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PAGE 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2016 t Ray Barron's I Are you ready for this? Police didn't believe a Florida man's excuse that he was speeding because he was desperate to get to a toilet until he pooped in their patrol car's backseat. Carlos Adonis Ramos-Erazo, 24, was clocked doing 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said. When stopped, he said he needed to relieve himself immediately and sped off towards home. Ramos- Erazo was tasered and cuffed by cops before he could make it in the front door. While in the back of a squad car, he lost control. "The damage," said a police spokesperson "was mostly in man hours dedicated to cleaning the car." Thailand has launched a program to help its Buddhist Monks shrink their Buddha-size guts after a study revealed that nearly half of the country's Holy Men are dangerously obese. The problem is that the Monks live off donated food, and much of it is fried street snacks, sweets, and sugary juices. All the hours the Monks spend in seated meditation doesn't help. The new govern- ment plan will encourage the chunky monks to exercise and eat healthier food, and will provide special girdles so the fattest ones will feel the =squeeze" if they overeat. The brainy Paul J. Waters of Swampscott reminds us that we have more food in the United States per person than any other country -- and more diets to keep us from eating it. Carlo Scostumato, says, =Overweight people don't like to hear four-letter words -- such as diet." Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "It's strange how people always announce they're going on a diet after a big meal." Huh? Donald Trump put $6.9 million of his own money into his presidential campaign in Febru- ary. Trump has now lent or given his campaign nearly $25 million. His campaign is not entirely self-funded, though. Supporters have contributed $9.5 million. So far, Hillary Clinton has raised $161 million for her campaign. Only 36 percent of Republicans think Donald Trump's rivals and the party should work together to try to stop him from winning the party's nomination. 52 percent oppose that effort as reported HuffingtonPost/YouGovpoll. A Donald Trump presidency has been ranked one of the top risks facing the world this year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The organization warns that Trump could start a trade war that would disrupt the global economy, could boost terrorist recruiters with anti-Islamic rhetoric, and ranks as a bigger risk to global stability than Britain leaving the European Union or an armed confrontation in the South China Sea. Perhaps you have read that the climate change could drive sea levels high enough to force more that 13 million Americans in coastal areas to abandon their homes by 2100, as a new study reveals -- triple the number previous estimated. The most vulnerable state is Florida, especially in densely-populated areas near Miami. For the record, we live in Nahant, a peninsular, surrounded by water! We are one of the smallest towns in Massachusetts -- 1.1 square miles. We have a great ocean view from our home located on a dead end street, with no next door neighbors! Ah, privacy. Serenity. Hey, you oldies! Blueberries may help improve memory and brain function in older adults with cognitive decline, a new study suggests. Bravo! Starbucks is launching a program to donate all of its leftover meals to local food banks. Starbucks' partners will pick up unsold prepared meals at the end of each day from the company's 7,600 U.S. locations, with the goal of donating up to 5 million meals in the programs first year. Women today are on average "better educated than men, have nearly as much work experi- ence, and are equally likely to pursue many high-paying careers," said Claire Cain Miller. But their median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent lower. Why the stalled progress on equal wages? New research suggests it boils down to a troubling bias: "Work done by women simply isn't valued as highly." Perhaps you read or heard about the death of Frank Sinatra Jr. As the son and namesake of the 20th cen- tury's most storied enter- tainer, Frank O O O Sinatra Jr. ~, easily could have shunned show business and escaped his father's shadow. Instead, he made his own way as a singer -- who looked and sounded eerily like Old Blue Eyes -- and later toured with the elder Sinatra as his musical director. On the day of his death, Frank Jr. had been scheduled to perform his show "Sinatra Sings Sinatra," featur- ing renditions of his father's classics, in Daytona Beach, FL. Cole Porter's =Night and Day" was part of Frank Sinatra's first rec()rding session as a solo artist. The famous singer Frank Sinatra is resting at the Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, CA. Carla Squitieri thought her wedding ring was gone for good. The Clarkson Valley, MO., resident had taken off the 12.5-caret diamond to do the dishes when her husband, Bernie, accidentally swept it into the garbage. Carla realized what had happened the next day, and the couple ran out to the trash only to discover the garbage truck had already come and gone. The trash collectors agreed to empty the truck before it reached the landfill, and refuse manager Joe Evans rum- maged through the 8-ton, 20-foot-tall garbage pile for 22 minutes before finding the ring. =I put (it) on dirty. I didn't care," Carla said. "I think I'm still numb." Good move! Devin Washington makes a good first impression. The New Orleans teenager was interviewing for a job at a Popeye's restaurant when a thief grabbed cash from the register. Washington, 18, leaped from his chair, grabbed the man while manager Danyanna Metoyer blocked the doorway. With help from a cook, Washington held the robber down until police arrived. Metoyer said she'd already planned to hire Washington before the attempted robbery, but his heroism confirmed the decision. "You're hired," she said =You earned it." If Robin Hood were alive today, he'd steal from the poor because the rich only carry credit cards. Mama Mia! An angry Toronto mother handed her live-in 23-year-old son an itemized-bill for $39,254.17 for =services issued free of charge," including a $1,000 fee for =being an a**hole and totally unappreciative of your mother's support." A Colorado landlord placed an ad for a two- bedroom apartment that stated that Donald Trump supporters need not apply. =I don't want anyone who even thinks Donald Trump can be a good president to live in my house," said Mark Holmes, who was promptly inundated with hate messages. At 80. Burt Reynolds regrets posing for that infamous nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan maga- zine. =It was really stupid. I don't know what I was thinking," the actor said of the 1972 spread, in which he's sprawled out on a bearskin rug, wearing nothing but a devilish grin. The photo of the 36-year-old sex symbol was a huge sensation, but Reynolds says it has embarrassed him ever since. "I have to be truthful, I was totally zon- kered when I did the picture," Reynolds admits. "That stupid smile, that's what it is, you know. As long as it was only a certain amount of pubic hair showing, I was all for it." Reminder. In 1905, Dr. Vincent Sellaro con- vened the first official meeting of the Sons of Italy in New York City. Sellaro did not live to see his organizations charter more than 2,000 active lodges throughout the nation. From our great show biz know-it-all and musi- cologist AI Natale. "Raymond Burr [used] the same trick a lot of Latin-American actors, singers, and writer's use -- he [invented] wives and offspring for himself so people would believe him hetero- sexual." So says Emlyn (The Comis Green) Wil- liams. A reminder, trumpet legend Harry James' father was a bandmaster in the circus. Harry was playing drums at age seven, but took up trumpet, with lessons from his father, at age ten! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA 1 medium-size eggplant cup Romano or Parmesan 2 cups prepared bread crumbs grated cheese 2 beaten eggs 1 cup canola oil for frying 8 ounces shredded mozzarella Salt cheese 8 ounces tomato sauce Peel dark skin off eggplant with paring knife or potato peeler. Slice eggplant into one-quarter-inch rounds. Layer slices on a fiat dish and salt lightly. Beads of liquid will appear on the slices as they rest one on top of the other. Cover eggplant with wax or plastic paper and place in the refrigerator for at least a half-hour. Meanwhile, warm up an eight-ounce can of prepared tomato sauce. FOR FRYING: With paper towels, wipe beads of liquid from each eggplant slice before dipping into beaten egg. Then coat with bread crumbs and set aside in a platter. Heat cup of oil in a skillet. Place slices in heated oil and fry until brown on both sides. Place slices on paper towels to absorb the oil. Then set aside on a clean Platter. Because eggplant slices absorb oil as they fry, additional oil may be needed in the skillet. FOR BAKING: Coat bottom of baking dish with some tomato sauce. Place one layer of eggplant slices over tomato sauce. Spread additional sauce over the eggplant, and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over sauce. Sprinkle some Romano or Parmesan cheese over the mozzarella (OPtional). Continue layering the eggplant in that man- ner. Then place the baking dish into the preheated 350F oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Check occasionally to see that the top layer does not burn. Remove from oven when cheese has melted. Can be served hot or cooled. Remaining Eggplant Parmigiana must be refrigerated. NOTE: Eggplant Parmigiana can be served on a dinner plate together with linguine or spaghetti. This parmigiana became a favorite lunch in our home when served to us between two slices of Papa's Italian sliced bread. 1st Generation Froth MYBakery Perch VITA ORLANDO StNOPOLI Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighg:ul 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 #1-401 O- 9804- 5 1SBN JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW~.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM Matt o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530