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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 I Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW00 So today is Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! And thank you for sending me a Valentine's Day card with mustard stains on it! The January 20 th edition "of the popular gossip rag Globe was headlined Hillary Clinton and Faye Dunway FADING FAST! As reported, Hillary Clinton's shocking appear- ance has triggered fears she's embroiled in a terrifying new brain tumor drama. Recent photos show the 66-year-old estranged wife of former President Bill Clinton in tears, looking bloated and ill and apparently wear- ing a wig. Now her close friends are won- dering ff the former First Lady, who support- ers hope will run for President in 2016, is secretly battling a frightening medical prob- lem. Go for it HiIlary! A latest poll claims two out of three Ameri- cans say they are dissatisfied with "the way income and wealth are currently distributed in the U.S." This includes 75% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans. Hey, guys! Pay attention! Middle-aged men who drink more than two beers or the equivalent amount of alcohol a day speed up their memory loss by six years reports The Guardian (U.K.). Researchers at Univer- sity College London studied drinking habits of about 5,000 men and 2,000 women over 10 years. When the participants turned 56, they began taking tests of their memory, reasoning and organizational abilities. Men who consumed an average of 2.5 drinks per day showed signs of memory loss a lot sooner than men who didn't drink or men who were light to moderate drinkers. Strangely, the researchers didn't find similar drinking- related memory loss in women, although women who drank a lot did show deficits in organization and planning skills. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, teams from the only two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana, advanced to the Super Bowl, leading some to call the game the "Stoner Bowl." Smarten-up! An Indiana police chief shot himself in the leg while trying out a weapon in a gun shop. The second time in 15 years he's suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "I need to pay more attention," admitted David Counceller. More shooting news! A member of Ken- tucky's House of Representatives acciden- tally fired a gun in her government office while unloading it. "I'm a gun owner. It'hap- pens," explained Rep. Leslie Combs, noting that due to her training in gun safety, atlother legislator in the office was not hit. "I was particularly careful," she said. A good buy/ Good bye! Marcia Fuqua, a Virginia woman bought a small painting for $7.00 at a flea market, only to discover it was a Renoir original worth $I00,000. A judge ruled that Fuqua must give the paint- ing back to the Baltimore Museum of Art, from which it was stolen. MoronI A Florida police officer was forced to resign when his superiors discovered he had used the 911 systems to arrange extra- marital trysts. Shaun Whiting had his mis- tress call 911 and quickly hang up, so he would be dispatched to her location. Che puzol Following months of federal investigation, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, were indicted on 14 felony counts of corruption for allegedly accepting more than $135,000 worth of gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from political donors. The federal indictment accuses the couple of repeatedly hitting up Jonnie Williams, then the CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scien- tific, for loans, clothes, golf accessories and private plane rides. In exchange, say au- thorities, the McDonnells introduced Will- iams to top state officials and allowed him to use the governor's mansion to promote his products. In July, McDonnell apologized for his "poor judgment" and said he would return $120,000 in loans and gifts to Will- iams. Nice to learn group singing can create a rewarding feeling of oneness. Swedish researchers monitored the heart rates of 15 choral, they hummed, sang i' and chanted. The singers' pulses in- creased and decreased together as I 0 0 0 the music's tempo changed and their heart- beats aligned when the songs required them to breathe in unison. "You are synchroniz- ing with other people and harmonizing your hearts," says study author Bjorn Vickhoff. That could explain why singing together strengthens solidarity in groups from foot- ball fans to work crews. The controlled breathing that singing demands also seems to have a calming influence, achieving "the same effect as breathing exercises in yoga." True! Nostalgia can ward off loneliness and anxiety. Though often triggered by isolation and challenging life changes, it offers relief by bringing to mind "cherished experiences that assure us we are valued people who have meaningful lives," says psychologist Clay Routledge of North Dakota State University. Such reminiscences are remarkably simi- lar across cultures, centering on being with friends at weddings, holidays and other spe- cial moments. The ability to call up a fond memory to maintain physiological comfort may even be an evolutionary adaptation. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims the most lonely place in the world is the human heart when love is absent. Remember, laugh and the world will laugh with you; think and you will almost die of loneliness. Useless information: The Oscar statues are normally made of tin and copper, but during the second world war, they were made of plaster, covered in gold. All metal was needed for the war effort. Since 1989, Oscar pre- senters are not allowed to say "and the win- ner is ..." This insinuates that all of the other nominees are losers. So they say, "And the Oscar goes to ..." Nicholas Cage changed his last name from Coppola to Cage so that no one would know he was related to Oscar- winning director Francis Ford Coppola, who is his uncle. The brilliant and handsome Kyle Waters, of Swampscott, wants you to know the only visible human muscle is the tongue. And Kyle wants you to know kissing is not only nice. It's because when you kiss, your mouth produces saliva and saliva helps protect against dental plaque. So on Valentine's Day, kiss, kiss, kiss. Wee bit of ltalian American history. In 1933, Giuseppe Gallo, a small time grape grower, chases his two sons waving a shotgun and the same day kills himself. Today, Ernest and Julio Gallo's stainless steel wine tanks in Modesta resemble an oil refinery. The giant crushers protect millions of gallons of Gallo wine from the hot California sun. Also in 1933, Fioreilo LaGuardia becomes the first Italian American elected mayor of New York City. The colorful "Little Flower" is squatty, funny and often confused with comedian Lou Costello. However, LaGuardia is honest, courageous, tough, and called "New York's greatest mayor." Some show business stuff as researched by the noted musicologist, the stately A! Natale. Leave it to Groucho Marx! "I got into an elevator at MGM once and there in one of her famous men's hats was Greta Garbo. I said hello, and when there was no reply, I said, "Oh, sorry, I thought you were a fellow I knew." John Wayne and his drinking buddy Ward Bond went around wrecking careers with their gung-ho willingness to blacklist anyone who politically disagreed with them during the 1950's. Phyllis Diller, said, "Lucille Ball was a control freak. Had to be in charge of everything. Never saw a woman who took her comedy so seriously." "Audrey Hepburn has exquisite manners, but my experience was that she lived and worked inside a cocoon. Very insulated. She didn't really care to venture outside it or to meet any new people. Her manners were a shade too exquisite ..." Mona Washbourne, My Fair Lady. "AMERICA" !S A .BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ELBOWS WITH ZUCCHINI in Tomato Sauce 2 medium-size zucchini, washed and chopped (not peeled) 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes I/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion I tablespoon capers (optional) Basil and salt 1/2 pound elbow macaroni In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in oil until onion is opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If a heavier sauce is preferred, use a four- ounce can of prepared tomato sauce instead. Cover and simmer about seven minutes. Add chopped zucchini and dried or fresh basil. Add water if more liquid is desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until zucchini is tender. Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Pour zucchini with sauce over cooked elbows and serve. Serves two. NOTE: Spaghetti may be cooked and served with the zucchini in place of elbows. Kan PoliIo (Continued from Page 21 Giuliani in the North End during her run for State Treasurer in 2010. Karyn is looking forward to visiting the North End again in her run for Lieutenant Governor with Charlie Baker. The North End area is a special place filled with long time families and entrepreneurs. Karyn embraces the spirit held by her great grandfather that America is a place where opportunity should be available to everyone who wants to work and achieve their dream for a better life. Engaging the Italian-Ameri- can community in Charlie and Karyn's efforts to make Massachusetts great is a top priority. Walk for Hunger (Continued from Page 3) "We know that hunger is a complex problem," continued Parker. "It's important to rec- ognize that there are mul- tiple solutions to address both emergency food situations and long-term access to healthy alternatives. People struggling with hunger don't necessarily want a handout -- they want to be partici- pants in finding the solution." The 20-mile walk begins and ends at the Boston Com- mon. The walk route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge. Local entertain- ment and water stops help keep the walkers going throughout the day and educational elements will help walkers learn more about food insecurity and the range of anti-hunger solutions. F M From YBakery Perch "TA (1)tILANDO St,NOPOLt More than 40,000 people are expected to turn out for this year's event, walking to raise, money and awareness about the issues of hunger across the state. "I walk because it brings awareness to the serious problem of hunger in Massachusetts and in the country," said Monica Bracey of Mattapan, a walker since 1990 who raises approximately $10,000 each year. Registration is now open and individuals can walk, volunteer and donate at www.projectbread, org / walk. More information is also available at 617-723-5000. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, please call Project Bread's Food Source Hotline at 1-800- 645-8333. 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