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by Max Ehrenfreund   There's a black Fiat 500L sitting beside the highway outside Safford Fiat of Tyson's Corner with the doors open. It isn't the pope's, but Mark Cowdin, the general sales manager there, thinks he can sell it all the same. Pope Francis arrived in Washington in what appeared to be an identical car, and is also using a Jeep W...

Abe Vigoda, best known for portraying a gangster in "The Godfather" films and the glum Det. Fish on TV's "Barney Miller," died Tuesday at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94. Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, said he died in his sleep of natural causes.   A veteran of New York theater, Vigoda was about 50 when he w...

by Katie Roberts Jon Polito, a ubiquitous character actor known on screens both big and small, especially for his work in Coen brothers films, has died. He was 65. Polito's wide-ranging career included a whopping 217 acting credits, per his IMDb page, highlighted by his appearance in Coen brothers classics like "The Big Lebowski," "Miller's C...

by Roberto Natalini   L'organizzazione italo-americana più importante a livello nazionale, ovvero il NIAF, National Italian American Foundation, ha di recente conferito una consistente borsa di studio ad Ariana Alva Ferrari, studente della San Francisco State University di origini italiane.   Fondato nel lontano 1976, ogni anno il NIA...

Like football, pop music, and democracy itself, pizza follows in the long American tradition of things that began overseas before the United States imported, violently altered, and eventually defined the institution.   Although the first pizza shops didn't open in the U.S. until the early 20th century, hundreds of years after the original Ne...

This documentary film is about the life and legacy of Corrado Parducci. He was one of the most prolific architectural sculptors of the last century – with almost 600 commissions in his job book spanning over six decades, many are buildings you already know: the Guardian, Buhl, Penobscot, David Stott, Bankers Trust Company and Fisher Buildings. &nb...

di Alberto Magnani   Dal bancone sotto casa a un "supermercato della qualità". Con quasi 100 milioni di clienti, apertura 24 ore su 24 e un bacino grande quanto gli Stati Uniti. Si presenta così Taste It, l'iniziativa ideata dalla società di consulenza ExportUsa per la promozione nel mercato americano dei prodotti di qualità della filiera ag...

Panini America, (www.paniniamerica.net), the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), announced today an exclusive multi-year trading card agreement with CLC's nearly 200 partner institutions, including Alabama, Florida State, Texas Christian University, The University of Michigan an...

Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright congratulates incoming UNICO National President Dr. Ann Walko. They are joined by Anthony Bengivenga, President of the Westfield Chapter of UNICO and Joe Almeida, President of the Union Chapter of UNICO.   Walko, a professor at Kean University, is also a resident of Scotch Plains. She begins her tenure...

di Francesco Caremani   Una Champions League americana, dall'Alaska alla Terra del Fuoco, della durata di circa otto mesi, ben inserita nei calendari della Concacaf (Confederazione calcistica del Nord, Centro America e Caraibi) e della Conmebol (Confederazione Sudamericana di calcio), alla quale dovrebbero partecipare sessantaquattro squadre...

Want to honor Italian heritage? Skip Columbus and learn about these justice fighters. In the fight to abolish Columbus Day, we invariably hear from people who defend the holiday because it recognizes a historic figure of Italian heritage.   Our response is that there are many other people of Italian heritage worthy of attention—people w...

by Paul Sciria   The Iraq War has claimed numerous American lives. Casualties total over 4,400 and more than 32,000 have been wounded in action. This is the story of one wounded warrior, James Alunni, of Chagrin Falls. Now a Chagrin Falls firefighter, James was deployed in 2005 with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment to the Al Anba...