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......... , Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 Ray 15arran's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Are you ready for this? A bus driver is su- ing a Connecticut hospital, claiming that the staff watched a baseball game instead of treating his persistent erection. Daren Scott went to the Yale-New Haven Hospital with a painful erection that had lasted four hours. For an hour, he claims, "the staff, including the physicians, continued to watch the baseball game and ignore plaintiffs con- dition," resulting in lasting damage. Dead issue! An Austrian crematorium burst into flames while burning the corpse of a 440-pound woman. The unusual mass of body fat caused the oven to get too hot, burning down the building. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Some people are so fat they'd have a "wide load" sign on them if they were a truck." The Agriculture Department says the average American eats 1,148 pounds of food a year. Of course, a lot of it goes to waist. The attractive Helen LePage of Winthrop, says, "Some people grow up and spread cheer, others just grow up and spread." The personable, Laura Mansfield of East Boston, says, "Everybody loves a fat man, but not when he has the other half of the seat on the bus." Dummy! Letisha Vester of Florida, who was arrested after allegedly phoning a bomb threat to her employer, Metra Electronics, so she could get a day off from work, "She's definitely getting the break she wanted," said the local police chief. "At the Volusia County Branch Jail." Evidence, after a new Gallup poll found that 46 percent of Americans believe in creation- ism -- that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. Huh? A British man changed his name to Tim Ppppppppprice to deter telemarketers. "When these salesmen see my name on their list of names to call, they'll think, 'Blow that -- I can't even pronounce his name,'" Ppppppppprice explained. Gossip! Drew Barrymore is ready to settle down, said The Charlie's Angels star, 37, wed fianc6 of five months Will Kople- man, an art dealer, in an intimate ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. Dur- ing her troubled childhood, Barrymore had multiple rehab stints by the age of 13 and went on to some wild behavior, including brief marriages to comedian Tom Green and bar owner Jeremy Thomas. The pregnant Barrymore, friends say, finally seems con- tent. "She's telling people she's ready for a quieter, more family-oriented life," said one insider. Scornatal An Ohio woman has been ar- rested for allegedly breaking into a house in order to clean it. Homeowner Sherry Bush says she and her husband came home and found the dishes done, the trash taken out and a note in the kitchen requesting $75 for cleaning services. The cleaner, one Susan Warren, had left her phone number with the bill and told Bush when she called that "I do this all the time." Almost as shock- ing as having her home invaded, says Bush, was the size of Warren's bill. "It was like whoa, 875? $15 maybe." Interesting to note, some cities with the highest birth rates are, La Puente, Califor- nia; Miami, Florida; Gaithersburg, Maryland and Jacksonville, North Carolina. And the cities with the lowest birth rates are, Balti- more, Maryland; Worcester, MA; Manches- ter, New Hampshire and Hampton, Virginia. No doubt, the Boston area with lowest birth rate is Beacon Hill! Huh? When the media covers women's issues, men do most of the talking. Among 35 national newspapers and magazines, men had 81 percent of the quotes in stories about abortion, while women had 19. per- cent, according to the research group 4 th Estate. In stories about birth control, 75 per- cent of the quotes were from men, with women getting 19 percent. Romney and Obama do have a few things in common: They're both "analytical intro- verts," they're both Harvard graduates who pushed healthcare reform and they've both confessed to being big Star Trek fans. Music loversT An analysis of Top 40 hits over the last 50 years has found that peppy, upbeat songs have dwindled, I o o o while most pop songs have become slower and sadder, with negative lyrics. The per- centage of songs written in a minor key -- which most listeners find gloomy -- has doubled since the 1960s. Royal welcome! 82% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of Queen Eliza- beth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne. Her popularity in the U.S. plunged to 47% in 1997 following Princess Diana's death. Long commutes can kill you! Long, daily car commutes can put you in an early grave. Researchers tracked the daily travels of more than 4,000 people for roughly three months while logging their physical activity and analyzing their medical records. They found that those who commuted more than 15 miles to the office every day were signifi- cantly more likely to be obese and to exer- cise less than those who lived within 5 miles of their jobs; they were also more likely to carry their extra weight around their waist- line, which can be especially damaging to the heart. Traveling at least 10 miles, each way was also found to be enough to raise blood-pressure levels. "Part of it is that people with longer commutes aren't exercising as much," Washington University public health professor Christine M. Hoehner tells "But there could be other fac- tors;" drivers with further to go may be more likely to cut short their sleep, and gobble fast food behind the wheel. And "being exposed to the daily hassles of traffic can lead to higher chronic stress and higher blood pressure," Hoehner says. The result: Car commuters have an elevated risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Wow! A New Jersey woman says she was fired for being too voluptuous -- by a com- pany that makes erotic lingerie. Lauren Odes says she knew her employers at Na- tive Intimates were Orthodox Jews, but was shocked nonetheless to be told she was "too hot."'The company, she says, "sells things with hearts on the female genitals and boy shorts for women they say 'HOT' in the but- tocks area." Permanent addresses: Arthur Fiedler (1894- July 10, 1979) St. Joseph Cemetery, Bos- ton, Massachusetts. Duke Ellington (1899- May 24, 1974) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York. George Gershwin (1898-July 12, 1937) Temple Israel Cemetery, Hastings- on-Hudson, New York. Guy Lombardo (1902- November 5, 1977) Pinelawn Memorial Park and Cemetery, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. And the notorious AI Capone (1899-January 25, 1947) is raising hell at Mount Car.reel Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois. Bloody newsl British auction house accepted bids on a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood, drawn while he was being treated for an assassination attempt. Said the anony- mous seller: "I was a real fan of Reagan- omics and felt that President Reagan him- self would rather see me sell it." Show biz reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Actor Alan Ladd, only 5' 4" tall, stood on a box in many love scenes in order to be taller than his leading ladies. Singer Reba McEntyre has won ev- ery award the country music industry has and in 1987 became the first to be named CMA's Female Vocalist of the Year four years in a row. Oscar winning actress Hattie McDaniel made more than 80 films but is best remembered in show business circles as a truly fine singer with a big powerful and expressive voice; although she made few records. Glenn Miller on being named Juke Box Favorite of 1939: "I don't want to be the King of Swing or anything else. I'd rather have a reputation as one of the best all-around bands." One more time! Although she starred in the 1939 movie "Million Dol- lar Legs," Betty Grable's legs were actually insured for only $250,000. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - ELBOWS WITH ZUCCHINI in Tomato Sauce 2 medium-size zucchini, washed and chopped (not peeled) 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers (optional) Basil and salt 1/2 pound elbow macaroni In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in oil until onion is opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If a heavier sauce is preferred, use a four- ounce-can prepared tomato sauce instead. Cover and sim- mer about seven minutes. Add chopped zucchini and dried or fresh basil. Add water ff more liquid is desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer-slowly until zucchini is tender. Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Pour zucchini with sauce over cooked elbows and serve. Serves two. NOTE: Spaghetti may be cooked and served with the zucchini in place of elbows. Vita can be reached at voswriting Sister Eileen (Continued from Page 6) establishing a computer lab and introducing interactive whiteboards to the classrooms and anticipating a pilot pro- gram with the language specialist Rosetta Stone. During her tenure as principal at Saint John's, Sister has made extensive improvements to the interior and exterior of the school. With Saint John's on firm ground in an upward tra- jectory, Sister feels comfortable in taking her retirement passing the reigns of leadership of her beloved school to its incoming principal, Karen McLaughlin, who for the past 17 years served as principal of Saint Paul School, Wellesley. "The people of the North End have heart, it is a warm and inviting community, you have not seen the last of me" Sis- ter Eileen assures us, knowing that she will always have a special place in the hearts of the people of the community that she calls home. M From YBakery Perch VITA ORI.ANDO SINOPOI ! 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 LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 PPi,,ote Function I00ooms fop any Occasion CkPisieninq * BPilol Sllow, B,lq Show,, D00tkJ.q B0000e.v00me.t, Ek. Donato Fmltaroli k,,donato @ www.luciaristorante.corn J