Monday, December 19, 2011
'The Dark Knight Rises' preview features Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Steelers' Hines Ward.
Monday, December 19, 2011
A new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises movie was released on Monday, Dec. 19. Included in scenes shot at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field are Mayor Luke Ravenstahl about to kick a football and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward running for a touchdown as the field blows up behind him. A fight scene filmed at Pittsburgh's Mellon Institute of Industrial Research on Fifth Avenue (part of Carnegie Mellon University) is also included in the trailer. The movie returns Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as police Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Luscius Fox. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays police officer John Blake, Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane, and Marion Cotillard plays Miranda Tate. The Dark …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Legal action, new ownership make the difference.
If you've closely followed local news of the past few years, you'd never know that Baldwin Borough's Leland Point Apartments complex was once one of the most desirable places to live in Pittsburgh's South Hills suburbs. Not for everybody, mind you, but for retirees and young college graduates especially, the giant complex was ideal for low-income and up-and-coming people who wanted safety, cleanliness and easy access to their daily activities. Sprawling across 55 acres, the multi-unit, two- and three-floor buildings were well spaced amid generous lawns. There was an ease and quiet about the place. The big factories where many tenants worked each day were far away enough that the air was good—more South Park than South Side. Nobody would …
Friday, August 19, 2011
During a press conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Thursday morning, D. Raja, the Republican candidate for county chief executive, highlighted key components of his six-point plan.
D. Raja, Repubican candidate for Allegheny County chief executive, held a press conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Thursday to announce the second initiative in his political campaign. The initiative is a six-point plan for modernizing county government, which, in large part, addresses budget shortfalls and inflated revenues. Raja, who had introduced his job-creation initiative earlier this summer, greeted the press before beginning his address with a solemn remark: “Allegheny County is essentially living on borrowed time, with regard to both budget and financial situation.” Citing that Allegheny County has spent $185 million of one-time revenues to plug budget shortfalls, has had a debt increase of $127 million and has …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University introduces Tiramisu, a real-time bus tracker app, in conjunction with Port Authority.
Pittsburgh transit riders standing at a bus stop want to know the answer to only one pressing question, “Where’s my bus?” Thanks to a new iPhone application, Tiramisu, developed at Carnegie Mellon University, riders will no longer need to fret. Tiramisu, an Italian word meaning “pick me up,” is a user-friendly application that uses a rider's iPhone to signal the location and occupancy level of Port Authority of Allegheny County buses in real time, tracking arrival and departure times for each bus. The new app was developed by researchers in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT), supported in part by CMU’s Traffic21 initiative. The free application is already available for …
Monday, July 25, 2011
In July, Carnegie Mellon University’s Hear Me Project posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University has spearheaded a project giving youngsters a voice by finding innovative ways to promote kids’ opinions on issues that matter to them. In the past year, the project has gathered stories from more than 3,000 kids in southwestern Pennsylvania. Hear Me amplifies kids’ voices using media and technology to create a world where kids are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to inspire social change, according to a press release. The stories focus on community, education, health and wellness, and environmental issues. In July, Hear Me posted 50 billboards around Pittsburgh, many of which showcase excerpts from children’s stories. Sixteen-year-old Crystal has her words “I still get called names…” …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Kathleen N. DePuy has served on the Whitehall Council since 1990.
The Chrostwaite Institute announced on Monday that Kathleen N. DePuy, a Whitehall Borough council member, has been appointed to serve on Chrostwaite's board of directors through June 30, 2015. The Chrostwaite Institute, according to its website, "will analyze systemic enhancements in government, pursue collaborative research ventures and provide educational opportunities for decision-makers that may effectively promote local and regional economies throughout Pennsylvania." DePuy's appointment to the Chrostwaite board follows her successful election in April as Second Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. That election was held at the PSAB's annual conference in Hershey, PA, which commemorated that organization's…
Friday, June 24, 2011
President rolls out public-private partnership to spur technological advancements.
President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh this morning to announce a new initiative between universities, businesses and the federal government to enhance research and technological development. Obama toured Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center to learn more about upcoming technology and how it can spur economic growth in America. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership would funnel $500 million to launch the public-private research initiative. Obama said that he hoped that it would bring new inventions from the drawing board to the marketplace faster. “We have not run out of stuff to make,” he said. “We just need to re-invigorate our manufacturing (sector).” Before speaking, Obama toured the university’s …