Pittsburgh City Paper | Issue Archives | Sep 20, 2007
  • Issue of
  • Sep 20-26, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 38


  • System Disabled
  • System Disabled

    Young workers who contract Parkinson's disease face special challenges.
  • Casinos: The battle for a Community Benefits Agreement Moves to the North Side

    On Sept. 15, Pittsburgh UNITED kicked off its second grassroots campaign in front of a bank of TV cameras. The foundation-funded economic-justice group vowed to strive for a Community Benefits Agreement for North Side residents from the casino's builder, PITG Gaming. But while organizers didn't mention it, PITG already had struck a bargain with neighborhood activists -- months before the casino even won the license. And that bargain, forged with the Northside Leadership Conference, may make it hard for Pittsburgh UNITED to achieve its goals.
  • City Government: Mayor finds the most talented officials in America close to home

    When Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that he was reviewing the future of 10 city department heads, he promised to conduct a national search for the best-qualified people. By an amazing coincidence, in eight of 10 departments, the best-qualified people in the country were the ones who already had the jobs. On Sept. 13, Ravenstahl accepted the resignation of just two of them. But despite the nationwide search that he launched at the time -- a search that yielded hundreds of applicants, the mayor said -- Ron Graziano, the chief of building inspections, and Greg Tutsock, the executive director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, were not replaced.
  • Universities: CMU students not alarmed by terror threat

    Three times in the past three weeks, Carnegie Mellon University has received bomb threats in anonymous e-mails. Like a dozen other universities across the country receiving similar threats, CMU evacuated buildings and swept them for bombs. But nothing has been found -- and if the e-mailer is hoping to terrorize students, it isn't working.


  • Legume Bistro
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Legume Bistro

    This is an ambitious little restaurant that has utterly transformed an old pizzeria with an atmosphere as easygoing as its palate is sophisticated.



  • In the Valley of Elah
  • In the Valley of Elah

    This drama is best suited to the small screen, where small ideas play better.
  • Eastern Promises
  • Eastern Promises

    David Cronenberg's thriller-cum-character-study is a dark morality play complete with angels, devils and an emerging savior.
  • The Hunting Party
  • The Hunting Party

    This hybrid thriller-adventure-black-comedy is mostly breezy, yet the film can't resist getting maudlin.
  • Mr. Woodcock
  • Mr. Woodcock

    Billy Bob Thornton is barely breaking a sweat here, but his deadpan delivery adds comic heft to the rather predictable script.



  • Theater
  • James McBride

    A new work is a play of parts, some of which are painful to recall and some of which approach the glorious.
  • The Melville Boys
  • Theater
  • The Melville Boys

    Eventually the audience-friendly humor gives way to something worth thinking about.
  • Theater
  • Zombies From Beyond

    Just about every sci-fi B-movie from the '50s and '60s is mashed together in this loving spoof.


  • Vox Pop
  • Trauma Queens

    Finally, we can start paying attention to what's happened after 9/11

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