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Page 14 POST-GAZE'FrE, JANUARY 23, 2015 NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco HOW ITALIAN SCHOLARS SUCCEED, IN AMERICA TOO: The magazine Nature Genetics recently published a study by a group of researchers at Columbia University who have identified 18 new genes, which when altered form the most aggressive and frequent tumors in the brain: the "Glioblas- toma Multiforme." The tumors form and keep growing because its cells have developed alterations of the most important functional genes which promote the uncontrolled growth and the tumors progress. The alterations show to be the main therapeutic objectives, as Antonio Tavarone, pro- fessor of Pathology and Neurology at Columbia University has stated. He added that if the alterations can be aggres- sively and pharmalogically attacked, the tumor cannot sur- vive. Researchers have identified mostly the alterations in the glioblastoma, providing a rather exhausted list of most important objectives to focus on, in developing medicines against the glioblastoma, particularly with regard to person- alized therapies to treat malignant tumors in the brain. By using a new method of statistical analysis to produce an accurate list of alterations (by genes). Researchers have combined the sequential process of the DNA of the brain tumors. The accuracy of the analytical method is demon- strated by the fact that it has identified 15 genes previously involved in other studies on the brain's malignant tumors. It's important to note that from the analysis, 18 genes have emerged, never involved in the glioblastoma where alter- ations favor the tumor's growth. As we see, significant stud- ies have been done on the brain's tumors. It's comforting to know that those who elect to study and work abroad, as many Italians have done, have become increasingly relevant and it augurs well for a future of successes, and discoveries tool THE AMAZING CREATIVITY OF THIRD MILLENNIUM THIEVES: An unprecedented robbery was recently pulled off by thieves right inside a penitentiary at Pavia, no less! The booty was, (are you ready for this?) ... the safe! More aston- ishing was the way they extracted the safe from the wall inside the business office of the prison, but nobody heard anything! The thieves apparently entered undetected after midnight and proceeded to do the job. The following after- noon investigators found the safe, minus the contents of course. Inside it there were inter alias, about 6,000 euro that belonged to inmates received from family members. A few weeks later investigators were still investigating and still unaware of the identity of the authors of the robbery. The director of the prison, Iolanda Vitale, tried to explain to the press the reasons why the robbery succeeded. She said that the place invaded by the thieves was away from the wing where the convicts are housed and that the prison guards, who number 282, had been reduced to 243 minus 35 doing outside the prison assignments! In short, no guards were assigned to the area where the thieves made their move. Was there any help from the inside? "Misteri," Italian style! * Energy Prices (Continued Technical Information Average prices are esti- mated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Av- erage prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gaso- line are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size- class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local in- dex areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt- hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, aver- age prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for from Page 2) commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades. All eligible prices are con- verted to a price per, normal- ized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all con- sumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas. Fully Insured Lic #017.936 Ken Sha!|ow 617.593.6211 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning SaleS, Service & Installation What Luck?/ Super Bowl Bound Patriots Crush Colts The New England Patri- ots are heading back to the Super Bowl. For the sixth time in the Belichick-Brady era, and an NFL record tying eight in franchise history, the Patriots proved their su- 45 premacy over the rest of the AFC Conference. In a game that provided little in terms of drama compared to their come from behind win over the Ravens last weekend, the Patriots completely decimated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. The 38-point margin of victory was the largest in team postseason history. The Patriots again used their running game to defeat the Colts, who in two games versus New England this season surrendered an eye-popping 423 yards on the ground. In- dianapolis didn't seem to learn from their previous matchup, knowing exactly what was coming and yet proving to be incompetent to stop it. In November, it was Jonas Gray; this time LeGarrette Blount carried the load. Blount had 148 yards on 30 attempts and three touchdowns. Another three touchdowns and 226 yards passing from Tom Brady, and it's quite frankly impossible to beat the Patriots Add in rain, and you have a recipe for an epic massacre that formulated in the Patriots blowout win, "I know we've had some ups and Winning as a team, Patriots offense defense celebrate together. downs this year," said Brady, "but right now we're up, baby, and we're going to try to stay up for one more game." On defense, the Patriots allowed 209 yards, with Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck pass- ing for only 126. He was also intercepted twice, one each by Cornerback Darrelle Revis and Linebacker Jamie Collins. The Patriots defense broke up 10 Luck passes, but did not sack him, continuing an alarming trend this postseason in which the unit has failed to register a sack. After throwing a touchdown pass versus the Ravens, Wide Receiver Julian Edelman went back to his bread and butter role of pass catcher, leading the Patriots with nine re- ceptions for 98 yards. Receiver Danny Amendola also returned to form, making one catch for only 8 yards after a breakout per- formance against Baltimore. Tackle Nate Solder proved to be a matchup problem for the Colts secondary, as he snagged a 16-yard touchdown pass in yet another example of Patriots coaching ingenuity. When his num- ber was called, Solder had a few precious thoughts, "catch the ball and hold onto it and don't fumble." said the 6-foot-8, 320-pound lineman. A marketing theme down at Patriot Place this season is the phrase, "Do your job!" It is something that was started by Head Coach Bill Belichick in interactions with his play- ers and has caught fire over the course of the season. In the post-game tro.phy presen- tation, Team Owner Robert Kraft 'thanked the 68,756 fans at Gillette Stadium' for helping the teamwith their thunderous presence. "Thank you, the best fans in the NFL. You did your job," said Kraft. "Now we must go to Arizona and do our job." ' Even in winning his NFL:rec0rd 21-st" 7 postseason game as a head coach, and a record tying sixth conference champi- onship, Belichick demon- strated his trademark-re- served exultation, "I only have one thing to say, we're on to Seattle ..." ANOTHER SUPER BOWl,, ANOTHER SCANDAL The celebrations were short-lived however, as the Patriots simply cannot shake the stigma of corruption that has blanketed the franchise since the 2007 videotaping scan- dal. Last week they were accused of running illegal plays by not properly re- porting eligible and ineligible receivers. The league stepped in and rightfully exonerating them of any wrongdoing. The Patriots now find them- selves en- thralled in a ball controversy. Ac- cording to re- ports, the team Brady celebrates. used de- flated footballs against the Colts. This was confirmed by the NFL to be accu- rate. Prior to a football game, each team supplies the officiating crew with 12 balls to be tested. Additional reserve balls are kept in supply on the side- lines. Each team would then use their own footballs while on offense. Mean- ing that Andrew Luck and the Colts would have never benefitted from these "tainted" balls. The league found that 11 of the12 footballs supplied by the Patriots were under-inflated. What and effect would something that sounds so minute have? A weakened ball is easier to catch and to get a grip on, par- ticularly in the elements. According to NFL rules, a regulation football is to be inflated with between 121~ to 131/2 pounds of air. Al- though not reported pre-game, officials clearly had a problem with at least one of the footballs used on the Patriots opening drive of the third quarter, removing it, in what was a confusing moment during the game. According to NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello, the league is looking into the matter and will "take as long as necessary" to resolve the issue. It is not uncommon for balls to be removed during the course of a game, but the fact that the NFL is investigating this doesn't fare well for the Patriots. If Belichick knew of or directed his staff to under-inflate footballs, what was he think- ing? Does he simply love playing with fire to see how long until he gets burned, or in his case caught? This is yet another example of him thumbing his nose at the league. The integrity of the game should mean something to the Patriots as it does to the other 31 teams in the NFL. If the league finds that the Patriots did in fact intentionally deflate footballs, fines and other penalties would be accessed. But more importantly it would represent another scan- dal for the organization and its fans to en- dure: The Patriots have been given the ben- efit of the doubt in the past, but even the most ardent Patriots fans can't deny this hurts. The Patriots suffered through pre- Super Bowl distractions before, and that didn't turn out so well. A monumental two weeks begin with an unfortunate mess prior to their biggest and most important test of- the season. Balls v~erenot the only things deflated,: a Win in the Super 'Bowl means considerably less ~iow than it did last Sun- day. The value of a win took a big'hit.