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Penske sees California Speedway dream in wasteland

...industrial wasteland littered with thousands of tires and idled blast furnaces - was a pock on the landscape of this steel town 50 miles east of Los Angeles. "I think people were afraid to come to California," Penske said. "To be able to accumulate...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/06/19/oth_210111.shtml
Other sports
Allegheny biking is scenic test

...maintained and growing.The recent completion of an eight-mile (13-kilometer) section connects the trail to the old steel town of Homestead on Pittsburgh's outskirts, leaving just one section to be finished to link with downtown.It's a family-friendlier...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/life-style/2012-09-27/allegheny-biking-scenic-
Pittsburgh to hold first ever national performing-arts convention

...of Opera America, is, why Pittsburgh? Why a gritty steel town and a rabid sports town, and not an arts center? The...the Pittsburgh Opera, said. "We're not just an old steel town. ... We're not just a good sports town," he said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/23/art_416462.shtml
Arts
Girls lobby to bring ice cream shops back to gaming town

...to act. Dazja Gianessi and Maya Carey crafted a petition, simply asking people to help bring ice cream back to this steel town sandwiched between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, their mission has begun to galvanize a quietly simmering antigambling...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/06/25/biz_420090.shtml
XXX Bizarre
Revived Cowboys to face Viking test

...it's going to be exciting for me." It's going to be exciting for a lot of folks in Homestead, Pa., a struggling steel town about 10 minutes from Three Rivers Stadium. About 100 of the town's 3,900 inhabitants -- Batch's family and friends...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/11/26/pro_245794.shtml
NFL
Paradise found for 'Lost' star Daniel Dae Kim

...practicing to speak broken English with a Korean accent. Born in Busan, South Korea, Kim grew up in the blue-collar steel town of Easton, Pa. He was on a path to becoming a lawyer but decided to pursue an acting career. It was an unpopular decision...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/01/17/tel_45277.shtml
Television
Some cities miss economic boom

...Forget the soaring stock market, surging national economy and federal surplus. For places like this gritty old steel town, all the good national economic news is something happening somewhere else. "Large cities are doing well, but we...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/03/20/bus_256716.shtml
Business
Johnstown's escape route is now a tourists' escape

...flood roar down the Little Conemaugh Valley. But today, the Johnstown Inclined Plane is the centerpiece of this former steel town's efforts to ease tough economic times by attracting tourists. Some 120,000 people take the 3,586-foot ride...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2001/09/30/ent_322815.shtml
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