomach and co- lon. Overall, they slashed their death rates from all cancers by 34% while cutting their death rates from stomach or intestinal can- cers by 54%. All this is good news for the millions of men and women who already take an aslirin a day : t=ualiy 'an  :81 inilligram *baby aspirin" -- to thin theii: blood and lower their chandes of having a heart attack or stroke. In addition, regular aspirin use has been  linked to significantly reduced chances of contracting asthma and Alzheimer's disease. More healthy advicel If you want to lose weight without starving yourself, there's a very simple way -- drink more water and less of everything elsel The food group that makes up the largest percentage of our daily calorie intakes is comprised of sugar-laden soft drinks such as soda, iced tea and fruit con- coctions. Just by drinking water instead, you can cut 7% of your calories, which works out to about 18 pounds a year. As an added bonus, you can save money since water is almost free. Experts say to down at least a half- gallon a day. You'll not only be high- calorie drinks with a no-calorie fluid but also increasing your metabolism, helping you to lose weight and feel more energetic. Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the noted musicologist Albert Natale. Before teaming up with Sonny Bono, Cher did backup singing for the Crystals and the Ronettes. Bandleader Les Brown's first hit was called "Joltin Joe DiMaggio," with vocal- ist Betty Bonny in 1941, when the entire country was following the New York Yankees. Singer Frankie Avalon began as a trumpet player as a child ... actually recording an in- strumental single for RCA's "X" label. Before getting into a successful recording career, singer Anita Bryant was Miss Oklahoma and a Miss America finalist in 1958. Hits include: "Paper Roses" and "In My Little Comer of the World." There was only one invited guest in the audience for the final TV broadcast of Jack Paar's prime-time "The Jack Paar Show" in 1965. The invited guest was his dog! And Bobby Vinton may have had a # 1 hit with his version of "There I've Said It Again" in 1963, but he barely outdid Vaughn Monroe with the tune. Vaughn's version in 1945 sold over 2 million and more records and finished as high as #2! And Ray's "girlfriend" singer Julie Andrews was a radio star in the late 1940s to the '50s on a program called "Educating Archie," in which she starred with ventriloquist Peter Brough. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando 5inopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL CACCIATORE Veal Stew Meat or Veal Shoulder Arm Chop 1 pound veal meat 1 full tablespoon capers I/2 cup chopped celery (in vinegar and water) 2 cloves garlic {optional) V4 cup olive oil, 1 medium onion chopped canola or vegetable oil 2 large carrots 3 medium-size ripened 2 large potatoes tomatoes chopped 1 sprig of bay leaf (optional) pound fresh string beans, I chicken bouillon cube or 8 oz. can of cut beans, 1 cup water or frozen cut beans Line a twelve-inch skillet with oil and heat over medium flame. Leave bone in if using shoulder chop but remove extra fat from veal shoulder chop. Place veal in heated skillet to sear and brown. Remove meat from skillet and set aside. Add celery, onions and capers to the skillet. Stir until onion is opaque. Do not brown onion. Add a little of the vinegar and water from the capers' bottle. Add bay leaf (optional) and simmer about two o r three minutes before adding chopped tomato pieces. Stir occasionally and cover. Sim- mer slowly for about three minutes. Mearlwhile, dissolve bouillon cube in warm water. Slowly stir in bouillon mix- ture into skillet. Add garlic and veal into skillet. Cover and cook about ten minutes over medium heat. 15eel and slice carrots into wedge about two inches long. Cut tips of string beans if using fresh beans and wash thoroughly. Peel potatoes and cut into two-inch wedges. Add carrots first to skillet. Cover and cook them about five minutes before adding string beans and potato pieces. Add additional water if needed. Cook until potatoes and vegetables are tender. Season to taste. If bay leaf is used, remove before serving meal. NOTE: I learned from my mother to vary the recipe by occasionally adding a can of mushrooms to the skillet. Another option is to add sliced green peppers or some green peas. In place of potatoes, I sometimes prepar e some of my favorite rice and serve it plain or topped with a few tablespoons of sauce from the skillet. Re$ Pub]lea (Continued from Page 2), :' ' counts the Commonwealth observel j-tif coincidental!y can recover but a fraction  Fn sure there's no con t of the money lavished ,on nection -- is largel, over- this fashionable green  with the class technology. "" known as Democrat voters I'm not the first to note and contributors to left-wing that the so-called "green" causers. movement looks, to those of us who are not color-blind, David Trumbull is the as just the latest version chairman of the Boston Ward of the old *red" movement, Three Republican Committee. and with the same effect -- Boston's Ward Three includes money is redistributed the North End, West End, part from the earners to some of Beacon Hill, downtown, more "deserving" class, waterfront, Chinatown, and "Deserving" class, one may part of the South End. YBakery Perch VITA ()RI.ANI)O INOV()I.I I st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" 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 I The , 000000ission works I r hens, lmer to prevent fraud and ception, ] [ e= i -FTC-HELP (1-800-382-400) I oriog on to 00'ncigov.