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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1,2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? Americans under the age of 50 are more likely to have poor health and die prematurely than people in 16 other developed countries, according to a new study by the National Research Council. Car accidents, gun violence, obesity, diabetes and drug overdoses are the leading contribu- tors to the U.S.'s comparatively low life expectancy among the countries in the study, including Canada, Australia and the nations of Western Europe. Speaking of health, medical doctors mea- sure physical health by how the tongue looks. The Great Physician measures spiri- tual health by how the tongue acts. Just remember a good wife and good health are a man's best wealth. Wowl A set of gold rings stolen at a house party 15 years ago has been returned by a self-professed "dumb kid who wants to right a wrong." The four rings disappeared in 1998 after Margot Riphagen, then 16, hosted a party at her parents' house in Portland, Oregon. They included her mother's wed- ding ring and her grandparents' wedding bands. The contrite but still anonymous thief mailed the rings to Riphagen's parents along with a letter of apology. "As an adult I realize how sentimental items like this can be," he wrote. Big news! A 400-pound woman who crashed through a New York City sidewalk survived because her girth cushioned her fall. "They said that my size was the only thing that saved me," Ulanda Williams said. Natural gas, after the Social Security Administration issued, then retracted, an official reprimand to a flatulent staff mem- ber. The worker was told that his gas- passing constituted "conduct unbecoming a federal employee," until higher-ups with- drew the rebuke. I)id you hear about the two unemployed school teachers? One had no principle, the other, no class! According to the astute, and charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, the only thing that children wear out faster than shoes are parents and teachers. The world seldom notices who teachers are; but civilization depends on what they do and what they say. Isola del Giglio, Italy. A year after the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, hundreds of workers are still engaged in the largest salvage opera- tion in history. The 114,000-ton ship, list- ing precariously for months, has been se- cured with giant cables and in a few months huge, metal platforms will be erected under the ship so it can be rolled upright this sum- mer and eventually towed to a shipyard. "There is a lot of calculating, recalculating and validating the calculations in an opera- tion like this," said Nick Sloane of Titan Salvage. "There is no room for mistakes." Since the grounding, thousands of pounds of food have been rotting in the hull and the stench now reaches the surface. Carlo Scostumato wonders if some of the food includes Baccala. Wow! A dog that looks like a lion sparked a panic in Norfolk, Virginia. "Charles the Mon- arch" is in fact a Labradoodle, shaved and dyed by his owner to resemble the lion mas- cot of nearby Old Dominion University. Wan- dering near his home, Charles prompted sev- eral Norfolk residents to breathlessly dial 911. "I'd like to report a lion sighting!" one caller said. Police quickly traced the reports to Charles. The dog, meanwhile, is now world famous, with 50,000 Facebook friends and 1,000 Twitter followers. Disgusting! In India, about 100,000 women are burned to death each year by husbands or families. Another 125,000 die from injuries inflicted in domestic violence that's never reported to police. Source: The New York Times The lovely Mona Lisa Cappuccio, says, "A New Year's resolution is a promise to stop doing everything you enjoy most." The great Peter Beatrice of Swampscott says, "Serious trouble comes when the New Year's resolutions collide with the old year's habits." You are under sur- veillance! There are around 330 million corn- o o o mercial surveillance cameras in the U.S., and thousands of government cameras, recording your image at banks, toll booths, grocery stores and public places. Police pa- trol cars in many cities are being equipped with automatic license-plate readers that check 1,000 plates an hour against data- base scofflaws. With facial-recognition tech- nology in the works, "how long until police identify 1,000 faces per hour walking around the streets?" Online, your emails, searches and website travels are being tracked and recorded; so are your travels in the real world, as revealed by your Smartphone or your tablet's GPS. The government can eas- ily demand access to all this information. The National Security Agency is building a massive, $2 billion data center in Utah, capable of storing 5 zettabytes of data -- the equivalent of "every email, cell phone call, Google search and surveillance-camera video for a long time to come. "If you are online or out in public, you may well be under surveillance, "Plan for it." The USA now is: Led by a biracial presi- dent. More diverse (Hispanics have sur- passed blacks as the largest minority). There are more single people. The median age of marriage is at a new high (28.6 for men and 26.6 for women). More people are living alone or with unmarried partners and less than half of households are traditional husband- and-wife arrangements. The latest Census data count same-sex couples and people who are multiracial. According to William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution, Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED I BREADED EGGPLANT SLICES Baked or Fried 1 medium size eggplant 2 beaten eggs 2 cups prepared 3/4 cup olive, vegetable or breadcrumbs canola oil Remove dark eggplant skin with paring knife or potato peeler. Slice eggplant into one-quarter inch rounds. Layer slices on a fiat dish and salt lightly. Beads of liquid will appear on the slices as they rest one on top of the other. Cover eggplant with wax or plastic paper and place in the refrigerator for at least a half-hour. FOR FRYING: With paper towels, wipe beads of liquid from each eggplant slice before dipping into beaten eggs. Then coat with prepared breadcrumbs and set aside in a platter. Heat one-quarter cup of oil in a skillet. Place breaded slices in heated oil and fry until brown on both sides. Place fried eggplant slices on paper towels to absorb oil. Then set aside on a clean platter. Because eggplant slices absorb oil while frying, additional oil may be needed in the skillet as you fry. FOR BAKING: Place breaded eggplant slices on a lightly sprayed baking tray. Drip small amount of off on top of each eggplant slice in the tray. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for fifteen minutes. Tum over all slices that have browned. Return to oven and bake another ten to fifteen minutes. Check often in order not to burn. Remove from oven when browned and tender to your liking. Continue baking remaining breaded eggplant slices in this fashion. Serve hot or cooled. Remaining cooked eggplant slices can be refrigerated. Reheat in microwave oven for a later serving. NOTE: Some North End neighbors planted eggplant seeds in large containers on their fire escapes or on the roof Some grew them in their rented garden lots in Revere or Woburn. Others waited to purchase eggplants in produce stores on Salem, Cross and Blackstone Streets. Today they are available throughout the year. When baked, they are a tasty and nutritious snack that can also be served as a hors d'oeuvre. for most of the nation's history black-white : ::i surgeraCe relationSin the numberhave dominated.of HispanicsNW'-- whothe can be of any race but are counted as a group -- has changed the equation. So has the rapid growth of Asians. "But Hispanics really are a very big part of America's present and future," Frey says. In brief, real brief! The history of the Italian in America began in 1492, when Christopher Columbus sailed out of Balos, Spain in the service of Queen Isabella. Three months later, Columbus and his ships reached the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas. Columbus was on America's doorstep. How could he have figured that during the next 500 years the descendents of his countrymen, through their energy and creativity, would make major contributions to the progress and culture of a great Ameri- can civilization. Show biz stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. With a pregnant wife and only $100 in the bank, Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for Rocky in three and a half days. The screenplay found a buyer, but Stallone, age 30, refused to sign the contract unless he was allowed to play the lead. The film received an Oscar for Best Picture in 1976. Stallone is one of the highest-paid actors of all time. Reminder! One of Hollywood's most gifted directors, Frank Capra was born in Sicily in 1897. While with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, legendary drummer Dave Tough played on some of the biggest hits of the era, including "Marie" and "Song of India." He replaced Gene Krupa in the Benny Goodman Band, when Krupa ventured on his own. While most remembered for his choral arrangements, Fred Waring also played violin and banjo. Among his hit recordings, "The Whiffenpoof Song" with Bing Crosby in 1947. And drummer Gene Krupa studied for the priesthood before becoming a profes- sional musician. Take a bow! The 113 th Congress is the most diverse in history, with 81 women in the House and 20 in the Senate; 29 Latinos in the House and 3 in the Senate; 42 African-Americans in the House and 1 in the Senate; and the first Buddhist in the Senate, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. ACCEPTING Advertisements r POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE ,s NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME General Advertisements * Sales and Rentals Memorials * Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE M From YBakery Perch \\;:vrA ()ll.,x.'lm .'INOPOLI 1st 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. 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