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Page 12 "POST;GAZETTE,'A PRI L" 2,-201'2 I00ay Darron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 What's new? Well, nearly half of Brazilians are now overweight or obese, the government said. In the past five years, the proportion of people in the land of bikinis who are over- weight has ballooned from 43 percent to 49 percent. The Health Ministry blamed the increase on too much fatty food and said gov- ernment programs were being enacted to encourage healthier eating habits and more sports programs. "Now is the time to act to ensure we don't reach the levels of countries like the U.S.," the Health Ministry said. Gee, nearly half of the people living in Boston's North End are overweight! Just kidding! Great idea! A new mobile medical unit is patrolling the streets of Las Vegas, providing intravenous fluids to people with wicked hangovers. With packages starting at $90, Hangover Heaven treats patients with a "pro- prietary blend" of fluids, vitamins, and medi- cations that the company claims can "drive the toxins out of your system and get you tuned up to enjoy your stay." Charles Ferguson of Greer, South Caro- lina, said he would ignore local officials' order that he get rid of his pet goat, Yogi, even though he faces fines and jail. "That's like asking me to get rid of one of my kids," Ferguson said. "It's not gonna happen." Bravo! Bravo! Meow! Meow! Never giving up hope, after Monika Moser of Germany was reunited with her cat 16 years after it went mtssing. A hiker found the cat, which apparently had been living in the woods the entire time. Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Letting the cat out of the bag is much easier than putting it back." Moron! Raymond Jefferson was charged with stealing 817,000 worth of merchandise from a Radio Shack in Chicago, including a GPS device that police used to locate him. Watch what you say! Ozzie Guillen, man- ager of baseball's Miami Marlins, alienated much of the team's fan base by saying he "loved" and respected Fidel Castro. Guillen begged for forgiveness and was suspended for five games, but Cuban-American groups say they won't stop protesting until he's fired. Good thinking! A quick-thinking middle school student in Milton, Washington, saved his classmates from a terrible accident by taking control of his school bus after its driver suffered a heart attack at the wheel. After the ailing driver slumped in his seat, and deremy Wuitschick's heroism, his young passengers are fine. Wuitschick now plans to learn CPR in case another emergency strikes. "When something major happens, I always look back to see what I could have done better," he said. One of the stars of the John Huston film The African Queen was restored to its former glory -- the titular 30-foot riverboat that ferried Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn up the Congo in the 1951 movie. Lance and Suzanne Holmquist of Key Largo, Florida, spotted the 100-year-old boat sink- ing into disrepair in a marina near their home. Having leased it from the son of its original owner, the couple gave the vessel a $60,000 refurbishment and will maintain it as a charter boat for tourists and movie buffs. Humphrey Bogart, who was born in 1899 passed away from cancer, on January 14, 1957 and is resting-in-peace at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. Tim Tebow can draw a flock, said the New York Post. The New York Jets quarterback, 22, took his show on the road, traveling to a mega-church in Georgetown, Texas, where he delivered an Easter Sermon in front of 15,000 congregants. "The No.1 thing for me is knowing that everything we have is a gift from God," Tebow told the admiring crowd. "That's what Texas is all about: Jesus and football," said one fawning churchgoer. Ready for some gossip? Yoko Ono gave up a lot for John Lennon, said Chrissy Iley in The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). Before she fell in love with Lennon she was an established artist; afterward, she became part of a duo that eclipsed them both. "In a way, John and I ruined our careers by getting together," she says. "Beatles fans were horrified by the union, as was her aristocratic family back in Tokyo." My mother was hurt when she heard I had gone off with a work- O O O ing-class guy from Liverpool. The family put out a press release saying, "We are not proud of Yoko Ono." Worse, her then husband, Tony Cox, disappeared with their 7-year-old daughter, Kyoko, fearing he would lose cus- tody of the girl to Ono and Lennon. By the time Ono saw her daughter again, Kyoko was 31. "It was hard. I remembered her as a little girl and I kept buying her small cashmere sweaters. They piled up in my dressing room until someone said to me, 'Do you realize she's now 26, why are you keeping these things?'" she says. "Kyoko had so much love for her father, and he had said very clearly that if she searched me out she would never see him again." Lindsay Lohan is selling her clothes to raise money. A source close to the troubled actress, 25, says she is in such dire finan- cial straits that she recently took "a truck- load of designer clothes, shoes and bags" to a popular Los Angeles vintage-clothing store and sold them for $14,000 in cash. Lohan's recent legal difficulties and multiple stints in rehab, the source says, have left her with "zero income and a shed-load of bills." Caroline Kennedy is facing yet another family tragedy -- she's losing her beloved aunt Lee Radziwill to Alzheimer's disease. And insiders say the 79-year-old sister of former first lady Jackie Kennedy is so rav- aged by the heartbreaking illness that she believes JFK is still president! Caroline, 57, whose life has been filled with loss, has been spending hours at Lee's bedside with her cousin Anna Christina, trying to keep Lee comfortable. It's a dogfight over Liz Taylor's pet Maltese! Friends say Liz's son, Christopher Wilding, 57, immediately took custody of the pampered pooch, which was frequently photographed perched on the star's lap. But her former beau and manager Jason Winters desper- ately wants Daisy for himself. It was chaos after Liz died last March and Chris took Daisy home to live with him. But Jason coveted that the dog and felt it would connect him to Liz. Yes, this is truly a dogfight! Reminders! It was in 1982 when Mario Cuomo, son of a hardworking grocer and immigrant mother, was elected Governor of New York, the first American of Italian heri- tage to attain the state's highest office. In 1984, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman in American his- tory to be nominated by a major political party, for Vice-President of the United States. And it was in 1986, Antonin Scalia was ap- pointed to the United States Supreme Court, the first Italian-American to achieve the honor. It was in 1977 when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis issued a procla- mation 50 years after the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, reflecting on the conviction of the two Italian anarchists: "The atmosphere of their trail and appeals was permeated by prejudice against foreigners and hostility toward unorthodox political views." Time for some interesting show biz stuff as compiled by the stately musicologist Albert Natale, a proud native of Boston's North End. Composer Sammy Fain was once a singing pianist on radio and in vaudeville. His first major composition was "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella," which he co-wrote with Irving Kahal in 1927. The song was featured in the 1930 film "It's a Great Life." Eddie Fisher was one of the biggest stars of the early 1950s with 35 "top 40" hits between 1950 and 1956. Singer Ella Fitzgerald joined the Chick Webb band in 1934 at age sixteen. Her hit record "A Tisket A Tasket" in 1938 brought her national famLe. Singer Roberta Flack's first major hit was "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," contained in the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty For Me" in 1972. The song "You Are My Sunshine" was written by two- time Governor of Louisiana Jimmy Davis. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGH'I RESERVED ALMOND-FLAVORED BUTTER COOKIES 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 sticks softened butter (i/2 pound) 3 cups flour 11/2 cups flour - separate 2 teaspoons baking powder Cookie cutters of choice "1 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional) ICING: I/3 cup melted butter 1 box Confectioners sugar "Jimmies" (sweet toppings) or nonpareils "I/2 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional) In a bowl, cream sugar and softened butter. Add beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Measure out three cups flour and place in a separate bowl. Add baking powder to flour and stir. Gradually add this to the sugar, butter and egg batter. This will become soft dough. Spray two cookie sheets with vegetable or butter spray and set aside. Spread some flour on a pastry board. Spoon a portion of pastry dough onto floured pastry board. Sprinkle some flour over dough. With your'hand or rolling pin spread dough out to about inch thickness. Before cutting each cookie, dip cookie cutter into flour. Then place cut out cookie onto greased baking sheet. Continue until all dough has been used. Bake in preheated 350F oven. Baking time is about ten minutes. Bottoms will brown slightly. Remove from oven and place baked cookies on a tray to cool. Makes about four dozen. ICING: Melt butter in top pot of a double boiler. Add almond flavoring. Gradually add confectioner's sugar to mixture until you have soft icing. Using a pastry brush, spread icing on one cookie at a time. Immediately sprinkle your choice of ,Jimmies" or nonpareils over the icing. Set cookie aside on a tray. Continue icing in this manner. *Use you own favorite flavoring in the cookie dough and icing. NOTE: This is an easy recipe to prepare for a holiday or birthday party. The colorful cookies are a favorite of my children and grandchildren. They store well in a canister. Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) for God to take them out of their daily misery? I for one was able to get a fleeting glimpse from inside myself. I was at the end of a tunnel trying to see reality. Except for being sedated for surgery, when else can you get such a foggy dream world to navi- gate? And I'm not on a street comer with a sign and a can begging in the fog of life. * Luigi Broglio (Continued from Page 4) located on the equator would be a good place to launch space vehicles and proposed the plan to the United States. An agreement was reached with NASA and the Base site that was selected was off the coast of Kenya, Africa near Malindi. This site provided easy access by land and sea and was to become the first off shore assembly, check- out and launching pad while the land Base was to be used for general use and logistics. An agreement with Kenya in 1987 and 1995 set out the i M From 00akery Perch VITA 01tLANDOS|,NOpOL! cooperation between Italy and Kenya to train the Kenyans in space technol- ogy. From this site, known as the "Luigi Broglio Space Centre of Malindi" Italy was the first country in the world, after the USA and the USSR to launch its own sat- ellite into space, the Saint Mark I. Luigi Broglio can truly be called a "space pio- neer" for his extrodinary work in bringing Italy into the space age. He died in Rome on January 1 i, 2001. An extraordinary life. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOul 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