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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 25, 2012 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Bad week for: Italians, after the govern- ment's recent crackdown on tax evaders net- ted the nation a whopping $7.9 billion in owed taxes. Some stores and businesses failed to tile any tax returns at all, saying they simply forgot. Sfaccimmo! It was on May 14, 1998, the great singer- actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82. A new Asian restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been denied a trademark on obscenity grounds. Owner Paul Ardaji says "Fuku": is a Japanese word meaning good fortune, wealth, and prosperity, but state officials said the name "includes immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter." Said Ardaji: "The state looks at things from a very narrow scope." Ouch! A Polish dentist took revenge on an ex-boyfriend by removing all his teeth. The man, Marek Olszewski, 45, went ahead with a dental exam by Anna Mackowiak, 34, only days after he'd informed her that he was leav- ing her for another woman. Mackowiak said she intended to do a regular exam, "but when I saw him lying there I just thought, 'What a bastard.'" She gave her ex a powerful anes- thetic and yanked out his teeth one by one. "I thought she was a professional," said a shocked Olszewski. His new girlfriend has left him because he's toothless. Carlo Scostumato claims many people are so afraid of dentists they need an anesthetic just to sit in the waiting room. Reminder! The dentist's favorite marching song is "The Yanks Are Coming." Dentists have more faith in people than anybody. It's a miracle that more of them don't get their fingers bitten off. Moron! An Illinois man pulled over for al- legedly driving 111 mph in a 45 mph zone told a cop he was in such a hurry because he was on his way "to go have sex." Police say Zachary Ramirez, 21,: roared past a speed trap on a rural road, and then blew through a traf- fic light and stop sign. Rather than make it to his assignation, Ramirez had a date with a judge, who released him hours later on $200 bond. Snow job! Cities and states across the coun- try saved millions of dollars in snow-removal costs because of the unusually mild winter. Ohio, for instance, spent $44 million this winter, compared with $85 million the year before. Happy days are here again! How much does it take to buy happiness? About $50,000, said Josh Sanbum in A new poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York, suggests that an annual income of $50,000 "is a tipping point when it comes to overall satisfaction." Respondents earning at least that amount reported being happier in every category, including housing, relationships, health, employment, spiritual life and community involvement, than those who earned less. A previous study found, though, that beyond $75,000, "more income doesn't translate into more happiness." Why women earn less money! There is a reason why American women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, said Kay Hymowitz. They work fewer hours. The gender-wage gap that we hear so much about "is to a considerable degree a gender-hours gap." In 2007, a quarter of men with full-time jobs worked 41 hours or more a week, com- pared with just 14 percent of women. The rea- son is obvious: children. Once women have kids, they often get off the fast track and cut back their hours. Two-thirds of America's part-time workforce is now female and a recent study noted a rising trend over the past 20 years of midcareer, college- educated women "opting out." The U.S. isn't alone in this; women make up large majori- ties of part-time workers all over the devel- oped world and surveys indicate that "they want it that way." Even in countries with gen- erous family-leave policies, such as Iceland and Sweden, a "persistent hours and wage gap" remains when women return to work. "No one, anywhere, has yet figured out" how to design workplaces so that women and men have total parity. "For the foreseeable future, at least when it comes to in- come, women will remain the second I 0 o o sex." So reported The Wall Street Journal. A bereaved man has brought some color back into his life by setting out to repaint his entire town. Jim Cotter lost his wife last year and seeking a distraction from his grief, decided to fix up his small town of Glouser, Ohio. He started by painting a simple fire hydrant, but went on to give homes and local businesses a fresh coat -- all free. Now, the town's population is joining his quest, volun- teering time and materials to spruce up all the former coal community's buildings. "It's just amazing what a little bit of paint will do," said Cotter. Bravol Bravol Idiot! A Wisconsin man was hospitalized after trying to stop his wife from voting for a Democrat to replace Gov. Scott Walker. Jeffrey Radle, a Walker supporter, jumped in front of wife Amanda's Dodge Durango to block her from going to the polls to select a recall- vote opponent. He suffered head and back in- juries. "These crazy liberal nuts are always pulling this crap," said Radle's brother, Mike, also a Walker supporter. Standing your ground: After a Japanese woman chased a mugger who stole her bag, took it back and bit off his finger. Police said the finger had been found at the crime scene, but declined to say whether a fingerprint had been taken to identify the assailant. Mommy help! A 6-year-old Colorado boy was suspended from school for reciting the rap lyric "I'm sexy and I know it" to a female class- mate. "Sexy and I Know it," by LMFAO, re- cently topped the national charts, but school officials said first-grader D'Avorite Meadows committed sexual harassment by quoting its chorus. "I'm floored," said his morn. Pills of human flesh: South Korea's cus- toms agency has confiscated thousands of smuggled Chinese pills made from aborted fetuses and stillborn babies. The pills, mar- keted in the underground health-supplement trade as "infant capsules" or "fetus powder," are said to increase energy and stamina. South Korean officials said forensic tests showed that the capsules were made of human remains that had been ground up and dried and that they also contained contaminants. Ah, the year 1974 was the year Ella Grasso, the only child of Italian immigrant parents, is elected governor of Connecticut. Grasso becomes the first woman elected governor in her own right in the United States. The return of etectroshock therapy. Elec- troshock therapy began in the 1930s, when Italian psychiatrists discovered that admin- istering strong shocks to the brains of men- tally ill patients sometimes relieved their symptoms. But by the 1970s, electroshock therapy became azidely viewed as barbaric and ineffective. In short, the use of elec- troshock as mind-erasing punishment was dramatized in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and that negative portrayal almost served as a death knell for a practice derided as "Edison's medicine." But in recent years the procedure has experienced a re- surgence, and is now used to treat about 100,000 patients a year. Time for some show biz reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Yes, Albert Natale, a native of Boston's North End. Merv Griffin remembers his band-singing days with Freddy Martin recalling, in particu- lar, July 4, 1949, when he and the band ap- peared before 150,000 people over the week- end at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Singer bandleader Vaughn Monroe appeared in two western movies, "Singing Guns" (1950) and "Toughest Man in Arizona (1952). When it came to making movies, Harry James became quite a ham. All four of his films turned out to be box office successes. Most noteworthy was "Best Foot Forward" (1943). Songs included "Two O'Clock Jump." Keeley Smith signed up as a band singer by Louis Prima in 1947, when she was only 16. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Potato Salad alia Italiana 4 potatoes 1 tablespoon oregano 1 large onion (Vidalia 3 tablespoons cider vinegar preferred in season) Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil Peel skins from potatoes. Cut into one and a half or two- inch portions. Wash potatoes and set aside. Heat enough water in a saucepan to a boil. Add potato portions. Cover saucepan. Boil potato portions until tender (about fifteen to twenty minutes). Do not overcook. While potatoes are cooking, remove outer skin from on- ion. Cut onion in half, lengthwise, and then into one-quar- ter-inch strips. Set aside. Strain potatoes from water when fork tender and place in a bowl. While potato portions are hot, add the onion, ol- ive oil, oregano, cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Mix the contents thoroughly. Cover bowl and place in refrigera- tor to chill before serving. Additional vinegar may be added for a more vinegary taste. OPTIONAL: Potatoes may be washed and placed whole in heated water to boil until skin separates slightly (approxi- mately thirty minutes). Place potatoes in a bowl. Remove skin and then cut and follow directions given above. I find additional flavor from potatoes when boiled whole with skin. Serves four. NOTE: As a youngster, I helped Mama many times as she prepared large portions of this salad for summer cookouts in Wilmington. This popular potato salad also traveled frequently with us to the numerous family picnics. Aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered in one or two of Papa's trucks and followed us to north or south shore beaches. This is not only simple to make but can be prepared the previous day. Allowing the potatoes, oil, vinegar and oregano to blend overnight in the refrigerator enhances the flavor of this salad. 00akery Perch VITA ORI,ANDO SINOP{)L1 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 1SBN Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. 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