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7' Page 1"2 POT-G.ZETTE, JANU/,'IY 31".20t'-4 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 News from Rome! As part of his effort to focus the Catholic Church on the world beyond Rome, Pope Francis stacked his first batch of appointments to the College of Cardinals with priests from the developing world. Just 7 of the 16 new cardinals are from Europe or North America, while the others are from often suffer from compul- sive behav- ior, irregular sleeping and eating pat- terns and I O O O relationship stress. Over- Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. "The choice of cardinals of Burkina Faso and Haiti shows concern for people struck by poverty," said Vatican spokesman Federieo Lombardi. The fact that only four ,of the new cardinals came from the Vatican inner circle, said Gerard O'Connell of Vatican Insider.corn, "shows the pope wants to put an end to careerism and the idea of automatic appointments." Amen. A total of 334 people were murdered in New York City last year, only 29of them by strangers. That's down from more than 2,245 murders in 1990, and the lowest num- ber of murders in the city on record. Attention! The Marine Corps has delayed its requirement that female recruits do three pull-ups after funding that only 45 percent ,of the women in boot camp could fulfill it. Getting stoned should be legal. Huh? 55% of Americans say marijuana should be legal, up from 16% in 1987. Just 35% of Ameri- cans believe smoking marijuana is morally wrong. Yes! It used to be some musicians used to enjoy smoking pot. If you got busted for smok- ing pot you wound up in prison in Lexington, Kentucky, for three years. Yes, we did know a musician who wound up there. "Man, it gave me a chance to play my trumpet every dayF Pay attention! High doses of vitamin E may counteract mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer's disease, slowing its impact on daily life by about six months, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Patients who boosted their vitamin E intake daily for two years saw improvements in their ability to make meals, get dressed and hold conversations. As a result, they required about two hours less of help from caregivers per day. What? A penchant for drinking sodas might be raising your risk for kidney disease, new research suggests. Employees at a univer- sity in Japan who consumed more than two sodas a day were more likely to have protein in their urine when compared to those who had fewer or no sodas on a daily basis. Pro- tein in urine is considered an early, but reversible, marker of kidney damage. The study showed an association between drink- ing soda and an increased risk of kidney dam- age but didn't necessarily prove that soda is the culprit. Protein in the urine may be a marker for more than just kidney disease, said Dr. Orlando Gutierrez, a kidney special- ist at the University of Alabama at Birming- ham. "We now understand that protein in the urine may be a really early marker for heart disease, stroke and heart failure," he said. Be aware, Coca-Cola was originally green. A can of Diet Coke will float in water, while a can of regular Coke sinks. Coca Cola owns the world's second largest truck fleet. Diet Coke was only invented in 1983. And Coke is used to clean up blood spills on highways. In medieval England, beer was often served with breakfast. Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence the tinted bottles. Reminder! Beer foam will go down if you lick your finger and then stick it in the beer. Failing to follow through on New Year's resolutions can bear a cost. According to a survey by corporate training firm Vital Re- search, nearly 70 percent of people who don't stick to their goals wind up forfeiting more than $I,000 each in lost promotions, avoid- able health-care costs and other unforesee- able expenses. BravoI For the first time ever, female eco- nomics doctoral candidates at Duke Univer- sity will outnumber their male counterparts. Almost two thirds of the incoming class will be women, bringing the school far above the national average, in which women make up just over 30 percent of entering economics doctoral candidates. Gee, British researchers say workaholicss achievers are also prone to Internet addic- tion and "burn out more quickly" on the job than their less motivated colleagues. Bless him/ When retired Illinois teacher Tom McNamara learned that aid agencies often forget that homeless people need warm, clean footwear as much as sweaters and hats, he didn't just donate some old boots to charity. He sold his house, bought an RV and now travels around the country handing out new socks to the homeless. McNamara has already distributed thousands of socks from Missouri to New Mexico. His next destina- tion is Phoenix, where he'll be accompanied by his dog and 5,000 pairs of new socks. "The smiles you see when a kid gets a pair of dry, clean socks are incredible," McNamara said. Weird! An Australian man was forced to seek medical help after an inch-long cock- roach burrowed into his ear while he was sleeping. Hendrik Helmer said he was awak- ened by a sharp earache and tried to suck out the intruder with a vacuum cleaner. When that strategy failed, he rushed to the hospital, where doctors yanked out the cock- roach with forceps. "They said they'd never pulled an insect this large out of someone's ear," he said. A Washington state woman had a shock when a car with a Chihuahua behind the wheel crashed into her car. The dog had been left in the running car by its owner as he popped into a store and somehow put it into drive. The car then slowly drove down the street and Tabitha Ormaechea's vehicle. "There was just a little dog up on the steer- ing Wheel peeking over, looking at me," she said. "I didn't know if I was crazy or if this dog had taken a joyride." No human or canine was injured in the fender bender. Giuseppina, cosec storte, says, "Another reason why a dog is man's best friend is because he's not always calling for explanations." Hillary Clinton's staff created a spread- sheet of political friends and enemies after an unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, rat- ing people from 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst. Among those who got a 7 -- signifying that they had endorsed Barack Obama despite past ties to the Clintons -- were Sens. John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Claire McCaskill. For the record, since Hawaii approved gay marriage on December 2 nd, nearly 25 per- cent of the marriages registered in the state have been between same-sex couples. People with frozen brains! During the recent cold snap, at least 50 Americans reported scalding themselves or their friends by throw- ing a cup or pot of boiling water into the frigid air, in the hope of seeing it freeze in midair. Although smoking is becoming less popu- lar in many parts of the world, the total num- ber of smokers is growing close to a billion people. In 2012, 967 million people smoked every day, up from 721 million in 1980, data from 187 countries show. For the first time ever, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new report from Center for Responsive Poli- tics. At least 268 of the 534 current mem- bers of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million or more. Some juicy stuff from our distinguished musicologist, the stately Albert Natale. Actor Hume Cronym had this to say about his experience in appearing in a Alfred Hitchcock film. "I was in Hitchcock's Lifeboat. So was Tallulah Bankhead, who didn't wear panties, and each morning when we climbed into a lifeboat-up on a mechanical rocker -- she gave the cast and crew a hell of a view, hik- ing up her skirt! Eventually someone com- plained to Hitch, who didn't want to get involved. He explained that it was an inter- departmental matter -- involving wardrobe, costume and possible hairdressing." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ROASTED (BROILED) RED BELL PEPPERS 4 red peppers Salt 1 large garlic clove minced 4 brown paper lunch bags 3 tablespoons olive oil Wash and dry red peppers thoroughly. Place them whole on a broiling tray under the broiler. Broil until the outer skin of pepper begins to darken. Check frequently by removing from oven and turn each pepper as it blackens. It only takes a few minutes for the skin to blacken. (If left under broiler too long, the pepper will burn.) Continue broil- ing and turning in this fashion until most of the outer skin of each pepper has blackened though not necessarily the entire pepper. Remove peppers from oven. Put one or two peppers together in a paper lunch bag and close tightly. Because liquid from peppers may seep through bags, place on a cookie sheet. After cooling in paper bag for at least fifteen to thirty minutes, take one bag at a time and place on clean dish. Tear open bag and carefully peel off outer skin of each softened pepper. Gently cut around the stem to remove stem and seeds from the pepper. Cut pepper in half and remove any remaining seeds. Slice pep- per,into long one-inch strips and set aside in a separate bowl. Liquid will accumulate as pepper strips rest in bowl. Save for marinade. Spread minced garlic over pepper strips in a bowl. Add olive oil and stir thoroughly. Salt to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator or on your counter. Before serving, to enhance flavor, marinate roasted/broiled peppers at least thirty minutes in the garlic, oil and pepper liquids. The peppers can be heated in the microwave if desired. They store well, for a few days, in the refrigerator in a clean jar or plastic container. NOTE: Because they were only available in the summer when I was young, I welcome the opportunity to prepare them often now that peppers can be purchased daily. My family enjoys them with baked chicken, steaks, or chops. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. A259-C2, CHP FUEL CONVERSION #6 TO #2, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BOSTON, MA, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND A SITE VISIT WILL BE HELD AT THE FACILITIES 1- CENTRAL HEATING PLANT, 550 TERMINAL ROAD, BOSTON, MA 02128 AT 10:30 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014. The work includes CONVERSION OF CENTRAL HEATING PLANT BOILERS FROM #6 FUEL TO #2 FUEL; CLEANING AND DISPOSAL OF RESIDUE #6 FUEL IN EXlSlTNG SYSTEM; CLEANING OF EXISTING FUEL TANK INTERIOR; DEMOLITION OF THREE (3) EXISTING STEAM FUEL HEATERS AND ASSOCIATED OIL AND STEAM PIPING; REPLACING BURNER COMPONENTS ON (9) BURNERS, STARTUP AND TUNING OF BURNERS; PARTICIPATION IN COMMISSIONING ACTIVITIES. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authodty's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Assessment Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. The estimated contract cost is TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2oo,ooo). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44,1 inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub-bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bend, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, {b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bend and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and/or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub-bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSE'R'S PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 1/31/14