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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 4, 2014 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Wow! Pope Francis announces that he would no longer use the bulletproof Popemobile because it's "a sardine can" that walls him off from the faithful. "At my age," said the 77-year-old pontiff, "I don't have much to lose." Meow/ Meow/ A Pennsylvania woman climbed 40 feet up a tree to rescue a stuck cat, only to realize she couldn't make it back down. Firefighters had to rescue both Tara Dennis, 21, and the stranded kitty. "Normally, we recommend (people) just let animals come down by themselves," said a fire official. Huh? Chelsea Clinton was paid an annual salary of $600,000 in her first year as a rookie NBC News correspondent -- or about $26,724 for each minute she actually appeared on air, says Clinton, who had scant journalistic experience when she was offered the role, was paid more than many veteran network correspondents or Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times. Clinton has since been placed on a month-to-month contract so that she and the network can cut ties if her mother, Hillary Clinton, runs for president in 2016. Go for it! George Clooney is being wooed by Democrats to run for governor of Califor- nia, says the Mirror (U.K.). The 53-year-old actor and longtime liberal activist has real interest in launching a political career now that he's engaged to high-flying British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36. His Democratic friends are keen for him to follow in the footsteps of fellow actors turned governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan, both of whom were Republi- cans. "Now that Areal is by his side, it has boosted his credentials even higher," a source told the newspaper. In the past, Clooney dismissed questions about his running for office, saying he'd "slept with too many women, done too many drugs, and been to too many parties." Unbelievable! The Great Recession led to more than 10,000 "economic suicides" in North America and Europe between 2007 and 2010, according to a new study in The British Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers said the spike in suicide rates was sparked by job losses, plummeting stocks, dwindling pensions, and diminished house prices. On days when their team is playing in the World Cup, men are 3.26 times more likely than normal to have a heart attack, accord- ing to a German study of hospitalizations during the 2006 World Cup. For women, the risk is 1.82 times higher. Watching the games not only produces stress in rabid fans, the study found, but it's also associated with "lack of sleep, overeating, consumption of junk food, heavy alcohol ingestion, and smoking." A recentpoll revealed 42 percent of Ameri- cans say that they admire Bill Clinton more than any other president in the past 25 years, 18 percent most admire Barack Obama, while 17 percent named George W. Bush, and 16 percent named George H. W. Bush. Despite the growth of a U.S professional soccer league and frequent telecasts of matches in England and other countries, only 28 percent of Americans are fans of professional soccer, down from 31 percent in 1994. 49 percent think that the sport is boring. Be aware, many expectant mothers aren't eating enough fish. After years spent rec- ommending limits on seafood consumption for pregnant women and young children, the Food and Drug Administration is now revers- ing course, saying that the benefits of the minerals and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish outweigh the risks of potential mercury contamination. "Emerging science now tells us that limiting or avoiding fish during preg- nancy and early childhood can mean miss- ing out on important nutrients," FDA Chief Scientist Stephen Ostroff tells Those nutrients "can have a positive impact on growth and development." Speaking of fish, Proprio Stronzo claims some fishermen don't catch anything until they get home. Carlo Scos- tumato says, O O O "There is , probably no better way to loaf, without attracting a lot of criticism and unfavorable attention, than to go fishing." Suggestions for uses of deodorant. Apply to the bottoms of feet before going to bed to ward off odor and perspiration all throughout the next day. To silence a door, rub deodorant on hinges to stop them from squeaking. Tights pants or skirts slide on more easily if you first rub deodorant on your legs. Interesting. Turns out, being stuck-up can improve your chances of landing a job. In a study from the University of British Columbia, researchers found that job inter- viewers tended to favor narcissistic candi- dates over equally qualified, but more humble applicants. Be aware, protein is getting pricey. The cost of beef, beans, bacon, and nine other protein sources jumped 28 percent in the last five years. In 2014 alone, protein prices have risen roughly 5 percent -- twice the pace of increase for any other food group. Ah, summerl Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "Summer is the season when it is sometimes hard to tell whether a man is wearing shorts or merely forgot his pants." Believe it was Steven Sebestyen who once said, "Summer is the season when there's not much on radio, television or the girls at the beach." And Steven's great wife Theresa says, "Summer is a season divided into three parts: anticipation, vacation, recuperation." The astute Robyn Waters of Swampscott wants you to head to Caffe Paolina, Cucina Italiana, on Humphrey St., Swampscott. In brief, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner except on Mondays. The owner, is the personable, radiant, Paolina Lepore, native of Italy. Robyn loudly shouts, "the Italian food is fantastic and you have the feeling you are dining in ItalyF Little-known facts from Italian American history. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Italian descent: Maryland's William Paca and Delaware's Caesar Rodney. The ice cream cone was invented in 1896 by Italo Marcioni in New Jersey. Two generations later, in Pittsburgh Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac. Antonin Scalia is the first Italian American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The son of Sicilian immigrants, he was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. The FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908 by Charles J. Bonaparte, who was appointed attorney general by Theodore Roosevelt. Previously, he was Secretary of the Navy and the first Italian American in the U.S Cabinet. In 1993, Louis Freeh, whose mother's name is Bernice Chinchiola, became director of the FBI. Brazilian taxi driver Adilson Luis da Cruz often finds lost phones and forgotten umbrellas in his cab, but last week he hit the jackpot: 40 tickets to the World Cup. Despite his lifelong dream of going to the tournament, plus the thousands of dollars he could have earned by scalping the tickets, the cabbie didn't hesitate to do the right thing, returning all 40 tickets to the two very relieved Mexican fans he'd dropped off at a Sao Paolo hotel a few hours earlier. "It was my duty to give them back," said da Cruz, who did exact a small reward: "I told them to root for Brazil." There's no business like show biz[ Our distinguished musicologist Albert Natale says this is what Rex Harrison had to say about Charlton Heston: "Charlton costarred with me (in the Agony and the Ecstasy} ... He was in ecstasy over getting to play some- one like Michelangelo, and I was in agony over his vanity, his ego, his delays ... He treated me as a supporting actor in spite of it being the story of two titans and their relationship. I wasn't playing one of Michaelangelo's boyfriends, I was the Pope, for heaven's sakel" AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TOMATO SAUCE WITH MEAT "Macaroni with the Gravy" 1 twenty-eight-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 eight-ounce can of tomato paste 1 medium onion chopped 1 garlic clove chopped {optional) 1/3 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil I teaspoon dried basil, or 3 fresh basil leaves 1 or 2 pounds meat of your choice Suggestion of meats and combinations: Ground beef or turkey for meatballs Meatballs and lamb stew meat Meatballs and veal stew meat Meatballs and Italian pork sausages Lamb stew or veal stew meat and Italian pork sausages Cut-up chicken portions Heat oil in saucepan and brown meat in pot. After brown- ing all portions, remove and set aside. Drain excess oil if desired, to limit the amount of oil in the sauce. Add chopped onion, garlic, and basil to saucepan. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Add half a cup of water if mixture appears to be too thick. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Stir occasion- ally to prevent mixture from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Then add tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Fill empty tomato paste can with water and stir water into sauce. Cover pot and simmer slowly over low heat for an- other twenty minutes. Then add browned meat. Cover and cook slowly until meat portions are tender. Remaining sauce freezes well. NOTE: During my years of experience in cooking, I have found that the taste of a tomato sauce varies with the kind of canned tomato used. My advice is to experiment with the variety of kinds of crushed tomatoes available today until you acquire the taste that pleases you. Try using a combination of meats in your sauce also, to vary or enhance its flavor. Whenever I need a tomato sauce for preparing eggplant, veal or chicken cutlet parmigiana, I cook up a batch of this tomato sauce, eliminating use of meat or tomato paste. Breakers Seen off by the Flash by Chris Brookes The Boston Breakers suffered their tenth loss of the sea- son in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) as they were beaten 2-1 at the Western New York Flash last Friday night. An 82"d-minute goal by Flash captain Carli Lloyd, her second of the night, broke a one-one draw. The Breakers had tied the match on a Nkem Ezurike strike in the 71 St minute. A rookie, Ezurike, the Canadian born forward beat Lydia Williams with a clipped finish for her second goal of the season. The assist came from Maddy Evans who delivered a perfect pass. The Flash took back the lead for good in the 75 c" minute as Lloyd hit one with her left from close range which just crept wide with Naeher diving low. With time running out, Boston had a chance to even things again, however, Sanderson had a shot blocked by McCall. The loss means the Breakers fall to 3-10-1 and remain at the bottom of the NWSL table with ten games to go. The fourth 'of seven straight road games will be on Sunday, July 6 th as the Breakers travel to Seattle to take on the Reign. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm and the match can be viewed live via YouTube on the official NWSL Channel. M From YBakery P ch 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 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN