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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 13, 2014 t Barrorl' Ready for this? An anonymous millionaire has been hiding envelopes stuffed with $100 each in cash all around San Francisco. The real estate investor says he's just giving back to his community, and he's already distrib- uted $5,000. "People complain that the price of real estate here is pretty high, and I have benefited from that," he explained. To make things fun, he gives clues about the drop spots on the Twitter feed @HiddenCaslr Soon he'll expand his hunts to Los Angeles and New York City. "It's not a lot of money," said one lucky recipient, "but the camaraderie it brings out in people is a lot of fun." Scostumata! Three hours after a woman disguised as a nurse abducted a newborn baby girl from a Quebec hospital, the infant was back in her mother's arms thanks to social media. Police promptly flooded Twitter and Facebook with pictures of the suspect and a description of her car. Four young friends recognized her as a former neighbor and called the police when they found the alleged kidnapper at her home. Minutes later, baby Victoria was safe and sound. "It was a beautiful moment," said mother Melissa McMahon. "The police officer cried, the nurse cried, the investigators cried, and all the doctors too." Pizza-to-go! A South Carolina pizza delivery man has been arrested after allegedly speed- ing through the streets with flashing emer- gency lights in order to make his deliveries faster. Thomas Reid, a volunteer with a res- cue squad, was busted after a 911 call about a motorist wearing a Pizza Hut shirt using emergency lights and driving recklessly. Choo! Choo! France's national railway operator placed a $20.5 billion order for 2,000 new trains, only to discover that the locomo- tives were too wide to fit hundreds of sta- tions. France must now spend $68 million to narrow train platforms. Good newsI Teenagers are behaving better than any generation since the 1950s, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control. Today's teens have lower drug, alcohol, and cigarette use, have fewer babies, and exercise more frequently. Proprio Stronzo claimes teenagers aren't interested in putting their shoulders to the wheel these days -- all they want to do is get their hands on it. The astute Barbra D'Amico, says, "Alexan- der Graham Bell gave us the telephone, but teenagers took us one step further -- they gave us the busy signal." The great Christina Quinlan, says, "The main problem with teenagers is that they're just like their parents were at their age." And the personable Robyn Waters claims teenage boys will drive anything -- except a lawn mower. Gee, Julia Roberts is an extremely protec- tive parent, said the National Enquirer. The actress is an adherent of "attachment par- enting," a controversial philosophy in which moms breast-feed kids until they're 3 an~d sleep with them for years. So her 9-year-old twins, Hazel and Phinnaaeus, still share the same bed with her and husband Danny Moder. The entire family -- including son Henry, 6 -- hits the sack by 7:00 pm, and the kids are allowed almost no TV or internet time, a source told the tabloid. "She thinks her three kids will turn into very well- adjusted adults because of it," the source said. Moron! A Washington state man arrested for driving without his pants on told police that he removed them because of irritation from having his pubic hair removed. David Foskette, 24, was pulled over because of com- plaints he was driving around while expos- ing himself. But Foskette said he had to drive panfless because his jeans were chafing his- recent "manzilian" -- an intimate Brazilian wax for men. Skeptical cops charged him with indecent exposure. Terrible! A majority of American women -- 52 percent -- report having experienced physical violence at some point in their life. In Sweden, it is a quarter of women; in Italy, 18 percent. Be aware, mental illness reduces life expectancy by 10 to 20 years -- more than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, a new study of 1.7 million people found. For the first time since 1947, 0 0 0 America's most common age is no longer part of the Baby Boomer generation. New Cen- sus Bureau data shows that 22-year-olds are now the most numerous age group in America, followed by 23-years-olds and then 21-year-olds. In fourth were 53-year-olds. To think, 62 percent of Americans believe voters do not have enough say when it comes to choosing the country's political leaders. But only 9 percent think most Americans are informed voters, and 83 percent say their fellow countrymen don't know enough about policy issues. "After a decade of earthbound ratings, the peacock network has finally taken flight," said Keach Hagey in WSJ.com. NBC is poised to finish the current broadcast season as the most-watched network among, 18 to 49-year- olds, the demographic most coveted by advertisers. The network, which has spent nine of the last 10 years in last place for total viewers, owes part of this season's success to the Winter Olympics, but also got a boost from Sunday Night Football, The Voice and crime drama The Blacklist. Germs on a plane! When it comes to mod- em air travel, the biggest concern may not be what you carry on, but what you might by carrying off. New research found that infec- tious bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Stapbylococcus aureus (MRSA) can live for up to a week on planes that haven't been sufficiently cleaned. A team of microbiolo- gists exposed actual airplane armrests, toilet flush handles, tray tables, window shades, and seat pockets to six types of bacteria, then stored them in conditions that simulated a pressurized cabin -- 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 20 percent humidity -- to see how long the bacteria could survive. The germs lived longer on the most porous surfaces, such as seat pockets and armrests. For example, MRSA, which causes antibiotic-resistant infections of the skin, lungs and bloodstream, lasted up to seven days on cloth seat pockets and six days on rubber armrests. Enough said! What? Americans in poverty spend 56 per- cent of their income on food and housing, while the top 20 percent of earners spend 42 percent on the same expenses, according to a Labor Department survey of domestic buy- ing habits. Wee bit of Italian American history. In 1856, Dr. Tullio Verdi was the first native of Italy to graduate from an American medical school. He later becomes the personal phy- sician of Secretary of State Seward. In 1856, 300 Italians wearing black arm bands, white gloves and a small picture of the President, take part in the Lincoln funeral procession in Washington, D.C. Time for show business stuff by the great musicologist Albert Natale. When Perry Como left the Freddy Carone band to join the Ted Weems in 1937, he was replaced by Frankie Lane. Reminder! Judy Garland was singing to a photograph of Clark Gable at a birthday party when she first sang "You Made me Love You." Julie London began as a band singer in her teens with a West Coast band before moving on to a number of roles in low budget films. Her best success came, however, with her sultry singing on songs like "Cry Me a River" (1955). Our paesano, bandleader/pianist, Frankie Carle, wrote "Sunrise Serenade" in 1937, but it took one year to get someone to publish it. In 1939, the song reached #1 on the Hit Parade. At age sixteen, Audrey Meadows sand as col- oratura soprano in Carnegie Hall. She hit "E" above high "C." As a girl scout, actress Debbie Reynolds won 48 merit badges. She was also Miss Burbank of 1948. A reminder! When Harry James discovered and subse- quently hired Frank Sinatra, he wanted Frank to change his name. Frank wouldn't budgel AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME "Parla Come Mangi!" (Speak as You Eat!) by Alessandra Sambiase Spaghetti all'Amatriciana Serves four 1 pound of spaghetti 4 slices of pancetta or "guanciale" I/4 inch thick 1 small yellow onion Freshly ground black pepper 1 - 28 oz. can of peeled tomatoes (pureed) 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Splash of dry white wine Fine salt to season the sauce and coarse salt for the pasta water Red pepper flakes to season (optional) Grated Pecorino Romano cheese to taste (alternative cheese: Parmigiano Reggiano) Preparation: Dice the pancetta and the onion. In a sauce- pan, combine the onion, the pancetta, some ground black pepper and the olive oil and cook until golden. Add the splash of white wine and let it evaporate. Add the pureed peeled tomatoes and season with salt and the optional red pepper flakes. Cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. Bring a pot of salty water to a boil and cook the pasta. When the pasta is "al dente," drain it and transfer it to a serving bowl. Evenly coat it with the sauce and stir in the grated cheese. Buon appetito! Spaghetti all'Amatriciana Serve quattro 500 grammi di spaghetti 4 fette di pancetta o di guanciale 1 cipolla gialla (piccola) Pepenero I lattina grande di pomodori pelati 4 cucchiaidi olio extra vergine di oliva Vino bianco secco Sale fino per il sugo e sale grosso per l'acquadella pasta Peperoncino rosso Pecorino Romano grattugiato (alternativa: Parmigiano Reggiano) Preparazione: Taglia a dadini la pancetta e la cipolla. In un tegame, combina la cipolla, la pancetta, del pepe nero, l'olio di oliva e fai dorare. Aggiungi del vino bianco e fai evaporare. Aggiungi i pomodori pelati passati e aggiungi sale e peperoncino. Cuoci a fiamma medio-alta per circa 30 minuti. In una pentola fai bollire dell'acqua salata e versaci la pasta. Scola la pasta quando e' "al dente" e trasferiscila in un piatto da portata. Mescola il sugo nella pasta e aggiungi il formaggio grattugiato. Buon appetito! If you would like to cook with me, go to my website: www. speakasyoueat.com. Alessandra Sambiase is an elementary and middle school Italian language teacher in the Catholic school system and in the North End. She is also a cooking instructor and founder of "Parla come rr~j~jLt" (speak as you eat!) cooking classes, where the passion for the Italian language meets the love for the Italian food. Benvenuti a "Parla come rriang~t" When I'moved from Rome to Boston ten years ago I was delighted to see how the Italian language, customs and traditions were strongly preserved, incorporated into daily life and passed from one generation to the next. To this very day, the pride for our Italian heritage and culture has grown strong and we are honored to make our children feel proud to be Italian! The healthy and delicious food that we eat is an important part of our culture because behind every dish there is a story and behind the hands that prepare it, there is always a passionate narrator. I remember cooking in my nonna's kitchen and being fascinated by her life stories that always translated into delicious food. I am honored to share with you some of my best recipes that incor- porate traditional Italian regional cuisine. We will start our "Journey through Italy" celebrating the region "Lazio" and its cuisine with: "Spaghetti all'Amatriciana'. This recipe is born in Amatrice, in the province of Rieti, a town located in the re- gion Lazio near the border with Abruzzo, in central Italy. The recipe has an ancient tradition connected to its territory and strictly uses spaghetti pasta. Originally made without tomato sauce, onion and wine; this dish was the main meal of many shepherds that lived on the mountains of Amatrice. The shep- herds originally brought pecorino, black pepper, dried pasta, guanciale and lard in their "purses" "Guanciale," cured pork cheek, a delicacy of Lazio, is the traditional ingredient for the preparation of this dish, but since it's not an easy find, it can be substituted with "Pancetta," a type of bacon made of cured pork belly meat. I like my spaghetti all'Amatriciana with onions, tomato sauce and white wine.