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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS i Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator is off and running for President! What you should know about Santorum is that he has Italian blood in himl His grand- father emigrated from Italy to work in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania; both his parents were devout Catholics who worked at a local Veteran's Administration hospital. Some Republicans are already won- dering whether Santorum might be a stron- ger general-election candidate than they'd assumed. Appeal to blue collar Catholi.cs is quite an asset in a presidential election. Well, now you know Rick Santorum has Ital- ian roots. One wonders if his grandfather came from Sicily or Avellino. Happy Anniversary! Roy and Dorothy Fleming of Brookfield, Wisconsin, celebrated their 80 th wedding anniversary. "He knows who's boss. That's how we got along," said Dorothy, 95. "Whatever she says is right," agreed Roy, 100. Ah, the football season! A football fan is suing the city of San Diego for the right to yell profanities at sporting events. Eric Holguin was ejected from a Chargers game after a verbal altercation with rival fans and claims that the NFL's prohibition on fan curs- ing is blatantly unconstitutional. "A fan has a right to say "F___ you," says Holguin's at- torney. "It's a public place." Bells Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims, people who spout filthy language in public are tres- passing on our eardrums, and we don't like it. The astute hunk, Kyle J. Waters of Swampscott, says, "Thousands of Americans can speak two languages -- English and profanity." Moron! Family traditions, after a Pennsyl- vania man drove to a police station to pick up a son just charged with drunk driving. Police determined that the father was drunk, and charged him with DUI. Touchdownl Gisele Bundchen is feeling no love from New England Patriots players, said TMZ.com. Sources say teammates of Bundchen's husband Tom Brady; feel be- trayed after the supermodel publicly called out Brady receivers for dropping passes dur- ing that Sunday's 21-17 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. "My husband cannot f_____ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time," Bundchen was overheard saying in response to hecklers. Sources close to the team say the model violated an un- spoken "code of brotherhood" among players not to publicly criticize one another. Wow! China has become the world's lead- ing market for both Lamborghinis and Rolls- Royces. Wealthy Chinese bought more of the luxury car brands last year than anyone else in the world. Gossip stuffi Demi Moore has checked into a treatment facility for drug addiction and an eating disorder, said Eonline.com. The actress 49 hasn't been seen in public since being rushed to the hospital for convulsions on January 23. She recently checked into Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah, sources have confirmed. "She's on total lockdown and only talking to a small group of people," said a friend. Are you lonely?. "More people live alone than at any time other in history," said Eric Klineberg. In major U.S., cities, such as Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis, 40 percent of households contain a single occupant. In Manhattan and Washington, D.C., nearly 50 percent of households consist of one person. Throughout the country, 32 million people live alone -- 15 million of them between the ages of 34 and 65. Far from being lonely, re- search shows, single people are generally more socially active than those who "Hunker down at home," and are more likely to spend time with friends and neighbors." It may not be for everyone, but going solo has clearly become a viable option. Incredible! A WWI war hero who selflessly pulled his wounded comrades to safety under German machine gun fire may finally be rewarded with the Medal of Honor. William Shemin's act of bravery was never acknowl- edged during his lifetime because of discrimi- nation against Jewish faith, according to his dauglter E 1 s e Shemin- Roth, 82. She O O O mounted a  decade-bng campaign to have the heroic acts of Shemin and othe:s like him recognized by the mili- tary. Non, thanks to Shemin-Roth's efforts, the Pentagon will review several cases of Jewish srvicemen denied honors because of their frith. "A wrong has been made right here," sh said. Tasty vent! Coloradans celebrated the state's iaugural Cinnamon Roll Day on January 8, thanks to the efforts of 10-year- old Sam Tollison. He collected over 100 sig- natures on a petition to give the snack its own day of appreciation, and presented it to Gov. John Hickenlooper last month. The gov- ernor was so impressed by Tollison's grassroots campaigning that he agreed to write the day into law. John Arnolfo, a baker from Fort Collins, said Tollison's success should inspire young people. "You can make things happen: even at a grassroot level and even if you're a 10-year-old boy." Perhaps efforts should be made to estab- lish Baccala Day here in Massachusetts. So who will head the campaign? Mona-Lisa Cappuccio? Tom Analetto? Rosalie Cunio? Lucille Monuteaux? Barbra D'Amico? Chris- tina Quinlan? Robyn Waters? Mother Supe- rior Frances Fitzgerald? Bridget Manganelli? Rosemarie Sansone? Diane Modica? Ron Della Chiesa? Janice Sargoni? Joe Sciacca? Joe Albano? Attention parents! Parents who browbeat their kids into being obedient and agreeable may not be giving them the best preparation for the real world. A new study shows that encouraging teens to argue calmly and el- Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STRUFOLI A Fried Nugget-Shaped Pastry Prepared for Christmas and Easter 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine 1 large egg (beaten) V2 cup milk I teaspoon vanilla 1 eight-ounce jar honey I small jar nonpareils 4 cups cooking oil Mix first four ingredients in a ten-inch bowl. Add melted butter or margarine, beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix to make dough that can be rolled into a ball. Cut dough into four or five portions and cover. Roll each portion into long strips of one-inch thickness. Cut strip into half-inch por- tions. Heat oil in small saucepan or small deep fryer. Care- fully drop a few Strufoli into hot oil. Stir with slotted spoon. Cook until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon. Set aside in a clean bowl. Heat honey in a double boiler. Drop Strufoli, a portion at a time, into warm honey. Stir a few seconds. Remove with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl. Sprinkle nonpareils over them. Continue until all Strufoli are coated with honey and nonpareils. Serve hot or cooled. These do not need refrigeration. NOTE: Mama made these for holidays because she knew that Peter and I loved to have some for breakfast with our milk or cocoa. She also prepared them for us to deliver a dishful to a few neighbors. She always reminded us to wish them a happy holiday. I remember relatives and friends arriving at our home for a brief visit on Christmas and Easter morning. They brought us a bowl of their Strufoli or Sfinge. Mama or Papa also served the visitors a small glass of liqueur as they exchanged holiday greetings. Sometimes, Peter and I were allowed a small taste of the liqueur before savoring the guest's dessert. Those precious moments always flash back in my mind when I am preparing my special holiday treats. fectively against parental orders makes them much more likely to resist peer pressure. ............. .... University of Virginia researchers observed VaI be l'earlat voswriting@mcast.net more than 150 13-year-olds as they disputed issues like grades, chores, and friends with their mothers. When researchers checked back in with the teens two and three years later, they found that those who had argued the longest and most convincingly without yelling, whining, or throwing insults -- were also 40 percent less likely to have accepted offers of drugs and alcohol than the teens who had caved quickly. The key to having a constructive debate with your kids, experts say, is listening to them attentively and re- warding them when they make a good point- even if you don't end up reaching a mutual agreement. Enough said. Our economic recovery may be gaining momentum; the U.S. added 200,000 jobs in December, pushing the unemployment rate down to 8.5 percent, its lowest level since February 2009. President Obama said the economy is moving in the right direction. But, "There are a lot of people that are still hurting out there." There's no business like show business! So here we go with stuff from the stately, handsome, ageless, musicologist Albert Natale. In 1976, Perry Como received his 15 t Gold Record. He has recorded for RCA for more than forty years! Gladys Knight and The Pips were the last musical guests of Ed Sullivan during the shows last TV broadcast in 1971. Fred Waring once said his greatest contri- bution is that he made choral music accept- able. He also made a lot of money from his invention of what we now know as the War- ing Blender. Georgie Jessell is credited with being responsible for changing Frances Gumm's name to Judy Garland. She had begun her career singing with her sisters under their real name. Early in her career, singer Jume Christy worked under the name Sharon Leslie. June joined Stan Kenton in 1945, as a replacement for Anita O'Day. Hits with Kenton included "Tampico" (1945), "Shoo Fly Pie" (1946), "How High The Moon" (1948) and 'Across the Alley From the Alamo." Nat Cole had 78 hit single records between 1944 and 1964. They included three big hits, "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons," "Nature Boy," and "Mona Lisa" in 1950. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME j From YBakery Perch Vt>I'A ORLANDO SINOPOIJ Ist 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. 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