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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 3, 2012 Ray Barron'e 11 O'CLOCK NEW,'3 So here we are, beginning another month. To think, next month Tuesday, Sep- tember Ii, I will be adding another year to my life. Ugh. Just remember we don't stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing. Ha! Ha! Ha! him a $3 mil- lion bonus for retiring and forgave $350,000 in loans. o o o So what's new?. As Doug Eaton prepared to turn 65, he asked his friends what he should do on the big day. One suggested doing 65 random acts of kindness -- which is why Eaton stationed himself at a busy intersec- tion in Oklahoma City on his birthday and handed out $5 bills to passerby's for 65 min- utes. Eaton said the gift of giving was the best present he could ask for. "It's just been fantastic," he said. "Some people who don't take the money say, "Man, I love what you are doing. I won't take it, but give it to some- one who needs it." Wow! Robert Russell never gave up search- ing for the 1967 Austin=Healey sports car stolen from outside his Philadelphia home in 1970. Now, 42 years later and living in Southlake, Texas, he has finally found it. Having scoured the Internet for years for signs of his long-lost car, Russell spotted it on eBay in May, for sale at a California deal- ership. He tracked down his stolen-car report from police in Philadelphia, convinced the Los Angeles Police Department to impound the car and finally took possession of it last month. Russell now plans to restore the vintage car to its 1970s condition. "We're going to put it back the way it was," he said. Scornato! The former mistress of a Nassau County, N.Y., police officer is suing the coun- try, claiming his supervisors should have stopped him from sleeping with her. Tara Obenauer, 42, a Wall Street executive, says the department was "negligent" for not know- ing Officer Mike Tedesco often visited her home while on duty and that the affair caused her "severe and substantial emo- tional damage." A lawyer for the county said the claim "defies imagination." Huh? A South Carolina funeral home is opening a Starbucks coffee store in its lobby. The baristas will wear Starbucks uniforms as they dispense lattes to mourners. Funeral home owner Chris Robinson says he hopes the new Coffee Corner will: help customers relax and "get their minds off of what's going on." Counting your chickens, after motorcycle racer Riccardo Russo started celebrating his "win" in an Italian championship race -- one lap too early. While pumping his fists in the air, other riders roared past him and he dropped from I st place to 14  place. Truth in advertising, after Elle Zober, 37, of Beaverton, Oregon, listed her home for sale after she divorced her husband. The sign outside her homejreads: "Husband left us for a 22-year-old ... house for sale by scorned, slightly bitter, newly single owner." Less than a quarter of the 20 million people employed in the U.S. food industry receive health insurance from their employers, according to a new survey by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a coalition of food- industry worker groups. A Swedish study of 4,100 people found that those who never turn off their smartphones and computers are prone to sleeping disor- ders, depression and mental illness. Moron! A naked Texas man crashed a pickup truck through the glass front doors of a closed shopping mall, rammed through the gate of a sporting-goods store and then calmly dressed himself in clothing he took off the racks. Police say they found Arthur Walker, 35, in the store, dressed head to toe in stolen apparel. He was forced to take off a pair of Air Jordan sneakers, police said, but was taken away still dressed in stolen merchandise "because nobody wants to see him nude." For the first time in history, the U.S. Olym- pic team will have more female athletes com- peting than male ones in this summer's Games. The 530-strong team is made up of 269 women and 261 men. At the same time a grand jury was hearing evidence in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case, Joe Paterno negotiated a new, $5.5 million contract with Penn State that gave The average Canadian is now richer than the average American. The net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household had a net worth of $319,970. Twenty percent of registered voters say they're less likely to vote for Mitt Romney because of his net worth of more than $200 million. Seventy-five percent say Romney's income will make no difference. Holy newsT Forty-four percent of Ameri- cans say they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in churches or organized religion. That's a new low and marks a long decline from the 1970s, when confidence in organized religion was as high as 68%. Amen. Giuseppina, la coscia storta, says, "A great many men still like to think of their wives as they do their religion -- neglected, but always there." Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "Quite often religion is like soap -- those who need it most use it least." Gee, Pope Adrian VI died after a fly got stuck in his throat as he was drinking from a water fountain. For dummies: Gold was the first metal to be discovered. South Africa produces two- thirds of the world's gold. All the gold produced in the past five hundred years, if melted, could be compressed into a fifty-foot cube. A lump of pure gold the size of a Match- box car can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court. India has the world's largest stock of privately hoarded gold. Remember, people who live by the Golden Rule today never have to apologize for their actions tomorrow. Everybody knows spinach is good for you -- cartoon sailorman Popeye has been tell- ing us that for decades! But now, in addi- tion to the healthy iron that the leafy green veggie is so very rich in, researchers believe eating it could also reduce the risk of colon cancer. So if you want to live long like Popeye, load up on your spinach! Wee bit of Italian American history. In 1945, Don Gentile, America's leading ace, credited with 30 Nazi planes and Major Martini, who shot down 22 German planes in furious combat over Paris, came home. However, 20% of the "Honor List of the Dead and Missing for the State of New York" are Italian-Americans. Having a barbecue? Welll the meat from your barbecue may be literally bristling with health threats. Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found that the metal bristles from the brushes commonly used to clean grills sometimes get into people's food, caus- ing severe health problems when swallowed. In recent years, doctors at the hospital have treated dozens of patients who ingest bristles that came loose from a brush dur- ing cleaning, stuck to the grill and then lodged in a piece of meat. In most cases, the patients didn't realize they'd eaten the tiny metal wires until they experienced severe stomach pain. It is highly recom- mended wiping down grills with a wet paper towel before cooking to remove any stray stands that might be lurking there. Come Thursday, August 9, 2012 come and swing and sway to Al Natale, the noted big band era trumpeter and bandleader and his popular 16-piece Classic Swing Band from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Nazzaro Center, Boston's North End. Admission is free! The concert features some of the original music arrangements of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and others. "It will be truly a music event that will stir the hearts of people of all ages," says Natale. Yes, the noted vocalist Jim Bramante will be crooning a few of Frank Sinatra's big hits. What's more, there will also be a noted female singer to stir your hearts! Come and see and hear herl AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BROILED 4 lamb chops 2 garlic cloves chopped or crushed 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 large onion sliced (optional) LAMB CHOPS 2 fresh tomatoes sliced (optional) Chopped mushrooms (optional) Salt and black pepper In a bowl, mix chopped or crushed garlic with oil and oregano. Using pastry brush, spread the mixture onto both sides of each lamb chop. Marinate lamb chops in extra marinating mixture in a dish for at least thirty minutes. TO BROIL: Lightly spray broiling tray with oil before plac- ing chops on the tray. Place tray with chops in oven at least two inches under the broiling coils to broil fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on thickness of chops. Turn chops occasionally in order to cook on both sides. Broil chops until they reach the consistency desired. Before serving, brush extra marinating mixture over chops. Salt and pepper to taste. OPTIONAL: Place tomato slices over marinated lamb chops in broiling tray. Then spread onion slices over tomato slices. Sprinkle a little oregano and oil over the onions. Chopped mushrooms can also be added. Cover broiling tray with aluminum foil before placing in the oven at least two inches under the broiling coils. Broil about twenty to thirty minutes depending on thickness of chops. Check for desired tenderness. Remove cover to allow browning. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves two. NOTE: I have grilled marinated lamb chops many times on our charcoal gas grill following this recipe. When I add tomato and onion slices, I arrange everything in a throw- away broiling tray, cover it with aluminum foil and cook over the grill. Then uncover them and brown slightly on the grill. Vita can be reached at vos cast.net 946158327 532764198 718239645 184397256 369512874 257486913 825943761 671825439 493671582 M00'akery Perch VKI'A ()ttI.AXilO St701'01,t 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