The Week That Was: Time is on your side


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Time is on your side

You can say a lot of things about the Affordable Care Act, but you can't say it isn't flexible to a fault. The deadline for enrolling in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace is March 31 — sorta. The Obama administration is giving extra time to all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov. It's one of the many adjustments that Obamacare has undergone.

Deliberately avoiding puns

What is the well-dressed pooch wearing? American Eagle Outfitters has announced plans to trot out a canine clothing collection: American Beagle Outfitters. And while some commentators are taking it all very seriously, with April Fool’s Day right around the corner, it's more likely an elaborate joke. 

Hike, hike, strike

Student athletes moved another step to union representation when an official of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University football players on scholarship are actually employees of the school. Of course, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the university welcomed the news and offered to share the money from the lucrative deals with TV networks and sponsors with the players. Strike that last part — they are going to challenge the decision.

Quote of the week

"We may be the tortoise that gets to the finish line."

-- Attorney E.J. Strassburger, who is putting together a group to preserve the mission of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. There have been no bids for the $40 million building, which is being sold to pay off a $7 million mortgage and other outstanding debt.

Funding new ideas

A crowdfunding program that was tested in Pittsburgh is going national, offering new opportunities for small business owners. Kiva City, from San Francisco-based international aid organization Kiva.org, provides interest-free loans of up to $5,000 for entrepreneurs who are endorsed by "trustee" organizations. 

Clowning around

Ronald McDonald loves ... Taco Bell. The Mexican fast-food chain found 25 guys whose real names just happen to be Ronald McDonald to endorse the new breakfast menu. No word on whether they prefer the Waffle Taco or the A.M. Crunchwrap.

For these and other stories, visit www.post-gazette.com/businessnews.

Brian Hyslop can be reached at bhyslop@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1936.


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