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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 2, 2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW00 Ready for this? The widely read National Examiner July 8 th edition was headlined SINATRA WAS A CIA SPY[ Daughter Tina's BOMBSHELL CONFESSION. And so Tina Sinatra revealed CIA agents convinced Sinatra to work as a courier for the super- secret U.S spy outfit. Chicago-based inves- tigative journalist Sherman H. Skolnick says "Sinatra knew how to protect his butt -- or so he thought." "He knew a lot about the CIA-Mafia joint project to assassinate John F. Kennedy. This led 'Of' Blue Eyes' to have a falling out with JFK. But to be sure, the actor/singer kept his mouth shut." Enough said! On sale now[ Secrets Of JFK Jr's Life & Death. Yes, once again The National Enquirer after an exhaustive years-long investiga- tion, the editors finally uncover what the government has been hiding about the circumstances surrounding the tragic flight -- and what they found at the bottom of the sea. So says the Enquirer. It was the flight on July 16, 1999 that took the life of Kennedy, Jr. -- along with his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren. Huh? British scientists invented a cell phone battery powered by urine. This "is about eco as it gets," said one researcher, noting that urine is a renewable resource. Being bugged! A New York City woman set off 21 bug bombs inside her apartment, caus- ing an explosion that collapsed her five-story building injuring 14 people. An Indiana school district says it wasted $300,000 last year because its students are rejecting the school's new healthy lunch program, which was designed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Students in the Carmel Clay district are dumping vegetables and fruit in the garbage or skipping lunch altogether, said food service director Linda Wireman. "There are a lot of complaints they're going home hungry," Wireman said. Carlo Scostumato suggests feeding students Italian food. "They all like pizza and spaghetti." Blessed! Like a guardian angel, the Cerezo family's youngest daughter delivered them a $4.85 million lottery jackpot from beyond the grave. "It couldn't have happened at a better time," says father Ricardo Cerezo. "I just thought this is how God works." Savan- nah Cerezo passed away during a seizure last year, but before she died, the 14-year- old gave her parents a cookie jar. After her death, Ricardo was drawn to save the Illi- nois Lottery tickets in the glass jar. The Cerezos -- Ricardo, his wife, their son and their surviving daughter -- desperately needed a windfall because a bank was set to evict them from their home in Geneva, Illinois. With all their troubles, management consultant Ricardo didn't check the tickets for about a month. Cerezo will pocket $3,395 million after taxes. More about lucky people. Retired postal worker Melvyn Wilson has the magic touch when it comes to lottery scratch cards -- because he recently hit the jackpot for the fourth time in nine years. Wilson, of Woodbridge, VA, has bagged over $2 million total! In 2004, he hit his first scratch-card jackpot for $25,000, in 2005, he hit two scratch-card jackpots -- one for $1 million and one for $500,000. Recently, he played Virginia Lottery's Millionaire Mania, scor- ing his fourth scratch-card prize, another $500,000 -- for a grand total of $2,025,000! Wilson, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007, has a simple explanation for his lucky draws: "I'm just at the right place at the right time." Uncanny! Japanese people intent on changing their fate are now having plastic surgery to alter their palms. In the ancient art of palm reading, the lines on the hands supposedly govern one's life. Plastic surgeon Takaaki Matsuoka, who charges $1,000 per 10 minute operation, said that most male patients want to change lines associated with money and business, while women generally ask to change their love lines. "Sometimes the marriage line is there, but it came too early and the woman missed her.chance,".said Matsuoka. "-So we add an- other one." Good for her! Hillary Clinton has O O O plunged into  a whirl of paid speech-making to trade associations and business groups, charging $200,000 per speech. She and her husband, Bill Clinton, have together earned more than $I,000,000 for making speeches since 2001. Most politicians have four speeches: what they have written down, what they actually say, what they wish they had said and what they are quoted as saying the next day. You name it! About 35 percent of married women in their 20s and 30s are keeping their own last names -- a big increase over previous generations, according to a study by Facebook. Among married women in their 60s, only 9 percent kept their own last names. Giuseppina, Cosce Storte, says, "Why shouldn't a woman take her husband's name? She takes everything else[" Be aware, the average three-hour base- ball game contains 17 minutes and 58 sec- onds of action such as pitches, balls in play, running and throws. That's a bit better than the average football game, which contains only 11 minutes of action time. Good news! Cocaine use in the U.S. has fallen by 40 percent since 2006. Some ex- perts attribute the drop to a doubling of street prices and successful interdiction against South American production facilities and traffickers. Others say that cocaine has sim- ply become "uncool," with drug abusers now focusing on prescription painkillers. Ava Gardner is back in the news! In brief, in her heyday, screen siren Ava Gardner was considered the most beautiful gal in the world, yet her love life was filled with heart- break, cheating and even a boozy beating[ These are just some of the shocking con- fessions Ava made to now deceased writer Peter Evans, who was helping her with an autobiography shortly before she died at age 67 in 1990. Ava reveals she went to Holly- wood as a naive 18-year-old North Carolina country girl and was soon scooped up by the hottest leading man in movies -- 5-foot-2 Mickey Rooney. Her second marriage, to bullying bandleader Artie Shaw, also fizzled after a year. Her third and final marriage to Frank Sinatra, "the love of my life," was filled with booze, fights and his suicide attempts. It ended after six years, she says the jealous singer made her confess she'd had a drunken, one night stand with a bull- fighter while making a flick in Spain -- and then "he brought it up every argument we had. He never forgave me." For the record, Ava Gardner is resting in her home state at Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was married four times. His wives were: Nancy Barbato, 1939; Ava Gardner, 1951; Mia Farrow, 1966 and Barbara Sinatra, 1976. Italian Americans in Sports: Rocky Marciano is the only undefeated heavy- weight boxing champion in history. He retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record that counted 43 knockouts. Marciano won the Heavyweight Crown in Philadelphia in 1952. He was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1959 and died in a plane crash 10 years later, the day before his 46 th birthday. His real name was Rocco Marchegiano. Wee bit of show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. Three-time Academy Award winner Harry Warren (1893-1981), was born Salvatore Guaragna in Brooklyn and was the son of a Calabrian boot maker. One of Hollywood's most successful and prolific composers during the '30s '40s and '50s, he wrote "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "That's Amore." Between 1935 and 1950, he wrote more hit songs than Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or George Gershwin, three of which earned him Academy Awards: "Lullaby of Broadway," "You'll Never Know" and "Atchison, Topeka and the Santa _Fe.'__ AMERICA IS A BEAUTFUL ITALIAN NAME COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BAKED 1 pound scallops 25 Ritz or Hi-Ho-type crackers crushed 1 tablespoon chopped parsley SCALLOPS 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 2 tablespoons white wine Paprika Salt Spread some butter or margarine at bottom of baking dish (i0" x 12" x 2"). Wash scallops and drain excess water. Place scallops in baking dish. Blend melted butter into cracker crumbs. *Spread crumbs over scallops. Pour two tablespoons of white wine in a glass with two tablespoons of clam juice or water. Sprinkle gently over cracker crumbs and scallops. Sprinkle paprika over the cracker crumbs. Cover and bake at 400F for fifteen or twenty minutes or until scallops are the right consistency to serve. 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. I serve mashed potatoes or rice pilaf along with French-cut beans andor carrot strips topped with butter or margarine. Wrta can be reachedat vos @com00st.00 "An Open Love Letter to East Boston" Put unromantically, the vibe of a place is roughly the sum of its geography of oppor- tunity and the mood and moxie of its people. Eastie's vibe is as big and beautiful as the harbor views and its people's smiles -- even after the B's went down in the final minutes of this season. When our daughter's Grampa Casey started Little Folks Day Care on Eagle Hill in the early '70s (it just cel- ebrated its 40 th anniver- saryI), young Willy would watch the Meridian Street Bridge go up and down from his Falcon Street window (before the view was ob- scured by the multi-use buildings that have gone up since then). The Dunning's moved north, but never forgot how at home they felt in Eastie. I caught the East Boston bug just 11 years ago when I needed a decent apartment near the T at a price I could afford -- and fast. Serendip- ity made me Pasquale Capagreco's tenant -- he was more a land angel than a landlord -- a neighborhood - M[0000kel-y Perch :ITA ()tiLANDO SINOPt}LI ambassador to newcomers like me, who left a last- ing impression of what a neighborhood should be: an impression that only grew fonder long after a family emergency required me to move back through the tun- nel and over the Sagamore Bridge. When it was time for Will and me to purchase our first home together, choos- ing Eastie was a no-brainer. The tapestry woven by gen- erations of immigrants from around the globe remained as embracing and enrich- ing as we remembered it. Everett Street's "unofficial mayor," Frank Leone, shar- ing with his wife a combined 150 years on the block, made us feel like we belonged from day one and he wel- comed our daughter like his own granddaughter. He clearly gifted the next gen- eration with his gracious manners, as we experienced on our first walk on Everett Street when one of his nephews passed the football to Will (where else do kids (Continued on Page 14) 1st Generation Italian-American Vita 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 ISBN