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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 27, 2015 arrorl Watch your weight! A French lawmaker has drafted a bill to outlaw the use of anorexic models on fashion runways and in adver- tising. The bill by Socialist lawmaker and doctor Olivier Veran would require model- ing agencies to submit medical reports veri- fying that their models have a healthy body mass index. In addition, anyone running a website that promotes eating disorders could be jailed up to a year. Italy, Spain, and Is- rael have already banned excessively thin models, spurred by the 2006 death of a Bra- zilian model suffering from anorexia. A similar ban submitted in France in 2008 never made it to a vote. U.S. pizza companies spent $1.5 million on political contributions in the 2012 and 2014 elections, with 88 percent of the money going .to Republicans. The agenda of the American Pizza Community -- the industry's lobbying group -- includes fight- ing mandatory menu labeling laws and keeping pizza classified as a vegetable by the USDA for school lunches. Anti-U.S. sentiment in Russia is now at its highest level since pollsters began track- ing it in 1988. More than 80 percent of Russians hold negative views of the United States, a figure that has more than doubled in the past year alone, thanks to fury over U.S. sanctions and the war in Ukraine. Flying high! Airline accidents killed 641 people last year, according to the Interna- tional Air Transport Association -- up from 210 in 2013, even though the number of fatal crashes fell from 16 to 12. The figures don't include the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, because the disaster was not classified as an accident. Get off of her back! 27% of Americans think that Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account for government business while she was secretary of state is a very serious prob- lem, including 44% of Republicans and 17% of Democrats. 42% say it's not a serious problem. Ready for this? A record 59% of Americans now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, nearly twice the level of support in 2004. 40% of Republicans support gay marriage, up from 27% two years ago. Commara Ricotta of East Boston, says, "Married couples who claim they've never had an argument in 40 years either have poor memories or a very dull life to recall. Carlo Scostumato, says, "After winning an argument with his wife, the wisest thing a man can do is apologize." Believe it was the astute Rosalie Cunio, who said, "Some banks guarantee maxi- mum interest rates for several years, which is more than a marriage license can do." Coffee may curb heart attacks! Coffee has a bad reputation when it comes to heart health, but new research suggests that drinking up to five cups of the stuff a day could actually reduce the risk of a heart attack. Scientists in South Korea studied the link between coffee consumption and coronary artery calcium levels, an early in- dicator of cardiovascular disease -- the clog- ging of arteries with fatty substances -- which can lead to heart attacks. Research- ers examined 25,000 men and women and found calcium levels were lowest in people who drank three to five cups a day. The next- lowest levels belonged to people who drank one to two cups daily. But the scientists found that excessive coffee consumption was worse than drinking no Joe at all: Calcium levels were highest in test subjects who drank more than five cups daily. Research- ers still aren't sure why imbibing a moder- ate amount of coffee is good for your heart. It could be that powerful antioxidants in the beverage help reduce the risk of dis- ease. But whatever the explanation, the findings are good news for java fans. "We are not ready to say people should drink more coffee," Dr. Elisco Guallar of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells Newsweek. "But if you do drink it, you shouldn't worry." Time for me to sip some of my coffee. Wow! About half of West Coast union longshore- men make more than $100,000 a year accord- ing to ship- I 0 0 0 ping-industry data. More than half of foremen and managers earn more than $200,000 each year. All receive free health insurance. McDonald's sales drop, drop, drop! "Cus- tomers still aren't lovin' it," said Stephanie Strom in The New York Times. McDonald's U.S. sales fell in February by a startling 4 percent, underscoring the challenge facing Steve Easterbrook, who became CEO of the fast-food giant on March 1st. McDonald's is scrambling to revamp its menu to accom- modate changing consumer tastes and to compete with the rise of "fast casual" chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. Earlier this month, the company an- nounced it would stop serving chicken raised using certain antibiotics. Perhaps McDonald's should star{ selling pizza. Ah, McPizza! Hey, pizza is the most popular food in the country! It is served in schools! Kids love it. Hairy situation. Lovely Kate Middleton is urging Prince William to get a hair trans- plant because she thinks the 32-year-old future king of Britain "looks old before his time," said the National Enquirer. Middleton believes the balding prince will look "younger and more dynamic" with a fuller head of hair, said a source. But William is refusing to heed her advice because he wor- ries that a follicle transplant will be visible and make him into a national laughing- stock. "As the future king, he has no option but to grow old gracefully," added the source. "She'll have to like it -- or lump it." The great attractive and brainy Barbara D'Amico, says, "Baldheaded people should remember that when God made heads, He covered up the ones he didn't like." And the astute and lovely Christina Quinlan, says, '~rhere's one nice thing about baldness -- it's neat." A man in Boston's North End, says that when he was a boy, his hair was light; then it turned dark, then it turned grey, then it turned loose. Giuseppe Garibaldi, hero of Italian na- tional unification, was asked twice by Presi- dent Lincoln to head a Union Army in the U.S. Civil War. Garibaldi had two conditions: that he be made commander-in-chief and that the abolition of slavery be made an official goal of the war. Lincoln was not ready in 1861 to agree with the goal, and, accord- ing to the Constitution, only the President can be commander-in-chief. For the record, during the hundred days of the opening games at the Colosseum in Rome, in 80 A.D., more than 5,000 animals were killed. They included elephants, tigers, lions, elks, hyenas, hippopotamuses, and giraffes. According to the brainy Kyle Waters of Boston College, half of the people of the United States, live in just eight of the fifty states: in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Illinois, Ohio. New Jersey, and New York. Our great musicologist and show biz great, Albert Natale reports: That everyone has heard of Hollywood's voice-dubbing. In the movie musical Singin' in the Rain, the lesser art of foot-dubbing was applied: After Gene Kelly completed his famous tap dance in the rain. the director still needed the sound of sloshy tapping feet. Instead of having Mr. Kelly dance again for the sound track, two young ladies put on their tap shoes and, tapping in buckets full of water, produced the required sounds to match the tapping seen on the screen. One of these tappers was the late Carol Haney, assistant to Mr. Kelly, and the other was Gwen Verdon, cho- reographer, Jack Cole's assistant. Both of these foot-dubbers later became Broadway dancing stars. On this date, March 27, 1794, the United States Navy was formed. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the by Vita Orlando Sinopoli .......... i COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED RICOTTA CHEESE PIE (Cassatta) Recipe for one large or two 8-inch pies FILLING: 1 2-pound container of ricotta cheese 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 slightly beaten egg whites (save yolks for piecrust) 1 teaspoon finely chopped citron (optional) 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) A sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) CRUST: 3 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter (or margarine) 3 slightly beaten egg yokes Place flour in a bowl. Add sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut 1/2 cup of butter into flour until evenly distributed. Gradu- ally add slightly beaten egg yokes. Mix to form piecrust. Some cold water may be added if needed to complete piecrust. Set aside a few minutes before rolling out piecrust (not too thin) and place in pie plate. Place ricotta cheese, sugar, citron (optional), vanilla and cinnamon (optional) in a separate bowl. Add slightly beaten egg whites and mix thoroughly until smooth. Do not whip. Gently pour ricotta cheese mixture over piecrust. Bake in preheated 400F oven for ten minutes. Lower to 350F. Bake until firm, approximately forty to forty-five minutes. To dry any extra liquids in the pie, shut off oven and leave pie in oven with door open for fifteen extra minutes. Length of baking time may vary depending on liquid consistency of ricotta cheese. NOTE: As a child, I sat on my perch (the wooden icebox) in the family bakery where I watched the bakers work. On Holy Satur- day afternoon, when all the bread had been baked, I waited to watch Mama and Aunt Lena make two large 12-inch Rtcotta Cheese Pies. After filling the pie shells, I watched them roll out 1 1 ~4-inch strips of remaining piecrust and saw them create the lattice topping over each pie. It gave those pies such a festive look even before baking. After placing the pies in the oven, they returned to the table to mix the dough for cannoli shells. My mouth watered in anticipa- tion of the ricotta-filled cannoli which would also be served. MASSACHUSE'R'S PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. LP1406-C1, FY2016-2018, SKILLED TRADES MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR CARGO BUILDING NOS. 56, 57, 58, 62, 63, GREEN BUS DEPOT AND OFFICE BUILDING NOS. 7 & 11, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 02128, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M local time on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT, LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, SUITE 209S, ONE HARBORSlDE DRIVE, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015. THE WORK INCLUDES THE MAINTENANCE, CONTRACT COORDINATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE BUILDINGS, PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT IDENTIFIED IN DIVISION III, AND LOCATED AT SOUTH CARGO BUILDING NOS. 56, 57, 58, 62,63, GREEN BUS DEPOT AND OFFICE BUILDING NOS. 7 & 11, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MA 02128. Bid documents wilt be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1,2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00) Bidding procedures and award of the contract and subcontracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub-bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in.the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and/or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub-bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective sub-contractors of the requirement for such certification where the sub-contract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 3/27/2015