Ryan Russell is a senior international trade specialist. He has also worked for the U.S. State Department and served overseas in Germany and Vietnam.

Coming home: Q & A with Ryan Russell of the U.S. Commercial Service

Ryan Russell never thought he would come back to Pittsburgh. He wanted to pursue a career in international affairs, something he felt

about 7 hours ago

Recall: child monitors

Mayborn USA Inc. is recalling about 25,000 Tommee Tippee monitors with movement sensor pads.

1 day ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: A new plan on student-loan defaults

As of July 1, borrowers in default have to be offered a standardized payment option to rehabilitate their defaulted loans.

1 day ago

The Week That Was: July 20-27

A bridge for sale in Pike County, ride sharing gets an uberlift, Dick’s Sporting Goods to lay off the 478 PGA professionals ...

1 day ago

 George Duke, owner of the W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company and Zippo lighters, shows one of the company’s smaller pocket knives in his office in the Bradford, Pa., headquarters.

W.R. Case and Sons celebrates 125 years of making knives

It’s an anniversary that might never have happened if Zippo Manufacturing Co. had not had a commitment to the town of Bradford, Pa.

1 day ago

Mortgage capital flow shifts after crisis

Majority white and affluent neighborhoods have captured the lion’s share of new mortgage money, the PCRG found.

1 day ago

 Texas Roadhouse hostess Natasha Scholl, center, uses a computer pad with a NoWait seating app to show how it works to NoWait board members Chris Olsen of Drive Capital, left, and Sean Ammirati of Birchmere Ventures, right.

Last ingredients added to NoWait restaurant apps

At Pittsburgh restaurant reservations company NoWait, everyone from executives to sales reps works a shift in the service industry.

1 day ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: 5 skin-saving sunscreen facts

Sun­screen may be big busi­ness, with sales top­ping $1 bil­lion last year, but not nearly enough of us seem to buy into its im­por­tance.

1 day ago

At Google, each floor is its own fantasyland

The Pittsburgh Google offices mix play and whimsy with work.

1 day ago

Workzone: Organize around the vacation mess

To completely relax while on vacation, take time to do some advance planning before you leave the office.

1 day ago

Elder Law: Answering questions on trusts, assets and more

This month we’re dipping into our email bag to answer two of the frequently asked questions we get and also to provide some updates.

1 day ago

 The Pentax MX-1 offers 1080p HD video.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Pentax MX-1 is for enthusiasts

An en­thu­si­ast com­pact is a step above a point-and-shoot and a step­ping stone to an in­ter­change­able lens cam­era.

1 day ago

Cindy Krischer Goodman’s Balancing Act: It could be time for a career coach

They can help you figure out your next career move.

1 day ago

Con artist files 'suit' for Bernie Madoff

Con man may have conned court for another con man.

2 days ago

Westinghouse argues to keep Export Import Bank as tool

The Cranberry-based nuclear firm said losing the government financing option would jeopardize U.S. jobs and reactor projects abroad.

2 days ago

 As shown in this artist’s rendering, a soccer field and park, with a trail running to the Allegheny River, have been proposed for an area now used for Pittsburgh zoo parking.

Planners want a park to replace part of Pittsburgh Zoo’s asphalt parking lot

City and neighborhood leaders envision a dramatic transformation into a park-like expanse including a soccer field and a trail.

2 days ago

 Mike Harris, left, and Alden Galvin, employees of PwC Pittsburgh, jumped into the Allegheny River on Friday to raise money for Against Malaria Foundation. This is the seventh year the company took part in the event. It raised about $8,000 this year.

Accountants take plunge to raise funds for the Against Malaria Foundation

PwC Pittsburgh has participated in the event, called “Swim for Malaria,” for seven years now, and raised roughly $8,000 for the foundation.

2 days ago

Business Briefs: Mylan issues drug recall

Also: GNC approves dividend; local earnings; Molson Coors CEO retiring; Lyft expanding into NYC; durable goods orders rise.

2 days ago

 Eric Sloss and Sarah Mayer are co-founders of UpTo, a pop-up creative firm. The pair are preparing to open their next one-week shop on North Avenue in Millvale.

Creative marketing firm UpTo to hold pop-up event in Millvale

Eric Sloss and Sarah Mayer have found a way to bring the brand­ing to small busi­nesses.

2 days ago

Health giants Highmark, UPMC swap mix-up blame

Highmark and UPMC each said the other would have to col­lect the dif­fer­ence be­tween what High­mark pays and the fi­nal charges.

2 days ago

 Retail prices for orange juice have hit a fresh record. In the four weeks ending July 5, prices have averaged $6.42 a gallon. Ten years ago, that figure was $4.40 a gallon.

Expanding options put squeeze on OJ

It may be the end of an all-American, breakfast-eating, mimosa-drinking era. Orange juice is becoming passe, according to Nielsen data.

2 days ago

Protect yourself from identity theft after a data breach

Here are five ways you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft — even if your data have been compromised.

3 days ago

EQT’s gas production grows, but prices

Downtown-based oil and gas company prepares for $15 million Utica test in Greene County.

3 days ago

Business Briefs: Highmark, Conemaugh extend contract

Also: Amazon to open sorting center; Jefferson Hospital names new CEO; restaurants hit with consumer alerts

3 days ago

 John Timko of Monongahela talks about his health care and  insurance and how he almost was prevented from seeing the UPMC cardiologist he credits with saving his life.

Highmark members face a minefield for UPMC care

After years on UPMC, restaurant owner John Timko switched to Highmark, only to learn he could no longer see his UPMC physician.

3 days ago

 One of four free "EV" Charging Stations at the Mall at Robinson, powered by a collection of solar panels on the roof at the mall, which is owned by Forest City Enterprises. The stations take up to two hours to give a full charge to an electric vehicle.

New solar-powered car-charging stations unveiled in Robinson

The station at the Mall at Robinson is the only one of its kind in the region.

3 days ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen Downtown. A unanimous vote by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission board Thursday granted emergency temporary authority for ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber to operate in Allegheny County.

PUC grants emergency applications for ride-share companies to operate

But it’s not quite a done deal: The PUC set conditions for Lyft and Uber’s temporary status, which last 60 days.

3 days ago

Federated Investors report 9 percent drop in second-quarter profits

The results, released after Wall Street closed, were in line with analysts’ estimates.

3 days ago

MarkWest expands Marcellus, Utica infrastructure

Denver-based midstreamer expands processing for liquids-rich shale gas in Pennsylvania and Ohio

3 days ago

Wesco reports second-quarter earnings

Distributor sees growth in U.S. and abroad.

3 days ago

MSA Safety shares dip in wake of sales falling short of estimates

Net income fell 6 percent to $22.8 million, or 59 cents per share, while sales dropped 1 percent to $282.5 million

3 days ago

Wilmerding-based Wabtec Corp. reports second-quarter profit of $132.3 million

The international freight and transit company outperformed analysts expectations that it would earn $0.87 for the quarter.

3 days ago

EQT earnings rise on higher production and sales

The oil and gas company continues its growth trajectory.

3 days ago

EPA defends attempts to reduce pollutants

Agency chief Gina McCarthy says the proposed rule will create jobs in the clean energy sector, reduce energy costs and increase profits.

4 days ago

Downtown boutique hotel seeks a sweet name for a suite

Pittsburghers can leave their mark on the new Kimpton Hotel Monaco by naming 12 of their suites by July 30.

4 days ago

Business Briefs: $5.2M in refunds headed to Pa. insurance buyers

Also: High­mark, Geis­inger agree on ex­ten­sion; Citi­zens Bank ex­pands lend­ing pro­gram; GM recalls Chevrolets, Cadillacs, GMCs.

4 days ago

 Toyota Highlander

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Toyota Highlander not boring, with plenty of room

The XLE V6 AWD has enough space for a load of Muppets. But how about Big Bird?

4 days ago

 Kristin Estok, the Glenshaw co-owner of Go Shout Love, packs up orders at her dining room table. The company, an online startup, sells apparel and accessories to benefit families with sick children.

Go Shout Love donates to help children receive medical care

The local startup Go Shout Love’‍s main platform is Instagram, which allows the company to connect with families and vendors.

4 days ago

FNB Corp.'s CEO promises to be selective in acquiring other banks

FNB has snapped up three smaller institutions, extending its reach in Maryland and Ohio, and is on track to complete a fourth acquisition.

3 days ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

4 days ago

Duolingo launches English certification exam

An app that uses gaming principles to teach new languages has crossed over into the serious business of certification.

4 days ago

 Dick's Sporting Goods at The Mall at Robinson.

Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 golf pros nationwide

The Findlay-based retailer missed its golf sales projection by $34 million in the first quarter alone.

4 days ago

Business Briefs: Parents will spend more to send kids to school

Also: Baby gear maker 4moms to use Ansys simulations; in fiscal education push, Citizens awards nonprofits; local earnings.

5 days ago

Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

5 days ago

Audit points out DEP 's flaws

The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including failing to consistently issue enforcement orders to

4 days ago

 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

5 days ago

 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Yellow Cab readies its own app for Pittsburgh ride shares

As Lyft and Uber settle in Pittsburgh, Yellow Cab is preparing to launch a ride sharing app of its own.

5 days ago

Academic hospitals, research units face accountable care cost challenges

Can high-priced, high-complexity academic health specialists survive at a time when insurers are trying to drive down the cost of care?

5 days ago

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

Report lists eight areas where DEP fell short of its obligations.

5 days ago


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