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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 5, 2013 11 ay Barron' It has been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Well, not so in Belgium! In a coolly executed professional heist, men armed with submachine guns stole $50 million worth of diamonds as they were being loaded onto a plane in Brussels' airport. The men, dressed as police, drove two cars with flashing lights through a fence and onto the tarmac. They pulled up to the plane, ordered workers to unload the loot and quickly left without firing a shot. The diamonds had come from Antwerp, world center of the dia- mond trading industry and were to be flown to Switzerland. "It was incredible how easy it all went," said Caroline de Wolf of the Antwerp World Diamond Center. Cashing-inI While wealthy Europeans pre- fer to park their extra cash in Switzerland, Americans tend to keep their offshore bank accounts in Panama and the balmy Caribbean. Britain, the Channel Islands and Ireland are second-tier offshore banking destinations for people on both sides of the Atlantic. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Some banks guarantee maximum interest rates for sev- eral years, which is more than a marriage license can do." Running around! For most amateur run- ners, a single marathon is challenging enough. But Mike Allsop ran seven 26-mile courses within a single week last month -- in seven different countries. The 43-year- old began his global tour in the Falkland Islands then continued on to Chile, Los Angeles, London, Morocco and Hong Kong. He completed his last marathon in his home- town of Auckland, New Zealand, raising a total of $20,000 for charity. Allsop had never run a marathon before this endeavor. "I put my mind to it and it happened," he said. "Life's too short. You've got to make the most of it." Ready for this? A Maryland second-grader was suspended for shaping his breakfast pastry into a gun. Josh Welsh, 7, says he was trying to make the strawberry tart into the shape of a mountain. But a teacher thought it looked like a gun, Josh was sus- pended and all parents were sent a note explaining that "a student used food to make an inappropriate gesture." Bravo! A University of Delaware student returned $1,800 he received from a faulty ATM four days later. Devon Gluck, who hopes to work in the banking industry, admitted he thought about keeping the cash, but decided to "do the right thing." No horsing around. Europe's horsemeat scandal prompted Iceland's food standards agency to test a beef pie from a natural foods company. No horsemeat was found, but neither was there any beef- just "vegetable protein." Royal secrets, after a slip of the tongue by Kate Middleton seemed to reveal her un- born royal child is a girl. When presented with a teddy bear by a British well-wisher, the duchess said, "Thank you, I'll take that for my d ..... " before stopping herself. Achtung! The Nazis maintained more than 42,000 camps and ghettos across Europe, far more than had previously been identified, Holocaust researchers now say. For more than 10 years, historians at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have been compiling records of all the slave- labor camps, brothels, death camps and ghettos set up from 1933 to 1945, mostly in Germany and Poland. Berlin alone, it turns out, had 3,000 such sites. "We knew before how horrible life in the camps and ghettos was, but the numbers are unbelievable," said Hartmut Berghoff, director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. The documents cast new doubt on the notion that ordinary Germans did not know of the horrors their Jewish neighbors faced. For the record, a month or so after the war ended in Germany, we visited Dachau, one of the Nazi concentration camps. It was truly a brutal place and we were shocked by the skeleton-like appearances of the inmates. Enough said. Huh? City officials in Chengdu, China, have been painting the city's grass green to make res- idents think spring is here. The O O O ruse came to light when some residents noticed unpainted patches of yellowish winter grass and others found the green paint coming off on their shoes. The city was then forced to admit its decep- tion, but an official said the goal was simply to lift residents' morale. "People feel more positive, cheerful and productive when spring is here," he said, "and everything is green and new." A shoe-in! Beyonce is under fire from ani- mal-rights groups for wearing a pair of sneakers custom-made from the skins of os- triches, anacondas and other exotic animals, says the New York Daily News. The footwear's manufacturer says the singer herself com- missioned the "King Bey" sneakers, which retail for up to $10,000 and are made from a combination of ostrich, anaconda, stingray, cow and crocodile hides. Dan Matthews of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called the sneakers "grisly," adding, "It's like they killed Noah's Ark for them." Be aware, of the 35 judicial nominees President Obama has named since January, 17 are women, 15 are ethnic minorities and five are openly gay. Six are straight men. ByeI ByeI A net of 3.4 million people have left California for other states in the last 20 years. The vast majority of those leaving are low- and middle-income people, with high housing costs and a loss of manufacturing and small business jobs driving them to other states, particularly Texas and Arizona. Hurrah! Harvard University counts 52 bil- lionaires among its graduates -- more than any other institution -- and they have amassed a collective wealth of 8205 billion. I rlomeland COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL AND CABBAGE STEW 1-1/2 pounds veal shoulder chop 1 small cabbage 1 medium onion chopped 3 small garlic cloves chopped 2 ripe tomatoes 4 small white potatoes 3 carrots 2 pieces dried bay leaf 4 whole cloves I/4 cup canola, vegetable or olive oil I/2 cup minute or regular rice (optional) Salt Heat oil slowly in saucepan before adding veal shoulder to sear on both sides. Remove meat from saucepan and set aside in a platter. Add chopped onion and chopped garlic to saucepan and simmer until onion is opaque. Do not burn garlic. Add chopped fresh tomatoes or ten ounces canned crushed tomato. Stir, cover and simmer for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and carrots. If potatoes are large, cut into two-inch portions and set aside. Cut carrots into two-inch portions and set aside separately. Remove spoiled outer leaves of cabbage. Cut cabbage in half. Cover one- half with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. Cut second half into three portions, wash and set aside. Add veal to the saucepan. Cover and simmer about five minutes. Add carrots, bay leaf and whole cloves to the sauce- pan. Stir, cover and simmer slowly about ten minutes. Then add potatoes to the mixture. Place cabbage portions over potatoes and carrots. Spoon the tomato mixture over cab- bage. Add a little water if needed. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are fork tender. Salt to taste. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serves two. OPTIONAL: Cook rice of choice according to directions on the package. Serve rice plain or with some tomato mixture over it. Then add a serving of meat and vegetables to the platter. NOTE: I loved watching Mama create different recipes during the years. Now I encourage others, including my children, to be creative and vary meats and vegetables in recipes. For instance, this meal can be prepared using Italian pork sausages, or shoul- der pork chops in place of veal shoulder. The meat used in preparing this will determine the flavor of the stew. That doesn't include Mark Zuckerberg or canbereach tvos Bill Gates, who both attended but dropped g com out of Harvard. The No. 2 school, the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania, has 28 billionaire graduates, worth a collective $112 billion. Gee, we did attend a live-in seminar at the Harvard University School of Business. But we are not a billionaire! Ah, Harvard! Great professors and great food! The baseball season brings back memo- ries of the 1965 American League home- run king, Tony Conigliaro. In brief, we met when he and his family moved here in Nahant. We enjoyed talking about women and food. He tells his story in Seeing It Through (1970), his autobiography. Tony pre- sented my lovely wife Marilyn with an autographed copy of his book. Some interesting useless information. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee. In Turkey in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death. A chili pepper isn't a pep- per. In fact, more than two hundred kinds of chili peppers aren't peppers. There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than any other country. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Guy Mitchell's biggest hit, "Singing the Blues" (1959) was originally recorded by Marty Robbins for the country music lovers. Movie actress Debbie Reynolds had a #1 hit with "Tammy," which stayed on the charts 23 weeks back in 1957. Bette Davis had this to say about Faye Dunaway. "Faye Dunaway is the most unprofessional actress I ever worked with and that includes Miriam Hopkins, even!" Rex Harrison had this to say about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Bur- ton. "My co-star status in Cleopatra was jeop- ardized by the too publicized affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. She did get top billing, so I facetiously suggested bill- ing the picture "Elizabeth Taylor in Heat," and it took the Fox executives a while to re- alize that I wasn't really serious." And John Huston babbled, "Deborah Kerr is nice .:. Greer Garson is nice and Julie Andrews and ... All the English actresses are so damned nice! Except Hayley Mills. Thank God." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME M 3akery Perch 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 # Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. 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