The week that was: 08/03/14

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Bayer sign going dark

The lights are being turned off on the iconic Bayer Corp. sign that has beamed over the city from Mount Washington for the past two decades. Bayer ended its lease agreement effective immediately with Lamar Advertising, the sign’s owner. Lamar plans to refurbish the existing 30-foot tall structure and install new lighting as it seeks a new sponsor.

UPMC workers protest

About 30 protesters were arrested Wednesday on Grant Street during a rally against UPMC. The workers who staged the protest said they were fed up with targeted layoffs and reduced pay or hours. The protest slowed down rush-hour traffic Downtown and required a police-escort for a march from Mellon Square Park along Sixth Avenue to UPMC headquarters on Grant Street. 

L.A. flight discontinued

United Airlines is ending its daily nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles on Aug. 18, roughly a year after American Airlines launched its own daily nonstop from Pittsburgh to L.A.. With two airlines battling for the same customers, United Airlines has decided to drop its daily L.A. flight because it “wasn’t meeting expectations.”

Fraud alert

Scam artists are dreaming up new ways to take senior citizens and other consumers to the cleaners, according to the Consumer Federation of America. Scams offering seniors free medical alert equipment and con artists posing on the telephone as computer virus repair technicians are among the methods sham artists have devised for siphoning cash from unsuspecting victims.

Job numbers improve

The unemployment rate in June in Pittsburgh hit its lowest point since before the Wall Street financial crisis of 2008, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Pittsburgh region fell by two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May. When compared to last year the number of jobs is up by 10,700.

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Tim Grant: or 412-263-1591.


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