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2008-07-31 03:00:00

By Mike Seate, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--Something like three seconds had passed after the last gas station attendant posted the $4 per gallon signs, and the chorus began. From talk radio to the nightly political chat shows to countless press releases from elected officials, the calls to lift the moratorium on off-shore oil drilling was deafening. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer. How can anyone worry about potential environmental damage when our wallets are at...

2008-07-31 03:00:37

By F.A. Krift, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--When the Rev. John Haney came to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin in 1983, the church elementary school charged a $50 book fee for each parish child to attend. Get rid of it, Haney said. Providing a free Catholic education to parishioners is vital. Flash forward 25 years. The Whitehall school remains free, and it's the only Catholic school in the state without tuition. Staying free matters, according to Haney, school...

2008-07-31 03:00:35

By Jessica Severs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--A lot of war shooters take themselves seriously -- war is, after all, a solemn affair. Then there's "Battlefield: Bad Company," which stars a motley squad of miscreants who have yet to be court-martialed. Let's just say, B-Company isn't so much motivated by love of country as it is by love of the enemy's gold. In the "Call of Duty" franchise, you feel like the fate of the free world depends on your meeting your objective; here,...

2008-07-31 03:00:32

By Bonnie Pfister, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The Allegheny County Airport Authority spent thousands of dollars on Pirates and U.S. Open golf tickets, stays at hotels in Pittsburgh and a farewell party at the Duquesne Club for its former executive director. The authority, which operates Pittsburgh International Airport, acknowledged Wednesday that it spent $15,712 toward tickets and food for 522 people for a June 24 game against the Yankees at PNC Park when it hosted the...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By Ron DaParma, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--Thousands of movies, including original copies of Hollywood cult classics such as "Night of the Living Dead," are long gone, and the stage is set for a new saga at a large, local complex that once housed them. The former WRS Motion Picture and Video Laboratory building, once one of the few large film printing, processing, storage and restoration companies outside of Hollywood, is being purchased by the Sampson-Morris Group of...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By William Loeffler, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--It would be convenient to dismiss Lynne Koplitz as a novelty -- a blonde female comic who looks like she could play on a beach volleyball team. Onstage, her persona recalls Rita Rudner's prim, ditzy ingenue -- right down to the girlie party dress. During an interview, she punctuates her speech with a throaty giggle and confesses that she's doing her nails. But Koplitz, who plays the Pittsburgh Improv today through Sunday,...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The loveliest summer concert series in Pittsburgh may be First Fridays at the Frick. It's hardly a secret. Typically, thousands of music lovers show up for the free events that are presented on the lush grounds between the museum of the Frick Art and Historical Society and Clayton, the Frick family mansion that dates back more than a century. Pittsburgh Symphonic Brass steps up to the First Fridays stage at 7 p.m. in Point Breeze...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By Daveen Rae Kurutz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The youth will be rocking in West View as the St. Athanasius Church festival adds a new element this weekend. In an attempt to draw teens to the three-day festival, which begins tonight, church officials have brought in the Rock Star Challenge. For an entrance fee, teens can compete in a video game-based guitar competition using the popular "Guitar Hero" series. "The kids all seem to be into it," said Donna Paramara, chair of...

2008-07-31 03:00:28

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--For the past two years, Sewickley Township cattle farmer Regina Carpenter said she and her husband, Derwyn, have absorbed the rising costs of fuel and feed, but they can no longer afford to hold the line this year. "This summer is the first year we were not able to hold back on raising prices. People don't realize how the cost of (diesel) fuel has affected all farmers," said Carpenter, who sells beef from the cattle the couple raise on...

2008-07-31 03:00:27

By Rick Wills, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The latest "new urban" development in the North Hills retains the name of the American Indian path that once passed through it. And those involved in Venango Trails plan to retain some of the spirit of those natives who used the trail to get between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. "We could have put up a flock of boxes here and made one and a half times more," owner Robert Randall said at the site of what will be 497 homes surrounded...


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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