$1.2M in grants awarded
McAuley Ministries said it has awarded 19 grants totaling $1.2 million to 17 nonprofits in the Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland communities.
Among the largest were $175,000 to Urban Innovation21 for start-up business funding and consulting; $150,000 to the Hill Community Development Corp. to add staff who will focus on housing and economic revitalization efforts; and $150,000 to Shepherd's Heart Fellowship: Operating Support for services for homeless people. McAuley is the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.
UPMC CEO lands 'top' list
UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff is 69th on Modern Healthcare magazine's latest "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list, landing between Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Other notable names on the list include Delos Cosgrove, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic (16th) and Glenn Steele Jr., president and CEO Geisinger Health System in Danville (56th).
Topping the list were HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and President Barack Obama.
New director for diocese
Ann Rodgers has been named director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David A. Zubik said Thursday.
Ms. Rodgers has been the religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 1993 and has covered religion since 1980. She will succeed Robert P. Lockwood, who is retiring in January after 42 years in Catholic communications.
Vodafone mulls Verizon stake
Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its stake in Verizon Wireless. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless.
Analysts have suggested that Verizon wants to pay around $100 billion for Vodafone's stake.
Judge weighs airline case
Federal Judge Sean H. Lane signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.
He could sign off on American's restructuring plan at the next hearing on Sept. 12 or in a written decision prior. Such a decision would only leave one obstacle -- although a big one -- to American's proposed merger with US Airways: an antitrust lawsuit filed by the government earlier this month.
IDC forecasts tablet sales
Research firm IDC cut its forecast for tablet-computer sales through 2017 as larger smartphones and wearable technology, such as Google Inc.'s Glass, compete for consumers' attention. Tablet shipments will reach 227.4 million this year, down 0.8 percent from an earlier forecast, IDC said Thursday in a statement.