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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE,JULY 1 ,' 2011 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Fashionable news! In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. To- day, thanks primarily to the lower prices of garments made abroad in low-wage nations, she purchases more than 60 pieces of new clothing per year. Giuseppina, la coscia storta, claims, the women who are first to wear the latest fash- ions are usually the ones who shouldn't. Carlo Scostumato, says, "The reason men's suits look the same year after year is that most men are wearing the same ones." Huh? 50 percent of American households are so "financially fragile" that they say.they certainly could not or probably could not come up with $2,000 to pay an unexpected expense, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. According to the astute "Mona" Lisa Cappuccio, on average, each American uses and discards, about 500 plastic bags a year. Busted-up! It has been reported, Crystal Harris, 25, the latest large-breasted blonde to be courted by Hugh Hefner, after she called off their marriage just five days be- fore she was to wed the Viagra-fueled 85- year-old creator of Playboy. "Crystal has had a change of heart," sighed Hef. The proper British! Fifteen percent of people admitted in a British survey to serv- ing guests food that had fallen on the floor. : Gee, Australian police have caught a one-legged burglar by following a trail of one-legged footprints. David Phillips, 44, was tracked after burglarizing a series of homes. "It was not the hardest series of crimes to solve as he cut a pretty distinctive figure with one leg," said a police spokesman. "By the time he left a trail in the mud, even Inspector Clouseau might have managed to collar him." The staff at a Goodwill store in Fenton, Michigan, is trying to find the person who donated an urn containing grandma's ashes. In a pile of donations, the staff recently found a box labeled "Grandma's Urn," and in it a sealed vase containing human remains. "It's got to be the No. 1 or 2 weirdest item we've ever received," said manager Allen Ryckman. He suspects the ashes were donated inadvertently as "part of a house clean-out." Poll watch! 57% of Americans say politi- cians get caught in sex scandals because they are under greater scrutiny. 19% say it's because politicians have "lower moral standards than ordinary Americans." What wrinkles reveal: A glance in the mirror may be enough to gauge how likely you are to suffer bone fractt/res as you age. A new Yale University study shows that the deeper a middle-aged woman's facial wrinkled appear, the weaker her bones are. The reason may turn out to be that firm skin and strong bones are both built by col- lagen, a protein our body begins to lose as we get older. Study author Lubna Pal tells that confirming a link between wrinkles and bone health could help doctors identify and treat osteoporosis among older patients. The condition cur- rently requires an expensive diagnostic test, so it often goes unnoticed until a person breaks a hip or a leg. But "if things on the outside of us can indicate a risk to things inside," Pal says, "osteop0rosis may not be such a silent disease." Italian wines are enjoying a renaissance! Among the many "ancient" grapes that are contributing to a renaissance for Italian whites, "the most interesting to me is the fiano," said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Fiano is unusually versatile. "At base, it has smoky, nut-like, spicy quality that I find very attractive, along with win- ning mineral flavors." Yet it can also pro- vide "clean, cold refreshment" when the occasion calls. One of the wines mentioned is 2009 Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino. Well, all of you who have roots in Avellino should purchase a bottle of the wine. We plan toI Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Age improves all wines except the whine of a man." Like we have con- tinuously said, "Women are better 0 0 0 managers than menF For the first time, IBM may name a woman to its chief executive post. She is sales chief Virginia M. Rometty, a 53-year-old who has spent three decades at the company. Remember, our mothers were good managers! They managed to feed us, keep us healthy, educate us, keep us from harm's way, etc. And of course, our wives continued to "manage" the family! Bless them! Ah, Father's Day! Trusting all of you fa- thers enjoyed the day! Well, on Father's Day, we always gifted the loving wife for making it possible for us to become a father. She deserved the gift and morel So what did we receive for Father's Day? The usual! Jars of orange marmalade! Yummy! Good news! Wal-Mart is launching an online grocery-delivery service called Wal- Mart to Go that will sell food, health and beauty products, medicine, and other gro- cery items. Delivery fees are around $5, and the minimum order is 849. Gee, remember when grocery stores used to make free home deliveries? If you do remember, then that indicates you are a seasoned individual. Ha! Ah! The Bruins! Just remember, a hockey puck is one inch thick. Canada imports about 850 Russian-made hockey sticks on an average day. Professional hockey play- Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BROILED LAMB CHOPS 4 lamb chops 2 garlic cloves chopped or crushed 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 large onion sliced (optional) 2 fresh tomatoes sliced (optional) Chopped mushrooms (optional) Salt and black pepper In a bowl, mix chopped or crushed garlic with oil and oregano. Using pastry brush, spread the mixture onto both sides of each lamb chop. Marinate lamb chops in extra marinating mixture in a dish for at least thirty minutes. TO BROIL: Lightly spray broiling tray with oil before plac- ing chops on the tray. Place tray with chops in oven at least two inches under the broiling coils to broil fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on thickness of chops. Turn chops occasionally in order to cook on both sides. Broil chops until they reach the consistency desired. Before serving, brush extra marinating mixture over chops. Salt and pepper to taste. OPTIONAL: Place tomato slices over marinated lamb chops in broiling tray. Then spread onion slices over tomato slices. Sprinkle a little oregano and oil over the onions. Chopped mushrooms can also be added. Cover broiling tray with aluminum foil before placing in the oven at least two inches under the broiling coils. Broil about twenty to thirty minutes depending on thickness of chops. Check for desired tenderness. Remove cover to allow browning. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves two. NOTE: I have grilled marinated lamb chops many times on our charcoal gas grill following this recipe. When I add tomato and onion slices, I arrange everything in a throwaway broiling tray, cover it with aluminum foil and cook over the grill. Then uncover them and brown slightly on the grill. ers skate an average speeds of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour. In the four professional major North st. American sports (baseball, basketball, foot- ball, and hockey), only eight teams' nick- names do not end with "s." These teams are * Stirpe Nos/ra (Continued from Page 2) the Miami Heat, the Utah Jazz, the Orlando Magic, the Chicago White Sox, the Colorado now withered and died. Also, the statues at the same Avalanche, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the at the death of Nero, the time, while the scepter Minnesota Wild, and the Boston Red Sox. entire grove died off, as did (symbol of power) fell from So begins the summer season! Well, all the chickens. It's a great the hand of Augustus. Addi- according to the brilliant Lucille A. story but a little too ridicu- ti0nally, this one story is Monuteaux, Office Manager of East Boston lous for me to swallow. The said to have caused more Social Centers, "Summer is the season villa where all of this took flatulence (stomach gas) in when it is sometimes hard to tell whether place was given the name more people than any other a man is wearing shorts or merely forgot of "Ad Gallinas." I'll not dis- story to come out of Roman his pants." The sociable John Roch, Busi- pute this name because it Antiquity, but don't dis- hess Manager of the Centers, says, "Sum- just happens to be the Latin hearten folks, better times met is here when the chair you're sitting expression for "hen-roost" or are coming. The Flavian and on gets up when you do." "chicken coop." Antonine emperors produced The second part of the story some of the best rulers in The great, knowledgeable, Peter Beatrice of sunny Swampscott, says, "Summer is a tells of lightning striking a Roman history, but first we'll season divided into three parts: anticipa- temple of the Julio- have to sweat out Galba, tion, vacation, recuperation." How true! Claudians after Nero's Otho and Vitellius, "i try One more time! The popular news anchor death. This one lightning pagliaeci" (the three clowns). Jack Williams of WBZ-TV began broadcast- strike is said to have caused NEXT ISSUE: the heads to fall from all of Galba the Nibbler ing at the age of 13, when he built his own radio station at home in Idaho. Two years later, he was hired by an Idaho radio sta- 1st Generation tion KYTE as an announcer. Jack joined WBZ-TV in 1975. Italian-American Some interesting show biz stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Accord- Vita Orlando Sinopoli ing to Sal Mineo, Boris Karloff was a good actor because he was a kindly, man and in Shares with us no way scary. Bela Lugosi was not a good ............ a deligh(ful recollection actor because he was not a pleasant man ][From of her memories as a child and he was plenty scary, as is! Mia Farrow,  l after wedding Frank Sinatra and hearing a 4ery growing up in Ava Gardner's quote about her boyish appeal, Perch responded, "I can match bottoms with any- Boston's "Little Italy" one in HollywoodF Robert Mitchum claimed  and a collection of John Wayne had four-inch lifts in his shoes. Italian family recipes "He had the overheads on his boat accom- modated to fit him. He had a special roof put i'r. 0,:o So,o from the homeland. in his station wagon ... The son of a bitch; they probably buried him in his good dam lifts." Vivien Leigh revealed love scenes Great as Gifls with Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for was not that romantic. His dentures smelled Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN something awful And the noted film direc- soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN tot Otto Preminger claimed directing Marilyn Monroe was like directing Lassie. "You needed fourteen takes to get one right." Yvonne De Carlo, says, "Everybody in Holly- wood has had Tony Curtis!" In response, works [o Tony Curtis says, "Everybody in Hollywood 1|1  p(] 82 57 i has had Yvonne De CarloF' [ l 0   V, [ AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME i