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. .L , . .,~ ~L 4, Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 Barron I Pet peeves! What you should know about how to travel with a petI Do your research. Be sure to read your airline's pet policies Some allow an animal in the cabin if the carrier is compact, while others consign all pets to the baggage compartment below. Many require vaccines and "won't accept pets during the hottest and coldest months." Wow! Canadians are paying too much for beer, said M. Every province except Alberta mandates a minimum retail price, ranging from 826.59 for a case of light beer in Que- bec to 838.20 for the same case in Newfound- land. Minimum pricing simply punishesthe vast majority of Canadians who drink re- sponsibly. "For a nation that loves its suds as much as Canada, that seems warm, flat, and stale." How to burglar-proof your home! Keep a low profile. "Clever crooks" will look for a name on a mailbox or on your newspaper, using it to "call 411 and then your number to see if you're home. ' Frim back tree limbs near your windows" so you can keep an eye on your street. For extra protection, plant pretty (yet painful) rosebushes or cacti around the house. Flaunt a security system. Homes equipped with security systems are "three times less likely to be targeted"; make sure signs and decals are plainly visible." Install single-barrel dead bolts on all exterior doors. Locks that "use a key on the outside and a lever insidE" are safest. Respect the thieves. Don't underestimate a burglar's intelli- gence-never leave a key hidden under the welcome mat. Source: Good Housekeeping. is about six feet tall at birth. Bees do not have ears. Bees have five 0 0 0 eyes: three small eyes on the top of a bee's head and two larger ones in front. Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs. Human birth control pills work on gorillas. And elephants have been known to remain standing after they die. It takes eleven truckloads of wood to make a proper funeral pyre for a full-sized elephant. Gossip rag, Globe, reported Hillary Clinton's shocking fall has renewed fears she has a dangerous illness that's hidden from the world, sources say. America's 63-year-old Secretary of State collapsed in a heap after waving to reporters as she boarded her plane in Yemen, where she'd been discussing se- curity issues with President Ali Abdaallah Saleh. "As she turned to step into the plane, she stumbled and fell inside, hitting the floor like a ton of bricks," a sourced says. Aircraft personnel rushed to help her to her feet and Hillary later appeared to shrug it off, saying, "These things happen." But the January 11 collapse has sparked serious concerns. It has been reported she has a history of health issues that have made her faint -- and she's been running herself ragged flying around the globe lately. "Everyone's worried about her. We're desperately praying she steps down as Secretary of State before she ruins her health or worse." It was reported, over the past five years the former First Lady has ~ ~:~:~ i ~i i; i' ! Recipes from the " lla m el d by Vita Orlando 5inopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CABBAGE AND PORK CHOPS 4 pork chops 1 medium onion chopped 3 ripe plum tomatoes or 8 oz. canned crushed tomatoes 2 dry bay leaf sprigs 2 small garlic cloves chopped (optional) 1 small head of cabbage 3 carrots 3 potatoes 1 cup of water 1/3 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil salt and pepper In a twelve-inch saucepan, heat oil and carefully add pork chops. Brown chops lightly on both sides. Remove them from saucepan and set aside on a platter. Add chopped onion to the saucepan and simmer until onion is about to brown. Add bay leaves, garlic and cut-up or crushed tomatoes. Stir and cover. Simmer over low heat for about fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, clean and wash carrots. Cut carrots into four- inch lengths and set aside. Peel potatoes and wash. Cut into wedges of one-inch thickness and set aside. Remove soiled or spoiled outer leaves of cabbage. Wash and cut Into four or five portions. Set aside. After tomato mixture has simmered for fifteen minutes, add one cup of water and stir. Add the chops and carrots. Cover and bring mixture to a slow boil. After ten minutes, add the cabbage. Ten minutes later add the potatoes. Addi- tional water may be added if needed. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over medium/low heat until veg- etables are tender. NOTE: I remember that as soon as the cold weather replaced the warm days of summer, Mama changed her supper menu. The above is one of her winter meals. Spring is early this year and a few more cold days may be coming our way. You might enjoy this warm meaLAt times, Mama substituted frankfurt- ers or Italian-style sausages for pork chops. She boiled rice for those who liked it and served it topped with the vegetables and~or meat cooked in this meal. Prince Charles is hiding a shocking health suffered from shortness of breath, chest crisis as his handsome son, Prince William, pains, blinding headaches and blackouts. prepares for his April 29 royal wedding to And Bill Clinton's long-suffering wife has Kate Middleton -- and gets ready to take over fallen twice before her most recent tumble. the throne. Palace insiders say Charles is suffering from Alzheimer's disease -- and that's the. real reason he'll never be King. alarm as the eccentric Prince of .Wales has become increasingly confused and Camilla is stunned at his shocking memory loss. Courageous Michael Douglas, who claims the cancerous tumor on his throat is gone after undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiation, can't wait to get back to work. His next role is a huge departure for the Hol- lywood legend -- it's a film about the late entertainer Liberace. "It's just nice to play a nice guy after playing all the villains," says Michael. He also joked how he and co-star Matt Damon, his movie lover, are gearing up for their kissing scenes and that "every once in a while we send e-mails to each other and ask, 'What flavor Chapstick do you wear?!" For the record, Liberace, who passed away in 1987, is resting at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California. Liberace was never lost for words! He once said Katherine Hepburn sounds more and more like Donald Duck. And he once stated; "Barbra Streisand was my opening act in Las Vegas. She was multi-talented from the start, but with the social instincts of a land- lady. Barbra is interested in Barbra, and her only marriage that will survive is the one between her ego and her career." Here's morel Batrbra Streisand doesn't just sing; she wails. She should proudly display all her platinum records on a wailing wall. And I could support it -- I could be the flying big buttress! So exclaimed Totie Fields. Peter Allen asks, "Did you ~ec all tho~e sto- ries about Streisand's son Jason Gould hold- ing a wedding ceremony with that handsome male model? I thought it was great that Barbra showed up; she seemed very support- iVe, But then she said in Vanity Fair that she'd be glad for her son if he were happy with a chimp! What kind of a dumb compari- son is that? Forbidden knowledge! In Iowa, kisses may not last longer than five minutes, and a man with a moustache may not kiss a woman in public. You cannot swear while inside the city limits of Baltimore, Maryland. Kansas condemns the use of ice cream on cherry pie, whale hunti.ng, snowball fights and screaming at haunted houses. A baby giraffe She suddenly collapsed during a speech in Buffalo in 2005. And in 2009, she fell and broke her elbow in a State Department ga- damage. In 2010, Hillary took 21 trips to 55 countries, traveling a whopping 219,000 miles -- equal to circling the Earth almost nine times! Friends say Hillary's seeking comfort in food from her worries about her husband Bill, 64, who's battling heart prob- lems and possibly Parkins0ns disease. There it was in bold print on the front page of the widely read gossip magazine, GLOBE, REGIS DYING! In brief, the publication did not state why he was dying. What we read was his biography, how he got started in show business, etc. We learned he is a gradu- ate of Notre Dame, served in the Navy, and how he in the '60s, he moved to San Diego arid landed his first hosting gig. The Regis Philbin Show, on KGTV. The rest is history! It was rumored, Regis has Italian blood in him. Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the noted musicologist Albert Natale. Perhaps you will be interested in learning the true names of the stars! Zsa Zsa Gabor's true name is Sari Gabor. Joan Crawford's true name is Lucille Fay LeSueur. Doris Day's true name is Doris Mary Anne von Kapplehoff. Vic Damone's true name is Vito Farinola. Lou CosteUo's true name is Louis Francis Cristillo. Marlene Dietrich's true name is Maria Magdalene yon Losch_ Alice Faye's true name is Alice Jeanne Leppert. Boris Karl0fl's true name is William Henry Pratt. Veronica Lake's true name is Constance Ockleman. Hedy Lamarr's true name is Hedwig Kiesler. Paul Muni's true name is Muni Weisenfreund. Bernadette Peters true name is Bernadette Lazzar0. Connie Stevens' true name is Concetta Ingolia. Sophia Tucker's true name is Sonia Kalish, John Wayne's true name is Marion Michael Morrison. Perry Como's true name is Pierino "Roland Como. John Garfield's true name is Jacob Julius Garfinkle. Jean Harlow's true name is Harlean Carpenter. Maureen O'Hara's true name is Maureen Fitzsimons. Bernadette Peters' true name is Bernadette Lazzaro. Ezio Pinza's true name is Fortunato Pinza. And Joan Rivers birth name is Joan Sandra Molinsky. Ray Barron's true name is Joseph Barisano! AMERICA IS A ,BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME #,.- ~i i,~ OtiI:oA N co SINo}~oI,~ 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul 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'~Zo.~er #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TQDAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Lonsfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking