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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 5, 2011 Ray Barton's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,9 Be unhappy to live longer! A new study reveals that people who are too happy die earlier than their grumpier contemporaries! One reason why overly blissful people have shorter life spans is that they are more likely to suffer mental illnesses that can cause them to make riskier decisions. "It doesn't do any good to go out of your way to force your- self to be joyful", says Yale University Profes- sor June Gruber. "The best way to increase your happiness is to stop worrying about being happy, and instead divert your energy to nurturing the social bonds you have with other people." The lovely Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston wants you to know happiness is not something you have in your hands; it is some- thing you carry in your heart. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims, "to love others makes us happy; to love ourselves makes us lonely." How to be happy: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry, live sim- ply, expect little, give much, sing often, pray always, forget self, think of others and their feelings, fill your heart with love, scatter sunshine. These are tried links in the golden chain of contentment. Undercover! Polk County, Florida Sheriff began charging inmates at the county jail for underwear: $2.54 for a pair of briefs and $4.48 for boxer shorts. "If the inmates won't pay for undies," said Sheriff Grady Judd, "they're going to wear nothing." From deep in the heart of Texas! Dining with potential donors and telling reporters that he's "what America needs," Texas Governor Rick Perry inched closer to a for- mal announcement that he will run as a Republican candidate for president. In a week of interviews and appearances, Perry said he was "getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do." If we could use the money political candi- dates spend on their campaigns, we could cure a lot of the ills they complain about. The astute Tom Analetto of Medford claims, "According to recent reports, America pro- duces 92 percent of the world's natural gas -- not counting the speeches of our senators and congressmen." As another heat wave rolls across the U.S., said Rebecca J. Rosen, let us all praise the most important invention of the past half century: the air conditioner. It has trans- formed American life "far beyond the atmo- spherics" of making summer temperatures tolerable. People used to live in houses with porches and, if they could afford it, high ceil- ings; they waved fans around, gathered at swimming holes and took naps in the heat of the day. AC has changed all that and more. It's no coincidence that Hollywood's Golden Age began only after Depression-era movie theaters installed air conditioners. After the war, "the suburban American dream was built on the sweat of air conditioners." With- out the comfort of 72-degree living rooms, "would television have even gained its central place in American family life?" The Sunbelt states boomed only because AC made it comfortable to live in desert climates. And the whole computer industry "might not have happened without cooling technologies first pioneered by air condition- ing." Environmentalists may complain about how much energy they consume, but with- out air conditioners, the modern world would not be possible. Baby boom in Boston's North End! Only kidding! Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the U.S's Mexican-American population. Between 2000 and 2010, about 7.2 million babies of Mexican heritage were born in the U.S., while 4.2 million Mexicans immigrated to the U.S. Lucille A. Monuteaux, office manager of East Boston Social Centers, says, "A grand- mother is a baby sitter who watches kids instead of the television." The charming and brilliant Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says, "Baby sitting is a big busi- ness because it meets a crying need." Good news! For the first time, a majority of Americans -- 59% -- say smoking should be O O O banned in all , public places. 19% support making smoking totally illegal, also a new high. Huh? Black men in prison are half as likely to die at any given time as those on the out- side, according to a study of 100,000 men held in North Carolina prisons over a decade. The study found that black men's death rate dropped behind bars because they were less likely to be murdered, had better health care and less access to alcohol, drugs and junk food. Bad news! Men are much more likely than women to die of almost every type of cancer, a new report by the National Cancer Institute shows, and those poorer odds may be largely reversible. Males have higher mor- tality rates not because they're worse at fighting off cancer, but because they are more likely to develop it in the first place. Researchers report found that men were five times more likely to die of lip and throat can- cer and three times more likely to die from urinary and bladder cancer. More than twice as many men as women die from lung can- cer, which kills more people than any other form. These cancers "are all related to lifestyle," Mikkael Sekeres, a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic tells Smok- ing -- a habit more common among males than among females -- almost certainly plays a significant role. But it's also a ques- tion of just seeing a doctor in time. Women tend to receive earlier diagnoses which makes their cancer more treatable. By con- trast, a recent study shows that almost a third of men fail to visit a doctor regularly. Staying together! Nearly 40 percent of couples that were considering separation or divorce before the recession have decided to stay together, according to a poll by the University of Virginia. While some couples said the downturn made them remember their "for richer or poorer" vow, others said they now couldn't afford a divorce. Sylvester Stallone had an emotional reunion with his estranged dad, Frank, Sr., just one month before the 91-year-old died from prostate cancer. The Rocky star patched up his differences with his frail father fol- lowing years of fierce feuding. Sly's mother, Jackie Stallone, says Sly, 65, and his brother Frank, 60, paid a tearful visit to see Frank Sr., at his Wellington, Florida home. It turned out to be the last time the pair would see the father who had abandoned them when they were just boys, as Frank Sr., died on July 11. Some interesting show biz stuff by the handsome and stately musicologist, Albert Natale. Woody Heramn believed in starting young. He sang and danced beginning at age six. With his band, he had a number of hits, the first being "Woodchoppers Ball" in 1939. He hit the top of the charts vocalizing with his band and their version of "Blues in the Night" in 1942. According to Phil Silvers, Kay Francis was shown falling in love with an officer in Four Jills in a Jeep. This was a trib- ute to her acting skills, because she had very little interest in men. According to Douglas Fairbanks Jr., "I always heard from the girls that Fred Astaire was not such a hot dance partner at parties. He was very shy, and he much preferred the company of me." And Robert Mitchum said, "I was a guest once at Eleanor Roosevelt's place. I saw this pink nightgown and just for a gag put it on over my clothes. Noel Coward walks in and says, 'My dear, you look simply divine!' and kisses my hand. Next time I see Eleanor at a party she says loudly, 'Why Bob, last time we met you were in a pink nightgown being kissed by Noel Coward!' What could I do but admit it?" Julius LaRosa joined the Navy in 1947 and sang in Navy clubs to get out of boring jobs. He was hired by Arthur Godfrey for his radio show late in 1951 and began his climb in popularity. His biggest hits were "Any- where I Wander" and "Eh Cumpari," both hit- ting the top ten in 1953. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ROAST TURKEY THIGHS Italian 3tyle 4 turkey thighs 4 medium potatoes 2 medium onions 2 fresh tomatoes 2 cloves garlic I chicken bouillon cube 2 tablespoons olive oil i/2 cup water 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt Peel potatoes, garlic and onions. Cut each into quarters and set aside. Wash tomatoes and cut into quarters. Place washed and dried turkey thighs in a roasting pan (skin up). Distribute potato, garlic, and onion portions around the turkey thighs. Place cut-up tomatoes over the thighs, potato and onion portions. Add the bouillon cube, lemon juice and water to the roasting pan. Spread the olive oil over the vegetables and turkey. Cover with aluminum foil and place in preheated 350F oven. Check after forty-five minutes Baste contents with liquid in the roasting pan. Salt to taste. Return to oven and bake an additional twenty minutes. A portion of water may be added if needed. Baste contents and return to oven uncovered. Allow cooking until fork tender and browned to your liking (approx. ten to twenty additional minutes) OPTIONAl,: Add sliced green peppers or mushrooms to the recipe. NOTE: For years, turkeys were available only during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Today the large bird is made available to consumers in cut-up portions. As an alternate for cut-up chicken, my husband and I enjoy turkey thighs. Turkey legs andor wings can be added to the thighs in the above recipe. canbe reached at Editorial (Continued from mail indicates voters going to the polls next year will encounter a lot of new rules. Photo ID requirements and fewer options for early vot- ing are among the biggest changes. Seven states so far this year have enacted new laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Ohio and Pennsylvania are con- sidering similar require- ments, and several other states already have them on the books. The usual Democrat re- sponse to any movement to ensure honest elections is to claim new rules will effect minorities, students and the poor and those most likely to vote Democratic will be hurt the most. I declare this is a fallacy always espoused by Democrats whenever the people are disenfranchised as was the case in Minne- sota in the 2008 election as mentioned in this editorial. Page 3) Republicans appear to be winning over public opinion. Polls show that an over- whelming majority of voters back ID requirements. In Tennessee, the Repub- lican secretary of state, Tre Hargett, is preparing plans and public service an- nouncements to make sure voters in his state adjust smoothly to the new rules. They will be required to show photo ID at the polls to pro- vide proof of citizenship when they register to vote. Hargett rejects opponents' claims that the changes will discourage voter turnout. Mr. Hargett makes the most profound statement all voters should adhere to: "I think that nothing could disenfranchise an eligible voter more than finding out that ineligible voters are voting." Edward P. Shallow From M00003akery. Perch /st 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. 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