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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? A Maryland hospital has banned parents from photographing births. Meritus Medical Center officials say the policy protects the privacy of nurses and doctors, but critics say the real fear is that photos of problematic births could be used in malpractice lawsuits. "Deliveries are complicated," said hospital obstetrician Dr. William Hamilton, admitting he practices "defensive medicine." Isn't it strange that the world should be made up entirely of people who never asked to be born? Gee, when I was born, my father was all excited over having a son. He asked my mother if he could hold me in his arms. My mother then told the nurse to place me in his arms. My father then said loudly that I had his lips and his smile! My mother responded, "Citrulo! You're holding the baby upside down!" For the record, I was born on September 11. Yes, I am a Virgo! Hair yeI Hair yel A Lithuanian company building a luxury resort in the Maldives is facing local labor-law trouble over its plans to staff the resort with attractive blonde women. The resort, due to open in 2015 on a manmade island shaped like a high-heeled shoe, was hoping to lure wealthy men with its all-blonde staff. But Maldives law requires that half of the staff be hired from the local, not-very-blonde population. Resort officials said the law will be followed, and that "staff who are not blonde will wear a blonde wig." Our growing population! Blacks, Asians and Hispanics accounted for 79% of the U.S. growth in population between 2000 and 2009, according to census data. In 10 states, whites are now a minority among people 18 and younger -- a harbinger of the future. "This is a huge demographic transforma- tion," said Brookings Institution demogra- pher William H. Frey. Super ratingsl This year's Super Bowl victory by the Green Bay Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelers was seen by 111 million viewers -- the largest TV audience in U.S. history, according to Nielsen ratings. Single people are healthier! The wedding phrase "for better or worse" takes on new meaning in light of a study showing single folks are more physically fit than their mar- ried counterpartsT Scientists suspect that once people get hitched, and no longer have to impress potential dates, they tend to let themselves go a bit. Says researcher Steven Blair, "People need to be aware of the pos- sible effects of life's transitions and make plans to maintain a healthy lifestyle." Are you licensed to do your work? Well, about 23% of all U.S. workers now require licenses: to do their jobs, with more than 1,110 professions regulated by various states. Among the jobs that require licenses in some states are florists, interior design- ers, manicurists and shampoo specialists. Gent, ould we be licensed to write for the Postffzette? President Obama's approval ratings reveal a stark partisan divide. Eighty one percent of Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing, while just 13% of Republicans approve. The gap of 68 points is second only to George W. Bush's whose approval rating in his second term showed partisan gaps of up to 76 points. Source: Gallup poll. Lights out! With conventional incandes- cent light bulbs scheduled to start being phased out next year, some consumers are hoarding their old favorites. One in eight Americans -- 13% -- intends to stock up on 100-watt bulbs and keep using them after they disappear from stores next January. Home ownership is on the decline. The Census Bureau reported that 66.5% of U.S. households owned their homes at the end of 2010, down from 67.2% 12 months earlier. The rate was 69% at the end of 2005. The philosophical Christina Quinlan of Windham, New Hampshire, says, "One of the few good things you can say about home is that you can always go there without mak- ing a reservation." The wondrous Barbra D'Amico of Nahant, ays "Home is where you go when you're tired of being polite to people." Green tea fights off flu! Flu season is here again, but you can help keep the 0 0 0 bug at bay by gargling with green tea! That's what researchers in Japan discovered dur- ing a study of nursing home residents who gargled with green tea three times a day for three months. Scientists believe compounds in green tea called catechins have anti- viral properties and gargling exposes the flu germs to the therapeutic tea more effectively than just drinking it. Cosmetics are used by teenagers to make them look older sooner, and by their mothers to make them look younger longer. The astute and charming Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston says, "Cosmetics are a woman's way to keep a man from read- ing between lines." Be aware, the average woman consumes six pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Speaking of women, we purchased a fantastic book "Women Know Everything," 3,241 quips, quotes, and brilliant remarks. Are you ready? Actress Ursula Andress, claims the bikini made her a success. Katherine Hepburn claims acting is the minor of gifts. "After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four." Zsa Zsa Gabor was asked, "How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?". Brigitte Bardot says it is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. The stunning Sophia Loren says, 'rhere is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." Elizabeth Taylor claims some of her best leading men have been dogs and horses. Hedy Lamarr, says, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." The noted TV news anchor and host Katie Couric, reports, "I could announce one morning that the world was going to blow up in three hours, and people would be calling in about my hair! And some advice from Phyllis Diller, "Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age -- as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight." So the popular talk host Regis Philbin announced his retirement on January 18 after an amazing 50-year career -- as "one of the greatest hosts in television history. New York-born Reege is named for Regis High School, his dad's alma mater. After earning a sociology degree from Notre Dame Univer- sity and doing a stint in the Navy, he began working in radio and television in New York. Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a TV camera -- more than 16,343 hours! Looking back, Regis says his "biggest thrill" was returning to New York "where I grew up as a kid watch- ing TV, never dreaming that I would one day get in front of the camera and talk to it." It has been said, Regis morn is an Italian- AmeriCan. Time to do some show business reminisc- ing with the stately noted musicologist Albert Natale. Singer/actress Connie Stevens made her film debut at age 20 in a movie called "Young and Dangerous." Her record- ing career began in the early '60s with a duet with Ed Byrnes called "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb." Singer Yma Sumac was a phenomenon in popular music during the early '50s. Her four octave range put her in very special category. She was said to have been born in the Peruvian Andes and a descendant of Inca Kings. There are also some who say she was a housewife named Amy Camus. In her youth, singer/actress Ethel Waters was called "Sweet Mama Stringbeam" because she was tall and thin. Most associated her with her big hit version of "Stormy Weather" in 1933. Lawrence Welk began leading polka and sweet bands in the 1920s. He had about 20 hits with his "cham- pagne music," including his theme song: "Bubbles In The Wine." Time for me to sip some wine. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SALMON STEAKS Broiled or Grilled 4 salmon steaks I/4 cup lemon juice 2 medium onions 1 teaspoon cider vinegar I/4 cup olive, canola or (optional) vegetable oil 2 tablespoons of butter or 2 tablespoons mayonnaise margarine SALMON STEAK: Spread some oil. or mayonnaise on the bottom of a broiling pan. Then spread a little oil or mayon- naise over the top and bottom of each salmon steak before placing in the broiling pan. Place in preheated oven about two inches from broiling unit. Turn steaks to broil on both sides slowly. Steaks will turn whitish in color when they are cooked. Depending on size, broiling time will be about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then set broiling pan with steaks aside. ONIONS: Remove outer skin from onions. Cut onions in half, lengthwise, and then into 1/4-inch slices lengthwise. Set aside in a bowl. Heat oil in a skillet. Add butter or margarine and onion slices to the skillet. Stir and simmer until onions are about to brown, slightly. Remove from burner and add lemon juice. Add vinegar (optional). Stir and return to burner. Simmer slowly a few seconds. Remove from burner. Spoon onions and liquids from skillet over each salmon steak in the broiling pan. Cover with aluminum foil and return to heated broiler for about a minute. To slightly brown tops, remove cover and broil for a few seconds longer. Serve each steak topped with onions and liquids from broiling pan. Serve with rice pilaf and vegetable or salad of choice. Serves four. NOTE: My mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli, told me often about how she loved to grill her fish or beefsteaksover the hot coals of her Glenwood kitchen stove. From her I learned to try salmon steaks grilled during the summer over our gas-burning grill. I spread a little oil over each steak before grilling both sides of the salmon. I use my mother's old heavy aluminum skillet over our grill to prepare my onions, oil, and butter and lemon juice mixture. We do experience a different flavor by preparing this recipe in this manner. Either way, this is an enjoyable and easy meal to prepare. From 00Bakery Perch VITA 0RI,ANDO IN()POLI 1st 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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