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PAGE 12 POST-GAZE'I-I'E, JUNE 3, 2016 11 I Y rron Ready for this! A North Carolina man has been convicted of a hate crime for ripping off a Muslim woman's hijab aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. Gill Parker Payne, 37, will serve two months home detention after admitting that he removed the head covering while shouting, "Take it oft This is America!" The incident happened just three days after Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. Law-abiding citizen! A Florida police chief issued himself a parking ticket when a neighbor alerted him that his vehicle was parked illegally. "I cannot hold anyone accountable until I hold myself accountable," Chief Melvin Tennyson said after paying the $45 fine. Fight fire with fire, after former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, a big Hillary Clinton sup- porter, said Donald Trump's comments about women will backfire because "there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women." Bad news J~om Rome! Sopranos star robbed: An Italian paramedic is on trial for allegedly stealing a gold Rolex watch from American actor James Gandolfini as he lay dying. Stretcher-bearer Claudio Bevilacqua, 43, was part of the para- medic team called to a Rome hotel in 2013 after the Sopranos star collapsed there following a massive heart attack. Prosecutors said they weren't sure whether Bevilacqua swiped the $3,000 Submariner watch from Gandolfini's wrist as other medics battled to revive the actor, or picked it up from his hotel room. Gandolfini, who was in Italy on a family vacation, was pro- nounced dead 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Bevilacqua's trial has been adjourned until November. Italian court cases move notori- ously slowly. Controversy swirled around Woody Allen at the Cannes Film Festival in France, amid renewed allegations that he molested his now 30-year- old daughter Dylan, when she was 7. "I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don't think that's right," actress Susan Sarandon said at the glitzy annual event, where the director appeared for the opening of his fill Caf~ Society. "I have nothing good to say about him." Her comments came in the wake of a scathing essay in the Hol- lywood Reporter by Allen's son Ronan Farrow, 28, who condemned the movie establishment for embracing his father and effectively condoning the alleged abuse -- which Allen, 80, vehemently denies. "That kind of silence isn't just wrong, it's dangerous," Farrow said. "It sends a message to victims that it's not worth the anguish of com- ing forward." Scornata? A Maryland woman has spent the past three years going bare-chested in public, in the hope of"normalizing~ naked breasts. Chelsea Covington, 27, spends most of her time in places where it is legal to be topless in public, such as New York, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. The photos on her blog, Breasts Are Healthy, show her going about her life -- enjoying a picnic in the park, riding her bike -- while nude from the waist up. Going "bare-chested is still a power- ful act for a woman," Covington said, "especially when done quietly, confidently, and peacefully." Emma Morano, 116 years old, of Verbania, Italy, has become the oldest woman in the world after the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York City, who was also i 16. Morano attributes her long life span to her decision to leave an unhappy marriage to a dominating man in 1938. She may be the last living person on Earth born in the 19th century. Carlo Scostumato says, "Many of us are at the "metallic age" -- gold in our teeth, silver in our hair, and lead in our pants." The adorable Barbara D'Amico says, "Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs." The brainy Christina "Chris" Quinlari says, ~IXventy-nine is a wonderful age for a man to be -- and for a woman to stay." For the first time since 2001, the volume of alcohol consumed in the world dropped last year. The drop was largest in countries suffering big economic slumps. In China, total consumption dropped by 3.5 percent and in Brazil by 2.5 percent. Paul Waters of Swampscott says, "An alcoholic is not one who drinks too much, but one who can't drink enough." We learned recently, Chinese nationals have become the largest foreign buyers of U. S. prop- erty, investing at least $110 billion over the past five years, ac- cording to a study by the Asia Society O O O and the Rosen Consulting Group. The report's authors say the total for the second half of this decade is likely to be double that: $218 billion. Well, we wonder if the Chinese have pur- chased any properties here in Massachusetts. "At stores across the country, Americans are spending more on home improvement than on clothes," said Max Lewontin in CSMoniter.com. Home Depot reported a strong start to 2016, with sales at existing stores ticking up 6.5 percent in the frst quarter. While celebrities hawk wrinkle creams and other anti-aging "miracles," the real action may be at MIT and Harvard, where chemical engineers have developed something they've dubbed "second skin," After nine years of work, the researchers came up with a virtually invisible, breathable fill, applied like a lotion that restores the skin's elasticity. The silicone-based polymer, which is made from common chemicals deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, effec- tively smoothes out wrinkles and makes under eye bags disappear -- albeit temporarily. The second skin dries in only minutes, withstands washing and sweat, and falls off the skin after a few days. There are more consumer goods available today than at any time in history, said Christopher Mims. The average grocery store carries roughly 50 times as many products as it did 80 years ago. Gee, we wonder if they carry Baccala. Colombia has become the fourth South Ameri- can nation to legalize same-sex marriage, after a ruling by the country's constitutional court. Huh? A convicted burglar in Indiana is suing the home owner who shot him after he tried to break into a garage. David Barley confessed to the crime and served a one-year sentence. But he now wants David McLaughlin, who shot him as he fled the scene of the crime, to pay $100.000 for his medical bills and damaged shoulder. "It hurts every day," Barley said. "I'm very lucky to be alive." Justice at last: An 81-year-old man was officially exonerated of murder last week -- 52 years after being wrongfully convicted in the same Brooklyn courthouse. Paul Gatling was 29 when he was charged with the fatal shooting of Brooklyn artist Lawrence Rothbort in 1964. Rothbort's wife initially failed to pick the 6-foot- 1 Gatling out of a lineup -- even after officers directed her to focus on the "tall one." Facing a possible death sentence, Gatling was persuaded by his lawyer to plead guilty and was sentenced to 30 years to life. Maintaining his innocence, Gaffing was freed under a 1973 commutation. The District Attorney's Conviction Review Unit recently took his appeal on the grounds he had been denied legal rights. Our distinguished musicologist Al Natale informs us that among Italian-Americans in Hollywood are the legendary father-and-son team of Car- mine and Francis Ford Coppola, who won four Oscars in 1975 for The Godfather, Part II. Car- mine, who was a flautist for Arturo Toscanini, composed the soundtrack and Francis, who first won an Oscar for Patton, directed the fill. A Chorus Line, Broadway's longest running show, was choreographed by the late Michael Bennett (born Michael DeFiglia), who received a Tony for his work. Yes, an Italian-American. Nearly 20percent of Americans 65 and older are currently working, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's the largest share of older people with a job since the early 1960s, before the U.S. enacted Medicare. Permanent Address: Francis Scott Key (1779-January 11, 1843), Mount Olivet Cem- etery, Fredrick, Maryland, author of the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, lies under an American flag, that is never lowered! Clara Barton (1821-April 12, 1912), North Cemetery, Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the founder of the American Red Cross. And Dorothea Dix (1802- July 17, 1887), Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cam- bridge, Massachusetts. Crusader for improved treatment of the insane and the establishment of public hospitals and asylums. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ALMOND-FLAVORED BUTTER COOKIES 3 eggs ICING: . cup sugar 1/3 cup melted butter 2 sticks softened butter 1 box confectioners sugar (I/2 pound) Candy sprinkles or nonpareils 3 cupsflour * teaspoon almondflavoring 1 cups flour - separate {optional} 2 teaspoons baking powder Cookie cutters of choice "1 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional) In a bowl, cream sugar and softened butter. Add beaten eggs and mix thoroughly. Measure out three cups flour and place in a separate bowl. Add baking powder to flour and stir. Gradually add this to the sugar, butter and egg batter. This will become soft dough. Spray two cookie sheets with vegetable or butter spray and set aside. Spread some flour on a pastry board. Spoon a portion of pastry dough onto floured pastry board. Sprinkle some flour over dough. With your hand or rolling pIn spread dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Before cutting each cookie, dip cookie cutter into flour. Then place cut out cookie onto greased baking sheet. Continue until all dough has been used. Bake in preheated 350F oven. Baking time is about ten minutes. Bottoms will brown slightly. Remove from oven and place baked cookies on a tray to cool. Makes about four dozen. ICING: Melt butter in top pot of a double boiler. Add almond flavoring. Gradually add confectioner's sugar to mixture until you have soft icing. Using a pastry brush, spread icing on one cookie at a time. Immediately sprinkle your choice of sprinkles or nonpareils over the icing. Set cookie aside on a tray. Continue icing in this manner. *Use you own favorite ~avoring in the cookie dough and icing. NOTE: Tlds is an easy recipe to prepare for a holiday or birthday party. The colorful cookies are a favorite of my children and grand- children. They store well in a canister. TELEPHONE SCAM Con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it l~ok like the IRS is calling. Vic- tims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver's license. Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. NOTE THAT THE IRS WILL NEVER: i) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 31 require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 41 ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. I st Generation From MYBakery Perch V~TA ORLANDO ~INOPOI,i Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighO~l 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 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN