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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 17, 2012 I00ay Barrorl's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS As drought continues to ravage the nation, an increasing number of homeowners are having their lawns painted green. Lawn painting has long been a popular service in desert states, but it's now spreading. "It looks just like a spring lawn," said Terri LoPrimo of Staten Island, NY, "the way it looks after a rain." It's a shame that a shower or rain can't freshen people like it does flowers and grass. The astute Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Rain is something that, when you carry an umbrella, it doesn't." Bravo! When Lauren Kornacki took a CPR class last week in Glen Allen, Virginia, she had no idea she'd be using her life-saving skills the very next day on her own father. Alec Kornacki was working beneath his car when the jack slipped and thdlgehicle fell on him. Lauren, 22, was first on the scene and managed to lift the 3,300-pound car enough to pull her unconscious father out. Using the skills she'd learned to be a sum- mer lifeguard, Lauren then kept her father alive until paramedics arrived. He is expected to make a full recovery. "I'm in awe of her," said Lauren's morn. Moronl Hans Rausing, one of Britain's richest men, pleaded guilty to "preventing the lawful and decent burial" of his Ameri- can wife, Eva, whose decomposing body was found last month, wrapped in clothes and garbage bags, in their London mansion. An autopsy showed that she had been dead for two months and had cocaine in her system, but the cause of death could not be deter- mined. Rausing, heir to the multibillion- dollar Tetra Pak drink-carton fortune, said he did not "have a very coherent recollec- tion" of his wife's death. Her body was dis- covered only after Rausing was arrested for driving while high. "I do not feel, with the benefit of hindsight, that following her death I acted rationally," he. said. The Rausings met in rehab 25 years ago and continued to have drug addiction problems. Wow! A Canadian man nearly blew off his own head while trying to kill a mouse with a rifle. Dale Whitmell, 40, tried to crush the scampering rodent with the butt of his rifle, but when he slammed the weapon on the ground, it discharged. The bullet grazed his forehead but did not badly wound him. After being released from a hospital, Whitmell was charged with careless use of a firearm. "He was very lucky," a hospital spokesman said. So, what's cooking? An Australian man lost his savings when he hid $15,000 in cash in the oven, on the mistaken belief his wife never used it. The man had just sold his beloved sports car to make a mortgage pay- ment. But after he put the money in the oven for safekeeping, his wife turned it on to cook chicken nuggets for their children. She didn't realize what was wrong until the burned bills filled the kitchen with smoke. "It was everything I had," the man sighed. "I've got nothing to my name." Hiding out! Florida will soon become the first state in the nation with more than one million concealed weapons permits. About 80% of those with permits to carry weapons are men and most are middle-aged. The state is issuing up to 15,000 new permits every month. Bang! Bang! In 29 U.S. states, companies can legally fire a worker for being gay, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay, lesbian and transgender civil-rights group. So reported The Wall Street Journal. A recent Gallup Poll revealed 54% of Americans say they'd vote for a "well qualified" atheist for president, the highest since Gallup began asking the questioh, in 1958, when just 18% said they'd vote for a nonbeliever. Carlo Scostumato says, "Thank God, I am an atheist." But Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill responded, "How can you be an atheist if you say, Thank God?" Are you awake? The sleep industry in the U.S. is projected to hit more than $32 bil- lion this year, up nearly nine percent a year since 2008. The figure includes everything from sleeping pills and deluxe mattresses to sleep coaches and consultants. Nearly a third of work- ing Ameri- cans -- more than 40 mil- lion people- are sleep de- prived. I 0 o o The lovely Christina Quinlan of Windham, New Hampshire, says, "When a man walks in his sleep, he leaves his wife; when he talks in his sleep, his wife leaves him." The fascinating and glamorous Barbara D'Amico who heads Russo Imports, says, "The most dangerous position in which to sleep is with your feet on your office desk." Alex Trebek quitting Jeopardy? The answer is: This noted quiz show host is con- sidering retirement after 30 years of giving contestants the answers and demanding their reply in the form of a question. The 71-year-old Jeopardy! host admits: "I've been thinking of retiring, but I'm torn because I enjoy the show so much." Family and friends have been begging the mustached quiz- master to kick back and take it easy after his contract runs out in 2014. But insiders are wondering if Trebek will be forced out before he makes up his mind. If you plan to visit the Los Angeles grave of legendary Columbo star Peter Falk, you might get a little confused -- his new epi- taph is his final practical joke! "I'm not here, I'm home with Shera," reads the headstone. The beloved actor is referring to his devoted wife, to whom he was wed for nearly 34 years before dying last year at age 83. For the record, Peter Falk was born on September 16, 1927 and passed away on June 23, 2011. Stand up! Getting off your culo can help Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Sausages, Peppers I0 Italian sweet pork sausages 2 medium onions I large garlic clove (chopped) 2 green peppers 3 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil  . & Onions 2 tablespoons oregano (optional) 2 potatoes (optional) Mushrooms (optional) Salt Place sausages in an 8" x 10" baking pan. If desired, sausages can be cut in half for baking. Remove outer skins from onions. Cut each onion in half, lengthwise and slice into 1/2 portions. Add to sausages in baking pan. Remove stems and seeds from peppers. Wash thoroughly. Cut peppers lengthwise into one-inch portions. Add to bak- ing pan. Sprinkle oregano (optional) and oil over ingredi- ents in baking pan. Stir and salt to taste. Other Options: Peel skins from potatoes and wash thor- oughly. Cut up into two-inch portions and add to baking pan. Mushrooms can also be added. Cover and bake in preheated 350F oven for thirty minutes. Check and stir ingredients. Cover and bake an additional fifteen minutes. Check, stir and return to oven. Removing cover for about ten minutes will help sausages and potato portions to brown to desired consistency. Serves four. NOTE: This is a recipe that I remember Mama preparing many times at home. But when we had a large number of guests on a sunmr Sunday in Wilmington, Massachusetts, she placed her large blue porcelain baking pan with all these ingredients over the outdoor open fireplace. The aroma spread through the neighborhood as it baked slowly over the wood-burning fire; I remember thinking that baking it this way enhanced the flavor of this meal. Through the years, I have baked this on a charcoal grill as well as on our gas-burning grill. However, it needs to be checked and stirred often to prevent burning. . you live longer: New studies show that people .... who sit three hours or more a day die nearly two years sooner. Scientists also found that bereachedtvos mcast.t Americans spend way too much time sit- ring, spending 55 percent of their waking hours on average on their rumps. By stand- ing up and spending less time sitting, people can increase their life spans. For instance, limiting TV watching to less than two hours a day extends life by 1.4 years. So off your duffi Be nutty! It has been reported pistachio nuts reduces cancer risk. Researchers found the nut contains an antioxidant form of vitamin E which they believe is respon- sible for the benefit. Pistachios are not only a good source of vitamin E, but rich in B vitamins -- especially B6, which is great for the nervous system and helps promote proper breakdown of sugar and starches. A woman who was twice told she was too big a blimp to ride in a plane has slapped Southwest Airlines with a law suit. Kenlie Tiggeman says she was told she was "too fat to fly." In brief, Kenlie weighed around 280 at the time. At her heaviest -- around 400 pounds -- she tried to avoid flying, but bought two seats when she had to. Eating sweets makes you, el) hapyJ rCal, ice cream and other sweet fatty treats really DO make you feel happy, new research reveals. Eating fats they say, seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions. Tomorrow, August 18, our great musicolo- gist and humanitarian Albert Natale will be trying to blow out the countless birthday candles on his birthday cake. Albert A. "Al" Natale, is the youngest of 12 Natale chil- dren raised at II Sheafe Street in Boston's famous North End. Natale thanks his mother for encouraging him to invest in real estate. Yes, her great son wound up with highly valued real estate holdings. Albert Natale is proud of financing a bronze cast- ing of St. Leonard surrounded by the Sta- tions of the Cross, which he presented to the North End's St. Leonard Church. Add to this his donations to many charities includ- ing the Home for Italian Children. Enough said. We all have high respect for Albert Natale! God bless him! One more time! Happy birthday Al Natale! Other notables with their birthday on Au- gust 18: actor Robert Redford, the late Anto- nio Salieri, Italian composer, Shelley Win- ters, film actress, and actor Patrick Swayze. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME r F'" 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. 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