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I00zy 15arron'00 11 O'GLOC, K NEW,00 The real poop! The Toronto Zoo agreed to send 3,000 tons of feces from rhinoceroses, giraffes, bison and other animals to the new biogas plant. The power plant will convert the zoo's poop and food waste into heat, electric- ity and fertilizer. The great Sarah Palin has incorporated as Sarah Palin, Inc. The former Alaska gover- nor registered a trademark on her name, barring others from using it for commercial or political marketing unless they pay for the privilege. Smart mover Seal deaths a mystery. Officials admitted they had no leads in the investigation of a string of seal shootings on Massachusetts beaches. The killer remains at large, though investigators believe it could be an angry fisherman, forced to battle the growing seal population over dwindling fish stocks. Sev- eral groups, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare are offering a reward of nearly $15,000. Weirdt A Canadian woman returned from a trip to find that her front lawn had been stolen. Denise Thompson says she had a beautiful, thick lawn, but that when she came home, she found only a rectangle of brown dirt. She is asking the thieves to return her property to its rightful place. "My boys are excited they don't have to mow the grass," says Thompson, but "I can't afford this." Ah, gardeningI A garden is a thing of beauty and a job forever. Well, we no longer mow our vast lawn. Yes, we have been using a landscaping outfit. Gardening is largely a painstaking matter, usually in the small of the back. Farmers in Georgia are still looking for 11,000 workers to harvest crops this year, and say they can't find enough help because of a new state law cracking down on illegal immigrants. The state's unemployment rate is nearly 10 percent, but few citizens are applying for jobs picking crops. Last count, a total of 262,282 illegal immigrants have been deported from the U.S. so far this year. Are you going there? China is now the third most visited nation in the world, after France and the U.S. The country took in $194 bil- lion in domestic tourism revenues in 2010, a 19 percent increase over the year 2009. Unbelievablet Cancer rates are twice as high among the least educated Americans as among those with graduate degrees. Can- cer experts say the poorly educated are more likely to smoke, eat unhealthful food and lack health insurance. More bad newst Watching a lot of TV can kill you, a new study says, and the more you watch, the worse your health is likely to be. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data from 175,000 people and found that every "additional two hours of daily television consumption increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20 percent and heart disease by 15 percent, people who watch TV for five hours a day -- the Ameri- can average -- are 13 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who watch only for three. Study author Frank Hu says the problem is not just that people sit on the sofa instead of exercising. They also "tend to eat junk foods and sugary beverages" in front of the TV more than when they're reading. Watching lots of TV ups your odds of early death even if you also spend hours exercising each week; conversely, cutting down makes you lose weight even if you don't exercise. Hu considers two hours of TV per day -- the maximum doctors recommend for children --to be "very generous" even for adults. Carlo Scostumato, says, "Television is a wonderful form of entertainment that has only two things wrong with it -- the com- mercials and the programs." Steven Sebestyen claims television is a form of entertainment where old movies never die, no matter how long ago they were shot. Steven's attractive and brilliant wife Theresa, says, "A television set is an object in the home entirely surrounded by school- children dodging their homework." The lovely, astute, Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "Many a child who watches tele- vision will go down in his- I 0 0 0 tory -- and also in English and arithmetic." What internationally renowned gourmet chef was a spy for the Allies during World War II? Julia Child. Julia's culinary talents developed later, after the war ended and after a stint at Paris's Cordon Bleu. Who was history's biggest polygamist? King Solomon. The foxy old patriarch liked to seal political alliances with marriage and picked up 700 wives and 300 concubines along the way. Some sultans and tribal chieftains may claim more wives but they are not as well known as Solomon. One more timel When a man and woman walk down the street, why does the man cus- tomarily walk on the outside, closest to the curb? Answert The custom goes back to the days preceding indoor plumbing in Europe and England when chamber pots were emp- tied out of a second-story windows into the gutters below. Later, it prevented horses and buggies, then cars, from splashing mud and water, or whatever, on milady. Some "worst" factst Americans drink more coffee than any other beverage (about 450 million cups a day). That means every citizen above the age of ten drinks at least two and a half cups a day. The worst per capita crime city (1993 top five): 1) Atlanta, Georgia 2) Miami, Florida 3) St. Louis, Missouri 4) Tampa, Florida 5) Newark, New Jersey. The worst haven for criminal is California. Arrests per year average 1.7 mil- Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roasted (Broiled) Red Bell Peppers 4 red peppers Salt 1 large garlic clove minced 4 brown paper lunch bags 3 tablespoons olive oil Wash and dry red peppers thoroughly. Place them whole on a broiling tray under the broiler. Broil until the outer skin of pepper begins to darken. Check frequently by removing from oven and turn each pepper as it blackens. It only takes a few minutes for the skin to blacken. (If left under broiler too long, the pepper will burn.) Continue broil- ing and turning in this fashion until most of the outer skin of each pepper has blackened though not necessarily the entire pepper. Remove peppers from oven. Put one or two peppers together in a paper lunch bag and close tightly. Because liquid from peppers may seep through bags, place on a cookie sheet. After cooling in paper bag for at least fifteen to-thirty minutes, take one bag at a time and place on clean dish. Tear open bag and carefully peel off outer skin of each softened pepper. Gently cut around the stem to remove stem and seeds from the pepper. Cut pepper in half and remove any remaining seeds. Slice pep- per into long one-inch strips and set aside in a separate bowl. Liquid will accumulate as pepper strips rest in bowl. Save for marinade. Spread minced garlic over pepper strips in a bowl. Add olive oil and stir thoroughly. Salt to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator or on your counter. Before serving, to enhance flavor, marinate roasted/broiled peppers at least thirty minutes in the garlic, oil and pepper liquids. The peppers can be heated in the microwave if desired. They store well, for a few days, in the refrigerator in a clean jar or plastic container. NOTE: Because they were only available in the summer when I was young, I welcome the opportunity to prepare them often now that peppers can be purchased daily. My family enjoys them with baked chicken, steaks or chops. lion in California. Gee, Bulger made the list! Are you ready for this? Some of the biggest optical chains in the U.S. are controlled by an Italian firm, Luxottica, which owns LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sunglass Hut. It also makes frames, including those by Oliver Peoples, Oakley, Persol and RayBan. Because Luxottica manufactures, distrib- utes and ells eyeglasses, it's in a better position to police pricing. Speaking of eyes, according to Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, "Another disadvan- tage of marrying a girl taller than you is that you'll never see eye to eye." Bare facts! A Mississippi woman was awak- ened last week by a naked man crashing through her ceiling. Kaliegh Townsend says that when she jumped out of bed to investi- gate a loud noise, she found the nude male stranger "standing in the middle of my liv- ing room, and there's a big gaping hole in my ceiling." The man, identified by police as Patrick Williams, begged her for a pair of shorts, settled for her jacket, and then fled. Police said he'd entered the crawl space above Townsend's apartment to evade a manhunt. The brainy Peter Beatrice of Swampscott, reminds us, "Let's not criticize the nudists -- remember, they were born that way." Clip this outt The famous big band era trumpeter and bandleader Al Natale will be appearing with his popular 16-piece Classi- cal Swing Band, Thursday, July 28 th at the Beech Street Center in Belmont from 7 to 9 PM. Comes Sunday,. July; 31 +t, the swing- ing band will appear at East Boston's pictur- esque Piers Park from 6 to 8 PM. On Thurs- day, August 4  you can enjoy swinging and swaying to the band from 6 to 8 PM at the North End's Nazzaro Center. Waitt Come Thursday, September 15, Al Natale's Classi- cal Swing Band will be back at the Beech Street Center in Belmont. The concerts offers you the opportunity to relive the big band era by listening to the original music arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Attic Shaw, Count Basic, and other famous big bands. It was the music that captured the hearts of young Americans from 1936 to 1945. Yes! The noted vocalist, handsome Jim Bramante, will be singing some of the big hits of that era which of course includes some of Frank Sinatra's memorable hit songs. It's all free. Be there! AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Who Invented the Ice Cream Cone? (Continued from Page 4) the cups had to be brought from Hoboken, and he ran out. That is when he turned to the waffle maker in the next booth and asked him to roll the waffles into the next best thing to a cup-a cone. Because of its success at the exposition, the idea of an edible ice cream con- tainer was spread all over the country." "The ice cream cone, as the Department of Health, Education and Wel- fare official said some 30 plus years ago, is the only eco- logically sound package known. It is the perfect package." Italo Marcioni went on to add other ice cream favor- ite to his company such as ice cream sandwich wafers in the form of clam shells and bananas and rectangu- lar ice cream sandwiches. He retired in 1938 and died in 1954 at the age of 86. The Marchiony brand of ice cream was sold to the Schraffts Candy Company of Boston, Massachusetts. M From 903akery ech VI'IWt OtfI.ANDO INOPOLt 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us .... rec W a delightful ollechbn 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 Yol For information about advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929.