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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 6, 2014 ,it Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 On this date, June 6, 1944 was D-day the successful allied invasion of Normandy under General Dwight. D. Eisenhower's command. And on this date, in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Well, on this date, we celebrated my beloved wife Marilyn's The astute Paul Waters of Swamp- scott, says, "The noblest of all ani- r o o o birthday. Wow! When three roommates in New Paltz, New York, discovered the mysterious lumps in the secondhand couch they had pur- chased were actually envelopes stuffed with $41,000 in cash, the 20-somethings were ecstatic. "Our neighbors thought we won the lottery because we were just screaming," said Cally Guasti. But their excitement quickly faded when they saw the original owner's name on one of the envelopes. It didn't take them long to decide to return the money. "That was her life savings," said Guasti. Their good deed didn't go unrequited -- the elderly owner gave them a $1,000 reward. A Rhode Island middle school canceled its traditional Honors Night over fears its "exclusive nature" would hurt some students' feelings, but restored it when there was an outcry from parents. Principal Alexis Meyer originally announced that top students would be saluted in inclusive, "team based" cer- emonies. But in the face of strong criticism, she reinstated the separate honors event. Weird. A 60-year-old Dutch man received a brain implant to cure his obsessive- compulsive disorder, and suddenly became a fanatical Johnny Cash fan. The patient, said his doctors, "kept listening simply and solely to Johnny Cash." Be aware, the FBI said it might drop its ban on hiring anyone who's smoked mari- juana in the past three years in order to attract tech-savvy young people. "Some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview," said FBI Director James Comey. How much legal marijuana is sold? About $1.5 billion a year already -- but most of that is from medical marijuana. A moron! Danielle Shea, 22, was charged with trying to cancel Quinnipiac University graduation ceremony by calling-in a bomb threat. Shea, police said, didn't' want her parents to find out she had dropped out and was pocketing their tuition money. Unbelievablel In what may be the largest divorce settlement of all time, a Swiss court has ordered Russian oligarch Dmltry Rybolovlev to pay his ex-wife Elena -$4.5 billion. The two met in med school in Perm, Russia and wed in 1987. After the corrupt privatization of the post-Soviet era that enriched a select few Russians, Rybolovlev -- acquitted of murdering a busi- ness rival -- became majority shareholder in the fertilizer company Uralkali. The "fer- tilizer king" moved his family to Switzer- land and went on a buying spree, amassing art masterworks, Swiss chalets, New York's most lavish penthouse, the Monaco soccer team, and the Greek Island Where Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy. Elena will get half. An Alaska man who accidentally shot him- self in the head self-treated his wound for five days with antibiotic ointment rather than going to a doctor. Police said that James Doppler, 43, was "playing around" with his 22 long rifle when he pulled the trigger, blasting himself in the head. Doppler refused to going to the emergency room and dabbed Neosporin cream on the wound. After five days, the pain became so intense that Dop- pler reluctantly headed to a hospital. Gee, pet stores in China are struggling to meet demands for the country's latest ani- mal craze -- chow dogs dyed black and white to make them look like pandas. "Ten years ago the natural instinct of a Chinese per- son was to eat a dog," said pet-store owner Hsin Chen. "Now we are like Westerners and want one as a companion." Hsin said the panda dogs have become more popular than the "cute breeds," such as French bull- dogs, and that owners don't mind paying to have their dog recolored every six weeks. "They like the fact that heads turn in the street." mals is the dog, and the noblest of all dogs is the hotdog. It feeds the hand that bites it." With states cutting billions from mental- health budgets, nearly 40 percent of adults with a "severe" mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, received no treatment, a national survey found. "We have replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell, the homeless shelter, and the coffin," says Rep. Tim Murphy (Rpa.) With the number of rich people becoming worldwide, there's a growing demand for domestics to serve them. Four decades ago, there were only a few hundred butlers left in Britain; today there are 10,000. The fastest-growing butler market: China. The first-ever global study of anti-Semitic attitudes found strong anti-Jewish views in a quarter of the world's population. In the 101 countries surveyed, 26 percent of respondents agreed with at least six of 11 negative statements about Jews, including "Jews have too much power in the business world" and "too much power over the global media." So reported the Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post, a widely read news- paper, recently reported: In a sign of how quickly attitudes are changing, three openly gay Republicans are running for Congress this year. According to Pew Research Center, 53 per- cent of voters said they'd be less likely to vote for an atheist. Atheism, in fact, ranked as the most negative trait for a candidate -- more than being gay, having an extra- marital affair, or being over 70. Toot your hornl As if expecting moms didn't have enough to worry about, new research shows that driving while pregnant signifi- cantly increases the risks of having a car accident. A normal pregnancy is associated with fatigue, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and distraction. Money! Money! Money! Since leaving office earlier this year; former Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke has held a series of in- formal meetings with prominent business groups. He is said to be paid 8250,000 for each appearance, which is 853,000 more than his annual salary as Fed Chairman. Good advice! The secret to better meetings is standing up. According to studies, sit- down meetings are, on average, 34 percent longer than stand-up ones and produce no measurably better results. In 1877, Antonio Ghio, a native of Genoa, became the Mayor of Texarkana, Texas and built a magnificent opera house in the city. And in the year 1855, Father Marachi, a Piedmontese, founded the College of St. Ignatius (now University of San Francisco). Show business stuff with the musicologist Albert Natale. "I loved Rita Hayworth. She was my lover, the mother of my daughter, and my wife, in that order. We never quite settled into a groove, we were too busy in those years. If we'd met sooner or if we'd met later in life it might have worked out." So says Orson Welles. "Orson Welles sometimes gave me cause to think that he married me so he could direct me. Off the set and, in particular, on it. If the film we did, "The Lady from Shanghai," had been more successful with the public, our mar- riage might have lasted longer." So says Rita Hayworth. Lex Barker, says, "Lana Turner and I had some good times together. Espe- cially before the nuptials." "If that child had been born in the Middle Ages, she'd have been burned as a witch." So says Lionel Barrymore on Margaret O'Brien. It was in 1861, the "Garibaldi Guard," consisting of 830 men, including some 50 Italians, probably the most picturesque group in the entire Union Army. Officially known as the 39  New York Infantry. "The Garibaldi Guard" fights with distinction in numerous battles from the first Bull Run to Appomattox. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 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 gift she left behind and a token to remember her by. PASTA CON BROCCOLI 10 ounces cut-up broccoli -- frozen or fresh 6 cups water 2 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional) : 1 cup cut up spaghetti *or short pasta of choice 2 small minced garlic cloves (optional) Salt to taste *Break up spaghetti or thin spaghetti into two-inch portions. Bring six cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add cut-up broccoli to saucepan, cover and cook at a slow boil for about five minutes. Add cut up spaghetti or pasta of choice to broccoli. Stir and cook until pasta is to your liking. *Add oil, butter or margarine, and salt to taste. Stir and continue to cook for a few seconds before removing from burner. *Variation: Place oil in a small bowl. Add two small minced garlic cloves to oil. Stir and add to broccoli/pasta mixture. Place saucepan on burner, bring to a boil and then remove from burner. Salt to taste. Serves two. NOTE: When Mama was needed in the bakery, she prepared this simple meal on a two-burner gas unit that Papa had installed in a back room of the bakery. Those evenings, we ate on a makeshift table created by turning over one of the 3' x 6' wooden bread boxes that my brother Peter or Papa rested on a few milk crates or wooden horses. We had family discussions during the meal just as we did in our apartment. Papa insisted on the family having our meals together. Meat did not have to be served for supper when Mama prepared pasta with broccoli because our family preferred having a second helping of pasta in place of meat. Tales of Olde (Continued from Page 3) Storys are more classical in their taste. "We ended up being ... I don't know folk rock? Something like that. People have said we kind of sound like Dave Matthews Band," concluded Kinsey. They all agree that at times they have "heated dis- cussions," or passionate, as Evelyn and Ellen put it, when it comes to creative deci- sions, but in the end it makes their music all the better. Lucas writes most of the lyrics for their songs, "what's happening more and more is I'm bringing skel- etons of songs and then we are actually creating a piece together, an art piece to- gether," Lucas said. He explained that their differ- ent perspectives will change the way the song was origi- nally shaped, each adding their own elements. Tales of Olde doesn't have any set plans for their future, they are thinking about going on tour next fall, may- be going to Nashville, Cali, Kentucky ... As Lucas described, *it's up in the air." What they're focused on is "on getting people out of their heads, to be in the moment and leave behind everything else." You can see a listing of their upcom- ing shows on their website: www. 00003alcery Perch '" 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 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM