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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE,. APRIL 13,.2012 Ray Barton's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,5 The City of Lawrence, has struggled for years with a reputation for crime and cor- ruption. But now, spurred by a magazine article labeling Lawrence "City of the Damned," the city is fighting to change people's prejudices. Hundreds of local resi- dents turned out for a march entitled "We Are Lawrence" in support of their hometown recently. A group of local high schoolers joined in the effort too, setting up a newspaper dedicated to positive stories about the community. The goal, said Jerisson DeLaCruz, 17, is to "turn Lawrence into a city we can be proud to be from." Bravo! Bravo! What a great guy! The Keller, Texas City Manager Dan O'Leary determined that the best way to contend with a budget shortfall was to fire himself from his $176,000-a-year job. Morons! The Danish lottery company Danske Spil mistakenly told 302 winners via email that they'd won prizes ranging from $177 million to $50 billion. A follow-up email clarified that the actual prizes were $35 to $70. "I got very excited," one disap- pointed winner said of the first email. ScornataI Le cosce storte! Brazilian police have captured three members of Sao Paulo's notorious "gang of blondes." The women have been targeting wealthy female shoppers in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro since 2008. Two women would grab a victim as she entered her car, while two others would take her credit cards and max them out on luxury shopping sprees. "One or two speak more than one language, and some have been educated overseas," said Sao Paulo police officer Joaquim Dias Alves. "They are really pretty girls, well-dressed and made up." Police believe at least three other gang members remain at large. Setting the record straighU Whitney Hous- ton died from drowning, but drugs were a contributing factor in her death, said the L.A. coroner's office. Houston's official cause of death was accidental drowning, but cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs were found in her body, as well as evidence of heart disease. "The level of cocaine was not a lethal level," chief coroner Craig Harvey told People.com. "But her death was compli- cated by chronic cocaine use and heart disease." Assistant coroner Ed Winter said that the singer, 48, "could've passed out first" because of intoxication, or may have "had a heart attack and then drowned." A complete autopsy report is due in a few weeks. Weirdl A cat survived a 19-story fall from a Massachusetts high-rise by gliding like a flying squirrel. Witnesses say the 1-year-old feline landed feet-first in a tiny patch of mulch surrounded by concrete. That landing said animal-rescue official Mike Brammer, was more than just good luck. "You notice where their legs join their body, they have extra fur right there," Brammer said. "During the long fall," said Brammer, "cats which survive long falls better than shorter ones can use the flaps of extra fur to spread like a parachute, and control where they land." Attention! Single men! A British woman has spent six months planning her wedding down to the tiniest detail, despite not found anyone to marry. Rearna Ackford, 22, tells the London Sun that she has already picked out a church for the ceremony, a $1,700 bridal gown, the menu for the reception, and even the music for her walk down the aisle -- if she ever finds a groom. "Every girl grows up dreaming of their wedding day," says Ackord. "I'm just taking it one step further than most and making those dreams a reality." The astute and charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "The woman who com- plains about the man she married should realize that she could have caught a bigger fish if she had used better bait." A well-informed man is one whose wife has just told him what she thinks of him. The unofficial mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto, claims in most marriages the ,w husband is the provider and the wife is the decider. When a man and woman marry they become one and they I 0 0 0 spend the rest of their lives trying to find out which one. Like we once said, a woman marries the first time for love, the second time for com- panionship, the third time for support, and the rest of the time from habit. As for my marriage, it was made in heavenl Full of lightning and thunderI Just kidding. The brush offi Katy Perry has such a strong phobia about cavities that she brushes her teeth six times a day. The pop superstar, 27, carries up to 20 brand-new toothbrushes with her everywhere she goes, and uses them almost constantly to prevent a recurrence of the 13 cavities she had as a child. "When I was a kid, we didn't go to the dentist a lot," Perry says. On her first visit, the dentist told her, "You might as well get a new set of teeth." A source in Perry's entourage says she so fears bad teeth that "we won't go any- where without a stack of brushes." Steven Sebestyen claims you've got a prob- lem when your dentist tells you that you need a bridge, and you can't pay his toll. And Steven's beautiful wife Theresa thinks den- tists are often driven to extraction. Some useless information! Americans lost about $30 billion worth of cell phones last year, according to a new industry study. On average, consumers lose their phones once a year. And the U.S. now has more than 6 million people in jail -- a higher number than the Soviet Union imprisoned in the gulag archipelago during Stalin's reign. In 1900, the third leading cause of death was diarrhea. Pirates thought to have an earring would improve their eyesight. Ancient Romans believed that birds mated on February 14, "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. In England in the 1880s, pants was considered a dirty word. One more time! In Italy, a cam- paign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water. And the three best-known western names in China are Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley. Huh? Americans are eating out more at restaurants with waiters. Over the 12 months through January, sales at full- service restaurants were 8.7 percent higher than in the previous 12 months, the fastest growth since the late 1990s. Americans spend $220 billion a year at full-service res- taurants, and $211 billion at places that serve food only over the counter. Time for some interesting show biz stuff as compiled by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Bandleader Sammy Kaye was so af- fected by th.e news flash of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that he went home and wrote the song: "Remember Pearl Harbor." Singer Dinah Shore has had two #1 hits: "I'll Walk Alone" (1944) and "But- tons and Bows" (1948). Country singer Reba McEntire is being managed by Don Williams, brother of singer Andy Williams. Dancers Ray Bolger, George Raft and Ruby Keeler were all raised on the same Tenth Avenue block in New York City. Did you know that in the original story Cinderella's slipper was made of fur, not glass. Before becoming an actor at age 37, Telly Savalas was Senior Director of News and Specials at ABC Radio. "Rock Around the Clock," by Bill Haley and the Comets, was the biggest selling single record in rock music history, selling over 20 million copies. Germany's biggest-selling tabloid, Bild, has stopped putting topless girls on its front page, ending a tradition going back 28 years. The decision was made in honor of Inter- national Women's Day. A topless model will still appear daily on an inside page. Carlo Scostumato, says it was a good move. "The tabloid would go bust without the topless girls." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME . it Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL CACCIATORE Veal Stew Meat or Veal Shoulder Arm Chops 1 pound veal meat 1 full tablespoon capers (in '/2 cup chopped celery vinegar and water) 2 cloves garlic (optional) '/4 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 medium onion chopped 3 medium-size ripened 2 large carrots tomatoes chopped 2 large potatoes I/2 pound fresh string beans, 1 sprig of bay leaf (optional) or 8 oz. can of cut beans, 1 chicken bouillon cube or frozen cut beans. 1 cup water Line a twelve-inch skillet with canola oil and heat over medium flame. Leave bone in if using shoulder chop but remove extra fat from veal shoulder chop. Place veal in heated skillet to sear and brown. Remove meat from skillet and set aside. Add celery, onions and capers to the skillet. Stir until onion is opaque. Do not brown onion. Add a little of the vinegar and water from the capers' bottle. Add bay leaf (optional) and simmer about two or three minutes before adding chopped tomato pieces. Stir occasionally and cover. Simmer slowly for about three minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve bouillon cube in warm water. Slowly stir in bouillon mixture into skillet. Add garlic and veal into skillet. Cover and cook about ten minutes over medium heat. Peel and slice carrots into wedge about two inches long. Cut tips of string beans if using fresh beans and wash thoroughly. Peel potatoes and cut into two-inch wedges. Add carrots first to skillet. Cover and cook them about five minutes before adding string beans and potato pieces. Add additional water if needed. Cook until potatoes and vegetables are tender. Season to taste. If bay leaf is used, remove before serving meal. NOTE: I learned from my mother to vary the recipe by occa- sionally adding a can of mushrooms to the skillet. Another option is to add sliced green peppers or some green peas. In place of potatoes, I sometimes prepare some of my favorite rice and serve it plain or topped with a few tablespoons of sauce from the skillet. Vita can be reached at voswriting @ comcast.net Flavorful Landscapes (Continued from Page 7) plantings of cabbage, toma- toes or eggplant. The short season vegetables will be ready to harvest just about the time the bigger plants are crowding them out. Consider planting veg- etables closer together in wider rows. You'll waste less space for pathways, putting more room in plantings. Make sure each plant has enough space to grow and that you can reach all planted areas to weed and harvest. Provide proper care and get ready to harvest and enjoy a bountiful harvest from your own garden. Gardening expert, TV host and author Melinda Myers has 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, in- cluding Can't Miss Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda's Garden Moment segments which air on TV and radio stations through- out the U.S. She is a colum- nist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, hosted The Plant Doctor radio program for over 20 years as well as Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a mas- ter's degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Myers' web site is www.melindamyers.com. akery Perch 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memorieas 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