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City Briefs: 2/27/02

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Dam makes its journey

A 265-foot-long floating dam that will be part of the Army Corps of Engineers' $107 million Braddock Dam will make its way up the Ohio and Monongahela rivers today.

The following time schedule has been released for those interested in viewing the dam:

The 27-mile trip begins at Leetsdale and ends at Duquesne Outfitting Pier.

The dam, which is 104 feet wide, will leave Leetsdale at 7 a.m. After an hour stopover at Dashields Lock and Dam in Crescent, the dam will depart and is expected to reach the Emsworth Lock and Dam at 11:20 a.m. It is scheduled to leave Emsworth at 1:50 p.m. The dam will reach the Point in Pittsburgh between 3:30 and 4 p.m. and arrive at the Braddock Lock and Dam at 7 p.m. At 8:45 p.m. the dam departs for Duquesne Outfitting Pier, where it will be readied with additional equipment.

Because of security, no public viewing is allowed on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' facilities.

The 9,600-ton concrete structure, which will be pushed by two towboats, is the second segment of the Braddock Dam. In July, an earlier segment made its way down the rivers.

Cause of fires determined

City fire officials said a kerosene heater caused the fire that destroyed the vacant Buhl Home on Western Avenue, North Side, and children playing with matches caused a fire that damaged a duplex in the Hill District.

The four-alarm fire Saturday afternoon started when a kerosene heater ignited items in the historic Buhl House at 1318 Western Ave., according to Fire Chief Peter J. Micheli Jr. The 3 1/2-story brick home was built in the mid-1880s by Henry Buhl Jr., owner of a department store. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

A three-alarm fire Monday morning was caused by children playing with matches on the first floor of 638 Duff St. in the Hill District, Micheli's report said. The fire caused $65,000 in damage to that apartment and an adjacent duplex apartment at 636 Duff St.

Housing forums set

"Calling Pittsburgh Home," a forum on housing issues, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Martin Luther King Elementary School, 50 Montgomery Place, North Side, and from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Hill House, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. A light dinner will be served.

How to stop segregation in housing by race and economics and how to end discrimination in housing based on race, disability, sex and familial status will be discussed.

Representatives of the city and the Human Relations Commission will attend.

2 masked men rob bank

Two men wearing stocking masks robbed a bank in Oakland yesterday morning as one brandished a gun and the other stood lookout by the front window.

The robbery occurred at 9:18 a.m. at Bell Federal Savings & Loan, 201 N. Craig St. The man with the gun announced the holdup and went behind the counter to take an undisclosed amount of money.

The robbers were described as about 6 feet tall, in their 30s and wearing black windbreakers.

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