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2008-07-16 03:00:29

By Brian Bowling, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--Paulette Harry was watching prime-time television when an emergency worker knocked on her door and told her she needed to get out of her Monroeville home within the hour. "I put out a suitcase and the lights went out, so I'm packing with a flashlight," Harry, 67, said after returning home Tuesday. Harry and many of her Alpine Village neighbors spent Monday night away from home because they are downhill and downstream from the...

2008-07-15 03:00:26

By Tony LaRussa, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 15--For weeks, organizers of a trip to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, have been telling the hundreds of young people from Pittsburgh making the nearly 10,000-mile trek that although they'll have a good time, it's not a vacation. "We've been reinforcing the idea that this is a pilgrimage, a time to focus on prayer and sacrifice and a chance to deepen their spirituality," said Caroline Roach, coordinator of youth ministry for St....

2008-07-15 03:00:21

By Michael Hasch, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 15--About 25 homes in the Alpine Village area of Monroeville were evacuated Monday because of a gasoline spill. Mayor Greg Erosenko said last night the source of the leak had not been determined, but authorities believed it was coming from an underground storage tank at a convenience store at the intersection of Route 22 and Golden Mile Highway. Erosenko said the convenience store received a shipment of gasoline, and authorities...

2008-07-15 03:00:14

By Thomas Olson, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 15--Consumers might not feel connected to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, but there's a good chance the agencies helped them buy a home. The two enterprises provide the main grease behind the nation's home mortgage industry. Together, the wholesale lenders own or back some $5 trillion in home mortgages, or roughly half those in the United States. "Fannie Mae's role is critical in the housing market," said Howard Slaughter Jr., CEO of...

2008-07-14 03:00:21

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 14--If you've got an eye or an ear for birds, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Carnegie Museum of Natural History want you. The two organizations are conducting a Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas. The five-year effort is meant to locate nesting pairs of birds and document their distribution and abundance. Already, nearly 3,000 volunteers across the state have contributed more than 500,000 bird observations to the atlas effort....

2008-07-14 03:00:18

By Mark Houser, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 14--Al Jazeera is coming to Pittsburgh. The Middle Eastern TV network plans to have a crew in Pittsburgh today and Tuesday shooting a piece on the large robotic sculptures that are part of Robot 250, a citywide exhibition. "I think it'll be cool," said Ian Ingram, the local artist whose motorized, 12-foot foam "You're No. 1" hand adorns the roof of the Andy Warhol Museum. Ingram said he will show the video crew around the city to...

2008-07-13 03:00:25

By William Loeffler, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--When Neil Diamond sang "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" he was trying to fog up a few windows. Yet, this sentiment constitutes the raison d'etre for the debutante ball, bat mitzvah and the Hispanic quinceanera. Different though they may be, all three are rites of passage that celebrate a young girl's transition to womanhood. And their value goes beyond social cachet and a big payday for the caterer. "I think they're really...

2008-07-13 03:00:20

By Carl Prine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--During the Civil War, the Fort Pitt Foundry and Artillery Proving Grounds, located near today's Heinz History Center in the Strip District, cast what officers termed a "monster cannon." Twenty inches at the mouth, 20 feet in length, weighing nearly 117,000 pounds and able to hurl a half-ton projectile 5 miles, the U.S. Army piece was turned out in 1864. It remains one of the largest cannons ever forged in the United States and required...

2008-07-13 03:00:20

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--While energy prices take a bigger bite from every Western Pennsylvanian's wallet, local energy-related companies are enjoying the prices while they last. In what can be a cyclical industry, experts say Consol Energy Inc., Equitable Resources, Atlas Energy and Superior Well Services got it right, preparing for booming commodity prices, but not letting the good times get away from them. "A rising tide lifts all boats, but Equitable...

2008-07-13 03:00:18

By Regis Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--It's everywhere, like a viral video or a computer virus. You hear it in grocery stores, in chain restaurants, at baseball parks across the country: "Don't stop believin'/hold on to the feelin'/streetlight people." You want to want to swab your ears with a Q-Tip and make sure you haven't entered a Dante-inspired musical circle of hell. Journey has become, if not exactly cool, omnipresent. It's in part due to the final episode of "The...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.