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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 5, 2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Big bust! A high school senior in Wash- ington state was denied entry to her prom because her breasts are too big. Central Kitsap High School's dress code permits strapless dresses, but Brittany Minder says school officials told her she couldn't enter unless she covered her abundant cleavage. Minder wrapped herself in a shawl, but left the prom after an hour. "It was tough being there after all that happened," she said. "I was self-conscious." WowI Wesley Carrington of the U.K. dis- covered a haul of Roman coins worth $156,000 buried in the woods just 20 min- utes after buying his first metal detector. MoronI Drinking on the job, after an alleged burglar's decision to knock back a couple of beers during a break-in led to his arrest. Moses Wilson, 29, was allegedly stealing copper piping from an upstate New York home when he drank some beer he found in the basement. Police later traced DNA left on the cans to Wilson. Weird! Male train workers in Sweden circumvented a ban on wearing shorts by donning skirts instead. Males can wear garments allowed in the women's dress code, a spokesman said, because "to say anything else would be discrimination." New York Post sued: Two men pictured on the front page of the New York Post under the headline "Bag Men" three days after the Boston Marathon bombing are suing the newspaper for defamation. Salaheddin Barhoum, 16 and Yassine Zaimi, 24, are accusing the tabloid of libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. When photos of Barhoum and Zaimi began circulating online shortly after the bombing, the two voluntarily went to the police and were told they were not suspects. The next day, the New York Post ran their photo with the words "Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon." Zaimi's house was swarmed by reporters and Barhoum faced accusations from his boss. "We stand by_ our story," New York Post editor Col Allan said in April. "We did not identify them as suspects." So, what do weddings cost today? An astounding amount. Last year the average American wedding, including the requisite reception, cost $28,427. In affluent areas, the cost is even higher: In Boston, the average price of a wedding is $39.239; in Santa Barbara, Calif., it's $42,319; and in Manhattan, $76,697. In other words, what many couples are spending on a single event lasting a few hours is the equivalent of a year's tuition at college or what an average American makes in an entire year. Speaking of weddings, when we were booked to play at a wedding reception, we enjoyed Italian and Jewish weddings. We musicians were well paid and allowed to eat at the reception. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "At a Brookline wedding the bride was so homely everybody kissed the groom." Carlo Scostumato reminds us it takes only a few words mumbled in church and you're married. It takes only a few words mumbled in your sleep and you're divorced. Huh? Karl Lagerfeld wishes he could marry his cat. Choupette, the 79-year-old fashion designer's Siamese cat, already has her own staff of three maids, flies around the world in Lagerfeld's private jet and main- tains (with some human assistance) her own Twitter account, which so far boasts more than 28,000 followers. "I never expected to fall in love like this, with a cat," Lagerfeld said, lamenting that "there is no marriage yet for human beings and animals." Unbelievable! The average American eats one to two pounds of dead insects and insect parts a year that are contained in such foods as pasta, spinach, broccoli, cereal, rice and beer. The Food and Drug Administration has allowable levels of insects for various foods; beer, for example, can contain up to 2,500 aphids per 10 grams of hops. Speaking of food, the great Tom Analetto, unofficial mayor of Medford, says, "A lot of indigestion is caused by people having to eat their own words." I've got a secret! More O O O than 4.9 mil- lion people -- many of them working for private compa- nies -- have some level of access to classi- fied U.S. government information. About 1.4 million have access to information classi- fied as "top secret." Useless information: If a statue of a per- son on a horse depicts the horse with both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose. One more time! The Roman emperor Commodos collected all the dwarfs, cripples and freaks he could find and had them brought to the Colosseum, where they were ordered to fight each other to the death with meat cleavers. When CBS broadcast the first television show in color, no one other than CBS owned a color television set. A hockey puck is one inch thick. And about a third of people flush while they are still sitting on the toilet. And remember, in true kingly fashion, Elvis passed away while sitting on the throne. Stay awake for this! Losing a week's worth of good sleep shuts down genes that protect the body against disease. Researchers found that the lack of sleep messed up the work- ing of 711 genes involved with the immune system and the handling of stress and in- flammation. The lack of sleep also wreaked havoc with the body's internal time clock. Fortunately, a week's worth of good sleep set everything back to normal. Scientists from England's University of Surrey warn that continuous lack of sleep over longer periods can trigger serious health problems. A new study claims snap decisions are usu- ally right! Following your intuition is just as good as taking hours to reason out what to do. That's the conclusion of scientists. Yes! Two Italian Americans developed the American shopping mall. William Cafaro began building and operating neighborhood shopping centers in the 1940s. When he died at age 84 in 1998, he was one of the richest men in America, leaving behind $800 million. Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., began as a construction worker and ended with the largest real estate and development com- pany in the nation. During the 1960s, DeBartolo Corporation began to develop shop- ping malls and suburban office parks. Some interesting facts about Italian Americans in the world of music by our stately, ageless musicologist and philanthro- pist Albert Natale. Gian Carlo Menotti is the first composer to write American operas that have become part of the international rep- ertory. Among his famous works are "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "The Saint of Bleeker Street," an opera set in a modern Little Italy. Menotti also founded the Festi- val of Two Worlds in Spoleto and its Ameri- can counterpart in Charleston (1977) which celebrate western music. Though he was born in Italy in 1911, he came to the U.S. when he was only 17 and made his career here. David Del Tredici, renowned con- temporary composer and Pulitzer Prize win- ner, was born in 1937 in California. He based a series of works on "Alice in Wonderland" and is recognized for his compositions for large orchestras. His works include "Pop- Pourri," "An Alice Symphony," "Child Alice" and "In Memory of a Summer Day," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. And Dominick Argento was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975 for his song cycles "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf." Argento is among the most frequently performed 204 century composers of opera. His most fa- mous works include "Postcard from Morocco," "Casanova's Homecoming" and "The Dream of Valentino." He has held various teaching position at universities nationwide. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL, CABBAGE AND CARROTS IN LIGHT TOMATO SAUCE with Sicilian Olives 1 2 Ib Veal shoulder or 4 Veal chops 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 head green cabbage or verza (curly cabbage) 5 carrots 1 large onion (chopped) 1 large celery stalk (chopped) I large garlic clove (chopped) optional 4 oz. prepared tomato sauce or 2 tablespoons tomato paste with 1 1/2 cups water 6 or 8 Sicilian olives 2 bay leaves (optional) Salt and pepper In a pot, heat up the olive oil and sear both sides of meat. Remove meat from pot and add chopped onion and celery to simmer until onion is opaque. Lower heat and add tomato sauce or tomato salsa. Stir to avoid burning. K using tomato salsa, add water after initially stirring into onions and cel- ery mixture. Continue to stir until it comes to a boil. Add bay leaf, cover pot and boil slowly a few minutes. Then add the meat and cover to continue slow boiling. Skin, wash and cut carrots into three inch portions. Add cut carrots and Sicilian Olives to pot with meat.* Stir and continue cooking over low heat. Meanwhile, clean and cut cabbage into portions desired. After carrots cook for about ten minutes, place cabbage por- tions on top of meat and carrots in the pot. With a ladle, spoon some of the tomato broth over the cabbage. Cover pot, Simmer slowly until carrots* and cabbage are cooked to your liking. (about an additional 20 minutes). Set aside on your stove and reheat slowly when ready to serve. *OPTION: #I: Potato portions are a great addition to this recipe. Potatoes should be added after the carrots cook for at least ten minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking as mentioned above. *OPTION #2: In place of potatoes, prepare some instant rice, or rice of your choice, following directions on the pack- age. Serve the rice with the meat, carrots, cabbage and Sicilian Olives topped with the tomato sauce. NOTE: This is one of my creations formed from remember- ing how Mama loved to mix meats and vegetables together just to serve us something different. She taught me that in cooking you can do what you might do in other crafts. For instance, in knitting a baby crib blanket, Mama might use pink and white only one time. She might use the same pattem for another blanket but use yellow and white yarn and edged it with green yarn to give the pattern a different appear- ance. In cooking, making changes in the above recipe by using rice one time and potatoes another time makes the meal seem different. In place of cabbage, use fresh green string beans to vary the vegetable. Vita can be reachat vos Saint Bernardino Realino (Continued from Page 7) catechist to the youth, as well as a Rector of the Jesuit College and Superior of the Jesuit Community. His charity to the poor and the sick knew no bounds. He was loved so much and ven- erated that, as he lay on his death bed in 1616, the city's leaders requested that he take the city under his pro- tection. Unable to speak, Fom 003akery Perch St. Bernardino bowed his head. He died with the names of Jesus and Mary on his lips. He passed away on July 2, 1616. St. Bernardino was canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. He is the patron saint of Lecce, Italy. His feast day is celebrated on July 2. His relics are preserved in Lecce in the Chiesa del Gest. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul 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 1SBN