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2008-07-24 03:00:42

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--Now this is more like it. After producing a couple of shows that fell wide of the mark this season, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's "Annie Get Your Gun" is right on target. The show that opened Tuesday night at the Benedum Theater is a solidly produced, confidently performed celebration of show business that delights on several levels. First and foremost are the expected pleasures -- a score of recognizable, hummable Irving...

2008-07-24 03:00:42

By Michael Machosky, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--Of all the milestones that signify one has "made it" in the music business -- the first gold record, hosting "Saturday Night Live," the cover of "Rolling Stone" -- there's one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. You know you've hit the big time, you know your song has lodged itself permanently in the public consciousness, when "Weird Al" Yankovic decides to make a parody of it. His parodies are never mean-spirited,...

2008-07-24 03:00:42

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 24--Even by world premiere standards, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's final concerts will be a special case. Created in-house by Artistic Director Kevin Noe and his long-time friend and composer Kieren Macmillan, who sits on the group's board, "Just Out of Reach" fills the bill. It is a one-hour theater piece designed to be presented on the group's first trip to Europe in August. Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble -- the Theatre of...

2008-07-23 03:00:54

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--Pennsylvania's broken wholesale-electricity market must be fixed, or power users statewide will suffer a shock in two years when price caps expire, state legislators were told Tuesday. The fix could include the creation of a Pennsylvania Power Authority, which would control the construction of new power plants to serve the state, said proponents during a public hearing before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee....

2008-07-23 03:00:46

By Bobby Kerlik, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--Former state Rep. Jeff Habay might not spend any more time in jail after all. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning on Tuesday ordered Habay to serve the remainder of his 6- to 12-month sentence in a halfway house for his conviction of a felony conflict-of-interest charge. The Shaler Republican has been on house arrest for the past two years while he appealed his conviction. The state Superior Court upheld the...

2008-07-23 03:00:46

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--When you think of pearls, you usually imagine white, smooth and round -- not brown, textured, and square. These are not your grandmother's pearls. The collection of freshwater pearls at the Shadyside Mining Co. in Shadyside come in many colors, shapes and sizes and will be on display at a trunk show running Thursday to Monday. "Pearls are getting very, very popular," says owner and jewelry designer Robert Patak. "You...

2008-07-23 03:00:43

By Thomas Olson, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--US Airways Group Inc. on Tuesday reported a net loss of $567 million in the three months ended June 30, a period of record-high fuel prices that have dragged down airline results. The loss was US Airways' worst since the merger with America West Airlines in September 2005 and compared with a $263 million profit a year ago. The carrier's bottom line also was depressed by a $622 million, non-cash charge to write down goodwill from...

2008-07-23 03:00:13

By Carl Prine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--Andrea Curry-Demus waddled around her apartment wearing a faux womb. She arranged telephone calls from doctors to convince her husband she was pregnant. And she held a baby shower for a son detectives believe she never birthed, according to a sister-in-law who suspected she was a dangerous fraud. Curry-Demus, 38, of Wilkinsburg is being held without bond at the Allegheny County Jail on homicide, kidnapping and other charges related...

2008-07-22 15:00:48

By Thomas Olson, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--Airways Group Inc. posted a net loss of $567 million in the three months ended June 30, a period of record-high fuel prices that have dragged down other airlines' results as well. The carrier's results also were depressed by a $622 million, noncash charge to write down goodwill from the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines. That made the $567 million loss the airline's worst loss since the merger in September 2005 and...

2008-07-22 03:00:42

By Kellie B. Gormly, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 22--Carmon Rinehart of the South Side is in dad-to-be training. He is attending birthing classes at Magee-Womens Hospital with his wife, Susie, who is expected to deliver a baby girl on Aug. 20. He is reading several books about pregnancy and child care, going to midwife appointments with Susie, and making sure she gets the right nutrition. "I'll be an equal parenting partner," says Carmon Rinehart, 38. These days, many fathers...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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