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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 13, 2012 r- 11 ay I rron Wow! More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the past 23 years, ac- cording to a new archive compiled by two law schools. The most common causes of erroneous convictions were false testimony, mistaken eyewitness identification and the planting of guns and drugs by police. Enough said! Interesting, one in nine American men over the age of 75 is working. More than a third of men ages 65 to 69 hold jobs, as do more than a quarter of women that age. Economists say the 2008 economic melt- down is fueling the unprecedented growth of senior workers, many of whom lost big chunks of their retirement savings or home values. Whether you like it or not! About three- fourths of the U.S. will be hotter than average this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts. Droughts are likely to plague the Southwest, West and Northwest. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Weath- ermen are never wrong -- it's the weather that's wrong!" Science can predict an eclipse of the sun years in advance but cannot accurately predict the weather for the weekend. Heady news! It's not just football players who risk 'lasting brain damage from taking multiple blows to the head. Young female athletes playing sports like soccer and lacrosse may be even more susceptible. Researchers at Michigan State University tested more than 200 high school and col- lege athletes after they endured concus- sions. They found that female athletes had more symptoms than men did -- including headaches, nausea, and dizziness -- and also performed worse than concussed men on memory tests. The findings complement previous research showing that girls suffer twice as many concussions as boys who play the same sport. Researchers aren't sure why. Among girls, soccer players suffer the most concussions, cheerleaders and volley- ball players are also at high risk. "What's happening in this country is an epidemic of concussions," says Emerson Hospital phy- sician Bob Cantu, who warns that these brain injuries can affect some young people "for the rest of their lives." Loretta Lynn has always had a way with words, said Andrew Dansby in the Houston Chronicle. The legendary country singer and "coal miner's daughter" from Butcher Holler, Kentucky, reflects on a half-century of cre- ating iconic country songs in a new book entitled Honky Tonk Girl. Now 80, Lynn says she owes her career to "writing the only thing I knew: how I grew, how I lived and how things were." She remembers music get- ting hold of her imagination when she was 3, at the moment her grandfather played her "Wildwood Flower," by the Carter Family. "But I was just a baby then and even when I was older, I never thought I'd get out of Butcher Holler," she says. "Let alone doing this all these years. This was way too big for me to dream." Huh? Portugal has scrapped 4 of its 14 public holidays in order to boost economic activity. The debt-laden country, which, is implementing a raft of other austerity mea- sures, will suspend two Catholic festivals and two other public holidays for five years beginning in 2013. Bottoms up! Last year, the average Ameri- can drank just under two sodas a day, a drop in per capita consumption of about 16 per- cent since the peak, in 1998. Schools have been removing the drinks from vending machines for the past several years and local governments are increasingly elimi- nating them from public offices as concerns about national obesity rates grow. Watch your mouth in Middleborough, Mass. The citizens of Middleborough voted to allow police to issue $20 tickets for curs- ing in public. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "People who spout filthy language in public are tres- passing on our eardrums, and we don't like it" When a man uses profanity to support an argument, it indicates I 0 0 0 that either the man or the argument is weak -- probably both. Some 84% of Mormon registered voters say they will vote for fellow Mormon Mitt Rom- ney, while 13% say they will support Presi- dent Obama. About 2% of Americans are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. AmenT Smelly news! There really is such a thing as "old-person smell," and it is more distinc- tive and pleasant than odors given off by young and middle-aged people. Neuroscien- tist Johan Lundstrom of the Monell Chemi- cal Senses Center came to that conclusion after having volunteers between the ages of 20, 30, 45, 55, 75 and 95 forgo their usual perfumed products and wear absorbent T-shirts to bed for five nights. The odors from the T-shirts were collected and presented to another group of volunteers to smell. The scent of the older people emerged as by far the most distinctive -- volunteers identi- fied it correctly twice as often as they did the other aromas. But they also rated the seniors' body odor as the least intense and the least offensive among the age groups. While young and middle-aged men ranked as far more unpleasantly odiferous than their female peers, the male scent becomes more neutral in later years, probably due to hormonal changes. "As you grow older, you smell more and more like a woman," Lundstrom tells the Los Angeles Times. "It's almost as if you're going back to what hap- pened before puberty." Ah, old ageI Many of us are at the "metal- lic age" -- gold in our teeth, silver in our hair, and lead in our pants. And according to Giuseppina, cosce storte, growing old is only a state of mind -- brought on by gray hairs, false teeth, wrinkles, a pot belly and an overall feeling of being totally pooped. How to cut an onion without crying! Wear goggles. Wearing airtight eyewear is 100 percent effective in preventing tears. The gas that irritates your eyes is released by a chemical reaction that occurs when the cells of the onion are broken. You can also try slicing an onion while immersed in cold water or chopping it while cold water runs over your hands. Either technique "will send all those tear-jerking chemicals down the drain." Ah, tears! According to Mona-Lisa Cappuccio, there are many tears in the heart that never reach the eye. Remember, a woman's tears are the great- est waterpower known to man. Be aware, among the companies listed on the Fortune 500 in 2010, 204 were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants. A belated Happy Birthday to our Pub- lisher, Editor, Boss, and Inspirer, Pamela Donnaruma! Ah, sweet ageless Pamela! Pamela's birthday was on July 8m. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Singer Johnny Nash began a seven-year stint on the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1956, when Johnny was only sixteen. Johnny had a hit in 1972 with "I Can See Clearly Now." Reminder! Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians sold more records than any other dance band in history. Carmen McRae is one of the most highly regarded of all jazz singers. She's at her best with the likes of "Skyliner," which she recorded in the late 1950s. In the 1948 Presidential Election, Arthur Godfrey received four write-in votes from the state of Alabama. Pinky Tomlin wrote the song "The Object Of My Affection" in 1935 for his girl, who had been Miss Okla- homa of 1933. Sammy Kaye turned the song into a hit record in the late 1940s. And Kay Kyser formed his band at the University of North Carolina, but had become so petrified on the first date that a friend, songwriter Johnny Mercer, had to front the group. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the llomel r d by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LINGUINE WITH CLAMS IN BIANCO In White Sauce 2 dozen freshly steamed littleneck clams* 4 or 5 garlic cloves chopped 1/4 cup of olive, canola oil, or a mixture of both" 1 tablespoon chopped parsley {preferable fresh) Romano or Parmesan grated cheese 1 pound lingume *OPTIONAL: In place of freshly steamed clams, use two Cans of chopped or minced clams and two bottles of clam juice available in supermarkets. To steam clams: Wash clam shells thoroughly several times. Add about one quarter of an inch of water to sauce- pan and place on burner to heat. Then add clams. Cover and allow steaming until the clamshells open. Remove saucepan from burner. Remove clams from shells and set aside. Save the broth. White sauce preparation: Skin and chop garlic cloves. Heat oil slightly in two-quart saucepan over medium heat before adding chopped garlic. Simmer slowly. Do not brown garlic. Remove pan from burner for a few seconds before adding parsley and clam broth from steamed clams. Return to burner and bring to a boil. Add clams, chopped or whole. When mixture comes to a boil, turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Follow directions on package for cooking linguine or pasta as desired. After draining cooked pasta in colander, place in serving bowl. Pour clam broth from saucepan over linguine. Top each serving with one or more tablespoons of clams. Serve with preferred grated cheese. Use directions above for preparing oil, garlic mixture. Remove saucepan from buri~er and let stand a few seconds before adding parsley, bottled clam juice and clams. Bring to a slow boil for a few seconds. Turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Then follow directions above for serving the clams in bianco with the cooked pasta. Serves four. NOTE: One of my delights is to prepare this meal for my family and friends with fresh steamed littlenecks whenever possible. It always reminds me of the many times we experi- enced the pleasure of digging for littlenecks along various north or south shore beaches during my childhood. We couldn't wait to return home for Mama to prepare this meal for us. Whenever I use fresh steamed littlenecks today, I make sure to save some in the shell after steaming. I top each serving bowl of linguine with the chopped littlenecks and a few little- necks in the shell. Vita can be reached at voswriting Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanica] Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs ~:ITA O[ILANI)O ~[,*qOPO[.t 1st Generation Italian-American Vim 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 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN