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2008-06-28 03:02:24

By Jim Ritchie, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 28--Port Authority of Allegheny County on Friday approved a $350.3 million budget that relies on $10 million in labor cuts in the coming fiscal year and $20 million in annual worker savings in future years. The fiscal 2009 spending plan calls for a 4.3 percent increase in spending over fiscal 2008, which ends Monday. The agency's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Balancing the budget depends on the outcome of ongoing labor...

2008-06-28 03:02:23

By Jenny Paul, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 28--Rising food and fuel prices, coupled with a decreased demand from cash-strapped consumers, are creating a do-or-die climate for restaurateurs. It's hard to swallow, but many owners say they're absorbing cost increases without raising prices to keep customers. Employees might share some of the pain, too. And it could get worse as prices continue to climb, some predict. Many restaurateurs say they try to micromanage every overtime...

2008-06-28 03:00:34

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 28--More intensive treatment for kidney failure does not have any added benefit, according to a large clinical trial led by a Pittsburgh nephrologist. The findings, which will be reported next week in the New England Journal of Medicine, are expected to have a wide impact on care for thousands of patients and change an expensive trend toward more intensive therapy. "There are between 40,000 and 90,000 patients with acute renal...

2008-06-27 03:02:26

By Bill Zlatos, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 27--Six families who contributed at least $1 million each to the University of Pittsburgh will be honored today during a ceremony in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room. To be inducted into the Cathedral of Learning Society are Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey, Tina B. and David F. Bellet, Marshall P. and Wallis F. Katz, John C. and Darlene D. Mascaro, Dick and Ginny Thornburgh and David Alan Tepper. Ralph Bailey was chairman of...

2008-06-27 03:02:24

By Kim Leonard, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 27--Southwest Airlines will cancel one of its seven daily round-trip flights from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia as of Nov. 2, adding to a series of recently announced cuts that affect Pittsburgh International Airport. The airline said Thursday it will add 40 flights in "key growth cities" like Denver and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla., by eliminating 31 round trips from the current schedule. CEO Gary Kelly said the company trims its...

2008-06-27 03:00:23

By Mike Wereschagin, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 27--It took a little over 200 years, but the Supreme Court on Thursday said what Wayne Lykens has been saying all along: Banning guns is unconstitutional. Lykens, owner of Island Firearms on Neville Island, welcomed the court's 5-4 decision overturning the ban on handguns in Washington. "I think it's great they finally realized it and struck (the D.C. ban) down," said Lykens, who opened his store 25 years ago and once, after an...

2008-06-26 03:02:36

By Allison M. Heinrichs, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 26--The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said Wednesday its researchers have found a way to predict whether organs from brain-dead donors are likely to be successfully transplanted into ailing patients. Organs with higher levels of a protein called interleukin-6, which is associated with inflammation, result in decreased survival in patients who receive them, the researchers said in Critical Care Medicine, the Society...

2008-06-26 03:02:30

By Rick Wills, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 26--If D'Rae Wise had not attended the Summerbridge program at Sewickley Academy for several years, he says his summers would have been a waste. "I'd eat and watch TV. That gets boring after awhile," said Wise, 15, of Friendship, who wants to eventually enroll in the robotics program at Carnegie Mellon University. Wise is one of 135 students, most from Aliquippa and Pittsburgh, attending the school's Summerbridge program over the next...

2008-06-26 03:02:27

By Tim Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 26--Upper St. Clair's middle school renovations could cost about $55 million with a nearly even split of work between remodeling and new construction, according to preliminary estimates from the architect. The estimate is up about 30 percent from the high-end prediction in a feasibility report released last year by South Side-based Graves & McLean Architects. More precise figures will come later from P.J. Dick Corp., hired Monday as...

2008-06-26 03:02:25

By Bonnie Pfister, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jun. 26--Flights out of Pittsburgh International Airport will be reduced by 8 percent to 9 percent after Labor Day as airlines struggle to counter soaring fuel costs, airport officials said Wednesday. That means about 244 fewer flights locally, said Brad Penrod, executive director of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which runs Pittsburgh International in Findlay. Service to most destinations will be less frequent, and all of US...


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'.