The Week That Was: July 20-27

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The bridges of Pennsylvania counties

State officials said the historic Pond Eddy Bridge in Pike County is up for sale, as well as nine other county- and municipality-owned bridges in the state, for estimated cost of $1 to $500. In some cases, PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration say they may even pay for removal and shipping. Bridge sales are meant to avoid demolishing bridges that have historic and architectural value, but can no longer support modern-day traffic.

A perfect night’s sleep

Those who try to get eight hours of sleep so they can be at their best may be overshooting the mark. New research shows that seven, not eight, hours of sleep makes for peak performance as well as lower mortality and morbidity. “Eight hours or more has consistently been shown to be hazardous,” Shawn Youngstedt, Arizona State University professor, told The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently suggests seven to eight hours of sleep each night for adults who are healthy.

Ride sharing gets an uberlift

The state Public Utility Commission granted ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber emergency licenses to operate in Allegheny County.

Missing the cut

Dick’s Sporting Goods says it is laying off the 478 PGA professionals who offered in-store lessons and helped customers select golf equipment after the sports retailer earlier reported it had missed its golf sales projections by $34 million.

50 Shades of Green

While this week’s release of the trailer for the “50 Shades of Grey” movie due out next year is creating a buzz, the website recently noted that E.L. James, author of the naughty novel, is now earning more than “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, bringing in $56 million last year compared with Ms. Rowling’s $14.6 million.

Steve Twedt: or 412-263-1963.

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