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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 21,2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So today is the First day of summer. Wow! It was on this date in 1948 Dr. Peter Goldmark of Columbia Records demonstrated the first successful long-playing record. So what's new? Federal scientists predict an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with 7 to 11 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. That's nearly double the normal hurricane activity. Ready for this? Although the U.S. is overall the richest nation in the world, 24 percent of Americans say they have had trouble put- "ting food on the table in the past 12 months -- up from 16 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession began. In Australia, Canada and Germany, only 10 percent said they had trouble getting food last year. Mama mial Mothers are the sole or pri- mary breadwinners in 4 out of 10 American households with children, according to a new survey. While 51 percent of Americans said they believe children are better off when a morn stays at home with her kids, 79 per- cent rejected the idea that women should return to "traditional roles." The astute Rosalie Cunio of Wlaltham, says, "It took the old-time mother less than a minute to dress for dinner. All she had to do was take off her apron." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims another reason for unhappy marriages is that men can't fool their wives like they could their mothers. Mona Lisa Cappuccio reminds us that mothers who scold their sons for carrying useless things in their pockets should take a look in their handbags! We read recently about ho,w a woman should shop for a swimsuit. In brief, choose a store where you can expect good customer service. A knowledgeable salesperson "can really help" when you're trying to find a style of suit that flatters your body type. Experi- ment. "You might not be able to tell what will work on you until you put it on," so try differ- ent prints, colors and cuts. Never go by the sizes on the labels because they vary widely. A well-sized suit should "fit like a glove." It should be "comfortable both lengthwise and around," with no bagging or straining. And check for quality. Test fabric quality by stretching it in all directions and making sure it recovers well and doesn't crack at the seams. Fabric brand names to look for in- clude Xtra Life Lycra and Sensitive. The first resists deterioration from suntan lotion; the latter is chlorine-resistant. Gee, we hope to see Diane Modica, Marjorie Cahn, Rosemarie Sansone, Marjorie Clapprood, Yolanda Celhicci, Chris- tina Quinlan and Barbra D'Amico, wearing a bikini. Cheers! Just a small amount of cham- pagne can ward off age-related memory decline. After conducting lab experiments, British researchers say that the bubbly has compounds that sharpen recall functions." These exciting results illustrate for the first time that moderate consumption of cham- pagne has the potential to influence cogni- tive functioning such as memory," says University of Reading Professor Jeremy Spencer." We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses (of champagne) a week can "be effective." Honk your horn if you've heard this before. Car exhaust fumes can clog your arteries. Scientists exposed mice to vehicle emissions for two weeks and discovered that the fumes changed "good" HDL cholesterol into LDE cho- lesterol, which has been linked to cardiovas- cular disease." The biggest surprise was find- ing that after two weeks of exposure to vehicle exhaust, one week of breathing clean filtered air was not enough to reverse the damage," says Professor Michael E. Rosenfeld of the University of Washington. Researchers sug- gest limiting exposure to outside air pollut- ants to avoid long-lasting damage. Fatso news! Sales of plus-size clothing are expected to jump 5.2 percent annually in the next 5 years, hitting 89.7 billion in retail sales by 2017, up from $6.6 billion in 2009. The brainy Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Too many Americans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equip- 0 0 0 ment -- a knife and fork." Interesting! Mystery author Cynthia Riggs has swapped tales of intrigue for a real-life romance. Riggs, 81, received a package of letters written in code last year. She recog- nized them as cryptograms written to her 60 years earlier by Howard Attebery, an admirer she'd known while working at a marine labo- ratory in the 1950s but had not seen since. Attebery's package included a new message, which translated to "I have never stopped lov- ing you." Riggs soon reunited with Attebery, 90 -- and last weekend, the pair was mar- ried." Oh man, life is just amazing," said Riggs. "Don't give up hope." Blessed! When Manny Rios was paralyzed from the chest down after a bicycle accident four years ago, his doctors feared he would never walk again. But the determined high school student told his family he would re- gain his ability to walk in time for his gradu- ation ceremony from Sultana High School in Hespria, California. This week, to applause and chants, "Manny! Manny!" from his fel- low students, Rios walked across the stage to collect his high school diploma on his own two feet. "He really is my superhero," said his sister Mirna Hennicke. Here's the big scoop! The Spanish town of Brunete drastically cut the amount of dog poop on its streets by mailing offending de- posits back to the owners in boxes marked "Lost Property." Scornata! A North Carolina postal worker receiving workers' compensation payments for a shoulder injury suffered nine years ago was forced to admit she was a fraud. The worker gave herself away by appearing on TV's The Price Is Right and spinning the "big wheel" twice without difficulty. Good law? A Wisconsin city has passed a law authorizing police to ticket and fine par- ents whose children are bullies. The City of Monona's parent-liability ordinance is aimed at parents who consistently deny that their kids could do any wrong and refuse to talk to police after bullying incidents. "This is for those times when we get the door slammed in our faces," said Monona's police chief. Kate Middleton will defy royal tradition by having a baby shower, becoming the first member of Britain's Royal Family to do so. "A baby shower wouldn't normally happen if you're in the Royal Family, but there is now a modern way of thinking," .said a palace source. So who was the founder of The Bank of America? An Italian-American! Amadeo Pe- ter Giannini. Unlike the Rockefellers, Giannini came from a poor family, the son of Italian immigrants, in San Jose, California. It would require many, many pages to en- lighten you about this great amazing indi- vidual!. At the age of 25 he was a millionaire! The Bank of America was originally called The Bank of Italy. So remember, the next time you walk into The Bank of America, it was founded by a Paesano! Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. Composer Vincent Youman's early career saw him work as a song plugger along-side George Gershwin and Victor Herbert. He co-wrote with several compos- ers on such standards as "I Want To Be Happy," "Tea For TWo," "Time On My Hands," ' "I Know That You Know," "More Than You Know" and "Orchids In The Moonlight." One more time! Among the famous alumni of the Ted Weems orchestra: Perry Como, who joined the band in 1936. Their first major hit together was "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" in 1947. Como was with the band when they registered a big hit earlier in the year: "Heartaches," which featured whistler Elmo Tanner. "You're Sensational" was one of the final ballads written by composer Cole Porter. Frank Sinatra sang it to Grace Kelly in the 1956 classic "High Society." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BRACCIOLBTINI 20 thin slices of beef (approx. 4" x 4") 1 cup flavored bread crumbs 2 small garlic cloves chopped 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 metal skewers (6 or 9 inches long) MARINADE: 1 crushed garlic clove 1 tablespoon dried basil 2 tablespoons olive oil. Prepare marinade first by mixing crushed garlic clove, basil and olive oil in a bowl and set aside. Then mix bread crumbs, chopped garlic, and grated cheese in a separate bowl. Additional bread crumbs may be needed depending on the number of Braccioletini you prepare. Add olive oil to slightly moisten the bread crumbs. Take one beef slice at a time. Spread about one teaspoon of bread crumbs in the center of meat. Leave sides of meat about half-inch clear of bread crumbs. Gently roll while folding in edges forming a small rolled piece. Squeeze the rolled meat in your hands. Insert metal skewer. Add each rolled Braccioletini onto skewer. They should fit tightly up against each other. When all Braccioletini are on skewers, place them into the mari- nade. Marinate for about 20 minutes. Before broiling, brush extra marinade over Braccioletini after placing them on the broiling tray. Brown on both sides. Check frequently because they cook fast. Serve hot with mashed or baked potato and a vegetable or salad. NOTE: When I make Braccioletini today, I select a bottom round roast at the supermarket and ask at the deli counter to have it sliced the thickness of cold cuts. Then I cut the larger slices to the size I need. Patience and experience are required but it is well worth the effort. Braccioletini can be cooked on the gas grill but must be watched because they burn easily. Vita can be reach at voswriting * Consumer Financial Protection (Continued from Page i) complaints to make sure they are complete, are not duplicates of existing com- plaints and are about some- thing the Bureau covers. The CFPB then sends com- plaints that meet these cri- teria to the company -- bank or nonbank -- for review and response. Companies are given 15 days to respond and are expected to close all but the most complicated com- plaints within 60 days. Consumers can check the status of their complaint and provide feedback about the company's response at: / complaint. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21 st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consum- ers to take more control over their economic lives. 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