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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 v Ray Barron'00 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Moron! Jose Romero-Valenzuerla of Las Vegas was pulled over by Oregon cops three times in one hour and charged with driving 105 mph, 98 mph, and 92 mph, respectively. "You would have hoped the message would have gotten across the first time," said a police spokesman. Trenton, New Jersey's city toilet paper crisis came to an end, as necessity overcame bureaucratic bickering about the price of paper goods for public buildings. After weeks of empty bathroom dispensers in police head- quarters, senior centers and other buildings, Trenton was facing state intervention, offi- cials said, an action that could have included closing some buildings for health violations. "I'm embarrassed," said City Council Presi- dent Kathy McBride, after the incident sparked media attention. "We are the laugh- ingstocks, not only of this nation but of the world." McBride called upon her council col- leagues, who have twice rejected a $42,000 contract for a year's supply of paper products, to act quickly. While the council debate continues, the mayor's office rushed through a 816,000 emergency order for toilet paper, paper towels and toilet-seat-covers, ending the tale of Trenton's toilet paper woes, which briefly held the title as the most-read story on BBC.com. "Tide" crime wave: Massachusetts police reported that thieves are targeting Tide laun- dry detergent, joining a national crime wave that has baffled investigators and forced su- permarkets to lock down their supplies. Thieves in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ken- tucky and several other states are shoplift- ing the detergent in bulk quantities and sell- ing it on the black market, at up to half its $20 retail value. In the Massachusetts towns of Dartmouth, Fairhaven and New Bedford, thieves in search of high-resale items have staged lightning raids on supermarkets, grabbing large jugs of Tide and dashing from the store. "We have been dealing with it periodically for almost two years now," said Detective Robert Levinson of the Dartmouth Police Department. "It's a widespread prob- lem." Levinson said thieves sell the Tide for $10 in bars and cafes. "The flavor of the day is Tide," said Capt. Steven Vicente of New Bedford's Major Crime Unit. "Before that it was baby formula." The Supreme Court in Argentina has ruled that women who have an abortion after be- ing raped will no longer be prosecuted. The court confirmed a lower court's decision to allow a 15-year-old, who had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather for years, to termi- nate her pregnancy. Argentine law had pre- viously been unclear on the point. The law read that abortion was legal only "if the preg- nancy stems from a rape or an attack on the modesty of a woman of feeble mind." Some judges interpreted it to mean that abortion was legal only for mentally handicapped women who had been raped. An estimated half a million women have illegal abortions in Argentina each year. Scornata! A woman who told customs offic- ers she was three months pregnant was dis- covered to have $20,000 worth of heroin in her groin and intestines. Authorities said Nigerian Afolake Awoyemi, 42, waddled off a flight at New York's JFK airport with a dis- tended stomach under a "loose-fitting dress." A pat-down revealed a peculiar "bulge" that was not a baby. After she spent time on the airport's specially designed "Drug Loo" toilet, which sanitizes evidence, the bulge turned out to be 25 packets of heroin. From the gossip rags! The National Enquirer front page showed a weird photo of John Travolta and headlined: Travolta Caught in Prostitution Scandal! Also in the widely read rag was a story about Meryl Streep with a heading, Meryl is a "Nasty' Lady." "We do call her the 'nasty lady' because it fits," said one person who lives near the 62-year-old star. The recluse actress, who has four children with her sculptor husband Don Gummer, has been criticized for not sharing her good for- tune locally and making life difficult for her neighbors. "She lives on a very big multimil- lion-dollar property in the area, but she doesn't give back," said the neighbor. Enough saidI Get off her back! It's never too late! Larry Bushnell and Columba I 0 0 0 Rosaly are not letting anything get in the way of their perfect wedding -- neither their ages (he's 85, she's 97) nor the fact that they don't speak the same language. Bushnell met Rosaly, an Ecuadoran who speaks only Span- ish, in his retirement home in Charlotte, NC, and wooed her with notes translated into Spanish using the Internet. Each is now learning the other's language with the help of translator Iris Newton, and they are set to exchange vows. "Love is universal," said New- ton. "If you like someone, it doesn't matter if you speak the same language." Weird! Rash of New York Police Department suicides! A New York City police officer shot himself to death last week, marking the fourth suicide committed by an NYPD officer this year and the second in just eight days. Matthew Schindler, 39, was found dead in his car on the side of the Long Island Expressway, he shot himself. A 14-year vet- eran of the force, Schindler left behind a wife and three children. Upon hearing the news of Schindler's suicide, Bill Genet of the Po- lice Organization Providing Peer Assistance volunteer group said, "Oh, God, not another one." The other police suicides include an officer who shot himself in the head with his service weapon while at the scene of a Queens's car burglary, in front of both his partner and the car's owner. "He got out of his patrol car and he's on the phone with somebody," said a witness. "He puts the gun in his mouth and fires." For curious individuals! How did the Oscar get its name? Are you ready for the answer? Legend has it that a librarian at the Acad- emy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which awards the prizes, took a peek at a statuette and said, "Gee! He looks just like my Uncle Oscar." The name stuck, and so did the "Little Ma," which remains the single most prized award in the movie business. Hollywood babbles! Rock Hudson says, "Lily Tomlin has been in and out of the closet more times than my hunting jacket." Nancy Walker, says, "Listen, the love between two men is beautiful. I'd love to be between, say, Tyrone Power and Montgomery Clfft ... Hell, I was born the wrong gender!" And Peggy Ashcroft, says, "Of course I knew Laurence Olivier and Danny Kaye were having a long- term affair. So did all of London. So did their wives. Why is America always the last to know?" Time for some interesting show biz stuff as compiled by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Trumpet legend Harry James' father was a bandmaster in the circus. Harry was playing drums at age seven, but took up trum- pet, with lessons from his father, at age 10! Bandleader Ray Anthony won an award in 1953 for having the Best Dance Band Record of the Year with his version of "Dancing in the Dark." Rogers and Hammerstein's mu- sical "Oklahoma" was the first musical whose sound track was released on a record album. It's been the Oklahoma State Song ever since 1953. When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz ne- gotiated the deal for "I Love Lucy" with CBS and Phillip Morris, they took a $I,000 cut per episode in return for complete ownership of the series. Desilu later sold the series back to CBS for $4,500,000. Should you be head- ing to Ohio, go to Cadiz, Ohio and visit the Clark Gable Foundation and Museum. Clark Gable was born in Cadiz on February I, 1901. Today you can tour his birthplace home, which includes displays of memorabilia, from his boyhood days to his Hollywood film career -- including his cherished boyhood sled: Gal- lery Furniture in Houston, Texas features a bunch of rare Elvis and even more amazing, an actual necklace worn by Princess Diana. Actor Lon Chaney was once quoted as say- ing, "death has been my living." In Novem- ber, 1941, the town of Berwyn, Oklahoma changed its name to Gene Autry, Oklahoma. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes [rom the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ROAST LEG OF LAMB 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds) 1/2 Cup chopped mint (optional) 4 cloves of garlic I/4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon thyme or Salt and pepper oregano Rub the leg of lamb with half of a garlic clove. Then make several gashes with point of knife into the lamb leg and insert small cut portions of garlic clove into the narrow openings. Rub meat with mint, thyme, or oregano, which- ever you plan to use, or some of each. Rub leg of lamb with salt and pepper. Add a little water to the lemon juice and pour gently over lamb. Place lamb fat side up in roasting pan. Place in preheated 325F oven uncovered. After 30 minutes, baste lamb with juices from the roasting pan and repeat frequently. Lamb should be baked until meat ther- mometer reads 175 to 180F. If you are baking without a meat thermometer, allow lamb to bake approximately 30 minutes per pound of lamb. Add more water mixed with a little lemon juice if more liquid is needed for basting. OPTIONAL: Small white potatoes, carrots and some mush- rooms can be added around the leg of lamb after the lamb has baked about an hour. Continue basting vegetables as well as the lamb. NOTE: I awoke Easter morning to a combination of aromas filling the kitchen. I watched as Mama put the lamb roast into the oven. I saw the chicken soup simmering slowly on the stove next to the tomato sauce Mama had prepared earlier. I always asked to have one of the meatballs as she completed frying them. When did Mama start all this, I wondered. On the kitchen table, a bowl of hard-boiled eggs greeted my eyes along with a Cannattone (Easter Bread)for Peter and me. As Peter, Papa and I departed for church after breakfast, Nonna and Mama's sister Lena arrived to help make the ravioli. I knew then that the Easter meal would keep us at the table for a long time. Santorum Takes Louisiana (Continued from Page 1) Santorum is lagging in the polls to Romney in Wiscon- sin but that didn't stop San- torum from telling voters in this Midwestern state that he expected their state to be the "turning point" in this nomination race. Speaking to Milwaukee voters, he stated, "I'm not running as the conservative candidate for president. I am the con- servative candidate for pres- ident." Obviously, Santorum is still toting his Etch-A- Sketch along the campaign trail. Romney is still reeling on the defensive to com- ments by his chief strategist recently on CNN. What happens next week is important to Santorum's presidential run. Still be- hind in the polls, he needs a victory in Wisconsin and he is hoping his appeal to rural and working-class folks in this state will favor him over Romney. Santorum should take Maryland and Romney seems in good shapc in the District of Columbia. Other primaries coming up soon will be Pennsylva- nia, where Santorum has to win a landslide in his home state and Texas, where he should win by a wide margin only show this presidential nomination battle going right to the convention floor in Tampa this August. At the moment, Romney still leads with delegates but Santorum is showing he is in this for the duration. At some point real soon, Ging- rich is going to have to make a decision about how long he remains in this race. At the moment, Romney has 563 delegates, Santorum with 271, Gingrich 135 and Ron Paul with 50 delegates. Rom- ney, according to most politi- cal observers, is on pace to reach the necessary 1,144 delegates before the party's convention but Santorum still believes "it ain't over until it's over" to quote Yogi Berra. VITA 0tlLANI)O SINOPt)LI 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. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN