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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, SBP'rEMBER 13, JZffl"3 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Are you ready for this? Female ex-cons are getting a second chance to build a life for themselves at a North Carolina restaurant that hires them as cooks, servers and man- agers. "Second Helping" opened in Charlotte with seven former prisoners dishing out shrimp and grits, braised pork and fried chicken to customers. The restaurant is the brainchild of Melissa Mummert, who also runs a nonprofit organization that offers support to women released from jail. "Employers just weren't hiring people with criminal records," she said. "So we decided we'll just create a business and create the jobs ourselves. Good news from Italy! With the news that due to Europe's economic crisis, many Italian husbands can no longer afford mistresses. "It really messed up my romantic life," said a 48-year-old lawyer from Rome who had to give up his second apartment, and thus his mistress. A Vancouver woman saw the bicycle that was stolen from her put up for sale on Craiglist. She called, met the seller and asked for a test ride. "And then I just got on it and rode away," said Kayla Smith. According to the astute Kyle Waters of Swampscott, if Robin Hood were alive today, he'd steal from the poor because the rich carry only credit cards. Huh? A survey of 700 flight attendants revealed that among the items air passen- gers have left on planes are a live parrot, a box of dried fish, a toupee, handcuffs and a glass eye. What? No jars of Baccala? What a big dope! Police arrested a New Hampshire man who posted 35 videos on YouTube explaining how to grow marijuana at home. Kyle Berry didn't appear in the vid- eos, but authorities said his reflection could be seen on one of the tutorials. "He's not the brightest person in the world," said a sheriff. Bruglioni! The state of New York is suing the egomaniac Donald Trump for $40 mil- lion, claiming his self-titled investment school was a scam. The lawsuit claims that students at Trump University paid up to $35,000 to attend classes and be mentored by instructors handpicked by Trump -- but that the classes were merely sales pitches for more expensive classes, and that Trump never chose a single teacher. Some students who were allegedly promised a meeting with Trump were instead given the chance to pose next to a life-size cutout of the real estate tycoon. "No one, no matter how rich or popu- lar they are, has a right to scam hardworking New Yorkers," said New York Attorney Gen- eral Eric Schneiderman. Trump denied the charges, implying that President Obama was responsible for the lawsuit and calling Schneiderman "a political hack looking to get publicity." Whistling while you work! A British man is being threatened with legal action because his parrot won't stop whistling. The Addams Family theme song. Stephen White's bird, Buddy, has also long annoyed neighbors by squawking, "Hello, who's that then?" when- ever a phone rings. Authorities have set up noise-monitoring equipment and warned White that he could face prosecution ff Buddy keeps it up. But the bird owner refuses to silence his feathered friend. "What do they expect me to do, cut his vocal cords?" said White. What? Deaths by lightning strike have fallen precipitously since 1968 -- by 79 per- cent for men and 71 percent for women. The main reason, researchers believe, is that weather forecasting has become far more ac- curate, so people get inside before thunder- storms strike. Gee, razor blade sales have fallen by about 10 percent, the companies that sell them report, possibly because so many young hipsters wear beards. According to Pew Research Center, 79% of African-Americans believe a lot more needs to be done to achieve racial equality, while just 44% of whites agree. Does soda make kids violent? Drinking soda, long known to contribute to childhood obesity, may also have a negative effect on childhood behavior. Columbia University researchers interviewed the parents of about 3,000 5 year olds in 20 0 0 0 cities about their children's soda consump- tion and behavior. They found that 43 per- cent of the children drank at last one soda per day and that 4 percent drank four serv- ings or more. Those who consumed the most soda were twice as likely to get into fights and destroy other people's property as those who didn't consume soft drinks at all, once other possible factors were ruled out. Soda drinkers were also more likely to exhibit anti- social behavior and to have trouble focusing. "With every increase in soda consumption, we saw an increase in behavior problems," study author Shakira Suglia tells CNN.com. "It was significant for kids who consumed as few as one serving of soda per day." Previous research has shown a similar link between soda consumption and violent behavior among adolescents. Researchers say the drinks' effect could stem from the sugar, caf- feine or even food coloring they contain. News from Sicily! "Sicily has always been a prodigious fount of wine," said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. That wine mostly used to be cheap and bad -- the reds far too heavy. But over the past 20 years, new pro- ducers have been embracing the island's indigenous grapes and the "agile" reds they produce have turned the island into "one of the most exciting wine regions in the world." Owning a car isn't cheap anywhere, as costs for fuel, insurance and repairs rise, said Wenqian Zhu in CNN.com. But where you drive can make a big difference in your wal- let. A new report found that Georgia is the nation's costliest state for car owners, who pay $2,000 more per year there than they would driving the same car in Oregon, "the nation's cheapest state" for drivers. Other states with high costs for car ownership, California, Wyoming, Rhode Island and Ne- vada. As for Massachusetts, we are fine! Come on down! Without doubt you have seen the Boch TV commercials with Ernie Boch, Jr. It all be- gan in Norwood, Massachusetts in 1939 when his grandfather, Andrew Boch, opened and operated a mall service. In 1945, Boch became a Rambler dealer and that's when I became involved with Ernie. Yes, my ad agency was responsible for creating ads for the New England Rambler dealers. It was then along with A1 Solari, an account execu- tive of WBZ-TV we convinced Ernie to adver- tise on the station. Ernie acquired TV time by trading a couple of Ramblers with the sta- tion. It was then we suggested he yell out in a commercial "Come on down." Enough said. Yes, the Bochs have Italian blood! True! True! True! Show business reminiscing with the great musicologist and philanthropist, the ageless Albert Natale. I don't know if this pertains to Marlene Dietrich or to Eleanor Roosevelt, but one of them reportedly said it. When she found out that her husband was cheating on her, the wife said, "Well, if he has a mis- tress, I'm going to have one, too!" So said Fernando Lamas. It was Duke Ellington who coined the phrase, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." According to Danny Kaye, "If Peter Lawford had been nicer to Marilyn Monroe, she might be alive today. He's a creep." Among the nicknames for Frank Sinatra over his long career: "The Voice," "The Swooner," "King of the Rat Pack," "Chairman of the Board," and "Ole Blue Eyes." Singer Don Cornell, while popular with the Sammy Kaye Band in the early and mid 1940s, had several hits on his own, begin- ning with "It Isn't Fair" in 1950. Sonny Dae, born Pascal Vennitti in 1931, recorded "Rock Around the Clock" i 1950, four years before Bill Haley and the Comets made it "Rock 'n Roll's" first big hit in 1954. One more time! In their 1920s, James Cagney attended the Professional Dancing School in Hollywood. The daughter of the owner was Margarite Cansino, later to be known as Rita Hayworth. 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 2 medium onions V4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons mayonnaise V4 cup lemon juice I teaspoon cider vinegar (optional) 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine SAION 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 A-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. tl'rta can be reached at voswriting @ comcast.net News Briefs (Continued from Page i) still don't know what really happened and what we did or could have done. Many people think the aftermath is just one giant cover-up. We were told those who killed these Americans would be hunted down and brought to justice. We were told lots of things. In fact maybe too many things that made little sense. In the end, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "What's the difference?" Still at large one year later are those Benghazi terrorists who will prob- ably never be brought to justice. M FrOm YBakery Perch VITA ORLANDO INOPOLt 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "LMle 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 for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN The Federal Trade commission Call "I HELP (1-877-3 ............ or)ogon.to wyW-ffc.gov.