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Here we go: For the 49th time, the Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp on Friday at St. Vincent College near Latrobe. And there's a twist this year — the Buffalo Bills will join the Black and Gold for two practice sessions next month in advance of their Aug. 16 pre-season game. Pittsburgh is coming off a disappointing 8-8 season that left it out of the playoffs. But that won't stop the usual horde of faithful fans from making their annual pilgrimage to Chuck Noll Field, confident that the franchise's 82nd season will end with a seventh Super Bowl title.

The power of water: Two companies — one from Dallas, the other from Boston — have pending applications to build nearly a dozen hydroelectric power plants along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. HydroGreen wants to build one at the Braddock Locks and Dam. And Free Flow Power proposes building 10 similar facilities. Hydroelectric power is touted as one of the most environmentally friendly sources of electricity generation. The three rivers that have given so much have so much more to give.

Won't you help?: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, that wonderful mentoring organization, has an urgent need for college-educated adult mentors. As the Trib's Carl Prine reported Sunday, “They've got a lot of littles but need hundreds of bigs to help them out.” You can help by contacting Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at 412-363-6100.

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