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2008-07-07 18:00:31

By Bill Zlatos, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 6--These aren't your momma's Girl Scouts. This fall, the Girl Scouts will introduce a new look and focus on leadership. Don't worry, though. They're still selling the cookies. Girl Scout leaders are being trained to let older scouts take on more of a leadership role. The scouts will have more responsibility in running troops, choosing community service projects and destinations for trips, while the adults assist. The Girl...

2008-07-07 03:00:00

By Mike Wereschagin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 7--The waiting is easy and the mood is light inside the small trailer beside the LifeFlight helicopter's concrete landing pad. That can change in a sliver of time too small to measure -- the time it takes a driver to lose control, a bullet to pierce bone, a heart to stop beating. "The smiles come off," said David Murphy, a medevac pilot with West Penn Allegheny Health System's LifeFlight operation. Adrenaline pumps first, and...

2008-07-06 03:00:17

By Chris Togneri, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 6--Julie Trahan was scared and homesick. She had not eaten solid food in 18 months. Her weight plummeted to just under 70 pounds. Several organs were failing, and she was too weak to get out of the car. But as her mother went inside Family House Shadyside and signed papers clearing the way for an indefinite stay in Pittsburgh, Trahan, 28, of Rodman, N.Y., got a good feeling. "From where I sat in the vehicle, I could see little...

2008-07-06 03:00:15

By Daveen Rae Kurutz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 6--Gym class has always been a yawn for George Hunt III. A star athlete, he is not. But after one semester of an online gym class, Hunt has found a new passion -- Frisbee throwing. "It was the same stuff over and over again each year," said Hunt, 19, of North Union. "I learned more in one semester than I would have in four years of high school." Teaching physical education over the Internet may sound counterintuative, but...

2008-07-06 03:00:12

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 6--Not all theater takes place in theaters. Area companies such as Quantum Theatre, Bricolage, barebones productions have moved beyond the confining frame of proscenium stages and other purpose-built performing spaces. Instead, they stage their dramatic performances in cemeteries, abandoned stores, recording or photography studios, former warehouses and factories, museum galleries and gardens. And it's not just local theater...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By David Brown, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 4--The general election campaign doesn't traditionally start until Labor Day, but rival college groups in Pennsylvania already are gearing up for the autumn battle between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. The Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans today will debut a revamped Web site to update the organization's image and improve the site as a political tool, according to Jessica Thompson, a statewide coordinator...

2008-07-03 03:00:26

By Kim Leonard, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 3--Dominion Resources Inc. is making a second try at selling its Dominion Peoples natural gas utility in the Pittsburgh area and Dominion Hope in West Virginia, looking this time to an investment fund that owns major electric and gas lines and shipping ports. Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Fund North America was the winner in a bidding process for the two companies, though Richmond-based Dominion wouldn't say Wednesday how many...

2008-07-03 03:00:19

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 3--Not all contemporary composers aspire to write "beautiful things," but Paul Moravec does. For much of the 20th century, many composers were suspicious of the call for beautiful music because they though it was pandering to the audience and limiting to their self-expression. Moravec is one of the "new tonalists," following a path away from 12-tone or atonal music. It has brought him great success, including the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for...

2008-07-03 03:00:19

By The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 3--She's not yet in the fifth grade, but Mandi Davis already has two film appearances to her credit. Mandi, 10, of Munhall recently completed her second stint as a movie extra, this time in the upcoming supernatural thriller "Shelter" featuring Julianne Moore. Moore has appeared in such films as "Hannibal" (2001) and "The Big Lebowski" (1998). She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work in "Boogie Nights" (1997), "The End of the Affair"...

2008-07-03 03:00:19

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 3--For actress Michele Lee, one night as Auntie Mame was not enough. On Aug. 1, 2004, the television and stage actress appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in a fully staged production of "Mame" -- for one night only. "It was a fun part for me. She is just so out there," says Lee of the free-spirited and eccentric Mame Dennis. "It has scene-to-scene-to-scene fabulous costumes and one of the best musical scores ever." Tuesday evening,...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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