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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 11 So here we are, the beginning of a new month and the month when we become a year older. Ouch. To think, September 22nd is the first day of autumn. Ah, September! The month Peter Ingeneri and Paula Lombardo Colin celebrate their birthdays. Ready for this? A man who was once one of the most notorious jewel thieves in the U.S. has cleaned up his act enough to become an honorary police officer -- the first ex-con in the country to receive the honor. Larry Lawton spent 11 years in a federal prison after being convicted of racketeering. The grim experience of being in jail led him to change his life and since his release in 2007 he has become a motivational speaker dis- couraging young people from turning to crime. Lawton, 52, was sworn into Lake St. Louis, Mo., police department. Here comes the bride! When a bride-to-be in Kent, Wash., discovered that her wedding dress had been stolen from her car on the morning of her wedding day, she called 911 in tears. The dispatcher sent the police -- and then asked what size the dress was. The operator Candice, who had been married herself just 18 months before, offered the use of her wedding dress to the distraught bride, whose name was Amanda. Luckily, the two were the same size -- and Amanda's white wedding went off without a hitch in spite of the theft. "She had her special day after all," said Candice. Psychiatrists tell us that girls tend to marry men who are like their fathers. Now we know why mothers cry at weddings, On September 13~ we celebrated our wed- ding anniversary. Our marriage was made in heaven-filled with thunder and lightning! Seriously, we had a good marriage. I had three rules with my lovely wife Marilyn. "First, thou should not worry about making me breakfast. I know how to place two slices of bread in a toaster. Second, rule, thou should not ask me what I want for dinner. If you cook a pound of dog poo, as long as you eat half I'll eat the other half. And finally, the third rule. Thou shall be in charge of money! Should I come home after work and find you wearing a mink coat, I'll drop on my knees and thank God we can afford it. Yes! My beloved Marilyn handled the money! God bless her. A Tennessee judge ordered that a baby's name be changed from "Messiah" to ',Mar- tin" because Messiah is "a title that has only been earned by one person, Jesus Christ." During a custody-support fight, Judge Lu Ann Ballew mandated the name change, saying that the name Messiah would "put him at odds with a lot of people." Seornato! Revenge, after Canadian police caught a man dumping heaps of manure into his estranged wife's outdoor hot tub. The 64- year-old then made a failed getaway attempt on his tractor. "It was a low-speed chase," said an officer. "About 12.5 miles an hour." From Duncan, Oklahoma. Two teenagers were charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Australian baseball player, hav- ing allegedly admitted to police that they killed the 22-year-old "for the fun of it." Of- ricers say that Christopher Lane, who was attending East Central University on a base- ball scholarship, was out jogging when the 15-year-old and 16-year-old randomly gunned him down. "They saw Christopher go by," said police Chief Dan Ford "and one of them said, 'There's our target.'" They allegedly followed Lane in a car, before shooting him in the back and driving off. When asked for their motivation for the shooting, one of the boys apparently said, "We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody." A 17-year-old was charged with being an accessory to the murder. "It is heart- less," said Peter Lane, Christopher's father, to Australian broadcasters. '~Fo try to under- stand it is a short way to insanity." A spoon full of weird news! A British char- ity is telling girls whose parents want to send them abroad for a forced marriage to put a spoon in their underwear. Airport security officials who spot the spoon in the metal de- tector will take the girls aside for a search. "They will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportu- I 0 0 0 nity to disclose they're being forced to marry," said Natasha Rattu of the group Karma Nir- vana. British authorities handle nearly 1,500 forced-marriage cases a year, most involv- ing ethnic Pakistani girls and some victims are now speaking out. Sameen Ali, a Manchester city official, was forced into a marriage in Pakistan when she was 13 and brought back to the U.K. pregnant the next year. "I had never seen the guy before," she said. Sweet Caroline. Caroline Kennedy could be worth as much as $500 million, according to legal documents revealed last week. The only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy was required to report her financial infor- mation after President Obama nominated her to be U.S. ambassador to Japan and re- vealed an estimated income of between $12 million and 830 million a year from family trusts and other assets. "She's very rich, probably worth between $250 million and 8500 million," a legal expert told the New York Post after reviewing the documents. Where some of our money went! The U.S. last year spent $18 billion on immigration and border enforcement, more than the com- bined annual budgets of the FBI, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administra- t_ion and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire- arms and Explosives. A new study of patients admitted to the emergency room because of alcoholic-related injuries found that 15 percent had been drinking Budweiser. Coming in second was Steel Reserve Malt Liquor, which accounted for 14.7 Percent of the ER visits. Remembering John A. Volpe. Yes, we did meet and ~pend some time together when he and his family moved to Nahant. In brief, real brief, Volpe was born December 8, 1908 in Wakefield. John Anthony Volpe was the oldest of four sons. He had hoped to enter MIT upon graduating from high school, but his father's plastering business failed and he worked as a plasterer for two years before entering the Wentworth Institute at Boston in 1928. Volpe went on to make a successful living in the construction business. Volpe was named Federal Highway Administrator by President Eisenhower in 1957. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1961, defeated in 1963, then re-elected in 1965. He was an officer of five banks and the pub- lisher of two suburban newspapers, the Malden News and the Medford Daily Mercury. He married Jennie Benedetto in 1934 and they had two children. Volpe enjoyed living in Nahant. Unbelievable! In a vast storehouse in Fort Collins, Colo., the U.S. Department of Agri- culture has 700,000 vials of sperm from 18 different species of domestic animals, includ- ing cows, sheep, turkeys, goats and chick- ens. In the event of some apocalypse, said Dr. Harvey Blackburn of the USDA, "we have ability to repopulate entire breeds." Show business stuff from the great musi- cologist and philanthropist, Albert Natale. The Dorsey Brothers went their separate ways in 1935, over a dispute concerning the tempo of the song "I'll Never Say Never Again, Again." At age five, Mickey Rooney made his motion picture debut as a midget in "Not To Be Trusted" (1925). Even though Larry Parks played Al Jolson in "The Jolson Story," Al did appear in the film, in a long shot doing a spe- cialty dance he felt no one else could do. To think, at one time, there were plans to re- make "The African Queen" as a musical starring Lee Marvin and Doris Day. Bandleader Artie Shaw was the first of six husbands for actress Lana Turner. Artie and Lana were married for one year (1940-41) And Helen O'Connell on the Big Band days: "If I'd known it was an era, I'd have paid more attention. All I remember is sleeping in the back of the bus." WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME I Recipesfromthe I Homeland I COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LENTIL SOUP 1 cup lentils 4 cups of water I medium onion chopped 1-I/2 cups chopped carrots (optional) 1-I/2 cups diced celery (optional) 1 clove garlic (optional)* 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil 1 cup small shells or elbow macaroni Wash lentils. Combine first five ingredients in a large saucepan. Add chopped carrots and diced celery (optional). Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to prevent boiling over. Stir frequently. Add more liquid as needed. Salt to taste. Oil is added just before lentils are fully cooked. Cooking time about 40 minutes. *For a different flavor, add one clove of chopped garlic to lentils while cooking. Follow directions on package to cook pasta of choice. Add lentils to cooked pasta and serve. Lentil soup freezes well. Serves two. NOTE: My love for Lentil Soup came early in life. Whether Mama added carrots and onions or not, I waited for the Ditalini pasta to be served with the lentils. Sometimes, Mama preferred to serve the small elbow pasta with this soup. At times she served us the lentils with thin spaghetti that she cut up into one-inch pieces before cooking. Now l find myself also varying the pasta for this meal. Renew Boston Solarize (Continued from Page 2) clean energy and more energy efficiency." Renew Boston Solarize will hold free Solar 201 work- shops across the city start- ing this month. Visit or call 617-532-5999 to see if your home is a good candidate for solar. 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