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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 9, 2014 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Citrulo! A South Carolina construction worker was fired and hit with a $525 fine for "theft of government property" after failing to pay 89 cents for a soda refill. Christopher Lewis said he didn't know he had to pay extra for his second cup at the VA Medical center in Charleston, Where he workecl. "I never had the option to make right what I had done wrong," he said. Ready for this? The mayor of Marionville, Mo., was forced to resign after expressing agreement with the anti-Semitic views of Frazier Glenn Miller, a KKK leader recently charged with murdering three people at two Jewish community centers. "Kind of agreed with him on some things," Mayor Dan Cleveneger told a TV interviewer, adding that "corruptions run by Jews" are "destroying us." Recently, while looking over my hundreds of books, we came across a book we pur- chased decades ago. The book, Our Italian Fellow Citizens authored by Francis E. Clark in 1919 was published by Small, Maynard & Company. What we discovered was a para- graph in the book that truly moved me. And it read, "The Italians differ from the other races of the modern world in being more versatile in their abilities and their achieve- ments. The poorest Italian emigrant is by blood and language linked with conquerors and rulers, great administrators, artists, musicians, and poets. Other important races of the world are distinguished for su- periority in some one or two or three lines of achievement." Yes, we Italians differ from other races! We are the greatest! Ha! Our musicologist, Albert Natale, reminds us, the music scale, do re me, fa, so, la, ti, do, was created by an Italian. And the first piano was created in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori who called it piano e forte. Yes, Opera was born in Italy. The most violent region of the world is Latin America, which.had 134,500 homi- cides in 2012 about 31 percent of the global total. Drug violence, organized crime, and inequality have given Latin America a homicide rate double that of Africa. Bit of Hollywood gossip: Richard Gere and Top Chef host Padma Lakshimi are an item says the New York Post. The actor, 64, is divorcing his second wife, Carey Lowell, after 11 years of marriage, and met Lakshimi, 43, while filming a movie in New York. Lakshimi, a former model, was married to author Salman Rushdie for three years, and then had a relationship with billionaire Teddy Forstmann that lasted until his death in 2011. Doctors are so unhappy! "Being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating under- taking," said Daniela Drake. Caring for the sick used to the country's most prestigious and admired profession, but today M.D's -- especially primary-care physicians -- toil thanklessly in a hectic, unsatisfying pro- fession dominated by insurers, government bureaucrats, and malpractice attorneys. "Many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians," and nine out of ten say they would discourage others from enter- ing the profession. It may seem strange to feel sorry for doctors, especially since most of us think they all enjoy the sky-high incomes of Hollywood plastic surgeons and Medicare-mill ophthalmologists. But the life of primary-care physicians is neither privi- leged nor especially lucrative. Doctors must now cram in up to 24 patients a day because of regulated fees and the cost of filling out insurance forms, which averages $58 per patient. The average visit now lasts a measly 12 minutes. Obamacare will add still more bureaucracy and pressure to cut costs. If we want good doctors to stay in practice, "the well-being of America's care-takers is go- ing to have to start mattering to someone." Doctors in India were shocked to discover 12 gold bars inside the stomach of a busi- nessman who was admitted to the hospital complaining of gut pain. The 63-year-old told hospital staff that he'd accidentally swal- lowed a bottle cap, but when doctors oper- ated, they found almost 1 pound of ingots in his ,. lower intestine. "This is the first time I O O O have recov-  ered gold from the stomach of a patient," said surgeon C.S. Rambachan-dran. The man later confessed that he'd swallowed gold bars -- valued at $20,000 -- during a recent trip to Singapore, because he wanted to avoid India's steep import taxes. Good work! After his father got pinned under an overturned snowmobile in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Bode Beirdneau sprang to action. "I tried to dig him out as fast as I could, but my fingers got numb," he said. With no GPS or cell reception, the 9-year- old decided to look for help. "It was a lot of pressure on me. I didn't know which way to go." He walked for miles in the snow before tracking down a tour group, who radioed for help. His dad was airlifted to a hospital, where he had surgery for a broken leg. Asked if he knew he'd been heroic, Bode responded, "Um, yeah." Portland, Oregon, officials decided to empty a reservoir containing 38 million gallons of drinking water -- enough to fill 57 Olympic swimming pools -- after a teen was caught peeing into it. "Our customers don't antici- pate drinking water that's been contami- nated by some yahoo," explained water authority boss David Shaft. But Dallas Swonger, 18 -- who was cited for public uri- nation -- insisted he had only peed on a wall near the water, adding that a little urine in the reservoir was no big thing. "During the summertime," he said, "I've seen dead ani- mals in there." A moron! A man was arrested after he walked into a police station in Austria, asked if he faced any outstanding charges, and was told that in fact he did. Salzburg police said the 59-year-old turned up at their head- quarters last week, and told officers that he just wanted to check that they had "noth- ing on him." Police consulted their records, and discovered he was wanted in Vienna on four counts of fraud and embezzlement. The man, who name hasn't been released was quickly hauled off to prison. For the record, the telephone was invented by Antonio Meucci in 1871, five years be- fore Alexander Graham Bell, but Meucci failed to file a patent with the U.S. govern- ment. And the chocolate bar exists today because of an Italian American named Domenico Ghirardelli. In 1852, he discov- ered a method to make ground chocolate. His chocolate is still sold in San Francisco in square named after him. Mr. Peanut and the Planters Peanut com- pany were created by Amadeo Obici and Mario Peruzzi, two Italian immigrants. Obici, who came to America from Oderzo in 1889, began selling five-cent bags of peanuts on the street. In 1897, he took Peruzzi as his partner. By1930, the two had four huge fac- tories, and raked in over $12 million annu- ally. Today the Planters Peanut Company has over 5,000 employees. Just remember, the cough drop was created by Vincent R. Ciccone, who began his career in the 1930s as a janitor at the Charm Candy Company, and retired as the company's president and chief executive officer. Ciccone secured 20 patents, includ- ing the "Blow Pop," a loUy pop with a bubble gum center. He died at age 81 in 1997. And the ice cream cone was invented by an Italian emigrant to New Jersey named Italo Marcioni in 1896. Our distinguished musicologist Albert Natale reminds us that Jimmy Dorsey's 1957 hit "So Rare" was on the "Top 40" charts for 23 weeks. The singing HI LOS got their name because two members of the pop vocal group were well over 6 feet tall, towering over the others. The song "Too Marvelous for Words" was composed by George Gershwin for Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall for the 1947 movie "Dark Passage." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED i Vita Sinopoli has been contributing her recipes to the Post-Gazette for 15 years. Vita passed away on March 18, 2014 and she will be greatly missed by everyone. We will continue to publish her countless recipes, a gift she left behind and a token to remember her by. AGLIA, OLIO, POMODORO, E BASILICO CON LINGUINE (Aglia e OUo alia Salemitana) 5 large vine-ripened 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves tomatoes (well ripened) Grated cheese of choice 10 cloves of garlic l pound linguine 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and pepper Cut up tomatoes into a thick medium-sized bowl. Add peeled and cut-up garlic gloves. Wash fresh basil leaves. Cut up and add to tomato and garlic. With a wooden mallet, crush contents of bowl into a pesto sauce (thoroughly mashed). Add oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix contents thoroughly. Cover and set aside. Following directions on the package, cook one pound of linguine to your liking. (Reserve about one cup of water when draining the pasta.) After draining, place pasta in a serving bowl. If desired, add a small amount of the hot re- served water to the uncooked tomato mixture. Then spread mixture over the linguine. Stir and serve in bowls topped with grating cheese of choice. Serves four. Note: As I read this recipe, I can literally smell and taste this uncooked tomato, garlic, basil, and oil pesto. It became a tra- ditional summer meal when relatives gathered on a warm Au- gust afternoon. Papa always saved a few tomatoes from his garden in Wilmington for this purpose. Some of the children walked away from the table with teary eyes from the strong garlic flavor; but many grew to enjoy this special meal that originated in our parents' homeland of Salemi, Sicily. f M From YBakery Perch VrrA Oil.A:tm Siovot. 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.BO, ;TONPOSTGAZETTE.COM