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2008-07-26 12:00:31

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--After seven seasons as artistic director of Pittsburgh Opera, Christopher Hahn says he "was clearly looking for bigger challenges." He got them on June 26 when he was named general director of the company. That means he has taken on administration duties in addition to his artistic duties. "I think of myself as an impresario in the old-fashioned sense," says Hahn, 56. "It means an ability to spearhead artistic endeavors with a keen...

2008-07-25 15:00:03

By The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 25--Randy Pausch was given the rare opportunity to know he had only a limited amount of life left. He used it. The Carnegie Mellon University professor who gained worldwide acclaim for a lecture he gave at the university died today of pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Pausch moved to Chesapeake, Va., last year to be close to family. On his Web site yesterday, a friend posted that Pausch's cancer had progressed further than anyone expected....

2008-07-25 03:00:38

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 25--The Allegheny County Health Department on Thursday granted U.S. Steel Corp. a permit to make $1.1 billion in pollution-reducing upgrades at its Clairton Coke Works. By the end of 2011, the Mon Valley coke-making plant plans to replace three older batteries with a more efficient battery containing ovens that cook coal into coke. U.S. Steel has said it will build a second new battery to replace three other older batteries by...

2008-07-25 03:00:38

By Joe Napsha, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 25--In a building that once housed the boiler and machine shops of a Duquesne steel mill shut down a quarter century ago, U.S. Steel Corp. is training workers for a career in a modern mill. "The training is much more extensive and more high-tech, and there is a lot more done (training) before a person ever steps onto the plant floor," said Lisa Roudabush, general manager of U.S. Steel's Mon Valley Works, which includes the Edgar Thomson...

2008-07-25 03:00:37

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 25--Metallic shoes, handbags, belts, hair accessories -- and even apparel -- give that blast of shimmer and shine to any outfit, day or night. "Metallic-colored shoes are always my go-to color, because they go with everything," says Heather Hannan, public relations manager for Macy's Central. "You can't go wrong with metallics. You can pair them with bold colors -- such as red and purple. It gives pop to an outfit. "With...

2008-07-24 03:00:52

By Karen Roebuck, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--Woodland Hills School District's most recent state test scores plummeted again, the new superintendent said this week, pushing the district a step closer to a possible state takeover. Only one district school, Edgewood Primary, met Adequate Yearly Progress standards mandated under No Child Left Behind during the past school year -- down from three schools a year ago, according to Superintendent Walter Calinger, who took over the...

2008-07-24 03:00:47

By Brian Bowling, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--After a 15-month battle to win Oakmont's approval to build a ready-mix concrete plant in an industrial zone, HHI Trucking & Supply is asking the Allegheny County Court to remove some of the 33 conditions the borough placed on the plant's operation. Stacey Noble, an attorney for the Oakmont firm, said the company wants a judge to strip conditions the borough imposed unilaterally. "Any ones that we agreed to, we're obviously...

2008-07-24 03:00:47

By Robin Acton, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--ASHLAND -- Howard Smith pulls on a jacket and adjusts the lamp on his hard hat before climbing into the mine car. He smiles as the car rumbles down the tracks into the cool darkness of the Pioneer Tunnel, an anthracite mine cut into the side of Mahanoy Mountain. For 35 minutes, he'll give two dozen tourists a glimpse of what it's like to dig chunks of glistening black coal from the thick veins running through the bowels of Schuylkill...

2008-07-24 03:00:42

By Kurt Shaw, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--With solar systems you can command with the movement of your hands, vortexes opening up for your supposed time travel, and a launch pad being readied according to instructions in Klingon, the latest exhibit to hit The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Wood Street Galleries, Downtown, is "Out of This World." The exhibition was inspired by Montreal-based multimedia artist and programmer Jean-Pierre Aube's "Titan and Beyond the Infinite," a...

2008-07-24 03:00:42

By Garrett Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--It's perfectly understandable to get emotional at the conclusion of "When Did You Last See Your Father?" A true tear-jerker, this film -- based on a 1993 autobiographical book of the same name by Blake Morrison -- is handled with absolute amounts of tenderness and understanding as it identifies with anyone who's ever had a father. Director Anand Tucker -- the same fellow responsible for the 2005 hit "Shopgirl" -- puts together a...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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