The Week that Was for July 7 - July 13


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Blue skies

Beginning in October, JetBlue Airways will offer a daily flight from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the first new destination that the airline has added from Pittsburgh International Airport since 2006. JetBlue joins another low-cost carrier, Southwest Airlines, which offers twice daily flights to Fort Lauderdale from Pittsburgh.

Clear road ahead?

In the lat­est ep­i­sode of the on­go­ing ride-sharing saga, Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion of­fer­ing le­gal sta­tus to ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies. The bill — un­likely to see ac­tion till Sep­tem­ber — came in the wake of cease-and-de­sist or­ders on San Fran­cisco com­pa­nies Lyft and Uber by the state Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion, along with pro­posed daily fines of $1,000.

Banking on billionaires

Perhaps Lyft and Uber ought to consider investing in plush leather seats. Rolls Royce reported a 33 percent increase in sales for the first six months of 2014 compared to the year-ago period, attributing its success to its luxurious accessories and the rising number of billionaires. The British giant cited a Forbes survey listing 1,645 billionaires worldwide — 219 more than in 2013.

The science of getting rich

If you want to join that Forbes list, what you study might matter more than whether your alma mater is public or private. The Education Department reported that while graduates from private and public four-year schools both earned an annual salary of $50,000 six years out of college, those with STEM — science, technology, engineering or math — degrees averaged $65,000 a year.

Quote of the week

“If you know an alternate route … you should use that alternate.”

— Steve Cowan, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, on how an estimated 18,400 weekday users of the outbound Liberty Tunnel should tackle a 16-day closure as the route receives a fresh coat of white paint.

Wrong switch

In the latest investigation of the deadly ignition switch flaws that have led General Motors to conduct a $1.3 billion recall of 29 million, GM was found to have approved switches below specifications for the force required to turn them so that each ignition would “feel like it was a European sports car or something.” 

Rocio Labrador: rlabrador@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1370.


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