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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 Ray Darron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 This just in! The estimated median house- hold income for each state. The state with the highest household income is Alaska with a household income of $67,825 followed by New Jersey with a household income of $67,458. Massachusetts is right up there with $62,859. Other states with high house- hold incomes, Connecticut with $65,753, Hawaii with $61,821 and Washington, D.C., with $63,124. And now you know where some of the well-off people live. Huh? A worker at a New Orleans conve- nience store clamped a metal boot on the tire of an ambulance parked outside. The paramedics were inside treating a customer with chest pains, and had to wait for a new ambulance to go to the hospital. School days! School days! Happy golden school days! Five states will begin a pilot pro- gram to test the impact of a longer school day next year. More than 20,000 students in 40 schools in Massachusetts, Colorado, Con- necticut, New York and Tennessee will take part in the three-year program, funded by a combination of federal, state, local and pri- vate dollars. "When kids spend more time in school, they score better on standardized tests; they graduate at higher rates and are more likely to land internships or appren- ticeships," said Luis Ubinas of the Ford Foun- dation, which is providing a $3 million grant. Since the advent of sex education, the old fellow who drives the local school bus can't tell whether the kids are talking dirty or dis- cussing their lesson assignment! Carlo Scostumato claims the school kids in some towns are getting so tough that teachers are playing hooky. Decades ago, teachers use to whip a boy's hand with a bamboo stick called the Rat-tan- tan. Yes! We once received some whacks! My mother wondered why I could not hold a spoon in my hand. After she looked at my swelled hand she immediately contacted my godmother to accompany her to the Daniel Webster School to ask about why I was whipped so hard. Enough said. Unusual! Consumption of wine in France has slumped to a record low, with the aver- age French adult now consumes barely one glass a day, according to a large-scale study of alcohol consumption. The survey confirms a long-term trend away from wine. As re- cently as 1980, wine was drunk with half of all meals; today the proportion is just a quar- ter. The study's authors said the decline of wine drinking was a result of the sluggish economy and public-awareness campaigns over the dangers of le binge drinking. The astute Steven Sebestyen, says, "There is nothing more stubborn than a drunkard trying to convince you he isn't. Steven's brilliant and attractive wife, Theresa, says booze makes a man colorful: it gives him a red nose, a white liver, a yel- low streak and a blue outlook. Nosey news! An Atlanta woman claims she found a nose ring in her daughter's McDonald's breakfast burrito. Frances Rosario says she purchased two burritos at her local McDonald's, one for herself and one for her 4-year-old daughter. As her daughter was about to bite into her burrito, Rosario observed a "piece of jewelry" pro- truding from it. "I'm like, 'What the heck is this?'" Rosario said. It was a nose ring, apparently belonging to a food pre-parer. The fast-food chain hasn't yet responded to her complaint. Nailing Britney Spears! Makeup artists for The X Factor are trying everything to stop THOMAS ZAZZARA 617.227.1t09 * Fax 617.227.5398 188 NORTH STREET - P.O. BOX 130143 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02113 Britney Spears from biting her nails, says the National Enquirer. o o 0 Spears, 31, is a compulsive nail-biter and a source says she has been under so much stress both personally and professionally that "there's hardly anything left to even glue a fake nail onto." In desperation, the makeup artists have started applying a special, bit- ter-tasting nail polish, but acerbic co-host Simon Cowell has already predicted that Spears will soon "get used to the taste." The popular gossip magazine, The Globe's December 17 th issue contained a story about game show legend Pat Sajak's boozing binges. In brief, the 66-year-old TV host says he was drunk many times over the 30 years he's fronted Wheel of Fortune. Sajak also reveals he lured sexy sidekick Vanna White, now 55, to a Mexican eatery during long breaks between shooting episodes where they'd guzzle margaritas. "Vanna and I would have two, three or six then come back," he recalls. "They'd be so blitzed," he says, "they'd have trouble recognizing the alphabet." NamesY The number of parents naming their daughters "Apple" jumped 15 percent in 2012 over the previous year, while the popularity of the name "Mac" for boys rose 12 percent. The number of people naming their baby daughters "Surf also rose 5 percent from last year. Baby talk! A new study by the Pew Research Center found that the U.S. birthrate in 2011 was the lowest ever recorded, with only 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age -- down from 71 in  1990 and 122 at the height of the postwar "baby boom." Obviously, the economic downturn has led many couples to have smaller families or postpone the next kid. But many are. forgoing children because of a growing cultural "decadence," in which people live for their own pleasure, "while shrugging off the basic sacrifices that built our civilization in the first place." Ah, laughter! There is hope for any man who can look in a mirror and laugh at what he sees. And remember, we don't stop laugh- ing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing. Laughter is the cheapest luxury that man has. It stirs up the blood, expands the chest, electrifies the nerves, cleans away the cob- webs from the brain and gives the whole sys- tem a cleansing rehabilitation. According to the astute Paul Waters, when you laugh at something that happens to somebody else, that's a sense of humor. If it happens to you, that's an outrage. And his great wife Robyn, says, "Laughter is the sweetest music that ever greeted the human ear." Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Fernando Lamas claimed "Raquel Welch is silicone only from the neck down, or so I have heard. But she will only admit to a nose job. She says she corrected what she calls her 'Latin nose.' What the hell is a Latin nose? I am myself a Latin, and my nose is most decora- tive!" A reminder! The songs "Smile" and "Limelight" were written by comedian/actor/ director Charlie Chaplin. Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" was the first Gold Record. It sold a million, 250-thousand cop- ies, a lot of records in those days. And right from his mouth, this is what Raoul Walsh had to say about Mac West: "I directed Mac West in a big censorship fi- asco called Klondike Annie. She didn't play a dyke, she played a missionary and the moralists hated that. Hell, Mac West was the mission- ary of sex! ... I liked Miss West and her pictures, didn't much care for directing her. See, directing her in scenes wasn't that much more challenging than sitting and watching one of her pictures." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP IN TOMATO SAUCE OVER LINGUINE 14 ounces of crushed tomatoes 1 medium chopped onion 1 large garlic clove chopped (optional) 1/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon of dried basil or two fresh basil leaves 1/2 pound fresh medium shrimp 3 tablespoons white wine Grated cheese of choice Heat oil in skillet, add chopped onion, garlic (optional) and basil. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Cover and allow the sauce to come to a slow boil. Lower heat and simmer for about twenty minutes. Stir occasionally to pre- vent sauce from sticking to the bottom of skillet. Add a half-cup of water if mixture appears to be too thick. Remove outer skin from shrimp. Wash thoroughly and set cleaned shrimp aside in a bowl. When sauce has cooked about twenty minutes, add shrimp, stir and cover. Cook shrimp in sauce until they are pink. Do not overcook shrimp. Cover and remove skillet from heat. Cook linguine, or pasta of your choice according to the directions on the package. While pasta is cooking, return shrimp-sauce mixture to burner to reheat slowly. After a minute, add three tablespoons of white wine to shrimp- sauce mixture. Stir and bring to a slow boil. Turn off burner and remove from heat. When pasta is cooked and strained, place in a serving platter and top with tomato sauce and shrimp. OPTIONAL: Adding additional shrimp will give enough shrimp to serve with the pasta and some separately with a fresh green salad. Remaining sauce freezes well. Serves two. NOTE: When I was a child, Mama prepared this quick and easy meal often during the Lenten season. Because my hus- band and I enjoy shrimp, I serve this meal frequently through- out the year. In the summer, I use an older sturdy skillet and prepare this sauce with shrimp on my gas-charcoal grill. Buon Auguri per una Santa Natale E Felici Capo D'Anno per Tutti Vita Orlando Sinopoli JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.CONI 781.589.7347 / . it,-  bl';:- .q ,: WW.J USTIN,YAN DLH OTO GRAPHY.C Obl M0000akery Pcrch 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