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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 5, 2010 Ray Darron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 The popular gossip rag, National Examiner, claims Wheel of Fortune's letter-turner Vanna White collapsed. In brief, the rag also featured a photo of Vanna claiming the blonde's once flawless face is now showing 53 years of wear and tear. With her world crumbling around her, Vanna is so frustrated she once collapsed in tears of despair, re- veals a friend. She told me: "All they want in Hollywood is girls in their 20s with big breasts," says the friend. Yes, Vanna had dreams of becoming a movie star. Compound- ing her professional problems, Vanna has suffered a rocky love life. Her l 1-year marriage to restaurateur George Santo Pietro, with whom she has son Nicholas, 15, and daughter Giovanna, 12, ended in 2002. And so it goes! Salty comment! A little less salt could add years to your life, a new study suggests. Sci- entists in San Francisco claims if Ameri- cans reduced their daily salt intake by 3 grams, or just half a teaspoon, the number of heart attacks would drop annually by as many as 99,000 -- a 13 percent decline. Most Americans eat much more than the recom- mended amount of salt, but 80 percent of our intake comes from processed and res- taurant-prepared foods like canned soup, jarred sauce and fast food, not the family saltshaker. Daniel Marguardo of Donna's Restaurant in Orient Heights, East Boston, claims when friends tell you how to cure a sore throat, take it with a grain of salt: The advice won't do you any good, but the salt may. Scornato! Actor Rip Torn was arrested af- ter he allegedly got stinking drunk and broke into a Connecticut bank while carrying a loaded handgun. Police said the 78-year-old Torn -- who had twice the legal blood-alco- hol limit -- apparently broke a window and entered the bank, thinking it was his home. "Torn asked why we took him out of his house," a police report said. Torn, who has a history of alcohol problems, checked into a Manhattan rehab clinic, his lawyer said. Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Man is the only machine that needs to be lubricated with alcohol." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims, an al- coholic is a person who drinks like a fish, but not the same thing. Carlo Scostumato thinks many an alco- holic would get on the wagon if they could only find one with a bar. Vodka is Russia's curse, said Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Literally for centuries, "the fight against alcoholism has been part of Russian government policy." Yet our na- tional drinking problem only gets worse. In the early 1990s, right after communism fell, the average Russian consumed 5.4 liters of pure alcohol a year, and even our President, Boris Yeltsin, was a drunk. "Things got so out of hand" that the main criterion for a new president was that he be sober, and we ended up with the teetotaling V1adimir Putin. But as capitalism spread, so did cheap vodka, and now average annual consumption is up to 18 liters per person. This month, Putin announced he wanted to cut that rate in half in I0 years by raising prices. It won't work. Russians who can't afford decent vodka will simply turn to cheap moonshine, readily available on the black market. Simply put, alcohol is our "national anti-depressant," and many Russians just couldn't face the day without it. Our only hope is to reach the youth before they become addicted. If we make "great investments in recreational activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle," perhaps the next generation won't be lost to booze. Huh? President Obama and Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts are distantly related, genealogical research reveals. Obama's mother and Brown's mother both descended from Richard Single- tary of Haverhill, Massachusetts, who died in 1687. Obama and Brown are 10 th cousins. Thieves are now stealing entire truck- loads of consumer goods, including trucks filled with electronics, paper and of- fice furniture. In 2009, 859 trucks were sto- len with nearly $500 million in goods -- a 67 percent increase over the value of such thefts in 2008. Mother Su- I 0 0 0 perior Frances Fitzgerald, says, "A thief is another man who believes that heaven helps those who help themselves." A tip on how to conquer sweat, smells and skin cells. Fumigate your feet. If your feet smell like a piece of aged Limburger, rid them of odor causing bacteria. Scrub them with a strong, antibacterial soap, particu- larly between your toes. Afterward, "blast your soles with a hair dryer on the cold set- ting." Shrink your sweat glands. If antiper- spirants don't help your sweaty palms, con- sider investing in the pore-shrinking device Drionic, which "sends an electric current into your skin" to shut down sweat glands. If that fails, Botox can treat the most serious cases of excessive sweating. Tea time! Green tea can act as a mood booster and reduce the risk of depressive symptoms. In a new Japanese study of 1,058 elderly adults, investigators found that those who drank four or more cups daily were 44 percent less likely to exhibit symptoms of depression. Tea's apparent protective ef- fect did not fade even after researchers at Tohoku University factored in social and economic status, diet, medical history and use of antidepressant medications. Ah teal Frankly, as a G[ stationed in England we tried and tried to enjoy a "spot of tea." We just could not stand the taste of it and wondered how the English could drink it. Perhaps the reason the English are such great tea drinkers is on account of their coffee. To an Englishman the only thing lukewarm in America is tea. Unbelievable! There is now a pill to ease hurt feelings caused by social rejection. The widely used painkiller acetaminophen can decrease hurt feelings. "Social pain, such as chronic loneliness, damages health as much as smoking and obesity," says psy- chologist C. Nathan DeWall of the Univer- sity of Kentucky. "We hope our findings can pave the way for interventions designed to reduce the pain of social rejection." More medical news! Breast-feeding is heart healthy! University of Pittsburgh researchers evaluated nearly 300 women be- tween the ages of 45 and 58 who had at least one child and found that those who had not nursed were much more likely to develop heart-related problems. "During pregnancy, a woman's body stores fat that it expects to release during lactation," explains Dr. Eleanor Schwartz. "If women don't breast- feed, then the body has to deal with exces- sive fat. If you can breast-feed for three months after each pregnancy, your blood vessels are likely to be in better shape down the road." Hollywood stuff[ The adorable, sultry Sigourney Weaver was a leggy 25-year-old hottie in Ghostbusters -- now almost four decades later, she says she feels sexier than ever. "I like my body now," says the 60-year- old actress, who stars in the blockbuster new sci-fi flick Avatar. "I have my curves. They come from age, but I don't care. I'm just glad they're there." A brainy, 5-foot- 11 beauty who attended Stanford and Yale universities, Sigourney has flaunted her leggy charms in flicks like Ghostbusters and Working Girl. In real life, Sigourney and her theater- director husband Jim Simpson, 53, are an old married couple. They wed 25 years ago and have a 19-year-old daughter Charlotte, who wants to be a costume designer. The distinguished musicologist Albert Natale reminds us Elvis Presley is the most successful solo recording artist of all time. With 170 hit singles and over 80 best-sell- ing albums since 1954, his achievements are unparalleled in recording history. In 1992, based on a new audit figures, the Recording Industry Association of America presented Presley's estate with 110 gold and platinum records, making him the most certified solo recording artist. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli : .... COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEGETABLE MEDLEY 2 medium potatoes 1/2 pounds fresh, frozen or canned string or cut beans 1 large garlic clove 1 medium zucchini sliced (12-inch pieces) not peeled 1 medium yellow squash sliced (12-inch pieces) not peeled 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers 3/4 tablespoon basil Salt In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in, oil until opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If you prefer a heavier sauce, use a four-ounce can tomato sauce instead. Add fresh or dried basil. Stir, cover and simmer slowly. Meanwhile, peel and cube potatoes. Wash and set aside. If using fresh string beans, cut ends off, wash and set aside. Add potatoes and beans to saucepan. Stir, cover, and simmer slowly for ten minutes. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash (optional). Salt to taste. Add water if more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until all vegetables are tender. Serve with garlic bread. Serves two. NOTE: For those who enjoy rice or pasta, prepare your pre- ferred rice or macaroni according to directions on the package. Serve a portion topped with the vegetable medley. Sprinkle with your grated cheese of choice, Vita can * Harry's Bar (Continued from Page 6) ery. This was a very dry martini with 15 parts gin and 1 part vermouth. Many classic Italian dishes are served and the prices are high. A bowl of minestrone cost 20 Euros in 2001. Many famous people stopped at Harry's Bar such as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Aristotle Onassis, Woody Allen and many non famous people such as me and my r rom MyBakery Pcrch VITA ORLANDO SINOPOL] wife while visiting Venice a few years ago. We did not stay to eat but did enjoy a cocktail there. In 1967 Giuseppe Cipriani sold the rights to the Cipriani name. Today Cipriani S.A. is an interna- tional corporation based in Luxembourg that now oper- ates luxury restaurants and clubs world wide including Harry's Bar Venice. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a deligh(ful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. in m Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. 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