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Page12 .i i.i POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 1,2013 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Huh? A Japanese town wants to put underpants on a replica of Michelangelo's David. The 16-foot-tall statue has caused a stir since it was presented to the town of Okuizumo as a gift. "It's frightening the chil- dren and worrying the adults with its naked- ness," said an official. "Several people have asked us to cover it up with underpants." Officials are hoping that residents will even- tually get used to the nudity. It's true! A homeless man suffering a medi- cal emergency in Washington State attached a note to his dog and sent it for help. Not long after, a local resident found the dog walking along some railroad tracks, read the note and dialed 911. The note didn't give a location, but police had received reports of a home- less man with a dog living in local woods and were able to find the man and get him to a hospital in the nick of time. "He was abso- lutely immobile," says Detective Jen Kolb. "He was afraid he was going to die." Holy matters! Pope Benedict has been "a passionate shepherd," said Newsday. Benedict would have made a fine medieval pope, said The Washington Post, but he was ill suited to the 21 st century. While the rest of the world was advancing rights for gays and women, he was denouncing homo- sexuality as "unnatural" and unacceptable" and rejecting the idea of female priests as heresy. And as Catholicism's demographic center shifted to the developing world, Benedict focused on reviving the faith in Europe. "He failed." Secularism advanced on the continent, while congregations in Latin America and Africa lost ground to evangeli- cal churches. God bless Pope Benedictl In his eight-year papacy, he has embraced the church's mis- sion to help the poor and urged world leaders to tackle climate change. It's to his credit that he has chosen to resign at age 85 "rather than remain in power while his health -- and perhaps his service to the church he has ministered so ably -- declines." Amen. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican was struck by lightning twice in the hours following Pope Benedict XVI's resigna- tion announcement. Be aware, the term devil's advocate comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view. Wow! Wonton Food, the world's largest for- tune-cookie manufacturer, is removing ro- mantic messages from its cookies after com- plaints from parents. Fortunes such as "One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes," will henceforth be replaced with less steamy sentiments such as, "You make every day special." The New York company said it would make sure its fortunes "don't upset a single person." Red meat! After the most loyal customer of Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill, home of the "Quadruple Bypass Burger," died from a heart attack at 52, owner Jon Basso mourned the loss of daily burger eater John Alleman, but said it "isn't going to stop us from what we're doing. People have got to live their lives." Unbelievable Hundreds of people in Papua, New Guinea watched in horror as an angry family burned a young woman alive, saying she had used witchcraft to kill a boy. Kepari Leniata, 20, was stripped, tied up, tortured with hot iron rods and then doused in gaso- line and burned alive by relatives of the dead boy. Police said as many as 50 people would be arrested on murder charges. Sorcery is illegal in the country and last year police arrested a gang of 29 people who were kill- ing and cannibalizing suspected witches. "It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with," said Prime Minis- ter Peter O'Neill. Wee bit of Italian American history: Costantino Brumidi, (1805-1880) who emi- grated to the United States in 1852, is the Michelangelo" of the U.S. Capitol. Among his many achievements is the painting of the huge Capitol interior dome as well as the decoration of the President's Room, where Lin- coln signed the Emanci- pation Proc- lamation. Brumidi 0 0 0 started his career in Rome where he became known for restoration of classic works. In 1855 he began working on the Capitol dome and dedicated the rest of his life to embel- lishing the Capitol. In Invercargill, New Zealand, a woman who drank more than two gallons of Coca-Cola a day for years died of a heart attack at age 31 because of her addiction, a New Zealand coro- ner ruled. Natasha Harris, mother of eight, lost all her teeth from the sugar and would get shaky and cranky if she ran out of Coke, her family said. The coroner said he did not hold the company liable for the death, but he did recommend that it add a label warning against excessive ingestion of sugar and caffeine. Coca-Cola said it was "disappointed" with the ruling. Planning on looking for work in Austria? For all its natural beauty, Austria is doing a rotten job of attracting immigrants, said Jakob Zirm. Among the 34 most developed countries, this one ranks dead last as a des- tination for job-seekers from developing countries. That's a problem, since our low birth rate means that we will soon lack enough workers to pay our retirees' pen- sions. Only "targeted immigration can close the gaps in the labor market," yet qualified immigrants choose Sweden or even Hungary over us. It's clear that our famous prickliness toward outsiders is partly to blame. "Austria needs to open up and show foreigners that they will be welcomed "both by our policies and by the people." Horsing around! Horse meat is passing for ground beef in supermarkets all over Europe, said Hugh Carnegy in the Financial Times. It has been found in Findus's frozen lasagna, Tesco's frozen hamburgers and even Burger King's Whoppers in the U.K., France, Sweden and beyond. Nobody in civilized Europe ate horse meat for centuries after the Pope branded it "a pagan practice of barbaric German tribes" and banned it in 732. It was only legalized in France in 1866 because there was a shortage of meat to feed our growing cities. Carlo Scostumato wonders if some meat loafs served in restaurants are created from horse meat. Gee, we forgot to publicly wish Ron Della Chiesa, host of WGBH Radio Boston's MusicAmerica, a happy birthday. Born on February 18, 1938, Della Chiesa made his on-air debut at the early age of ten, when he was a guest on a children's radio program in his hometown, Quincy. "I was hooked right away," Della Chiesa recalls. "From that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a voice inside that magic box." Happy birthday, Ronl Show biz stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Vicki Lawrence's big hit The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia was writ- ten for her then husband, composer Bobby Russell. And now direct from the mouth of Lauren Bacall. "Marilyn Monroe was fright- ened, insecure. During our scenes in How to Marry a Millionaire; she'd look at my fore- head instead of my eyes. A scene often went to fifteen or more takes, which meant I'd have to be good in all of them, as no one knew which one would be used. Yet I couldn't dis- like Marilyn. She had no meanness in her, no bitchery." From the mouth of Doris Day: "Of all the people I performed with, I got to know Cary Grant least of all. He is a com- pletely private person, totally reserved and there is no way into him. Distant. Very Dis- tant." And according to the late Amanda Blake, "James Arness was great in Gunsmoke and we had chemistry. But he's not some- one I'd care to spend much time with. Like most actors, he insists on being the center of attention, is insecure and requires a con- stant flow of praise. He's just contrary. He likes to start fights and also likes to be the one to end them. That is not my cup of tea." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PESCE STOCCO "Stock Fish" Cod or Haddock in Tomato Sauce 1 pound codfish loins 1 medium chopped onion 3 small potatoes 1 celery stick (chopped) 1 bay leaf (optional) 3 medium-ripe tomatoes or I four-ounce can tomato sauce cup olive or canola oil 2 tablespoons capers in vinegar 2 tablespoons white wine salt Peel and chop onion and celery. Place cooking oil, onion and celery in skillet to simmer slowly until onion is opaque. Add capers including some of the liquid from bottle and stir. Simmer slowly. Add chopped fresh tomatoes, cover and sim- mer a few minutes. Add bay leaf (optional). If used, be sure to remove bay leaf before serving meal. Allow ingredients to cook about 10 minutes being careful not to dry them out. Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into two-inch wedges. Add to skillet. Spoon some tomato sauces from skillet over potatoes. Cover and simmer slowly, about 10 to 12 min- utes. Rinse cod loins. Cut into four-inch pieces before add- ing to skillet. Add water if needed to extend sauce. Spoon some sauce over the cod pieces. Cover and cook slowly. When fish and potatoes is fork tender, add wine and bring to slow boil. Cover and remove from burner. Reheat slowly for serving. NOTE: In the past, two or three days before preparing this recipe, the dried pesce stocco (which I believe to be dried cured haddock) was soaked in water. The water was changed daily to remove the salt. However, the briny taste remained. This was not a popular meal with many young children because of the strong unpleasant aroma while the fish cooked. But even- tually it became a favorite meal served with fresh bread. Since dried salted haddock is difficult to find today, fresh or dried salted cod (baccala) can be used insteacL When I prepare the meal now, I use fresh skinned cod loins, free of bones. This eliminates the unpleasant aroma of the preserved fish. To obtain the "old briny" taste, I add two small pieces of presoaked dried, cured baccala. 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