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2008-07-21 03:00:33

By Mark Houser, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 21--A Pittsburgh-area coal company helping to build a power plant that stores its pollution deep underground might have to wait for the next president to decide whether the project remains buried. Consol Energy Inc. has spent about half a million dollars on FutureGen, a project begun by President Bush in 2003 to build an experimental coal-burning plant with "near zero" greenhouse gas emissions. The project has been stymied since...

2008-07-20 03:00:39

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--Bill Fawcett might learn this week if his North Huntingdon farm is sitting on a gold mine of natural gas reserves thousands of feet underground. "You don't know if they have gas (underground). They could miss it by a few feet," Fawcett said. A driller for Penneco Oil Co. of Delmont began last week to bore about 4,000 feet underneath a small piece of Fawcett's 63-acre farm in the Westmoreland City section of the township. Fawcett...

2008-07-20 03:00:39

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--Higher gas prices coupled with the abundant natural gas reserves trapped in Marcellus Shale underneath Western Pennsylvania have been good for those who own the rights to the gas, the drillers and gas companies, and job-seekers, say industry experts. "It is the last great natural gas play in the United States," said Kent F. Moors, director the Energy, Policy and Research Group at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. The state's...

2008-07-20 03:00:29

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--According to Sandy Hackett, you can thank God for the return of the Rat Pack. Hackett is the producer and creator of and occasional performer in "The Rat Pack Is Back!" -- a musical and comedic tribute to show business legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin. The show, which begins an eight-performance run Tuesday at Heinz Hall, reprises the music, laughter and personalities that made The Rat Pack a...

2008-07-20 03:00:29

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--At first glance, film and live theater look a lot alike. Both media assemble a group of people who bring a story to life for others' entertainment. But, the fundamental differences between the ways the two media are created and enjoyed affect not only the experience you receive, but the effort you expend. Film is a forever medium. You and your 13-year-old daughter can see the same performance of "Showboat" that your...

2008-07-20 03:00:28

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--Mamma Mia, there she goes again. "Mamma Mia!" -- which began life as a most unlikely hit Broadway musical -- has been given yet another life as a high-spirited musical movie. The comedic, infectiously high-spirited and ABBA-fueled musical is likely to join a growing list of Broadway musicals that have made the successful stage-to-screen translation since the movie version of "Chicago" debuted in 2002. It's hardly new or...

2008-07-20 03:00:25

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--If you hunt ducks and geese, getting wet is part of the game. But the new Floating Blind Bag from Primos can minimize just how much water you take on. Made with 600 denier polyester and a weather-resistant coating, it has eight pockets to organize your waterfowl gear. A rubber bottom allows you to set the bag down in the mud or wet grass and still keep the contents dry, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry the bag to and from the...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 20--Sometimes you get what you want, even if it's from unexpected sources. That may be what's about to happen with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The agency, thanks to a last-minute addition to the state budget, may get some money to repair a few of the region's most popular fishing holes, including one that was drained a few years ago. Gov. Ed Rendell has identified 24 "high hazard" dams across Pennsylvania. They're...

2008-07-19 03:00:31

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 19--Allegheny Power won preliminary approval this week from the state Public Utility Commission for its plan to purchase electricity at lower rates following the expiration of caps on power rates in 2011. "We're very encouraged that the PUC generally agrees with the plan we put in place for power procurement, and with the mitigating rates plan," said Doug Colafella, spokesman for Allegheny Power's parent, Greensburg-based Allegheny...

2008-07-19 03:00:28

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 19--The United Steelworkers union at Latrobe Specialty Steel Co., which has been involved in a strike and lockout since May 1, reached a tentative five-year labor contract with the company Friday that provides its 350 members with a wage increase and lump sum payments, a union spokesman said. The tentative deal between Local 1537 and Latrobe Specialty Steel provides the union with the right to reopen the contract to negotiate wages after...


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This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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