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. [~. _ PAGE 12 POST-GAZEI-rE, JULY 1, 2016 =qr rrofl I A Baptist preacher in Sacramento told his con- gregants that the only tragedy of the Orlando nightclub shooting is that ~more of them didn't die." Pastor Roger Jimenez vilified "sodomites" in his sermon and said their deaths ~help society." Jimenez said Christianity condemns homosexual- ity and that the Bible teaches that these people deserve to die." White knighted:, after a newlywed bride in her wedding gown stopped to administer life-saving CPR outside a Pittsburg hotel. "My nursing in- stincts took over," said off-duty trauma nurse Julie Stroyne Nixon. "Never knew that would happen on my wedding night." Splitting hairs, after anti-Gawker crusader Peter Thiel demanded that the gossip site remove an investigative story revealing that Donald Trump's signature hairstyle may be the result of $60,000 hair extension treatment. The story was "false and defamatory," Thiel's lawyer warned the be- leaguered media company. Hair seems important, only when we no longer have any. B/g tz~o, after a server at a Colorado Thai restau- rant received a $1,000 tip, delighting the whole staff--until the customer returned the next morn- ing and asked for it back. ~I'm SOfTy, I was drunk," the customer said. A boozer insisted that his liquor bill was deduct- ible as a medical expense. "My friend and I drink to each other's health." News from London: No skinny models. Lon- don's new mayor Sadiq Khan is banning ads that promote an "unhealthy body image" from the city's transportation system. Last year, ads for dietary supplements that showed an extremely thin woman in a bikini next to the text "Are you beach body ready?" drew criticism across the Brit- ish capital after they appeared on subway walls. Such ads will no longer be allowed. ~As a father of two teenage girls," Khan said, am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising, which can demean people, particularly women, and make them ashamed of their bodies." Several European countries have passed laws banning fashion shoots with emaciated models. Carlo Scostumato says, ~You can't blame nud- ists for being the way they are. They were born that way{" Ready for this? A Dutch tourist who reported being drugged and raped in Qatar has been found guilty of adultery and alcohol consumption. After three months in jail awaiting trial, the tourist, identified only as "Laura," was convicted and given a suspended sentence. She was released to the Dutch Embassy and is expected to return to the Netherlands soon. Laura was at one of the few Qa- tar clubs where alcohol is served when, she said, a man she was dancing with slipped something in her drink and she blacked out. She woke up in a stranger's apartment, sore and with her cloth- ing ripped, and immediately went to the police to report the rape. Instead, both she and the man were charged with adultery. Laura is at least the third woman in recent years to be arrested in the region after reporting an alleged rape. Wow! An Arkansas woman driving on the high- way had the fright of her life when a 4-foot snake dropped out of her dashboard and slithered across her feet. Kelly Swisher, 49, desperately tried to get away from the rattlesnake while driving. I'm the most flexible person in the world," she said, "but I can guarantee my knees were up next to my ears!" As the snake moved around the car, Swisher" pulled off the interstate and called 911, and animal control officers captured the reptile. In the future, she said, "I will watch my feet a little more closely." An Oregon rancher who saw a man grabbing a woman's bicycle in a Walmart parking lot jumped on his horse, chased the alleged thief, and lassoed him. Robert Borba, 28, was loading his purchases into his truck when he heard a woman screaming that someone was stealing her bike. The cattle rancher quickly got his horse out of its trailer and galloped after the thief, lassoing the man around the legs and tying him up until police arrived, use a rope every day, that's how I make my liv- ing," Borba said, "It catches a bandit pretty good." At the time of the Orlando massacre, the U.S. had already experienced 133 mass shootings in 2016, according to the FBI definition of a mass shooting as, a single event in which four or more people are shot. It was the 15 mass shooting in Florida this year, and the fourth in Orlando. School days! Stanford University reported a sexual assault to police once every two weeks, on average, in 2015, accord- ing to figures from the U.S. O O O Department of ~ Education. For the first time since 1979, America's cars, trucks, and air- planes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. That's largely because plants are using much less coal, and more natural gas, to generate electricity. This just in! More than 40 percent of American women are obese, a 5 percent jump over the past decade, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. "It's a really alarming figure, and it's alarming that it's continuing to go up despite government call to action on weight loss and healthy eating," UCLA Medical Center dieti- tian Dana Hunnes tells The Guardian (U.K.). The condition is most common among Mrican-Ameri- can women, 57 percent of whom qualify as obese, compared with 47 percent of Hispanic women, 38 percent of white women, and 12 percent of Asian women. The rate of obesity among men remains 35 percent, with no increase since 2005. Always trust a fat man, He~ll never stoop to anything lowl How not to waste the last drop of Olive Oil: Al- ways use up the last slick of goodness by making a salad dressing fight in the olive oil bottle. Add vinegar and herbs of your choice, than shake and drizzle over your favorite greens. Studies have shown that heavy marijuana use apparently isn't as hazardous to your health as smoking cigarettes. With one exception, that is: gum problems. Global terrorist attacks have decreased for the first time since 2012, dropping 13 percent from 2014 despite high-profile attacks in Paris and Brussels. Fatalities from terrorist incidents de- creased 14 percent over the same period. Foradults only! More Americans are having sex with the same sex -- or at least admitting to it. The percentage of adult men who reported hav- ing sex with another man has increased from 4.5 percent in the early 1990s to 8.2 percent, while the percentage of women who had sex with a woman increased from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent. So reported, Italian-American History: In 1768, over 100 Italians landed on the east coast of Florida near present-day Daytona and New Smyrna beaches. The Italians were part of an extensive coloniza- tion project which failed when "overseers treated the men as beasts rather than human beings." And according to the noted musicologist A1 Na- tale, in 1774, an advertisement appeared in the NEW YORK GAZETTE of April 14, 1774, an- nouncing in part: Signiora Mazzanti will sing several English and Italian songs" (Mazzanti's performance is the first known concert by an Italian women in America). And in 1777, pioneer merchant Angelo Navarro helped found the city of San Antonio. Italian-American in Sports: Rocky Marciano is the only undefeated heavyweight boxing champion in history. He retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record that included 43 knockouts. Marciano won the Heavyweight Crown in Philadelphia in 1952 and defended his title six times before retiring. He was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1959 and died in a plane crash ten years later, the day before his 46~ birthday. His real name was Rocco Marchegiano. 69percent of New Jersey voters believe that Gov- ernor Chris Christie's "main reason" for endorsing Donald Trump is that he wants a job in a Trump administration. A record low of 26 percent approve of Christie's job performance, and 79 percent say he's more concerned with his political future than with governing New Jersey. Ah, New Jersey, at last count, the home of 1,503,637 Italian-Americans. Yes! New York is the state with the most Italian- Americans. On this date: July 1, 1963, zip codes were intro- duced by the U.S. Post Office. And it was on July 1, 1847, the first U.S. adhesive postage stamps were sold. We heard the worst place to keep cool is Phoenix, Arizona, which leads the nation in heat, averaging 85F all year long, with an average of 101F in June, 105F in July, and 102F in August. Gee, we live in Nahant, a cool place to live! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STUFFED CUBANELLE PEPPERS Elongated Green Peppers 4 Cubanelle peppers {long, light green peppers) 1/3 cup flavored bread crumbs 2 teaspoons capers in vinegar/ water Vegetable oil spray With a paring knife, cut around the edge of the pepper stem to remove the stem and seed pod from each pepper. Wash peppers, dry outside of each and set aside. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, capers and a little of the liquid from the caper bottle. With a paper towel, rub a little oil over skin of peppers. Place three teaspoons of breadcrumb mixture in each pepper. Peppers will not be com- pletely filled. Spray a broiling tray with oil. Place peppers in center of tray. Turn your oven on to broil and place tray with peppers on the correct shelf for broilirig. Peppers should be about two inches from heat. The outer skin of the pepper sears but should not burn, though a portion may blacken. Keep checking and turning until all sides have been seared. This only takes about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. Remove from broiler oven, cover and set aside. It is best to broil these peppers just before serving. If broiled in advance, they can be warmed up in the microwave oven. These can be fried in a skillet with a little olive oil, but the flavor may be different. NOTE: MaryAnn (Summa) TrddelIa, a childhood friend, treated my husband and me to these delicious peppers many years ago. She learned to prepare these from her mother-in-law who had im- migrated to this country from Italy with her husband during the early nineteen hundreds. A Little Bit of Italy in the United States by Prof./Car. Philip J. Di Novo The majority of Italian immigrants came to the United States between 1880 to 1920. The imrtfigrants at that time left one thing behind, and that was poverty. In Italy there was unemployment and underemployment, little or no schooling, high mortality, almost no medical care, poor housing, rigid class structure, and exploitation. Most of the Italian immigrants during this period were single males between the ages of 24 and 45. Many of them expected to stay in the United States only as long as it took to make enough money to improve their family situation. There were also those who intended to send for their families as soon as they had saved the needed funds. Imagine how difficult it was for these immigrants to leave their parents and extended family and travel to a strange new land. Upon their arrival they felt isolation, alienated because of an unfamiliar- ity with the language and customs. Think of the emotional drain on them{ No wonder they became centralized in neighborhoods, many in urban areas. All types of businesses opened to serve the community. The Italian parish church was often the anchor and provided the spiritual and social needs of community. Immigrants established a number of mutual aid societies (such as the Sons of Italy), based on kinship and place of birth; they had buildings that served the needs of the membership in the neighborhood. For many Italian immigrants, migration to the United States should not be interpreted as a rejection of Italy. Little Italys are a defense of the Italian way of life and helped to preserve the traditional order. As time went on, some immigrants moved out of the Italian neighborhood but returned often to patronize the businesses, and attend religious services, as well as society meetings and events. The strongest Little Italys have Italian-Americans living within those neighborhoods. Even today, you ~ find a large Italian-American population living in Boston's ~North End," Providence's "Atwell Ave," San Diego's ~Little Italy," San Francisco's "North End," the Bronx' ~Arthur Avenue," NYC's "Mulberry Street," and many more similar places in the United States. Most metropolitan areas where you find a large concentration of Italian-Americans, you will find a Little Italy! Some are tourist attractions, others only a shell of their former identity, while still others have been revitalized. The popularity of Italian foods and all things Italian have helped to keep alive many of America's Little Italys. Many Italian-Americans who live in the suburbs return to their Little Italy to find the real thing, to attend a Festa, or have a great Italian meal. You will also find Little Italys in some of our southern states, es- pecially in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a very large one in Tampa, Florida. The majority of Italian-Americans in the nation actually live in New York State. You will find one or more Italian neighborhoods in almost all major cities. There are at least five in New York City with perhaps the best known Little Italy in Manhattan. In the NYC Capital District you Hill find a Little Italy in Schenectady, Troy, and Albany. Troy has an organization that works hard to keep its Little Italy vibrant. Schenectady holds an annual street festival. Albany's "Little Italy" is very small, but yotl Hill find a number of Italian stores and restaurants within the neighborhoods. Whenever you travel, be sure you find out if the city has more that one Italian neighborhood. I find it very interesting to visit an area designated as "Little Italy" where a little bit of Italy is often found. Many Italian traditions are kept alive in those areas through festivals, institutions, services, and more -- all indications that we are still very much alive!