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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To Merrill Stabile. The Pittsburgh parking magnate says any new parking garage on the North Shore should be privately financed — tax dollars should not be used. A second garage is stipulated in the contract that gave the Pirates and Steelers sweetheart development rights between PNC Park and Heinz Field. The sweethearts who stand to profit the most should finance any new garage.

Laurel: To the Pittsburgh Symphony. For those of you not able to make it to Berlin on Saturday afternoon, the orchestra has arranged to webcast its 2 p.m. performance from the Philharmonie concert hall. You can find the program at or It's the next best thing to actually being at Musikifest Berlin. Bravo! and Brava! and all that.

An observation: Burger King will begin offering $1 hamburgers topped with french fries. Primanti Bros., a Pittsburgh legend, has been doing the same thing for 80 years. But there's one big difference. Burger King will give you four fries while Primanti's gives you a gazillion, give or take a slew. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but a burger topped with only four fries (and no coleslaw) is a piker by real sammich standards.

R.I.P: To Gullifty's & Freddie's II: The former, in Squirrel Hill, was known for its gigunda desserts. The latter, in Bethel Park, was known for its gigunda prime rib. But after three decades of operation, each has closed its doors. And the culinary world mourns.

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