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Page 14 . - POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 11,2013 i NEWS :: BRIEFS ! (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) IN DEFENSE OF THE PRODUCTS&apos; ORIGINS: For quite some time there has been an increase of strong complaints by many of the member nations that have seen a massive assault on the integrity of products by established indus- tries vis-&-vis outrageous 'copies' that look similar to the original one and sell at a low price. For instance, product like cheeses, wines, canned tomatoes, etc., looking like the original ones, have showed up on many supermarkets worldwide, and at lower prices than the real ones. Italy has established a vast international market where original products are sold. Several months ago, a delegation of Italian businessmen toured a few markets, and supermarkets, in China. To their chagrin they-also found sections where products looking like the original Italian ones were on sale, at a low price! Products like prosciutto, other salami and cheeses were being offered as Italian, even with the tri- color showing up on the labels. The European Community has in the works legislation that will appear in 2014. The original products will be identified by a particular "trade mark", to forestall any tampering with the 'originality' of the products. The massive international fraud has reached alarming proportions. Massive fraud in the food product has been uncovered in Italy lately. In the 2012 year, the Police have confiscated 20 million kg. of food and soft drinks worth 468 million euro ($ 545 million). The 'Carabinieri' contrib- uted by uncovering packages of 'lasagne alla bolognese', which contained traces of horse meat. The fraud was "Made in Italy", precisely in the province of Bologna, Other fraudu- lent food activities consisted of flour, bread and pasta, alco- holic products, milk, etc. It is encouraging to learn that the system of controls in Italy has become quite effici.ent, of late. We also hope that the forthcoming European legis- lation, ready in 2014, will have strong teethl THE ITALIAN GUNMAKER: "BERETTA" FACES A SUDDEN CRISIS IN MARYLAND. The well-known weapon manufac- turer may soon face serious problems. As recently reported by the 'Washington Post', the only Beretta manufacturing plant in the United States where it produces I00,000 weap- ons a year and has recently invested more than a million dollars to produce, mostly for collectors, a new version of a semiautomatic special rifle- the ARX 160- used by special Army units- has become famous because used in the vio- lent video game "Call of Duty". Now the proposed legislation by the Obama administration may affect the future of the 'Beretta'. The Bill proposed by the Democratic Governor of Maryland may seal the future sale of the automatic rifle, included the AR-15, which was used by the killer Adam Lanza in the killing of school children at Newtown, Conn. If the proposed law is approved by the State of Maryland's legislature, the future of the 300 workers will be in jeopardy. Unless the 'Beretta' moves to a State where a legislation may be much less disruptive than in Maryland. HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY BOSTON'S ONLY FULL SERVICE TOWING COMPANY has Expanded!! We are now serving out of TWO GREAT LOCATIONS! 94 Condor Street, East Boston, MA 262 Norfolk A venue, Roxbury, MA PAT TODISCO 617.567.0700 - 617.567.1877 fax TODISCOTOWING Happy Columbus Day VISIT WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM 58 Sprague Street Hyde Park, Massachusetts (2136 Ray Barren (Continued from Page 12) How to choose good olive oil. Look for 'extra virgin.' Olive oil is good for about two years, and fresh olive oil tastes better than older oil. Also, note where the oil is from. If it was "pro- duced" in Italy but the olives were grown elsewhere, the travel time likely caused some degradation. Califor- nia olive oils "consistently score higher in quality than imports" -- probably because they're fresher. Sample it at home. Taste the oil when you get it home. If it tastes or smells of wax, salami, or peanuts, it's rancid, so return it. Well, poverty in the U.S. isn't worse than it was 40 years ago, said Sheldon H. Danziger, even if govern- ment statistics might lead you to think so. The Census Bureau released new data indicating that poverty today is no worse than in 1973, when the official rate reached a record low of 11.1 percent. Carlo Scostumato, says, "A man isn't really poor if he can still laugh." And Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "Money may not be everything, but it's a pretty good cure for poverty." Reminders! The movie Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor, was banned from Egypt in 1963 because Taylor is a Jewish convert. During the Middle Ages, it was widely believed that men had one less rib than women. This is because of the story in the Bible that Eve had been cre- ated out of Adam's rib. And there is a place in Norway called Hell. Wee bit of Italian American History. Giuseppe Garibaldi, who led Italy to unification in 1861, was offered a com- mand as Major General in the Union Army by President Lincoln. But he declined, but to honor him, the 39 th New York Infantry was known as the Garibaldi Guard. About 150 of its 850 men were Italian. Show business reminisc- ing with the ageless, hand- some musicologist and phi- lanthropist Albert Natale. Louis Armstrong was not kid- ding when he referred to the Guy Lombardo band as "my inspiration. Glenn Miller's success was predicated prin- cipally on his own arrange- ments, though after commer- cial interests began taking so much of his time, he turned over most of his writ- ing chores to Bill Finnegan, Billy May, and East Boston's native Jerry Gray. Oops! Geraldo Graziano! Singer Russ Columbo (a Bing Crosby sound-alike) also played violin and accordion. Some "final curtain" facts. Gypsy Rose Lee is at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Califor- nia. Bud Abbott who left us in 1974 was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Lou Costello is at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles. Bing Crosby who passed away in 1977 is at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California. Also at Holy Cross is, Johnny Des- mond, and Jimmy Durante. For you baseball fans, the great young slugger Tony Conigliaro is at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Innovation District (Continued from Page 6) working in the area, and residents of South Boston. "To keep Boston competi- tive as a top convention and tourism destination, it is important that attendees, business leaders, and tour- ists alike have a positive experience traveling to and from the BCEC, Logan Air- port, hotels, restaurants; and cultural attractions lo- cated in the South Boston Waterfront and throughout the city," said James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Con- vention Center Authority. "The MCCA is providing re- sources and incorporating improvements to streets, parking, and public transit into our expansion plans that will benefit those attending conventions, working in the area, and residents of South Boston." The planning efforts and administration of an Inno- vation District transporta- tion plan are led by A Better City, a business organiza- tion with experience in transportation planning for Boston and the region. A Better City will soon release a RFP to solicit consultant services for a comprehen- sive, forward-looking trans- portation planning effort for the future of the Innovation District. "A Better City is commit- ted to economic growth by improving our transportation infrastructure throughout the Boston area," said Rich- ard A. Dimino, president and CEO of A Better City. "The Innovation District serves as a job shed not only for Bos- ton and the region, but throughout the Common- wealth. We look forward to working with the City of Bos- ton and other transportation agencies to improve access and mobility in this impor- tant economic center." "As one of the first major companies to establish themselves here in the In- novation District, we've seen the incredible growth of this area as well as the chal- lenges that come with more commuters and visitors," said Jim Gallagher, execu- tive vice president at John Hancock Financial. 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