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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, M'AY 13, 201 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees. Census figures recently released highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enroll- ment in the early 1980s. What it also shows is that there is a steady decline in stay- at-home mothers. The educational gains for women are giving them greater access to a wider range of jobs, contributing to a shift of traditional gender roles at home and work. We are looking forward to the day when a woman will be elected as President of the United States. Hillary Clinton? Wow! New York Public Library officials announced that viewing Internet porn on library computers is protected by the First Amendment, even if the groaning disturbs others. "Customers can watch whatever they want on the computer," a library spokes- woman said. Huh? It's time to lower the drinking age, said Michelle Minton. The federal law that forced all 50 states to establish 21 as the legal drinking age has backfired, and "created a culture of hidden drinking and disrespect for the law." In a country where 18-year-olds can vote, marry, and go to war, they should be able to buy and drink a beer without breaking the law. "It's true that America has a problem with drinking," but the rates of alcoholism and binge-drinking among teenagers are far greater here than in Europe, where teenagers can legally drink. Here, teens learn to drink by furtively guzzling beer or booze in basements, the woods, or college dorm rooms, without adult supervision; rather than drink slowly and moderately for pleasure, they race to get drunk. Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving contend that rais- ing the drinking age has reduced alcohol- fueled highway fatalities. But fatalities have dropped for all age groups, and in other coun- tries, too, primarily because of better auto- safety technology. In every way except one, our society treats 18-year-olds as adults. It's time to end hypocrisy. Zoozy happening! The penguin keeper at a zoo in Germany had to stop wearing his favorite black-and-white rubber boots after a male penguin fell in love with them. The penguin, known as Bonoparte, has been obsessed with keeper Dennis Kubler's boots since the start of mating season, evidently mistaking them for a female, and would nuzzle them passionately. Kubler, currently wearing blue boots, says he'll switch back only when Bonoparte finds a flesh-and-blood mate. "Penguins are monogamous," he notes. How we spend our money! U.S. consum- ers spend $1.2 trillion on nonessential goods and services annually, according to the Commerce Department. Consumers spend- ing on discretionary luxury items, includ- ing jewelry, yachts, sports cars, alcoholic beverages, and candy, has risen to 11.2 per- cent of total consumer spending-up from 4 percent in 1959. So reported The Wall Street Journal. Giuseppina, la coscia storta, claims local consumers spend lots of money on Baccala! And Carlo Scostumato thinks some men spend their money on women. Shame on you, Carlo! Sinc.e 1988, an international treaty against dumping plastic at sea has banned the practice of driving golf balls from the. decks of ocean cruise ships. But sea- going duffers could get a reprieve now that University of Maine researchers have devised a golf ball made from lobster shells. They say the ball will sink and degrade within weeks in freshwater or saltwater. The astute Roslie Cunio of Waltham thinks golf is a sport in which a small white ball is chased by men who are too old to chase anything else. The aspiring golfer Paul Waters of Swampscott, says, "One of the quickest ways to meet new people is to pick up the wrong ball on a golf course. Peter Bea- trice, who is also from Swampscott, O O O says, "Golf  was invented so that even the man who isn't in politics would have something to lie about." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill explains why she doesn't play golf: "I have more impor- tant things to lie about." Recently we had the pleasure of reading a stirring review of a new book, "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports," by Koostya Kennedy. Be sure to purchase a copy of the great book, or have your local library order a copy. Believe me, the book strips away some of the mysteries about what made DiMaggio so great. A recent poll disclosed 90% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they expect to find a career that will bring them happiness, even though only 25% say life will be easier for them than it was for their parents. For dopes! Indoor marijuana cultivation consumes about 1 percent of the nation's electricity. Have you received your tax refund? Well, taxpayers are more disposed than ever to over-pay their taxes throughout the year in order to get a heftier annual refund from the IRS. Last year's average refund was $3,003, almost twice the $1,698 of 1999. The IRS expects the trend to continue this year. It has been said, the income tax has made more liars out of American .people than golf. Wait! Here's more! No respect- able person is in favor of nudity, but after paying taxes, some of us may not have any other choice. And the wondrous Tom Analeto of Medford thinks income-tax forms should be printed on Kleenex because so many of us have to pay through the nose. The brilliant Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston thinks it was easier to tell the truth in George Washington's day. There were no income-tax forms to fill out. Moronl A taxpayer recently sent the IRS twenty-five cents with a note saying he understood that he could pay his taxes by the quarter. One more timel Tom Bergeron began his broadcasting career in 1972 at WHAV in his hometown Haverhill. He also worked in 1981 in New Hampshire as a talk show host. He joined WBZ-TV in February of 1982 as host of a children's show. At that time, he and his wife and two daughters lived in Belmont. Time to hear from the stately, music- ologist, Albert Natale. At age five, Mickey Rooney made his motion picture debut as a midget in "Not To Be Trusted" (1925). "My Way" was originally written by three French songwriters. Paul Anka wrote the English lyrics and Don Costa created the arrange- ment for Frank Sinatra. Don Costa is a native of Boston. Prior to scoring with two pop instrumental hits in 1951, "The Synco- pated Clock" and "Blue Tango," Leroy Ander- son was an arranger with Arthur Fiedler's Boston Pops Orchestra. When Fred Astaire was given a screen test during his youth, the movie director was quoted as say- ing: "Can't act, slightly bald and can dance a little." Paul Newman was the only actor to be included on Richard Nixon's original list of twenty enemies. Newman was on the list because of his involvement in liberal causes in 1972. Of the five actors who have played James Bond, only one is British by birth. Les Brown's first hit was called "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," with vocalist Betty Bonney in 1941, when the entire country was following the New York Yankees. And entertainer Eddie Cantor is said to have lost $2 million in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. He became the highest paid star on radio in 1936. Songs associated with Eddie in- clude" "If You Knew Suzie," "Dinah," and "Makin Whoopie." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED POLLO SPEZZATO ALLA SICILIANA Cut-up Chichen-Sicilian Style A three-pound cut-up chicken I/4 cup olive oil I large onion cut in quarters 5 cloves garlic 3 carrots -- cut into two-inch pieces 2 medium potatoes-cut in quarters 1 large green pepper -- cut lengthwise into two-inch wedges* 2 tablespoons wine or cider vinegar* 1 tablespoon dried oregano I fresh tomato chopped (optional) 1 cup green peas (canned or frozen) I cup mushrooms (optional) 1 cup water salt Two or three slices of prepared vinegar peppers can be used in place of fresh green pepper slices, wine and/or cider vinegar. Heat oil in a saucepan and slightly brown chicken portions in the pan. Add onion and chopped garlic cloves to Sauce- pan and simmer for a short time before adding chopped tomato (optional) and half a cup of water. Cover and continue simmering slowly until broth boils. Add carrots, potatoes, oregano and additional water. Cover and cook slowly for about fifteen minutes. Add prepared vinegar peppers or wine or cider vinegar. Stir and add mushrooms and peas. Stir and cook until chicken and vegetables are fork tender (about thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on size of chicken pieces). Salt to taste. This recipe does not require a lot of broth but enough to serve some with the chicken and vegetables. Add additional water if needed. NOTE: This recipe can also be prepared in a baking dish in the oven, or on a grill. Each method of preparation allows for a different flavor. When I prepare this, I remember when my materrml grandmother cooked this dish on our outdoor fireplace in Wilmington. I walked with her around the area, picking up small broken limbs and adding them to the fire. She told me that this made her feel like she was back in Salemi, Italy. 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