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PAGE 12 '~l ,~'L~ ~-'~ ~",,"1 \~ ~'~,,gl,.i ;~T T ~ ~'~..~'~,4,~,,,'~ POST-GAZE'I-rE, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 y Barron's Abraham Lincoln, 16~ U.S. President, was born on this day, February 12, 1809. The first president to be assassinated, Lincoln died the day after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth, on April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. In 1876, a gang of thieves broke into Lincoln's tomb, planning to hold the body for ransom. They were apprehended and punished with a year in jail for lock breaking, because there was no law against body snatching. The Illinois legislature quickly passed one, and Lincoln has lain undisturbed ever since. Weird/A Texas middle schooler was suspended for helping a classmate as she suffered a severe asthma attack. Anthony Ruelas was told by his teacher to remain in his seat until the nurse responded, but when the girl fell to the floor, gasping for breath, he carded her to the nurse's office. He was suspended for disobeying the teacher. =I'm suspended for this?" said Ruelas, 15. "I was trying to help her." A Survey by Transparency International found that the least corrupt countries in the world are Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Somalia and North Korea are the most corrupt. Smart people, after researchers in Scotland revealed that people with high IQ's are less likely to suffer ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's, indicating that mental and physical health are closely interconnected. Huh? Personal security, after an Italian woman called the local fire department because She had lost the key to her chastity belt. The firefighters were able to break the iron clasp, which the woman said she donned to prevent herself from succumbing to temptation! President Obama banned the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons, saying the punishment is used too often and could lead to "devastating lasting psychological consequences." The announce- ment came after a six-month evaluation of the practice by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and after Colorado, New Mexico, and California began limiting the number of prisoners subjected to the punishment. Deadly car chase: Six Cleveland police officers were fired in connection with a 2012 car chase that ended when police fired 137 bullets into a vehicle -- killing unarmed passengers Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Millions of people along the East Coast were digging out from a record breaking winter blizzard that pummeled more than a dozen states from Tennessee to Massachusetts, forcing the cancellation of at least 12,000 flights, closing schools, and bringing the nation's capital to a standstill. At least 45 people died, many of them suffering cardiac arrest while shoveling snow. Useless information! In the United States in 1992, 1.2 million marriages ended in divorce, more than 50 percent of the number of marriages recorded thatsame year. The worst crime cities reported by the FBI, in 1993: Best chance of being murdered: Wash- ington D.C.; the best chance of being raped: Cleveland, Ohio; the best chance of being robbed: Miami, Florida; and the best chance of being assaulted: Tampa Florida. True/ True/The mayor of a South African town is standing by her decision to award col- lege scholarships to girls who pledge to remain virgins. Dudu Mazibuko gave awards to 16 girls from her town who agreed to undergo =virgin- ity testing" during their studies. She said the initiative was aimed at reducing HIV trans- mission and unplanned teenage pregnancies, which are both rampant in South Africa and frequently cause women to drop their studies. But Mfanozelwe Shozi, the chairwoman of South Africa's Commission of Gender Equality, said she would investigate the policy because, =there is an issue around discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, virginity, and even against boys." Celine Dion saw her older brother Daniel, 59, quietly laid to rest in Charlemagne, Quebec, just a day after the lavish state funeral for her husband and manager, Rene Angelil. Both men had long battled cancer. Angelil, 73, was remem- bered in an emotional, live-streamed service at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, where he and Dion were married 21 years ago. The singer sat shrouded in a black veil as her oldest son Rene Charles, O O O 14; delivered ~,, ,~ the eulogy and her hit songs played over the loudspeakers. =He will be remem- bered as a genre man, generous and kind, an unprecedented visionary, a modern Pygmalion, a Renaissance man," she said in a Facebook tribute. Great move! A Norwegian man wearing only his underpants stopped a thief from stealing his car by clinging to the roof in near zero-degree tem- peratures. Police said the 25-year-old woke in the night to hear his car being stolen, and without stopping to dress, raced outside, grabbed the vehicle's roof bars, and clung on as the thief sped off at nearly 60 mph. The man broke a window and grappled with the thief, causing him to crash. =Bruce Willis wouldn't have managed that," said Police Chief Jan Nesland. Criminals in Australia who attempted to siphon gasoline from a tour bus got a nasty surprise when they accidentally tapped the vehicle's sew- age tank. Police said thieves targeted the bus as it was parked overnight, but removed the wrong cap; when they started siphoning, by sucking on a hose, they got a mouthful of human waste. "We can infer they beat a very. hasty retreat, with a somewhat bitter taste in their mouth," said police. An Illinois man is earning $1,500 a day by demonstrating a mystifying ability to stick beer cans, liquor bottles, cell phones, and other ob- jects to his head. Jamie Keeton, 47, discovered his adhesive ability as a child, when toys would stick to him, and is now paid by companies to attend parties, concerts, and sporting events with branded products stuck all over his shaved head. Doctors are baffled by his condition, but Keeton says he has unusually deep skin pores that act like tiny suction cups. =It's exciting for me and my friends and family," he said. =But I try to stay humble." The Transportation Security Administration seized 2,653 guns from airline passengers' carry- on bags last year -- a 20 percent increase from 20"14, and a new record. More than 80 percent of those guns were loaded! A boom in gun sales, -- a record 3.3 million weapons in December 2015 alone -- has left the federal government =overwhelmed" by the number of background checks it must perform, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congress. The Obama administration says it needs to hire 430 people to keep up. Of the 45 million people who visited the U.S. last year, more than a million overstayed their allowed welcome, according to a new Department of Homeland Security report. Canada was the top source of illegal overstays, with 93,035. Mexico was second with 42,114. It was 1977 when =John Scarne," born Orlando Carmelo Scarnecchia, celebrated 40 years as a magician. He entertained at the White House 43 times. Scame, also the world's foremost gambling authority, has sold 7 million copies of his 15 books on gambling. When Italio-American Times asked Scame =Any advice to gamblers?" He re- plies, =Don't gamble." Many people are violently opposed to gambling for the simple reason that they can never win anything. " Happy Valentine's Day! Yes, on February 14th you show your love. Love may be blind, but it seems to find its way around. Our distinguished musicologist A1 Natale re- minds us that there are countless songs about love. =When Your Lover Has Gone," is one of my favorite songs. And Natale says =everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is." Natale credits Diane Ack- erman, American poet, for the saying about love. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. So wrote Baronne Dudevant, the noted French writer. Gee, my first love was when I was but 14 and fell in love with a neighbor, Collette Hutchinson. My next love was during World War II, when we were stationed in England and preparing for Normandy. My love then was Anne Snelson, a beautiful red-headed English girl. Enough said! Wonder where Collette is today! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PASTA (Great CON BROCCOLI Lenten Dish) 10 ounces cut-up frozen or fresh 6 2 broccoli -- cups water tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional) 1 cup cut up *spaghetti or short pasta of choice 2 small minced garlic cloves (optional) Salt to taste *Break up spaghetti or thin spaghetti into two-inch portions. Bring six cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cut-up broccoli to saucepan, cover and cook at a slow boil for about five minutes. Add cut up spaghetti or pasta of choice to broccoli. Stir and cook until pasta is to your liking. *Add oil, butter or marga- rine, and salt to taste. Stir and continue to cook for a few seconds before removing from burner. *Variation: Place oil in a small bowl. Add two small minced garlic cloves to oil. Stir and add to broccoli/pasta mixture. Place saucepan on burner, bring to a boil and then remove from burner. Salt to taste. Serves two. NOTE: When Mama was needed in the bakery, she prepared this simple meal on a two-burner gas unit that Papa had installed in a back room of the bakery. Those evenings, we ate on a make- shift table created by turning over one of the 3' x 6" wooden bread boxes that my brother Peter or Papa rested on a few milk crates or wooden horses. We had family discussions during the meal just as we did in our apartment. Papa insisted on the family having our meals together. Meat did not have to be served for supper when Mama prepared pasta with broccoli because our family preferred having a second helping of pasta in place of meat. Practice Safe Skin (Continued from Page 10) zinc and 6% titanium. All of the ingredients will be printed on the machines upon installation, and are available upon request. MFNE is subsidizing the cost and procurement of the free public units through private and corporate sponsorship donations, and funds raised by MFNE's Running for Cover, one of the Boston Athletic Associa- tion's Official Charity Teams for the Boston Marathon. MFNE is also using this platform to expand their year-round pub- lic education programs aimed at melanoma prevention and detection. MBC is the New Eng- land provider of state-of-the-art automated sunscreen dispenser units. Since 2014, MBC has worked to place sunscreen- dispensing devices across high- traffic areas in New Hampshire including public parks and beaches. For more information about the RFP process or to inquire about pricing, see http://mfne. org/practice-safe-skin/, or call 1-800-557-6352 or email info@ The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) was founded in 1999 by Mel and Marilyn Rubin in memory of their son Mark who lost his battle with melanoma. MFNE's mission is to reduce the inci- dence of melanoma in the New England region. We provide a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults. MFNE also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups, edu- cational programs, and Billy's Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program. These programs are all free. The Melanoma Foundation of New England is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. 1st Generation From MYBakery Perch ~:tt~A ORLANDO SlNOPOLI 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 ,J