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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19, 2011 Ray 13arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? Well, a California man is suing Hilton Hotels over the 75-cent cost of a copy of USA Today. Rodney Harmon, 55, says he didn't request the newspaper he found outside his door and later was shocked to find a 75-cent charge on his bill. Harmon accuses Hilton of contributing to an "offen- sive waste of precious resources" and "deforestation" by distributing unwanted newspapers. How true! Nothing improves a man's appearance as much as the photograph the newspapers use with his obituary. A newspaper reporter says it's dangerous for a young man to propose to a girl while he's driving a car. It's dangerous anywhere, son! An ad in the Post-Gazette: "Lady with trailer wants to meet man with car. Object: to get hitched." Here's the poop from Taiwan! A Taiwan- ese city offered dog owners who clean up after their pets a new incentive -- a ticket to a lottery drawing for every bag of dog poop turned in. The top three prizes are gold ingots worth up to $2,100. Speaking of dogs: When a dog wags his tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe? Bravol British police smashed the windows of a car to save a baby left alone inside. The baby was actually an extremely realistic doll. Hello dollyl Hello dollyl Banned in Vermont! A Vermont high school has banned students from wearing pajamas and slippers to school. Officials at Mount Anthony Union High School said that the current sleepwear fad is a potential safety hazard given the low traction coeffi- cient of slipper soles and that the wearing of clothing designed to be slept in "also says something to the work ethic" of the wearer. Who really cares? The hunk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver are learning to live as friends. The soon to be execs had lunch and went shopping together in Beverly Hills to celebrate Schwarzenegger's 64 m birthday. Last week, their son, Christo- pher, was released from the hospital follow- ing a serious boogie-boarding accident which friends say has helped them put aside their differences. "Arnold and Maria will always come together when it comes to supporting and loving their children," says a source. Citrulo! A heartbroken Milwaukee man persuaded a friend to shoot him, in the hope that his ex-girlfriend would take him back out of sympathy. Jordan Cardella, 20, was shot once in the arm by Michael Wezyk, 24, a court heard late last month, but Cardella's ex was not moved enough by the news even to visit him in the hospital. "This has to be the most phenomenally stupid case that I have seen," said prosecutor Christopher Rawsthorne, before Wezyk was sentenced to two years of probation ................ Achtungl "When"resorting to insults, choose your words carefully," said Silvia Meixner. German law provides for different fines depending on what animal epithet you hurl. If you're in traffic and you call that bicyclist who swerved in front of you a "dumb cow," you could face a fine of up to 300 Euros. Calling another driver "you stupid pig" will cost you 500 Euros and saying that to a cop will set you back 2,000 -- unless you use the more polite form of "you," in which case you'll only pay 200 Euros. In some jurisdictions, calling a policeman a bull can draw a fine of 300 Euros, but "other courts no longer recognize the term as an insult, because many police officers refer to them- selves as bulls." Wow! The husband of a policewoman takes the law into his own hands. Quickie marriages in Las Vegas are declining. In 2010, only 91,890 marriage licenses were issued in Nevada's Clark County, down from 128,250 in 2004, when more baby boomers were tying the knot. It has been reported that even the tooth fairy is cutting costs. The average sum left under a child's pillow in exchange for a lost baby tooth has dropped to 82.60 this year, from 83 last year. According to Lucille Monuteaux, Office Man- ager of the popular East 0 0 0 Boston Social Centers, many a true word is spoken through false teeth. And business manager of the East Boston Social Centers, John Roch, claims false teeth help many a man to keep a stiff upper lip. Fatsos! The average British tourist gains eight pounds during a two-week trip to the United States thanks to big portions and all- you-can-eat buffets. Gee, we never realized the British were such gluttons. It has been said that gluttons don't really have good appetites, except at breakfast, lunch, din- ner and between meals. The "worst." The worst floors to mop are in the Pentagon, the world's largest office building. It has a total floor area of more than six and a half million square feet. The worst construction job[ The Church of Coreuetos was under construction for 90 years in Spain and finally completed in 1652. It collapsed the day it was finished. And in 1993 it was disclosed by the FBI that the states with the highest rape rates were led by Alaska, fol- lowed by Delaware and Michigan. Leading for murders are District of Columbia, Loui- siana and Texas. And some of the worst laws! It is illegal to peel an orange in a California hotel room. You cannot blow your nose in public in Waterville, Maine. You cannot buy peanuts after sundown in Alabama. And in Minnesota, you're not allowed to hang male and female undergarments on the same clothesline. Residents of rich countries are more likely to be depressed than those who live in poorer nations. That's the startling conclusion World Health Organization researchers reached. France and the United Sates were the most depressed with 21 percent of French people and more than 19 percent of Americans hav- ing suffered from the disorder. By contrast, many low-to-middle income countries had strikingly low depression rates. Only 8 per- cent of Mexicans and 6.5 percent of Chinese people say they've ever been depressed. Just because wealthy nations "have a high in- come doesn't mean there isn't a lot of stress in the environment," lead researcher Evelyn Bromet tells Health.com. And the study shows that depression "is strongly linked to social conditions." Cultural differences may make certain nationalities less likely to admit to depression -- for instance, though less than 7 percent of Japanese people say they've been depressed, the country has a higher suicide rate than the United Staes. But other statistics held true worldwide: Women are twice as likely as men to be depressed, and the most common cause of the disorder is the loss of a partner due to death or divorce. Some interesting show biz stuff by the handsome and stately musicologist, Albert Natale. Singer Lena Horne first appeared on stage at age six. By age seventeen, she was a dancer at the Cotton Club. As a vocal- ist, she sang with Noble Sissle, Teddy Wil- son, Charlie Barnet and Artie Shaw. Actor, sometimes singer, Tab Hunter was also a champion ice-skater. Tab had seven songs hit the pop charts between 1957 and 1959, including "Young Love." According to Cary Grant, "Mac West doesn't live in the real world. She has so many illusions, we have to be very careful what we say when we're around her." Bandleader Kay Kyser couldn't play or read a note of music. He fronted his first band at the University of North Caro- lina in the mid 1920s. When Perry Como left the Freddy Carlone band to join the Ted Weems in 1937, he was replaced by his paesano Frankie Laine. Frankie Laine was discovered singing in small clubs by songwriter, Hoagy Carmichael. According to Patsy Kelly, "The most beautiful female star in filmdom is Lassie. She transcends all boundaries; she's a totally sincere actress and at once, a bitch and man's best friend. With gorgeous hair yet." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SALMON STEAKS Broiled or Grilled 4 salmon steaks 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 medium onions 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1/4 cup olive, canola or {optional) vegetable oil 2 tablespoons of butter or 2 tablespoons mayonnaise margarine SALMON STEAK: Spread some oil or mayonnaise on the bottom of a broiling pan. Then spread a little oil or mayon- naise over the top and bottom of each salmon steak before placing in the broiling pan. Place in preheated oven about two inches from broiling unit. Turn steaks to broil on both sides slowly. Steaks will turn whitish in color when they are cooked. Depending on size, broiling time will be about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then set broiling pan with steaks aside. ONIONS: Remove outer skin from onions. Cut onions in half, lengthwise, and then into 1/4-inch slices lengthwise. Set aside in a bowl. Heat oil in a skillet. Add butter or margarine and onion slices to the skillet. Stir and simmer until onions are about to brown slightly. Remove from burner and add lemon juice. Add vinegar (optional). Stir and return to burner. Simmer slowly a few seconds. Remove from burner. Spoon onions and liquids from skillet over each salmon steak in the broiling pan. Cover with aluminum foil and return to heated broiler for about a minute. To slightly brown tops, remove cover and broil for a few seconds longer. Serve each steak topped with onions and liquids from broiling pan. Serve with rice pilaf and vegetable or salad of choice. Serves four. NOTE: My mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli, told me often about how she loved to grill her fish or beefsteaks over the hot coals of her Glenwood kitchen stove. From her I learned to try salmon steaks grilled during the summer over our gas-burning grill. I spread a little oil over each steak before grilling both sides of the salmon. I use my mother's old heavy aluminum skillet over our grill to prepare my onions, oil and butter and lemon juice mixture. We do experience a different flavor by preparing this recipe in this manner. Either way, this is an enjoyable and easy meal to prepare. On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA fr Perch 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 Jor Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Sft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN