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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? The Vitamin D deficiency, after Pennsylvania's groundhog, Punxsu- tawney Phil, emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, foretelling six more weeks of winter -- as if we all couldn't have guessed. Hillary Clinton continues to be in the news. The former secretary of state has yet to de- clare her intentions but is already seen by Democrats and Republicans alike, as the overwhelming favorite to be her party's nomi- nee in 2016. After all, Clinton's name recog- nition is universal. She has millions of "fer- vently devoted followers from coast to coast" and many feel it's now a woman's turn, after the disappointment of her narrow loss to Barack Obama in 2008. Best of all, she has conspicuous opponents. For the record, Hillary Clinton will be 69 in 2016. Pigging out! Maine police were dispatched to investigate a report of possible domestic violence at a local property, only to discover that the screams heard by neighbors were squeals of delight coming from a male pig sharing a pen with five sows in heat. Huh? Health officials in Madison County, Illinois, shut down an 11-year-old girl's cup- cake business for not following laws regulat- ing food establishments. Six-grader Chloe Stirling, who makes about $200 per month selling cupcakes was told she would need to set up her own kitchen to continue her busi- ness. "A separate kitchen? Obviously we can't do that," said Chloe's frustrated mother, Heather Stirling. Good ru/eI a federal judge ruled that drivers have a First Ammendment right to flash their headlights to warn other motorists of police speed traps. Buff ones! Two Utah school officials have been suspended after cafeteria workers at a Salt Lake City elementary school snatched the lunch trays of 40 children whose parents were behind on meal payments and then threw their meals in the trash. "Our chil- dren are traumatized," said the mother of a fifth grader at Uintah Elementary School whose tray was taken away without expla- nation. School officials apologized on Facebook, explaining that the children had been served before they got to a computer that told staff whether they had money in their lunch accounts. The students were given milk and a piece of fruit so that they wouldn't go hungry, wrote officials, but the situation "could have and should have been handled in a different manner." The school has launched an investigation. Speaking of children, Carlo Scostumato, says, "The only thing that children wear out faster than shoes are parents and teachers." The astute Barbra D'Amico reminds us that it's hard, if not impossible to get a child to pay attention to you, especially when you're telling them something for their own good. The brainy Christina Quinlan says, "Chil- dren are unpredictable. You never know how high up the wall they're going to drive you." Incidentally, Barbra and Christina are noted executives of Russo Imports, head- quartered in East Boston. Weirdo? Wealthy singer Susan Boyle has stunned locals in her Scottish hometown by applying for a minimum wage job at the town's betting parlor. The socially awkward Boyle became an international sensation while performing on Britain's Got Talent and is now worth $33 million, but recently ad- mitted she struggles with Asperger's Syn- drome. She sees the $10.65-an-hour cash- ier job at the Ladbrokes bookies as a good excuse to mingle with people, says The Sun (U.K.). "I think she saw it as a way of getting out of the house and taking her mind off things," said one costumer. "I have seen her around.the town and she can appear a bit lonely. She likes to be with people who know her and will look out for her." Ouch! A New Zealand man who was bitten by a shark calmly stitched up his own wounds, then joined his friends at the pub while still bleeding and drank a beer before heading to the hospital. James Grant was spear fishing when the shark clamped down on his leg. "[I thought], Bugger now I have to try and get this thing off," he said. He stabbed the predator with a knife and headed back to shore, where he sewed up his two-inch- long wounds. Grant went to the hospi- I o o o tal only after stopping at a pub, where a bar- tender complained that he was dripping blood on the floor. According to a poll, as President Obama begins his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either worse off or has stagnated since he took office. But 81 percent also disapprove of Congress and. twice as many Americans hold negative views about the Republican Party as positive ones. Sixty-three percent of Republicans say they continue to support the Tea Party movement. Bad newsI Smoking has been found to wreck your health in more ways than ever. The U.S. surgeon general has added diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunc- tion and ectopic pregnancy to the list of dis- eases and health complications that may be caused by lighting up. "We're up to 13 right now -- 13 different cancers associated with smoking in 2014," says Surgeon General Boris Lushniak. The report concludes that smoking is the nation's leading cause of pre- mature death, killing 480,000 people a year and costing the U.S. up to $333 billion a year for medical care and lost productivity -- well above the previous estimate of $193 billion. The great Kyle Waters of Swampscott wants you to know, the Statue of Liberty has been holding her torch high in the air for more than 110 years. Yes, she is a lighthouse and from the beginning was intended to serve as one; to this day ships follow her beacon into the port of New York. But her light is and always has been far more than a conve- nience for harbor pilots. Her lamp is meant as an invitation and a proclamation that this nation is different from any other on the planet -- precisely because we so openly welcome others. Wee bit of Italian American history. In 1951, Lawyer Michael Angelo Musmanno was elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The appointment crowns a distinguished legal career which saw Musmanno defend- ing Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927 and later pre- siding at the Nuremberg Trials. The colorful attorney who once sentenced himself, in 1936, to a three-day jail term (because he wanted "to find out what it really feels like" in prison), wrote several scathing political commentaries, including Columbus Was First (1966). Judge Musmanno is buried in Arling- ton National Cemetery within the shadow of President Kennedy's gravesite. Yes, we had the honor and privilege to meet Judge Musmanno on one of his visits to Boston. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. One more timel Frank Sinatra crooned 73 songs on Tommy Dorsey recording dates, many of which became quite famous. A few of the songs: Fools Rush In, l'll Never Smile Again. Let's Get Away From It All and There Are Such lhings. Henry Winlder's role of Fonzarelli was not in the original pilot of the popular televi- sion series Happy Days. Later the script called for Fonz to wear a cloth coat and loaf- ers, but Henry made the suggestion he wear the leather jacket and boots. In 1984, Erroll Garner's Misty received an award from ASCAP as one of the eleven most performed stan- dards of the past decades. And paesano singer Frankie Laine was discovered by composer/ entertainer Hoagy Carmichael in a Hollywood nightclub in 1946. Frankie Laine's true name is Frank Paul Lo Vecchio. After ten years of singing for spaghetti dinners, Frankie Laine recorded That's My Desire, which eventually sold two million copies. He loves horses, golf and sponsored a Little League baseball team. And Liberace was born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, son of an Ital- ian born father and a Polish mother. His father, Salvatore, was a musician who played the French horn, taught Wladziu and his older brother George to play musical inurlts.  AIERiC" IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN;iYI E Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BROILED LAMB CHOPS 4 lamb chops 2 garlic cloves chopped or crushed 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 large onion sliced (optional) 2 fresh tomatoes sliced (optional) Chopped mushrooms (optional) Salt and black pepper In a bowl, mix chopped or crushed garlic with oil and oregano. Using pastry brush, spread the mixture onto both sides of each lamb chop. Marinate lamb chops in extra marinating mixture in a dish for at least thirty minutes. TO BROIL: Lightly spray broiling tray with oil before placing chops on the tray. Place tray with chops in oven at least two inches under the broiling coils to broil fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on thickness of chops. Turn chops occasionally in order to cook on both sides. Broil chops until they reach the consistency desired. Before serving, brush extra marinating mixture over chops. Salt and pepper to taste. OPTIONAL: Place tomato slices over marinated lamb chops in broiling tray. Then spread onion slices over tomato slices. Sprinkle a little oregano and oil over the onions. Chopped mushrooms can also be added. Cover broiling tray with aluminum foil before placing in the oven at least two inches under the broiling coils. Broil about twenty to thirty minutes depending on thickness of chops. Check for desired tenderness. Remove cover to allow browning. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves two. NOTE: I have grilled marinated lamb chops many times on our charcoal gas grill following this recipe. When I add tomato and onion slices, I arrange everything in a throwaway broiling tray, cover it with aluminum foil and cook over the grill. Then uncover them and brown slightly on the grill. 0000tvos Thomas Menino Scholarships (Continued from Page 5) Spread across the four Massachusetts communi- ties served by uAspire's col- lege affordability advising services, twenty of these scholarships will be awarded to students in the City of Boston, two in the City of Lawrence, two in the City of Springfield, and one in the City of Fall River. Winners will be selected based on an evaluation of demonstrated financial need, volunteer experience and extra-cur- ricular involvement, as well as a short answer response and essay response. For more information about the scholarship and how stu- dents may apply, please con- tact Brendan Williams at brendanw@uaspire.org. The deadline for all applications is May 1, 2014. About The Highland Street Foundation Since its establishment in 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has invested more than $150 million in many worthy non-profit organizations primarily in Massachusetts. It is com- mitted to addressing the needs and concerns of chil- dren and families in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, en- vironment and the arts. About uAspire uAspire's mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial infor- mation and resources neces- sary to find an affordable path to -- and through -- a postsecondary education. To accomplish this mis- sion, uAspire partners with schools and community orga- nizations to provide financial aid advice and advocacy to young people and families to help them overcome the financial barriers to higher education, uAspire provides college affordability guidance and info to students in grades 7-16 in six communities na- tionwide (Boston, Lawrence, Springfield and Fall River, MA; Miami, FL; and the Bay Area of California) as well as providing training, tools and ongoing support to front- line practitioners at school districts, charter manage- ment organizations and com- munity-based organizations across the country, uAspire is committed to reaching the day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by gradu- ating from college, regardless of their families' financial resources or college experi- ende. For more details visit www. uaspire, org. 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