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2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Jerry Vondas, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Funeral services for Dr. Brack G. Hattler, a respected lung transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, are scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday in Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Amberson at Westminster Place. Dr. Hattler, a resident of Shadyside, drowned Thursday, July 31, 2008, while vacationing with his family in New Jersey. He was 73. Dr. Hattler was the Katherine DuRoss Ford Chair of Cardiothoracic Transplantation...

2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Ten years ago, Dr. Jeff Cohen had to make a move. With a burgeoning local urology practice, Cohen's time was being swallowed not by what he enjoyed -- treating patients -- but by ancillary duties; specifically, making, taking and returning patient telephone calls. "The problem is getting two people in the same place at the same time for a phone call," Cohen said. "It's annoying, and it destroys the relationship with the patient."...

2008-08-03 03:00:24

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Some Pennsylvanians are wary of wind power. Eric Williams and his neighbors in Wharton in Fayette County managed to keep a turbine from being planted about 3,000 feet from their homes after hiring a lawyer to negotiate with PPM Atlantic Renewal Energy Corp. The deal removes the turbines closest to the homes from the company's Chestnut Ridge wind farm, which consists of 24 turbines. "I am not against wind energy," Williams...

2008-08-03 03:00:24

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Pennsylvania's mountain ridges are on track to teem with industrial wind turbines -- enough that, if placed on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike, they would stretch seven per mile. The turbines will require clearing a combined 10,000 acres of mountaintops. Each turbine would reach heights that rival Pittsburgh's skyscrapers. They could make their owners more than $300 million in federal subsidies and power more than 1...

2008-08-03 03:00:18

By William Loeffler, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Whoever said time is precious never had an airport layover. Think there's not enough hours in the day? That the weeks, months and years are flying by? Spend seven hours at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York waiting for your connecting flight to Europe. Time will slow to the speed of property tax reform in Allegheny County. Layovers can seem like a prison sentence. But savvy travelers know that planning and...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--For Van Kaplan, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera executive producer, putting "West Side Story" on this season's schedule had a particular urgency. Each year, when the company asks its audiences which musicals it would most like to see "West Side Story" consistently places among the top four or five, says Kaplan. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera first performed the musical in 1965, eight years after its Broadway debut. It has been...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--You needn't be a bushwhacking pioneer to drive from Pittsburgh to Washington. A well-established network of roads and highways will get you there. Likewise, if you want to hike from Laurel Summit State Park to the overlook at Wolf Rocks, there's a blazed trail to follow. But what if you want to float from, say, Apollo to Blairsville? It turns out there's a trail for that, too. The Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail -- which...

2008-08-03 03:00:10

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--Concert life evaporates almost completely in August in Western Pennsylvania, but there are plenty of alternatives for those who refuse to write off this month, or other dry periods for that matter. Many top local musicians head out of town during the summer to perform at music festivals across the U.S. and around the world. The pattern here is not likely to change anytime soon -- not with the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival just...

2008-08-02 03:00:31

By Chris Togneri, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 2--As Julie Trahan recovers from a multiple-organ transplant, she dreams of the day she can thank her donor's family. "I want to let them know how grateful I am," Trahan said. "It isn't just about me now." Trahan, 28, of Rodman, N.Y., was featured last month in a Tribune-Review story on Family House, a nonprofit that provides shelter and moral support to critically ill patients who travel to Pittsburgh for medical treatment and their...

2008-08-02 03:00:31

By Michael Hasch, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 2--Dr. Brack G. Hattler, a well-known lung transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, died while on vacation in New Jersey. Dr. Hattler, an active septuagenarian who took part in a cross-country bicycle ride last summer to raise awareness about lung disease, was stricken while vacationing with his family on the Jersey Shore. He was taken to the Community Medical Center in Toms River, where he died Thursday....


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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