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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Wowl The world's four richest citizens -- Carlos Slim, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Mukesh Ambani -- control more wealth than the world's 57 poorest countries. Lucky guy! John Davis, a mechanic from Pawlewys Island, South Carolina, was down to $6 in his checking account and was only days away from foreclosure when his luck turned: Davis won a $200,000 lottery jack- pot. Winning "took my breath away," said Davis, a single father of two daughters, ages 3 and 15. A few of the people at work came over, and I said, "Am I seeing things?" They said, "No, you won the lottery." Davis said he will use the money to pay off his mort- gage and save for his daughters' college tuition. Huh? A Houston couple was told to stop feed- ing the homeless because they don't have a permit. Bobby and Amanda Herring had been feeding up to 120 people nightly, using donated food prepared by volunteers. But city officials shut down the program because the kitchen isn't inspected and certified. "Poor people are the most vulnerable to food borne illness," an official explained. Eat your broccoli! British researchers found that eating five more portions of fruit and vegetables a day raises carotenoid levels and gives skin a golden tone, making people look healthier and more attractive. So remem- ber, eat more veggies and fruits! Poor Arnold. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calculated that he lost $200 million in box-office receipts by serving in government instead of making movies. "It was more than worth it," Arnold added. Good thinking! A group of Austrian under- takers said they planned to funnel the ex- cess heat generated by the crematorium next door into their new headquarters, so as not to waste energy. Was Columbus a Pole? Christopher Colum- bus might have been Polish rather than Ital- ian, the Polish version of Newsweek reported last week. Citing new research by the Por- tuguese historian Manuel Rosa, Newsweek Polska said Columbus could have been a son of the Polish King Wladyslaw Ill, rather than of a Genovese weaver. The king was long believed to have died fighting the Ottman Turks, but Rosa has presented evidence that Wladyslaw actually found refuge on the Por- tuguese island of Madeira, where he mar- ried a local woman and, the scholar contends, fathered Columbus. In support of his theory, Rosa points out that Columbus had red hair, blue eyes, and fair skin -- traits more com- mon among Poles than Italians. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "America is still the land of opportunity; the only for- eigner who didn't make any money here was Columbus." The astute and attractive Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, reminds us, if Columbus had turned back, nobody would have blamed him, but nobody would have remembered him ei- ther. The noted financial wizard Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, reminds us, traveling on credit is not new: centuries ago Columbus took a trip on borrowed money. Carlo Scostumato says progress has so improved the world that if Columbus came back to earth today he'd think he was in hell. Lest we forget, there are more cities, towns and streets named Columbus. For example, we Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Avenue, Columbus Square, etc. Dogs and cats may be good companions, but they can break your leg. A new analysis of emergency room data found that 86,000 people a year wind up in the hospital after tripping over a pet, its bowls, or its toys. Dogs cause nearly eight times more injuries than cats, mainly because they're bigger and stronger, and can yank people down stairs or into holes when pulling on their leashes during walks. Sinking news! A previously unknown form of bacteria that eats iron is feasting on the wreck of the Titanic, and will consume the disintegrating remains in 20 years at most, a study by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia has found. "Eventually there will be nothing left but a rust stain on the bottbm of the Atlan- tic," said re- searcher Henrietta Mann. Salty news! I o 0 0 Eating too much salt can subtract years from your life. Americans eat far more than the recommended amount of sodium, mostly in processed foods. Reducing the daily intake by three grams, or just half a teaspoon, would cut the number of heart attacks by 99,000 -- a 13 percent decline; strokes and new cases of heart disease would decline too, by 8 percent and 11 percent, respectively. For you know-it-alls! What tin-eared millionairess, great aficionado and lover of opera, once rented Carnegie Hall so she could sing her favorite arias? Florence Fos- ter Jenkins, on October 25, 1944. Now in her late 60s, charming, screechingly awful Flo- rence made her debut. Did this Diva know how bad she really was? If she did, she chose to ignore it and the critics as well. It seems Florence's voice was so ghastly that only morbid fascination can explain why so many people remained rooted to their seats listen- ing to her. Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BARED SCALLOPS 1 pound scallops 25 Ritz or Hi-Ho type crackers crushed 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 tablespoons white wine paprika salt Spread some butter or margarine at bottom of baking dish (10" x 12" x 2"). Wash scallops and drain excess water. Place scallops in baking dish. Blend melted butter into cracker crumbs. *Spread crumbs over scallops. Pour two tablespoons of white wine in a glass with two tablespoons of clam juice or water. Sprinkle gently over cracker crumbs and scal- lops. Sprinkle paprika over the cracker crumbs. Cover and bake at 400F for fifteen or twenty minutes or until scal- lops are the right consistency to serve. NOTE: *When preparing the above recipe for my husband and me, I sprinkle garlic powder over the scallops before add- ing the cracker crumbs and remaining ingredient. We enjoy the garlic flavoring. I often bake this meal in my heated toaster oven set on broil. I cover scallops with aluminum foil before placing in toaster oven. Broil for about eight to ten minutes. Then set the toaster oven to-bake for the remaining time needed. I serve mashed potatoes or rice pilaf along with French-cut beans andor carrot strips topped with butter or margarine. Victor Borge once said: "Whenanopera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance." Believe it was the observant Tom Analetto of Medford who once stated, what an opera singer needs most is size -- a big voice, a big chest and a big mouth. Gee, we learned how to avoid dry winter skin. Ready? Don't take hot showers. Long hot showers strip the skin of essential oils. You may not want to hear it, but make your showers short and "as cool as you can stand." Switch soaps[ Most soaps are "too harsh." Use the gentlest 9ne you can find, and watch out for "lye artificial scents, and antibacterial agents like triclosan." Wash strategically. Cut down on soap exposure by lathering up only the areas of the body "that tend to smell." If you have any itchy scalp, shampoo just once a week. And moisturizers that come in a pump-top-bottle are "too thin to hold in moisture." Moisturizers should be thick and "the fewer ingredients, the better." Increase indoor humidity. Dry indoor heat is "often worse than winter weather." Use humidifi- ers and clean them weekly. House plants can also help circulate moisture. A royal wedding should boost sagging spir- its! "Jaded old cynic that I am, I can't help but get stupidly excited over the engagement of William and Kate," said Fiona the Sunday Mirror. And it's not just me. More than 11 million people tuned to watch the engagement interview with the prince and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, "which just goes to show at heart we're a nation of hope- less romantics." The two 28-year-olds have been dating for nine years and the tabloids had long dubbed Kate "Waity Katie." Now the nation has something to look forward to -- not the brutal public-spending cuts that were recently announced, but a royal wedding filled with pomp and glamour. "Maybe I've read too many fairy tales, but, my God, we need one now." Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the noted musicologist Albert Natale. It was Bette Davis who said Marilyn Monroe was the original good time that was had by all. And Sophia Loren once stated, it's a shame that Gins Lollobrigida never won the Academy Award. But she likes to play her- self instead of characters. Gina says Sophia Eoren plays peasants. I play ladies. Totie Fields thinks Goldie Hawn is as bright as a dim light. Totie Fields claims it's no coinci- dence Raquel Welch has the same last name as a jelly. "Excuse me, a jam." And it was Liberace who said: "Barbra Streisand was my opening act in Las Vegas. She was multi- talented from the start, but with the social instincts of a landlady. Barbra is interested in Barbra, and her only marriage that will survive is the one between her ego and her career. "Of course I married Artie Shaw. Everybody married Artie Shaw!" So says Ava Gardner and Lana Turner. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Learn-to-Skate Classes AT BAY STATE SKATING SCOOL Bay State Skating School has become a Boston institu- tion, teaching classes for children from 41/2 and up and for adults, for the last 42 years. Skaters learn beginner, inter- mediate and advanced skills as they progress. Many par- ents and children take lessons at the same time, making this a real familY event. February is a great month for. !ce- skating. Bay State Skating School is a non-profit organization. Please visit our web site at www.BayStateSkatingSchool.(rg. Massachusetts Small Business (Continued from Page 4) "In every Supreme Court case decided thus far, Congress was not seeking to regulate under its commerce power something that could even ar- guably be said .to be "passive inactivity." Page 41 "It would be a radical depar- ture from existing case law to hold that Congress can regu- late inactivity under the Com- merce Clause." Page 42 "Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void." Page 76. "On behalf of small-busi- ness owners nationwide, NFIB is determined to over- turn this unconstitutional law. Today's decision repre- sents the first significant le- gal victory on our way to hav- ing the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately strike down this law in its entirety," said Harned. M From YBakery Pcrch Vrr,, ().L.NIO SNOPON 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. 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 1-877 H00kP(i- or log onto ftc,gov,