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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 11,2011 ' ' Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Guess what? The more coffee you drink, the less likely you are to become depressed, a new study shows. Harvard University researchers found that those who regularly downed four or more cups of coffee per day were 20 percent less likely to develop depression than those who drank one cup or less. The findings are surprising because "caffeine at .high doses has long been asso- ciated with worsening of anxiety and other psychiatric illness," Christopher Cargile, a psychiatry professor at Texas A & M University, tells HealthDay.com. But the new findings suggest that limited caffeine con- sumption -- by drinking decaf coffee or less- caffeinated teas and soft drinks -- has no positive impact on mood. Instead, the study bolsters previous research linking heavy consumption of coffee to lower rates of sui- cide and severe depression. Researchers know the jolt of caffeine in coffee activates neurotransmitters that boost energy and feelings of well-being, at least right after you take a sip. Now, study author Alberto Ascherio says, there is "reasonable evi- dence" that the stimulant can also protect the brain from mental illness over the longer term. Gee, it's time for me to sip another cup of coffee. Wow! Using the full-service pump, after a scientific study found that gas pump handles are the most germ-infested surface that Americans touch in everyday life. Citrulo! Madonna's brother homeless and living under a bridge, said the London Daily Mail. Anthony Ciccone, 55, has been sleep- ing under a bridge in Traverse City, Michi- gan and performing odd jobs since getting into an argument with his father and being fired from his family's vineyards 18 months ago. "My family turned their back on me," Ciccone told MichiganMessenger. com. "You think I haven't answered this kind of ques- tion a bazillion times -- why my sister is a multi-bazillionaire and I'm homeless on the street?" Speaking of wealth, sixty percent of the country's wealth is in the hands of women. They're allowing men to hold the other forty percent because their handbags are full. According to Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, there are two ways to become wealthy: spend less and earn more. The astute Tom Analetto of Medford, thinks a good wife and good health are a man's best wealth. Our brilliant, charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "The quickest way to become wealthy is to come up with some- thing that's low-priced, nonhabit forming and tax deductible. Huh? Paul McCartney, Jewish? The former Beatle has been studying Judaism and has promised his new wife, Nancy Shevell, that he'll convert, says the National Enquirer. McCartney, who was baptized Roman Catholic, first considered convert- ing to Judaism during his 29-year marriage to Linda Eastman. He and Shevell, 51, recently attended Yom Kippur services together. McCartney has told friends he would complete his studies and convert next year. Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "Some people think religion, like aspirin, should be taken only to relieve pain." According to Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, religion should be the motor of life, the central heating plant of personal- ity, the faith that gives joy to activity, hope to struggle, dignity to humility, and zest to living. Amenl Unbelievable! A pair of identical twin sis- ters from Bloomington, Indiana, have given birth to babies in the same hospital on the same day. Jennifer and Jessica Patterson, both 21 gave birth about eight hours apart. The two women, who are both unmarried, live together and conceived at about the same time, though they insist that was a coincidence. "I was like, 'I'm pregnant," said Jessica. "I found out a week later," her sis- ter said. They said giving birth to babies on the same day was "kind of cool." This just in! Half of all U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 in 2010 -- the lowest median wage since 1999, adjusted for O O O inflation. , Why TV is bad for tots! For children under the age of 2, there's no such thing as educational programming. That's the finding of a new report by the American Academy of Pediat- rics, which says parents should avoid let- ting kids that young watch any shows on TV or on iPads, smartphones, or computers. Before the age of 2, children don't under- stand what's happening on-screen, but the noise and colors distract them from playing and interacting. Studies have found that 12-month-olds in the U.S. spend between one and two hours daily in front of a screen, and that as many as 60 percent of house- holds keep TVs on all day. Even if kids aren't actively watching, researchers say, expo- sure to such "secondhand TV" prevents them from engaging with adults or concen- trating fully on their own play. Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Small children start to school these days with a big advantage. They already know two letters of the alphabet -- TV." The smart Joe Albano of Revere, says, "To some people television is just a sleeping pill plugged in." Personally speaking, what we enjoy watching on TV is The Wheel of Fortune, local and national news, Weather Channel, His- Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PASTA FAQIOLI Pasta with Beans I can canneUini beans (white beans) 1 medium "onion chopped 2 garlic cloves chopped {optional) I minced fresh tomato (optional) 4 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 1 can chicken broth (optional) 1/2 pound pasta of choice Salt Grated cheese of choice (optional) In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and simmer until onion is lightly browned. If using chopped garlic, add to onion. Stir and cook for a few seconds. Garlic should not brown. Add minced tomato (optional), stir, and cover. Simmer for about five minutes. Then add can of cannellini beans and stir. Cover cook over low heat for a few minutes. If sticking, add a little water or some chicken broth-. Cover and simmer for about five minutes. Salt to taste. Remove from burner and set aside. Cook pasta of choice according to directions on the package. After draining cooked pasta, place it in a larger serving bowl. Add beans to the pasta and stir before serving in individual bowls. Serves two. NOTE: One of my favorite pasta with the beans is the small shell. However these healthy, hearty beans are delicious as well with Ditalini or elbows. I remember Mama sometimes cutting up spaghetti into one-or-two-inch portions and cooking that for serving with the beans. This is a meal frequently called "pasta e fasulli." It seems every Italian dialect has its own pronunciation for this whole- some and frequently prepared meal during the Depression years. tory Channel, football games, Meet the Press, western movies, and a few others. For you wonderful woment The noted Dr. Marie Pasinski, a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School has authored a great book! "Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You." A 7-step guide to a better, smarter, younger you. Great reading! Well, Dr. Pasinski's book will "unlock the adult brain's surprising potential and look radi- ant from the inside out! In brief, by follow- ing the simple steps in Dr. Marie Pasinski's program, you will: discover why your brain is the essence of your beauty, lose weight, leep better, get fit, feel rejuvenated and more energized, experience a new sense of control over your body and mind, reveal the inner joy that comes from a beautiful brain. So get going! Purchase a copy of this impor- tant book. Also available as Hyperion eBook, www. mariepasinski.com. For the record, Dr. Marie Pasinski is a tall, attractive woman! Yes, we have met herI Cheers, ladies! A new Harvard University study shows that women age 50 and older who enjoy two glasses of wine or other alco- hol a day are 28 percent less likely to have chronic illness, physical disability, mental health problems and cognitive decline at age 70. The two servings guard against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia, the authors add. "If you are physically active, if you have a healthy body weight at midlife, you can have much better odds of achiev- ing successful aging," says Dr. Qi Sun, study spearhead and nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. Gossip rag headlines! Penny Marshall dying. Doris Day is making a comeback with a new record album. Larry Hagman fighting deadly disease. Jane Fonda: her secret gay life! New feud erupts after Clinton slams Obama. Charlie Sheen six months to live. Time for some reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. The leg- endary Glenn Miller played in pit bands on Broadway while studying music. Before set- ting out on his own, Glenn worked for The Dorsey Brothers, Ray Noble, Glen Gray and Ozzie Nelson. Composer/lyricist/singer Johnny Mercer was the co-founder of Capi- tol Records. He wrote or co-wrote more than one thousand songs, including the Oscar- winning "On the Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe." He also shared several other Oscar winning songs, including "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," *Moon River" and "Days of Wine And Roses." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME LEARN-TO-SKATE CLASSES Now Being Offered Learn-to-Skate classes as well as figure and hockey skating skills for children ages 41/2 and up and adults are now starting at 14 Greater Boston rink locations: Brookline Cleveland Circle & Larz Anderson, Cambridge, Hyde Park Dedham, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, South Boston, Waltham, West Roxbury and Weymouth. Use hockey or figure skates. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes taught by professional instructors. F orty-three years experience. For information and to regis- ter, please call Bay State Skating School at 781-890-8480 or visit online at www.BayStateSkatingSchool.org. $tirpe Nostra (Continued from Page 2) forbidden to kill their slaves, and if deserved, their death had to be ordered by the Senate. No one was permit- ted to sell a slave or maid- servant to a procurer or trainer of gladiators without first setting forth a reason for doing it. Any legally responsible person who wasted his property or re- sources was flogged in the amphitheater. Also, houses of hard labor were abolished, separate public baths were provided for the sexes, and slaves could not be exam- ined as witnesses to a crime unless they were reasonably close enough to have ob- served it. NEXT WEEK: Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli FroH4 " MYBakery Perch VITA ORLANDO INOPOLI 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. 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