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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Ray Barron&apos;s 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Are you awake? Lady Gaga's boyfriend has asked her to be more ordinary. Gaga, 25, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has been dating actor Taylor Kinney for six months. During that time, sources say, she has committed even more fully to her out- rageous, avant-garde persona, even when not performing, prompting Kinney to beg for normalcy. "Gaga started living and breath- ing her character 24/7 because she felt her fans wanted that;" said a source, but "Taylor has convinced her that he loves the real Stefani." Wowl A woman in Israel was horrified to discover her infant son calmly chewing the head off a snake. "I was making his milk and looked over and saw he had a snake in his mouth." said Ghadir Aleeyan, mother of 13-month-old Imad. "I started to scream. I couldn't believe my eyes." Her screams drew neighbors, who pulled the foot-long snake out of Imad's mouth and killed it. Imad only has six teeth, but the reptile's head was described as "very badly chewed." By now. every voter knows that Newt Gingrich is a serial adulterer, said Victor Davis Hanson. Critics say that his personal moral failings would make Gingrich a less trustworthy, more erratic leader than the faithful Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. But history suggests otherwise. Many of history's great leaders cheated on their wives: Dwight Eisenhower. George Patton, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name just three. The philandering Bill Clinton and Franklin Roosevelt certainly were more ef- fective presidents than loyal husbands Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. And New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was wooing his third wife -- while still married to wife No. 2 -- when 9/11 occurred. "Yet he proved steady and reliable in a way mayors more monogamous have not during lesser disas- ters." The truth is that so many factors are crucial to skilled leadership that it's "im- possible to isolate one trait even one as critical as fidelity -- as an absolute barom- eter of future success." So when conserva- tive voters favor Gingrich, they're not en- dorsing marital history. They're acknowl- edging it matters less than how he'd gov- ern. Huh? The number of imprisoned men and women age 65 and over increased by 63 per- cent between 2007 and 2010, even as the total U.S. prison population remained essen- tially fiat. The increasing age of the nation's inmates is causing steep rises in health- care costs for prison systems. So reports The New York Times. Life started from a cell and if justice is done, a lot of it is going to end there. The mayor who remade Boston was Kevin White! When race riots erupted across the U.S. following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s as- sassination on April 4, 1968. Boston Mayor Kevin White came up with a plan to calm his tense city. By chance, soul singer James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Bos- ton Garden on April 5. Mayor White arranged for the show to be broadcast on the city's public television station, hoping that would encourage young people to stay home. It worked: Unlike other major cities, Boston remained peaceful. On stage that night, the Godfather of Soul praised White as a "swing- ing cat" who had his "thinking together." As the son and grandson of Boston City Coun- cil presidents," White seemed destined for the metropolis's top job, said The Boston Globe. White's 16-year tenure ended in 1984 under a cloud of ethics suspicions, but while several of his aides were charged with corruption, the former mayor escaped prosecution. White never entirely lost the city's respect, and in 2006 a bronze statue of him was unveiled downtown. At 10 feet tall it was, many Bostonians noted, suitably larger than life. Rest in peace, Mayor Kevin White. Thank you for your dedication to the people! The share of U.S. households made up of just one person is now 28 percent -- the highest level in U.S. history. These singles spend more than their married counterparts -- 834,471 per capita in 2010 com- pared with $28,017 for married in- I o o o dividuals without kids and contribute $1.9 trillion to the economy each year. Some interesting useless information! The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certi- fied kosher. Frank Sinatra was once quoted as saying that rock 'n' roll was only played by "cretinous goons." The third year of marriage is the leather anniversary. Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions. The oldest word in the English language is town. Less than 2 percent of the water on Earth is fresh. The citrus soda 7-Up was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original contain- ers were seven ounces. "Up" indicated the direction of the bubbles. Dunkin' Donuts serves about 112,500 doughnuts each day. The Netherlands and the United States both have anthems that do not mention their countries' names. And Nova Scotia is Latin for "New Scotland." Italian officials get la dolce vita! As Italians feel the pinch of tough new auster- ity measures, their politicians are living Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli i COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEGETABLE MEDLEY 2 medium potatoes 1/2 pounds fresh, frozen or canned string or cut beans 1 large garlic clove 1 medium zucchinisliced (1/2-inch pieces) not peeled 1 medium yellow squash sliced (I/2-inch pieces) not peeled 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil " 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers 3/4 tablespoon basil Salt In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in oil until opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If you prefer a heavier sauce, use a four-ounce can tomato sauce instead. Add fresh or dried basil. Stir, cover and simmer slowly. Meanwhile, peel and cube potatoes. Wash and set aside. If using fresh string beans, cut ends off, wash and set aside. Add potatoes and beans to saucepan. Stir, cover, and simmer slowly for ten minutes. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash (optional). Salt to taste. Add water if more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until all vegetables are tender. Serve with garlic bread. Serves two. NOTE: For those who enjoy rice or pasta, prepare your pre- ferred rice or macaroni according to directions on the package. Serve a portion topped with the vegetable medley. Sprinkle with your grated cheese of choice. like fat cats, said Barbie Latza Nadeau in According to a new EU ::::  t  survey of lawmaker pay, Italian legislators make an average of $20,700 per month, including lavish perks and expenses. That's S2,600 more than French lawmakers, the second highest paid and three times more than Spanish ones, who earn $6,000 a month. Italian politicians enjoy free travel within Italy; a tax-free housing allowance; $5,000 per month for secretaries, even if they don't have any and subsidized gourmet dining. Public disgust over the revelations was summed up this way on a popular Facebook page that airs parliamentary secrets: "Anna, 74-year-old retiree, $550 a month: Domenico Scilipoti, 54-year-old parliamentarian, $18,920 a month. This is Italy." Time for some interesting show biz stuff as compiled by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Located in Jamestown, New York is the Lucy and Desi Museum, Lucille's hometown. The museum contains costumes, awards and personal articles. At the Television Hall of Fame located in North Hollywood, California. all of the classics are here. Jack Benny stands with his famous violin in hand. Nearby, Lucille Ball sits perched atop a wall, posing for the camera; Johnny Carson looks as if he's about to deliver one of his familiar nightly monologues on the Tonight Show. The Foley Center Library, Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington is the Bing Crosby Memorabilia Room where visitors can enjoy the country's largest public collection of Bing Crosby memora- bilia. Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1920 and received an honorary doctorate from Gonzaga University in 1937. Bing retained an interest in and affection for his alma mata throughout his life and even contrib- uted to the library building campaign. Through his efforts, the Crosby Library was constructed and dedicated as a memorial to the Crosby family in 1957. In Cambridge, Ohio, is the Hopalong Cassidy Museum. William.Boyd (June 5, 1895-September 12, 1972) was an American actor born in Cambridge, Ohio, but raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He became famous as a Holly- wood leading man in silent film romances, but his career began to slide by the decade's end due to public problems with alcohol and women. Reforming himself, he re-estab- lished his professional fame in the West- ern film genre, playing cowboy-hero Hopalong Cassidy. William Boyd died in 1972 in Laguna Beach, California, but his legend lives on here at the Hopalong Cassidy Museum located in Boyd's hometown. It's a giant cowboy collectibles and antique mall and admission is free. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME 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 Leave the DELIVERY to US! W I With a Gift Subscription to the // k Post-Gazette, your generosity will be <a remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. 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