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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 4,,- Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Wow! A Michigan middle school student turned up to class with a backpack stuffed with $20,000 and started doling out stacks of $100 bills to her friends. Police are trying to find out how the cash ended up in her bag. i meteorologi- cal officer in Alaska and Florida. He won New England's I 0 0 0 Moron! Pretending to be good, after a federal shutdown of New Jersey's Butterfly Bakery upon finding copious amounts of sugar in its "sugar free" items and loads of saturated fat in its "fat free" range. The bakery's slogan was, "Goodies that taste good without being bad." Ugh[ Going Greyhound, after droves of cockroaches suddenly began dropping from air ducts onto passengers on a New York City-bound bus. There were "like a thou- sand roaches," said one rider, who joined others in screaming and running off the bus. BingoY A Kentucky teen was charged with disorderly conduct for falsely yelling "bingo" in a bingo hall. District Judge Douglas Grothaus likened 18-year-old Austin Whaley's prank to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, and ordered the teen not to say the word "bingo" for six months. "People take their bingo very seriously," the judge said. News from Agra, India. Tourists fear rape: Just days after a Swiss tourist was gang- raped in front of her husband at an Indian campsite, a British tourist jumped off a hotel balcony in Agra to escape the advances of the hotel owner. The woman said the owner banged on her door, offering an early morn- ing "free massage," and when she refused to open it, he came back with security guard to force the door open. The woman injured her leg; the hotelier was arrested. Five other men are in custody and have confessed to the rape of the Swiss woman. A bill man- dating harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, passed the lower house of parliament. Carlo Scostumato thinks rapists should be castrated. A father in Georgia called his local IRS office to ask if he could deduct the cost of his daughter's wedding as a "total loss?" According to Medford's unofficial mayor, Tom Analetto, a wedding cake is the only cake that can give you indigestion for the rest of your life. Be aware, South America has 339 million Catholics and Africa, 186 million. Canada and the U.S. combined have just 85 million. Amen. The brilliant, talented guitarist, cabinet maker, Frank Timo of East Boston, thinks the man who expects to go to heaven must take the time to study the route that will get him there. Baby talk! Chinese doctors have performed 336 million abortions and 196 million ster- ilizations since China began encouraging small families in 1971. Without the country's one-child policy, China says its 1.35 billion population would be 30 percent larger. Choo! Choo! Amtrak ridership has risen 55 percent since 1997, a new study found. In the shorter, city-to-city routes, from Boston to Washington and San Diego to Los Angeles, Amtrak actually makes a profit. Losses come from the little-traveled, long-distance routes in other parts of the country. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "America has more transportation facilities than any other nation, but they're so crowded that we can't use them." Traffic warning on entering Plover, Wis- consin; "Go slow. This is a one-hearse town." The amount of time a sample of local TV newscasts devoted to stories about govern- ment and politics fell to 3 percent last year, down from 7 percent in 2005, a new Pew Research study found. With reporting staffs shrinking, 40 percent of the average news- cast was taken by segments about weather, sports and traffic. A wee bit about the highly respected meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler. Prior to joining WBZ, Schwoegler was a U.S. Naval first Emmy Award for Outstanding Meteo- rologist in 1986. Bruce Schwoegler and his family live in the Greater Boston area. The brilliant Kyle Waters of Swampscott heard that little boys who don't always tell the truth will probably grow up and become weather forecasters. Eating your way to better sleep by eating a meal just before bedtime can keep you awake, but certain light snacks can actu- ally aid sleep. Sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus recommends oatmeal with milk about 90 minutes before you turn in. "The milks' protein helps you metabolize the oatmeal's carbs, which raises seronin, a hormone that promotes sleep." Bananas can be a go- to-late-night nosh. They're "like big, yellow sleeping pills" -- loaded with magnesium and potassium, which help relax muscles and encourage deep sleep. So how do we fall asleep at night? We do read in bed and after digesting a chapter or so we shut off our night lamp. And then we think of the night, during the Battle of the Bulge, when we were outside on guard duty. And then a blizzard hits us! We had icicles hanging from our nose, we were shivering, we wee weed ourselves, and then we wished we could be killed off. My dear readers, it was the feeling of the prescience of my father who was encouraging me and assur- ing me we would survive. Ah, my father, passed away when I was but four years old. And there we were at 49 Everett Street, East Boston, on welfare. Enough said! We did cover this period in one of my books. A study by the American Psychological Association found that women report higher levels of work stress than men, "as well as a gnawing sense that they are under- appreciated and underpaid." But, bad feel- ings are strong throughout the workforce: 61 percent of employees feel they lack advancement opportunities and just half of them feel valued at work. So reported The Wall Street Journal. Show biz reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Three-time Academy Award winner Harry Warren (1893- 1981), was born Salvatore Guaragna in Brooklyn and was the son of a Calabrian boot maker. One of Hollywood's most successful and prolific composers during the '30s, '40s and '50s, he wrote "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "A Love Affair To Remember," and "That's Amore," among many other songs. Between 1935 and 1950, he wrote more hit songs than Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or George Gershwin, three of which earned him Academy Awards: "Lullaby of Broadway," "You'll Never Know," and "Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." After they announced they'd split after 30 yeirs of marriage in October, Danny Devito and wife Rhea Perlman are a couple again! Sources say grumpy Taxi star Danny, 68, has gone overboard wooing back the tart- tongued Cheers star Rhea, 64. So, who was the first Italian American to be elected to the United States Senate? It was John Pastore who served his home state of Rhode Island. So, who was responsible for the gigantic task of getting the astronauts to the Moon and home safely? It was NASA's Apollo program director Rocco Petrone. Yes, an Italian American from Amsterdam, New York. The widely read gossip magazine, GLOBE reported brokenhearted 12-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio told pretty Amalia Diamonte when she rejected him -- "If I can't marry you, I'll become a priest!" But 76-year-old Amalia, who was also 12 at the time, has no regrets they parted ways. She recalls how she turned away young Jorge because her family was furious about their romance and dead set against them ever marrying. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CAFONATA Eggplant 1 medium eggplant diced 6 or 7 tablespoons olive oil 1 sliced onion 3 tablespoons prepared tomato sauce 2 stalks celery diced 2 tablespoon wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon capers 4 green pimento olives 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 tablespoon ground pepper A sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional) Wash eggplant whole, (without removing outer skin), and dice. Heat five tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and add diced eggplant to simmer until it softens. Add sliced onion to skillet and one or two teaspoons of additional olive oil and fry until onion is lightly browned. Add tomato sauce and diced celery. Simmer "mixture until celery is tender. If needed, add a tablespoon of water before adding capers and chopped green pimento olives. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Slightly heat wine vinegar separately. Add sugar and stir. Then pour vinegar gently over eggplant mixture in skillet. Simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. (Optional) Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper). Salt to taste. Serve this hot or cooled as a side dish with broiled lamb chops, breaded fried cutlets or roast beef. It is also deli- cious on crackers or toasted bread to serve as hors d'oeuvres. Caponata can be refrigerated for future servings. It can also be frozen and reheated. NOTE: My husband and I met Louis and Rose "Dolly" Sorrentino on Cape Cod in the 1980's. They were former North End neighbors of ours for many years. We renewed our friendships. While having lunch at their Cape Cod home one day, Dolly served us some homemade Caponata. I mentioned how much I had enjoyed it when my mother served it. But my mother pre- pared Caponata only during the summer when eggplants were available. Like so many of her friends, Mama never had a written recipe. I was delighted that Dolly offered me a copy of her recipe. Because eggplants are now available year round, we can enjoy homemade Caponata throughout the year. at voswnting@comst, et Tossed (Continued from Page 3) phy, is dedicated to excep- tional guest experience. Its website, which allows din- ers to order online for pickup or delivery, also offers a nutritional calculator that was named one of the 50 Great Ideas by Restaurant Business Magazine. The cal- culator lets diners generate nutritional information for their salads as they're being built. Tossed's menu includes gluten-free options. To place a carry-out, delivery or catering order at Tossed, phone 617-424-7700 or log on to www.tossed.com. ABOUT TOSSED: Tossed is the home of made- to-order salads featuring dozens of gourmet ingredients and unique dressings. Tossed also offers wraps, grilled panini, sandwiches and soups along with an array of breakfast items. Tossed is sprouting locations across the United States. Tossed Franchise Corporation, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, offers franchises to companies and individuals interested in one of the freshest, most exciting concepts in fast casual dining. To learn more about Tossed, go to www.tossed.com. r M0000akery Perch VITA ORLANDO SINOPOLI 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 1SBN