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2008-07-11 09:00:40

By Michael Machosky, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 11--Unfortunately, movies about the Holocaust have a certain stigma attached -- for even the most ardent cinephile, it's more like taking medicine than a fun date night at the movies. Although the Holocaust is the beginning, end and animating force for "Fugitive Pieces," this low-key film doesn't wallow in the horrors. Jakob (Stephen Dillane) was a boy when the Nazis burst into his home, killed his father and took his mother and...

2008-07-10 12:00:52

By Mike Wereschagin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--Sen. John McCain, on a tour of Consol Energy's research and development campus in South Park on Wednesday, praised the energy giant for its research into cleaner-burning coal technology. "Coal is America's greatest natural resource, as far as energy is concerned," McCain said. "We sit on the world's largest supply of it." Both McCain and rival Sen. Barack Obama include "clean coal" in their energy platforms, saying the...

2008-07-10 03:00:31

By Mike Cronin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--A slide rule and a pair of calipers probably saved Nathan Khosla's life. Now Khosla, 17, wants to save others. When he was 8, the Mt. Lebanon resident passed out during swimming lessons. Khosla remembers waking up to paramedics asking if there was enough room in the parking lot for a helicopter to land to transport him to the hospital. Tests, including an echocardiogram, showed no abnormalities. But the same thing happened...

2008-07-10 03:00:31

By Daveen Rae Kurutz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--Jennifer Swab is pretty sure she'll never get the chance to visit Germany, let alone work in emergency medicine in that country. After all, just seven of the 3,500 firefighters in the capital of Berlin are female. So when she had the opportunity to talk to and joke with one of Berlin's own, she looked at it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Swab and her colleagues at Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority...

2008-07-10 03:00:26

By Tim Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--Of the 200 high schools students who transferred from Duquesne last year, only one dropped out and only one senior failed to graduate at another high school, according to district officials. State and county education officials said the students had a successful year academically at West Mifflin Area and East Allegheny high schools, where they were transferred after the state closed Duquesne's high school last year. Parents on the...

2008-07-10 03:00:23

By Bill Zlatos, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--As part of its 250th birthday, the City of Bridges will celebrate with a 20-foot-tall, Transformer-like sculpture representing local spans, a composition for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a teen arts project and a printmaking extravaganza. The projects announced Wednesday, funded through a $1 million grant from The Heinz Endowments, were chosen by Tom Sokolowski, director of The Andy Warhol Museum. "They're going to spark...

2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Jessica Severs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--"Metal Gear Solid 4," in its grand finale of the epic saga of Solid Snake and the la-li-lu-le-lo ... um, I mean the Patriots, achieves a magnificent maelstrom of incredible visuals, roiling atmosphere, intuitive mechanics, addictive gameplay and cinematics worthy of the big screen. And, of course, potty jokes. "Metal Gear" mastermind Hideo Kojima surely possesses the oddest sense of humor in the game industry. The first half of...

2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--After two years of anticipation, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has an addition to its elephant herd. Savannah, known as "Nan," a 26-year-old African elephant, gave birth to a female calf Wednesday evening. Zoo staff will observe how well Nan and the rest of the elephant herd bond with the newborn before placing her on display, which could happen as soon as this weekend. Moja, another pregnant 26-year-old...

2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Regis Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--Ana Popovic grew up in a family that valued music. Her father played guitar and bass and hosted jam sessions at home. It wasn't unusual to hear the music of Robert Johnson, Elmore James or Stevie Ray Vaughan, although Popovic tended to gravitate to the slide guitar of Bonnie Raitt. Sounds like a wonderful childhood. But Popovic's musical indoctrination took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Born in 1976, Popovic grew up as the country...

2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 10--art:mame (2 pics in local) Auntie Mame is an iconic fictional character. Whether you first met her in the book, the movie or the musical, she's someone you love for her flamboyance, her self-assurance, her principles and her zest for living life to the fullest. Unfortunately, Michele Lee, who plays her in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production running through Sunday, exhibits none of those attributes. Blame it on...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.