John McCaslin

The documents cover intelligence on economic, scientific, political and military matters, with particular emphasis, obviously, on the Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc and China.

Hope for us all

"Santine attributes her longevity to eating ... a great deal of chocolate."

So Rep. Brian Higgins, New York Democrat, revealed when wishing a happy 100th birthday yesterday to Santine Faraci Catalino, who was born on April 13, 1908.

During World War II, Miss Catalino was a welder in a defense plant, and until recently, attended bingo three times a week with her younger sister, who is 94. She quit smoking 50 years ago when she was 50.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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