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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 20, 2014 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Time for some weird happenings/An elderly Swiss couple began robbing church collec- tion boxes -- because, they later told police, they needed some excitement. Prosecutors said the married couple, ages 70 and 73, had a scheme in which the husband kept watch The brilliant Kyle Waters of Swampscott thinks a dog is smarter than some people. I 0 0 0 outside the church while the wife went in and grabbed the loot. They are thought to have swiped several hundred dollars since start- ing their crime spree in November. They didn't need the cash, and confessed they only stole because they wanted the "adrenaline rush" of committing a crime. The real poop! A flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia was forced to make an emer- gency landing after a passenger's service dog repeatedly pooped in the aisle. The dog, Truffles, lost control of his bowels an hour into the flight, and the stench caused pas- sengers to vomit. "That is the worst blowout I have ever smelled," said one traveler. When flight attendants ran out of paper towels to clean up the mess, the pilot decided to land in Kansas City. After being cleaned, the plane resumed its journey, but without Truffles and his owner, who were rebooked on another flight. Wow! About 2.1 billion people -- 30 percent of the world's population -- are now obese, according to a new study funded by the Bill and Mellnda Gates Foundation. The U.S. has about 87 million obese people, more than any other country. Old news/The cable news audience is get- ting old. The average Fox News viewer is age 68.8 with the audience of star host Bill O'Brien even older -- a median age of 72.1. The media age for MSNBC in May was 62.5, and for CNN it was 62.8. A senior citizen in Indiana reports, "I'm getting old. I took my first airplane flight yes- terday and the stewardess asked if I wanted coffee, tea, or Geritol." The great Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Medford, says, "As you grow older you find it takes just about half as long to get fired and twice as long to get rested. The iron in your blood has turned to lead in the seat of your pants." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims old age is the only thing that comes to us without effort. Gee, police in Miami Gardens, Florida, stopped and questioned 56,922 people be- tween 2008 and 2013 R the equivalent of half of the city's population. Not one of them was arrested. Among those the police stopped for appearing "suspicious" in the mostly black and Hispanic community were an 11-year- old boy and a 99-year-old man. Only one American soldier was classified as missing in action during the 13-year Af- ghanistan War: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban. That compares with 73,547 U.S. troops who are still unaccounted for from World War II, 7,883 from the Korean War, and 1,642 from the Vietnam War. Be aware, 42 percent of Americans believe that God created humans 10,000 years ago, 31 percent that humans evolved with God's guidance, while only 19 percent believe that God played no role in evolution. God created the world in six days -- which probably never could have happened if there had been labor unions. Remember, a lot of kneeling keeps you in good standing with God. "Dog people" and "cat people" have long viewed each other with some suspicion, and a new study shows that the two camps really do tend to have different personalities, Livesciene.com reports. Dog owners tend to be more outgoing, energetic, and self-confident, researchers found. The feline-inclined, on the other hand, tend to be more introverted and neurotic, and are 30 percent more likely to live alone. But the average cat owner is also smarter and more sensitive than the average dog owner. In brief, a dog person is going to be more lively, "because they're going to want to be out there, outside, talking to people, bringing their dog," says Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello. People who prefer to be indoors, and are cautious of others, are more likely to choose a cat. It wags its tail and not its tongue. What? The main cause of America's obesity epidemic is that food has become too cheap and easy to get, new research has concluded. The findings challenge conventional wisdom about obesity in the U.S., shifting the focus from sedentary lifestyles to the economics of eating. It's not just that we may be eating more high-calorie food, but we are eating more of all types of food. Meanwhile, since 1970, there has been an average per person increase in calories of 20 percent. Researchers said the solution is not to make all food more expensive, but to make good food -- fruits and vegetables -- less expensive than junk food, perhaps with government subsidies. Believe it was the astute Celeste Robeiro Myers who once said, "Americans have more food to eat than any other people on earth, and more diets to keep them from eating it." Speaking of Celeste Robeiro Myers, she will make a great State Representativel She is highly dedicated to people! People living in the U.K. watch more TV than residents of any other nation, with an average of 148 "screen minutes" per day. When it comes to PCs, folks in China lead the way with 161 minutes per day, while Nigerians hold the top spot for Smartphone use, averaging 193 minutes per day. As for tablets, Filipinos set the pace, averaging 115 screen minutes a day. We repeat! Wee bit of Italian American his- tory. In 1949, Dr. Annine Rondinella dies at the age of 84. She is said to be the first woman of Italian heritage to receive a medi- cal degree (1899) in the United States from the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia. In 1951, Joe DiMaggio winds up a 15-year career with the New York Yankees. "Joltin Joe" achieves a 325-1ifetime batting aver- age, three MVP awards, and participates in a record 10 World Series. The Hall of Famer's 56 game hitting streak remains virtually unchallenged in baseball. About 20 million families have enough money to buy a home, but are choosing to rent instead. With many workers turning to self-employment and freelance work, many potential buyers are being scared off by down payments and requests to prove years of steady income. To celebrate her upcoming 80 th birthday, Sophia Loren has finally decided to write her autobiography. "Throughout the years, many editors haves asked me to tell my story," says the world-renowned Italian actress. Last heard, the book will be released in Septem- ber. For the record, we own a book about her life and more. And Sophia makes her home in Paris. Address: 36 rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, France. Time for some show business stuff with the stately, handsome musicologist Albert Natale. Benny Goodman, ruffled over Gene Krupa's departure from the Goodman band in 1930, took out his feelings by challenging Krupa's new band to a softball game. The Goodman's won 19-7. Rock Hudson says, "I did a movie with Duke Wayne and was very surprised to find out he had small feet, wore lifts and a corset." And Joan Rivers, says, "Liz Taylor should be grateful to me -- my jokes are one of the reasons she went on a diet. It was embarrassing, when I took her to Sea World and Shamu the whale jumped out of the water, she asked if it came with veg- etables." And Sammy Davis, Jr. says, "I'll tell you why Brigitte Bardot never became a Hol- lywood star. Two reasons: she went naked on screen too often -- where's the hidden allure in that? And she has a boyish ass. Most American men do not like boyish asses." According to Mary Astor, "Claudette Colbert was pretty rather than beautiful; she had some difficult angles to her face ... The right side of her face was called "the other side of the moon" because nobody ever saw it." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGH'I 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 gft she left behind and a token to remember her by. SAUSAGES, PEPPERS AND ONIONS I 0 Italian sweet pork sau- sages 2 medium onions I large garlic clove (chopped) 2 green peppers 3 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons oregano (optional) 2 potatoes (optional) Mushrooms (optional) Salt Place sausages in an 8" x 10" baking pan. If desired, sausages can be cut in half for baking. Remove outer skins from onions. Cut each onion in half, lengthwise and slice into 1/2 portions. Add to sausages in baking pan. Remove stems and seeds from peppers. Wash thoroughly. Cut peppers lengthwise into one-inch portions. Add to baking pan. Sprinkle oregano (optional) and oil over ingre- dients in baking pan. Stir and salt to taste. Other Options: Peel skins from potatoes and wash thoroughly. Cut up into two-inch portions and add to bak- ing pan. Mushrooms can also be added. Cover and bake in preheated 350F oven for thirty minutes. Check and stir ingredients. Cover and bake an additional fifteen minutes. Check, stir and return to oven. Removing cover for about ten minutes will help sausages and potato portions to brown to desired consistency. Serves four. NOTE: 7"nis is a recipe that I remember Mama preparing many times at home. But when we had a large number of guests on a summer Sunday in Wilmington, Massachusetts, she placed her large blue porcelain baking pan with all these ingredients over the outdoor open fireplace. The aroma spread through the neighborhood as it baked slowly over the wood-burning fire. I remember thinking that baking it this way enhanced the .flavor of this meal. Through the years, I have baked this on a char- coal grill as well as on our gas-burning grill However, it needs to be checked and stirred often to prevent burning. k_ Real Estate Mcrtto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 I st Generation Italian-American Vim Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOul 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 The Federal Trade Commission r the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. or log on to .ftc.gov.