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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 23, 2014 ATTENTION AI"rORNEYS v N Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Watch your mouth: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law ban- ning profanity in movies, plays, books and other cultural works. Existing books and music won't be censored, but will be slapped with a label reading "Contains obscene lan- guage." Cinemas will not be allowed to show new films that include swearing, and punk bands that sing profane lyrics could be fined or arrested. In the past, Putin himself has been known to have a foul mouth. He once said he would kill Chechen militants even when they were sitting "on the crapper," and has told reporters, "You must always obey the law, not just when they've got you by the balls." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "People who spout filthy language in public are tres- passing on our eardrums, and we don't like it." Strictly for the birds! A California woman has found herself trapped in a real-life version of The B/rds after about 300 black birds began flying into her home every single night. Shirley Brown said the birds fly down her chimney at sundown, scatter throughout the house, and perch on every available surface -- kitchen countertops, the TV, and even ceiling fans. "The most horrifying thing is the mess they are making" she said. "They poop." The birds leave in the morning, only to return when it gets dark. "I am thinking that with the weather change they will go away." Brown said, "I hope." Wow/More than 100 people who attended a meeting of the nation's top food safety experts in Baltimore have fallen ill -- with suspected food poisoning. Some of the experts developed nausea and diarrhea just hours after eating a meal at the Food Safety Summit, and a dozen more got miserably sick over the next few days. Health officials are now examining the Baltimore Convention Center's kitchens. "We're not trying to hide anything." said the center's head. "None of us are very happy." Since Obamacare's exchanges became available, the percentage of Americans who say they lack health insurance has dropped to 13.4 percent, down from 15 percent in March and a peak of 18 percent in late 2013. Mama Mial The rate of maternal mortality -- the number of mothers who die during childbirth has climbed by 1.7 percent in the U.S, sitice 1990, even as it dropped by 3.1 percent across the developed world. Researchers blame poor people's lack of access to prenatal care. Dead issue! In 77 percent of the executions in the U.S. since 1977, the condemned in- mate was sentenced to death for killing a white person. Yet blacks make up about 50 percent of all homicide victims. Be aware, 54% of Americans support the death penalty for convicted murderers, including 82% of Republicans and 53% of Democrats of those who support capital punishment, 74% say they want executions to continue even if the condemned suffer extreme pain and struggle for breath for more than 20 minutes before dying. Good news for employees! U.S. employers are giving workers more flexibility, with two- thirds now allowing staffers to occasionally work from home, up from 50 percent in 2008, and 38 percent allowing employees to work from home regularly, up from 23 percent just six years ago. A tip for tippers! Researchers found that people in the Northeast and urban areas tend to tip better than those in the South or rural regions, but that almost one third of U.S. adults are unaware that 15 to 20 percent is the general norm for gratuities. Advice for you table servers. Tell the people you are serving that you are a "tip top waiter and if you don't tip me, I blow my top!" A new French study has found that female workers get more stressed during business travel than their male counterparts, mainly because of fear of flying and of renting a car, while male travelers are most .troubled by flying coach. Bow wow/When Chuck and Elicia James went to their local animal shelter to get their daughter a new dog for her 10 th birthday, they weren't expecting to find their own dog, which had gone missing during Hurricane Sandy. The New Jer- sey family was heart- broken when Reckless dis- appeared over 0 0 0 a year and a half ago. "It was like losing a family member," said Chuck. At the SPAC, the first dog they were introduced to looked just like their old terrier pit bull mix, and Reckless immediately recognized them. He jumped three feet in the air," said Chuck. "there wasn't a dry eye in the place." The brainy Kyle J. Waters of Swampscott says, "Another reason why a dog is man's best friend is because he's not always call- ing for explanations." A British cop had to beg an arrested suspect's mom for a lift to the police station because he'd lost his car keys. She agreed to drive the officer and her son who were handcuffed together to the station in her hatchback's rear seat. A Chinese hen was hit by a car going 70 miles per hour and survived. "I thought it must be dead, but then I heard a cluck-cluck- ing," said driver Huang Lingyong, who found the bird embedded in his bumper. Weak ankles, after Italian researchers revealed that cracks had appeared in the ankles of Michelangelo's David," and that the marble statue carved in 1504 -- could soon collapse under its own 5.5 ton weight. A real idiotI A Florida teen was arrested after he posted a video titled "Me driving like an idiot," in which he crashed into four vehicles and injured five people, including himself. "We certainly appreciate it," police said of the 18-year-old's video. Ready for this? Monica Lewinsky broke her almost decade long silence to speak out about her affair with former President Bill Clinton. It's "time to bum the beret and bury the blue dress," the former White House intem wrote in a 4,300 word article for Vanity Fair, refer- ring to the now infamous stained outfit she wore during an intimate encounter with Clinton. "Sure, my boss took advantage of me," said Lewinsky, 40, "but I will always remain firm on this point: It was a consen- sual relationship." But she felt "suicidal" and humiliated after the fling was made public and blames theaffair for ruining her chance at a normal life. "I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton," she wrote, "Let me say it again: I, myself, deeply regret what happened." Proprio Stonzo says the three chief causes of divorce are men, women and marriage. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Shelley Winters reported "Fredel-ic March to do a very emotional scene with tears in his eyes and pinch my fanny at the same time." According to Bob Hope, "Bing Crosby and I weren't the types to go around kissing each other. We always had a light jab for each other ... One of our stock lines used to be "There's nothing I wouldn't do for Bing, and there's nothing he wouldn't do for me. And that's the way we go through life -- doing nothing for each other." And here is what William Holden said about Humphrey Bogart, "I did a movie with Bogart, Sabrina. It proved to me that in Hollywood, stars don't just grow old, they grow paranoid. Bogey was suspicious of my and Audrey Hepburn's every move. Why? We were younger than him." And Rock Hudson said, "I'm in love with Julie Andrews, yes. There's nothing I wouldn't say to her face -- both of them." Wee bit of Italian American history." It was in 1951, Giancarlo Menoitti writes Amah/ and the Night Visitors, the first opera com- posed for television. Menotti's classic appeared on Christmas Eve. And in 1962, President John F. Kennedy spoke before a Columbus Day audience: "My grandfather John Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, claimed that the Fitzgerald's descended from the Geraldini family of Venice." In 1969, race car driver Mario Andretti gets his first win at the Indianapolis 500, establishing a new speed record. 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 gft she left behind and a token to remember her by. ZUCCHINI WITH EGGS In a Light Tomato Sauce 2 medium-size zucchini (not peeled) 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomato I/3 cup olive oil I chopped medium onion I teaspoon dried basil Salt 2 or 4 eggs In a saucepan, saute onion in oil until opaque. Add cut-up ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If a heavier sauce is preferred use a four-ounce can tomato sauce instead. Cover and simmer about eight to ten min- utes. Wash and cut zucchini lengthwise in half. Then cut each half lengthwise again. Slice each zucchini portion into to 1-inch pieces and set aside. Add chopped zucchini and some dried or fresh basil to the saucepan. Add water if more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Stir and cover. Allow zucchini to simmer in tomato for about five minutes. Then crack eggs and gently drop each egg from its shell into the zucchini/tomato mixture. If possible try not to break up egg yolk once it is in the saucepan. Cover and simmer slowly until zucchini is tender and eggs are hard-boiled. Serves two. NOTE: This is a recipe prepared originally in our home with the elongated light green squash called "Cucuzza." From the time I was twelve years old, my parents grew this vegetable each summer in their vegetable garden. The seeds, passed on to them by relatives and paesani, had originally come to this country from Sicily. I have seldom seen this Cucuzza in produce counters of today. I know that it is still grown in home gardens by paesani (home- town friends of my parents) who dry and store some seeds after each summer's harvest. Though zucchini is a great replacement in this recipe, I some- times yearn for the sweet taste of the long cucuzza. Mrs. Murphy (Continued from Page 7) Hollywood .and the media started barking about every little unpolitical incorrect remark, America is becom- ing more like a communist country. It's unfortunate we live in an imperfect world. So let's get over it!!l ... A Tribute to Veterans. You fought for our freedom, which is being taken away. You fought in harm's way, and didn't know if you would see the next day. We Honor you for fight- ing for us. It's a shame the liberal loonies could care lessl ... Salute Our Veterans on Memorial Day .... Till next t/meI I st 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 Hai'd cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a.paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZEI-IE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZERE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices