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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 How nice! Miami-Dade police officer Vicki Thomas decided not to arrest a penniless mother who was shoplifting groceries and bought her $i00 worth of food instead. See- ing the mom's hungry kids open the bags of food, "was like Christmas," Thomas said. "That $100 to me was worth it." From Brooklyn comes news that a Brook- lyn man is suing the NYPD after he was arrested for possession of six Jolly Rancher candies that cops assumed were rocks of crystal meth. Love Olatunjiojo, 25, wants compensation for false imprisonment. "I don't know if these cops have been watch- ing Breaking Bad, but my client is not Walter White," said his lawyer. Ready for this? Iran may reprieve a con- demned criminal who survived hanging. The man, identified only as Alireza, was sentenced to death for possessing a kilo of crystal meth and was pronounced dead after being hanged for 12 minutes. Horrified morgue workers, though, saw condensation from his breath on the plastic wrapping covering his head and they sent him to the hospital, where he is now on life support. "I do not think there is any need for a re-ex- ecution," said Justice Mister Mostafa Pourmohammadi. !ran has executed more than 500 people so far this year, most for drug offenses. Scornato! A Czech man who was kicked out of a restaurant used a chain saw to cut his way back in so he could finish his dessert. Petr Svacha, 36, was halfway through his chocolate pudding when the eatery's staff told him to leave, saying it was closing time. The disgruntled diner walked out and re- turned with a chain saw. "He sliced a hole in the door, climbed inside and went to his table," said a police spokesman. A waiter tackled Svacha and held him until police arrived and arrested him. How about this? A Tennessee police officer lost his job after he fired his gun at a squir- rel running loose in a crowded convenience store. Officer Jody Putnam was inside the shop when employees spotted the squirrel. Police say Putnam fired his gun at the rodent but missed and then tried to spray the critter with mace. "There were a lot of people that come out of the store coughing," said owner Carl Duffied. "It was comical, but I'm sure the customers didn't feel that way." Putnam's overly aggressive attempt to collar the squirrel led to his dismissal. Ah, kissing! As sexually arousing as kiss- ing can be, it's greater purpose may be to vet the suitability of a potential mate -- or to strengthen bonds with an existing one. Oxford University researchers reached that conclusion after surveying 900 adults about the role of kissing in their relationships. The researchers found that kissing was most highly valued by people who rated themselves as attractive and, therefore, could be picky about their sexual partners. Women in general also tend to place more value on kissing than men do, presumably because they bear more significant lasting consequences from the choice of a mate and so are predisposed to be more discerning. Not surprisingly, the survey found that women are far more likely than men to change their judgment of a potential mate after a first kiss. Women rated kissing as an important way to reinforce attachment in long-term relationships and not without reason: The study results indicate that fre- quent kissing is a better indicator of a couple's overall happiness than frequent sex. Steven Sebestyen claims a kiss is a con- traction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart. And Steven's brilliant and beautiful wife Theresa thinks all the legis- lation in the world will not abolish kissing. One more timeI Statistics show that men who kiss their wives goodbye in the morn- ing live five years longer than those who don't. Some of you men had better pucker- up before you tucker-out. The unofficial mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto thinks kissing a girl is like open- ing a jar of olives -- hard to get the first one, but the rest comes easy. Dummies? U.S. adults scored below the interna- tional aver- age in a test o o o oil math, reading and problem solving skills. Twelve countries, including Canada, Aus- tralia, Sweden, and Slovakia, scored higher than the U.S. in all three areas. Healthy school-lunch advocates in Fairfax, VA, suffered a setback when the 100 per- cent beef patties they requested were rejected by students, who said they neither looked nor tasted right. The schools gave in to the students' demands and replaced the real beef patties with a version of the artifi- cially colored, 26-ingredient, "pink slime" burgers they had previously served. Good idea? Mexican activists are promot- ing a return to the traditional Mexican diet as a way to combat obesity. Mexico overtook the U.S. this year as the world's fattest nation, with 32.8 percent of inhabitants con- sidered obese. Diabetes and heart disease are the nation's top two causes of death. Yet much of the problem is what Mexicans drink: an average of 46 gallons of soda a year per person, compared with 31 gallons for the average American. Frank Sinatra's widow is angrily denying claims that the singer may have fathered Mia Farrow's 25-year-old son. In an inter- view with Vanity Fair, Farrow says that she remained involved with Sinatra long after their 18-month marriage dissolved and that he "possibly" was the real biological father of Ronan Farrow, originally thought to be her biological son with Woody Allen. Ronan's blue eyes and facial structure bear a dis- tinct resemblance to Sinatra's. But Barbara Sinatra, 85, who was married to the singer for 22 years, calls Farrow's statement "a bunch of junk." Alien, who has been' long estranged from .both Farrow and Ronan, also called the rumor "extravagantly absurd." Ronan himself was coy. "Listen, we're all possibly Frank Sinatra's son," he tweeted. Here comes the bride! A panic-stricken British groom called in a bomb scare to a wedding hall where he was supposed to be married that day, after realizing he'd for- gotten to reserve it. Neil McArdle, 36, didn't want his fiancee to realize he had bungled the booking of the wedding, so he phoned the hall on the morning of their big day, tell- ing a receptionist that "a bomb will go off in 45 minutes." His fiancee arrived at the hall in her wedding dress to find it swarming with bomb squad cops. McArdle now faces a jail sentence. "It may be funny to other people," he said, "but not to me." Wee bit of Italian American history. In the year 1889, The Domini Band of East Cam- bridge leads the parade celebrating Boston's 250 th anniversary. In 1894, Domenico Ghirardelli, founder of Ghirardelli Choco- late, dies. In 1867, Ghirardelli had discov- ered "broma," the early name for ground chocolate. Sales grow to several million pounds of broma annually. Show business reminiscing with the ageless, handsome musicologist Albert Natale. Singer Russ Columbo (a Bing Crosby sound-alike) also played violin and accor- dion while with the Gus Arnheim Band in the late 1920s and early '30s. The song "You Are My Sunshine" was written by two-time Governor of Louisiana Jimmy Davis, Noel Coward was not only a success- ful playwright, he was an actor and a songwriter as well. Although he could only play piano in three keys, he still poured out the songs, including "Someday I'll Find You" and "Mad about the Boy." Early rock star Fabian was introduced to Chancellor Records Bob Marcucci by Frankie Avalon, who agreed that Fabian looked like a cross between Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. Singing was secondary. And Eddie Fisher was one of the biggest stars of the early 1950s with 35 "top 40" hits between 1950 and 1956. Nineteen hit the top ten, includ- ing three #1 songs! WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGI-H RESERVED SWORDFISH STEAKS Broiled or Grilled 4 Swordfish steaks 2 medium onions 1/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional) 2 tablespoon of butter or margarine SWORDFISH STEAK: Spread some oil or mayonnaise on the bottom of a broiling pan. Then spread a little oil or mayonnaise over the top and bottom of each Swordfish 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 1/4-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 Sword- fish steak in the broiling pan. Cover with aluminum foil and return to heated broiler for about a minute. If you desire to brown tops, remove cover and broil for a few seconds longer. Serve each steak topped with onions and liquids from broiling pan. Serves four. NOTE: With Swordfish available year-round today, I alternate with broiling Salmon one time and Swordfish the next time. Both are very nutritious and easily prepared in the oven broiler or on a gas or charcoal grill. Vita can be reached at voswriting @ , Expansion of MBTA Silver Line (Continued from Page 2) Chelsea Street Bridge opened connecting East Boston and Chelsea, where more boats can now pass through in a safer, more efficient man- ner. Belle Isle Bridge, con- necting East Boston to Winthrop, is currently under construction. In Everett, reconstruction and signal improvements on Route 99 are 90 percent complete, and the Patrick Administration will soon begin resurfac- ing Route 1 in Chelsea and Revere. i : ii i iii if! !ii! iii!i!iiiiiliiii!i00!!i!!iiii!!iiiiii!!i! i iiii00iii00ii! C E METE RY ff} C RE MATO RY 500 Canterbury, Street The Respectful g,y,, Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community for Over 10o Years: Fom MYBakery Perch 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful 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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