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2008-07-03 03:00:13

By Regis Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 3--In the age of instant fame via the Internet and reality television, Marie Digby is something of a throwback -- even though she's one of the most popular artists on YouTube. If that seems to be nonsensical, be assured that Digby, who lives in Los Angeles, paid her dues long before she posted performance videos on the Internet. She played at every open-mic night she could find. She played bars and small clubs where music was an...

2008-07-02 03:00:21

By Jason Cato, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 2--Upper St. Clair School District officials on Tuesday denied allegations in a federal lawsuit accusing them of failing to protect five high school girls from being sexually assaulted on campus. "The district responded immediately when it was apprised of the nature of the allegations being made by students that are referred to in the complaint," district lawyers Anthony Sanchez and Christina Lane said in a statement. The lawsuit, filed...

2008-07-01 15:00:40

By The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 1--Air quality plan approval for a controversial waste coal-fired power plant proposed for Greene County has been extended, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today. Wellington Development LLC originally gained approval for the 525-megawatt plant in Cumberland Township three years ago. Two environmental groups and two individuals appealed the decision to the state Commonwealth Court, which upheld the approval in 2007....

2008-07-01 12:00:49

By Jim Ritchie, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 1--Labor talks between the Port Authority of Allegheny County and its 2,100-member drivers union came to a halt Monday. Officials from both sides conceded they reached an impasse and are seeking help from the state Labor Relations Board, authority spokeswoman Judi McNeil said. Buses and T cars will continue operating on normal schedules for now. The contract for workers who belong to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85, which...

2008-07-01 03:00:38

By Jason Cato, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 1--A former Upper St. Clair High School student and her parents sued the school district and several officials in federal court Monday, claiming they failed to protect her from being raped by a fellow student despite previous reports of attacks by the boy. The family claims a school video camera captured images Feb. 4 of the 14-year-old girl being dragged out of a restroom, down a hallway and into a stairwell, where her lawyer said she...

2008-07-01 03:00:34

By Kim Leonard, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 1--Natural gas prices in the Pittsburgh region will rise again starting today. While many families use gas in the summer only to cook, heat water or dry clothes, the news is a worrisome sign of what it could cost this fall to turn on the furnace. Columbia, Dominion Peoples and Equitable -- the Pittsburgh area's three biggest natural gas distribution companies -- have hiked their rates by about 18 to 31 percent for the next three months,...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By Rick Stouffer, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 1--The Legislature reduced Gov. Ed Rendell's 16-month-old, $850 million Energy Independence Strategy nearly 25 percent during state budget negotiations, state officials said Monday. Energy strategy proponents yesterday were trying to determine what's in and what's out, under a handshake budget deal reached by the Rendell administration and legislative leaders, and what in the governor's proposal could be delayed until fall. In a...

2008-06-30 18:02:49

By Bonnie Pfister, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 28--China wants to have 100 of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s nuclear reactors in operation or under construction by 2020 -- more than double what was anticipated, according to the company's incoming CEO. Aris Candris, who will lead the Monroeville-based firm beginning Tuesday, said Chinese officials shared those plans with Westinghouse during a mid-May meeting. "It is huge," Candris said in an interview Thursday with the...

2008-06-30 03:02:40

By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 30--A raft of reports due today could trigger changes in the rich retirement benefits long thought necessary to lure workers into government jobs. Private industry began reducing and eliminating retiree health care benefits 15 years ago when the Financial Accounting Standards Board required future cost estimates to be reported. But state and local governments are just now beginning to tally the billions they've promised in future...

2008-06-28 03:02:27

By Thomas Olson, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 28--Siemens Power Generation Inc. said Friday it's putting its solid-oxide fuel cell unit on the selling block after running it 10 years because the business in Churchill won't hit Siemens' profit targets. The business employs about 130 people in George Westinghouse Research & Technology Park. Siemens acquired the operation from the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. for $1.53 billion in 1998. The "for sale" notice marks Siemens'...