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Some 300 women in Barbacoas are more than a month into their "strike of crossed legs," to force authorities to improve the road that connects their town to the rest of Colombia. The road is so abysmal that it takes up to 14 hours to reach the nearest hospital, 60 miles away -- far too long to save a mother or infant in a complicated childbirth. Well, after national coverage of the strike, authori- ties announced that paving would begin in October. Jerry Lewis remains as cantankerous as ever, said Amy Wallace in GQ. Now 85, he's been in show business since the age of 5, when as the son of vaudevillians, he kicked out a stage light and got an accidental laugh. He was tight with Charlie Chaplin. He's met nine presidents. He still refers to Dean Mar- tin as his "partner," even though their act broke up 55 years ago. His trims have grossed millions and his work for the Muscular Dys- trophy Association is one of America's great philanthropic stories. Along the way, he's earned a reputation as a control freak and narcissist. He's certainly not afraid to toot his own horn. "I'm smarter than a pig in s , I'll tell you. I just don't like everybody now." He's had more than his share of women including, he claims, Marilyn Monroe. "I was crippled for a month," he says of the encoun- ter. Recently Lewis was ousted as MDA chair- man and host of the telethon, ending a nearly 60-year run -- but he is undeterred. "I've got so much to do." His goal is to live longer than George Burns (who died at 100), because he told Burns he was going to. "It was a joke," says Lewis. "That's all it was. Now it's no joke." Great idea! The Crowne Plaza hotel chain started testing its first "snore absorption rooms," with soundproof walls and "snore patrols" to knock on the doors of those who are snoring thunderously. Carlo Scostumato tells everybody that his wife snores --except his wife. Achtung! In an attempt to prevent neo-Nazi rallies, German officials have dug up the grave of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess. The bones were secretly exhumed at night, cre- mated and scattered at sea last week. Hess was captured in 1941 when he parachuted into Scotland, and he hanged himself in a West Berlin prison in 1987 at age 93. His grave in Wundersiedel became a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis who held annual rallies on the anniversary of his death. This year, with the burial plot lease up for renewal, the Lutheran church that administers the cem- etery persuaded Hess's family to remove his remains. "The Nazi shadow over Wunsiedel has finally come to end, "said Charlotte Knobloch, a local Jewish leader. Will people choose healthy food? Not necessarily. Many Americans have little experience eating or preparing broccoli, as- paragus and other produce; in fact, only 26 percent of the nation's adults now eat three servings of vegetables a day. The poor in par- ticular have become so accustomed to salty packaged foods and sugary beverages that they find fresh food bland, strange and off- putting. "It's simplistic thinking that if you put fruits and vegetables there, they'll buy it," said Barry Popkin, author of the UNC study. "You have to encourage it, you need advertising, you need support." Changing Americans' diets, in other words, won't be as simple as telling them to eat their peas. Today, more than one-third of adult Amer- icans are over weight. Why do people choose the "bad" food? Fast food is generally I o o o cheaper and doesn't need to be prepared and cooked, so it's more convenient. Studies have also shown that the huge jolt of fat, salt and sugar fast food delivers can be almost as addictive as hard drugs. Then there's the advertising factor: fast-food com- panies spend about $4.2 billion a year marketing their products as life's ultimate rewards, through saliva-producing ads de- picting cheese-and-pepperoni-covered piz- zas, juicy double cheeseburgers and steam- ing French fries. Stinking mess! A Washington state man fleeing police after a car crash doused him- self in human excrement to evade police dogs. Gordon Flavia, 56, allegedly was drunk when he backed his Jeep into a condo- minium's carport, demolishing it. When police showed up to investigate, Fluvial fled into a portable toilet and doused himself with a bucket of human waste. "He thought the dogs were coming, and he was trying to throw off the scent," said police. Speaking of dogs, the dogs that like to bite people the most are in order of numbers of recorded attacks: 1) German Shepherds. 2) Chinese Chow Dogs. 3) French Poodles. 4) Italian Bulldogs. Wowl New York City Mayor Michael Bloom- berg, who is worth an estimated $20 billion, is the richest man ever to hold elective office in the United States. Bloomberg recently gave $30 million of his own money to pro- grams designed to keep minority kids in schools and help ex-convicts find jobs. For cry-babiesl A good cry won't actually make you feel better. That's the surprising conclusion of a new study that proves "cry- ing is not nearly as beneficial as people think it is." The outbursts of tears women experi- ence usually due to conflict, grief or empa- thy for someone else's suffering, failed to improve the woman's moods. More vigorous bawling, with "screaming and body move- ments" seemed to produce the most relief. Researchers theorize that the biological pur= pose of crying isn't to release sorrow, but to elicit "social support" from other people. It's the sympathy, not the release of tears, that can make people feel better. Grandparents are safer drivers than par- ents! Grandparents have a reputation for being riskier, but a study in the new issue of Pediatrics shows children are 50% less likely to be injured in a crash if a grandpar- ent is behind the wheel than ff their mother or father is at the controls. The study thinks older drivers are more nervous and cautious. Some interesting show biz stuff by the handsome and stately musicologist, Albert Natale. This is what Bette Davis had to say about Peter Lawford: "I liked Peter, I felt sorry for him. He aged so quickly. He was no angel, but who is? I was shocked when I read that after he died, his own children, those half- Kennedy children, wouldn't pay a penny toward his funeralI No matter what kind of father he was, that is shocking. If my chil- dren ever pulled that on me, I would come back and haunt theml Of course, I've been a very good mother and am not likely to die broke as poor Peter did." And from the lips of Carol Channing, "I've enjoyed wonderful health. The only time I ever got sick was when I watched Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly! on an airplane." Bette Davis was so outspokenI She once said this about Joan Crawford; "I wouldn't sit on her toiletI" According to Natalie Wood, "I asked Bette Davis ff she'd ever wanted to meet the Queen of England. She snapped at me: 'What for? I am a queen.' I wasn't going to argue with her!" And Judy Garland was singing to a photograph of Clark Gable at a birthday party for Clark when she first sang "You Made Me Love You." And when Harry James dis- covered and subsequently hired Frank Sinatra, he wanted Frank to. ct~nge, l~is name. Frank wouldn't budge. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME! Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LINGUINE WITH CLAMS IN BIANCO (White Sauce) 2 dozen freshly steamed 1 tablespoon chopped littleneck clams* parsley (preferably fresh) 4 or 5 garlic cloves chopped Romano or Parmesan grated 1/4 cup of olive oil, canola cheese oil, or a mixture of both 1 pound linguine *OPTIONAL: In place of freshly steamed clams, use two cans of chopped or minced clams and two bottles of clam juice available in supermarkets. TO STEAM CLAMS: Wash clam shells thoroughly several times. Add about one quarter of an inch of water to sauce- pan and place on burner to heat. Then add clams. Cover and allow steaming until the clamshells open. Remove saucepan from burner. Remove clams from shells and set aside. Save the broth. white sauce preparation: Skin and chop garlic cloves. Heat oil slightly in two-quart saucepan over medium heat before adding chopped garlic. Simmer slowly. Do not brown garlic. Remove pan from burner for a few seconds before adding parsley and clam broth from steamed clams. Return to burner and bring to a boil. Add clams, chopped or whole. When mixture comes to a boil, turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Follow directions on package for cooking linguine or pasta as desired. After draining cooked pasta in colander, place in serving bowl. Pour clam broth from saucepan over linguine. Top each serving with one or more tablespoons of clams. Serve with preferred grated cheese. Use directions above for preparing oil and garlic mixture. Remove saucepan from burner and let stand a few seconds before adding parsley, bottled clam juice and clams. Bring to a slow boil for a few seconds. Turn off burner. Cover and let stand. Then follow directions above for serving the clams in bianco with the cooked pasta. Serves four. NOTE: One of my delights is to prepare this meal for my family and friends with fresh steamed littlenecks whenever possible, It always reminds me of the many times we experi- enced the pleasure of digging for littlenecks along various north or south shore beaches during my childhood. We couldn't wait to return home for Mama to prepare this meal for us. Whenever I use fresh steamed littlenecks today, I make sure to save some in the shell after steaming. I top each serving bowl of linguine with the chopped littlenecks and a few little- necks in the shell. IL RISPARMIO E IL IlGLIOR GUADANGO. Waste not -- want not. K3 B~ Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning ~. 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