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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 22, 2011 Ray Barron'00 11 O'CLOCK NEWS So what's new? Flights into and out of New York's John F. Kennedy Airport were delayed for several hours by a procession of sex-crazed turtles. More than 150 dia- mond-back terrapins took over a runway as they crawled toward their tradi- tional breeding grounds near New York's Jamaica Bay, forc- ing airlines to suspend take- offs and landings. "Running over turtles is not good for them," said a JetBlue spokesman. "Nor is it good for our tires." Wow! Over the last three decades, Americans went from eating an average of 3.8 meals and snack a day to 4.9 a day. The average American now consumes about 2,375 calories a day -- about 32 per- cent more than in the 1970s. The Agriculture Department says the average American eats 1,148 pounds of food a year. Of course, a lot of it goes to waist. Carlo Scostumata, says, "A lot of folks who are worrying about fat around the waist ought to be worrying about fat between the ears." The astute and charming Lucille A. Monateaux, Office Manager of East Boston Social Centers, Inc., thinks a great invention for dieters would be a refrigerator that weighs you every time you open the door. And handsome John Roch, Business Man- ager, reminds us, the truth hurts -- especially on the bathroom scales. Corny news! Corn prices have fallen sharply after U.S. farmers planted some 92 mil- lion acres, the second larg- est corn crop in nearly seven decades. If the harvest is strong, the abundant corn supply could eventually lead to a decline in food prices. The aggressive Obama ad- ministration is asking the auto industry to double fuel efficiency for cars in the U.S. by the year 2025. Its proposal to raise the mileage standard to 56.2 miles per gallon, up from 30.2 mpg today, would "cut the nation's oil con- sumption and carbon output significantly." But the pro- posal has sparked resistance from U.S. automakers, who are pressing for a fuel effi- ciency of between 42.6 and 46.7 mpg. While the White House and Detroit continue to negotiate, environmental- ists are lobbying hard for the higher figure, arguing that the federal government's $89 billion bailout of the industry required it to build fuel-effi- cient cars. Carmakers con- tend that the Obama proposal would have the effect of re- quiring most new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be battery- powered. Detroit estimates that a 56 mpg requirement would drive sticker prices up by as much as $6,000 per vehicle. Government officials say the new standards would add only between $770 and $3,500 to the average price of a new car -- far less, they say, than what consumers would save in fuel costs. U.S. automakers have boosted the fuel efficiency of their fleets by more than 70 percent since 1975. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, says, "It is simply remarkable how the apostle Paul covered so much terri- tory and accomplished so much without a car." The great Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Automobiles continue to be driven at two speeds -- lawful and awful." Kyle Waters of Swampscott, says, "No two people in a car can agree on which window should be open -- and how much." Reminder! AI Natale and his popular 16-piece Classi- cal Swing Band will be hav- ing people swinging and sway- ing at the picturesque Piers Park, Sunday, July 31, at 6 P.M. Come and enjoy lis- tening and dancing to the original musical arrange- ments of Glenn Miller, Benny Good-man, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Count Basle, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and other notable big bands. It was the music that cap- tured the hearts of young Americans from 1936 to 1945. The popular vocalist Jim Barmante will be croon- ing some of the songs of that famous era. "It will be truly a music event that will stir the hearts of people of all ages," says Natale. Be there! Admission is free! See you there! Look for me! Yes! Natale will include some of the great Jerry Gray's memo- rable music arrangements. Ah, Jerry Gray! Geraldo Graziano7 East Boston's con- tribution to America's swing- ing years! Special thanks to Catherine Esposito of New Mexico for forwarding a rare copy of a photograph featur- ing some of the bandleaders of that era and including the great Jerry Gray. The won- derful Catherine Esposito is Jerry Gray's first cousin. Bless her! Ah, memories can be all so delicious! Yet! All so sad! Good news[ Butter and cheese do not increase heart attack risk7 New research proves dairy delights do NOT boost your heart attack risk like we've been told for years. East Boston Social Centers John F. Kelly, Executive Director 0 0 0 In fact, scientists found that nutrients in dairy products actually counteract the harmful effects of saturated fat. "Things like butter and cheese are very complex sub- stances," says study leader Dr. Stella Aslibekyan of Brown University. "We looked at heart attack risk and dairy products in their entirety and then looked at separate com- ponents of those products, in- cluding fats, and it turns out the results are null." Fur- thermore, her team suggests that nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and potassium may protect the ticker against heart disease. The researchers also found out the intake of dairy of those who had coronaries was no different than those who didn't have heart attacks, even among those people who consumed as much as I IA pounds of dairy a day. Huh? Health experts say you can give yourself an in- stant energy boost in five easy, natural and surprising ways. Smell citrus. Citrus fruits like oranges and lem- ons are proven energy boost- ers. Try squeezing a few drops into a glass of water for a mid- day pick-me-up or inhaling the aroma of a citrus-based essential oil. Exhale deeply! Many of the body's energy- sapping toxins can simply be exhaled. For two minutes, take deep breaths, then try exhaling all the air from your lungs. Do something nice. Random acts of kindness can give you a psychological boost that manifests itself physi- cally. Eat peppermint, the smell of peppermint stimu- lates the brain to be more alert. Massage your hands. Rolling a golf ball between your desk and the base of your thumb stimulates a sen- sitive spot that will energize your whole body. What are you waiting fo Give yourself some instant energy! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME p IappyJnniersaqd Italia Unita, Inc. 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NOTE: *When preparing the above recipe for my husband and me, I sprinkle garlic powder over the scallops before adding the cracker crumbs and remaining ingredient. We enjoy the garlic flavoring. I often bake this meal in my heated toaster oven set on broil. I cover scallops with aluminum foil before placing in toaster oven. Broil for about eight to ten minutes. Then set the toaster oven to bake for the remaining time needed. 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