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2008-07-13 03:00:18

By Regis Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--It's a brutally honest admission, given the ego necessary to write a novel. But Martina Cole is upfront about the quality of her novels, best-sellers in her native England. "They're complete stories," she says, "but they're not meant to be literature." That's like a pro golfer admitting he or she doesn't aspire to win the U.S. Open, or a painter whose highest goal is to work on billboards. Truth be told, Cole's work isn't going to...

2008-07-13 03:00:17

By Kurt Shaw, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--"Life on Mars," the 2008 Carnegie International on view at Carnegie Museum of Art is so all encompassing at the museum, with works being tucked seemingly everywhere, that there are a number of ways to experience the exhibition in and even outside the building. So, a recent tour of the show had me thinking: why not view it from a moviegoer's perspective? After all, eight of the 204 works on display by 40 artists representing 17...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 13--IF YOU FISH -- be it with bait, flies or lures -- chances are you got your start with a nightcrawler or red worm floating under one of those round red and white bobbers. Well, now there's a cooler designed to mimic that simple piece of gear. The "Big Bobber Floating Cooler" looks just like an oversized bobber, but at 15-inches wide, 15-inches tall, and 15-inches deep, it holds 12 cans of soda or beer. It's insulated, too, so you can pack...

2008-07-12 03:00:28

By Karen Price, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 12--The U.S. Transplant Games kicked off Friday afternoon with a torch run that stopped in Market Square before continuing to the D.L. Lawrence Convention Center. Surrounded by members of Team Pittsburgh and other organ recipients and cheered by donor families, Frank Holby, 63, of Economy Borough, ran the torch through Downtown. A volunteer for the Center for Organ Recovery and Donation, Holby told the crowd how, 21 years earlier, his...

2008-07-12 03:00:22

By Ron DaParma, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 12--Another page has turned in the history of the region's steel industry with the demise of Tippins Inc., a once-prominent rolling mill manufacturer and repair company based in Etna. After about 85 years in business, documents filed in federal court in Pittsburgh show a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation plan for the privately held company located at 434 Butler St. John Thomas, president of Tippins Inc., could not be reached for...

2008-07-12 03:00:20

By Michael Machosky, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 12--"The Singing Revolution" is an inspiring, fairytale-like account of how music helped save an entire culture, and helped overthrow an occupation by one of the repressive regimes in history. This documentary tells the story of Estonia, a small nation on the Baltic Sea, with the eternal misfortune of being stuck between the expansionist empires of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. The Baltic Sea nation only had about a million...

2008-07-12 03:00:20

By Kellie B. Gormly, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 12--Zjanara White of the Hill District knows all about isolation, and the teen is illustrating what it feels like in a video she is creating. The short video, which includes background music, shows a lone boy in various shots all around Pittsburgh, where he is surrounded by people, yet by himself. That boy represents who Zjanara, 14, used to be. "I would try to block out the world," she says as she puts the finishing touches on...

2008-07-12 03:00:09

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 12--Mark DeSantis, former Pittsburgh Republican mayoral candidate and admitted gadget freak, figured by 3 p.m. that he would been standing in line in front of the Shadyside Apple store for about an hour. "It's about to the point where either I'm going to do this and stay, or I'm going to walk away," DeSantis said, standing in line with an estimated 60 fellow gadget types, both inside and outside the Walnut Street store. Apple lovers...

2008-07-11 09:01:06

By Luis Fabregas, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 11--West Penn Allegheny Health System has merged the cardiothoracic surgery programs at its two flagship hospitals in what could be the first of several key changes at the region's second-largest hospital network. The programs at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital will be led by Dr. George J. Magovern Jr., who is based at AGH's North Side campus. Patients will continue to be seen at both facilities, according to a July 1...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Garrett Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 11--IT MUST BE FASCINATING -- maybe even a bit scary -- to consider the imagination of Guillermo Del Toro. Consider all of the creepy creatures or uncanny crawlers running through the "Pan's Labyrinth" director's head at any given time. Better yet, check out Del Toro's newest picture. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" brings the viewer into a magical underground world of trolls, ghastly beasts, man-eating fairies and monster plants. This...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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