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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 30, 2010 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Dead issue! Two German women have been arrested for trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a plane in sunglasses and a hat. Gitta Jaran, 66, and her daughter Anke Anusic, 41, allegedly tried to wheel Jaran's dead husband, Willi, aboard a plane from the U.K. to Germany to avoid a $5,000 repa- triation fee on coffins. Coroners later determined that Willi, 91, had died days pre- viously, a charge Anusic calls "completely ludicrous." "He came in the taxi with us," says Anusic. "He was a bit pale, but he was moving." Wow! Anger over the health-care overhaul has sparked nearly a threefold increase in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, the FBI reports. Law- makers received 42 threats in the first three months of the year, compared with 15 in the last three months. Good for herr Since leaving her $125,000- a-year job as Alaska's governor last July, Sarah Palin has raked in $12 million in book royalties, speaking fees and payments from two TV shows. Yes, we are one of Palin's admirers. Huh? Prescription drug use is up -- and so is the number of deaths and hospitaliza- tions caused by them. A recent study by medical researchers at West Virginia Uni- versity combed through data from about 8 million hospital admissions every year over seven years. The results were unsettling: The number of people who overdosed on sedatives, tranquilizers and opioids, which are typically prescribed for pain, rose 65% between 1999 and 2006. Accidental hospi- talizations from these drugs jumped by 37% during that period, while intentional over- doses rose by an alarming 130%. Prescrip- tion drugs are "as powerful, addictive and dangerous as heroin," study author Jeffrey Coben tells Scientific American. Many experts feel the drugs are over-prescribed. Bottles of pills often wind up sitting in the medi- cine cabinet, where teens and others can find and abuse them. Speaking of prescriptions, doctors may write their prescriptions in illegible Latin, but their bills are always written in plain English. Carlo Scostumato claims there's only one thing harder to read than the hand- writing on the wall, and that's a doctor's prescription. Sicilian wines are in the news! "Sicily is not the first place in Italy that comes to mind when I think of white wine," said Bill Daley in the Chicago Tribune. But wine authority Jancis Robinson believes Sicilian wines have come a long way in recent years, so I decided to give them a taste. The most "widely planted" of the Sicilian white grapes is Catarratto, followed by Trebbiano. Robinson recommends three bottles of Si- cilian wine that are inexpensive and work especially well with seafood, making them "refreshing choices for summer entertain- ing." And the wines are: 2008 Colosi Bianco, 2008 Curatolo Mulinea Insolia and 2007 Ajello Majus. The astute Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "There's no comparison between wine and women: wine improves with age." The brilliant, attractive Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, thinks age improves all wines except the whine of man. Speaking of wine, remember, you never, never, sip wine while eating a salad! Wine is not compatible with vinegar! Italians and French always eat their salads at the end of the main course. "Pizza and basketball are a lot alike," said Ed Levine and Adam Kuban on Every Day with Rachael Ray. Local loyalties are strong. That's why our search for the country's best pizzaiolo, or pizza maker, used the NCAA Tournament as a model: We visited 64 pizzerias in 25 cities, and these were our "final four." Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles; Motorino, New York; Great Lake, Chicago and Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix selected as the very best of the 64 we tasted. More healthy tips! To keep your skin healthy get a dose of vitamin D. Simply eat more fish, eggs, and milk to promote O O O clear skin , and "lower your risk of getting some cancers." Watch your exercisel High-impact workouts, like running and jumping, might make you sweat, but they also loosen the skin, caus- ing it to sag. Instead, try "low-impact aerobic exercise," such as spinning. Skip the strawl To avoid a halo of wrinkles around your mouth, drink straight from a cup instead of using a straw, That "constant lip puckering" can take its toll over time. Must admit we do down a vitamin D every day. Money bag! An elderly Australian man donated a suitcase to the Salvation Army, only to be told by his wife that their life sav- ings were sewn into the lining of the bag. Police tracked down the suitcase, which had been sold, and charged two people with depositing the $93,000 in the bank. Mental-health advocates are protesting a new Burger King commercial in which men in white coats tackle the King after he goes "crazy" and offers his new burger for an "insane" price. Advocates called the ad "appalling" and said it mocked the mentally ill. Burger King said no offense was intended. Standing tall! French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who's famously sensitive that he stands only 5-feet-5, had a custom-built podium flown to the U.S. to make him look taller while giving a speech at Columbia University. Rumors have it that every time President Sarkozy looks in the mirror, he takes a bow. Nurses are earning more than doctors! According to a physician recruiting and con- sultation firm, family doctors could expect an average base salary of $173,000 in 2009, while certified nurse anesthetists (CRNASs) were offered $189,000. Wee bit of show business stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Susan Sarandon is still a little stunned to be single. She broke up with partner Tim Robbins last year, after a two-decade relationship. "It's a long time to not be dating and then be going back into it," admits the actress, who is 63. Singer Tony Martin christened his profes- sional career as a saxophonist with the Ray Noble orchestra in 1938. After success as a band singer, he went on his own and scored with hits such as "To Each His Own," "Tonight We Love," "There's No Tomorrow," and "Kiss of Fire." Singer/actress Bette Midler began as an extra in the film "Hawaii" (1966) and also played in "Fiddler on the Roof." Besides being a Grammy win- ning singer, Bette has had considerable success in both serious and comedy films. Actresses Jean Harlow and Ginger Rogers had each been considered for the part of Ann Darrow in the 1933 film "King Kong" before the part ultimately went to Fay Wray, Nancy Sinatra co-starred and sang with EIvis Presley in the 1968 film "Speedway." Within three weeks of release, "The Chipmunk Song" sold two-and-a-half million records and was the fastest selling record of 1958. And Tony Bennett served as the summer TV replacement for Perry Como twice in the 1950s. Some Italian American history: Italians were allowed to own land in Maryland in 1649. It would seem, however, that some Italians may have come to Maryland, the only place on the Atlantic seaboard, north of Florida, in which Catholics were allowed to settle as early as 1632. The first Italian to come to Georgia was Paul Amatis. He landed with the first colonists at Charles- ton, South Carolina, on January 13, 1733. In 1768, 110 Italian colonists settled in Florida. The first teacher of modern lan- guages in an American college was Carlo Bellini, a native of Florence. Bellini was appointed a professor of languages at the College of William and Mary in 1778. Bellini taught the French, Spanish, German and Italian languages. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LINGUINE WITH CLAMS IN BIANCO in White Sauce 2 dozen freshly steamed littleneck clams* 4 or 5 garlic cloves chopped 1/4 cup of olive, canola oil, or a mixture of both 1 tablespoon chopped parsley {preferable fresh) Romano or Parmesan grated cheese l pound linguine *OPTIONAL: In place of freshly steamed clams, use two cans of chopped or minced clams and two bottles of clam juice available in supermarkets. To steam clams: Wash clam shells thoroughly several times. Add about one quarter of an inch of water to sauce- pan and place on burner to heat. Then add clams. Cover and allow steaming until the clamshells open. Remove saucepan from burner. Remove clams from shells and set aside. Save the broth. White sauce preparation: Skin and chop garlic cloves. Heat oil slightly in two-quart saucepan over medium heat before adding chopped garlic. Simmer slowly. Do not brown garlic. Remove pan from burner for a few seconds before adding parsley and clam broth from steamed clams. Return to burner and bring to a boil. Add clams, chopped or whole. When mixture comes to a boil, turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Follow directions on package for cooking linguine or pasta as desired. After draining cooked pasta in colander, place in serving bowl. Pour clam broth from saucepan over linguine. Top each serving with one or more tablespoons of clams. Serve with preferred grated cheese. *Use directions above for preparing oil, garlic mixture. Remove saucepan from burner and let stand a few seconds before adding parsley, bottled clam juice and clams. Bring to a slow boil for a few seconds. Turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Then follow directions above for serving the clams in bianco with the cooked pasta. Serves four. NOTE: One of my delights is to prepare this meal for my family and friends with fresh steamed littlenecks whenever possible. It always reminds me of the many times we experi- enced the pleasure of digging for littlenecks along various north or south shore beaches during my childhood. We couldn't wait to return home for Mama to prepare this meal for as. Whenever I use fresh steamed littlenecks today, I make sure to save some in the shell after steaming. I top each serving bowl of linguine with the chopped littlenecks and a few little- necks in the shell. * Baker Warns of More Spending (Continued from Page 2) cally motivated, not a gen- uine embrace of fiscally conservative positions. Only Charlie Baker understands these issues and has the proven record of reform needed to turn around our state government." Baker and Tisei support cutting the income and sales taxes to 5% and repealing the new alcohol tax. Before the Legislature caved to the r M From YBakery Perch VITA ORLANI)O S1NOPOLI outrage of overtaxed Massa- chusetts residents, Baker had vowed that if he were governor, the Legislature's attempt to undermine Prop- osition 21/2 would be "dead on arrival." This announcement is one of a host of policy solutions put forward by the Baker- Tisei team and for more information please visit www.charliebaker2O l O.com. 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 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM