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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 NEWS RIEFS WRoM NEWSPERS AND OTHER , pLICATIONS) THE REGION LOMBARDIA HOLDS THE RECORD FOR TAX EVASION! It is certainly not to be very proud to be noted so lowlyl During the year 2010, the Tax Revenue Agency did not conduct the necessary control on the taxpayers, only a little bit, about 6,000 were not checked. However, the amount recovered was quite high, for several taxpayers had failed, or omitted to file their tax returns. The amount of money from tax evaders was an astonishing 27.8 billion euro (@ $42 bill.), about 5.7% more than in the preceding 2009. In the city of Trento (Region of Trentino-Alto Adige) the amount recovered from tax evaders was 71.6% more than in the previous year (2009). In the Region Lombardia, the tax evasion was a whopping 45.6% higher than in 2009. The Region Emilia-Romagna was the one to score a drop in tax evasion (54.9%). The Region of Lazio followed Lombardia in tax evasion of 4.8% (2009). The third place belongs to the Region Campania, even though a modest 2 billion euro was recovered by the fiscal authorities (actually 2.9 billion euro). The worst violators have turned out to be the largest corporations that do a yearly business of about 150 million euro. Of course, the center-north is where the worse tax- payers live, that is the most industrialized part of the coun- try. Where the richest people also live. I personally wonder how much Silvio Berlusconi, the second richest man in Italy (he has dropped from first place), has declared to the tax man! Just a simple, curious question! A NEW GREAT DISCOVERY: MOTHER STEM CELLS MIN THE LUNGS! An Italian research scientist, who has been working for many years in the US, Piero Anversa, who is also the director of the lab for regenerative medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, has discov- ered stem cells capable to regenerate all the elements that make up the lung, the alveoli, them bronchial tubes and the arteries. The magazine NATURE was the one to dis- close this momentous discovery. Anversa described the stem cells of the human lung for the first time. The discov- ery may potentially offer to those who suffer chronic lung pathologies an important, entirely new option: the regen- eration or repairing the lung's damaged spots. Anversa comes from Parma {born in 1938), a real hunter of stem cells, who discovered also those in the human heart as well as in other animals, and also found clear evidence that stem cells found in the bone marrow can repair the heart, generating myocardial tissue and blood veins. Anversa stumbled in the heart stem cells while examin- ing the bone narrow cells. The discovery of the heart stem cells has revolutionized the part of the regenerative medi- cine. The heart stem cells are today the most promising to cure a patient, after a heart attack, producing, in essence, a new heart that can function well. Anversa is working in a clinical experimentation which consists in extracting a sample of stem cells from heart-sick patients, making them multiply "in vitro," and then injecting them inside the dam- aged heart to see if they are capable of repairing it. If suc- cessful Anversa will have a new heart, healthy, while the patient will not develop future heart failures. The field is now open to a widespread use of the stem cells hoping to regenerate other organs and tissues. The idea is that the lung stem cells can be used to regenerate a patient's dam- aged organ afflicted with chronic respiratory illnesses. Order your copy for traditional ST. 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The five films he played in are some of the greatest in Hollywood. The Godfather (1972); The Conver- sation (1972); The Godfather: Part II (1974); Dog Day After- noon (1975); and The Deer Hunter (1978). All five films were nominated for Best Picture -- a feat no other actor can claim. Three of the films that won Oscars: The Godfather; The Godfather: Part II; and The Deer Hunter, which would be his final film after dying from bone cancer in New York City before it was released. Author Andy Dougan wrote: "Director Michael Cimino rearranged the shooting schedule, with Cazale and (Meryl) Streep's consent, so that he could film all his scenes first." He succeeded. Meryl Streep was engaged to Cazale at the time he passed away at 42 in March 1978. "I've hardly ever seen a person so devoted to some- one who is falling away like John was," said Pacino. "To see her in that act of love for this man was overwhelm- ing." Cazale was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. The two other films nomi- nated for Best Picture that Cazale appeared in were Dog Day Afternoon, along with Al Pacino, and The Conversation with Gene Hackman and Harrison Ford. Equally gifted in theater, where he began his acting career in 1962, Cazale met Meryl Streep in 1976 as they co-starred in the New York Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Joseph Papp, producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, re- ferred to Cazale as "an amaz- ing intellect, an extraordi- nary person and a fine, dedi- cated artist." After high school, Cazale headed to Ohio to study drama at Oberlin College and returned to hone his act- ing talents at Boston Univer- sity. Cazale met Al Pacino while both worked i mes- sengers for Standard Oil in New York City. They roomed together in a communal house in Provincetown, where Israel Horovitz cast them in the Off Broadway play The Indian Wants The Bronx in 1968. Both actors won Obie Awards for their roles. A 2009 HBO-produced documentary I Knew It Was You is the best way to learn more about the complex, se- rious-minded Cazale, who stood tall amongst a genera- tion of great actors in the 1970s. Robert De Niro, Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman and Streep, who reluctantly participated in the 40-minute documen- tary only after Cazale's brother Steven pleaded with her to do so, spoke fondly and emotionally of their friend. We can only wonder what type of film Damon, Affleck, and the Wahlberg brothers would make with John Cazale. I'll nominate its finished product to earn Oscars galore. CROSSWORD PUZZLE ACROSS 1. Jasmine's kin 6. Former Soviet Socialist Republics, acr. 9. Fancy marbles used as shooters 13. Are you___ ora hawk? 14. One of Indiana Jones' quests 15. Having three dimensions 16. Same as mesotron 17. __ Patrol 18. * First network IV soap___ debuted in 1950 19. *Overthrown Cuban 21. *Arthur Miller's wife 23. Jones' Wall Street partner 24. What Rumpelstiltskindid 25. 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