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19 January 2000

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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19 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

Saint Agnes - Six centuries of tongue showing / Seicento anni di male lingue, by Amedeo Esposito
In 1434 an Aquilan statute decreed exile and tongue cutting for speaking against public institutions. But the cunning inhabitants decided gossip against individuals was not forbidden, they chose a patron (st. Agnes) and a day (January 21). Also an ideological explanation was found for gossip, as a cathartic moment for one's own rage. There are 30 clubs in L'Aquila for the various trades, each one electing its President on this day.

19 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

Chieti - Our cucucce (zucchini) on TV / Le nostre cucucce in diretta in Tv
On the national TV a program on the dialect of Chieti, with interpreters working on common dialogues in the fruit and vegetable markets. The program was about the authenticity of feelings in dialect, a "tongue of the heart".

19 January 2000 - Il Centro

Civitella Casanova - Zia Concetta passed away at 101 /A 101 anni è morta zia Concetta
Concetta Di Tullio was greatly loved in the village, everybody considered her the village's grandmother. She was living in vestea with grandson Umberto.

19 January 2000 - Il Centro

Popoli - The bell war is over / La guerra delle campane è finita, by Giacomo Zaino
Roberto Pallotta had denounced the elderly parish priest for ringing the bells at 7 in the morning. Now a compromise was reached: the bells start at 8, and the citizens living around the church can go on sleeping undisturbed.