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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Pope to pay up: Italy is trying to cure its financial ills by closing tax loopholes -- even for the Vatican. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced last week that the Catho- lic Church would have to pay taxes on all its non-religious commercial properties. The Vatican owns more than 100,000 properties in Italy, from shopping centers to apartment complexes, and the windfall for the state could be close to $1 billion a year. Churches are still exempt, but a church that also runs a business, such as a hotel or cafe, will pay property tax for that part of its property. Monti's announcement was popular in Italy, which is officially in a recession. After a dras- tic austerity package that passed in Decem- ber raised taxes and cut benefits, 130.000 people signed an online petition calling for the church to pay taxes. Wow! Builders in France literally struck gold, uncovering a fortune as they tore down a derelict outbuilding at a 19  century win- ery in the Champagne region. When the workers broke through the plaster ceiling of the dilapidated building with their crowbars, they were showered with a cascade of golden coins. The 497 pieces of gold. worth around $1 million, are thought to be the proceeds of illicit trading with U.S. customers during Prohibition. The winemakers who own the building say they will share proceeds from the haul with the construction team. According to the astute John Roch. Busi- ness Manager of East Boston Social Centers, "One of the troubles with the world today is that we have allowed the Golden Rule to tarnish" And the charming Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of the Social Centers. says: "The trouble with the Golden Rule is that before men are ready to live by it they have lead in their legs and silver in their hair." Huh? Vice President Joe Biden's office released a schedule showing him visiting Providence, "Road Island." Citrulo! A Florida teenager was charged with crawling into a window to steal what he thought was a marijuana plant. "You stupid little brat. it' a tomato plant," the plant's owner called out as she chased him down the street. Dummy! A San Francisco man decided to swerve around a lane of cars that had come to a standstill, and drove his Porsche 911 into a lane of freshly poured cement. The car sank about a foot and got stuck. Mama Mia! An Arkansas mother is facing criminal charges for making her son walk to school. Valerie Borders was punishing her son Nequavion, 10, after he was kicked off the school bus for yelling. When he was seen walking, police swooped in and charged Bor- ders with neglect. "She did the right thing," said Nequavion. "Just had to walk." Whitney Houston was laid tO rest. but Bobby Brown didn't stick around, said Scores of stars, including Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, gathered at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. New Jer- sey, to pay respects to the departed singer. Brown, however, walked out of the proceed- ings over a seating dispute with Houston's family. Sources say Houston's ex-husband was greeted coldly when he showed up at the church with an entourage of nine people. Tensions reportedly grew when security would not allow Brown to sit next to his daugh- ter, Bobbi Kristina. "There are family mem- bers who felt Bobby drove Whitney into drugs," said a close friend. "So there's resentment." We are so fortunate for not being hit by howling blizzards! Well, a Swedish man is recovering after heavy snow trapped him in his car for two months without food. The 44-year-old was in a severely emaciated state when rescuers dug down to his car and found him in a sleeping bag on the back seat. Doctors say the man ate snow, but survived mainly because the extreme cold slowed his bodily processes. "A bit like a bear that hibernates," said doctor Stefan Branth. "Humans can do that." Swampscott's handsome, brainy hunk, Kyle Waters, says, "One good thing about a snowfall is that it makes your lawn look as r good as your neighbors." Huh? More than half of O . O O the births to , American women under the age of 30 now occur out- side of marriage. For white women with some college education but no degree, the share of out-of-wedlock births has grown especially quickly, climbing from 11 percent in 1990 to 34 percent in 2009. So reported The New York Times. About 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 crossed racial or ethnic lines -- double the rate of intermarriage in 1980, according to the Pew Research Center. In the new mar- riages in 2010, 9 percent of blacks, 26 per- cent of Hispanics. and 28 percent of Asians. Weird! A Pennsylvania man turned him- self in to police after reading a newspaper story about a robbery and realizing that his "other personality" had committed the crime. Timothy Beer. 23. told police he was waiting for a takeout order at a Chinese restaurant when he suddenly blacked out. Next thing he knew, he was playing video games at his cousin's house. But "when he read about the knife-point robbery of the restaurant the next day, he turned himself in to police, tell- ing the cops that his other personality took over and "did something stupid." Some interesting useless information: Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice: cream sundae in Evanston. Illinois. in 1875. Ketchup originated in China. British politi- cian John Montagu, the 48 th Earl of Sand- wich, is credited with naming the sandwich. He developed the habit of eating beef be- tween slices of toast so he could continue playing cards uninterruptedly. Donuts origi- nated in Holland. Fortune cookies were ac- tually invented in America by Charles Jung in 1918. The word mafia was purposely omit- ted from the Godfather screenplay. When the movie The Wizard of Oz first came out. it got bad reviews. The critics said it was stupid and uncreative. Prior to World War II. when guards were posted at the fence, anyone could wander right up to the front door of the White House. When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the ra- dio. One hundred sixty cars can drive by side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil. the world's widest road. Classical beauty, after Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano photoshopped famous Re- naissance paintings such as The Birth of Venue to give women thinner thighs and tum- mies, and larger, perkier breasts. Giordano's point: Standards of beauty change. Interesting show biz stuff as compiled by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Be- fore going solo. singer Rosemary Clooney was part of a duo with sister Betty and vocalized with the Tony Pastor band for two years. Trumpeter Larry Clinton wrote arrange- ments for Isham Jones. Glen Gray and Tommy Dorsey. It was while with Dorsey that he wrote "The Dipsy Doodle." which Tommy turned into a hit record. One more time! Enrico Caruso was the first well-known per- former to make a record. He sang ten songs, and was paid $500 by The Gramophone Com- pany. On the long running success of Broad- way's "South Pacific," star Mary Martin once said, "It was an utterly and completely happy show. We all loved doing it. We couldn't wait to get to the theater!" At age eleven, Berna- dette Peters appeared on Broadway in "Most Happy Fella" and went on to adult musicals like "George M" and "Dames At Sea." Marga- ret Whiting's version of "It Might As Well Be Spring" sold over a million copies (1945). It was the fh-st of Margaret's twelve gold records. Remember! Louis Prima and Keely Smith made but one movie together: "Hey Boy, Hey Girl." It didn't do well, but the duo were seen a lot on television guesting with everyone from Ed Sullivan to Steve Allen to Dinah Shore. And remember, Lawrence Welk had the most durable musical TV show in his- tory. It was on the air from 1951 to 1982. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli i COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CANNATONB Easter Breads 5 large eggs 1/2 pound butter or margarine 6 cups flour 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 4 1/4 teaspoons baking powder ICING 1/4 cup water 3 teaspoons vanilla Pinch of salt 1 beaten egg for egg wash 12 to 14 hard-boiled eggs 11/2 cups confectioner's sugar Nonpareils Cream sugar and butter. Add beaten eggs. Gradually add flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt. Add more flour if dough is too soft. Mixture should be soft enough to shape. Weigh out eight-ounce portions. Cut each portion into three pieces. Roll out into three long strips (approx. one-inch thick). Braid the three strips together and curve into horse- shoe shape or circle. Nestle one boiled egg in bottom braid of horseshoe-shaped Cannatone. For round braid, place one boiled egg in center opening. Roll out two IA-inch-thick strips; long enough to crisscross over egg to secure egg in braid. Place bread in greased baking pan. Continue until all breads have been shaped. Preheat oven to 350F. Makes 12-14 small breads. Beat one egg. Brush egg wash on breads before baking. Bake at 350 for approximately twenty minutes. Check after fifteen minutes. ICING: In a double boiler, warm up 1/ cup water. Turn off burner. Add confectionery sugar gradually to liquid until it is the right consistency to spread over baked breads. And sprinkle nonpareils before icing hardens. To increase Cannatone recipe, add one egg and 11/2 cups flour. NOTE: Mama boiled her eggs for the Easter Breads on Wednesday of Holy Week. She and Papa worked diligently on Holy Thursday to make and bake these Easter specialties of different sizes. They displayed them for sale in our bakery. My brother and I knew that Mama set aside a number of the smaller ones for the family. At suppertime, anxious to eat one, Pater and I asked, "Which one is for me? Invariably, she gave us one that evening. We hoped to have a second one for breakfast on Easter morning. Vita can be reached at vos Stirpe Nostra (Continued from Page 2) Herculean effort being made by many of our contemporar- ies to keep alive this part of our beautiful heritage. My thoughts at this time are directed to the work and dreams of the men and women who are promoting the Dante Alighieri Center for Italian Culture and the Dante University of Amer- ica. May God bless them and furnish the strength and the support that is needed for ultimate success. Without men and women of this cali- ber ... believe me ... we are nothing. NEXT WEEK: The Glad Rags of Old Rome 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful rei:ollection of her memories s a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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