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2008-07-17 03:00:25

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--As Matt Ashford sees it, sharpshooter Frank Butler and "Days of Our Lives" character Jack Devereaux have a lot in common. Both are little boys at heart. "With Jack Devereaux, no matter how sophisticated I would make him, there's a part of him that's a petulant little boy, and that gets him into trouble," Ashford says. Similarly, he describes Frank Butler, the Wild West show performer who falls for Annie Oakley in "Annie Get...

2008-07-17 03:00:21

By F.A. Krift, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Grace Tudi can't believe the turnaround of the old Victorian house that sat vacant since 1995 across Parkview Avenue from her South Oakland home. "This house was dead for years and years," said Tudi, 76. "It was an eyesore. Oh, I wish you could have seen it before. Now, I think it will be a nice house for a young family." The Oakland Planning and Development Corp. hopes so, too, and it wants its renovation project at 3233 Parkview...

2008-07-17 03:00:17

By Kim Leonard, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Comcast said it is getting calls this week from subscribers who are confused or unhappy about changes to their TV channel lineups. Some are angry about MSNBC being switched from the analog, standard cable list of channels to a digital lineup that requires customers to rent a converter box. "But we're hearing about other channels too, like Hallmark and EWTN" that also moved, spokesman Bob Grove said Wednesday. Philadelphia-based...

2008-07-17 03:00:10

By Kellie B. Gormly, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Modern robots go far beyond the image of Rosie on "The Jetsons" and R2-D2 on "Star Wars." Robots can explore dangerous terrain where humans should not go, search collapsed buildings and investigate bombs. They can search for signs of life on other planets. A robot can even take the form of an SUV that drives itself. Carnegie Science Center visitors can get acquainted with many types of robots this weekend, when the center hosts...

2008-07-16 15:00:24

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--SONGWRITERS -- for the most part -- get little attention. Sure, you might know that Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the songs for "Oklahoma!" If you're seriously into the music thing, you might even know that some guy named Charles Hart wrote the lyrics that go with Andrew Lloyd Webber's music for "The Phantom of the Opera." But it's almost a sure bet that if someone says "Hound Dog," your mind thinks Elvis...

2008-07-16 12:00:45

By Jason Cato, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--A federal appeals court in Washington this week stripped a Downtown company of nearly $85 million it was awarded last year in a patent infringement case, saying a Wall Street company did not steal its idea for selling municipal bonds over the Internet. Grant Street Group, formerly known as MuniAuction, in 2001 sued Thomson Corp. and i-Deal in Pittsburgh's federal court on claims those companies began offering a free service in...

2008-07-16 03:00:50

By Paul Paterra, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--It's an annual rite of summer -- the Pittsburgh Steelers trek to St. Vincent College to kick off another football season. This year, players will report July 27 to the Unity campus for the 42nd annual training camp, with the first practice set for July 28 at 2:55 p.m. It's the second camp under coach Mike Tomlin, who returns to St. Vincent two months after delivering the college's commencement speech. "We have beautifully groomed...

2008-07-16 03:00:50

By Jerry Vondas, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--Dr. Rita Carey Nealon Harmeier was a partner in a husband-and-wife medical team that took time from their individual practices to care for the less fortunate. During her lengthy career as a pediatrician, Dr. Harmeier cared for the children in the Children's Home in Shadyside when it was primarily an adoption agency. Dr. Harmeier, formerly of Point Breeze, died on Monday, July 14, 2008, in her apartment at Longwood at Oakmont,...

2008-07-16 03:00:00

By Eric Heyl, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--At the moment, the casino lobby isn't very inviting. Standing amid its decor of dirt and rocks, it was difficult to imagine the North Shore slots palace being completed in time for its planned opening in May. That schedule seems impossible to meet, even if construction quickly resumes on the financially troubled project. I drew that conclusion Tuesday on a tour of the casino site that I arranged myself. I did so by employing a...

2008-07-16 03:00:35

By Regis Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 16--John Palumbo admits it: Crack the Sky could have been huge. If not for his decision to leave the band in the late 1970s just after it signed with CBS Records out of Weirton, W.Va., Palumbo could be looking at an entirely different history. Instead, irritated by record company demands that a couple of radio-friendly songs be added to the group's third album, Palumbo decided to leave, despite the wishes of the rest of the group. "They...