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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? Well, former Prime Min- ister Silvio Berlusconi might be charged with a crime after his remarks at a cer- emony to commemorate the Holocaust. Berlusconi said that, except for rounding up Jews, Mussolini was a good leader who was just being practical in siding with the Na- zis. "Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead to victory, preferred to ally itself with Hitler's Germany rather than opposing it," he said. Italian leaders of all political stripes called Berlusconi an "idiot" and a "disgrace to Italy" and One politician sought to have him arrested for defending fascism. Berlusconi, whose party is polling second ahead of next month's election, is appealing a recent con- viction for massive tax fraud and is on trial for allegedly paying a minor for sex. Enough said. Wow! The February 11 th popular gossip magazine, Globe front page was headlined: "After dying Bill's tearful plea ... HILLARY CALLS OFF $120M DIVORCE. But he'll pay herS10 million if he CHEATS AGAIN/ Baby talkl Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby will be protected by a bomb- proof car seat, says the National Inquirer. The custom-made seat, which costs $5,000, has a titanium frame covered with cushioning and bulletproof Kevlar fabric, and can be bolted to the royal limousine so that it won't fly away in an explosion. The seat will have some "pretty material," a palace insider says, but is a serious piece of engineering. 'rhis baby will be third in line to the throne," he says, "and cannot be put at risk." Weird! A Pennsylvania man who loved fast- food burgers had a final Whopper placed on his casket, after his entire funeral cortege slowly passed through the drive-thru lane at Burger King. David Kime, 88, was a WWII veteran and a reguiar customer at the Burger King in York. Manager Margaret Hess says the staff was honored to prepare 40 burgers for Kime's funeral party -- 39 for the mourners and one that was buried with him. "It's nice to know he was a loyal cus- tomer up until the end," she says. "The very end." Polls! 66% of Americans support allowing women in the military to serve in direct combat, while 26% are opposed. And 51% of Americans say illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be given the opportunity to become citizens. 20% say they should be allowed to stay as guest workers. 24% say they should be deported. BravoY The selection of Kathleen Wynne as the new premier of Ontario means that 88 percent of Canada's population lives in provinces or territories led by women. Female premiers also preside over Quebec, Alberta, Columbia, Newfoundland and Nunavut. Like we have repeatedly said, women are better managers than men. Can electric pulses reverse Alzheimer's? Frustrated by the mediocre results of drugs designed to combat Alzheimer's disease, re- searchers are trying a new treatment: brain pacemakers. The devices have now been implanted in several dozen patients' brains where they provide constant electrical stimulation to damaged regions involved in memory. Will it work? We will keep you posted. Huh? The number of people admitted to emergency rooms after drinking energy drinks has skyrocketed in recent years. A new federal report shows that in 2011 more than 20,000 people were admitted to the ER with anxiety, rapid heartbeat, seizures or heart attacks seemingly caused by down- ing the drinks -- more than twice the num- ber from four years earlier. Most patients who seek help after consuming the drinks -- which include Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar, are children and teens. The bev- erages are flavored and marketed like soft drinks, without warning labels. The new report calls energy-drink consumption a "rising public health problem." According to Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, America's number one energy crisis is Monday morning. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald says, "Forgive- ness saves the expense of anger, the O O O high cost of hatred and the waste of energy." Back to bed! One-third of Americans aren't sleeping enough and it's hurting their employers. Harvard scientists found that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies $63.2 billion in lost productivity each year, thanks to "presenteeism," defined as "people show- ing up for work but operating at subpar levels." Carlo Scostumato says, "Rip Van Winkle slept for 20 years but, of course, his neigh- bors didn't have a radio." The astute Mona Lisa Cappuccio says, "If you sleep in a chair, you have nothing to lose, but a nap at the wheel is often a permanent snooze." Interesting to note, because of continu- ing weakness in the job market, nearly half of working Americans with college degrees are overqualified for their jobs. About 15 per- cent of taxi drivers and 25 percent of retail sales clerks have Bachelor's degrees. Once upon a time, in 1994, we had an organization called Italian Americans in Communications consisting of individuals who were working in the fields of broadcast- ing, advertising, media marketing, public relations, journalism and related fields who share the common goals of ethnic pride in career networking. IAC members believed in promoting a positive image of the Italian- American experience and in celebrating the many facets of the Italian-American heri- tage. The organization sponsored social and cultural activities, lecture series, monthly luncheons and career growth programs. Some of the illustrious members were Laura Carlo, News Director of WCRB Radio; Ron and Joyce Della Chiesa of WGBH Radio; Allen Donaruma of The Boston Globe; Michael DeSario, Publisher of Business Magazine; Orazio Z. Buttafuoco, Professor Quincy College and Teacher, Quincy High School; Stephen P. Capoccia, Public Rela- tions, The Salvation Army; Gino Cappelletti, WBZ Radio Sports; Frank Cammarata, TV/ Film Performer; Charlene D. Pizzo, Commu- nications Coordiator, MBTA - Construction Dept.; John P. Polidori, Communications Consultant, Mass. Teachers Association; Paul LaCamera, WCVB-TV; and Nancy J. Caruso, Professor Emerita, Northeastern University. And for the record, the founders of the Italian-Americans in Communica- tions are Frank Arricale and Ray Barron. Pay attention! Eating more strawberries and blueberries may be a simple way to reduce the risk of heart disease. A nearly 20-year study of more than 90,000 women found that those who ate three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week were more than 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack in that time than those who ate only one serving per month. Show biz stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Pianist/singer Fats Waller wrote Ain't Misbehavin' while in jail for non- payment of alimony. Fats also created Honeysuckle Rose. Worth repeating! 4-time Academy Award and 20-time Grammy and Gold Record winner Henry Mancini is re- membered for his classic Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also wrote scores for 80 other movies, including The Pink Panther series, The Days of Wine and Roses and Victor-Victoria. Born in 1924 in Ohio, he was a child prodigy who mastered the piccolo, flute and piano by the time he was 12. His break came when he scored the theme music to Peter Gunn, a popular TV series of the early 1960s. Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. He was 70 years old. Huh? An experimental drug has been found to partially reverse hearing loss in mice, raising hopes that it could one day do the same in humans. Most hearing loss is caused by loud noises. How true! Yes, we are hoping the drug will work so that we can dump our hearing aid. Huh? Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED MAMA'S 2 to 3 Ibs cubed beef round steak 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 potatoes 4 cubed onions 6 cut-up carrots 3/4 cup cut up celery BEEF STEW 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon ketchup of choice Season to your liking with salt and pepper 1 cup water Peel, wash and cube potatoes and set aside. Do the same with onions, carrots and celery. Place flour in a bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper into flour before adding beef cubes. Stir beef cubes in flour. Remove and set aside. Heat olive oil in skillet or saucepan and carefullg add flour-dredged cubed beef. Sear beef to brown toell before adding one cup of water to mixture. Beef will cook in this broth. Add small amounts of water as needed. Allow meat to simmer slowly in broth for about an hour before adding vegetables to the pot. Stir and continue to cook slowly. Thirty minutes later, stir one tablespoon of ketchup into stew. Allow beef stew and vegetables to sim- mer slowly until cooked to your satisfaction. Add water if necessary. NOTE: This became one of Mama's favorite meals to prepare in the winter. She made sure we all had our hearty meal. When she was too busy to go to our apartment to cook, she used the small two-burner unit in "the back room." Coffee was brewed there every day. A partition separated that small room from the oven and workshop where the bakers and Papa prepared the bread. Since Papa always insisted that we ate together as a family, there were many times that our meals were prepared on the small two-burner stove. Of course, Mama added more potatoes and vegetables at times so the working bakers could taste our meal. When I prepared this meal, the picture of the "back room" and burner came to my mind. I remembered how the aroma of the baking bread and the stew cooking in the back room spread through the bakery. I really yearned for a loaf of Papa's bread for supper that evening. But what did I do? -- I dipped my store bought "Italian sliced" bread in my beef stew broth that evening and dreamed of those days, back then. il Y00i00ii!00i}ii00i!!?iii'  iiii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiili!iiii! :  i  !!i iii !!!? i ? !  i : i)ii  1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighlful 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 Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME! ,., ...................................... The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. 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