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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 20, 2012 NEWS BRIEFS 00ROM rrAUAN LEGAL Interest NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco GOOD LAUGH -- GOOD HEALTH. We are fully aware that optimism has a positive influence on life. Likewise practicing sports or walking a lot daily, prevents many pathologies, especially cholesterol. Now we learn a new, great asset to good life, which brings a better understand- ing of the delicate balance between mind and body. A good hearty laugh. Research conducted for the first time at the University of Maryland was presented at a European Congress of Cardiology, in Paris, not long ago: a scientific world event attended by 30,000 physicians who realized how significant the impact of good humor is on everyone's health. To make sure that the effects are evident, the laughing moment must be full, not just a smile but a pro- longed hearty laugh of about 15 seconds, an adequate time to affect the organs. The research also indicated that in order to obtain optimum r.sults for a full day, the laugh ought to last 15 minutes. In short, the old jargon, "Be Happy, Be Healthy" can be the call to good life. In one of the tests used in the study, they showed funny movies to the study group, causing prolonged hilarious moments. The researchers noted a considerable expan- sion of the endothelium (the inside coating of the blood vessels) on individuals who had just seen the movie -- up to 50% -- with beneficial effects in the prevention of heart attacks as well as of brain strokes. The results of the study are telling. Those who suffer the effects of the economic crisis, especially in Europe, are showing stressful condi- tions, which often have led to many suicides, as in Italy. Excessive worries alter the equilibrium inside the cardio- vascular system, for the adrenalin produced under the brain's stimuli, acts as a vasoconstrictor which, in the long run, damages most of the blood vessels. In conclusion, try to laugh every day, or even several times a day, to usher in a healthy condition, much better than taking pills. Prevention is definitely better. THE WILD DREAMS OF ITALIAN HOUSEWIVES! The Italian housewives seem the most desperate in Europe, according to a recent research by a study group: "Women and Quality of Life," after monitoring 4,000 housewives throughout Europe, 700 of whom were Italian. The Italians turned out to be the most dissatisfied (@ 76%), who were even willing to leave their country, but only if they could win a sizeable pay-off at the "SuperEnalotto" (a special lottery), or if another 'miraculous' event occurred. The reason for the Italians' bad feelings are: first the collapse of the economy, then the lack of support for the family and the end of the myth of the 'Italian' partner who helps the Italian woman with house chores, leaving the woman feeling abandoned and unable to run the house- hold. What to do? A full 50% of the Italian women would leave to be alone, settling in one of these famous places: Hawaii, Bahamas, or the Maldive Islands, or even in North- ern Europe. Desperation: a bad pathology! Diane J. Modica Michele M. Modica Attorney Attorney Email: Email: 101 Tremont Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108 Tel: 617.292.3329 Fax: 617.292.4855 jrtappy slnnit00ersary to the 00Post-Oazette America in History Landing of Columbus Designs created & implemented by Constantine Brumidi I1805-1880) The Michelangelo of the United States Capitol OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMITTEE * (617)499-7955 * Don't forget to look for our October 2012 Calendar of Events David J. Saliba Attorney at Law Is it a crime for the operator of a car to tell a stranger to get in the car, a crime? COMMONWEALTH vs. MERALDO RIVERA, JR. SJC-10802 SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS 460 Mass. 139; 949 N.E.2d 916 March 10, 2011, Argued * July 12, 2011, Decided On September 1, 2008, at approximately 1:30 pm, the boy was walking along Dorchester Avenue in the Dorchester section of Boston, on his way to a pharmacy to pick up prescriptions for his mother. The boy testified that "a man," later identified as the defendant, "drove right next to [him]" and stopped his vehicle, a four-door sedan. The driver's window was open. Even though the-boy could not recall the first thing the de- fendant said to him, he "stepped back" so that he was approximately three feet from the sedan and "heard some- one say, 'Get into the car.' The boy said 'no' and then walked away." He went "straight to the pharmacy," which was fifty yards away. The entire exchange took ap- proximately "[t]wo seconds," and the boy was not "face-to- face close" to the defendant. The defendant drove away. In response to the prosecutor's question whether the boy thought the defendant was following him, the boy stated, "Kind of, yeah." IREI,AND, C.J. In 2009, the defendant was tried before a jury on a complaint charging him with the attempted kid- napping of an eleven year old boy. G. L. c. 274, 6. At the close of evidence, the defen- dant moved for a required finding of not guilty, which was denied. The defendant was found guilty, was sen- tenced to two years in a house of correction, with six months to serve followed by probation and was required to regis- ter as a sex offender. He appealed and we transferred the case to this court on our own motion. He argues that the trial judge erred in deny- ing his motion for a required finding of not guilty because there was insufficient evi- dence to convict him and that his statement to police was improperly admitted in evi- dence. Because we conclude that there was insufficient evidence of his intent to kid- nap the boy, we reverse the judgment and set aside the verdict. Judgment shall en- ter for the defendant. Supreme Judicial Court found, inter alia, that even considering defendant's statements to the police, Happy Anniversary Italian Specialtaes Expert Catenng SAUGUS Store and Corpom Oce 190 Main Street, Saugus, MA 781-231-9599 Fax 781-231-9699 BOSTON I NORTH END 42 Cross Street, North End, Boston, MA 617-227-9673 * Fax 617-778-0497 BOSTON /WEST END 75 Blossom Court, Boston, MA 617 227-6141 Fax 617-227-6201 SOUTH BOSTON I Park Lane, Boston (Seaport District), MA 857-366-4640 Fax 857-366-4648 Happj Anniversar EAST BOSTON ADULT ED. 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