Best Buy’s general manager Jason Barranti, left, explains the routes for Black Friday sale during a pre-Black Friday sale test run Saturday at the store in Robinson Township.

Best Buy runs Black Friday drills to gird for the frenzied

Employees at Best Buy in Robinson undergo a Black Friday drill to prepare for the big day.

about 5 hours ago

High-deductible insurance plans puts pressure on independent physicians to collect bills

Collecting from patients can be more complicated than dealing with insurance companies.

about 5 hours ago

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: U.S. Steel's ’Carnegie Way’ reforges culture with new faces

U.S. Steel president and CEO Mario Longhi’s Carnegie Way transformation relies heavily on transfusions of new blood.

about 5 hours ago

Survey: Men edge women in confidence

If women were more self-confident about their leadership skills, global research study says, they might be better positioned for top jobs.

about 5 hours ago

 Robert Morris University Illinois students play ‘‘League of Legends’’ during a practice of the school’s eSports program. The school spent $100,000 turning a computer lab into an eSports Arena with fast processing computers, large monitors, and ergonomic gaming chairs.

Video games gain new ground with athletic scholarships

One school in Illinois is offering athletic scholarships for video gamers. And it’s not as crazy as you think.

about 5 hours ago

 A tablet is used in the food truck run by Square Cafe as it sits on a side street in the Strip District.

Behind the Sale: Tablets let retailers close the deal on the sales floor

The technology is being adopted in stores and restaurants.

about 5 hours ago

Office Coach: Determining pay not an exact science, but experience certainly counts

Also, learning to work around annoyances can keep workers out of controversy.

about 5 hours ago

Balancing Act: For men, informal ‘flex’ arrangements work best

A recent report, however, found only 29 percent say they have formal flex arrangements.

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 Eugene Tommasi

People on the Move: 11/23/2014

People on the Move

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Business calendar: 11/23/2014


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Elder Law: Holiday season is the best time to update your estate planning

The times when families are together are a good time to discuss options.

about 5 hours ago

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding balance of sound quality, comfort in headphones

There are several options on the market for those seeking headphones fit for workouts.

about 5 hours ago

Consumer Reports: Save big on clothes

Outlets can offer better selection at lower prices.

about 5 hours ago

Michelle Singletary's Color of Money: Renting, reconsidered

A study finds investing the savings from renting can build just as much wealth as home ownership.

about 5 hours ago

 Kelly Sobczak waits on a customer Saturday at her Global Girl Gifts store at the holiday market in Market Square.

Holiday marketers brave weather in Market Square

Modeled on European markets set up around Christmas, it has grown from 15 booths to about 30 this year

about 5 hours ago

 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

about 5 hours ago

Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

about 8 hours ago

Applicants tone down the tweets so colleges can't pry

Admissions officers are more aware of an applicant’s digital fingerprint.

about 9 hours ago

Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future

Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future.

about 5 hours ago

Boeing to expand facility in Smithfield

More than 100 jobs are expected at the Fayette County facility.

1 day ago

 U.S. financial markets surged in early trading Friday as investors cheered a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of the region's central bank.

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory

Meanwhile, oil prices rebound.

1 day ago

Business briefs: Heinz announces layoffs, SnapRetail CEO out, Delta cancels Memphis flight

Other news from Kennametal, Respironics, Verizon, Ford and Lexus

1 day ago

 Point Park University has pledged to Mayor Bill Peduto that it will “incorporate” three turn-of-the-century Forbes Avenue facades into the design of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown.

Point Park, city plan to preserve historic facades at new playhouse

Preservation groups, meanwhile, are considering nominations of three Forbes Avenue buildings featuring the facades for historic status.

2 days ago

 Former UPMC psychiatrist Ken Thompson.

Doctor reflects on UPMC dismissal, psychiatric care

Ken Thompson says: “I would like Pittsburgh to be a whole lot better to people.”

2 days ago

 Matte Braidic, an Uber driver, turned ridesharing into a full-time job.

Some Uber drivers in Pittsburgh feeling pinch in wallets

Fees from the company and an influx of drivers to the system are prompting some to re-evaluate their roles.

2 days ago

Corinthian Colleges to sell 56 campuses to nonprofit for $24 million

The deal affects a Downtown Everest Institute location and a WyoTech campus in Blairsville.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania jobless rate declines to six-year low

More people working but the labor force still has a long way to go.

1 day ago

 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

1 day ago

Feds accuse telemarketing operators of scamming consumers

The Federal Trade Commission says a company that used a variety of names pushed computer programs that fixed non-existent computer problems.

2 days ago

 A small overlap frontal crash test of the 2014 Nissan Quest.

Minivans do poorly in new crash tests

Honda Odyssey was the only model awarded a “good” rating.

2 days ago

Pittsburgh home prices jump, Alcoa completes acquisition, NYSE threatens FAB Universal

Also news on inflation, Comcast, RBS, Graco, the National Association of Realtors, Ineos and GM

2 days ago

 The 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Nissan Versa prices make it worth a look

The bones, they are bare. But for a buyer overwhelmed by the gadgets in today’s cars, the Versa might offer a welcome respite.

3 days ago

 Operations manager Brandon Tylenda removes a rack of freshly baked Eat n' Park Smiley cookies from the oven at the company's Robinson bakery.

Pittsburgh-area retailers and shippers prepare for the holidays

Many are wary of entrusting too many packages until the last minute, after shipping problems last year saw many deliveries delayed.

3 days ago

Alpha will cut 412 coal jobs in deal with Rosebud Mining Co.

Alpha announced last month it plans to sell its Amfire Mining subsidiary to Rosebud Mining Co. for $86 million.

3 days ago

Want more pay? Take more selfies

The Job Factory, an employment service, says employees who take the most selfies get the biggest pay hikes.

3 days ago

 Highmark, which is battling UPMC for health insurance clients, said it will no longer cover services provided by the doctors in many cases.

Highmark to terminate contracts with 700 UPMC doctors at end of the year

Highmark, which is battling UPMC for health insurance clients, said it will clarify which UPMC doctors will be in-network next year.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Councilwoman, union criticize Mayor Peduto’s plan for Pittsburgh Building Inspection

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to make the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection, now part of the Department of Public Safety, its own department.

3 days ago

 Turkeys, including tom turkeys with blue markings on their heads, stand at Pounds' Turkey Farm in Leechburg on Oct. 31, 2013.

Turkeys get costlier as supply shrinks

Thanksgiving’s 46 million turkeys get costlier as supply shrinks.

3 days ago

 President Barack Obama recognized Pittsburgh educators Wednesday at a White House education summit.

Pittsburgh educators immersed in Obama’s technology initiative

They were among 100 school systems highlighted as examples for the rest of the country.

3 days ago

Fed worried reference to global woes in October may signal pessimism

The Federal Reserve wrestled with nodding to financial market volatility and a weakening global economy in its policy statement last month.

3 days ago

PG signs deal with Continental, Howard Hanna expands, Duolingo unveils Windows app

Also news from the Commerce Department construction report, JetBlue, Volkwagen, TripAdvisor and the unsafe toy list

3 days ago

 A worker hooks up a fuel hose to an airplane in 2008 at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Airlines are saving big money on fuel as prices drop.

Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

The main reason the airlines are not sharing the riches with passengers: There is no compelling reason to do so.

3 days ago

 Hill District residents hold signs voicing opinions on the proposed development of the old Civic Arena Site during an October meeting.

Hill District leaders seek assurances on former Civic Arena site redevelopment

Discussions at city planning commission focus on Pittsburgh Penguins’ plans for redevelopment.

4 days ago

Ukraine conflict impacts ExOne

At issue is whether Russian customers can use ExOne’s 3-D printers for military applications.

3 days ago

White holds on as the most popular car color

Most car buyers still seek white as a safe investment while silver, which once dominated vehicle shades, is falling in popularity.

4 days ago

 The Koeberg nuclear power station in South Africa needs six new steam generators, a $370 million project which has set off an international dispute between the plant's owner, Eskom, and Cranberry-based Westinghouse. After four years, Westinghouse lost the bid to its competitor, Areva.

Westinghouse won’t take no for an answer in South Africa

A four-year bidding war with a French rival leaves the Pittsburgh nuclear company seeking justice from South African courts.

4 days ago

 President Obama listens as Andy Leer gives a demonstration on a 3D printer during a visit to TechShop Pittsburgh in Bakery Square in June.

Entrepreneurs get more than a fair shot in Pittsburgh, study finds

Low cost of living and high access to loans make Pittsburgh a top option for young entrepreneurs.

4 days ago

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers debt collection advice

Debt collection problems can be burdensome for seniors with limited resources who are unfamiliar with going online for information or help.

4 days ago

 Uber has come under fire for recent comments made by the company's vice president.

Pittsburgh customers weigh in on latest Uber controversy

The story renewed questions about the company’s business practices, and how it handles data it collects on its customers.

3 days ago

DEP awards $3 million for abandoned mine reclamation projects in Armstrong, Clearfield counties

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded contracts totaling $2.9 million for the Mudlick Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project

3 days ago


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