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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 31,2013 -L Barrorl's I )CK N "2 So what's new. A New Hampshire man she would accused of shoplifting has argued that hebe sent to a is only guilty of taking the store's namesmoke-free -- Finders Keepers -- too literally. Ruben prison. Po- O O O Pavon was caught on surveillance camera lice said that removing a grill and a DVD player from the thrift shop, but claimed he didn't realize he was supposed to pay for the items. "I thought it was there for the taking," said Pavon. "The sign did say "Finders Keepers." Owner Laura Barker says that if she knew of a store that gave away everything for free, "I'd be there on a regular basis myself." Wow! On her current world tour, Beyonce has a contract specifying that her dressing room be supplied with $1,000 titanium straws. The contract specifies that each venue must supply her with hand-carved ice balls to suck on. Dressing rooms must have freshly painted white walls, a new toilet seat and an ample supply of red toilet paper. Red toilet paper? Deadly news. The national suicide rate rose 31 percent from 1999 to 2010, driven by a spike in suicides among baby boomers in their 50s. Mental health experts pointed to hopelessness brought on by job loss, fore- closures and the pressures of caring for aging parents and difficult teenagers. More deadly news! Male veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a 76 per- cent higher rate of death by car accident than non-veterans. Aggressive driving learned in war zones may be a factor. Gee, 72% of Americans aged 50 to 64 say they are worried about not having enough money to retire, 63% are worried they won't be able to pay their medical costs ff they get a serious illness. A poll revealed 70% of Americans believe that accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty if convicted. Unbelievable! At least 14 former presiden- tial candidates still have more than $100,000 in outstanding campaign debt. The most delinquent candidate is Republican Newt Gingrich, who owes $4.6 million from the last election, followed by perennial also- ran Lyndon LaRouche. President Obama still owes $3.1 million. CitruloI A newlywed wife called 911 when her husband went missing during their Florida honeymoon, only to be told by police that he'd been arrested for attempting to hire a prostitute. Weird! Mourners filing past Brighton Dama Zanthe's coffin at his funeral screamed in terror when the 34-year-old Zimbabwean began moving and woke up. "I feel okay now," said Zanthe. Meow! Meow! The city's fire department was called out to rescue a police officer who got stuck up a tree trying to save a scared cat. When firefighters arrived on the scene, said a witness, "they all gathered around and laughed at him." Holy! Holy! North Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre distributed campaign posters featuring an endorsement from Jesus Christ. Pierre, who said she had personally received three signs of Jesus' support, fin- ished last in a seven-person race. Amen. Baby-talkl A North Carolina teen's photo was pulled from her high school yearbook because it showed her holding her baby. Students at Wheatmore High School were told to pose with something that best repre- sents them, so Caitlin Tiller, 17, chose her 1-year-old son, since he changed her life. School officials said the photo "promoted teen pregnancy." What's up? An American Airlines pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." The unnamed woman started belting out the song when the plane took off from Los Angeles to New York, and her out-of-tune crooning soon became too much for pas- sengers and flight crew. The pilot made an unscheduled stop in Kansas City, where police handcuffed and escorted the woman off the plane as she continued singing. Huh? A California woman desperate to quit cigarettes slapped a police officer in the hope Etta Lopez, 31, waited outside a Sacramento jail and struck the first cop she saw. "She stepped into me and slapped me in the face," said Deputy Matt Campoy. "She told us that she needed to quit smoking." Lopez got her wish: She was sentenced to 63 days in prison for battery of a police officer. Be aware, of all children reported missing in the U.S., 0.01 percent turn out to be abducted by strangers or about 115 a year. The vast majority of children reported miss- ing are taken by a family member (usually in custody dispute), run away or have got- ten lost or injured. Deadly news! About 30 percent of all death certificates fail to provide the true cause of death, according to a new study. Many phy- sicians surveyed admitted identifying an inaccurate cause of death, either because they had to guess or because the system they were using did not allow them to enter the true cause. According to Carlo Scostumato, "Nothing improves a man's appearance as much as the photograph the newspapers use with his obituary." A sure cure for conceit is a visit to the cemetery, where eggheads and boneheads get equal billing. According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, the United States loses 642 World War II veterans every day. Massachusetts has 36,835 living vet- erans from the war. Yes, we are one of the 36,835 living World War II veterans. Listen to this! People who are married, research has long shown, tend to be healthier than singles m 'especially if they're men. But a new study suggests that marrying the wrong person can dramatically increase your risk of major depression, NPR.org reports. Not being married had no impact on a person's likelihood to become depressed. Amazing! Sandwich sales in the U.S. have risen by 4.8 percent since 2010. The rise reflects Americans' growing tendency to buy rather than make their sandwiches. Sand- wiches purchased from restaurants or food- service locations made up 49 percent of all sandwiches eaten in 2012, up from 44 per- cent in 2010. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill thinks the most delicious sandwich has baccala in it. Show business reminiscing with the age- less stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. May 14th marked the anni- versary of the death of Frank Sinatra, at age 82, in 1998. Frank Sinatra, the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning legend known as "The Voice" and "The Chairman of the Board," was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915. He made more than 2,000 recordings, many movies and numerous television and caba- ret performances and also raised millions of dollars for charities during his 60-year career. Yes, Sinatra was a bit arrogant and he was an only child. Spoiled? Yes! One more time! There are nearly 15 mil- lion people who have identified themselves as Italian American in the 1990 U.S. Cen- sus, the Population Division of the U.S. Cen- sus Bureau reports. The Census Bureau estimates, however, that 1 out 10 Ameri- cans has some Italian blood, bringing the total of Americans of Italian descent to 26 million. States where you will find many paesane are New York with 2,900,000. Cali- fornia and New Jersey, 1,500,000. And Pennsylvania with 1,4000,000. Italian Americans are also found in significant numbers in 15 other states, including Florida (800,00); Illinois (730,000); Ohio (640,000); Michigan (412,000); Texas (314,000) and Maryland (253,000). We also learned 89 percent of Italian Americans would vote for a woman president. Suggest Hillary Clinton should spend more time wooing Italian Americans. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME _ _ i I Recipesfrom the .... Iby Vita Orlando Sinopoli !: ii .qJ [ Homeland COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPLIT GREEN PEA SOUP 1 cup split green peas 1 cup small elbow or shell 1 medium onion chopped macaroni (optional) 2 tablespoons of canola or 1 quart of water olive oil Salt Ham pieces, ham hock or ham bone are excellent additions to this recipe. Wash split peas and place in water in a two-quart pan. Bring water to boil and add chopped onion, ham pieces, ham hock, or ham bone. Cook slowly, partially covered, to pre- vent overflow of liquids. Check frequently to prevent mix- ture from sticking or burning. When all split peas have dissolved, add oil and stir. Cover pot, shut burner, and move from burner. Following directions on the pasta package, cook small elbow or small shell macaroni to tenderness desired. Mix pasta with pea soup and serve together with ham pieces or separately. Pea soup can be frozen. Defrost first, before heating for use. Serves two. NOTE: During the Depression, many of my relatives served Pea Soup often, as did my mother. This economical, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare meal was especially welcomed on our supper table during the cold winter months. St. Norbert (continued from Page 5) of Premontstratensians, (Nor- bertines) seven students of the celebrated school of Anselm, were his first dis- ciples. The young commu- nity at first lived in huts of wood and clay, arranged like a camp around the chapel of St. John the Bap- tist, but shortly they built a larger church and a monastery for the religious who joined them in increas- ing numbers. Women also wished to become members of the new religious order. Blessed Ricwera, widow of Count Raymond of Clastres, first was received into the order, she was followed by many women initially from France and Germany. It was during the reign of Emperor Lothair that Norbert was chosen as bishop of Magdebourg. Leg- end has it the porter refused to let Norbert into his new residence, assuming he was a beggar. When the crowd pointed out to the flustered porter that this was the new bishop, Norbert told the porter, "You were right the first time." Norbert carried the love of reform that he had found in his own life to his new diocese, making enemies of those who found his life a reproach, neverthe- less, he was able to restore order in his diocese. At the end of his life he was made an Archbishop but he died soon after on June 6, 1134 at the age of 53. The Post:Gazette is now on the Web! Check us out at www.BostonPostGazette.com. You'll find the history of the Post-Gazette, information about our columnists, as well as advertising, submission and subscription information. PostGazette.com I M akery Perch V FrA 0 ~i ~ A N 1) O S ! N O Po t, I 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