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Page 12 POST-GAZE'r'IE, NOVEMBER 4, 201, ! ..... Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Holding it in, after Evergreen Park High School in Illinois announced that students would be allowed to leave class to go to the bathroom only three times per semester. Students who need to pee more often will have to make up class time after school. -Wow! A family in Danvers had to call 911 when they couldn't find their way out of a seven-acre corn maze. "I'm really scared. It's really dark, and we've got a 3-week-old .baby with us," said morn who made the call. "We thought this would be fun." When Irish eyes are smiling! Ireland ended the 350-year-old practice of requiriflg judges to wear British-style white wigs in court. The decision will save the cash- strapped government about S3,000 a wig. Well. that's using their heads! Huh? Florida State Rep. Brad Drake pro- posed that the state's executions be con- ducted by electrocution and firing squad instead of lethal injection. Drake said that killers should know they will die violently. rather tharL by "going to sleep." Capital punishment laws are on the books in 91 countries, but only 23 of them carried out any executions last year. The United States executed 46 people last year and 37 so far this year more than any other coun- try, except for the dictatorships of China. North Korea, Iran and Yemen. In most parts of the modern world, the practice appears to be in steep decline. Since 1976, a total of 123 countries have effectively abolished the death penalty as a barbaric legacy of the past. All signs point to an unmistakable downward trend, says Mario Marazziti, co-founder of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. "There is worldwide growth of a new moral standard of decency and of respect for human rights," he said, "even the rights and lives of those who may have committed severe crimes." Current trends suggest that the number of states that execute prisoners will continue to dwindle. But with capital punishment still popular with voters, it is unlikely to disappear altogether unless the Supreme Court rules that it is "cruel and unusual punishment." Ah, criminals! To think, women shoplift more than men; the statistics are four to one. Fifty percent of bank robberies take place on Fridays. About 43 percent of con- victed criminals in the United States are re-arrested within a year of being released from prison. Sweden has the least number of murders annually. And the murder rate in the United States is two hundred times greater than in Japan. In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally. What? About 6 percent of murdered Ameri- can men are killed by either their wife or girlfriend or their wife who caught them with their girlfriend. And forty percent of women have hurled footwear at a man. Ouch! Interesting to note, nobody has yet explained satisfactorily why couples who marry in January, February and March tend to have the highest divorce rates. Terrible! A Tibetan nun set herself on fire to protest China's occupation of Tibet, becoming the ninth Buddhist cleric this year to do so. Tenzin Wangmo. 20, died of her burns. Lady Gaga has it bad for Bill Clinton, said the New York Post. The great pop singer, 25, seductively serenaded the former president at his recent 65 th birthday celebration at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl. After dancing suggestively in front of Clinton and altering the lyrics to her song Bad Romance to Bill Romance. Gaga swooned for the former com- mander in chief. "I'm having my first Marilyn moment," joked the singer. "I always wanted to have one and [ was hoping that it didn't involve pills and a strand of pearls." Start doing the Tarantella! Good old- fashioned olive oil can reduce the risk of a stroke, according to a study conducted at the University of Bordeaux. "researchers found that older people who used olive oil intensively meaning they regularly cooked with it and used it in salad dressing were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely consumed it. "Health Day reports: Stroke is the third- leading cause of death in the United States. Will Hillary switch to vice president? O O O Will Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden switch jobs asked Jonathan Alter? Don't rule it out. Rumors of a "Great Switcheroo" involving the secretary of state and vice president have been denied by the Obama administrationl but those denials will be moot "if it's clear that Democrats need to do something dramatic to avoid losing the White House." Putting the popular Hillary on the ticket as vice president would serve several purposes: She would ensure that Obama benefited from a large gender gap and would help build support among blue-collar independents. With Bill Clinton taking a visible role along- side his wife, Obama would be able to cast the election as a choice between the Clintonian economics of the 1990s and the Bush/COP economics that led to the Great Recession. The switch would also excite Democrats at a "sour and dispiriting time." It all may seem "far-fetched" now. But if Obama's approval rating doesn't improve by summer and the unemployment numbers remain bleak, then "the Switcheroo may be his only shot." So says Jonathan Alter of The astute Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "All politicians fear high unemployment -- they fear they may be next." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims the only time a politician can't demand- a recount is when his wife gives birth to triplets. Proprio Stronzo thinks some politicians are so good at double talk they could easily get a job as a weather forecaster. Giuseppina, la coscia storta, says, "There'll never be a woman president. No woman will admit to being over 35," Giuseppina, you faccia brutta, stick to eating Baccala! So says Bella Culo! Not a happy holiday: Thousands of Chilean Indians marched to protest Columbus Day. The anniversary of Columbus's 1492 landfall -- in the Bahamas is a national holiday in much of the Americas but is a day of mourning for many indigenous, groups. "It signified the arrival of the Spanish usurpers and all they brought with them. colonialism and imperialism," said Manuel Diaz. spokesman for Chile's Mapuche tribe. Marchers demanded the return of ancestral lands currently owned by farmers and timber companies, and they called for the release of Mapuche activists who have been jailed for trying to occupy some of those lands. Some interesting show biz stuff by our noted musicologist Albert Natale. Mary Livingstone on Jack Benny. "Jack's lucky to have me. He needs someone to keep him in line." Rudy VaUee shot his mouth off about Rudolph Valentino. "Rudolph Valentino was no Italian stallion, at least where the ladies were concerned. He had two wives (both reportedly lesbian), but neither marriage took off. Apparently Rudy thought "consum- mate" meant to make soup. Bette Davis. says, "My fourth husband was actor Gary Merrill. We had tremendous fights. He used his fists more than his mouth ... It was a hell of a marriage, even the making up. They ought to rewrite the ceremony "in sick- ness and in hell " Bandleader Sammy Kaye had a degree in civil engineering. Gene Kelly, Cary Grant and Burt Lancaster were all considered for the part of Sky Masterson in the 1955 movie "Guys and Dolls." Marion Brando got the job. The Harry James hit "I've Heard That Song Before," featuring a vocal by Helen Forrest, had sold one million, 250-thousand copies by June, 1942. The biggest seller Columbia Records had at that time. When Frank Sinatra was born he weighed thirteen and a half pounds. And our noted paesano, A1 Martino's first hit came in 1952 with "Here in My Heart." A1 came back with a slew of hits in the late '50s well into the mid 1970s. "I Love You Because," "I Love You More and More Every Day," and "Spanish Eyes." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME F liimd,00iliiJlilIIl0000 IllmEblUi lilllil iiitliilai] IT lllillilillHlllii il [] Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BRACCIOLETINI 20 thin slices of beef (approx. 4"x 4") 1 cup flavored bread crumbs 2 small garlic cloves chopped 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese iLiii{iiii! I 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 metal skewers (6 or 9 inches long) MARINADE: 1 crushed garlic clove 1 tablespoon dried basil 2 tablespoons olive oil Prepare marinade first by mixing crushed garlic clove, basil and olive oil in a bowl and set aside. Then mix bread crumbs, chopped garlic, and grated cheese in a separate bowl. Additional bread crumbs may be needed depending on the number of Braccioletini you prepare. Add olive oil to slightly moisten the bread crumbs. Take one beef slice at a time. Spread about one teaspoon of bread crumbs in the center of meat. Leave sides of meat about half-inch clear of bread crumbs. Gently roll while folding in edges forming a small rolled piece. Squeeze the rolled meat in your hands. Insert metal skewer. Add each rolled Braccioletini onto skewer. They should fit tightly up against each other. When all Braccioletini are on skewers, place them into the mari- nade. Marinate for about 20 minutes. Before broiling, brush extra marinade over Braccioletini after placing them on the broiling tray. Brown on both sides. Check frequently because they cook fast. Serve hot with mashed or baked potato and a vegetable or salad. NOTE: When I make Braccioletini today, I select a bottom round roast at the supermarket and ask at the dell counter to have it sliced the thickness of cold cuts. Then I cut the larger slices to the size I need. Patience and experience are required but it is well worth the effort. Braccioletini can be cooked on the gas grill but must be watched because they burn easily. K3 5 Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ DIVORCE CRIMINAL 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W WILLS ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a deligh-ul recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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