The week that was: Where's Dr. Waldo?

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Where's Dr. Waldo?

All over the Pittsburgh region, doctors are vanishing without a trace. No, they aren't victims of Obamacare. Most times, when a physician disappears with little or no explanation, the cause usually is tied to an employment contract that prohibits doctors from soliciting patients if they leave a practice. The PG's Steve Twedt tracked down the reasons behind the practice Wednesday in an article that can be found at www.post-gazette.com/businessnews.

Citizen's guide to banking

Citizen's Bank, the No. 2 bank in the Pittsburgh region, has agreed to stop reordering debit card transactions from highest amount to lowest and instead process them in chronological order. The change of heart was part of a $137.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accuses the bank of improperly manipulating debit card transactions to boost overdraft fees. Banks defend the practice, saying it gives priority to customers' most important bills.

Time is money

PNC Financial Services Group was caught up in a wave of cyberattacks that disrupted online banking operations at major U.S. banks. A series of so-called denial of service attacks, which flood websites with communications requests, made it difficult for customers to access the bank's website. It's the high-tech version of Ding Dong Dash.

Candy land

Speaking of tricks, Halloween is a month away and consumers are expected to spend more on the celebration this year, according to a survey done for the National Retail Federation by BIGinsight. The average person will spend $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy (the good stuff, we hope), up from $72.31 last year.

Who are you wearing?

They may not be red-carpet worthy, but pro football jerseys sure are popular. Dick's Sporting Goods wants fans to get competitive over which athletes are tops by creating a system to track sales jerseys at its stores.

Quote of the week

"As far as the console business, you have to have an extra $20 million to $30 million lying around to make the game and it's kind of hard to do that. Consoles are a dying market, but social and mobile games are definitely a growth market."

-- Matt Rodgers, founder of South Side-based gaming company HeadRight Games.

Porkocalypse

The drought and a report out of Great Britain sparked fears of a nationwide bacon shortage, sending BLT lovers scrambling as headlines warned of a shortage. Except it's more sizzle than substance. The U.S. National Pork Board told NBC News that prices may rise but "there will be no bacon rationing."

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Brian Hyslop: bhyslop@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1936.


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